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Allison La Bianca – International Missions Director for Holy Yoga

 

Allison LaBianca is the International Missions Director for Holy Yoga.  Currently, her home base is in Los Angeles but you will find her traveling around the world connecting with people of other cultures. Her heart is to experience the greatness of God by engaging in the diversity of all of God’s people,  and offer avenues of healing to survivors of trauma.

Her desire is to see people awakened and free….awakened to their truest identity and free to move and breathe in the world unshackled.

She is currently developing curriculum to be used globally for those working with survivors of trauma who are looking to incorporate body based therapy into their programs. Allison teaches trauma informed classes in Los Angeles as well.  Follow her on instagram @allisonlabianca to be updated about new offerings coming in 2017.

New Podcast with Morgan Day Cecil – Romance and Adventure!

 

I’m excited to share my conversation with Morgan Day Cecil with you! We honestly felt like we could have talked for hours so I hope to have her back to the podcast.  When you are talking about sex and romance and yoga and healthy sensuality and femininity and owning your power as a woman, there is way too much to fit into one conversation. I’d love to hear your feedback and what else you want me to ask her.

Morgan has a lot of really amazing things going on! Here is her bio and all the ways you can reach her! (Also, see that Great Big Yes banner up on top of the blog? She created it! 🙂 )

Morgan  is a guide and woman’s advocate for sexual wellbeing and feminine wholeness. She and her husband are the founders of Romance & Adventure, where they offer online courses, workshops, retreats, education and inspiration on creating a life (and marriage) of true romance and meaningful adventure, through deeper connection, presence, passion and love. Morgan is a mom, yogi, and lover of Italy.

Romance & Adventure Website: www.romanceandadventure.com

Sophia Sessions: A safe haven for the journey of sexual wellbeing and feminine wholeness.
(The Beta Group is starting now! Last day to join is Tuesday Nov 1 to take advantage of discount and bonuses)
http://www.romanceandadventure.com/sophiasessions
Instagram:
@morgandaycecil
@romanceandadventure

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/romanceandadventure

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The Road to Joy

First of all, THANK YOU to all of the beautiful ladies who showed up for the Great Big YES yoga event! It made my heart so happy to see all of you and the energy in the room was        amazing…or as Giuliana Rancic says and I will be saying from now on…”Amaze-balls!”

gratitude gby2 I’ve been thinking about this new year and new beginnings and old sloppy crap that I want to get rid of.  I don’t just mean the junk in my closet and my cabinets and the 10 lbs in my butt, I mean the sloppy stuff that sometimes sneaks into my head and my heart.  I just want it gone.

In yoga, at the end, there is this position you end up in after Savasana and before sitting up for the final “Namaste”.  You are laying on your right side in the fetal position.  Often times the teacher says that this position signifies new beginnings.  To stay there for a minute, rest, think about how you want to use your new beginning.

Who do you want to be when you begin again?

What will I choose?

It’s my choice in that moment.  And it will be my choice the next moment too and every moment after that. One of the reasons I love yoga so much is because it helps me to be aware when those moments present themselves.  Both on the mat and off.

I have decided for myself this year, I am choosing Gratitude.  This will be my intention when I practice yoga and when I pray and I’m hoping it will permeate the way I live.

“It is not the joy that makes us grateful, it is the gratitude that                             makes us joyful”                              – Brother David Steindl-Rast

I love this quote because I know I want to be joyful but I don’t always know how to get there.  Or sometimes I get in a funk.  I can feel like a pretty joyful person most of the time and then BAM! I feel sad and down and gloomy.  I like that I can turn that around with gratitude.  Turns out the road to joy is paved with “thank you’s”.  I can do that.  I can thank.

Ann Voskamp wrote a book about Gratitude.  It’s called One Thousand Gifts and it’s amazing.  It is raw and heartachingly beautiful.  It’s the kind of book you have to stop reading and just breathe because what you just read is soooooooo profound.  It stops you in your tracks. She keeps a list of things she is grateful for and she calls it her “gift list”.  I’ll be doing that this year.  Maybe you can too?

We can share.  We can call it “The Road to Joy” and we can build it together, brick by brick.

Here’s my first brick:  Dear God…(because that’s how I have started my prayers every day since I can remember) Thank you for new beginnings.  All of them everywhere.  The new beginnings I’ve known and the new beginnings my friends have known and the new beginnings yet to come (there are some we can’t even imagine yet).  In all places…on my yoga mat, in church, on a mountain, at the wedding altar, in the birthing room, on the first day of school, on new year’s day, in a new home, on the first page of a journal, with a new box of crayons, when meeting a new friend, when leaving home for college or work or traveling, and when returning home.  Thank you for hard beginnings like rehab and AA and Doctors and hospitals and funerals.  It seems weird to thank you for the tough stuff but that’s part of it too because endings are also beginnings.  Thank you for the sunrise every day and my breath every day and thank you for miracles like babies and love and rainbows which all signify fresh starts and hope.  Thank you for the beginnings that come from being sorry and being forgiven and realizing that messy is okay.  Thank you that I can begin again even if I just began again yesterday.  Thank you for new beginnings.

Will you add a brick?

All you have to do is write a thank you in the comment section…or if you don’t want to put it out there for the world to see, maybe you can write it in a journal or just think about it in your heart.  What’s your “thank you” today?

One brick at a time…I can feel it…we are paving the Road to Joy…all of us…together.

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