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"Waking up this morning, I smile, twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. "

-Thich Nhat Hanh

In Japanese culture, the word Ikigai translates to "the reason for which you wake up in the morning."

I appreciate this simple word; a reminder of something so big.

I believe that our days are meant to be filled with love, joy, discomfort, challenge, boldness. This type of life requires an investment: focus, energy, consistency, heart. With so much opportunity for distraction in our lives, a great driving purpose can help us navigate our days.

How do you figure it out? Slow down, look around and breathe. The answers are all around you & most importantly already within you. Seek to fill your day with what brings you the most happiness. Eliminate "should & have to" activities from your life. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and fill you. Finally, inspire others to find their reason by being a light in their lives.


Why do you wake up in the morning? What is your motivation & inspiration?


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c (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)

  • Complete a well-rounded warm-up that has some emphasis on twists

  • (From Downward Facing Dog) Step your right foot forward next to your right hand

  • Deeply press your left heel down into your mat

  • Bend your right knee so the calf and thigh are at a right angle with the thigh parallel to the floor

  • Bring your left hand to the floor inside your right foot and the right arm up toward the ceiling as you twist to the right

  • Open your chest and stack your left shoulder on top of your right

  • Gaze up to your top hand

  • Repeat on the left side

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