Listen To Your Body

How often do you get quiet enough to truly listen to the signs your body is sending you? 

A great example is eating something that upsets your stomach over & over & over again…guilty 👋🏽 The upset tummy is the message!!! That’s just one example, but our bodies send us thousands, millions of messages all the time…begging us to slow down, eat, get more sleep, exercise, eat better, manage our stress levels, etc.

I learned a very hard lesson when I got diagnosed with Lupus. Your body will go to great lengths to get your attention if you won’t listen to all the little cues along the way. 

I had SO many issues before I finally fell flat on my face with a chronic disease that currently has no cure. I wish I knew then what I know now…

On Tuesday I posted about carving out just 3 minutes per day to focus on your physical and/or mental health, this is how I began my journey to remission. Not joking! 

I would set a timer to go off every day & for 3 minutes I would get quiet enough to reflect on how I was feeling that day & what I thought I needed more and/or less of. My 3 minutes started with journaling. Do not underestimate this technique, it was my daily journals that revealed a pattern in my symptoms & that documented pattern lead my doctor to the tests that ultimately determined that Lupus was causing 90% of my health issues.

Once diagnosed I bought 75 books on autoimmune diseases & got to work 🤪 To this day I still set a timer to go off every day but I spend more time focusing on my physical/mental health now. I started by bumping it up to 10-15 minutes, then 20-30, some days I’m even able to squeeze in a solid 60 min. The more important thing was that I was creating a healthy daily habit filled with all sorts of modalities that were making me better. 

Some days 3 minutes is truly all you’ll have, some days you’ll get a solid 60 minutes & that’s awesome, but what truly matters is that you dedicate time to take care of YOURSELF, every day! 

It took me 3 years to put myself into remission…but I AM IN REMISSION! How cool is that! It took time & dedication but I did it & so can you! 

Take care of yourself, today, tomorrow & every day!

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Mindful Movement & Yoga – Tip #1 – Explore

Think about exercise like dating…⁠

⁠EXPLORE! EXPLORE! EXPLORE!⁠

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I used to force myself to move my body in ways that did not feel good physically or emotionally. I did it because a friend did it and loved it and said I would too. I did it because it was the new thing. I did it because it was working for other people, but just like dating what works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for someone else.

So I started to explore LOTS of different options; yoga, pilates, cycling, weight-lifting, running, brisk walking, etc. etc. 

All this exploring lead to a healthy & harmonious relationship between moving my body in a way that felt physically good AND made me emotionally happy. 

BONUS…because I was happy, my body felt good, and I was seeing results I stuck with it! I wanted to work out, okay not all the time, but definitely more often than when I was forcing my aching Lupus joints to run in the blazing sun (two things that are typically big no-nos for people with Lupus) 😫 I looked forward to it because it was the right relationship for me. 

Instead of comparing my exercise experience with those around me, I stopped to ask myself what I wanted. I took some time to determine what I was looking for in the relationship. I was clear about what my goals were, how I wanted it to make me feel, how far I was willing to push myself to get there, and where my boundaries were. 

My advice for you is to make a list of types of exercises that seem interesting to you and then try them on for size. Ditch the ones that either don’t feel good in your physical body or leave you feeling bored, stressed, or anxious. The ones that feel good, excite you, stimulate you, and eventually lead to the results you were looking for are gold 👍🏽

Step 1: Find what feels good for YOU ❤️

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Movement Is Healing

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.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #itsmorethanyoga⁠ ✨Movement is HEALING✨⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ Inhale…⁠ Exhale…⁠ Inhale…⁠ Exhale…⁠ ⁠ I move my body on my inhales & exhales.⁠ Over and over.⁠ A beautiful dance between movement & life-giving breath.⁠ I breathe, I move, I breathe, I move.⁠ ⁠ As I do this I feel stress, tension & pain release from my muscles. ⁠ ⁠ When I breathe like this my body produces dopamine. I feel calmer, lighter & happier. ⁠ ⁠ When I move like this my body produces endorphins. Any physical pain I’m storing in my body begins to subside. My mood is boosted. I feel strong. I feel a release. I feel relaxed. I feel well.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I feel stress, & tension melt away. ⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I'm gentle with whatever feelings, thoughts, and emotions are gripping me.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I allow feelings to come and go as they please, with no judgment. I am accepting of who I am in this moment. The good and the “bad.” ⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I cry if I need to.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I close my eyes if it feels safe, or leave them open and allow my gaze to be gentle.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I watch my thoughts pass by, like scenes in a movie. I notice them, but don’t obsess over them, I simply let them pass. It’s just information about who I am today. What I need, what I need to process, or what I need to let go of.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I heal in bite-sized pieces, but I heal nonetheless. ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #itsmorethanyoga⁠ Movement is HEALING

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Movement Is Empowering

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Movement Is Therapeutic

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#itsmorethanyoga Movement is THERAPEUTIC . . Your body is your home. In this home you hold memories, experiences, emotions, trauma, pain, happiness, tension, stress, anxiety, joy…it carries all of you; all that you were, are & will be. It is your physical body, your emotional body, and your soul. Your body stores feelings; not just the physical ones, the emotional ones too. A little stress in the shoulders, neck, and jaw. A little anxiety in the palms of the hands. Heartbreak in the collarbones, upper back, and chest. Trauma in the hips, thighs, & lower back. Encourage thoughts & feelings to move through & out of the body by moving it gently in a way that feels safe for you. This is an intimate, personal moment to express yourself through movement. Movement is a language of its own. A way for you to express what you want, what you need, and what is no longer serving you in the most natural way. We were born to move, we are meant to move. Like dancing to your favorite song, but this one is uniquely yours. A song that takes you on a journey through your emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Movement is the dance that releases them. That sets you free. #itsmorethanyoga Movement is THERAPEUTIC . . . . . . #theyoginestmethod #traumainformed #movementbasedtherapy #movementcoach #movement #yoga #yogapractice #yogainspiration #yourbodyisatemple #expressyourself #ancientwisdom #freedom

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Let’s Talk About Yoga Bullies

Have you ever had a bad experience in a public yoga class? If you said yes you’re not the only one. More than 50% of clients that come to me (I specialize in private coaching sessions) state their reason for pursuing private sessions as having bad experiences in public yoga classes. So today I want to talk about yoga bullying & peer pressure.⁠

⁠Don’t get me wrong there are PLENTY of amazing yoga teachers & studios out there, I have a few favorites of my my own, but even I’ve had some bad experiences.⁠

⁠I started doing yoga many years ago as I was told it was a great way to get exercise without hurting my joints or causing inflammation since I have Lupus. First of all, yoga is not one-size-fits-all. There are several styles that caused my body distress, but after years of trying things out I found Iyengar yoga & it became my happy place, but on my journey to this happy place I experienced a lot of pressure! It was so confusing. Wasn’t yoga supposed to be about my inner journey, no ego, pride, competition or judgement? That was not my experience, it is now, as I’ve found my people & practice that work for me, but over the years I’ve been pushed extremely hard by yoga teachers, told to preserve through the pain. I’ve been adjusted aggressively in class & called out publicly for using modifications when a pose didn’t feel safe for me. Once a teacher even told me there was no reason I shouldn’t be doing Handstand without modifications. I call bullshit! I was proud of myself! I was proud of not being in a hospital bed, or on a ton of medication. Doctors told me I was going to die, but I was in a yoga studio moving my body, that’s all that mattered to me. It’s MY practice, it’s YOUR practice! Do what feels safe for YOU! Pick a style that feels good in your body. Modify if you need to. Close your eyes, breath & listen to YOURSELF! Find a teacher that makes you feel empowered & challenged in a way that feels safe for you, your body & whatever ailments you might be dealing with. This practice is about self-inquiry & growth, not just on a physical level but also mentally. Move your body in a way that feels good & trust yourself. Feel safe! Feel empowered ❤️

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.

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