In this episode, Suzanne discusses mindfulness and meditation. She includes some history and a touch of her personal journey with the practice. If you think mindfulness and/or meditation aren't for you? Listen in. You just might change your mind.
This is part two of a three part series breaking down the Feelings Fitness Formula. Yoga + Mindfulness = Emotional Well-Being. This episode is all about mindfulness with a brief introduction to meditation and breath work too.
You will walk away from this episode with a better understanding of the difference between mindfulness and meditation. There is a distinct difference. Be sure to find the answer in this episode and go out and impress your friends & family with your new found knowledge!
Listen in to find out how you can incorporate mindfulness into your every day life. This practice will not only instill a power of positivity within you, it will also benefit everyone you come into contact with throughout your day.
You will also learn about the secret sauce of it all, the breath. Suzanne shares a book recommendation to learn even more about breath work, "How to Breathe," by Ashley Neese. Check it out.
Another book recommendation in this episode is, "Loving What Is," by Byron Katie. Suzanne will dive deeper into this book in a later episode, as it offers a great process that can transform our thinking in an incredibly positive way creating a lasting impact on the way we move through life.
Suzanne also recaps an encounter with Brene Brown at a conference that offered her a fresh perspective on analyzing thoughts and making peace with vulnerability. Our thoughts can certainly get in the way of our ability to live our best life. By adding an element of mindfulness we can break through some stubborn mental blocks.
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Feel Fit. Mind, Body & Spirit.
In this episode, Suzanne discusses YOGA. She includes some history and a touch of her personal journey with the practice.
This will be the first episode of a three part mini-series. It breaks down the Feelings Fitness Formula, Yoga + Mindfulness = Emotional Well-Being.
Suzanne, briefly, answers the question what IS yoga and what yoga is NOT. With many misconceptions about practicing yoga and living a yogic lifestyle it warrants breaking down some history of its origin.
With so many wonderful benefits to the yoga practice, it would be a shame for people to rule it out as a viable option for a healthy lifestyle simply because they are misinformed. A main objection by many stems from the fear of it being a "religion." Although yoga beyond the physical practice can include a spiritual component, the practice in and of itself is not a religion.
In a nutshell, yoga can help us gain balance and control, a sense of calm, and sheds some light on the power of the breath.
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Welcome to the Feelings Fitness Podcast! In this episode your host, Suzanne Bazarko, will be sharing the back story of the Feelings Fitness Podcast. She will share her journey of using yoga and mindfulness to establish emotional well-being.
What started as a teaching career in an elementary school classroom & then working as a school counselor, has evolved into a podcast speaking to kids and families about the benefits of a consistent yoga and mindfulness practice. So, how in the world did that shift transpire?
Well, the stress and overwhelm of family life was very apparent to Suzanne even prior to starting a family of her own. But, once she embarked on raising a family of her own, she really felt the overwhelm first hand. She needed a way to ease the overwhelm of new motherhood.
So, Suzanne added yoga teacher training to her career journey. This became the missing piece that linked all of her endeavors together. She is now here to share with you how yoga & mindfulness just might be the tool that you have been in need of too!
Listen in to the introduction episode and then be sure to listen in weekly to learn about yoga and mindfulness tips and tools that you can use with your family.
Feel Fit. Mind, Body & Spirit!
Feelings Fitness will be taking a short hiatus to shift gears from personal blog to full blown business. Say, what? What started as a cathartic journey to conquer the chaos of new motherhood has peaked my interested in really helping others through the journey as well. I survived those early years and you will too! It's all about mindset and home management!
Although I share my story from a mom perspective, it is really about helping the whole family! As a family unit, how do we create a home that is calm, not chaotic? How do we create a space that is smooth sailing with no sinking ships?
It ALL begins with MINDSET! Feelings Fitness is here to help you incorporate yoga, mindfulness, and a family function formula to establish that mindset shift that creates inner calm amongst the inevitable chaos of raising a family.
As we teach our children to believe in themselves, so to, should we believe in ourselves! I started out this year with one word to focus on, BELIEVE. As we enter into the back half of 2019, this word has already served me well. It's not too late to make it your word as well!
No matter how big your dream is, believe. No matter how frustrated you feel with your current situation, believe. No matter how many obstacles you come up against, believe. Believe in the possibilities. Believe in the process. Believe in yourself! Feelings Fitness is here to help!
RYT + M.Ed Counseling
The 2018-2019 school year has marked a milestone on my timeline. It's the year that both of my kids have landed themselves in school full time.
As a dreamer by nature, ever since having Clark 7 years ago, I would dream up scenarios of what I would do when my kids didn't need me 24-7 anymore. Would I continue to manage the household & spend the rest of my time volunteering at the school. Would I go back to teaching? Would I actually use the counseling master's degree that I felt so passionate about as I was going through the program?
Never in my wildest dreams did I envision starting my own business. I armed myself with lots of education prior to this year...M.Ed, LPC, RYT... But, never really could figure out what I'd do with all of it.
This might be a great place to interject the reality that I totally floundered prior to having kids. Yes, I armed myself with a lot of education, went to lots of workshops, obtained serval certificates, etc., but I was more like a serial student than anything else.
Right out of the college gate I took the totally traditional path as a classroom teacher. Although teaching aligned with my personality, it seemed to put me in too much of a box. But on the flip side of that, the entertainment industry that I tested out next was a little too unpredictable. I never seemed to figure out where I fit into the working world prior to kids, so stay-at-home-mom seemed like a good gig for me when kids came into the mix.
When the kids were both in pre-school, giving me a little breathing room, I took on a few little side hustles, once again trying to figure out my place in the working world. I started by selling jewelry & teaching a few yoga classes. This seemed to be a solid start until...
...the yoga studio I was teaching in closed their doors. Then on the heels of that , the jewelry brand that I was selling shut down too. And I'm all, "what is going on here?!?" But, it led me to this aha moment...I don't want to be at the mercy of someone else's business so...perhaps I should start my own.
Which brings me to the birthday, Pisces in the house, present that I gifted to myself...a business coach. Marie Forleo to be exact. I wanted help in creating a purpose-driven yoga-centric business. Side note, selling jewelry was never really my jam anyway! I have a bigger vision that expands beyond teaching one class at a time in a local studio. I want to expand my reach further & I also want my schedule to be flexible to be able to put my family first or in case the opportunity presents itself to roam the earth I could do that too! So...
Enter Feelings Fitness (Yoga) as a brand & business. This would be taking it well beyond its original purpose which was my ticket to obtaining a master's degree in counseling. What began as simply a graduate school project has evolved into a whole lot more!
I believe in the power of yoga & mindfulness. I believe that it can help moms brave motherhood. I believe it can help families (fun)ction effectively. By being mindful of our emotions & using yoga to move energy throughout the body, individuals & families can find peace & calm within.
With such a strong conviction in yoga/mindfulness & in an emotional awareness process that I have created for myself, I feel compelled to create a platform to share this process with others. Feelings Fitness (Yoga) does just that via yoga & mindfulness techniques & tools. Come find out how (Feelings Fitness) yoga can make you FEEL!
And so it begins. A new year. A big goal. And an excitement that words cannot even begin to describe!
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So, there you have it MY March Manifesto. Write yours! Share how it makes you FEEL! Amazing. On fire. Inspired!
Exercise for emotions, especially in the winter time. #feelingsfitnesswinterwonder is focused on finding ways to "Hibernate Happily!" Exercise is a key component.
In the mid-west, we are, for the most part, confined to indoor exercise during the winter. Some brave souls forge forward & get outdoors, I am one of the wimpy ones, so...
Working out in the winter, for me, is really as a simple as Cardio(Running or Spinning) + Strength/Stretch(Yoga). I am a firm believer that yoga can be all the "strength" training that is really needed. The body resistance is so easy on the joints & also strengthens the muscles. Some may argue that one needs more intensity than that, but as the body ages, less impact can be more beneficial. Great for the body, mind & soul!
The days that I hop on the treadmill at home & fire up a yoga video in my home studio space, it becomes my version of "hot" yoga. It is the most amazing combination. Get the heart rate up, break a sweat, head over to the yoga mat to do some planks or boat pose, etc. to engage the muscles, followed by the most relaxing stretch session and svasana! Boom! Hot yoga in the house, woot, woot!
All that being said, my exercise for a typical week consists of 2 days of cardio & 3 days of yoga. I like to choose a Spin class to take at the gym one day & hop on the treadmill at home for the other. I do a full yoga practice with strength training 3 days a week. I have found that Yoga with Adriene tends to be my go-to in order to get in a yoga class or 2 at home, then it is fun to get out to a studio for a class once a week too.
I do have a simple yoga sequence that I do every morning followed by 15 minutes of meditation and journaling. This helps me wake up my body and also align my emotions for the day. Setting an intention & creating a clear visual of the day helps me keep calm & carry on with whatever curve balls get thrown my way.
The book pictured above is my go-to resource for understanding how various yoga poses benefit the body. I also use this book when I am planning classes. I love to make my classes filled with "purposeful" poses. I feel that if students understand the "why" of the poses, they will be more inclined to continue on their yoga journey.
So, if you feel like skipping exercise for the day, remind yourself that it's not just about the body, it's about the mind too! Exercise 4 Emotions...it gets me through the winter days!
#feelingsfitnesswinterwonder is not only about braving the winter, it's about finding the beauty in it too. It's a way to make the most of what the indoors have to offer while also counting down the weeks until spring sends us back outdoors again! Hibernate Happily my friends!
Share in the comments below how YOU Hibernate Happily!
Exercise 4 Emotions:
(I map out each week & either pencil in exercise or use post its, so that I can alter the schedule as needed. This way I always get 3-5 days of exercise on the calendar no matter what life throws my way.)
__ 2-3 days of cardio
___ Spin class
__ 3 days yoga
___ Home video: Yoga with Adriene
___ Studio class
__ Daily yoga(stretch + meditation + journal)
___ Simple sequence(full body stretch, reclined pigeon, happy baby, cat/cow, downward dog, child's pose, etc.)
___ Meditation(mantra + visual of the day ahead)
___ High Performance Habits Planner - hourly schedule + gratitude