My alignment-based approach is unique, and I love to share practical ways to actually practice this thing called Yoga. Intentions will include pose basics, therapeutic applications of yoga, and Ayurveda information. You can take classes from me in your own home via my Virtual Yoga Studio.

Episode 10 – Discipline is Remembering

Before we get to today’s episode, I just want to remind you. It’s now or never – today is the last day to get your hands on the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. For less than $30 you can get your hands on over $1000 of resources, including access to 50% off the new Stay-At-Home Yoga LIFETIME coaching membership program. All the details are here. Grab it before 11:59 pm EST.

Discipline is Remembering

Ugh, the dreaded “D” word. What if it’s easier than we think to have discipline? In this episode I share a super simple trick for strengthening your will power.

Plus, I’ll answer a listener question about how to know if an alignment cue is really appropriate when it feels so strange.

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Spend some time this week working on alignment basics with the yoga breaks. Try to do 4-8 of them throughout your day.

Comment below and tell me…

What are you going to remember this week when the will power tests come?

Have you experienced new, but wonderful feelings in your muscles as you’ve started to improve your alignment?

Or, maybe you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future episode.

If you found this episode helpful, would you please share it with your peeps? And fill out a review on iTunes? Thank you!!

The Important Health Question You Aren’t Asking

Healthy ChoiceWhat is health? How do you know how healthy you are? Can you tell by looking in the mirror? Maybe you look to the numbers on a scale? Or, do you go to the doctor to find out?

We live in a very health-conscious culture. We are bombarded with health-related news and information. Yet, we aren’t very healthy. I have a theory about why. I think we are asking the wrong questions. We are looking in the wrong places.

If you want to both evaluate and improve your health, you have to start by asking yourself this very simple question. It holds the power to change your life.

How do you feel?

Do you have the energy you need to get through the day?

How are your muscles, bones and joints? Do they ache? Are they tense or swollen? Do you occasionally throw your back out? Have a “bad” knee or ankle?

How are you sleeping? Do you easily fall asleep and stay asleep all night?

How about your digestion and elimination? Do you have regular heartburn, constipation or incontinence?

How do you feel emotionally? Are you stressed and anxious?

How do you feel about your body? Do you feel frustrated with it?

How you feel is the earliest indicator of your health at the cellular level. Your body is sending you signals all day long. Are you listening?

Very few diet, exercise and wellness programs address negative body feelings. In fact, feelings are generally regarded as a result instead of a cause. “If you improve your body, you’ll feel better in and about it.”

I have found the opposite to be true. Profound, enduring body change happens because we change how we feel in and about our bodies.

I am beyond excited to tell you about two resources to help you begin make enduring improvements to your health and wellness by improving how you feel!

First, the brand new Mastermind and Body Program is now open for registration at Stay-at-Home Yoga. This coaching and movement challenge program is designed to directly address and resolve the negative feelings you have in and about your body.

The program includes:

  • - LIFETIME Premium Stay-At-Home Yoga membershipThat’s forever access to all four types of classes, plus all the member bonuses! (VALUE $499)
  • - 6 LIVE program classes and FOREVER access to the recordings of these classes:In each class we will move our bodies while we work to improve how we feel in and about them. Live participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. (Value $180)
  • - Daily movement challenges for 6 weeks: Most days this will be a short 2-3 minute exercise you can do multiple times throughout the day. Once a week, it will be a 10 – 20 minute focused practice. (Value $75)
  • - Access to a private Facebook community: Here you will be able to get group support AND personalized feedback from Jen on one photo/video each week of the challenge. (Value $90)
  • - Program workbook: This guide is packed with tools and resources to keep you on track during the challenge. (Value $30)
  • - Lifetime Challenge Access: We will run a few challenges a year. Once you’re in, you’re in for life! You’ll have full access to all future Mastermind and Body Program challenges! (Priceless!)

The first 6-week challenge begins October 12th and is being offered at the introductory price of $198! BUT, you can get it for HALF OFF! (That’s LIFETIME yoga and challenge access for about the price of your typical spa massage!)

Here’s how you can get your hands on that deal! You have probably heard of The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, right?. It’s the second resource I mentioned. For less than $30, you can get your hands on over $1,000 worth of resources to help you FEEL better!

To see exactly what’s included in this bundle, head on over to the website, where you can see the full list of eBooks, eCourses, and bonus offers. But, guess what one of the bonus offers is – HALF OFF the Mastermind and Body program! This is the absolute lowest price we will ever have for this program, and it is only available to bundle purchasers!

So, if you aren’t feeling as good in and about your body as you’d like, first buy the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle – you can get it here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes. When it arrives, click on the Stay-At-Home Yoga bonus offer. That will take you to a special page where you can get the Mastermind and Body Program for just $99!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

 

You have to act fast though. The bundle will only be on sale through 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th or when they sell all 30,000 bundles – and it is selling fast, so don’t wait!

I’d love for you to comment below and tell me how you are feeling! What is one signal your body is sending you right now?

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Episode 9 – Listen to the Whispers (Podcast)

Listen to the Whispers

We all too often spend our time on urgent things, while neglecting the important things. Why is that? I think it’s because the urgent shouts and the important whispers. Today we are talking about how to prioritize the important.

Plus, I’m sharing my favorite tip for taking care of your body while you are watching TV.

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Stay-at-Home Yoga Video Links

While you are hanging on the floor watching TV, try:

1.) Any of the yoga breaks,

2) This yoga short, or

3) Any of these seated or restorative poses.

Comment below and tell me…

What important is whispering to you today?

Do you have any favorite yoga poses to do while watching TV?

Or, maybe you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future episode.

If you found this episode helpful, would you please share it with your peeps? And fill out a review on iTunes? Thank you!!

Episode 8 – The Harder Something Is (Podcast)

The Harder Something Is

When we encounter “hard” in life, we often impulsively respond with an equal measure of hard. But, the harder something is, the more it requires our softness. This week I’m sharing how to cultivate an inner softness that we can call upon in the face of hard, both on and off the yoga mat.

Plus, I am sharing a yoga break to practice at your desk to ease neck and shoulder tension.

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If you have neck and shoulder tension from sitting at a computer all day, try:

1.) The yoga breaks here, here and here,

2) This yoga short, and

3) Class 4 of the Yoga for Desk Jockeys Series.

Comment below and tell me…

How do you cultivate softness?

Do you have any favorite yoga poses to ease neck and shoulder tension?

Or, maybe you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future episode.

If you found this episode helpful, would you please share it with your peeps? And fill out a review on iTunes? Thank you!!

Episode 7 – Move Ten Percent Slower (Podcast)

Move Ten Percent SlowerDo you live in a constant state of hurry? This week, I’m talking about the benefit of moving just ten percent slower. Plus, I’ll share some yoga tips for curbing excessive snacking.

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1) Before you reach for a snack, try any one of these mini yoga breaks to connect with your body and energize you! (This is the one we did in the podcast episode.)

2) This yoga short takes less than ten minutes and is a wonderful way to connect with your midsection.

3) When you want to roll out your mat for a full-length yoga class, try the classes in this series to reestablish you mind-belly connection.

Comment below and tell me…

How does it feel to move 10% slower?

Do you have any favorite yoga poses to help foster more mindful eating?

Or, maybe you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future episode.

If you found this episode helpful, would you please share it with your peeps? And fill out a review on iTunes? Thank you!!

Episode 6 – The Difference Between Easy and Ease (Podcast)

Difference Between Easy and Ease

I wasn’t sure I could muster up an intention this week, friends. There is just so much hard in our world right now. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know one thing. Nobody ever changed the world (or their health) with easy. They usually have a commitment to ease though. This week, I’m talking about the difference between easy and ease.

Plus, I’m sharing my tips for beginning a meditation practice – a wonderful tool for cultivating ease.

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1) Before I meditate, I like to do a few yoga poses to get out of my head and into my body. Even just a few minutes with one of these yoga shorts is enough. Or a breathing practice like this or this.

2) It is so helpful to take little meditation breaks, like this one, throughout the day when you feel stressed or anxious.

3) In addition to regular movement throughout the day, I find restorative yoga poses so helpful for cultivating ease.

Comment below and tell me…

Do you have a mediation practice? What tips can you share with others for getting started?

How do you cultivate ease in the midst of hard?

If you found this episode helpful, would you please share it with your peeps? And fill out a review on iTunes? Thank you!!

Episode 5 – The Best Things in Life Can’t Be Hacked (Podcast)

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We are a hack-loving culture! We want short cuts, quick fixes and convenience. But what if the best things in life, like health and happiness, can’t be hacked?

And, I’m answering a question about how best to sit at your desk all day!

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1) Learn how to stay off your tailbone while sitting with this yoga break.

2) Improve the way you get out of your chair with this yoga break.

3) Keep this page open on your computer or mobile device all day long, and take regular movement breaks!

Comment below and tell me…

What are your ideas for having a dynamic workstation? How do you keep your body moving at your desk?

How do you incorporate movement into the fabric of your day?

Do you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future episode?

If you found this episode helpful, would you please share it with your peeps? And fill out a review on iTunes? Thank you!!

Episode 4 – Fresh Starts (Podcast)

I am thrilled to debut a new podcast name and format today! I’m changing things up, because I want to help you blur the line between your yoga mat and your life. With regular, short but sweet episodes, The Only Yoga Podcast will equip you to move, and live, with intention!

Fresh Start | The Only Yoga Podcast
This week we are talking about fresh starts. Do you believe a Wednesday afternoon at 2:07 holds the power for a new beginning? I do…let me show you how. Plus, I answer a student question about where to get started with a new yoga practice.

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This week we are standing up!

1) Improve the way you get out of your chair with this yoga break.

2) Sit on the floor at least three times a day this week. Try to return to standing without using your arms. You can strengthen your legs and glutes with this yoga break.

Comment below and tell me…

Did you try the fresh start visualization? Where did you “travel” to?

Can you get up from the floor without using your arms and hands?

Do you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future episode?

If you found this episode helpful, would you please share it with your peeps? And fill out a review on iTunes? Thank you!!

Move for Fun

Weekly Yoga Home Practice Intention: Move for the fun of it!

Have you ever watched kids at the playground? They are not running, climbing, sliding and swinging from monkey bars to “get their workout in.” It is a form of play for them. They enjoy it! Smiles adorn their cute little faces as they move their bodies.

Can you remember how to playfully move? Is it possible to be so completely present with your body and the sensations of stretching and strengthening that joy naturally arises? Can you smile as you move?

On the mat experiment with some balancing poses-they easily invoke a spirit of play. Then, see if you can playfully move throughout your day. Don’t move to check it off your to do list; move because it’s fun!

A Signal to Grow

Home Yoga Practice Intention: A Signal to Grow

Bones are a fascinating thing. As we go about our day, we are either signaling our bones to strengthen or weaken. I’ve spent time pouring over the research, and there appears to be no middle ground, no option to remain unchanged. Our bones will either grow stronger or weaker today.

Let’s help them to grow stronger. We need to send them a mechanical signal by compressing or squeezing the fluid inside the bones. How do we do that? We ask the bones to bear weight. And I’m not talking about the 5-pound dumbbells collecting dust in your garage. We want each bone to bear the full and complete weight of the body above it. That only happens when our bones are in healthy alignment.

So, head to the mat. Spend some time concentrating on what it feels like to get the pelvis over the heels and the torso over the pelvis. Then, find that alignment all day long. Walk as much as possible in that alignment. It will be a practice of mindfulness. It will require you to strengthen muscles like your glutes, hamstrings and transverse abdominis. Stick with it though. It will also signal your bones to increase their density.

As you strengthen your bones this week, may you also strengthen your spirit. As life pushes and pulls on you, may it be a signal to grow. Just like your bones, there is no option to remain unchanged. You will either move closer to or further from your deepest intentions today. May you be strengthened to bear the weight required to move you toward them.