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The 5 Second Rule

There is an energy and life force inside each and every one of us that is so powerful, it's often frightening.  Its light is so dazzling and bright, that many times we cover it up, fearful of sharing it with others.  But instead of fearing this light, we must learn to accept it, and ultimately at some point find ways to express it.  And as we share our brilliance with others who may be hiding their light, not only does this liberate us from our own fear, but it encourages others to liberate themselves too.

You've heard about the five second rule right?

No, I don't mean the rule that says once you drop that piece of chocolate on the floor, you still have five seconds to eat it.  I'm referring to what motivational speaker Mel Robbins refers to as the five second rule which is this:


If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.


When inspiration strikes, you've got 5 seconds to do SOMETHING, or else NOTHING will happen.  If you get inspired by a new business idea, you have 5 seconds to write down the thought...If you get a sudden surge of energy to reclaim your health, you've got five seconds to get up from the couch to get your gym clothes on....If you find yourself wanting to dance at that wedding, you got five seconds to do it...or nothing happens.

Here's the deal: when inspiration pays its short 5 second visit and you physically move, your brain starts to replace old, limiting habits with new life-giving ones.  But if you don't move after 5 seconds, your old habits become stronger, and it becomes harder to create change.

So whatever your goal is, it's not enough just to think about it - you have to do something about it - and within 5 seconds.

Over the last few months I've trained myself to ACT during these inspirational episodes. And now because of it, I've created something I'm super excited to share with you all.  It's called Yoga Masterminds - a 40 hour teacher training program designed to help you sequence and cue yoga poses with the best in the world.  If you're a yoga teacher or serious yoga student, you'll want to check it out.
 
So stay committed to ACTION during those sudden bursts of inspiration, and truly express your light.

I'll be here cheering you on,
Andrew

PS. If you feel inspired to share this blog post on social media or to forward it to a friend, you've got 5 seconds. :)  

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The Small Moments Matter

The small moments matter.
 
"It's hard to believe that small moments matter when we're so focused on conquering big and great things.  But I've learned that the key to performing any great feat is actually by mastering a series of small feats along the way. So have patience.  Step by step, strive for excellence in every moment, even the small ones.  And when you start doing small things in a big way, the greatness you seek is bound to find you."


Big Moment for me: I've been invited to teach for the first time in Europe!  I'll be hosting an inversion workshop at Italia Power Yoga in Florence, Italy next month. (Fun fact: Americans refer to the city as "Florence" but it's "Firenze" in Italian) Check out this cool boutique studio in Firenze  :)
 
Small Moment for me: I begin my study of jazz piano this week! My first lesson is on Thursday and I'm more of a classical pianist so of course I'm kinda nervous, but I'm also excited - I teach so much these days that it's nice sometimes to just be a student and learn. 
 
Here's the interesting thing: It's the moment after moment after moment of being a diligent student where I collect the teaching tools I then use to be an effective teacher.  And being an effective and inspiring teacher earns me opportunities to expand my business to far away, and exciting places like Firenze.  
 
So yeah, the small moments do add up – and they do lead to the big moments!  Pay attention to the opportunity you have in this moment, because each tiny opportunity becomes the next stepping stone to your greatness.  (Do I dare say that the small moments are your greatness?)
 
Remember this month to celebrate every victory, especially the small ones.  

I'll be here cheering you on,
Andrew

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Dare To Try

Dare to Try.

"Dare to try.  Through the most difficult times, keep pressing onwards, even when it seems like nothing is moving.  Because through persistence and determination, one day things will move, or things will move you.  And you will be stronger than when you started, not because you reached your goal, but because you dared to try."

 

I'm really digging the idea these days this idea of bringing your whole, entire self into everything you do.  In fact, I made this intention my new years resolution at the beginning of the year, and have been inspired to make art that reflects this belief (did you click on the video above??)

I think by now most of you know me as a multi passionate entrepreneur - someone interested in yoga, music, retreat leading, teaching, etc.   It's been very interesting trying to balance all my life passions for the first few months of 2017.  But some great things have been happening ever since I dared to try!  For example, later this month, I will be going on my first international work trip. I will be traveling to Asia to teach yoga and life coaching workshops at Beyond Yoga in the Philippines.  

It's scary for me - to not control the path as I want it to be, but instead to accept opportunities as they unfold unfold organically - but it's like what I talked about in the video...dare to try, right?

I hope you dare to try something new this month too. If you do something crazy different, let me know by posting a comment here.

Thanks for reading this far and for connecting with me - and remember I'm always here cheering you on!

:) Andrew

If You Want Something Different for Your Life...

...then you'll have to do something different to get it.  I know it's scary to try and do something that seems so impossible, but the more we practice letting go of what we know to move towards something different, more often than not we surprise ourselves with what is actually possible. And when we tap into the possibilities from the inside, we come closer to realization that when we put our mind to it anything is possible on the outside too.

When You Feel Like Giving Up

The moment you feel like giving up, is the moment your yoga begins.

I've never been a natural athlete so yoga's never been easy for me. And so that's why in a sense I'm thankful for the difficult moments, for the times it seems like I'll never "get there". Because I've learned that it's in those moments where the yoga actually begins. Where I'm fully present. Where, if I take a few deep breaths and stick with it, I unlock my full potential.

Retreat Weekend

Just got back from an inspiring weekend retreat in Upstate New York at the   Growing Heart Farm  . Special thanks to a long time college friend of mine, and fellow creative/entrepreneur   Jake Kahana  , for running the events this past weekend. The last few days were filled with reflection, revelation, laughter, and connection, and this experience has fueled me to continue sharing my personal brand of music, creativity, health and wellness with you all. Onwards and upwards!

Just got back from an inspiring weekend retreat in Upstate New York at the Growing Heart Farm. Special thanks to a long time college friend of mine, and fellow creative/entrepreneur Jake Kahana, for running the events this past weekend. The last few days were filled with reflection, revelation, laughter, and connection, and this experience has fueled me to continue sharing my personal brand of music, creativity, health and wellness with you all. Onwards and upwards!

Throwback Thursday

Meditation is a practice that has helped me immensely through the vicissitudes of my life. I've been doing Vipassana meditation for the last 6 years and I know it will be something I commit to for the rest of my life. This is a #tbt pic from 2014 while I was on tour with my former band @wearecloudwalkers. A lot of things have changed in the last two years, and I'm glad to have cultivated the partner of internal stillness to weather the storm of external changes.  #meditation #spiritual #spirituality #yoga #naca #band#tour #tourlife #stillness #calm #peace #change #buddha #vipassana#musicianswhomeditate

Yoga Champion

The Champion music video premieres next week and I'm so honored one of my favorite, long time yoga buddies is a part of this project. Much love to @mackenzieyoga ...I can't wait to show her off in this video!     #yoga     #yogaeverywhere     #yogaeveryday  #backbend     #heartopener     #music     #song  #originalmusic     #indiemusic     #anthem     #inspirational  #singersongwriter     #bendy   #championopus1   #singer

The Champion music video premieres next week and I'm so honored one of my favorite, long time yoga buddies is a part of this project. Much love to @mackenzieyoga ...I can't wait to show her off in this video!   #yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday#backbend #heartopener #music #song#originalmusic #indiemusic #anthem #inspirational#singersongwriter #bendy #championopus1 #singer