3 Tips For How To Make Successful Goals


Being a Life Coach and a Yoga Teacher means I am privileged with helping many people achieve their goals.  I truly love everything about this work!  Check out my 3 Tips below for how to set goals that set you up to succeed! 

Tip #1 Celebrate the baby steps!

Keep in mind that some goals you make are short term goals and some are long term goals.  Identify which goals you can achieve tomorrow vs. which goals you may need to achieve in 1 year, 5 years or even 10 years!  People don’t always realize that the baby steps are usually the hardest part of achieving your goal.  Recognize the baby steps you make toward your progress and take time to reward yourself!  Even just a positive thought or some words of encouragement can be a simple reward to keep yourself motivated.  

Tip #2 Envision your goal as a reality and see it everyday. 

Taking the time to visualize your goal is important.  It sets you up for feeling the fruits of your labor and motivates you to keep up the good work!  Making a visual space where you can see your goal everyday can be extremely helpful as a reminder to make daily progress toward achieving your goal.  This may be a vision board with pictures and cutouts of your goal, it may be a phrase of what achieving your goal feels like or it may be a motivational list of smaller baby steps to check off in order to mover closer to your goal that month.  

Tip #3 Accountability is key! 

Having someone that can check in on your progress or vice versa can be so valuable to achieving a goal!  Joining a social media challenge, making a goal with friends or even hiring a life coach can help you check in with others and share your progress.  It’s helpful to have someone to share your challenges as well as your successes with.  Never underestimate the power of a helping hand or a listening ear.  

Do you have any goals you’d like to set? Leave a response in the comments below!  

Do you need help achieving your goals? Hire me as a life coach and receive a free 30-min consultation. Contact me for more details 🙂 


3 Tips For How To Start (& Keep) A Home Practice 

Tip #1 Create a space for your home yoga practice.

Find a place in your home that has enough room for your yoga mat.  Any place will do! Leave your mat nearby this space so you can easily access it whenever you make the time to practice.  If you feel inspired to add yoga props or a statue or a diffuser- even better! Whatever will inspire you to breathe on your mat for any amount of time will do! 

Tip #2 Let go of the small stuff (aka distractions)!

It doesn’t matter if your floors are dirty, the dishes aren’t clean, you haven’t responded to emails, the dog wants to snuggle or you are wearing your pajamas- just practice! Spending any amount of time practicing yoga will give you all the superpowers you need to get that stuff done later!  Yoga is now.  Do the small stuff later. 

Tip #3 You do have enough time, trust me. 

Any amount of time spent on your mat breathing, practicing postures or meditating is well worth it.  Don’t get caught up worrying about if you have enough time to get in a whole class- just do what you can when you can.  Do you like to stick to a schedule? Make a schedule.  Do you like to go with the flow? Go with the flow.  Keep it simple.  Do what works for you and it will work!

Let me know if you feel inspired to start a home practice in the comments below! 

3 Tips for Traveling Yogis


Is summer almost over?! Say it isn’t so! 

I know some of you have a last hurrah vacation planned for summer time fun so here’s 3 tips for how to practice yoga even when you’re traveling: 

Tip #1 No mat, no problem.   

Don’t get hung up on the small stuff.  Yes, you could get a travel mat and bring it with you wherever your travels take you but it’s also ok to practice yoga wherever you are and on whatever surface you find accommodating to your practice.  Downdog does not discriminate.  You can practice yoga on a carpet, hardwood floors, a chair, a wall, grass etc. Don’t let the fact that you don’t have a mat be an excuse for you not to practice.  Try Puppy Dog at the wall, a chair twist in a chair, Cat/Cow on the hotel floor, tree Pose in a grassy park, or try a simple meditation in your bed when you wake up.  

Tip #2 Be adventurous! 

Look up local yoga studios where you are traveling and attend a class.  I love trying out new yoga studios when I travel because yoga is always different in different parts of of the world.  Dialects, sequences, music/no music tastes, themes, etc all differ from what you are used to at home.  Keep in mind, your practice is your practice nonetheless so have an open mind but feel free to take it easy. 

Tip #3 Be Present

The best gift of traveling is the ability to be present.  Remember to soak in all the wonderful memories we make on fun vacations!  If your yoga practice is working it’s magic this is a no-brainer.  You are doing your yoga practice when you are enjoying the sunset (without taking a photo of it), laughing with your family, savoring the taste of your fresh brewed coffee or taking in the sights of a historic city. 

Let me know your favorite places to travel and if you’ve ever done any yoga on vacation in the comments below! 

3 Tips To Sleep Like A Baby


Have you ever had a night where your mind feels so busy you just cannot fall asleep? Or maybe you wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time falling back asleep? Here’s 3 Tips to get you snoozing in no time:

1. Legs up the wall (or headboard) 

This yoga pose will help you sleep soundly.  Viparita Karani or Legs Up The Wall Pose is a great way to relax and calm the body.  This inversion is great at recirculating your blood flow back toward the heart.  This allows your body time to rest and recharge instead of having all of your organs working overtime.  Your feet and legs may start to feel tingly- this is normal.  This is a great way to unwind especially after a long day of you are on your feet a lot.  Allow your breath to be even and steady here.  You may even try this in your bed and lift your legs up your headboard, that way you don’t have to move around a lot to get back into your favorite sleeping position.  To come into the pose curl up into a little ball on one side close to a wall or the headboard, then lay onto your back and lift your legs up the wall or headboard.  Stay in this pose for about 5-8 minutes.  To come out draw your knees to your chest and roll to one side and then find your way to a comfortable position for sleeping.  

2. Lavender Essential Oil

This essential oil is like a magic potion for sleeping.  Lavender is a soothing and relaxing essential oil that reduces stress.  Place a few drops into your hands and cup your hands around your nose taking a few deep breaths to enjoy this scent or place it in your favorite diffuser before bedtime to let your room have a calming lavender scent upon your snoozy arrival.  You can even try dropping a few drops on your pillow so when you rest your head on your pillow you will inhale the scent of lavender as you sleep.  

3. Body Scan Meditation 

This body scan meditation offers a great way to relax the physical body and give a single focus to the mind.  When you are lying in bed take a moment to feel your body resting.  Breathe deeply in and breathe deeply out.  Feel every part of your body relax into the bed.  Feel your toes relax.  Feel your feet relax.  Feel your legs relax.  Feel your pelvis, hips and bottom relax.   Feel your belly relax.  Feel your chest relax.  Feel your shoulders relax.  Feel your arms relax.  Feel your hands relax.  Feel your fingers relax.  Feel your neck relax.  Feel your jaw and lips relax.  Feel your ears and cheeks relax.  Feel your eyes relax under their closed lids.  Feel your forehead relax.  Feel the back of your head relax.  Feel your whole body relax.  

I hope these tips help you sleep better! Sweet dreams!

Fun Free Hike 

Come join me and Rumi 🐶(Beyoncé and I are soulmates obviously) for a fun free hike with Fabletics this Sunday 7/16 at 8:30am! Meet at Serrania Park in Woodland Hills at 8:15am. Parking is in the lot or on the street.  All hiking participants get to be entered in a raffle to win a free Fitbit and receive 20% off purchases at the Fabletics store at the Village that day! 

Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!

Come Join Me For Yoga July 10th!


One week from today I’m back teaching yoga classes at YogaWorks Tarzana and YogaWorks Woodland Hills! I am so excited to get back to the mat and share yoga with you!

Here’s my updated schedule: 

YogaWorks Tarzana 

18700 Ventura Blvd. #210 Tarzana, CA 91356 

Monday 4:30pm-5:25pm YW Cardio Flow 2

Wednesday 4:30pm-5:25pm YW Cardio Flow 2 & 6pm-7:10pm YogaWorks 1/2

 YogaWorks Woodland Hills 

The Village at Topanga 6256 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Tuesday 10am-11:10am YogaWorks 1/2
Thursday 10am-11:10am YogaWorks 1/2
Saturday 8:30am-9:40am YW Flow 2
See you in class next week! 🙏 

Gratitude Challenge 

Every month my husband, John, and I hold a “Gratitude Challenge.”  The rules are:

Everyday we have the chance to write down 3 specific things we are grateful for that day on a piece of paper and place it in a jar.

At the end of the month we pour all the pieces of paper out of our jars and recite our notes of gratitude aloud to one another. (This is my favorite part and the real reward because it is fun to recap our month and feel all of the love we have in our lives!)

Whoever has the most gratitude notes wins our challenge and gets to pick a fun activity for us to do together.

Yes, I am human and some days I forget to write my gratitude note.  However, most days, it’s easy for me to write a note of gratitude, especially in the morning when I am feeling most optimistic.  But sometimes I save my time to write my note until the end of the day when I am feeling less optimistic and need an extra boost to remind myself what I am most grateful for that day.  This attitude of gratitude helps me feel happy, empowered and filled with love.

What are you grateful for?  Do you feel inspired to try a gratitude challenge? Try this with a loved one, with your whole family or by yourself!  Sharing your attitude of gratitude with those you love and yourself is the best prize of all!  Let me know your thoughts below!

 

Come join me for Free Yoga this Saturday!


Come join me for a free yoga class at the Topanga Mall this weekend, Saturday Feb 25th at 10am!  The Westfield Topanga mall is putting on a fun event called Beauty X Balance that is bringing together the best of fitness, beauty and wellness!  To find out more info visit https://www.westfield.com/topanga/events/all-events/youre-invited-beauty–balance/37770
I would love to see you there!

with gratitude

 

Free Partner Yoga this Sunday!

Join me this Sunday Feb 12th for a free partner yoga class at Fabletics at the Village in Woodland Hills at 9:45am-10:45am! No yoga experience necessary but a sense of humor and a yoga partner are required! Bring a yoga mat and anyone that you want to share the yoga love with; your friend, your partner or a family member! 💜 I would love to see you there!

Namaste,

 Ashley