Energy Management: What No One is Talking About

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How many times have you or someone you know utter the words, “I wish there were more hours in the day.”

Jim Rohn said, “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” True, but what if one concentrated on running the day with mindful energy?

What I relied on the most while working in Corporate America in the 1990’s was the ability to consciously create a realistic deadline, then list the tasks which would fit into that time frame. While this method turned out to be a successful way to achieve my working goals, it inevitably drained almost all of my energy. I would challenge myself to push harder in order to meet my deadlines, while losing my sense of awareness.

Nowadays, when asked about time management, I no longer believe one can manage time, for it is ever-changing.  But one can manage themselves and the attention to use the time wisely or waste it.

Managing one’s time can be quite the harrowing experience in absence of mindfulness. When one becomes a witness to their actions, time is used for deliberate purpose. If life seems to be moving faster than you would like, take a moment to analyze how that time is being spent.

These are ways in which by managing one’s energy, the essence of time can become secondary.

Giving the mind and body the nourishment it needs. Many of us rush through the day without an adequate amount of sleep, exercise and stillness. Even a minimal form of exercise such as walking not only improves physical stability and longevity, but also contributes to a better state of Being. Activities such as yoga and meditation can be vital in awakening the very core of our energetic mindset.

Being mindful of one’s emotions. Whether one is in a state of elation or depression, it is important to understand how our mind created the thoughts with led to those emotions. Since each one of us is a powerful source of energy, we can, with mindfulness be an “overseer” to our thoughts and create our own reality.

Being in a state of enthusiasm:  A few weeks ago I came across a fortune cookie with the quote: “Enthusiasm is infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. People will love you for it.” Being enthusiastic about what you love the most can only bring more of what you love the most. If you are passionate about a goal, a relationship, a job, what ever it may be—follow it completely and engage yourself in the continuous learning, growth and creativity of it.  My yoga teaching keeps me stimulated and engaged every moment of the day!!

Practicing meditation.  More companies in the US are finding meditation and mindfulness concepts to be extremely helpful for their employees. Taking just a few minutes a day to be still in meditation has been known to strengthen the “pause” button; ceasing that auto-pilot thought mechanism and the overall neediness to do it.  I have found that following my meditation classes my students suddenly feel energized and have a renewed sense of Self.

But yes, no one can deny that time isn’t valuable asset. If you want to live a meaningful life however, one needs not to worry about managing that time. In being here now, in the present, is the true beauty of life.

It’s your turn. How are you managing your energy? What are your views on time management? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

5 Beauty Routines to Boost Your Body Image

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“Your body hears everything the mind says.” ~ Naomi Judd

**This is a guest post on body image—a topic that many can relate to. I hope you enjoy it.

When you look in the mirror do you smile or notice things that you want to change about yourself? Having a healthy body image is a crucial part of confidence. You can’t go out there and achieve greatness if you don’t feel good about yourself. Here are some beauty routines that not only keep you looking gorgeous but also boost your body image.

TLC Should Come Standard

Chances are you know your face really well because you spend time in front of the mirror applying beauty products every day, but what about your body? Take the time to get to know it during your beauty regime. Turn your beauty routines into small opportunities to show yourself some love. For instance, when applying body lotion after your shower, lather it into your skin and pamper your body with nurturing touch. It’s the same effect that going to the spa for a rejuvenating massage will have on your body, mind, and spirit: a bit of pampering goes a long way to make you feel good about yourself.

Detox Your Skin

Forget about what you don’t like about your body and focus on a deeper idea: how well you’re looking after it. A large amount of the products we use on our skin daily gets absorbed into our bodies, with these chemicals being harmful to our health. Switch to products with natural ingredients for your general skincare routine as well as to treat skin issues you’re dealing with, such as if you need skin brightening products for discoloration. This is a form of respect to your body and by nourishing it from the inside you’ll also beautify it on the outside.

There are various natural ingredients with which you should treat yourself. It’s fun and refreshing to try new products and these are good for you! Popular natural ingredients include:

  • Coconut oil. This oil is used in a variety of beauty routines, from being a great deep conditioner for hair to keeping your skin hydrated.
  • Grapeseed oil. Another important oil, grapeseed oil finds its way into a variety of skincare products, from moisturizer to skin bleaching as it is a natural skin brightener thanks to its Vitamin C content.
  • Green tea. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, green tea regenerates dying skin cells while fighting off free radicals that can be damaging to skin, such as by causing wrinkles.

Become Stronger!

Starting an exercise routine isn’t just about getting your perfect body – it’s also a fantastic way to become physically stronger, which will boost your self-image. Strength is the ultimate beauty. One of the quickest ways in which exercise can help you is by releasing endorphins that help to strengthen a positive mood. Then, as you continue working out on a daily basis, your body will not only look better but feel more energetic and powerful.

Exercise shows you how capable your body is, which will make you appreciate all that it does for you. The great news is that you don’t have to dust off a gym subscription: make your workouts even more uplifting by doing exercise that you will look forward to, whether that is heading to a dance class or running on the beach.

Balance Out Your Diet

Feeling pressure from the media to be a certain size can lead to you becoming obsessive with your diet. But diet and beauty are directly linked, and not just when it comes to your physical appearance. Being too strict with yourself, such as by denying yourself delicious foods because you’re so afraid to put on weight, is a form of punishment and mental torture. That’s not what beauty or health looks like by any means. Balance is what’s healthiest and will help you keep your body at a strong, beautiful place.

Start by taking a closer look at the food you eat: what is really in it and how will it benefit you? Choose fresh, natural foods that are packed with nutrients to give you energy, clear up your skin, and ward off illness.

Seeing food as fuel for you to be and look your best will help you to make more mindful choices about what you eat, while enabling you to see your body as something that can be enhanced and cared for by the right foods. Indulging every now and then on food that you love, such as cheesecake or chocolate, is also important. It provides a good balance between health and pleasure, treating your body kindly and avoiding negative cycles.

Stop Trying to Look ‘Perfect’

You will never be perfect and that’s actually a good thing! If we were all perfect, we’d lose the beauty that sets us apart from each other. Yes, there is room for improvement and we should strive to be healthy so that we not only feel good but look our best, but if you’re obsessively trying to reach an illusion in your mind of what you think it means to be perfect, then you’re wasting the chance to live your life and be happy.

Here’s an extra beauty routine to add to your mornings: See your faults in a new way by looking at how they give you character and an edge in a cookie-cutter world. By reminding yourself of them, you will realize that there are many things about you that are memorable.

Beauty routines such as caring for your skin, exercising, and eating nutritious foods work double-duty as body image confidence boosters. The result? You can look good and feel fantastic.

A Real-Life Lesson About Yoga


“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body,
mind and soul.” ― Amit Ray

On January 2, 1999 I walked into my bedroom, plopped on the bed that I shared with my then-boyfriend, and prayed intently to God.

With tears streaming down my face I looked up to the ceiling.

“I no longer want to live. Can you help me?” I whispered.

I had been arguing non-stop with my boyfriend of 11 years, and after the last piece of furniture had been smashed to pieces in our 1 bedroom apartment (and countless bruises on my body) I realized I had enough. It was time to find something that would help me escape, if only from my tormented mind.

The next morning I shoved myself into the crowded N train that would lead me to my office in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center. As I looked around at my fellow corporate executives I noticed a young woman sitting in the corner. Donning a long necklace made of beads and a somewhat tattered yoga mat between her legs, she looked annoyingly happy. All I could think was that her happiness was attributed to her enjoying her aloof, hippie lifestyle.

I envied her—or her happiness. As she stood up from her seat and walked toward the subway doors I wondered what types of people she surrounded herself with. Did she really practice yoga, or was it a spiritual front?

That afternoon, instead of having lunch at the Lemongrass Grill, one of my favorite Thai restaurants I decided on takeout and began looking online for anything on yoga.

I came across a website that offered step-by-step Ashtanga poses by Dharma Mittra. As I looked at each of his postures I became more eager to learn them. I printed every single pose and created a 56-page bound book that I could refer to.

That night, after my usual 6-mile run and walking my little shih tzu Gizmo I lit a candle and sat quietly on a blanket on my bedroom floor. I quickly skimmed through the book, flagging the pages of the poses I would attempt.

I waited impatiently for my boyfriend to leave for his night job to begin my first official yoga practice. I started with four, modified In Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutations) and immediately began to feel a difference in my awareness. Breath became the anchor to my movement, which would be a pathway to my meditative practice.

At first, because of the fresh bruises in my ribs and lower back caused by my ex-boyfriend I was not able to practice postures such as a seated twist or locust pose in their fullest expression. However, because of my determination to be fearless I was able to bring myself into poses I never dreamed possible. Thus began my journey of asana; not aware of the vast knowledge I would be exposed to in the coming years.

In July of last year my dear friend Caren took my husband and I to a yoga class in Naples, Florida. The teacher’s style was very different to the Ashtanga classes I was used to in New York, but I was delighted to learn various types of asana practice.

After class we went back to Caren’s place. As I grabbed a bottled water from her refrigerator she said, “You know, you would be a GREAT yoga teacher!” I looked back at her with eyes of bewilderment. “Really?”

The quest for teacher training sessions in my area began, and I was adamant on finding someone who would not only be teaching what modern yogis knew, but what the ancients shared with their students.

Initially I thought teacher training would involve heavy asana practice and honing the skills needed to become a yoga teacher, but it became so much more. The journey transitioned from a workout to a work in; breakdowns to breakthroughs. In the last few months my asana practice has surely improved my strength and flexibility, but there was one unforgettable lesson that has transformed my entire Being.

Since healing from physical abuse and my survival of the September 11th attacks I found that I forgot how to breathe naturally. I allowed my mind to control the evenness of inhales and exhales, or lack thereof.

In stressful situations many of us tend to hold our breath. But when there’s no natural release from the body, the stress on your heart and circulatory system can elevate blood pressure two to three times above normal.

In one’s physical practice of yoga or asana, breath work is extremely important for the body temple to flow each posture. Various types of breathing techniques such Nadi Shodhana, also known as alternative nostril breathing with retention can calm the mind and prepare for meditation, while Ujjayi or “victorious breath” can invigorate and create heat in the body.

Whether one practices Ashtanga, Vinyasa or any other yoga practice, returning the mind to the breath is what will assist in the focus of the mind’s eye.

In just a matter of weeks I will conclude my teaching training course at the Yoga Pagoda. Not only have I established lifelong friendships with the studio’s teaching staff and my fellow trainees, I have found the inner strength to re-introduce myself to my Self—a valuable lesson indeed.

I wrote this post as a celebration for the International Day of Yoga, which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly. Due the overwhelming popular of physical yoga postures here in the West, it is a blessing that we can all learn to incorporate ancient and modern practices into our lives.

It’s your turn. Have you found breathing an important part of your yoga practice? I would love if you shared your thoughts below.

Until then, Namaste, Namaskar. xo