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Episode 69 |Get A Grip

Episode 69 |Get A Grip

Have you ever tried to hold a clump of sand in your hands? Of course you have. Then you know that the more tightly you try to grip it the more the sand just falls from every crack and crevice. You also know the other side of that coin, too: if you're too lackadaisical you'll drop the whole load. To keep a hold on as much of your precious sand as possible, your grip must be structured yet relaxed, balanced, and at ease. It's much the same with our grip on anything we do to build our ideal lifestyle.

Laugh It Up (Rebroadcast)

Laugh It Up (Rebroadcast)

We’ve been laughing a lot this week. Well, who am I kidding? We laugh a lot every week. But this week it reminded me of a post I did way back in the day on Laughter Yoga. If you could use a good laugh, enjoy this post along with some updated video clips from yours truly, and from the founder of Laughter Yoga himself, Dr. Madan Kataria. He’s a riot in his own right! Without further ado, on with the blog...

The Gunas In Your Goals (Updated Rebroadcast)

The Gunas In Your Goals (Updated Rebroadcast)

This is such an appropriate topic for all of us as we enter the second month of a new year: precisely the time when it gets really tough to stick with our goals that we set in January. Keeping the gunas in mind when it comes to our goals can help us stick with it for the long haul and make tremendous progress.

Laugh It Up

Laugh It Up

 We’ve been laughing a lot this week. Well, who am I kidding? We laugh a lot every week. But this week it reminded me of a post I did way back in the day on Laughter Yoga. If you could use a good laugh, enjoy this post along with some updated video clips from yours truly, and from the founder of Laughter Yoga himself, Dr. Madan Kataria. He’s a riot in his own right! Without further ado, on with the blog...

A Better Butt Through Yoga

A Better Butt Through Yoga

That's right, yoga gave me a better butt. I say this not merely in reference to my much stronger physique from yoga, though that is a lovely perk. Rather, I'm referring to the trade I made with yoga that turned out to be one of the best deals of my life. I offered up the butts of my smoking habit to yoga and not only did it happily accept my offering, but also gave me, among many other wonderful things, that better butt in return. I've spoken briefly of my success with smoking cessation through yoga, but I feel compelled to write about it in more detail at the moment. Perhaps I can share something that will be useful to my fellow smoking cessation warriors out there.

#Instayoga: Bloopers to Bombshells

#Instayoga: Bloopers to Bombshells

So, there’s this Instagram and yoga thing going on. Maybe you’ve heard about it, or even seen it? Perhaps you even participate in it? In case you don’t know, here’s a little glimpse into the strange world of Instayoga. I hopped on the Instagram train a couple of months ago in preparation to launch MOJO Yoga. I created the MOJO Yoga account only to be promptly pulled away to a more important task for about an hour or so. When I returned to create my first post, I already had 3 or 4 dozen followers on my empty account. A little freaked out by this, I ask a friend of mine who’s already in this scene what might be going on to prompt such premature engagement. She says simply, “Anything yoga on Instagram is a hit.”

Give MOJO | Women Helping Women Maui

Give MOJO | Women Helping Women Maui

 Did you know that when you’re a MOJO Member, a portion of your membership goes to support charitable organizations that work to build mojo where it’s most needed in this world? Well, now you do.

The MOJO Show + The Gunas In Your Goals

The MOJO Show + The Gunas In Your Goals

That's right, folks, we're venturing into the podcast world with this our inaugural episode of The MOJO Show. Now, you can get your weekly dose of MOJO wisdom all up in your ears while you get ready to leave the house, drive or commute to work, or heck, while you work! The MOJO Show is unlike anything we've done to date: co-founder Scott Johnson will be joining me, Jean Marie, each week to get candid and real about the topics we cover in the blog. And knowing how much Scott talks, we'll probably cover much more that I can't even imagine at the moment. This is the realization of a huge, longstanding goal of ours. We really hope you have as much fun tuning in to the episodes as we do making them.

Yoga-fy Your Life: Money

Yoga-fy Your Life: Money

Yoga is more than a set of postures, it's a way of life. I talk a lot about how yoga weaves its way into the fabric of your life, and there's certainly more to life than stretching and meditating. There just comes a point when it no longer makes sense to compartmentalize our yoga, when we can't help but apply what we learn in yoga to all the other stuff in our lives.

Compose Clarity

Clarity can be hard to come by in our inner lives. It's one of the reasons we come to a practice like yoga - to get to know ourselves better, open the lines of communication between the seemingly disparate components of our being, and start to live our lives with clarity of intention, intelligence, and action. That's hard enough. Compose Clarity - Body Image 1But then we get to relating with other people in life, and clarity becomes as tangible as that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. An endless number of factors sully our understanding with others, from our own vastly colored perceptions to theirs, our life circumstances in the past and present, our future worries, our personal health and theirs, and on and on. It's a wonder that any of us ever understand each other, really. Yet, that's also another benefit of this yoga we practice. As we clear up own "issues" and polish the lens of our being, we start to see not only ourselves with more clarity, but others in turn. When we've studied and identified the depths of our own tendencies, habits, fears, and desires, we can't help but notice them in others. And when we've taken the time to apply compassion to ourselves and consciously move ourselves forward into a more integrated and effective state of being, we can approach others with more compassion and maybe even help them see a way forward, too.

Clarity arises from observation, understanding, and definition. It's a matter of studying the game being played in order to grasp the rules so that we might participate intelligently and make forward progress. If you've already jumped on our summer reading train, you may have had a chance to dive in to BKS Iyengar's "Light on Life." He describes this process of striving for understanding through yoga in his usual straightforward yet elegant way.

Even hundreds of years before Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras, Indian yogis were trying to see some pattern in the seemingly chaotic fluctuations of Nature. The infinite variety of natural phenomena gives an appearance of chaos, but, they asked, is it possible that the laws that govern the unending turbulence of nature are orderly and comprehensible? And if we can grasp how they work, would it not be possible for us to emerge from chaos into order? All games are meaningless if you do not know the rules. When you do, they become good fun. You still take a few knocks and lose a few games, but at least your are participating; you are playing the game. Yoga says you are playing the game with the body and self. By playing you can learn the rules, and if you observe them, you have a far better chance of success in life as well as of gaining illumination and freedom.

Compose Clarity - Body Image 2And so it goes that we strive for clarity within ourselves and the game of life through yoga so that we may be better players, and ultimately lift our whole team of humanity up in the rankings with each match played.

Yet, the fact remains that relating with our fellow players is hard. No matter how much we work on polishing our own lens, we still can't control how others think, what they say, and how they react towards us. Yet, what we can do is keep working on ourselves so that we're capable of choosing how we want to relate to others. We can even work to bring others to our playing field and define the rules of the game we'll play together. We can make a good faith effort at every turn to clearly define what we expect of ourselves and of others in our interactions together and make clear our responsibilities to each other. In doing so, we create the conditions to give us the optimum chance to have healthy and happy relationships with ourselves and with everyone else we choose to have in our lives.

So, I challenge you this week to compose clarity in your life in just one teensy little aspect. It could be as simple as clearly defining responsibility for household chores, or a yoga practice plan for yourself for the week ahead. If you're feeling really brave, it might mean sitting down with someone with whom you have a whole load of confusion, and taking the reins to guide the two of you through a simple, relaxed conversation so that you can start to identify with each other or find common ground. Or perhaps you have a business relationship that could benefit from a clearer definition of the rules of the game to be played. Whatever you choose to clear up in your life this week, be sure to get your own yoga in before you charge ahead. We always have to take responsibility for composing clarity in ourselves before we can find it with others.

Clarity in our minds starts with clarity in our bodies. So, to help you with clarifying your physical practice, the free video of the week is a tutorial on Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Facing Dog Pose. As always, if you like what you see here, join us in the MOJO Member Space for unlimited MOJO all up in your face.

Time Expired - Downward Dog Tutorial | Compose Clarity

Side Note: If you're interested in matters of clarity in business, you may be interested to tune in to my live Q&A with Small Business Legal School later today where we'll be discussing what I've learned about the vital importance of contracts in business. It promises to be a very enlightening discussion about how having a good rule-book for your game can both help everyone play nicely and prepare you for what to do when your fellow players behave in a not-so-enlightened way. If you're a yogi in business, don't just rely on promises of love and light: take action to compose clarity in the present and you'll guarantee it for your future. Head on over to smallbusinesslegalschool.com to register now.

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Yogafy Your Life: Buff It Out

Sunday being my day of “rest” and lacking in swell of any sort left me putzing around the house armed with multicolored microfibers and an array of cleansers. Cleanliness is one of my most stubborn contradictions. I intensely appreciate a spotless home, yet always manage to think of any number of things I’d rather do when those magical tidying opportunities arise. Nevertheless, circumstances conspired on this day to keep me in the house donning my best Cinderella scrubs. Somewhere in my hustle I suddenly noticed them: the mirrors. They weren’t all horrendous, mind you. I do regularly buff out splashes and such on the bathroom mirror, so that one stays pretty fresh. But the others? Sheesh, how did they get that way?

You know how it goes. You walk by the things every day, multiple times a day, and maybe only give them a glance, if any attention at all. And on a glimpse they don’t look so bad. The grime builds up subtly, right under your nose. Then one day you decide to bust out your dusty old dusters only to encounter the kind of build up that calls for heavy duty reinforcements. You’re left drudging through a few passes with your mighty mirror polishers, rather than cruising through a swift and easy buff.

Buff It Out Body Image | SuccessWell, friends, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to know that, just like my bathroom mirror stays fresh with my regular attention, our personal development works the same way.  It doesn't matter if it's our yoga practice, our meditation, our exercise, our studies, our relationships, and on and on. All of our personal disciplines, all the things we work on to make us better human beings see so much more success when we give them a little effort every day rather than big chunks of attention irregularly.

Which is why it’s so important to set smart goals for ourselves. If you want to do more yoga, and think you can do 30 minutes every day - do 15. If you want to meditate every day and think you can do 20 minutes - do 10. If you want to start journaling every day, or do a gratitude exercise daily to help with your organization or your mindset, get something with structure (like the awesome Five Minute Journal) and put it by your bedside with a pen so it’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. Shaping better human beings out of ourselves is possible…but not easy. Our resolve and commitment to ourselves is tested, day in and day out. Make it easier on yourself at every opportunity. Buff out your mirrors a just a little bit every day, and your vision will stay ever clear.

This week’s sneak peek into the MOJO Member Space hits that easy button with a quick Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) practice. If you aim to get yoga in every day, this is a crucial exercise to have in your arsenal. And remember, this free window into the MOJO Member Space is only open this week. So, if you like this practice, join us for 24/7 unlimited MOJO at your fingertips. Happy practicing!

Time Expired - Nadi Shodhana

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Get A Grip

Have you ever tried to hold a clump of sand in your hands? Of course you have. Then you know that the more tightly you try to grip it the more the sand just falls from every crack and crevice. You also know the other side of that coin, too: if you're too lackadaisical you'll drop the whole load. To keep a hold on as much of your precious sand as possible, your grip must be structured yet relaxed, balanced, and at ease. It's much the same with our grip on anything we do to build our ideal lifestyle. Be it our yoga practice, hobbies, exercise, work, or relationships, everything we pick up as part of creating a better way of living must be held as sand in our attention and efforts. If we try to grip any discipline or practice too tightly, it will find a way to escape our grasp. If our approach is too careless, we'll never retain it. Yet, when we hold the grains of our ideal lifestyle in our attention with a balanced, relaxed focus, enjoying every moment for just what it is, we'll be able to maintain our grip on a whole pile of great lifestyle at once.

Every posture should have strength and easeYet, this quality of ease and focus in our grip on our lives is of course not easy in and of itself. We naturally tend to lean either towards the tightly wound or the barely there extremes in our attitudes, depending on personality and life circumstances. And this is nothing new. Our struggles with maintaining focus and balance date back to long before iPads and television. Heck it's what most of the Yoga Sutras and yogic philosophy are about (i.e. calming the fluctuations of our mind, balancing our essential elements of passion/sleep/equanimity, and finding the middle ground between strength and openness). So why do we even try, then? Shouldn't we just give in to our impulses for cake, ice cream, debauchery, and small-mindedness? If we know that humankind has yet to find the magic button we can push to attain that elusive balance and finally get a grip on ourselves and our lives once and for all, why should we try so hard to figure it out?

The answer is we shouldn't...try so hard, that is. We know for a fact that no one is "perfect." And yet we also know for a fact that each of us is capable of achieving so much more for ourselves than we might do on any given day. We also know that it feels really good to move ourselves forward, to be better than we once were. So if we put those knowns together, we can approach every day with a sense of balance and motivation. We might say to ourselves on the one hand, "I'm going to work on x, y, and z amazing things that push me to be a better human being, and that I realistically believe I can accomplish today." Then, we remind ourselves that, "No matter how much of x, y, and z I get done, setting the goals and following through with even a little effort is a huge step forward." Let's compress that into a shorter affirmation you might like: "I believe I can. I will. And I'll enjoy the heck out of doing it."

Keep this in mind this week as you perhaps work on adding something to your yogafied way of life beyond remembering to breathe well. Don't be hard on yourself if things don't work as you plan, rather carry on planning and working on things. Get a grip that's steady, focused, yet at ease, and just watch how many grains of your ideal lifestyle you can collect before your very eyes.

To help you with finding this sense of balanced focus in everything you work on, I'm giving you dear blog readers a chance to try out our Balance and Focus practice for free this week. After that it'll go back into our MOJO Member Space, so if you dig it, join us. There are plenty more wonderful practices like it at your fingertips, 24/7 only in the MOJO Member Space. Get your yoga on, and get your MOJO working.

Time Expired | Balance and Focus

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Yogafy Your Life: Breathe

Even as popular as yoga has become, most folks still think of yoga as some esoteric, pretzel making thing that flexible people do. I can definitely see why it might look that way from the outside. Just look at the cover of most yoga magazines. Yet, the more time I have with yoga the more I see how little the physical practice matters in the grand scheme of things. Don't get me wrong here. The physical practice is crucial and alone can do astonishing things for people. Yet, I've known some people who are amazing asana practitioners and teachers, who are shockingly remedial at most other things in their lives. The yoga can definitely stop at the mat. Don't let that happen to you. What we know is a drop-3Perhaps you can come to see the physical practice of yoga as the gateway, one with a keypad lock that's unique to each of us. And it's up to us to figure out our code through the physical work, to unlock our tendencies and figure out what new tendencies we need to make ourselves better human beings. When we unlock our code, that gateway to our mind and spirit opens, revealing a world of possibilities...and work to do. The work is to integrate ourselves into one high-functioning, always cool, yogafied being. But, well, that takes awhile doesn't it?

The lifelong timeframe of yoga can be discouraging, especially when we're used to so much instant gratification in our daily lives. Yet, if we can shift our focus even slightly to the little victories on our path and rejoice in them, then our journey transforms from one of toil and struggle for a summit that never comes to a fantastic trip filled with wildflowers and butterflies. Yes, we might step in some poo or trip on a tree root here and there. But, we won't get bogged down so much when we see the beauty all around and celebrate every step taken, no matter how small.

One of the first elements of our code that we unlock when we get into practicing yoga is the breath. It happened for me that way, and I wish I had a dime for every student I've heard report the same. It happens like this: you get into "going to yoga class" or "doing yoga at home" and for a while yoga is just these poses and stretches and breathing you do on a mat. Other than feeling better in your body, you aren't really sure how yoga fits into the rest of your life. Then, one day, you're in a long line, or stuck in traffic, or somebody really pushes your pissy button, and you do it. You notice yourself getting impatient or upset, and you pause, and...take a deep yogic breath. That's it! You've just unlocked a huge part of the code that lets yoga into your whole life, into your whole being. That little moment, where you catch yourself reacting like a silly wild animal, and breathe to flip the script and choose a better way. That's the moment, my friend, that you start to yogafy your life.

You write your life story by the choices-2If only everyone in the world at least got to that stage, can you imagine what a better place the world might be? We could be exponentially better to each other and to ourselves. I got to use my yogic breathing both on people behaving nastily and on myself in the face of some of the worst pain I've experienced in my life this week (i.e. Portuguese man of war ain't no regular old jellyfish), and it made such a huge difference in the outcomes in both cases. Rather than allowing myself to get sucked down in the destructive side of emotional reactions, I could create some space in my head to evaluate my emotions and choose a productive response. And it started each time with my breath. Just breathe. Keep breathing... That is always and ever the mantra.

So I challenge you this week to breathe. Anytime you catch yourself listing or swinging wildly off your center, stop and take a deep breath. Follow it with another, and another, until you can see your emotions in a more rational light again. Then choose your actions wisely. If you can do this just once this week, that'll be a humongous victory! Celebrate it, rejoice in it, and reward yourself - seriously.

And to help you out with your stock of yogic breathing, I'm opening the window to one of our videos in the MOJO library by making it available here for you blog readers for a limited time. So there's no excuse this week to not get your practice in and be successful in your challenge. Go get your yogic breathing on, and get your mojo working!

Time Expired - Simple Yogic Breathing

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No Matter What

Our balance is constantly assailed by the wily winds of life all around us. My most recent gust blew me about 4000 miles east of my perch on some rocks in the Pacific. It supplanted me on the ever-rising, ever-expanding rocks of the east coast of the United States amid very familiar, yet always a little changed characters. The 11 day journey was filled with sights and chatter, flavors and events, but not so much of my usual lifestyle. I didn't do any challenging yoga sessions, not one sweaty workout, not one dance with the waves, had more than one not so healthy snack, and not once went to sleep before midnight. I missed my mega daily mojo sources dearly, but there simply wasn't time for it all. Sound familiar? %22Whatever we focus on is bound toIt's times like these when we tend to fall off the balance bandwagon completely. And I've done that more than a few times. It can be a real downer to know that in order to get our mojo working again, we'll have to start all over...again. But, if we can look at it through the lens of what we learn through our practice of things like yoga, we can look at these times in the larger picture, rather than letting ourselves get bogged down in tunnel vision. We know that life swings through the spectrum of possibilities like a pendulum. We know that just as our ups don't last, neither do our downs. Sometimes the wind howls, and others it's dead calm. And the more we begin to recognize these larger patterns in our lives, the more we can start to exert some directional force on the pendulum and keep it more balanced in the center, less wild and errant.

So, instead of falling completely off my balance bandwagon this time, I was prepared. I knew there were some things I just wasn't going to be able to do: workouts, long yoga sessions, and surfing among them. So I let them go. I knew that trying to stay attached to getting those things in would lead to suffering because I knew from past experiences on these trips that they just - don't - happen. But, there were some things I could take with me, some anchors that would be quick, discreet, and require very little to no equipment or space. Maybe I'm wrong, but who wants a houseguest who insists on taking up your living room to do some yoga and squats for a while? Oh, and can we just have some steamed veggies for dinner and go to bed at 9pm? Maybe some of my hosts would have been happy to do those things, but they may also have been very happy to see this weirdo leave, too.

Mastering Yourself is True PowerThus, I packed with me my special sneaky daily mojo tools. The MOJO library and my meditation app fit conveniently in my smart phone. 10-15 minutes of that each morning combined with my Five Minute Journal were very easy to accomplish right after waking up, often without anyone noticing. Then, there was my super sneaky social media yoga challenge activity that tricked just about everyone I visited into doing at least one yoga pose with me every day...some of them got hooked and did more than one pose!

And lastly I packed the most important mojo tool of them all: my state of mind. Neither airplanes packed with crying babies, nor sugar overdose spins, nor jet lag from hell could get me down. That cool, calm state of mind is a posture that we take on after some time of consistent, dedicated effort to making ourselves better each day. It is yoga, and its byproduct all at once. And when we get that mojo state of mind, we can stay aware of life's big picture and grateful for every facet of it, even when we get knocked a bit off balance. From that mindset arises security in the knowledge not only that we can start over again and again, but that we will. We will keep moving forward, keep improving, and keep growing, no matter what.

So, I challenge you this week to take a little personal inventory. How many sneaky implements of mojo do you have in your daily repertoire currently that you could take with you in good times and in bad? If you don't have any, don't worry. Everything I mentioned above is easy to take on for yourself. Just click one to start. The only exception of course being that mojo state of mind. I'm afraid you have to build that one up over time all of your own determination. Fortunately, we'll be here working on it right alongside you. Let's get back to working our mojo!

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Still Better Than A Root Canal

I'm gearing up to finally finish off some dental work I got started a couple of years ago. So I revisited my thoughts on such a thing at the time and find them helpful still. As you read, think about what fear you could face head on with some of the conscious breathing and relaxation you've learned through yoga. Share it with me in the comments, so I don't feel so all alone! :-) 

What's better than a root canal? Pretty much anything, right? At least, that's what I've always heard. So, last weekend I ventured out to the dentist only to hear him say something like, "Blah blah blah root canal, blah blah root canal blah." I'm sorry, what?! Are you actually saying I need a root canal? I came in to the dentist with a very tender molar. All my other teeth are fine. They're great, in fact. But this one molar...

I must interject here to give you a little background. When I was very young, it was discovered that I was one of a select few individuals who had an extra set of baby teeth. I actually only had extra front teeth; but still, that's pretty spectacular if you ask me. And don't go thinking that these were just any normal teeth. These were some seriously Cenozoic era tooth-like structures. I felt so special. Then came the verdict that these teeth must be extracted because, well, they're abnormal. So, in to the dentist's chair I went. The dentist I loved so much: he gave me vouchers for a milkshake at the Dairy Queen every time we got a checkup. When that jerk stuck me with that anesthetic needle, I commenced a crying scream that didn't stop until sometime on the long drive home, milkshake stop included. I was 5 years old.

So, it comes as no surprise then that still today I experience a deep-seated fear of dental work and dental pain. I'd say it's one of my worst fears. That's why I was pretty nervous going in to the dentist with that tender molar. But, I must say I never imagined I would hear the words root canal, much less get one.

Lately, I've been teaching a lot of conscious breathwork for anxiety, stress, and pain relief. Breathwork in general involves understanding the countless beneficial physiological and emotional effects of breathing well, and learning how to breathe more efficiently and effectively on a regular basis. We do breathwork all the time in yoga. In fact, I think it's no stretch to say that breathwork is really the foundation for yogic practices, just as it is the foundation of our physical survival. I haven't been to the dentist in so long, though, I've never had the presence or opportunity to use my breath in a situation like this that really puts it up against a great fear. So, I started breathing.

Believe it or not, the anesthetic was actually the worst part. This was only because a nerve got knicked at the end of the second shot that literally crossed my eyes for several minutes. But even after that, I practiced viloma pranayama for a bit and almost fell asleep, I got so relaxed. After getting a lot of numbing (2-3 times what the apparent average person gets for this procedure), I had only to deal with the psychological warfare of the sounds, smells, and vibrations of the root canal. Yes, I've heard of the people who get complicated and painful procedures like this done with no anesthetic, only breathwork to soothe them. I believe it's possible. I'm not one of them yet. I'm not even ready to try. I still think my dentist should give me milkshake vouchers (or more like smoothies these days).

So, what is better than a root canal? Breathing through a root canal, that's what. This breathing thing really is something. Because I chose to focus on breathing well, I now fear the dentist a little less, and I trust myself a little more. I just marvel at this work that I know will keep evolving over a lifetime. My study of yoga, with my breath at its foundation, is just a way to frame my larger study of my life. As we practice yoga, we all see parallels relating our journey as yoga practitioners to our journey as human beings on Earth, realizing at points that they are one and the same thing. We are all living beings with the need to breathe. Yoga just helps us see that union. So, breathe deeply.

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Yogafy Your Life: Balance

Balance. You hear me talk about it all the time. It’s at the heart of everything we learn, or at least seek to learn, in our practice of yoga. And it’s probably one of the hardest things to understand, obtain, and most importantly, maintain. 

Think about it in your physical practice. Think about what gets stirred up inside you when you’re trying to hold your most challenging balance posture...

Success

You know by now that I'm sort of addicted to working on myself all the time. I'm constantly working on some project, either tiny or grand, that somehow or some way hopefully makes me better than I was the day before. That doesn't mean I'm always skipping down the yellow brick road with unicorns and rainbows. Nuh-uh. In fact, I'd venture to say it's one of the hardest, gnarliest, down-and-dirty paths I could've chosen because frankly, it's tough to deal with our own $h!t. 

Life Lessons from Bubba Gump's

Some of the best things in my life came from Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. In fact, Bubba Gump's  represents one of the best teachers I've had in my life, hands down. Yeah, the place with the tons of shrimp, plastic plates, and trivia about a 20+ year old film. Now, I've had some great teachers in my life thus far. Yet, relationships with teachers can come and go. To this point in my life, aside from my parents, who reign supreme at the top of the heap (I sure lucked out there!), none have stood the test of time and positive impact like good old Bubba's. 

Yogafy Your Life: Your Tool Belt

Ready to bust out your tool belts, folks? No, not the Tim the Tool Man type. I'm talking about the type of tool belt that you carry around inside your brain and your heart: the belt that carries all your tools for making your way in the world. Ruh-roh! Yeah, it's about to get hairy up in here. 

The Courage to be Imperfect

It might surprise you to know that I, like many humans, have times when I feel like crap. Yesterday was one of those days, and honestly, I’m still not entirely over it. I’m not sharing this little tidbit with you for sympathy, though that is always embarrassingly comforting. Rather, I’m sharing my pathetic physical state with you as a wee exercise in vulnerability. You may notice that I tend towards the “I am a rock” side of things, which makes admitting feeling like poop pretty difficult at times.