Get Happy!

Get Happy!

OMG, I am loving all things Christmas right now! The lights, the cheesy movies, the cookies and the music!

This past weekend my husband and I went to the annual Holiday on Cape Symphony Concert and it had me grinning from ear to ear! It’s so fun that we’re creating these traditions together, as this was our second time attending.

It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, and I noticed 2 things that gave me so much joy that I wanted to share with you.

An Exercise to Calm your Emotions

An Exercise to Calm your Emotions

I was just looking through my photos on my phone and realized there was a lot of celebrating that went on during my Venus period! We all have our own personal planetary phases throughout the year that last 52 days at a time, and each one offers a different energy/experience, according to my yoga studies.

Getting a Good Night Sleep

Getting a Good Night Sleep

If our nervous system does not get adequate nourishment, we slowly start to come apart at the seams. Ensuring that we get a good night sleep can help us keep our immune systems strong, peace in our environment, and a sense of safety and security in our surroundings.

Digestive Support for your Thanksgiving Feast

Digestive Support for your Thanksgiving Feast

As we sit down to eat this week, let us all be mindful as to how much we take in. In my yoga class I taught last week, we worked on our digestion. Here are some of those self care tools from Naam Yoga Therapy that you can use to properly assimilate and process your food and emotions at home. 

Which Yoga is Right for You?

Which Yoga is Right for You?

I remember a fellow yogi friend of mine explaining that yoga is like ice cream, there are so many flavors! She's so right! But most people in our country think of a Vinyasa practice when they think of Yoga. Probably because that's how the media and yoga clothes companies etc. portray it, and most studios offer this style of yoga. I think it's because it appeals to the fitness enthusiast who wants to get a sweat on while doing some sort of meditation too. And that's great! Whatever gets you to yoga!

The Benefits of Beach Yoga {+ a meditation for rejuvenation}

The Benefits of Beach Yoga {+ a meditation for rejuvenation}

As some of you may know, I've been leading a FREE Naam Yoga class on the beach once a week this summer. I started doing it because I felt it was a Divine responsibility of mine to start teaching my community the healing powers of Naam, and I needed to get some practice in.

Summertime Self Care Solutions

Summertime Self Care Solutions

Well, it's official, summer is upon us! As the sun reached it's highest point last week, marking the Summer Solstice, and the full moon pulled down towards us, we had a chance to align with the yin and yang within us and surrounding us. As we transition into the summer season, let's all remember to dance with this delicate balance.

Making Meditation Part of Your Everyday Life {Practical tips inside!}

Making Meditation Part of Your Everyday Life {Practical tips inside!}

Meditation and yoga is now being acknowledged by many doctors as THE best healing tool, because everything starts in the mind. Our subconscious thought patterns dictate the way we think, feel and act. Everything starts with a seed and those grow and manifest into fruit - whether it be beautiful and ripe, or rotten, it all starts from the same place. 

This is THE most important thing to do for happiness!

This is THE most important thing to do for happiness!

I've had lots of emails land in my inbox and discussions with clients pertaining to this topic of finding your life's purpose lately, so I feel I should share my thoughts and tips on the matter. If you've been following my blog for awhile, you will know that I have been one to move around a lot to figure out the best fit

Raise Your Vibration to Attract Your Soul Mate <3 {It works I promise!}

Raise Your Vibration to Attract Your Soul Mate <3 {It works I promise!}

I am writing to you all as I sit here bursting with joy and love, and floating on cloud nine here in the beautiful Azores, with a dazzling ring on my finger and handsome fiance (!) by my side, to tell you that we just got engaged last night over a romantic dinner overlooking the gardens of the luxurious Terra Nostra hotel in Furnace, Sao Miguel. 

Cultivating Consciousness: How to Overcome a Challenging Situation

Cultivating Consciousness: How to Overcome a Challenging Situation

I remember reading something awhile back that the late Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote which really stuck with me. He said you can always come back to the present moment if you've lost your way and are engulfed in emotional drama, by reconnecting with your intention. At first I didn't really know what he meant by that, but now I understand it to be really very simple - it's coming back to thinking, being, and doing in alignment with your highest self - coming from that source of love / prayer / intention. 

Manifest Your Desires with This Approach

Manifest Your Desires with This Approach

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season spent with loved ones, and in good cheer!

Isn’t it so interesting that the holiday season is always filled with parties and relationship dynamics – whether good or challenging, that can sometimes leave us feeling emotional?

The reason being, is that the universal period from December 6 through January 26 is ruled under the planetary energy of VENUS. Venus rules relationships, music, the arts, parties and emotions. It’s a positive energy of love.

Cultivating Consciousness: THE Ultimate Cure-All

Cultivating Consciousness: THE Ultimate Cure-All

Many clients ask me, while I’m giving them their head massage at the shampoo bowl, if I am also a Massage Therapist. It makes me smile, because as soon as I became a Hair Stylist, I started thinking how I’d LOVE to also do massage work.

How to Avoid Getting Burnt Out in the Service Industry

Self Care Practices hanging in Salon 700 break room! Being a service provider, whether it be a hair stylist like me, a personal trainer, a wedding photographer, wedding coordinator, massage therapist, nail tech, esthetician, dental hygenist, waitress, bartender or any other profession where providing a personal service to someone, can be quite draining to say the least!

I've definitely learned the hard way by pushing too hard, being a perfectionist, over exerting my energy, spreading myself too thin, hustling to further my career and burning the candle on both ends, so I'm here to share a few tips I've found through my yoga and self care practices that are very helpful in keeping yourself in harmony in whichever service capacity you're in.

Service is the greatest act of love, spiritually speaking. When we serve, we offer our gifts and talents to another, sacrificing our own needs in place of someone else's. When we exchange this act of love, it is so important to keep our energy field strong so as not to let our energy get drained. Our energy field is also known as our electromagnetic field, or aura, which extends out by 9 ft in all directions.

When we share the same space with someone, both energies are merging into one, so if one's energy field doesn't have contained boundaries, the other's can over power and pull the loving energy right out of that person, dragging them down and depleting them of their source of love. When this happens we feel emotionally unstable, exhausted, irritable, vulnerable, or 'burnt out', etc.

Here are 10 self care practices that can help immensely!!

1.Start your day with one simple yoga pose to keep your electromagnetic field completely balanced. You can do it for 3 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes. t's called Star Pose and is 2 parts. The first part is separating your feet as wide apart as possible and your arms straight out from your shoulders - palms up or facing forward. If you do the 3 minute segment, you'll do this for 1 minute and the second part for 2. If you do 5 minutes, you'll do this for 2 minutes and the rest for 3. Or if you do 10 minutes, you'll hold this for 4 minutes and the rest for 6. For the second part, you bring your feet to touch and clasp your hands above your head with your arms straight and over the ears for the remaining time. You can do this pose to triple mantra or RaMaDaSaSaSaySoHung to really strengthen your aura so that challenges steer clear of you.

2. Another aura cleansing technique you can do between clients is to sweep your arms up and over your head. Start with your arms down by your side and palms turned out. Inhale through your nose as you raise your arms straight up, but don't touch the hands, instead, push the energy down by turning your palms down, fingers loosely splayed, and pointer fingers and thumbs creating a loose triangle between both hands all the way down to where you started, as you exhale through your mouth. Do this 3 times in a row after your client. You will immediately feel your slate wiped clean. It's amazing and so worth it if you can take a moment to yourself in between clients!

3. Something else I try to do with each client is to BLESS them. You can do this a few minutes before your client walks through the door or sits in your chair if you have the time, or just do your best to figure out how you can mentally bless them during your time with them. I personally bless my clients while I'm shampooing them. I mentally say: "Love before ____, Love behind _____, Love at _____ left, Love at _____ right, Love above _____, Love below _____, Love in _____ ." Then repeat by replacing the word Love with Light. A powerful and simple prayer. You can also do this before you enter your place of work too. Sometimes I"ll say the Love and Light prayer for Salon 700 as a whole...all co-workers and clients included. It really sets the energy so that we all are operating from a place of love. You can do this prayer for anyone at any time to let love in!

4. I've also found that taking advantage of any 15-30 minute + opening to go for a walk will really shift your day! Instead of going out for a smoke break, a coffee run, or to chat on the phone, just take a walk around the block and enjoy the fresh air, the trees, etc. Dust that aura off!

5. It's also so important to have healthy food prepared for you that you can actually sit down to! In the salon industry, us stylists are notorious for eating whenever we have literally one minute--stuffing our faces with whatever we might have or see on hand! Time is money and we don't want to schedule a 15-30 minute lunch break when we could be doing a blow out or a mens cut etc...well, maybe you should ask yourself what your time is worth? A few extra dollars, or self care (which equals self love), well being, and peace? It's SO worth sitting down to a meal to ground your energy! If you can prepare it before you come in to work, perfect! But if you can't, make sure you give yourself a few extra minutes to pick something up before you get to work, that way you won't set yourself up for poor choices when you're 'hangry' ;)

6. I've also realized the value of quiet. I used to be one to 'chat it up' with my client so I could 'entertain' them as I was doing their hair. Now, I welcome no conversation. I will always talk about their hair, ask how they're doing with their styling routine, what they're using for products, etc., but I will not make up small talk if they don't initiate it. By talking with them briefly about their hair, I've opened up the floor for conversation, so they feel they can talk to me, and I'll gladly respond and engage, but I won't push the conversation or talk about other nonsense, because it is a waste of energy, and can be unprofessional! Conserve that energy when you can because you know you'll get a big talker at some point in your day!

7. I also take advantage of less stimulation during my drive to and from work. I listen to mantras in the car on the way to work to set the tone for the day, but on my way home from work, I sit in silence and breathe deeply - inhaling for 10 seconds, holding for 10 seconds and exhaling for another 10 seconds to really calm the nervous system and decompress.

8. Once I get home, I take a warm shower to ground my energy, do abyhanga body massage with oil, and get cozy with a cup of herbal tea -- chammomile, skullcap, rose or lavender are ideal. Many people will go out for drinks with their friends after work or chat on the phone to 'blow off steam', but you've just been exerting so much energy exchange throughout your day and it's time to put that energy into you!

9. Take advantage of your days off to give yourself some services: Chirporactic adjustments (read more to find out the benefits!), Massages, and Yoga are so important! to balance your nervous system, ground your energy and give yourself some love.

10. Another simple breathing exercise to do whenever you feel overwhelmed or overworked is to breathe in through your nose and hold the breath as you mentally say, "Light of Light" three times. Then exhale through the nose. Be careful not to feel faint while holding the breath this long! I do this sometimes while I'm diffusing a client's hair. You can access it anytime you have a quick moment to just let go of stress.

Lastly, be gentle with yourself and let your gifts shine in your work!

I hope you can utilize some or all of these practices in your life, and if you could use a little assistance, I'm here to help by giving you custom yoga and meditation practices, hands on healing, and menu planning tips! Please feel free to let me know how I can help you!

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

 

3 Ways to Get in a Good Mood!

Love Yoga Fest 2014 This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending our community's very own yoga festival, right here on Cape Cod! The girls from Love Live Local created Love Yoga Fest and brought some seriously amazing energy for us all to enjoy! Thank you Love Live Local girls ~ Jen, Amanda and Kate, you're such a gift to us all!

The reason yoga festivals are so fun for yogis, is because you get to experience a renowned teacher from different parts of the country! I was so excited to take Daniel Orlansky's class because it's been awhile since I've practiced Kundalini! Even though I have my own study book on Kundalini Kriya's from my Naam Yoga Teacher Training, and can access it at any time, I still like to be a student and receive the teachings, and practice as well! He was such a gift and a fountain of wisdom! He merged many different ancient teachings of kundalini and buddhism into his class and allowed me to experience such joy in being completely present! Aaahhhh....

My favorite part of class was when we did 4 minutes of SHAKING! I used to warm up with this same type of shaking in my Naam yoga classes in L.A., and have also incorporated a variation of shaking on my back in my own meditation practices in the past, but  had forgotten just how powerful it is, how healing, and how FUN it can be!

I instantly felt lighter and brighter, and it inspired me to share with you this easy exercise, along with a couple other tips to get you in a good mood, instantly!

They are:

1. Shake for Health!

In Naam Yoga, we lie on our backs with our arms and legs outstretched towards the sky and shake our ankles and wrists as hard, but as relaxed as we can, for anywhere from 3-11 minutes. Our hands and feet radiate so much light in and out of our body naturally, so by doing this practice we are bringing in, and distributing all that life force to the nooks and crannies inside ourselves, to heal anything, and strengthen the immune system. Whenever we shake, we break up stagnation and allow our energy to flow, much like an acupuncture session.  Try shaking to the mantra, 'shri ram jai ram, jai jai ram' (track 1 on this cd) for 3 minutes every day for 40 days and enjoy complete bliss in your life!

When we did our shaking in this past weekend's class, we were standing ~ also equally as fun and invigorating! Closing your eyes and relaxing your entire body, start shaking up and down as your knees bend, to allow the shake to happen. Let your jaw shake, your shoulders shake, let everything flop around without censoring yourself. It feels awkward and strange, but you can literally feel the tension falling off. It's moving your lymphatic system so that dis-ease gets pushed out (this is why rebounding exercise has so many health benefits). It's the first thing an eastern medicine doctor or ayurvedic practitioner would suggest a patient to do if they were ill. It's that powerful! Apparently there's a whole book written about this healing modality, which I cannot wait to read! It's called, "Shaking Medicine", by Bradford Keeney. 

2. Do Alternate Nostril Breathing.

For 11 minutes, close your eyes and inhaledthrough the left nostril, closing the right nostril with your right thumb. Then exhale through the right nostril, closing the left nostril with your pinky. Then inhale through the right and exhale through the left with the right thumb on the right nostril again. Alternating like that for 11 minutes brings balance to the emotional body. It's like wiping a slate clean. Try it out to feel calm and centered immediately.

3. CLAP

Another way to restore joy is by clapping. Yep, that's right, good old fashion clapping. It's a Naam Yoga Therapies technique that works wonders and only takes 3 minutes! I was reminded of this one while at a concert this past weekend. After each song ended we clapped, and I couldn't help but bring awareness to the energy that's created when we do so. When we clap, we literally break up stagnation. Our hands are an extension of our heart so by clapping, we break up the 'funk' that gets in the way of our naturally happy, loving heart that's so full of joy. Once it's broken up, we radiate love and light! Try clapping continuously for 3 minutes and try to tell me your mood didn't lift! It might feel strange doing it, but you will be smiling from ear to ear when you're through. :)

Try one or all and GLOW on friends <3 !

For more mood lifters, click here.

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

 

Why the First Thing you Do in the Morning is SO Important

the seed There is a SEED in everything that's created. Each day we have a blank slate, an opportunity to create anything that we want, so why not make it the most beautiful flower, the best tasting fruit possible?

For instance, if I eat a muffin for breakfast, I will likely make poorer food choices throughout the course of the day. If I turn on my computer first thing in the morning and check my email, I am instantly setting myself to have emotional set backs by not giving to myself first. If I sleep in too late, I will be lethargic and lazy all day.

Conversely, if I have a glass of hot water with lemon after tongue scraping and brushing my teeth, my body is gently cleansed and ready to invite in the desire for nourishing foods. Maybe I'll start my day with oatmeal, a smoothie, or ezekiel toast with avocado or almond butter, and I will likely feel great throughout the day and make good food choices.

Instead of turning on the computer or dialing into my smartphone first thing in the morning, which can create chaos or emotional turmoil, I can choose to set the tone I want for the day to feel at peace and in harmony by getting outside and going for a walk. You may choose to sit in meditation and do breathing exercises or practice yoga or any other type of exercise as well. Either way, you're 'feel good vibes' will radiate with you throughout the course of the day rather than feeling like you're just trying to 'keep up' or 'get through' the day.

According to Ayurveda studies, we should be out of bed by 6am. For me, it's more like 8am, but it definitely shouldn't be past 10am! The hours from 6-10am are the Kapha dosha time where we feel the heavy weight of the earth's energy. That's why it's best to get up and out before that weight bears down on us and makes it harder! If we endure that weight, it will drag around with us all day making us less productive and prone to emotional drama. For me, I get really groggy and weird if I lay in bed too long ~ I have strange dreams and experience that 'swimming' feeling which is the influence of the water element also associated with Kapha. I find that even though I sleep til 8, going for a walk or exercising, or practicing yoga before 10 still combats that heavy energy, so it's best to get moving early on!

I've been following my fellow Naam Yoga teacher and friend on her youtube channel and loved her video talking about planting the SEED for your day with words of affirmations. If the first thing you say is "Today is a Great Day', so it will be. Once you start becoming mindful to how you co-create in your life, you will be excited to wake up and see what you are capable of experiencing! Do you want to have joy, love and peace, or chaos, emotional rollercoaster rides and stress? It's up to you, so set your intentions clearly in what you say and what you do.

I hope these tips help you. There are so many self care practices that can be adapted into your life to create more love and peace, but just take it one day at a time. See how your world starts to shift in no time! Read the Formula for Success Starts with the Seed for more understanding on these energetic planetary influences.

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

Happiness: Yoga Helps EVERYTHING in Life!

1908166_10152830848245743_7101419277925198616_n Yoga has been my savior in life. It has helped me to really get in touch with my soul ~ what it needs, what it wants, who it is, what works for it and what doesn't. Yoga helped me meet my soul!

Prior to practicing yoga, I had been operating on auto-pilot my whole life, just reacting to every moment, every circumstance. Now, I feel, I flow, I love and I grow, with grace.

I remember awhile back, my friend telling me that I needed to work on my hugs. What a simple concept, but such an obvious metaphor for where I was in life!

Yoga helps you love yourself and therefore love all things ~ good and bad. It's not so much the practice on the mat ~ the sun salutations or the poses you can or can't get into that are working for you, it's the whole process. It's getting there.

It's being uncomfortable with sweating, with the person next to you grunting or groaning, with the hard to hear teacher, with the unknown cues that are being called out, with the thoughts of your hair being frizzy, your clumsy vinyasa, the nausea, the unbearable heat and smells of subway or starbucks wafting in through the windows next door. All of that IS your yoga practice!

So many clients say to me that they'd love to try yoga but they'd prefer doing home practices first before going  to a group class. They want to know what they're doing so they feel comfortable with the poses, so they can 'warm' up and not be embarrassed being 'unflexible'. Here's a little secret ~ if you can't touch your toes, it just means you feel the pose before the person who reaches beyond their toes does! Flexibility has NOTHING to do with yoga!!!!

Every yoga practice meets you where you're supposed to be. For instance, I started my yoga practice with kundalini, which then evolved into Naam, to Power Yoga, to my now favorite grounding, more restorative, more of a slow flow style vinyasa class.

Your practice evolves as you evolve. It's one in the same. It mirrors wherever you are. When I first started I was really into breath work and chanting with mantras (more energetic based). I needed it at that time to really get into meditation, to activate my intuition, and to open my heart quickly. I became very connected to the ethers then, but just when I needed to get grounded, Power Yoga showed up for me, making me stronger and more connected to my body and the strength I needed on the mat.

Now, I practice being balanced in my slow flow vinyasa style which is somewhere in the middle of power and kundalini, just as I've found with my eating habits that have swung from strict macrobiotic vegan, to ayurveda, to this new moderate place of enjoying a little bit of everything.

I hear so many clients and friends talk about how they want to find their soulmate, or their life calling / career, or just less stress and chaos in their lives, and I say to them, DO YOGA!!! Seriously. It works! Just get on the mat. I promise you, it will take you wherever you want to go in life. Your life is waiting for you, so what are you waiting for? Sign up for a class already!

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Some tips to get you started are below:

~Find a teacher you connect with / love!

If you're in the Cape Cod area, I recommend taking the amazing Mary Catherine Starr's efficiently taught, well balanced class at either Centerville Yoga, Power Yoga of Cape Cod or Orleans Yoga and Pilates.

I also recommend Leigh Alberti's awesomely grounding style of teaching at Power Yoga of Cape Cod.

Tracy Peterson's a good place to start with at Centerville Yoga.

Rhia Cataldo's spirit soaring style at Power Yoga of Cape Cod or Glow Yoga.

Jill Abraham's inspiring and motivational class at Power Yoga of Cape Cod.

Michele Damelio's Kundalini and Naam fusion at her home in West Barnstable.

~Use Props! Don't be afraid! I always use a block to bring the floor closer to me in any hamstring or hip opener pose! Blankets or bolsters work nicely too for seated meditations or restorative, yin style poses. Straps also help you bring your legs closer to your body or help to open your shoulders.

Lastly, open yourself up to getting comfortable with the uncomfortable! I remember when I first started practicing Power Yoga, that I would cringe knowing that my hair was getting wet with sweat or that I was overheating immensely, but now, I just let it happen...much like I let lots of other things happen in life. I tell ya, it's a miracle what starts shifting for you when you just show up to a yoga class!

Namaste and Sat Nam Yogis!

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

 

Happiness: Spending Money, Spiritually Speaking

new jettaI was currently in the market to buy a car, and found myself pondering the process in a very spiritual manner. I LOVED my audi, but it was a lease, and the 3 year term came to an end. I've never leased before, and did not plan on doing it again for many reasons, which left me with a fresh new start of thinking about what a car means to me.

I've realized I'm really not a car person at all. I have preferences from what I see on the road, but I don't know anything about the ins and outs of these machines. It's merely just based on style/fashion sense. That being said, does it make sense for me to invest lots of money into something I don't really care that much about?!

I started thinking about the exchange of money and what I learned from my spiritual studies in Naam Yoga and the Universal Forces of Kabbalah ~ that money is the physical form of an exchange. Anything that I want to receive, I have to give something up to get it. Whatever we place value on, is where we direct our energy, and so the more we put our energy into something, the more it manifests.

For instance, I love learning. I have no quams whatsoever about spending money on workshops, books, or trainings that pertain to hair, health, or evolving as a person. I spend lots of money on good quality food, self care products, creating a happy home and traveling to gain inspiration and stimulation from the beauty of life and culture!

I feel that it's important to always align with your intentions in every area of life. My intentions for my life are to live fully, and experience all of my hearts desires. I wouldn't want to sacrifice them for something that I really don't have that much enthusiasm for. The Law of Attraction suggests that wherever you place your attention, the energy flows to it, so keep focusing on what you desire and it will come to be!

I choose to focus my energy on my hearts desires, not things that don't have much meaning to me (a car). Everyone has different values, but mine are not so much rooted in material things. (Probably why I have no problems with Spring Cleaning!)

One of the exercises I loved doing with my Spiritual Coach was to discover my 5 personal values during a meditation. It came out to be: love and connection, inspiration, health/self care, learning/gaining wisdom, and travel. I wrote it down on a little piece of paper and I keep it in my wallet so I can be reminded of what my higher self desires/needs on a daily basis.

Shopping and making decisions of where to spend your money is a very spiritual process and reminded me of staying true to my values. What are yours?

To add to that, it brings up the point of how, spiritually speaking, we should be donating 10 percent of our income (tithing) to a source that teaches us and guides us down our path of enlightenment. Wherever and whenever we give a gift of a donation, whether it be time or money, it is our energy showing gratitude for teachings that help us to evolve and navigate through life. It is the highest form of love, and perpetuates more love and miracles in our lives.

I encourage you to sit with this concept of values and love, the act of giving back, and the exchange of energy (your money/ time) makes.

I ended up going with a 2006 Jetta from a private cash sale off of Craigslist (that was a first!) that my boyfriend coordinated and researched for me!

And with that I say THANK YOU for showing your love and acceptance for allowing me to contribute to you. I value my time and energy to give back to the world through this blog of all that I've learned and practiced in my life to inspire others to live their best lives!

KATE-SIGNATURE