It’s OK to HISS


Practicing non-violence

Most of us would consider ourselves to be non-violent people, but did you consider that shame, guilt, resentment and even disappointment all have a seed of violence to them? When we can’t forgive ourselves, when we put all the responsibility of the world on our shoulders, we’re inflicting harm to ourselves. When we act and speak out of fear we are causing harm. When we gossip we’re acting out of accordance of ahimsa. If we leave fear and self-sabbatoge unchecked we can wreck havoc on our lives! Outward violence is simply the outward manifestation of inner turmoil and fear. Acting from a place of unconditional love and compassion for ourselves is the way we achieve ahimsa. If we choose to run, hide and make excuses for ourselves we continue to suffer.

Another side to ahimsa is one of protection. When I read this short story I learned a huge lesson in my own life. The story here was shared by Judith Lasater:

“There is a famous story about ahimsa told in the Vedas, the vast collection of ancient philosophical teachings from India. A certain sadhu, or wandering monk, would make a yearly circuit of villages in order to teach. One day as he entered a village he saw a large and menacing snake who was terrorizing the people. The sadhu spoke to the snake and taught him about ahimsa. The following year when the sadhu made his visit to the village, he again saw the snake. How changed he was. This once magnificent creature was skinny and bruised. The sadhu asked the snake what had happened. He replied that he had taken the teaching of ahimsa to heart and had stopped terrorizing the village. But because he was no longer menacing, the children now threw rocks and taunted him, and he was afraid to leave his hiding place to hunt. The sadhu shook his head. “I did advise against violence,” he said to the snake, “but I never told you not to hiss.”

“Protecting ourselves and others does not violate ahimsa. Practicing ahimsa means we take responsibility for our own harmful behavior and attempt to stop the harm caused by others. Being neutral is not the point. Practicing true ahimsa springs from the clear intention to act with clarity and love.” -Judith Lasater

My kindness has been taken advantage of more times than I’d like to admit and I have also received unjust shaming for innocent mistakes. I have spent nights beating myself up, succumbing to self-sabbatoge, but this story changed the direction of my thinking so much. We all make mistakes, we misread people and situations, we are human beings. We do things we’re sorry for, but if we are coming from a place of truth and good intentions, without the intent to harm, we can go easier on ourselves. We can also create better boundaries for ourselves when we understand ahimsa, and in doing so, we can protect our hearts and souls. We can create a hiss. Being kind and loving does not mean we are weak and vulnerable. It’s the exact opposite. It means we love ourselves and we will protect ourselves and others in order to honor this place in us.

Our yoga practice offers a great place to meet our truths so we can begin the act of acceptance. Moving through our practice without force and honoring our limitations helps us nurture the body and the mind so we can become gentler and more at ease in all aspects of our lives. It’s about living authentically.

With Love,

Is Your Ladder Leaning Against the Wrong Wall?

Busyness is Modern Laziness

By: Julie Konrad

In this month’s issue of Mindful Magazine, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter wrote a piece titled, Are You Addicted to Doing? This article sums up what I’ve been trying to say the last few weeks, so perfectly, I had to share some of it with you here:

“Action addiction is an advanced sort of laziness. It keeps us busily occupied with tasks. The busier we keep ourselves, the more we avoid being confronted with questions of life and death… We keep a safe and comfortable distance to the issues that are sometimes hard to look at…With all our activity we believe we are getting closer to something bigger. We might not know what it is, but we keep working at it. It’s like climbing a ladder as fast as we can hoping to get to the top. And someday we get there. We reach the top in the form of a job promotion, or a newly acquired house. But what’s the point of reaching the top of the ladder only to realize it’s leaning against the wrong wall?”

We think it’s good to be busy, to be active all the time. We might produce more, achieve more and even make boat loads of money, but without time to reflect, to rest, to ask questions of ourselves how can we really know what we want? Busyness just moves us further away from ourselves. Think of all the stories you know of “successful” people who also suffered feelings of emptiness and regret. Think of all those having heart attacks and stress induced illnesses as a result of this addiction.

We have things we have to do in our lives, but we have the freedom to choose whether we become action addicts. We can take time to pencil in a few moments to rest or a few evenings with no committments. Take this week to reflect on how busy you are and how much of that busyness is self-inflicted. Take time now to slow down and enjoy the simple things.


Intro into Ayurveda



An Ayurvedic workshop with Julie Konrad, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist
in partnership with the
Beachwood Historical Society
Saturday, October 14



Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Beachwood Branch Library
25501 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44122
Cost: $5 


Mindful Moment for Teens Part 2-Relaxation

Sunday, March 5th


New students welcome!
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This month Mindful Moment for Teens offers your teen an hour to simply reconnect to themselves in a nurturing way under the guidance of certified Ayurvedic Specialist and Yoga Instructor, Julie Konrad

We’ll be working on systematically relaxing the entire body. Wear comfy, warm clothing and please bring a yoga mat.



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Namaste yogis!

Do you trust yourself? How much validation do you need to make decisions? How honest are you with yourself? Reflect on the last big decision you had to make or the last time you were verbally challenged? How did you feel afterward? How ruffled were your feathers? How unsettled were you? I’m not talking about ego here, I’m asking you to think about how you felt below the surface of the ego. When you walked away, when you hung up the phone, or went to bed were you present, settled and at peace, or disturbed, frustrated, angry or numb? We all occasionally need validation in the form of support and comfort. This, I believe is human nature, but sometimes, indecisiveness and doubt get so much in the way that we stifle our voice and in doing so we give away our power right along with our confidence. This is dangerous! I truly believe that we already know the truths of our lives and when we’re honest with ourselves, and take the time to look and listen the answers to our questions are revealed to us. We might be afraid of what action to take and it might not be the time to “do” or “not do” something, but knowing is the first step to unfolding our actions appropriately.

As your inner voice becomes louder through your mindfulness work and begins to assert itself into your actions, you’re gaining a confidence that is hard to explain but will be felt. Each time you “feel” this confidence creep up on you, don’t doubt it, recognize it and own it. Trust your wings! Hold your space and don’t let em’ take you down!

See you this week.


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Working With What You’ve Got!

Namaste yogis!

I go back to this quote often because it’s such a great reminder when I am feeling stuck. Whether I’m feeling limited by physical strength in my yoga practice, emotionally in a relationship or even creatively in my writing. The only thing I can do is continue moving from here, from this place. I can build strength steadily and slowing and keep showing up to my mat to practice. I can keep writing, jotting notes and continue paying attention to create a fertile ground for inspiration. But if my 40 years of life have taught me anything, it’s that forcing strength leads to injury and forcing inspiration grows frustration. I truly believe that we are all perfect, whole and complete in the moment we’re in. Your determination, hopes and dreams are manifested as you live each day building upon the day before. Paying attention, making mistakes, learning lessons, asking questions, and listening to your intuition and following your heart are what drives us toward a fuller more beautiful life.
So, today, do what you can with what you have where you are and TRUST in the Universe, God, or your higher self, and relax. Everything is in order.

Celebrate Winter Solstice



Winter Solstice Arrives in Cleveland, OH at December 21, 2015 at 11:49PM

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and from this day, until the summer solstice in June, the daylight hours increase each day. In ancient times, people held huge celebrations to welcome the light, it also marks the first day of Winter.

The Winter Solstice is a wonderful time to celebrate the season with your family! Consider making ice lanterns and line your driveway or front walk, make a yule log or visit your child’s classroom and share a story about the solstice (teachers love this!). There are countless ways to celebrate the return of the sun. Here are a few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy!  Be sure to let me know your solstice traditions in the comments below! Let’s welcome the LIGHT together!

More Fun ideas:

  • Make a wreath from evergreens (a symbol of the Solstice) collected by family members. On or after New Year’s Day, your wreath can be returned to Nature.
  • Make your family’s favorite food and/or a cake and put a sunshine on it.  Birthday candles can be put on the dessert. Each family member can light a candle and make a wish for the holiday season or the upcoming calendar year. Once all candles are lit, the family as a whole can blow them out to send wishes on their way. Then call out “Happy Solstice” or “Good Yule” in unison.
  • Ring a bell together to celebrate your connection with the cycles of Nature and to celebrate your connection with life on planet Earth and all of Nature.
  • Light a candle (also a symbol of the Solstice) and talk about what the Solstice means. Ask family members to focus on a candle, and then extinguish. Sit in darkness for a few moments and reflect on the importance of light and of Sun to life on the planet.
  • Feed the birds! Take your family outdoors during the Winter at this Solstice time. Focus on being part of the fabric of life of Nature. Then express appreciation for the beauty of Nature. Each family member then takes a handful of seeds and focuses on the seeds as symbols of life and as messengers of goodwill toward other parts of Nature and then places the seeds in a feeder or grass. Enjoy the light!!!!