Creating a Vision Board

You will never leave where you are until you see where you’d rather be. – author unknown

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What is a vision board?   A vision board is simply a collage of images and words representing your wishes, dreams or goals. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do.  It is proven that you move toward what you think about. The purpose of your vision board is to bring your dreams to life.

On September 12 Kristi Meenan, former corporate trainer, and I will lead a fun workshop in creating a vision board.  (The vision board depicted above is hers.) To sign up, go to Vision Board Workshop.

In her book, DREAM IT. PIN IT. LIVE IT, Terri Savelle Foy states that surrounding yourself with images of your vision causes your dreams to become more alive inside of you.  It’s a vital component to success.

God wants us to thrive, not just survive! You must give yourself permission and have the courage to DREAM.  In the Bible, the Israelites were terrified of giants in the promise land, a place God had led them to that was rich with milk and honey.  Because of their fear, they chose to stay in the desert longer than they had to.  Once in the promise land, they didn’t encounter a giant for over 100 years!  Most of what we fear never even happens.

The fear of the future is usually worse than the real future…  We shouldn’t entertain thoughts that reduce us.  Many people never come to their destiny because of fear… Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  It is not the absence of fear, but the presence of YES! – Kris Vallotton

Pray about your dreams.  God wants us to be clear on our vision, and we need to be in alignment with his plan. Don’t limit God or yourself.  Ephesians 3:20 says He can do more than we could ever ask or imagine!  You were meant to have a full life.

Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18), but without courage, dreams die – Rosa Parks

When you create a vision board, you are seeing yourself the way you WANT to be.  It gives you clarity on your life’s purpose and goals, builds your faith in God’s ability to do the impossible and boosts your confidence and self-esteem.

Put it in writing.  Studies show that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.  It makes your goals real and attainable, so write from your heart.

Visualization works.  When you are surrounded by ongoing negative messages that life will never get better, your vision board will serve as a daily reminder of where you are headed and fuel your faith to trust in God and your God-given talents and abilities for those dreams.

Stop making excuses.  Mel Robbins, famous life coach, speaker, and author has some great quotes about procrastinating and making excuses for not pursuing dreams.

          “We are all so afraid of uncertainty that we want a guarantee before we even try. We want evidence that if we take a risk we will “get the girl” It’s a numbers game. To play any game, you have to start. To win, you need to keep going. If you want to make your dreams come true, get ready for the long game.
Life is not a one and done sort of deal. You’ve got to work for what you want.
Picasso created nearly 100 masterpieces in his lifetime. But what most people don’t know is that he created a total of more then 50,000 works of art. .. Thats two pieces of art a day. Success is a numbers game. You are not going to win if you keep telling yourself to wait. The more often that you choose courage, the more likely you’ll succeed.”

          “When it comes to change, goals, and dreams, you have to bet on yourself….Hesitation is the kiss of death. You might hesitate for a just nanosecond, but that’s all it takes. That one small hesitation triggers a mental system that’s designed to stop you. And it happens in less than—you guessed it—five seconds.”

          “There will always be someone who can’t see your worth.  Don’t let it be you…You Are One Decision Away from a Completely Different Life.” ― Mel Robbins, The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

Your vision board will be a collage of pictures or words depicting your dreams.  What you post can range from places you want to go, things you want to accomplish, items you want to own or aspirations you want to achieve.  The possibilities are endless.  Don’t settle where you are.  Dare to dream!

To sign up for the September 12 vision board workshop, go to Vision Board Workshop.

Cost is $40; includes yoga, journaling prompts to create your board, supplies and light bites.  BYOB

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Fan the Flame! Adventure Retreat

Tulum, Mexico     January 13-18, 2020

Jump-start 2020 with an amazing tribe of Christian women!  Come and fan the flame of the gifts that are within you!  Five life-changing nights!

Do you need an adventure?  Do you feel stuck?  Do you need to recharge and reboot?

Join Lori and Whole-Hearted Yoga on the adventure of a lifetime! Deepen and refresh your connection with the Lord in lush, natural surroundings and reconnect with yourself as you nourish your heart, mind, body & soul!
Prepare to be pampered upon arrival at Jungle Keva.  This is a new, upscale, oasis in the heart of Tulum, one of the Riviera Maya’s most notably hip and laid-back beach towns. Leave behind your to-do lists and your troubles to make space for adventure and restoration.   Enjoy meals at the resort prepared by the exclusive chef and embark on excursions with plenty of free time in between to rest or explore the town’s shops, restaurants, and sites.  Return home refreshed and renewed.

What’s Included?

  • 5 Nights Lodging:   At a boutique eco-chic hotel, Jungle Keva (shared room) in one of 5 stunning lodges
  • 5 Breakfasts, Lunches & 5 Dinners:  Enjoy locally inspired and sourced cuisine, prepared fresh
  • Afternoon Chai and snacks when we are onsite
  • Daily Yoga:  Yoga for all levels (so don’t worry if you are new to yoga!) followed by journaling prompts for personal growth, reflection and drawing closer to the Lord
  • Arrival GiftA special gift from local craftsman
  • 2 offsite Excursions:  Stand up paddleboarding on a private lagoon, an afternoon on the beach, or swimming in a cenote.
  • 1 Cooking Class:  Experience the local flavor by a talented Tulum chef
  • Group RT Transfer:  Included if you arrive by 1 pm on the 13th

NOT INCLUDED:  Round-Trip Airfare & Alcohol (available for purchase)

 

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The Tulum Vibe…

 

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“Tulum has a reputation as the ultimate place for an unplugged vacation for a good reason. In contrast to the mega-resorts of neighboring Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the places to stay in Tulum are all eco-friendly and laid-back. You’ll spend your days here eating fresh fish tacos, doing yoga, and reading in a palapa.. The main draw is Tulum’s gorgeous beach, one of the best in Mexico, plus the casual vibe of downtown—these two distinct areas, about a 20-minute drive apart, are where you’ll spend all your time. And unlike other beach getaways in Mexico, Tulum has several things to see, from historic ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to world-class shops and restaurants. ”  – Travel and Leisure Magazine

 

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There are a total of five luxury lodges at Jungle Keva, which means our group will have the entire sanctuary to ourselves! Most of the lodges have an upper loft space that serves as an additional sleeping area, allowing three to four people to comfortably share one lodge.

 

Check out Jungle Keva reviews from Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150813-d15694518-Reviews-Jungle_Keva_Tulum-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

Jungle Keva is amazing! I loved the food and the wonderful yoga classes. So peaceful and nourishing. I can’t wait to go back! – Mandy Galvin

Jungle Keva is a truly special place. I came in with zero expectations and I’m walking away with an incredible 5 day experience. I made a delicious ceviche and banana leaf wrapped fish in a cooking class, went snorkling at Cenote Xibalba (sinkhole/cave), zip lined, did yoga every morning, had an Ayurveda lesson/lunch, had a shaman healing (who knew I’m a hummingbird), climbed to the top of the temple in Coba and had the most amazing meals ever (GF and dairy free)!! And my favorite part, meeting and spending time with an incredible group of women I met on their yoga retreat. My heart is full. – Kimberly Spero

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Imagine our group paddleboarding on a private, jade-colored lagoon with no one else in sight, then spending the day basking in the sun. Immerse yourself in the sacred Mayan waters of a limestone sinkhole fed by the world’s largest underground river system.

Learn to prepare nourishing and delicious dishes in a customized cooking class, which begins with a tour of a local market to select the fresh ingredients to be used in the cooking demonstration.

Later, perhaps you’ll choose to rent a bike and explore the town, hang at the resort by the infinity pool, or just rest in a hammock…what are you waiting for?”

 

Cost:  $2250 DBL Occupancy and $2050 Triple Occupancy

Save $150 When you pay in full by July 31

 

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To register click here:

https://www.wetravel.com/trips/fan-the-flame-adventure-retreat-lori-washko-tulum-40755329

 

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Christian Meditation: Part of Self-Care

 Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.

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A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a self-care event and fundraiser in my home; the proceeds benefitted Treasured Vessels Foundation.  Their current project is to build a secure facility to house, rehabilitate, and shape a successful future for females ages 9-18 who have been rescued from sex trafficking in the DFW area.  It was a great evening with a lot of very special women who have a heart for the Lord and the community…and they like to have a good time!

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Part of the emphasis on the evening was a yoga class incorporating Christian meditation.  Anyone that’s been to my class knows I typically play inspirational music and read a short devotional with scripture.  One thing I want participants to walk away with is feeling refreshed in God’s presence.  On this particular evening, we had an extended savasana, or final resting pose at the end.  My goal was to encourage each woman to make an effort every day to spend quiet time with God.  Christian meditation is just that – tuning out distractions, being quiet and listening for God’s voice.   Christian meditation is also focusing on scripture and devotionals.  In traditional yoga, meditation is more about emptying the mind.

We live in such a fast-paced world where busyness is the norm.  It is so important to slow down and refresh ourselves so that we can better serve those around us.  Self-care is not selfish; when we are filled and rested, we have the best version of ourselves to offer others.  Christian meditation not only refreshes us; it inspires us.  I find that I have my best and most creative inspiration during or immediately after my quiet time.  Doing it daily first thing in the morning sets your tone for the day; its something we have to be very intentional about.  Even Jesus, who was perfect, had quiet time with God very early in the morning.

Mark 1:35 “very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

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Psalm 77:12  “I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

Psalm 145:5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

 

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Wellness & Adventure Retreats – Survey

Last year I took an amazing trip to Tulum, Mexico.  The experience was so amazing that I am going to share it with you guys!  I have compiled a short survey to gather feedback to assist me in planning.

Please take a few minutes to answer just 10 short questions.  Your input is very valuable to me!  To complete the survey, go to Survey Monkey

If you would like to read about my adventure last year, click here:  She Shares Life: My Solo Adventure

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Myths and Benefits of Christian Yoga

 

There are many misconceptions out there about Christian yoga and its benefits.  Educating yourself and finding the right class and teacher are key.  Private sessions are also an option if you are unsure where to start.

Common Misconceptions about Christian Yoga:

 

  1. Yoga is a religion:  Yoga has been around for thousands of years, long before certain religions added it to their practice.  “The goal is wholeness: mind, body, spirit and soul.  You do not have to be Brazilian to do Zumba, you do not have to be Buddhist to practice martial arts and you do not have to be Hindu to practice yoga. ” – Yoga Faith Christian yoga teacher training.
  2. Yoga has some weird components: Most general yoga classes in the US consist of –
    • Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures or asanas, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility.  Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you pushing your physical limits.  Every pose has a purpose and benefit.
    • Breathing.  Controlling your breath is an important part of yoga. It can help you quiet your mind, reduce stress and improve lung function.
    • Meditation or relaxation.   In Christian yoga, meditation is simply quieting your mind while you take time to be in God’s presence, being still and waiting to hear from him or meditating on scripture. (Whole-Hearted Yoga incorporates Christian and secular music, devotionals and scripture into practices.)
  3. I’m not flexible enough to do yoga:  You have to start somewhere! Practicing yoga creates flexibility, strength, and balance.  You have to begin where you are and build from there.  Participating in a practice regularly will help you progress.  A beginner series is a great place to try it out.
  4. I’m too old to do yoga:  Not true!  My 72-yr-old mother, who has lead a very sedentary life for the last few years, started chair yoga this year.  She practices twice a week and loves it.
  5. I don’t have a yoga body; I’m too big and out of shape:  Yoga is for every body type.  The key is finding a teacher and class that meets you where you are right now in your life.  Yoga can also help you lose weight, accept and love your body.
  6. I have chronic pain and injuries, so I can’t do yoga:  Yoga is actually perfect for you.  Talk to your teacher ahead of time so she can offer modifications.  Yoga can help heal you and assist you with pain relief.
  7. Yoga is not a work out / all yoga is the same; its too slow:  There are many styles and types of yoga, from Vinyasa, which moves quickly and burns major calories, to a Slow Flow, which still burns calories, but moves at a much slower, controlled pace.  Restorative yoga is primarily for relaxation and requires very little movement.  There are many more.
  8. Yoga is only for women:  Yoga was started by men!  In fact, at one time, women were not allowed to learn yoga.  As more people become educated about the benefits of yoga, it is becoming more practiced among men.  Yoga is a complement to any sports, and many professional athletes are now incorporating it into their regimen.

Yoga has numerous benefits, including…

  1. Drawing closer to God through Christian meditation and centering
  2. Increased balance and flexibility:  As we grow older, the first things we lose are balance and flexibility.  Yoga helps to maintain and improve these.
  3. Healing from trauma:  Studies show that trauma and stress are held in the body and brain.  Many mental health practitioners are now incorporating yoga to help trauma victims reconnect with their bodies in a safe place.
  4. Chronic stress relief and Depression reduction:  “…Researchers found that participants who had high scores on a depression scale prior to an 8-week yoga intervention demonstrated a significant reduction in depression scores after the 8 weeks.” – Medical News Today
  5. Strength building and muscle toning:  A pose that is seemingly super simple can help increase strength and endurance.
  6. Improved focus:  Learning to hold poses while ignoring distractions helps improve focus and concentration.
  7. Improved breathing capacity and energy
  8. Maintaining a balanced metabolism, reduction in weight and mindful eating
  9. Cardio and circulatory health: “Several small studies have found yoga to have a positive effect on cardiovascular risk factors: It helped lower blood pressure in people who have hypertension. It’s likely that the yoga restores ‘baroreceptor sensitivity.’ This helps the body senses imbalances in blood pressure and maintain balance.” – Harvard.edu
  10. Improved athletic performance / Protection from injury
  11. Pain management
  12. Detoxifying for the Body
  13. Improved bone density
  14. Better Body Image
  15. Sense of Community…the list goes on!

 

There are many options available with various class types and teaching styles.  If you’re new to yoga, reach out to an instructor for guidance.  You’ll want to find the teacher that is right for you.  In my opinion, it is better to start with a beginner / slow flow class or private lesson with an instructor vs doing a video at home.  By working with an instructor, you can be sure your form is correct and help avoid any injuries.

For more information or to sign up for a class, contact Lori Washko

Beginner / Slow Flow class Tuesdays @ 9 am at Whole-Hearted Yoga

Cost is $10 per person.  Space is limited. Click the link above to sign up.

 

Want more information about Christian Yoga?  Check out these sites: ChristianYogaAssociation.org,  HolyYoga.net, and YogaFaith.org

 

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The Comparison Trap…A Distraction from Your Dharma

Psalm 139:14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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“If you’re your authentic self, you have no competition.”  — author unknown

Last year I was in a particularly challenging yoga class after taking several months off from any physical activity.  I was especially happy that I completed the entire 75 minute class without croaking.  As I rolled up my mat, feeling very content, I heard the teacher and a student discussing what a “beautiful practice” a particular student had.  Enter my ego.  My satisfaction with my practice suddenly turned into competitiveness.  I thought to myself, “Ha! I used to have a beautiful practice, and I will again!”  Then literally the second I got in the car to leave and turned on the radio, a DJ read a quote about spiritual growth.  “When your ego goes away, that’s when growth happens.”  Ouch.  Okay.  I hear you God.

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Where is Your Focus?

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The Transformation of My Yoga Practice….

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A few months ago, I was in yoga class practicing a balancing pose.  Normally I find a focal point on the wall to help maintain my balance.  For some reason, I became fixated on a crazy design on someone’s shirt.  That person fell, and, of course, I lost my balance as well.  I felt the Lord say gently to me, “If your drishti is on man, you will fall.”

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