I’m writing you from 30,000 feet in the air…

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. Erma Bombeck

I am writing this to you from 30,000 feet up in the sky. I just took flight on my longest and biggest teaching adventure / tour to date!! For the next 3 months I will be traveling throughout Indonesia (Bandung, Jakarta, and Bali) and Thailand teaching 3 different Teacher Training Programs, Special events, Headlining a festival and leading a retreat. It’s snowyaltarabsolutely insane, magical and a li’l scary that this has become my life.

Almost 2 years ago to the day​, I ​was at the top on the Annapurna base camp hours before the worse catastrophe to this day hit the mountain. I was with my dear friend and teacher Laura Amazzones and before we left to make the climb down we visited the Annapurna alter. We left offerings and prayed. Trembling I prayed to the goddess asking for her help, ​assistance, and guidance. Help in taking away my pain and deep wounds in my heart​;​ ​assistance in the form of courage to not only get us down the mountain safety but to also confront all own inner demons, untruths, and fears that live deep inside me​; ​and lastly the guidance to truly access the gifts that have been bestowed upon me, see them, share them, and be of service to the world.

Days later and filled with overflowing gratitude for safely making in down the mountain (RIP the beautiful souls who did not) for the first time potentially ever ​I​ felt the fragility of this life. I began to get angry and began writing ferociously in my journal as I often do… “I am​ ​not going to waste this life, this breath, this moment any longer. I am sick and tired of the self criticism, self hatred, of playing it safe, of making my me small, and doubting who I am. I am tired of wishing I was some thing else – smarter, younger, prettier, richer or had skinn​i​er legs. It was those very legs that got you up and done that Mountain Cristi​,​ own them! This life, this body, this face of yours is a precious precious gift… remember what Annapurna told you.. You are the ​g​oddess. You are the goddess. You are the goddess”

I share this with all of you not to show how messed I might be 😉 but to show you that i am human- Raw, real and vulnerable. And to share with you the next intention ​I​ wrote.

“I want to bring yoga to every corner of the world and teach people that yoga is way more then a physical practice but is a way of being and has the ability to empower, heal, liberate and transform ones life in every way possible. I want to help people connect to the​ir​ bodies, get strong, connected and to live a life of purpose filled with peace, love, and smiles! I want to give back to the world exactly what yoga has given me and continues to give me. That is what I want to do!”

Two years later that is exactly what I am doing​, I can hardly believe it. When I wrote those words I had no idea of the how but I didn’t need to. It was the quality and power of the intention. The right people just appeared, my angels as I call them, who saw me, pushed me, gave me opportunities to put my intention into action and step by step the vision is becoming real. This trip is definitely another milestone on my path and when that first moment of self doubt, self hatred, or inner critic shows up I’ll remember the words that Annapurna spoke to me… I AM THE GODDESS!

I am here to remind you that you are the goddess/ God yourself. ​I want to ​inspire you to make pure intentions and take actions so you too can live your most is inspired fulfilled life and be sure as hell to use every bit of talent that god/goddess gave you!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a​ ​part of my path, my journey and for touching my life. I have many excited things coming through the pipeline that I will soon be able to share with you​, so​ please stayed tuned !!

Peace, love, & smiles,
Cristi

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Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you love.

Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you love.

As of late I’ve been asked…
“How can I get more clear on what I want and really define my dream or next step?”

So, today i will share with you a simple practice to help you lift the veil and begin to find that clarity of vision you may be seeking!

Step 1: Start
“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something” (Seth Godin)

Bring yourself into a ritual space by first burning a little sage or incense and lighting a candle. Sit down, close your eyes and take a few deep slow breaths. Then ask yourself what would I do if money was no object and I had all the time in the world? Pause, slow down and listen to what arises. Spend some time here to connect to the yearning in your heart. Give space for the dream to start to crystallize.

Step 2: Write it Down
Write down what came to mind, no matter how big, crazy or lavish it might have been or how small. In the space of pure potentiality there are no limits and no judgments! Use positive affirming language and write everything down in the present tense as it is all ready happening. Get descriptive. Use your creative impulse and see this dream starting to come to life.

Step 3: Create a Movie
Start by reading the story you wrote. Then close your eyes and look out into the space known as Chit Akasha. This is that black space or void where you will play your movie on the screen in your consciousness. Start to visualize your dream and get all your senses involved. See the sights, the players involved, even smell the smells. If you can’t actually see anything that is ok just continue to think about and imagine the movie in your mind.

Step 4: Feel into your Body’s Response
As you read and watch your story play out, how do you feel? What responses in your body has this story elicited? Do you feel excitement, fear, joy, stress? Really feel into your body as there is so much information waiting to be discovered there, if we tune in. Feel into your heart, your belly (your seed of intuition). How does the seed of this vision/dream feel to you?

Step 5: REFLECT, Fine tune, or Start over
Sometimes after going through this process you may feel that something is off or not in your highest alignment. If that is true for you, simply begin again. You may discover what you think you want is actually not what you want after all! And other times fear, insecurity, or doubt will creep in and try to convince you to abort your dream all together! Do all you can to be honest about what is really happening. Go back to the previous step and feel back into your body. Fear is a limiting factor, and it’s present in all of us. Trust in yourself, take a deep calming breath, and say hello to any fear that resides in your system and begin to ground it through your exhales. Feel in again and trust that you know the difference between truth and fear.

STEP 6: TAKE ACTION
What is one small actionable step you can take today and do everyday to start bringing your dream to life? Create a small attainable goal that will help you gain momentum and confidence. If you want to write a book or become a singer, start by writing or singing 5 minutes a day no matter what. Then build from there! If you are still unclear commit to sitting for 5 minutes everyday (no matter what) in that space of infinite possibility and silence until your dream arises! Once you take committed action in the direction of your dreams the universe will conspire on your behalf to make all things possible!

As I get ready to take off (in just two weeks!) for my next teaching tour, I am reminded of my dream to share my heart and love for yoga and dance with the world.

My aim is to inspire others to get connected with their body, heart, and soul and to really live their fullest potential. As I inspire others.. they inspire me to continue on this beautiful journey.

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On the eve of my ‘BIG’ birthday, I can’t help but reminisce and reflect on my journey thus far.

On the eve of my ‘BIG’ birthday, I can’t help but reminisce and reflect on my journey thus far. How could of 39 years and 364 3/4 days have already evaporated?? It doesn’t even make sense! Its difficult for me to comprehend as I often feel more like the little girl in the photograph below than the “grown-up” I am supposed to be becoming! I’m sure many people sitting at this threshold feel the same way. Its beyond surreal as I truly feel absolutely amazing and I guess I assumed I would feel, well… old! But instead I feel more connected to my body, heart, spirit then I ever have before. And even though I have a few more fine lines and gray hairs, I have never felt more beautiful, radiant, confident or alive. I am recognizing that the more comfortable I am becoming in my my own skin and with who I am, the lighter and more playful I am becoming. So even though I am turning 40 tomorrow I truly feel like I am growing young!

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Thank goddess for this new found wisdom and exuberance as I very much feel like I am on the break of another transformational year!

This 40th dance around the sun started with a bang when I spontaneously launched a brand new business venture, Pop Up Yoga VENICE with my business partner Micheline Berry. For those of you that haven’t heard the news yet we created the first DONATION based yoga studio in Venice! You heard it right we have created a radically inclusive space where we are providing you with world class soulful yoga in one of the raddest spaces on Venice Beach! All just steps from the ocean.

I plan on celebrating the entry into this new decade all year long!

So I will look forward to dancing, playing, laughing, singing, crying, talking, and loving on you all soooooooon!

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Doing one thing at a time with your whole being, now that is meditation

Doing one thing at a time with your whole being, now that is meditation.

We live in a world where we pride ourselves on multitasking and being so busy! Where has this skill of doing 10 things at once really gotten us & has it really improved or made our lives any easier? When was the last time you just ate breakfast or you just talked with a friend without being distracted by all your devices?When was the last time you focused all your energy and attention into just one thing for one moment? In my former job I joked about what a good multi -tasker I was. I would say I can participate on a conference call, eat lunch, answer emails, all while teaching a yoga class!

I have been reflecting on this ‘behavior’ for the past few months as one of my “39th dance around the sun” challenges was to meditate everyday.  In addition when I began traveling I had my phone turned off. It now only works when I am in reliable wifi networks. At times yes, it has been very inconvenient, but it has also made me realize how much of life I was missing by paying closer attention to my phone (emails, texts, FB,etc) then the actual life happening around me, even though I ‘thought’ I was being support productive as I checked things off my to do list.

I share this with you as I know i am not alone in this behavior. I see it around me more and more. For today I encourage you to join me as I make a vow to simply be more presence with actions. To try and be focused on the task at hand and bring the full energy of my being to one thing. I promise your friends will feel it, your students, your work, your lover. YOU will begin to be astonished by the impact of your own energy when harnessed in such a positive, focused, present way. Thank you Lawrence Leshaw for the inspiration

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Try my favorite 5 techniques to inspire your life!

Feeling stuck, blocked creativity, or in a rut?
Try my favorite 5 techniques to inspire your life!

These methods are easy and will help you clear out stagnation, dullness, and tiredness from your system and make way for freshness, clarity, and insight to flood in! These methods are just a taste of what we’ll be doing at my upcoming retreat in Costa Rica, which starts on June 13th!

Register and get more info here!

CC11. START YOUR DAY WITH INTENTION

First thing in the morning when you wake up, perhaps while brushing your teeth, look at yourself in the mirror and ask what you want to align your energy with today? What do you want to bring more of into your day? Perhaps it’s peace, or confidence, or courage to make a decision, fun, focus? Or maybe you want to let something go and leave it behind. The key is to make it personal and important to you so it has meaning.  You can repeat your intention aloud or in your mind several times or write down somewhere. Throughout your day, continue reconnect with your intention.

 

 

 

cc22. BREATHE

The word inspire actually means “to breathe in!” To breathe in the breath of spirit.  Your breath is how you connect to your own spirit and is the source of your vitality. Just 5 minutes of deep breathing each day can energize and rebalance your entire body.  Give this simple 4-step breathing exercise a try and notice how you feel.

Step 1: breathe in for the count of 4
Step 2: hold for the count of 2
Step 3: exhale for the count of 4
Step 4: hold out for the count of 2
*** repeat for 8 – 12 rounds

A few notes: There should be an equal emphasis on the inhale and exhale. Breathing in gives you the energy you need for the day and feeds your cells with prana – your sacred life force energy.  Smooth exhalations help you release any stress and tiredness from your system to ease and calm your mind.

 

cc33. SHAKE OFF THE OLD – TWO-MIN SHAKE DOWN!

This is one of my favorite techniques! It’s fast, fun, playful, and gets the body and lymph moving. Just like a tree needs to shed of dead leaves or a plant needs to be pruned, we need to do the same and this is the best method I know!  It’s easy…

Start with your right arm. Lift it over head and shake it out for 8 counts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Then your left arm > right leg > left leg
Go back to the right arm and now shake it out for 7 counts ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7) keep repeating all the way down to 1 shake for each arm and each leg!

Last 30 seconds you are gonna shake your entire body! This will free up any tension in your skin, your muscles, your bones, your mind. Shake your chest, shake your belly, & most definitely shake your booty. Shake off any negativity, ill will, fear, or worry. This is quickest way to reset your energy for the day.  Move out the old and make way for freshness and inspiration to come in.

 

cc44. STOP COMPLAINING & CRITICIZING

Believe it or not, this a very profound and transformative practice! Try for 1 day to not complain or negatively criticize yourself or any one else.  What you will discover is how much of your conversations are filled by you complaining to your friends and vice versa. With so much energy spent on the negative how can there be room for inspiration?  Once you have managed to get through one day, keep it going. Change your thoughts, change your words, change your life!

Here’s a little trick i learned from Tim Ferris – author of the 4hr work week! Try wearing a rubber band around your wrist. Every time you complain, pop yourself with the rubber band!  It brings your habitually complaining behavior into your consciousness. And I promise you will stop complaining much quicker 🙂

 

cc55. GET A JOURNAL AND WRITE

Years ago I did a course called the Artist’s Way. One of the daily exercises was to write stream of consciousness filling 3 notebook pages.  This practice was so profound and cathartic for me that now 10 years later I have continued this as one of my daily rituals. It helps me clear out the mental garbage of yesterday and brings a fresh slate to my day.

So get a notebook (no computers or iPhones allowed! There is something about the physical act of writing with the pen and paper that makes it meditative) and just start.  My preference is first thing in the morning before I even get out of bed as it will truly help you set the tone for your day, but anytime will do.

If you find yourself staring at a blank page and feel you have nothing to say, write over and over again “What I really want to say is…. what I really want to say is ”  until you breakthrough to the other side!

I hope these simple tips help to inspire your day and your life!

If you are intrigued by these teachings, imagine what magic we’ll create together in Costa Rica on my next retreat! Would love for you to join me.

Register and get more info here!

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