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    DIGITAL DETOX - Take one.

    It is time for a Digital Detox. Yes, you digitally read this correctly. After months and years without stopping, constantly attached to my iPhone, iPad and Air, I have decided to unplug for a bit, and want you to as well.
    We all need to disconnect to reconnect, as I like to call it, and hope that at least once in the next couple of weeks you do the same. I promise you, it is possible, and you will not die. Trust me.

    Here are 6 STEPS to DIGITAL DETOX and ensure you are always the best you you can be:

    1. Turn the phone off or into Airplane mode before you go to bed.
    2. Shower and get dressed before you check your email.
    3. Resist the urge to check social media during a meeting or dinner, especially dinner.
    4. Buy a real newspaper or magazine and get your fingers dirty from the ink.
    5. Leave your phone at home or at the office on at least one walk or errand a day.
    6. Stare into space and let your mind wander for at least 3 minutes.

    Technology is amazing, but it can get in the way of our true self nature, from moods to creativity, productivity, sex drive, sleep patterns, metabolism and more. Sometimes we need to just put down the phone and be ourselves. Give it a try for a day, moment, week or hour and get ready to truly live epicly.

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    Focus on Doing, Not Posing.

    I’ll be honest, I am not into this yoga posing trend of late. I find it, well, a bit tacky, and as constant cheapening agent to what is actually a very powerful tool for mind, body and life betterment. Does that make me a bad yoga teacher or yoga business owner? I hope not.

    Unlike most people in my space, I was never a model or dancer, gymnast or actor. I was horrid in both drama and chorus classes, but loved, and excelled in athletics, sciences, maths, and liberal arts. I try to apply all these to my yoga business, I.AM.YOU., and the way I teach and lead yoga, so that you can always walk away with something useful and something real, something more than a dropped jaw and perhaps increased libido.

    Yoga poses out of context are nothing more than modeling and artistry, one that is often quite seductive and borderline playboy material. This is not yoga, although, yes, I have struck them for various events, business shots, photoshooyts, and branding, but it is not the core of what I.AM.YOU. or yoga truly are.

    Yoga is a process, one that combines movement with breath, anatomy with thoughts. The rest is modeling, or an audition for Cirque du Soleil. Neither of which are wrong - they just are not yoga.

    The I.AM.YOU. yoga and wellness approach as a whole is about reality. It is a toolkit for the modern life you really lead, not a portfolio of things I can do that look cool, slutty, or sexy. I focus on down and dirty anatomical and philosophical tools rooted in science and tradition that can make you stronger, happier, successful, and more you. That’s it, plain and simple.

    So next time you are thinking about snapping a picture of that pose, think about why, and the entire package, the one that will truly transform yourself and your life from the inside out. Maybe like me, sometimes you take the pic in the pose, but you understand the true purpose and true goal. Maybe other times like me you keep it quietly to yourself, as a secret tool for you.

    No matter what, instead of focusing on posing, focus on doing. That’s where the change happens. In every aspect of life.


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    This week - get what you want. And use some #iamyou to help guide you.

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    Did you know that salt is good for you when you are stressed? It in a nutshell, it replenishes your adrenal glands which are vital to your stress survival. Try some salted cashews this afternoon to relive your stress and be you.

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     I did a rather funny (and odd) thing - I took the afternoon off for me. I went for a walk in the park (without answering emails or doing social media) and basked in its green glory. I indulged in an extra sweet yoga practice, followed by a soothing swim. Then I stuffed myself with over half a dozen tacos and light banter with a colleague, came home, read, had a chocolate cookie, and was, until now, just staring out the window into space. Guess what… it was nice.

    I wasn’t planning to do this. In fact, this is very UN-me. But after my third breakfast meeting back to back, I stopped and realized the only person I had left to show up for today was me.

    I had to show up for myself.

    Life is intense. It often has us running around in circles multitasking feats of super human nature without any chance to stop, rest, and listen. We have endless obligations, fun and not, and people and projects we need to be present for. Yet in all that commotion, it is excessively easy to forget to be present for yourself.

    As many of you probably see via social media, I am extremely guilty of pretty much never stopping, always going, always doing. But this was a big first step, one I want all you to try with me just once in the next couple weeks. Pick thirty minutes, an hour, or a few hours and set them aside for you. Do not plan them, do not schedule them, just leave them as an open block, your open block.

    Show up for yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.


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