Thursday morning, I re-read a post I wrote about creating MoonRise Self Care when I first launched it. I had written "The name MoonRise is significant because to me, it symbolizes rising to your best self during any phase or circumstance." Of course I couldn't have predicted the circumstances that our family of humans would collectively be in just 6 months later.
Wednesday night, I was participating in a virtual meeting for our yoga teacher training group, my friend Lisa Reeder was leading our trainees. Her inspirational words about adjusting to social distancing reminded me of a situation that came up when I was pregnant with my Kai...
The last 8ish weeks of my pregnancy, I was put on bedrest and it felt like my whole world as I knew it stopped. I was so grateful to have had the warning that I needed to stop and that things would most likely be ok with us if I did (and BLESSED beyond belief that by taking bedrest, Kai and I were just fine) ... but was faced without warning of needing to stop my daily strolls around the lake that I thought were so important to our health throughout the end of the pregnancy; needing to figure out how to walk away from my busy and thriving business and my income - a dance fitness studio downtown; needing to cease the final plans of nesting I had scheduled and was looking forward to. Everything needed to stop when I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and then on bedrest for over a month at home. And I didn't know how it would be ok.
I had to pause everything. In an instant, everything as I knew it changed and seemed to come right out from under me. It felt impossible, but it was completely necessary, there was no other choice.
You know what? Everything with work and planning for babe fell into place. It needed to, so I figured it out. I adjusted how I was able to show up for work and scaled back big time, putting some hours in online and rallying my staff to take care of the rest. My husband and family took care of everything we needed to finish up to get ready for Kai to come. All of the previous work I had done to be healthy in what I ate and with my fitness kicked in for me when I needed it.
The two most ✨ MAGICAL ✨ things that happened though? (this is what Lisa reminded me of last night with her own story...)
1. Things that WEREN'T IMPORTANT fell by the wayside. YUP, read that again.....things that weren't important fell away. I let them go. It became SO CLEAR to me what I could MINIMIZE in my life and work. I began showing up only to things that truly mattered. It was like a total cleanse for my life - my routines, my values, my schedule, my habits, my passions, my work, my health - I slimmed down to only what mattered and once I came to terms with my pause, I was easily able to walk away from everything else.
2. I realized things that were of the utmost importance to me, that I didn't have the capacity to see before my pause. All of a sudden, I had time to see clearly what routines, values, schedule, habits, passions, work, health - all of it - was what I WANTED to show up, give my energy to and have in my life. Things appeared that I never could have imagined before my pause. Stopping all the things made room in my life for so much more.
The most beautiful thing of it all was that once I had my Kai, I continued my pause out of choice. Kai and I stayed in bed for weeks and weeks and weeks just getting to know each other. I wouldn't give that time up for anything in the world. My new values, routines, habits and passions stuck around.
I now fully understand what I was writing 6 months ago, "...rising to your best self during any phase or circumstance". It's not just during the easy breezy times when rising to our best self happens. Those times are important to keep it ourselves in check. It's during times like these when we are challenged to do our deepest soul searching and really LISTEN to what we can discard and what we actually need and want. It's during times like these that we RISE UP to our true selves. Love, Jenny
IN THIS ISSUE
- RISE UP
- Live Stream Classes
- Upcoming Denver Pop Up, On Hold For Now
- Semi-private Girlfriend Retreats, On Hold For Now
- Wedding Day + Shower Yoga, On Hold For Now
Please join me for the following donation-based online classes during Covid19. Single class suggested donation $10+.
Any donations are so greatly appreciated, however if you are a medical professional, have been financially impacted or are a MoonRise Online Studio Member, please enjoy class on me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your donations as teaching and DJing are how I make my income.
I'm trying to make this as simple as possible! Zoom is a FREE app that will allow us to yoga together and see each other . Visit zoom.us to download your free app. - You'll receive an email 15 min before class time reminding you to join and with the link to class!
SUMMER 2020 | date + time tba - MAYBE I'll TAKE THIS ONLINE?!
What you celebrate expands.
What area of your life would you love to EXPAND more?
NOURISH : a mini self care staycation (just an afternoon) quarterly series.
We come together for a unique community self care sess to nourish our hearts, minds and bodies.
Spring 2020 : GROUND, CREATE, EXPAND :
First, we gather as a community to get to know one another and for a bullet journal exercise to tap into the areas in our lives in which we would love to expand a bit.
Next, we unroll our mats for GROUNDING VinYin yoga (light on the vinyasa, heavy on the yin) inspired by our personal desires and intentions.
Post yoga, we'll each CREATE a succulent terrarium over tea and light snacks. (Think heavy on the FUN & community, super cool DIY we get to bring home as a continual reminder of what we are nourishing.)
Last, with journals in hand we'll EXPAND our minds & hearts as we are led in a community inspiration and discussion by a very special guest, one of my favorite inspirational speakers.
SEMI-PRIVATE GIRLFRIEND RETREATS
(currently postponing bookings)
BEGINNING SPRING 2020 | date + time varies based on your schedule
Come to paradise with me and your bestie to practice daily yoga and make incredible memories!
Beginning spring 2020, I'm offering semi-private (2 person) girlfriend retreats!
I will meet you in the quaint, sweet and sleepy town of Akumal, Mexico (one of my absolutely favorite beach towns in the world!) where we will stay in our own private fully equipped beach front condo.
We will practice yoga twice daily (morning and evening), either on the beach or in our condo overlooking the ocean.
We will eat fresh, local, delicious cuisine for every meal and infuse yoga & wellness throughout our time.
I will be your tour guide throughout the Yucatán Peninsula...you can select between chill days in Akumal, or outings including : exploring Tulum's white sand beaches and boho boutiques and restaurants; a golf cart tour of Isla Mujeres and a visit to its famous picturesque Playa Norte; a beach and shopping day in Playa Del Carmen; a day in Cozumel (and more).
Let's make some beautiful memories together and RESET together in the ultimate self-care experience.
Did you know that I offer private bridal shower and wedding day yoga practices?
Celebrate your wedding shower or start your special day surrounded by the women who love you, with a group yoga class customized to you.
Begins with 15-30 minute tea social, followed by 60-75 minutes yoga catered towards the energy level and style you prefer.
The intention of the class is personalized to celebrate your love, or gratitude for your circle of women. This is SUCH a fun way to come together to connect, celebrate and create a memory that lasts forever!
Bride receives a rose quartz crystal to hold forever dear. Each attendee receives a smaller rose quartz crystal gift.
These crystals are incorporated throughout practice.