Valentine’s Day

This is not your typical Valentine’s Day post. I don’t want to talk about romantic dinners, flowers & gifts, rather I’d like to discuss how you’re taking care of yourself & the ones you love & not just today but all year long. Love is awesome, but the way we see love presented to us on Instagram, in movies or TV shows & in advertisements may not resonate with us. It’s being shown to us through filters, lots of them. What does love look like to you? Love does not have race or sexual identity & it doesn’t need to be expensive or material at all. It doesn’t need to be screamed from rooftops, or posted on social media to be real. You can celebrate love for yourself, a significant other, friendships, pets, a stranger, it’s boundless. I’m asking you today, to shatter whatever preconceived notion you have about love & Valentine’s Day & extend whatever your TRUE definition of love is to everyone, including yourself! Take yourself to dinner, or don’t go anywhere & take a bath instead, read a book, whatever feels good to you. Let go of old losses, loves & pain. This is self-love too. Letting go of the past & embracing what the future has in store for you. Hang out with friends & show them how grateful you are for them. Play with your kids & pets, shower them with love. Spend the day with a family member, laugh & have fun. Take time to remember those who are no longer with you, tell their story, let it bring you warmth knowing you were lucky enough to have ever had them in your life. Smile at a stranger, open the door for them, compliment them. Even if they don’t reciprocate or say thank you, these small gestures could change the course of their entire day, you never know what someone else is going through. Of course if there is a special someone in your life celebrate them, but not because it’s Valentine’s Day, because you love them & enjoy spending quality time with them. Love who you love, how you love, and F everything else. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, only how it makes you feel, only how you make others feel & the impact you have on their lives, today & every day. Okay, I’ve said my piece. I hope you have a great day & an awesome weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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YogiNest’s Mission

YogiNest’s voice is changing! As I grow and change, YogiNest too will grow and change, and that’s exactly what’s happening.

I’ve been working with clients for almost 5 years now & I’ve noticed that the stigma surrounding mental health is VERY REAL & VERY SERIOUS! 

I’ve actually been part of the problem, as my fear and vulnerability has kept me from talking about my own mental health. I’ve talked about why YogiNest exists, or at least why it was created in 2015, but that why is changing. Yes my struggle with Lupus still fuels my desire to help those who might also be struggling with an illness, but the thing that’s calling, screaming rather, for my attention over and over is a lot of unchecked trauma and hidden mental health concerns. Over 90% of my clients are practicing mindfulness with me and most of them have 1 thing in common, they’ve been struggle with unresolved traumatic issues a majority of their life and little has eased their affliction…but guess what…MINDFULNESS IS WORKING!!!

And so this is my mission:

-> To share my story! To be more vulnerable and raw! All of us have a story, all of us struggle from time to time. This is normal and my goal is to normalize the crap out of mental health concerns because enough is enough! You are not broken! And you are not alone!!! 

-> I’ll still be teaching yoga full time BUT mindfulness will be my main focus. My goal is to teach you as many actionable tools as I can. I want mindfulness to be accessible to all. It works!!! I’ve seen it over and over again. 

-> To teach “The YogiNest Method,” 1 part movement, 1 part mindfulness. You need to move your body, it’s important for your mental health. You can physically work out whatever issues are keeping you from your full potential + it feels damn good. You also need to check in with your mental self, this is imperative! Where are you today? Ask yourself without judgment and then use mindfulness tools to work through those feelings. Nothing is more freeing!

-> To be honest, to be organic, to build a strong community that feels safe talking about mental health <—- this is the big one! 

I want to build a community that feels safe, a space that allows you to openly talk about mental health. We’ve all been touched by it, whether from our own internal struggles or watching someone we love struggle. Let this be your safe space to talk about whatever feels necessary to you.

This is a judgment free zone & you are not alone xoxo

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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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