Greetings from Heather and Shanti!
Introducing the Move Your Asana® N E W Lifestyle program! This lifestyle program includes:
NUTRITION: We are currently working with the Whole30 nutrition plan. This plan has been around since 2009 and has thousands of success stories. Additionally, there is no required cost to do this plan. All you need to do is commit to the process.
EDUCATION/EMOTIONAL SUPPORT: We strive to provide the “how” and the “why” in our lifestyle recommendations. If we give you the knowledge on how and why to take charge of your physical and emotional health, then you have the tools to lead a life of strength and confidence. We provide specific journaling and meditation tools that will guide you through the emotional drills that result in a positive and lasting mind-body connection.
WORKOUTS: Heather and Shanti LOVE to share their fitness passion (and expertise!). Now you can workout with the Move Your Asana® team everyday from just about anywhere in the world! This is MYAlive! Click here for directions on how to get set up. We would also love to see you face-to-face in any of our scheduled workouts or retreats. Check the calendar and join us! If you are not able to catch an MYAlive workout, local class or retreat, then we encourage you to find an exercise program that you love. Need help? You can book us to help you put together a personalized fitness program or schedule a full personal training session in person or via Skype or FaceTime. Just drop us an email!
The Move Your Asana® Lifestyle is based on living a life that creates a strong, confident mind-body relationship through exercise, nutrition, education, emotional support and community involvement.
The Move Your Asana® team are not certified nutritionists (yet), however we believe in and promote fueling your body in the healthiest way that works for YOUR body. We may suggest to try certain foods or ways of eating that we have tried and that may work for you. We personally test anything we recommend to you…from nutrition to equipment, clothes and products and fitness.
ARE YOU READY TO COMMIT?
The next full Move Your Asana® N E W Lifestyle program starts SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2015!
Here is what you need to do:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us that you’re IN! If you are on Facebook, we will add you to our private group! (Please include your full name so we can find you on the ‘book.)
2. Follow us:
Go to www.whole30.com Read EVERYTHING.
Optional sign up for the Whole30 daily emails and forum.
Optional buy the Whole30 cookbook and It’s All About Food ***recommend you buy the cookbook, it has great information and recipes***
PREPARE. Follow the steps on the Whole30 website and cookbook. Stick to the plan. It’s ALL spelled out for you. You need to read and do the set up and then follow the plan. This nutrition plan not only works but its FREE (or close to it)!!!!
If you live or work in San Francisco, consider ordering Whole30 compliant meals from METHODOLOGY www.gomethodology.com. Please tell them we sent you. ***Marin friends, please advise if you’re interested and we can make it happen as a group.***
Get your body metrics tested (body fat at minimum) on Day 0 and again on Day 30. Then, put your scale away. ***If you live in the Bay Area, visit Max Muscle Marin or Max Muscle Petaluma to get an InBody scan and measurements for $5! It’s quick and painless.*** Find your local Max Muscle franchise and inquire about their body scan and/or measurement capabilities.
4. EDUCATION/EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Get yourself prepared to follow MYAlive by clicking here. In addition to workouts, we will offer meditation sessions, Q&A, and education on various topics. We will also add tips via our blog and through our social media outlets.
We recommend you journal your experience. We have made this easy for you! Download this Q&A journal by Dr Hailey Perlus. Print out 1 (or 30) copies and answer the questions daily.
Get set up for MYAlive! Click here for directions.
Check the MYA Classes schedule and put your workout appointments in your personal calendar!
Contact Heather and Shanti if you need to book a private appointment.
You CAN do this. Take charge of your life!
True Story: When I was 5 I tried to fly. I really wanted to be like a bird and it seemed like an amazing idea! The thought came to me while walking across the drive into a crowded mall. I saw a low wall and jumped up on top – I ran the length of the wall until I had to pull up my feet. I flapped my wings (arms) furiously and with a huge smile skidded about 100 feet on my knees… ok, only 3 feet, but it seemed like 100. I was in shock, I could not believe that I was not able to fly!! I spent the next month hobbling around as my wounded knees were cleaned and dressed twice a day. You can still see those scars on my knees today.
I wish I could tell you that I learned a huge lesson from that experience, but in reality I didn’t. As I look back on my life, I am where I am today (in my happy place) because I didn’t overthink things. I get an idea in my head and ACT – before the fear sets in and I ask myself “why not?” I can tell you that the best things in my life came from saying YES/OK/SURE – before I could talk myself out of it:
Hey, you want to move up to northern California with me and teach Taebo. OK (what’s Taebo?)
I love your classes, would you personal train me? YES
I noticed that you are training my neighbor, do you want to train me everyday too? SURE
I know all of the trails, do you want me to take you on your first mountain bike ride? OK (and crash 1000 times in the first week).
The Sea Otter Classic (MTB race) is next month, you should do it! OK
Hey, my friend just started this company called Athleta and needs some fitness models for their catalogs, you want to do it? SURE
I think you should send your modeling photos to SHAPE magazine. OK
My boyfriend just backed out, do you want to take his spot on the LA AIDS ride (in 2 days)? SURE
You may not know how to swim but you sure can ride – I will sponsor you for your first triathlon. OK
Surprise- I rented us a place in Punta de Mita, the lease starts next month – Do you want to try living in Mexico? SURE
Want to write a blog post about fear? OK (I re-wrote this 6 times)
Each of these experiences had one thing in common. They all scared the crap out of me. Many of them had me physically shaking!
If you are not living the life you have always dreamed of, I encourage you to say YES! ESPECIALLY if it scares you. Friends invite you to train to hike Mt. Shasta; A co-worker asks you to go salsa dancing; For 8 months you been driving by an art studio on the way home from work and have been saying you are going to take a class – START hiking, GO salsa dancing, TAKE that painting class! If you want to BE something different, you have to DO something different. Not everything will be the perfect fit. Did everything I said “yes” to turn into a magical experience? Definitely not. But, trusting the universe and running off walls – flapping my wings with everything I have, has landed me right here… splitting my time between Mexico and Park City, UT, married to an incredible man, living a life WAY beyond my wildest dreams. Saying yes to things, YES TO LIFE, got me to this place and it can get you to your happy place too!
Hey MYA Friends! My kids are out of school and we are shifting into summer mode, and…the summer solstice is HERE!!! This is a an excellent time of year to put change into motion. “Midsummer is a supercharged time physically and emotionally, which makes it ideal for making resolutions to: kickstart new habits, strengthen human relationships, and let go of negativity.” Psychology Today Summer Solstice Instead, embrace change. You not have to make a monumental turn of events. For me, my goal is to stop hitting the snooze button. May seem silly, but hitting the snooze button is doing me damage.
When you doze off after your alarm wakes you in the morning, you’re actually setting yourself up to feel less alert and productive later in the day. CNN Article on the Snooze Button
My intention: Get up when my alarm beeps and play this track to get my booty moving! DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
What is your Summer Solstice Intention?
“What if no one signs up for our class?” I uttered these words on Friday morning, June 12, 2015. I was experiencing self doubt…a feeling I am not accustomed to. I am a confident woman. I am confident in what my body can do and I am confident in my fitness knowledge. So, where the heck was this self doubt coming from? I coach confidence and strength in body and mind to my clients. Oh my gosh, had I lost it? I told Shanti I was nervous. And I was. She looked at me and said, “We have this. We know our stuff and we just go out and do our thing.” That helped calmed my nerves, but I still had nasty, little, self doubt poking me in my ribs.
The Telluride WOW Festival is an amazing Weekend of Wellness put on by the dynamic duo of Becca Tudor and Albert Roer. Visualize a setting that makes your jaw drop at every angle, an altitude that quite literally takes your breath away, a group of fitness professionals that is top notch and participants that are eager and excited to soak up knowledge and sweat out smiles. The WOW has a smaller presenter and participant list than some of the other fit-fests out there, and that is what makes it so incredibly special. Everyone has the opportunity to connect on a real level, through non-rushed, personal conversations. This is magic. This is the Telluride WOW Festival.
Shanti and I officially launched MoveYourAsanaFitness.com on June 1, 2015. We have been teaching our branded workouts for a long time, but The Telluride WOW Festival was our very first opportunity to teach amongst some of the industry’s best…Todd Durkin, Jonathon Ross, Ed Harrold & Dr. Haley Perlus…just to name drop a little. It was time to put on our big girl spandex.
Tick Tock. Almost time to present. Remember that self doubt that was nudging me? Well, at 12pm on Friday we found out that we had a full sign up list for our first class! Ahhhh…and the #confidence came rushing back. Ya know that huge, open mouth smile that I often sport in all my photos? Well, she showed up and ate my self-doubt for lunch. Yum.
Turns out we rocked our BodyShots Boxing Bootcamp™ class on Friday afternoon…to a full house. Rave reviews all around and we had an absolute BLAST. On Sunday, at 7:30am we took another full room on a journey through Move Your Asana® Fitness•Yoga, and again we were greeted with big smiles, “That was AMAZING!” and “Thank you so much for such a fabulous class that engaged every part of my body.” and “You two have the most amazing energy!”.
In the end, the #confidence that Shanti and I exuded was a bright light. I don’t have an ultra-wiseclosure, I only have this. Know your stuff. Whatever your craft is. Learn, learn, practice, learn, fail, learn, practice and master your craft…and then wrap your arms around your #confidence and take this out into the world. This is a big part of the Move Your Asana® manifesto, and I just lived it. I did it. You can do it.
New Year’s 1996, I moved up to Marin to be a Taebo instructor. I was thrilled that I was to be one of only 3 Taebo instructors outside of Billy Blank’s studio in Hollywood. I was mentored by Will Yun Lee.. yeah that guy from Wolverine. I had only been doing Taebo for 3 months and I immediately knew I didn’t want to be just another aerobics instructor. I wanted to really know the punches and kicks that I would be teaching. I wanted to be like WilI. He was incredibly confident, super skilled, and just looked bad ass… who wouldn’t want to be like him? I trained in a garage-turned-gym for 3 months straight. Hours and hours everyday – kicking, kicking, kicking, and punching. I had a goal and knew I was going to be introducing Taebo to the BayArea. Oh, did I mention, I had never done martial arts, taught anything in my life, and was PAINFULLY shy. Like, barely-look-you-in-the-eye, shy?
I rehearsed that first class probably 30-40 times and was still a nervous wreck. I had to throw up twice before even entering the group exercise room. I stumble up to the front of the class and looked out at the 60+ people and could barely introduce myself. I was shaking so much that when I got in to my fighting stance to begin demonstrating the punches, my back ankle was shaking uncontrollably. I was terrified, and to make matters worse when I began to explain the stance and punching techniques, my voice would crack. Did I want to run and hide and never be seen in that gym again? – For sure I did. But instead, I raised my voice, because I noticed that when I raised my voice it would not crack. I also started demonstrating the movements with much more emphasis – crazy big and powerful, to hide the fact that I was shaking. After that, it was like an out of body experience. I shouted like a drill sergeant, ran around the room getting in people’s faces. Kicked higher than I ever thought possible and punched so hard I probably could have knocked someone out. I am sure I made mistakes, but nobody noticed and after class people just raved about my teaching and how it was the best class they had ever taken! I was on a high – I wish I could say for days, but I had to teach my second class the next morning, 14 hours later. And the throwing up/voice cracking/body shaking-to-drill sergeant routine started all over again. And that routine lasted 12 classes a week for 6 months until I finally wasn’t panic-stricken. So what kept me coming back day after day, class after class? Passion. Passion for exercise and sharing with others.
19 years later, I have taught over 10,000 classes – from cardio kickbox to pilates. I have trained clients in their homes, offices and abroad, and lead fitness retreats through my company SweatPlayLive. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had decided, way back then, that teaching that first class was just too scary. It is one of those “sliding door” moments. I chose to face my fear and it has brought me here, to you, with Move Your Asana®. It is also taking me to present on Wednesday for the Telluride WOW festival.
You have heard it before – “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” YOUR desire HAS to be stronger than your fear. My desire to be a Taebo instructor outweighed my fear of failure, even if just barely. It was enough for me to train and endure that first class. Nobody is born with confidence. Everyone you see exuding mass confidence in every situation practiced it until it became a habit. Until that habit became part of who they are. So fake it until you become it! Even Beyonce says she has to turn into Sasha Fierce to get herself onstage. When you feel fear – TAKE ACTION! It is the first step towards building confidence – “Action kills Fear.” Maybe at first you too will need to “pretend” to be confident, strong, and sure of yourself. By practicing confidence you make it a habit and as we all know, practice makes permanent!