Sep 19th, 2014
It’s gonna be a good day. And if it’s not - make it one. #iamyou
Aug 27th, 2014
Aug 11th, 2014
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
I am just gonna come straight out and say it - camping and I are not one. It’s not that I don’t love nature – actually, I adore it, especially sleeping under a huge star filled sky as I do for a couple weeks sailing every summer- but rainy knolls, dirt, and muddy, likely snake and eel infested lakes to ‘shower’ in are not quite my thing. Funnily, this was precisely the setting for my teachings at the sold out 30,000 person Wilderness Festival this past weekend, and I had a blast.
There in my rainboots, stealing extra napkins from any refreshment stand to use as future toilet paper, I pushed the boundaries of what I consider to be “me,” and in doing so became more in tune with my current state of being. I danced in the rain, slept in a sleeping bag on the wet grass in the middle of the dance floor, and then went to work the next morning, energized and excited. Alongside Sian Sutherland of Mio Skincare, I taught on Positivity, Energy, and Creating True Happiness, led an I.AM.YOU. class on the main stage with her dressed as Elvis by my side (see pics, not kidding), and spoke on the extreme levels of wellness that have permeated our societies. When I was working, I was in my element entirely…. Even with my neon orange festival headdress and tattoos on… which made me remember that we can all be in the element anywhere, anytime, because of yoga.
Yoga, like the Wilderness Festival for me this past weekend, is meant to push our boundaries and take us to the wild side of who we really are. There, in that space between where we feel comfortable and where we actually are in that moment is where we discover our true selves and our true capabilities. Only when out of our comfort zone can we clearly see how dynamic our true nature is, and how naturally our inner dynamism exists.
If that isn’t a reason to jump on the mat, borrow a sleeping bag, or do something crazy, I don’t know what is.
Jul 17th, 2014
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.
Jul 14th, 2014
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.