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Kiss from KellyI’ve been asked a lot about competition lately. My yoga business training clients, for example, are navigating the waters of what to do when other new experts emerge, threatening their livelihood.

But you don’t have to be an entrepreneur to know the uncomfortable sensation of a competitive squeeze. Whether you work with hundreds of other people vying for the latest project, or you’re a mama shooting for perfection at the playground, or you can’t stop checking out everyone else’s crow pose in class… you get it.

What most people don’t know, though, is that there’s a critical secret about competition…  (more…)

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Businesswoman doing yoga with laptop at workThis month’s Yoga Journal (YJ) features a great article on innovative companies that prioritize the well-being of their employees. I was jazzed when I saw it because almost 100% of my clients are career professionals committed to their health!

This isn’t a novel idea, of course — workplace wellness has reached the discussion circles in conference rooms, at seminars and around proverbial water coolers everywhere — and for a critical, yet simple, reason: (more…)

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laughing woman doing yogaRecently, I was in the middle of a self-care strategy session with one of my fab women. We were focusing on various ways to take care of her physical body which, for our work, means what I call “the Three Es:” eating, exercise and enough sleep.
When we started talking about her exercise habits, she disclosed a secret to a successful regimen.
In effort to eliminate all barriers between her bed and her morning routine, she does something that most people never even think about doing: she wears her workout clothes to sleep.Extreme? Perhaps. Effective? Quite possibly.My response to her was simple: whatever works!

Because the truth is that regular movement is one of the most important things you can do for your body. John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says “having a bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin, right where it is supposed to go.” Or one of my psychology professors said it in a slightly simpler, stickier way: (more…)
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This is, by far, the most popular question that people ask me when they hear about my [super] job.

Many are asking how I switched from a private law practice to a private yoga practice. Others are wondering about the nuts and bolts of small business and “solopreneurship.” Other teachers often want to know how I developed a full client list within 6 months and have maintained it ever since, especially in the well-being world.

Truth is, I’m crazy for this topic and I could talk about the answers to those questions for hours…

Except I actually can’t, because those are hours (and hours and hours!) of time that I devote to my gorgeous clients and business affairs, my exceptional family and inner circle and, of course, my own restoration and care.  (more…)

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Recess Walking Along the Park 2

As you probably know, the hot trend in recent years is to not have any resolutions. You might have heard (or said) “No one keeps them, so I don’t bother making them. I prefer to focus on long-term changes instead.

Except we don’t really do that, either, mostly because resolutions tend to be unrealistic, unreasonable and downright painful. That is SO not my game (and, since you’re still reading this, it’s probably not yours either).

It’s actually great to have goals, but this year, make them stickier by letting FUN be your focus. 

“Exercising more” is a fabulous example: at the top of the resolution list every year, but at the bottom of the fun pile. (more…)