October 2014

Making a living? Creating a life?

As many of you know, I took a great bit bite out of the Big Apple last week.

New York City inspires me every time I visit.

I spent the first half of my trip at the Emerging Women Live Conference.
Our theme: Changing the World Through Feminine Leadership & Entrepreneurship.

EW Live organizer Chantal Pierrat introduced this concept:

“Making a living is not the same as creating a life.”

Making a living implies a paycheck, making money, and putting food on the table.

Creating a life conjures up all sorts of other things for me…
It feels expansive & energetic.
It means listening in to hear the voice of my intuition.
It feels adventurous and joyful.

It also means not knowing what is next (in all fear & trembling boldness).
If I am creating my life, it is always in process.
It is never finished.
I take a step into the unknown. Then pause to see where I am.

Yoga practice helps me take the time to let my soul catch up to my body I want to create my life. I want to be present as it unfolds. And I want to share it with the people in my community.



A Simple Twist

Bharadvajasana: a twist.

Learn this pose using a chair so you can lengthen your spine before revolving your torso.bradvajasana

Benefits of twisting include:
releases tight back muscles
eases back-ache
stimulates digestion & circulation
relieves muscle tension

If you have a sitting-down job, do this pose right at your desk!

This pose’s namesake, Bharadvaja, was a sage who lived during Vedic times. He is known for his extraordinary scholarship and great powers of meditation.

Add this pose to your short (and potent) sequence from the blog, and you’ve got a home practice!


*Note: The classical pose is performed sitting on the floor. See Yoga In Action: The Preliminary Course for guidance on how to practice the classical pose.

Video: Taking A Rest

Back by popular demand, the Office Yoga video. Enjoy!


EW Live: the end is only the beginning

welcome.ewliveI’ve been in NYC at the Emerging Women Live Conference the past few days.

WOW! It was a conference like no other.

The conference was subtitled “Changing the world through feminine leadership and entrepreneurship.”

With an impressive roster of keynote speakers:  best-selling author Brene Brown, media powerhouse Arianna Huffington, women’s movement-maker Eve Ensler,  two-time Women’s World Slam Poetry Champion Dominique Christina, and Senior Advisor to the UN Office for Partnerships Annette Richardson.

I also got to meet my mentor and guide Bari Tessler Linden in person after studying with her the past 2 years. Bari runs an online course called The Art of Money and has inspired financial confidence in me.

lisa.leah.ewliveLast Spring I declared to my husband that I would attend this conference.

A few weeks later I was on the fence about actually going. Then my best friend of 26 years sent me a link to the EW registration page.

“Want to go to this with me?” she asked. That invitation made it a done deal. We signed up together! We took this selfie our first night here.

I was anticipating the magnificence of speakers Brene Brown, Arianna Huffington and Eve Ensler — after experiencing their work for years.

Then Bari said she would be here.

But there were many more women speakers & teachers who surprised me & flat knocked me out!

Communication Expert Wokie Nwabueze taught A Crash Course on Courageous Communication where I learned about the importance of being clear about my vision & mission.

leah.madeleineWhat she said could be life-changing:  “When you were a kid, remember the thing that people told you to stop doing so much of? Like stop talking so much, stop daydreaming so much, etc. Remember that thing. It is probably your greatest gift and it could give you clues to what you were born to do.”

In Natalia Berry’s workshop, I learned a technique called Rapid Prototyping. More on the nuts & bolts of RP later…for now, let’s just say it rocked my world!

I collaborated with my new friend from Australia, Madeleine Lyons (pictured left) about her idea for a Women’s Wilderness Retreat in the bush.

Whew!  All this and so much more!

Over the next several weeks, I look forward to sharing more about what I learned from these amazing women.



state of emergence

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 11.19.02 AMYes, you read that right. It’s an “e.”

NOT a “y.”

No fires to put out, no dramas to solve, no racing heart or panic.

I’ve spent enough time feeling like life was an emergency. I’m ready for some sweet transformation heading my way.

So I brought myself to this conference: Emerging Women Live in NYC. And here I am — starting the 3rd day.

We’ve heard from great speakers like Arianna Huffington, Brene Brown, Karen May (from Google), Tami Simon (founder/CEO of Sounds True Publishing), and more.

One thought that haunted me right up until yesterday is, “Who am I to be here?”

I’ve had this one before. It comes in many disguises.

It’s the voice in my head asking me, “Who do you think you are?” in the most judgmental tone.
Some old mental thought loop warns, ” Watch out! Don’t get too big for your britches now.”

I don’t just hear these echoes from long-held fears, I also feel them in my body.

It feels like ICK.
It feels like sweaty palms.
A knot in the base of my throat.
A sour stomach.

Lots of thought threads going on at this conference. One of my favorites: the hallmark of being a woman is that we feel things.

The feminine expresses itself through the body.  We enter a room and we pick up on all kinds of signals.

Without even trying to, we scan our surroundings for the vibe in the room.  We pick up on who’s there, how they are feeling and what they might need from us.

One problem with this type of tuning into the body is that it’s all about externals. (How are they feeling?).

It can really do a number on us.

It’s so easy for us to hook up our bodies to what’s going on around us (even if we are shy, we pick up the signals).

But, we have to connect with ourselves from the inside.

Body-centered practices can help us tune-in. We must practice quieting the outside influences so we can tune inward.

We have to make a practice out of shutting out external so that we can listen inward.

This practice time can help us understand who we are, what we are intuiting, how we feel, what is the next step for us.

Concepts like trust, safety, courage. They can’t just be concepts in our brain.

We have to experience them in our bodies.

Chantal Pieratt, founder of Emerging Women Live, says “Until trust gets into your body and you feel it there, it does not exist.”

That’s a bold statement.

I believe it is true.