Moving Your Energy to Find Balance

Hello, friends. We're in the home stretch to the end of 2018 and it's not too late to get your energy moving so you can finish off the year strong. There is still time to make significant progress on your goals and to change your outlook as we roll into 2019.

One way I like to get my energy up and running is through a good Bodhi Spin practice. If you've never taken a class at the Bodhi Yoga studio in Provo, Utah probably don't know what that means but perhaps you've heard of Kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga, according to Yoga Journal, is about building physical vitality and increasing consciousness. Though some have thoughts that Kundalini yoga can be dangerous what I love about Bodhi Spin is it's a Kundalini style practice that is safe and accessible.

When I complete a Bodhi Spin practice I leave feeling energized and revitalized. I feel much more in tune with myself and feel empowered to take on my day. I feel it's exceptionally good if you're dealing w…

Yoga for Emotional Healing

Hi, friends. This blog post is about to get long but it shares a lot of how I got where I am and I hope you'll read it and see hope in whatever you're going through. I believe that healing comes in many forms and sometimes you need to tap into multiple modalities to fully heal your mind, body, and soul. Read on to find out what I've been working on over the past year and where it's taking me now...
For me yoga started in my teens where it was something fun because I was flexible and it was easy. I practiced off and on, more off than on, for a number of years until after Russell's traumatic birth situation a friend of mine invited me to practice yoga with her because she needed someone to complete her student teaching with. I was all for some free yoga and for seeing her, as it had been many years at that point, so I figured why not. We practiced one day a week for about an hour and I started to realize that I would leave those sessions feeling like the old me. The…

Yoga is One of My Favorite Things

Hi, friends. I'm super excited for this weekend filled with friends and family but I wanted to sneak in and work on one of my blog posts for my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) certification while Kira is napping and Joe is getting some stuff done.

So, the question of the day is "what is your favorite thing about yoga since beginning yoga teacher training?"

For me personally, it's the fact that I can keep coming back and working on my certification and I still have all the tools I need to be successful and every time I dig into my studies I learn something new about yoga and/or myself. Here are a few of my favorite things:
When I looked at the different teacher training options around I chose Bodhi Yoga not only because a dear friend of mine had completed her training there and I LOVED her style of teaching but also because of the resources you get as part of the certification process. I have access to video recordings of all the in-person training we completed, videos and…

My 2018 Theme

In my last post I hinted about finishing my goal setting process and identifying my 2018 theme. My theme isn't just an arbitrary word or idea but more of a lens I can look through as I make decisions about what to say yes to, what makes it to the top of the priority list, and what is truly important in my life. For 2018 my theme is Abundance!

Abundance isn't just about being rich or having it all. Abundance to me is being in flow with my life's purpose, being surrounded by love and friendship, and having gratitude for all that I have in my life. Abundance is about trusting that the things we need will come our way and that by expressing gratitude for what we do have we can expand our ability to love and serve others and receive the same in return. I want to make choices that bring me abundance or that allow me to share abundance with others.

Through my goal setting process I also make note of things I want to cultivate. This prompt is from the 5-Part Goal Setting Series fr…

A Room With a View

In my last post I talked about my favorite place in our home being the floor of our master bedroom looking out the window so I'm back to deliver some photos of the view.

I simply adore the view and maybe because of the elevation change on our property (under our room is the walkout basement so it makes our first floor room feel like a second floor room) it feels like we're way up high in there.

I think another reason I love it is because it feels so open and expansive. Like there's no boundaries to what's possible. Literally the sky is the limit. It's like my personal connection to nature watching birds of all sizes, deer with their young, and even the local neighborhood cats (no really I see the same orange cat on our security footage at least once a week - ha ha ha).

I love that I can see the mountains, watch the sunrise, and when it's a day like the 4th of July it's like my own personal fireworks show watching every fireworks display in the Salt Lake val…

Getting Back to Work

Well it's definitely been a while but if you're one of a handful of folks who has been here before you'll notice some things have changed. I've updated the layout and have refreshed the About Motovated Wellness page. I'm super excited to get back to work on my goals around Yoga Teacher Training in 2018!

My setup at home is simple and I don't even have a real office. I just have a collection of things in the corner of my bedroom that I can grab and access anytime. I am typically the person who wants everything to be just right before I get started but I've come to realize that if you wait for the right conditions it will NEVER be right. That goes for getting married, buying a house, having a baby, having a second baby, changing jobs, losing weight... It goes on and on! This year I'm committing to jumping in and just moving forward. I don't need to know it all and it won't be perfect and that's ok.

As you can see I have quite the collection of…

Vparita Karani - Legs Up the Wall

I truly believe yoga can be for everyone and every body so I want to start a series of blog posts that can help you activate each yoga asana (poses) in a way that's accessible and meaningful for you. My favorite part of my Yoga Teacher Training was learning modifications for each pose and gaining a deeper understanding of what each pose can bring to your life.

I am hopeful this series will help when you attend a class or practice along with a video at home so you can understand what each pose does for your body and make the proper adjustments that still allow you to get the most out of each pose. I will also share easy ways to modify your poses with what you have at home so you don't have to go out and buy expensive yoga props until you're ready to make that investment (or at all).

The first pose I want to help you understand is a favorite of mine. It's easy and one that most people will be able to safely and easily practice. Even if you think you're too busy to p…