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My yoga journey...

 

My yoga journey began in twenty twelve when I started working at lululemon Athletica in Oakville. I can still vividly remember how hot, bothered and exhausted I was after taking my first class at the PYC studio. At that very same time, I remember feeling challenged, strong and a new wave of sensations like empowerment and accomplishment. From that day forward I've never looked back and I have been addicted to the hot power yoga practice ever since! 

Twenty thirteen was a very tough year for me and a friend who I had confided in recommended I enroll in the Teacher Training program at PYC since I was already so passionate about the practice. She said it was a great opportunity for me to learn more about myself and change my perspective on certain areas in my life. Teacher Training really helped me to get clear and recognize my limiting thoughts that were stopping me from living my life full-on. 

When I'm not on my mat, you can usually find me in the kitchen working on my website (theblissfulbelly.com), researching new music, reading about hockey or dancing somewhere in the city with my friends! I can't wait to embark on this new journey with pyc Burlington and share my journey into power with this community! Xx

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Gratitude

This week I had the honour of being apart of my friend Geralyn's second "Freedom Feature". I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement that I was asked to be apart of this spot light on inspiration women! Thank you Geralyn for believing in me. You are such a kind hearted soul. Thank you for acknowledging me! xoxo

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Check out Geralyn's website @ http://geralynpower.com !!! PS. Geralyn is the person who taught me how to handstand!!! 

Everyday for the next 10 days Geralyn will be featuring women who inspire. Women who strive to help other women succeed. Women who embrace community, connection and sisterhood. Women who share their talents with the world in hopes of inspiring other Women to do the same. Soak it all in and be inspired!

My responses:

WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME: the ability to be open, giving, and accepting of others and myself. To be free is to be without restriction. My sense of [freedom] comes out mostly through my personal creativity when working with my website, my yoga practice, and in my dance moves on the weekends!#alwaysdancing Freedom is subjective. I feel the freest when I am doing something that I am passionate about. When I am in this free space I feel limitless and can see my full possibility. When I am truly free I can show up wherever I am as my true self and be fully expressed- imperfections and all. When I am living in freedom I can get messy, loud, bold, and be powerful without living in the ‘fear of looking good’. 

HOW I CRUSH FEAR: I crush fear by facing it head on (in most cases). When something scares me in my life I try my best to work at it full force until I can master it or become more confident about what it is that scares me. For the longest time I had a fear of writing. I felt that my words weren’t important and I was very embarrassed by anyone and everyone who would read them. I am now in a place of peace with writing and I can happily be on display for the world to see who I am and what I stand for. My website has helped me take a stand for myself and shine through in areas that I once felt insecure. “Your words create your world”. 

MY BIGGEST OBSTACLE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT ME: My biggest obstacle in life is to allow things to happen without trying to control them. It seems I have become someone who likes to have a solid structure and full control of what’s happening in my life at all times. When things do not go as planned, I have to work extra hard on taking a step back from whatever it is that is happening and coming back to my tools- such as breathing, responding vs. reacting, and getting space. My usual instinct is to freak out about the situation and act impulsively, but now my body and breath remind to stay calm, be patient, listen, and respond with compassion. After going through a few life-changing experiences over the course of the past year I have become more in tune with who I am being in my life for myself and for others. Sometimes when my life gets shaken up and things don’t go as ‘planned’ all I can do is stay present and trust that everything will work itself out. This is a daily work in progress for me as I definitely fall back into my old ways from time to time. But, I now have the ability to recognize when I am falling into the place of needing to know the outcome and because of this I can help myself out of trying to always be in control. Trusting the process has always been challenging for me- especially when I tend to dislike the unknowingness of the outcome. At the end of the day I believe that everything truly happens for a reason and whether or not I like the outcome- it is up to me to create my own light, positive energy, and possibility for myself.

I'M THANKFUL FOR: In light of speaking to the present moment- right now in my life I feel the most thankful for my experience of yoga teacher training over the past six months. My yoga-training journey comes to a close tomorrow evening and right now I feel so thankful and light up with so much joy and gratitude for all of the people that I have met, and for the experiences I have undergone throughout the entire process. In the past six months I have learned more about myself, and the person that I want to be for the world throughout every day life. I have become more courageous, confidant, powerful, and positive throughout this whole journey. I have learned how to shift my being into responding versus reacting. I have altered my perspective on the strength that it takes to truly be vulnerable and share parts of myself that I once tried to hide. I am thankful that I had the chance to experience the important learning of being true to myself and acting with authenticity and integrity. I am thankful that I can now feel confident in sharing my passions, hobbies, and goals without hesitation. Mainly the teacher training wasn’t so much about just yoga for me, (although we also learned that). For me, it was a total breakthrough in really seeing how I want to live my life and show up for people. I am thankful that I was able to have this journey and experience all of the ups and downs with so many tremendous people along the way. Ps. The training never stops- this is just the beginning! 

WHAT I VALUE MOST ABOUT ME IS: What I value the most about myself is something that I have just recently discovered over the past few weeks. I recognize that I place a very high value on my ability to connect with different people on all different levels. I enjoy getting to know people. I love to learn about them, ask them questions and ultimately connect with them. I find that I can relate to the majority of people that I talk to on some sort of level. I always tend to be in question and curiosity when interacting with others. Even in my relationships with close friends and family members, I always want to know more about what big things they’re up too and genuinely listen, and show compassion. My relationships with the people I have in my life allow me to feel whole and complete. I believe that this ability of making connection with others has brought me to where I am standing today. It has been a successor for myself in my life and I believe that is has great value, which has contributed to my overall listening and ability to be there for another person.

::: THANKS beauty Kylie for sharing your shine, your website, your recipes and your spirit. Mad love girl! :::

What is my next step?

This afternoon I sat down for coffee with an old friend of mine. We got talking, and it got me thinking… What is the next step for me?

    I have recently been in this ongoing debate with myself about what my next step is going to be in order to help me build my future. Since graduating from University in September, I have felt that I need to be moving forward with upmost momentum and find all of my passions in life. I know that I have many passions and interests, but I am unclear with which of those passions I want to pursue. As it stands in this very moment- I have no clue what my next step is… 

   Once I finished my undergrad I had decided on going back to school to complete a postgraduate program in sport and event marketing. As time would tell my plans changed when I stumbled across the amazing opportunity to travel to Australia and explore life in another country. This was the ideal trip for me because it would mean visiting a best friend who was living there for the year and another girlfriend that had moved there for school. I took the five-week trip to Australia full on (as I do with most things) and somewhere along the way I realized that I am truly in love with yoga and my practice. When I returned home from my trip I ended up signing up for yoga teacher training instead of going back to school that January, and I am now in the midst of completing my 200hr training with my studio- Power Yoga Canada.

    In addition to all of the incredible experiences that I have created over the past six months, I am working for a company that I stand by, trust, support and even admire. I am able to build relationships and connection through memorable experiences with my community and ignite my creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. I have learned so much about who I am and the person I want to be in my life through lululemon. I have found that my passion lies in wellness and I even have my own website to showcase my new hobby. But even after all of this I still can't help but wonder- what is next? 

   It seems that I have always had a rush on knowing what comes next. I think of myself as being structured, organized, and always with a plan. With that said, who I know myself to be is someone who also loves chasing after things bigger than myself and for things that can sometimes seem way out of my reach. Right now I am sitting in a place of "I don't know" while trying my best to be okay with that. After talking to multiple friends and people around my age- I know that I am not alone in this. I get the feeling that many 20-something-year-olds are undergoing similar questions and thoughts. Should I travel, should I start an office job, should I go back to school, should I move? Etc. I have to recognize how lucky I am that I have options and the ability to make personal choices in my life. I also need to consider that right now I am exactly where I should be at this time in my life. Even if sometimes I feel like I could be up to more- I can also look at all I have accomplished up until this point, (especially in the past 8 months) and be proud of that. 

The challenge for me is to sit in the unknown, trust that everything will work out as it should, and appreciate what the present moment is offering me.

Ky

xo

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OM 101

For all those who have asked me why do we om in our yoga practice? or what does OM even mean? Well, here you go!

 

OM 101

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"When we sound om together, we're aligning body/mind/spirit; we're aligning with one another; we're aligning with the universe because it's the sound of the universe and we're referencing something real,"

- DAILY NEWS PROJECT -

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Daily Inspiration

Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes had some “oomph”. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Someday is not one of the days of the week.

Are you present?

Be living with mindfulness

 Photo: Joey Calandrino (http://jcalandrino.com) 

Photo: Joey Calandrino (http://jcalandrino.com) 

Since attending my latest weekend of Baptiste yoga teacher training I have taken away a few key learning’s that I would like to share with you. One learning in particular that has stood out to me among the others is one that applies to me on a daily basis. I ultimately wish to find a greater awareness for where I am actively participating in my life and where I am just watching my life happen to me.

 I have come to the realization that in some areas of my life I am not showing up fully. What this looks like is not being present in the moment, and/or rushing through certain situations and tasks because I have stretched myself out too thin. I have a tendency to create so much busy-ness for myself that I easily become overwhelmed and then fail to actually live in the present moment and enjoy the ride. It seems as though I like to keep myself this busy so that I am never left alone with myself to sit, think, reflect, or even feel.

When I am so "busy" being in my own head I am stuck living in past experiences or worried about the future, in which case neither exists. Life is happening right now, in this moment, and it is the only true reality that I have.

Learning to be present can change the way that I view my life and even my journey. The cost of not living in the present is always rushing to the future and not being grateful for the moment, which is now.

Being present means that I appreciate each moment enough to slow down, find stillness, and breathe. My point is that I do not want to watch my life pass by from the sidelines just because I become so wrapped up in all of the busy that life has to offer. I want to look back at my life and remember all things that I have labeled good or bad and remember the feelings that I once associated with those times. Finding presence is a practice of focusing on your body, your sensations, and your internal thoughts in that moment.

I would like to reset my intention to be present, mindful, and to live full on in my life. Please call me out if you see otherwise.

Key Learning's:

  • Be aware of what you need - Say no to things you know you cannot commit too (and don’t feel so bad about it….) be with integrity for yourself and for others.
  • Be present in each moment- Be mindful of your interactions with others and focus on one activity at a time. When you find yourself wandering off try to bring yourself back to the current moment by thinking about your emotions and body sensations. Remember that the only moment you can control is now. The past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet.

 

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” –Unknown

 

 

Kylie Xo

Welcome to the all NEW Blissful Belly website!

Thank you for everyone's support over the last few months. I'd like to welcome you all to an all new The Blissful Belly website/blog, where you will find daily inspirations as well as a variety of clean-eating/raw food recipes, simplistic cooking ideas, my journey through yoga training, grocery shopping guidelines, and more!!

Click on the category's below to see more recipes! To make a special recipe request please comment below any posting or write in the "contact" section!

Ky

XOXO

 Photography: Joey Calandrino ( http://jcalandrino.com )

Photography: Joey Calandrino (http://jcalandrino.com)

Set fire to your old self.

You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.
— Julien Smith, The Flinch