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Healing Trauma Requires Consistency – Try This 6-Week Consistency Challenge

How would you define trauma?

I bet everyone has a slightly, if not drastically, different definition of trauma or opinion of what a truly traumatic experience would be. 

Merriam-Webster defines trauma as; an injury (such as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent; a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury; an emotional upset; an agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma.

I would without a doubt describe what the world is going through as traumatic. I’m familiar with trauma, I’m a survivor myself & I coach my clients through past & present traumatic experiences via mindfulness, meditation, mindset coaching & yoga. 

No matter what your definition might be there’s 1 thing I know for sure; healing, growth & change require consistency. 

A consistent healing practice makes ALL the difference & right now we all could use a dose of consistency in our lives. The world feels like it’s gone mad and it’s hard to grasp or wrap your head around.

So here’s my challenge for you…

1st – Ask yourself what helps you find peace, calm & healing in times that feel overwhelming, painful, or traumatic? Make a list, of let’s say 10-20 things that elicit the above mentioned feelings. It might be therapy, a support group, meditation, going for a walk, taking a bath, journaling, talking to someone you love, the possibilities are endless.

2nd – Commit to incorporating at least 6 of these things into your schedule. Feel free to do more, but don’t do less than 6. I want you to actually put it on your calendar, like you would a meeting for work or an appointment with your doctor. Each week, for 6 weeks, I want you to do at least 1 thing from your list that brings balance, consistency, peace, calm & healing back into your life. 

You’d be surprised how healing a little consistency can be, how “normal” it can make you feel when the world around you is everything but, how much more balanced you’ll feel when you incorporate even 1 thing into your schedule that makes you feel a little less like you’re spiraling & are lacking control over traumatic experiences that are no fault of your own. 

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

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They Are Survivors

This is for my fellow teachers, coaches, healers & guides. Food for thought, how can we serve our students, clients, & patients with more care, respect for what they’ve survived & gratitude that they chose us to guide them towards their goals? ⁠

⁠I read this in a book, regarding survivors of trauma, it’s unknown who said it, but it doesn’t make it less true 👇🏽⁠

⁠“They are survivors. If you don’t have respect for their strength, you can’t be of any help. It’s a privilege that they let you in – there’s no reason they should trust you, none. You can’t know their terror. It’s your worst nightmare come true, a nightmare from which you can never awaken. It’s unrelenting. There has been no safety: no one, no time, nothing – all was tainted. Hope was obliterated time and time again. That they are in our office is in itself a supreme act of valor.”⁠

⁠This sends chills down my spine for two reasons; I’m a survivor & can relate in ways I can’t fully put into words, and secondly, even though I’m not a therapist my clients still trust me with the darkest corners of their lives as they show up for themselves daily & commit to coaching sessions with me. ⁠

⁠Now more than ever our students & clients need us to show up for them, to give them a reason to trust us with the struggles they’ve survived & have yet to survive. It seems my clients are being given more things to survive daily; COVID, financial struggles & fears, potential homelessness & joblessness, racial divides, political pressure regarding how or how not to protect themselves & their families from this virus & the list goes on. All of these events are traumatic & some of these clients came to me with a goal to overcome a previous traumatic experience through coaching. The baggage continues to build 😔 ⁠

⁠Though it is not my job or yours to solve our students/clients problems, it is our job to listen, to have respect for them & what they’re going through, to hold space & provide actionable tools to keep them both physically & mentally healthy during their most trying times.⁠

⁠To my clients, past & present – I see you, I feel you, I respect you & the journey you’ve been on & I am forever grateful for you ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Present code COVIDAUG2020 to pay what you can for the entire month of August – We’re here to make health & wellness accessible for all.

A Work In Progress

I’m rattled. I’m rattled by every single thing that’s going on in the world right now. I’m shaken! I’m confused! I’m lost! I’m angry! I feel like someone blind folded me, drove me to the middle of nowhere, walked me out into an empty field, spun me around a few times, and then left me there to figure out where I am and how to get home with no supplies.⁠

⁠I’m scared because everything that’s happened between March of 2020 and now has made me question EVERYTHING about myself. ⁠

⁠My morals, values, dreams, goals & purpose in life.⁠

⁠I’m all of these things, but I also feel like someone lit a fire under my ass. I’m invigorated, full of hope, full of drive & ambition to do more, to do better, and to be part of major change in this world.  ⁠

⁠I have an overwhelming urge to go back to school for civil or human rights. I want to be a part of something bigger. I want to a part of change that happens in the world, and not just here on some social media post (though I do believe that social media plays it’s part too). I want to be out in the real world, making real change! ⁠

⁠I want to get my hands dirty and devote my life to something more.⁠

⁠Right now I don’t know exactly what that is, or what direction I’m being lead in, or what any of what I just said even means, or if it makes sense. ⁠

⁠All I know for sure is that I’ve had enough of this broken machine and I want no part of it anymore. I want so desperately to be a part of this new world we’re building together, and no, I don’t think this is a just a phase this time. Call me naive, but I truly believe we are waking up and we’re literally building a new world. This will take time, a long time, but it’s not impossible!  ⁠

⁠Bear with me as I cocoon myself and grow into whatever next version of me is in the works 🦋⁠

⁠In the meantime I will continue to use this platform to hold space for healing & navigating the most important part of you…your soul & your mind, for this is where all great ideas, change, and revolutions are born. I’m here to hold space for you. I will continue to do this to the best of my ability until I figure out what’s next ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Photo by @jessicaczarneckiphoto

7-Day Challenge – Daily Self Check-In – Day 5

Today is day 5 of the daily self check-in we’re doing this week & though I’m going to see this through until the end I would be remiss not to mention my deep sorrow and anger about what’s going on in the world right now. In fact it’s hard for me to talk about anything but. What happened in Georgia, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, and what happened in Minneapolis, the murder of George Floyd is deplorable, and the sad thing is I could fill thousands of post with the names of fellow HUMANS who have been killed because of the color of their skin, or who they love, or what God they believe in. It’s disgusting that this is still happening in the year 2020, honestly it’s disgusting that it ever happened, but the fact that it’s still happening all these years after slavery, after the holocaust, WHY? 

WE HAVE TO DO BETTER PEOPLE! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? WAKE UP! ENOUGH ALREADY!  ⁠

Today, I want you to stop what you’re doing right now, take a deep breath, and ask… what can I do for my fellow humans? How can I help? How can I reach out? How can I let them know I care, I hear them, I see them, I support them, and I have their back? What do they need from me? Who can I reach out to make real change in this world?

These are all question I too am asking myself and I plan to do extensive research about what role I can play in ending of this deep hatred today!

I know it’s cheesy, but all I can think of are these lyrics from the Pink Floyd song, “On the Turning Away:”

“Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there’ll be
No more turning away?”

The turning away must end today!

I’ll leave you with this poem from the beloved Nelson Mandela, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

That’s it for today, be the change you wish to see in the world, I’ll see you tomorrow ❤️

For the entire month of May I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

How To Manage Stress In Healthy Ways

⁠Stress is an unavoidable fact of life. It’s part of the human condition. Uncertainties & an inability to fully control life events are something we all have to deal with. It’s not hard to get overwhelmed. In fact these days it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, worry, isolation & panic.⁠

⁠It’s imperative to cultivate inner resources for dealing with these feelings. I’m here to try to equip you with as many coping strategies for dealing with the aforementioned feelings & emotions as possible. ⁠

⁠One way to take more control of your stress is to track it & find coping mechanisms that work for you.⁠

You can start by making a list of 10 or more things in your life that produce feelings of stress & anxiety. List the stressor, then write a brief description next to the stressor. For example, if you said “Driving in LA,” your description could be, “the constant traffic & noise makes me feel claustrophobic.” Now rate this on a scale of 1-10. With 1 being very little stress & 10 being an extreme amount of stress. 

You’ll want to keep this list somewhere that you can come back to it roughly every 3 months or so. Set a calendar event so you can keep track of what stressors maybe disappeared (remove or lower rating), which ones intensified (adjust rating & coping mechanism), and add & rate new stressors that presented themselves (come up with a coping mechanism for new stressor).  

⁠You’ll need to find coping mechanism that work for you but here are some helpful suggestions; get outside, meditate, exercise, breathwork, therapy, journal, etc. I’ve also added some guided writing prompts you can consistently come back to help manage your stressors & track habitual patterns. 

For the entire month of May I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Photo @jessicaczarneckiphoto

7-Day Challenge – Daily Self Check-In – Day 4

Today is day 4 of the daily self check-in challenge we’re doing this week. Today started out rough for me. I was feeling everything. I was so overwhelmed by the events in Georgia & Minneapolis. I was nauseated by the death toll from COVID-19. I was struggling to concentrate, struggling to focus, I felt like a zombie. I decided to take my own advice and close my eyes, take a few deep breaths & check-in with myself. What did I need today to take care of my overwhelming feelings and emotions so I could go back out into the world and help my clients?

I want you to do the same for yourself right now, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and ask yourself what you need to take care of yourself today so you have the strength to take care of others. The world needs good, kind, loving, caring people right now, but if you’re cup is empty you can’t help others in need. Change has to start with you! 

⁠What I needed today was meditation, so that’s my mindful tip of the day, meditate. Check out Headspace, Insight Timer, and Calm. There are thousands of meditations for whatever feelings and emotions you need to manage. You can meditate for 1 minute or 90, it’s your choice. If an app isn’t for you or isn’t available to you just close your eyes, wherever you are right now, place your hands on your belly and connect deeply with your breath. Scan your body from the top of your head down to your toes and allow feelings and emotions to come up without judgment. Allow them to come up without trying to manipulate or change them. Close with a few more deep breaths and open your eyes. Now you have information about where you are today. Care for yourself like you would someone you love, so you can become more balanced and centered, which will allow you to pour back into those around you. We NEED each other right now! Take care of you so you can take care of others 👯‍♀️

⁠I’ll see you tomorrow, be well ❤️

For the entire month of May I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com