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    December.  It should be time to celebrate! The holidays are upon us and a new year is just around the corner. Yet this time of year tends to be riddled with stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and feelings of lack of wellness. Believe me, as a lush of life, I get it, but these last weeks of the year should be pure happiness, wellness and joy. Here are five tips to ending the year with a bang, so you can kick off the next one with an even bigger one.

    1. Don’t Get Swept Up in the Stress. Just because everyone else is stressed does not mean you need to be. Do what you need to do, when you want to do it, maybe even with a smile. It is not written in stone anywhere that this time of year is supposed to be stressful - we just make it so. Decide instead to do it your way, without stress and with enjoyment, and you will start off the new year in an entirely different way.

    2. Demand YOU time. Sometimes the stress at this time of year comes from trying to please everyone, yet in that process we forget to take care of ourselves. Carve out 15 minutes a day, or a larger chunk three times a week to do what you need to do to be healthy and happy. Sweat, rock out, see an old friend, or just sit in silence. Taking time for you now will set the precedent for the new year.

    3. Say Thank You. At this time of year we talk a lot about Gratitude, but often forget to actually be thankful. We tend to complain about the holiday parties we have to go to and food and drinks we have to have rather than appreciate how lucky we are to even have those options. We spazz about not finding the right gift rather than rejoice in being able to give one.  We whine about being tired rather than feel fortunate that we have friends who want to spend time with us.  Instead, just say thank you for everything around you.  This will open up endless paths of positivity for the year to come. 

    4. Go Intangible.  Instead of thinking about what you can buy, think of what you can create.  Give intangible or homemade gifts, ones that embody your energy and sentiment for the receiver.  You will save money and feel so much more fulfilled than after buying a random top for someone.

    5. Be You. Wear what you want, say what you want, do what you want.  Be who you want to be, as you want to be it, and then you don’t need to worry about anything else.  

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    Roll With the Punches

    All too often I find that today’s yoga pretends everything is ok.  It feigns peace and relaxation, opting to “let go” rather than “go for it.”
    I, for one, am all about going for it all, head on.  The thing is, if you do so, chances are you are going to get banged up every now and then. That’s ok.
    Yoga, especially of the I.AM.YOU. ilk, is meant to teach you to roll with the punches, physically and mentally.  The classes are hard with a purpose.  The music load with a goal.  The dedication and focus specific with an ambition.
    The objective of all of I.AM.YOU. is to teach to roll with the punches on the mat, so when you get onto the sidewalks, into the boardroom, or into the kitchen with a wailing kid, you know that you can, and will survive.
    The punches are the seeds to your success.  So roll with them today.



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    Get What You Want.

    Don’t we all want that, to get what we want?  A boyfriend.  Promotion.  Holiday.  Smaller dress size.  Hour to relax.  Tighter booty.  You name it, you want it. 

    Yet what we long for can be tough to acquire… which is where I come in….

    The secret to getting what you want is connecting with who you are. 

    The I.AM.YOU. method uses yoga, nourishment, music, and mindset to connect you to yourself, and your true self to your world so that you can always get what you want. 

    The Yoga poses help you connect to your tangible body – the muscles, organs, ligaments and tendons.  Connecting with them helps you feel where you are physically on any given day as well as demonstrate what you are really capable of, which is often more than you think. 

    The Yoga Breath connects you to your intangible body -  the vast world of subtle vibes, perspectives, and moods.   Connecting with it helps you pinpoint and shift your energy and perceptions to a place you want them to be. 

    Nourishment connects you to what you need to survive, and to thrive.  Connecting with it helps refine and optimize your self fueling mechanism. 

    Music connects you to connecting itself.  It forces you to hear, and in doing so shows you how to listen. 

    Mindset connects you to the inner workings of your brain.  In doing so it connects your thinking to your thoughts, your brain to your perceptions, your perceptions to your reality, your reality to your world.  When you connect to the power of your mind, you connect with who you really are. 

    When you connect with who you really are, you know that you already have everything inside of you needed to get what you want, leaving you free to go get it, whatever it is. 

    Connect with who you are, from the inside, out, and the world is yours for the taking.  I promise.



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    Do You Need to Change Your Attitude?

    I’m not going to lie: It has been a rough couple of weeks.

    I have suddenly been confronted with challenges, surprises, drama and pretty much anything else a person could imagine in the realms of personal life, health, family and career. And, honestly, I have not always been zen about the circumstances (#momentsofborderlinehysteria).

    Maybe you can relate? After all, we all get overwhelmed sometimes.

    Then, just a couple days ago, it all began to shift. That’s in part because of my guardian angel and some luck, yes, but it’s primarily because I put my I.AM.YOU. yoga to work.

    During the beginning of this challenging phase, I tried to control various outcomes. When I realized that was impossible (thank you, yoga, for the reminder!), I got more worried, panicked and stressed. Those reactions threw me into a mental vortex, which clouded my perception of everything around me and adversely affected my body, mind and life further. It was as if my attitude had slipped into a bottomless abyss, and I had forgotten that, in fact, I could do something to pull it back out.

    What I realized I could do, and then did, was very simple: I shifted my attitude to a more positive place.

    How I did it was even more simple: I brought to mind something positive or exciting every time I felt myself start to slip back into a state of hysterical negativity and worry or got bad news.

    What a difference it has made!

    You see, there are some things you can control in life: your mind, perception and attitude. I nourished my mind with positive thoughts to manually shift my perception and, thus, created not only a new attitude with which to roll, but a new world to roll in.

    That’s yoga.

    So next time you get overwhelmed by everything going on around you, simply choose to change your attitude and feed yourself what you need to get the results you want. It’s possible and oh so sunny on the other side.


    Lauren Imparato

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