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Negative Self Talk & Body Shaming

We all do it.

Most of us are wired to think we aren’t good enough. It’s ok. What is not ok is sitting and whining about it.

The fact is… in the 20 minutes you just spent obsessing over your body YOU COULD HAVE ALREADY WORKED OUT by now! Get off your ass and MOVE! Get outside and run. Pick up some dumbbells. Use your own body weight. No more excuses! It doesn’t take long to blast those thoughts away once you get MOVING!

Lately, people have been asking me how I do it all…

Be a single mom, run three businesses and still have time to take care of myself. Here’s my secret: I put myself first. I schedule my life one week at a time (using my incredible Passion Planner) around my SELF CARE, YOGA & WORKOUTS. I put those things before everything, even my son, because I know that I have to in order for me to be the best mom and best person I can be.

Lately my weekly workout schedule has consisted of five yoga practices, three in-home workouts (done in my living room using a suspension trainer, 8lb dumbbells, and my own body weight – 30 minutes on average) and running twice/week outside for 20 minutes.

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bellI admit, I do love to look a certain way. And I’m not ashamed of it. I love being lean, toned and strong. It feels damn sexy. But that’s a side effect of putting in the work. Work that reveals to me how much stronger I am than I realize… time and time again. It grounds me. It’s a daily commitment to my HIGHEST SELF. To raising my vibration. If you aren’t taking it to the next level you’re treading water, or even worse, going backwards. Don’t get me wrong, there are times to slow down and rest, but in order for your fire and passion for life to be ignited, you’ve got to move your body. You’ve got to awaken your energy.

We live in a world that disconnects us from our power by making us feel like we aren’t good enough. It’s time to take action and take your power back. No one else is going to do it for you. So, get up and MOVE! You are worth it.

Come practice with me! View my teaching schedule at The Yoga Project Fort Worth.

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Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, My Favorite Things

The FREE Shit

Finally, a day midweek where I get to completely slow down.

I actually slept in this morning for the first time in a while, and by sleeping in I mean 7:30am. I’ve excitedly prepared myself mentally for a food coma, watching football with my dad, playing outside with my little guy, and turkey dinner at my aunt’s house complete with that lovely tryptophan high.

Yep, it’s Thanksgiving.

So, I felt today was the perfect day to be reminded of the FREE shit (as my mom always calls it).

The “free shit” is stuff that is, well, free, and always available to us. It’s the things we often overlook when life gets busy.

Here’s the free shit I’m grateful for in my life today:

  1. Being born in the USA. We are all so incredibly privileged, y’all.
  2. My breath: saving me from losing my shit daily!
  3. Choosing to forgive people who have hurt my heart.
  4. Cutting toxic people and things out of my life.
  5. Playing with my son and feeling like a kid again.
  6. His tantrums that remind me life is not always rainbows and unicorns.
  7. Being a mom.
  8. The student who comes up to me in tears after yoga and gives me a huge hug.
  9. My flaws that help me stay humble.
  10. The courage to move far away and start over.
  11. The whisper of my spirit that continues to show me the way.
  12. Pain that requires healing.
  13. Healing myself to heal the collective.
  14. Karma, for giving people what they deserve.
  15. The fact that I can honestly say today, “I am beautiful and I love myself.”
  16. The excited feeling in my guts of what the future holds.
  17. Not knowing what the future holds.
  18. Being in love.
  19. Loving myself.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend… Thank you for being a part of my journey, I am grateful for you! May you see the good in EVERYTHING today!

Cheers,

Loren

 

 

 

 

 

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Lifestyle, Yoga

Not Your Typical Yoga Anatomy Training

On the first day of the advanced yoga training module I took recently, Anatomy & Physiology with Free Life People School of Yoga, we were asked a couple loaded questions right off the bat:

What is yoga? How do you teach it?

Each of us excitedly spent some time journaling, crafting our answers with too many words, and then we went around sharing. I could share with you what my answer said but it would be pointless because it probably said exactly what you imagine it said.

Over the course of this eight day program, I was challenged, mostly, to check in with myself. Sure, we learned all about bones, muscles, breathwork, meditation, common injuries and how to work with them, assisting, and lots more, but that was the icing on the cake. After the training was over, we were astounded at how our answers had shifted. And simplified, though we had learned so many new tools for teaching yoga.

My final answer on the last day of training: “I teach yoga by embodying it.”

I realized my ability to show up for my students is directly related to my commitment to showing up for myself. Meditation practice was a huge and unexpected part of this training, and probably the most powerful part for me. I have actually stayed committed to a morning meditation practice because of it and am experiencing the daily benefits of self-observation mainly in the form of more awareness of my own tendencies… I find myself having moments of noticing what I’m doing as if I’m standing across the room watching myself. It’s wild! This practice helps me SEE MYSELF in a real, raw way. It’s an ongoing CHECK IN, so that I don’t CHECK OUT.

So, yoga teachers, how do you teach yoga? How do you LIVE your yoga?

WE MUST LEARN TO TEACH BY BEING.

Also known as walking your talk. As yoga teachers, we are always talking about going inward, self-care, “being the change,” but are we doing this ourselves?

Photo: Jake Dockins

Photo: Jake Dockins

YOGA IS A LIFESTYLE. It’s not about the poses. The poses are a vehicle to practice mindfulness, which draws us into the NOW by experiencing concrete breath and body sensation. But there are eight limbs of yoga! Asana (posture) is only one!

And that is exactly what Stacy & Dave Dockins teach in their programs. The teaching journey is a journey of the self, first and foremost. The anatomy and physiology and class sequencing and all that jazz are our tools as yoga teachers – they help us create moments of awareness in our students, but the ultimate journey is within YOU.

Are you a 200 hour yoga teacher ready to advance toward your 500 hour certification? Check out Free Life People School of Yoga, I am so thrilled to complete the remaining two modules for my 500 hour certification within the next year. There are three trainings total, each 100 hours and about a week long. If you’re looking for a unique & powerful experience that will enrich your teaching and your LIFE, look no further! One of the many unique aspects of FLP trainings is the live practice teaching that happens from day one. It is very hands on and empowering. Thank you, Stacy & Dave, my life has been greatly enriched by your presence and I am forever grateful!

Stacy Dockins, creator & lead facilitator of Free Life People School of Yoga

Stacy Dockins, creator & lead facilitator of Free Life People School of Yoga | Photo: Jake Dockins

“Honor the uniqueness of YOU. When practicing yoga, it is vital that YOU be the ultimate guide of your practice. Each one of us has a unique body which carries its own history. This has a profound effect on your overall experience.  Listen to what your teachers offer to you, then embody it… feel it… be curious… listen to your inner knowing. Only YOU know what you are feeling.” ~Stacy Dockins @txyogastacy @freelifepeopleyoga

For a full list of upcoming trainings, visit www.freelifepeople.com.

See Loren’s teaching schedule and upcoming workshops here.

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Health + Wellness, Lifestyle

Holy Shift

I’m still coming down off the energy from the full moon in Taurus last weekend.

As an Earth sign, Taurus invites us to flow with the force of gravity and get grounded in the energy of our Mother Earth… which is all too fitting with the holidays quickly approaching. Mixed in with the excitement of the season is always a little (or a lot of) stress, which can be partly soothed by anything pumpkin flavored.

As we move into a bit of a dark spell with the changing of the seasons, cooler temps and shorter days, we are called to go inward.

This is a time of reflection. The end of the year, in all its glory, is the perfect time to take a look back and assess where we are right now so we can create new intentions for the year ahead. The key to moving through this time of year with ease is A LOT of grounding. More than a pumpkin spice latte can handle.

Three ways to stay grounded through the holidays:

1. MOVE YOUR BODY. Everyday! No excuses. Even more important with the cooler temps. Get your heart rate up, keep your stress level to a minimum and keep your circulation & metabolism healthy to ensure you have enough energy to fa-la-la-la-la all day long. Take care of YOU so you can fully enjoy and be present with your loved ones.
2. REFLECT. Get out your journal and take the pen to paper! What were your three favorite things about 2017? What stands out to you most about this year? What are most proud of? What are you least proud of? SET INTENTIONS. A new year is upon us. What are three goals you have for 2018? These can be business, personal, or financial. Just write down three, and write down when you want to achieve them by.
3. BREATHE. Take 5-10 minutes daily to breathe and connect to your body wisdom. This simple act will help you stay connected to your intuition, increase mental clarity, and raise your awareness!

It can be overwhelming doing this deep reflective self work. Remember not to be so hard on yourself. Take a moment to think of how far you’ve come. Of all the obstacles you navigated to be standing where you are right now. You have come this far, and you are going to do big things going forward because you are fucking amazing! Remember that YOU are the creator of your life. No one else is in your shoes. Don’t like something? Change it. Is it time for something radically different? Take the leap. Be brave, fearless and courageous. Set an example for the people you care about.

The only constant is change. Everything is always shifting. Embrace it. Let whatever energy you have within you now be your ally. Be curious about it and learn from it. We spend so much time and energy resisting things that are uncomfortable. What if we did the opposite? Embrace it all because it’s all part of your journey.

Mala beads are a beautiful tool to hold your intentions. I have been a busy bee making tons of jewelry lately! Learn about malas here and see what’s new in The MALA Shop!

Sending you all the love and light this holiday season,

Loren

Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga

Audacious Life – The Podcast, Episode 017: Creating the Life You Deserve & Desire

I was so honored to recently be featured on Audacious Life – The Podcast, with Robin Wilkins Smith. I recently redesigned Robin’s website and when she asked if she could interview me, I was so excited! Robin is all about empowering women to create the lives we deserve and desire by creating disruption in our stale routines that get us stuck. Make sure to check out her website www.robinwilkinssmith.com, subscribe to her blog and podcast, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook! Below are the show notes… enjoy!

“Today on the podcast we are joined by Loren Ashley Boyd. Loren is the founder of Loren Ashely Design, a design company that provides authentic web solutions tailored specifically to client needs. Loren has a degree in Journalism and Graphic Design from the University of Washington. She is a passionate yoga instructor, jewelry artist, web designer, blogger, traveler, mother, and lover of life. She has helped a number of people with logo and website design, creating design expressions through each client that reflect their unique personalities. Loren has a unique eye for design, incredible skill with the written word, and a passion for helping people follow their heart’s desire. As an avid yoga practitioner and yoga teacher, she desires to help others achieve the fullest expression of themselves in all areas of life. In this episode Loren shares with us her journey of reconnecting with yourself by understanding how you choose to connect with the energy in your life. All this and more inside today’s episode.”

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Loren’s journey and how she was always pulled toward the creative side
  • The time Loren spent as a cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Why Loren decided to pack her suitcases and head to Costa Rica for six months
  • How yoga helped Loren to open up her intuition more clearly to follow it
  • Understanding the seven main chakras, and the importance of our energy centers
  • Becoming more present in life and increasing awareness with mindfulness practice
  • Learning to hold a space for people to experience healing
  • The why that makes Loren get out of bed every single day
  • Taking responsibility for our own health and awareness, starting with ourselves
  • Loren’s daily routine and how she balances working from home and being a mom
  • The importance of taking time to shift your awareness away from the busyness of life
  • Learning to empower others through accountability and vulnerability
  • Using a website or a blog to create a community and make an impact in the world
  • And much more!

 

Tweetables:

“I packed two suitcases and I left, and I moved to Costa Rica.” — Loren Ashley Boyd [0:07:44.0]

“Our awareness is like a muscle; we have to train it.” — Loren Ashley Boyd [0:16:00.0]

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Loren Ashley Design

Loren Ashley Yoga

Loren Ashley Yoga on Instagram

Loren Ashley Design on Instagram

Meet Loren in person: Workshops & Yoga Teaching Schedule

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

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Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga

How to Be Happy

I was recently asked to consider the question, “Who are you?”

I thought, “Damn, that’s a loaded question.” And a real good journal prompt, so I took the pen to paper…

My immediate reaction was to associate who I am with what I do, so I thought, “I’m a yoga teacher, web designer… blah blah, etc.” But that’s not who I am. That’s what I do.

So I sat with it for a few more moments and eventually words started appearing on the page before me…

I am simply a human on this journey called life trying to figure it all out and share my experience as I go. As a passionate yoga teacher, web designer, artist, and lover of humanity, I desire to help others find happiness through becoming fully present with life. To reconnect with the wisdom of our bodies, step into our power, and create a joyful life doing what we love.

When we are connected to our body we become present with life. Life happens through us – starting with our breath, our bodies are this incredible vehicle for the miracle of Life.

The question is, how curious, loving, and open can we be to this wisdom in our guts and our hearts? Is it possible that this can fully guide us into living the fullest expression of our lives possible?

The answer is a big, fat, juicy YES.

How? We have to train ourselves to be present with life. It doesn’t happen automatically – we are conditioned otherwise. We live mostly in our heads, in the past and in the future. We are constantly bombarded with messages telling us how to live, how to love, how to look, eat, speak, and be.

The truth is, happiness and joy are not in any of those things. They exist in the small moments happening right now.

I like to think of life as a collection of moments. Why is it that we remember certain things? Isn’t it interesting how specific moments stand out to us? We may even recall sounds, smells, tiny little details of these events. Why? Because we were fully present in those moments.

THE UNIVERSE WANTS US TO BE PRESENT WITH LIFE. It wants us to be happy and feel that joy deep in our core.

So, with our awareness bouncing all over the place 24/7, how are we supposed to be present?

The key is to be connected to your body. In yoga we speak of prana, which in Hindu philosophy represents our vital life force energy. This flows through us at all times and we connect to it using our breath – we refer to breathwork in yoga as pranayama – control of our vital life force energy.

We have to train our awareness by shifting the way we pay attention. This is a practice. You have to look at your awareness like a muscle. Just like you would strengthen any other muscle, you have to strengthen your awareness muscle. The stronger your ability to shift your awareness is, the easier it is to be present with life.

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE that we choose everyday. It is a practice.

MINDFULNESS PRACTICES

Everything starts in your mind. Start paying attention to the effect your thoughts are having on your physiology. For example, a stressful thought comes in… Your heart rate increases… you feel a tightness in your chest, maybe your palms get sweaty. Your stress level rises and your body starts to prepare for battle (fight or flight!). But wait, is this truly a life-threatening situation? Usually the answer is NO.

We live in a world where we are in a constant state of stress most of the time, always prepared for battle. Our sympathetic nervous systems are on OVERLOAD. We need some parasympathetic tone to bring balance. We have to wire in new reactivity patterns in order for anything to change.

MEDITATION & YOGA

Mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation have been proven scientifically to actually change the structure of the brain, specifically the middle prefrontal cortex – which houses our ability to relax, calm down, and actually assess whether something should require us to gear up for battle.

When you sit and meditate or practice yoga you simply place your attention on breath or body sensation. When your awareness is on those things you have no room to place any awareness on busy thought or be caught up in the story of your life (which is all in your mind and is the cause of stress). In these moments are you are fully connect to prana, your life force energy… you bring yourself to the present moment.

This is a practice. And it’s not always pretty. Uncomfortable feelings and emotions arise, and we have to be courageous enough to allow ourselves to feel them.

There is nothing more powerful than connecting to the wisdom of your body. Your heart and belly have just as many neural pathways as your brain! YOUR BODY is the most readily available tool to practice mindful awareness and, in turn, experience the joy of life happening right in front of you.

So, breathe and move your body today. Engage all of your senses with whatever you are doing. Be loving and compassionate with yourself when you catch yourself stuck in your head or in the story of your life. It’s ok.

Make the choice to be present with life. With all the little moments. The highs, the lows. Love it all. Embrace exactly where you are at in your process because it’s exactly where you are supposed to be.

 

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How to rewrite your story and change your life
Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Love, Workshops

Rewrite your story and change your life

When was the last time you took a good hard look at the thoughts you are thinking and beliefs you have (aka the stories you tell yourself about yourself and your life)?

The thing is, we don’t even realize we’re doing it half the time… stuck in negative thinking that just perpetuates those exact thoughts to manifest into our reality.

We really do get to create our lives, but how? It starts with our thoughts. We must have awareness of our thoughts and if they do not serve our highest good, we have to change them.

I recently had a powerful, heart opening session with my life coach, Alma Lara, and found myself in tears during our conversation, pouring my heart out to her about how I’ve gained a few pounds and have been totally overindulging in food and drinks lately, and how frustrated and angry at myself I feel about it. She gave me this powerful task to complete, and I feel more empowered than I have in a very long time.

So, here goes… I’d like to share with you my latest journal entry:

The main story I’ve been telling myself lately is that I’m fat and am becoming slowly addicted to sugar again. That gaining a bit of weight is “bad” (I’ve always viewed it this way) and that consequently I’m doing something wrong (shame and guilt). This story is not serving me and these thoughts are actually causing these things to manifest in my life (sugar addiction and weight gain).

So, it’s time to rewrite my story.

Today and going forward, this is my new story:

I love myself, and therefore I have compassion for myself to realize these are actually my lifelong struggles, not just recent, that have resurfaced since returning from Peru and parting ways with one of the deepest soulmate-loves I have ever had.

I realize now that he was helping fan the flames of my fire… he was the air from above (heart chakra) and the passion and desire from below (sacral chakra) that was keeping my third chakra fire burning bright. I had this effortless get-up-and-go energy for so long, my metabolism was off the charts, my body was lean and strong and I felt like I could literally conquer the world. What a magnificent feeling, being in love… I was motivated everyday, inspired, excited, creating things passionately with this beautiful human. Fuck, who doesn’t like being in that energy?!

It is easy to experience a “loss” of love when a person suddenly goes away.

It takes courage to realize we are love, we can never truly lose it… because we always have ourselves.

Now I must learn to keep my own fire going.

I want to learn to keep my fire going.

I AM learning to keep my fire going… not just going, burning passionately with the action of my will to manifest my deepest desires in this life.

I practice self-compassion with this every single day because I know this is a process of me truly learning this for the very first time.

I embrace and love my body no matter what shape it takes going forward because I nourish it with healthy, wholesome foods, yoga and exercise, and if I’m a bit more curvy, it’s ok. I feel sexy in my curves because I am a beautiful woman whose light radiates from the inside out.

I promise to be gentle on myself going forward, open-minded and willing to experience whatever the Universe provides for me as a container to continue to raise my awareness.

I am beautiful. I am in my power. And my heart is open to give and receive LOVE.

Thank You, Universe.

xo,

Loren

Want to rewrite your story? Come to my next workshop, Empower Yourself! – more info and signup here.

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Deep Roots Flowing Emotions
Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Workshops, Yoga

Deep Roots & Flowing Emotions

I was so blessed with a beautiful group of humans at my last workshop. As we sat in a circle and went around sharing our intentions for showing up, I couldn’t help but feel an overflow of gratitude in my heart for the vulnerability I was witnessing before my eyes.

There is nothing more powerful than a group of people gathering to learn, share, and grow as individuals. It’s impossible to explain in words the exact energy and positive momentum that was rippled out into the Universe on this special day, but here’s a little recap of what was covered related to the first two chakras.

What is a chakra?

A spinning wheel, or vortex, of energy. Chakras are centers in the body through which life force energy flows. Blocked energy can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Seven Chakras

Where did the chakra system come from?

The chakra system originated in India at the same time as yoga. It’s first mention was in the Vedas, a series of hymns that are the oldest written tradition in India. The chakra system actually came from tantric tradition. Tantra is largely associated with sexual practices in the West, though the sexuality aspect is actually only a small portion of what it’s all about. It does involve sexual practices as it considers the body a sacred temple that houses the inner consciousness and spirit, viewing sexual energy as life force energy that propels us into the higher states of consciousness and growth that we desire as humans. But this is only a sliver of what it’s all about. Hatha and Kundalini yoga are big parts of tantric tradition as well as the worshiping of Hindu deities (especially Hindu goddesses), and the merging of universal forces within (chiefly the interplay of dualistic forces such as dark and light, Heaven and Earth, birth and death, etc).

India Yoga Chakra

There are seven main chakras in the human body. This “Rainbow Bridge” connects our outer and inner worlds – our bodies to our inner temple, the house of our consciousness.

The chakras are vortexes of energy existing in the subtle body that overlays our physical body. They are not actually in our body. You can think of them like gateways, or portals to our inner world, that receive, assimilate and transmit life force energy. We are constantly in energy exchange all day long with everything: food, people, our environment, and ourselves.

Yoga and the chakras go hand in hand, so understanding where the chakras come into play within each yoga pose is vital in bringing a new layer of depth and awareness to your yoga practice.

Strong Body Strong Mind Yoga Chakras

How to bring balance and opening to your first two chakras using yoga:

Root Chakra (survival and groundedness): The base of every pose. Grounding, stability, foundation. Feeling your feet in the ground. Rooted and connected to the Earth at all times. Feeling the strength of your legs that carry you confidently through life. Being courageous enough to slow down and be at home in your body.

Other ways to balance and open your root: Spending time outside in nature, walking barefoot in the grass, resting, eating slowly and mindfully, cooking and cleaning in the home.

Sacral Chakra (emotions, sexuality and creativity): Creative movement and playfulness within your practice. Pleasure and enjoyment of feeling your breath and body move and flow together. Practice embracing all feelings that arise on your mat. Dance with them. Let them flow through you. Hip openers.

Other ways to balance and open your sacral: Dancing, self pleasure, being in or near water (shower, bath, swimming, ocean), drinking plenty of water, practicing emotional release.

Remember, anything you do with INTENTION shifts the energy of your action. When you DIRECT your energy with INTENTION you invite things to MANIFEST in your life. Dance with the INTENTION to relax your hips and feel your emotions flow through you. Walk barefoot outside with the INTENTION to connect deeper to the Earth and bring more grounding into your life.

The chakra workshop series continues…

My next three workshops are currently open for enrollment! Go to my Workshops page to read the juicy details and get signed up.

Can’t wait to see you!

xo,

Loren

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Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Mom Life

Seven Self Love Rituals for Busy Moms

We all want our kids to have the absolute best lives possible.

So much so that we often put their needs before our own. I feel you mama, trust me. I get it. And it’s okay. I repeat, it’s okay.

Here’s what happens when we get into a groove of putting others first: when we do have a little time to ourselves, we still end up doing things for others! You feel me? It’s like we don’t know what to do with the alone time, so we end up cleaning, doing laundry, organizing the kids’ rooms, cooking, etc. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we need to use time to ourselves to get these things done, but let me ask you… Did you already take care of you today?

I’ve got a seven day challenge for you. Here are seven simple self love rituals… one for each day of the week. The coolest thing? They only require ten minutes.

I realize how busy your days are, going here and there, doing this and that… it never ends. I literally feel like I’m cleaning up messes all. day. long. What I want you to realize is that you are what is making this entire operation GO! You have got to start putting yourself first, everyday. You will be a better mama because of it, you will love yourself more and, most importantly, you will expand your capacity to give more love to everyone in your life, including your kids (if that’s even possible!)

Seven Self Love Rituals for Busy Moms (in no particular order):

    1. Intention Journaling.

      This would be ideal in the morning, as it can set the tone for your day ahead. Grab a journal and a pen and write down your intention for the day. Beforehand, take a few deep breaths and feel into your heart space. What do you want out of this day? Strength? Compassion? Forgiveness? It could also be a person or relationship that needs some attention. Sometimes it’s just the very basic things that we need, like food and sleep – in this case your intention may be “Keep It Simple.” It could be one word with some doodles around it, or a paragraph of writing, whatever feels authentic to you. Journaling is one of the most powerful ways to manifest what we truly want.

      Self Love Rituals For Moms

    2. Music Meditation

      Choose a song around ten minutes long, sit down and close your eyes. Just breathe and watch your thoughts roll by. The idea is with meditation is not to stop your thinking, but become more aware of the thoughts and become unattached to them. A few of the many benefits of meditation include a self-confidence boost, increased seratonin levels (yes, please!), increased creativity, and improved relationships. Here is a playlist I created on Spotify that is awesome for meditating or yoga practice:

    3. Pillow Screaming.

      Go in your room, get on your bed, and scream into the pillow like there’s no tomorrow. Put on some rager music to really set things off. Anger releasing is a super important ritual. It connects us to our primal instinct, helping release fear and trapped negative emotion in the body. Scream from the pit of your belly – that is where the core of your emotions live. When you’re done with this one, give yourself a couple minutes to just sit with your eyes closed and let it settle. I always get a euphoric rush after doing this and it helps me not lose my shit on my son.

      Self Love Rituals For Moms

    4. Take A Walk

      Being outside is one of the most healing things we can do. Some of the obvious benefits include Vitamin D, eye health, improved sleep, grounding, and exercise. Leave your phone at home and immerse all your senses in nature. See, smell, hear everything around you. Can you taste the clean air? At the end of your walk, kick off your shoes and be barefoot in the grass for a few moments. Hippies have been doing it right all along…

      Self Love Rituals For Moms

    5. Read A Book

      If you don’t like reading actual books, check out audible.com for an incredible selection of audio books. I can’t stress the importance of always learning. Reading is a wonderful way to stimulate our brains to think outside of the box. It also reduces stress, improves vocabulary and increases knowledge, among many other benefits. Get out of your head and into a good book!

      Self Love Rituals For Moms

    6. Self Pleasure

      This one is arguably the most important! When we are connected to our sensuality, we invite more creativity and passion into our lives, which expands our capacity for love, power and freedom. For some ideas on ways to self pleasure head over to my post about how to fall in love with yourself.

    7. Do Absolutely Nothing!

      This one is definitely one of my faves. Pretty self explanatory… seriously, do nothing. Sit on the couch. Stare at the wall. Relax. Notice if this is really hard for you… it means you need to do it more! Giving ourselves adequate rest, especially as busy moms, is of the utmost importance… even if it’s just ten minutes of sitting with no agenda.

Obviously these things are simple to do. The point is making the time.

This means when you have some time to yourself (even if it’s only ten minutes), set the chores aside. Notice your urge to continue doing things for others. It starts with the noticing. Make a conscious decision to change this habit. And then do one of the things listed above.

Make sure to be flexible with the time of day you do the ritual. And on those days you do not have any time for yourself (trust me, I feel you)… shut yourself in your room, lock the door, and do the pillow screaming ritual. Trust me! It works! Even just for five minutes, scream your damn lungs out into that pillow. Pound it with your fists, curse being a mom (we’ve all done it!), whatever you need to do. Release that shit!

Drop a comment below and let me know how your seven day challenge is going! I’d love to hear what practices resonate best with you.

You’re doing an amazing job, mama! You deserve some mala beads, check out what’s new in The MALA Shop here.

 

xo,

Loren

 

 

 

 

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Lifestyle, The MALA Shop, Travel, Workshops, Yoga

Material Girl Podcast

It was such an honor and so much fun to be featured on Material Girl Podcast, episode three:

“EP3 Loren Ashley Yoga – Loren Boyd, Fort Worth Mom, Yoga Instructor, Web and Graphic Designer, and Jewelry Maker.”

In this podcast I talk about:

    • My three businesses and how they all come together
    • How I juggle it all being a single mom
    • My intention behind the work I do
    • My experience in Peru at ISTA Level One training
    • Integrating my Peru experience
    • The importance of understanding our energy and how to work with it
    • My upcoming chakra workshop series
    • Yoga and sensuality
    • Favorite restaurants in Fort Worth
    • and lots more fun stuff!

Enjoy and thank you for listening! Make sure to subscribe to my blog for inbox inspiration and to receive updates on all my latest offerings!

With love,

Loren

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