Spring is in the Air!

 

From Your Practice, to Your Health, and Even Your Home Spring Cleaning Allows Us to Begin Again!

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I love spring! It's one of my favorite seasons.  Everything comes back to life after a beautiful rest.  The birds start to chirp. The flowers start to bloom. The air is filled with love and freshness.   It's the perfect time to open up the windows and let the fresh air in and stagnant air out.  Much like we do with our lungs as we take that deeper breath inwards and REEEEALLY breathe it all out.  Let's do that now....

Ahhhh...refreshing!

Let the Spring Cleaning Begin!

Spring cleaning is one of my favorite things to do.  It's so refreshing to move things around and make some space!  Let's begin the Spring Clean Journey with our Yoga and the mats we flow upon!   

Spring Clean Your Yoga!

By bringing what we know and learn ON our mats OFF of the mat we start to live our yoga bringing a little more peace into our day to day life.  

Just as it is important to move the body through poses/Asana's it equally important to follow through with the rest of yoga or the 8 limbs. Saucha is part of the second limb of yoga,  (the Niyamas) which means cleanliness.  Suaucha goes right along with our spring cleaning,    Niyamas are the self discipline of yoga.

It’s not only important to keep a tidy space but also mind and body. 

The thoughts we think we become, the more we think them the stronger they become and the more we continue to bring them to reality. 

So it’s just as important to keep pure thoughts running through us to keep us healthy and happy.  

One way to start with pure thoughts is....

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...simply start the morning off with a 60 second gratitude meditation.  Inhale “I am” and on your exhale “Grateful for…”. Set a timer in a space you can have all to yourself.  It’s not long and makes a world of difference in your day!

Another great way to start the cleansing process is with your diet...

...and no I don’t mean diet as in restricting yourself.  Just by being more mindful of what you’re putting in your body and while you’re eating really becoming present.  I love starting with a hot cup of water with lemon squeezed into it, but recently an awesome friend had me over and shared that she added ginger to her lemon water! Wow! It gave it an extra zip and dash of excitement.  (Thanks lady!) Plus, the benefits of starting with a water like this will get you going in the right direction for cleansing your day.

Moving on to the Mat…

I use my mat everywhere, in fact I actually have quite a few for different occasions and places.  It’s recommended to clean your mat after each practice with a quick wipe down, then once a season I like to give them a good deep clean.  All you need is two containers, one with warm soapy water and the other with just fresh water.  I like to use three different clothes.  With a soaked soapy cloth just rub and wash both sides of your mat.  Pat dry, don’t scrub. Then wipe down with regular water damp cloth.  Pat dry again then hang over a chair or rail to fully air out.

Never drench or submerge your mat, it may never make it back. You also never want to use any type of oils, such as tea tree oil, on your mat as they tend to stain or worse make your mat slippery.

  It’s not only important to keep our mat clean but perhaps to also clean up our practice.    Sometimes we do something so many times that we become a littlelackadaisical.  One way to clean up your practice is to become more present. 

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Start ACTUALLY listening to your breath again or tightening one muscle at a time to truly explore everything in each pose. 

Really listen as the instructor gives direction and play around with the options they give that are right for you.  Shift your poses by perhaps feeling the outer edge of your palms rather than inner edge or even coming up onto fists to see if you can lift out in plank a little more.  The great thing about yoga is there are NO RULES!! However, what’s the point in doing something if you’re not going to be present for it? You may as well get the full benefit and try each pose with a deeper longer breath. Explore.  The options are endless.

 A healthy home is a happy house…or at least happy healthy people that live within it.  Here are some of my favorite spring cleaning tips ;)

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Start with Where You Sleep

-I love flipping the bed over.  It gives it that new bed feel (plus it's actually really good for the mattress) Before flipping I sprinkle a bit of baking soda ...vacuum the bedroom then the bed, flip sprinkle clean vacuum the closet then the bed again.  This helps to clean and freshen your mattress. The sprinkle baking soda method can also be applied to couches and other furniture to help freshen it up.  Just vacuum the room on or soda wait time.

-Deep clean!

Now that the beds been flipped and the vacuuming is done, I LOVE!!!! Cleaning my walls with hot lemon fresh water (all natural cleaner). Then since the floors will probably get damp, deep cleaning the carpets and scrubbing the hardwood.  It just feels so clean knowing that the winter has been washed off and the staleness cleaned away.  Plus the fresh smell in the air is amazing!  You can rent a floor cleaner at the local market and return it the next day.  Super easy to use.

-Feng Shui

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....well kinda.  There's something about moving the furniture around that gives new life to a room.  Perhaps trying even moving a lamp or table from one room to another might help give that fresh spring feel.

-Empty the cabinets! 

It's time consuming and it gets to be a crazy wild mess, but it's OH SO SATISFYING when it's all done.  This is the time to grab some boxes for donations or garage sale. During the holiday's we all get new items and then start to shove stuff in places.  This is the perfect time for reorganization.  Starting with the kitchen and box in hand, I empty each cabinet out completely (all at once).  Clean the inside of the doors and shelving.   I take note of what I use the most and place it in the most convenient spot to grab and use.  Next I take those in which I use on occasion and place them in the not-so-easy-gotta-grab-a-stool spot.  Then the stuff that either use to be in that spot or "left overs" with no home, it's hasta la vista baby!  Then I move on to the next room.  Note: this part of the process takes a few days so take your time with it. ALSO!! Stick with one room at a time! If there's stuff you want to place in another room, add a box or bag for that room and sort that when the time has come.  This way you can accomplish one thing at a time and not have the whole house torn apart.  

What do you do to spring clean?? If there's more to this that you'd like to add feel free...and let me know! I'd love to add to my list :)

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Are you in control? Or is your Mind???

Are you ruled by your likes and dislikes? Or rather do you let your mind be the one in control? 

Living by Likes and Dislikes.

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How often do you find yourself in a situation where you’re “disliking” it? Is this situation out of your control? Such as say a season, the weather, a condition of the body ( a broken bone, a women’s moon cycle, etc.). By allowing ourselves to live/enjoy in moments we only “like” and lose out on life because of the minds “dislikes” is to waste a lot of this very short time we have on our journey of life. Lets take the seasons. If you only liked summer, then that’s only 3 months of the year, and you only liked when it was 78 and sunny, well then we shorten that time down by a lot, and we’re left with almost 11 months of the year, NOT enjoying life. 

Oh perhaps you live for the weekends and hate Monday’s, that’s 52 day’s you dislike spend the other four waiting for only 104 of 365 days. Thats a lot of missing out on life! How cool would it be if you appreciated every moment?

Granted likes and dislikes are part of our lives. We shouldn’t shame or avoid them,  but you cannot allow your likes and dislikes to directly drive your actions. You must learn to use reason and judgement of your intellect to guide them properly to enduring peace and happiness.

Our mind is like a child with out control of the adult or our intellect it will run rampant on what it likes and what it dislikes and you will live out of only likes and avoid the dislikes or find yourself in the midst of dislikes and unable to be present for life. 

Flipping the Perspective. 

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By flipping the perspective of the dislike and seeing how it plays a role in the shift and movement of life gains you appreciation for the moments we are not involved in moments of “like”. If it’s weekends you love, perhaps thinking how great Mondays are since they are the fresh start to your week. You can begin again and start planning for the weekend ahead. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday is part of the journey. You get paid to show up and do and be  your best at your job, which in return gives you the funds for those Friday night plans! Just an example, but flip it how you will to see how it all plays a role throughout the journey. 

I dislike daylight savings time, it stresses me out, confuses my brain and undoes my lovely set sleep schedule. We recently lost heat (in 30 degree temps) at a studio I teach at, so I lost a couple classes. I was super bummed about not being able to teach, miss out on pay, and not be there for my Monday morning gang. I let my dislike of the situation take over me for about an hour (the child in me) until I let it go to the intellect in me. I realized that this was the perfect opportunity for me to have an extra few days to adjust to the evil daylight savings time. Plus, now I had extra time I was going to use to plan for the weeks classes to research and take chill time. What I discovered was that it’s helpful to adjust to daylight savings by slowing waking up 15 min earlier each week so by the time it hits you’re acclimated, plus you get extra time for coffee and meditation. Granted the adjustment period has already passed, but I now have the extra days to shift and know for future what to do to easily glide into DLS (and so do you!). 

So you see there’s always things we will like and dislike, it’s how the body gets through life, but by using our intellect we can reason with each like and dislike. I love ice-cream , but I do not need it everyday. I dislike missing out on teaching, but I can use the time wisely to get stuff done …or relax. 

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It’s All in the Practice. 

If you’ve taken my classes, you’ve heard me say this time and time again “the more we practice anything, the more it becomes a habit” . Practice taking your likes and flipping them, then practice taking your dislikes and flipping them. Use the intellect to find reason for each. Ice cream is in no way bad for you (unless perhaps lactose intolerant and its a dairy ice-cream) so don’t banish it when you flip the like, know that having it everyday takes away the enjoyment and “health” benefits. Practice seeing all sides to increase the strength of your intellectual muscle and it will just happen, as a habit would,  as a reaction the next time you find yourself in the situation. 

Have a question or want to share? Leave a comment on the thread or email me at info@MichelleKlinglerYoga.com I would love to hear from you

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Five Steps to Manifesting Your Year and Receiving Everything You Want!

Five Steps to Manifesting Your Year and Receiving Everything You Want!

Five Steps to Manifesting Your Year and Receiving Everything You Want!

To manifest something in your life you take a look at it in detail, get rid of the junk thats not working (and no I’m not meaning get rid of the cake and treats…who wants that!) and add the work or shift perspective that will get you to your end goal or desire.  Once you make the shift, you will start to get everything you ask for. How do I know, you ask? Well…because ever since I’ve unconsciously made this shift, I have received everything in my life I’ve wanted. Now, don’t get me wrong, bad sh!# happens to me…often. I don’t dwell on that stuff though, instead I look at the challenge and see how exactly I can use this to my benefit. There are times when I break down and have a five year old temper tantrum, you can too, but I limit them and pull myself back together, have a laugh and push forward. Life is EVERYTHING!! Good, Bad, and the UNKNOWN!

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Motivation to Get Moving...

Motivation to Get Moving...

With summer just a few weeks away, it's time to get motivated to move! After all we the more we move the better our bodies feel, and the better our bodies feel our mental state becomes much happier. 

With the kick off of Memorial Weekend we know the fun festivities are amidst us. Some time getting up that extra hour early to workout and flow just doesn’t feel so “good”. Though getting adequate sleep is helpful, moving your body might be the cup of joe your body is craving.  Here's a few tricks I use to get going even after a fun night at by the bonfire...

  1. Set an intention next to your bed the night before...
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Pain Free Practice…

Pain Free Practice…

Pain free Practice!

Ever go through a practice and midway through you notice a hint of pain? Yoga is suppose to heal all though right? True, but at times we get called to move from one pose to the next and with slight loss of mindfulness we can move into injury. 

This month I’m giving you 4 ways to stay safe on your mat and keep from getting injured. 

Click here to read on… WWW.MICHELLEKLINGLERYOGA.COM/BLOG/2017/4/19/pain-free-practice

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3 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Yoga Practice!

3 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Yoga Practice!

3 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Yoga Practice!

Spring has sprung, whether it looks like it or not, the season to freshen up is upon us!  What better way to start reviving our practice that to clean it up.  Head on over to this months blog to see 3 Simple Ways You Can Spring Clean Your Yoga Practice.

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YOGA EVERYWHERE!

YOGA EVERYWHERE!

In effort to Spread the Yoga Love this is a no excuses challenge.

Let’s create a new habit by adding yoga into our lives everywhere EVERYDAY!! As a little motivator I’m offering up prizes and incentives for you to win along the way!! With the holiday’s just passing it’s time to get back into action. No more excuses …however a jingle is still lingering in my head…These are a few of my favorite things… ;) 

Are you with me?

Each week we will be doing yoga everywhere. Home, office, car (safely), small spaces and large, in class and outside! Now your only job is to do the yoga where ever is good for you, but this gives you a no excuses option to get it in.  The more we practice the more mindful and less stressed we become. Stress is the main creator of all illness and disease, so what better than to decrease or ELIMINATE it from our lives!!!

Now it’s called yoga practice not yoga perfect for a reason. As long as you’re doing the yoga body AND MIND you’re all set!

This means, if your body isn't feeling it for the day sit in a comfortable space. Get out that day's yoga. Turn it on, close your eyes and breathe. Picture your body moving along in each pose. That's YOUR YOGA for the day! BUT, be HONEST with yourself!! Let your aim be true! If your just sitting watching the yoga because you just "don't feeeeeel like it" then get up and MOVE! Do what you can! Take the modifications and follow your journey! Remember we all have different shapes and different strengths! That's what makes us AWESOME! So do the yoga with your fullest energy you can. Don't be a noodle, do the yoga that feels good for you!

Along the way you’ll be entered into a drawing for each time you participate to win some of my favorite yoga goods, what’s better than that?! I’ll tell you. Get a friend to join and you both get entered twice. If you both participate on the same day, thats two more a piece! 

How to join the challenge? 

Well, enter the online form BY CLICKING HERE (you can enter friends at any time) , confirm email (check spam), take the class online, like it, comment, share with friends. Or come to any of my home town classes and get entered in that way (click here for schedule) , bring a buddy and you both get entered in twice! Book a private session get entered in twice as well!!

Challenge starts next Monday January 9, 2017. Sign up to get full details and contest info! What are you waiting for?! Let this be your best year yet!! Don't forget to click below to share with friends and get them moving into 2017 with strength and ease!! :) 

Be Strong. Be You. BE EMPOWERED!

NAMASTE (: 

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Gather. Give. Empower!

Gather. Give. Empower!

What are you fighting for?! I'm taking a stand and ready to rock it out!! Who's with me?!
Help me help others in this years
Gather. Give. Empower. Campaign!
This year we're fighting for those who can't quite fight for themselves yet...children! There's a list of essentials the Detroit Children's Hospital needs and I'm ready to fill it! Who's with me?! Let's empower those who need it most!!
For more information head on over to www.MichelleKlinglerYoga.com/blog/2016/11/30/gather-give-empower
or email me at info@michelleklingleryoga.com :)
Together we Can Empower Each Other make the world a better Place!!! Let's fight with Love and Smiles instead of weapons and hate.
Be Strong. Be You. Be Empowered!!!
Namaste

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Staying Motivated

Staying Motivated

Ever feel like you want something so bad but it just seems impossible to get to once you’ve started and then the motivation of why you started in the first place just falls to the way side? I’ve been there. We all have. It’s part of the process.

So now it’s time to get real. Be it BIG or be it small they are each just as important as the next if we started in the first place. Here’s what I do to get myself back on track no matter what type of goal I’m going after.

First things first…ASK WHY!?

What made you start this journey towards this goal in the first place? If it was something truly putting your energy into then truly you should keep going after the intention. If you’re not in it to win it, there really is no point in going further. If you aren’t being real with yourself to start then this is a good time to switch gears. Why DID you start the process?....read more at www.michelleklingleryoga.com

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How badly do you want it…

There is a strength within all of us that gets us going and moving towards our goals. It just depends on how badly you want it?

Are you living the life you love? Is there something so badly that you want but just feel it’s out of reach? It’s not. Just a quick switch in your thinking and you can have all that you dream of, if you truly want it bad enough.

There are things we say we want but they aren’t truly what we need and deep down, we know it so we start to go for it and fizzle out. Truly if your goals are to be stronger work for it. Whether it’s mental or physical strength it all takes work and practice. What you feed live and what you don’t dies. Give yourself that positive re-enforcement that will kick up your thinking to the next level.  

Be POSITIVE!!
What better way to start the day than with a happy thought.  Start each morning with a grateful heart.


NO REALLY…DO IT!!! :) Even if it’s pre-written out on your mirror to help get the morning started.   
-You can start with a BRIGHT sticky note with 5 things you’re grateful for and read them first thing.
-It takes 21 days to break and make a habit.
-Day 22 write on your mirror with a big black (erasable if you wish) marker across the top…. “I AM GRATEFUL FOR…” then start listing them off from there.
-Soon enough it’ll be something automatic coming to you as you rise and shine.


Would you rather?
It’s a game we use to play as kids but now you can use it for your real TRUE goals.
-Would you rather have the $5 coffee daily OR $1 make at home coffee and save your other $4 for your dream trip/ yoga retreat (such as my Root to Rise: Yoga, Nature and Fun Retreat this October...click here for more details)
-Every little bit counts.
-Making those tiny adjustments in your daily routine can get you there with short bits rather than one HUGE chunk at a time.
-Would you rather sit on the couch and watch that show you can dvr without commercials to see later OR go for a brisk run or walk for 30 min to cut some extra calories at the end of a long work day??


It only takes a Small Shift to start seeing BIG CHANGE in the long run!!!
You CAN do it!!!!! You have to tell yourself that every single day and every single time you want to give up! You’re stronger than your mind allows you to think you are.

Plus by doing this you’re not only getting closer to your goals your mentally becoming stronger and gaining a more positive outlook on life.
Recently I’ve had talks with some friends who are getting to know me on a deeper level. I’ve had a lot of stuff happen in my life, hard stuff as we all have, but I don’t let that rule my thinking. I’m stronger because of it, and so are YOU!!!! You’ve gotten through challenges in life and not only survived, you THRIVED!!! Look at all you’ve don’t and been through. Life isn’t easy, that’s why it’s so grand! You’ve got this!!! I believe in you and so should YOU!!!!

Now ask yourself…how badly do YOU want the goal you’re going after?

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Going offline...

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up! ~P.Valery

My week (and a bit) off …

About a three weeks ago I took some time away from social media. I decided to do so because

I needed to reconnect with the magic of life

...without being so connected. My husband and I had a vacation coming up and I wanted to feel fully present in each and every moment, let go of my phone a little more and be less distracted from the here and now.

Here’s what happened…

The moment I left the “going away on a vacay” message on my email and deleted all social media apps, the biggest smile came over my face. Then a rushing sense of freedom!

I didn’t have to do anything and I was in total vacation mode. It was as if I had stripped myself of everything to start fresh and clean.
~ I enjoyed so much not having to carry my phone except for the occasional photos (which I believe I only took 5 or 6…actually had to swipe some from friends after to have some memories for our book). I became more present and able to look around at everything going on. Even while others around me checked their fb and messages I took the time too see and hear everything. It was a great way to meditate :).
~I came home early and had a few days alone from the trip and that’s when I thought I would want to look, not being distracted and all,  but I didn’t. I actually started to read a new book that pulled me right in. (Recommended by Kathryn Budig “American Gods” the 10th anniversary addition) I didn’t even really turn the tv on. Instead I focused on my practice and turned up the music and started to dance freely…what I used to do before social media was so present.
~I read articles to learn more about my practice and life. Even articles on the Olympic gymnasts and started to really get into watching them compete.

Then one day my urge to paint again was re-ignited.

I had been wanting to paint, but the moment never felt right. It wasn’t until after heading up to Omena, to plan next years summer retreat (click here for details) with Heather Feather, when it all came back. We were constantly busy and active in the day and wound down with vino and a fire in the evening. It was so energizing, peaceful, and...magical.
~Coming home from Omena and seeing a post from my niece who had such beautiful words and covered in paint. I grabbed my canvas and started to throw down the oils. It was as if a release had occurred.

Suddenly it was back. I was back. I was ready to share again.
I felt so cleansed (even covered in paint). So new. My paintings told a story that helped me express through color. Not only that, but they were a sort of moving meditation. Feeling the paint, finding a zone, and expressing in a way that words could not.

I’m not saying turn off the social media and start painting…although I highly recommend it in a therapeutic way. It’s so lovely.

HOWEVER...

...notice yourself. When you’re out with friends are you WITH them? Or are you using your phone?? I mean really why be with someone if you can text 20 people at the same time right?? It’s been nice to let that go.

 It’s also been nice to come back and share again.

I’m here to be the best me possible.

Social media allows me to share my message in a bigger way than we could have ever imagined even 10 years ago. How awesome is that??

My message through words or guiding you in a practice is to Empower and Strengthen Muscle and Mind.

Allowing you to know that YOU CAN do anything you put your mind into as long as you believe.

So the next time you go to post, are you sharing your journey in life? Or, knocking others down because they perhaps don’t have the same views as you? 

Remember what you put out is what comes back. If we want a positive world we should let go of the negative and send back positive. ;)

Be the Change YOU Want to See in the World!


Empower Your Practice


This year I’ve been doing a lot physically. As some may have noticed I started to occasionally use a wrist guard. Between my hip hop, barre class, personal training, instructing yoga, my own practice, and running I have managed to find an injury. Which actually, come to find out, is normal. In reading several articles from Yoga Journal, Mind Body, and random books, the more you push eventually somethings going to give. For me it was my shoulder leading to my wrist, then back and finally hit the ground with my foot. In a sort of zig zag pattern or compensation pattern.  

Ever have one of those??

Your body will start to compensate or put pressure on the opposite side of the injury to help protect it.

So when practicing if your hips are unaligned you’re actually putting more pressure on other areas in order for the body to compensate and take pressure off the area that is trying to heal.

The biggest way to prevent this??? CORE STRENGTH!!!


:) If you’ve ever been to one of my classes that’s always in there! If you don’t have core strength or strength from your center (front and back) everything else starts to collapse.  Best poses to do this are your Boat Pose! It doesn't even have to be crazy complicated. Sit on the floor tall. Legs bent in front of you feet flat. Feel the crown of your head rise as your tail bone roots down. If your need more tuck the tail bone (almost a scooping action) plant the hands down lift knees and crunch them into the chest. BREATHE! Hold for five breathes. Extend the legs. Hold five more breathes. Plant feet down and row each side of the boat. Breathing Deep. This is a great right before you get in the shower daily core routine. Quick easy and effective. 

Have wrist pain in your practice??

Take some time to focus more on the core. Then when going through flow focus on the core. That whole center body should stay strong throughout. Whether in plank or down dog the core must be actively engaged.

Dealing with a current injury to the wrists?

Yoga isn’t about the pose. If the instructor says come into down dog modify and go in to dolphin by dropping down on to the forearms and allowing the fingers to spread open taking pressure off. Same thing in plank, use your forearm plank. Remember that This is YOUR practice, do what feels good to you!!

In a fast moving sport such as dance or baseball?

Take the time before the actual class to go through the movements in a slower paced environment. My husband is a pilot who does aerobatics spins in the sky, much like jerking your body around for a quick movement on the field, that takes a lot of practice to do smoothly and properly. He said something to me once that stuck,

“ Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast”.

It’s just like running. We had to learn to crawl first before we could ever gain speed. Listen to your body. Warm it up. Let go of ego. Do what’s right for you.  You’re the only one that knows whats right for you.

 Yoga in the Vines with Heather Feather while retreat planning.

Yoga in the Vines with Heather Feather while retreat planning.

Hope you’re all enjoying this wonderful season! I’m really excited for our JUNE 2017 retreat to Omena, Michigan that you can now sign up for!!! For more details and to sign up, CLICK HERE!!! It’ll be an amazing, magical time to be wild and free while connecting with a like minded tribe. Spaces are super limited and fill up fast! Be sure to grab your space by making the deposit or paying in full. With two free spirited Sagittariunsin charge this is one adventure you won't wana miss!

Yoga in the Park ...

...will be going on till the end of November (with a few breaks in between) so be sure to come on out and flow with me! It’s always a lovely time!

Have a beautiful day!!
Namaste (:

Let's SPRING into cleaning...

 

Spring is in the air...

I love spring! It's one of my favorite seasons.  Everything comes back to life after a beautiful rest.  The birds start to chirp. The flowers start to bloom. The air is filled with love and freshness.   It's the perfect time to open up the windows and let the fresh air in and stagnant air out.  Much like we do with our lungs as we take that deeper breath inwards and REEEEALLY breathe it all out.  Let's do that now....

Ahhhh...refreshing!

Let's spring clean!! :)

This is one of my favorite things to do.  It's so refreshing to move things around and open up the space!  While were at it let's spring clean our Yoga and the mats we flow upon!   

By bringing what we know and learn on our mats off the mat we start to live a little more peacefully day to day.  

Saucha is part of the second limb of yoga,  (the Niyamas) which means cleanliness.  Suaucha goes right along with our spring cleaning,  Just as it is important to move the body through poses or Asana's it equally important to follow through with the rest of yoga or the 8 limbs.  Niyamas are the self discipline of yoga.

It’s not only important to keep a tidy space but also mind and body.  The thoughts we think we become, the more we think them the stronger they get.  So it’s just as important to keep pure thoughts running through us to keep us healthy and happy.  

One way to start with pure thoughts is....

...simply start the morning off with a 60 second gratitude meditation.  Inhale “I am” and on your exhale “Grateful for…”. Set a timer in a space you can have all to yourself.  It’s not long and makes a world of difference in your day!

Another great way to start the cleansing process is with your diet...

...and no I don’t mean diet as in restricting yourself.  Just by being more mindful of what you’re putting in your body and while you’re eating really becoming present.  I love starting with a hot cup of water with lemon squeezed into it, but recently an awesome friend had me over and shared that she added ginger to her lemon water! Wow! It gave it an extra zip and dash of excitement.  (Thanks lady!) Plus, the benefits of starting with a water like this will get you going in the right direction for cleansing your day.

Moving on to the Mat…

I use my mat everywhere, in fact I actually have quite a few for different occasions and places.  It’s recommended to clean your mat after each practice with a quick wipe down, then once a season I like to give them a good deep clean.  All you need is two containers, one with warm soapy water and the other with just fresh water.  I like to use three different clothes.  With a soaked soapy cloth just rub and wash both sides of your mat.  Pat dry, don’t scrub. Then wipe down with regular water damp cloth.  Pat dry again then hang over a chair or rail to fully air out.

Never drench or submerge your mat, it may never make it back. You also never want to use any type of oils, such as tea tree oil, on your mat as they tend to stain or worse make your mat slippery.

  It’s not only important to keep our mat clean but perhaps to also clean up our practice.    Sometimes we do something so many times that we become a littlelackadaisical.  One way to clean up your practice is to become more present. 

Start ACTUALLY listening to your breath again or tightening one muscle at a time to truly explore everything in each pose. 

Really listen as the instructor gives direction and play around with the options they give that are right for you.  Shift your poses by perhaps feeling the outer edge of your palms rather than inner edge or even coming up onto fists to see if you can lift out in plank a little more.  The great thing about yoga is there are NO RULES!! However, what’s the point in doing something if you’re not going to be present for it? You may as well get the full benefit and try each pose with a deeper longer breath. Explore.  The options are endless.

 A healthy home is a happy house…or at least happy healthy people that live within it.  Here are some of my favorite spring cleaning tips ;)

Start with Where You Sleep

-I love flipping the bed over.  It gives it that new bed feel (plus it's actually really good for the mattress) Before flipping I sprinkle a bit of baking soda ...vacuum the bedroom then the bed, flip sprinkle clean vacuum the closet then the bed again.  This helps to clean and freshen your mattress. The sprinkle baking soda method can also be applied to couches and other furniture to help freshen it up.  Just vacuum the room on or soda wait time.

-Deep clean!

Now that the beds been flipped and the vacuuming is done, I LOVE!!!! Cleaning my walls with hot lemon fresh water (all natural cleaner). Then since the floors will probably get damp, deep cleaning the carpets and scrubbing the hardwood.  It just feels so clean knowing that the winter has been washed off and the staleness cleaned away.  Plus the fresh smell in the air is amazing!  You can rent a floor cleaner at the local market and return it the next day.  Super easy to use.

-Feng Shui

....well kinda.  There's something about moving the furniture around that gives new life to a room.  Perhaps trying even moving a lamp or table from one room to another might help give that fresh spring feel.

-Empty the cabinets! 

It's time consuming and it gets to be a crazy wild mess, but it's OH SO SATISFYING when it's all done.  This is the time to grab some boxes for donations or garage sale. During the holiday's we all get new items and then start to shove stuff in places.  This is the perfect time for reorganization.  Starting with the kitchen and box in hand, I empty each cabinet out completely (all at once).  Clean the inside of the doors and shelving.   I take note of what I use the most and place it in the most convenient spot to grab and use.  Next I take those in which I use on occasion and place them in the not-so-easy-gotta-grab-a-stool spot.  Then the stuff that either use to be in that spot or "left overs" with no home, it's hasta la vista baby!  Then I move on to the next room.  Note: this part of the process takes a few days so take your time with it. ALSO!! Stick with one room at a time! If there's stuff you want to place in another room, add a box or bag for that room and sort that when the time has come.  This way you can accomplish one thing at a time and not have the whole house torn apart.  

What do you do to spring clean?? If there's more to this that you'd like to add feel free...and let me know! I'd love to add to my list :)

Speaking of Spring!! My new schedule is set and even the site got a little boost with a new Yoga in the Park tab.  Head on over to check it out! Be sure to sign up for the email list if you haven't already to stay up to date on the latest news! Yoga In the Park is Back May 29 with our Kick off Open House event you don't wana miss! Head on over to our Facebook Page for more info! See you soon!

 

 

 

 

Let The Journey Begin

"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows"

 Ralph Marston

Did you know that adding a little yoga to each day can greatly improve your quality of life? It starts to become a domino effect.  You start to breathe deeper, sleep better, become more active on a daily basis, and more focused and present from moment to moment (just to name a few).  Just by moving your body and "stretching" out the limbs while taking some deep breaths you can start to amp up your whole system.  

Let's try something now... don't worry it'll only take a minute and you can stay seated if you like...or if your on a bus commuting
make friends and have them join in.  
Take a DEEP INHALE as you EXTEND and REACH TALL with your arms over head.  Exhale them down through the center. Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly.  Breathe in DEEP 3x and close your eyes.   Making sure both hands are lifted with each breath from areas they are placed.   Open your eyes and smile.  Think of 3 things that you are grateful for today.  Not so hard :).  Feeling calmer? More Present?  Focused? Awake? The more you do this the more it sticks and the happier, healthier life becomes.  
So why NOT add more in on the daily? 


Come join me on a new journey! Starting this Thursday I will be teaching 4 times a week at Pure Fitness Performance Training in Howell, Michigan.  

 

 

A Time to Renew...

A Time to Renew...

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

We often wait when we don't know what to do because we've seen others do things better. Don't let the accomplishments of others intimidate you. Do the best you can with what you know now. You'll learn more later. You'll learn more from doing. Then when you learn more, you can do better.

Each year I go off to workshops and different training's from teachers that inspire me.  I gather their wisdom and add it in to my own practice, as you should do with yours.  What do you like about how your teachers teach? Is there someone else that maybe tells you something different and you want to take some of that and add it to your own?

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Let's get Marching...Moving!

 

Around this time of year we start to come back to life again.  We may or may not have stuck to that routine of getting more fit and eating healthy, but it's never too late to start again.  How many times do you think Olymipic athletes have failed at their goals????  The Answer...MANY! The reason they won isn't because they failed though, it's because they got back up, reflected on what went wrong, adjusted their plan of attack and kept on truck'n!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! I believe in you and so should YOU!! Now lets get to it!!  LETS MOVE!!

Click here to head over to my YouTube page and LET'S GET FLOWING!!! What are you waiting for?! It's the first step to get back to you!!

By moving our bodies on a daily basis we keep the muscles from atrophying (or breaking down) and our joints nice and lubricated so they can work and move efficiently for you through your daily activities.  Moving doesn't have to be harsh on our bodies either, but yoga isn't ONLY about "stretching".  It's a movement with breathe that's purpose is to lead you to a connection between mind and body.  Ultimately allowing you to sit with yourself in any space in a meditative state. Or, if you will, take a time out from the world. With all the chaos we go through on the daily from our everyday lives and news being thrown in our faces on who to vote for, or even what to feed the family, when does pay day happen how will I pay these bills? BREATHE! Move with that breathe! Allow yourself to let go of it all and be with the most important person in your life...YOU.  Five small minutes...or if you're really loving on yourself go for more!  The point is to balance yourself between it all. 

On Listening to your body and Giving it the Love and R&R it truly needs. What my trip to Nicaragua taught me about...LIFE!

I recently went on my first yoga retreat and was expecting it to be tough but lovely.  I go away a lot to do workshops to learn and bring back info to share with you and it's a lot of mind and body work.  I was nervous because it was out of my element. I've never been to Nicaragua. I speak some Spanish but not much. I've also never been on a retreat, stayed in a cabana and knew no one, not even the lead instructor, Jessica Sandhu.  Also, being sick with an infection that led me to the ER a few days earlier I wasn't sure I should be going.  The day of departure I missed my flight and thought I could be ok with it since my body was healing, however, there was a strong pull to go...a phone call made it EASILY happen.  This was the moment I knew I was suppose to go.  No resistance from the universe, other than it wanted me to get more sleep than I would have taking my 6 am flight.  I arrived in the night. Alone.  I was naive and ignorant in the fact that I assumed English was well used.  My driver spoke maybe ten words of English.  Why should he speak more? So in fear I became nervous and texted my husband and friends. 

My wise husband replied," Well, use what you know" ...so I did.  My mantra for the trip became "If it makes you uncomfortable, step into that...explore it till it feels good"

Meaning, just put yourself out there. If ever a moment you want to not do something, ask "WHY?".  Why don't I want to do this? Is it fear based? If so, can it REALLY harm me or put me in danger? If the answer is truly no, then DO IT! What's holding you back? LIVE!! Explore Life!!  Use what you know to get you through and you learn so much! I'm glad I learned this lesson moment one on the trip.  We talked the entire three hour ride...as good as we could.  Because one thing we both knew was that we are both human.  We are not perfect.

Throughout the trip I led with my mantra.  The first morning I met the group, whom of which welcomed me with open arms, literally hugs and smiles all around.  That's the thing about Yoga Retreats! Everyone is there to get away and explore.  They all want what you want.

 Most of our gang out on our zip line excursion.  We came to a point where we could actually over look the beautiful beach we were staying on in Playa Madaris. 

Most of our gang out on our zip line excursion.  We came to a point where we could actually over look the beautiful beach we were staying on in Playa Madaris. 

  We were in it together!  We are all curious humans. It's not always easy being thrown into a group of new people, but we do it all the time for work, activities, and life events.  We manage to get through and enjoy getting to know people and the interesting stories they have come across in their lives.  To explore a new world together with new people creates a new bond and ignites an inner spark of light.  Not only are you awakening your inner adventure seeker but they are too and together there's a new bond of camaraderie unlike any other.  There's a certain magic in expanding your horizons to places only imagined.  We saw animals in nature that are not in our home towns of Washington DC or Howell, MI.  Sloths and toucans in the tree tops above us! Even gliding a zip line through the jungle was an experience like no other place.  The views were magnificent. The city we explored, San Juan Del Sur, was amazing.  We all had our own unique experience outside of doing yoga that made it a truly fascinating place.  

 

 Our morning flows with the wind, water, and earth energy of Nica. 

Our morning flows with the wind, water, and earth energy of Nica. 

   Yoga in another world feels so magical.  We tend to get into a routine day after day and feel a little "sticky".  Taking your practice out of its element brings a whole new aspect to it.  Plus, trying new practices and flowing with new people brings a new energy to it as well.  It also adds that little push of "fear" of the unknown.  Being somewhere else as the student, or instructor, you never know how it's going to go.  With the wind energy comes the strength and gusto and the new aspect of how to stay on the mat when the mat no longer wants to stay with or under you.  My personal humbling moments were dealing with being ill and stepping back from my practice instead of listening to Ego and pushing into possible injury.

You are humbled when in child's pose as the world around you continues to move.  Ego tells you that you're able push through but listening to your body and knowing the limit is what makes you stronger.  This is yoga.

It was great to experience the retreat from a student point of view.  Knowing now what it's like to be on the retreat and experience the whole thing from this side was incredible.  There were moments of release that came throughout the trip that helped my body and mind relax and let go of what no longer served me.   You get to experience a new wold with like minded people who want to flow and explore just like you! The greatest thing was we each had our own experience.  We weren't herded like cattle from place to place with so much structure.  It was relaxed and safe but adventurous and and strong or soft in practice as you wanted to be.  This is exactly how life should be.  Explored and led from your point of view.  Where do you want to go? What places in the world do YOU want to explore?? YOU!! Take some time for you!!! Meet new people!! Try new things!!! I was delayed leaving Nicaragua by a few days after my group went home.  I decided to go and explore more of what Nicaragua had to offer.  Check out my adventure to Granada here.  Keeping with the mantra to go for it, do new things, walk into fear (as long as I feel safe) I met amazing people, learned so much more about the culture, and just opened my self up to being present in the moment I was in fully.   From the other side of the retreat, it was also amazing to be able to share a little of my teachings with the group as an instructor. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have gone on this retreat and meet amazing people.  The energy and excitement of a retreat is like no experience ever.  Do what sets your inner light on FIRE!! Live your greatest passions!! Life is about balance.  A great way to find balance in life is through letting go and disconnecting.  Getting out of the daily grind and into a new place helps to balance mind, body and soul.  You discover new people and surroundings.  You have time to breathe, put the phone away and explore.  Learning about a new culture and place expands the mind and opens the heart. Eventually letting go completely and reviving your spirit down to the core.  Have you ever dreamed of going away on an adventure living and exploring the world?? YOU'RE IN LUCK!!

This fall and next spring Jessica and I are partnering up to take you away to magical places! One of which has been covered with pixie dust for the past few years aging only slightly.  It's a place set back in time and oh so vintage.  The beaches amazing, culturally rich and the energy of flow will be INCREDIBLE!! Want to know more?!

Our fall retreat is in the works as we speak!  We're ready to explore and take time to breathe while living an adventure!  Where do you want to go??? Join us on an amazing trip away from life and take some time for you!  Take the first step and sign up for our special Fall Retreat 2016 info List! Let us know what you love, what your passions are and greatest dream place of going is!! We'll keep ya posted and invite you on a magical journey to self discovery.  You DON'T wanna miss it!!

Empower Your Practice Online Series...

Continuing with our empowering your practice online series and delving deeper into yoga than just the flow of it last month we looked at the first limb of yoga and ahimsa one of the "yamas".  This month we will stay in our yama's (or golden rules) and move on to Satya.  Now to start as a reminder,  these are by no means a religious point of view but rather a simple set of guidelines put in place to help you get to the end goal of yoga which is enlightenment or inner peace.  The movement and flow of yoga allows us to calm and focus our thoughts allowing the quieting of the monkey mind and eventually allowing us to sit in posture for meditation.  No matter what your goal is these guidelines help us focus and find our own peace in a world of chaos.  Strengthening the body allows us to live a healthy life while quieting the mind helps us to live it happily.  Now :) on to Satya… or truthfulness, refers to being honest not only with others but with yourself.  Speaking your truth is important in keeping your mind free from self harm (ahimsa).  Knowing and honoring your truth is important in the same way as keeping a clean conscience.  If your carrying something around with you that is untrue in the end it becomes heavier and more of a burden that just being honest in the first place.  

I am a shy introverted person.  I love being around people once I know them and actually love to be “on stage” laughing.  I do however, need downtime for me and when I meet people I am a bit quiet as I am also an observer.  That is my truth.  Knowing this helps me move through life is a positive more balanced way.  I’m also a person who enjoys challenges and explorations.  With that said, knowing my truth or who I am and being honest with myself I put myself out there in situations I may be uncomfortable, this helps me grow.  I also allow myself for a reboot session to take it all in and absorb what just happened.  I breathe and think and don’t judge myself.  It’s about being honest with yourself and what your expectations are from you.  If your life is feeling overwhelming taking a step back and looking into who you are and your truth will help identify possible situations you can adjust to accommodate your truth.  

 That being said it’s also about being truthful with outside relationships too.  Never in a harsh way but pleasing people isn’t going to work out in the end if it’s not entirely honest.  It’s about doing good and keeping good going in the world.  Not every truth is positive but rather can be a learning lesson.  This also goes for your practice as well. It was quite humbling to sit out of practice while others where strong each morning on the retreat, but truthfully my body wasn’t ready to move in that way.  My ego had to sit aside and let Satya take the cake.  Be honest with yourself. Don’t power through something because you can! That’s also blowing through Ahimsa or non-harming.  They go hand in hand with this.  What GOOD are you doing if you let ego take over and don’t listen to your truth/body?  Not very much if you get injured thats for sure.  So be honest when speaking to others, so you’re running late life goes on.  Make adjustments in your own life and intentions to not be late and then explain as it is your truth what really happened. True friends would rather have you there and honest instead of not and lying.  Plus it feels good to tell the truth.  However, be truthful with yourself in this and maybe you have too much on your plate that either you can’t fit it all in and need to ask for help or just are too tired and need to drop a few things.  

You get my drift :) .  It feels good in all ways to practice Satya, for you, for friends and life, and for practice.  Integrating little by little helps trigger new habits! 

YOGA IN THE PARK!!!! IT'S ON IT'S WAY.....

The weather is getting warmer here in Michigan! Are you ready to start flowing in the park with me?? Well, you're in luck! We will be starting back up as soon as possible, but first I need to know where and when?! Click here to take the survey and let me know what best suites you and a schedule will be popping up soon!! 

Stay in the know and subscribe to my events as they pop up! Then you can be the first to sign up and get flowing in the park again!!  Or sign up to receive emails on the where and when of Yoga in the park!  I look forward to hearing what your preferences are! See you at the hill!

Not in Michigan?! No worries...Take the survey and let me know where you are and what park is near you and times that work for you and your friends! I tend to "POP" up all over the place! 

What are you waiting for....Let's Flow!!! 

 

Any questions or comments please feel free to ask or contact me privately! I would love to hear from you!!

 

Have a fabulous day!! 

Namaste (: 

Love it all in...

 

Ahhh the month of love is finally here. <3 

I love this month because of that reason...LOVE! This world is full of so many wonderful things we sometimes just need to open our eyes to see it! Sometimes those moments are when we look in the mirror.  Ever have one of those days you just feel blah?!  I do.  After running around the house cleaning up every nook and cranny then organizing and fluffing I pass a mirror and the thought rolled through my head " OH BOY" as my eyes widened and then rolled to the side with slight disgust.  THEN, I looked again and said out loud "BE Nice!".  I looked at my self again and saw MYself.   I am doing things that make me happy, those lines on my face are from all the great belly laughs I've had at amazing moments.  And yes, some are from stress, the stress of losing loved ones that meant so much to me.  I gaze to the side though at my strong shoulders and think how strong I have become because of these life experiences.  My life would not be whole without them.  I am ok that my heart hurts sometimes, because I am SO grateful now for all the happiest moments I get to have that taste so much sweeter than ever before.  I love this life. We live in a world of beauty, and YOU are part of it!! YOU are B-E-A-YOU-TIFUL!!! We tend to pass judgment on ourselves so quickly like a bad habit we can't get rid of, so this month is all about Self Love! Ever heard the saying it takes 21 days to break a habit?! Well, this is a big one to break so let's build our biggest love bomb this month and shine bright.  Over the next 21 day's let's write love letters..".to Self, I love you! xxoo me :)"

Subscribe to on my YouTube page HERE to follow along with my bi-weekly LOVE YOUR BODY Flows where below each flow I will attach and share my love letter of the week.  

Add yours to the feed to be apart of the community! They will be  short sweet love notes to ourselves on what we love.  Then we use it as out mantra to meditate these good thoughts for two-five minutes daily.  The more you do something the more it becomes a new replacement for an old habit. So let's give it a try! 

 

March challenge!?  Amp up your strength!  Coming next month I will be hosting a special yoga challenge to keep you from the hibernation cave that the winter blues tend to take us.  We will be Doing Daily Empowering Flows and Check ins that will keep you strong and Amped up and Ready for the spring break get away!  

ALSO! COMING AT YOU SUMMER 2016!!! 

THE ALL NEW LIVE

EMPOWER YOUR PRACTICE SERIES!!

THIS SUMMER I WILL BE SHARING THE SERIES IN LOCAL PARKS (STARTING IN MICHIGAN) A SERIES THAT WILL TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU PRACTICE. WHETHER YOUR NEW TO YOGA OR HAVE BEEN IN IT FOR YEARS THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! 

Have a group and location that's interested in amping up your practice? Contact Me to let me know where and when! 

To Start the kickoff of Empowering Your Practice Each month we will dive deeper and deeper into the world of yoga.  

Yoga is more than just a sequence of poses that we flow through.  In fact, it's only a small small part of yoga.  There are 8 limbs or steps that help us live a more fully rounded life.  They keep us more aware and in the present moment.  

The first limb or step of yoga is basically the ethical standards.  They are called the Yamas which are universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” There are five yamas in total.  These are great to learn and use as daily intention setters.  As we step on the mat we set an intention or meaning for our practice today.  Asana/poses of yoga is useless if you don't take what you learn on the mat, off into your daily life.

Ahimsa, meaning non violence or non harming.  This is a great tool to use when stepping onto the mat or any other physical activity you endure.  It's important to do your best at things and be wholehearted, but there's a fine line between whole heartedness and ego.  Be Strong in what you do, but don't over do it.  Doing all things with love (or non-violence) means not pushing yourself past the limit into the point where your practice becomes harmful to your body.  Over doing things cause injury.  Walk the edge and allow yourself to explore what it's like to be easy and add to it a little more and a little more.  Knowing when to back off is actually more more courageous that pulling out the full pose when you're not ready or your body never allowed for it.  Know that each and every bone and muscle in each and every body is never the same or in fact knowing that each day your body is different itself!  Knowing this gets you closer and closer to enlightenment and seeing the world fully.  Taking this to real world, off the mat, practices can be taken from a less physical standpoint.  Going with our theme of the month Love it all in.  Sometimes our thoughts to ourselves are so harsh.  We can be our biggest critics.  Knowing that we have the power to change our thinking is part of ahimsa.  Non-harming thoughts towards ourselves will actually project onto how we see the world.  By simply complementing yourself and taking note on what you did right instead of wrong will turn into flipping our whole perspective on the world.  I've had the pleasure to work with Bryan Kest this past December who had such powerful words to share.  One lesson was "What the F#ck are you feeding?".  He's a little more brash than I am ;) but he gets the message across.  Basically, what you feed, a.k.a your thoughts, survives and what you don't dies.  Makes sense right?!  If you feed a dirty rat it will keep coming back and get bigger and stronger.  Just as if you feed dirty, self harming thoughts they grow bigger and bigger.  Ever watch an infomercial for an extended period?  At first you may think, " Please?! This stuff isn't for real is it?" Then after an hour of being sucked in "WOW! I really think they're on to something!"

The more exposed to something the more you begin to believe it!  The more you think harsh thoughts the more your perception become harsh.  The more you feed the good, the more the world turns into a more magical place.  

Plus, what harm are you actually doing by thinking more positive thoughts?? The people around you might see it and start doing it too!! How crazy would that be?! What if we all started doing it and throwing a big LOVE BOMB out to the world and seeing the magic there is to see?? There's no harm in trying right?  So let's do it!

It takes 21 days to break a habit! Today is your DAY ONE!

Go grab a scrap piece of paper.  Write 5 things you love about you...GO! Now flip it and write 5 things you love about life!!  Place this in a spot you will see it on the daily...Bathroom mirror dead center is a great spot!  Now whenever you're feeling harsh take out your ahimsa paper and write down what you love.  Flip the perspective on how your feeling and turn it to the positive.  It takes practice and time to create change.  Yoga is more than just the poses and they don't call it a practice for no reason.  You can do anything you put your heart and mind into!  I believe in you and so should you!!

You've got this!! Breathe it all in and LOVE it all out!

Be Strong.  Be YOU.  BE EMPOWERED!!

Namaste (: