How to Remove Fear, Stress, and Anxiety in Less than 30 Minutes

I was sitting in a business meeting when I got a text that read “Explosion at the Boston Marathon!”

I tried to shrug it off as if maybe it was a small and insignificant event like a maybe a telephone pole transformer blew up. Maybe this person is just being dramatic…

Then another text came in… “Two Bombs went off at the Boston Marathon”

I let out a small gasp of air and felt my chest tighten and didn’t breath at all. Instantly I remembered seeing my cousin’s facebook posts that morning of her and her husband dressed in running gear with numbers proudly displayed on their chests. And even worse; photos of their kids holding up signs to cheer them on. Holy shit!

Then I noticed that I hadn’t taken a breath in what was probably a short time but felt like an eternity.

That’s what fear does. It steals your breath and you don’t even realize it.

When I tell people I teach a “Breath Work” class what usually follows is a sarcastic response; “I already know how to breathe!” and then I fight back my own sarcastic urge which sounds like, “Not if I put you in a choke hold!”

I understand the confusion and resistance to the unknown. I always tell my clients and friends “There’s no growth in the comfort zone.” The simple and honest fact is that it’s imposible to go through life without having some difficult moments.

Bad things happen to even the best of people.

So how do we process and deal with these moments? Most of us don’t. We blow them off, stuff them down, and pretend that they didn’t happen or they don’t affect us as much as they really do.

WE GET STUCK. The bad moments can stay with us and sometimes come out sideways. I don’t know why I reacted to that situation like that…sound familiar?

Breath Work is the most effective tool I’ve ever found to get unstuck, become happier and unlock my full potential.

I invite you to come and have a new experience in your life…

WEDNESDAYS –  7:00pm @ The Moving Joint 12813 Venice Blvd. (at Beethoven) Mar Vista, CA 90066

It’s easy, it’s simple, it’s effective AND you do it all lying down with your eyes closed…How hard can that be?

 

Breath Work – Might Just Be The Easiest And Most Effective Meditation You’ll Ever Try

 

Come take a Breath Work class on wednesday nights at The Moving Joint 12813 Venice Blvd. (at Beethoven) Mar Vista CA 90066 at 7:00 pm
There’s free parking out back and street parking is free in front and on Moore and Beethoven.

What is Breath Work and why do I need it?

Breath work is an active meditation that is very simple and will transform your life in a very short amount of time. It’s a big statement, I know, but I believe it to be one hundred percent true.

In today’s stressed out society, if there is anyone who doubts the benefits of having a meditation practice, all the evidence is right there. We all need meditation for some reason or another. In my own personal journey I struggled for a long time to find a way to meditate that worked for me.

I’m a big believer in Mind, Body, and Spirit. The physical aspect, I’ve handled for quite some time as I’ve been in the fitness industry for over twenty years now. The rest has been another story.

I’ve tried so many ways to meditate and quiet my mind that I’ve lost count; I’ve sat on a pillow in the Buddhist Center while trying to quiet my mind but I could never block out the noise of my own mind…“My back is killing me…I think my bottom leg is asleep…how are all these people doing this?

You get my point.

Once I discovered breath work it was an instant game changer. It’s easy to learn and practice on your own (although I like to breathe with a class at least once a week because the experience is heightened when done in a group and guided by an instructor).

I think one of the reasons breath work is so effective is because it’s active meditation. In other words, you breathe actively with a three-part breath for a certain length of time yet you do this LYING DOWN which really allows you to focus on the breath and not have to worry about your posture or body.

When we learn to breathe in a new way, we learn to manage our emotions and our mind and that’s no small thing. Medical science has proven that deep diaphragmatic breathing helps woman in labor manage the extreme pain and emotions of childbirth so why would we not want to learn to use this in our everyday lives? It seems like a no brainer yet here we are walking around on autopilot, breathing shallow, day in and day out.

In addition to the breath work session, at the end I will guide the class through a gratitude meditation known as an emotional flood, taught to me by Tony Robbins. It is a surefire way for you to leave with a massive smile on your face.

“The bottom line is breath is the fastest, cheapest, and most effective way to increase your awareness and connect with the energy of the universe.” ~ David Elliot author of The Reluctant Healer and Healing.

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” ~ Tony Robbins

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Yoga Mat Ever Made

I have a deep dark secret…I love shopping online and getting deliveries at my house. It’s like a year round Christmas surprise wrapped in a brown cardboard box. Also, I have a terrible memory and I completely forget that I ordered something until I see that cardboard present waiting outside my door. So it’s kind of like someone else is buying me presents…until the bill comes.

When I first pulled the Vernice Vita Cadillac Yoga Mat from the box I was a little shocked by how light it is. I’ve been using the Manduka mat for the last 10 years and it’s quite heavy. I unrolled it and laid down on it. I was really impressed by how it felt but I tend to get excited about new things so I wanted to put it through the paces first. Well, it didn’t take long before my wife who is five months pregnant came in and laid down on it.

Wifey: “Oh babe this is nice, I could sleep on this!”

Me: “Well, you are half Japanese -you like to sleep on the floor.

Wifey: “Babe, will you please stretch me? Just a little? I am carrying your baby you know.

Me: “The jury’s still out on that.

(She’s really working this baby angle but I decided to stretch her regardless.)

Anyway, right away I noticed how much better it felt on my knees. Bamm! that’s all I needed to love this mat. Stretching clients a few hours everyday and my knees tend to hurt at the end of the day.

A FEW WEEKS LATER…

I used this mat in David Elliot’s two day level 1 Breathwork Teacher training at The Hub Yoga studio in West LA. Sitting on mats and blankets on hardwood for eight hours straight and I was so glad that I had this mat. A few people were envious…well, as envious as spiritual seekers will allow themselves to be..

My only complaint about this mat is that it’s just a tad short when I’m lying on my back my heals hang off which is really me being picky. I’m 5’10 so If you’re my height or taller I recommend getting the longer version they make.

I could go on forever about how awesome this mat is but you shouldn’t take my word for it. Instead you should get one and check it out yourself.

I asked the Vernice Vita company if we could do some type of discount offer and they said yes!! You can get $10 off any mat they sell.

Hey, $10 is two lattes at Starbucks or one kick ass burrito my friends.

Here’s the discount link: Venice Vita Cadillac Yoga Mat

and here’s a silly video of me, the mat, and my dogs.

Why 92% Of Resolutions Fail And How To Really Improve Your Health In 2013

Did you know that it’s estimated that 92% of New Years resolutions fail? Why do you think that is?
 
I would say that the most common resolution is getting into shape. Wouldn’t you agree?
 
I’ll tell you what I’ve found having worked in the fitness industry for the last 20 years. When I was signing people up for gym memberships I would sign up anywhere from 100 to 300 people in a month. Most of those people wouldn’t last more than 2 months before disappearing, never to be seen or heard from again. They still had to pay for their memberships though…What a waste of money. Have you or anyone you know been guilty of this? of course!
 
The only people who I saw stick with it and really get into shape were people who hired a trainer. This is one of the reasons I moved from sales management to becoming an independent trainer.
 
I wanted to be part of real change in people’s lives.
 
The main reason why having a personal trainer works…wait for it…is…ACCOUNTABILITY.
 
Having someone who you have committed to meet, either at the gym or who comes to the house is a game changer. You are never going to push yourself as hard as someone else can but even more importantly, is the accountability. While your trainer kicks your butt they are also going ask you what you’ve been shoving into that mouth or yours. Having someone who is as committed as much as you are (if not more) to improving your health is a GAME CHANGER! That’s right…I said it again.
 
TIP: If you can’t afford a super motivating handsome hairless trainer committed to helping you change your life then get a buddy or several buddies and hold each other accountable. Write a daily/weekly communal email so everyone can jot down what they did right and what they did wrong that day or the day before for their health goals. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you’ll pass up that desert if you have to write it down for everyone to see.
 
I’m committed to helping as many people as I can change their lives regardless whether or not they pay me a dime. I mean that. If you have any areas you’re struggling with or would like to see post about a particular topic, please leave a comment or email me.