The Story Behind the Yoga Stuff (another guest post) & What’s YOUR Story?

The Story Behind the Yoga Stuff (another guest post) & What’s YOUR Story?

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done” ~ Lucille Ball In this blog, I’m sharing some more Kris Beal with you! 🙂 Once again, her latest newsletter inspired me not only to take some time to be mindful about my own journey but to also reach out to you and hear about YOUR story (yoga-oriented or otherwise). 🙂  Kris says: “I’ve got my Groovy Yoga music playing in the background. It seems so fitting! What are you listening to?I get lots of questions about my love of yoga. After all, it’s been less then 2 years when I embarked on my first retreat. Since that fateful trip, I’ve completed multiple teacher trainings, immersions, committed to a daily home practice, and am blessed to share the practice. Believe me – this is all quite unexpected!Believe me, never in a million years would I have predicted this path!Here’s how it all began….A friend of a friend of a friend had posted something about a Costa Rica Yoga Retreat, and I blindly clicked “like” on the Facebook page. Why not? No harm in clicking, right?Of course, I completely forgot about it until Sarah reached out to me and said, “Hey! Are you interested?” I checked my calendar and flights and spontaneously signed up. Boom!I didn’t do yoga.  I was burnt out. Exhausted once again. I just wanted to get out of dodge, right? Little did I know that the spontaneous click would lead me on this transformative journey.I was not bendy. I was not strong. I was not thin. I was not a 20-something. I was not calm. I didn’t breathe or mediate....
Gandhi’s Paradox – What will YOU do?

Gandhi’s Paradox – What will YOU do?

“Nothing you do as an individual matters, but it is vitally important you do it anyway.” ~Mahatma Gandhi   Why recycle? Why advocate for others? Why bother making any changes in your diet? Why reconcile with a loved one? Why bother voting? Gandhi’s paradox certainly touches on a powerful paradox in the relationship between society and individuals: if we as individual don’t really “make a difference,” then why bother doing anything at all?    Imagine that social systems (family, community, the state in which we live, our country, friends who are the same, race, gender, or sexual orientation as us (or different)) are trees and we are the leaves. No individual leaf on the tree matters; whether it lives or dies has no effect on much of anything. But collectively, the leaves are essential to the whole tree because they photosynthesize the sugar that feeds it. Without the leaves, the tree dies. So leaves matter, and they don’t, just like we matter and we don’t. It’s a matter of critical mass. Alone, or one time, doesn’t amount to much, but collectively we can tip the scale.    This metaphor is applicable with our personal health, as well. The trees are our personal “ecosystem” of well-being and the leaves are the small, positive changes we make to improve it. I often hear people say they just can’t see how one small change (made repeatedly) can make a difference in their health…then, after 2, or 6, or 12 months, they see the change.  Hmmm..didn’t Gandhi say something about change, too? 😉   Anyway, just some food for thought today, and a lil encouragement from me to to...
Wyoming, Women Warriors, and Wellness

Wyoming, Women Warriors, and Wellness

The past several days have been joyfully FULL.  Thursday night, I lead a workshop in Denver at the Freyja Project for CRAVEfuel (Stylish Women Entrepreneurs) about Fueling Your Creative Rampage. I opened with pranayama, shared part of my story of my journey to wellness, provided nutrition and lifestyle tips and techniques, then closed out with a lovely vibration-raising chant which everyone, with their heart wide open, participated in.  (Gosh, that was beautiful and inspiring to witness!) It was a late night as passionate conversations and connections continued well after the workshop and networking time slots. I met some amazing women here in my new home town, and am excited about our opportunities for future collaboration and support here in Denver and beyond. On Friday, I drove Bailey (my amazing three-legged wonder dog) and I to Casper, Wyoming. On Saturday, I had the honor of conducting three 75 minute workshops on “Feeding Your Mind, Body, and Spirit” for the third annual Promoting Our Women Warriors of Wyoming conference (with two media interviews in between).  Click on the image below to watch the 2.5 minute interview with News 13 to hear a few thoughts I have about the legal proceedings of military sexual assault cases, parallels to these similar crimes on college campuses, and wellness for our women warriors. Further thoughts: 1. I support the Military Justice Improvement Act because the bill supports impartial and unbiased legal proceedings. 2. Wellness begins with small choices that continue to build on one another.  Change doesn’t happen overnight, and we don’t have to do it ALL, all today.   You can, however, choose to take one step at a time toward...
Who is the most motivated person you know?

Who is the most motivated person you know?

Can we KISS, please?  😉   Wait, what?!  Don’t worry, I’m not being creepy, I swear. 😉   I just want to Keep It Simple, Silly.   Today I have one, simple question for you: Who is the most motivated person you know?     Please post your answer below because sharing stories or even simple words about those who have motivated you really does motivate others.  Feel free to elaborate a bit, if ya want… Tell me what motivates and drives that particular person, and how they inspire you because of their determination. If you’re more of the Facebook type of person, you can even pop onto the Semper Sarah page and post an answer there.   I look forward to hearing your responses. 🙂...

Because I Love You – Just Roll With It Bootcamp coming to DC 11 May 2013

You know what? I want to live in a world where people are authentically happy, healthy, successful and goin’ with the flow even after they’ve been through the ringer! Where $hit happens and we don’t get stuck in that place forever.  Maybe it’s combat, divorce, injury, dislocation, losing a friend or loved one, or even sexual assault that’s caused you to feel stuck. We’ve all been through trauma or love someone who has. I’ve certainly seen my share of it, and besides what I’ve been through personally – from being struck by lightening, hit by a car, suffering a mini-stroke, battling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and having a laundry list of inexplicable medical issues –  where I’m seriously heart-broken, is in seeing incredible people not moving forward with their dreams, or being sick, tired, in pain, angry, or depressed forevermore because they can’t figure out what really works to get them out of their slump. Since I’ve been such a mess myself in the past yet gone on to build a life I truly love, I know that you can, too! Because I love you, I want you to have the tools to actually be healthy again – heck! to become healthier than you were before that crappy thing or things happened to you – and create a life you’re freaking excited about, to have sustainable health on all levels.  Maybe your life isn’t a “mess,” but we can all always learn something new about how to be even healthier or happier. But I can’t save the world alone. ;-p I need you, I need community, and you all...