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On Being Fit + resetting your nervous system

On Being Fit + resetting your nervous system

As a passionate yoga + meditation teacher and holistic lifestyle coach, Ellie Aaron truly embodies everything she teaches and practices. In every interaction I have with Ellie her friendly warmth, compassion, and earnest desire to connect, support, and enhance people's lives is so apparent!

I love how she values connecting with people, and even hosts her own podcast "The Ellie Aaron Hour". She's certified from Yogaworks-200 Hour Training, the OM 500 hour Certification, and is a graduate of the OM Meditation Program and of IDP's Yearlong Meditation Immersion and Instructor Training Program. Ellie credits yoga and meditation with transforming feelings of anxiety and self doubt to confidence and joy in her body and mind. She helps others to re-connect with the wisdom inherent in their bodies and hearts, so they can embrace the beauty of what life has to offer.

I'm so excited to share what she's offered us today from her own practice. Read on!

Meet Ellie Aaron:

How Do You Help People Stay Healthy?

I support them in creating a loving relationship with their body and mind through yoga, meditation, and health coaching.



What Is The #1 Thing Someone Could Do TODAY To Feel Better In Their Body?

Breath deeply! This resets the nervous system and has a calming effect on the body. Take three full slow breaths. Inhale for a (slow) count of 5 and exhale on a (slow) count of 5. Do this 3 times.



What's Your Advice To Someone Who's Having Trouble Getting Started With That?

Ask a friend to it do with with you!


What Does A Typical Day Look Like For You And How Do You Fit Movement Into It?

I usually teach 3-4 classes a day, eat tasty delicious foods, and connect with people I love. I fit movement into my day- by making it a priority! I'm currently doing a 365 days of yoga + meditation challenge for 2016. Practice has to last at LEAST 5 minutes, and because I set the bar low (5 Minutes) it usually ends up lasting 15 Minutes (if not much more) and I feel accomplished! Start small. But do it daily.



What Other Practices Keep You Healthy? In Body And/Or In Mind?

I connect with friends I love. Friendship is pure medicine. Love is pure medicine. So much of pain and disease comes from feeling lonely and a lack of connection. Knowing there is always someone there to connect with grounds and nourishes me profoundly!



What Is Your JOYworkout?

*Elyse calls a "JOYworkout" a form of movement that is something more than a workout for workout's sake. It's exercise and it's ALSO something that: a) you just plain LOVE to do, b) builds your community, c) teaches you a new skill, d) enhances your spiritual life, e) helps you give back, f) gets you outdoors + is adventurous.

My JOYworkout is pole dancing and sensual movement dancing! It makes me feel vibrant, alive, and powerful. It moves out emotions that are stuck in my body. Time vanishes and my body takes over- and its oh so freeing. It often feels mystical and like some divine entity has joined me as I dance. I adore it.



If You "Fall Off The Wagon" With Your Health + Wellness, How Do Get Back Into It?

I come back to my intention. That I want to feel good in my life, and that starts with my health. Without that, its hard to do anything else. Intention gives me motivation to start again. Whether it be the next minute, the next day, or week.



Where Are You Getting Your Motivation From Right Now?

My 365 Days Of Yoga & Meditation challenge!



What Is A Motto Or Quote That You Live By?

Love Everyone & Tell the Truth. ~ Neem Karoli Baba



Thanks So Much For Sharing With Us Ellie!

If you're inspired by how Ellie combines sensual movement, yoga, meditation, and self-love practices, take a look at these exciting events she has coming up:

Find even more at her website:

who's elyse?

Elyse gets people moving with in-person training and her signature 21-day at-home workout program. She helps make movement a joyful part of one's day, and inspires confidence with her kindness and personalized approach. When she's not doing squats + sun salutations, she's dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives.

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hit a brick wall? 4 steps to walk around it


hit a brick wall? 4 steps to walk around it

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Have you ever felt like you've hit a brick wall?

You muster up all your strength and energy to break through that barrier, but in the process you’re getting scraped and bruised and not really getting closer to what you want?

You might have heard advice like, “quitters never win”, or “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, or other ideas about perseverance, completing everything you start, or working harder to get what you want.

Those are necessary qualities for some situations, but when your body is sending you clear signals that this is not the path for you, there's another way:

You can walk around the wall.


With ease and comfort.

In the direction of something that feels like the perfect fit.

Exactly a year ago, I hit a rough brick wall. 

I was a week into my new back-to-school plan (I had already started and stopped grad school on three separate occasions). 

This time with an online chemistry class to knock off some prerequisites before I applied to a chiropractic program.

(There are some subjects that should never become online classes.  Chemistry is one of them.)

Each time I cracked open my new $374 chemistry book I cried.

Sorrowful soul-wrenching wails that made me feel like I was going to vomit.   

I soaked the entire 1st chapter with my never-ending tears.


  • I had a head cold.
  • My boyfriend had been ignoring my calls for days.  
  • Unexpectedly a family member was in urgent care. 
  • And my schedule was so jam-packed I wasn't able to exercise or eat well OR sleep. 

I felt like I had hit a brick wall and had absolutely no energy left to break through it.  My body was protesting and my health was waaay out of alignment.  Instead of going forward, I slid all the way down that wall until I was a mangled heap on the floor.

I couldn’t disregard my visceral reaction.  My body forced me to do the one thing I didn’t want to do:

I stopped going in that direction.

I quit chemistry class.

My boyfriend and I broke up.

I made time to visit the hospital.

I stayed home at night to make sure I got 8 hours of sleep.

Redirecting can be just as transformational as persevering.  When you quit one thing that’s not working for you, you will see 100 other things that will work for you.

When I hit this brick wall and went through these steps outlined below to align my intuition-body-mind, I ended up studying in an anatomy and business program that felt like a perfect fit for me and was gaining information that was directly applicable to my career.

I developed a supportive community of women through my Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs events.

I felt better in my body than ever before and I had a renewed sense of confidence and pride in the ways that I was learning and growing.

And most importantly, this path felt natural and energizing. 

When you find yourself hitting a brick wall, use these 4 steps to walk around it.


Press pause on your current situation before you hit your head against that brick wall one more time!

Stop and sit quietly for a moment.  Everything will still be there when you’re ready to come back to it.

2. LISTEN to your “script”

What are the words you’re using to describe this situation to yourself?  Listen and hear the true message of your thoughts. 

I kept hearing myself say, “I don’t really want to be a chiropractor, I just want that knowledge.” If I didn’t really want to be a chiropractor then why was I planning on investing many years and thousands of dollars into that profession?

I realized I really appreciated studying at The Breathing Project in NYC and decided to commit to studying there more intensely.

3. FEEL sensations

What are you feeling in your body?  Does your stomach contract when you think about your situation?  Are you getting migraines or head colds or crying yourself to sleep?

*(alternately, if you feel excitement in your chest or warming in your heart when you think about pushing forward into the wall, it might be a sign to stick with it!)


Instead of going through it, go around it!

It’s OKAY to go in a different direction. Even if you’ve spent a lot of money on this path, even if you told your friends and family and co-workers that you were doing this, even if YOU thought it was going to be the end-all answer, even if you think you have to suffer to grow. 

I guarantee you are not a failure or lazy or a loser if you choose to go in a different direction.  In fact, I think you are practicing awareness, self-discovery, compassion, and balance to be the BEST, most productive, happiest version of yourself.  You are creating a body and a life that you LOVE according to what you FEEL as opposed to what you THINK you should be doing.

I say, redirect and more power to you! 

What about you?

Have you ever been in a situation like this?

What do you do when you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall?

I'm curious to know how you deal with this.  Tell me in the comments below!

With love and walking around brick walls, 

xoxo elyse


PS - If you feel like you've hit a wall in your fitness life, I can help redirect you on a path to health & wellness!  Contact me about my new coaching and online programs!

I feel like I’m now on the right track with strength training, which was my main goal, but I’ve gotten so much more from it.

This has been a fantastic experience. I’ve always felt like I could be good at sticking with a workout if I only had one that I liked and that challenged me in the right ways, and now I do! I’m so thrilled that it’s flexible in the right ways (I can tailor the length to the amount of time I have, I can change the exercises to fit my needs of the day), but also structured enough to ensure I get a good workout.

Thank you thank you thank you!
— Erica Cox, Regulatory Specialist at Genencor, California


I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online 21 day workout program. 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! -


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