Within the past few months, I’ve started doing some manifestation work through Free + Native. I’ve been following them on Instagram for a while and was feeling very called to this work in August. I started by listening to every podcast Lacy, the creator, had been on. Free + Native has a few “Unblocked” programs, including Reparent and Shadow. I began with the former, and have since started the latter. While this all might initially sound “woo-woo,” I love it because this methodology is based in psychology, neuroscience, and a little spirituality. And recently I have had a couple major realizations.
This week, I’m participating in Mental Health Week at a local high school. I am incredibly honored that I get to speak to these kids and share the practice of yoga. As you all know, mental health is incredibly important to me, and let’s be honest – who wasn’t a big ball of stress when they were a teenager?
As I’ve been moving through the planning process, I’ve been reflecting on how different styles of yoga are more effective depending on mood.
Sound healing is becoming more and more popular. This year, I have been to two events that feature sound baths, but I have seen countless others advertised. I am here for it. It’s soothing and creates a really unique experience. However, playing a singing bowl has always seemed intimidating. I used to work in a holistic health center and would mess around when new ones came in. I couldn’t quite get the hang out it. Since then, I’ve learned that mass produced versus handmade makes all the difference. After lusting for my own singing bowl for a long time, I finally found a beautiful handmade one, and it is pure magic.
As someone in the wellness world, I feel the pressure to heal anything and everything naturally. However, I believe in finding a balance. Western medicine can support the Eastern medicine practices I choose. And vice versa. We don’t have to live in extremes. Back in May I made the decision to start taking something for my OCD and anxiety. Yes, I am a yoga teacher and I take Zoloft. And you know what? It was the best decision I could have made for myself.
Like in any major metropolitan city, there are a lot of choices in Atlanta when it comes to yoga studios. I was going to call this post, “Atlanta’s Best Yoga Studios,” but I haven’t been to every single one. And who am I to judge which are the best? I will say, these are my favorites and where I personally practice. In fact, I love them so much, I teach at 3 of the 4! And no, that doesn’t make me bias. With each studio, I was a student first. I just got lucky that I now also get to sit in the seat of teacher.
I am excited to announce the launch of my online yoga classes! Starting today, you can practice with me anywhere and everywhere. I’ve been working on this idea since last Fall – conceptualizing, sequencing, filming, editing, and figuring out how all of the backend technical mumbo jumbo works. It has been a major labor of love (and perhaps a few moments of frustration)! My main goal with this project is to make yoga more accessible.
As a creative entrepreneur (I guess I’m one?), I’ve heard a lot of opposing advice. On podcasts and in articles, a fair amount of people suggest putting your hands in a lot of pies. However, others say pick one thing and put all of your energy into it. Meanwhile I’m sitting over here wondering where’s the happy medium? Why does it have to be one way or the other? How can I have both? Here’s how: setting priorities.
With the rise in popularity of aura photography, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one person post their’s on Instagram. As a kid, I used to giggle at the idea of an aura but between yoga and my previous experience of working in a holistic health center, my mind has been opened. All of that stuff that’s considered “woo-woo,” I not only probably know about it, but it’s also likely I’ve tried it first hand. And now I’ve had my aura photographed too.