Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Run



This next Sunday will be a year. A year since we laced up our shoes, put on our pink and with teary eyes headed out amongst thousands. We ran, walked, talked, laughed and cried our way through the 5km course all knowing how important this run was to us. We were out there for all the mothers, sisters, daughters, sons and everyone else that has been affected by breast cancer but we were deeply connected to this day to fight for Michelle. We lost Michelle to breast cancer this year and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. As Sunday is nearing and my kids and I are anticipating the run again I am asking myself what have I learned or maybe the truth is, what lessons have I been reminded of.

Clean floors are not as important as tickling my kids.
Think about the big things before saying them, then say them quickly.
Life is a beautiful gift to be treasured and enjoyed, daily.
Ask for help when you need it.
Offer help whenever you can.
See the good.
Listen.
Laugh, laugh, laugh.
It is just a cold.
Eat lots and lots and lots of kale, but also eat cake.

OM
CJ





Thursday, 20 September 2012

Digest

I've struggled for years with digestive problems. Was even diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 8 years ago. At times my colitis was so bad that I would spend days in the hospital on a liquid diet full of steroids to help reduce the level of inflammation in my colon. All very upsetting and debilitating.

It was within these tough moments where I realized that for me to get better I needed to take things into my own hands. To question myself, my emotions and of course my diet to get down to why my GUT was reacting this way.

I'm thrilled to tell you now that my Colitis is in remission and I'm on no medication. In other words I feel great.

A lot of my recovery is attributed to my yoga practice. Moving my body with an awareness, with a sensitivity. Connecting to my breath and recognizing what I say to myself when I'm sad, or angry or in pain. Seeing that I have a choice in how I react to the stress in my life.

I also attribute my recovery to understanding how my body reacts to certain foods. I learned this from many different Naturalpathic Doctors and Ayurvedic healers.

Which is why I'm thrilled to introduce you to Dr. Thara Vayali. Thara is not only a talented Naturalpathic Doctor but she's also a brilliant yoga teacher. She has a few great yoga classes on YOGO.tv, including a quick "Office Yoga" class. Click here to check them out.

At YOGO.tv we want to give you choices and make life a little easier. So may you see the power behind your digestion and take back your health with these easy wellness tips for Indigestion.

**Please ask your doctor before you start any new routines or go off any current medication. For more specific help please contact Dr. Thara Vayali.

Here's to you and your health. And keep checkin in, more wellness tips to come.

Love & Light, 
Lauren

Thursday, 13 September 2012

110 Kisses



I am sitting at Small Rituals coffee shop after just dropping my teary son off at pre-school for his first day back this year. I have a lump in my throat and have shed fewer tears than I feel are actually inside. My son is four years old and likes to stay close to myself or my husband unless his sister is around. I often struggle with how much I am to encourage independence at this age.  As I stood by the pool this summer trying to pressure him into swimming lessons my friend reminded me he is only 48 months old. Not a long time to be here.

Our society encourages independence at such a young age. I see the importance of independence, being strong on our own, feeling confident in our bodies and with our voices and being capable, contributing people.

But I also see the need for each other. To be close to and support each other. To help each other out and feel a part of something bigger. To know that we are never truly alone. I want my kids to know that they can trust me and come to me. I also know that they are little and he probably won’t want 110 kisses before school in grade 10.

This doesn’t just go for kids. We need to feel good about ourselves and stand up for what we believe in, even if it means sometimes we appear to be standing alone. We need to speak freely and truthfully and feel confident in this. To be able to get out of bed and show up in the world, without coaxing or reward.

We also need support, we need a kind push or to push, to encourage each other, to be held.


Life is always a balance. The balance that I need will be different from the balance that you need. Thankfully, this will help when I need support you may be strong and when you are in need I will have my arms open.

We have independent countries, independent schools, independent living as we age. We work towards independence our whole life but aren't we all one?

Let's enjoy the balance, the freedom that we have to be great, to be strong, to stand on our own and let's also stand together and support each other in this journey.


110 kisses

CJ



Thursday, 6 September 2012

BE BOLD!

As we (CJ & I) grow our business (YOGO.tv) we see that at certain times we need to put ourselves out there and ask for want we want.

In other words we need to BE BOLD and put actions to our ideas and dreams.

In reality this is how YOGO.tv was initially created, two very passionate woman, yoga practitioners who dreamed of making yoga accessible for ALL and finally put the actions/plan together to make it happen.

Now maybe you have a big dream or an idea. What are you doing to get there? What steps are you taking to move in that direction? To see your dreams come true.

Growing up my parents dreamed of having a beach house, with a beautiful view looking out over the ocean. They would talk about a home where family could meet and eat together every Sunday. A home where you could stay on the deck all night long, dancing and laughing with family & friends. A place where out of town guests would feel at home and relaxed. A place where you could drag a paddle board across the railroad tracks and paddle till the sun went down. A home they would build just to suit them.

Now this is a big dream when there's really only a few properties like this in the White Rock area (ocean town 45 minutes outside of Vancouver BC & on the Blaine WA border). My parents work hard to build their own business, while taking care of 3 kids and saving on the side for retirement, education and of course big dreams.

Well, two years ago their dream came true. The beautiful, high ceiling, open concept beach home they dreamed of came to life. Both my mom & step dad even enjoyed the process of building a home together (I hear that's unusual) and created the space they had been manifesting for years.

My Mom, Stella & I laughing on the patio at Sunday dinner


DREAM BIG & BE BOLD! Put actions behind your dreams. Ask for what you want and go get it.

With enthusiasm,
Lauren