self-esteem

How to Be at Home in Your Body

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 14th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, ayurveda, Big Happy Day, bodies, body-image, compassion, compassionate, Felicia Tomasko interview, identity, Kasey Luber, perfect, perfectionist, self confidence, self-esteem, true nature, true self, unique, Yoga, yoga sutras

Are you at home in your true nature? According to yoga and Ayurveda practitioner Felicia Tomasko, one of the most important things we can do is to stop striving for perfection or trying to be someone else. To do this, we need to be actively compassionate with ourselves by embracing who we are and our uniqueness both on and off the yoga mat. To learn more, visit LAyogaOnline.com.

Why Acting Like You Own the Joint Will Make You a Better Yoga Teacher

Amy Ippoliti by Amy Ippoliti | January 30th, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: Amy Ippoliti, confidence, confident, fear, insecurity, nervous, self confidence, self-esteem, yoga class, yoga instructor, yoga students, yoga teacher

Confident yoga teacher

Have you ever taken a yoga class and the teacher was sheepish, visibly insecure or just not confident? C’mon, you can tell me — did you want to walk out?

I don’t blame you if you did.

Who’s in Charge — You or Your Ego?

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | September 16th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, community, community conversations, Cynthia James, Eckhart Tolle, ego, fear, inner voice, let your light shine, love, monkey mind, psyche, self-esteem, self-talk, self-worth, transformation

Shy Woman SmilingI host a monthly free teleconference called “Community Conversations.” We recently discussed the ego and how it was playing out in our lives. So, I will pose the same question to you that I asked the group: “Are you in charge of your ego or is your ego in charge of you?”

There are a few definitions of ego: the self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves; in psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality; an exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit, appropriate pride in oneself; self-esteem. I believe that we all experience the good news and the interesting news of our ego and how it affects our lives. However, more often than not, the ego quietly affirms separation, lack and limitation.

The Responsibility Factor

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | June 15th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accountability, affirmations, belief, best life, blame, bliss, challenge, creativity, Cynthia James, doubt, empowered, empowerment, fear, growth, inner peace, intention, joy, life, mental, mind, opportunities, Oprah Winfrey, power, responsibility, self confidence, self-esteem, self-love, self-pity, thoughts, transformation, victim, victimization

ResponsibilityOn Oprah Winfrey’s last show she spoke about the many lessons that she has learned over the past 25 years. One thing she said really stuck in my mind. She said, “You are responsible for your life.” Now, I know that we all know that on some level, but do we really understand what that means?

I have practiced what I call “The Responsibility Factor” for many years, and I want to share with you my process. The moment anything happens in my life that is significant, good or challenging, I pause and ask, “What did I do to create this opportunity to grow”? Usually, when I ask that question, the answer comes quickly and easily. When it doesn’t, I sit down and “stream of consciousness” journal. I put down my fears, doubts, concerns, excitement and enthusiasm. What comes out always makes my heart smile, even if I see that I am on the “pity pot.”

Servin’ It Up Family Style

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | March 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: balanced diet, buffet, children, choices, cooking, decision-making, diet, different, dinner, family, family-style dining, father, food, food waste, healthy-eating, kids, kitchen table, manners, meals, mealtime, mother, motherhood, parenting, parents, pasta, patience, portions, recipe, salad, self-esteem, serving, sharing, sugar, supper, try, vegetables, water, water pitcher

Family-Style Dinner

I think it’s safe to say that one of the things we modern-day moms do a bit more than our moms did is baby our kids, especially when it comes to what they eat. Some of this is good, of course. Regulating intake of sugar and processed foods is probably not something best left up to people whose idea of a balanced meal is beef jerky and fruit snacks. But at some point, kids need to learn to make their own good choices, right? When and how we do that is each family’s decision, but for me the food thing was getting ridiculous.

Empower Yourself With Exercise!

Mari Winsor by Mari Winsor | March 10th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Aging, Pilates, Weight Loss | tags: cardio, creativity, empower, empowering, exercise, Fitness, Healthy Aging, holiday weight gain, lose-weight, Mari Winsor, pilates, quality time, self confidence, self-esteem, toning, weight-loss

Woman Working With Weights In GymI don’t know about you, but it seems the older I get, the harder it is to rebound from holiday excess back to my summer weight. But lucky for me, I have a proven way to get my weight and my body back to where I am most comfortable and looking my best.

My thought has always been that when you have no control of anything else in the world, you can get control of yourself. It will make you feel more powerful, healthier, clearer and creative. How you look is directly related to how you feel, and how others relate to you. Better posture, a little toning and firming, a longer neck, and a flatter tummy are all directly related to your self-esteem.