Starting A Home Yoga Practice - Transition From The Studio

            Creating a home yoga practice can be a challenging transition from practicing in a studio. I began my yoga training when I was 16, in Iowa at a place that was based in the Kripalu tradition. This style of yoga is very emotionally and energetically grounded, and I found it a brilliant intro to yoga because the truest intention of yoga is to unify all aspects of ourselves with the universe.

            There is yoga that is the asanas/poses, and then there is the yoga where you integrate the sense of presence you develop on the mat and live that awareness throughout your day. One way to bring the essence of yoga into our daily lives is by becoming aware of our breath during the day. Another is to become aware of our body sensation and emotional feelings. These are two ways of developing a home yoga practice. With these, we can actually practice yoga while doing dishes, sweeping the floor,...

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Global Collective Grief and Our Bodies - The Relationship Between the Lungs and Heart

            When I encounter adversity I try to look at what the underlying message is for me.  I believe that we are shaped by how we process our emotions and take action during hardships.  I have been looking at the corona virus pandemic and using Chinese energetics and five-element theory to diagnose the disease and it’s global reach.

            In Chinese energetics it is believed that we hold grief in our lungs.  The lungs are organ of inspiration and expiration.  When we don’t fully grieve it gets trapped in our lungs. 

            The lungs are a metal element organ and a profoundly sacred center in our body.   This is because it is how we take in prana or life force energy from our environment. The relationship between the lungs and heart is very intimate because oxygen fills our lungs...

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GOALS!!! Q1/Q2 Evaluation

 

            One of the best ways to ensure continued progress is to set goals and have accountability.  In my program, Elements of Business, I teach about how to reverse engineer your dreams and also how to plan for new projects in your business.  These are both really good tools for charting out a course of action to take.  Since we are at the end of the first quarter of 2020, it’s a good time to review what you have accomplished so far.

 

            If you set goals for the first quarter look and see how you are doing on attaining these goals.  My main goal was to start a podcast, which is coming out in a few weeks!  My second goal was to re-launch my body-care line, that got a little side-tracked, more about that another time.  My third goal was to focus on re-writes for a book that I am writing; I made some serious progress with this one. ...

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🎥VLOG: Meet Amrita Botanicals!

 

Jennifer, from Amrita Botanicals, pours her heart and soul into her business!  She does it all from growing the herbs she uses in her products, distilling the herbs to get the essential oil, formulating products, to delivering top-notch facials using crystal energy and reiki!! She has been inspired by her study of Ayurveda and enjoys the one on one connection to her clients through the development and implementation of her products. Jennifer grows all her own plants - there are no un-natural chemicals in her products! 

She loves her business because she assists her clients with relaxation and provides an escape from their every day lives. 

What an inspiration to us all to pour everything you have into our business and watch it soar!!

 

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🎥VLOG: Meet Just My Type!

 
Lynn, of Just My Type Letterpress, is the the definition of a true creative entrepreneur!  While studying graphics design in college she stumbled upon an old-fashioned printer in the bay area and was lit up!  She took that inspiration and has a brick and mortar shop complete with a printing workshop space! 
 
Watch this and get fueled up to manifest your dream!!
 
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🎥VLOG: Meet Humboldt Bay Social Club

 
Amy, from the Humboldt Bay Social Club, was just looking for a family home and ended up opening a full boutique hotel with cabins from her personal home searches. Her design styles are on-trend, in fashion, but also classically chic and timeless! She loves designing with her 'found objects' and she especially enjoys collecting comfort pieces. Amy's goal is to make people feel comfortable as soon as they enter, yet keep each person uniquely interested in the decor she adorns the spaces with.
 
Watch this interview to get the courage to take the next step in starting or scaling your creative business endeavor!
 
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Finding a Power Spot in Nature

Nature has always been a source of connection with spirit for me. When I was about three years old, we lived in an oak tree forest in Iowa. I would ask my mom if I could go outside by myself, and one day she said yes! She watched me from inside go and sit in the woods. I remember talking to the trees as if they were friends and asking them why I was here; what was my purpose in being born? They would tell me that one day it would all make sense. When I look back on this relationship I had with the trees, it’s like they were an advisory council for me. I felt like I belonged and was seen. As a
teenager, also in Iowa, we could drive to a small park out in the cornfields that had a swinging bridge. It was called Margaret Guye Woods, and whenever I was there a sense of euphoria came over me. This was a place where just being there made me feel like
everything was okay just as it was; it was like a still-point for me. When I lived in the Colorado, I would find little parks or trails...

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Consciously Creating A Wardrobe: Economically and Environmentally Sound

The clothing industry is one of the most taxing on natural resources because of the dyes, the large scraps of fabric leftover after cutting patterns, the pesticides used to grow cotton, the human slave labor used to create the clothes. But we all need a wardrobe! So how do we choose one that is the most environmentally sound? Here are a few tips:

1) First, know your color palette. This may sound like it has nothing to do with the environment, but starting here helps us consume less because we won't be as likely to buy clothes that we like but that do not necessarily look good with our skin and hair color. Find a handful of colors that you love, that look outstanding with your skin tone, and also look good together, and then shop for those colors.

For me, these colors are indigo, poppy, and blush.

2) Next, choose a few neutrals that you love and that are flattering for your skin tone. These become the go-tos in your closet. I like oatmeal, heather grey, and charcoal heather.

3) After...

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The Art of Getting More Creative - Brain Plasticity

I never considered myself a very realistic artist. I love color, design, abstract painting, and ceramics, but my mind was never very good at drawing. In enters my three- year-old, extremely artistic daughter (as most children at this age are: “ Mommy, can you draw me a deer?” she asks in the sweetest, my-mom-can-do-anything-in-the-world voice. Now, my mind starts to say, “Zeyna, I am not a very good drawer…” But, errr! Stop right there! I don’t want to be teaching her these limiting beliefs, that if we aren’t the best at something then we shouldn't even try. So, I say, “Sure!” ...and I panic inside. I think, 'Okay, get your phone and Google "how to draw a deer."' I find one that looks pretty simple, but I'm feeling the stress inside me building. At the same time, I am trying to relax because it seems the harder I try to draw something well, the worse my already-limited drawing abilities are. So I am internally boosting my...

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How To Create A Business Plan Using the Cycle of Creation - For the Entrepreneur and Solopreneur

     In numerous cultures across the planet, indigenous people live in accordance with the elements of nature. These elements vary from culture to culture, but the underlying belief for each culture is the same: that the elements of nature are the foundation of creation, and when they are expressed in our lives in a balanced manner, they can create a flow of manifestation that is stable and abundant. This system uses the five elements of Chinese or Taoist philosophy to create a business plan and philosophy, forming a template that will ensure we leave nothing by the wayside and that our businesses grow in abundant ways. These elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. In Chinese medicine, these elements are used for diagnosing ailments. In this system, we use them to "diagnose," plan, and grow your business.

     Each element in this system is correlated to various aspects of life, and as such the system of elements can fulfill every aspect...

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