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    Spirit Filled Yogi

    Fasting Yoga?

    Fasting Yoga?

    I just ended a 10 day Yoga (asana) fast.  Yep... here I am a yoga teacher fasting yoga? I also fasted eating out and it has been really such a blessing!  I posted about this on my Instagram and so many of you wanted to know what and why that I thought I'd share my experience. I am by no means a doctor, a physician, or a dietician. This is just my experience. As with all my blogs, take what you like and leave the rest.

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    Why an Email Group?

    Why an Email Group?

    There is nothing I love more in the world than connecting with people. I live for those moments to offer help or encouragement to others.  I have recovered from so much pain and trauma in my life that, if my experiences can help anyone else, then all that I went through was worth it.

    I started this email group to talk about things that I know most people struggle with and to connect on a more personal level with people who are just like me.  Although I love social media, I don't always love how what we see is controlled by the powers that be. I find trying to connect personally with people from social media to be a challenge.  Instagram's new algorithm is a mystery and more often than not, Instagram doesn’t even show my posts to the people who follow me. Not allowing people to see my posts defeats the point of having "followers".

    This email group is for those that actually want to read what I share. This way, I don't have to depend on Instagram to connect me to those people.

    I share very personal thoughts on recovery, people pleasing, being a mom, abuse and other topics that are close to my heart. I send out 1-2 emails a week and you can unsubscribe any time.

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    How I stay Motivated

    How I stay Motivated

    One of the most common questions people ask me is “How do you stay motivated to practice yoga?” I’d like to share with you my story of how I first motivated myself and how I continue to do so today.

    Years ago, I was that person who hated to exercise and never set foot in a gym. I ate McDonald’s for breakfast and I really disliked everything there was about sweating or exerting energy.  Because of my Fibromyalgia, I thought that exercise wasn’t for me and I used my illness as an excuse. I couldn’t even do one push up and walking up a flight of stairs took the breath out of me. I was very unhappy with how I felt and looked but I didn’t have any idea where to start. “Motivation” wasn’t really happening on its own for me but I knew I had to do something.

    At the age of 27, I had moved across country with my husband and was living in a new place with no friends. Everything was already hard and now just got harder. One day, I literally just woke up and decided to find the motivation to change my life. They were opening up a Gold’s Gym near me and I thought “I should apply as a receptionist so I will be motivated to workout after my shift is over.”  Yeah. Ummm. No. That didn’t happen. In fact, it made things worse. All I wanted to do was go home and lay on the couch after work, not work-out. Who’s crazy idea was that anyway? Obviously, I had no clue how to find motivation.

     

    Gold’s Gym Reception – where it all started!

    Then, one day at the gym they were offering for indoor cycling teacher training.  Something inside me said “do it” even though I was shy, terribly out of shape, had never worked out a day in my life and smoked cigarettes. Yeah, I’m totally PERFECT for this job! I’ll never forget my husband’s reaction when I told him I was going to teach spinning at the gym.  He looked at me and said, “But, you hate to workout!” Yes, it was true. Hate was putting it nicely but I figured it was worth a try.

     

    The months that followed changed my life.  I began to see a change in myself and I found that I had a love for teaching others. I decided to sign up for every training I could and learn everything there was about fitness, nutrition and eventually yoga.  If it wasn’t for my students the first 10 years of teaching, I probably would have lost all motivation but it was because of them I stayed focused and centered on continuing this journey.

    The last 5 years of my life, however, has been rather difficult to “motivate” myself to practice.  I don’t teach regular weekly classes anymore and most of my teaching is filming for video or teaching weekend workshops once a month. I knew I had to figure out something else to motivate me. I decided that I would need to show up if only for myself, every day. I didn’t have my regular students anymore but I did have the ability to schedule a time to practice so that is what I did. I set an alarm on my phone that would remind me that it was 2pm and time to get on my mat. It was hard and most days I wanted to just hit snooze but I promised myself that I would at the very least, step on my mat and move my body for 20 minutes.  I began hosting yoga challenges on Instagram to help me stay accountable. I knew I had to warm up enough to take a photo of a yoga pose so, off to my mat I went.

    After 20 minutes of movement, I would begin to feel better and want to move more. I’m not one of these people that loves to practice. For me, it is like brushing my teeth. I just do it. I wouldn’t say I love brushing my teeth but I do love how I feel afterward. Practice for me is the same way. I just set a time and do it. I don’t let myself skip unless I am sick or injured.

    Motivation is something that rarely happens to you in the day to day. It is something however that you can schedule and make happen.

    You can create accountability by asking a friend to workout with you or do something crazy and host a challenge on Instagram! When I started hosting Instagram challenges it was purely for my motivation. For many years my challenges forced me to my mat and helped get me to where I am today. Make your practice (or whatever it is that you do for fitness) a routine like brushing your teeth and you won’t ever have to worry about being motivated again.

     

    XO,

    Kerri

    Living with Fibromyalgia

    Living with Fibromyalgia

    I’ve often been asked about fibromyalgia and how I manage to practice yoga, raise 2 children, travel the world, and be successful in my businesses while living with severe chronic pain. I want to share with you what it’s really like and encourage others dealing with this challenge.

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