i’m a pink magazine cover girl!

I am so excited to share with you my joy of being chosen as Pink Magazine’s cover story! I cannot even tell you how excited I was when I was asked to be the feature and now the anticipation before the magazine comes out Wednesday April 2nd. Truthfully, I have a few mixed emotions about it coming out. I’m of course unbelievably flattered and over the moon excited for the opportunity, and also some vulnerability as the day gets nearer.

For those of you that know me well, this comes no surprise to you that I’m not a showy person and don’t care for my picture taken. I’m not the yoga teacher you will find all over instagram or have a lot Facebook pictures of me doing yoga. Even the way I teach yoga is instructional rather than demonstrative. Rarely will you find me doing the yoga poses I am teaching, unless I need to get open enough to demo a more challenging pose later. It’s just not my style, and this has not been my comfort zone…yet.

Now, my poses are being made more public than they ever have before to a viewership of 88,000 I’m told. Whoa! Its a strange and wonderful place for me. What I can tell you, is that they turned out really beautifully. I got to work with an amazing team of professionals and I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them. Each one of them made me feel at ease, and really wonderful through the whole process. Everyone should have a chance to work with them and feel like a rock star for a day!

Thank you Courtney Larson for offering me this mind blowing opportunity. She also helped fix my hair and clothes when they got in the way for the pictures. She in a fantastic graphic designer, beautiful woman, and a heck of a yogini. I love her.

Jessica Reimer is the talented free lance writer from Paper Plane Communications who wrote my story. She put me at ease right away and made the process feel transparent, warm, and so much fun! So much fun in fact, that we hung out for coffee later that week! If you ever need a writer, she’s your gal.

I had an equally rewarding experience with the editor Moe Itani, and photographer Darrol Hofmeister from Sharp Shooter Photography. They are amazing at what they do and knew exactly how to get the best shots from me. I am so grateful. The pictures are awesome and I owe that to them.

My gorgeous makeup was done by Sarah Hegglin at Blush Beauty bar, and the clean alignment of my pictures is all because of Kim Lawrence, my dear friend of Full Life Yoga. Thank you for making me look so good.

I am reminded as tomorrow gets closer just how lucky I am. Not just because of the chance to be recognized publicly, but because my life is so full of incredible people, and it keeps getting fuller! My life is truly a blessing and thank you for being in it.

I’d love to hear your comments on the article below.

 

 

start before you are ready

This statement is a common one in entrepreneurship and it totally makes sense. If you wait for the ‘right’ time, that time will never come. (Incidentally, I have also had many well meaning people say this to me about having kids. And just so you know, I don’t have any.) Why it’s important to start before you are ready, not just because time’s a ticking (so I hear), but because there is no way you can anticipate what will be ahead until you get there.

When I was in my 20’s I was very impulsive, now in my 30’s I take a lot more time to plan before I execute. Maybe too much more. If you are like me, you like to know what’s up ahead, plan for the possibilities and walk in with your eyes wide open. Don’t get me wrong, planning absolutely important to success in any area of your life, and the truth is, if you don’t get started you will never know what actually lies before you. It is most likely completely different than you had expected and better than you thought, and you won’t know until you start.

So, whether its that conversation that you have been meaning to have, that leap you have been waiting to take, business you wanted to start: start now. You won’t really know what you need until you get there, and at least you started!

Now it’s your turn, what can you start (even if it’s baby steps) to get moving today? I’d love to read your insights below.

serenade to the seasons

I love teaching early morning yoga classes. Not because I love getting up at 5:10am. Truthfully, some of those mornings I wake up with the word “f*ck” escaping my lips as I knock the phone off my bedside table attempting to turn off the ringing alarm. And then I get up and have a lovely cup of coffee in the silence of my house, make my breakfast, kiss my husband’s sleeping head, and eventually make it out the door to the beautiful studio I get to teach a 6:30am yoga class twice a week.

Somewhere along the way from waking to arriving at the studio some magic happens within. I’m still too tired to be worrying about the day or to do list, so I’m really present to the brave souls that make the effort to get up in the dark and drive in their cold cars on frosty days to sweat it out with me. I genuinely appreciate their effort to make it to their mats. I know what it takes to make it to the studio, and the planning involved because I have to do it too, and I love them for doing it, and I love them for showing up.

Not only do I get to be a teacher to these amazing students these early mornings, I also love that we get to flow with seasons to our breath. When I get up really early every day or most days, I notice the days as they get longer and shorter. I feel my inner nature shift with the seasons. I have the desire to turn in and reflect as the days get shorter, and the pull to get up and create as the days get longer. Right now, we are leaving the depths of winter and the class is beginning to end with the sun rising. It is enchanting to see the days getting longer and being present for each extra minute we get every day. Last week we were in darkness this week we have light.

To me, being a part of the changing seasons means being a part of this world, and a part of not only my life, but the capital L Life. The seasons remind me of my connection to that Thing that animates my body, the trees, and the living pulsing earth beneath my Tadasana toes. Each breath is a season in itself. A beginning, a pause, an ending. I am reminded to be in awe of the grandeur of the universe and the small expression that I am within it, and how kick ass that is.

 

Dear gorgeousness, my wonderful client, yes you…

Hello Gorgeous,

There’s something I need to share with you. We’ve been working together for a while now, and I want you to know just how much I love our time together. I see you as such a bright light in our community and I am so in love with your vision. You are going to make big things happen and I feel so honored that you chose me to be a part of your journey to get there.

I love your energy, your creativity, and your heart. I really get how passionate you are, how much you want to make a difference, and that you have a beautiful gift to share.

Working with you is the highlight of my week because you also get me and my style of support. You put your trust in me, are able to laugh at the human predicament that we are all in, and value our time together. I appreciate that because it also brings out the best in me: present, loving, compassionate, silly, honest, with a deeper listening to hear what is underneath.

You are why I do what I do. Your wonder, joy for life, your inner light, inspires me.

I care so much for you and your incredible vision that I will work my hardest to get you there. I will remember your vision when you forget, hold you accountable when doubt takes its grip, and I will stand up and cheer for you every stride you take forward. We are an unstoppable team you and I, and we can do phenomenal things together.

So, that’s what I thought you should know. Thanks for being an incredible example of a human being. You are amazing. I love you.