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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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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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On Being fit + Powerlifting

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I first met Saysha years ago when we worked at the same personal training studio! She has always impressed me with her passion, focus, and dedication to the things she values. Now I'm obsessed with her on instagram because she shows a full range of fitness and wellness approaches - from powerlifting to yoga + meditation - with emphasis on helping others move better in their bodies and lives.

Saysha's a competitor powerlifter, yoga teacher, musician and writer. She combines her knowledge of strength training, myofascial release and core awareness to give people the tools to empower themselves and others. She likes squats, carbs and sleeping and she thinks that those three things are the solution to most people's problems.

As a busy freelancer, she has so much wisdom and experience to share On Being Fit!

Meet Saysha Heinzman:

How Do You Help People Stay Healthy?

Teaching alignment based yoga, myofascial release and strength training.

 

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

Drink more water.

 

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

Carry a bottle, set reminders on your phone and stick to a schedule.

 

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

I work as a freelancer 40+ hours a week so I have to schedule my workouts in a very structured way. I train for powerlifting 4x a week, do GPP or HIIT training 1-2 times a week and dedicated mobility 3 times a week. I make it work.

 

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

I try to get regular, good quality sleep (this has been a huge challenge this year). I would love to kickstart a regular meditation practice again, and I'm trying to find the best way to fit that into my schedule. I get caught up in the "busy" trap just like anyone else, so it's important and powerful for me to say no and create space.

 

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.

Honestly lifting is my favorite. I don't see it as a chore or as a means to an end, but as a journey. Lifting heavy weights teaches you more about yourself than anything will. It will test you mentally and physically, but is also fun and satisfying. My yoga practice is a perfect balance for powerlifting, it helps me maintain my mobility and connects me to my breathing in a very specific way.

 

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

Start making lists, write it down and hold myself accountable.

 

Where are you getting your motivation from right now?

Other lady lifters. Pro wrestlers. Old time strongman/woman stuff.

 

What is a motto or quote that you live by?

"Everybody dies. Do whatever you want."

 

 
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Thanks So Much For Sharing With Us Saysha! 

 

Want to connect with Saysha?
Find her on Instagram at @liftswithglasses

 

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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