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 "My vision is to inspire people to live a purpose and passion driven life and to find happiness from within"- Mo Seetubtim -Founder of The Happiness Planner

 Since when I was a child, I dreamed of having my own inspirational brand that people love - where I get to write to inspire and design beautiful inspirational products that help people cultivate happiness and foster personal growth. Now my dream has come true and this is just the start of the journey.

In March 2015, I launched The Happiness Planner, a beautiful planner/journal that embraces the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development. I believe that happiness is a state of mind; it lies in the way you look at things - and this can be practiced, influenced, shaped and changed based on these 3 principles;

  • The way we look at something affects how we feel about that thing. When we change our focus or our attitude about something, our feeling about that thing also changes.
  • Our brain subconsciously picks up things. We are subconsciously shaped and influenced by our environment - whether we realize it or not.
  • Changing the way we look at things and the way we think is basically a habit change. We can't just adopt a new mindset, change a habit or an attitude overnight. We have to practice it over and over until our mind is trained. 

I believe that if we increase our self-awareness, cultivate positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and personal growth, we will increase our happiness level and will be okay no matter what happens in life.

The Happiness Planner is designed to help you cultivate these 5 key elements. By practicing these over and over, one day they will become a part of who you are and no matter what happens in life, you will always find joy and peace from within.

www.thehappinessplanner.com

IG: @happinessplanner

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We call ourselves Mr. and Mrs. Yogi, and that is a bit presumptuous.  However, before snagging the instagram handle @mrandmrsyogi we followed the path of the 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga.  Before I met Mary, I was praciticing the 8 limbs on my own.  Now, I am walking the path with my wife, who I taught the limbs to.  On this episode we explore the first Yama(restraint), Ahimsa(non-violence).  We explore what this means in respect of a relationship, and how we apply it to ours.

Thank you for listening, and you can always communicate with us @theyogamovesyoupodcast@gmail.com

Make it a great week!

Love from the heart, and peace from the soul,

Andrew and Mary Gordon

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Ten years ago, Checka left the corporate world to teach yoga full-time, and hasn't looked back since. She led her first of many yoga retreats in 2011, and knew immediately that she had found her calling within a calling. A shared adventure, a new perspective, the gifts of nature and culture, true connections on and off the mat - this is the good stuff! She founded Yogaway Retreats in 2017, in order to collaborate with and support fellow retreat leaders, offer an even broader variety of amazing trips, and build community amongst traveling yogis. Known for her open-heartedness and easy laugh, Checka (E-RYT, RCYT) is deeply committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive space for practice and community. With an attentive approach to teaching, she offers mindful and safe sequencing along with compassionate and skilled assists in her Vinyasa flow classes. She equally enjoys the quiet and healing element of more reflective, restorative yoga, and offers the loving-kindness of Reiki energy work to enrich these classes.
Checka is passionate about being in nature and spending time with her family (both human and furry members), and considers herself equal parts home body and travel nut. With a deep connection to Hawaii, where her yoga and travel journey began, Checka strives to bring her Aloha Soul approach to life with her wherever she goes! 

www.yogawayretreats.com

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I had the recollection of an airplane ride, the red eye from LA to NYC. The experience of the inimitable feeling of an airport at 6am. When you’ve switched time zones and it’s really 3:30am in your world. But then again, it’s all perspective right? Flying through the air and crossing a prescribed border, and someone at one point in history decided that it was now a different time. It’s asinine. Logically then – think mathematical proof – time itself can be rendered asinine. One cannot make absolute claims about the world’s participation in a phenomenon without there being cause for scrutiny.  Our minds cannot understand the complexity of what we call love, but our minds can equate time stamps as proof of meaning and connection.  

How then, can we believe in a forever, if the system we created does not have markers for it? There is no way to codify “forever”, and the idea of the infinite is the antithesis of our model of time. One can’t measure the infinite no more than we can measure the number of ghosts in the world. To do either presupposes a belief; accepts the stepping in to an unexplored territory.

 

For the full blog post, "Time Vs. Love", head over to ErinRward.com

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Intro Music Taken from "Exploration", by Andrew Gordon

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WARNING!  If you are single and/or just went through a breakup, you may want to skip this one.  Last week, we spoke about 3 PET PEEVES we have about each other.  This week, to celebrate Valentine's Day, we are talking about 3 things we LOVE about each other.  Connect with us below:

@mrandmrsyogi

 

Music: "All This Time" by Andrew and Mary Gordon

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I’m Mike Bundrant, founder of iNLP Center. I am an NLP Master Practitioner, IANLP Fellow Trainer and retired psychotherapist (NM).

I became a certified NLP practitioner in 1993 by taking a 27-day NLP certification course from Western States Training in Salt Lake City, UT. Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith were co-trainers then. I was certified by Michael Grinder after three days of watching him razzle dazzle the room. I’ll never forget that.

I jumped right on master track at that point by going to Santa Fe, NM and taking a 21-day intensive from NLP Santa Fe’s Jake Eagle and Nelson Zink. What a meaningful experience! In fact, it was so worthwhile that I packed up and moved to New Mexico and joined the NLP Santa Fe training team to learn how to be a trainer.

That journey began in 1994. In 1995, I had the opportunity to develop our NLP training presence in Toyko, Japan. I do believe I was the first American to conduct a full-fledged NLP practitioner certification in Japan (at least I feel good when I tell myself that). Since then, I have designed and taught several NLP courses every year as a master trainer, and have been fortunate enough to teach twice annually in Tokyo, sponsored by the great Kazuhiko Umemoto of Team Medicine and supported by the world’s best translator, Nobuko Kobayashi. The programs I teach in Japan were recently certified by IANLP.

Jake and I wrote a book that was published in Japan in 2007. We call it Holistic NLP. It represents our unique approach to the field. I provide the digital version of it to my online students free of charge.

I decided to take the NLP courses and certification program I developed over the years online, developing the iNLP Center. My disappointment at how NLP is advertised and perceived has driven me to create an honest curriculum that doesn’t hype NLP or pretend it is “easy” and will give you magical powers. It’s a wonderful set of skills that is sure to enhance your life. Is that enough for you?

Because of NLP, I’ve been fortunate enough in life to do exactly what I want. I couldn’t ask for anything more. What takes up most of my time is my family. I live in Murrieta, CA with my wife, Hope, and our children.

 
 
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Melody Beuzelin is a producer and writer for Yoga Lifestyles and content director for a handful of other ecommerce startups in the yoga/health niche. She is a 300-hour certified yoga instructor and certified fitness professional. She's written for a variety of other brands, from juggernaut household names like Wyndham Worldwide to growing nonprofit organizations such as Lauren’s Kids. She brings a background of public relations, storytelling, digital marketing and charisma to the table, and when she's not diving into content strategy or running around on set with the Yoga Lifestyles film crew, she’s determined to become a citizen of the world and disrupt the concept of "business as usual." Follow her adventures on Instagram at @melodyinternational

www.yogalifestyles.com

www.passionsavage.com

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My father had me a bit later in his life, and I never felt like I knew him as well as my older brothers.  So, I got my brother Jonathan on with me for this section to share some stories about our father.  He was one of a kind, and that I know for sure.  Grew up in an orphanage, yet gave us all he never had.  Outspoken, tenacious, and a great family man, but still flawed enough for some great tales.  There's certainly the range of emotions on this piece, but be ready to laugh for sure.

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When I was 17, I picked up the guitar and started writing songs.  I loved playing covers of Nirvana, Alice In Chains, The Beatles, and anything else I could manage to figure out that I was into.  Self-taught, and on an acoustic, so the callouses on the fingers were earned.  I found the ability to express myself through music was so powerful.  At the time, it was really just to work through my own confusion.  It wasn't meant as something to be put out, but something that was therapy and felt good.  Eventually, I linked up with my friend, Matt Mendell who turned out to be a genius.  We used to jam out in his basement of the house he rented, and I'd be so happy to plug in my electric guitar, sing on a live mic, and have him jam the sh*t out of his electric drums.  We just had fun, but that turned into deciding to record some of our stuff.  I really just liked the guitar so that I could write songs.  I never aspired to me more than a 3 chord wonder.  So, at the time, in 1998-99ish when I was 19, we recorded a demo.  Our band name was 5 Count.  It was during the whole Third Eye Blind, Sum 41, Matchbox 20 phase, so I think that had something to do with it.  Matt made it up, but I am not sure if it means anything.  Knowing him, it probably has a way deeper meaning, and he still has never told me!  We went to record at DARE Studios on Long Island, and paid $750 per song.  For real, and we had to nail it on basically the first or second take for each instrument and vocal.  We tracked out everything ourselves, and I wrote the lyrics, sang, and played the rhythm guitar.  Matt did his thing on the drums, which made my chord progressions come to life, because of the complexity matched up with the simplicity.  It is crazy because you really had to be able to play, and sing at that time.  The software I have in front of me right now didn't exist then.  Matt stepped up and added lead guitar riffs, bass, keys, and some backing vocals.  I recently connected with him and asked if he still had the music.  I have probably moved over 25 times since we recorded that, and have lost so many things in the course of all of those moves.  Today, he sent me the files, and I re-mastered them simply to make the details of his drumming pop.  Everything else with the originals were fine, but we always wanted his drums to be heard more in detail.  This song, "I Can't Believe", like all of the songs on this demo-came out of nowhere.  I came up with meolodies on the guitar, and just wrote down lyrics that came to me.  There really was no girl this song is about.  It's just the way the words came to me in the flow of the music.  Love your feedback, reviews, and spreading the content.

Thank you!

Andrew 

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There is no reason why my life is more important than anyone else's.  I do feel a need to share it, and think there's a lot of stories to tell.  I am 41, and feel like I've lived 10 lives already.  I am trying to organize this audiobook into chronological order.  Honestly, I've written the book in pieces shot like a film.  They are all out of order and I wrote them as they came to me.  I did manage to put them in sequence, and this is the  introduction to the book.  I hope to inspire, connect, and sometimes make you laugh, others make you cry.  I know-and when I say this I am serious-that I should be dead or in jail.  For some reason, I was saved from those situations, which brings me to today.  Why was I rescued from those fates?  I can only summize that it is to share my story.  Thank you for listening.

 

In Memory of Adam "Ashley" Klein 

1975-2018

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My name is Alexandra Rutkay, and I currently live in NYC with my husband David. I've been here for 15 years and originally moved here from Savannah where I attended the Savannah college of art and design. I spent 12 years of my Childhood and young adult years in the suburbs of Massachusetts where I attended elementary through high school and  also spent many of my summers in NYC with my grandmother. 

 

I originally moved to NYC in 2004 because I decided that I wanted to become a celebrity makeup artist and work on big productions in the entertainment industry. 15 years later I live that exact dream and work on all of the biggest productions that film in this amazing city!

 

Constantly being surrounded by amazing artists activists, entrepreneurs, and actors can rub off on you. I have always liked to have a few creative endeavors happening at the same time because I'm a little ADD and I find that it keeps my energy fresh. So that creative drive caused me to launch my very first product based business, Arch Tags in 2011 to a great deal of press and lots of sales and the entrepreneurial bug officially bit me. I knew I didn't want to stop with just one product and really craved the idea of creating something -  a brand - that could have a lasting positive impact on everyone that came across it. 

 

Karma mob was officially born in 2015 with a goal to connect. Messages on a shirt have such a lasting impact on our psyche and of those we encounter. It's a pretty cool mission to try to fill the world with positive imagery and words! 

 We want to show that being kind is cool and so is working out and meditating and living well and being aligned. The fact that we're made in New York brings an element of realness and a type of transparency to the line and the vibe and I love the people that love this brand. People really connect with the messages we share. We definitely attract a lot of yogis because the philosophy aligns but we have a real

mix of customers and brand fans. I think this vibe is the future- we're basically bringing an element of spirituality to the street in a real, approachable, and lighthearted way. I'm in about ten retailers so far and can't wait to see where this goes!

 

On a side note- I also lost my mother in 2013 - to cancer.  Like your experience it was a deeply transformational one for me and really changed my entire perspective on the value of time and making the most of it. Partly why I've been able to pursue both my makeup career and my business fully because I understand how precious time really is and I intend to use it well. 

 
 
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On this blogcast, "How 'well' is Wellness?', we discussed what it means to be well and healthy.  The following is an excerpt from Erin's blog.  The full blogpost can be found Here

Every Wednesday we explore one of Erin's blog posts in detail and discussion.  This one was fun and brought up a lot of interesting points.  It's a big subject to tackle, and there's certainly still a lot of questions to be answered.  We have fun excavating, and hope you enjoy the listening!

 

 

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Artist: Andrew Gordon

Track: "Seriously?"

Album or something like that: "Dying To Be Born"

Beat wizardry from Bendsound.com

Lyrics, vocals, and production by Andrew Gordon

Feel free to make a contribution to the show Here!

 

Thank you, love you, mean it immensely!

 

©Andrew Gordon 2018

 

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In this episode, Mary and I discuss three of our pet peeves about each other.  If you're in a relationship, this will probably hit home.  In the end, we find them to be endearing.  Enjoy!

@mrandmrsyogi

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Shelbye Schlange Barragan is a professional model that has begun to embrace her authentic self through yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She has struggled in the past with eating disorders and compulsive exercise. She has recently transformed her life from chaotic, stressful and anxiety filled to a more balanced and authentic path. Shelbye grew up in New England and has been a cheerleader her whole life. Body image has been a struggle for her since she was young. Yoga has helped to reconnect her mind and body so that she can focus again on what means most to her in life. She is now on the path to becoming a professional counselor and eating disorder therapist to help others that are in similar situations.

LivingOverLosing.com

@shelbye___

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