My Yoga Experience by L-Jay Health July 9, 2012

L-Jay visited my blog earlier this week, and liked our post on Yoga and COPD.  I took the time to check out what he was sharing on his blog, and I found a wealth of wonderful information.  Much to my pleasure he also had a post on his first yoga experience…….it was positive of course, and he now joins in a yoga practice 3 days a week!!!  L-Jay posted an astonishing list of yoga benefits from a physiological, psychological, and on a chemical point of view…….I loved it!!!

Please follow this link to learn more about the amazing benefits of yoga, and then step onto your own yoga mat pronto! 

be amazed:


Karma (you reap what you sow) July 8, 2012

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Karma (you reap what you sow).


Brene Brown: The Power of Vulneralbility June 21, 2012

Brene Brown, Ph.D, LMSW

Towards the end of today’s practice I asked each student to share one thing that they liked about themselves…..easy question, right?  Well, to my surprise not so much……there were puzzled looks, feelings of awkwardness, and a lot of silence.  So, I then decided to ask what it is one thing you don’t like about yourselves…….the room filled with laughter, and everyone in that instance realized how it’s become acceptable to  focus on,  and keep hold of the negative thoughts, perspectives, feelings, ideas, etc.  Why is that? 

One student, Susan, shared that she didn’t want others to think she was “stuck-up” by saying nice things about herself.  Other students admitted they just haven’t given it much thought.  What I heard was the concern about being judged from others, as well as having a lack of compassion for self.  So, I went around the room again asking what is the one thing you like about yourself?   With red cheeks, small smiles, and eyes that glanced towards the floor…….slowly they began to share what they felt was great about their individual selves.

Some liked physical things about their appearance, others liked qualities of their personality, and I enjoyed being a part of a moment sharing compassion without  judgement.  Mind you, I didn’t share my one thing, but I too had a list of things I could have shared that I didn’t like about me……..and it’s funny, we work so hard not to be judged by others, all the while we are constantly judging ourselves.  On that same thought…..while we have compassion for others, we practice little to none for ourselves.  Really, stop and think, when’s the last time you said to yourself, “Job well done!”   Maybe it’s time to make a shift in thinking.  To embrace ourselves for the good, the bad, the fun, the boring, the days of  looking fabulous, and the days of staying in our jammies.  All of it is us, so embrace it, love it and be glad that it’s yours.  

Today, I decided to purchase Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be, and embrace who you are.  She has done years of research, as well as her own soul searching on this topic of being vulnerable and loving self.  I invite you to view this 20 minute video clip…’s well worth your time, and it just might empower you to let go and feel good about you being you!  So, the next time you’re asked what it is that you like about yourself……without doubt, fear or hesitation you’ll have an answer, and feel wonderful sharing it.  By the way, I’ve given it some thought, and I like my neck and shoulders :).

please view and enjoy:


The Four Agreements June 9, 2012

As I was browsing through my Facebook page I found this post, and it just made sense to pass this message forward.  Taking the simplest actions in life can bring us the greatest peace.  I invite you to read the following Four Agreements, and if they resinate with you as the did with me……please pass them forward, and we will share together the message of being, or becoming our best possible selves.  Helping us to find the peace, and the greatness that already lies within.


The Four Agreements:

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word:

 Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in… the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally:

 Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions:

 Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best:

 Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Miguel Ruiz


Never-Ever Give Up May 16, 2012

I am so grateful that our student Skylar shared this video clip with me!  It gave me the opportunity to reflect on where I am in my journey of growing YOUYOGA.  At times I feel success, other times doubt, and most the time overwhelmed.   In my day-to-day life it can become so easy to get overwhelmed with the simple task……running errands, keeping up with chores, taking care of family, oh and let’s not forget growing a yoga business!  It also becomes equally easy to lose focus on myself, and my personal goals.  Having the opportunity to view this inspirational video clip reminds me that all things are possible, and my battles will only get as big as I allow them to grow!!!

It also illustrates the importance of surrounding yourself with others that believe in your mission…..not matter how big, or small.  As I have stated before, at YOUYOGA we believe in you, until you have the courage to believe in yourself.  That message flows in both directions…..our students belief in our message, and our teachers belief in our mission makes it easier for me to push forward through the success, the doubt and the times of being overwhelmed.  These experiences are universal…..not unique to me, or anyone else. So, when you are able to bare witness to others’ perseverance as the overcome their struggles it gives you the courage to believe even more in yourself.

Please watch this video clip and let yourself be inspired to step out onto the ledge of your dreams, and find the courage to leap into your destiny!  Namaste



One Thought Today……… April 2, 2012

Belief in “Self” trumps all…..



Our Goal this week….Practicing Kindness March 26, 2012

This week our goal in class will be to practice the Yama known as Ahimsa (non-violence)…so as we go through our practice we’ll try to be aware, we’ll be gentle in our actions, thoughts, and speech.
For example, as we go into a forward fold and our hamstrings (back of our legs) say….HALT!!! We’ll listen and we’ll become gentle in our action by using blocks to lift the earth, or rest our hands above our knees on the thighs.
We’ll view the stretch as a challenge, not an obstacle that can’t be overcome. We’ll be patient with ourselves while having a sense of pride for what is accomplished today.
The practice of Ahimsa translates into compassion, love, understanding, patience, self-love and worthiness.
I invite you in this moment to think of one way you can practice kindness for yourself……not someone else……yourself. Think of it and go do it!