Fasting Back to Vibrance: 7.5 Days of Clay and Cucumber in Koh Phangan

Fasting Back to Vibrance: 7.5 Days of Clay and Cucumber in Koh Phangan

Have you ever felt so good, you can’t help but dance around the house? I’m talking full-on Tom Cruise Risky Business style. That’s how I spent my post-breakfast morning, but in my case, I was completely naked. 

Free from the excess weight I had gained and beaming with happiness from the sun’s vitamin-rich rays, I danced until I sweat. And then I sweat some more. 

I came to The Sanctuary in Koh Phagnon, Thailand after the thought came to me in meditation. 

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Marathi Tradition, The Family Farm and The Jamun Tree

Marathi Tradition, The Family Farm and The Jamun Tree

Adorned in a peach-colored gorgeous flowered Sari, Nayan kicks over the cup of rice in the entryway to the farmhouse. Per Marathi tradition, when the newlywed knocks over this cup of rice, she will fill it back up and the cup will overflow. This blessing shows the abundance she brings to the land and the family. As Nayan piles the rice back into the cup, we enter the freshly blessed doorway.

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The Overnight Train In India

The Overnight Train In India

Curled up in the cramped space, I am cuddling my laptop and valuables. Brown paper bags contain fresh sheets which quickly slip from my stretcher's leather surface and hang off the metal bar that is meant to keep me from rolling to the ground. A leg’s distance away is the other top bunk in my assigned cabin. Here there is a man wearing a button down shirt and dress pants laying down. I glance over, he is staring at me. He burps and I can smell it.

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A Glimpse of Goa

A Glimpse of Goa

My all day soundtrack are waves brushing onto the sand. I can’t sleep much past 7am after my month on ashrams and so around this time, I’m up. The floor of my little beach hut is on a heavy slope toward the door and so I nearly roll right out to the porch. There is enough room inside for my suitcase, my friend’s suitcase and a double bed. On the other side of its one wall is a leaky toilet, a cold water shower and newborn-baby-size sink. It’s the kind of hut that the big bad wolf could huff and… I’m not sure he’d even have to puff before he blows the whole thing down.

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Chaos and Peace of Ashram Life and Creating My Curriculum

Chaos and Peace of Ashram Life and Creating My Curriculum

Waking up from my jet-lag slumber, my room at Sivasoorya Ashram is dark and hot. It’s 2am in Kerala, India and suddenly I’m afraid of the dark. I jump out of bed and hurry to hit about five switches before I find the one that turns the light on. I see the dirty blank white wall of my room. It is horrible looking, it felt like a prison to me. 

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Confronting What Is Starkly Different: Why I'm Going to India

Confronting What Is Starkly Different: Why I'm Going to India

By this time next week, home will be an Ashram in the southern state of Kerala, India. The packing list stresses that I bring my own dinner plate (it should be white), fork, knife, spoon and toilet paper. More than half of each day will be a strictly observed silence, wifi is available (but don’t count on it) and clothes must be modest (don’t show legs or shoulders, and hide your curves). Morning wake-up is 5am daily. Yoga study is 4-6 hours each day. I’ve signed up to live this for 30 days.

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What Did I Just Notice? A 180 From NY to LA and Summit at Sea

What Did I Just Notice? A 180 From NY to LA and Summit at Sea

In my hand I held my one-way ticket to Los Angeles where I’d restart my life. My NY apartment had already been packed and was making its way across the country, now it was my turn to fly. I’d never lived this far from my roots and until earlier that year, I never thought I’d leave New York City. In that moment, looking into Dylan’s eyes, I questioned my own strength. I felt naive. Did I not think this would be painful? 

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Oh No! A Financial Reality Check

Oh No! A Financial Reality Check

I was panicking because 180s are tumultuous. There are ebbs and flows of everything, especially cash flow. Most recently I had chosen a stream of creativity-inducing experiences that hit hard on my wallet and at the same time, I let myself turn down several consulting projects in order to fully let go into these experiences. My gut knew I needed to make those choices, but there was one thing I hadn’t done that would’ve put out my panic before it had a chance to creep in.

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My 180: How To Find Comfort In Not Knowing

My 180: How To Find Comfort In Not Knowing

I left the kind of job that you don’t leave voluntarily. You leave if there is something equally prestigious or lucrative in queue. My job was really cool, too: I was an Executive Producer at one of the top advertising agencies in the country, arguably in the world. I had an amazing and talented team of producers working with me who I liked both as producers and as people. So what gives?

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My 5 Day Water Fast

My 5 Day Water Fast

In recent months I struggled with compulsive eating. I was eating past full and after I’d already had dinner or been out with friends. It was my way of comforting myself, of saying “everything is ok, I’m taking care of you.” All the while I was ignoring that the overeating was only adding to my stress levels and irritating my chronic ulcerative colitis versus allaying everyday anxieties. I knew I needed a 180 on the behavior.

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3 Steps in Managing Major Disappointment

3 Steps in Managing Major Disappointment

Have you ever tried to say “Oh I’m not upset” about something you’re clearly upset about? Like when a date you were looking forward to turns out to be a disaster or you get stuck in traffic and miss the opening of a performance you paid top dollar for? “It’s no big deal,” You try to convince yourself, but it bubbles up and the feeling gets worse: it turns into resentment for whatever or whoever you deem to have caused you to be “not upset.”

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5 Yoga Poses For Managing Life Changes With Strength and Poise

5 Yoga Poses For Managing Life Changes With Strength and Poise

Whenever I find myself wandering in a transition or even a new part of the world, traveling for business or pleasure, I find home when I find yoga.

Going 180 is making change in our lives as a means to fuel a fulfilled and creative existence. 180 requires transition, big time! I've found it helpful in my 180s to have a victorious pose! (Jai!) 

Here's mine and some of yours that have supported your own powerful transitions.

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10 Tactics To Cure a Cold Naturally in 48 Hours.

10 Tactics To Cure a Cold Naturally in 48 Hours.

Want to 180 that nasty cold without the drugs that make you groggy? Read on to see how I did it.

Tuesday night, about three hours into my sleep, I woke up with migraine, stuffiness and tightness in my chest. It was a cold that wanted to King all other colds. The Bubonic Plague of colds, the just-got-kicked-in-the-face then the head then the chest of colds. The pain unbearable that first night, I even strapped an icepack to my head using athletic tape.

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100 Challenges To Spark Change in 2016

100 Challenges To Spark Change in 2016

As I play out my own adventures in going 180, I invite you to step into your own. I've come up with 100 challenges to try, from massive globe-trotting adventures to the adjustments you could make daily. 180 doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a progression as you move with grace toward your highest creative potential and truest expression of self.

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