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Make 2020 the year you stick to your resolutions with the 20/20 YOGA CHALLENGE!

How many times have you set new year's resolutions only to fall off track within a few weeks or even days? Believe me, you are not alone! 

Back in the day when I used to work in gyms, January was packed! People were fired up and ready to start working out, eating better, doing yoga etc etc. But honestly, it never took long for the gym to be back to normal and all the machines to be open again.

Why is that?

There are many reasons why people quit or "fall off the wagon" of new year's resolutions. Here's a few:

1) Lack of accountability: We all start out with the best intentions: to get fit, lose weight, have more energy but when life gets in the way it is really easy to fall back to our old ways. And without the accountability of a buddy or a community this tends to happen pretty quickly.

2) Lack of motivation: Why we do what we do is often just as important as doing it. Many people skip the important step of asking themselves why they are starting the resolution...

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Are your eyes tired and strained at the end of the day? Learn why and what to do!

It turns out that staring out into space is a good thing after all, especially if you work on a computer all day! 

Looking at a screen all day is challenging and tiring for our eyes which can leaving us dealing with computer vision syndrome aka: digital eye strain.

Computer vision syndrome is a new issue that is becoming much more prevalent because of all the time we spend on the computer and can show up as:

  • eyestrain
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • dry eyes
  • neck and shoulder pain

Do any or all of these sound familiar to you? Check out this short video on how to prevent computer vision syndrome and keep your eyes healthy!

Looking at a screen is very different than reading off of a page and is significantly more taxing for the eyes. This is because the contrast of the letters to the background is significantly reduced and the glare can make it more difficult to read.

Click here to learn an easy trick to integrate into your workday to reduce eye strain. 

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Learn a powerful stress busting productivity boosting breathing technique

On a scale of 1-10 what would your average stress level be? What about when you are at work? What about during the holidays?

I remember a time when my stress level was so high that I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling like I was running a marathon: heart pounding, sweating, and feeling intense anxiety.

IT WAS STRAIGHT UP AWFUL, thankfully I knew I had to make a shift and took action to do so! 

Stress is a reality of life: the issue is how high our stress level gets and what we do to manage and reduce it. 

The American Institute of Stress reports that 40% of people say that their job is very or extremely stressful......YIKES! 

And since stress is a known contributor to many health issues and problems including: neck tension, back pain, headaches, digestive issues, weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, depression and every major chronic disease it is VITAL that we take action to bring stress levels down.

Thankfully Yoga has a wide variety of tools...

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Thanksgiving sale on Yoga at My Desk Program: Save 40% and get a bonus 20 minute posture consultation

What are you thankful for today?

Today and everyday, I am thankful for my health, my loving partner, my work, my freedom, my supportive community and....YOGA! 

I'm thankful for Yoga because it helps me stay sane, healthy, strong and balanced! 

I'm thankful for Yoga because it is the main tool that I serve my community with and through it am able to help you stay energized, healthy and centered. 

I'm thankful that now through the YOGA AT MY DESK PROGRAM you are now able to access these amazingly powerful tools anytime, anywhere! 

In honor of Thanksgiving, I am excited to announce that I am opening enrollment from Nov 26th until December 3rd only to offer this special deal:

40% off of the Annual Membership plus a special thank you bonus of a 

20 Minute Posture Consultation (using a specialized Posture App) to customize the program for you to maximize your results (valued at $97)!

This year wouldn't you like to handle the stress of the holiday season...

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Get back pain at work? Try the Seated Cat and Cow Move right at your desk!

 
Does your back get sore when you are working on the computer?
Do you feel sleepy throughout the day with brain fog slowing you down?
Take a mini Yoga Break with me!
 
This weeks move is: Seated Cat and Cow! It’s great for loosening up your back, easing tension and helping you sit taller so you feel more alert!
 
Did you know that 90%of the nourishment to your brain comes from movement of your spine? This means you have to moo-ve it, moo-ve it
 
TO DO THE MOOOVES
Sit tall with your shoulders back, take a deep breath in
 
As you exhale, allow your spine to round and your shoulders roll forward and your head drops down
 
As you inhale, shift your weight to the front of your sit bones as you lift your chest and roll your shoulders back and look up
 
Continue to breathe deeply as you shift back and forth between the two positions
 
Repeat 15-20 times
 
Finish by sitting tall with your shoulders back...
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Growing through gratitude

Life can throw a lot at us, especially at work. And when we are in the thick of things with long TO DO lists, clients, and distractions it can be challenging to be grateful for all of it....am I right?

However, if we manage to keep our cool and approach each moment with an open mind and a willingness to learn we can. This approach, which is called the growth mindset, is a powerful lens to look through (and thankfully one we can develop and hone).

The essence of the growth mindset is to always be looking for the lesson in the situation so that we can learn and grow and become the fullest version of our self.

So by taking a step back and looking at the situation from a wider lens we can learn to ask better open ended questions such as: What can I learn from this? What is the universe trying to tell me? What tools do I have to handle this situation?

These are far different from the opposite fixed mindset that asks closed ended questions such as: Why is this happening to me?...

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Ready, set, gratitude: FREE Gratitude Challenge starts today!

I'm proud to say that today is day 823 of my daily gratitude practice! What started as a suggestion from a friend over two and a half years ago is now a staple of my morning routine that I love.

The suggestion to start this practice came to me when I was in a dark period in my life, struggling with depression and lack of motivation. So I thought, why not give it a go? And I'm so glad I did.

The interesting thing that I have learnt since is that a daily gratitude practice is scientifically proven to help people with depression by increasing levels of serotonin, shifting their outlook and improving their mood. 

It is for these reasons (and so many more that I will share with you over the next month) that on November 1st I started a free 30 day gratitude challenge on my Facebook page and Instagram page

Science tells us that in as little as 20 seconds a day, feeling authentically grateful stimulates a release of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin that helps you...

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3 Ways That Being Stressed Out Slows You Down at Work and in Life (and what to do about it)

Does this sound familiar....?
 
Alerts pinging you from your email and phone, the world's longest to do list, clients sending in bizarre requests, sessions to be at and others to plan for, with no end in sight. You might even be clocking mad overtime hours and taking your work home with you, giving you no downtime to recover.
 
Stress at this level can be absolutely crippling to your performance, health, and ultimately your happiness, plus it's one of the biggest threats to work place productivity.
 
While some stress is helpful because it lights a fire under your booty to motivate you to take action, chronically high levels of stress can lead to burnout, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Plus, stress is a risk factor for every major chronic disease!
 
A quarter of all Americans feel that their job is the most stressful part of their life! 
 
This means that it is absolutely important that we become aware of...
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Stressed to the max at work?

If so, you are definitely not alone and the truth is that way too many people feel this way!

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health and happiness, yet is something that far too many people deal with on a daily basis simply because they don't yet know what to do to ease the burden.

While some stress is helpful to get us up and motivated to take action, if left unchecked, stress can quickly take a toll on your body and your mind. 

Take my client Emily for example: who when dealing with major family stress developed lower back issues and sciatica pain. Since it is very common for problems to manifest as physical symptoms it was essential that we integrated relaxation techniques plus stretches and exercises to help her feel like herself again and get out of pain. And thankfully she did! 

Far too many people wait until they are in pain or are super stressed to take action because they think they just don't have the time, know how, or...

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Desk job giving you neck and shoulder pain? Mini Yoga Breaks will help!

Have you ever said to yourself: It's not worth doing ______________

(fill in the blank with: Yoga or Stretching or Exercising) because I only have a few minutes?

If you have, you are definitely not alone! Learn more in this week's Vitality Tip!

It's funny how sometimes we use this logic on ourselves right?

By telling yourself: unless I have X amount of time, it's really not going to do any good or make me feel any better. FALSE! 

The truth is: every little bit counts and does have the potential to make you feel better! 

But the mind can be a funny thing sometimes. Talking you out of taking a few minutes to move, breath,  and stretch by spinning a story about how its pretty much a waste of time unless you can do it for a long time......weird logic! 

The truth is it is ideal to be moving your body frequently throughout the day, by getting up often, changing positions, moving around etc...all things that may not happen that often when you are working on a...

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Are your neck and shoulders sore and tight from sitting for long hours?

Try this 10 minute "Yoga at My Desk" video to relieve this tension, help you sit taller, and give you a boost of energy and focus right at your desk!