what we will say when this is over:

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What we will say when this is over:

“We read books and we listened to stories and we listened to each other.
We rested and we waited and the ground turned green and the daylillies bloomed secretly overnight.

We looked lovingly into each other‘s eyes and saw each other in stillness for the first time in many weeks or many years.

We took walks together as families and we cuddled our pets as we reassured those that we love that everything would be ok.

We took a look at what we loved, and who we loved and how we supported each other. We thought about the impact of our purchases, our spending, our investments, our time.

We consciously decided how to support businesses and people that we cared about.

We took a hard look at what we valued and how we lived by these values. We made decisions to be more mindful with our time in the future. And move a little slower and appreciate a little more.

We valued our health.

We sat and we watched the rain fall and we ate nourishing meals and drank copious amounts of coffee.

We reached out to each other and we said, how can I help? And we meant it.
We were kind and gracious. When an appointment was cancelled or an event was postponed we said, I understand; stay safe and stay well.

We paid attention to what we were buying, where we were buying it, how we were using it, and what we could do without. We chose to share instead of to hoard.

We said thank you. We meant it.

We said, we are in this together.”


Readers and Seekers:
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meditate your weight.

Meditation may be the key to sticking to a healthy eating plan, accurately perceiving your body’s hunger cues and staying at your optimal weight without a diet plan. Research shows that your chance of staying at your optimal weight after weight loss programs of increases when you incorporate relaxing breathing techniques and meditation practices into your daily routine.

When you’re meditating, you’re honing your ability to perceive hunger cues, mitigating stress hormones that lead to weight gain, strengthening your resolve to make healthier food choices, and enhancing your self-image.

The Mindfulness Connection:

Mindfulness is the ability to identify and examine the individual thoughts that pass through your consciousness. It’s integral to the practice of meditation, where the goal is not to stop or judge your thoughts, but to notice them enough to choose healthy thoughts over unhealthy thoughts.

In her book, Meditate Your Weight, Tiffany Cruikshank founder of Yoga Medicine, posits that your most helpful ally in weight loss is your mind-body connection, which is significantly strengthened by meditation and mindfulness practices. “Mind-body connection is essential for long term permanent weight and health changes. From research we know that the small changes we can commit to over time are much more impactful on our long-term health; the mindfulness we bring to our daily habits can be life changing,” Cruikshank explains. “A non-judgmental awareness [is] additional protection that allows us to be human and imperfect along the way, safeguarding us from the roller coaster of falling off the wagon of our extreme health plans.”

This program with Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, includes a Book Study of Meditate Your Weight by yoga teacher and health expert Tiffany Cruikshank as well as detailed yoga, breathing, and meditation instruction to help you approach your health with confidence and a sense of empowerment.

“Meditate Your Weight” 5 Week Series and Book Study

Thursdays at 4:30 beginning April 2, 2020

Meditate Your Weight April 2020

Meet for book discussion, yoga and meditation in a supportive and encouraging accountability group on Thursday afternoons in April at Westport Yoga KC: April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30th, 2020.

Your Investment Includes:

  • 5 Specialized Classes with book discussion, yoga and meditation in a supportive environment

  • Your own copy of Tiffany Cruikshank’s book Meditate Your Weight

  • Complimentary attendance at 2 regularly scheduled yoga classes at Westport Yoga KC

  • 15% off enrollment in Special Events and Workshops at Westport Yoga KC April- May 2020

  • 15% Private Yoga and Life Coaching Sessions booked with Lisa

  • Weekly email literature and encouragement to help keep you focused on making positive mental and physical health changes in your life!

Investment: $95

wisdom books for 2020.

Every year, I immerse myself in the self-help section of my favorite neighborhood bookstore and buy anything and everything that calls to me from its shelf. If this sounds a little woo-woo, let’s just be honest: I choose a book by its cover.

Every year, these books lay in wait in my “ready to read” stack until the exact right day when I need to hear what’s inside. I’m not exaggerating. I’ll pick up a book one morning in January, decide it’s boring… and put it back until June. The second time around, I won’t be able to put it down. Every sentence on every page is a little golden nugget of wisdom.

I believe that wisdom is always waiting to be revealed when I am ready to receive its message.

In Yoga Philosophy, wisdom is called Ishwara. This iteration of wisdom is a collective, omnipresent, creative source of highest Truth and Light that all humans have direct access to through both intuition and dedicated study. It is also described as an inner knowing that incites reverence toward life. Ishwara reveals itself when when we are ready to learn.

If you’re looking for little nuggets of wisdom and some inspiring non-fiction reads this upcoming year, enjoy my list of Wisdom Books for 2020:

Love Heals by Becca Stevens

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Everything is Figuroutable by Marie Forleo

The Confidence Code by Katy Kay and Claire Shipman

Happy Reading,

-lisa

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“Target List” your New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s basically a miracle to leave Target without spending an extra $1,000 on 1,000 things I don’t need. It’s imperative that I have a list before I walk through those doors: a written down in pen-and-paper (not on my phone) list otherwise I’m inevitably sidetracked. All those office supplies. All those cute pillows! All those adorable baby rompers!

A list acts as a guide map. It decides what to say “YES, please” to, and what to say, “No, Thank You” to. Which is why, even if you aren’t a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s imperative that you reflect yearly on the guiding values that give shape to the course of your life. Otherwise you’re going to get to the end of the year with a cart full of stuff you really don’t want. A list of Core Values helps you prioritize. (I talked a little bit about how this relates to self-care in my post what yoga says about priorities.) 

Core Values reflect who you are at your deepest level of self-awareness and self-understanding. When you are in line with your core values, you live a life of integrity: every decision you make and every action you take is informed by these values. When you are not in line with your Core Values, you’re likely to feel frustrated, trapped, frantic, disconnected and exhausted. When you are in line with your Core Values, you feel refreshed, purposeful, optimistic, relieved and authentic.

Core Values help you move forward in your life with clarity and direction. They serve as guide posts on your journey of becoming empowered to live your best life. They help you decide how to spend your time, where to put your energy and how you serve your community with authenticity.

Download this exercise to get your List Started. Reach out to me with any questions or comments, I’d love to hear your List! (And also, yes, of course I will go to Target with you!)

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P.S. I’ll admit that I’m an over-ambitious New Year goal setter; I’m sure that comes as no surprise to you. I set goals in 4 different categories: personal goals, professional goals, relational goals and spiritual practice goals. See how I organize them in this post: lean forward, get upside down, and set a resolution.

Happy New Year!

-lisa

Spring 2020 Workshop Schedule

Lisa Ash Yoga 2020 Workshops and Special Events

Registration is OPEN. To enroll, head to the “Tuition” Page at:

WestportYogaKansasCity.com

Looking forward to seeing you. Much Love and Light for the New Year!

Winter REcovery Feb 2020

“Winter Recovery and Renewal”

Friday January 10, 2020

6- 8 pm with Lisa Ash Drackert

Winter weather can take its toll on your mobility; but winter can also be the perfect time to invest in your inner landscape. Join Lisa Ash Drackert for her signature class style: Myofascial Release, intelligent breath-based flow and deeply healing Yin Yoga followed by Meditation and essential oils blended to support winter recovery.

Investment: $25

 

Meditation and Myofascial Release PIC, Main St. Address

Meditation and Myofascial Release Class: March 1, 2020

9-10 am @ Westport Yoga KC

Join Lisa Ash Drackert, eRYT-500, one Sunday of the month for a morning of meditation and self-care. First, we will utilize self myofascial release techniques (SMFR) to heal connective tissue, restore tissue integrity and mobilize joints to move freely without pain.

This work will awaken the body to prepare for mindful meditation.  Each class is a different myofascial release focus; you may work on healing tissues in the neck, shoulders, back, jaw, wrists, forearms, hips, or feet. Whatever body area is the focus, you’ll feel refreshed and relieved.

Then, we will share in a guided meditation including pranayama, systematic relaxation techniques and mantra to strengthen our mind-body-spirit connection.

Investment: $18.

 

Fascia Release Friday March 2020

Fascia Release Friday

Friday March 13, 2020

6- 8 pm with Lisa Ash Drackert

Spend your Friday night in self-care. Myo (muscle) + Fascia (connective tissue) + Release (relieving discomfort and restoring full range of motion to feel incredible.)

Learn Self-Myofascial Release Techniques with RAD Roller Products, tennis balls, yoga blocks and breathing techniques to aid tissue recovery and reduce stress. This is especially helpful for relieving pain and discomfort your back, neck and shoulders. Enjoy healing aromatherapy self massage and meditation during savasana; leave feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to heal yourself with these practices in your daily life.

Investment: $25

 

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Meditation and Myofascial Release Class: April 5, 2020

9-10 am @ Westport Yoga KC

Join Lisa Ash Drackert, eRYT-500, one Sunday of the month for a morning of meditation and self-care. First, we will utilize self myofascial release techniques (SMFR) to heal connective tissue, restore tissue integrity and mobilize joints to move freely without pain.

This work will awaken the body to prepare for mindful meditation.  Each class is a different myofascial release focus; you may work on healing tissues in the neck, shoulders, back, jaw, wrists, forearms, hips, or feet. Whatever body area is the focus, you’ll feel refreshed and relieved.

Then, we will share in a guided meditation including pranayama, systematic relaxation techniques and mantra to strengthen our mind-body-spirit connection.

Investment: $18.

 

Meditate Your Weight April 2020

“Meditate Your Weight”

a 5 Week Series and Book Study

Thursdays in April 4:30 pm with Lisa Ash Drackert

Meditation may be the key to sticking to a healthy eating plan, accurately perceiving your body’s hunger cues and staying at your optimal weight without a diet plan. Research shows that your chance of staying at your optimal weight after weight loss programs of increases when you incorporate relaxing breathing techniques and meditation practices into your daily routine.

This 4 week program with Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, includes a Book Study of Meditate Your Weight by yoga teacher and health expert Tiffany Cruikshank as well as detailed yoga, breathing, and meditation instruction to help you approach your health with confidence and a sense of empowerment.

Meet for book discussion, yoga and meditation in a supportive and encouraging accountability group on Thursday afternoons in April at Westport Yoga KC: April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30th.

Your Investment Includes:

  • 5 Specialized Classes with book discussion, yoga and meditation in a supportive environment

  • Your own copy of Tiffany Cruikshank’s Meditate Your Weight

  • Complimentary attendance at 2 regularly scheduled yoga classes at Westport Yoga KC

  • 15% off enrollment in Special Events and Workshops at Westport Yoga KC April- May 2020

  • 15% Private Yoga and Life Coaching Sessions booked with Lisa

  • Weekly email literature and encouragement to help keep you focused on making positive mental and physical health changes in your life!

Investment: $95

 

Spring Revivial April 2020

Spring Revival Yoga

Friday April 10, 2019

6- 8 pm with Lisa Ash Drackert

Spring energy is contagious and invigorating.; but we can also feel out of balance. This class will support your energy for Spring using wisdom from the Traditional Chinese Meridian Theory; your practice will support the gallbladder meridian line and the grounding energy of the wood element.

Join Lisa Ash Drackert for her signature class style: Myofascial Release, intelligent breath-based flow and deeply healing Yin Yoga followed by Meditation and essential oils blended to support a seamless transition into spring.

Investment: $25

 

Yin and Pins April 2020

Yin and Pins: Deep Stretch and Acupuncture for Stress Relief

Sunday April 26, 2020

4-6 pm with Janet Lee and Lisa Ash Drackert

Combined, Yin Yoga and Acupuncture have an immensely positive affect your mental and physical health by relieving stress and “re-setting” your nervous system toward optimal functioning and energetic clarity.

Join Janet Lee, Licensed Acupuncturist and Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist for an afternoon of self- care and stress relief. You’ll be guided into deep relaxation through breathing techniques and Yin Yoga Poses (long held, supported postures) and then receive acupuncture while in final relaxation. The acupuncture “pins” will specifically target points in the ears and on the forehead that reduce tension.

Investment: $45

 

Meditation and Myofascial Release PIC, Main St. Address

Meditation and Myofascial Release Class: May 3, 2020

9-10 am @ Westport Yoga KC

Join Lisa Ash Drackert, eRYT-500, one Sunday of the month for a morning of meditation and self-care. First, we will utilize self myofascial release techniques (SMFR) to heal connective tissue, restore tissue integrity and mobilize joints to move freely without pain.

This work will awaken the body to prepare for mindful meditation.  Each class is a different myofascial release focus; you may work on healing tissues in the neck, shoulders, back, jaw, wrists, forearms, hips, or feet. Whatever body area is the focus, you’ll feel refreshed and relieved.

Then, we will share in a guided meditation including pranayama, systematic relaxation techniques and mantra to strengthen our mind-body-spirit connection.

Investment: $18.

what yoga says about priorities.

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There’s this fallacy floating around about “finding the perfect work/life ratio.” It’s insidious and stinky, and just about as savvy as believing that changing one dirty diaper in the morning means you’re off poop duty the rest of the day.

What I’ve come to believe is that there is no work/life dichotomy at all: there is only life. And it’s my decision how to spend my precious, limited and limitless minutes.

I’ve definitely experienced the ubiquitous “mom guilt” about leaving my Little Lady to go back to work after maternity leave. Do I have my priorities straight? Am I showing my daughter an example of a strong, empowered woman who owns her business and her passion? Or am I showing her an example of a mom who values commitment to other people and her Google Calendar over time with her own daughter?

Thankfully, the world does not work in absolutes and the Spirit of Grace is one that holds seemingly divergent priorities together in one hand, in one breath.

Because nothing matters more than my daughter does. And at the same time, nothing matters more than my work does.

There are two concepts in Yoga Philosophy that speak to this: aparigraha and brahmacharya.

Aparigraha means non-attachment and sharing generously (it is directly translated as ‘non-hoarding.’) Brahmacharya means finding a balanced lifestyle and pouring your energy into what is Life Giving, not stinky and soul-sucking. (It’s often translated as ‘aligning with the Divine.’) Read more about Yoga Philosophy Key Concepts here.

Aparigraha means it is imperative for me to teach yoga. Nothing matters more than sharing with absolute conviction what I know to be true: we are made to be healed in body, mind and spirit so that we all may live in peace. We are made of Light, in Light and by Light; anything that suggests otherwise belongs in the diaper pail.

Brahmacharya means that I am responsible for finding a way to teach yoga, own a business and love a family in a way that is Life Giving. It necessitates balancing these priorities in a way that doesn’t make me lose my mind, bring home pointless anxiety or fantasize running away to be a Justin Timberlake roadie.

Holding the two concepts of aparigraha and brahmacharya in congruence requires wisdom, quiet time and giant mugs of coffee in between changing diapers, following up with private clients, leading a team of yoga teachers and lesson planning. It takes some effort, but it is definitely worth it.

Here are some practices that help me do this:

Mindful Breathing Meditation

Alternate Nostril Breathing Practice

What helps you find balance? What helps you remember your priorities? How do you give generously and also have time for self-care?

Happy Prioritizing,

-lisa

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is your cup too big?

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I’ve been listening to a lot of Rachel Hollis lately. She’s a kick-butt entrepreneur and influencer who built a multi-million dollar media company on the platform of motivating women to DREAM REALLY BIG. 

I like what she has to say and how she says it: authentically. (In Yoga Philosophy authenticity and speaking truth is called satya.) And I also think The Dreaming Big Thing can be disorienting and slightly misdirected.

It’s just that I talk to women who are so indelibly overwhelmed with doing things BIGGER: bigger birthday parties, bigger promotions, bigger responsibilities, bigger purses, bigger calendars, bigger minivans, bigger social followings, bigger involvement in all things Kate Spade, that their sense of inner contentment (santosha) shrinks smaller and smaller by the day, until their stress is the biggest thing in their overwhelmed/underwhelmed lives.

The best advice I’ve heard that speaks to this feeling of being unfulfilled within an overfilled schedule is from Becca Stevens in her book Love Heals:

“If you stress because you feel like your glass is half empty most of the time, your cup may be too big.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Big Fan of Dreaming Big. AND I also think that my dreams need to be very, very SMALL and SIMPLE so that I don’t feel continuously half empty.

In 2016 I wrote a blog post called Dream Away where I shared my 3 biggest/ smallest  dreams: to teach, to travel and to love.

These 3 Simple Dreams create a precise foundation for my daily decisions. In order to keep my cup small, I use them as a heuristic: if it doesn’t help me do these 3 things with increasing integrity and excellence, I don’t do it.

These 3 Simple Dreams shrink my cup; they hone my focus and make certain that what I say “yes, please to is exactly in line with my authentic truth and assist in creating a small, happy life.

This week, challenge yourself to spend time in contemplation; what 3 Simple Words can narrowly define your biggest dreams so that your cup feels like its overflowing? How can you shrink your cup so that it stays full?

Happy Shrinking,

-lisa

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Real talk: having a baby makes my life bigger and slightly more hectic; but she fits at least 2 of out of 3 criteria: spreading more love and making me a better teacher. (And she’s just so darn cute. So she’s a big YES, PLEASE!)

with patience and Cheerios: walking meditation.

With patience and Cheerios, I trained my dog RussellClive to do his morning business in our backyard.

My Ironman and I purchased our first house last spring; as part of our new-house-routine, I decided Russ needed to break his addiction to 5:00 am walks and learn to “go outside” (as most dogs do) so that when Baby Drack arrived I could, conceivably, take care of her inside the house while he took care of himself outside the house.

I spent hours walking in circles in the backyard. I mean, hours of walking slowly, going nowhere (as Pico Iyer describes it), patiently telling RussellClive to go potty on the grass. Or on the leaves. Or on the landscaping. Or on the fence. Or, dear God, on ANYTHING in our backyard.

It occurred to me one morning that circling my little yard was a labyrinth walking meditation.

A labyrinth is traceable shape, similar to a maze, with a single branching path that leads to its center and back out again. Labyrinth walking is a contemplative spiritual practice used in faith traditions for spiritual centering. On the circular path of a labyrinth, you walk slowly and deliberately while quieting your mind to get clear about what really matters.

In her book Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg describes walking meditation as “a model for being mindful in all the movements we make throughout the day.”

Shifting my perspective about the quality of my minutes spent walking in circles in the backyard helped me remember that each morning truly is a gift. It’s not something to be rushed through, it’s a time to spend in spiritual and emotional self-care that sets the tone for my day.

When can you spend time walking in circles? Can you discover the value in the repetitive mundane motion of mindless daily tasks and transform that time into a time of focused self-care? How can you use your morning routine to set the tone for the day?

(If you haven’t tried Walking Meditation before, I suggest getting Salzberg’s book Real Happiness to kickstart your meditation practice.)

Happy Circling,

-lisa