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Be Authentically Soulful

29 Mar

Be Authentically Soulful

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Speak Your Truth

28 Jan

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How Yoga Changed My Life

15 Jun

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It has been a very transformative 2 year journey completing my Advanced Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapy certification. I have finished all the modules but have yet to finish all my required practical hours. The hours will come as I practice my new skills when I move home to Vancouver, Canada this summer.
I began my teacher training with a very Western mindset when it came to the idea of Yoga, being only focused on the asanas (physical practice). It didn’t help that I have a Personal Training background so my mind is/ was already super-focused on the fitness aspect of Yoga. Did I ever get schooled on the truth and meaning of what Yoga is truly about!
When I started out my teacher training, I often felt weird, or out-of-place. I laughed at myself often, in my head of course, and thought, “If my friends could see me now.” Talk about getting out of my comfort zone. I was already living in a new country (moved from Canada to the United States) and living in a very liberal city (San Francisco) and to add the extra element of becoming certified in Yoga…WOW! I suggest, if you truly desire to change your life, get out of your comfort zone often. I was definitely out of my comfort zone Oming it up and chanting frequently. I didn’t really recognize myself as I was going through the training. I often observed my experience as more of a witness, thinking, “Where am I and what am I doing?”. Not in a bad way but more in a shocked and proud of myself kind of way. Yoga was completely new to me and often, uncomfortable.
The most challenging part of my training was dealing with my spirituality or lack thereof. Let me tell you, the last thing you want to do if you lack a sense of spirituality is go through Yoga teacher training for 2 years. Maybe it’s the best thing you can do. It’s like casting a spotlight on the dark areas of one’s life. I’ve always felt I lacked a strong sense of spirituality and having lost both brothers to suicide, I definitely felt stunted in all areas dealing with a higher Being, or God. After these last 2 years, I feel more aware of my beliefs and feel more connected to people and the universe.
The other major challenge for me was embracing vulnerability. To put myself in this new arena of Yoga was so outside my comfort zone, I often felt vulnerable. I needed to learn how to embrace these uncomfortable feelings and learn to welcome them into my life. The greatest change happened because I allowed myself, the core of my soul, to be seen. It’s very different to let myself be seen by people who are new in my life than it is to be vulnerable with those who I have known for many years. I am thankful to have found such an amazing community of beautiful and compassionate people to go through this journey with. Purusha Yoga Studio was exactly where I was supposed to be in order to discover my deepest self.
How have I changed? After 2 years fully immersing myself in Yoga, I feel like I have resurfaced a more open, vulnerable, and authentic person. I feel a softness to myself that has been suppressed for too long. The greatest feedback I received after my Thai Massage final was how peaceful and caring I came across. I was told, I have a very loving, confident and nurturing energy. Now that’s real change :)
I believe the peace I now feel is a product of showing up vulnerable, open and sharing my truth and experiences (especially the uncomfortable experiences)  with the Purusha community. I will embrace this new me and practice showing up in all areas of my life with my open spirit and heart. I will be forever thankful for my experience within the Purusha Yoga community and how Yoga changed my life.

Brené Brown- The Price of Invulnerability

17 May

Great video to stress the importance of opening your true self up, flaws and all.

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Wholehearted Living

31 Mar

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Why I tell My Secrets?

14 Mar

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Why do I reveal so much of my personal secrets in a blog? I want to lead by example by being open and honest so I become more relatable and REAL. I believe blogging is a positive and very cathartic experience for me, allowing me to write my truth for anyone interested in living inside my head for a brief moment. Another important  reason for me writing my thoughts and experiences is for the simple fact that people are going to talk and I want them to at least get the facts right.
Since starting my blog 4 years ago, I feel so much more at ease to share my personal struggles and traumatic experiences with not only my close friends, but people I haven’t known longer than a week. Once I write about my thoughts and hit publish, I feel such a release of toxic energy that no longer serves me. I also find it much easier to share my feelings with total strangers because I have no expectation of getting anything back, I don’t have the expectation of needing someone to hold the space for me to share.

I want to break the perception people may have for me without even knowing who I really am. I know being in certain social circles can build a reputation that is completely unfounded, I want people to know me at my core…because I am far from a spoiled princess ;)

Here’s to revealing our secrets so they can no longer have a hold on us. Share your story because no one else has it.

 

New Year to Live Authentically YOU!

6 Jan

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Stop caring about what other people think of you and live your life for yourself!

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