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What to do when someone gives you the stinkeye

Aug 10, 2021

Imagine if you could be curious about everything like when you were a child.

"What if I did this?  What would happen?"

It was playful. The world was filled with wonder. 

And, you survived the what ifs.
They got you much further in life than you think. In fact, those
what ifs that you played out are often the fond memories you carry today.

What you may not have learned is how to translate the negative feedback from the world when your what ifs didn’t please them. You took...

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Recognizing when to keep going and when to step off

Aug 03, 2021

In yoga, you’re asked  to find that line where you’re uncomfortable and play in that discomfort. Work with your breath to manage the discomfort. Learn when to push that discomfort a bit more. Know when to back off. 

Working through discomfort on the mat allows you to work through it off the mat. It also sharpens your ability to tune yourself to recognize when something doesn’t feel right and pivot. 

Sometimes the message is - I’m scared right now, but...

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The 4 ways you'll get healed, loved, and fed

Apr 13, 2021

 

We are in a moment in time where, even if you’ve never considered spirituality as a practice before, it’s likely you’re faced with it to some extent. The world is being forced to look at humanity and its values. People are trying to reconcile between their responsibility in the oppression against the underappreciated and the pain (or joy) they feel allowed to express and experience in their own lives in spite of it. 

To be spiritual means to know yourself. This...

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I’m going back to work next week. (is covid over?)

Jan 26, 2021

I'm going back to work next week. 

I've been working from home since last March. Now that I am about to go back out into the world, I took some time to journal about how I have been feeling about the past (almost) year, and more specifically, how I spent this time*. 

These last 11 months have been challenging and amazing at the same time. This time forced me to slow down. It forced me to appreciate so much. At the same time, it also revealed to me how selfish I can be. I would get...

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Chucks & pearls for new beginnings

Jan 19, 2021

Are you planning to watch the Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20th? It will probably be the most interesting Inauguration Day yet, considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and still perhaps reeling from the events of January 6th. In honor of Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, I ordered a fun t-shirt to wear (in the house, socially distant) that has a fun pair of Chuck Taylors, a pearl necklace, and says “Chucks & Pearls, Kamala Harris, 2021”. As a Black Woman,...

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Do I find this person difficult? Or do I find this person's VIEWS difficult?

Jan 13, 2021

Was last Wednesday a hard day for you? It was for me. It was difficult and challenging to watch people storming the Capitol building in our nation’s capital. 

As much as the events of the day may have evoked emotions from me, I also found myself extremely sensitive to the many posts and comments that were coming through on social media. 

Politics can become heated very quickly. Many of us avoid having these discussions with people we spend time with because we want to protect...

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Try. We've got your back.

Jan 05, 2021

If you’ve ever taken a class with me via Zoom, at some point you probably noticed an adorable little ShihTzu stroll by, run by, lay down in front of the camera with a toy, or maybe even crawl into my lap while I teach. In his own little way, my sweet Furbaby Benny enjoys practicing yoga with his Momma. Now that we have snow and ice on the ground again, I always worry about Benny’s little paws. He won’t let me put boots on him, or anything to protect his paws before we go...

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The end result should never, ever be about you feeling worse about setting a goal to improve your life

Dec 29, 2020

IzzyJi's end of year message in her Yoga off the Mat series.

Well, it’s that time of year again, when even during covid, we see an increase in commercials for: gym memberships, weight loss companies, cook-your-own-healthy-meal deliveries, etc. Companies bank on the fact that people are currently thinking about making a change for the new year. If you are like me, you may be beating yourself up for not sticking with last year’s resolution. You may be hoping to “do...

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The Most Important Lessons of 2020

Dec 22, 2020

What a year 2020 has been. At the beginning of the year, I became a yoga teacher (!) and learned quickly that even when you teach, you never stop learning. You learn from your students, and you learn from your experiences.

2020 has certainly been a year of uncertainty and challenge for many of us. A year of frustration, anxiety and fear. It has been a year of destruction, change, and hurt. It has been a year of illness, medical crisis, and heartache for many families due mainly to covid, job...

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The Surge Before the Transition

Dec 15, 2020

Years ago, I worked in a nursing home. From time to time, I had the honor to sing to a resident as they were transitioning from this life. I remember always being amazed when one of the nursing staff would “predict” that someone didn’t have much longer for this lifetime. 

“How can you tell?” I asked. “ Mr. _____________ has been so much better today!” 

What I learned is that sometimes when someone is about to transition, they have what is...

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