Magic, Butterflies, Dance Parties and Grass Between Your Toes (Just as life should be)

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“Yoga Rocks the Park is not just a weekly event, it’s a movement to bring a sense of peace and joy to communities throughout the country.” – Erik Vienneau (Founder + CEO)

 20 Cities. 150 Events. (All locally managed!) 25,000 Yogis. 30 Seva Partners.

 

www.yogarocksthepark.com

How to Wake up with a Bliss Hangover

Portrait of beautiful smiling woman on bed at bedroomHas the long standing Friday Night tradition of going to a crowded bar to drink cocktails been replaced with cold-pressed juice and coconut water at your local yoga studio? With already 10 sold out events this season throughout the U.S., the popularity of Friday Night Yoga Club may be a sign that times are changing.

On a mission to celebrate community, Friday Night Yoga Club (a.k.a. FNYC) was created four years ago to gather local yoga communities in Denver and Boulder around the most innovative and inspiring yoga instructors.  Now, with expansion into five new cities this year, FNYC is now one of the fastest growing “yoga parties” in the U.S. now in Boston, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, and San Diego.

These music-fueled events featuring world-renowned DJ’s, musicians and emerging local artists, are proving to offer a perfect night out for a 75-minute yoga flow, healthy eating and mingling with your local conscious-minded community to the soundtrack of live music.
Friday Night Yoga Club has been called “The hottest wintertime yoga party in Colorado,” (Westword), “The best party in Los Angeles,” (Ryland Adams). Could this be true? You’ll just have to go see for yourself, and my guess is you will not only agree, but be pretty happy with yourself in the morning when you wake up with nothing more than a bliss hangover. Namaste friends!

Find out where to get your bliss on at www.fridaynightyogaclub.com. 10% of ticket sales benefit local & national causes.

 

A 5-minute meditation that will change your day (for real)

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Writing for me is a way for to express who I am, and sometimes to face the truthful things about myself that I would like to change (yikes, that is not easy sometimes).

I have been saying these words below (which I have never written down until today) every morning for about two years now (well, 80% of mornings). I promise you, when I take the less than 5 minutes it takes to sit down quietly and say these words, it makes ALL the difference in my day.

Now, I don’t start every day on a hilltop in Hawaii (as in this picture) and most of these things that I say in my meditation are yet to be mastered, (the grace when challenged is a work in progress), however, with every day that I say these words (out loud seems to be the most effective), and the more practice I have becoming the person I see myself as, I become more in alignment with these words, myself and everyone around me.

I am sharing these with you because when something really helps me in such a huge way, I am more than compelled to share (hopefully we all feel this). The second reason, is usually what happens is, once I get my own words out into cyber space it speeds things along in terms of me mastering things myself… so funny how that works.  So, simply by reading this and listening, you are totally helping me. So I THANK YOU in advance for supporting me to be more peaceful and graceful in the face of challenges (my boyfriend thanks you too I am sure ;) ) and for helping bring more happiness and prosperity into my life… know that I wish the same for you.

I encourage you to write your own (I put some resources below to help you) and take the time out for yourself in the morning (like I said, it only takes 5 minutes). What happens is, your own loving words will come back to comfort you throughout the day… or in some cases, slap you in the face… i.e. “um, Traci, that’s not very graceful.” and when they do, remember, you asked for it.

Here’s mine: 

“I am a beautiful & extraordinary being. I see the higher being in myself and all those around me. I trust in myself, my spiritual guides, and in the universe to continue to guide me on my path towards amazing love, patience, grace, wisdom, intelligent compassion, humility, health, happiness and prosperity in all areas of my life. I am grounded and peaceful as I gracefully move through the challenges in my day, knowing they carry with them certain truths about myself and opportunities to practice virtues I have asked to learn. I am patient with myself and others in this process. I am so grateful for all of these lessons, all that I have, and all that is to come.” - Traci Wallace (70% Gypsy + 30% Businesswoman)

p.s. Saying I am beautiful & extraordinary being feels a little braggy at first… I thought to myself, “I am?” the first time I said it… “Is that too braggy?“… then I moved on, knowing that we all are, humans are amazing. We all need to recognize that in ourselves and each other WAY more than we do… starting with 5 minutes of recognizing your beautiful self a day is a perfect start.

Resources

Oprah on Developing Spiritual Muscle & “making space for flow to show itself”:  

“For me, meditation reorders the natural flow of life. Everybody has a flow or stream of consciousness that allows all things to move without resistance. Decisions come easily, things fall into place, and there’s no conflict. You’re vibing with life ’cause you’re in the flow. Hopefully, we’ve all had glimpses of that way of being. How do you hold on to it? Practice consciously making space for the FLOW to show itself. Meditation is a way to get you there.” – Oprah (Developing Spiritual Muscle)

How to Write your Own Meditation + Tips to making it a part of your day 

One of the Fastest Growing “Yoga Parties” in the U.S. Comes to San Diego

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Friday Night Yoga Club brings it’s music fueled, nighttime yoga party series to San Diego, California this winter to the area’s favorite yoga studios including, Chula Vista Yoga Centeryoga80Bindu Yoga StudioThe Yoga YardSoulshine Yoga, Spirit Yoga, and Yoga Six.

On a mission to celebrate community, Friday Night Yoga Club gathers the San Diego yoga community on select Friday nights around the most innovative and inspiring yoga instructors such as Lauren Duke, Reegan Lessie, Lora Heiner, Aminy Johnson, Shawna Schenk and Helen Cloots guiding you through a 75-minute flow to a live soundtrack provided by your favorite DJ’s or live musicians including DJ HyFi, DJ Golden Love, Gina Cat, DJ Jano Galindo, John Bonner and Graham Hadidian.

Born from one event in Denver, Colorado just three years ago as an alternative way for the rapidly growing conscious community to spend their Friday night, Friday Night Yoga Club is now one of the fastest growing “yoga parties” in the U.S. with events now in seven cities (Los Angeles,DenverBoulderMilwaukeeBostonNashville, & San Diego) offering a perfect night out for yoga, healthy eating and mingling with conscious-minded community to the soundtrack of live music.

The San Diego Friday Night Yoga Club seven part series began on December 20th and runs through April 11, 2014. Tickets are $25 in advance or you can purchase a Date Night 2-Pack for $40 (save $10). To purchase tickets and for the complete schedule, please visit www.fridaynightyogaclub.com. 10% of net profits from ticket sales are donated local San Diego causes. To get involved: Email brandi@openskyeventmarketing.com.

2014 Friday Night Yoga Club San Diego Schedule

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Dear stress, let’s break up. At least for Christmas.

“I love the holidays. They are so peaceful and happy.” – You.

Here are some tips on how to keep the holidays meaningful and reminders on how to let the stress go with information from the No Stress Foundation and the Center for the New American Dream.

5 Ways to a Meaningful / No Stress Holiday

1. Don’t forget to breathe. 

Usually when we are stressed, we forget to breathe. It’s simple. Consciously breathing will allow your body and mind to be more relaxed … We promise. This works!

2. Ask for help when you need it. 

Communicating your needs and asking for support whether it’s help wrapping presents, washing dishes, cooking, or a ride to the airport, is a great way to take care of stress. Solution? When someone asks “can I help with that?” (and you need help) … say yes.

3. Spend within your means.

The holiday season is meant to be loving and joyful and can sometimes get overshadowed by the pressure to give. Knowing (and honoring) your limits is one of the most important ways that we can live a No Stress life … and remember, gifts don’t always have to come in a box … here are some alternative (meaningful) gifts suggestions courtesy of the Center for the New American Dream

  • Give the gift of time by making a custom gift card for a service (babysitting, car washing, pet sitting, chores, fixing dinner, etc).
  • Share a skill. If you can knit, offer to teach someone. Same if you play a mean banjo, pick hot stocks, or whip up gourmet meals.
  • Consider shopping for used items for gifts.
  • Give back to your community. Put together care packages for the homeless, or donate time to your favorite nonprofit.
  • Cap family holiday spending at $100. Journalist Bill McKibben, author of “The End of Nature,” says this limit forces families to be resourceful about their gifts and spending.
  • Consider alternative gift-giving. For roughly what you might spend on a new video game, you could educate a child for a year in some remote parts of the world. That’s just one of the many alternative gifts to consider atWorld Concerns global gift guide. Or, for what you might spend on an iPad mini, you can defray the cost of a deep well to provide children drinkable water. You can give similar gifts of education and food at Alternative Gifts International.

4. Do things because you WANT to (not because you HAVE to).

The holidays can be decked with obligation – you can keep it jolly by replacing the  “should’s” and “have to’s” with “I can’t wait to do that” … and by the way, it’s o.k. to say no every once in a while.

booklet_cover_20125. If the drama comes, let it go. 

Let’s be honest, the holidays will present some drama. Solution: See step #1, followed by letting it go … Seriously, this works too!

For more tips on keeping the meaningful in the holidays and letting the stress go, click here for your Free “Simply the Holiday Guide” and remember to breathe.

Happy Everything!