April News

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SPRING TIME INTENTIONS

Dear Friends,
     Happy Spring! The new season is happening as I see the first signs of green popping up! It is such a great season to notice Life.

I have been teaching yoga for over twelve years in the community, but in 2011, I decided to create the vision that has become known as Embracing Spirit Yoga. I am so blessed to share Yoga with people of ALL abilities in the community and in my home.  I am SO proud of a recent news article that highlighted my work. Check it out: http://www.koaa.com/story/37827965/your-healthy-family-yoga-is-key-element-in-tbi-rehab

I continue to find a new pace of living and a new passion for teaching beyond yoga. I am exploring and sharing a variety of wellness techniques in my personal practice and life.  I am reminded that what I experience and what sometimes life gives us, is exactly what we need in order to fully blossom.

As we enter into April, we are reminded of the cycles of life that exist in all forms. This is a beautiful time to look to at nature for lesson and to welcome your own time of growth.  Spring time is a great time to scatter seeds within yourself to create the beautiful blossoms in your life that you desire. Taking time to notice the changes around you as you see the trees begin to bud, the crocus flowers pop open and the bright yellow daffodils smile at you.  This is a great way to bring awareness of the growth that surrounds you. Simply noticing, and then cultivating growth within yourself will do wonders as you blossom this season.

Some great ideas for personal growth include increasing tolerance, having patience, loving yourself more, laughing daily, or slowing down to enjoy life. Once you set your intention and scatter your seeds, it is time to nurture these powerful thoughts and water them with love and tenderness. Keeping weeds away through positive thoughts and affirmations are a sure way to have a great harvest in the coming months.

What seeds will you scatter this season? I am planning to plant seeds of intention and touching lives through service.

Blessings,
Stacie

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

 

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Complete

Happy Monday Everyone!

I love the end of one month because the planning for the next starts to happen.  It is such an exciting time for me and I am super happy about what I have in store for February! In my planning, I also updated my pages here so check them out when you have time.

As you know, I am passionate about wellness and living a life of intention.  My full time job purpose is sharing Yoga with people living with brain injuries and other disabilities.  I am blessed to have found my soul calling and love each day I get to show up.  When I am not doing this, I am sharing my other passion and that is offering tools for people to live a healthy and full life.

As I sat in my morning ritual time that includes coffee, journaling, reading and reflecting, I was consumed with gratitude.  My life truly is blessed and I feel so complete.

Thank you for being part of my fullness and my bounty of joy. Have a blessed week!

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Week Four–Reduce Toxins

Week Four—Reduce Toxic Load

Nature experiences cycles of releasing and renewing. Our bodies also benefit from seasons of cleansing and focused detox for renewal. Support the body’s natural pathways of detox by using natural cleaning and self-care product, along with targeted use of doTERRA CPTG essential oils.

This week we will look at many topics of natural toxin free living!IMG_3265.PNG

Week Two-Exercise

Week Two–Exercise

We are finishing up a week of learning how to incorporate exercise into our health lifestyle, and how oils can help!

I know that the most important way to keep your commitment is to find something you LOVE to do, and keeping yourself accountable! I use my planner to write down my weekly goals for myself, and my daily habits. Somehow, for me, checking things off and having a visual helps keep me accountable.

Another fun way to add doTERRA into your healthy lifestyle is there Trim Shakes. They come in several flavors and make an amazing smoothie! My personal fave is the chocolate as a nice meal replacement of snack mid afternoon.

Primary Benefits
*Provides a convenient low-fat, low-sodium, low-calorie, sugar-free, lean alternative that is a good source of fiber for individuals trying to lose fat or maintain a lean body composition through calorie reduction and exercise
*Helps manage the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with the accumulation of fat, particularly around the stomach, hips, and thighs
*May help control stress-induced appetite, overeating, and carbohydrate cravings
*May help support blood sugar levels already in the normal range and enhance energy levels while helping to alleviate fatigue commonly associated with dieting and exercise

Check out this fun article with more tips to exercise and healthy living.

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-spring-2016-slim-sassy-and-strong-do-anywhere-exercise-routine

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If you are ready to start incorporating some lifetsyle choices into your life, send me a message and I will help get you started!

Reality

It may be that I am leaning towards the age of 50 and the things that used to matter so much to me now have much less weight in my day-to-day.  For example, I am finding that I am far more confident than I was even just 5 years ago.  One example of this lack of confidence showed up in my insecurities about my ability to effectively share yoga, when in truth I am a fine teacher.  It showed up during the times when I worried way too much about my appearance, or my speed running up a mountain or the amount of work I could pile onto my plate.  This all seems to be fading with every passing year.  I was driving home today thinking that I really don’t feed an internal need to be “liked” anymore, and with that falling away a sense of authenticity has begun to emerge the last few years.  My voice has gotten stronger and my attitude about life has gotten much richer.

And then life showed up in a real big way.

Three years ago this month, I severely tore tissue in my hip called the labrum. It is likely that it was already slightly torn, but during a snow storm while shoveling my driveway, I tore it to then point of needing to go to the emergency room.  I was prescribed pain medications, although since I had just had foot reconstruction a couple prior, I had some leftover and opted to not get the prescription filled. When the surgery to repair my hip came in April, I had been taking pain meds off and on since the January snow storm.  The surgery had a rough 4-6 week recovery time and the pain control was tough.  By the time August came, I knew that my hip was still not quite right despite my greatest efforts to heal.  Another MRI and unfortunately another tear.  A bigger tear.  Another round of pain meds while we waited for surgery.  Surgery was the end of December and that meant another 4-6 weeks on crutches and another round of pain meds.  When March came, I again knew that my hip did not do well with the 2nd surgery. The month of May brought a consult with a specialized surgeon in Denver who does nothing but reconstruction on tissue of the hip.  Surgery was scheduled, but not until the month of September, which meant 4 months of pain meds.  The surgery in September was a HUGE and long surgery that encompassed two very detailed procedures.  I had a couple of nights in the hospital and an even longer recovery than the first two ahead of me.  And more meds. My body had taken a toll.

It has now been 4 months and my hip is finally starting to stop hurting every minute.  Sure, some days are hard and when I do teach a lot, I feel hip pain, but it is tolerable. What is not tolerable is the effects of long term—low dose—narcotics.

When we hear on the evening news the term “opioid crisis” some of us may see in our minds a picture of the strung out druggie doing anything they can to get high.  We might even see someone in chronic pain who has given up and chooses to self medicate with more than the needed amount of pain meds. Who you might think of last, is a person like me.  A healthy, vibrant, positive and upbeat Yoga teacher.  Someone who has been prescribed rounds and rounds of narcotics because life has handed her some hard physical challenges in the last 4 years.  I have never taken more than I was prescribed, in fact I take half of what they tell me to.  Why?  Because I know the power that they have.

So in my authentic truth, I am dependent on opioids and I am fighting with all I have to get off them.  I am working with doctors and I have a strong plan of tapering them out of my system.  Even going slow, and barely taking any, the effects of withdrawal are living HELL—runny nose, shaking, lack of breath, stomach issues, racing thoughts, adrenalin, anxiety and panic, and PAIN.  Pain that makes my hip pain a walk in the park.  You see, our brains have the capacity to change—both positively and negatively—its called neuroplasticity.  My brain and its chemical structure has become dependent on the external chemical and without it, my brain sends different pain signals to other areas of the body, until I take the drug.  Once I take it, my symptoms go away….temporarily until the brain wants it again. And again.

Besides lowering my dose, I have some strategies in the uncomfortable moments of withdrawals.  I take epsom salt baths, I walk, I meditate, I cry and I use essential oils.  I have come up with an amazing blend that helps reduce the symptoms of withdrawals.  I apply the blend to my spine, the base of my skull, my wrists and under my nose.  Within minutes, the symptoms are tolerable. Sometimes I have to apply every twenty minutes, and sometimes the effects last longer.

This is not a post about essential oils.  It is about reality.  It is about authenticity and being real.  It is MY face of the opioid crisis. It is about my truth. It is about being confident enough in myself to be transparent.

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In a 10ml roller combine the picture of oils, 8 drops each (yes it is a TON of EO), top with FCO. It may be trial and error like it was for me.  I researched and looked in my resources to find what is best for me.  I also take zendocrine detox daily and put lemon in my water.  If you want more info, or you are also struggling, I would love to connect—doing this alone should never be an option.

Week Two–Exercise

Week Two—Exercise
 
Last week we explored nutrition, and I do believe wholeheartedly that nutrition is the foundation of healthy weight. When I see people at the gym I teach yoga at frantically racing on the elliptical and then eating a heavy amount of carbs following, I just cry for them because I know first hand that it starts with food. Three hip surgeries in 15 months forced me to tighten up my nutrition because I was forced to move a lot less. With that, I have maintained my weight. However, exercise is not just about losing weight!
 
Exercise strengthens the muscle and supports the heart, circulatory, and lymphatic systems, among other crucial benefits. Exercise can be anything from walking to running or taking group exercise classes and yoga. Essential oils support greater focus as well as ease feelings of tension in the body to help you stay active and strong.
 
Last week we also talked about some habits I switched up in my life to break unhealthy habits and to help develop new habits. When I began my healthy lifestyle I did not have a gym membership (that came later and it had its own set of positives and negatives).
 
Instead, I chose to walk 30 minutes twice per day. This habit remains, except because of hip surgery I am only allowed one walk per day.
 
Walking outside–for me–gives me a chance to hit a reset button in my mind/body/spirit. I used to worry/obsess on distance but really I have come to know that enjoying what you are doing is the key. For me, as the obsession over distance or speed crept up into the forefront of my intention, I was leaking the simple joy of breathing and being alive with all that surrounds me—even if my walk was in my neighborhood.
 
This week we will look at some exercise and movement topics and how essential oils can play a part in this too!Week Two

Gut Health

Week One–Eating Right
We are finishing up the first week in a month long series of health and wellness. I hope that you have learned a few things and are thinking of ways to incorporate healthy foods and habits related to eating.
About twelve years ago I injured myself racing up the manitou incline and tore my calf muscle. Upon a routine blood work test while treating my calf, the blood tests revealed that my antibodies in my blood were abnormal. This lead me into the world of rheumatology and autoimmune diseases. Eventually over a few years of monitoring, I diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder. In time I came to learn more about it and unfortunately, the symptoms and features of the disease began to show up in my body.
At the time, I was eating fairly healthy with a balanced diet of grains, meats and veggies. I came across some books about gut health and inflammation and began to learn that grains and dairy can be triggers for inflammation and pain in the body.
I eliminated grains and dairy and watched in amazement as not only did the last extra pounds go away, but my body felt better…in fact it felt amazing. About six months after I started eating this way, my routine rheumatology lab work was done and I was called back into the office because the results were so “normal” my doctor felt that there was an error. My inflammatory indicators were in the normal range for the first time in years.
Another key component to my diet was that I started eating lots of probiotics—kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut and more. I also started taking a pre/probiotics everyday.
What I have come to learn is that most inflammation (if not all) starts in your gut. When we clean up our diets by eliminating processed foods, eating whole and fresh foods and compliment that with plenty of probiotics, our bodies have less inflammation, less pain, less brain fog, less sickness and less stress.
I know that if I eat grains, specifically quinoa and wheat, I will hurt the next day. I am not as strict as I used to be about it, and I know that is an area I should look closer at. My blood work still shows an abnormal “something” and I still do battle chronic pain in my body, BUT I know that eating right and gut health is key. I can only imagine how much pain I would be in if I was still heavy, eating crackers and processed snacks and not taking probiotics.
Check out the study below about then learn about the probiotics I choose to take in addition to kombucha and other food based probiotics.
If you are interested in learning more about my journey, I would love to chat–you can email me at staciewyatt@gmail.com. If you are ready to start using essential oils and supplements,  go to www.doterra.com/US/en/site/staciewyatt and click join and save!