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Goddess Rising: Jordanna Eyre

Every week, we are incredibly blessed to feature a different woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some of the amazing women around the world as they inspire and empower. This week, we are happy to feature Jordanna Eyre!

Jordanna Eyre as an infusion of a highly intuitive, freedom-loving Indigo Child and an overly ambitious, business-saavy entrepreneur. As founder of Modern Day Sorcerer and the first ever online Sorcerer School she works with leaders and visionaries of all shapes and sizes to help them return to the threads of their soul’s calling and the deep knowing that they’ve felt since they were young, and intertwine that calling with the realities of life and business. Through grounding esoteric wisdom into tangible growth and easy to apply transformation, Jordanna guides leaders to embody a power rooted in love and integrity, helping them stand strong in their vision in a way that is well received by the world and aligned with their human needs.

You can find Jordanna on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Jordanna Eyre: I've been aware of a deep calling to do big things on this planet ever since I can remember, and the more I've walked the path of expressing that true calling in my work, the deeper I've actually been forced to go on a spiritual path.

In my work I've been guided to explore the deeper sense of my "calling" and what it meant with every step. This has meant delving more and more into the esoteric nature of what wants to be expressed through me, and learning how to practically and pragmatically bring it to life in a way that fulfills my human needs - essentially blending and integrating what seems purely spiritual with what seems purely business. It seems complicated to most, but I've always had a knack for blending the two, which has really come in handy in expanding my business, and is now a big part of what I teach. On both ends of the spectrum between the esoteric and the practical there have been a lot of surrendering to Spirit and learning to listen more clearly to the guidance to blend the two.

The path of entrepreneurship is full of challenges, so relying on Spirit and deepening my growth and awareness has been the best way I've found to not only get through the challenges, but to find true expansion. It's always really important for me to stay as connected to Spirit and my truest essence in order to make decisions, find clarity on forward movement, learn from the mirrors, and become the next-level version of myself that entrepreneurship always requires us to be.

Plus, I've always been deeply committed to integrity in my work and that's meant not dumbing it down or dismissing anything I truly wanted to do or the greater vision. So there has been a lot taking big leaps and navigating the waters of contraction (which are spiritual practices in and of themselves if we let them be) to make it through to the other side of expansion. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Jordanna: As a deep feeler I've been led to explore my empathic, sensitive nature, and really use it as a mirror to do tons of healing work. I've found that everything we sensitive beings can feel - even when it feels like it's coming from someone else - is a gift and an opportunity to go deeper into the self. So the more I've explored the depths of my emotions and healed my core wounds around believing it wasn't safe to feel or express my feelings, the deeper it's taken me into my connection with myself and my work. Learning to feel deeply and to live in the feeling as a constant practice has been instrumental in guiding my work and the nuances of what I was being guided to do with it, and it's made me a thousand times more attuned to the subtleties of what wants to come through to guide my clients and students. The online Sorcerer School wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for that attention to subtlety, as it's up to me to sense the needs of all of my students at once.

Another really deep core wound I've had to face was feeling alone in having a "deep knowing" and no one to validate or "see" me in all I knew. This is so common for so many of us with a bigger calling on this planet, and has also become the core of my work. The more I went toward the knowing and healed the wounds that left me feeling alone, depressed, protective, fearful and even angry in it, the more that "knowing" itself began to express through me - and the magic was that it has brought me to being able to serve others with the same wounds on a very deep level. I truly do believe that all of our core wounds are opportunities to get to know ourselves more deeply, and they can all be expressed through our work if we allow ourselves to be that vulnerable with them.  

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Jordanna: I'm so grateful that I spent years and years working deeply on overcoming self sabotage, so that now my worst habits feel so minor and easy to improve! Years ago I was a binge eater and total self sabotager of my own power, so there was lots of procrastination on things I most wanted to accomplish in life. I'm sooo grateful that now my worst habit is either occasionally checking my cell phone before my morning practice or staying up a little later than I "should" on nights before morning meetings. Though minor in comparison to my old bad habits, they still affect my day if I'm not careful, and both mean that I have to work that much harder to get "in me" to feel grounded throughout my day.

And even with these little things, all forms of self sabotage are a journey. So to me improving these things looks less like "willpower" and more like listening closely to my needs and my feelings - because when those things are met, my habits automatically gravitate toward taking amazing care of myself. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Jordanna: All of that stuff that you think inhibits you from actualizing your potential is actually your greatest tool in doing so!! It's often the most powerful women who self sabotage and run from our power the most. So stand strong in knowing that each layer you must peel away to actualize your potential, big and small, is because you're so incredibly powerful! And just because you still have ways to grow and more you desire, doesn't mean you're not ready to take full ownership of your life as already amazing. The more you take ownership of your experience, the more quickly you'll grow and expand, and the sooner your potential will look like an entirely different level than it does now! 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Jordanna: My mornings generally begin with a gratitude practice, connecting with my Angels, or journaling, then some form of movement to ground into my body and feel more alive. Whenever possible (which it generally is because I spend most of my time in warm climates), I do my morning practice outside or at least with a beautiful view in front of me. My workouts and my yoga practice are also a really important part of my daily spiritual practice, as for me, my body is my greatest channel to Spirit. I give myself nature at least every other day (ideally every day). Oh, and sex - lots of sex. My partner and I both perceive our sex life as a deep spiritual practice, which is glorious!

From there, I'm careful to stay attuned to my desires consistently throughout the day to ensure I'm connected to my needs, and to give myself whatever I require first and foremost. My primary job every day is to connect to me, so I do whatever it takes to be fully connected before navigating any "to-dos". 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Jordanna: I used to try to make myself stronger and braver than I actually needed to be. I was really good at facing my fears, but wasn't as conscious about naming them as fears as I now realize can be supportive. So I'd step up and be strong about everything, but then crumble at times in the face of it -- and usually alone, with food. Though I believed myself to be completely transparent, I was still isolating myself by trying to be strong when I had plenty of love and support around me to lean into. During these years of my life I kept numbing and hiding at times, subconsciously insistent upon claiming my independence and loving myself on my own. The irony was that if I had just been willing to allow myself to claim and feel my fear, and surrender into the support I had in moving through my fears (external and internal), I would have moved through them so much more fluidly and expansively. So grateful I can allow this part of myself now!

PYS: Who inspires you?

Jordanna: My close sister and one of the most amazing assets on the Modern Day Sorcerer team, Sally Mercedes is AMAZING. She's more committed to living in alignment with Spirit than possibly anyone else I've ever met!

My partner Johnny Lightning inspires me more than anyone I've ever met. He lives in surrender, divine guidance, and saying yes to his deeper knowing, and he moves through big shifts faster than I've literally seen anyone do!

Goddess Rising: Katie Dalebout

Every week, we are bringing you a new Goddess Rising interview, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing words of wisdom and advice to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.

This week, we have Katie Dalebout!

Through her blog, podcasts, and videos, millennial blogger, speaker, and podcast host Katie Dalebout curates inspired wisdom that guides people to go deep and sift through the thoughts clouding their minds. She’s a contributor to Refinery29, Mind Body Green, and her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Yahoo Health, and The Daily Mail.

In 2013 she launched the weekly interview podcast WWRadio, which attracted wellness and lifestyle celebrities such as Gabrielle Bernstein, Tara Stiles, and Joe Cross in its first few episodes. She’s the author of the forthcoming book Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling (Hay House, 2016). She helps people develop a positive image of their bodies by embracing their personality outside of their physicality.

Get her free Quick Start Guide here. If you’d like more inspiration from Katie visit her in Wonderland or on her InstagramFacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Katie Dalebout: My work involves listening to other people and being generous with my time which is always a spiritual practice. I also curate a blog and podcast which means I have to keep myself inspired to be able to share inspiration with others. As a writer I constantly feel like that's a spiritual tool since it's what connects me to my feelings and emotions since I don't really know how I'm feeling unless I'm writing since that's the why I process the world. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Katie: I always hated my body growing up. I had a lot of really negative beliefs about myself as I kid for some reason. I grew up thinking I wasn't good enough, cool enough, smart enough or pretty enough and the main one that really had me in a headlock was that my body wasn't good enough. I though that my body and my weight was something that I could control and change easier than all those other things so I decided to focus there. I thought our body's natural size and shape could be manipulated with force so that's what I did. I had an eating disorder and got my body to a really scary weight through force. When I was at that unhealthy weight I wasn't healthy but I was finally confident. I couldn't say at that weight though so I had to figure out how to be confident when my weight was higher than I wanted it to be and that's where I had to learn spiritual tools to help heal that crack and 'let the light in.' 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Katie: My worst habit is staying up late watching youtube videos on my phone and I'm trying to change it by leaving my phone out of the room but I'm doing a terrible job at it.

Another bad habit I have is pressing snooze on my alarm and just not getting up out of bed when my alarm goes off in the early morning. What I'm doing to change that is actually working well. I schedule a workout class for 5:30 am and I sign up the night before so I can't cancel or I have to pay money also I really like the class so it forces me out of bed at 5:15 because I have somewhere to be and then that way I'm up and moving. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Katie: Just be as raw and real as you can be. Genuine people are the best people. People fall in love with realness.

Stop thinking that anything is wrong with you. You are enough, try your best to believe that you are enough exactly as you are and you don't need to change you body, your hair, your weight, your job, or anything about yourself to be enough.

Lastly, do something creative every single day. It will make you feel proud, useful, and happy just for trying. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Katie: Journaling and processing my experiences. Doing something creative. Breathing and meditating as much as I can. Walking in nature as often as I can. And listening to or reading inspiring spiritual content. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Katie: I hid for a long time that I hated my body. I hid from people that knew me well that I was trying so hard to lose weight.

No one knew that I constantly thought about food and what I had eaten that day or that I constantly was comparing myself and my body to other people and feeling bad about myself. Now that I am open about this and constantly sharing my feelings and shame about it I feel more open and authentically me. The cool thing about sharing my shame is that it goes away when you share it because usually you're not the only one that has felt that way. 

PYS: 7. Who inspires you?

Katie: Elizabeth Gilbert, Beth Stelling, Simi Botic, Christy Harrison, Isabel Foxen Duke, Heather Waxman, Carly Gross, Alex Beadon, Gabby Bernstein, Haley Night, Stephanie Kylrich

Behind The Asana: Episode 11 - Saucha

Saucha is the ethical principle that involves personal purity, personal hygiene as well as creating a pure environment. More and more as we move and grow through our practice, we find that our external environment is a reflection of our internal state. As we work through our journey, saucha becomes a very practical application to find peace and harmony in our life. Clearing space in your home, work space, bedroom, decluttering your physical life, supports the principle of saucha and can help you in your journey of decluttering your mind.

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