Set Your Intention: Indulgence

"Every once in a while, you just need to indulge yourself. Life is to be enjoyed, not endured."

When you hear the word indulgence, chances are your mind immediately goes negative. Rightfully so, because typically when we hear "indulge", we usually then think of gluttony, entitlement, and privilege. And yes, sometimes that is the case. There are plenty of people who regularly over-indulge, which can lead to arrogance and an excessive collection of "things". This has resulted is us feeling guilty when we indulge in anything, even when it's something we’ve earned or deserved.

I believe it's time to change our perspective on "indulgence". When an indulgence is chosen and used in moderation, it can be a wonderful thing. An example I like to use is a chocolate chip cookie. Let's say you find yourself craving a singular chocolate chip cookie. But you're trying to remain healthy. So you find a box of reduced fat crackers and chose to eat that instead. But because you didn't feed your small crave, you wind up eat the whole cracker box in an attempt to curb your crave. So, which is better for you? A singular chocolate chip cookie at 78 calories or a box of so-so crackers at 1040 calories. Sometimes embracing that small indulgence can be healthy. Besides, life is far too short to go without the occasional chocolate chip cookie.

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"Instead of indulging in 'comfort food', indulge in comfort meditation, comfort journaling, comfort walking, comfort talking, comfort manicures, comfort reading, comfort yoga, comfort hugging. It's a healthy indulgence."

Can we have truly healthy indulgences? To indulge means to take pleasure in an act. If you can find pleasure within a healthy practice such as yoga, why wouldn't you indulge yourself in it. If yoga isn't your thing, then find your healthy indulgence. Meditation, running,  journaling, reading, are all excellent options. The point is, if you have found something that brings you joy, gives you pleasure, and is non-harmful, why wouldn't you indulge in it?

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"In order to give of yourself to others, you must first have something to give. So enjoy your life. Have fun. Indulge yourself. Be good to yourself. How can you hope to bring happiness to others, if you are not happy?"

By allowing yourself these precious moments do to what you crave, you will begin to redefine your self-worth. You will become healthier, happier, and stronger. Then, you will be able to take this strength and happiness and pass it along to those who matter to you. Then, hopefully, from there, you can grow those relationships beyond what you could have imagined.

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"Keep you sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself!"

Please feel free to join me this month at Corepower Yoga.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Yoga Playlist Vol. 2

I put together together another yoga playlist that became insanely popular with many of my students. Since the response to this one was as good as the first, I thought I would share it as well!

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Set Your Intention: Accept Support

This week, I offer the intention to "Accept Support".

In yoga , we have the option to use blocks and straps to help deepen and elevate our practice and postures. They are available for every class, but do we use them to their maximum potential? Probably not. These tools are there to help and support us, yet many of us just ignore them. Our ignorance of these tool could have originated from different places, including embarrassment. I used to be sheepish over grabbing a block before class. I was fearful that my practice would appear weak or unstable.

Similarly to every day life, sometimes it can be difficult to accept help or support from people for fear of looking weak. This could not be further from the truth. It takes a strong person to know when they need to accept support.

Blocks and straps turn our practice from "I can't" to "I can" to "I did". A strap can take you from Extended Side Angle to a Bind to Birds of Paradise. A block can encourage you to engage your inner thighs, deepen your twist, and lengthen your spine. * We use them until they don't serve us anymore; and we return to them when a new challenge faces us.

Accepting support can takes us to poses and places we otherwise thought unimaginable. It's rather amazing what we can accomplish So this week, both in your yoga practice and in everyday life, I encourage you to accept support.

"Sometimes asking for help is the bravest move you can make. You don't have to go at it alone."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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*Ed. Note: All these examples are based off my own personal practice!

Yoga Playlist Vol. 1

I put together this yoga playlist about a month ago and got such a  positive response from it! After almost every class where I played it, at least one person came up to me to compliment the playlist or ask about a particular song. In fact, so many people have asked about it, I thought it be best to post it here so it's available for all to see!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Be a Beginner

This week, I offer the intention to be a beginner. We tend to look upon beginners as fragile, youthful, and unaware. But the truth is, they are excited and they have fresh eyes. Beginners can look on a situation in a new light and can offer fresh perspective to stale situations and problems.

Beginners are people who try something new. To learn a new skill, one must become a beginner. To master a new yoga pose, one must become a beginner. To start over, one must become a beginner. Sometimes we must be a beginner again.

Let yourself start over. Let yourself try something new.

"Don't be afraid of being a beginner."

 

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Small Acts of Kindness

Last week while waiting for one of my yoga classes to start, I overheard an acquaintance speaking to a friend. The acquaintance revealed that she had just lost her job out of the blue and wasn't sure what to do next. Despite disliking the job, the shock was still intense and hurtful. Everything she said reminded me of when I lost my job last year. I thought about chiming in with my own story, but I didn't want to disrupt the conversation.

After my class, while getting ready to leave, I saw the acquaintance sitting alone. I was packing up my bag, when I began to debate whether or not to say something as I passed by her. Part of me thought she would like to hear that someone else has gone through this before. Another part of me thought she wouldn't want to talk about it with someone she barely knew. I decided to follow my instinct and say something.

I told her I went through a very similar experience last year, and that I am actually stronger and happier as a result. I told her good things will come from this in time and that it's okay to be sad and upset right now.

This encounter was just a few minutes, then I left.

The next day, I received a text from the acquaintance. She thanked me for reaching out and talking to her. She said it brought her comfort to know that people have experienced exactly what she is going through and to know that in time, things will get better. I was so touched by her response to our short conversation. It amazed me that I even questioned whether or not to take the few minutes of my time to sit and chat with her. It reminded me that small act of kindness can have drastic effects on those around us. By no means did I change this woman's life, but I was able to help bring some light into her darkness. This small act reminded me to take the extra step with the people I encounter.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around" - Leo Buscaglia

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Ask Why

Children by nature are curious.  They want to know and understand everything around them and aren't afraid to ask. Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time with a child can attest that their ability to ask questions is endless. In fact, it can get rather annoying. As we grow into adults, we lose that curiosity. At the risk of sounding annoying and dumb, we refrain from asking multiple questions. We except the first answer to the questions we ask, without additional follow up. However, knowing the first "answer" doesn't always solve any problems.

This week's intention, Ask Why, was inspired by an article I read last week. The article talks about how asking just a few more questions a day can help solve more problems. It’s about getting to the root of the problem.

So this week, I encourage you to ask "Why?" In fact, I encourage you to ask it multiple times. Learn about your friends, your coworkers, your clients, yourself! Dig deeper into the problems you encounter and challenges you face. The resolution could be simple by just asking a few more follow-up questions. Remember, not to let fear of sounding mundane, unaware, and most importantly curious, stop you. 

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Embrace Your Inner Child

The intention for this week sprouted from something rather embarrassing: I discovered Girl Meets World on Netflix and have been binging it.

If you were a child on the 90s like myself, odds are you loved Boy Meets World. I loved watching Cory, Shawn, and Topanga and all of their friends grow up. As a kid, I did my best not to miss a single episode when it aired on TGIF on ABC.  It brought me a lot of comfort when networks started to air old episodes in syndication. And in 2014, when they announced Girl Meets World coming to Disney Channel, I was very excited. So a few days ago, when I saw the series was on Netflix, I immediately hit play.

Yes, the show is corny, fairly unrealistic, and quirky, but I can't help it! I'm hooked. I love seeing some of my old favorite childhood characters back on television. Plus, they do a fantastic job of poking fun at the original show, like obscure it was for Cory, Shawn, and Topanga to have Mr. Feeny as their teacher every year.

But what this show has done for me this week was inspirational. I enjoyed time traveling back to my childhood and watching my some favorite characters again. This show is simple, easy, and light ,just like childhood. There are many times in life where I crave those qualities, praying they would find their way back into my life. Unfortunately, as an adult, like can't always be simple, easy, and light; but there are time when it can be. So my intention of "embracing my inner child", means finding those moments, capturing them, and enjoying what they have to offer, because they will leave all too quickly.

"Your inner child gets it all, believes it all, hopes for it all, and is the only guardian worthy of your heart. That child knows that life - which runs on love and feasts on creativity - is on your side and that the Universe conspires with you, not against you, to help you spread that wild, crazy, messy love thought your own story."

To accompany this intention, I have a playlist inspired by my childhood; all Disney songs! Enjoy! Playlist below.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Moving Forward

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For this week, my intention was moving forward. There wasn't anything personal that has happened to me to inspire this intention. Rather I let my intention come from my C2 sequence for the week. In this C2, I have my students entire several more advance poses, including Warrior III, handstand, and Revolved Triangle.

It is very easy to get caught up in one particular pose, espeically when it is not successful. SO I wanted to encourage my students to let what has happened go. In their 60 minute class, but also off the mat.

"Today, remember to keep walking forward. Your will be met with many obstacles in life but always know you are capable of great things. Keep going on your own path. It's up to you to keep on walking..."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Celebrate!

This week's intention was initially chosen for CorePower Yoga at Hawthorne Plaza's One Year anniversary party. (Which, by the way, was absolutely amazing! Thank you to all those who came!) I was teaching the C1 class for that evening and wanted the intention to reflect the theme of the night; so I chose "To Celebrate".

This theme obviously fit well for the evening, but I liked it so much and got such a positive response, I decided to carry it through the rest of the week. I began by encouraging my students to celebrate big accomplishments, small accomplishments, really anything they want. I encouraged them to celebrate this moment, this class; to be proud of themselves for even making it to class that day. 

I included the playlist I used for all of my classes this week below. I know I typically don't do that, but I got so many compliments on this playlist! Plus it is very in theme. I truly had a great time putting together this playlist and researching great celebration and victory songs.

"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is. Celebrate every tiny victory. "

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Slow Down

My intention for this week, to slow down, sprouted from a moment on Sunday afternoon. My husband and I were hanging photos and art in our living room. Despite having nothing else to do that day, I felt the need to rush through this task. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to get this done quickly to move onto… nothing. We had nothing else to do that day.

Once I realized, what I was doing, I had this moment of shock. I didn't gain anything from rushing this process.  In fact, this was a task that required time and patience. As Steve put it, "once their up, that's where they're staying", so I should have been taking my time!

But my shock didn't just revolve around hanging photos. I made me realize how many things in life I try to rush through for no reason. It seemed so unnecessary! Rushing through cooking, cleaning, phone calls, driving, for no reason other than to move onto the next task that I would inevitably rush through as well!

I felt inspired and determined to slow down, to be in the moment, and to most importantly, not rush what doesn't need to be rushed. So in my yoga classes this past week, we slowed it down. We took our time to hold each post before our slow transition to the next. But beyond this week, I truly want to extend this intention through the rest of my life.

Editors Note: Tonight at CorePower Yoga on Hawthorne Plaza's one year anniversary celebration! For those of you who live in the Kansas City area stop by this evening for a free class of yoga in celebration!
4:30 - Hot Power Fusion
5:30 - C1 - I'm Teaching!
6:00 - C2 - Glow Flow
7:00 - Yoga Sculpt

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

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Set Your Intention: Perspective

This week, my intention was Perspective.

My reason for choosing this as my intention was two-fold.  First, to encourage the reminder that everyone in this world is on their own journey, has had their own experiences and as a result has their own personal perspective of the world. Assumption and lack of communication are true killers, We all perceive the world differently. We've all lived different lives and as a result, we have different values. It is essential to understand that before getting mad at someone for not believing what you believe.

Second, I needed the personal reminder to not sweat the small things in life. I am a very anxious person. The smallest thing can send my day into a downward spiral and it is just unpleasant. It can be a struggle, but I am trying to keep my perspective and question how this small blip will effect my future. More often than not, it wouldn't change a thing.

"Live by the 5 by 5 rule. If it's not going to matter in 5 years, don't spend more than 5 minutes upset about it."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Second Chances

Welcome to Set Your Intention, a new series on Kaleidoscope Spinning. In this series, I will be discussing my Yoga Intention for the past week.

This week, my intention was second chances.

This intention was inspired by the few days following the New Year. On Jan.1 many people wake up with their resolutions on the mind. But unfortunately, and usually unintentionally, people drop their resolution far too quickly. But the thing I believe many people forget is it's perfectly okay to try again. There is nothing wrong with picking up a dropped resolution in April, June, or November. You don't need a "new year" to create a "new me". You need determination, a positive attitude, and the willingness to fail and try again.

So take a second chance on yourself. It will be worth it in the end.

"Life always offers you a second chance. It's called tomorrow."