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Let the Games Begin!

Let the Games Begin!

Laurel_leg_behind_headLast week you read about how to convert the Daily Grind into a Daily Game of delight and play.

If you didn’t do this first tip I suggested, take note. It’s likely there’s a part of you that is avoiding it because you are afraid of what you may discover.

But if you did the exercise, read on!

One of the things you probably discovered during your quiet time was a sense of whether or not you are in alignment with yourself.  What I mean by this is the sense of inner knowing that the life you are living is indeed the one that you want and fulfills you on a very deep soul level.

On the other hand, you may have learned that in fact, you are not in perfect alignment. If so, this is a great sign that it’s time to invest in yourself and your growth! Not sure how?

Click here to sign up for a free Breakthrough Session with me and let me help you find your way. And in the meantime, I’m going to let you in on just one little secret that may change the way you see things.

Games are fun because there are rules, and players train for their games practicing their sport regularly.

But if you don’t train properly, or don’t have the right coach, you’ll never win when it comes to game time.

Like a game, your life requires a certain amount of behind-the-scenes training to get yourself focused, and in the zone for high level play. Join me for the Yoga Experience to learn how yoga can help you put the Game back into play in your life.

iStock_Wellness_CoachingThe solution? Invest in your personal growth. There are many ways to do this. Some are more formal, like enrolling in a course on a topic you’ve always wanted to study. Others are more informal, like dedicating regular time to your creative interests. Regardless, if you want some help finding what’s next for you, sign up for a free Breakthrough Session with me.

Practice is about having regularly scheduled unscheduled time with yourself so that you can gain self-knowledge and practice putting what you learn into place. Want to learn more? Join me for the Yoga Experience.

This is your training, your practice for the game. Without it, you will never, ever bring your best game to anything. NEVER. Work. Relationships. Got it?

Now get out your calendar and find a spot for you. Set aside some time each day and get quiet and still. Listen to the quiet voice in your heart, gut, etc. If logic shows up, you know you’re in your head, not your heart or got. Start with 10 minutes a day.

Then let me know here how it goes!

Love and brilliance,

Laurel

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“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”–Rumi

Re-Membering Your Whole Self

Re-Membering Your Whole Self

Laurel_Headshot_SD.croppedI can’t help but see things that most people never notice when it comes to the body. Just from posture alone, I can tell a lot about a person.

The computer and the car are devices we rely on to create freedom, ease and efficiency in our lives. But yet they also create a magnetic pull of all of our inner resources out of the body, into the head. We are a world of Talking Heads—dismembered from our bodies!  This shows up as head forward syndrome and all types of malaise in the body.

Stress starts in the mind.  Then it drives awareness out of the body intentionally, as a survival mechanism. Blood goes to the limbs (to fight or flee), away from the vital organs, and the nervous system is dulled from feeling sensations. The body is responding on an evolutiger_fight_flighttionary survival level.  It doesn’t know your stress is about a deadline, not a saber-tooth tiger. It prepares itself, so that if you get injured by a predator, your chances of surviving are better.  Better not to feel too much pain or lose too much blood!

However abstract this may sound, the impact on you and your life is real.  Why not re-member your mind and body, and begin to connect to your whole being?  You’ll be amazed at how energized and centered you feel. 

Practice

Stand up and have a friend look at you from the side. Ask them to visually measure whether your ears are in front of or in alignment with your shoulders.  If in front, your body is stressed out and needs help!  Get to a yoga class fast with myself, one of my faculty (Sally Walsh Roberts or Mary Ellen Coleman) or anywhere you can get yourself to!  If you can’t get to a yoga class, try this stretch.  Clasp your hands behind you, stretch the elbows straight, bow forward and drop the arms over your head, head below the heart. Do this for at least five to ten audible breathes.  Repeat as necessary.

Let me know here how it goes!

Love and light,

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The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.   –Mahatma Gandhi

Grind or Game?

Grind or Game?

Laurel_leg_behind_headThe Daily Grind. You live it every day.

Yet, you can’t seem to make sense of it because it’s actually the life you’ve chosen….you ARE living your dream.

Except that, at the end of the day, you’re exhausted and there just doesn’t seem to be any time leftover for YOU.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone! I’ve experienced this myself and after a lot of interviews with my students, I found out it was an epidemic. Work-life balance is tough!

But here’s the good news. After almost 20 years of research, I’ve uncovered the secret to ditching the grind and bringing back fun, play and energy.

I systematically teach my clients how to do this in several of my offerings like The Yoga Experience, Yoga Teacher Trainings, and Wellness-at-Work. But right now, I’m going to give you one quick tip of two powerful secrets that will rock your world, if you do them.

Woman doing yoga meditation at homeThe first step is an inside job. You must get really clear about what it is that you want. This is no easy task! The careers we land in aren’t always 100% aligned with our creative, authentic passion & purpose. We are often influenced by extrinsic factors—what our culture or family says we should be as a woman, man, member of our families, and the duties that go along with the roles we find ourselves in as mother, father, daughter, son, sister, wife, husband, etc. The extrinsic noise can be so loud that we cannot here the intrinsic voice. To do that, you absolutely must get very, very quiet and still—frequently. Get started now with my Free 5-Minute Meditation!

Love and brilliance,

Laurel

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” –Aristotle

Smart Yoga: What Your Yoga Teacher Won’t Tell You That You Should Know

Smart Yoga: What Your Yoga Teacher Won’t Tell You That You Should Know

Laurel_leg_behind_headI like to hop around to different studios and take classes in different styles and see what’s up.  I love tapping into the vibe of different tribes of yoga and communities, seeing new teachers and familiar faces alike. And even as a senior teacher of 20 years, I always learn something new!

But occasionally I cringe when I hear a verbal cue that could injure someone. I’ve had my fair share of injuries along the way, some of them from athletics, some from yoga.  One of my missions is to help yoga professionals prevent unnecessary injuries from yoga.

The cue I heard went something like this: Pull your knee into your chest until you feel pinching and pain in the hip joint.

Lunge_injurySimply put, this is bad advice. I bristled inside and purposely did not follow the instructions. But I worried, How many follow along not knowing the potential harm?

Tip: Never practice yoga that causes pain in a joint. NEVER, even if the teacher tells you some convincing reason to do it or scolds you.  And, if you have pain in your hips, you’ll want to read this important article on impingement.

Now let me know here if you have any other burning questions about what NOT to do in your yoga practice. :-)

Love and brilliance,

Laurel

“In the beginner’s mind, there are infinite possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are but few.”Shunryu Suzuki