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Soul & Goals: 3 things to ask yourself before you set any goals for 2015

soul&goals 2015 is right around the corner and with it comes a flood of resolutions, good intentions and goals.  But before you sign up for that gym membership or resolve to finally quit your job, take some time to ask yourself these three questions:

How do I want to feel this year?

Our emotions, our "heart-sensor" is a very, very powerful tool for helping us to determine the right path.  There's a reason people say, "I had a gut feeling about that" and they're usually correct.  So before you dive into the new year, sit quietly and take a few deep breaths.  Listen to that quiet inner voice as you ask yourself  "How do  really want this year to feel?"  Do you need a year of peaceful healing? Or are you ready for wild & free adventure? Do you want to feel immensely nurtured or fully alive & spontaneous?  Maybe you want to feel gratitude daily? Pure bliss? You set the tone for your year ahead....but use your inner compass to guide you.

What makes me come alive and how can I do more that this year?

What do you LOVE to do? When do you feel you are utilizing your God-given gifts? What come easily to you and what is the most fun? When do you feel like your fully contributing and have a sense of purpose? It could be the tiniest moment of your day.  It could be when you genuinely connect with a stranger on the subway.  Or it could be when you're playing with your camera outside.  It could be when you're taking a walk, or when you're around people--any moment you feel a burst of life & joy within you.  How can you bring MORE of these moments [and the emotions that they conjure] into your life this year?

What fearful or limiting thoughts kept me from my dreams in 2014?

Did you tell yourself you weren't good enough for the promotion? Did you silently sabotage a relationship? Think back to your goals and your inner monologue for 2014.  More often than not, we are the ones that stop ourselves from success.  If any limiting beliefs still linger, do the work of releasing and letting them go.  As you set new goals for 2015, be aware of the thoughts that begin to stroll through your mind.  Counter them with positive mantras and affirmations.  You are worthy of all good and your dreams, visions, and goals can and will come true.  You have a beautiful soul, and beautiful gifts to share with the world. Get out there and shine!

Looking for some more help setting goals and intentions for 2015?

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Gratitude Meditation

let go and live in gratitude This is the season of letting go.  A season of releasing, surrendering, and shedding. The leaves have let go.  The harvest has let go. All of the earth is letting go, surrendering, shedding weight.  Releasing the fruits of the seasons...good or imperfect.

Before we all get swept off our feet and into full force holiday mode, just take a day, a morning, a few moments to mirror what is happening in nature.  Go to a yoga class. Take a nice long walk in nature.  Enjoy a hot bath.  Cozy up with your journal and a cup of tea. Just reflect.

What do you need to release in order to be fully present over the holidays? What do you need to let go of in order to find peace, joy, and gratitude? What do you need to surrender in order to feel a lightness in your heart?

Let go of those things that no longer serve you.  Let go of those thoughts that only cause you pain.  Let go of resentment. Let go of control.

Release and feel only gratitude.

Find a quiet spot and a comfortable seat.  Gently close your eyes.  Feel the inhale at the tip of your nose.  The warmth of your exhale. Breathe deeply.  Complete the sentence "I am grateful for___________ ." ten times (or more!). Let a sense of gratitude warm up your insides like a cozy cup of tea.

Feel, and move, and breathe from this warm place of gratitude this holiday season.

Much, much shanti--

Much, much peace,

Jenna

 

Yoga Video: Warm Up for Athletes

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It is fall and people are diving into sports! Marathon training, football, hockey, tennis, soccer-- everyone is up to something. I created this warm up to prevent injury in athletes.  I've already witnessed too many athletes pulling muscles and hurting themselves.  Warming up well is the key to preventing injury!

In reality, any one can use this warm up! It's great for any type of movement, and even just as a straight up yoga warmup! It is a great warmup for any movement. I've known too many athletes getting injured recently and warming up is the key to preventing injury!

So before you hop on the court or field, take 5-10 minutes to do this juicy yoga warm up!

Check it out right here, and leave me comment with how you feel afterwards!

Namaste!

Jenna

 

Yoga Video: Sun Salutation B

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Everyone says September is the best month out here in the Hamptons, and I pretty much have to agree! Warm sun, empty beaches, and crisp evenings. Ahhh. So good.

This week, I filmed Sun Salutation B by the water in Sag Harbor. Hoping you can catch a glimpse of the paradise that is September! Remember, after you get this sequence into your body, you can tack it right onto Sun Salutation A for a nice, energetic flow!

Make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel and also grab your free downloadable meditation audio right here!

Have something you would love for me to focus on or teach? Leave me comment!

Let your soul shine and happy practicing!

xo

Jenna

 

Yoga for Beginners: Sun Salutation A

Join me at the beautiful Yoga Lila in Montauk! In this video, I teach a basic Sun Salutation A. This sequence is designed to get your blood moving and body heated.  Do a light warm up before jumping right into this.  Please subscribe and look for my next video, Sun Salutation B!

How do you feel post-sun salutation? Leave me a comment below!

Namaste! :)

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Positive Thoughts: How to lift your spirits on a rainy day

rainy day Ever have those days (Or maybe weeks, or maybe months---perhaps even years!) where you are in a funk and you just can’t get out of it? I totally get it. Those days for me happen on rainy, dreary, sleepy days.  (I’m sunshine, summer girl;)).

The funny thing is-- I wake up on rainy days and the first thing I think is “Gahh what a bummer! Where’s the sun?? I wanted to go to the beach, go for a bike ride, do yoga outside jump in the pool! Blah this stinks.” And the rest of my day turns out to pretty much be a bummer. If every day were like this, I would end up with a bummer-of-a-life!

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If you’re having a bummer-of-a-day, check yo’ thoughts! Your thoughts color your world, your reality--your soul.  Here are my go to pick me ups and resources for positive thoughts galore:

1. Get your sweet soul to a yoga class. (Seriously---yoga is my cure all for any less than colorful, less than beautiful thoughts. Even just a few poses that get me upside down turn my mind right side up.)

2. Get out that inspiring book.  The one you can count on to bring some soul-shining goodness into your being.  Read just a chapter, or even a few lines.  I looove Marianne Williamson and have two of her books in arms reach almost at all times:)  Usually one is kinda all crumpled in my purse;)

3. Find an uplifting movie to lift your spirits.  Disney anyone? Tangled, Frozen, Up-- maybe an inspiring documentary that will make you weep with joy? Just make sure whatever you watch has a happy ending;)

4. Go for a walk. Even if it’s raining. The fresh air, nature, being closer to the earth will change your mood and freshen your soul. I always find that whenever I’ve been inside for more than 3 or 4 hours, I’m desperate to get outside.  Just go:)

5. Embrace it.  Every season, every mood has its benefits and happens for a particular reason.  Make a cup of peppermint tea and stay awhile:)

What do you like to do when you're feeling down? How do you raise your vibrations and get your mind back on the beautiful side of life? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Wishing you many sunny, bright days ahead---

xoxo

 

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A Soulful Guide to Summer

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Summer in the Hampton's is official in full swing! Memorial Day weekend was a beauty and now you're just craving more salty wind in your hair.  To make sure you make the best of Summer 2014, I've put together a Complete Soulful Guide to Summer.  So it might not be a book, but I think these 5 simple tips will make sure you have an amazing, inspiring, juicy summer and that you enjoy it to the fullest: 


1.  Do yoga on the beach


As much as possible.  There is nothing more incredible, more meditative, more soothing and blissful than listening to the crashing waves sync with your breath.  Vinyasa means linking breath to movement. (Check out this article in Yoga Journal about that!) Being next to the ocean and linking your breath to the ocean AND your movement, feels like the greatest massage for your mind.  You do your sun salutations with the actual sun pouring over your skin and face. Your soul is relaxed because you are standing on the edge of the earth looking out at infinite possibility. You are inspired by the greatness and beauty of it all.  There is truly nothing better. Do yoga on the beach--alone, with a group, with an instructor-- and prepare for bliss:)

2.  Make a Bucket List

There is SO much to do over the summer.  You don't want to get to August 25th and realize you didn't do half the things you had hoped! Last summer was the first year I made a bucket list, and I tried to cross one or two things off a week. It worked great! I got to sip a beer at the Montauk Brewery (while listening to live music by my favorite musician). I went kayaking, and ate lobster in Montauk.  I did yoga on the beach every week, and went paddle boarding at sunset. I danced at Wolffer Estate and sat in the captain's chair of a fisherman's boat. (ok...maybe that wasn't exactly on my bucket list). My point is--set your self up for an awesome summer and you will have an even better one than you imagine.

2. Do everything you can outside

Everything. Eat outside. Exercise outside. Swim outside. Shower outside. Sleep outside. Ride bikes. Read books. Paint. Write. Dance. Yoga.  Do everything outside. 

3. Say Yes

Saying yes is all about taking risks. Diving in when there is a moment of hesitation or uncertainty. Not being sure, maybe not feeling ready--but jumping in anyway. It's about remaining open to new possibilities. It's about being flexible, keeping your heart open, and changing the plan. It's about living with a freedom and lightness in your heart and soul.

4. Watch the sunset over the ocean

Sit with someone and talk about your dreams and goals.  Dream of possibilities together. Encourage each other. Create a safe space for each other. Marvel at the beauty of the earth and know that you are taken care of--just like every other specimen on this planet.  Make wishes. Make goals.  Be hopeful.

5. Give Generously

In some way, give something away. Give your time to something you care about.  Give your money to someone or an organization who needs it.  Give your skills and talents away for free. Welcome friends and guests into your home. Be generous.  Try to make someone else's summer day amazing, incredible, and so so memorable. There is no better way to fill your heart with joy and fulfillment than to give what you've got. Karma---it will all come back around:)


Want to add to this list? Have other great soulful, summer ideas? Please tell me in the comments! I'd love to share with everyone:)

To a soul-shining summer,

xoxo

Jenna raynell






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Peace + Stillness = Bliss

Do you ever feel like you can't relax? I've been in the Hamptons 4 days, and I'm just now finally starting to slow down my speed from hyper speed city life, to laid back beach living. It's no surprise that when I first started practicing yoga seriously several years ago, Savasana always seemed difficult to me.  "Just lie there? Don't do anything? What do you mean? Nothing? What is the point?" My brain would be in a battle with my teacher. I was never able to fully relax. And what did I find in my life at that time? I was anxious. I was unable to stop moving. I was unable to take a day off.  I had to keep working because if I stopped, I would fall behind. I couldn't fall behind. Everything rested on the work I was doing, every day, every moment.

Or so I thought.

I was not getting anywhere. The things I worked so hard at and kept so busy with meant nothing after a while. I started realizing all of my goals had no real purpose. I kept coming to my mat because I kept finding purpose there. I kept finding meaning. I started craving the stillness. I started noticing how tired I actually was-- not just physically, but also mentally & emotionally. I was beaten up.  The person who did the beating was me. I didn't give myself time to relax.

So last summer (as everyone in my life knows),  I ran away to the beach.  There in the sun of Egypt Beach in East Hampton, I developed my own daily practice. I woke up daily and biked to the deserted beach to practice.  On my own, I let the sun and the crashing sound of the waves heal me.  I forgave myself.  Accepted myself. I challenged myself. And finally, I was able to lie completely still--mind still, body still-- in Savasana for 15 minutes. Total relaxation.

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I had never taken a meditation course. I had never been told that the point of yoga was to still & prepare the mind for meditation. But on that quiet beach with waves crashing & sun glowing, my natural inclination was to sit tall, still and without constant badgering of my mind. I felt the closest to God in that one moment than any other moment in my life. That moment brings me back to my mat daily. Savasana is the game changer. Being totally in Savasana brings me right back to that blissful beach moment with God.

How can you bring more Savasana to your life? How can you disconnect from the chaos and reconnect to that which matters most? How can you find a few quite moments with your soul?

It's something I have to consciously work towards every week, every day.  But it is so, so worth it:) Yoga bliss happens in Savasana.  Life bliss happens when you slow down enough to notice how beautiful and wonderful things really are.

Wishing you a day of bliss and peace as you prepare for the *unofficial* start to summer this weekend!

xoxo

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Just begin:)

There is something beautiful and magical in this spring air! Do you feel it?? To me, everyone seems to be buzzing with new ideas and beautiful dreams and big goals.  I am just SO excited to see what you create this glorious season and hope that the freshness in the air is sending you soaring. I'm in the same boat, so I am going to keep this short, sweet and simple.

Whatever you're feeling: fear, excitement, joy, anticipation, massive flushes of creativity, timidness, uncertainty (probably a mixture of all of it!)

Getting your dreams out of your head and into the world takes one, solid thing:

Just beginning. 

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I'm certain you have 101 questions, and 101 more uncertainties...but the only way to find clarity in your goals, dreams, and creative desires is to simple begin.  Start before you feel ready.

You don't have to have your entire business mapped out before you begin to create it. You don't have to have a complete action plan in place. You don't have to be 100% sure where you're headed (at least not yet:)).

Start small.  Start strong.  Start with courage. And start to let the shiny sparks of your soul glow.

Maybe you just sell one scarf you made...maybe you sell 20!  Maybe you finally sign up for twitter and share things that inspire you.  Maybe you share your goal with 3 people. Just start somewhere.

Chances are...you will be left astonished.  Magic will start to happen.  Things will fall into place.  Clarity will be found.

Trust yourself.

You have such a beautiful idea and something that comes from such a heart felt place. People are craving things of the heart. So let it out and let the world see it.  When you shine bright, you call forth more light and more passion and more shining souls.

I'm so excited for you:) You're doing great.

Got a burning question you just need answered now? Leave it in the comments and I'll get it answered so you can get going!:)

xoxo,

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5 Life Lessons Found in Disney’s Frozen

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I'm sure I'm not the only grown up who cozy-ed up on Saturday night to watch Disney's Frozen from the comfort of my own home.  (Woo! What a relief it's finally on DVD!)  Watching any Disney princess movie, I have a natural tendency to try to apply the situations and lesson to my own life (because... aren't we all really one of those Disney princesses in one way or another? I mean... You totally know which one you are. Ariel? Rapunzel? Belle?).

Here are the 5 lessons I learned watching Frozen:

1. Let People In

It’s not always easy to let people see the real you, but cooping yourself up in your room, your castle--or a personality that is not authentically you-- can seriously damage relationships.  Let people in.  Let them see the real you--because who you are is amazing, fun, and magical.  A queen that is holed up in her castle acts as a disservice to her kingdom.  YOU are a queen, a princess, royalty.  When you let your light shine, you allow your community (your kingdom) to shine bright as well.  Let them in. Let your #soulshine.

2. Let things go

Ahhh... Adele Dazim.  You’ve made it so easy for us to remember one of the greatest life lessons! Taught over and over in yoga classes, the art of letting things go frees us from so much pain and unhappiness.  You may have messed up.  Your whole city or company or family may be angry at you.  Maybe your sister is marrying a creep.  You may have a million negative thoughts running through your head.  Learn to let go of those things that do not serve you--those things that are keeping your from your best life.

3. Don’t let your past mistakes shape your future

In Frozen, the entire movie is based around Elsa’s inability to let go of one mistake in her past.  Sure, she messed up (and she messed up reeeeally good), but our mistakes and our past do not need to define us.  Once you are able to release the past, you can live fully in the present and be with the people that are here with you.  Don’t let the past keep you from creating new and beautiful experiences for your life.

4. Love creates Miracles

Every move we make, every word we speak can either come from love or from fear.  The Course in Miracles teaches that when we shift our thinking from fear to love, that is when miracles occur.  Anna shows us that love--true, pure love absent of fear-- saves us.  In every situation, the extreme life threatening situations or the every day, seemingly mundane ones, we can choose love or we can choose fear.  The goal then is to make every thought a loving one.

5. Some people are worth melting for

A snow man who loves summer and builds a fire for his princess. There are just some people you meet in life that you can’t resist.  You melt for them daily-- over and over again.  Don't ever stop!  Do nice things for them. Tell them how much they mean to you.  Spend time with them. Love them deeply. Cherish them.  Melt for them.

 

Did you learn something else in Frozen?  Ok and yes... please  tell me which Disney princess you relate to most.  Share your thoughts in the comments:)

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Soulful Liberation

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The seen is the nature of the gunas (qualities of nature): illumination, activity, and inertia; and consists of the elements and sense organs, who purpose is to provide both experiences and liberation to the Purusa (soul).

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This winter was the hardest and longest winter I’ve ever experienced. I went from cursing the sleet and snow, to deep sadness and longing for warmth.  Then I would switch from frustration, to anger until finally--after the blustering winds wouldn’t stop...I became content, even happy!  I made a conscious choice to lift my focus higher--to the soul level.

All that is around us is there to help us towards our soulful liberation--our soul’s union with God and with love.

So in the dark of winter, I made the choice that I was tired of feeling the way I was feeling.  I was tired of cursing my conditions.  I began to meditate and pray every morning...not even for a long time! Just a few minutes to get my mind in the right place.  I started a gratitude journal.  I focused on positive mantras throughout my day and my yoga practice. Every time a negative thought came to mind, I would switch it instantly with a blessing.

And now, I hardly even notice that it’s the first day of spring and I’m still wearing my down, long black winter coat.  (I mean... I definitely notice... but I’m not upset by it;))

Our experiences--good and seemingly negative-- help to liberate our soul.  Our soul only feels free when it is light and full of love.  This happens when we perceive all that is around us with gratitude and joy.  Yes, even the experiences that scratch and claw at our hearts leaving us sore and hurt. Those heart wrenching, utterly painful experiences exist to strengthen your soul.  In fact, they are doing the dirty work to make your soul even more beautiful, even more aligned with God and with pure love.

Nothing lasts forever.  Things are constantly changing, constantly bringing to our attention new experiences, new trials, new joys.  True freedom comes when we are able to live through those experiences without despair.  In fact, peace comes when despair is replaced with gratitude because we know that all of it--the pain, the heartache, the tears, the bitter cold--it’s all for our own growth, our highest good, and the elevation of our souls to a shining, bright place.

And that is my wish for you. True freedom in knowing that all the terrible things will get better and that YOU will shine brighter because of it.

May your soul shine brighter every day:)

xoxo

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Lately I’ve been drawn to this [i believe made up] word.  A word that describes your spirit when you are living out your dream.

 

Soulshine.

  What is it?   It is those moments when you are undeniably happy, glowing, and radiate light.  It’s this place in you of pure love, pure joy, and pure purpose.  When you are living in this place, you are influencing the world in a huge way.  It’s your soul awake, you're fully alive, and you can't help but smile.  It’s your life--on purpose.  It’s that thing that you are reeeally good, and that you reeeeally love too--and it makes people stop and notice that your glowing.  They can see your eyes shining.

The cool thing is that living out of your Soulshine is perfectly unique and perfectly beautiful for each person.  It’s like you’ve been given an internal fingerprint that no one else has.  When you are letting your soul shine, you give others permission to do the same thing.  You give others hope.  You show them that yes, it can be done.  This passionate life you dream of? Yes, it’s totally possible.

My dream is to see more people living from their “soulshine”.  I think the world would change drastically if more people tapped into their talents, passions, and abilities.  Problems would be solved left and right.  We’d be left with love, and light--beauty and grace--and a whole lot of happiness.

So... I really want to know more people who are living like this.  Are you one of them?  Do you know someone like this?

Tell me:

What is your soulshine?  

What makes you light up? When are you glowing?

When do you know that you are living your life on purpose?  

What is your big, beautiful dream for your life?

For realz...I want the world to know, because I want the world to begin letting it's soul shine!

I’m going to celebrate these people from the rooftops!  Here’s what’s going to happen: Once a week, I will be featuring a soulshine(r) on my Facebook Page, Blog, and blasting twitter with their good vibes and good intentions.  It's a fun way for you to share what you're up, share your big goals, and inspire the world! Win wins all around:)

Just leave a comment or shoot me an email. Tell me more about you!  I will be selected one person per week to feature, so please do me a favor and share this with others you think live letting their soul shine.

I seriously cannot wait to hear more!:)

To letting your light shine even brighter!

xoxo

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5 [inexpensive] Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Alright so I’ve been on the struggle bus when it comes to the winter blues.  I am self proclaimed summer girl and wildly acknowledged people person.  Around this point, winter in New York becomes my worst enemy.  In aggressively defending myself against the polar vortex this year, I’ve learned some easy tricks to beat winter at it’s own [evil] game. winterblues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Surround yourself with happy friends

I can’t tell you how important this is and it’s also sometimes the hardest to do.  It’s way too easy to isolate yourself when it’s cold and you don’t want to go outside.  So think of the friends you always feel good around, and schedule plans with them for later this week! Heck, why not have good old fashioned slumber party! A night of laugher cures everything.  Get a group of old friends together and reminisce about college.  Maybe even embrace the cold, and go ice skating together or sledding! I promise you, surrounding yourself with good, positive, energetic people will lift your spirits more than almost anything.

2. Take a hot yoga class

This has been my staple this winter.  I go to a typical vinyasa class regularly, but this winter I’ve been turning up the heat in hot classes.  Sometimes you just can’t get that last chill out of your bones.  Not only will a hot yoga class heat you up, but it will lift your spirit and leave you in pure bliss.  Namaste:)

3. Take up a new hobby

Get your fingers and your mind active.  It’s easy to curl up into bed and watch Netflix for 4 hours.  Instead, put on a tea pot and paint for an afternoon.  Grab a fun coloring book and colored pencils.  Learn to knit.  Write letters to family.  Your mind, whether your realize it or not, is craving stimulation.  Activities that use your motor skills will keep your brain sharp.

4. Treat yourself

Get your hair highlighted.  Go to a spa.  Get a massage.  Paint your nails. Do a facial.  Put a conditioning treatment in your hair.  Splurge on a new luxury lotion.  Do something to make yourself feel good, special and better.   Winter is the time I am the hardest on myself and feel the worst.  Giving your self time to pamper will lift your spirits.

5.  Start the day with a positive affirmation or positive thought

Our first thoughts in the morning can [and will] affect our entire day.  Instead of thinking how awful it is to get out of bed and get dressed in the cold, reflect on something more positive.  Dedicate the first moments of your day positivity, miracles, and wonder.  Spend time in prayer.  Repeat a positive mantra.  Meditate on lovely things.  Reflect on what you’re grateful for.  Arm your spirit with good, positive, lovely things and the harshness of the winter will roll right off your back.

What do you do to beat the winter blues? Share your ideas in the comments and let’s all fight through the remaining winter days together!

 

Anticipating spring,

xo

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How do you want to feel?

Picture your dream life. 

In that life, how do you want to feel?

When your eyes flutter open every morning-- how do you want to feel?

As you go throughout your day-- how do you want to feel?

When your working, doing your job-- how do you want to feel?

In your community-- how do you want to feel?

When you step into your home-- how do you want to feel?

In your relationships-- how do you want to feel?

As your day winds down and you crawl into bed-- how  do you want to feel?

What does it feel like to live your dream life?

 

how do you want to feel?

 

The things you continuously dwell on rush rapidly into your life.  The more your desires and dreams are fueled by positive emotions, the faster you bring them into your life.  Spend your thoughtful energy on the good things you truly want. Create a map for yourself.  Let yourself be inspired.  Declare to yourself, to the universe, to God what it is you wish for and desire.

Focus on the beauty.  Focus on the positive.  Focus on feelings of love and joy and peace.  All those good things you want-- want you too.

Let them in.

 

 

In love,

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Day Fourteen, December Fourteen

Day Fourteen–December Fourteen #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: Spinning to Christmas music in our window!

Not as easy as it seems!! Every other Christmas song is slooowww... but it was so awesome to switch it up a bit and spin in the middle of my work day!  Thanks to FlyWheel for giving us this awesome bike! Can't wait to take class at the new studio on West 83rd!! (I'll be there Monday in Ryan's class:))

Short and sweet and to the point today.  Wishing you a happy weekend!

xoxo, Jenna

PS~Having my hair down lasted 2 minutes... don't think for a second I spin for real looking like that.

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Day Thirteen, December Thirteen

Day Thirteen–December Thirteen #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: Yoga in the neighborhood and rest:)

Since we basically ran a half marathon yesterday (over 12 miles!), my body was both tight and tired.  I practically fell out of bed this morning. Remember that scene in The Little Mermaid when Ariel first gets her legs and doesn’t know how to walk and falls all over Prince Eric? Yes this one:

Well basically that was me this morning…except there was no Prince Eric to catch me…  Just my hard wood floor.  I took that as I message from my body to chill out, stretch it out, and maybe just have a little fun in the neighborhood.

So obviously that meant walking down the street with my camera and yoga clothes, searching for an unsuspecting person to take my picture doing yoga in a ridiculous place.

I came upon Flowers by Giorgie, a few blocks down my street and having fallen in love a thousand times over with the smell of Giorgie’s Christmas Trees lining the streets. I was told by the man himself that he was too busy to take pictures for me, but that he’d love for me to use his Christmas trees.  So naturally I ran across the street to see Chris, who runs the food stand on the corner.  He was more than eager to help out.  So let me paint the picture:

Chris (who runs the food cart) left his food cart unattended… Came across the street to help me…. do yoga… in front of Christmas Trees…on a sidewalk…in New York City.

Here’s the commotion we made:

(Tree pose…by the Christmas trees…. get it?)

 

I had so much fun…and what a beautiful day! If you love yoga in your favorite studio…get outside and do yoga!! One of my most absolute favorite things in NYC in the summer is Bryant Park Yoga. It is out of this world. Hundreds…I’m talking 600 people, outside on the lawn, practicing yoga.  Get outside, already!!

Anyway, I always joke with my roommates about how much of a commotion I make in this neighborhood.  It is a tiny, cute, adorable Queens neighborhood… and I’m convinced I’m the only blonde girl living here.  I’ve made up a fictitious newspaper called, “The Sunnyside Times” and I will come home and say, “Welp… I was on the cover of the Sunnyside Times again today…” and proceed with a ridiculous story about something I did that day in Sunnyside.

Today… I made the cover of the Sunnyside Times, yet again:)

xoxo, Jenna

PS~ This is Chris! The man who works the food cart down the street from me.  We have quite the history.  He helped me when I tripped running this fall, smashed my knee into a protruding brick and was gushing blood.  He also cheered for me when he saw me walking down the street in my race clothes and number last week.  And now he took pictures of me doing yoga on the sidewalk. Thanks Chris!

 

Day Eleven, December Eleven

Day Eleven–December Eleven #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: Living room yoga!

14 days!!!! Can you even believe it's almost here? Obviously I'm flipping upside down with excitement and can hardly contain myself.

I decided that today I needed a morning just stretching it out...and preparing for our epic activity tomorrow  (12/12/12!). ... Stay tuned!!!! Craziness ensues at Midnight;)

xoxo, Jenna