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Feeling Stress in Your Body

Part of improving chronic stress is to start to sense and feel it.

Close your eyes and start to sense and feel.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I stressed?
  • Where do I feel that stress in my body?

You’ll start to notice often there is a pattern of where you feel your stress.

This is a beautiful practice because as soon as you can get in touch with FEELING your stress, you can start to catch it earlier and earlier. And once you start catching it earlier, you can start attending to it sooner.

Where do you feel stress in your body? Every body is different.



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Depression Part Two

IMG_20171210_083308184.jpgI’ll never forget the day. It is completely bright in my mind like it happened a minute ago.

I woke up. It was spring. A perfect, melty March day. You could hear the snow dripping off of the building. The sun was shining in through the windows of my small apartment. There were little dusty floaties in the air of the sunbeams.

I took a deep breath and felt something I hadn’t felt in months and months and months…I felt good. I felt a sense that all was right with my world. I felt hope. I felt optimism.

I felt my SELF.

In that moment, I realized that I had been depressed. I didn’t know because I’d never been depressed before.

I got dressed and took myself to a local art store. After purchasing a pad of drawing paper and some charcoals, I drew and wrote poems and CREATED in my kitchen with a cup of tea.

And I knew that it was over. That I had come out from under. That I’d thrown the blanket off of my life and could breathe again.

Please don’t get me wrong – my life wasn’t perfect. I still had a crappy boyfriend, a stressful job and no real friends yet in my new city. But I WAS HOME in myself. From that moment on, I was solid in the footings of myself.

And also, from that day on – the memory of my depression lived on in the back of my brain. I knew without a doubt that I didn’t want to go back there ever again. It’s not that I lived in fear per se, but I knew I didn’t want to go back there ever again if I could help it.

Since then I have had postpartum depression twice.

I had no idea because it didn’t FEEL the same. It was ragey. The first time I coped with my usual – cigarettes and alcohol. The second time – I went on medication.

And every fall, when I experience the natural slowing and dip of my energy…I get scared. I start counting days. After a couple of weeks, I ask my partner, “How long have I felt like this? How long has this been going on?” Nervous that it’s gone on too long and that I need to get help again.

And invariably, just when I ask that question….I turn back up.

But I’m always watching.

If you or someone you love is living with depression, please reach out. There is help. Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text ‘NAMI’ to 741741 or e-mail info@nami.org.

Peace, Sarah


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Gut Health & Stress, Anxiety & Depression Connection

When we are stressed or anxious or depressed, we often turn to ‘fun-buttons’. Everybody’s fun buttons are different – sugar, overeating, junk food, salty food, baked goods, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.

The irony is that the things we turn to as fun buttons often disrupt the balance in our gut or damage our gut.

Why is this important?

Well…because your gut affects your seratonin levels. I’m going to share this excerpt from Kris Carr’s book “Crazy, Sexy Diet.” It about blew my damn mind:

S^*&T for Brains Excerpted from “Crazy Sexy Diet” by Kris Carr

Ever heard of the brain-gut connection? Dr. Michael Gershon, a researcher at Columbia University, calls the gut the “second brain.” The gut has its very own nervous system—the small intestine alone has as many neurons as your spinal cord. Neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that that transmit signals from one part of your brain to another. Guess what? They’re also found in your intestines. In fact, a whopping 95 percent of all serotonin, one of the most important neurotransmitters, is made by nerve cells in your gut. And get this – the gut has at least seven different kinds of serotonin receptors. An imbalance in serotonin levels can be an underlying, cause of depression. If one brain is out of balance, it stands to reason that the other one (the one you’re using to read this) might be out of balance, too.

Click Here for the FB live I did on it.


Much peace, Sarah


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Stress – Stress Response & Chronic Stress

Your soma – body, mind and spirit – reacts beautifully to stress. The problem is, it doesn’t hold up well when we don’t come down from the stressor. It adapts for a time, but wasn’t designed to handle it long-term.



Peace, Sarah


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Core Stability is Sexy – Part Deux

Let’s talk about your Transverse Abdominis. This is the muscle that helps you breathe and stabilizes your pelvis and your lower back.

Many people’s TA’s are weak and not firing – Why? Well – sitting, being sedentary, not consciously turning them on and off, pregnancy and surgical procedures (me – 2 c sections).

This can result in fun things (sarcasm) like low back pain, an unstable pelvis, the little pooch in your lower abdomen.

Here’s the deal – you don’t want to walk around constantly sucking your gut in.

That’s not core stability.

What you are looking for is a STRONG CORE all of the time. One that you also have conscious control of.

We’re switching up our exercises for the month!

5- 6 Second Hollows
ABC Plank
5- Hollows with Alternating Arm/Leg Extended
5 Bear Crawl – Forward/Backward on your Mat OR
5 Hand/Knee Hovers
ABC Plank

Click HERE for a video link of the exercises.

Peace. And remember… #corestabilityissexy


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Making Core Stability Sexy…?

I have to laugh because when I teach core stability, I imagine people nodding off like this…


So I decided to make Core Stability SEXY…haha! I figured if I put the word sexy in the mix it would generate some interest (or maybe just make you laugh.)

Some reasons why Core Stability is Sexy:

  1. Spine is stabilized from the inside layers of the muscles (my favorite – the multifidi) on out. You can have the strongest ab muscles in the world – and still have an unstable core. Believe me…
  2. More mobile. If your core is stable, your limbs can be more mobile.
  3. You can safely lift some (*&t.
  4. You have better balance.
  5. Less likely to get back injuries.
  6. Better posture.

So here’s a down and drrrty core stability workout:

20 Dead Bugs
ABC Plank (Plank singing the ABC’s)
20 Knee/Hand Hovers
10 Opposite Knee/Hand Hover
ABC Plank

If you want to see a video with me showing these exercises – Click Here. 



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Ugh. Diet fads.

Today I was taking a look at this article about How Americans are Gluttons for Diet Fads and just got so frustrated. It makes my heart hurt that the diet industry is alive and kicking so well here in the United States.

I’m going to be the most unpopular person in America today, but I’m going to tell you the truth.


There’s no quick fix.

There is NO.QUICK.FIX. people.

There is no shake, diet, drug, detox, or wrap that is going to get you thin healthfully.

There just isn’t. (Sidebar: Most people don’t give a crap about the healthfully part, they just want to be THIN.AT.ALL.COSTS.AND.AS.QUICKLY.AS.POSSIBLE.)

And when you feed into the machine of the DIET industry – it generally results in a repeat performance and then some. They’ve got you. You lost it, you gained it back, you want to lose it again and quickly.

It’s crazy making.

And it’s not good for your SOUL (because then you’re not loving the gift of YOU and you’re basing that self-disgust, hate, derision on the size of your damn pants.)

And it’s not good for your BODY (because you’re not giving it what it really needs.)

And it’s not good for your MIND (because then you obsess about it and it becomes all that you think about.)

Good food. Healthy amounts. Eat a rainbow. Move your body in a way that pleases you. Deep breaths. Get fresh air. Laugh. Love your amazing self. You may not end up being your dream size, but…you just might be AT PEACE and HEALTHY. Come on people.

Namaste, Sarah