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Free your mind and the rest will follow

When I moved to Georgia after having grown up in an ashram, my whole life was turned upside down. My life at the ashram was characterized by running around with a group of little white kids barefoot in the woods, eating a vegetarian diet, participating in chanting and spiritual ceremonies on some nights and living in a large, supportive community. When we moved to Georgia I was nine years old. We found an apartment in the inner city, and I started a new school.
ashram kids

Here, I was introduced to an entirely different world. As one of the only white girls in my school, I quickly made friends with kids of all races. These kids had soul, and they taught me all about R&B and hip hop music. The music of Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Whitney Houston, Boys to Men and En Vogue spoke directly to my inner self.

The powerful women of En Vogue drew me in, and I must have listened to their hit “Free Your Mind” about 9 million times.

Now, that I study and teach yoga, hearing that song makes me smile. It brings me back to a time of innocence where the voice of my soul spoke loudly to me, and I listened.

Over time, I’ve realized that the creation of your life comes down to how you direct your mind. The thoughts that you feed with your attention will grow stronger. Notice how you are fueling your thoughts. Are you limiting your life by giving yourself reasons why you cannot do something, you’re not good enough, not qualified enough? Or are you freeing yourself by letting go of those limiting thoughts when they arise, knowing that there is a way through every block.

In order to free your mind, shift your focus onto the things in life that bring you joy and deep satisfaction. Don’t worry about or judge what other people are doing. We can never truly know what is driving another’s behavior. Just focus on you.

For me, the study of yoga as a lifestyle gives me tools to bring my mind back from the brink of darkness and helps me to come home to my center when I get caught up in limiting beliefs. Life will show you whatever you believe.

If you want to free your mind, watch your thoughts– and enjoy this video!

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Building grit to get you through

If you have a dream or a goal and you want to make that a reality, you must have the discipline and the grit to stick with it through good times and bad.

So many of us start a project, a diet, an exercise program, a practice of non-judgement or some other daily spiritual practice, and it’s fun in the beginning. But, at some point we lose interest and the motivation we once had starts to fade. We find ourselves getting distracted by other things, and our original goal gets pushed aside. We slip up and slide back down.

This can be demoralizing, and sometimes it’s enough to make us give up on that dream altogether. We use excuses and justify our actions, but deep down inside, we feel bad about ourselves. Why can’t we just see it through? Why do we always go back?

Well, here’s what I say. Stop beating yourself up! It doesn’t matter why you chose to eat that pint of Ben and Jerry’s last night, or why you stopped journaling last week. What matters is that you DO NOT give up on yourself. You certainly have what it takes, and by building your focus, self-discipline and grit, you will find it easier to get through the sticky parts and stay on course.

You may have heard of a popular TedTalk delivered by teacher and speaker Angela Duckworth. In it, she explains that grit, or the capacity to passionately stick with goals for the long run is the number one predictor in success for her students.

Grit works, people. It’s what you rely on when every other part of you wants to give up.

Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan says, “Keep up, and you will be kept up.”

When things get hard, you get stronger. Your brain changes and grows in response to challenge. Challenge yourself. Build your power and grit with this strong kundalini yoga kriya.

Leave a comment, and let me know how it went for you. And, if you like the video, be sure to subscribe for more.

Sat Nam my friends.

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New Video and YouTube Channel!

Hi friends!

Would you like to strengthen your capacity to handle the stresses of life? Are you ready to invite more joy and power into your world?

If your answer is yes, please go check out my new youtube channel. It’s devoted to practices including yoga and other life-affirming habits that will strengthen your body, mind and spirit. And, for those of you who love Survivor, we’ll be working in some insider videos with your favorite castaways (like the one you see below).

Make sure you let me know what you want to see more of and anything else you’d like to learn about.

Looking forward to having you along for the journey!

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