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welcome to the one year anniversary of my yoga + wellness newsletter! time flies when you’re having fun, am i right?
this year has involved lots of learning, a generous dose of fear and excitement, and an incredible amount of support. moving through the initial fear of stepping into this entrepreneurial world is an ever changing process, a continual anxiety i think we can all relate to within some aspect of our lives. although the wellness realm feels comfortable and clear, the business side freaked me out when i first took the leap [and still does occasionally].
within the past 12+ months of working with clients both in groups and individually, and especially after the breakti training with anya porter, i came to realize that fear is something that may never leave us. for example, the breakti practice encourages students to move, literally and figuratively, through fear - whatever form that fear takes. this is a life practice, friends. fear can manifest as illness or discomfort in our lifestyles, relationships, patterns or habits we are afraid to break, and beyond. it can sometimes unfortunately hold us back from being the best, brightest versions of ourselves for fear of stepping out of our comfort zone.
struggle can accompany fear. in the beginning of this crazy idea i had of starting my own wellness business, i was afraid of all of the typical grown-up issues i had to confront: financial burdens, maintaining clients, finding more teaching gigs, etc. i struggled a bit because of what my brain told me i should or shouldn’t be doing; what would or wouldn’t happen. i have since noticed that struggling is your mind telling you stories that are most likely not even true. think about it - when we struggle with something, it is usually an internal battle of our brain saying “what if this happens?” or “this is probably going to happen, so i should/shouldn’t do this.” it’s not factual, it’s our over-active imagination. it’s fear.
had i let this struggle get the best of me, i would never have started this newsletter, and it all would have been an unrealized dream - as a result i could have struggled with the fact that i didn’t follow my heart. i learned, and am always learning, to move through these fears and recognize when the struggle arises, and why. we can struggle with eating healthy during the holidays [email me for support on this, i can relate!], finishing a project, feeling stuck in a job or relationship or something that doesn’t serve us, and so on. what if we were able to pause, sit compassionately with that fear/struggle, and move our way through it? what if you allowed yourself and were open to receiving outside support along the way [whether that is me, a friend, a coworker, etc] rather than facing it alone?
it is imperative to understand that, when life feels scary and you feel you are struggling, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. there are ways to move through it without the darkness that suffering can bring, and there are ways to be with that darkness if/when it comes up. there is the constant possibility for all of us to follow our hearts, do what we love, live the life we want, be happy - whatever that means to you.
as an unmeasurable thank you to my readers for supporting me in moving through my own fears of putting myself out there in this wellness community, i am excited to offer these two special holiday gifts [a select few of my favorite things]: a 15.4 oz tub of vega one chocolate shake & an all natural trio from craftsman soap co.!
there will be 2 winners, one prize for each. to enter:
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the more you enter by liking, sharing, and commenting, the better chance you have to win! winners will be chosen this friday, so you have all week to enter.
and don’t you dare forget about my exclusive hyde organic cotton yoga apparel discount for 15% off with code sashahyde. perfect holiday gift for your yogis or yourself.
read the rest of this month’s newsletter for a yummy holiday recipe from my dear energy medicine friend, more information on vega and craftsman soap co., and more.