The Power and Possibility of Choice

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The practice of Yoga teaches us to be connected first and foremost to our own body and breath. From that basic connection we become aware of our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and bodily sensations. As we intimately (into-me-see) connect to ourselves, we come home to our true essence and source. As this connection strengthens so does […]

The Dance of Your Life

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not […]

No Regrets

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“Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Teri Guillemets It is that time again. New Year’s Eve. Celebrations. Toasts. Midnight Kisses. Tinsel. And….New Year’s Resolutions! Many of us look back at the old year with regrets. We berate ourselves for the people we didn’t reach out to, the trips we didn’t take, the habits […]

Learning To Let Go

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“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” ~ David Foster Wallace A sunset is beautiful, but it lasts only so long. Once it’s over, it’s over. In time, perfection is tainted by life’s beautiful blemishes, and every perfectionist dies a thousand deaths. We often look at the things we enjoy—the relationships, the […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: The Eyes Of A Child

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It is almost St. Patrick’s Day which leads me to a funny story. When I was a little kid, for some reason I was scared of Leprechauns. I remember in Elementary School one year the teacher told us that Leprechauns would come and decorate our classroom. I’m sure she didn’t make them out to be […]

Acknowledgement and Appreciation

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“Everybody likes a compliment.” ~ Abraham Lincoln Acknowledgement and appreciation are cultural practices that we embrace at BV Yoga and Baptiste Yoga Institute. I can’t think of a better gift to give my loved ones this holiday season than to express my heartfelt acknowledgment and deep appreciation for who they are to me. Fear or […]

60 Life Lessons: Insights from Oprah’s Life Class

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Call me a traitor to my gender, but I didn’t grow up watching Oprah. I didn’t have parties with other ladies that involved a television and tissues. I didn’t fill my library according to her book club recommendations. And I didn’t live my life around the question, “What would Oprah do?” Considering my penchant for […]

The UnAmerican Dream

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The American Dream… The white picket fence. The large suburban home. The nice car. The big-screen TVs glowing in multiple rooms. The safe, reasonable nine-to-five. The corner office. The suit and tie. The white collar pride. The blue collar pride. The weekends off. The paid holidays. The occasional vacation. The fringe benefits. In exchange for… […]

A Day In The Life Of A Minimalist

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I do not have a daily routine. I no longer need one. I do, however, have habits on which I focus every day. Don’t get me wrong, I used to have a daily routine – before I quit my six-figure job to pursue my passions and live a more meaningful life. And I hated that routine. […]

Moving Beyond “I Am Not Good Enough”

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For as long as I can remember I have been a driven person. Business is my name and it is also my game. Anytime an endeavor started to become routine or dull, I would immediately add something new and exciting to my plate. The madness never stopped. It felt great to always be accomplishing something […]