positive change: 14 weeks

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I consider myself a pretty balanced person and while I engage in healthy habits that include clean eating, mindfulness based practices like therapy and reading a plethora of books on mental and emotional health, I’m not perfect. I don’t exercise, I drink caffeine, I can easily fall down the rabbit hole of anxiety (and sometimes depression) and while meditation is something I’ve dabbled in before, I haven’t incorporated it into my life in a way where it’s become routine. With that being said, since becoming pregnant it’s triggered a strong desire to put more energy into the areas of my life where I felt things were lacking.

This is a time to be strong. Not only to prepare for birth, but to become a healthier person and prepare for motherhood in general. I don’t have children yet, but I do know that the demands of parenting are great and it take intense amounts of energy, patience and strength to stay in balance. I want nothing more then to be a woman who can endure the roller coaster ride of not only pregnancy, but motherhood as well. And with that, I’m making a commitment to get myself to an even steadier and healthier place.

I thought about all of this in my first trimester, but wasn’t able to incorporate any of these new practices. My barely there energy was used for the basics like eating, daily chores and work. And I wasn’t ready either. Now that things are shifting in week 14, I’m slowly beginning to make some change.

On Monday of this week, I started to meditate for ten minutes every morning using an application called Head Space. I’m going through the 10-day trial before committing to the yearly subscription, but so far so good. It has not been easy but I’m sticking with it because there has been so much information on mindfulness-based meditation that confirms its positive impact on your overall health and well-being. A recent study conducted by Harvard University has proven that meditation can actually rebuild the brains gray matter in 8-weeks! Baby boo definitely deserves this small sacrifice, don’t you think?

As far as activity goes, I’m beginning prenatal yoga as well. While I’m going down kicking and screaming, my friend Mika who specializes in prenatal yoga has offered to work with me weekly to help get my body strong and ready over the next 6 months. Another friend Corinne, founder of Birthing Mama Yoga has also sent on her Birthing Mama program which goes from week 14-42, and provides a weekly prenatal yoga video, developmental benchmarks, recipes/nutritional recommendations, self care practices and 6 audio recordings of guided meditations/relaxations. And there is a daily prenatal yoga class offered at Jivamukti which I will get to as well.

I don’t expect to become a super yogi, or a mindfulness-based meditation expert, but like with anything, if not now, then when? Whether you’re expecting a new babe, making change for the new year, or have just decided that you’re ready to embark on a spiritual and emotional journey to holistically heal from the inside out – any of these practices can be for you. I plan on taking baby steps – literally.

I will keep you posted on my progress, and if you have any tips for reducing stress, and increasing overall strength and wellness (be it physical or emotional), please send my way. I would love to hear your suggestions. I’m also looking for additional prenatal classes offered in the Union Square/West or East Village area (aside from Jivamukti) so if you know of any – please, do tell!

Wish me luck!

Have a fantastic and restful weekend.

spotlight: miles borrero

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When you’re in the presence of greatness, you can feel it.  The energy engages you unknowingly and there is an automatic connection and sense of relatability – and then you become open.  This is what occurred when I met yoga teacher, Miles Borrero.  Meeting you where you are, she looks in your eyes when she talks, listens contently when you speak and her words are spoken with an authenticity and a realness that is rare.  The comfortability she feels in her own skin is contagious and makes you want to do better yourself.

Miles (birth name Camila), was born in Brazil, raised in Colombia and came to the states at the age of seventeen. While professional acting was the original goal, yoga pulled her in a direction that more appropriately aligned with who she was at the core.  The practice allowed for progression, growth and acceptance – values that Miles had always incorporated in her personal life and ones she struggled to find in acting.  Yoga was a natural fit for her – loving everything from the physical aspect, to the philosophy, to the dharma and the chanting.  As a competitive horseback rider beginning at age four, Miles innately understood the concept of patience, connecting and tapping into another creatures’ needs and desires.  More then anything, yoga provided Miles with a space where she could feel a sense of community and give something back.  She eventually decided to leave acting for good, completed 200 hours of yoga training, and began to teach.  Her classes are rigorous and creative, but with a lot of heart.  What she gains from her own practice she aims to inspire in others: to stay in check, balanced and honest.  In addition to daily classes at Pure (East & West) and Kula (Tribeca), she teaches regular workshops and holds retreats twice a year in locations like Jamaica and her upcoming 2015 trip to India. All details can be found on her site.

I had originally sought out an interview with Miles, particularly because I was intrigued by her recent shift from Mila to Miles – a profound transformation even if it only involving a couple of letters.  When I asked her why she explained that it was about having a name that matched who she was inside.  Miles says, “I don’t think of it as a name change.  It feels more like a nickname shift.  I was feeling like a part of me was craving more space.  It’s not a statement, and really doesn’t change much of what was already there to begin with.  It’s something I’ve been playing with for a little while and have enjoyed greatly.  Like clothes, our names say a lot about us.  It seemed like an obvious extension.  And my favorite aunt has always called me Miles.”

Becoming your authentic self takes courage and Miles Borrero is the epitome of a woman who embraces hers. She so effortlessly represents the perfect balance between the mind and body experience, and it is obvious why she inspires her students on and off the mat.  Her openness allows the space to remain true to her core, true to her spirit and true to her soul style.  So I asked her a bit more about hers.  Here’s what she had to say…  

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YSS: What is Your Soul Style?  How is your personality reflected in your style?

MILES:  My soul style has become very simple, over the years.  Mostly I worry about my carbon footprint and minimizing it, so my soul style had begun to reflect that.  I wear things for many, many years because I don’t want to own a lot of stuff and worry about what happens to it after it leaves my hands, so things tend to look very worn and cozy.  In some ways it makes it so that I am so far out of vogue, that I have caught the cycle as it has come back and made me in vogue again.  I love this idea in the Japanese culture, kintsukuroi, where they repair pottery with gold when it cracks or breaks.  The idea is that the piece becomes more beautiful when it has been broken.  Clothing feels the same.  I have this shamelessly holy sweater, and by holy I mean it has a ton of holes in it.  It has recently gotten to the point, after ten years, where I think it may not be going out in public any more, but I wore it with holes and everything till recently and loved it.  Now I will just love it at home, I think.  It may have crossed over to the land of no return.

YSS: How do you describe your style?

MILES: Low key, comfortable.  If it is not comfortable, I won’t wear it.  I ride a vespa type scooter, and a skateboard and am very active, so I have to be able to move freely, in case I need to cartwheel or something spontaneous.  You never know. 

YSS: What does your style say about you?

MILES: That I am elegantly disheveled.  That’s what I hope it says about me.  Cares, but is care-free.

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YSS: What is your definition of style?

MILES: Style is how you put yourself together.  How your insides become your outsides.  It moves the art piece that is you on the inside into a more visible platform.  We all have it, even if we think we don’t, because ultimately we all visually put forth something into the world and that is an action in itself.  

YSS: Since you are a yoga teacher, is your style influenced by that?

MILES: Yes, in that often times I don’t carry or wear real people clothes.  The clothes I teach in are different than the ones I practice in though.  I feel good walking around in them in the world.  I’ve perfected my teacher look to be comfy for movement but still look professional.  But I love the days when I don’t wear any yoga clothes and then I usually really go for cute with a fedora and my Chucks and things that have more character.  Maybe even suspenders.  Since I don’t have many clothes, I find a small accessory can add a lot.  A tie clip, the gages in my ears, things like that. 

YSS: What is your head-to-toe look on a typical day?

MILES: Drop crotch pants pulled up half way to the shin.  Some cute t-shirt that I may have picked up on a trip with the name of a place or a plain v-neck that has a nice color to it.  And my Rod Laver Adidas that are green and white, which are the best shoes in the world, or my Chucks.  I like my arms being bare so I can expose my tattoo, too.  So loose tank tops are also a favorite.  Especially when it’s warm.

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YSS: Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?  

MILES: I’d say it’s evolved over time.  I grew up going to a school that had a uniform, a blazer and tie type thing, and then I would go horseback riding after school.  So I would basically move from my uniform into my jodhpurs,  Other than that I only had one pair of jeans and some t-shirts for the rest of life.  When I started going to college, I had to figure out what to wear and it felt like I had never really thought about it.  It took me a long time to understand that I could be creative with that.  But I’ve always been a simple dresser.  And now that I can wear anything I want, I mostly wear men’t clothes because they feel right and make me feel handsome.  

YSS: You’ve lived in NYC for quite some time. Where are your favorite places to shop?  Any favorite designers?  

MILES: I really don’t shop that much.  When I do, I like to treat myself to things I really love and have a bit of a flare.  I love All Saints because it has things that are just a bit unique, but still basic and simple.  Their stuff makes you look a little special though.  I’m not sure you would consider them a designer though.  And I love the way G-star pants fit me.  I’ve also been a big supporter of street artists and their t-shirts.  I love some of the silk screens of Brooklyn bridges and water towers, and there is this guy in union square who works with dragons that is amazing.  I still have two of his shirts from years ago and have no idea if he’s still around.  I’m not sure I really own any designer designer clothes other than a Marc Jacobs pair of shorts I bought because they were red and I was tired of wearing black and the truth is they are a complete bust because I can’t really practice yoga in them. They completely become a droopy mess if it is even remotely warm out. 

YSS: Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

MILES: I don’t have one icon in particular.  I’m always looking at everything, people in the subway, magazines, stuff on the internet… I love seeing how people piece themselves together.  And I love love love photographs, so I’m always stealing from what I see when I like something.  People can be really beautiful and unique in how they combine their style and I can really appreciate it though I tend more toward the simple side of things.  I do like adding a little flare though.  I love it when people combine unseeingly things together, when there is a paradox pull – big heavy boots with a cute dress.  Or men that have a bit of a rough look with lots of hair but a pink shirt.  I like the play on androgyny, gender, and soft versus hard.

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YSS: Do you have any style challenges?

MILES: Sometimes the biggest challenge is convincing myself to buy something even if I love it.  I have to be sure that I will wear it.  I don’t like having things that are not being used in my closet.  If they are not being used it means I don’t love them. So it feels sometimes like a big decision and can take me a bit to make the plunge. 

YSS: Do you have  favorite fashion/style moment?

MILES: I like dressing up for important occasions like weddings.  Bow ties make me very happy.  On the flip side, the less clothes the better, swim trunks and a tank top and I am the happiest and fullest version of myself I can be, but I’m not sure that fits into style.  I would dress like that all the time if I could.  I should have just been a beach bum. 

YSS: And your worst?

MILES: OMG! Yeeesssss!!!!  Lots of those.  When I still lived in Colombia, where I grew up, and the only jeans you could find were what I call butter jeans.  The kind you had to use butter to get into.  I had this scraggly long hair and would throw on a huge t-shirt over the pants because the pants freaked me out.  Also, when I was an actor and felt I had to be really girly and would wear high heels and tight tops and skirts to an audition.  I’d throw on a little make-up. It may have been scary, and may have been the reason for work being slim.  It just wasn’t me. The worst part about it was that I was completely dressing for other people so there was no way for me to make it look good because it wasn’t starting from me or from a strong sense of self.  I also had my hair long and looked like I hated it, which I did!  The only time I liked my longer hair was when it was in two little Bjork buns.  That, I thought, was cute!

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YSS: What is your advice to women on how to embrace their style from the inside out?

MILES: I think women are so beautiful.  As people, when we embrace ourselves and love ourselves, it shows.  At the same time, when we are self conscious or feel overwhelmed, that shows too.  I am not sure what you wear matters much in the end.  It is how you wear it.  Feel beautiful and you will look beautiful.  I think that the things I feel the best in are generally the things people seem to think I look good in.  Because feeling good is contagious.

YSS: Must have item in your wardrobe?

MILES: Cool sneaks. I love nice sneakers.  And good cologne, must have a light aroma of awesomeness.  Just enough to wake people’s noses up.

YSS: Three things people don’t know about you….

MILES: That I’m bilingual.  That when my hair is not spiked I can’t think as clearly.  That I have a crazy chai addiction – I allow myself one in the morning. 

Miles is wearing, t-shirt: ELEMENT // shirt: MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO. // pants: LULULEMON // sneaks: ADIDAS ROD LAVERS // sunnies: CLASSIC SPECS // mala beads (neck): India // mala beads (wrist): handmade by student and photographer, Joey Sbarro

For all retreat details and class schedule, head on over to Miles site.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram for daily inspiration, information and updates.

living yoga: by mika oakes

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The constant challenges of life are always encouraging us to practice and refine our technique.  Whether it be through tangible action, becoming a master of your craft, tolerance for discomfort or the life-changing experience of entering motherhood, we are all students on this journey and need to remain open in order to stretch and grow.  Aristotle said, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”.  

Contributor to Your Soul Style, Mika Oakes shares her perspective with us today on practice, the discipline of the mind and body experience, and getting comfortable in the discomfort.

I hope you have a weekend filled with love, life and soul  xx jenny

Living Yoga by Mika Oakes

Have you ever looked up the word practice in the dictionary?  When you hear it, you certainly think you know what it means, but what does it really mean in the broader sense of our lives?  Does practice make perfect? We’ve heard that phrase since childhood, when our parents used it to encourage our various interests.  We come to learn though, as we grow into adulthood, perfection rarely if ever exists, and that it’s the imperfections in life that become our best teachers.

I practice yoga on a regular basis: it’s both a large part of my personal life and career.  I don’t DO yoga, I don’t TAKE yoga, but I PRACTICE yoga.  As a practitioner, I (along with my colleagues, friends, and clients) am constantly striving to better myself, be it through the vehicle of the physical body, or a greater awareness of self.  I know full well I will never be finished in this endeavor – it will always remain a work in progress, and I am okay with that.

Life in and of itself is essentially always a practice.  Not everybody views it as such, but there is always learning that can be done.  If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, you may have heard a teacher state “the work of this practice isn’t only about what you do on your mat, but what you take off your mat and into the world.”  That statement suggests that the mindful behavior you exhibit in your physical body while sweating it out in a yoga class, can be exhibited in mindful behavior through your daily life.  It’s a choice.  It means being aware of your actions and trying to better them on a daily basis.  It’s about showing up and pushing yourself to stay committed and focused even when sometimes it feels hard.

One of the remarkable things about the practice of yoga is that few other fields make such a strong acknowledgment of our eternal positions as students.  Even the most achieved figures in the yoga world refer to their work as a practice, and therefore remain continuous students.  It’s a field that keeps people humble, honest and raw for the most part, and the attitude isn’t that of completion, but constant personal growth and evolution.

The textbook definition of practice is “the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use.” It also means “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.”  So that’s just it – you are repeating exercises or behaviors to continue growing.  It’s fluid and ever-changing.  One of the reasons why I am so drawn to yoga as a practice is because it’s not something that you get perfect at, and it’s certainly not something that becomes easier over time.  With consistency, there are physical and emotional elements that change as the body opens.

I think perhaps I am so presently aware of my current status as a student in life is because of the recent birth of my son this past October. As a new mom, people have said that with each month, “things get easier”.  But in my opinion, they don’t get easier, they just change.  The same can be said of yoga.  Never before have I had a job that requires so much humility, patience and acceptance of change.  It takes these practices to a whole new level.

We all personally desire to feel a sense of accomplishment in our lives, whether on a personal or professional plane. Sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge that our lives are constantly evolving, and therefore in a state of practice.  Most importantly however, is our inner need to keep pushing ourselves, exploring our individual potential, no matter how difficult. When we stop practicing, that’s when we begin to stagnate, questioning why we do the things we do in the first place.

Mika Oakes is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, licensed massage therapist in New York State and certified in prenatal for both.  She is certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and is a proud member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  For more information, visit her website here.

spotlight: katelin sisson

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On the first day of spring in downtown NYC, I met Katelin Sisson at the cool and cozy restaurant, The Smile for a coffee and some chat.  Waiting outside, I spotted her walk down Bond Street looking relaxed yet super stylish.  Her 8.5 month baby bump was barely noticeable.  A testament to Katelin’s wellness and balanced lifestyle, she looked radiant.  After catching up on typical baby and mama-to-be talk, we discussed yoga, Katelin’s long-time commitment to the practice and her yoga retreat based company, Yoga for Bad People.

Katelin joined the Jivamukti yoga training program in 2006 out of a passion to further understand the mind and body connection and support her already established relationship with sports.  She has been a dedicated athlete her entire life.  With yoga’s foundation rooted in mind and body, she was hooked immediately and recognized how athletics and yoga effectively compliment each other, producing results that nurture both inner and outer selves.  Her focus is on helping others through physical ailments, connecting them back to mental and emotional issues.  “Katelin’s classes work to combine the mechanics of an athlete and the grace of a yogi.”

In 2012, Katelin and co-founder Heather Lilleston whom also trained at the Jivamukti school, launched Yoga for Bad People (YFBP).  Unlike typical retreat programs, YFBP  “seeks out locations around the world that lends itself to quiet time and reflection as well as a multitude of physical activities, athleticism and nightlife.”  The goal is to provide a retreat with no strict set of rules, less rigidity and one that, “our friends are actually going to want to go on”.  The structure of a yoga retreat exists, but without the extremes.  Katelin and Heather are both very “of this world”, recognizing that although yoga is the focus, individuals have their own method to achieving balance in the mind, body and soul experience.  If after taking a yoga class, you’d like to kick back with a margarita while discussing mindfulness and awareness, so be it.  No judgements on this retreat.

Katelin is especially flexing her mind and body connection these days since her first baby with fiance Marcus Antebi, founder of the popular NYC based company Juice Press, is due on May 2nd.   Embarking on the biggest adventure of her life, Katelin’s commitment to a healthy and balanced lifestyle has left her oozing with beauty, strength and grace.  While her body has been going through changes over the last nine months, I wanted to know about her soul, her style and how the relationship between both have been affected by her entrance into motherhood.  Here’s what she had to say…

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Katelin, what is Your Soul Style?

Though I have lived in NYC for a bit of time now, I am a New Englander through and through.  NYC has certainly helped me to evolve in terms of my personal style, but I like to keep my childhood and family traditions (blue collar meets the  beach) alive, as well as my background in athletics.  I am a pretty even keeled person but my twelve years in New York has allowed me to gain a healthy edge for lack of a better term.

How do you describe your style?

I think I would describe my personal style as a combination of high fashion mixed with the ever evolving street style. Because of my profession, I am constantly wearing more performance based apparel.  I think the trick is finding the balance between all those different avenues.  So all of that combined?  Mostly I like high quality, comfort and class.  Usually pairing up classics with something new to keep it fresh.

What does your style say about you?

I think it says, “she is laid back, but she cares”

 
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Since you are a yoga teacher, is your style reflective of that?  Does yoga influence your style?

Gosh, I hope not.  Just kidding.  By that I only mean that I try hard not to.  I do like a fair amount of high quality athletic gear and if I have to teach multiple classes in a day it’s helpful to have a very versatile outfit so I don’t have to completely change my clothes ten times per day.  My business partner (Heather Lilleston) and I have been talking about and working on developing a line of day to night, work to dinner yoga gear.  It gets old walking around in black stretch pants all day long. Time to reinvent the “yoga uniform”.  Mostly you have to become a master of layering.  But not it in the weird draping cotton/spandex blend kind of way.  I guess that’s what I meant by, “Gosh, I hope not”.

Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

Of course all things evolve.  Earlier in my life I was influenced by my musical tastes, as well as regional relevance (New England winters can be harsh).  But now that I have come into my own here in New York, I think my style has really stayed consistent, depending on the season of course.

You’re expecting a baby in the coming months.  Has your style changed while your body has transformed?

I have actually really enjoyed working my pregnancy into my look.  I feel like the trends worked in my favor.  Cuffed ankle slacks (basically fancy sweatpants) are everywhere.  That said, my style was never very restrictive to begin with (meaning I don’t wear a ton of tight clothing) so I don’t really feel like I have had to change it up too much.  Towards the end, all your shirts, even the long ones become belly shirts so that was/is something to work with, but totally manageable.  I never had to dig too deep into the maternity fashion world.  Though there are a couple decent options.  Hatch is great.

 
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Any advice to women on how to embrace style throughout a pregnancy?

Stick with what is comfortable and don’t be afraid to show that you are pregnant.  That does not mean wear clothes that are too small, but it is certainly no reason to wear a tent!  Have a few things on hand that make you feel great and lock down your shoe game for whatever season you are dealing with.

You’ve lived in NYC for quite some time. Where are your favorite places to shop?

VEDAReformationCreatures of Comfort.  American Two ShotJ.crew and Zara for basics.  And online.  I love some online shopping.

Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

I generally get inspired by what I see in the streets, from the construction workers to the Upper East Siders (UES).  For me confidence goes a long way.  My brother Grahm is inspirational as well.  He has a certain ease about his style (he actually is the style example of construction worker meets the UES).  In terms of style icon, I say I don’t have one, but am lucky enough to have very successful friends in the fashion industry, so I tend to wear what they are coming out with – lucky for me.

Do you have any style challenges?

I would say that liking high quality, well made clothes has it’s price, along side the cost of living in a major metropolitan city.  But the good stuff lasts longer. The ole verbiage ” you get what you pay for” rings very true when it comes to clothing and accessories.  Honestly, the greatest challenge is keeping up with the ever evolving fast fashion culture in New York while remaining true to myself in terms of what works for me.

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Do you have  favorite fashion/style moment?

I honestly can’t remember my favorite moment or most amazing outfit.  But I do think there is a specific feeling that comes when you are wearing something that suits you perfectly on a particular day, in a particular moment.  A feeling of confidence and comfort.  That is the style moment I aim for. 

And your worst?

That day when all you can think about is going home to change your clothes.  And the year of my life that I wore raver clothes, oops.Must have item in your wardrobe?My VEDA leather sweatpants.  No brainer.  And my black slip on vans. 

Three things people don’t know about you….

I am a soccer (football) super fan.  Manchester United, specifically.  I am also really looking forward to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

The girliest thing about me is that I get my nails done without fail, once a week.

I am extremely competitive no matter what it is, a road race or controlling the TV remote, I like to win.

 

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Katelin is wearing, sweater: VINCE // leather pants: VEDA // jacket: ZARA // hat: SOFIA CASHMERE // scarf: MADEWELL // sunnies: ILLESTEVA // sneakers: VANS // bag: J.CREW

For retreat schedules and more information on Yoga For Bad People (YFBP), hop on over to their website and follow along on instagram, facebook and twitter for your daily dose of inspiration.  Find Katelin directly on instagram, facebook and twitter as well.

backward dog…

Leading up to my wedding this past November I became diligent about practicing yoga for almost a full year.  Not only did I want to get my body in tip-top shape (um, can you say yoga arms?), but it provided me calmness and stillness during the hectic and intense wedding planning months.  I was consistently attending class 3x a week and by the time the big night rolled around I felt both physically and mentally strong.  I had even mastered headstand, could hold crow pose for 5 full breaths and was “close” to balancing forearm stand (*disclaimer* before starting yoga – I couldn’t even touch my toes!).  The meditation piece never quite took, but I’ll chalk that up to anxious genes and wedding planning neurosis.  At the rate I was going I didn’t think I would ever lose momentum (something that I’ve habitually done in the past with exercise).  How could I?  I resigned myself to a yoga infused life and it would be weaved into my weekly schedule.  I had gotten relatively good, was enjoying the benefits and had finally found a workout that I liked!

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Wellllllllll…..I hate to say this (publicly, no less!) but since back from the moon, I’ve only practiced a total of 3-4x (we got back November 23rd)!  Am I a cliché or what?  You know the story….girl gets in best shape of her life before wedding, declares she’s a changed woman and then falls back into old patterns once wedding is complete.  Please tell me I’m not alone here!  It feels like a huge disappointment and week over week I gear up and meticulously plan (and tell Dina) how I am carving out time for class (believe it or not every week that passes, I truly believe this will be the week), but I’m having some trouble.  I admit – I’ve lost a little bit of my yoga mojo.

While having dinner with my best friend Mika last night (who is in fact a phenomenal yoga instructor – find her teaching schedule/contact information here!) I was whining about how I fell off the wagon, need to get back to it and how I’m such a cliché’.  Her kind reply was this, “Sometimes cliché’s exist for a reason.  It has not been that long since your wedding and you’re probably still adjusting to post wedding life.  It happens!”  And with just those wise and understanding words (coming from a yoga teacher no less!), I decided two things right then and there:

1.  Be gentle on myself.  Sometimes we regress for a moment and that is ok.  We are still moving forward.  Breath, reboot and begin again!
2.  MAKE TIME FOR YOGA

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