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Simple Self Care Tools to Help Digestion

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Simple Self Care Tools to Help Digestion

I sat down with Holistic Health Coach Jessica Ruth Shepard to talk about simple self care tools that will help your digestion! 

These are S I M P L E and quick so you can add them into your day no matter how busy you are and reap a ton of health benefits. 

Hell yes! 

 

We go over: 

~ The important nerve you need to know about to stimulate the gut/brain connection

~ How simple exercises can help eliminate things like brain fog, anxiety, + depression

~ 8 quick things you can do daily to help digestion

 

PLUS, we challenge you with an assignment you can start right now! 

 

WATCH:


*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 10:00 in the video - it'll take you 30 sec to do!!!

 

Try our challenge at one meal for 7 days! 

 

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

~ How do you feel immediately after you do this technique?  

~ What did you notice about your digestion throughout the week?

- Which other technique will you try (splashing water on face, meditation

chanting, deep diaphragmatic breathing, yoga, laughter, massage, probiotics)?  

 

If you're looking for more support around your health, mind/body connection, and digestive ease find out more about Jessica at www.jessicaruthshepard.com.

 

With love and body kindness, 

xoxo elyse

 


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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Actually you can.

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Actually you can.

I slapped a tattoo on my arm before I went to a business retreat last week, because I desperately needed a change of perspective. 

(It's temporary. ;) And gold. And shiny. You can get one too right here). 

As I was checking into the flight online I could feel ALL my insecurities popping up. 

"I can't do this." 

"Who do I think I am?"

"I'm not good enough." 

(BTW if you go to work conferences too my good friend + storytelling coaching Marsha Shandur just wrote a BRILLIANT story about this, she calls it The Conference Feeling, you might relate!). 

We all have that, right?

Those pesky thoughts that we repeat over + over again and BELIEVE, even though they're not really true. 

A movement example...

I started working with a new personal training client recently and she was like: 

"Aahhh I'm so out of shape I can't even hold a plank for 30 sec." 

ME: Hmmm, actually I bet you can. 

She did. 

Then she held another 60 sec.

With perfect form.

That 'ol "I can't" story, isn't serving anyone. 


At the conference I mentioned, Dr. Jade Teta spoke about this - how we have to shift our perceptions in order to change the stories we have about ourselves and how you have to 'BE it till you see it'.

Intrigued by this, I incorporated the idea into the sample Sculpt Your Future session I led at Rebecca Casciano's Sacred Beauty Collective a few nights ago. We all created a new MOVEMENT MANIFESTO for ourselves.

It was amazing to see these ladies literally punch + kick out their old stories and transform them into NEW power statements!

Mine? I built upon my (temporary) tattoo + kept it strong and simple: 

ACTUALLY YOU CAN.

AND YOU ARE.

That's my new story right now.

What's yours?

1. What is an old story that you've been repeating to yourself?

2. What is the new story you want to tell yourself?

 

Leave a comment below, I'd really like to know! 

 

With love and punching/kicking/plank-ing to new heights, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - Want to come move you body + mind with me in-person? I have a new events page on my website! 

www.elysesparkes.com/events

*Photos from previous event by Deb Hall

*Photos from previous event by Deb Hall

Scroll to October + you'll find: 

 

OCT 5th, 6pm - I'll be sharing transformational movement tools to help nourish and support your beauty, health and happiness throughout fall and winter at Rebecca Casciano's Sacred Beauty Collective Fall/Winter preview!

>> Get your tickets here

 

OCT 18th, 7pm - I'll be leading movement with Six Degress Society, a fabulous community where social networking, career and learning unite!

>> Get your tickets here

 

I'd love to see you in the real life flesh! 

Not in NYC? Share this with someone who might like to attend. Thanks! :) 

 

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Win these prizes!

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Win these prizes!

 

GET SWEATY = WIN PRESENTS!!

Just by entering in this *live* round of the Fast Track to Fit & Flexible you'll be entered to win a gift.

(A little friendly bribery never hurt anyone, right? ;)

It’s in the name of accountability and keeping you healthy you'll be entered to win these amazing give-a-ways from my favorite health & wellness pro's!!

 
Samples of all-natural, Brooklyn made deodorant from  Lymph Candy ! 

Samples of all-natural, Brooklyn made deodorant from Lymph Candy

A copy of Rebekah Borucki's new book   You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life  !

A copy of Rebekah Borucki's new book You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life!

Sweet Talk Tats from  The Taste Exchange .

Sweet Talk Tats from The Taste Exchange.

A night of DIY home facials with friends, PLUS skincare + nutrition goodies from Arbonne with  Katie Bland

A night of DIY home facials with friends, PLUS skincare + nutrition goodies from Arbonne with Katie Bland

A YEAR membership to the  Sparkes Wellness Workout Library  with Elyse Sparkes   

A YEAR membership to the Sparkes Wellness Workout Library with Elyse Sparkes
 

A Recipe and Meal Planning Strategy Session with  Ali Fitzpatrick    

A Recipe and Meal Planning Strategy Session with Ali Fitzpatrick
 

A spot in Brittany Kriger's  Fed Up Fellowship!

A spot in Brittany Kriger's Fed Up Fellowship!

1-hour coaching session with Life and Business Coach,   Elani Nicole

1-hour coaching session with Life and Business Coach, Elani Nicole

More Than Mom  online course from Kelsey Fox Bennett. 

More Than Mom online course from Kelsey Fox Bennett. 

 

Here's how you play:  

1. Enter your name + email here.

2. Use hashtag #FT2FFchallenge on Facebook + Instagram + in our community throughout the 14 days. 

3. You'll be entered to win a gift! 

 

We start on Tuesday, so join in with us NOW!

Can't wait to get fit & flexible with you, 

XOXO ELYSE

 

PS - Are we meeting for the first time? Let me introduce myself...

Hiya, I'm Elyse! 

I'm a fitness coach, personal trainer, and yoga teacher. 

Back in the days of my professional dance career I was stuck in a never-ending under-eating → over-exercising → binging cycle. And worse, I was beating myself up about it every second of the day. 

Then I started studying mindfulness and yoga, and I became determined to approach my body and staying fit with balance, ease, and kindness. Now I work 1:1 with clients and develop online video programs to help other people blend fitness + mindfulness to live in their most joyful, confident bodies!

You can read more about my personal story here

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Upper Body Stretch Sequence to De-Stress from Sitting

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Upper Body Stretch Sequence to De-Stress from Sitting

Shoulders feeling stiff from the winter cold? 

A long travel weekend?

Sitting all day at your desk?

This kind of tension usually creates elevated shoulders, a rounded forward chest, and a 'holding' in your upper back. De-stress (from any/all of the above) with me in this #stretchbreakwithelyse - you can do in a train, plane, or office chair. :)

Follow along with me in this 4 min video.

 

 Try these moves out and let me know how they go! 

Want even more moves you can do while sitting or at your desk? Get the whole series here. 

With love and upper body stretching, 

XOXO ELYSE

PS - I'll be back at the airport tomorrow doing this too! Latin Lover and I are going on a delayed honeymoon and we're starting it off with a 10+ hour flight, soooo yeah, I'll definitely be doing this at the airport. Want to see some of our adventures? Follow along with us on instagram

PPS - What are your favorite ways to stay fit while you travel? I'm going to be writing more about this coming up, so I'd love to incorporate your tips! Post them in the comments below! 


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 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! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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holiday body grogginess

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holiday body grogginess

Holidays + parties + house guests + overflowing amounts of food/drink + long car travels + out of the daily routine + plenty of movies to be watched =

A whole lot of body grogginess. 

[Raise your hand if you're feeling it] 

I am! 

I can feel my mind tipping toward what I like to call 'calculation mode': 

  • "Starting tomorrow only salads until New Year's Eve!" 
  • "January 2nd I'll start with a clean slate."
  • "If I do 5 hardcore workouts this week, it'll make up for the past two weeks!"
  • "There's 3 weeks until my honeymoon on the beach, can I get in shape in that amount of time!?!" 

But after years of thinking like that (especially around New Year's!) I know now what that does for me in the long run.

It takes me out of the current moment and backfires with bingeing/starving and over/under exercising cycles. All while increasing my anxiety with a constant feeling of chasing after something I can never achieve.

And it's not particularly motivating. 

Can you relate? 

I still have these thoughts, sometimes on the daily! 

Here's the difference: 

Instead of convincing myself to follow through with those things when the thoughts come up, now it clues me in to say to myself:

"Woooooooah, SLOW DOWN there sista!

How about we back up, take a deep breath, and ask the question that really wants to be answered:

What does my body truly need right NOW?"

Not on January 1st.

Or tomorrow.

Or the tomorrow after tomorrow.

Not the master complex plan.

What do I need right here, right now? 

For me, after I taken a long(ish) period of rest, my body is asking for movement.

Easing into it usually feels like the right thing to do.

Some simple moves that connect me to my breath and move my spine.

If that's you too, here are some sequences that can help: 

If your body came up with a different answer, I'm curious... what did it say?

Can you gift yourself that today?

Comment below and tell me what your body is asking for and what you're going to do to give it that today!

With love and bringing your attention to the now, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - I'm looking for 8 more people to become founding members of the *brand new* Sparkes Wellness Library!

Is that you?!

The Library is great for you if you:

  • want to focus on getting fit in 2017 in a way that feels holistic, balanced, and full of support
  • have a tight schedule and want to find a way that you can get a good quality workout in at home
  • want to have personal trainer-style training, but hiring a private trainer isn't in your budget this year
  • want to be surrounded by a fabulous group of people who understand that losing weight is not the ONLY reason to exercise and are focused on overall health & wellness 

You'll get: 

  • access to a full library of my workout videos, ranging from 30 min full body workouts to 5-15 min sequences focusing on balance, strength, flexibility, meditation, and more. 
  • brand new videos every month so you always stay interested and add variation into your workouts
  • new calendars each month so you don't have to waste time wondering what to do next (you can print calendar's out OR fill them in online)
  • a monthly video chat where our intimate group gets together to share and encourage each other on

 If you're interested, click here to contact me and say "I'm interested!"


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 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! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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Ease your election anxiety

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Ease your election anxiety

Whether you live in the US or not, we can all probably agree that the 2016 election season has taken us on quite a stressful whirlwind! 

This post isn't about politics per se, but it IS about how politics and current events in the world in general has upped our collective anxiety. 

A survey by the American Psychological Association said that 52% of people in the US have said this election is causing them significant stress.

That was reported a few weeks ago, so by now I'm willing to bet that percentage is even higher! 

Almost every in-person training client has told me that they're feeling super stressed about this election and I've absolutely been feeling it too (after the 3rd debate I had a full blown anxiety attack!).

One thing you can do to slow down racing thoughts and feel more calm, relaxed, and grounded is to do some restful movement with a focus on your breath and your body in THIS present moment. 

Will this have a huge impact on this national election and global political atmosphere? Probably not before Nov 8th. ;) In the long run though, it will start to shift how we collectively approach any stressful situation - including crazy elections. 

Let's just start on ourselves with a few moments of inner peace today, shall we? 

*I hadn't filmed this video in order to share it - I was just documenting the sequence for myself!... It's off centered, I had just woken up (note the morning hair ;), and I didn't even have a mat.

I'm sharing it with you anyway, because if it can help even ONE person feel more calm and relaxed for just 7 minutes in the next few days, I feel like I'm helping to ease the collective anxiety! 

I always like to hear what you think: 

How do you reduce your anxiety when stressful things are happening all around you?

Please keep your feedback positive, kind, and focused on helping to ease tension and anxiety. Thanks! 

Try this out and then leave me a comment to tell me how you feel afterwards!

With love and starting with a simple step to less stress, 

xoxo elyse


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 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! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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3 simple things to calm your mind

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3 simple things to calm your mind

I was tossing, I was turning, my mind was going a mile a minute, and most importantly it was 1am and I wasn’t sleeping.

This was the eve of Labor day here in the US, the unofficial end of summer, the week of ‘back to school’ mentality, and I was up all night worrying about every single tiny detail of my life.

Ever happen to you?

Here are 3 simple things to do when your mind is on overdrive:

1. Breathe

When your thoughts are going a mile a minute, your breathing is probably speeding up as well and increasing your anxiety. Zone in on your breath to focus your attention and heighten your experience of this present moment.

Try this:

  • Lightly close your lips
  • Breathe in and out through your nose
  • Count how long it takes you to inhale
  • Match that count to the count of your exhale

Ex: Inhale for 1-2-3-4, Exhale for 1-2-3-4.

Continue for at least 8 breath cycles. 

2. Write it out + be curious about the struggle

Remind yourself of this: The one thing we can count on? Impermanence.

Things will always change. So what you're struggling with right now? It may be monumental* or it may be minute, but no matter what it WILL shift, change, and make you grow over time.

Maybe it will be a catalyst for saying No to an unhealthy relationship, maybe it will be the brick wall forcing you to follow a different career, maybe it will be the injury that urges you to listen more deeply to your body.

This moment always changes.

What if instead of rushing to figure out all the details, you had patience and curiosity around where you are right now?

My favorite tool for being curious is simple pen and paper.

Get your pen to the page and write out all your questions (and perhaps some answers will pop up too).

  • What’s bothering me right now?
  • What is this really about?
  • What’s important about this?
  • What do I truly want?
  • What’s the next step I need to take to get closer to what I want?
  • What do I KNOW about this?
  • What don’t I know about this?
  • Where do I feel this in my body right now?
  • And now?... And now?

You might find that after writing it out, it’s already shifted.

*I’m referring to ‘struggles’ that are not putting you in danger, abuse, or extreme risk. If you are experiencing that, please seek professional help to change your situation as soon as possible.

3. MOVE

Get up and move your body! Gentle, slow, and steady movements can help relax your nervous system, help relieve places in your body where you’re holding onto tension, and get you from feeling stuck and frustrated to creative and inspired!

My favorite quote from Julia Cameron speaks to this,

Exercise is often the going that moves us from stagnation to inspiration, from problem to solution, from self-pity to self-respect.

We do learn by going. We learn we are stronger than we thought. We learn to look at things with a new perspective.

We learn to solve our problems by tapping our own inner resources and listening for inspiration, not only from others but from ourselves.

Seemingly without effort, our answers come while we swim or stride or ride or run.

By definition, this is one of the fruits of exercise: ‘exercise: the act of bringing into play or realizing in action’ (Webster’s Ninth).

Follow along with me in these short videos to join me in moving your body:

Over to you... 

Tell me, which one of these resonates with you the most? 

Do you have go-to simple tricks you do when you need to calm your racing mind? 

I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! 

With love and a calm mind, 

xoxo elyse


Hi, 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 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! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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My wrists hurt in plank, what can I do?

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My wrists hurt in plank, what can I do?

Constant texting, computer time, plus tons of planks, push-ups, and chaturanga's can make your wrists kinda cranky.

If you're dealing with overuse, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, or plain 'ol achy wrist syndrome, you don't have to give up on exercise all together.

Here are 4 variations to put less pressure on your wrists while you're working out:

1. The Mat Roll

  • Roll the front edge of your mat so it's about 2 inches thick
  • Place the edge of your palms on the roll and let your knuckles and fingers touch the floor
  • Press down evenly through your entire hand, just like you were doing this on the floor

PRO: This reduces the amount of extension in your wrist and will help to reduce achy-ness.

CON: Your mat may unroll during a yoga class if you're also doing standing poses, etc.

*Recommended for: Working on your hands for a longer period of time in plank, quadruped, push-up's, etc

2. On your Spider-Tips

  • Spread your fingers so that your hands look like spiders
  • Put just your fingertips on the mat
  • Keep lifting up through the center of your palms so that you're fingertips feel very light on the mat

PRO: This variation is very light, almost no pressure on your wrists, and increases the challenge for your legs.

CON: It's extremely difficult to give your entire body weight to your hands in this position.

*Recommended for: Flowing through high or low lunge, temporary support in transitions (and not recommended for holding up your body weight).

3. The Fist Bump

  • Make fists and place them down on your mat
  • Keep the back of your hand in line with the outside of your forearm
  • Do not bend your wrists

PRO: There's no bend in your wrist

CON: This is a challenging variation! It has the potential to hurt your knuckles and you if you're wearing rings you'll need to take them off or turn them to face your palm.

*Recommended for: Short amounts of time in plank + push-ups. 

4. The weight grab

  • Put dumbbells down on your mat, shoulder width apart
  • Wrap your hands around the center of your weights

PRO: It's less intense than the Fist Bump (variation #3), and still has minimal bend in your wrist.

CON: You might need larger weights to be able to fit your fingers underneath the weights. The weights can be wobbly! Make sure the weights are firmly grounded.

*Recommend for: Planks, push-ups, plank variations (like adding rows to planks), side plank variations, burpee's etc.

give these modifications a whirl!

Have any questions? Send me a note. I read and respond to each + every one.

Know someone who might like this? Send it to them!

With love and feel-good wrists, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - Still having some aches? Make sure you try the 1st video in my FREE stretch break series - it's all about wrist stretches and strengthening! 


HI, 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 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! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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On being fit + Gigi Boetto

On being fit + Gigi Boetto

 

Gigi and I met studying at The Breathing Project and I was immediately attracted to her warm, welcoming, soothing energy. Her nurturing presence fills up any room she's in. Gigi teaches a practice of yoga that is not only asana. She looks for a student/teacher relationship that is based on mutual respect where both parties grow by spending time together.

This is so evident in what she shares with us today about her own movement practices and how she supports people listen to their own intuitive knowledge. Plus, she's also a painter and is now combining art and asana!

She has so many brilliant gems to share, read on:

Meet Gigi Boetto:

How do you help people stay healthy?

My teaching comes from my personal questions around empowerment, autonomy, and connection. I’m interested in helping people understand what has taken me a long time to understand-- they know themselves better than anyone else could ever possibly know them. My journey is about exploring deep inside (I understand this can mean a lot of different things) to learn what I can about myself-- mind/body. I find the deeper I've gone, the more I am capable of relating to everything/one else in healthier ways. I think empowerment is a first step, but that ultimately we want to connect to others, our communities, and our universe. One of my teachers says, “It’s not special being special.” I love this. We’re all special, now how do we connect knowing we are all special?

 

What is the #1 thing someone could do TODAY to feel better in their body?

I’d ask my student-- what is the #1 thing you could do today to feel better in your body? They might have a great answer. Together, we can take it from there.

 

What's your advice to someone who's having trouble getting started with that?

At this point, I can listen and witness. What are my students concerns? After this, I might offer an action. Maybe they are thinking too much, and they need an action.

 

What does a typical day look like for you and how do you fit movement into it?

My days are really different, so nothing is typical. :) This may sound funny, but it's convenient-- First thing in the morning I feed my two cats, so I have a practice on my kitchen floor next to them while they're eating. It involves movement and a short meditation. Later in the day, I will have a practice whenever I have the time. Somedays it's only 20-30 minutes, other days it's 3 hours.

 

What other practices keep you healthy? In body and/or in mind?

I am also a painter. I spend a lot of time in my painting studio. I also like to walk around this wonderful city I live in. It fills me up-- the energy, the people. My husband is the greatest yogi (who doesn’t practice asana) I have ever met. He has a beautiful perspective on life because he has had a lot of health issues that have brought him near death. Spending time with him and my cats is the healthiest practice around.

 

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.

Sex...oh, and I like running and hiking. ;)

 

If you "fall off the wagon" with your health + wellness, how do get back into it?

Journaling has always been a way for me to reflect on what's going on in my life. The deeper issue troubling me and keeping me from healthy habits is usually found on the page.

 

Where are you getting your motivation from right now?

My motivation to do anything right now is coming from a sincere sense of gratitude that I have for my privileged life. I really don't have a good reason to bitch about anything. All of my needs are met-- food, shelter, love & health.

 

What is a motto or quote that you live by?

My motto changes with the life questions I’m marinating with at the time. Right now, it comes in the form of a question from a Mary Oliver poem, The Summer Day-- “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

 

 

Thanks So Much For Sharing With Us Gigi!

Want to connect with Gigi? Find out more about her at:

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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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: ellieaaron.com

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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