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Are You Missing Peak Experiences in Your Life?

Are You Missing Peak Experiences in Your Life?
Flow is your full-body, full-sensory peak experience where you come alive. A version of this article was originally published by Happify During a peak experience in the middle of a college track race when I was 19 years old, I experienced an exhilarating sense of aliveness. I felt connected to my body and my mind in a way that was beyond anything I’d ever encountered. Best of all, I ran faster than ever. Decades later, I[...]

How To Slow Down & Stay Present—Even Under Major Stress

How To Slow Down & Stay Present—Even Under Major Stress
Stress happens. Be prepared with a pocketful of tools. A version of this article was originally published by MindBodyGreen A friend of mine once told me that she purposefully arrives 10 minutes early to every appointment. “That way I’m never stressed,” she explained. Her simple tip has stayed with me for years. I’m not saying that I’ve successfully adopted her easygoing style or disciplined manner of managing time, but at least I always consider arriving[...]

Wellness Mini-Wins: You Don’t Need An Hour a Day

Wellness Mini-Wins: You Don’t Need An Hour a Day
Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash A version of this article was originally published by Whil.com We spend more than 40 percent of our precious waking hours engaged in habitual actions, according to a 2006 study at Duke University. That’s a significant chunk of our lives, therefore it’s important to understand. Let’s break down the various kinds of habits we partake in. First, there are conscious habits, those we intentionally do, like taking the stairs[...]

Winter Got You Down? Move Around!

Winter Got You Down? Move Around!
A version of this article was originally published by Mindful.org When you’re faced with short days and chilly temperatures, you may find the couch calling out to you ever more loudly. Research indicates, though, that hibernating during winter isn’t such a good idea. According to the Mayo Clinic, diminished sunlight can cause levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) to drop, exacerbating our low motivation as we feel more tired and hungry. Being sedentary[...]
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Show Up Fully
I wrote this short post in a coffee shop last week as I vacationed with my family in Northern California.

Today I will experience my last full day of vacation with my husband and daughters. It’s not often that we are all together these days—without papers to write, or texts and emails to answer. It’s not often that we are all contained in a way that life cannot separate us.

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I’m Still Blessed
A few weeks ago, while in Connecticut, I woke early and stumbled into the lobby of my hotel searching for coffee. While fixing my cuppa joe, I paused and noticed the space and stillness of the early morning and was grateful that time to sit down and enjoy my coffee before the day got going. It was an ordinary moment that was about to become profoundly ordinary.
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Why I Hold Back
I just received news that something I had recently written was “missing my voice and my character.” As I listened to this feedback, I sensed my guilty little ego scurry away and hide in the corner of the room. She waited there, covering her head, until I hung up the phone. My soul, on the other hand, stayed with me, comforted me and nodded her head with a compassionate knowing.
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Finding My SoulForce
For the past six months I have been writing a book currently called SoulForce: Unleashing your Human Potential. It stems from my deep conviction that you have the ability to be focused and fearless in everything that you do but you are all too often blocked from accessing it. I believe that, with daily practice, you can create the optimal environment to harness your boundless intelligence, your SoulForce, and infuse it into every area of your life.
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Exposed!
As a human being I am just doing my best to enjoy my life while attempting to serve others and leave the world a better place. I don’t claim to be enlightened and I don’t claim to have the answers to those big life questions. As a yoga teacher and yoga business owner, the last thing that I want is for people to think that I’ve “got it all together” and I certainly do not want to be put on a pedestal. I only desire that others meet me as a fellow “spiritual-being” having an imperfect and unpredictable human experience.
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Empty
Less than 48 hours ago my husband and I said good-bye to our youngest daughter on a bustling street on the campus of Brown University in Rhode Island. We hugged and kissed, shed a tear or two and headed west. Watching her in my rear view mirror I saw her skip away in search of her freshman friend.

And, just like that, my nest emptied.
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Meditating with Horses
8-7-13 My first day of vacation was spent in rural Connecticut with a brilliant philosopher and healer named Bonnita Roy. The best way I can describe Bonnita is “The Horse Whisperer”. Just to be clear, I, aka “Brooklyn Girl”, have spent little to no time with horses. The idea to spend the day meditating with horses was definitely not mine. It was my husband’s.
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I Say “YES!” to Today
1-17-13 This blog entry is a vulnerable step for me, as what I offer is an unabridged and uncensored journal entry from May 2012, just after the second devastating flood at our Verge Yoga Phoenixville center.
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All is Well – How these 3 little words changed my life
All is well. Three little words, but what a game changer they have been for me. They are simple, certain and they are bold.

“All is well.” Last week, I heard those words in every encounter with my new Jamaican family at Jake’s Hotel in Treasure Beach, Jamaica where I taught a yoga retreat. This resort in the quiet, quaint fishing village of Treasure Beach on the southern side of the island oozed peace, serenity and, well, “chill”. Over the course of the week I got to know and grew to love many of the Jake’s staff and the locals of Treasure Beach. And I found my smile growing wider as these sunny folks somehow found a way to squeeze “All is well” into every conversation.
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Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox: You are the Mood Manager
In this second installment of Teacher’s Toolbox, Verge Yoga founder Cara Bradley, CSCS, ERYT, offers up insight on how paying attention to subtle factors can empower you as a teacher and transform your students’ class experience.

I hope you found my first post of this series, You Are The CEO, useful in your classes. This month we will explore the different variables that change depending on the time of your class and where you are in your class sequence. You can learn to manage the mood of the class and offer your students a consistent and positive experience every time they practice with you.
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