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What complete silence and 110 hours of meditation in 10 days taught me

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It’s difficult to even put into words what I just experienced. I learned so many things at my 10 day silent meditation course. I will attempt to share what I can with you and then just encourage you to try it for yourself.

A quick definition:

Vipassana is an ancient technique of meditation that gives us the tools to liberate ourselves from the misery that is created in our own minds and find blissful freedom in this lifetime.  It is the technique the Buddha used to enlighten himself 2500 years ago in India and is non-sectarian, non-dogmatic and totally universal.

Something that became crystal clear for me was the fact that human beings must experience something in order to truly learn it. Intellectual understanding of something only fills our minds but does not guarantee that we will live our lives according to that idea. That is why it is such a challenge to even write about it because I know that unless you choose to experience this yourself, my words will not suffice and could easily be forgotten.

I had wanted to do a Vipassana meditation course since I overheard another traveler in Kathmandu, Nepal talk about it last year. They are run on an entirely donation based, volunteer run system. They introduced Vipassana to two very dangerous prisons in Delhi, India and Alabama and saw 20% reductions in violence. Watch the trailer for Dhamma Brothers here.  Watch the full version here.

We meditated for almost 11 hours a day for 10 days in a row. Three times a day we had to complete “Adhitthana,” or “sittings of strong determination,” where we were not allowed to open our eyes, hands or legs for an hour at a time unless we really needed to. My posture of choice, after much experimentation, was cross-legged on the floor on a cushion with two cushions supporting my knees, back straight, hands in my lap. The ideas I had about my ability to be disciplined and patient were expanded ten fold in those hours.

SN Goenka brought the ancient technique of VIpassana from Burma, back to its home, India, and then allowed it to spread around the world to help thousands of people.

SN Goenka brought the ancient technique of Vipassana from Burma, back to its home, India, and then allowed it to spread around the world to help thousands of people.

I want to address some common thoughts and questions I received from people before and after the course:

“Weren’t you bored?”

No. This was some of the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life. Our teacher, SN Goenka, likens the technique and process to that of a deep psychological surgery in which you purify the mind of all its defilements. The technique builds on itself and you learn more of it every day. Many old students (students who have already taken a 10 day course) are often described as melancholy and gruff during the process because the technique brings so much of your garbage to the surface so that you can clean it out and find peace within. The deeper you go, the harder the work becomes, it seems.

“I could never not talk for 10 days.”

Extroverted or introverted, I believe everyone should try this and can do this if their hearts hunger for peace and equanimity. Nothing less will get you through it. So much of what we say isn’t needed. Meditators always do better when in a quiet environment. The problem with talking is that meditation and talking cannot go together. You cannot examine yourself internally if you are talking. We are always focused outwards and as long as we focus our energy outwards, we will continue to suffer in life unless we take the time to turn inwards for serious contemplation.

 “WHY would you do something like this?! Are you crazy?”

Pain and suffering are part of the human experience. Many people self medicate through food, drugs (prescription or otherwise), video games, and other ways of checking out. Learning how to cope in a wholesome way with our suffering, without any external help, is vital for our liberation from misery. Making pain your friend will automatically relieve so much misery. The only thing that causes suffering for us is our minds. This is what all the enlightened beings throughout time have discovered. Life hands us vicissitudes and we have a choice as to how to react. The problem is that many of us have deeply rooted habits of reaction that we are totally unaware of and Vipassana addresses this problem if practiced diligently and consistently. I have dedicated my life to the realization of the Supreme Self, of liberation from suffering, and I know the only way out is through.

“Would you do it again?” 

In two seconds. I will do this again and again for the rest of my life. I will sit. I will serve others going through the process. There were moments of complete and utter bliss, where I couldn’t even feel my body, mixed in with all the struggle. But it wasn’t about the sensations. It was about feeling so purposeful and so alive and so empowered.

A few quotes from my napkin notes (we weren’t allowed to have journals, books, music, anything but I had to write a couple things so napkins from the dining hall helped me there):

“All the things that I get so convinced of in the moment are usually not based in reality but rather the past or future or future based on the past, etc. There is no need to get attached to these constantly changing thought patterns and emotions.”

“You can only truly learn from experience. This is the only way. You must meditate on the truth and you will experience it in your body and psyche.”

“Ignorance just means not knowing the truth. The only truth is the present moment and my breath as it comes in and out of my nose. Hahaha! It’s so simple. Literally just breathe.”

“Let reality be what it is, not what you want it to be.”

“The more you react a certain way, the deeper the groove gets.”

“Consistency of practice is the secret to success.” –Goenkaji

“When I stop craving the end of session, the end comes so much faster.”

“The art of living becomes the art of dying.” –Goenkaji

“The mind is like a monkey: always grabbing onto the next branch, never resting where he is. We must find our internal peace and joy so that we have no need for clinging on to things outside of us.”

My action steps for you:

1. Sit quietly in a dimly lit room with your eyes closed, back straight and legs in a comfortable position. Start to breathe. Choose one of the above quotes and meditate on it. As you breathe, feel the breath flow in and out of your nostrils. When the mind wanders, bring it back to this part of the nose. Don’t get angry or frustrated with your mind when it wanders, because it will. Feel the sensation of the breath hitting the upper lip. You have to really tune in to feel it. Take three minutes and center yourself this way. Try setting an alarm on your phone a couple times a day to remind you to re-center yourself.

2. What were some lessons you had to learn from experience versus just intellectually? Are there some areas of your health and wellbeing that could use some experiential learning?

3. Finally- is meditation something you’ve been wanting to incorporate into your life? If so, why? If you’re struggling to weave it in, what’s the obstacle? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Be receptive,

Jenna

Why Taking Care of #1 Is Not Selfish, It’s Critical

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Consider the following scenario: You’re hiking with a friend. It’s narrow and precarious and they’re not paying attention and fall down into the ravine, 100 feet below. You wouldn’t just leap off the cliff or even try to shimmy your way down there to “save” them, right? Because if you did, you would be worse off than the person you were trying to help, thus being of no help to them in the first place.

For those of you who may not know, I used to work in wilderness therapy. Working with at-risk youth and young adults in the high deserts of Utah and Nevada, I started to learn the vital importance of self-care and what it means to take care of yourself. To be a Senior Field Instructor, I had to be a certified Wilderness First Responder, and still am because the information is so valuable. It is a basic tenet of wilderness medicine and guiding in general that you must take care of #1 first to then take care of others. The mnemonic we say to ourselves as we approach a scene is “Number one. I’m number one.” and continue on with our initial checklist. We survey the scent to be sure it’s safe for us to approach.

The same goes for less extreme examples- if you forget to wear gloves in winter and your fingers are so numb you can’t help a client zip up their jacket in the freezing weather, you haven’t helped anyone.

When I am teaching yoga, if I don’t secure my own footing yet try to assist someone into a handstand, we’ll both fall over.

If I don’t eat really well 90% of the time, how can I tell my clients to do the same or teach them how to do so?

If I’m not striving to discover who I am beneath everything I’ve been told, taught and indoctrinated with, how can I coach others to find the same freedom?

The Mother, one of my spiritual teachers from India, said “No words, act.” If I am to care for and serve others through my work, I must first care for and serve myself so that I am best equipped to do that. I must live my message. None of my clients or students benefit if I show up to class or session exhausted, irritated or grumpy because I haven’t taken care of myself. Self care is part of my job description and can be part of yours, too!

The same applies to all of us and we may know we need to take better care of ourselves but many of us do not.

Why?

This is where the real inner work is so important. Why do some people succeed and why do others seem to fail over and over again? Why do I have clients who can give and serve and be incredibly generous to others yet leave nothing left for themselves?

I think many things can be at play here but often, what I see is “I’m not worth it.” The closely held, often unconscious belief that we are not worthy of the kind of care and love we give to others.

This is what I help my clients discover – these deep hidden beliefs that are causing them to sabotage all their efforts toward health, healing and a deeper connection with themselves.

Clockwise from top left: With some of my fellow Field Instructors working in wilderness therapy (Utah); On my own path of healing and discovery to then guide others on similar paths (Kathmandu); Journeys of the heart often lead you to the farthest corners of the globe (Agra, India); my first true guiding experience with the UCLA Unicamp WALL program.

Clockwise from top left: With some of my fellow Field Instructors working in wilderness therapy (Utah); On my own path of healing and discovery to then guide others on similar paths (Kathmandu); Journeys of the heart often lead you to the farthest corners of the globe (Agra, India); my first true guiding experience with the UCLA Unicamp WALL program.

An important question to ask is: “When was the last time I can remember feeling like I deserved love/healthy, nourishing food/positive self talk/enough money in the bank to feel secure…?” “What happened that shifted my thinking?” “What was that event or time in my life that affected me in that way?” When we can start to answer these questions, we begin to see the places in our hearts that need our utmost care and attention.

Because what ends up happening is you can only go on for so long at breakneck pace, caring for everyone else or worrying about what everyone else is thinking before you have a breakdown. (Yes, worrying about what other people are doing and thinking is a form of external focus and only causes anxiety and stress).

Here are some ways you can nourish and focus on yourself so that you can then be there with more presence, love and compassion for others (going beyond the cliché of taking a bubble bath):

-Put high quality, nutrient dense foods into your body and accept nothing less.

-Don’t buy things you don’t need so that you can experience the feeling of freedom and control that comes from having a handle over your finances (also called avoiding unnecessary stress).

-Drink at least two liters of water a day. If not three or four.

-When others aren’t giving you the care and attention you feel you need from them, give yourself that care and attention- focus on you and your life, not on the lack of care from others.

-Meditate- get in touch with your Inner Universe, where all the peace and joy you’ll ever need comes from.

-Invest in healing modalities, therapies and coaching to help yourself do the inner and outer work that needs attending to.

-Eat organic food

-Sleep eight hours a night

-Put the electronics away 30 minutes to an hour before bed so you can sleep soundly

-Say no to things that don’t light you up

-Explore other career options if what you’re doing doesn’t place you in a state of awe and love most days

-Avoid processed, refined or unnatural foods and substances

-Detox your life of any and all people who do not support you, love you or encourage you enough without getting jealous or stuck in their own crap themselves.

-Take yourself on that date you’ve been wanting to go on- the new museum exhibit? A new movie? Out to dinner? Treat yourself and don’t feel you need someone else to accompany you to complete the experience.

YOU are the complete experience – treat yourself that way. {tweet it}

When you start to focus on yourself, you can start to heal the places in your mind, heart and soul that need care. Your attitude shifts, the struggles you had before seem non-issues, you’re not grasping for the care and attention you thought you needed from others, you lose the weight naturally, you begin to see who you truly are underneath all the false beliefs, fears and expectations you and others placed on you.

In the Moment Action step:

Right now, create your “Because I love myself…” list. What does loving yourself, putting #1 first, look like to you and how will this help you shine your light out into the world even more brightly? List 3-5 things you’d like to try going forward and do one of those things today.

I’d love to hear from you! What are you going to put on your “because I love myself list?”

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Why Foolishness is Vital

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I recently discovered the artwork of an anonymous duo who call themselves “Dangerdust.” They attend the Columbus College of Art and Design and they sneak into classrooms and “vandalize” chalkboards with motivational quotes. No one knows who they are. These artists are leading by example what it means to be bold and alive. What if we all filled the world with our light in our own unique ways like they are?

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If we are truly in alignment with our purpose, our calling, we understand that each one of us is capable of such magnificence. The mind is our own prison in which we create walls and limiting beliefs that tell us over and over again that certain things are not practical. Or that things “should” be a certain way so we “shouldn’t” decide to step out of bounds of what everyone else thinks “should” be. These are all ingenious tricks of the ego that keep us small and safe.

In our culture, when we’re little, people tell us “You can be anything you set your mind to.” Having grown up, I’ve come to understand that these people probably didn’t believe a word of what was coming out of their own mouths. Because if they did, why weren’t they doing what set their hearts on fire?

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It takes courage and action. Big, bold living takes the heart of a lion, skin of steel, and fierce patience. Manifesting what you hold in your heart is vulnerable. And in vulnerability there is immense bravery. Tweet it

Stepping out of our comfort zones is what is required of changing the current status of our lives. Living in alignment with what sets our hearts ablaze requires risk and challenge and deep inner work. That can be scary.

When we open ourselves to our beautiful, infinite nature, we start to see that we truly are capable of anything. My teacher Dharma Mittra says “Be receptive to the grace of God.” When we open ourselves to the grace of divine love, the poses open up, if we’re talking yoga. Or we are given a flash of inspiration at 4 AM, like Krishna Das was in writing his song “4 AM Hanuman Chalisa” (it’s beautiful). If we didn’t have divine inspiration and a yearning for meaning and purpose as human beings, where would our species be? No Mozart, Michelangelo, Patanjali, Jesus, Buddha, Mother Theresa.

lennondangerdustThere was no inherent outcome or expectation, it seems, for the chalk artists. And it may seem foolish to some- “What’s the point of drawing on chalkboards? That’s not practical or utilitarian.” We fill our finite lives with “practical” things like cubicles and bandaids, which don’t get me wrong, can be helpful. But our lives, are, after all, finite.

We need a balance and a deeper appreciation for the things that seem meaningless simply because they are journey oriented rather than outcome oriented. In our society, the outcome is practical. The journey is often seen as foolish. The art is silly. “You’re only going to struggle as an artist.” Maybe I will, but I’ll be happy and I’ll feel I filled my life with meaning and the world with beauty. Because, otherwise what’s the point? And whoever said that struggle wasn’t allowed?

universedangerdustSo thank you, Dangerdust, for your contribution to humanity. May we all find our own muses and dance to the beat of our own drum, no matter how difficult it is, how many strange looks we get, or how many people think we’re crazy or foolish.

In cases like this, I would say we could use a bit more foolishness.

So ask yourself the following questions:

What makes you come alive? The answer is whatever has made your heart feel like it’s going to explode out of your chest with joy, awe, and love all at the same time. Tap into that place. What is it that does that to your heart?

What “foolish” or seemingly non-utilitarian things lights you up?

Why aren’t you doing more of said “non-useful” thing? What’s getting in the way?

What beliefs or experiences have contributed to your light being snuffed out little by little?

How can you make more space in your life for this passion? Does it mean working less? Setting boundaries with others? Believing in yourself more? Surrounding yourself with like minded brave hearts?

Name one thing you can do NOW, today to make space for this thing in your life. 

I believe in you, you brave, joyful, out-of-the-box thinker. Your ability to light the world up with your masterpieces and your vision. Because we’re all artists inside.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear about what lights you up and where you are in your journey toward bold, brave living. And any wisdom you may have for all of us on how to open yourself up to manifesting your purpose.

Jenna

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My (comical) journey through detoxing and what you can learn from my mistakes…

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Last year, I did my first cleanse. On my own. Before I was a health coach and knew what I was doing. It lasted about four and a half days (it was designed to last three weeks). My intentions were pure. I had just returned from India and Nepal and had definitely overdone it on naan and creamy chai’s. Not to mention the fact that I’d gotten sick twice while traveling and was having all sorts of strange stomach pains… I knew something needed to change.

Clockwise from left: The best food in Varanasi, the daily chai in Kathmandu, a thali set in Asi Ghat, Varanasi, and eating yak cheese in a small village outside Pohkara, Nepal.

Clockwise from left: The best food in Varanasi, the daily chai in Kathmandu, a thali set at Asi Ghat, Varanasi, and eating yak cheese in a small village outside Pohkara, Nepal.

So I declared: “I’m going to do a cleanse! YAY! That will solve all my problems and I’ll feel amazing!” I distinctly remember a family member rolling their eyes at my enthusiasm as well. I was off to an interesting start… So I did a free cleanse that I found online and it seemed good to start but dinners were things like a mushroom with kale and olive oil and that was IT. Now if you don’t know me personally, I’m an active person with a steady, consistent need for calories throughout the day. So after about 5 servings of kale and mushrooms, I was sick of said meal and haven’t had it since.

Like I said, the cleanse was designed to last three weeks. I did feel better but was constantly starving and knew I needed something…different? More support for sure. More fat? More protein? The feeling that I was actually cleansing my body of toxins rather than starving it?

What I did gain was a greater sense of connection with my body, what it feels like to be truly hungry, rather than just bored, and how much food my body actually needs, in contrast to thinking I needed to eat all the time. tajjj So when I became a health coach, I knew detoxing would be a part of my practice in helping my clients reconnect to what I call our “Earth Suits” – the vessels we’ve been blessed with inhabiting. Help them stop abusing their bodies with less than ideal foods that don’t serve them and move beyond the food to help them heal other areas of their lives.

But I knew I needed to develop a system that wasn’t as harsh as my experience had been and also was accessible for people at different stages in their journey toward healthy eating. I also knew that I could be the guide that had “gone before,” so to speak to help light the way for my clients so they wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed at the thought of cleansing their bodies.

So when I put a detox into motion that allows people to ease into it no matter where they were on their journey, and having it focus on whole foods rather than just veganism, I knew I was on the right track. This detox provides all the elements that were missing from my own DIY, haphazard cleanse the year before- a support network of detoxers, an expert guide along the way to answer my questions and concerns and help me adapt it to my unique metabolic and life needs, yoga to support my body detox at the cellular level and enough calories to keep me happy!

So if this sounds like exactly what you’re looking for to feel amazing going into summer, read on my friend… This spring detox journey will help you reduce inflammation, lose weight naturally without feeling deprived, sleep better, boost your metabolism, reconnect you with your body and emotions, and figure out which foods work with your body and which ones don’t work so well.

Plus the entire detox is online! So you can detox with me wherever you are in the world.

Join me May 12-22nd for my Spring Detox Journey- we will be detoxing together, as a community, honoring our individual differences, and nourishing our bodies, minds and emotions with healthy foods, thoughts and self care. This is NOT your grandma’s detox.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, join me at Ocean Beach Yoga SF for cleanse- supporting yoga from 7-8:30 on May 13, 15, 17, 20, and 22. Sign up for yoga here.

Finally, here’s one of my favorite recipes from the detox: It’s called Dream Date Smoothie and it’s amazinggg: 1 ½ cups dairy free milk (almond, coconut or hemp), 2 pitted Medjool dates, soaked and pitted, 1 frozen banana, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon raw honey. Blend all together and enjoy!

Sign up to detox with me here. Let me know how you like the smoothie and what aspects of detoxing scares you the most and which parts you think you’d love! I want to hear from you! Be receptive. Jenna

Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear – How to put your toe in the water of bold, brave living and break out of the mold.

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I just spent the last 10 days on the island of Kauai. I know, poor me. Every night, I slept with the door open and was lulled to sleep by the crashing surf which waxed and waned with the moon, often becoming stronger and louder at night. In the morning, I would sit out on the porch and watch the waves in their relentless pattern of advancement and retreat. I kept my cell phone off for days a time. I didn’t even bring my laptop. It was vacation and I aspire to make my life a healthy balance between vacation and “work” – or mostly, have life be a vacation with bits of “work” sprinkled in here and there. This might sound “crazy” to some people or impossible – “Be practical- life isn’t a vacation all the time!” No, it may not ALWAYS be a vacation, but I can sure as hell try! 

When we look at our lives outside the normal expectations of society, we can start to create life on our own terms. I was once talking with a woman I barely knew and we were talking about travel. I’ve been to many places in the world and was in the infancy of creating a life I adore and continue to revel in and improve upon. She said she admired me because she thought I was brave and because she felt scared to step out of the 9-5/settle down/get married, have kids, repeat matrix even though she deeply wanted, in her heart, to step out. Her fear was palpable and as much as I tried to talk her out of it, she was attached to that fear. Her fear was bigger than her faith. And as I soaked in the energy of Hawaii these past days, the idea of coming back to live and work for a couple months (because my business is quite location independent) in Kauai, was absolutely possible in my mind. 

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When we expand our ideas of what’s possible, we start to plant the seeds for a new reality. {tweet it}

So when you start to dream and dream BIG, you’ll shift things. And as you continue to dream, and start to see all the things that are possible, you’ll realize how truly engrained our limiting beliefs are about what we can and cannot have. You CAN have it all. Really. You’d be shocked to observe just how repressed we can be in our dreaming and aspiring. Everything is possible. And you’ll let go of the conditions you place on what’s possible as well. Like “living in Hawaii for a couple months is only possible if I make a million dollars a year.” 

Some actionable steps to take right now: 

1. Check out these two amazing books: The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. When we focus on how we want to FEEL every day and how to define life based on our own ideas of success, we create a tipping point in our brains that helps us see beyond other people’s ideas of success. 

2. Take out a pen and paper and write down the things you would do if money were not an option. If you had $100 million in the bank what would you do with your life? Then write three things you can do today to move forward towards those goals (even if you don’t have millions in the bank.)

3. Then, write a list of all your desires. What do you really want? Often, our lists will start out with material things like a mini cooper or a new apartment or a new pair of yoga pants. Keep going. Write out everything and anything you desire. What will happen is you’ll run out of material things you want and you’ll start getting into things like “freedom from financial woes” or “a better relationship with myself.” You’ll start to see the important, intangible things you desire and they are usually the things you can take action on today. For example, if you want freedom from financial woes, you can take steps to get a new job or save the money you’re already bringing in. If you’re stuck on what to do about a certain desire, write it out and post it somewhere you can see it every day. Your brain and the Universe will conspire to find a solution or a next step. 

So tell me- What does big, bold living look like to you? What’s YOUR definition of a fearless life look like (and it doesn’t have to include skydiving!) This is all about what it means to YOU. Not anyone else! Comment below! 

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Namaste, Jenna

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Alchemy of the Heart Video Release

Alchemy of the Heart Video Release

Alchemy of the heart final video – how to treat yourself with love and compassion, stop selling yourself short and wake up to your life’s potential – coming to your inboxes tomorrow morning! Applications for the Alchemy Transformational Health Intensive close April 25th. Apply soon as up to 20 motivated, deep thinkers will be accepted. To access the videos, sign up here

The cream always rises to the top (You are your habits)

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True or false: Your daily habits do not define you. 

What do you do day in and day out? Drink coffee? Yell at your dog? Do favors for others? Eat cake? Eat kale? Worry? Tell your significant other you love them? Your daily actions add up. The same principle applies to your health and wellness.

Many things are easy to do but they’re also easy NOT to do. This is where 95% of people fail and where 5% of people succeed. The 5% of people that succeed at whatever they put their minds to are the ones that are committing themselves everyday to that outcome. 

The person who devoted themselves to living abroad in let’s say, in the French Riviera, appears to be “lucky” to the 95%. And you’ll hear this a lot: “You’re so lucky!” When it had almost nothing to do with luck. What daily choices did that person make to get them there?

I used to think that it was only the big things that you achieved that defined you. Wow, was I wrong. According to Jeff Olson, author of The Slight Edge, you are your habits. And I would agree after working with client after client. My clients are what they do every day. Period. Not the things they do once in a while.

And that’s what separates the creme de la creme from the rest, so to speak. 

So it goes both ways, right? The piece of cake you ate one day when you were trying to eat healthy doesn’t define you if you only did it once. But eating that cake every day does define you if you do it every day. If you’re eating a clean, whole-foods diet day in and day out, soon you start to lose weight. You have more and more energy. Your brain fog lifts. The healthy choices start to compound and will power is no longer an issue. There are myriad permutations of this equation.

Ready to let go of mediocre results and learn how to create an extraordinary life? Tired of breaking the promises you make to yourself? I was too…until I changed my lifestyle and how I look at goal setting in general. And I’m going to teach you how to make little mental shifts to create massive momentum in your life.

Join me tomorrow for Video 2 of the Alchemy Transformational Health Intensive Video Series. We’re going to be talking about the three things holding people with big dreams back from success and the decisions we make every day that lead to health, happiness and success. Sign up here. 

So the answer? False. Your daily habits DO define you. And that’s the good news – because you have power over your daily actions and habits. Don’t know where to start? That’s where I come in. Join me tomorrow to dive into this concept in depth and take some simple tips to start TODAY. Because there’s no time like the present.

Namaste, Jenna

Jenna is a board certified holistic health coach and yoga teacher and is the health and wellness expert for the global yoga community. She presents workshops and classes regularly at Google and at yoga studios around the San Francisco Bay Area. She helps spiritual, visionary people with big dreams have more energy, lose weight without dieting, curb sugar cravings, and heal their relationship with food. She combines western holistic nutrition and eastern philosophy to maximize her clients’ transformations.

Alchemy of the Body Video Release

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ImageWater into wine. Lead into gold. Darkness into light. It is possible to experience a level of health and wellness that you’ve never encountered before. Through alchemy, we transform that which was commonplace into something extraordinary. Join me for the free Alchemy Transformational Health Intensive Video Series. The first video, Alchemy of the Body, launched today. Sign up here to gain access!

I Am A Wizard. And You Can Be Too!

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Yes, I watched both of the 7th Harry Potter movies in a row this weekend. No I am not kidding. Yes I am serious that we can all be wizards. Tomorrow begins the free video series of my upcoming four month group program – Alchemy: Transformational Health Intensive. Alchemy is the power or process of transforming something common into something special, an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting. Water into wine. Lead into gold. Negative into positive. As an alchemist at heart, I love transforming, creating and evolving. I think this is why I love yoga and meditation, my career as a health coach, and travel so much – their endless ability to transform your mind, heart and eyes.

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I am here to help you transform as well as teach you how to be a sorcerer in your own life. Teach a man to fish, as they say. To turn the lead of your life into gold. To embrace the challenges of your life and turn them into something beautiful. Because that’s what I did. Turned setback after setback and grief and despair into fuel and fertilizer for the garden that was to become my life now.

When we plant the seeds of health and wellbeing with a whole foods, nourishing diet we can transmute the ordinary into the extraordinary. When we set up the foundation of our house correctly, the house will stand for many decades to come and it’s the same with our lives and health. Food, career, physical activity and the other more every day aspects of our lives must be in order so that we can focus on what truly matters like our spiritual practice, relationships and big dreams.

So join me tomorrow, for the completely free Alchemy Intensive Video Series. We are going to be talking about food as the foundation for your life- you driven, motivated, spiritual deep thinker, you. We’re going to talk about the three things that people with big dreams are missing or don’t understand about food and how this is continuing to make them play small, struggle with their weight and have lackluster energy. Join me by signing up here. Be sure to confirm your subscription in your email inbox in order to be added to the list!

Namaste my friend.

Jenna is a board certified holistic health coach and yoga teacher and is the health and wellness expert for the global yoga community. She presents workshops and classes regularly at Google and at yoga studios around the San Francisco Bay Area. She helps spiritual, visionary people with big dreams have more energy, lose weight without dieting, curb sugar cravings, and heal their relationship with food. She combines western holistic nutrition and eastern philosophy to maximize her clients’ transformations.