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Self-Compassion Exercise

When my kids were both finally in school, I knew I needed to do some work around self-love and self-compassion. So I designed a self-study course for myself. High on the list was a book by Kristen Neff called, “Self Compassion.” You can see her TED Talk too by clicking here. 

One of the exercises in the book was to write a letter to myself from the position of a loving friend.

It was a game changer for me.

You try. Click on this link: http://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/

Do Exercise 3.

The…if you want, click and do all of the exercises and meditations.

You’re worth it. xo.


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Athleta…changing?

If you’re a woman and you move your body, you might get the Athleta catalog.

Not so very long ago (three years in March) I got an Athleta catalog in the mail and it make my whole body slump over and ask, WHY?? The catalog was FILLED with unrealistic images of women…and they were all white….and they were all really young. So, I sent them a letter that you can read here. 

I have to admit…I was on the warpath. You see, I have two daughters who are growing up in a different world than what they see in the catalogs. They come to the gym or the yoga studios that I teach in and see incredible women of all ages and colors and sizes. And they look up to them. Two of my favorites are Carol & Rebecca – they kick all kinds of ass. 🙂

So this week – we got the catalog. And I hadn’t looked at it yet, but my 12 year old daughter comes up to me and says, “Mom. Check it out. Real women. Older Women. Normal women. Women of different colors.”

She proceeded to flip through and show me these images:

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She looked up at me and smiled. And all I said was, “Yessss.”

Well done Athleta. More please.

Be unafraid. Health comes in all sizes – Check out beautiful, amazing Mirna Valerio who is a distance runner at 250 pounds.

Health comes in all ages.

Health comes in all colors.

Represent us all. Latin American. Asian. Women in hijabs. Big. Small. Old. Young. Beautiful amazing women from around the world.

We’re all out here waiting.

Inspire us.

In the comments – let me know if you got a catalog and have been noticing the shifts. What do you think? Here’s what some other people had to say via Facebook.

Namaste, Sarah


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Self Care – Idea

This month, challenge yourself to do ONE small thing each day to show yourself love and care.

One small thing.

Each day.

Don’t let the things that normally stop you from self-care get in your way. (In yoga teacher training, we call those ‘confusion strategies’ – things that we design ourselves to hinder our own growth, care or understanding.)

Step sweetly out of your own way and do this for your highest good.

Be creative!

Pedicure too expensive? – Lotion your feet.
No time for yoga? – Take 3 deep breaths during your day.
Can’t make time for exercise? – Drink one more glass of H2O each day.

Sometimes people say they don’t have enough money for self care…self care doesn’t have to cost a thing. https://turinofitness.com/2016/02/09/self-care-month-i-cant-afford-it/

Here’s the invitation – Make yourself a priority in your own life.

You’re worth it.

Namaste:) S


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Idea – Self Care

It’s February – and every year in February I like to help us all remember to take our self-care and self-love seriously. So here’s an exercise for you to try:
Brainstorm a list of things that please you, light you up, bring you joy. Don’t let anything stop you from writing it down – including time, money…whatever. Don’t let “it’s not possible” stop you from dreaming.

Trip to Paris? Write it down.
Cup of tea and a good book? Write it down.
Massage? Write it down.
Exercise? Write it down?
Date night? Write it down.
Knit? Color? Girl’s Night? A house cleaned by someone else?
Write it down.

Give yourself permission to dream. And allow the things on your list to be soul-drenching.

Then, take a highlighter out and highlight the ones that are feasible and do-able and simply have to happen this month.

Click on this link for a free and printable February calendar if you need one.

Choose five. (More if you like.)

Schedule them.

Why? Very simply because you’re worth it.

And when you take care of yourself, you can better serve the world. Let February be a kickstart for self-love and self-care year round.

Namaste, S


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self soothing

The energy around me is sucking out my life force like the dementors in Harry Potter right now. Social media is filled with anger and hate and fear. It’s swirling all around.

ugh.

How about you? Do you notice that with all this negative talk swirling around that you feel depleted?

What can you do to take care of yourself when you feel agitated, angry, sad, frustrated, fearful, upset, depressed or anxious? Here are some ideas:

Breathe
Move
Drink water
Eat a rainbow
Be creative
Laugh
Come to class
Smile at a stranger
Start cutting out the negative influences

Really make nourishing yourself a priority. You’re worth it.

S


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The Work

A friend and I were talking yesterday about how DOING THE WORK IS HARD.

It’s no wonder that we get sheepish clients that come back again and again with guilty faces saying, “I didn’t do any of the exercises you asked me to do last week.”

Yep. We get it. It’s hard.

But it’s also where ALL OF THE SUCCESS IS. We show you where the mine is, but you have to get in there with your pick and shovel and headlamp and mine your gems.

You spend one hour a week with us (sometimes less if you’re bi-weekly or monthly) but the rest of the time – you’re on your own.

I want you to know that we (teachers, trainers, body workers, healers) TOTALLY understand. We have to do the work too! We understand that it’s a drag to:

  •                Exercise
  •                Stretch
  •                Meditate
  •                Take care of your sweet self with water, food, care
  •                Do physical therapy exercises
  •                Do the yoga class
  •                Do the little exercises the chiropractor has assigned
  •                Do your SomaYoga practice
  •                Do Core Stabilization exercises
  •                Do ALL of the things that support your body, mind, spirit

THE SECRET: You just have to do the work.

If you think we want to do the LIST OF THINGS that we have to do, you are woefully mistaken. Just like you…we’d rather not. We’d love it if we could just be strong, agile, flexible, uninjured, fast, have endurance without any work…but we can’t. No one can.

Consistency is the key.

Really.

And that consistency comes from within. It comes from within YOU. It’s about saying, “Idontwanna” and doing it anyways or doing something else on the list.

And sadly, unless you have a trainer, physical therapist, massage therapist, SomaYoga teacher, yoga teacher, chiropractor, or coach LIVING WITH YOU 24/7 (wouldn’t that be great?) you simply have to getterdone.

It’s not sexy. But I am telling you the TRUTH. Your success is dependent on you working the program all of the other hours of the day, week, month, year. Another tip? Remembering that wellness never has a arrival point. So that means you’ll be working the program…for life. Embrace it :).

We’ll be here – cheering you on so hard.

Peace, Sarah


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Powerlessness

When I was 9, my dad took me on a GRAND adventure…we left our South Dakota home to fly to Bombay, India. From Bombay, we rode an open-air bus 50 miles to Ganeshpuri, India.

We arrived at an ashram where people from all over the world came together in a communal living facility to study meditation, chanting, service and study.

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Photo courtesy of Claus Oronoz

I lived there for four months. 

When we arrived, they separated us for dinner – men on one side, women on the other. Imagine that you’re 9, you’re hungry, you’re jet-lagged and you’re surrounded by strangers. You’d kind of want your parent no? I freaked out.

My dad calmly said, “It’s ok Sarah. You’ll be fine. See? Everyone is smiling at you. I’ll see you after we eat by those doors there.”

I was crying and upset, but off I went with the smiling women. My mind was racing, “What is this food? There aren’t any tables! How do you eat with no silverware? Can I drink the water? How do you sit and eat on the floor? What are they saying?”

I felt POWERLESS.

Ahimsa invites us into those moments of powerlessness to take a step away from our panic. Because powerlessness invariably results in violence towards self and others.

When do you feel powerless? What causes you to feel without any choice or control?

  •                 Losing your wallet, phone, keys
  •                 Being late
  •                 Car breaking down
  •                 Someone steals and uses your credit card
  •                 You get lost
  •                 __(fill in the blank)__

How do you react? Your mind is screaming and racing. Your body is hot, tensed and sweaty. You are most definitely off-your-center. There might even be some yelling and crying. A cat in a corner. Fight or flight.

What Ahimsa invites us to remember even under extreme duress, is that there are always options.

In “The Yamas & Niyamas, ” Deborah Adele writes that she uses these tools to reframe Powerlessness:

  • Have faith that the Universe will care for you and provide what you need.
  • Find simple gratitude within the moment of difficulty.
  • Find a way to connect with and/or serve another human being.

Using these practices can give you a bit of space from what you’re feeling and experiencing and provide a longer view, a different perspective. It can be a roadmap back to your center.

You might even find that you learn some tools and become more capable of dealing with stressors.

“Feelings of powerlessness become opportunities to become competent rather than violent,” Adele writes.

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My dad’s attempt at a passport photo. I was channeling my inner Danny Bonaduce.

Back in India, the women in their beautiful white cotton saris smiled warmly and welcomed me with sweet voices that I heard deeply, but didn’t understand at all. Their soft eyes were so tender and loving that I guess I just got out of my own way; my fears fell away.

I trustingly fell into the arms of the Universe.

Because in the end, aren’t we all meant to be the arms of the Universe for each other??

Namaste, Sarah