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Bringing Yoga into Life

You wouldn’t think my garage door would have much to do with yoga…but it does.

Used to be I’d leave my house and not think or be present in the moment. From time to time I’d come home and my garage door would be left open. It got me worrying. So then I’d leave the house and get a couple of blocks from home and I’d have to turn around and drive back down the alley and see if I indeed remembered to close the door.

I can come up with some more examples:

  • Did I lock the door?
  • Did I turn the oven off?
  • Did I remember to close the side gate so the dog doesn’t get out?
  • Did I ______

What’s yours?

After I started practicing and studying yoga I realized what a tremendous opportunity this all was to offer myself the gift of presence. Because if I was truly present in this one, precious moment I would KNOW if I closed the garage door. Right?

But it gets better!

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me…scheduling an m.r.i.

About six weeks ago, I sprained my ankle horribly. The orthopedist was super dramatic and said that if I reinjured my ankle, the consequences would be “catastrophic.” Zoinks.

So when I got off the crutches and out of the boot – I was like a baby deer taking my first steps. Plus it’s winter, so add ice to each footfall.

Each step I took I would measure the ground, the velocity, the feeling of each step. Was it ok to put all of my weight on my injured ankle?

Oh hello yoga. It slowed me down to start noticing each step. To stay present in each step instead of just walking through life not noticing!

ONE MORE.

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ARGH!

When I was going through yoga teacher training, we did a practice. It about drove me damn near nuts, but it has come back to me again and again and again.

We had to take a half hour to eat an orange.

All I had in my refrigerator was a clementine.

DO YOU KNOW HOW SMALL A CLEMENTINE IS?

I set my timer, closed my eyes and began by smelling. The smell of the clementine lit up my nose. Then I looked at each pore of the peel and the sweet little eye where the stem was. Then I set out to slowly peel and eat the clementine. For thirty minutes. It was wondrous.

Presence.

My hope is that you don’t have to injure yourself, drive around the block 3 times or eat a clementine for thirty minutes (though I highly recommend trying it.)

My hope is that you receive this gift and start looking around for your own opportunities to see, to sense, to feel, to smell, to receive the gifts of each moment.

Because each moment is a wondrous gift filled with it all.

Namaste, 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.

Here’s the FB live I did on it.

 

Much peace, Sarah


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About that time I slipped into disordered eating.

triathlon1Sometimes, when I look back at the pictures from this summer, I get a little mmm… confused. I don’t recognize that woman in the picture.

And it’s not just because I was 25 pounds lighter (I don’t have a scale, so it could be more.) It’s because the way she was in the world is SO different than the way I am in the world now.

I want to hug her and tell her that her worth isn’t determined by her size, her fitness level, her ability to conquer long distances, or by anything on the outside.
Her worth is determined simply because she is. Simply is. She is a gift. An essential part of the whole. Loved. Cherished. Seen.

If you are wrestling with your size in relation to your worth. I want to tell you something important. Feeling well in my soul helped me to feel good in my skin. And it didn’t, doesn’t, have ONE THING to do with having cellulite or not having cellulite, being cut or being soft, being fit or out of shape.

Feeling well in my soul came from simply loving the gift that is me. My body is just the shell that holds me. I take care of it because it is a beautiful gift. Taking care of myself springs from my self love.
But there are no expectations on treating myself to wellness anymore. No limitations either.

I eat whole food.
I drink a lot of water.
I move my machine in a way that pleases me.
And my body – my spirit – my mind has found balance.

Join me for The Eat Whole Foods, Drink More Water, Move Your Body Month. And invite your friends. Because you, they, WE are worth it.


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Fall Workout #3

I like this one, which features slow and controlled movements. Especially this time of year when I’m not feeling like going all out.

Take your time and enjoy a walk or run or walk AND run – notice what’s going on around you. See that everything around you is slowing down a bit and preparing for winter.

Then enjoy some slow strength work.

xo.

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Fall Workout #2

Well it’s Monday. And it has been a hell of a day no? So I’m going to just plop this right here without a bunch of yapping.

Let me know if you have any questions. This is a bouncy workout – so make sure to warm up and afterwards dynamically stretch out your calves (bunny hops, walking lunges, inchworms.) If you want to bring this workout down a bit, you can take the bounce out.
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Have fun and let me know how it goes. I’m doing it tomorrow:)
xo, S


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Smiling is better than CHOCOLATE

Smiling is better than Chocolate I said…

“What? Impossible” The response of my daughter to this statement.

But when it comes to our brain’s response, smiling wins out. It creates a powerful loop in that the brain recognizes as HAPPINESS and PLEASURE. This positive feedback loop reinforces feelings of JOY.

Even fake smiles trigger the same loop. So when you’re in traffic, frustrated, irritated, annoyed – try smiling. And hold it. (The yoga instructor in me wants you to add some diaphragmatic breaths too.)

Here’s a FB Live I did on it.

Namaste,
Sarah