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How to rewrite your story and change your life
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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.

Empower Yourself The Yoga Project Fort Worth

 

 

 

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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, Workshops, Yoga

Shift Your Energy, Shift Your Life

Ever since I moved to Costa Rica in 2014, where I learned about the chakras, it has become clear to me through working with my own energy the importance of having awareness of this part of ourselves.

Our chakras are the gateways to our inner temple, bridging our outer and inner worlds.

Seven Chakras
They receive, assimilate, and transmit our life force energy on a daily basis. We are in relationship with everything around us – with other people, with our food, with ourselves… this involves constant energy exchange… everything is energy.

Understanding each chakra’s function and how it works can bring a much more integral sense of health and vitality to your life. Learning how to heal yourself is the most valuable thing you can do, for yourself and for everyone around you.

After returning from Peru recently, where I worked even deeper into my emotional and energetic body, I have felt a radical shift as a result of what I learned and now practice daily.

I am so eager to share this with you all so that you, too, can expand your capacity for more love, freedom and personal power in your life.

With that, my intention for this next workshop, “Deep Roots,” is to teach you about your chakras (we’ll focus on the first two), how to work with your energy, and share what has worked for me. I want you to connect deeper to yourself and uncover anything that is holding you back.

I promise to provide a safe and sacred space for you to experience whatever you need to experience, share what you need to share, and leave with some amazing tools to move forward in your life. There is nothing more powerful than a group of individuals standing together in full vulnerability.

Yoga Workshop

This is an investment in the health of your body, your mind, your soul, your heart, and your intuition.

Bring your yoga mat, towel and water as we will have a 30 minute yoga practice (every yoga pose corresponds to a specific chakra so we will flow through a sequence focusing on the first two). Also bring a journal if you have one!

For my loves all around the world: I am working on an online course with this material so you’ll be able to join in soon from anywhere in the world! Drop a comment below and let me know what you think! Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter to stay updated!

Sign up for “Deep Roots” (Fort Worth, TX | May 21st) 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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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

Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Mindfulness, The MALA Shop, Workshops, Yoga

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

Warrior Two
Health + Wellness, Travel, Workshops, Yoga

The Colors of Your Practice

I co-taught my first workshop as a yoga instructor in Costa Rica with a Reiki Master who I also lived with at the time. She welcomed me warmly into her home for three of the most magical months of my life. She taught me all about the chakras, or energy centers in the body, and suddenly my own yoga practice and teaching took on a whole new form & meaning. Teaching this workshop of three beautiful students was a turning point in my life, one of the most powerful & rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.

I came up with the name “The Colors of Your Practice” because we devoted the workshop to education about the chakras, how they are related to the physical practice of yoga (asana), and how to incorporate the two to live a more balanced life. I designed the flyer! Check it out…

Event Flyer, Aurora Yoga / Jaco, Costa Rica

Event Flyer, Aurora Yoga / Jaco, Costa Rica

Prior to my experience living in Costa Rica, I had always felt like there was something missing in my own understanding of yoga, which in turn made me feel the same about my teaching. Sure, power yoga is a great way to stay in shape, but what is it about practicing yoga that brings such euphoria, such joy – on the mental/emotional/spiritual level… that element that makes yoga so different from all other forms of physical exercise? For me, knowledge & understanding of the chakra system was that missing piece of the puzzle. There is actually a reason why practicing yoga feels so damn good! And this knowledge is ancient, Eastern philosophy. Each yoga asana has a specific intention designed to stimulate & awaken energy in the chakras… to balance them, & in turn, create a more balanced you… a healthy body whose vibration is in greater harmony with the Universal energy it is made of.

Practicing yoga is like peeling away the layers of an onion, like coming home to our true self… it’s easy to get buried under a busy work schedule, taking care of family, nurturing friendships, meeting deadlines, going here, going there, doing this, doing that. Putting myself first has never been the easiest thing for me. But, like yoga, it’s a practice, and awareness is always the first step. How can we expect to love & take care of anyone else if we do not fully understand and practice self love? Consider this a lesson in loving yourself… by understanding your chakras, you will begin to understand why you feel out of wack at times and content, or even blissful, at others. You can literally heal yourself from the inside out.

Our bodies speak to us everyday… tight hamstrings, the common cold, a sore neck, digestion issues, poor posture… in the Western world, these things are often seen as problems that some type of pill can correct, and we go on with our day. But is this actually curing the problem? No. It’s just a quick fix. A numbing agent. We need to get to the root of the problem if we want true healing. Physical pain and ailments are our body’s way of talking to us. They are a response to buried feelings that we need to deal with… issues at our core that we can access through our chakras. We have the ability to identify what triggers an imbalance in a given chakra and apply this knowledge to balance ourselves naturally using yoga postures & meditation. You can heal your life. YOU are your own best doctor!

Chakras are wheel shaped, spinning vortexes of energy. There are many chakras in the human body, but the main seven are stacked along the spine, starting at the base of the spine with the root chakra, leading up to the crown chakra at the top of the head. The colors of the rainbow will never be the same for me. I literally think of the following every time I see a color…

7 Chakras

Red represents the 1st, or root chakra. Our sense of grounding, survival, security. “I Am.”

Orange represents the 2nd, or sacral chakra. The center of our emotions… sensuality, sexuality, & creativity. “I Feel.”

Yellow… 3rd, the solar plexus chakra. Our confidence, sense of identity, & personal power. “I Do.”

Green… 4th, the heart chakra. Love, relationships, compassion. “I Love.”

Blue… 5th, the throat chakra. Communication. All of the ways we express ourselves & speak our truth… our voice. “I Speak.”

Purple… 6th, the third eye chakra. The seat of our intuition. Our center of perception. Our ability to manifest & visualize the life we want. “I See.”

White, or pink… the 7th, or crown chakra. Our connection to the Divine & to our Highest Self, our source of inspiration. “I Understand.”

As human beings we have the ability to manifest anything we desire. All we have to do is tap into the infinite energy that already resides within us. The chakra system is not part of our physical body, but of the softer, subtle energy body that is just as much a part of our being as as our arms and legs.

Over the coming weeks I will break down each chakra in its own article and explain yoga postures & meditation practices to help balance that chakra.

Stay tuned & get ready to live with INTENTION on and off your mat!

 

Namaste.