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What makes me a badass—I refuse to let fear outweigh my ability to make decisions and choices for myself. I’m far more afraid of missing out on living my life fully, than leaving a job or relationship or whatever else doesn’t serve me. One of my favorite authors, Maurice Sendak, author of “Where the Wild Things Are” (excellent read by the way….not just for kids), did a radio interview on NPR about five years ago. He talked about a lot of things including life and death. He said, “It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music. I wish you all good things. Live your life, live your life, live your life."
If there’s anything worth anything it’s knowing that what scares me can only be one of two things: 1. Stories in my head, or 2. Things I have absolutely no control over. I recognize however that I have a choice in how I react to both. When faced with that, I know these are the moments when I feel tested to truly live my life. I’ve actually grown fond of saying “fuck-it” and pressing on. I’m a work in progress, but there won’t be even the smallest part of me if I’m blessed to grow old and gray, that won’t have lived a life filled with experiences that I choose; with big huge amazing love—with people, and words and books and music and pictures and the sound of ocean waves lapping up against a shoreline. All of these will be moments that will have seeped in and grown wild and will have become a part of me. Life is, in fact, too short not to be a badass.
When do you feel most confident?
When I’m surrounded by people I love.
How did you get where you are today?
It’s been a twisty road. Simply put, recognizing I had something to give, and then giving it.
What do you do for yourself to rejuvenate?
Chocolate, dog kisses, yoga -- not necessarily in that order.
Who has inspired you or encouraged you lately?
Anyone that knows me, knows I am madly deeply in love with my best friend. The wildest, craziest soul I’ve ever met…who just happens to be my dog. He is one of my most favorite teachers. Partly because he doesn’t give a fuck and partly because he lives in every single moment. There is nothing more encouraging than knowing this is actually possible, because he does it every day. Maybe Bruno should have done this interview, because he is for sure living his life. No regrets, no apologies. He makes me want to be a better human every single day.
What advice would you give to someone who's having a crappy day or needs to feel badass in this moment?
I would ask them, if your life depended on it—could you let go of what’s making you feel crappy? If the answer is yes, then try to remember your life will inevitably be filled with these moments, but how much of your precious time do you want to spend on them. Is it worth it? Find your inner badass and let it go, maybe even tell it to fuck off...
How do you plan to continue your baddass-ery? ;)
By living life of course :) At the moment I’ve also been growing a yoga photography business.
My little creation born from my love of yoga. Elsie de Wolf has continued to be a source of inspiration for me lately with my photography. I have a book that offers a small window into her life detailing her experiences during WWII through the use of photographs. I’ve heard her described as the mother of interior design. She said, "I’m going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life.” And she did. This has been something that has stuck with me lately. Getting the opportunity to shoot with so many different and equally amazing yogis, is kind of awesome. Surrounding myself with beauty in all it’s forms, for no other reason than, it feels good.
This poem is excerpted from my new favorite book, Mala from the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems. It is a beautiful collection of poems by great sages, saints and mystics. Most are less than a page in length, so you can easily drop in and experience the words and the peaceful space they create.
Much in the same way that a yoga practice works, the breaths in between are what leave you feeling renewed and at peace.
Highly recommend this book! Great for before or after a yoga practice, or in the evening with a glass of wine. Namaste.
PS You can purchase the book from New World Library Publishing...they have some other amazing yoga titles too! I also recommend Pick Your Practice by Meagan McCrary, especially for yoga beginners!
Rose shines brightly anywhere she goes, and when you're around her, you begin to notice how present she is. Her mind isn't wandering elsewhere-- she's here, right now, with you. I'm so grateful for Rose and excited to see where her dreams lead her.
What makes you a badass?
I define a badass as someone that does not let fear hold them back from achieving their dreams and living up to their potential (I am a work in progress;-). We all have incredible talents and capabilities yet most people aren't taught how to harness them and believe that we can actually pursue them and make a living at the same time. A badass knows that anything with a pure motive to help others will be fully guided and supported by a higher power. This takes an immense amount of faith and is an art of maintaining a positive attitude as challenges arise.
How did you get where you are today?
My journey can be defined as spiritual one that came about through in-depth soul searching. From an early age I found it extremely easy and enjoyable to tune into someone's body because of a genuine concern and desire to improve their physical, mental and emotional state. As an added bonus, I felt therapeutic benefits from giving treatments as well.
I realized that my gift for stress relief, relaxation and pain relief was rare and much needed in a high-stress society. I realized that I had to take the leap of pursuing my passion in a professional realm. I also realized that you have to believe that what you have to offer is so helpful that you are doing the world a dis-service by living anyone else's dream but your own. This mental shift has allowed me to discover other talents I have, as well as meet some incredible people that have similar visions of helping others live healthy and happy lives.
My clients also inspire me by trusting in the power of all natural modalities and by doing what it takes to live in a Centered state where you can hear the messages all around you telling you to live up to your greatest potential. If I can be a part of that in any way, I am complete.
What do you do for yourself to rejuvenate?
Gratitude is key. Every morning I think of what a blessing it is to be given a brand-new baby day with immense potential. Prayer and Meditation are the two most powerful tools for staying grounded and rejuvenated. Counting my blessings on an everyday basis keeps my focus on the bright side. I also remember to keep a light-hearted attitude and not take myself too seriously. Spending time with children and animals always help me remember this. Breathing exercises, alone time, journaling, spiritual conversations, reading the bible and being one with nature always seems to pull me out of trivial matters and gain a strengthened perspective.
What advice do you have for others who are looking to find happiness and become fully empowered?
Remember that no matter who you are or what has happened in the past or is happening, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. Life itself, food to eat, air to breathe, freedom of choice, the trees, a breeze...open your eyes to these things and the blessings will flood into your mind. Feeling happy with yourself and where you are right now will allow you to be in a state of mind to dream bigger as you realize your potential as a result. Know what you want. Set goals and stay away from self-doubt. Balance humility and confidence with grace. Know that no one has it all figured out completely.
Empowerment comes from accepting the things that you can't change and making the most of the things you can. Also, never depend on anyone to tell you, you can do it; you have to believe in yourself and the unlimited power that surrounds us.
Never quit! I will never stop growing, and being open and available for opportunities to help in any ways I can.
As I gain more awareness, I plan on expanding in all directions, and also am focusing on a global effort by networking with other like minded individuals and utilizing my advertising skills to spread messages about healthy living and protecting mother nature's resources. Somehow, it all fits together; healthy people, healthy planet...and the sky has no limits!
For all its fancy postures and esoteric spiritual practices, yoga is, quite simply, a way of tuning in to what exactly is happening in the present moment.
I may be on my mat, in a posture (asana), feeling what it feels like to breathe (pranayama). Or maybe I'm choosing to treat others with kindness (ahimsa) in a moment where I want to react in anger.
Yoga helps us detach from needing everything to be perfect, and instead just to feel, to allow, to explore, to truly connect.
The gift of desperation
Last weekend I had the pleasure of practicing a vinyasa flow class with live music from Steve Gold, and then attending his workshop on Mantra and Manifestation. Both were incredible yoga experiences!
- Om: the universal sound; an exuberant roar of joy; “yes!”; verily; so be it; amen
- Namah: to bow; “I invite this energy into my heart”
- Shiva: that which contains all things; all possibility; maximum expansion; the destroyer of ignorance
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Update: I postponed my Dharma training but am currently training at Leap Yoga in Folsom, CA to teach vinyasa.
I am so grateful that yoga helps bring me to a place of spiritual renewal. It is not only a physical practice. My yoga is something more -- a light, a wholeness, a purity that I need and crave. A practice that heals me, a space that allows me to connect with the universal Oneness.
A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part.
PS, a poem that's worth a few more minutes of reading, too:
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