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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

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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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Happy New Year! Set your intentions
Health + Wellness, Mindfulness, The MALA Shop, Workshops, Yoga

Happy New Year! Set your intentions…

Happy New Year 2017! This is a special and crucial time to set your intentions for what you want to manifest this year. It’s time to truly step into your personal power!

Have you taken the time to get still and listen for your heart’s desire? What do you want to happen this year?

Whether you have written down your intentions or not, I have a perfect opportunity for you to visualize your goals for the year.

Join me this Sunday, January 8th for my upcoming workshop: Vision Boards, Vinyasa & Vino!

Happy New Year! Set Your Intentions

 

A vision board is an inspiring collage of magazine cutouts – words and photos symbolizing your goals and intentions.

In addition to it being a fun and creative experience, your board will become a tool in manifesting your dreams for 2017.

In this workshop, we will spend the first hour creating vision boards, with music playing and dancing encouraged! Then we’ll roll out our mats and flow for 30 minutes to set our intentions in motion. The last half hour we will share our boards with each other over a glass of wine! Sharing is a crucial part of manifesting – you have to say it out loud and let others uphold your vision!

Come set the new year in motion with me! All levels welcome, materials and wine provided!

I will also have all my handmade mala beads for sale at the workshop. Malas make great tools for mindfulness, holding your intentions and reminding you of your heart’s desire.
Learn more about malas here and see what’s in The MALA Shop!

Join me this Sunday!
Location: The Yoga Project Fort Worth
Date: Sunday January 8th, 2017, 2-4pm
Cost: $30 (15% off for TYP members!)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Lastly, enjoy this awesome New Year’s Meditation by Soul Guru – Brent Hruska. Take these 15 simple minutes to connect to your breath, body, and get clear on your intention for this year!

Blessings, Love and Light in the new year!

-Loren

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How to manifest what you really want

With 2016 coming to an end, it’s a powerful time to set some intentions for yourself going into the new year. What do you really want? Are you ready to manifest your heart’s desire? Guess what?  You can have it all. Here’s how…

Six Steps to Manifest

  1. Understand that you are the creator of your own reality. You get to shape your life through your very own unique perspective via a combination of your outer and inner world. The way you choose to see things greatly affects your ability to manifest what you want.
  2. The Law of Attraction states that the more you focus on something, the more you will draw it back to yourself. Know that the Universe is working on your side if you choose to step into the flow! Take a moment and realize the sheer size and power of the cosmos. You are merely a teeny tiny speck on planet Earth circling around a ball of fire in one of millions of galaxies… Feel the pulse of the massive energy surrounding you. Step into the flow and use the pulse of all creation to your advantage. This energy is here to support you on your journey.
  3. VISUALIZE. The more vivid, inviting image you can paint in your mind of what you want, the easier it will be for the Universe to deliver it to you. This is where daydreaming actually comes in handy!
  4. JOURNAL. Paint a clear picture in your journal with words of what it LOOKS like and FEELS like to have this thing. The clearer you can get here the better. Detail is key.
  5. SHARE your vision with someone close to you. Vocalizing what you want is key in manifesting it. Allow this person to uphold your vision and help you bring it to fruition.
  6. ACT AS IF IT’S ALREADY YOURS. I can’t stress this enough. Any time I want something, this is what I do. I know the thing will come to be eventually, it just becomes about focusing on the STEPS to get there. Focus on the next indicated step rather than whether you can actually do it or not. Own it. Be empowered by your vision and the life you create for yourself and others.

More than ever, now, it is time for us all to own our heart’s desire, follow our intuition, and come together in honoring ourselves. The more we can do this on a personal level, the more we will come together as a people and ride into the future with the best setup possible. Do your part by increasing your own self awareness. Turn off the TV. Go outside. Practice mindfulness. Bring yourself into the present moment. Get quiet. Listen to your inner voice. What the world needs now is MORE PEOPLE FOLLOWING THEIR HEART. Unity through self love. It is your duty to take care of yourself first.

Now, let me ask you again, what do you truly want?

xo,

Loren

P.S. Malas are wonderful tools to hold your intentions. They can help you manifest through simply holding the energy you provide them with. Check out The MALA Shop to see what’s new.

Photo Credit: Megan Kathleen Photography

Workshops
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Elements of Flow Workshop // November 6

Sunday, November 6th, 2016, 2-3:30pm at The Yoga Project Fort Worth

You know that feeling when you go to yoga and then class is over and you’re like, “What just happened?” Class flew by. You were in the zone on your mat and time was just nonexistent for a while. This is flow state.

Ok, so you feel great now. But have you ever wondered exactly how you got there? What characterizes this state? What details of the practice get us there? How can we bring in more of this? What arises in flow state? And most importantly, how can you bring flow state off your mat and into your daily life?

All of these things will be explored in my upcoming workshop, Elements of Flow. We will flow to some music throughout the workshop to illustrate fluidity, play in some kickass core exercises to learn about control & moving from the center of our being, and learn how to savor the creative essence of the practice itself. We will journal, laugh and set some powerful intentions for the coming months.

Your entrance fee includes a mala bracelet (just like the one on my wrist in the pic below, handmade by me!) AND a mini journal for the journaling exercises. Bring your mat, towel and water. Class won’t be heated but we will build heat together with some vinyasa woven through!

Elements of Flow, Sunday November 6th, 2-3:30pm, at The Yoga Project Fort Worth.

Cost: $35 (15% off for TYP members!).

I will also have my mala beads with me for sale on this day! Handmade yoga jewelry makes great holiday gifts – learn more about malas and see my work here.

 

 

See you in class!
-Loren

 

Elements of Flow

 

 

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Relax into the unknown…

Arm balancing is so much more than fun yoga tricks. It represents inner strength, commitment, vulnerability & getting comfortable with the UNKNOWN! Just relax…

Relax into the Unknown

So excited to bring you this ALL LEVELS arm balance workshop on July 10th! We will focus more on the foundational elements of arm balancing than the poses themselves (but of course we will play and explore various levels of some fun poses!). I wanted this workshop to be accessible to ALL, so I’m going to teach you a few things you can practice in your everyday flow on your mat that will help you gain awareness and strength to build a strong foundation for arm balancing.

Take Flight

Come play! July 10th, 2:30-4pm at The Yoga Project Fort Worth. Cost is only $25.

Sign up here:

www.theyogaproject.com/workshops

Can’t wait to see you! I’ll have my malas too, and everyone who comes to the workshop will get a discount!

Love & Light,

Loren

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Mindfulness is a Practice

What is mindfulness? To me, it means doing something with full awareness and presence. Yoga is a mindfulness practice as focus is shifted inward to body sensation and breath awareness. Your mind cannot focus on busy thoughts while being forced to put full attention on the direct experience happening on your mat.

Truth is, anything you do can be a mindfulness practice. Feeling textures and smelling aromas of the food you are cooking. Feeling the water run on your hands as you wash dishes. Breathing in a fresh breeze as you run outside. Taking in and appreciating the beauty of nature wherever you go. All you have to do is focus on the direct experience you are having, wherever you are. Let yourself be present.

Making malas and mala bracelets is a way I practice mindfulness. I love how the beads feel in my hands as I get into a calming rhythm of tying knots.

Let your mala be a symbol of mindfulness for you, when you wear it let it remind you to focus on what is happening RIGHT NOW. Because this is your Life. Love it!

Need a mala? Wanna see what’s new?

Click here: The MALA Shop

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Five Ways Yoga Works Off the Mat
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Five Ways Yoga Works Off The Mat

The practice of yoga offers us tools for life that can help us tremendously when we leave the mat. It is our choice whether to apply them as we continue our day. Dripping with sweat, floating from the yoga high, we are already planning our next practice. We are yogis. Here is what keeps us coming back:

1. LET IT GO

As we flow through postures on the mat, the fleeting nature of Life becomes glaringly obvious. All we ever have is RIGHT NOW. Moment to moment, we are forced to let go of each pose as the next one comes. Each pose comes, and then it goes. We feel it, we stretch it, we breathe in ALL the goodness we can, we hold it in, and then, just like that… we breathe. it. ALL. out. We let go of things no longer serving us. We feel lighter. Less resistant. More accepting. We literally learn to go with the flow.

Let Go

2. LEAN INTO DISCOMFORT

Some postures are extremely uncomfortable. We feel a ton of sensation and we want to back out. We may even get angry. For a while we may back out of a pose or even avoid it altogether, but as our practice progresses, we learn to lean INTO these uncomfortable sensations because we notice an incredible release on the other side. It starts by showing itself physically in the form of flexibility or strength. Then we notice more. We become more adventurous. We let our hair down. Our minds open. We get comfortable going out of our comfort zone, on and off the mat, because we know it’s the only way to grow.

Comfort Zone

3. BREATHE DEEPLY

When you spend enough time listening to your breath, stretching it extra long, holding it in, squeezing it out, getting really empty, controlling it with patience, and moving your body with it, it becomes increasingly easy to do the same when you are late for work, get stuck in a traffic jam, feel an argument coming on with your spouse, stub your toe, and the list goes on. Your breath is always there for you. In every single moment that passes, whether you are aware of it or not, your breath is your anchor. Learn to see it as a friend, as nourishment, as comforting, as grounding. We roll out our mats to listen to & move with our breath. To honor it. We put it first. This simple practice of breath awareness leads us to a more automatic tapping into our breath in the moments we need it the most.

Inhale Exhale

4. MINDFULNESS

In the same way we visit a friend, we pay a visit to ourselves. We suit up & check in. We participate in a silent, moving meditation. We get quiet. We listen to our breath. We notice where sensation arises. We don’t have to do anything about it. Just notice it. We choose to step off the roller coaster of thought. We don’t judge what comes up, we just let it be. We notice, accept & embrace exactly where we are. Thoughts come in constantly but we keep choosing our breath. Each pose is just a place to come back to breath – our first priority. The postures become a vehicle to practice mindfulness. To FEEL alive. To JUST BE.

Mindfulness

5. STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND

There will always be a new challenge presenting itself on the mat, whether it be a posture or an injury. Breath and asana are the keys to freedom from self limitation that lives in your mind. There is always somewhere new to go on your mat. Modify, intensify, do what works for you, but remember, the postures you avoid are the ones you need the most. Get real with yourself. Is what you’re doing working? Get out of your comfort zone. FIND YOUR EDGE. In every single pose, find your edge. Sometimes this means backing off a little bit. Listen to your body. Lean into sensation. WELCOME the challenge with open arms. We bend so we don’t break. We go upside down to stay right side up. Our commitment the practice helps us handle life’s challenges with grace. We are true warriors.

Strong Body Strong Mind

ON AND OFF THE MAT

Every single one of these things is a PRACTICE. Everyday we have a choice. The hardest part is suiting up and showing up. Every time I roll out my mat I learn something new about myself. It’s not always pretty and I don’t always want to do it, but I am always in a better mood afterward and it has only gotten better.

With that, to all my amazing yogis and friends out there… PEACE OUT 2015! Thank you for making it so amazing. Happy New Year to ALL OF YOU, let’s make 2016 even more incredible… TOGETHER!

 

Love,

Loren

Yoga is a mindfulness practice. Read more about this in my post Mindfulness is a Practice.

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Six Ways to Balance Your Root Chakra

What is a Chakra?

Chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel.” A chakra is a spinning vortex of energy that is part of the subtle body. This energetic body, which overlays the physical body, is the first thing to process energy we come into contact with… people, places, and things. It is then distributed through the body in the form of feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Though there are many chakras in the human body, there are seven main ones located along the central core axis.

Muladhara, the Root Chakra

The first, or root chakra, is where it all begins. Located at the base of your spine, it is your body’s intake point for Universal energy. Just like a house must be built on a strong foundation, so a human Life in balance must be built on the foundation of a healthy root chakra. It is the foundation of our physical body, dealing with our sense of grounding, security, how we take care of ourselves, & how we purge wastes from our body. It deals with our immune system and all things pertaining to it.

Root Chakra, Muladhara

Muladhara (Sanskrit), the Root Chakra

When this chakra is in balance, we feel safe, secure, patient, willing to slow down & stay in one place, and an overall sense of calm. We feel healthy, confident, alive, centered, optimistic, steady & full of vitality.

When out of balance, we may experience issues with weight, lower back pain, chronic fatigue, low energy, clumsiness, insecurity, low self esteem, recklessness, constipation, diarrhea, sleep disorders, eating disorders, greed, poverty, arthritis, & a poor sense of smell.

Circumstances that pull up our roots & cause deficiency in the root chakra include traveling, relocation, feeling fearful; big changes in our body, family, finances, business; feelings of anxiety, unworthiness, or a lack of confidence.

The color of this chakra is red & its element is Earth. Associated body parts are the base of the spine, legs, feet, large intestine, adrenal glands, colon, kidneys & bones. Any types of disorders with these organs are directly related to an imbalance in the root chakra.

Six Ways Balance Your Root Chakra

1. Go outside… Spend more time in nature. WALK BAREFOOT. Breathe it in! You are of this Earth… bring yourself back to your ROOTS, literally.

2. Wear the color RED.

3. Eat your GINGER! Cook with it, throw it in your morning smoothie (my fave)… however you like it best!

4. Meditate! The root chakra’s vibrational sound is LAM. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, visualize a beautiful spinning RED vortex of energy at the base of your spine inviting positive Life energy into your body. Breathe deeply. You can chant “LAM” with each exhale, or use a mantra with each inhale, like “I am Enough,” and just release whatever comes up on the exhale. These are just some suggestions! There are countless ways to meditate.

5. Use essential oils. 10-12 drops in the bath tub, or a few drops directly on the skin (mixing with coconut oil is a great way to diffuse essential oil & make it last longer on the skin)… cedar, clove, patchouli, palo santo, frankincense, myrrh.

6. Practice these YOGA postures:

– UTTANASANA (standing forward fold), stretches the backs of the legs & creates a sense of calm

– PACHIMOTTANASANA (seated forward fold with legs extended), stretches back of the legs

– ARDHA HANUMANASANA or HANUMANASANA (half or full splits), stretches groin, hamstrings, & calves

-UTKATASANA (chair pose) & WARRIOR POSTURES, strengthen legs & feet

– SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA (reclined bound angle)/BALASANA (child’s pose)/SAVASANA (corpse pose), peaceful restorative poses to calm the mind, surrender to gravity, & be at HOME in your body!

Root Chakra Yoga

Start by focusing on your feet. Spread your toes, roll your ankles, flex & point your feet, feel all four corners of your feet ROOT down into the earth. In strengthening postures like chair pose & the warrior postures, root down through your feet and build strong muscles in the legs to boost self-confidence & build a strong foundation for your life. When hamstrings are tight, the contraction creates a sense of constantly being prepared to run away… an immediate sign that it’s time to give your root chakra some love. Lengthen and relax all the muscles in your legs through deep stretches like standing or seated forward folds.

Happy practicing!

Have fun with these ideas, try some of your own, figure out what works for you. Getting into a rhythm of what works for you is key. Listen to your body & learn to LOVE healing yourself!

Namaste.

Feed your root and boost your immune system with this Cold Busting Energy Smoothie.

 

 

It's A Boy!
Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Mindfulness, Mom Life, Travel, Yoga

A Warm Welcome

Welcome, friends! I am so excited for the opportunity to create this platform to share with you. I’ve been building this website in my head for some time, it’s amazing to see it come to life. There have been far too many moments lately where I have thought to myself, “I should write about this,” or, “I want to share about that.” So, here it is. A “grab bag of awareness,” from my heart to yours. Because I can only keep what I have by giving it away. This is my experience. My strength. My weakness. My hope. My heart. I hope it will somehow brighten your day or inspire you along your path, wherever you’re at in your journey.

Welcome to my Life. I am currently living in Fort Worth, Texas – ironically, the exact town in which I was born in 1986. I never thought I’d be living here in Texas. Crazy how life comes full circle. Having lived in Seattle for 27 years, then transferring myself to the Costa Rican sunshine, Texas was the last place I thought I’d end up. But here I am, arriving last September after living in Costa Rica for five incredible months. It was never my intention to leave there, but the Universe had other plans for me. Needless to say, I am grateful to be reunited with family here & have the support I need during a very special time…

Welcome, little one. Just when I thought I had everything exactly how I wanted it, BAM. The biggest curveball that’s ever been thrown at me… A baby! I fell in love with a beautiful, incredibly talented Costa Rican musician upon my arrival in paradise, and the rest is, well, history. Fast forward to the present, where I now have two beautiful boys to look forward to spending my future with… one of them in my belly, due to make his first appearance in just five weeks! When I found out I was pregnant, I was scared at first, but quickly realized what a Blessing it was… the Universe was telling me I was ready to be a Mom, something I have always looked forward to. Being pregnant has brought me a whole new outlook on Life, family, yoga, and brought me to a whole new level of self-love. Plenty of stories on this to come!

Welcome, new perspective on Yoga. During my travels in Costa Rica, I was in a massive space of decompression. Coming from a fast-paced life in Seattle to the slow-paced “Pura Vida” lifestyle was exactly what I needed to reconnect with myself. I was broken when I got there, but quickly learned some incredible things that have changed me forever. I lived with a Reiki Master for three months who taught me about the chakras, which brought a whole new element of INTENTION to my own yoga practice & teaching. She helped me develop a healthy new perspective on meditation that turned into a beautiful meditation practice of my own. On top of that, getting pregnant and learning to work with my changing body – embracing a very relaxed, modified yoga practice & loving my new curves – has brought an additional element of change to my practice that I have grown to love and can’t wait to share once I start teaching again in the near future.

Welcome, Awareness. My intention for this blog is to share my experience with you. To share what has worked for me, what hasn’t, share music, art,  awesome information, and lots of LOVE… from the perspective of a yogi, a yoga teacher, an artist, a writer, a friend, a lover, a daughter, a mother (whoa!)… and to help everyone understand that yoga is not just about asana. It is a lifestyle! There are eight limbs of yoga, and asana (posture) is only one limb – the other seven include meditation & other practices of mindfulness intended to help us live a more meaningful & purposeful life.

My intention through sharing my own knowledge & experience is to heighten your awareness of your physical body & the world around you, and how to incorporate the practices of yoga into your own life. In turn, you will receive the gifts of choosing to live consciously so that you can brave this crazy world with eyes wide open & a sense of empowerment in your being.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you make a habit of it! You can subscribe to my blog by simply entering your email in the box to the right ——–> Please leave comments, follow me on social media, and contact me for private yoga instruction & wellness coaching!

Love you all!

Namaste.

Photo Credit: Jami West Photography