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.

Time to Clean that Yoga Mat!

I don’t know about you, but my yoga mat goes everywhere with me! It rolls around in the trunk of my car, I use it in several studios and even outside in the grass so, it gets dirty, not to mention the simple fact that my bare feet are the main point of contact! Besides the daily, quick wipe-downs, I like to give my mats a good scrub a few times a year. So today, I took advantage of a warm, fall day to make them squeaky clean.

How do you clean a yoga mat?
This is a question I often get from students. There are several ways to do this, such as: soaking the mat in a bathtub, manually swishing around in a top loading washing machine, hanging over a shower rod and scrubbing, and the list goes on. I’d like to share the easiest, and fastest, way I’ve found to get the job done!

Take your mat outside and find a fence,
low wall or even a lawn chair and drop your mat over it.
Spray down both sides with a hose until the water that drips off doesn’t look dirty :/

Make a solution of half water/half vinegar in a spray bottle
and spritz generously across your whole mat
(don’t forget to get the portion draping over the top by flipping it around)


Wipe down with a sponge or a new shower scrubber.
Go up and down and side-to-side along the whole mat
 Repeat on the other side.

Let the sunshine and fresh air warm and dry your mat.
Your mat will not smell like vinegar once dry, but if you’re worried,
simply hose off after you let the vinegar sit for 10 minutes
Note: It could take a few hours for your mat to dry. Flip it over once the front surface feels dry to speed up the process.

Even if it feels dry to the touch it may not be. The material absorbs the water quite well, so make sure you have plenty of time for it to dry before your next class. The last thing you want are wet pants after standing up from opening meditation!

TIP: You can also lay your wet mat on the ground, place a towel across the full length of it and then roll them up together in order to squeegee excess water out before hanging it to dry. In the cold, winter months, I hang my mat over my clothesline or laundry drying rack to dry.

Enjoy your fresh mat!


Back-to-School Tummy Troubles


The beginning of a new school year can be a rough transition for many kids. Adjusting to new teachers, routines and workloads can take their toll, even on the littlest student. As parents, it’s rough watching our kids suffer, particularly since we remember being the same age, feeling the same way.

Anxiety can show up in children much the same way as in adults. Kids will complain of  tummy troubles, they might even experience vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and insomnia. Every day they might have different symptoms. When the nervous system is taxed, the body responds by trying to get our attention.

Our autonomic nervous system has two parts-the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The better know part, is called the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the”fight or flight” response. The lesser known part, the parasympathetic nervous system, is responsible for keeping the balance of the body systems and is know as the “rest and digest”response.  Stress typically shows up in the weakest part of the body first, often moving around the body or showing up as a different ailment with every episode of anxiety. This can be confusing and frustrating.

I’ve put together a few tips and resources to help you teach some breathing techniques to your child. Breath work is the fasted and easiest way to calm the nervous system. Kids love to know they have a tool or two in their toolbox to use when they find themselves feeling uncomfortable and scared.

  • Identify Sensations-First, try having your child identify the physical unease they feel. See if they can articulate the distress they are having. Don’t ask them why they are feeling this way, simply stay with what they are feeling in their body. They need to be able to recognize the symptoms as they show up. You are teaching them not to be afraid of the sensations and showing them that they have control over their body when they are anxious.
  • Tense and Release– this is systematic way to move through the body to let go of tension and relax the body. Here is a fun video to watch and practice together.
  • Deep Belly Breathing. Sounds easy, but kids need some help differentiating between their upper lungs, where shallow, short breath induces anxiety, and breathing completely with their diaphragm. Showing them how lengthening the exhale will calm them almost immediately will give you a good practice to use in the coming weeks. Many kids have had yoga in school, ask if they can share what breathing exercises they remember and practice those or share this little video with them.

Hang in there, parents! I’ve been there. I hope these little tips are a good start to comforting your child.

I am now offering private sessions focused on breathing techniques for children dealing with anxiety. Please call me to schedule an appointment at 216-501-1465.

Remember, this too shall pass.



Julie Konrad is not a doctor, just a mom with three kids, who has experience working with hundreds of kids through her yoga teaching and once being a child with clinical anxiety herself. This works!