31 Oct

Am I “Normal”? & Other Questions w/Sex Educator Emily Nagoski

Sex education is super important, but it shouldn’t stop when we’re teenagers. Let’s be honest: adults have no idea what they’re doing either. Not in a literal way, but navigating insecurity, body image, figuring out what’s “normal,” and how to own your sexuality can be complex. All of those things are a lot easier said than done.

I’m SO thrilled to be sharing this chat with Emily Nagoski. She’s the author of the New York Times Best Seller Come As You Are. If you haven’t read it, you MUST. I expected it to be a fluffy book full of shock value (basically a glorified Cosmo article), but nope. Emily brings the science without sounding too serious but also without sounding raunchy. It’s the most empowering thing about sexuality I’ve ever read and can’t recommend it enough.

Emily is fun and funny and so easy to talk to about all of this. You’ll feel much more at ease with yourself just from listening to this. Seriously.

Today we’re chatting about…

– The one concept everyone should know that will transform how we think about consent & what our bodies “want”
– The dual control model of sexual response
– How to find your “on” switches and make sure the “off” switches aren’t cramping your style (this will make sense after the episode, I promise!)
– How to overcome shame around sexuality if you were raised in a repressive household
– How to have more quality sex even when you have young children/have no time/are struggling in your relationship/have body image issues
– How to keep sex amazing even in long term relationships
– Plus 3 mini homework assignments Emily wants you to do!
There’s plenty more we cover, but I’ll let you discover them on your own as you listen.

Enjoy!

Want more of Emily?!
You can find her on her website & stay up to date on all her speaking engagements & find out when her new book, Burnout, becomes available.
She’s also on 5175153952 @emilynagoski and Instagram @enagoski.
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31 Oct

How Weleda Inspires Yogis to Reconnect with Their Inner Nature

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Jeremy Falk and Aris Seaberg are on a road trip across the country to share real talk with master teachers, explore innovative classes, and so much more—all to illuminate what’s in store for the future of yoga. Want more stories from Live Be Yoga? Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

Spending six months on the road calls for acts of self-care that help support the journey. That’s why the ambassadors were grateful to have an endless supply of Weleda’s organic beauty and skincare products to lean on. In fact, in her piece about staying grounded through constant transition, Aris reveals that she often reached for the brand’s Skin Food Cream and Arnica Massage Oil as a centering ritual. Here, Jeremy and Aris teach a yoga class to Weleda’s team that incorporates product—and get to hear more about the brand that has kept them refreshed throughout the tour. 

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31 Oct

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What is mindfulness meditation? There are lots of different kinds of meditation; some with a mantra, a visualization, or sound. Some meditations help us relax, some are for exploring altered states of consciousness. Mindfulness meditation can include everything, for it’s is about moment-to-moment awareness of what is. It’s not meant to make us different or better than we already are – the point is to awaken our boundless innate natural wisdom.

We do this by observing ourselves, by being alert and curious, by bringing attention to this very moment of embodied existence.  And we do this in the spirit of loving awareness, wanting to understand rather than to criticize, compare or judge,  Attentive to the felt sense of breathing, to the sounds of life around us, to the sensations in the body, and the flow of thoughts and feelings, we sit quietly in the here and now. Each time we notice that the mind has meandered away into the past or future, this very noticing is a moment of mindfulness! Mind-wandering isn’t a sign of being a bad meditator. Each time we realize we’ve been lost in thought is is a moment to rejoice, for we’re strengthening mindfulness. This is the training. We’re finding our way, seeing what’s true, right as it’s unfolding.

In meditation, we set aside all other activities to be still and rest in simply being as we are. When we get up from meditation and go about our daily life, we practice being mindful internally (of our own mind states) and externally  (sensitive to others and our environment). The difference between meditating and mindfulness in daily life is like the difference between your formal yoga practice on the mat and all the rest of your life. They inspire and infuse each other, they inter-are.

Why is mindfulness so popular? Because it works. The only drawback is that in order for it to work, we have to actually practice! Mindfulness shows us how to find refuge and renewal within ourselves so we can help out in this increasingly interdependent, fragile world. When we’re a little bit mindful about ourselves, we can show up, take each others’ hands, and care for this life we love.

I love mindfulness because it can go anywhere. No suffering is too crazy, too weird, too scary, too sad, too upsetting, too tragic, too overwhelming or too huge for mindfulness to know and embrace. Mindfulness gives me the courage to meet whatever life brings with clarity and compassion. Mindfulness shows me how to respond to pain without closing my heart.

A moment of mindfulness is a moment of freedom! We don’t have to get rid of our thoughts in order to be free, we learn not to always believe or be preoccupied by them. When we allow all our thoughts to simply arise and dissolve, inside and outside merge into a poignant, vivid, wordless oneness. Please come see for yourself!

Set an intention with Trudy’s A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness today!

If you aren’t a YogaGlo member, sign-up today so you can access Trudy’s new program along with our library of programs, classes and courses!

Trudy Goodman Kornfield, Ph.D., is is a Vipassana teacher in the Theravada lineage. She is the Founding Teacher of InsightLA, the first center dedicated to training in both contemporary mindfulness teachings and Buddhist meditation. Integrating real-life experience with the ancient teachings, Trudy teaches residential retreats and mindfulness internationally, from Asia to Africa.

Trudy has trained in both meditation and psychotherapy. She is co-founder and Guiding Teacher of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and a contributing author of Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Springer, 2008); Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2011); and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2013).

31 Oct

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It’s been a full day of yoga and mediation classes. You are blissfully subdued, consciously taking note of every flower, the moon rising against a celestial sky. With your yoga mat in-tow, you begin the trek back toward your room. As you round the corner, you see a mass of people dancing with their limbs waving—yet there is no music. Um, what? Have all those inversions and Kundalini classes triggered hallucinations?

It’s when you approach that you notice the headphones, relaying beats that permeate through uninhibited bodies. A stranger catches your eye and senses your intrigue. Grinning, they reach for their headset and, continuing to dance, slides it over your ears. The music fills your head with rousing pulsations, traveling through your extremities and beyond. And there you are, a group of blissed out yogis moving as one. 

The above was Karen Corsmeier’s first Silent Disco experience, which she now refers to as a “standard” part of her festival weekend. I recently had the privilege of speaking with this Wanderlust vet and was blown away—all of her stories illustrate the overarching vibe of the Wanderlust community. It’s a place where unique individuals come together; where different pulses meld into one big vibration.

Karen, now a devoted Wanderluster (and cherished Wanderlust volunteer), attended her first festival back in 2015. A retired flight attendant, she is no stranger to travel. And she does it with fervor, chasing Wanderlust Festivals around the globe like a loyal Phish or Grateful Dead fan. Karen has attended Wanderlusts O’ahu and Squaw Valley since 2015, along with a detour one year to Wanderlust Snowshoe, five 108s, and the strong desire to keep going.

This is a place where unique individuals come together; where different pulses meld into one big vibration.

Her passion for attending these festivals is three-fold. Most obvious: The yoga classes, meditation sessions, lectures, and activities enrich her daily life. Second, there is the unique environment of each location (Vermont, California, Canada, West Virginia, and Hawaii), which intoxicates the senses and often allows for a much-needed immersion in nature. But most of Karen’s stories and noteworthy experiences seem to revolve around the final piece of the puzzle: the unlikely surprise of the ever-changing, ever-powerful community.

With a stockpile of multi-colored bracelets under her belt, we can trust Karen when she says, “None of [the festivals] have ever been the same.” Though there are delightful standards you come to rely on—“There is yoga, meditation and fun in every festival”—Karen reiterates that each event is a living, breathing entity. The reason? “Each festival has its own personality because of the people who come.” The structure, the location, the classes, the music… They provide a container for the experience. But it’s the people who fill it, and how they interact with one another, that give the festival its own energy.

“Each festival has its own personality because of the people who come.”

With a revolving door of one-of-a-kind attendees—festival addicts, the occasional goer, and newbies alike—you can be sure each event will continue to have its own life force, no matter how many times you partake. 

Though Karen’s inaugural Wanderlust experience was shared with her niece (and the two still frequent festivals together to this day) she advises people that they don’t need to come with their friends. Make it a solo trip. The community will welcome you with open arms. That’s why Karen suggests, whether or not you come with a group, that you give yourself the opportunity to meet new people.

“It’s great to go with friends. But sometimes it’s nice to go alone and be open to meeting somebody you may have a connection with,” Karen says. Surprise encounters with kindred spirits, meeting like-minded people from around the world, sharing moments of laughter and stillness and growth… These are things that deepen your itinerary’s face value. Consider each event a uniquely profound, 360-degree enrichment.

But don’t think you need to be an extroverted fire-twirler to make new friends or feel at home amidst the crowd. (Fellow wallflowers, you’re in good company.) Whether you identify more with the former crew, chasing Acro classes and slack-lining during your free time, or the latter, moving quietly from asana to meditation, Karen pacifies our need to be-all, do-all. 

“We’re all experiencing it at our own pace and need,” she reminds festival-goers. The good news is this experience is uniquely yours. What’s even better is that you have the palpable support of an incredible community surrounding you.

When asked about advice for the curious first-timer, Karen, whose festival experiences have been peppered by beautiful strokes of happenstance, serendipity and fate, offers up sage advice: “There are things in life you may never get to experience unless you’re open to the opportunity.” So when that stranger offers you their headphones, accept them with a big smile and just dance. Dance your heart out. You’re in good company.

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Kacey Janeen Waxler is a California-based yoga instructor and writer on the hunt for adventure and good stories. Her words can be located amongst noteworthy brands including Corona Extra, Athleta, and Darling Magazine, and in the flesh she can be found reading unapologetically from the glow of a headlamp, geeking out over sequencing, or neck deep in a deliciously hot bath. Follow her adventures at @kaceyjaneen or kaceyjaneen.com.

31 Oct

Learn Well: Some Takeaways from Wellspring

Wellspring was everything we hoped it would be. We laughed, we cried, we sweated, we listened—and we cracked open and began tough conversations that we truly believe will push our community forward. We pushed our comfort levels in intimate workshops and we learned new ways of thinking from visionaries in their fields, who inspired us to uplevel not only the way that we show up for ourselves, but for our community and for the planet. We’re walking away with our inner fire ignited and ready to be the change we want to see. Here are some of our favorite takeaways from the weekend.

On Being Personally Well

“You decide if you’re worthy on being chosen.” – Mark Groves

“I had to look myself in the mirror at 21 and ask why, if I love animals, do I continue to support the companies that don’t? I made these choices for the animals and when I did everything changed. I found my health within. I found power. It had such effect on my spirit. Everything I eat now, I know how it affects me. And when I go off the rails, I can self correct. I think it affects everything. When we eat well, we sleep well, we feel well.” – Alicia Silverstone

“Food is medicine—not like medicine. It IS medicine.” – Dr. Mark Hyman

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to learn.
Addiction—including addiction to perfectionism—is a pervasive reminder that
something is demanding our attention.” – Kerri Kelly

“Practice radical acceptance for where you are and what you have. Regardless of what the challenges are,
know that you have the resources to do something about it. It starts with acceptance.
Say, “THIS IS MY LIFE.” Own it and engage with it.” – Dr. Habib Sadeghi

“Sexual flourishing, whatever that looks like for you, is your birthright as a child of God.” – Nadia Bolz-Weber

“Happiness isn’t something happens when something else in the world happens.
Happiness is an emotion that isn’t dependent on the environment around you.
It’s dependent on what’s inside you.” – Dave Asprey

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On Being Socially Well

“America needs to foster a community again.” – Roy Spence

“There is no awakening without social justice.” – Rev. angel Kyodo williams

“Wellness is the ability to have clarity and discernment.
Everything is rooted in community.
If someone is sick next to me, then I am fundamentally not well.” – Lauren Ash

“You don’t get to use the darkness of others as an excuse for your own darkness…
The opposite of hate is not love, it’s connection.” – Sally Kohn

“We are all here for the same reason—that shows that our discomfort
with our bodies is not a personal problem, it’s a sociological condition…
The power to shift is going to have to happen within the consumers.” – Katie Wilcox

“Be open to finding a path to compassion and understand it might not be where you expect to find it.” – Kate Tellers

On Being Globally Well

“The way to address global warming is to address current human needs…
We have to stop the illusion of separation and come together.” – Paul Hawken

““If the truth can blow something up than that thing should be blown up.” – Glennon Doyle

“When an elder dies it’s like a library burns down.” – Chip Conley

“We became a B-Corp in 2018 after many years of working toward it.
And there were questions from the board, but I was clear with the fact that people are looking
for us to lead, and I strongly believe people will show up for us if we’re
living up to what’s expected of us.” – Sean Hoess (Co-Founder of Wanderlust)

Want to revisit the wisdom shared by the leaders, speakers, and teachers that made Wellspring so special? Click here for an index of talent profiles, features, and think pieces.

31 Oct

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Did you know yoga could be the answer to your sleep troubles? According to a consumer sleep study released by CES in 2017, 79% of Americans are not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause both short and long term physical, mental, and emotional effects to not only your health. Sleep deprivation is linked to your memory and cognitive abilities, emotional well-being, and your productivity at work. As a coping mechanism, the regular practice of yoga can help those looking to improve their sleeping habits. Below are a few ways that poor sleep may be affecting your health, and the role yoga can play in helping to get your sleeping habits back on track.

Influences your cognitive abilities

Being well rested helps you to think clearly and make decisions rationally. It can also affect your focus and therefore your productivity at work, at school and even when driving. While asleep, your brain cells store information to long term memory making sleep invaluable to long term memory health. Many studies have established the link between cognitive abilities and getting enough sleep. One studying being, ‘Effects of Sleep On Cognition’ by WD Kilgore of Harvard Medical School in 2010. Similarly, a recent study of Kundalini yoga and memory enhancement showed that yoga can have profound cognitive benefits. Yoga is great for resetting the nervous system and stimulating hormones such as melatonin that can help you get to sleep. Tarot card reading and guided visualizations can also be used to aid in stimulation of the brain.

Elevates Risk Of Anxiety And Depression

Losing out on sleep or having poor quality sleep can affect much more than your energy levels. Many studies, including David Nutt’s, ‘Sleep Disorders As Core Symptoms Of Depression’ have linked depression and the amount of hours you may be clocking each night. If stress is starting to affect your sleep, try incorporating 25 minutes of yoga daily. Specific yoga poses such as cobra and downward dog can be rejuvenating for the body, which is great for combating fatigue and stress.

Not only can poor sleep affect your motivation to keep going throughout the day but it can also have a negative effect on your anxiety levels as well. People who struggle with insomnia are judged to be 17 times more likely to have clinical anxiety. However, more recent studies have highlighted the benefits of yoga for those struggling with anxiety. It is thought that practicing yoga can aid the body in regulation of their stress responses, which is a large driving factor in anxiety for many.

Negatively Affects Your All Important Hormones and Thyroid Function

Not getting enough sleep at night can, in turn, lead to hormonal imbalances and thyroid issues. Getting enough sleep is key to maintaining your cortisol levels. Cortisol helps your body to maintain energy to get through the day. So how does yoga relate to your hormones? Well, with each yoga pose your endocrine system is affected which means it is a great tool for addressing any hormonal imbalance.

Consistently low levels of sleep can also affect your adrenal glands, leading the body to slow down your metabolism rate. Lower metabolic rates means your body will then burn less energy throughout the day and it is also a key part of weight management. As a form of exercise, yoga affects your cortisol and adrenaline levels. In turn, it can stimulate your thyroid gland and metabolism again.

The good news is that there are many different ways you can tackle poor sleep. Incorporating yoga in your daily life is just one of them. Start off with getting into the habit of a bedtime routine. Limit caffeine intake before bed and switch off any screens that may distract from getting those much needed hours. Meditation techniques can also help with mental clarity at the beginning or end of your day. Finally, if you do feel the need for further help speak to your physician who may recommend additional coping strategies.

31 Oct

Are You a Young Yoga Instructor? Here’s How to be Taken Seriously as a Newbie

You may know your Sanskrit, but your students may question your teaching abilities because of your age. Here’s how to be taken seriously.

You may know your Sanskrit, but your students may question your teaching abilities because of your age. Here’s how to be taken seriously.

After completing yoga teacher training during my sophomore year of college, I couldn’t wait to start teaching. I was moving back to my hometown in Oregon for the summer and immediately began applying to different studios. I was surprised when I landed an interview right away. Without an audition, the studio manager asked me if I wanted to teach the next morning. And without hesitation, I said yes. Not only had I just graduated from YTT, but I had my first class lined up with no additional preparation besides my name on a 200-hour certificate.

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When I realized this the night before teaching my first class, the nerves set in. That evening, I drew myself a bath infused with lavender essential oil, grabbed my YTT manual, and began rehearsing. Luckily, my training provided us with a beginner Vinyasa sequence, which we learned over the course of eight weeks. Sure, we practiced teaching student-to-student, but I was always very nervous—often forgetting what came next in the sequence even though the manual was open right beside me.

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I have what it takes to teach a successful hour-long Vinyasa yoga class. This was the mantra I repeated to myself over and over that night. And, something miraculous happened after I said those words: I let go of my self-imposed expectations that I was supposed to teach like a master that first class and stopped second guessing how to cue postures and worrying about stuttering over my words. After scrambling a playlist together and practicing the sequence three times, I felt confident in teaching the next morning.

When I arrived at the studio and started checking students in to class, my confidence from the night before dwindled. I started sweating; I think I even experienced my first hot flash at the tender age of 19. Five minutes before class started, a woman walked in the studio with a concerned look on her face. It was like she could see right through me and knew I’d never taught a real yoga class before. I was busted.

See also Should You Take a Teacher Training To Deepen Your Practice?

We exchanged introductions and she asked me how long I’d been teaching. I thought, What will she think if she knows this is my first time teaching?

“I actually just got certified,” I replied.

“Oh wow! You look so young to be teaching!”

31 Oct

June is Men’s Health Month – YogaGlo



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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? Anchored by a Congressional health education program, the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

It’s never too early or late to learn about and practice a healthy way of life. Small tweaks like diet and exercise, regular annual visits to the doctor and getting educated on heart disease and diabetes can make a world of difference in your overall health and wellness.

Remember that striving towards and maintaining good health is a lifestyle. Don’t know where to begin? Give Yoga a try! Besides reducing stress and increasing flexibility, yoga may lower the risk of heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure. It also boosts blood circulation, improves respiratory function, builds muscle, and decreases inflammation. Not to mention you will feel AMAZING after your first class.

Remember. Eat right. Exercise daily. Visit the doctor. Stay healthy. Stay strong







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A photo is usually worth a thousand words—but we’re not sure that’s true when it comes to Wellspring. We learned, expanded our comfort zones, and came together as community in ways we never have before, and are leaving more inspired than we’ve felt in a long time. Personally, socially, and globally: We’re ready to continue the conversations and make the changes that will make us all well.

Having said that—photos are fun. Here are some of our faves from this transformative weekend.

All photography by Melissa Gayle.  

There were moments we listened and absorbed the genius of luminaries.

Russell Brand with his unique hilarity.

Gary Zukav and Linda Francis breaking down real relationship advice.

Kyle Cease reminding us not to set our own limitations.

There were moments we engaged—and began to draft the blueprint for our shared future.

We embraced tough conversations, including wellness beyond whiteness.

We all had wisdom to share in thought-provoking workshops.

Even teachers learned. Nicole Cardoza, founder of Yoga Foster, took a break from teaching to listen.

We stretched our bodies and embraced the sweat.

Gloveworx brought it.

Elena Brower helped us stretch to new heights.

Alli Forsythe encouraged us to keep going.

And we found time to absorb and center.

Soaking up rays poolside at the Renaissance.

We introduced the next generation to the healing power of soundbaths.

We flipped our perspective in AiReal Yoga.

We relearned—we remembered—that we’re always better when we come together.

Want to revisit the wisdom shared by the leaders, speakers, and teachers that made Wellspring so special? Click here for an index of talent profiles, features, and think pieces.

31 Oct

The Kefir Almond Smoothie Bowl That’s Perfect for Fall

Think you need to stop sipping smoothies because we’re headed into cooler weather? Think again. This combination of almond and toasted coconut is slightly tropical, alluding to family vacation and tiki drinks by the pool, while the butternut squash is grounding and autumnal. The flavors in this health-boosting bowl seamlessly bridge the gap between summer and fall, creating a creamy, nourishing, (and highly Instagramable) smoothie experience.  

We love this bowl for breakfast, but it’s also great as an afternoon snack or nourishing dessert. The natural probiotics found in the kefir may help regulate cortisol levels to reduce stress, support gut health, and even alleviate anxiety. The almonds and almond butter provide a dose of healthy fats, Vitamin E, protein, and magnesium, while simultaneously keeping you satiated and your blood sugar regulated. The cacao nibs (of course this bowl has chocolate) provide a solid dose of iron, antioxidants, magnesium, and potassium. What else could you ask for in this beautiful fall-filled breakfast? Get your spoon (and the camera) ready. 

Almond, Coconut, and Kefir Fall Smoothie

INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup organic plain whole-milk kefir
1/2 cup creamy toasted almond butter
1/2 cup coconut manna or coconut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
Pinch of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp sliced almonds
2 tbsp toasted coconut flakes
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1/4 cup baked butternut squash chunks
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Edible flowers (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
In a blender, combine the kefir, almond butter, coconut manna, almond milk, and salt and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl, and top with almonds, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, and sweet potato chunks. Finish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and edible flowers, if using.

What are your favorite toppings on a fall smoothie bowl?

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