“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. I was VERY crazy. You get the idea. I was not the poster child of a yogi, and I didn’t care. I’m going to Costa Rica!

I did struggle with some “less than” stuff when I arrived. You know, that self talk that tells us that we’re not good enough?

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than
regret the things I haven’t done.
Lucille Ball

Here’s what they taught me from the first moments on the mat:

  • Yoga is about compassion – to ourselves and others.
  • Yoga is about truth – knowing who we are.
  • Yoga is about acceptance – of ourselves and others.
  • Yoga is about the breath – on purpose.
  • Yoga is about creating space – in our bodies and minds.
  • Yoga is about being present – right here, right now.

Well, well, well. That was unexpected. Who doesn’t need more of THAT in our lives? And what I discovered was that by practicing this on the mat, I could sense in my body what these spiritual principles might feel and look like off the mat.So there you have it. The short version of what is becoming a very deep story.Contemplation: Is there something you want to do that you’re not doing? What is the story you’re telling yourself about that thing? Is that story true? Does that story really matter?I’m adoring our little conversations evolving from these newsletters. Reply to this email and let me know about your story and thoughts on the yoga stuff. Breathing on purpose, Kris
PS You don’t have to practice yoga to “yoga” music. I’m especially fond of practicing to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Album LOVE. IT.”
So, please reply to Kris and/or to me. We are both curious about your story!
* pic is from that first retreat Kris attended in July 0f 2013 🙂 So I would also add “yoga is about connection.” Yes oh yes, connection with self AND others. 🙂


+ Feel free to take a look at a lil 2.5min video from Kris herself who, with a heart wide open, shares a bit about her experience on previous Semper Sarah yoga and adventure retreats. She made this video several weeks ago and she mentions hoping she can make it to this year’s retreat. Spoiler alert – she is coming! 🙂 

(We are almost full! A few spots in a quad share room remain, though, so if you’re on the fence, let me know ASAP if you want to join us in Costa Rica June 20-26th! 🙂 www.SemperSarah.com/Retreat)  



Get Even Healthier!

Are you curious about how to harmonize your health goals? How to fit wellness into your busy schedule? Let’s talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today – or pass this offer on to someone you care about! Or better yet, join me in Costa Rica in 6 weeks! ALIGN & SHINE RETREAT FOR DRIVEN PROFESSIONAL WOMEN  20-26 June 2015

Who: Women only, all levels of yoga experience welcome to attend.
What: a 7 day, 6 night retreat in a unique locale hand-picked for you as a place of healing, growth, adventure, and restoration
Where: Costa Rica Yoga Spa in Nosara, Costa Rica, about 2 hours from Liberia International Airport
When: June 20-26, 2015
Why: Why not? For example: “I’ve been on several retreats, bar none this was the most unforgettable experience, extraordinary group of diverse kind souls who all gelled. I learned something valuable from each and every one of you. Thank you to Sarah for pulling together such a strong team to guide us and taking the time to have every detail thought out.” Danielle (Pilates Instructor, New Jersey)
How: Go HERE and register by making your deposit.

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About Me. I have a passion to help you shift your behaviors to develop lifelong, sustainable healthy habits and a deep understanding of your mental, physical, and spiritual needs. We’ll work together to create lasting changes to your health, energy, and well-being because “small changes make big differences!” I am an Optimal Wellness and Resiliency Building expert. What does that mean? Well, I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the only school in the world that integrates over 100 of the latest nutrition theories with coaching and business skills. Additionally, I was a United States Marine for nearly seven years and a Military Olympic Athlete. I am also an RYT500 registered yoga instructor, am currently obtaining my Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver, and I’m a survivor and thrivor of many things.