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Behind The Asana: Episode 40 - Feminine Radiance (The Orgasm - Part 2)

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Erin uncovers the bliss held within the second type of feminine orgasm, the sacred spot orgasm.

Behind The Asana: Episode 39 - Feminine Radiance (The Orgasm - Part 1)

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Erin talks about the first and most physical type of female orgasm - the clitoral orgasm.

Behind The Asana: Episode 38 - Feminine Radiance (Yoni Steams)

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In this chapter, Erin discusses the sacred power of womb rituals using the ancient healing remedies of yoni steams.

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

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!

Goddess Rising: Caitlin Nowland from Wabi-Sabi Well

The Goddess Rising series is our opportunity to connect with amazing women from around the world who are part of the wellness, health and personal development community. This week, we are so happy to have Caitlin from Wabi-Sabi Well!

Caitlin Nowland is co-creator of Wabi-Sabi Well and lives in Byron Bay, Australia with her husband Loren and their two little wildlings, Oliver and Isla. Wabi-Sabi Well is, in essence, holistic feel good fitness. It's cross-training like you’ve never seen before- a one-stop-shop to cover all of your mind + body bases. The Wabi-Sabi Well method is a comprehensive, holistic formula fusing metabolism-boosting movement, mindfulness, bioenergetic techniques and deep relaxation. The method integrates not just the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual elements to help you reconnect and return to a healthy state of balance, harmony and well being. It’s the antidote to perfection-seeking, bikini bootcamps and will leave you feeling liberated, motivated, and wildly free. www.wabisabiwell.com 

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

Caitlin: Wabi-Sabi well was essentially born out of necessity- and it has continued to grow and evolve that way too- Brieann [Caitlin's co-creator at Wabi-Sabi Well] and I are sort of like spiritual gangster guinea pigs! The work we create is directly born out of our own learnings, experimentations and explorations into what really works for us. So our process of creating and sharing Wabi-Sabi Well is inextricably linked to our spiritual growth and learning. It's a constant evolution.

A bit of a backstory: Brieann originally began offering personal training sessions with her holistic approach- a mashup of "what works"- a mix of metabolism boosting movement (cardio, core, strength, toning and conditioning), mindful movement (yoga, stretching, flexibility, myofacial release and postural realignment) and deep relaxation techniques (think guided meditation, sound healing and powerful bioenergetic techniques.)

When I first met Brieann and experienced her method of training it literally knocked my socks off. I’ve tried pretty much every fitness fad there is. Not out of desperation or necessity, but because I just like trying new things. I’m one of those people who is always looking for A Better Way. And I found it.

When I met Brieann and got a taste of her method, it hit home in a way that no other workout ever had. And I knew it would hit home for SO many people. I just wanted to help Brieann share it with the world. Spread the Wabi-Sabi gospel and create a fitness and wellness revolution. I initially planned to be backstage, hopefully making a little magic behind the scenes, but Brieann had other plans. She grabbed the cane and pulled me onto the stage beside her. And I’m glad she did. It has forced me to be brave. It forced me to fully commit to my dreams. It brought to the surface just how passionate I am about sharing this work.

As we've continued to refine the Wabi-Sabi Well method and to grow and expand our offerings (including recipes, meditations and spiritual practices) it's all rooted in our personal experimentation and research. So this work is very personal to both of us- a curated tool kit that evolves along with us! 

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

Caitlin: Like so many girls, later in my teenage years I struggled with an eating disorder and depression. Binging, purging, calculus level calorie counting, obsessively exercising, yep, yep, yep. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. Midway through my freshman year in college, my GPA was picture-perfect, my diet was calculated down to the square root of sweet f all and my body (and personality) had all but faded away. My family intervened and I withdrew from classes to seek help. Psychologists and psychiatrists and prescriptions helped bridge the gap, but one day I woke up and couldn’t tell how I felt. Through the fog of anti-depressants and mood regulators, I just couldn’t feel… anything.

I realised that in my case (and I GET that this isn’t the case for everyone) that I had to decide to be happy. I had to wake up and fight for it every day by making decisions and choices that contributed to happiness. I didn’t know how to do this, I didn’t have the tools. At all. But I decided I’d just figure it out. Unwinding negative patterns and obsessive behaviour? It ain’t easy, sister. I’m sure many of you know that all too well.

Simultaneously, in the space of 4 years I contracted mononucleosis, Epstein Barr virus, Dengue Fever and finally, Lyme Disease. These diseases literally brought me to my knees and changed my life forever. For the better. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.

So here I was, battered, bruised, broken and depleted on pretty much every level possible. I had some serious healing to do. As I slowly rebuilt my immune system over the next 10 years I happily committed to whatever it took – antibiotics, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, vitamin injections, IVs, hot baths, ginger tea and wet socks, GI tests, Vitamin C flushes, elimination diets, you name it, I did it. Fully. Committed.

But what I struggled with was slowing down (and here’s where the whole “being happy” thing comes back around). I derived my sense of happiness and self worth through what I could control and what I could achieve. Throwing myself into work, smashing sales targets, never turning off, having my iPhone permanently attached to my hand, multitasking like my life depended on it, hair always perfectly coiffed, cultivating Barbi feet by wearing high heels (always), networking, hosting fundraisers, overdoing the whole social butterfly thing… (sound familiar?) It’s an attitude and a canon of behaviour that our society champions. Dream, believe… but mostly, bust your butt and achieve. Because you’re simply not enough just as you are. So despite all my healthy eating, supplements, treatments, et al., the Lyme Disease resurfaced. Something was missing from my heal-thyself strategy.

Ironically, the last piece of the puzzle wasn’t to do with my physical body in a direct sense. The last piece of the puzzle was a major mental shift. Getting out of the Type-A, achievement addicted, adrenal state. Transitioning from always DOING – always feeding my need to achieve (and temporarily soothing my sense of “I am not enough”) – to just BEING. Simply slowing down sealed the deal for my body and mind to realign and get back on track. Which has in turn, allowed me to manifest a truly fulfilling life.

Now, I say simply, but it was anything but. It’s an ongoing commitment, an ongoing learning curve. Like all chronic over-achievers, I still have to be super conscious of staying in the slow lane on a day to day basis. (Daily conversation with self: Put ya blinker on, girl, and get out of the passing lane. Go on now.)

So here's the thing- I’m not special in any of this. My story is a carbon copy of a thousand other stories. I’d venture to say that more people feel overwhelmed, depleted and addicted to achievement than not. And most would be able to recognise that something isn’t right. But it’s hard to know where to start. How to do it differently. How to break through these super staunch beliefs about The Way Things Are Done… and about ourselves.

So that’s what inspires me. I want it to be easy. I want Wabi-Sabi Well to be a resource for people to tap into. A one-stop-shop for What Works. For breaking free of what’s holding you down or holding you back or keeping you stuck in a space of “I am not enough.” All your need-to-knows for living life fully. Minus the trial and error.

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

Caitlin: I'm an achievement addict! To do lists, ticking boxes, productivity are my kryptonite. I am co-owner of three different businesses and have two young kids so with a full plate and lots of balls to juggle, I can get stuck in a cycle of prioritising productivity at the expense of lightness, fun, adventure, pleasure and freedom. Two things help. ONE- setting clear boundaries. At the end of the day I write down the 3-4 most important things that must get done the next day, and then a second list of bonus tasks. When I sit down to work the next day I'm already clear on what needs to be done. That gives me clarity, a sense of direction and purpose and also a little momentum. I'm not sitting at my desk fretting, I'm already in flow getting things done. Using a pomodoro timer to give myself an exact time in which to get tasks done is also really helpful (and satisfying). Not constantly checking email and social media is also essential. The aim is to check in twice a day- of course that doesn't always happen, but it's an intention. TWO- When faced with a choice (like clearing my inbox versus going to the beach with my family) I take Gretchen Rubin's advice and "choose the bigger life". Such a powerful phrase and when posed as a question, (as in, "which option feels like I'd be living a bigger life") it makes things crystal clear. 

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

Caitlin: Meditate. Introduce as much ritual and reverence into your life as you can. Smudge everythang. Journal. Dance. Chant. Drink Reishi mushroom hot cacao. Anoint yourself with rose oil. Desire Map (Danielle LaPorte's system). Be intentional. Read, write, think. Share. Smile. Make friends that uplift and enliven you. Trust yourself. Trust your body. Trust your journey. Give yourself over to presence. But most of all, let desire and delight lead the way. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Caitlin: I meditate every morning- I rotate between vipassana meditation (sidenote: I love Tara Brach's guided vipassana stye meditations!) and Kundalini meditations which I really jam on- lots of mantra and mudras. I let my intuition guide me in terms of what type of meditation to do. I feel like vipassana meditation is beautiful maintenance meditation and I tend to gravitate to Kundalini meditations when I feel I need to shift energy, shake things up or reset my vibe.

I'm a big fan of Danielle LaPorte's work and use her Desire Map system for setting intentions for my year and each day I check in with my intentions by writing down my Core Desired Feelings. My spiritual practice really bleeds into the practical aspects of my life- I let my CDFs guide and shape my to do list for the day. It's a really profound way to stay in touch with your inner guidance and stay on course with what you really desire to manifest in your life.

And of course, GRATITUDE. I write down what I'm grateful for every day. I love Shawn Achor's approach to gratitude- he suggests to write down three things you're grateful for from the last 24 hours. I think this is so powerful for a few reasons. First, it can be really easy to slip into a gratitude rut- repeating the same "big" things every day (my health, my family, etc., etc.,) and using Achor's approach keeps your gratitude fresh, relevant, and calls your attention to the little bijous in your day- the tiny gems that you might otherwise not notice. You start celebrating the small things that you deeply grateful for. You keep your eyes peeled, so to speak, for all the the many blessings in your life. And this attitude of gratitude expands and sets you up to receive even more to be grateful for. As Dr. Habib Sadhegi says, "Feeling is the language of the universe," so feeling grateful and recognising all that you have to be grateful for invites more of the good stuff into your life. 

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

Caitlin: I'd say that in general I haven't hidden from things that some people would be ashamed of...and if I did hide, it was very temporary. I've tended to use the challenges and shadows in my life as the impetus for change. From depression and eating disorders to lyme disease and type-A adrenaline and achievement addiction...all of it became a learning, a catalyst, a call to return to my soul self. I faced each struggle head on and grew through it. My feeling has always been that you can't get around the shadows, you have to walk THROUGH them to really experience cathartic change. Life is contraction and expansion. If we don't fully experience the contraction and find the courage to move through it, we can't burst forth into bloom.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Caitlin: Oh wow, so many women inspire me! I am a huge, huge fan of the work that these ladies bring into the world: Tara Brach, Danielle LaPorte, Fiji McAlpine, Meagan Currie, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marianne Williamson, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Natalie from Style+Spirit, my kundalini yoga teacher, HarJiwan/Jacinta Csutoros, Reine DuBois, my amazing integrative naturopath, my amazing kinesiologist Tara Shields, the ladies from Shemana Elixers, Madgi from Bahgsu Jewels...and the list goes on! 

Goddess Rising: Giovanna Silvestre From Confused Girl In The City

Goddess Rising is our opportunity to connect with some of the amazing women from around the world who are working in the health, wellness and personal development community to empower and inspire. This week, we are happy to have Giovanna Silvestre from Confused Girl In The City!

Hi Everyone,

My name is Giovanna Silvestre and I am the founder of the brand “Confused Girl in the City”. “Confused Girl” started out as a blog 2 years ago. I was a bit lost at the time and wanted to share my feelings with others. I figured, I can’t be the only confused one out there. It’s funny how we feel we’re the only ones when every human being has either been there, is still there or is going to be there again! My blog took a life of it’s own and put me on a spiritual journey to find my true nature. Along this journey I met a healer who had a profound effect on me. He had a collection of crystals and told me to pick two to take home. I had these crystals in my room and felt so much joy when I walked past them. One day I was meditating and I had a vision of creating a line of women’s active-wear that are inspired by these crystals. So with no money and an idea, I started the journey. I had no idea how I was going to make it happen but I knew I had to do it. Now, a year later, I have a full collection, of women’s leggings, we are in select stores in LA, we were featured on VH1 and in Yoga Digest magazine. We are currently working on creating many more exciting products.

THE CRYSTALS:

How do we create the designs? I take high resolution photos of crystals that inspire me and work with an art team to print them onto fabric. Each pair of leggings represents a different stone. The healing crystals balance yin/yang energy and cultivate courage, creativity and healing. Our leggings are 4 way stretch, breathable and made in L.A. We pride ourselves in using the best quality fabric on the market. The leggings are great for working out or going out.

Why “Confused Girl”?

People ask me, “Why the name “Confused Girl”?”. My answer is simple, “It is really easy to accept yourself when you are feeling good and your life is the way you want it. But it isn’t so easy to accept yourself when things are tough and you are confused. We shame ourselves in times we need to be embracing ourselves.” Confused Girl is about accepting yourself just as you are at this moment. This acceptance will lead you to your TRUE NATURE.

For more information on Giovanna, you can visit her website, confusedgirlinthecity.com, and follow her on InstagramYouTube, and Facebook.


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

Giovanna Silvestre: I created my job! I brought the brand "Confused Girl" to life. So everyday I have to remember the intention behind my creation. The intention is to help myself and other find their true nature. A transformed person can transform the world. If enough people accept and love themselves, they can accept and love others. 

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

Giovanna: My idea for my business came at a rock bottom point in my life. I was as low as I could be. So low that my ego left me and I no longer cared what anyone else thought. It was in that space I was able to create from the core of who I was. The ego has no place in creation.

Sometimes life has to crack you open. I am so grateful for that time in my life. 

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

Giovanna: For me it's more of a feeling. The feeling of anxiety. I struggle with this. I wake up with a great sense of anxiety sometimes and do things carrying this anxiety. Now when I feel this, I embrace it but don't allow it to dictate my behavior. Yoga, meditation and an hour of physical activity everyday really helps with this. 

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

Giovanna: Face yourself. Embrace not just the light in you but also embrace the darkness in you. We all have shadow sides to our personality. If you never face it, you will never truly move forward in life. Try to look at pain as an opportunity instead of a big scary monster. Face it, feel it and then let it go!

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Giovanna: 10 minutes of meditation in the morning. I write down 5 things I'm grateful for. I either do yoga or take a walk on the beach. When I do this activity I hold an intention with me. I also try to say a prayer before I fall asleep at night. Somedays I do all this and other days I only do a couple of things. It's like exercise the more you do the healthier you look. 

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

Giovanna: I tend to be very judgmental of myself and others. This has recently come up in my consciousness very strongly. This shames me a bit because I don't want to be "that person who judges". However, instead of shaming myself, I try to be better. To step into the possibility of being accepting of self and others. Acceptance is everything. When you accept and appreciate, there is no room for judgement. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Giovanna: Malala Yousafzai inspires me! She is the teenage girl who was shot for speaking out about education for women. She is a modern day hero. We should all step into that kind of bravery. 

Goddess Rising: Katie Dalebout

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

This week, we have Katie Dalebout!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

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

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

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

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

PYS: 7. Who inspires you?

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

Goddess Rising: Skye Gilkeson of The Fit Traveller

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

This week, we have Skye Gilkeson from The Fit Traveller!

Skye Gilkeson is a journalist and a health, wellness and luxury travel expert. She is the Founder and Editor of The Fit Traveller (www.thefittraveller.com.au), an online hub that showcases the best in wellness, gastronomy, fashion and luxury travel from around the globe. Follow her on Instagram (@thefittraveller, @skyegilkeson), Twitter (@thefittravellr), and Facebook for more tips, tricks and healthy travel inspiration.

Passion Yoga School: Hi Skye! Thanks so much for joining us! First off, how do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Skye Gilkeson: I really believe you need to pursue what you love to really lead a fulfilling professional and personal life. When you truly take a chance on creating a career out of a passion; something that motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning, something you want to share with others and something that helps you grow and become a happier human, there's nothing more spiritually fulfilling than that. For me, travel and wellness have always made me feel like the best version of myself. They both push my mental and physical limits, boost my confidence and help me to thrive. The Fit Traveller combines those passions so my work has now become a way for me to stay spiritually connected to something in a very authentic way. 

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

Skye: I became quite ill in my late 20s. I had been pushing myself with consistent full time study alongside full time work, long hours and overnight shift work for many years and it finally caught up with me. Falling ill forced me to re-evaluate what I was doing and more importantly why I was doing it.

As an A-type personality and perfectionist, losing control of my health, my body and effectively my life for a time was one of the most challenging things I've ever faced, emotionally and physically. It made me angry. It made me sad and I felt like a failure in many ways. But ultimately it made me put my health and wellbeing first again and that lead me back to a place where I wanted to inspire others to do the same.


If I hadn't have fallen sick I may not have launched The Fit Traveller and be cultivating a life that benefits my body, mind and spirit as well as others I hope.

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

Skye: I am very self deprecating and critical. I try to watch my self-talk and the way I talk about myself in front of other people. It is definitely something that takes constant conscious attention, but I think being aware of the impact of it in the first place is a great step towards changing it.

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

Skye: Back yourself. If there is something that you really love to do, something that you would regret not doing if your life were cut short, it is probably something that you should pursue.

Be patient. Particularly when you are pursuing the road less travelled in terms of growing a business, undertaking a creative endeavour or something very unique and personal to you, it won't necessarily come easily, nor will the income. But hopefully the process is one that is enjoyable enough to keep you motivated beyond those initial humps.

Don't believe everything you read/hear. When you are chasing a dream, particularly not in the mainstream, you will find many people have advice for you. Take all of it with a grain of salt. Be grateful, be thankful but ultimately follow your own intuition.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Skye: Unfortunately, it changes daily as I am travelling full time and I have been now for 10 months.


My ideal day will begin with some kind of exercise; a run, a walk, a HIIT session and often a coffee. I love coffee and it's a morning ritual that my husband and I share together. We talk about the day, our travels, our goals over a morning cuppa.


I try to get some kind of writing or photo editing done everyday. Anything creative is spiritual to me.


I am working at nurturing a meditation practice. It is something I haven't developed consistently yet, but I am working on it.


I also experiment with journalling. It's something I used to do for many years and a habit I want to rekindle.

PYS: Who inspires you? Who should we interview next?

Skye: I have a lot of strong, inspirational women in my life, from my mother to my sister and great friends. They have all followed different paths in life but in one way or another they have inspired me in my own life.


I am inspired by the compassion and positivity my husband shows to me and everyone he meets everyday.


My family has always inspired me to work hard for what I want. They are some of the hardest working people I have met.


I am inspired by female business leaders like Arianna Huffington and people promoting accessible health and wellness like Sarah Wilson. Anyone who has overcome adversity inspires me and reminds me how amazing my life is. 

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.