Quitters Day: Get back on the program!

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Did you know 80% of people have already given up on their dreams of things being different in 2024? Yep! Only two weeks into the year, by the second Friday in January, most of us have already abandoned our New Year’s goals. It’s so real, it’s got a name: Quitters Day. 

People have fallen off the wagon of dry January. They’ve ghosted the gym or yoga classes. They have fallen back into old and familiar patterns. Why?! Because it takes a lot of practice to change a habit like at least 30 to 60 days. And it’s hard for the brain to unlearn a pattern of behavior.

You could stay in bed and be late for school…and why make the bed at all?!

You may as well have another cookie…You deserve it, right?

Why bother with the details of the homework assignment when you know you can get away without doing it?

Why not waste a bunch of time eating/watching/scrolling/thinking/shopping/gossiping? It’s fun, right? No real harm…

Except when you break your promises to yourself, you don’t feel good. It feels horrible; but you’re not bad, weak, or hopeless. You just need more reps. Repetition is key.

Doing the right thing — by you for you — even when it’s easy not to — IS the muscle.

Keeping your promises to yourself builds trust in YOU because if you don’t trust you, no one else can trust you either. It builds your resilience and your confidence.

Being consistent is the hardest thing to do. How can it work? Mindfulness. Whatever it is you are trying to do — or not do, hits a decision making point. The power is in the pause so you can make a conscious decision of what BEST serves you. And it’s rarely your first impulse.

STOP! Wait for the angst to settle. Then make the best decision. FOMO turns into JOMO. We spend more quality time and attention on the routines, events, and resources that TRULY move us upward.

If you’ve fallen off in the past days or weeks, GET BACK ON! Start over. It’s 100% okay. Reaching our biggest goals does not require perfection, only progress. The secret is to keep getting BACK up. Again, and again, and again.

P.S. Come to yoga with the fam. It’s healthy fun!


10 Reasons Yoga Gets Kids Life Ready

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In our fast-paced and digitally dominate world, giving our children the gift of yoga equips them with essential skills for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through structured classes or playful at-home sessions, getting your kids life-ready opens the door to a world of physical, mental, and emotional well-being that benefits them for years.

1. Physical Fitness & Flexibility

Yoga postures develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance, laying a foundation for a healthy activity for life.

2. Mental Health & Stress Relief

Yoga builds mindfulness and relaxation skills. Through focused breath-work, kids learn to manage stress, anxiety and depression for their emotional wellness and a sense of calm.

3. Improved Concentration & Focus

In yoga, children learn to be present in-the-moment, lengthen and sharpen their attention, positively impacting their performance academically and in activities.

4. Emotional Regulation

In yoga, children learn emotional awareness and how to regulate so they can express their feelings in a healthy way, promoting higher emotional intelligence and resilience.

5. Enhanced Sleep Quality

Moving and relaxing equal improved sleep quality for children. Simple bedtime yoga sequences can create a calming routine, aiding in a more restful night’s sleep.

6. Boosted Confidence and Self-Esteem

Mastering yoga poses and participating in group activities creates accomplishment. Yoga provides a non-competitive environment where each child can progress at their own pace.

7. Social Interaction and Team Building

Partner and group poses along with collaborative activities create a sense of connection and community, teaching children valuable interpersonal skills.

8. Mind-Body-Heart Connection

Yoga unites all of us inside and out helping children understand the importance of listening to their bodies. This inner guidance can lead to healthier lifestyle choices and lifelong well-being.

9. Creative Expression 

Yoga movement inspires children to express themselves in a unique and imaginative way, blossoming creativity and self-discovery.

10. Life-Ready Healthy Habits

Introducing yoga to children establishes a foundation for lifelong healthy habits. Teaching them the practical ways to take care of their physical and mental health so they can be their best!

Adapted slightly because it was already spot on! You can learn the High5 Habits and success skills to get your kids life-ready in Warrior Training in just 8 days so you can impact kids immediately.


10 Reasons to Get Kids Yoga Training Certification

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If you live or work with kids, you need to be a warrior. Since kids don't come with instructions, we built a science-backed system so your on-the-job training is more satifying. Here's why kids yoga and mindfulness training can help you succeed in the hardest job in the world: raising healthier and happier children.

1 Mission: Unite body, mind and heart.

2 Goals: protect and promote children’s physical fitness & mental health.

3 Success skills: Adaptability. Resilience. Confidence! When you adapt, you become resilient. When you are resilient, you can handle anything. When you can handle anything, you are confident. Confidence is everything!

4 Areas of development:

  • Mental - focus
  • Emotional - regulation
  • Physical - strength, flexibility and balance
  • Spiritual - a higher power defined by you

High5 Habits for life:

  • Mindfulness - pay attention
  • Movement - exercise!
  • Meditation - be still with yourself
  • Mantra - train your mind
  • Manifesting magic - get what you want!

6 Senses engaged: Sight. Sound. Smell. Taste. Touch. Vibes - the ability to read energy and respond to it.

7 Energy centers in the body:

  • Safety - feel grounded
  • Creativity - experience joy
  • Power - have strength
  • Love - compassion for self and others
  • Voice - speak responsibly and kindly
  • Knowing - understanding oneself
  • Wonder - curiosity outside of self

8 Limbs of yoga:

  • Yama - 5 self disciplines
  • Niyama - 5 positive duties
  • Asana - Postures and movement (lots of it!)
  • Pranayama - Breath work
  • Pratyahara - Relax into peace
  • Dharana - Focused concentration
  • Dhyana - Meditation
  • Samadhi - Happiness. Bliss. Enlightenment.

Get to Cloud 9 reach to your highest height making money doing meaningful work that matters. Yoga helps you be your best! You can’t learn this essential skill set anywhere else.

10 Ways to be a game-changer in your life and in your community working with:

  • Families
  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Kids
  • Middle Schoolers
  • High School Teens
  • College students
  • Youth Sports Coaches
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Parents & Caregivers

Increase your income and your impact. Warrior training starts January 20, 2024.

MLK Jr. Values and Yoga for Kids

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and values can translate to children of any age. Here are 3 simple ways kids can help keep his dreams and wisdom alive.

1. Peace. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. The top principle in yoga is ahimsa which is non-violence. With children, we translate that to kindness.

2. Courage. It takes strength to stand up for and voice what you believe in. In yoga, we Start From The Heart so we can connect within ourselves and with others. This is brave because many of us react impulsively and not always with heartfelt compassion.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. Leadership. Lead With Love. Everything is energy. Love is the highest vibration while fear is the lowest frequency. In yoga, we work to bring the energy up the central channel from the root to the highest point at the crown — to be sovereign.

Our values are: Love, Integrity, Growth, Freedom and Joy! We also inspire Generosity, Discipline, Flexibility and Balance. What do you stand for?

  • What words capture your deepest values and what matters most?
  • What values will you instill in your children? Which of these values are you already living in daily life?
  • Which do you aspire to inhabit more fully?

I have a dream that every child has access to yoga. If you’d like to learn more about how yoga can change your life at home and in the world, we begin on January 20.


Reflections and Questions for the New Year

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We have a ritual called Hopes & Dreams where we take time to reflect on what we learned in the prior year and on what we want most in the New Year.

First, the reflections. Answer these 3 questions for 2023:

  1. What were the top three highlights?
  2. What were the best decisions you made?
  3. What were the biggest challenges — what did you learn and how did you grow as a result?

Now, the hopes and dreams for 2024:

  1. What do I want to make my life better?
  2. What truth am I avoiding?
  3. What rules can I break because they just don’t work for me?
  4. If I don’t change X habit(s), will my life be better or worse?
  5. What do I need to let go of?

*These questions are adapted from tips by Marie Forleo

Then, we state our wishes as if they’ve already come true! On December 31, 2024, I will confirm the following for myself:

  1. I experienced a year of excellent health and got into better shape than I EVER imagined.
  2. I helped more leaders increase their income and impact with children than ever before!
  3. I understand that taking big risks could have hurt or hindered me, but I had to go for it!
  4. I became a better listener, responding vs. reacting because “The power is in the pause.”
  5. I am proud of how I showed up for my family, friends, and my community — everyday.
  6. I was present with my parents while they are still alert and alive.
  7. My heart stayed open, compassionate, and trusting in all situations — even when it was HARD!
  8. I was stable and supportive of a friend who needed love.
  9. I made a conscious choice moment-to-moment to release thoughts, feel my feelings and let them GO.
  10. I allowed myself to feel happiness like never before!

I'd love to hear about your Hopes & Dreams. Oh, and you can learn the 3 strategies to make your wishes come true here.


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