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Give Up the Hypotheticals .. Be Present NOW

In this life, I wear many hats.  I am a wife, mother of three, high school teacher, yoga teacher, graduate student and Zumba instructor.  I am a person who historically runs on connection, dreams big, and finds interest in basically everything.  I am constantly finding things that have value, interests that I want to explore, beautiful things, people to add to my life, and experiences to add to my bucket list.  

I rarely subscribe to the line of thinking that less is more because clearly, more is more.  The only thing that is less.. is time.

This is the reason that our focus of “give up what you must” has resonated so much with me this month.  There are so many things I want for my life, my husband’s life and the lives of our children. In some cases, these “things” can serve as motivation for me:  I grind harder, work longer and dream bigger because of the hopes that I have for my family. But if I am to be honest,...

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Give Up the Fear of Failure

I often hold on to my lie – the voice in my head that tells me I’m wrong and I’m not good enough. This lie shows up when stakes are high and resistance is strong.

From my lie I’ve developed behaviors and attitudes which often push me to act in ways which generate harm to myself and others, spiritually and mentally:

I strive for perfection, I critique myself, I compare myself to others, I procrastinate in fear of reaching a perfect final product that I miss the joy in the journey.

In yoga teacher training at Yoga One almost one year ago I stood in samasthiti face to face with my mat partner to recite the Journey into Power Sequence. Seeing my partner eye-to-eye, I felt streams of tears roll down my face. My throat tightened. My breath fluttered. My palms became balmy. My mind replaced my knowledge of the flow with narrative from my big lie. “If I don’t get this right, I won’t succeed. Why can’t I memorize the sequence in order? The...

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