How to Run with Intention

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How to Run with Intention

I sat down with Catherine Basu, owner and founder of Fit Armadillo, author of Superwomen Secrets Revealed: Successful Women Talk About Fitting in Fitness and Dare You to Join Them and one of my best online business buddies for years!

We talk about running and how you can learn to love it with simple and doable tips & tricks that anyone can do!

Catherine offers so many pearls of wisdom in this interview!

 

Plus, we go over: 

~(:45) How to learn to love running

~(3:05) How long it takes your body to adapt to running

~(6:05) How to avoid injuries when running

~(8:47) An exercise you can do (anywhere/anytime) to help your posture for running (and for your life)

~(12:04) Why it’s important not to overtrain


 

WATCH:

 

 

*Don’t miss out on an exercise you can do with us that starts at 8:47!


 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Which exercises are you going to implement?

~ What’s your running plan?


 

Want more from Catherine?

Whether you’re training for a marathon, or just trying to get back in to shape- Catherine believes that everyone, everywhere, should have access to fitness.

Learn more about how to work with Catherine here.

 

With love and running with intention, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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labor pains + love notes

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labor pains + love notes

A year ago today I was in full-on intense labor.

The day before: lovely dinner with my sis, getting schooled on the world cup from my sobrino, swimming with my besties + my mom, finishing up final emails arranging maternity leave, POSITIVE I was not going to go into labor on my due date

The day before: lovely dinner with my sis, getting schooled on the world cup from my sobrino, swimming with my besties + my mom, finishing up final emails arranging maternity leave, POSITIVE I was not going to go into labor on my due date

By this time on July 12th, we were headed back to the hospital (for the 2nd time!), convinced birth would happen within the next hour or so.

Baby T still wouldn't arrive for a few more days (yes, DAYS), but I’m feeling ALL the feels right now reliving this as the beginning of the transition into birth.

I simultaneously have so much to share about my experience with motherhood in this past year AND am still processing it all in my body/mind/life/schedule/psyche/EVERYTHING.


What I will share are some loves notes I've been sending to myself this week:

(Hopefully helpful for anyone going through any sort of transition who might need to read it right now)...


〰️it’s okay to not have it all figured out
〰️it’s okay for it to take longer than you thought it would
〰️it’s okay to pause and/or change
〰️it’s okay to LOVE where you are AND also ask “what else?/what next?”

I posted this on Instagram and a few of you had brilliant love notes for yourselves that I'll add to our list: 

〰️seek out the joy in the journey
〰️you are doing enough


What would you add to a ‘love notes to yourself’ list right now?

Post yours in the comments and I’ll add them to our list!

 

With love and body kindness, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - If you're in transition and you're looking for support, guidance, and community, my friend Jolie Rizzo is still accepting people into her Expansion program.

It's a 6 month intimate coaching program which includes a real time, in-person retreat!

She creates spaces where you will find deep clarity, stop spinning your wheels and start CREATING authentically and powerfully.

Get on a free call with her here to learn more + join in.   


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How to Create a Kick Ass Life

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How to Create a Kick Ass Life

I sat down with Nichole Wurth, coach and creator of Wildly Alive, who is on a mission to help you create a kick ass life + body - so you don’t need to crave the cookies!

We talk about the 3 most important steps to practicing self-care, and all about what it truly means to become a food LOVER.

Nichole offers so many insights and practical steps you can take to start creating your own kick ass life today- I can’t wait to share this conversation with you!

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (:55) How to overcome resistance to self-care

~ (3:40) Meeting “Helga” + why personifying our own inner self-saboteur empowers us

~ (12:20) How to become a food LOVER

~ (24:54) Why playing in our dreams has power and influence over our current reality

~ (29:50) The 3 steps to self-care

WATCH:

 

 We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Which step resonated with you?

(29:50) The 3 steps to self-care

  1. Identify your own “Helga”

  2. Be a food LOVER

  3. Play in your dreams

(12:20) How to become a food LOVER

  • Look at your food

  • Observe what you taste

  • Venture inward

  • Eliminate distractions

  • Rest your fork and breathe

~ Which step are you going to take action on right away?

Want more from Nichole? 

If you’re ready to finally create a life that’s aligned with who YOU truly are and leaves you so fulfilled that all of those cravings disappear, Nichole can help! Learn more about Nichole’s work here.

And learn all about being a food LOVER here!

 

With love and creating a kick ass life, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to Fuel Your Workouts

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How to Fuel Your Workouts

I sat down with Carolyn Banner, personal trainer, yoga instructor, registered dietitian, mom and owner of Body By Banner, to talk about how to fuel our bodies for our workouts when we’re on the go!

We talk about why fueling our bodies for workouts and consuming the proper macronutrients for recovery is essential to our success.

Carolyn offers so many tips and examples, you’re not going to want to miss this!

 
Plus, we go over: 

~ ( 2:12 ) How to plan your meals around your workouts (especially when you have a busy schedule)

~ ( 5:38 ) Specific bars/foods that you can eat before a workout

~ ( 8:59 ) Working out fasted and if it’s right for you

~ (11:59 ) Quick tips on meal timing

WATCH:

 

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Which tip stood out to your the most?

~ Which tip are you going to try out this week?

 

 

Want more from Carolyn?

If you’re a busy woman looking for guidance and support on your health journey, but feel like you don’t have the time or resources, Carolyn can help! Learn more about Carolyn here.

 

With love and fueling your workouts, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to Power Pose Your Way Through Doubt

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How to Power Pose Your Way Through Doubt

I sat down with Megan Taylor Morrison, business mentor for passion-preneurs, CEO and founder of Dance Adventures and a professional coach who works with clients to achieve holistic success.

We talk about how obstacles are an inevitable part of any journey, and ways for you to motivate yourself to walk right through them.

Megan offers so many insights and tools in this conversation- I can’t wait for you to watch!

 
Plus, we go over: 

~(3:26) The 3 places we make decisions from + a tip to help us to remember how to show up powerfully in our lives

~(4:52) A somatic exercise for you to do with us to help shift your energy when you’re frustrated

~(16:30) How using an empowered pose can help you walk through things that are challenging you.

WATCH:

*Don’t miss out on an exercise that you can do with us that starts at 4:52


**Watch this TED Talk after to learn more about somatic exercises and power posing!

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ What in your body or perception shifted from doing this exercise?


Want more from Megan

Whether you’re looking for a business coach or looking for someone to guide you through a dance adventure - Megan can help! Learn more about Megan’s work here.

 

With love and power posing, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to Use Movement as Nutrition

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How to Use Movement as Nutrition

I sat down with Zoe Levine, founder of The Thriving Body, MELT instructor, dancer, mother of 2- and the woman who gave me my first ever personal training job in New York City!

We talked about how to fit movement and exercise into our busy lives, no matter if we have time to get to the gym or not!

Zoe gives us so many simple and actionable tools in this conversation!

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (1:25) The difference between movement and exercise, and how to fit it in your life

~ (9:05) Exercises you can do to maintain vital movement and mobility

~ (14:37) How loss of movement affects our entire body’s alignment

~ (16:10) Changing your environment to change your behavior

~ (18:45) 4 ways to work movement vitamins into your life

WATCH:

 *Don’t miss some exercises that you can do right along with us at 9:05

 We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Which of the tools that she mentioned will you implement today?

Want more from Zoe? 

Whether you’re looking to regain movement back or working to keep what you have- Zoe can help! Learn more about Zoe’s work here.

With love and movement vitamins, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to Find Happiness While Striving for More

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How to Find Happiness While Striving for More

I sat down with Tara Tagliaferro, international teaching artist, actor support ally,  song, soul & life coach, to talk about how to find happiness where you are while still striving for more in our lives.

We talk about ways to find gratitude in the now and dream bigger without attachment, plus Tara offers 4 key steps to help you along your path!

 
Plus, we go over: 

~(:35) Why it’s important to love where you are while still striving for more

~(10:48) Getting specific about what we want, but surrendering the timeline

~(14:19) What to do when you’re feeling stuck

~(20:48) How to see rejection as a gift

~(22:30) 4 steps to finding gratitude in the now and working towards what’s next

WATCH:

 Don’t miss out the 4 steps you can start practicing TODAY at 22:30

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Try 1 (or all 4!) of the steps and share how it resonated with you

  1. Feel into a goosebump for your day

  2. When looking at the “more”, feel into what you need to say “No” to for that more to happen

  3. “It’s never never, it’s just a not right now.”

  4. Surrender the picture, and know the feeling.

~ How does it shift your perspective?


Want more from Tara?

Whether you’re looking for a life coach or interested in joining one of Tara’s Wander Women’s Circles, Tara is sure to inspire and enliven you.

Sign yourself up here to know when her next Wander Woman Circle is and get more goodness from her!

 

With love and striving for more, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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the problem with "LOVE YOURSELF"

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the problem with "LOVE YOURSELF"

It's easy to sit here, at my keyboard, and say

"LOVE YOURSELF." 

"LOVE YOUR BODY."

But it's harder to practice that preach.

If you're experiencing

  • injury 

  • disease

  • infertility

  • pregnancy 

  • postpartum struggles

  • miscarriage

  • depression

  • weight gain

  • weight loss

  • chronic pain

  • body dysmorphia

  • holiday stress

  • a long history of body hatred 

...or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable in your skin, 

it's not always as simple as an affirmation or turning on your 'positive thinking' cap. 

Sometimes bodies can feel like they're betraying us, being uncooperative, or out of control. 

One of mine right now? 

Postpartum hair loss. 

(A year ago I didn't even know that was a thing! IT IS).

Logically I know it's totally normal after birth and throughout breastfeeding. But every time a clump of my curly hair falls out (my locks are sooo much a part of my identity - which is a whole different post for another time!) I let out a frustrated, 

"UGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I HATE THIS!!!!"

I know my hair will grow back and it's the cause of something positive in my life, but in the moment, it feels bad.

CONFESSION: I'm not having loving thoughts toward my body when I see bald spots on my head and handfuls of my hair on the floor.

Maybe you've experienced something like this or maybe you've experienced something more drastic or permanent. 

How can we make peace with our bodies when it feels like they're turning against us?  

I believe it is possible to love yourself and at the same time desperately want your body to change.

It's a continual process.

It's going to take more transitional steps than just proclaiming 'I LOVE MYSELF'.

Here's one thing to try:

Practice recognizing where you are (right here, right now) without the extra commentary.

Start with “This is where I’m at. Today, in my body ___________.”

When I started doing that with my hair loss, I noticed I felt more compassionate, more loving, more kind to myself - without forcing it. 

I even began to put one hand on my forearm, as if a friend were comforting me.

I still don't L O V E losing my hair, but it's... shifted.

Less angst, more softening. 

Less hatred, more acceptance.

Less resistance, more self-kindness. 

Where are you at in your body right now? 

How would you fill this in (right where you are today), 

“This is where I’m at. Today, in my body ___________.”?

Comment below to let me know.

 

With love and body kindness, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - I'm going to be talking more about this, as well as growing your self worth, as a guest teacher in Kelsey Fox Bennet's Abundant Living Course.

The last day to register is TODAY, December 29th! 

If you want to: 
- Grow your worth,
- Start and maintain a daily self-love practice,
- Create fierce and loving boundaries,
- And discover freedom in forgiveness,

then this course is for you! 

All the info is here. Hope to see you in there!!! 

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Self worth + sunsets (our new place!)

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Self worth + sunsets (our new place!)

We made it to California! 

I had a ‘pinch me’ moment a few days after we moved into our new place. 

This is the apartment I've been visioning, doodling, dreaming about in my journal for a few years now!

I sat down in our new living room and thought, "Wow, this is what it feels like when your daydreams become reality. I've arrived."

Of course, that moment was fleeting...

"Your new apartment is so SMALL!", my 8 year old cousin said over FaceTime. 

Our neighbors seemed disappointed. "Aren't the fridge's supposed to have the automatic water and ice maker thingy?". They've also just moved in since their previous home was destroyed in the recent fires.

I could feel it dampen my excitement.

I went from feeling energized, abundant, shining bright... to defensive, 'less than', and dull. 

Listen, I know... one comment was from an EIGHT year old and another from someone who literally watched their home and ALL belongings burn to the ground - A LOT of disappointment is expected and understood.

And yet, it affected me.

Wallowed for a bit, and then I applied my body kindness methods to this situation and turned it around again.

I mean, I have a window at my kitchen sink!

And it doesn't even look onto cement!!!

(If you've ever lived in NYC you feel me).

In fact, this is the view:

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Dishwashing + palm trees + sunset = Not complaining! 

Far too often we let other people's expectations / values / experiences / perspectives / comments determine how we feel about ourselves.

It's like when you've been getting in 3 workouts a week and feeling great about your consistency and the changes you feel in your body. But when Aunt Sally makes her comments about your weight or what you're putting on your plate at the Holiday dinner all of that self-pride diminishes and you want to stop. 

Here's an important note on self-worth:

Other people Can Not determine your self-worth for you.

YOU have to determine (and maintain) your self-worth yourself.

Sometimes easier said than done, but I have some tools and ideas to help. 

I'm going to be sharing them as a guest expert in Kelsey Fox Bennet's Abundant Living Online Course

We're going to dive in and talk Growing Your Self Worth in a special coaching call.

The course consists of 5 live coaching calls with Kelsey and 4 expert calls (including the one with yours truly!) to help you:

  • Grow your worth.

  • Start and maintain a daily self-love practice.

  • Create fierce and loving boundaries.

  • And discover freedom in forgiveness.

Kelsey’s toolbox includes how to rewire our brain and body (seriously! - she's a Licensed Brain Gym Instructor, among other interesting modalities) to help us move beyond old patterns and blocks and experience the abundance we truly desire.

I'm honored to be an expert in this course and get to explore this very important topic!

Want to join us?

There's a $100 discount and bonus gift box when you sign up before December 17th!

Get all the details + reserve your spot here

 

With love, self worth, and sunsets, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - The quickie version: 

If you're interested in growing your self worth, creating fierce and loving boundaries, and welcoming in a ton of abundance into your life join in to Kelsey Fox Bennet's Abundant Living Online Course.

I'm one of the featured experts and you'll get a coaching call with me + Kelsey on the subject of growing your self worth.

Plus if you reserve your spot by December `17th you get $100 discount and a bonus gift box! 

 

PPS - Wondering why I'm talking about palm trees?!? I moved out of Brooklyn! 

If you're still looking for in-person at home training in NYC though, I've got you covered.

Leave a comment and say "Hook me up!" and I'll connect you with the superb trainer I hand picked to take over my in-person clients. Everyone's been loving her! 


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Hiya, I’m elyse!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com 


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Saying goodbye to NYC

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Saying goodbye to NYC

Big announcement!

My new small family and I have decided to say goodbye to Brooklyn and head to the west coast.

And soon - by the end of this month! 

Which means that I'm saying goodbye to my long time 1:1 at-home clients of Brooklyn as well. 

Some of these amazing clients I've been seeing 2-3x/week for over 10 years!!! 

It's a difficult transition, but I've lined up an incredible trainer to work with my in-person clients, so I know they'll be in great hands!

And I'm excited to be close to my family and see what new adventures California has in store for my business. :)

At the moment, I feel suspended between the 'not here anymore' and 'not quite there yet'.  

EXACTLY like THIS (which was only 7 months ago!!!)!  

Has anyone else moved more than once in a year? Geez, it's a lot of transition-ing! 

Once we get our feet on the ground in California I'll have some new online offerings for you, so I'll still be able to work with you in that way. Hurray!!

Now I can hear you wondering: where in California!?!?

We'll be moving to Ventura. Our new apartment wasn't affected by the fires and the air quality looks okay right now.

Many people nearby (and all throughout the state) are still being affected.

My family is safe, but they could see flames blazing from their windows and had to evacuate their home. 

I'll admit, I'm slightly terrified to be moving so close to the area of the Thousand Oaks shooting and fires!! 

One thing that has kept my heart and mind positive is knowing there are so many people and organizations helping out and being able to send donations to those organizations.

On Instagram, I asked if you knew about ways to help and you delivered!

Here are a few places to start if you're able to send Californians some aid: 

The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools - relilef goes straight to local families

How to Help the California Fire Victims by the NY Times

Together Rising

American Red Cross

Everytown for Gun Safety

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe as well.

That's the big update for now, you'll still be getting programs from me with fitness, mindfulness, and body kindness stuff in the future!

Want some of that now? Start here.

 

With love and major transitions, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - I'm moving out of Brooklyn, but that doesn't mean your in-person training has to stop!

If you want individualized one-on-one training with a focus on balance, strength, and body kindness, I've got the perfect trainer for you!

Contact me and say "Tell Me More!" for me to send you all the details!

 

PPS - Have you ever moved more than once in a year?

I want to hear about it!

Tell me your story in the comments here.  

 

 

 

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How to Create New Pathways to Healing

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How to Create New Pathways to Healing

I sat down with Kelsey Fox Bennett, healer, educator and self-love + mindfulness coach, to talk our deepest desires and how we can bring them to the surface.

We talk about how to break free from life-long pain patterns that hold us back from our goals, and how to live our lives with ease and freedom.

Kelsey walks us through an exercise we can use to start breaking patterns TODAY in this interview- so, you’re not going to want to miss this one!

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (:35) How to transform outdated patterns into daily ease

~ (9:10) One of Kelsey’s favorite tools to use to help reduce stress

~ (15:26) The key to consistency and why it creates lasting change

Share your experience in the comments below about your shifts with today’s exercise!

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*Don’t miss out on an exercise you can do with us that starts at 9:10!

  

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ What shifts did you notice after doing this exercise with us?  

~ What did you NOTICE happening in your body before + after the exercise?

 

 

Want more from Kelsey? 

Kelsey has a FREE webinar coming up called “From Panic to Grace: How To Navigate Challenging

Conversations”. It will help you change the way you feel and how you approach these tough

interactions. You’ll get practical advice and heart-centered tools to

help you feel and act your best under pressure and turn challenging conversations into

opportunities for true connection and understanding.

Join in here! (It’s free!)

 

With love and new pathways to healing, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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I'm back!! (well...this will get me back)

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I'm back!! (well...this will get me back)

I've officially completed my Fourth Trimester, which means it's been about a year since this whole baby journey began.

*If you're short on time, skip to the bottom to sign up for this FREE program which will get your booty shakin’ and your heart soaring! 

I’m finally feeling some mental space free up to process what the heck just happened, and I'm starting to wonder:

how does this new role of MOM integrate into the rest of my life?!?!

The last few weeks have been about experiencing wild ups & downs as I try to ride the wave of adding things like career, friends, exercise, and just-for-fun activities back into my life. 

For a few days I felt like I was on a roll:


Getting to some movement classes, seeing body practitioners for my healing, having the grandparents watch Baby T, wrapping my mind around what work will look like...


And then for a few days:

Baby T and I had head colds, we had extra family in town, we traveled for a wedding, did't move my body at all, catching up on politics :( , my body pain increased and overall IRRITABLE & FRUSTRATED.

In those periods I start to think it will always be stormy.


But it won’t.

For me, connecting to my body and movement is the KEY.

~ It unlocks the next step.
~ It reminds me to breathe.
~ It relaxes my shoulders.
~ It starts to clear the dark cloud over my mind.
~ It makes me feel space for possibility.
~ It helps press (at least a momentary) pause on racing thoughts.
~ It softens my frustration.

It just makes me feel better!

It’s not easy to fit in a ton of movement right now, but I’m trying to because the difference with it in my life is tremendous!

Speaking of insta... I asked what YOUR go-to for re-centering on a recent post and I love what my friend Amy said: 

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Positive self talk. 

YES, YES and YES. 

My absolute favorite is the COMBO of Movement + Positive Self Talk! 

Which is the reason every time my friend and mentor Erin Stutland runs her live Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge, I want to shout it from the rooftops! 

This program creates major shifts and gets you realigned with your body and the movement you want to make in your life. 

If you’re looking for a way to build your confidence and stay centered amongst your daily ups & downs, please join in this program!

Each day for a week, you’ll get a fresh new workout with a mix of movements and positive mantras delivered straight to your inbox, so you can get moving and start turning your dreams into plans.

I'm definitely doing it this time around to help me re-center as a new mom!

Will you join me?

It's FREE - click here to sign up

 

With love and getting back into motion, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - The quickie version:

I partner with Erin Stutland every year (if you don't already know... she's a fitness expert, host of the TV show Altar'd, and has a book coming out soon!) on her Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge because her method is one of my FAVORITES for creating major movement in your body AND your life.

It's 5 days of 5-minute workouts that will have your booty shakin’ and your heart soaring!

(And I especially need that right now! Anybody else?... I challenge you to take the Challenge with me!! ;) Get it free right here). 




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How to listen to your body

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How to listen to your body

I sat down with Michelle Boulé, award winning performer and choreographer and Certified Body Talk Practitioner, to talk about what it really means to listen to our bodies! 

We talk about what body listening actually IS and how to use your body's wisdom to access deeper truth, connection, creativity, and healing. 

Michelle gives us says so many gems of wisdom in this interview! 

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (0:55) What is 'BODY TALK'?

~ (5:10) Why trial & error and curiosity win over the "perfect route" 

~ (8:30) The ONE technique that can:

A) update the map of everything going on in your system,

B) reset your stress response,

C) balance your masculine + feminine (energetically speaking, not gender specific), and

D) have better sleep + more creativity

~ (10:40) And an exercise that can balance all areas of your brain + body! 

 

WATCH:

 

 

*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 10:40.

 

**Plus, one of my FAVORITE golden nuggets Michelle gifts us at 15:04: 

The body is not just where we end physically. This is the map of our relationships, of our history, of our potential... So the more we can pay attention to this the more powerful we can be in the world, and the more present, and the more of service, and the more we can enjoy being in the world. It’s a journey.

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ What shifts did you notice after doing this exercise with us?  

~ What does 'body listening' mean to you?

 

 

Want more from Michelle? 

Whether you want to relieve chronic pain or illness or connect more deeply to your vitality, creativity and a new level of radical wellness, Michelle can help you get there. Check out her work here

 

With love and deep body listening, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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5 moves to boost your confidence in 5 min

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5 moves to boost your confidence in 5 min

My dear friend and video guru, Holly Gillen, asked me to share some ways to mentally + physically prepare for the camera.

The beauty is, these can also be used for when you need to prepare for ANYTHING!

Have a:

  • job interview,
  • tough conversation,
  • Facebook LIVE,
  • big presentation,
  • first date,
  • next best selfie?

;) 

Do these 5 moves with me to get out of your head and into your body to really show up and boost your confidence. 

After you try it leave me a comment to let Holly + I know how you feel! 

 

With love and being camera ready, 

xoxo elyse


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Hiya, I'm elyse!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to Dance Into Your Answers

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How to Dance Into Your Answers

I sat down with Jess Grippo, creator of You Can Dance Again, to talk using movement to get unstuck + ignite creativity! 

We talk about how dance can be a gateway to reclaiming your creativity, uncovering unspoken emotions, and rewiring your brain AT ANY AGE + via any type of dance. 

My kind of conversation! 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (2:48) How to rediscover dance in your life (even if it's intimidating)

~ (4:30) The scientific reason movement leads to creativity + can get you from stuck to inspired

~ (7:50) Jess's unique Dance Into Your Answers method

~ (10:20) What the anxiety about my recent move LOOKED like in my body!!! 

 

WATCH:

 

 

*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 7:50.

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ How did you feel your body/mind transform throughout this exercise?  

~ Has there been a time when your body had the answers (as opposed to your logical mind)?

 

 

Want more from Jess? 

Join Jess for her annual "Dance-a-Day in the Month of May" guided online event. She'll send you a prompt every day this month to encourage your unique movement, expression, and creativity to flow!

Sign up for free here: https://mailchi.mp/jessgrippo/dance-a-day

Or ready to go deeper? Set up a complimentary Creative Guidance Session with Jess to talk more about how she can support you in your next creative evolution:

https://www.jessgrippo.com/lets-talk

 

With love and dancing into your answers, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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Do you feel at home in your skin?

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Do you feel at home in your skin?

Thanks for all your kind words + support about my move last week!!

We're still in boxes, but fully moved into to our new place (which is across the street from our old place, ha!).

After having lived in my previous apartment for 13 years, I joked with my friends:

"I wonder how long it will take me to walk home on the *other* side of the street?"

Thinking that after OVER a decade (!!!!), it would be hard to adjust.

Nope, not so.

It's like when you're traveling and you start referring to whichever Airbnb/hotel/friend's house you're staying at as HOME.

Does that happen to you too!?!?!

My body seems to know where new home is.

(Brace yourself, I know you can feel the cliché coming.... Home = Heart). ;)

BUT IT'S TRUE!

This is why I feel it's so important to feel at home in your own body, in your own skin.

Our bodies are the thing that are ALWAYS our home, no matter where in the world we are or what's happening around us.

But so many of us don't feel at home in our skin.

Or used to, but don't anymore.

Or desperately want to, but don't even know where to begin.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately (especially since I have a human setting up house in MY body right now) so I put together something new and I'd love to have you join me. 

Introducing... 

#BeKindBodyMind

It's 5 days of Movement + Mindfulness exercises all designed around feeling at home in our skin again. 

You'll get 10 min movement videos delivered to your inbox each day, no fancy equipment necessary.

100% body nourishment.

100% FREE.

Enter your name + email right here at bekindbodymind.elysesparkes.com to participate. 

I hope you'll join in with me!!

We'll start Day #1 on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Can't wait to get started!!!

 

With love and feeling at home in your skin, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - The quickie version: 

I want you to feel at home in your skin again... let’s dive in together in my FREE course #BeKindBodyMind where we will be discussing the topics of self love, body positivity and self care, and embodying them through movement + mindfulness. Join in here: bekindbodymind.elysesparkes.com 


Hiya, I'm elyse!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to eat mindfully + Ditch Dieting

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How to eat mindfully + Ditch Dieting

I sat down with Brittany Lynn Kriger, founder of The Soul Food Project, author + anti-diet Health Coach to talk about mindful eating and ditching dieting! 

We talk about how 'perfect eating' is an illusion and how to learn to listen to our bodies and trust ourselves when it comes to food. 

Hallelujah! 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (3:06) How to feel "in control" of your food without a diet plan

~ (5:15) The truth about WILLPOWER + how the diet industry leverages it

~ (11:40) Have your cake and eat it too - how health + hedonism can co-exist

~ (16:05) Eat mindfully with us (bring a snack!)

 

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*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 16:05.

Bring a snack + do it with us!!!

Click here to download your own copy of the exercise. 

 

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Do you struggle with feeling "in control" with food?  

~ What did you notice during this mindful eating exercise?

- Any light bulb moments? 

 

 

If you're looking for more support around loving the foot you eat, living the life you love, and ditching guilt + regret follow Brittany at www.thesoulfoodprojectla.com.

Plus you can pre-order her book Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Manifesto here! Use code: GODDESS10 for 10% off!

 

With love and mindful eating, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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When you're not quite there yet

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When you're not quite there yet

Please tell me I’m not going to live surrounded by boxes for the rest of my life.

Dramatic? Yes. Ha! 

We’re in that awkward phase of having our apartment 93% packed, but not quite at moving day yet.

All that STUFF that comes along with any transition?

(oh hey there anxiety, fear of the unknown, unanswered questions, "buyer’s remorse", doubt, lack of clarity, nerv-citement)...

It’s dialed up big time.

We’re straddling.

No longer in the old land of security / comfort / the familiar, and not YET in the land of exciting + new! / better than we could’ve imagined / clear hindsight.

This place is mega uncomfortable for me.

It’s a place that accompanies most life transitions though, right?

So best to practice being (and by that I mean BEING) right smack in the middle of it.

Dancing with the chaos.

Finding stillness in the eye of the storm.

Having faith that next step on the staircase will show up.

Focusing on the right now... and the right Now... and the right NOW...

 

This is one of those tough pills to swallow around body kindness + acceptance.

It IS possible to be body positive + love yourself AND ALSO want to work towards a health/fitness/wellness goal.

The magic happens when you’re taking steps towards your goal, you have a “ I’M NOT THERE YET!” moment and instead of letting the

anxiety,

fear of the unknown,

unanswered questions,

frustration,

doubt,

...take you off the path, let it remind you to stay in the center, feel the feels, and BREATHE.

 

Have you experienced this?

 

On a Moving To A New Apartment level, I’m practicing it (with only mild success). ;)

On a Body Kindness note, I’ve been practicing it for a while and although it's not perfect (never is), it’s gotten easier and easier and easier to acknowledge and breathe through.

 

I want to talk about the body kindness angle more frequently, so starting next Monday April 30th I’ll be on Facebook Live at the @ElyseSparkes page Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's @ 12pm ET sharing a series called Tough Love on Self Love.

It’ll be quick tidbits on a subject like this + an actionable step you can do to implement more body kindness, acceptance, and compassion into your life each day.

Will I see you there? 

 

With love and BEING in the transition, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - You know what else is uncomfortable? Doing live videos! Ha!

It can be vulnerable and kinda scary.

Seeing familiar names and reading comments from you makes it A LOT better. I’d love to see you there live or if you can't make it then come back to the video anytime to watch the replays and leave comments then! It really helps me know you're out there AND your comments help other people see that they aren't alone in this.

Join me!

WHAT: Tough Love on Self Love - short, no BS live conversations about the real deal on adding more body kindness, acceptance, and compassion into your life each day.

WHERE: Go onto my Elyse Sparkes Facebook Page (make sure you're already Liked the page so you see the notifications) 

WHEN: 12pm ET on Monday, Wednesday, Friday's next month (starting Monday April 30th)


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HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

 

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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What is the pelvic floor?

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What is the pelvic floor?

I sat down with Pre/Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist and Diastasis + Core Consultant Joanie Johnson to demystify the pelvic floor! 

--> What IS the pelvic floor?

--> WHY do we need to pay attention to it?

--> You've heard "do your kegels", but what does that mean!?!?

Joanie helps clarify all of this, and gives us an exercise to practice that's good for EVERY BODY. Especially if you want to help prevent organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, improve sex, or strengthen your core while you're pregnant. 

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (2:45) What the "core" is + how it functions

~ (5:17) How this exercise protects your muscles + organs AND helps you destress + relax

~ (8:14) Why just thinking "navel to spine" is NOT the whole picture

~ (11:20) "Pregnancy Crunches" + strengthening your abs effectively

 

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*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 6:12. Do it with us!!!

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Were you able to feel your pelvic floor while doing this technique?  

~ What did you find tricky/simple about trying this?

- Any light bulb moments? 

 

 

If you're looking for more support around strengthening you inner core unit, practicing the #PumpAndKegel method, or need a pre/post natal fitness class check out Joanie at Fit Pregnancy Club, www.fpc-nyc.com

 

WITH LOVE AND PUMP + KEGEL-ING, 

XOXO ELYSE

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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I've been victimizing myself

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I've been victimizing myself

For weeks I’ve been brainstorming how to write a snarky post about people who don’t offer pregnant people a seat on the train.

Which, to my complete surprise, is almost everyone. I’ve been noticeably preggo for awhile... people look at my belly, look at my face, look at my belly and then look away!*

But then yesterday a middle aged woman with a cane walked on the train. At first it seemed like she was going to ask for money, but she matter-of-factly asked, 

“Will someone please give me a seat?”

It took a little too long, but eventually an older woman nudged a younger guy and he gave up his seat for her.

After she sat the woman was totally content. She just knew what she needed and she asked for it. 

This made me realize I’ve been victimizing myself.

Sure, I do EXPECT people to offer seats to pregnant ladies. Yes, I think they SHOULD get up for me. 

But lord knows people don’t do what we expect of them or what WE think they *should* do!

#amiright!?

The most simple, direct route (and most effective) is to express our needs + ask for what we’d like.

It might get a NO or in the subway scenario - radio silence and being ignored, but at least we’re no longer assuming people can read minds.

I’m going to try something new: asking for a seat on the subway and see how it goes.

I’ll report back in the comments! 

What does this have to do with you?

Well, we all victimize ourselves sometimes.

I see this show up in my clients...

With movement clients:

“I don’t have childcare in the evenings so it's impossible for me to find time to exercise.”

If you have a partner can you express your desire to focus on your health & wellness to them? Can you ask them to trade off a night with you? Do you have the funds to hire a babysitter? Can you talk to your boss + adjust your lunchbreak hour to get to a class? Can you be really honest with yourself + press play on a 10 min at home workout video right before bed or as soon as you get up, rather than getting lost for 30 min on Facebook?

 

With business consulting clients:

”It’s not fair - everyone else’s online business is growing, but mine’s just crickets!?”

Are you asking people to buy your product? Are you talking about your services and how they help people? Have you consistently shown up for your audience even when (especially when) they haven’t worked with you before? Have you asked your potential clients how you can best help them? Have you hired people to help you? Have you asked your colleagues to do collaborations and help you share?

 

 

People won’t know you want/need something until you let them know.

 

Where is it for you? 

Where are you playing the victim?

In what area can you clearly express your needs and communicate what you want?

 

I'd love to know how this shows up for you. Leave me a comment here with your response! 

 

With love + asking for what we need, 

xoxo elyse

 

*PS - I know, I know, some people are afraid of offending someone who’s NOT pregnant. EASY FIX: if you *suspect* that someone may be pregnant, make eye contact + then simply stand up and walk to a different part of the train. If they’re not pregnant they can assume you’re getting up for any number of reasons! If they are pregnant they’ll be SO appreciative! 

 

PPS - I'm putting together something new for you! More details soon - but the idea is to increase our body kindness + use movement and mindfulness to feel at home in our skin again. It's not all flowers + puppy dogs. Some of it requires challenging work and looking at some of the deeper, darker areas... like noticing where you may be victimizing yourself and standing in your own way of getting what you want. Consider this subject today and leave me a comment below about an area where you victimize yourself. Then get excited because this new program will be ready for you next month!!! Stay tuned! 


HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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