4 Practices to Cultivate Gratitude

Typically in November, I focus my class themes on Gratitude. I know, I know. Everyone else does this too. But I try to shake it up a bit. So, I thought I would bring this theme of gratitude to my Yoga Nerd friends. This week, I’m sharing ideas to practice gratitude.

But first, WHY do we need to find gratitude in our lives (other than the fact that people tell us we SHOULD be grateful.) Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can improve our lives. Continue reading 4 Practices to Cultivate Gratitude

Smiling Makes Us All Superheros

Back in 2009, life was a bit stressful in the Yoga Nerd household. My husband’s business was still finding its feet and he wasn’t taking a paycheck.  I wasn’t making enough to cover all the bills, so our credit card debt was rising.

Driving to a massage gig one day, my mind was spinning on all of these stresses. My stress level was rising with every spin around my fears. It was very uncomfortable and not helpful at all. And I was very aware it was not fair to my clients to receive massages from a person whose mind was spinning in stress and fear. I needed to do something to change my state of mind. Continue reading Smiling Makes Us All Superheros

Am I Normal? Enneagram 5

An example of why the Enneagram is so helpful in relationships.

I saw this postcard on PostSecret and it broke my heart a little bit.

Credit PostSecret June 3rd, 2018

This is a perfect example of how much the Enneagram can help people. I would guess that this person is an Enneagram Type 5. Continue reading Am I Normal? Enneagram 5

The Third Recipe in the Cauliflower Superpower Trilogy

A long time ago, in a city not so far away, a woman experimented cooking a recipe with cauliflower as the rice. The recipe surprised and pleased the woman and she became curious…

Not so long ago, this same woman tried making buffalo wings with cauliflower, and was again surprised and pleased with the outcome. Her belief in the powers of the cauliflower grew…

Now, the woman is obsessed with the powers of the cauliflower. Searching the internet, she discovers yet another wonderful surprise, solidifying her belief in the superpower of the cauliflower… Continue reading The Third Recipe in the Cauliflower Superpower Trilogy

How Becoming Centered and Grounded will Keep You from Exploding

Life happens. And often that life is frustratingly full of annoyances and mean people. Being centered and grounded is your one defense against irrational emotional explosions and possibly jail. I’m here to help you learn these Yoga Nerd tools.

But first, what is centering and grounding? Sometimes people see them as the same thing.  I find them to be very different but equally important. They are the magic combo to mastering your reactions. Continue reading How Becoming Centered and Grounded will Keep You from Exploding

The What, Why and How of Energy Healing

I’m often asked, “What the hell is energy healing?”

This is a good question. As much as I’d love to go into the science of it, I really don’t want to…because I hate the science of it. I’ve read articles and watched YouTube videos both supporting and debunking energy healing.  Let me tell you this instead.

I’ve experienced some crazy things over the years from when I was studying energy to my own practice with clients. I’ve seen people change and grow from energy sessions, including myself.

So, I will tell you what I know about energy healing. Continue reading The What, Why and How of Energy Healing

What is an “Any-a-Gram?”

The Nine Personalities of the Enneagram

The Enneagram system and how it helps Yoga Nerds walk the healing path.

If you missed my previous blog on why I love the Enneagram and how it helped me on my healing journey, you can read it here.

Every time I try to describe the Enneagram, it comes out very flat and uninteresting. It sounds like I’m describing yet another personality test that will, yet again, tell you that you are a questioning, introverted, emotional person. But what good does that information do? Most personality tests give you black and white information and no guidance on what to do with it. It’s like the test is saying, “You are what you are. Live with it.”

The Enneagram doesn’t do that. Not even close.

Continue reading What is an “Any-a-Gram?”

How to Stop Eating Worms

Sometimes, it’s just a bummer of a day.

Ember the Fluff Corgi having a Bummer Day

You don’t know why you are down, but you are.  Sometimes you just wake up that way. My Aunt calls it an  “Eat Worms” day based on the song, “Nobody likes me, Everybody hates me, Guess I’ll go eat worms…”  Today was a bummer “Eat Worms” day. Continue reading How to Stop Eating Worms

Why read my blog, Heather the Yoga Nerd?

First of all, what IS a Yoga Nerd?

According to the Urban Dictionary,  a Nerd is “an individual who: 1. Enjoys learning 2. Does not adhere to social norms.”

That about sums it up. A nerd is someone who is passionate about something so much that they are constantly learning about it and doesn’t care what other people think. So here’s the thing, I’m not just passionate about superheroes and light sabers, I’m passionate about yoga and healing.

Heather the Yoga Nerd is about being a nerd in your healing. We’re talking spiritual healing, as well as physical, mental and emotional healing. It is about wearing down the false outer layers until you find the real you. There is nothing better in the world than seeing someone grow and change right before your eyes. It’s even better than seeing Thor in all his muscular glory. It is about your healing and learning to love yourself for every bit of yourself.

Now, I’m not stuffy or overly serious about this self-growth and spiritual healing. Being a nerd means enjoying learning. You have to have fun along the way, right? That’s why I’m writing this blog. Healing can be fun. Yes, there are rough times when you have to look at the dark side of yourself. But, we don’t succumb to the dark side. We learn compassion for it. If we push it away, ignore it, or hate it we will succumb to the dark side of the force. Fear, Hatred, being completely unaware of the negative behavior patterns we have created is the life of the dark side. But I digress…

What makes healing fun is having group of like-minded people for support. You need like-minded people who can help you laugh and let go when you need. A group of people who will be as excited as you to try that new cauliflower taco recipe. Like-minded people who understand when you explain a bizarre healing experience or revelation you had that opened up a whole new door into your true self. A group of people who are going through the same experiences as you. Because, the other part of being a nerd is not adhering to social norms.

Now, we aren’t going to be so crazy that our family will check us into a mental health institution. But, as we change and grow, our behaviors change. Sometimes it throws people off and creates awkward situations. And anytime you make people uncomfortable you are walking outside social norms. But having a club gives us courage! And on the other side of that awkwardness is a lightness and peace that is the best feeling ever. I know because I’ve been there.

When I work with my wonderful clients, I am always sharing experiences from my journey.  Everyone starts at the beginning.  And the beginning isn’t always pretty! Along with sharing my stories, I am giving them tools to help them on their healing journey.  I teach them about the Enneagram and I provide energy healing. I teach them yoga and meditation. But not everyone lives in my city. Not everyone has access to one-on-one sessions with me.  SO! My hope is to take what I do in a session with a client and put it into this blog to help YOU on YOUR healing journey.

That is why I’m writing this blog – to share what I have learned on my journey. I want to share everything I’ve learned to help others heal. I want to help people discover how wonderful they are are fall in love with who they are. I want to help people find their inner healing nerd.

Where did your healing journey start? Was it an “aha!” moment? Or was it a difficult time in your life?  Feel free to share your story in the comments below.

And if you are ready to be part of the yoga nerd club, subscribe below and begin to feel the love! For more information about me, Heather the Yoga Nerd, check out the About page.

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