In being a @lululemon ambassador you very quickly discover that there are exciting surprises waiting for you around every corner. Those, please pinch me because I must be dreaming moments have happened so often that I can hardly believe it myself.
So when lululemon invited me to a meeting some months ago to share an exciting project they were developing, the first of its kind, I knew right away that this was going to be big. And big it is. The brand new Experiential Store will open soon and the schedule of classes has just been released.
I am delighted to share that I’ll be teaching regularly in the gorgeous new space, a variety of formats including Power Vinyasa, Yoga Sculpt, and Meditation. To register for classes starting mid July visit your MINDBODY app or MINDBODY online. I can’t wait to see you there!
Photo Credit: @c.clinks via @lululemonchi
The time has come to set out upon my journey as a contestant in the Giordano Dancing with the Stars. And it is with your support that I hope to achieve my first goal...the honor of getting to choose my dance partner, the person who will quite literally be there, to stand by my side.
And from what I have learned from past participants and what I can only imagine, this partnership will be about so much more than dancing. It is with this person whom I will open my heart and enter into vulnerability each time we practice, each time we nail the sequence, each time we fall. It is with this person whom I will lean into physically and emotionally while fostering trust and developing communication that will extend far beyond words. A soulmate of sorts, we will share 20-30 intimate hours over the course of the next 4 months.
Would you like to help me get to choose who will be my partner throughout this adventure? If so, you can when you donate any amount before June 21st to help me raise the most funds of my fellow contestants. The first to raise the most will be given the honor of choosing their partner at the pairing party taking place that very evening. All you have to do is click the hyper link in my bio to go directly to my personal fundraising page and make a tax deductible contribution.
More info to come soon in my upcoming posts about the important programming and resources that your donation will fund. And please stay tuned to my stories and posts for progress and updates along the way. AND tune in to my stories on the evening of the 21st to learn who my partner will be!! Photo credit: @tekstiles
Thankfulness leads to gratitude. Gratitude opens the door for contentment. Contentment another beautiful word for peace.
#fridayfeels I’m just happy to be here :)
Understanding is what happens when we loosen our grip on expectation, on how things should or could be.
Understanding eludes us in automatic reaction but is found in the pause between trigger and response.
Understanding occurs in the feeling and the allowing of what is without the need to hold ourselves responsible for the reactions of others.
Understanding is the path that brings us back home to a loving and peaceful relationship with ourselves.
#wednesdaywisdom Pause. Breathe. Allow. Understand.
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What is the difference between I like you and I love you?
Beautifully answered by Buddha:
When you like a flower, you just pluck it. When you love a flower, you water it daily.
One who understands this, understands life.
Loosen the grip of the mind and breathe. Observe how things shift, even for a moment in the cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual realms of your life.
The tightly pressed pedals of a rose blossom open to reveal a beautiful bloom, the wings of a bird spread wide and allow it to take to the sky. Great things happen when we’re given the space to grow.
Last night I taught my last class at @yogasix_goldcoast a community that has supported me right from the beginning, to the very end. And for that I will forever be grateful.
Grateful for the beautiful people I have met in class and around the studio. Grateful for the opportunity to teach at the top of the world (life goal ✔️). Grateful for the belief of the students and staff in my style of teaching...I’ve grown because of this in many ways.
They say when one door closes another opens. With so many exciting things ahead it’s easy to lose sight of the power and beauty of transition. So for now I think I’ll enjoy the hallway...a space for gratitude, transformation, and peace.
Thank you @yogasix 🖤
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Just over two years ago I started my journey as a @lululemon ambassador. An experience that has changed my life, in so many ways, for the better.
I’ve met the most incredible and inspiring people, I’ve traveled to Vancouver and Whistler which felt like a dream come true, and last but absolutely not least I’ve learned so much more about this incredible lululemon brand. YES, they make amazing clothing and YES they believe in making a positive impact on the world, globally, locally, and internally...mind, body, soul.
And it is because of all of these things that I’m so proud to announce that I’ve accepted their proposal (seriously, they propose it’s so 😭❤️) to be an ambassador for two more incredible years representing both the Southport AND the new Experiential Stores.
SO much more info to come and so many exciting things ahead. To read more about the new store, click the linktree in my bio. Annnnd I’m basically calling it my new home away from home AND a dream come true. Can’t wait!
Photo credit: @mariaponcephoto via @lululemonchi #thesweatlife #lululemonambassador
There’s nothing quite like a birthday to make you reflect on time. So many years so full of living.
In this lifetime I have been a chubby child, an exceptionally feeling teenager trying to find her way, a wide-eyed young adult who found herself in the mountains of Colorado having never camped a day in her life, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, married, divorced, single, dating in what feels like a whole new world, a cultural climate I’m learning to understand...leading me here to 42.
Aging, it’s just another word for living. And it’s living this beautiful full life that I fully continue to do. #livelovelife
Thank you friends, family, students, teachers, for filling these years with your love and your lessons. You’ve made this birthday girl’s wishes come true.
Photo credit: @jodyconesmedia
Be where you are rather than where you think you should be.
Daily practice: Stop “shoulding” on yourself. 💩😉🙏🏼 Photo credit: @lunabaybooch
And when your actions aren’t in line with your gut you’re in conflict with the very essence of who you are.
The body is wise and it is always communicating via sensation. The more you learn how to pay attention to its voice the more inline with your truth you’ll become.
#tuesdaytruth Listen to your body whisper so you don’t have to hear it scream.
We’re social creatures so it’s only normal from time to time to wonder, to worry even, what others think of something we’ve said or did.
It is however when we begin to feel as if who we are, in the eyes of the world around us, is somehow flawed. This is where the pain of looking outside of ourselves causes harm.
The fact of the matter is is that the opinions of others is not something we can control. And not only is it unhelpful to take responsibility for the reactions of others, it is irrational and irrelevant.
What is essential is the understanding of the self, of the intention of our words and actions and the delivery of these things in a manner which is inline with our values, morals, and beliefs.
So when conflict arrises, within and outside of the self, we can feel empathy and compassion and even garner understanding as an alternative to guilt or shame when we remember our why. Why we said what we said, why we did what we did.
This is why the practice of going inward versus outward for information is so key. A metaphor illustrated in so many natural ways, when we reach outside of ourselves our balance is thrown off and yet when we come back to the centerline, to the core we find stability. And this is a practice indeed, the more we pull back to the wisdom within ourselves, the more we strengthen the tendency to do so. And remember that practice makes progress, not perfection.
For three simple practices to increase self power, visit my blog. Link in bio or visit SarahCunningham.com
Photo Credit: @c.clinks
The flexibility gained in yoga extends far beyond the body. Time after time, practice after practice we change...the instructor, the sequence, the temperature of the room, all unpredictable variables to be adjusted to.
Expectations challenge reality, reality most assuredly will challenge the mind. What is rigid will eventually break, what is flexible will bend the body, the heart and mind.
And so I bend, so I do not break.
Major WTF am I doing announcement: This Fall I will be taking the stage in Giordano Dance Chicago’s Dancing with the Stars.
I am honored to have been chosen and to be given the opportunity to do my part in raising awareness and funds to support the Giordano family and their outreach programming as they have been just that, a supportive, loving, and oh so incredibly talented family, to me.
I am also delighted to partner with @VitalProteins in providing a mutual goal of bringing awareness and alignment around living our best possible lives, mind, body, soul. And as a Certified Holistic Psychotherapist I believe in partnerships that empower individuals and communities with skills and resources that help us live our very best lives. Thank you VP for your support!
Visit the link tree in my bio to read more about what I’m up to and why. Stay tuned for future posts + stories, more info to come!
What we see in the world is based on our perception and this perceiving has everything to do with where we stand, physically, emotionally, cognitively, spiritually.
And it is the understanding of this fact that can turn an argument into a conversation, a challenge into an opportunity, a foe into a friend.
Wayne Dyer said it so well, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Note: As serene as this may look, I’m staring 109 floors or 1,353 ft straight down to the ground #perceptionshapesreality
Things are not always as they appear.
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Stand strong in the truth of your journey without attachment to the validation of others. Your growth, your journey, your opinion of yourself is what matters.
Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold: the holding of plans or dreams or expectations. Let it all go.
Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.
Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you received it gently or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders.
Take this on faith: the mind may never find the explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward nonetheless. Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of rest and peace, and certain transformation. -Dana Faulds
#MondayMantra Let go
Photo via: @lunabaybooch
I can’t even begin to say how much I believe that this is true. I’ve learned it through experience, especially as of late.
Hold firm to your values, morals, and beliefs. Release fear and hear your inner wisdom, its voice will lead you toward your goals and dreams.
Soften into your truth and learn to trust it as it will not lead you astray.
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The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.
#mondaymantra I am grateful for...this life, this moment, my job, my health, my family, my friends, this breath, the sun, my dog...all the things that make this list go on and on.
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It isn’t necessarily the bad things that happen that cause us pain, it’s the things we tell ourselves, about the bad things that happen, that do.
My car got broken into becomes, I’m an idiot for parking it in that spot. You and your friend get into an argument you think, I’m not good at being a friend. You’re bogged down with work and hear the nagging old thought that you’re just not as good as the others and that you’re behind because you’re doing something wrong.
And yet all people experience bad things so is it reasonable to say that all those people caused those bad things? No. And yes, we’ve all made mistakes and caused a mishap from time to time BUT more times than not we’re blaming ourselves unnecessarily for things that are NOT our burden to bear.
When we experience discomfort we have a choice, to travel the path of least resistance and do what we’ve always done, which is often some form of blame OR we can pause and practice looking at the situation from a different perspective.
And really, it’s all about perspective as our perception absolutely shapes our reality. Change your view. Change your life.
Photo Credit: @tekstiles