Tag Archives: Autheniticity

I Choose My Own Adventure

Using a daily mantra or intention is a powerful way to live authentically. When making decisions throughout your day always keeping the mantra in mind.

This week I have been using the mantra ‘I choose my own adventure”. So before making any decisions – from what I am going to eat, to the style yoga class I am going to take – I think ‘I choose my own adventure’. It is a playful way to remind yourself that you are in control of your happiness and that it is the small stuff that builds up to the bigger picture of your life.

If you are pondering bigger life decisions like what job to take or masters program to go into, the same principle applies. Before making a choice you use your mantra to help you. Think of those storybooks when you were a kid that gave you the option of picking the ending to read.

By choosing your own adventure you are not being pushed around by life, but writing your own story. You get to choose your happiness and how you get there.

Live Light Practice:

For one day use “I choose my own adventure” as your mantra. No matter if it is choosing the route to work, or the afternoon snack you have. Look at each choice as an adventure along your path of life.

Oct08

Mermaid Mala

I have fallen in love with the Mermaid Mala from Tiny Devotions. I love this mala because it represents confidence and love. It is beautiful and whimsical all at the same time. I find that it makes me smile, which in turn inspires me and gives me confidence.

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Mar26

Boho Daily Interview

I recently sat down with Bohodaily.com, the Tiny Devotions Blog, to talk about my yoga journey and the things that inspire me to live life with intention. I am so lucky to have the opportunity! Here is some of it, but go to bohodaily.com for more!


What brought you to the mat the first time?

The first time I got on the mat I was in my early teens and took a yoga class with my mom at a local gym. I recall being embarrassed by my mom and not really loving the class. Something must have stuck with me, because over the years I found myself always coming back to the mat. Once I got past being an awkward, embarrassed teen, I discovered the peace, love, and inspiration I felt from yoga and meditation.

How do you set intentions in your life?

I set intentions in my life based on my core values of quality, authenticity and fluidity. I ask myself if my intentions are in line with my values, and if they are not I clarify my intentions to make it so.

Who inspires you?

On a daily basis, I am inspired by my husband who supports me in everything I do and loves me deeply. My mom is the person who first brought me to yoga (and taught me to knit), and she inspires me with her outlook on life and her master knitting skills. My dad has sick handstand skills, and so my envy for his gymnastic abilities helps me push my practice further each day. At 65, my father presses gracefully into a handstand. I just hope one day I will be able to do the same.

My mentor Ashley Turner inspires me. Ashley is a total rockstar and has such profound teachings to share with her unique combination of yoga and psychotherapy. After taking one of her workshops in NYC, I was inspired to sign up for my first yoga teacher training program. Her Urban Priestest Mala is one of my favorites!

Jodie Rufty was my mentor in my teacher training, and her style of teaching resonates with me. Jodie lives her life so authentically she inspires me to do the same.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration in a lot of things, but one thing I am particularly appreciating these days is the post yoga class glow. There’s no feeling like it. It’s like hitting the reset button in life and creates the opportunity for clarity, purpose and selfless intention to transform the world around you. I also find myself inspired when hiking in the woods with my dog Cosmo. Being in nature always makes me more grounded, and my dog’s curiosity and excitement on hikes definitely rubs off on me.

Go to bohodaily.com for more.

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Mar25

Substance and Autheniticity

By admitting in my last blog post that I have a loss of words, I have a new-found burst of what I like to call ‘word vomit’. I went from one extreme to the other! Often I can do that, end up spewing way too much information and overloading someone and myself! So in this post I will work on finding balance and not overwhelming you!

Recently one of my mentors spoke about substance and authenticity. Speaking about how easy it is too see right through someone who has none. I found myself then questioning what is substance and authenticity? And do I have any?!

By asking myself these questions I realize that I doubt my abilities and myself. I remember reading somewhere how doubt is one of our biggest obstacles and when we doubt ourselves we hold ourselves back. So why am I holding myself back? Why do I fear that I am not authentic?

One way I know that I am being true to myself and authentic is when I look in the mirror I can now see myself and recognize who I am. In the past I would look in the mirror and say who is that person across from me? At my old job I lost myself. During my first month at my job a colleague told me, when you look in the mirror and don’t recognize yourself you have gone too far. Too often I tried to please others and lost track of who I was and what my values are.

Today I can look in the mirror and see me. I can say I am a yoga instructor and yoga therapist in NYC. I combine eastern and western thought to provide clarity and purpose through asana, pranayama, and meditation. I left my marketing job in December 2009 to dedicate my time and my life to this path. What can I do but be with what I have chosen and continue to take advantage of whatever experiences I can find, exploring myself, and being true to who I am. Not trying to fit into a mold or become exactly like my mentors that I love so much, but working on finding the pieces that best define me.

Tomorrow, next month, next year my direction may change. How I teach and how I practice will evolve and I look forward to continuing on this path and am thankful to all of my mentors, friends, and families who help me to really SEE who I am.

The path that I took helped me to find a more easeful way to live everyday life, and that is what I hope to share with others. Teaching others to learn how to take the skills they learn on the mat out into the world. So the next time in the office when you feel overwhelmed and stressed out you will be able to more easily come back to a balanced state and be able to mindfully work through whatever obstacles you may be facing.

Have you ever thought – how can I be authentic? It may be a difficult or easy question to answer, but it is one worth looking at. Taking the time to really SEE you. When you can’t really see yourself it is like an ocean with waves and ripples casting a shadow over the bottom of the ocean. When the ripples and waves calm you can see to the ocean floor – your true self. There will always be storms and sunny days, but as you learn what the ocean floor truly looks like the storms won’t last as long.

Namaste,

Liza

PS In the sprit of the joy and laughter I feel after writing this, the picture above helps to represent how I see myself and how I am feeling!

May06