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Why Is Mindfulness So Important?

First of all, what is mindfulness? ⁠

⁠Bob Stahl, PH.D. & Elisha Goldstein, PH.D. define it as, “Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without filters or the lens of judgement. Put simply, mindfulness consists of cultivating awareness of the mind and body and living in the here and now.”⁠

⁠So why is it so important? I believe what happens in the mind shows up in the body. When I’m anxious my heart races, my breath is short & fast, I get queasy, I can’t concentrate & my body feels tight. When I’m sad I feel weak, fatigued & heavy. These are just symptoms I can see on the surface. What’s happening deeper inside? I believe these mental fluctuations & symptoms cause sickness as well as physical pain. I know this because when I’m suffering from anxiety or depression I get sick more. When I’m happy I feel motivated, social, healthy, mostly pain free, less headaches, I sleep better, etc.⁠

⁠Mindfulness does SO many positive things for our mental & physical wellbeing. It helps you build a better relationship with yourself & closes the gap between mind & body. You become more aware of what is going on internally & externally. You learn how to process this information quicker & more precisely. You learn how to filter this information out of your physical & mental body vs. obsessing over it, pushing it down, or allowing it to fester & develop into mental & physical trauma. When a problem arises, mindfulness allows you to acknowledge it without judgement, teaches you how to process it in real-time & provides tools like; meditation, breathing techniques & more to nip it in the bud before it grows. This practice will change your life; you’ll get sick less, sleep better, feel less pain, relationships will improve, you’ll feel happier, motivated, productive & more!  ⁠

⁠The most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself & the most important key to a healthy life is the state of your mind! Mental health needs WAY more attention & we need to break the stigma! Prioritize your mental health by adding some mindfulness techniques to your daily routine & watch everything gradually fall into place.⁠

Why Is Movement So Important?

Humans are meant to move! It’s important for our mental & physical health. 

Our ancestors moved a lot, but today we live mostly sedentary lives. We sit in cars & at desks, we sit on the couch & is scroll through our phones or binge one of the MANY streaming services we have at our fingertips…lots of sitting…and it’s horrible for our physical & mental health. According to the World Health Organization in 2017, physical inactivity was the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality.

Let’s take a look at some of the side effects of living a sedentary lifestyle:

Anxiety, cardiovascular disease, migraines, digestive issues, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, lipid disorders, obesity, osteoporosis, scoliosis, spinal disc herniation (low back pain). Physical inactivity may even increase the risks of certain cancers & can cause a decrease in skeletal muscle mass. This is only a small list!

Personally, I know when I’m more sedentary I feel; fatigued, irritable, stressed, depressed, anxious, aches & pains throughout my body, tension, stiffness, headaches, more emotional, less motivated & productive, insomnia, less creative, etc. 

Stress, energy, toxins & emotional/physical trauma gets stuck in the body! So get unstuck & move your body!!! Of course I’d love it if ya’ll pulled out yoga mats right now & did a solid 60 min. session BUT yoga isn’t for everyone. What works is choosing a physical activity that is pleasing to you. Walk, bike, DO YOGA (wink, wink), pilates, swim, hike, CrossFit, weight train, etc. Find something you love & incorporate it into your schedule TODAY! You can even exercise at your desk, or invest in a standing desk & see how this positively affects your physical & mental health, concentration, productivity, creativity, etc.    

According to the Center for Disease Control you should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of a more vigorous regimen weekly. Walking 10,000 steps a day (approx. 5 miles) is another great goal for improving health & reducing risks caused by inactivity. Pair this with mindfulness practices & breathing techniques & you’ll be in good shape, both physically & mentally.          

Welcome to YogiNest

Hi! Welcome to YogiNest. Let’s get reacquainted. 

YogiNest was created in 2015 when I realized people needed more. I knew people needed more because I needed more. I’ve never felt more hopeless than I did when Lupus took control of my body, and honestly all of my hopes and dreams. I was unhappy with the care I was receiving and took matters into my own hands. I don’t know where I’d be without mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. Getting my mental health in order made ALL the difference on my journey to recovery. I created YogiNest with the hope that I would meet people who were curious about complementary and alternative therapies alongside conventional medical treatments that were prescribed by their doctors. I ended up just meeting people who only wanted to do yoga. Which is totally fine, but I wanted more! Then something magical and organic happened, over 50% of my yoga students turned into yoga and mindfulness students, because as it turns out…people wanted more! What was showing up in their bodies on their mat was also showing up in their daily lives. Body pain seemed to be directly connected to emotional pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and more. So YogiNest began to morph into my ultimate vision, a place to get more! People want to be seen & heard in a safe place by someone who can hold space for them without judgement, that’s what YogiNest provides. YogiNest specializes in the one-on-one experience! Each session is tailored to your specific needs. The thing that’s so special about these one-on-one tailored sessions is that they change with you, and if you’re anything like me you’re always growing and changing. That’s a good thing by the way, change is good, growth is good. So if we’re constantly changing and growing shouldn’t our complementary and alternative therapies change with us as we grow…I think so! I like to think about this practice like the process of metamorphosis. You come in as an egg, hatch into a caterpillar, form into a pupa/chrysalis, and finally emerge as a butterfly. Everyone has to start somewhere, we’re all beginners at some point, then we learn and grow and hopefully find versions of ourselves along the way that we love and can learn from until we shed our skin and change once again. This practice is about living in the present moment, embracing change & impermanence, making peace with our past and taking with us the lessons we were meant to learn, and allowing ourselves to shift and grow and change. Through mindfulness, yoga, and meditation practices YogiNest helps you move through life with more ease and less body aches and pains.

Let Me Reintroduce Myself

Hi! My name is Jenna, I’m the founder of YogiNest. Let’s get reacquainted. 

I was born in Milwaukee, WI. I have 2 half sisters & 1 half brother. I have 6 nieces & nephews. Most of my family still lives in Wisconsin, except for my mom who lives in South Carolina. My dad is not only the happiest person I’ve ever met, but he’s also pretty dang funny! I don’t get home as often as I’d like as I’m paralyzed by an irrational fear of flying and try to keep both of my feet on the ground as often as possible. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for 15 years & I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I live with my boyfriend of almost 7 years. We have 2 cats, Mika & Cricket & 1 dog, Lily. I’m OBSESSED with animals and have been vegan for more than 8 years. At one point in my life I wanted to pursue a career in Animal Sciences. During college I became extremely sick and was diagnosed with Lupus. I had two options, I could continue to work or continue to go to school, but my body couldn’t handle both. I chose work as I was living in Los Angeles by myself at the time and had to dropout of college. Eventually work took a back seat as well, as I was put on permanent disability for several years. That’s when I found mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. It changed my life forever! After several years of dedicating myself to my overall wellbeing and happiness I was able to put myself in remission. I changed my diet, removed toxic relationships & stressful situations from my life, focused strongly on my mindfulness, meditation & yoga practice, kept my stress levels in check, and took some much needed time to learn how I wanted to take care of my health vs. how my western medicine team wanted to handle it (LOTS of prescription drugs, and zero discussions about my diet, stress, or my overall level of happiness). It was this journey that birthed YogiNest & we just celebrated our 4 year anniversary! I am forever grateful for all the ups and downs that have brought me here today. My goal for YogiNest is to reach as many people as I possibly can who are struggling with trauma, chronic/terminal illness, PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc. and teach them all the invaluable things I’ve learned over the years with my own illness. To say I’ve found my calling is an understatement, this is my dream “job.” Through this extremely powerful practice I aspire to change one life at a time. That’s me in a nutshell. It was so nice to remeet you!

You Are NOT Your “Disease”

When living with a chronic or terminal disease you have to talk about it a lot! I lived at the doctor’s office, I lived in hospitals, the dialogue was always about my disease. That eventually bled into all of my conversations with family, friends, people I had just met, etc. Two things happen, in my opinion, you get so used to talking about your disease that it just becomes natural to talk about it, and you become addicted. Just as someone gets addicted to a drug, or trauma, you become addicted to your “disease.” My disease, Lupus, became my crutch and excuse for everything, for all my problems. It was the reason I couldn’t do this or that, it was the reason I was a certain way, or acted a certain way…but it wasn’t. I was swimming in my own sorrow. Of course my disease is limiting, there truly were and are certain things I cannot do, but where did I draw the line… I didn’t.

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Where To Score Yummy Vegan Treats In & Around Los Angeles, CA

Vegan treats are THE BEST!!!! If you’ve been unwilling to try vegan treats thus far PLEASE don’t knock them, cause they are so, so, so good and you don’t know what you’re talking about. So instead give them a try and if you still want to knock them go for it, but I will fight you… Just kidding, or am I??? P.S. These are in no particular order, I love them all!!! Continue reading “Where To Score Yummy Vegan Treats In & Around Los Angeles, CA”