Finding Your Inner BadA$$

You are a BadA$$. You might not think you are, but let’s face it. There has been that one moment that you had that inner glow because you got your dues and were proud of yourself. Where is that person? How often do you let that inner BadA$$ out? Probably, not as often as you should, am I right?

 So, let’s think back to that point in time when you were fierce and unstoppable. Where you were in the best place in your life. Is that now? If so, kudos to you…keep on keeping on. However, if not, I assure you, he or she is in there.

3 things to find your Inner BadA$$:

1.    Stop Doubting yourself. Remind yourself, daily if necessary of your accomplishments. You are a BadA$$ because you trusted your gut. The biggest weapon in our self-destruction is our own mindset. If you analyze, overthink, ponder endlessly…STOP! Live in the moment. Trust me on this…It is exhilarating.

2.    Commit, Commit, Commit. Commitment is hard. I’m not going to try and tell you that it isn’t. When you invest in yourself, we learn how much we are truly capable of. Never give up, Never give in!

3.    Let go of FEAR. Yes, fear is scary. If it wasn’t it would be called something else. So, I challenge you to let go. Call it out. Letting go of that fear is the only way to bring true peace to our lives. Do you want to be consumed by fear or do you want to be filled with peace?

 So, the next time, your day, week, month has you feeling defeated or not your best you, look within. Take care of the emotions and find that confidence that is there, deep inside. Then say hello to your BADA$$ self.

 Namaste,

Erin

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Why We can’t be present?

We all need to live in the present moment. Living in the moment is a state of intentional attention on the present. With the digital age as such, it is today, our intention to attention has suffered for most. We are not perfect. I too get caught up in the busyness.  Instead of letting your life go by, I encourage you to truly experience life in an awakened state.

 Mindful people are happier. They have higher self-esteem and are more empathetic. The mindset here is a shift to appreciation. This is our ONE life. Focus less on what’s going on in your mind. Shift the focus to the joy in each situation…each moment. Stepping away from the noise gives us the opportunity to dream and be creative.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

 So, how can we practice being present?

1.    A small regular practice – If you don’t already meditate, a few minutes a day is a great way to start. Focus on your breath. If your mind starts to wander, just notice it and gently return to breath.

2.    Set intentions. Before engaging in an activity set an intention for what you are hoping to achieve from the activity.

3.    Reflect Daily – Whether at the beginning or end of the day, journal or just reflect how the day unfolded. Were you present in your actions? Did you struggle? Don’t be harsh on yourself.

 As my awareness has increased, so has the peace and joy in my life. The more familiar I have become with the inner workings of my mind, the better I have started to feel. There will always be distractions, just be aware of the great opportunities to practice being in the moment. We Don’t know what the future holds – so enjoy the moment.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Cherokee Indian Proverb

Namaste,

Erin

 

 

 

 

 

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Intention + Showing up

What does intention and showing up mean to you? Showing up to work is one thing; you are paid to arrive on time, do the work, play by the rules, etc. But what does showing up WITH INTENTION mean to you?

When I started on this journey as a business owner, I will admit, I was scared. As with any business, it is a risk – will I find instructors, will this be the right location, will the studio flourish? But more importantly, for me, is to have the kind of studio of intention.

I know that my presence has an impact. And so do you. Your presence has impact – posture, tone of voice, how you carry yourself.

            Energy is your VIBE.

When you show up with intention, you have a passion, a purpose. You have a culture or environment that not only thrives but gives in return.

So, how can you bring this power of intention and showing up in your everyday life?

1.    Are you clear about your intentions?

2.    Do you know why you do the work that you do?

3.    What kind of culture or atmosphere do you create when you interact with others?

4.    Are you open to receiving?

5.    Do you practice gratitude?

Since yoga is a mind-body connection, by setting intentions, you are making a connection between what you work through on your mat, and what you continue to focus on as you step off your mat and resume your daily schedule.

Intentions will continually change as you move through your practice. Show up for the things and people around you. You will shine in strength and be an example of positivity for yourself and those who you impact.

Namaste,

Erin

 

 

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Embrace the Beauty !

It’s finally here, friends! The first days of autumn. It’s this unspoken feeling of inner serenity when the golds and ambers of fall surround us. The aura of the season intermingles with the aromas of all things herbal & earthy. It’s high time we all got out there to truly experience it.

If you’re planning an afternoon getaway of nature walks and trail exploration, which I highly encourage, be mindful before you even set foot out the door. A lot of us may have a certain path or trail they love walking during the fall season, but I’ve come to learn that it’s the spontaneous, impromptu journeys that do the soul some good. Just check into your inner psyche and go where the wind takes you. Try that new state park or hiking trail you’ve been itching to explore. Invite friends, family, or even take your furry-babies along! The more fulfilling it can be for you the better!

That being said, I really want you to tap into all of your senses when you’re out among nature. What changes are you seeing and feeling around you, which begs the question, what changes do we feel in ourselves during this seasonal change? What about different sounds or smells of autumn? Many different sensations, like a cool, leafy kissed breeze or a muddled smell of ripe pumpkins growing in the soil brings me nostalgic memories of when I was younger and more carefree.

A final little tidbit for full fall embrace? The electronics stay home. I understand there are times when moments must be captured, but to totally immerse yourself, the clicks and taps of your phone or camera won’t be needed. It just sits right with my soul when it’s just me and nature. No worries or distractions, only a much sought after feeling of tranquility.

Happy apple picking and pumpkin carving in the weeks to come!

Namaste,

Erin

 

 

Reflect and Recharge

 

The summer months have come and gone with warmhearted reminiscence. As we now

embrace the many new beauties that autumn offers, it’s time to pause and look back on

our previous few months in regards to our routine.

It isn’t always easy in those long, dog days to find and stick to a basic routine. And

when the leaves begin to get crisper, I feel like I am just thrown back into the hectic

without warning. This is where an opportunity arises to take some control of your daily

life. If you follow these guidelines, I promise you’ll find that inner harmony.

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve found when trying to improve my routine is time

management. I cannot tell you how many stories I have traded with friends about how

there is just never enough time in the day. To counter this little hiccup, challenge

yourself to wake up an hour earlier in the mornings. There is nothing like that fresh,

serene feeling of rising with the sun. This, may be a deal breaker for some, but for

others, this time will allow you to wrap your mind around each days’ undertakings. It will

also introduce a much calmer beginning to the day, with that “me” time you’ve been

pining for. Make yourself some breakfast, have your morning coffee, or indulge in

morning meditation, but just treat yourself.

Another life-saver is the art of making a quality list. Or how about a list of all your lists?

There is nothing more frustrating than lying after you’ve conquered the day, only for

your eyes to snap open because you forgot that one thing on the list you wish you’d

made! I’ve been there - it’s a bummer. Getting all of those daily goals jotted down will

clear your mind so you can focus on the day ahead and wholly unwind when it’s over.

And if you think you’re forgetting something, you’ll always have your list as a reference.

These changes to your routine may seems small, but they will monumentally improve

your day-to-day focus and guide you toward your most authentic self.

Namaste,

Erin

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Spring Renewal

As we head into summer, I would like to think of entering this summer season as a beautiful cleanse.In speaking with many students, friends, and lovely encounters with strangers - this winter leading into spring was a very arduous time for all.  Whether it be emotional hardships, illness (I swear everyone in PGH got hit with that stomach virus, flu or upper respiratory mess at least twice) there was an element of hardship that struck us all.

In reflecting on these past 5 months, it warms my heart to know that we are all connected and pretty much going through the same thing in some way, shape, or form.  Human connection and community is magnificent.  In Yoga, we call it Sangha – the fact that you are not alone in what you feel.  There are others out there that can relate to what you are going through, and simply knowing that can be such a great comfort. 

My family and I recently lost our sweet dog after 11 years.  It was heartbreaking.  My personal grief was unexpectedly overwhelming.  The greatest comfort I received was hearing the stories of those that had experienced the same thing I was going through.  That love, that support – was invaluable to my own personal grief.  I could hear their comforting voices and support in the lowest of moments.  That is Sangha.  One of the greatest gifts we can give to each other is compassion, honesty, openness, and understanding.

After moving through layers of guilt with the idea of getting a new puppy (with the help of our Sangha) we are happy to welcome our new fur baby into our family soon.  It was so incredibly comforting to know that many friends have gone through the same thing and made the same decision.  As we all head into summer, we are all one – moving out of the sickness, hardships, and emotions into a new season.  And who knows what it will bring us – but we are all in it together, and the best thing we can do is to continually support each other no matter what the circumstance is.

Namaste,

Erin