• Staying Connected

    “Sometimes you have to look back to see how far you’ve come.”

    Although I haven’t been blogging for a while…don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. There have been major transitions in my life. With the career, fitness, and everything else ever-changing, I still get excited about Little Giant Life. I’m still writing for We All Grow Latina Blogger Network and I’ve become more active via Instagram.

    Blogging is a business and it always keeps me on my toes. The face of blogging has changed and has become a multi-functional way of keeping up with trends and making money. It’s not about writing the 500-word article. It’s all about content! Currently, I’m brainstorming how to be more effective to you without burning myself out.

    The major update in my life is the journey to becoming a yoga instructor. My friend Amanda Smith took some incredible pictures of this next adventure. The day was inspiring and emotional. She is amazing! Please read the story here.

    After a two-year break from teaching any type of class, I’m back to teaching a yoga class at Athleta this Sunday! I don’t know where else I’ll be teaching next, but I’ll be sure to keep you informed.

    Thanks for always being there and know that I do what I can to inspire you. Here’s hoping your Holidays are filled with peace and love.

    Thrive. Move. Be happy!

  • Are you wealthy?

    Are you wealthy?

    Nope, the title doesn’t have a typo. ‘Wellth’ is defined by Jason Wachob as a new and more valuable life currency. A life exemplified by abundance, happiness, purpose, health, and joy. And yes, I was very intrigued by Jason’s concept. His first book, Wellth is an easy and simple read about topics in life which emphasizes self-care. Eat move, live, love, laugh and other life essentials are clearly written with personal stories and inspiring quotes.

    Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jason is the founder and CEO of the wellness site, www.mindbodygreen.com. His site garners 10 million monthly unique visitors! I’ve been a loyal Twitter follower to his wellness site as it reflects Little Giant Life’s intention. In his book, Jason takes us on a journey of becoming ‘wellthy’ mind, body, and green.

    At most this book was a refresher on how to play closer attention to yourself. Pushing ourselves to be the best in life shouldn’t be the priority. Wellth explains how we can take simple steps in having a better lifestyle. He brings vulnerability of his trials and errors in life and doing all he can to make it right.

    Many lessons dive deep into this book. My main takeaway is this. Practice

    Habito para comer bien. Habito para moverse bien.

    Practice what it would feel like to have job satisfaction. Practice and be mindful to all your wishes for it to come true.

    I partnered with Harmony Books to share #WELLTH with you. All opinions and words are my own. To learn more about the book, please click here.

    What actionable steps can you take today to become wellthy?

  • Benefits of Stretching

    Cat cow stretch. Child’s pose and downward dog. These are just a few stretching exercised I do as soon as I roll out of bed. After 20 years of teaching dance (transitioning into something else..stay tuned) my body sometimes becomes very stiff. As we listen to our bodies, it’s crucial to give it the TLC as needed.

    Make a promise to yourself to treat your body the best way possible. In my opinion, the best time to stretch is in the morning. You’ve spent a whole night without mobility which is great! Sleep is crucial. In the morning, stretching sets the tone for the day. It’s also an incredible feeling to relieve your body of any stress it might have from the day before.

    • Stretching relieves stress
    • Improves posture.
    • Increase energy levels.
    • Improves circulation to the body.
    • And most of all, it centers the mind.

    For those of us who sit long periods of time at your desk, take your well-deserved break. Perhaps this will motivate you to stretch!

  • Tap Into Your Intuition

    The topic of intuition has been on my mind. Honestly, it’s been on my mind on overload! Intuition can be defined as a hunch or unjustified belief. It’s a deep feeling that’s unexplainable. At times, I have ignored this hunch. However, as I continue my journey in self-development, I can say that tapping into my intuition has been vital. That ‘feeling’ that you experience is a strong emotion. Often times, your inner voice is right. That is your intuition.

    Have you had moments where an inner voice is heard? Intuition is based on past experiences and knowledge. According to researchers at Leeds University, intuition is a ‘gut’ feeling and it shouldn’t be ignored. On the contrary, you should stop and play close attention. Whatever the voice is telling you, it’s instinctual and might improve your decision-making.

    I have taught dance for thousands of students. One of the first things I say is “Listen to your body.” I say this repeatedly because my students know their body more than I do. They know how far to push themselves and when they should stop. As a teacher and student, I have experienced harsh demands physically and mentally. In life, there are challenges and accomplishments. It’s natural for us to complain and simply not let our intuition guide us.

    Here are some simple ways to tune into your intuition:
    Take moments in bliss.
    Write down your thoughts.
    Pray/Meditate.
    Be still.

    There are books worth reading on the topic of intuition. It can help deepen your practice. Below are just a few books to consider.

    The Power of Now
    The book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

    The Art of Intuition
    The book, The Art of Intuition by Sophy Burnham.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Compass of The Soul: 52 Ways Intuition Can Guide You To The Life of Your Dreams
    The book, Compass of The Soul, by Lynn. A. Robinson.

    The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness
    The book, The Intuitive Way by Penney Peirce.

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    The book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

     

    Photo courtesy of Death To Stock Photo.