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Happiness Habits You Can Master

hat-591973-1January isn’t far away. (YIKES!) Who wants to resolve to Be Happy in 2017?! Below is a mega-list of attributes and habits shared by happy people. Habits have to be carefully cultivating, requiring effort and dedication for lasting impact, so rather than trying to tackle the whole list (and then getting tackled by your zealous commitment…), choose a few of the habits listed below and make a plan now to incorporate them into your life in the coming year. Take intentional steps toward happiness!
1.  Keep yourself busy (don’t get bored), but don’t allow life to get rushed (don’t get overwhelmed).
2.  Maintain a handful of close relationships… preferably with happy people.
3.  Don’t allow your happiness to be tied solely to external sources.
4.  Cultivate resilience. Keep getting back up!
5.  Actively try to be happy. Be the decision maker when it comes to your attitude.
6.  Exercise.
7.  Look for good in everything and appreciate the small and simple pleasures life presents.
8.  Be generous. Spend some of your time and resources giving to others.
9.  Don’t avoid discomfort if it’s leading to mastery. Struggle is part of progress. Keep at it!
10.  Find a hobby or activity that you can get lost in. Let yourself get carried away once in awhile!
11.  Choose to spend on experiences more often than you do on things.
12.  Seek out opportunities for in-person connections (rather than opting for social media or text messaging).
13.  Engage in deeper conversation.
14.  Learn to listen.
15.  Get enough sleep!
16.  Listen to music.
17.  Get outside more often.
18.  Follow your dreams.
19.  Make time for your spiritual health.
20.  Change your body language (check out our recent post on this!)
Check out some of the research behind these habits and benefits of making them part of your life by checking out this post on 99U and this article by the Huffington Post. Make happiness a habit!
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Fertile Grounding Yoga

Thank you Jennifer Colletti for this beautiful guest blog post! You can learn more about Jennifer at her website, jenyoga.net

“Tend and Befriend”

Years ago I studied with an amazing Ayurveda doctor by the name of Dr. Claudia Welch. At that time she introduced me to a concept called “Tend and befriend”. The idea is that, as women, we tend to each other, befriend each other and take care of one another, as women did maybe 100 years ago or so.  As women, we help each other through every day life, our joys, challenges and sorrows. We circle around each other and “Doula” each other through life.

I love this concept, I love the idea, that we as women care for one another in a deep and mindful way, offering support and love that goes deeper than our social media world.  We care for each other as we did when our great great grandmothers were living, or maybe even longer ago, when we had a deeper commitment of time to give back to those around us, and we didn’t have 24/7 schedules.

I have worked with women seeking pregnancy for over 7 years, most of them have had an infertility diagnosis. Many of those women go through my Fertile Grounding Yoga 8 week workshop where together; we practice yoga, we talk, share and commiserate on all the challenges and struggles around getting pregnant, pregnancy loss, the time loss, dis-empowerment, and more. We learn, we cry, we grow, and maybe most importantly of all, we “Tend and Be-friend”.

When I began teaching yoga to women having trouble getting pregnant, I knew I wanted to create a community, I knew I wanted to create a place where women could sit in circle, share, and be there for one another. I had an infertility diagnosis myself, and felt very isolated with that diagnosis. I felt like there was no one to talk to, or share with, and it was a rather taboo subject. I knew there had to be a better way. So I combined my yoga teaching experience, with my fertility journey experience, and created a workshop for women where they could sit next to someone that was going through the same thing they were, a rarity.

As we sat in each of my workshops, what I hoped for happened! The workshop created community, connection, friendship, love, and commitment, it was so beautiful! I was so heart-full and humbled to see this connection happen. I watched women step out empowered, and encircled with life long friendships.

The truly amazingly thing that happened, that I didn’t expect at all, was those women that committed to each other, learned together, practiced yoga together and supported one another, and stayed connected after the workshops ended had a higher pregnancy success rate than those that didn’t. It was astounding to me what affect community had on the nervous system, and healing of the body. I had no idea this would happen. Then one day I recalled Dr. Claudia’s conversation about women “tending and befriending”, and I knew I had witnessed exactly that situation. Each one of the circles of women, were “Tending and Befriending” calming their nervous systems in a deep and profound way, and creating more success than I had even expected.

 

Join Jennifer for class, a workshop or work one on one with her in her Fertility Coaching Program.
Fertility Yoga
Part yoga class, part support group, come and circle with women, share your story in a circle of support, and finish with a restorative yoga class.
7:30-8:45pm every Wednesday
Yoga Center of Mpls, 4200 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

http://jenyoga.net/index.php/yoga-class-schedule

Fertile Grounding Yoga 8 Week Workshop
September 16th-November 11th
Yoga Center of Mpls, 4200 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Join Jennifer Colletti and optimize your fertile health in her sought after 8 week workshop. In each session, you’ll practice yoga, experience a featured educational segment (nutrition, coping, non-toxic living, art, Ayurvedics, holistic therapies and more), meditation, guided journal writing, and conversation. You’ll explore how holistic therapies improve fertility, learn how food can effect your fertility, and find ways of coping with your every day stress, and the stress of this fertility journey. This workshop is both life changing and transformational!
Click the link to find out more and register

http://jenyoga.net/index.php/archives/4154

 

One on one Fertility Coaching

Are you ready for deep one on one healing? Ready to optimize your fertile health?  Jennifer will support you through lifestyle and nutrition changes that you will shift your body, change the stress and amplify the healing in your life. She will support you and help you set achievable goals that improve your fertility, your health, and optimize your well being.   Click on the link below to set up a “Break Through Session”, and begin your healing journey.

http://jenyoga.net/index.php/fertility-health-coaching

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