It’s true! Why We Do Yoga is now available on Amazon kindle. Later this year it will be out in hard copy and it’s also available on my site in ebook fashion!
My intention behind this book was to create great awareness of why we do, you do, one does Yoga.
I know for myself it has transformed over the years and I don’t think I truly came to the mat with the right intention, space or even attitude as I was a busy person and doing, doing, doing. I wanted to truly get into a meditative state as I knew intuitively I needed it yet couldn’t get there.
As I have also shared it was such an honour to meet many of these Yogi’s, photograph them, talk with them, share stories or converse via email for ones further away – I have been touched by them all at a deep level.
How they shared their why’s and the pose they have chosen goes beyonds words – I keep hearing it’s touching people on a deeper level and opening their eyes up or wanting to go to the mat and go deeper in their practice or even start one!!
The first person who read the book and called me was the impact I was hoping this book would have – it made it all worth it even if it only touches one person!!
Yet I know it will touch many more!!
Here are a few from the book!
Why We do Yoga – Andrea Lewis
I do yoga to slow down my body and mind. As a type A person I am always on the go – from serving to training and coaching I am always moving my body – and my mind runs a long with it. Inner peace, appreciation and a heightened clarity is what yoga gifts me. Yin/Restorative yoga is my favourite.
Andrea Lewis (aka healthchick)
Why We do Yoga – Gabe Azoulay
Yoga continues to make me feel connected to the world and inspires me to give back as much as I can. Whether sharing the physical benefits with practitioners or the confidence opportunities with aspiring yoga teachers, I feel honored and blessed that I discovered
Yoga is the only thing that encompasses everything in one form of exercise for me. It builds muscle, enhances stamina, physical rehabilitation of injuries, and stress reduction to name a few of the important benefits. Plus, it makes you want to do better. To be better. To be the best version of you that you can be. On and off the mat. It’s the shit basically.
Yoga for me is my direct relationship with Source or Creator. This connection to source that I find in my breath is the most important, nourishing, self loving act throughout my day. In order for me to enjoy a clear and centered relationship with any one or anything else, my yoga practice is essential.
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Being someone that has struggled with an eating disorder when younger and now realizing I need to share my story and bring awareness so others can overcome their struggles with food, body issues or low self esteem. Dr’s don’t know how to work with this situation and the recovery rate is not very high at all. The one thing that separates an eating disorder or emotional eating from other addictions is that food is everywhere!! We create many gatherings around food, celebrations, deaths, parties and it’s even trendy to be a ‘foodie’ now whether that is raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo or whatever else is out there!! There fore overcoming an eating issue is much harder than say drugs – you can quit those all together.
Healthy Relationship with Food
What is so important to learn or actually in some cases unlearn is how we feel inside – what beliefs or programs are you (was I ) running? With the media today on tv, magazines and the internet we are constantly bombarded and reminded that we are not good enough the way we are and there is something outside of ourselves that is better or will fix our problems or make our life better. We are constantly chasing something or someone……….yet not going within.
It feels so good, so free when we let go, de-program and allow our authentic self emerge!
We need to de-program lack and not good enough and re-program with self love and being good enough.
Maybe it comes with age – when you start realizing some of that crap just isn’t important, maybe it comes with an awakening of some sort, maybe when one decides to finally take the blue pill I reflect back over my life and look at the times I gave my power away to food, people and places – not feeling good enough or that thing or person had more power over me.
If Everything is Energy – including our states of being – aka not good enough, we can step into realizing that we can change that. If I can feel not good enough – how about feeling good enough – what does that feel like? Try it on. If I hate myself or my body – lets start asking better questions – why would I choose that? What else could I feel instead? How could I better be myself? Why do I need to follow the crowd or try and fit in? etc You and I did choose that, we are choosing everything we think and feel. We need to take responsibility for that (waking up) and know we can create something else. How do I want to feel? What would I like to experience? It has nothing to do with anyone else, judging, comparing, what happened in the past or what might happen in the future. It’s about being fully present in the moment and falling in love with you, your body and your life!!
Quantum Physics is proving that our environment is a reflection or extension of our mind. I will keep repeating that often as our thoughts are electric and our feelings are magnetic. What that means is if I am thinking I am not good enough AND feeling it I am manifesting people and situations that reflect that back to me that I am not good enough. No one has done anything to me that I haven’t been thinking or feeling therefore viberating. Yes, that may have raised some questions as it did for me many times as I did not understand how I could have created some of the crap I did in my life.
Get Playful & Colourful in Your Imagination
Get creative with your imagination – it all starts there and is very powerful!
Everything is Energy……..that has been proven. Are you thinking and feeling Love, Joy, Gratitude, Empowerment, Integrity, Bliss, Compassion or not??
Any fear, doubt, lack, anger, frustration etc will over ride those. That kind of energy is dense and heavy.
We can even take it further as many of the Guru’s say this is a variety of ways – don’t look at reality and use that as your guidance, stay focused on how you do want to feel and what you do want to experience – it’s not avoiding it’s a form of overriding. If everything is energy – where attention goes energy flows.
We are programmed for the negative – just look at the news or television – telling a vision – who’s vision though? It sure ain’t yours or mine so if I may suggest stop watching the tv, reading the paper, and buying those crappy magazines!!
I was in a check out line yesterday and I was looking at the magazines and all the headlines – nothing has changed since I was about 20 yrs old and buying into the programming of lack and not good enough way back then – it’s only gotten worse – if I buy this and read it – then my life and body will be perfect………..
Love – Self Love
What is perfect? What is true for you? It requires slowing down, connecting with self, going within and knowing you are awesome!
Yes – it’s true. We have been lead to believe we aren’t good enough the way we are. We are constantly chasing something.
We are powerful creators, we have just been doing it unconsciously and now we can learn to create consciously and set our intentions on what we truly desire.
Do you know what your truly desire or desire to feel? You are good enough and you are deserving – now do you feel and believe that?
Lets start there!! Practice embodying feeling good enough and deserving!
Quite the combination eh? You are probably wondering how that came about??
Over the years, with many modalities, workshops, reading and from experiences has come learning and growing. I have dived into consciousness and quantum physics off and on over the years not always understanding it. People use the words, yet I feel very few people truly embody it.
What I have and still am learning with an eating disorder it goes much deeper into the psyche than I ever realized, so it’s become more of my mission to dive even deeper in.
When I am going through some major life lessons I am always looking for what I can learn, how I can grow, what do I need to be aware of, the patterns and beliefs for things to have been created like that – as we are the creator of everything in our lives. What I am learning is exciting and I am diving deeper studying with Dr Joe Dispenza – this whole quantum field, consciousness and neuroscience is fascinating.
I still have a ton to learn and embody yet it keeps getting better every day.
Consciousness to me is personal growth, being willing to look at your stuff, open to letting go of ego and the way things should be, being more present in each moment as that is really all there is. Knowing that as being consciousness we effect matter therefore it’s so important to eat, think and feel high vibing food, feelings, emotions which I will keep going into!!
Some things need to be left in the past!
It’s about being present – not living in the past and anything that keeps us stuck in old emotions get looked at, released and healed. It’s about knowing and honouring who you truly are and not pretending to be someone else, competing, hiding yourself and doing things that aren’t you or you don’t like doing – even a job. leave the old crap in the past!
Breathing, meditation, love making, certain activities like surfing, yoga etc help greatly to be in the present moment!!
Surfer in Sayulita Mexico
I have had the pleasure of being able to de-program many things over the last couple of years of how I was living and what I was doing. Even yesterday I got called out by caring people twice on some bs I was doing to still not fully embody who I truly be!!!
I love it!!
Everything is Energy – which has a vibration. Anger and hatred and process foods have very low or even dense vibrations. Love, Joy, Gratitude and real, fresh foods especially when grown with love and sunlight have much higher vibrations.
Example of how the Universe can work and does work when we get out of the way and try not to figure out the how.
Yesterday I thought of some photos I want to take while here in Sayulita, they are with the water and I need to use a slow shutter release – so slow I will need a tripod, which I did not bring with me. This am I looked up a couple of photographers and called two and left a message about renting a tripod, then got busy with some other things and forgot about it. Low and behold later this afternoon as I went for a quick dip in the ocean, as I was walking down I suddenly realize I was behind 2 teenagers who lived here and spoke perfect English were carrying a tripod and yes he would rent it to me!!
Does it matter?
Consciousness to me is about all that we do, eat, feel and say – trust me I am learning every day where I am not or have not been conscious and it’s not a judgment of self, it’s awareness and once I have that then I can choose how I want to feel, be, say or do!
I’ve dived into Yoga off and on since I was in my early 20’s, yet saying that not for the right reasons.
It was more for the asana’s and work out, not the body connection, breath work or even meditation.
Yes it’s me – I keep evolving and learning! Photography by Cherry Bomb
After years of working out hard, my body said stop and I did very little for a couple of years (this is also when I was deprogramming on many levels). My body was tired and achy – first time I could truly feel being in my body after a in person session with Mas Sajady. People that have had an eating disorder or emotional eating work very hard to disconnect from their bodies. Yoga helps to reconnect to it IF done with being kind to self and not creating it into a fitness program, judgment about self, body, weight, what you can or can’t do, and what fashion you are or aren’t wearing.
It has helped me become more connected to my body, aware and kinder to it. Gone are the days of hitting the gym, long runs or any type of hard workout to look better or punish my body – it wants to be loved in many ways!
This truly is one of my passions and an art of mine that I have not allowed myself to do or found excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t do it. Plus I was programmed that I could never make money doing Photography – and I bought into it. All I know is I so enjoy doing it and there are tons of photographers who are better than me yet that is not what it is about. People have encouraged me for years to keep at it, yet I never felt like I was good enough to do it. So because it brings me pleasure and allows me to create and be / feel creative I want to bring in my Photography especially while travelling.
I have started working on a Photo Yoga project – where there is flow there is go. I am needing many Yogi’s for this project and so far everyone I have asked or talked to has said yes!! You will know more about it shortly and later this year it will be out! That is just one Photo project!!
Yoga Photo Project
We are moving in a direction of healing for many of us and embodying more of ourselves yet sometimes we just don’t know where to turn we just know it’s time!
Living this way does not numb us, it gets us back in touch with ourselves.
Real being therefore real conversations. Whole, plant based foods are true medicine. Sharing vulnerably is being authentic. Authentic connection is liberating. Singing, dancing, being creative and cooking is true medicine. Nature is grounding. Yoga is true reconnecting. Meditation is slowing down and going within.
Have been on the Sunshine most lately and this past week I had no internet, a great time and way to decompress (well sort of, helped a friend move), connect with nature (found an Eagle feather – always a great sign), hang with my dog and really think about the project that I have been talking about for way too long and not doing much about it – until recently and now it is becoming my focus.
Raw, Naked and Beautiful (read more about it here) the project!!
Raw, Naked and Beautiful
In the past couple of weeks I have been able to connect with and start photographing some beautiful and amazing women and am looking to do many more.
Since overcoming my eating disorder AND my body image this has become such a powerful force for me to help as many other women as possible be free too!!
These are just a couple of the photos I took being playful, being comfortable in their bodies, being bold, being beautiful and showing up as themselves and truly embracing being that – body and all!!
Raw, Naked and Beautiful
That is what this is ALL about.
Advertising, Media, Fashion and more has created such judgment of self and others, competition, exercise but not for health of it or the joy of doing it but to manipulate the body or punishment of eating something we shouldn’t.
The craziness and insanity has to stop.
There are no two bodies alike and we need to all embrace our beauty and our uniqueness.
I look forward to bringing many more photos, thoughts and insights on this!!
Raw, Naked and Beautiful
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As you know I love eating healthy, and helping, guiding, inspiring others to do the same.
We have been so programmed and lied to by tv, advertising and hidden agendas from corporations that are for profits not health – that it’s confusing and overwhelming for the average person these days. I so get that!!
Our bodies are the biggest source and signals for what is truly going on inside, but we’ve been taught to ignore that, not to trust our inner guidance ( and many if not most people are shut off from that connection). If we need to go to the dr’s for some reason – the dr. may spend 10 mins with you, doesn’t ask about what you eat, how you live, if you exercise, mediate, laugh, get sunshine or how much water you drink, have a healthy sex life, if you like or hate your job or even your spouse and so on. Instead they prescribe a pill maybe several in many cases.. Don’t get me wrong, if I broke my leg I would go to the dr’s but not for other things.
Our bodies talk to us, when in pain they are literally screaming at us to pay attention (unless of course you broke your leg :)).
What we eat , put into our bodies can be reflected back in our hair- dry, brittle, shiny etc, our eyes – alive or dull, skin tones – dry flakey, dull or radiant, clean and clear or full of acne etc Also our thoughts and emotions reflect out from our bodies as well.
Most people that are eating healthy live foods, also have mostly healthy thoughts and feelings ( no one is perfect nor should they be) that are self empowering, self loving, vibrant, alive and have more life.
Chances are they are also taking time for life enhancing or healthy things like exercise, yoga, nature, laughter, good sex, water, (oops wrong order??? Lol) fulfilling relationships ( in other words loving not draining or drama causing relationships) and work that inspires them and that they love (notice I didn’t use the word job???).
I’m on my way to catch a ferry this am and was in rush hour traffic – I cannot imagine doing this every day, how much time does it take and suck from someone not to mention energy?? I look at people’s eyes and faces and see so much stress………..the body talks.
The point I am making here is we have been programmed to believe that these shampoos, or this skin care line or this product for acne etc etc will take care of things. How many times have you tried something and it didn’t work or only works for a little while and then stops? Or that we have to keep up with the Jones – who the hell are they anyways? Or we need to fit in – according to who? Trading time for money and at the same time letting someone else decide your worth. Or how it’s never new enough, big enough, fast enough,……..according to who????
I want to leave you with some questions to ponder……..
What is real health to you?
What is real wealth to you?
Are you feeling as good as you cold be?
Who’s programming have you boughten into – the dr’s, tv commercials, ads, collective consciousness or yours?
What feeds your soul and are you doing it?
When was the last time you laughed and laughed and laughed?
When was the last time your went for a walk in nature?
How much clean water (no not bottled) are you drinking?
How much fresh or live foods are you eating?
When was the last time you meditated or were fully present?
Do you love what you do or spend most of your time at? (i.e. work)
Are your relationships healthy, fun, empowering?
Do you have a healthy relationship and sex life with your partner?
Is there open and honest communication in your life?
How much tv do you watch?
Do you spend our free time doing things you love to do?
Do you spend any time on self care?
Do you exercise or do any body movement?
Keep is simple – eat real foods ( not from a package) as much as possible, use green foods and Superfoods, use body products that are free of chemicals, toxins and artificial additives, think and feel amazing – no matter what is going on. Yes we all have crap in our lives but it’s not what is going on around you it is what is going on inside of you that matters!! Find ways that nurture you!
Weed and tend to that garden of weeds daily (mind bs like judgement, criticism especially towards self, dramas).
Instead focus on
That is true beauty from the inside out!
Create an amazing day and a Life YOU love!!!
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There is no one like you – not ever before or will be again.
Embrace the uniqueness and let it shine through.
Love Yourself Today
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I usually don’t watch or listen to the news as you can tell by the title it’s all good stuff!! lol
For me though, it’s just a reinforcement of why I love working for myself, being an entrepreneur and taking my future and my kids futures into my own hands…….there is NO security anymore.
We can and have the ability to create our own lives, how we want to live – BUT only if your truly think it, feel it and believe it!!
I hope you don’t think the government is there to take care of you?
Or that you will win the lottery and that will solve all your problems?
The divide is getting bigger between the rich and the poor – where are you and where will you be in a year, 2 years or 5 years?
Do something different today to move yourself towards a Life YOU Love to Live!!
Have an awesome day!!
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So it’s been a couple of weeks since posting but boy have I been busy!!
Not necessarily living life on my terms yet I did create it as I asked for it and got it – funny how that happens eh??
We are strong creators – we create everything, every moment in our lives – everything is energy!!!
Like it or not – believe it or not!!
I got to work in the film industry and boy did I see a lot, learn a lot, work a lot and met some amazing people – yes on the screen but especially behind the screen!!
I had no idea what went into making a pilot or series and they only shot one episode so far!!! Lol
I also learned how they do shoot some scenes and how the make things and create the illusion of things being real.
What you look at is what you see, but how are you looking at it? Example – if you look in the mirror and you are frowning do you try and change the mirror or do you try and smile to change the image……life is the same thing, it only reflects back to us what we are thinking, feeling and believing.
Life is like living an illusion – what you put out comes back……….
We have the power to change that at any time if you aren’t liking what you are seeing, feeling or living.
Thoughts and feelings ARE Powerful.
Get clear on what you do want in your life and You can create it – believe that is possible!!
Make it a great day!!
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Beautiful Living is Super Simple……..Be Happy Today!!!
So often we put off things thinking one day, or we clutter our lives we too much ‘stuff’. Being able to purge after this move has been amazing – I have only kept things that make me happy and I love and love using. It’s so freeing – like being out taking pictures – something I was putting off – not any longer as it makes me happy!!!
Have a wonderful day, Be Happy and please feel free to like, share or comment!!
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I spent the month of July couch surfing between a couple of friends as my place wasn’t ready to move into until the end of July and I spent a few days – ok a little longer 🙂 reflecting on my intentions and my direction and where I was going and how I could make a difference. Some of them became clearer as I had less worries or things holding me down for a month ie cleaning, kids etc
Since unpacking I’ve been going through a huge purge of my things – keeping only what I really like or use. I had become one of those people keeping things just in case of ‘one day’ . That got me to thinking where in my life I was doing that too.
Where in your life are YOU holding YOU back that if YOU didn’t could start that ripple effect – even if it is smiling more at the world and people around you.
Why not start today – right now and here!!
YOU do have a choice each day – each hour – each moment!!
Don’t ever under estimate Your power and how it can start with YOU!!
YOU are amazing – have an awesome day!!
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