You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Back in March 2014, I started setting intentions around every new moon. I call this practice my New Moon Ritual, where I focus on 3 areas:
Each new moon has incredible energy that facilitates growth. It is the darkest phase of the moon, which leaves so much empty space for us to reflect on our own inner brilliance. When I find time to turn inward, it keeps me in tune with my own intuition and authenticity - two powerful sources of potentiality needed to create a lasting intention!
After 18 months of developing this habit, I have seen quite a few trends in my relaxed answers to these inquiries.
From all this inner work, I feel a deeper understanding of myself, which for the majority of the time was, and still is, the biggest benefit of these rituals. It wasn’t until recently that some of these manifestations started sprouting to the surface. And I’m so grateful they did!
One of the intentions that has come to fruition recently is wanting to be a Mindful Eating coach full time. Trusting my intuition and my passion for guiding people to improve their relationship with food has led me to cut back on teaching yoga. Starting in November, I will be working at Mazlo, an online self-improvement start-up that provides individuals with personalized coaching while creating mindful power habits like mindfulness meditation and mindful eating. I get to be the cheerleader and accountability partner for participants who sign up to build a life changing habit in their life. Doing so from home - or wherever I can tap into Wi-Fi - is just the icing on the cake. :) This new shift in my career enlivens my relationship to money by having a steady source of income from coaching, gives me permission to feel significant and work on being mindful 100% of the time, and holds me accountable to continue to increase my own vitality - speaking directly to the trends that I have seen in my new moon ritual explorations.
I have been coaching on my own for three years now, however so much of my energy goes to marketing, getting and retaining clients, promotions, worrying about money, not having enough and planning for the next thing, rather than actually working with people. In my employment at Mazlo, I get to focus on what I love the most, building trusting relationships with each person I interact with. I will still have my own business - Infinite Health - however the majority of my coaching will be through the platform of Mazlo. If you are interested in creating a mindful power habit, I highly recommend checking out what Mazlo has to offer. You can even try out a program for FREE using this link. Or pass it onto someone who you think could benefit from the content. It is my gift to you as you improve your relationship to life!
What does this mean for me as a yoga teacher?
I have decided to decrease the number of classes I teach throughout the week, from eleven to seven, starting the first week of November. I will say goodbye to Salt Room Yoga and the dear community who has practiced with me for the last two and a half years. My last class will be Tuesday, October 27th at 12pm, if you want to say goodbye. I have also passed on my Thursday 12pm class with the yogis at Substantial to the lovely Erika Ramberg. The final changes taking place in November will be at hauteyoga Queen Anne. My Monday 9:30am and Wednesday 4:30pm classes will be shifted to other teachers the first week of November. At the end of 2015, I will let all of my classes go at hauteyoga, making way for that beautiful community to love up other instructors as much as they have filled my heart with love, acceptance, and compassion! For the last five years, I have grown up as a teacher under the roof of hauteyoga. I have fallen in love with more yogis than I can count and been inspired to live more fully by Leah and the incredible teaching team she employs. Tears will be shed many times as I move away from what I have considered my yoga home for the last half of a decade. But there always comes a time to move on and for me, it is at the end of 2015. These schedule changes will allow me time to get back into my practice as well. If you want to have a yoga date, just send me a note and I'd love to spend time breathing and moving mindfully next to you!
You will still be able to find me at The Grinning Yogi through February. You can always find my up to date teaching schedule here.
Autumn is the season of shift. And this year is no different. May you greet it with curiosity, an open heart and shine your brilliance for the world to see! Set your aim to fulfill your wildest dreams, as you never know when they will come true.
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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