I sit here, it's 7am on a Tuesday, I'm ready to write. Sometimes I get these moments where I’m like, “Okay, ready. Let’s do this!” This is one of those moments, I’m learning to create the space. Taking the time to actually sit down and write. I’m writing this on my new laptop and feeling unstoppable. For the past 6 years I’ve been working off of a $250 laptop that takes 10 years to turn on and moves slower than snails. Trying to do anything on it frustrated me, but it eventually would get the job done so I dealt with it until I couldn't. I’ve always made it work and it served me SO well. BUT it’s time to grow! In order for me to have more of an online presence, I needed to invest in my business, invest in myself. So thank you! For those that have been supporting 721 Yoga! Ya girl got herself a MacBook and telling ya, feeling unstoppable. I created an event on FB in 2mins vs 2hrs! Maybe this helped feed the excitement to write this next blog, I have a few things I want to share-
ENGAGEDDDDD! Niall proposed to me last month, on a beach, watching the sunset. Miles filmed. It was everything I had dreamed of and then some, seriously! HELLLLLL YASSSS! I instantly cried, shaking. In THAT moment I felt just every emotion. The human experience is so weird. Every heartbreak, dead end fling, breakup, whatever pain I had felt to get to that very moment was understood. Truly feeling a full spectrum of emotions. I LOVE Niall. Things really felt like full circle in that moment for so many reasons. I always joke and say one day I’ll write a book on my dating experiences, because there were A LOT ha, really great stories I just couldn’t even make up! I’m fiercely independent and don’t tolerate shit. I didn’t want to be with just an ordinary partner. I desired someone I could grow with, I wanted like dream team type ish. Our passions to compliment each other, marry our goals not just a piece of paper. I met so many great people as I started dating mindfully. I would pray before each date, “God, bring me my partner. Let this be a divine meeting, a divine connection, divine timing. Keep me safe. Give me confidence to be ME and speak MY truth.” I knew whatever happened, it was supposed to. I saw miracles. I stopped attracting “fuck boys” and started meeting just grand slam connections. Though I did still get sad when things didn’t work out, I kept going. Kept dating. Kept my heart open. Kept taking lesson by lesson of learning to use my words, to step back and see if we were in alignment with each other, if I could truly be myself around them (yogis can be in another dimension lightyears away if ya get me ha, weirdness and all.) Through my yoga practice I gained confidence in myself, really. That was a huge game changer in my dating life. Knowing what I bring to the table (and it’s not just this great ass ha ;) ) Seriously, I could have dated forever. I had fun! But for what I wanted my future to look like, I desired a partner. I got seriousAF, kept this goal at the front of my mind in everything I did, everything I said, how I acted, where my energy was and how I used my time. I had this bracelet lulu gave to me that I wore with the word “Engaged" engraved on it. Literally every day I was reminded of my intention, several times a day. While manifesting you might have these shiny distractions come your way, seeing if you truly want what you say you want, if you’re really going to DO what you say you’re going to do. Energy doesn’t lie. You can’t fake it. Everyone keeps asking when the wedding is, IDK I want to enjoy being engaged right now, engagedAFFFFF.
Social Media was wild before the election, I mean it still is, but it enabled me to create some healthier boundaries. Everyone wants to talk politics in an election year, just like the Super Bowl everyone becomes bandwagon fans overnight. Making a difference isn’t going to come from your FB rant, you make a difference by getting involved in policy change, in grassroots efforts 24/7 not just every 4 years. You donate your time, energy and money to organizations you care about. That are making a difference in your community to help others. You speak up for injustice. Moving from a place of Love not fear. You hear on so many podcasts and self-help books about starting your day from the inside out vs from the outside in. Meaning, not reaching for your phone first thing when you open your eyes and doing a scroll. Rather, having some time to yourself, to check in, move your body, take some deep breathes, drink some (key lime or lemon) water, tea, read, pray, whatever. Then opening up your phone. For me, it’s also important about what I see. Unfollowing feeds that are not for my highest good. Maybe that’s a news outlet, maybe it’s that kid you went to 4th grade with, maybe it’s your auntie. Love from a distance is still love y'all! My time is valuable. Yours too! What we're taking in and taking on is important. Social media, movies/TV, music, your circle. I once went on a date with someone from Bumble who was in AI/Cyber Security, he told me some wild shit! I watched The Great Hack and it blew my mind. I’ve always had a love/hate with sharing on social media and have even wanted to delete it (especially recently after some creeper dude messaged me about my cute kid dressed in cosplay…wtf.) but on my vision board for this year I committed to staying connected, being engaged, but I’m setting boundaries like a mffff. I started to feel some type of way and I knew it was because I was spending way too much time on social media death scrolling, reading everything about covid and the election. Maybe you felt the same? After seeing my screen time, I decided if I have enough time to scroll, I have enough time to take Spanish classes. Little steps add up to big things, right? If I ever want to teach yoga in Spanish (because there is SUCH a need in our community,) I need to start taking Spanish classes now. If you see me out, talk to me in Spanish so I can practice! I may speak like a 6 year old but I learn more as I listen and practice. This is something I’ve been saying I was going to do for yearsssssss, but I would never take the time to learn. Time to not just talk about it. Can you relate? Have you set any boundaries with social media? What’s something you can spend time on vs scrolling? Something you’ve been wanting but haven’t dedicated the time/space. What’s your perfect morning routine look like?
Moving into the colder months I catch myself complaining more. I feel alive on those sunny, summer days! Winter feels gray for some. I feel the cold temps deep in my body, my muscles tense up. I rather it be 100 degrees. Since I don’t live on a beach yet (see what I did there…,) I try to make the best of these Dallas winters. Which in reality, aren’t thatttt bad. I've lived in Iowa where there’s snow on the ground for months at a time. Dallas really isn’t bad if you have an escape. A car with heat, a home with heat, hot water, all of which I’ve gone without at some point and I value SOOO much! So when I catch myself complaining, I start counting my blessings and look at how I can help others. In the past that’s looked like collecting blessing bags, blankets, coats, gloves & socks for our local pop up shelter and volunteering my time. Garland doesn’t have a year round shelter, instead we have GLOWS, a coalition of organizations that open up an emergency pop up shelter when temps get freezing. This is a warm nights stay, dinner & breakfast for all, including animals! This year, because of covid, things will look a bit different. Instead of serving up hot meals, the protocol is sack breakfast/dinners. I have committed to assisting with this with the help of the 721 fam. We will be supplying, assembling and dropping off. Meals will be pbj sandwiches, salad with dressing, protein bar, apple/orange/banana, chips, water with lime slice, napkin & a fork. These sacks will be assembled at The Health Collective once we get word that the shelter will open, usually we find out about 7am day of that it will open at 5pm. If you feel called to help out with this effort, get in touch with me! Kiddos are welcome to volunteer too. Volunteers will be needed to shop for supplies, make sack dinners, deliver in Garland, serve at shelter, check guests in, setup cots, clean up. If you would like to make a monetary donation for supplies, lmk! There’s also a need for blankets, coats, gloves, socks & toiletries. These items don’t have to be new, search your closet! HMU to drop any donations off or bring your donation to class. This will be an ongoing community effort.
Let’s talk about kambo. Now serving and I’ve had so many questions! Sometimes I start to feel weird as I’m explaining it to people lol, they start giving me crazy looks, like my head is spinning around, they usually say it sounds like voodoo or witchcraft ha! Kambo, also called sapo, is a frog secretion used in the Amazon jungle to help men before a hunt to increase their stamina, give them energy, give them mental clarity, boost the immune system, remove bad energy, and so much more! In the jungle, everyone gets kambo including kids. Instead of flu shots they have “jungle shots.” Though kambo isn’t a shot, the only safe way to receive kambo is through tiny blister points on the skin where it immediately enters your lymphatic system. It’s really just moved out of the jungle and into the states the last 30 years. I trust you’ll start to hear more and more about it. It’s commonly used before ayahuasca ceremonies (aya what? Ask me about it ha! That’s another story.) as an energetic and physical cleanse but totally great on its own! Kambo found me when I was seeking out different healing modalities for physical pain, at the time I had no idea how much it would help me mentally. You won’t get high, hallucinate or anything of that nature. This isn't bufo or dmt. It’s not illegal. Ethically sourced, frogs are not harmed or even kept in captivity and can only produce kambo in the wild. You should be really mindful of where you’re buying kambo sticks. Everything really. There’s an energy exchange and items hold energy. The hands that make your clothes, prepare your food, the values of the stores you support. All important, energy that you take on. When you sit in a kambo ceremony, you might be offered sananga. This is a liquid you drop in the corner of your eyes, it’s a tincture that is made from a root in the jungle. It BURNS! I like to relate it to battery acid, reminding you that your eyeball is round. Used in the jungle to enhance vision and cure ocular diseases. Also used at festivals to enhance visuals. For me, I notice the sky looks really blue, the trees look really green, things look more crisp and sharp. Think about your car windshield on a road trip, you stop to get gas. You could probably keep driving without cleaning the bugs off the window, but once you clean the window you realize how much better you can see! Same with sananga. This is a physical cleanse but also energetic, said to decalcify the third eye. It has for sure helped my astigmatism! Great for meditation too, to drop you out of your mind and into your body REAL QUICK. The burning hurts f’ing bad for about 20 seconds, then it’s just like bad bad for 5-10 mins. It’s an optional offering with kambo but also great on it’s own too! Once kambo is applied to the blister points, you might feel a wave of heat around your body, your heart rate might go up, maybe you hear your heartbeat in your head, you may get cold, shake, sweat, upper purge (vomit,) lower purge (toilet,) cry, you may sit in meditation seemingly unfased. These side effects only lasts for about 20 minutes and then you lay down and recover for a bit. The benefits can be felt in the hours/days/weeks after ceremony. For me, I’ve felt a physical cleanse. Maybe purging prescriptions, candida, unhealthy foods, idk. Every ceremony is different. I’ve also had times where I’ve become emotional and my whole body shivered. I've felt an energetic cleanse, where I had a lot going on emotionally (especially around the death of my father) and I felt anger, hate, rage leaving me as I threw up. Purging that shit outttttt. It was powerful. Before I do something really big like travel or put on a retreat, I’m def getting in a kambo sesh before to help with my mental clarity, my intuition, my decision making. It’s another tool in my tool belt that I’ve been so thankful for and wanted to share with others. There’s a lot of cool science behind the peptides in kambo. I’ve posted some links here. Peptides that are 4,000x stronger than morphine without making you drowsy. Analgesic. Anti-inflammatory. Help with autoimmune disorders. Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Even studies with cancer and HIV. It’s really a cocktail of bioactive peptides to optimize your health and the human experience. I’m SOOO happy I can share it with my friends and students. If this is something that peeks your interest, let’s chat more!
We are deep in our Yoga Teacher Training course! I look forward to the days we meet, seriously. I love getting to share all things yoga! We've cried, laughed, danced, got specificAF about what we want in life, we crafted vision boards, had field trips, hung with friends, it's seriously the best. I’ve already seen SUCH transformation in this group and I trust they will continue to see this too long after they graduate. They are walking away with life tools, not just learning how to teach yoga. That’s an added bonus! If you're ready for a transformation in your life, registration is now open for the Spring 2021 training, limited space in person due to covid but I’m opening up the option to train virtually with us live from anywhere! If you’re interested in sharing the gift of yoga with others or deepening your own practice, I’d love to have you join us! Get your applications in.
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With all my Love (since it’s all we really are,)