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JUST BECAUSE YOU LOOK GOOD, DOESN’T MEAN YOU FEEL GOOD……

I knew this young woman who was beautiful with a gorgeous body that she worked out ALL the time. She had a perfect body. She had no fat on her body. She prided herself about her outsides and thrived on the attention she got from being HOT! She had money. She drove a nice car. She lived in Brentwood. She had a face book page that expressed joy,optimism,happiness. She had over one thousand friends on face book………..

From the outside most people would have thought she had “it” all…….

She was found dead on the bathroom floor of her friends house. She died from a drug overdose…..she died alone on a cold tile floor……

You never know what is going on with  someone just because they look good and act like they have their shit together…….

Enhance your spiritual life…… Your life may depend on it…………

I AM A BODISATTVA……..

I know the only way to enlightenment is to help others awaken. That is why I teach yoga/meditation/wellness.

The ONLY WAY TO AWAKEN IS IN STILLNESS. SILENCE. MEDITATION.

My vows::

 

 

1. There are numerous sentient beings on the planet. I VOW TO HELP  THEM ALL  AWAKEN.

2. My imperfections are inexhaustible. I VOW TO OVERCOME THEM ALL.

3. The Dharma is unknowable. I VOW TO KNOW IT.

4. The way of awakening is unattainable. I VOW TO ATTAIN IT.

Any one want to join me  ?

GET YOUR YOGINI ON AND LOVE ANOTHER……..

 

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GENERATION IRON: IS IT A FREAK SHOW OR A SPORTING EVENT?

 

photo-17I went to the screening of the documentary: GENERATION IRON. In the above photo I am with Kai Greene one of the main men in the documentary. He was in second place for the Mr. Olympia title. Now,does he look in better shape than me? Me with my yoga body,he with his body builder body?

The documentary  was fantastic!!! It is about body building,the quest for greatness,big muscles, lots of money and particularly focuses on the Mr. Olympia contest, which is the loftiest title one can achieve in the body building world. Mr. Olympia, every body builders dream is to reign for one year,or more, and get the adulation of his peers and the world, mucho money and endorsements of sponsors that give him all that he need, and all that he needs never seems to be enough. When is big too big? How far do these men have to go to prove themselves and others that they are enough? Each year the muscles get bigger. The workouts more extreme. The competition gets greater which means that these competitors will go to any lengths to win…..how far is too far?

One of the questions that comes up in the documentary: is body building a sport or a freak show? Is it just ego and men gone mad becoming obsessed with their muscles and forgetting their health and well being.  Which brings us to another question: Is it healthy to build your body up to such an extreme level?  ( Or shall I say, blow it up, to such a level ) These guys do anything and everything to build their bodies up so they can win the Mr. Olympia title. Is it worth it?

As a health and fitness expert this is my humble opinion: I do not think that body building is a sport. It is a spectacle but then again,most sports today are spectacles……so, it’s more like a beauty pageant, with a little bit freak show thrown in, and the one with all the specific attributes wins.  I am not sure what you would call that but it is definitely not a sporting event.

Is health and wellness being depicted in this pageant of puffed up muscle mass? I must say a big NO on this question. I think it is very unhealthy to push the body to such extremes and using artificial means to do so. When your workout is unnatural and you are going against the natural order of your skeletal, muscle alignment, damage is going to be done and big time damage to the beautiful human heart,which by the way is one of the smallest muscles ( as big as a fist ) in our body. The heart takes on a heavy load when carrying around a body that is too big for its’ own good………..

When is enough,enough? Be balanced in mind and body. Be love. Be peace. Be power………

 

Get your yogini on!!!

 

 

insideOut fitness/wellness: because looking good just isn’t enough…….oh yeah!!!

I used to think that being healthy and fit was about having a strong lean body. I used to think that the outside of me was the important attribute to mold, shape and realign. I thought that if I was in good shape and if I looked good, I would feel good. But I learned from my own personal experience and after years of being a workout fanatic that health, fitness and over all well being includes the inside of me as much as the outside of me. If I do not have both in shape, if one doesn’t match the other, then there is a big piece of the puzzle that is missing. It’s like having a house that looks great on the outside but when you go inside it is filled with clutter, the floor boards are out of alignment,  the windows are broken, and the toilet won’t flush…..get the picture….?

Now don’t get me wrong, it is healthy to have a fit, strong, lean body. It’s wonderful to look good and fit into a great looking pair of jeans “ just right”  but health and being fit goes so much deeper than that.  A key component is: how I feel about myself?  Do I like myself? Am I happy? Do I sleep well? Am I content? Am I stressed out and do I have time to take care of myself? Am I nice to people? Are my thoughts positive?

For many years I worked out for 6 hours a day. I was in perfect shape and I looked good on the out side.I was a model and an actress, but I did not feel good on the inside. I couldn’t answer yes to any of the questions above.  I smoked too much. I was stressed all the time. I was completely neurotic about my body and shopped too much, yet everyone, including myself, thought that I was healthy because I looked “good” and nothing was further from the truth. I was that house that I wrote about in the beginning of my story…..

I didn’t know what to do to feel better and then I meet a woman who was beautiful, happy and free from debilitating habits. She was a success in all areas of her life and she became my mentor. She told me about a book that changed her life and it just might change mine: THE POWER OF INTENTION by Doctor Wayne Dyer. Thus began my journey of the WORK-IN.

I read the book and followed the instruction of Dr. Dyer and it literally did turn everything INsideOut for me. I began to use my mind as a vehicle to enhance my inner body. I started with positive thought and reached for higher consciousness through meditation and yoga.

After “working in”, I began to feel good on the inside. I quit smoking and drinking. I found a calm center. I don’t shop too much anymore. I changed my entire eating habits and dropped weight while working out less.  I have found balance of body and mind. I really believe that looking good just isn’t enough. I need to feel good about who I am and walk through the world with ease and grace. As I love myself, I will love the world around me.

The “work-in” is what truly changed my life and continues to do so on a daily bases.

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OMG! IT’S GROUNDHOG DAY!

Hello my friends! I have not blogged in a very long time…..please excuse me……it is because I have been STUCK IN GROUNDHOG DAY and now I am unstuck,well,I still have a ways to go but I understand the reason I have to go through what I am going through to create change to get out of my own personal GROUNDHOG DAY.! I have survived the ordeal and am a changed person because of it…..sometimes we have to go through the most difficult challenges,the most painful,emotional,physical,spiritual and or financial situations ( or all of the them ) which is what I have been going through, to kick start ourselves in to changing our ways and thusly our life. Our world changes and a whole new beautiful,bountiful world comes in to play…….just like in the movie: GOUNDHOG DAY……
If you have not seen it,please check it out,it has such a great message,especially if you are stuck in a life that you are NOT HAPPY with! Stuck in patterns that do not serve you and the people around you. Stuck in the sameness of every day and slowly all passion and color are gone from your world and you live in a mundane depressed state and every day is GROUNDHOG DAY,your own personal GROUNDHOG DAY…….
Just like me!
I have been stuck for years in my life with patterns that do not serve me,actually harm me: EXAMPLE: I have abundance,every thing is working out and then I have NOTHING! It’s up and down and all around and I cannot stand IT! Completely out-of-balance. Extreme circunstances that I create with my old operting system ( old ideas of myself and the world around me and the people in it ).
It’s the same thing day in and day out! It’s GROUNDHOG DAY!
In the movie Bill Murray plays Phil Connors an arrogant and egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is just a vile human being and no one likes him and he really doesn’t like his life or anyone in it. Consequently, he gets stuck in the same day over and over again until he changes the patterns in  how he treats others, and he begins to love life and all that are in it! When he changes,he becomes FREE of the same day over and over. He gets out of GROUNDHOG DAY , his own personal Hell,and in to the wonder of love for the people in his life and the world around him……
It is just another example that when we change ourselves and share that change with the world and all the people in it,EVERYTHING CHANGES and everything is new again………

Namaste!
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YOGINI GINA HAS CHANGED HER LIFE, HER BODY AND HER MIND WITH THE YOGINI PROJECT 40 DAY PROGRAM. IT WORKS, IT REALLY DOES. OH YEAH!

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Gina’s Testimonial:

It has been 40 days since I joined the Yogini Project to finally change my health from the Inside out. During these 40 days i followed a Yoga strength training program with meditation and a vegan diet. I also cut out all Television for 40 days. Before I joined the Yogini Program I suffered from depression, stress, back pain(from a back spasm), wrist pain (from multiple fractures), headaches, insomnia, emotional eating and drinking too much. I was overweight and unhappy. I had family problems and tried resolving them with alcohol. I was disconnected with my own life. As soon as i started the Yogini program i began to notice changes in my sleep, attitude and body. Every morning I would meditate and focus on”Faith”. At first it was difficult to stop my racing thoughts but with consistency I found my love, passion, faith and strength through being still, and centered. I began being grateful about what I did have instead of what I didn’t. I began connecting with my body, mind, family, friends, animals, thoughts, life. I slowly began to drop away everything that caused negativity. I no longer felt the need to dwell on things that would upset or anger me. I no longer gave energy to negative thoughts, and I no longer emotionally eat or drink alcohol to block out my sadness. I began spending time with people who only brought me happiness.
Because of the Yogini Program I am physically and mentally strong. I am no longer depressed, i have no back pain, I have no wrist pain, I sleep 8 hours a night easily, I am full of energy, and cut out junk food and obtained a healthy vegan lifestyle. My relationships are stronger and I’ve attracted many blessings. I have lost over 15 pounds and gained muscle. I feel confident and connected. I am a changed woman. Thank you Molly Basler, for being an inspiring and supportive coach. Thank you for inviting me to open my eyes to infinite possibilities. This is just the beginning of my new life. I now look out into the world through the lens of a believer. Thank you:)

YOGINI STEFFANY COMPLETES THE 40 DAY YOGINI PROJECT PROGRAM AND THIS IS WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY:

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Yogini Project

Thank you again, Molly, for all your time and teachings! This program has bettered me in several different ways. I have learned to slow down and take time in each day to focus, meditate, and exercise. I believe I have become a more grateful and patient person, by instilling yoga into my daily routine. I was able to change my diet by adding kale, chia seeds, and vegan dishes. My physical focus was to tone up and strengthen my abs, which I believe I accomplished. I definitely noticed I got stronger in some of the holds and push-ups. I really enjoyed you putting recipes up on the site to give us new ideas. It is also nice that you provide weight, mats, and yoga balls. It’s great to recommend watching The Secret, as you did with Gina. I happen to watch it during our time and found it to be very inspiring and resourceful. I suggest you print out the routine before the focus group starts, and if you had some pictures that would even be better. I will continue to focus on my mantra FAITH in my daily activities. Good luck with you book and future focus groups. You are really making an impact!

The Power of Who is by Bob BeaudineJ

Take care and enjoy the holiday!!

EAT LESS, EXERCISE MORE…….

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Eat less, Love more.
Eat less, Play more.
Eat less, Dance more.
Eat less, Meditate more.
Eat less, Laugh more.
Eat less, Yoga more.
Eat less, Read more.
Eat less, Walk more.

Eat less, Pray more.

EAT LESS,BE MORE…….

YOGINI GINA FOCUSES ON FAITH

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June 21-june25 journal entries

Friday June 21
Ate oatmeal with blueberries and nuts after my work in and work out. Spent time with brother, and showed him “mountain pose” and we put our arms up together. He said he liked it and felt his mind “light and clear”. He looks forward to working in and out with me soon. Today I was aware of the peace at my home. In the begin inning of the Yogini Program I lived in a very loud home filled with alcohol and arguments. I now realized my father stopped drinking. Through the chaos I still meditated and focused on faith and peace, but now I notice I have peace at home now.

Saturday June 22
Put my arms up for 2 minutes. Worked in /worked out in the morning for 45 minutes. Prepared vegan dishes with lentils, veggies, and fruit. Met up with the Yogini Group! Missed the girls! We have all grown and improved in our Yogini Journey. Molly and I noticed how far I’ve come. Looking at my before picture, I’ve noticed I look happier, slimmer, and healthy now.

Sunday June 23
Put my arms up and breathed. After working in/Out I spent time with my friends and went to Church. My glow is evident with my friends. They all notice a difference in me. My smile is brighter, my chi is illuminant, and my body is healthy. Compliments all around today. Had a rest day at Church. Always incorporate my mantra “Faith” with my prayers. Visualize my goals as if I already am blessed with them now. I had just noticed that I have no back pain anymore. When I started the Yogini program I suffered from a back spasm 2 weeks earlier and couldn’t walk properly for days. Due to meditation, yoga, strength training and inspiration from my teacher Molly Blaser I have fully recovered from my back spasm and have no back pain! I’m blessed. Soon, i came home and ate a squash, kale salad with black beans. Meditated before bed and slept well.

Monday June 24
Worked in and out with a long 10 minute meditation. Was excited to see my Yogini Group of beautiful gals! Did some extra cardio with them today! After that Molly Basler and I walked her dogs and put in some extra exercise. I began talking to her about my animals and how I’ve rescued most of them as well. Since the Yogini Project Program, I have become Vegan and do not miss meat at all. I feel happier not eating meat. I love animals too much. I use to eat meat and be disconnected to what really happens to the animals people eat. I now am connected with people, nature, animals, family, and God.

Tuesday June 25th
Woke up at 6am and put my arms up for 2 minutes. Worked in and out and sweated a lot. Been drinking lots of water. Today I had my first Math test. Haven’t received my grade yet but I feel confident. I focused on my mantra “Faith” before the exam and was stress-free. I took the test with ease because I knew I was going to pass. Today also did some extra strength training activities with my Health professor. After that, I went to Church and learned several daily lessons in life. Today’s lesson was to “soften a hard heart” Everyone has gone through challenges and misfortunes in life, which has caused us to put walls up and harden our heart. But, we are sensitive beings and our hearts are meant to be open. We must trust ourselves and have faith in life to bring these walls down. I myself, have slowly brought down my walls because of being afraid of rejection or failure. My heart is softening and at times when I meditate I find my self smiling or even crying. It isn’t healthy to keep things bottled up and I learned it is okay to let it all out. In order to do that we must have faith and try and leave all our problems in the hands of the universe.

YOGINI GINA REALIGNS HER BODY AND HER MIND

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Thursday Jun 13-Jun 20 Journal entries

Thursday June 13
Woke up feeling tired , but felt refreshed soon after putting my arms in the air. Meditated and worked out and always have energy the rest of the day. Made, Molly Baslers delicious Tofu scramble with kale for breakfast with Orange Juice. 🙂 I put my arms up in the air more than 3 times today because it is such an empowering pose. Anywhere from my room, to in the shower,to outside in the sun. It is called “Mountain Pose” for a reason. I feel bigger than ever when I do this! i also accompanied my friend to Church tonight. Prayed and felt the incredible energy of a group of people who uplift and provide family strength to one another. When praying, there is this incredible silence and stillness of everyone. How connected we are. I am connected. I’ve also begun to meditate before bed as well. My mind is cleared. Every time I close my eyes now, “faith” is what I see.

Friday June 14
Finished my daily Yogini work in and out. Went to the beach today with my friends, to do some extra cardio in the sun. Lovely day. Packed some vegan lunches and enjoyed the weather. Since being in this Yogini Project I’ve realized the importance of positive every. I am aware and choose wisely who to spend time with. Before the program, I would wrap myself with alcohol and unnecessary drama about “boys”. I would hang out with the wrong crowd of people who bagged on their stress and made my stress worse. Ever since I began going out with people who only brought smiles to my life, I’ve noticed that I am not depressed anymore. I am sober and because I remain positive, I attract positivity.

Saturday: June 15
Worked in and out in the morning, put my arms up in the air and gave a list of things I am grateful for. Today I met up with my Yogini Group at 3pm! Incredible butt workout. Thank you Molly Basler, for helping me understand meditation and always kicking my butt in the workouts! Ive been experimenting with homemade vegan meals and have shared several recipes such as the Yogini Veggie Soup and the Yogini Power Salad. Since I’ve been Vegan, my meals have been colorful and healthy. So many flavors and options. I’ve become my own vegan chef. Going to bed soon, Good night!

Sunday June 16
Woke up with a sore butt. It looks great though! Finished work in and work out. I feel energized and at peace. I’m a better person. I don’t complain of what I don’t have and have been grateful of what I do have. I thank my parents every day for what they have done for me and consider everything a blessing. I have Faith in prosperity. Meditating has become one of my favorite thing to do. After meditating I focus on every word and thought that I pour out to the universe. What I give is what I get back. And I give love. My diet has been going well, I still satisfy sugar cravings at times (cookies, a glass of wine)but do not feel guilty or stressed about it. Feeling stress if you eat a bit of sweets is unnecessary. It just causes more stress and may lead to over eating. Before the Yogini project, i use to be an emotional eater. I stopped over eating when angry or upset because I do not find myself angry or upset anymore. I’ve been positive and I’m happy because I have Faith.

Monday June 17
Woke up at 6am to do my yogini workin/workout. I’ve realized that my wrists do not hurt anymore. In the beginning if the Yogini Program I could not hold a plank for long because of my weak wrist. I’ve fractured my wrist several times but now, I even forgot that I had pain in the first place. I am a lot stronger. Today was my first day of Summer school! Added a Math and Health class. My teachers are fortunately very warm and welcoming. Met up with friends and am ready to start a new semester.

Tuesday June 18
Early work in/work out. Put my arms arms up and thanked the heavens to be alive. Am pumped up for school. Today I realized the positive energy my math teacher expels in class. He starts his day by saying “it is such a beautiful life” and “I am happy to be with you all” and ” I love Life”. I am astonished to know that everything I experience, I attracted. I have attracted positive teachers. Today attended my Yogini Work in/ work out at 6pm. Although I know the work in and work out by heart, I am always learning new things with Molly Basler. She’s an incredible teacher. Today we did push ups in our routine, which I couldn’t do in the beginning of the program. She always says “you can do anything@ , “it is all in the mind”. I did 8 proper push-ups. I am proud of what I have accomplished. Had a lovely night.

Wednesday June 19
Put my arms in the air, started my morning with a work in work out. Went to school and was approached by the chairman of the Theatre Academy i attend. I was heading towards my math class until he saw me and told me that i have been nominated to receive a Theatre scholarship for the Fall 2013 ! Blessings have been constantly coming my way. The universe is answering my wishes. I understand now, the more love we give to the universe, the brighter our future.

Thursday June 20th
Good morning! worked in and out. Had a long 10 minute meditation. The longer i I meditate the more I can focus throughout the day. Today I had my first Health quiz and I passed with an “A.” Came home and was surprised that my brother came back home from Texas! He just finished his 3 years of the Army. When one good thing comes your way, more blessing keep in coming! Spent the rest of the day with family. Focused on my mantra”Faith” and vision board before bed. I know my dreams will come true. They have already begun to manifest.

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