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Goddess Rising: Angela Simson

Every week, we are so blessed to share this space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate with amazing ladies from around the world as they follow their passion. 

Angela Simson is a female health + happiness coach, writer and speaker.  She is the creator of The Gratitude Project blog which inspires thousands of women to step into their light and live their best life.  Angela is also the mind behind 30 DAYS OF SELF CARE and THE GRATITUDE TRANSFORMATION and has added cacao filled joy into many kitchens with her recipe book TREAT YOUR TASTEBUDS.  Through her time as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Angela has coached dozens of women personally through her private coaching practice and hundreds more with her online program.  

Angela is one hundred percent committed to giving women the tools to completely change their lives through small acts of gratitude, tweaks in nourishing their bodies and the power to create what they desire in their relationships, career and personal lives.  

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, sometimes we just need to clear the fog to see the magic right in front of us.  

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

Angela Simson: I work as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, which means that daily I get to speak to people about what feeds them, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually. Being reminded daily of the importance of a spiritual practice through my clients inspires me more and more to add to mine. I coach completely intuitively, never going into a session with a plan but trusting that what needs to be spoken about will come out and it does 100% of the time.  

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

Angela: To be honest, I had no huge breaks that led me to this passion. I simply saw people living amazing lives, where they were fed, loved and cared for but still not feeling at all fulfilled. Always waiting for something, marriage, babies, a bigger house or a better car. I was pulled into coaching because I believe that many of us take for granted what we have, we allow the stresses and struggles of everyday life to take away from the greatness of what we have in front of us. When you start to use gratitude and really focus on how lucky we are to have what we have, it's difficult to be pulled down by the speed bumps of life. 

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

Angela: I'm a chronic procrastin-eater! When I have something that needs to be done and I'm looking for distraction, I eat. Always healthy and nourishing food but it's my habit to go into the kitchen and make a smoothie or bake something when there is work to be done that I don't enjoy (aka sending out invoices or doing my bookkeeping. I'm working on improving it by adding a timer to my desk, I give myself 15-30 minutes per task and then I let myself move onto something else. That way I don't feel tied down to a 3 or 4 hour task in one day, it's spread out and manageable! 

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

Angela: The Cycle of Abundance. Inhale and Exhale. Then the cycle begins - Gratitude > generosity > giving > aligning > attracting > receiving > gratitude and round it goes. I have that always on my desk reminding me that by following abundance I will attract what I need and give what is deserved.  

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Angela: Mornings are always different depending on what time my daughter wakes up. Meditation isn't an option when she's awake as she will be jumping all over me and prying my eye lids open. But if she sleeps in I start the day with a 10-15 minute meditation, sometimes guided and then I roll out my matt and stretch my body. If she's awake, we stay in bed for that extra 30 minutes together and cuddle, she's happy when she's in my arms with our foreheads touching. When my husband gets home from training it's our family time together and that's what fills me up inside.  

PYS: Who inspires you?

Angela: The beautiful Kate Caddle.  

Goddess Rising: Alexis Sclamberg

Every week, we are so lucky to share this space with incredible women from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect and share and this week, we are happy to have Alexis Sclamberg!

Alexis Sclamberg is a personal growth writer, speaker and the co-founder of Borrowed Wisdom, a company that offers online programs to inspire and empower individuals to manifest a life they love.

A former lawyer, Alexis has been called the “manifestation master of her generation” and is known for taking the woo-woo out of the law of attraction and breaking down complex scientific facts into simple tools for manifestation. She is at work on her first book, Borrowed Wisdom For Love and is the co-creator and host of the Borrowed Wisdom interview series.

Alexis contributes personal essays to publications including Cosmopolitan, Forbes, and The Huffington Post, and has been featured on the radio, including NPR. She is an Instructor at Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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

Alexis Sclamberg: My work is focused on empowering others to live their best lives by giving them the spiritual and scientific tools to actualize their heart's desires. As a result, my work forces me to think about who I am, how I want to be in the world, and how important it is to cultivate faith in the process. Actualizing our potential on this planet while honoring our humanity requires a true test of faith -- and my work reminds me of this on a daily basis.

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

Alexis: I came to my work through my own "wounds." I was inspired to immerse myself in the world of personal growth as I was struggling in my own life--I was an unhappy lawyer in an unhappy marriage. Something needed to change. In my process of discovering the tools that were effective for me in moving my life story forward, in the direction of my heart's desires, I felt inspired to share what I had learned. And voila -- my business was born.

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

Alexis: My worst habit is making meaning out of events that in themselves don't have meaning. We all create stories about what is happening in our lives -- we fill in the blanks, it's only natural. But far too often we assign meaning that hurts us, that causes needless suffering, that misconstrues others' intentions. The result is a lot of unnecessary pain and strife. What if we could see the events of our lives simply for what they are? What if we could take a step back and ask ourselves about the meaning we're assigning to events, and question that meaning? That's what I'm working on doing right now: stopping myself before I create a harmful narrative, giving myself and others the benefit of the doubt, and in essence, elevating my consciousness about the events of my life.

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

Alexis: My biggest piece of advice is this: believe that anything is possible. It is my feeling that this is the most critical piece to manifestation -- belief sets everything else in motion.

Then, if I could sneak in another piece of advice, I'd say this: we can't control the "how" of our lives -- we can set intentions and create goals, but we will never be able to control how the details of our stories unfolds, nor can we control the timeline of the unfolding. This is OK. In fact, this takes a lot of pressure off us if we let it!! Stay focused on the outcome, but know that those details are just that: details.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Alexis: My daily spiritual practice starts when I wake up in the morning -- I immediately do a creative visualization meditation. This helps me plug into a different "dimension" so to speak -- I get connected to my best self, the person I want to be, and suspend time and space in doing so.

I journal before I get out of bed as well; I have a practice of writing 3 things I'm grateful for, 3 things that would make the day great, and filling in one "I am" statement. These prompts each morning help me get into a space of gratitude but also train my eye on what I want to find in my day (confirmation bias!) and help me stay really intentional about my thoughts and feelings.

I then go on my daily run to the Golden Gate Bridge -- this is one of my favorite parts of my day. Running alongside the water's edge, watching the waves lap up to shore, seeing the birds soaring above me, hearing the crunch of the gravel beneath my feet, and feeling my heart beat -- I feel I am a part of something so much bigger than myself. Getting connected to the universe in this way is an important start to my day.

Throughout my day, I like to take plenty of breaks to check in with myself (how am I feeling? what messages are my body sending me?) and spend time outside. I find that I can get so sucked into the details of my work and social life, that I can forget what really matters, and what's really going on for me. By taking breaks, I ensure that I stay aware.

Before I go to sleep, I do more journaling -- reflecting on highlights from my day, listing more things I'm grateful for and reviewing what I could have done differently. The latter helps me make critical shifts in my life.

Most importantly, I exercise my "faith" muscle all day, every day. Things happen in life that test this muscle and I find myself in a constant state of "working it out." This means that I'm looking at my life through a lens of "everything's okay, everything's working out just as it should -- even if I can't really see that right now."

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

Alexis: I'm an open book, to myself and to others. My business is based on this openness and authenticity, as is the book I'm writing now. I have found that it's not secrets that hold me up, but what to do with my vulnerabilities -- how to navigate through life given my set of challenges.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Alexis: My business partner and mom, Dr. Sharon Ufberg.

Piercing The Veil of Mind, Sound and Soul – Journey Into The Deep Power of Mantras, Your Own Voice and Holistic Sound Healing With Pierre Couvillion | VRR E10

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Pierre Couvillion is a rare expert in Sanskrit, mantras and using sound to pierce the veils of your mind, body and soul. Most of us do not know how to use our own voice to express what we honestly feel. Even fewer of us know how to use sounds to heal, relax and fuel personal growth. With over two decades of live experience in Sanskrit, Pierre takes this ancient mystical knowledge and makes it easy to understand and easy to benefit from in modern living. He offers clear practices and techniques for accessing the power found in mantras. Sanskrit mantras are encoded with specific vibrational frequencies. When you use a particular mantra correctly you can tune into its specific energy and its power. Mantras can be used to gain higher perspective, calm the nerves, steady the mind, and clear dullness, to active the body, connect to your soul, for holistic healing and many more real world applications. Sanskrit has no traceable history and is considered the oldest recorded language on Earth. The power of Sanskrit is in allowing the individual a personal journey through sound from the inside out. This journey creates an opportunity to discover your own voice; to reclaim the power of your own sound. Sanskrit is a technology where words are organized based on how the palette strikes the brain. The meter and tones used in Sanskrit are designed to help you learn sounds which already are inside you. This is stored energy most of us are not using. We are literally missing out on resources already at our disposal. The use of mantras becomes the activator for this stored energy, stimulating its flow in our life. Pierre shows us how to produce sounds which match the vibrations of what generates authentic fulfillment. His expert voice guides the practice of cultivating your own sound using the underlying current of frequencies and the ancient wisdom of Sanskrit. When using this technology the powers a mantra contains become available to you. Pierre offers a practice to awaken your native spiritual energy and have it flow with ease. Traditionally mantras are thought to be a key part of stimulating higher levels of consciousness. They help deepen self understanding and the connection to all life. Sanskrit teaches using language to become more aware. Sound opens the doors to life around us leading to ultimate living and fulfillment. Pierre believes you need to go try it for yourself and not take his word for it. Listen in with Pierre as he pulls back the esoteric veil of Sanskrit, mantras and reveals the keys to using this ancestral technology in your own life…

Here’s What Else You Will Get From Pierre’s Interview

  • The windows of language and how to look through them
  • How to step into a culture in its true manifestation
  • An easy to follow mantra for removing your own inner obstacles
  • Why singing is important to life
  • Why you should be singing no matter how you think you sound
  • The five mouth positions and how sounds affects the brain
  • What happens when you have achieved everything you have ever wanted
  • How to wake up your inner child and why it’s so important to do so
  • What are the gardening traditions and how you can benefit from them
  • Why tones in Sanskrit carry more meaning and power
  • Tools to disconnect from thinking and connect with what you are feeling
  • Mantras you can start with and what vibrations they carry
  • The first steps to activating your own true voice
  • What steps you can take to connect to the greatness of your personal lineage
  • The real reason why every person should know the Sanskrit alphabet
  • A great tip for yoga teachers to apply in class
  • A map for your own inner experience with sound
  • What is the true language of sacred spells
  • Realizing the importance of elders on your path
  • Using sound meditation to invoke the best process for your life
  • Why different sounds come from different parts of the palette
  • The first three basic mouth positions for any mantra
  • How you can better understand the subtleties and nuances of mantras
  • Discover the tool of sound to help invoke health and wealth for your business and family
  • Why deers shake after near death encounters and what this has to do with human life
  • How to go beyond limits to be truly happy
  • And much, much more…

Books, Links, Movies and Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

www.ayurveda.com
Awaken (Movie about Yogananda’s Life)
Books by Vasant Lad

Goddess Rising: Kate Caddle

Every Wednesday, we get to feature a woman from some where in the world who inspires and empowers in the health, wellness and personal development community. This week, we're talking to Kate Caddle!

Kate is a love fuelled coach, speaker, writer and yogi. Her purpose is to help vibrant women like you, reignite their spark and start living on purpose.

Through her online space, coaching sessions and speaking gigs, Kate helps you cut through overwhelm, fear and stuck stories to truly live an authentically beautiful life. Encouraging you to ask yourself the tough questions, dive deep and get your cute little butt into gear and take action.

She’s an advocate for self care, living gently and getting super comfortable in your own skin. She’s passionate about passion, and loves nothing more than seeing women live a life they love.


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

Kate Caddle: My clients are constantly inspiring me with their own growth, to venture deep into mine. When I see the progress they make in such a short amount of time, it reminds me of the ability within us as women to morph, grow and change, and that excites me! 

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

Kate: I couldn't agree with this more. I totally believe that everything that is given to us is a chance for us to learn and grow, and it's without a doubt that my toughest points have brought about the biggest positive shifts and awakenings of my life.

I was hit with a heavy curveball soon after I got engaged in January 2012. I was rushed to hospital with a 10cm cyst on my left ovary that was beginning to rupture. The pain was intense, and I had emergency surgery the next day. This was the first catalyst for change for me as I adjusted to my new normal.

I found out that I have severe endometriosis and that having children would be a challenge. It was tough to swallow but I was up for the challenge and completely shifted my life.

I embraced natural healing through food, yoga, meditation, spiritual healers, naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture - anything that felt right.

That process taught me to learn to listen to my body, and that honouring it would bring me closer to my truth.

The by-product of that, and something I never imagined, I found a completely different career path that I absolutely love.

I believe I was diverted down this path not only to improve my physical health, but to lead me to my purpose. 

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

Kate: Putting myself first is a daily challenge that I constantly have to remind myself to do, and I think thats why I'm so passionate about teaching others to do it too.

My highest value is to love and nurture others, and so when I do that, I feel amazing. But not when it comes at the cost of my own wellbeing. As I've heard it said so many times before ... How can I have anything to give if my cup is empty?

I need to consciously make an effort to do something everyday that makes me feel special. Today I'm finishing work a little early so that I can spend some time painting before my husband gets home. I love being creative and it always brings me deep contentment, and a new level of inspiration. 

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

Kate: Tune in, and do the work. And when I say work, I mean spiritual connection to yourself and to the divine (whatever that might be for you).

By establishing a loving relationship with yourself, you are able to connect to what it is you really want to do each day. That desire your heart is sharing with you.

And then, take action! As much as I believe in manifestation, we need to also bring a little yang flow into our dreams. What can you do each day towards moving you closer to your truth? Maybe it's reaching out to someone, maybe it's getting clear on your visions. But the key is to take forward motion, it doesn't matter how big or small, just keep stepping one foot in front of the other. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Kate: It changes with the seasons. I live in quite a warm climate in Australia, and in Summer (which it is right now) the sun rises at about 4:30am. I wake soon after the sun, and move my body in a loving way. (Walking my dog, pilates, yoga or a swim at the beach)

Next it's onto my morning meditation. Sometimes guided, sometimes to music and sometimes in nature. Whatever I feel I need that day.

Then I tune into how I feel, if I feel like journalling I'll grab a pen and my journal and sit for a while to write. Sometimes I feel like pulling angel cards or oracle cards.

And then I set an intention for my day, which I write down and keep at my desk.

Throughout the day I take regular breaks even for a few minutes to regroup and take some mindful breathes.

I also love to incorporate crystals and essential oils into my day and my spiritual practice.

Of an evening before bed I usually do a guided mediation and a bit of journalling or spiritual reading before drifting off into a blissful sleep. 

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

Kate: I've never really been one to consciously hide from things, I love to have everything in order - especially in my mind.

Something that has stopped me from living my truth in the past has been fear. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't still face it from time to time. But know I can recognise it for what it is, and not the 'truth' that I thought it was before.

Fear of not being good enough, of being rejected, of not making enough money, of not being worthy, of not be smart enough. Honestly the list could be endless!

But what I've realised is that I know I'm here on earth to do something great, it's bigger than me, and it's absolutely not my job to judge or scrutinise that. Whoever or whatever the higher power is, knows that there is a plan in place for me, and it's not my job to understand the plan, rather to listen to the guidance within and take steps in the direction I'm being led.

Whenever I feel myself waiver. I remind myself that this isn't about me, and I get on with what I was doing! 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Kate: Julie Parker from Beautiful You is a total goddess in action!

I'm also really inspired by Melissa Ambrossini and all the work that she is doing in guiding women to live from love.

And finally the girls from The Little Sage are divine, and I soak up everything they do!

Goddess Rising: Phoebe Lapine

Every week, we are blessed to feature a woman from the health, wellness and personal development community as they do awesome things around the world. This week, we are happy to feature Phoebe Lapine!

Phoebe Lapine is a cookbook author, gluten-free chef, culinary instructor, blogger, recipe developer and wellness personality, born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live and eat. On her blog, Feed Me Phoebe, she shares her recipes for healthy comfort food, gluten-free finds and insights about balanced lifestyle choices beyond food.

In 2013, Food & Wine magazine named Feed Me Phoebe as one of the top food blogs in their first ever Digital Awards and have featured over 100 of Phoebe’s recipes on their website and in print. In 2015, Saveur nominated the site in the category of Best Special Interest Blog in their annual Food Blog Awards.

In 2015, Phoebe launched The Wellness Project, a yearlong blog series and forthcoming memoir (Pam Krauss Books / Penguin Random House, 2017) about how to find the balance between health and hedonism through a series of monthly wellness challenges.

Phoebe is also a featured Tastemaker on one of the most successful recipe aggregating sites, Foodily, and works with the meal delivery service Plated as part of their culinary council. She is a frequent contributor to Mind Body Green, Yahoo Health, Kitchen Daily and Huffington Post Taste. Her healthy recipes, writing, and cookbook have also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, SELF, Shape, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, O! Magazine, and Glamour Magazine, and online by Time Out New York, Saveur, Brides, Paper, Tasting Table, Serious Eats, and Design*Sponge. She is also a regular host of wellness programming for Healthination.

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

Phoebe Lapine: Like many people, I grew up knowing the value of good food. My mom was an early adopter of the organic movement. Long before Whole Foods popularized it, she was feeding me bowls of quinoa instead of Easy Mac. But what really compelled me to quit my day job to focus on cooking full time, and what drives me now, even when a long day over the stove feels like a chore, is the power of a meal to feed the body and soul. Everyone is nourished in different ways, and cooking gives you the power to put your own special brand of love on the plate to share with others and, more importantly, to give to yourself. Plus, caramelizing onions slowly over a low flame is a form of meditation in my book. 

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

Phoebe: My food journey, and now the work I'm doing in other areas of the wellness world, was heavily influenced by my own health struggles.

The year after I graduated from college, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. My doctor told me not to worry--it was totally treatable, but I would probably have to be on medication for the rest of my life. That last part didn't sit well with me. So I did what any super mature 22 year old would do in my situation: I pretended like the conversation never happened and went on living my life.

I've been trying to undue the damage of that decision for years. But I'm grateful for the initial denial. Without it, I would have probably made an equally blind decision and just followed the path that my doctor laid out for me. Instead, my health bottomed out and I had to learn how to rebuild the hard way. The experience inspired my latest book, The Wellness Project. And I hope that my experiments help others who are looking for ways to do right by their body without giving up their life.  

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

Phoebe: I don't know if it's my worst habit--so many to choose from!--but this year I'm trying to focus on hitting the pavement more. Writing is a very isolating occupation, especially when it's cold out. I've come to realize that exercise classes are not necessarily what I need on a daily basis--it's really walking that energizes me. So I'm trying to prioritize 30 minutes of movement everyday and trying to have that translate to more time out in the open air away from my desk. 

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

Phoebe: Sometimes you have to embrace selfishness. Honoring my energies often means saying no to a lot of other people in my life who I love dearly. Not to mention my significant other, who's much more of a night owl than I am.

I realize though that when I’m feeling my best, everything else falls into place. The people around me become more alive; the positive glow is contagious. And allowing yourself to get to that place often takes many selfish steps in between.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Phoebe: I'm an inconsistent meditator, but I try to do at least 20 minutes every morning. On weekends, it's harder. My morning routine is more solid during the week, when I can work around my partner's schedule in order to get some peaceful time to myself. We have been cohabitating in a small studio apartment for five months, so carving out "me time" is a spiritual practice in and of itself!

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

Phoebe: I often don't do a good enough job "living my message." There are many evenings after a long day of cooking for others when I will order a big vat of sugar-laden Thai takeout. There's nothing like carrying twenty pounds of groceries around New York City to make your biceps want to pick up the phone instead of a frying pan to get dinner on the table! But in the last year, since starting The Wellness Project, I've come clean with some of my own struggles on the cooking front. And I hope that it actually makes me a more trusted source for doable recipes and wellness advice. I'm a busy flawed person just like everyone else, and I don't have time to become a slave to the stove after working hours! 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Phoebe: Candice Kumai, Anna Watson Carl, Amie Valpone, Andie Mitchell

Goddess Rising: Tarryn Slade

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 Tarryn Slade!

My name is Tarryn Slade, I am 27 years old and live in Brisbane Australia. I have always been a spiritually minded being but truly began my work as a Lightworker & Clairvoyant Healer in 2014 when I began my healing practice. To me their is no greater joy or passion in life than connecting & consciously living to your true, higher, authentic self and helping awaken, heal & inspire others to do the same during their time here on Earth.

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

Tarryn Slade: I suffered Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for almost 10 years and during that time I spiraled in deep depression, anxiety and fear... I even contemplated suicide on numerous occasions as I was so desperately unhappy. I felt lost, unloveable & insecure... I felt like I had no direction in life, that no one knew what I was going through, that no one really SAW me... I just wanted to feel like people cared, that my life matter, that I was of value and could be of service to the world.... I wanted someone to look at me and say "You can do this, I believe in you"... but most of all I wanted to be able to love & believe in myself.

And now that is what I offer through my work, together with the Angels & Guides, we connect and channel into the blockages, the hurts, the stagnant energy and provide messages of healing hope, of clarity and inspiration. Through my spiritual work, I am inspired to help awaken people to their higher callings and generate a conscious positive mindset of positive, loving self-nurturing & self-belief.

For we need the darkness to see the light, by lighting our own way too illuminate the paths of others. We rise in being our authentic selves. Our true soul selves.... And this inspires my work constantly.

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

Tarryn: My worst habit is procrastinating and waiting for someone to tell me I'm worthy and it's okay, that I can do this... The old "I believe in you" that I was searching for, for 10 years, can still rear its ugly head. When this happens, I drop into self-parenting through meditation, asking my inner child what is wrong and really tuning in to see why I'm feeling this way. I then switch my thinking to positive reassurance only, soothing myself with positive self beliefs that I can do this, and removing limiting self-beliefs.

I acknowledge that resistance I feel during these times is necessary and preparing me to launch and propel forward and to acknowledge my habit of self doubt as an indication that change and wonderful new opportunities are entering my life for me to embrace.

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

Tarryn: Find a wonderful mentor, someone whom you respect and admire, who has already actualized their potential and connect with them to help you break down the action steps you need to take on your own journey. Someone who you trust and who will be able to inspire & nurture you on your journey while still motivating you and holding you accountable.

Don't wait until you are ready, because you will never be. Just take one step at a time. Do a class, take a course, read a book, take a trip... And eventually you'll realise that each one of these was something that began setting you into motion toward actualizing your potential.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Tarryn: Every morning I wake and list three things I am grateful for before I get out of bed. I eat a healthy breakfast, play with my dogs and as I get ready each day I have a positive quote stuck to my mirror that I read every day that says "Hey you, yes you. I want you to really look at yourself. Past the insecurities, past everything you think is wrong. You are beautiful. Have a beautifully blessed day xoxo".

Each day I choose to focus on the positives, if a negative thought enters my head or feeling comes over me I make a conscious effort to replace it with three positive thoughts. I practice mindfulness through my breathing and my choices in food and my actions.

Love, respect, gratitude & compassion are four majorly important components in my daily spiritual practice, in particular, self love.

Taking time out to meditate, do the things I like, replenish my energies, doing a card reading, resting, rejuvenating are high atop my list daily with spiritual practice, for through my suffering CFS I learnt first hand you are no good to help anyone if you aren't functioning okay. One of my favorite analogy's to share with people is the 'Airplane Analogy' and goes a little something like this:

When you're on an airplane taxing the runaway and the airhostess is taking you through the emergency instructions they ask you in the event on an emergency if the air masks should fall to place your own on first securely before helping others... why? Because you won't be able to help anyone if you're passed out.

So just like life, it is so important to make sure you are okay, that you are taking care of you, through Mind Body Spirit, so that your foundations are set to be of service to others.

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

Tarryn: Fear of failure & vulnerability has always been something that held me back in self-love... But through recent times I have learnt to not see it as a failure, rather an opportunity to grow and I have come to realize that everyone, no matter who you are, feels vulnerable in life and its about acknowledging when you are feeling shame and vulnerability and championing these through self-love, unconditional self-love.

Self- love can mean many things, too. It's about our self-talk, keeping this positive & encouraging. It's about the foods we choose to consume, its about exercising, its about taking time out for spiritual practice be that healing, meditation, a reading... It's about being kind & gentle with yourself, patient and loving... For you are always going to be with yourself and that's a relationship that deserves love, respect, trust & nurturing.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Tarryn: Peta Kelly, Alexi Panos & Preston Smiles are all incredible souls sharing their light with the world!

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!

She Cried At 21 When They Diagnosed Her With Cancer…At 25 She Laughs With Wild Passion As A Successful Entrepreneur, Health Activist, and Thriver…With Tina Schomburg | VRR E09

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Tina Shomburg is simple on the surface. She tones down her natural beauty with light touches of makeup, quiet clothing and uses a gentle voice when speaking. But do not be deceived, inside of her an entire universe is under constant expansion where worlds collide and explode only to be born anew. Her energy is all driven inward where she cultivates and harvests life force to fulfill her vision during a second chance at life. Nearly five years ago, at the age of 21, Tina was diagnosed with cancer. A crazy lifestyle with 60 hour work weeks, fueled by horrid nutrition and a professional thrust for achievements, led to her collapse. Tina lived a life of unbalanced eating, stress filled routines with a complete disconnection from family, friends and nature. Tina shares her story of approaching dis-ease from a “different” perspective. Today, at 25, her cancer is in full remission, she runs a successful software development firm, she spearheads two health awareness movements, she has reconnected with her family and has deep rooted personal relationships…and…she has gotten back in touch with nature. In Tina’s own words, “After I was diagnosed with cancer, I felt that there was a huge lack of education! No one taught me what causes cancer, what to eat and drink to strengthen my immune system, or how to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy. I had to meducate (to become educated about medicine) myself! I learned how to take charge of my own health and that was a very powerful feeling within a normally helpless situation.”  Two years of holistic cleansing, radical changes in habits including quitting cold turkey cigarettes and alcohol and six months of chemotherapy to overcome cancer prepared Tina to help others. Through Meducated.org and  live group events, she empowers young adults with cancer to explore the journey of self discovery this experience can offer. It is her personal belief, “nobody has to be a victim.” She also believes the system which immediately pops up around you when first diagnosed gives you no time to think and ask questions. Tina advocates for discovering the true root causes for cancer in a person’s life. The conditioning of school and work deny our ability to play and reach our inner child. Taking time to organize your life and prioritize what is most import for living happy is a key part of healing in her opinion. Building your own network of  people in your life who are there to support you emotionally, mentally and physically is critical according to Tina. The process of healing can become much like a war and the fun of living through the healing process is lost. Tina now sees the importance of reclaiming fun as part of healing, she aims to help others be able to do the same in their own process. Tina Shomburg transformed her life from seeking worldly accolades to manifesting her true dreams through a journey with cancer. Listen in as she tells us how she gets it all done today with a joyous smile and passionate laughter.

Here’s What Else You Will Get From Tina's Interview:

  • How to build a successful business while having balance in your life.
  • What fun really means and how it directs choices for pleasure and relaxation.
  • The benefits of transitioning from aggressive life pursuits to dream building.
  • How to overcome past hurts from family and friends.
  • Why a negative view of cancer slows down healing.
  • Cancer as a wakeup call.
  • The Green juice ingredients used in Tina’s detox.
  • Learning the difference between a detox and a lifestyle.
  • How to really take it easy on yourself and learn from mistakes.
  • Setting boundaries, saying no, and knowing you made the right choice.
  • The powerful business lesson of being in the “same place a different space.
  • ”How to enjoy life while regaining your health.
  • The power of whole food nourishment in a natural healing method.
  • The key ingredient of health success in social settings.
  • Her secrets to cultivating the environments which serve you best.
  • Why a network of people who can support you and your health choices is important.
  • How to break beyond the shame of reaching out and asking for help.
  •  And much, much more…

Books, Links, Movies and Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

 

www.meducated.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CancerTalks

The Ringing Cedars of Russia

Eat Pray Love

The Big Magic

Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Forks Over Knives

The Matrix

Behind The Asana: Episode 10 - Bhramaree Pranayama

Often called “the honey bee breath,” Bhramaree Pranayama is a breathing practice that we use to find stillness and peace in our lives, meditations or asana practices. Using the end of the vibration of Om, the universal vibration, Bhramaree pranayama supports you in finding more harmony.

In this video, I show you how to use Bhramaree Pranayama in your own life, as well as explain why we use it. Please share, like or comment, let me know what you think! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Rainforest Secrets To Aging More Gracefully, Positioning Your Startup In An Established Industry and The Truth On Sunscreen With Linda Lizotte, R.D. | VRR E08

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Linda Lizotte is the founder and director of Aging More Gracefully, Inc. (AMG), the number one nutraceutical company in the United States. Their core belief is, you are what you absorb. This has led Linda to create plant based solutions for chemicals such as sunscreen, skin moisturizers, body scrubs, etc. She openly speaks out against the limited training chemist receive when it comes to using natural sources as solutions instead of synthetic chemical ingredients which poison humans and kill our planet. Linda is a leading voice for cosmeceutical development using only ingredients which actually enrich the user. Exposing the ugly side of beauty where profits far out way health issues and long term impacts on the user’s health and DNA and the planet is where Linda invests most of her time. At AMG they promote the benefits of plant ingredients with no animal testing beauty products, plants do not change hormones or dna of the user, plants do not create biowaste and hazard to the environment. It what can be said to be a lifetime of research on skin toxins and how they destroy human health Linda found one ingredient in the amazon which catapulted the quality of her product ahead of anything else in her industry. She is a woman with a start up concept in a world of billion dollar titans; most of whom are men. By looking to serve the customer first she has cut a huge niche for her company and is continuing at a Hannibal’s pace towards more market share. Her story of focus and success is a case study for any entrepreneur looking to make it. Linda also believes we can better deal with emotions and gain spiritual awareness by becoming aware of our skin. To her a detox without bringing attention to the skin is not a complete detox. Chemicals reach the brain and the bloodstream directly through the skin because the skin has no liver to help filter the toxins. Skin is the largest human organ and it is too often ignored. The fundamentals behind Linda’s’ philosophy of “you are what you absorb,” could change how you select what goes on your body especially the Sunscreen you use. Linda does more than administer a successful company she works to expose what the big cosmetic industry is not telling you about the beauty chemicals found in streams, oceans and our blood. With a very responsive newsletter list Linda reaches thousands of loyal readers. She is dedicated to sharing awareness and tools to empower everyone for better decisions especially label education for skin care and topical applications products. Join us and Linda Lizotte, female entrepreneur, business mastermind and social activist who is taking on a huge industry by offering a superior alternative with real world health benefits.

Here’s What Else You Will Get From Linda’s Interview:

  • What product who claim they are anti-aging are actually aging you faster and why.
  • Deciphering internet information, filtering the good from the bad
  • How to read the labels on skin products, they can be more complicated than food labels
  • Wild adventure in the Amazon, what you can learn about getting on a plane
  • A simple green lead packed with protein you can eat
  • The one oil which is actually sexier and healthier than olive oil
  • The power and secrets of Moringa
  • Why skin cancer continues on the rise despite more use of SPF’s
  • Steps and mindset for fearless exploration and innovation in your business
  • The HUGE threat in nanoparticles diving too far into your body
  • The secret to getting your natural dosage of vitamin D
  • Why dangerous SPF’s are now being applied to a wide variety of topical products
  • The fatal lies behind chemical applications to the body and planet
  • How to use referred sales to increase your bottom-line and reach clients currently not accessible
  • The financial science behind transnational power
  • The entrepreneurial prayer for success and abundance
  • Using visualization to see every employee working in harmony for success
  • Using visualization to see every step in your products development
  • Some better ways to vote with your dollars
  • Using the power of prayer to build your ultimate business experience
  • What are Sun Plant Factors and how can you use them for effective sun screen
  • The 96 hour assassin killing our oceans reef systems

Books, Links, Movies and Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

www.amgnaturally.com
Not Just A Pretty Face
The Ugly Side of The Beauty Industry
Sunscreens Biohazard – Treat as Hazardous Waste
The Road to Wellville
Fast Food Nation
Healthy Beauty
Nutrition Made Simple