spiritual practice

Goddess Rising: Heather Waxman

Every week, we are so incredibly blessed to share this space with some of the incredible women from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate with some amazing ladies from around the world as they follow their passion. This Wednesday, we are pleased to welcome Heather Waxman to the blog!

Hi! My name is Heather Waxman and really, I am a truth-seeker. In myself, in everything I do, and in everyone I meet, I seek truth. Deep, but true. In the professional realm, I am an Amazon best-selling author, spiritual life coach, meditation guide, and singer-songwriter. My super power is helping women unpack and transform their emotional + behavioral patterns through spiritual practice, song, and meditation. It is my heartfelt belief that when we can clean up our thoughts and clean up our energy bodies of these subconscious memories and patterns, we can live truly radiant + peaceful lives. 

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

Heather Waxman: My work is always my spiritual tool because it helps me to see myself in the other person, and that amps up my compassion for myself, for my clients, and for my loved ones. What I teach my clients I have healed or am still transforming within myself. My clients are absolute treasures to me, and they inspire me to show up even more fully for myself.

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

Heather: We are all cracked. Ha! But seriously...we are. That's what we have in common. That's what we share. We need to have the courage to take off the masks of "I am this" or "I am that" and show up...just as you IN your own energy. That is enough.

My core wounds have inspired every single area of my work. And they continue to. After struggling for 7 years with anorexia nervosa, over-exercising, and binge eating and trying one outpatient treatment form and therapy after another, I was getting nowhere. My soul was crying out for something more. So, I cried and I asked and I was led to commit to a spiritual practice recovery program.

I stumbled my way through and when I finally felt food and body freedom three years later, wrote BODYpeace with my dear friend Kasey Arena, which is our 30-day guidebook to finding lasting peace with food and your body. We used our deep struggles with food and exercise addiction to help those going through it too pair spiritual practice and practical action steps together for a deep, nourishing, and pleasure-filled plan to lasting transformation in your mind and body.

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

Heather: Jealousy. When I was younger and all the way through college, I felt like an outcast. I had friends but never had a *core* group of friends that made me feel like I belonged. I was constantly putting on certain masks so that I could be accepted into a certain group, instead of allowing myself to express myself fully as I was. I did the same with my family, taking on the role of "the co-dependent good girl." I was a hot mess, really.

This constant striving to be something I wasn't made me feel like I wasn't good enough and I would inevitably end up resenting someone in my group of friends or family, or idolizing someone and putting them on a pedestal. I went through this nasty cycle of idolizing someone and then hating them - making them special and then making myself special. I did this for 22 years, and I do my best to be patient with myself when it happens. But sometimes, I'm very hard on myself. That being said, I've come light years from where I was and I credit this practice to moving through jealousy:

1.) Activate your awareness.

When I can first become aware of the jealousy, I can allow it to begin to transform.

2.) Feel the jealousy.

This can be the hardest part for me. I can get very hard on myself and judge myself for feeling jealous, which only allows the feeling to persist. I'm working on it.

3.) Allow the jealousy to be a flashlight for you, shining a big spotlight on your own potential.

When I'm jealous of someone, it's because I'm feeling insecure and holding onto a belief that I'm not worthy of having what I admire in someone else. So, I tell myself this mantra: "I believe, I can, I am" and I tell the person who is triggering jealousy in me, "You believe, you can, you are. Thank you."

4.) Forgive yourself.

This is everything. Forgiveness is what sets me free from the chains of that jealousy and resentment and idolatry. I close my eyes, hold my younger self that doesn't feel valued (sometimes she's 6 and sometimes she's 26), and tell her that it's okay to be herself and that she has done nothing wrong. My favorite mantra for this is, "You've done nothing wrong. I forgive you."

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

Heather: Let your emotions guide you instead of letting your emotions destroy you.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Heather: I truly consider my life my spiritual practice BUT there are some more structured things that I do on the daily to keep myself feeling calm, confident and connected.

In the morning, I wake up and make some hot lemon water and then go to my meditation space with my cat (depending on the day, she will sit on my lap).

I'm currently practicing an amazing Kundalini yoga kriya called Morning Kriya, which cleans the energy centers, balances the digestive and nervous systems, and sets the navel center (solar plexus area) so I can be strong, clear-headed, and focused throughout my day. I'll then workout and break a sweat in some form.

I am a devoted Kundalini yogi, so I take another 90 minutes in the middle of the day to practice a full Kundalni yoga kriya. This is really important for me, since I'm constantly interacting with other people's energy fields and working directly on them. My spiritual practice is numero uno. When I do it, I'm me. When I don't, I'm not me.

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

Heather: I am a deeply sensitive person, and for so long I would beat myself up and ask myself, "What is wrong with me?" because I could just feel everything so deeply - my own feelings and emotions, the feelings and emotions of others, the energy of the room, the energy of the world in general.

Before I came to committed spiritual practice, I had no idea what was going on inside of me and that's why I turned to addiction. I had to cope somehow, so I coped in the best way that I knew how. I felt so ashamed of being "weak" and feeling things so deeply. I never talked about it. Now, I am proud of being so sensitive and I know it to be my greatest strength. It helps me heal and understand myself and, therefore, be able to understand others and help them heal too. My sensitivity is my compass through life.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Heather: Oh man. Do you have a year? Ha!

I admire people - especially women - who are fierce and graceful truth-seekers. As of late, my teacher Guru Jagat has been my greatest inspiration. She is a remarkable teacher of the technology of Kundalini yoga and endlessly inspires me in how she lives, loves, and leads her life. She shakes me awake every time. Also, my dear friend Devin Harris. She is a devoted mom and healer, and the way she gives of herself, nurtures herself, and cares for her son kind of blows my mind. You should totally interview them both. The incredible musician Tori Kelly is also a massive inspiration of mine. 

Goddess Rising: Alisha Hawrylyszyn Frank

Every week, we are so incredibly blessed to able to share space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate with some amazing ladies from around the world, and this week, we were able to share with Alisha Hawrylyszyn Frank.

I used to be miserable without any direction in my life. I was self-destructive with drugs, alcohol and loveless relationships, which led me to understand that I honestly hated myself. When I discovered how to become fiercely optimistic my life completely turned around allowing me to become truly happy. Now, I help facilitate the discovery of self-love with individuals pursuing positive change & inner growth, which allows them to find direction in their lives.

Hello! I’m Alisha Hawrylyszyn Frank (pronounced har-a-lish-in frank). I am a life coach, Reiki Master, yoga instructor, intuitive healer and writer.

When I was nineteen years old I almost lost my life due to liver failure brought on by a drug overdose. This experience gave me the strength to leave the gorgeous state of Michigan to find adventure (and myself). I landed in NYC where I resided for over a decade while simultaneously traveling the world for months at a time. Today, I live between San Diego, California & New York City in complete bliss.

My life from the outside looking in may have looked picture perfect back in the day - life of the party at all the trendiest spots (without ever waiting in a line). But I was really just part of a vicious cycle where being self-destructive & unhappy was thought to be cool and I was seriously doleful.

I needed to make changes in my life but everything seemed so intertwined and complex. I had no idea where to start! I began to read books and speak to professionals but I quickly realized that these steps were keeping me in the past and not pushing me forward into the future. So, this is where I started to trust myself. I put together what I needed in order for me to thrive & be happy. Today, I am proud to say that I love myself and I share this love with every single person I meet.

These days I am dedicated to empowering people and showing them how to become fiercely optimistic. I use a combination of techniques I have developed along the way as well as knowledge I picked-up through obtaining a NYU coaching certificate, an Indigenous Studies degree and years of education under the discipline of Swami Omkarananda.

I love all beings (especially bunnies), being near the water, cruising in my VW Beetle with the music turned up, taking photographs and giving thanks each & every day for all my blessings.

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

Alisha Hawrylyszyn Frank: As a healer my work is very spiritual. I am constantly giving thanks to the Divine and keeping my communication flowing. Throughout my day I connect to the Universal Life Energy through Reiki to share the energy of the Universe with those that I come in contact with.

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

Alisha: I have suffered through much in this lifetime, which I talk about through my Instagram account and blog. I now have the ability to find compassion for everyone I come in contact with because I see that things aren't always as they seem. We put on a lot of different faces because our society has yet to create a supportive and loving environment for people to be honest. This is where we all come in! It's important for us not to be judgmental because one's journey may require a different route.

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

Alisha: My worst habit at the moment is making sure to eat well. I am a very busy person so I eat a lot on the go, which doesn't always leave room for healthy food. I am now incorporating more green juices and teas to keep up my health. Health is wealth!

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

Alisha: Believe in yourself and trust your intuition. You are amazing and magical. Now is the time to share your gifts with others.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Alisha: I wake up between 3-5am to meditate for at least 20-minutes. This starts my day off right and connects me to the Self.

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

Alisha: I am very open about my experiences, which has liberated my soul. I post openly on social media and my blog so that others know that they are not alone. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Alisha: Honestly, every single being inspires me from the happy-go-lucky dog walking down the street to the upset clerk at the super market. We are so blessed to be able to observes one another and share our gifts with the world.

Behind The Asana: Episode 29 - The Story of Vishvamitra

Vishvamitra was a king in India, who is known for his spiritual journey. One day, when visiting the sage Vashista, Vishvamitra saw and demanded that Vashista give him this cow who could manifest anything. When Vashista denied his request, as it was a divine gift, Vishamitra declared war on the sage. Vishamitra and his entire army fought against Vashista and his cow, but the cow manifested a great army and soon, Vishvamitra was defeated. Realizing all he had lost, and all the happiness that Vashista, this spiritual man had, began Vishvamitra on his journey. 

The spiritual growth of Vishvamitra is one that we can look to as guidance, as it is not straight forward. When we begin on the path towards light, it's not always clear, and it is not easy. However, as the story of Vishvamitra tells us, we must keep going.

Please like, comment and share! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at adishaktrirising@gmail.com.

Goddess Rising: Stephanie Birch

Every week, we are so blessed to share this space here on the Passion Yoga School blog with some of the incredible ladies of the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate with these incredible movers and shakers, as they do great things, follow their passions and make the world a better place. This week, Stephanie Birch took the time to share her thoughts with us!

"I came for the sweat and found a way of life." I was hooked from my very first yoga class. As a longtime athlete, yoga was the perfect dose of physical exertion I longed for after a lifetime of sports and playing tough. It wasn’t until after I had my son that I truly began to connect with yoga as a way of life. Yoga became my breath on and off the mat, it has strengthened my mind and body, soften my shell, teaches me to live in the present, and it serves as a conduit to my Soul's purpose.

In my everyday life, I am a play-at-home mom, yoga teacher, life photographer, writer, fire-starter, online contributor, Soul Activist, Tahoe-lover, a sucker for dark chocolate, dark beer, coffee, cartwheels, boardgames, and a life well-lived barefoot and pants-less. “No pants are the best pants,” is the norm in our household. You can practice online with me at www.oneOeight.tv or in Sacramento, California. You can find me writing wide-open heart as a wanna-be comedian and squealing on my best days at www.stephynow.com.
 

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

Stephanie Birch: My work is really doing the work, no bypassing or excusing my own self-devotion. It is about showing up to the very lessons and themes I teach in a yoga class. I don't fall back on traditional texts, regurgitated cues, or lessons from another. That wouldn't be real for me. It is important for me to actively participate in this practice than cover my tracks or basis with longitude of experience.

My job, as a teacher, is to coach people to feel in a yoga class. To get absolutely in touch with themselves by challenging the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. I refuse to teach people from a place of fear or that there is only way to practice yoga. We do a disservice to teach that yoga (especially, asana) is a one-way system, as if all bodies are built the same, they are not. Alignment brings awareness, it does not keep you safe. It's important to empower people to be responsible for their practice, it's that dedication and self-awareness that keeps them encouraged. I am passionate about getting people to really fuck up the insides and get to know themselves deeply, discovering that they are their greatest teacher. It is not my job to make their time on the mat "good or bad" or that they're doing it "right or wrong." As if practicing one or two limbs of the "yoga path" is not enough, it's more than enough. It's a personal practice and the system is designed to connect you to your highest self.

It's about empowering my students, evolving the practice, and always teaching from a place of fierce love. That means getting downright uncomfortable to understand the deepest depths of ourselves, our relationships, and our lives. 

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

Stephanie: My wounds have brought me here. They have given birth to a life of getting fucking real. I used to be such a pretender, people-pleaser, and not say too much or make a stink and it furthered a career of self-doubt and staying small. My pain has been useful in my survival, overcoming the very things I thought would drown me. Going through depression, as a new mom, put our family in a tail-spin. It is not something that just goes away, it's often resting on shoulder, waiting, plotting, and planning to take it's grip again. It's taken a lot of work to get here and I'm grateful for it. My world changed when I began to understand that the Soul is both light and dark and that love is the inclusion of every emotion, it unlocks the part of you that tethered herself to traumas, abuse, and victim-hood that, although painful, gave me purpose to understanding myself. Pain is a beautiful motivator. We can sink or rise with it.

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

Stephanie: I challenge others and myself to get out of the box of labeling things as "good" or bad" - we need to change our relationship to a gradient scale of "goodness" factor. I used to believe I was a "bad yogi" because I ate meat, drink alcohol, and don't perfectly align with the traditional teachings of the yoga path. There's a lot of shaming that goes on the yoga world and I say, "fuck that noise." It's taken years to understand myself and trust myself in this process and it certainly required me to knock down the "guru" and pedestal complexes. My worst habit, if you will, is second-guessing my intuition or not following my gut-checks with people, relationships, and teachings. Every time, I allow my intellectual to step in above my intuition, it takes the wind out of me. My practice is truly is trust and love myself deeply -- and say "no" a hell of a lot more. 

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

Stephanie: Trust yourself. Know yourself. Love yourself. I follow along the lines of not asking for advice or giving advice. If there is someone that is coming to me for advice, I lead with questions, understanding, and charge the conversation to bring forth answers he/she already has within. We are such an advice-giving and seeking culture. We already know deep down what we need to do and most of the time, if not all, it means we need to listen to ourselves. Trust ourselves. Tune-in to this inner-knowing and guidance. We are always being guided and that means we must tune out the external to uncover our greatest potential.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Stephanie: My spiritual practice is to have a human experience in this life. To live out life's ups and downs, trials and errors, and everything between. I believe that we are put on this earth to have a human experience, we are already spiritual Beings. 

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

Stephanie: I think one that comes to mind, that isn't necessarily secretive, is growing up with the belief I wasn't ever going to amount to much more than a full-time job, paying bills, and calling it a life. I grew up in a low-middle class family, it's the average American story. My dad worked himself to the bone and my mom stayed home to raise 5 kids. Without being taught, per se, many of us mimic our parents and the "should-do" life. Working yourself to the bone in a job you hate because you have mouths to feed is a scary place to be, it's a trap. I openly talk about this trap and use it to encourage my path to grow and make my contribution to the world by not falling back into generational patterns and belief systems. It's how we change the world, moving away from the tribe and into your own way of life. Taking charge of my life is not easy, by any means, but it's absolutely necessary.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Stephanie: I am inspired by fire-starters and fire-breathers. Women who roar and rage. The ones in-touch with their primal, animalistic selves, speak in truths, and dance in flames. This woman, who is my sister, coach and friend, Diana Vitantonio. Belly to belly.

Goddess Rising: Margherita Feldman

Every week, we are so blessed to share this space with an amazing woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate and this week, we are thrilled to have our very own Passion Yoga School graduate, Margherita Feldman!

I was introduced to yoga at a young age in Montessori School and was continually drawn back for the peace, joy, and light it brought to my life. I began a regular practice in 2012 as a way to exercise and relax. I stayed with yoga because of the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing it brought. After graduating college with a degree in Hospitality and Event Administration, I went into the Caribbean jungle of Costa Rica to Passion Yoga School with Adi Shakti for my ryt200. This completely transformed my practice and my life. In Costa Rica, I also received reiki initiation. I have had additional training in anatomy, nutrition, and alignment. I immediately began teaching children’s yoga, hot yoga, and all levels vinyasa flow. I now live in on the beach in California, where I teach yoga to the community. I also enjoy any flow therapy such as hula hoop, dance, and trapeze. Using Yoga, meditation, and reiki, I have found incredible healing!

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

Margherita Feldman: Yoga, reiki, and meditation have become a great spiritual tool for me. I am finding deeper connection to my highest potential every day. I have begun unraveling the layers of conditioning from society. I was brought up to believe I needed society's approval. Through my work, I realize all that is important to me is to be is a happy, healthy, and connected to my source. I grow closer everyday. I love when my work helps others to connect with their spiritual centers as they discover a light burning inside.

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

Margherita: Without my core wounds, I would not be the beaming light I am today. I suffered much childhood pain: death of a parent, child abuse, unstable living environments, etc. This led me to trouble in my teenage years with drugs and unhealthy relationships. I was lost and in so much pain. I wanted healing. I craved the light.
Through this, I started to move towards the light and promote self healing. I realized how yoga was healing me inside and out. I wanted to continue to heal myself so I could share this magic with others. I am so proud to be healthy, happy, healing, growing, and evolving everyday! 

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

Margherita: Currently my worst habit is being worried, confused, and feeling uncertain. I have noticed myself getting clouded by other's opinions or not being fully confident in my own. I know that my intuition knows all the right answers for my journey. If I can sit with myself and really listen to my soul, the answers will become clear. Recently I have let my mind race with worried or anxious thoughts.

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

Margherita: You can do and be anything in this world! Whatever your heart desires: talk about it, write about it, post about it, and move your life around it! Ask yourself at the honest core of your being: What is it that is most important to you in life? Once you have found this answer, you must be brave enough to build your life around it. Find the tapas, or discipline, to keep you on the path that creates the life you want to live! You truly can be the best version of yourself with dedication to your practice.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Margherita: My daily spiritual practice is crucial for me to have a "full" day. I feel incomplete if I have not done one of the following: Spend at least 30 minutes in nature- hiking, beach walking, etc. One hour yoga practice. Journaling or writing letters to friends. Meditating/ chanting/ both. Reading spiritual articles and books is also good to my soul.

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

Margherita: I have often hidden from guilt and insecurities. I have approached monstrous feelings of guilt and shame from my childhood. I felt like I was not good enough to be loved as child. This carried over in to my adult life as I accepted many relationships that were unhealthy for me. I did not believe I was deserving of love, because I did not fully love myself. Through yoga and many other healing practices, I have begun a practice of self-love. It takes daily work, but I am committed to facing my demons to promote healing!

PYS: Who inspires you?

Margherita: Melanie Coons inspires me! She is an amazing health-foods chef, gymnastics coach, and yogi! She is always radiating positivity!

Behind The Asana: Episode 27 - Taking A Spiritual Name

When you take a spiritual name, you are undergoing a rebirth and committing yourself to your sacred path. Spiritual names are traditionally given as part of a ceremony, where your teacher gives you the name that will connect you to this sacred way of life. I was gifted my name, Adi Shakti, by my teacher Yogrishi Vishvketu, and it is something that I carry through life as I pursue my passion and my purpose. 

Going deeper into what it means to take a spiritual name and what my name in particular means, this video explores the meaning of my name and why people take new names on their spiritual journey. Please like, share this video. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or send me an email at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

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.

Goddess Rising: Suzanne Heyn

Every week, we are so lucky to share this space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some amazing ladies, and this week, we are so pleased to have Suzanne Heyn sharing with us!

Suzanne Heyn is a spiritual teacher and mentor, self-love writer, and creator of transformational online courses. By age 28, she experienced the deaths of her father and sister and survived cancer. These traumatic experiences and post-cancer healing forced her to express long-repressed emotions. In a society that fears emotion, Suzanne's message is simple: Feel your feelings. Love who you are. She believes unconditional self-love unlocks the door to a richly meaningful and abundant life. By feeling our feelings, we begin the most exciting adventure of our lives: witnessing the unfolding of our authentic self.

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

Suzanne Heyn: One of the things I most value is authenticity. I spent many years of my life massively depressed, and feeling like my sadness made me flawed. I felt like everyone else had it together and I spent all my energy resisting my feelings and pasting a fake smile on my face.

Over time, I grew to see that my pain didn't make me flawed, it made me human. I've healed a lot, but even now, when I see perfect images on social media, it makes me compare myself to others.

By expressing my authentic truth — my ups and downs — through social media and my blog, I hope to communicate to others that it's okay to not be okay. It's okay to be human. I continually remind myself and others that the illusions we compare ourselves too are just that, illusions. 

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

Suzanne: One of my core wounds was that it's not okay to feel. After my father and sister died, I felt I had to create the illusion that I was strong and cold and never hurt. After cancer, the rage was all consuming and I had no choice but to face it.

That initiated the most divinely healing journey ever — the journey of feeling my feelings. I was guided towards a meditation practice that helped me dissolve my painful feelings and connect with my core truth underneath it all.

Today, my work is all about feeling your feelings because so much of people's problems arise from repression. This work developed from growing up in a household where emotions were denied. My sister killed herself, and that's one reason why I'm so passionate. Nobody should ever feel that alone. 

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

Suzanne: I work too much. I used to be a hardcore slacker, and now I'm obsessed with success. I'm working to become conscious of my behavior and really ask myself which projects have to be done now and which can wait.

Sometimes, I'll talk with my old self, even if that old self existed an hour ago. For example, if I work too late on a project, before going to bed, I'll visualize myself hunched over my keyboard and tell myself, "You don't need to work so hard. You're worthy no matter what."

That seems to be really helpful. I find most bad habits develop from energy and not mindset issues. If you work to heal the energy, you can change your habits. So I work to become conscious of things I'd like to change and then find out the real reason I'm engaging in unhealthy behaviors.

Too often, we focus on surface problems. I like going deep.

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

Suzanne: Be patient. We often work really hard to uncover our life's purpose because we believe in the universe and its divine potential and our unique gifts. But then we feel like we need to work really hard to actualize that potential. We remove the sacredness from it and believe it's all up to us.

What we really need to do is prioritize our spiritual evolution above all else. Because our spiritual growth is tied to our life purpose. We often think of life purpose or potential in terms of career, but its more about energy. We might get paid for it, but it's ultimately not about that. So I create online courses and I earn money from that, but what I'm really doing is creating space for people to feel and heal. That's my life purpose. I turned it into my career, but it doesn't have to be that.

So, in short, if you want to actualize your potential, meditate.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Suzanne: I meditate every morning and do yoga as often as possible. Feeling my feelings and loving myself no matter what is a sacred practice. Loving myself even when I mess up or work too much or don't eat as healthy as I'd like.

There are a couple key areas of my life where I've been hoping for change that's really slow in coming. So everyday I practice acceptance while trusting that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. 

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

Suzanne: If I have any secrets, I'm not aware of them. I work really hard to shine light in all of my shadows. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Suzanne: @jadealectra on Instagram

Goddess Rising: Asha Ramakrishna

Every week, we use this space to feature an inspiring and empowering woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect and share with amazing women around the world, and this week we are so happy to feature Asha Ramakrishna!

Being trained as a Molecular Biologist and spending over a decade in Business Development & Sales in the Biotech Industry, Asha now mentors Evolved Entrepreneurs + Executives to clarify personal Fulfillment, ensure Work & Life Balance, and establish systems for Profitable & Sustainable enterprises.

Soul + Business. Go perfectly together.

Feel Good. Be Wealthy. Give Back.

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

Asha Ramakrishna: When I first started blending business and spirituality, I was doing Business Development in the Biotech industry. What I found was that having sales conversations were really more about soul to soul conversations. I was connecting to the person (prospective client) at a soul level, and so I started to see the work I did as spiritual.

In fact, I think whatever work we do we can do it from a place of service, and that in itself makes it spiritual beyond any meditating or chanting. 

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

Asha: I was in pain for a long time. I was going to so many different spiritual workshops because I was curious to learn more, but ultimately it was because I was suffering. I felt as though my sensitivity was getting in the way of my personal and professional success and I didn't have a way to elegantly feel everything and still get sh*t done. haha!

True, though! It was this pain that led me to really focus on a method that could eliminate my search, but also help me at a practical level. It is a very powerful method that I use and now teach.

What I found though was that the acceptance of the present moment was the doorway to both honoring what is alive in me, and also moving towards what I desire to create.

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

Asha: Is this like one of those interview questions? haha!

worst habit.... eating cake. I love cake. I'm sure it's a sugar thing, but I love it. At this moment, I will tell you, I am not doing anything about it. Except laughing a bit about it, and having some compassion for it.

I'm sure there is more sweetness I am craving, and I honor that honesty about my cake eating. ♡

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

I would say that #1 you are enough as you are right now. Know that life is supposed to have ups and downs, and in fact those sacred seasons of life, even if we do not totally understand them, have a genius reason for being there.

At a practical level: do what you can to re-program your mind so that it is an ally to your beautiful soul, and my favorite

.... always take inspired action. Be courageous, it is ok if you fall flat on your face, trust me, you will learn how to do things better. Learning to pick yourself up, not taking it personally, but using the information as data to feed your wisdom, is the most precious thing you can embrace about life. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Asha: I make tea. Sit for a minute in the quiet of my living room. Practice Ashtanga Yoga.
Then before going to bed I talk to my daughter about her day; that is probably the most scrumptiously spiritual thing I do. It is a precious window into her soul.

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

Asha: Years ago I received a set of Feminine Principles in a mystical experience. One of the principles that has been central to my life was...

Connect to a Sisterhood; it will strengthen you.

I didn't have a Sisterhood at the time. I longed for it, and even if that piece seems off course in the self love journey, I found that being vulnerable to another in a sacred space has been one of the most powerful acts of courage and self love.

I am still in progress with it. Everyday challenging myself with compassion to go deeper, more vulnerable, and to fully trust another who is vested in our collective evolution.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Asha: My daughters inspire me. I love observing them unfold.

I think you should inspire one of my clients Valerie Marie. A woman who has come into her goddess nature in less than a year. So honored to have walked with her. 

Goddess Rising: January Newland

Every Wednesday, we are so lucky to feature an incredible woman from somewhere in the world who is doing great things to inspire and empower within the health, wellness and personal development community. This week, we are featuring January Newland who is a fitness trainer and nutrition coach! In her own words: 

I am a personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutrition educator, health coach, ocean aficionado, & Hawaii-born island-lover. I live in San Diego, with my boyfriend, our three dogs, and five chickens. Ours is a life of adventure, fun, and as much time at the beach as we can manage. My passion is helping people discover their healthiest, most radiant self through nourishing food, FUN fitness, and travel! My goal is to help you find balance in healthy living!

My Manifesto:
I believe in learning to love yourself exactly as is, here and now, before beginning a new journey. 
I believe in yoga sessions, AND Mai-Tais. I believe the single best exercise for you is the one that makes you feel ALIVE and POWERFUL. I believe sweat is beautiful. I believe in nourishing your body through intuition rather than counting calories. I believe traditional, whole, organic foods, and that how we eat can change our bodies and have a positive effect on the world around us.I believe your best life involves feeding your soul as well as your body. I believe in less cell-phone, and more beach!


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

January Newland: People often start their journey of self-improvement with exercise and diet; but many times there's deeper work to be done with self-esteem, confidence, letting go of outside ideals, finding and trusting our own instincts. To me, this is where the good stuff happens, on the more spiritual path. You can follow any diet or exercise program, but if you learn to truly nourish and take care of your whole being, you'll find a new level of happiness and freedom. This is the work that I love to do!

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

January: Well, I was that person who was eating "all the right things" and working out several times a day, basically grinding away at trying to get into this skinnier body that I thought would somehow make me happy once I had it. But really, I had a lot of inner work to do on myself. Once I sought help with wounds from the past through energetic cord cutting, and good old fashioned therapy, it made all the difference. Getting to a better place in my head helped me get to the better place in my relationship with food, workouts, and my body.

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

January: Comparing myself to others. It's a dirty one - I know that we are all truly INCOMPARABLE to each other; we're extremely beautifully unique beings. Yet still, I fall into the habit of looking at the details of other people similar to me and comparing. I'm working on it just through the awareness of doing it, and meditating on self-love and appreciation of my own beautiful path!

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

January: Patience, and trusting your own journey. It ties into not comparing yourself or your journey to anyone else's. I think we hinder our own growth by freaking out that we need to be more or faster or better or... something that we aren't already right now.

We have so many things in the world now that measure us by numbers - number of followers, weight on the scale, website ranking, body fat percentage, grade point average, income earned. And those things can be helpful, but I find more and more in my experience that the really delicious, juicy stuff in life has no numbers, but instead, feelings... It's the relationships with those you love, the qualities that define you like kindness & compassion, the experiences you have, that can't be measured by numbers. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

January: My spiritual practice is usually about conscious movement... whether through a long morning walk with my pups, a home yoga practice, or a workout on my own to listen in to my own body's needs for the day. I am focusing on practicing more stillness as well, with a few sitting meditation sessions per week. I think another important part of my spiritual practice is simply focusing on gratitude for all the wonderful things in my life, small to big. And working through the monkey-mind chatter that's always there in my head to get back to those gratitude thoughts, all throughout the day.

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

January: That I teach this radical self love and nourishment to women because I'm great at coaching it; but I'm only good at coaching it because it comes from a place of knowing the lack of self-love and nourishment all-to-well. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

January: Stephanie Birch, a yoga teacher in Sacramento, my mom, Melanie Granfors, who is a trainer of therapy dogs and rescuer of old dogs from shelters.

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: 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!