Guest Blogger – Kate Elizabeth Conner “Forcing My Own Hand”

​Author of “Enough,” blogger and meditation writer for Yoga Bird, Kate Elizabeth Conner, hits home for me with her thoughts and experiences on self discipline or the lack thereof! I too have learned through the years that my self-control (with food) must take place in the grocery store, not while I’m in the middle of an episode of “Mad Men.” Kate frames this lifestyle so well and puts it into words for us to ponder and apply to our own journeys.

Kate writes:

“I am really great at doing the right thing when the right thing is my only available option.


I am awesome at not buying brownie mix. I can’t remember the last time I purchased the stuff.

I am less awesome at not eating brownies. I CAN remember the last time I ate brownies for breakfast, lunch,and dinner – it was the last time I bought brownie mix.

In sum, I am THE BOMB at not eating brownies…as long as there are no brownies around.

The times that I’ve been the most disciplined and put together in my life were not thanks to me – they were thanks to a total lack of options.

I don’t think of myself as a very disciplined person. Homework was never really my jam. Neither was balancing my checkbook. I could take it or leave it, and by that, I obviously mean that I left it. Disciplined people are the kind of people who can see brownies and think, “I am only going to eat one of those.” Disciplined people can mind-over-matter stuff. They can, say, just GET UP when the alarm goes off. They can stick to the plan. ANY PLAN.

“I am learning to organize my life in such a way that makes the right things easier and the wrong things tougher.”

I am the pits at that breed of self-discipline. What I am is a pretty decent self-scheduler.”

Continue on and read her full blog post here. It’s spot on and as always, Kate writes with the perfect blend of kindness, humor and snark. 🙂

May 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Perspective and Perceptions

Spring is here and Easter is coming! Remember? He makes all things new. Getting a new perspective on your life can lead to positive changes. Metaphorically, take what you are learning in your Yoga Bird practice and apply it to your life.

“To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions.” ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Here are a few suggestions to get you going! Be honest with yourself, feel what is true, take on new challenges, practice positive self talk, spend time in nature, take time to be alone, travel to new places (it can be in your own county), do something fun, meditate, make better food choices, get some back yard chickens. (just kidding about the chickens but seriously!) 🙂

Easter’s coming!

April 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Brand New to Yoga? Answers!

So! You are brand new to yoga! Watch this little video and get the answers to your questions. Like, what should I wear? What kind of mat should I buy? What in the world is a Downward Facing Dog, a Warrior II or a Tree Pose?

*Yoga Bird classes are friendly to any fitness or flexibility level.

Once you know these basics things you’ll feel confident about getting started! Let today be the day that your wellness journey takes flight.

*Watch for a guest appearance from our cat, Reverend Billie White Shoes Johnson. 🙂

March 4, 2014 Leave a comment