Embodied and How to Live in the Flow

Embodied and How to Live in the Flow

A yogi’s perspective to embody and live well.

I feel so embodied after I getting back from my very first Yoga Retreat experience. The Embodiment Project Yoga and Nutrition Retreat was hosted by Sue Van Raes of Boulder Nutrition, and it’s still vibrating through my cells. What this yoga & nutrition retreat reminded me is that it’s absolutely necessary to take a break. The Importance to surround yourself with people that inspire you, and hold sacred space for you is a non-negotiable. You have to take precious care of your Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit. Because if you are ignoring one of those areas within you, it’s a sure sign that you are not living life in true alignment.

Since the Retreat my yoga classes have been shall I say, softer. I’ve been creating more space for conversation and connection. I haven’t been cueing people to stretch further, rather stretch into where they’re at now. Everything has slowed down, and my students are feeling amazing after an hour together on the mat. There has been more of an emphasis on breath, relaxation, to meet yourself, check-in with the different parts of you, honor what’s going on in your life, and know that it’s okay to feel all the feelings – because they’re all neutral in the yoga practice.

I personally have been doing 5 minute check-ins throughout the day.

I’ve been more intentional with my class preparations, and how I’m showing up in communication. I even had a “Mindful Moment” at Jimmy John’s – of all places it’s the “freaky fast” place, and I chose to sit and eat my sandwich and sea salt & vinegar chips in absolute bliss. No cell phone, eating in the car, or scarfing the entire thing. All around me I saw people moving “freaky fast”, and all I wanted to do was invite them to my table and have a conversation with me over a Beach Club and Hydroflask full of water.

You don’t have to be a monk who sits on top of a mountain 20 hours a day to mediate in order to live your life embodied and in the flow. In fact, you don’t have to eat all organic, practice yoga, or be a blonde white female, either. To me, living embodied means taking the time to check-in with yourself daily. How does your physical body feel? What aches and pains or sensations are present? Is there spinning in the mind today? Can you notice the stories that are being told and how they make you feel? What’s waning on your heart? Are you following your passions and deepest desires? Is your heart pulling you toward something and are you listening to it or pushing away? Do you feel connected to your spiritual self? Or disconnected?

None of the answers you come up with are right or wrong. They just are.

You can’t fight with reality. Your perception of what’s happening in the now. When you take just a few moments to go inward, you can then take action from an embodied place. This action is what allows you to “live in flow”. Instead of forcing yourself to eat healthy, you begin to crave healthy foods because you know how you will feel after eating them. When you workout you do so by actually doing something fun that involves moving your body – not working out because you have fat to burn. The idea of being embodied and living in the flow should eventually trickle over into your work. You love what you do for a living and you also love receiving money for it. I want you to even consider your partner or primary relationship and if it feels in the flow/sensual/embodied.

The idea of living embodied and in the flow is a beautiful one. So why is it so hard for you to stay in the flow or to feel embodied all of the time?

It’s pretty simple, really. You are always evolving. Sometimes you make choices that evolve you closer to that state of bliss, and other times you makes choices that actually de-evolve you and hinder you from reaching that state of bliss. The more conscious you become of your thoughts/emotions/beliefs and actions, the more obvious it will be to you which ones are supportive and which ones are not. The work is never really done! Every day you are checking back in with yourself, hopefully multiple times a day, and evaluating what you need. Lifestyle Design isn’t just some frivolous thing that only the chosen few get to have. It’s available to anyone that’s open to receiving it. You can design a life you love if you believe you can. You can live embodied and in the flow more often than you are now.

It will take a commitment.

You might have to let go of something or someone in your life that you know is holding you back. It could be a deeply entrenched “toxic false belief” that you’ve been telling yourself over and over and over again in your head. Maybe you don’t love where you live; that will have to change. You hate your body so it will be hard to feel embodied. Feel stuck in a job that you absolutely hate but need the money. I say all of these examples because I’ve lived and transformed every single one of them.

My hope for you is that you are in search for Relief. 

That you are so ready to feel embodied and in the flow. All-in with this idea of being able to be in the body you have now, and to move through life in a whole different way – the flow way. Eat in a slow, and pleasurable way (without guilt or shame or tight control). Invite movement that feels joyful, stress relieving, open, and integrative (this might be yoga, but it HAS to be something you enjoy).

Once your survival needs are taken care of, and you’re feeding and moving yourself well (for you), you will be able to step fully into your power. Deliver your gifts, do what you were called to do, and gracefully be compensated for it. Spark a new flame in your love life. Meet all the right people, at the right times. And finally know how to live embodied and in the flow.

Feel like you need some guidance to live a life Embodied and in the Flow? Check out my newest creation – the “Embody your Life” Template below! It’s a one page handout that is super straight forward, and will ask you all the right questions. I suggest that you print it out and grab your favorite pen to journal out your answers. Enjoy!!

Namaste

A FREE GUIDE TO EMBODY YOUR LIFE & LIVE IN FLOW

Go ahead and grab this template I created just for you to help you navigate Embodiment, what that means to you, and how to bring more of it into your super flowy life!

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Yoga Immersion 100 Hour with Pierre Couvillion

Yoga Immersion at its best. Settle in for some deep learning this Fall with a 10 Day Yoga, Ayurveda, Body Work & Breathing Immersion (100hr). Brought to you by Santosha Yoga School, founder Pierre Couvillion, and hosted at Maha Soul Yoga Studio in downtown Littleton. We welcome you to experience yoga at its true essence as we delve into yoga and its philosophy. We will also study meditation and breathing, the ancient study of Ayurvedic medicine, along with body work and yoga lab.

While this immersion can absolutely be taken to deepen your practice on its own, it can also be the beginning of your 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.

Santosha Yoga School is accredited with both Yoga Alliance and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

The 10 Days are October 5 – 14th, 2018

Daily schedule

Friday Oct 5, 4-9pm

Saturday Oct 6 – Saturday Oct 13, 7:30am – 7:30pm

Sunday Oct 14, 7:30am – 3:30pm

Early Bird pricing: $995 paid in full by Sept. 1st 

$1495 thereafter

Partial attendance: $249 for any 20 hours, before Sep 1st

$299 thereafter

All classes will be held at Maha Soul in Historic Downtown Littleton. 5739 S. Curtice St. Littleton, CO 80120

 

I will personally be signing up for several 20 HR slots that fit my schedule accordingly, and this is something you can consider too. I’m already Certified to teach yoga at the 200 HR Level, so I’m using this Immersion to continue my education and learn from a Master Teacher like Pierre. I’m most excited to take this time for myself and to learn and grow my personal yoga practice, but also to become a better teacher. My teaching style is rooted in Yoga Therapy and personalizing sequences for students that best support their physical needs and limitations. It will be a great refresher for me to dive into Sanskrit, Chanting, Ayurveda, and Breathing Techniques that I haven’t really practiced much since my Initial 200 hr teacher training.

Watch the Video Below for a 10-Minute Interview with Pierre Couvillion and to learn more about the 100 HR Immersion!

AUDIO ONLY: Interview with Pierre Couvillion: 100 HR Yoga Immersion in Littleton, Colorado October 2018

For More Information on this Training please use the links above or visit https://www.santosha-school.com

 

Mind Body Eating Online Conference (Join at No Cost)!

Mind Body Eating Online Conference (Join at No Cost)!

I’m excited to share with you about a great event:
The Mind Body Eating Online Conference!

It went live on July 9, and you can register for FREE here:
https://ipe.isrefer.com/go/mbe-online/macymig

In a time when so many people are suffering from food- and eating-related challenges, life is asking us to embrace a fresh new perspective on healing and transformation. The Mind Body Eating Online Conference showcases the voices of more than 60 top professionals and thought-leaders to help us step into new possibilities and a healthier future.

Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, will be your host as we explore cutting edge thinking in the fields of nutrition, eating psychology, functional medicine, mind body wellness, cultural transformation, spiritual awakening, supplements and medicinals, environmental health and more. You’ll be inspired by experts from a variety of disciplines who each have something unique and innovative to share, and twice a day, you can join Marc in a live online Q&A session about the day’s topics.

The Institute has a great track record of producing high level and well-loved conferences, and I think you’ll be impressed by their engaging style and the fascinating collection of passionate people they’ve brought together for this event.

It’s time for an approach to nutritional healing that honors all of who we are – body, mind, heart, planet and soul.

Again, you can register for the Mind Body Eating Online Conference for FREE here: https://ipe.isrefer.com/go/mbe-online/macymig

For those of you who don’t know, I received my training as a Mind Body Eating Coach from the Institute for Psychology of Eating and Marc David back in 2013. I have been coaching ever since I completed my training, and I have been loving this Conference. If you are serious about learning more about the new frontier of health and wellness, you will not be disappointed. I remember the first Conference I attended like this, I ended up purchasing the entire Conference so I could re-listen to all of the knowledge and wisdom. Since I’m getting this to you already halfway through the Conference, you may want to consider doing this yourself!

I’ll see you there!

Namaste,

Interested in working with me as your Mind Body Eating Coach? Sign-Up for a 90-Minute Laser Coaching Session or Contact Me to see if you Qualify for my Private Coaching Program

" I came here to find freedom around food and find peace with my body. It was really starting to take over my life, I was being consumed by binge eating and was really unhappy with my body, and I needed to find freedom from that. I knew right away that I was in the right place because of how much Macy and I had in common. She made it such a safe environment and I felt like I could trust her. She was really invested in me which is what helped me dig deep.

I was skeptical at first with the 'yoga side' of the healing, and now it's my favorite form of movement. I figured since it worked for her and helped her overcome binge eating than I ‘might as well give it a shot’. 

I got what I came here for, in different ways in what I thought I would. I was hoping that I’d lose a lot of weight, which I didn't, but now I look at life differently, I’m more loving to myself, I feel better in the exact same body that I had before. And now I know how to honor my body. I’ve learned ways to overcome negative thoughts and I’ve really gone outside of my comfort zone which has been the best.   

I think any girl struggling with binge eating, or anyone who is unhappy with their body or even any part of their life could benefit from working with Macy. I look at myself differently now and in a more accepting way. I really can’t imagine where I would be if I wouldn’t have done this. I’m really proud of myself for doing this, it was the best decision." 

Lexi Hardiek

3 Month Program, Eating Psychology Coaching, Student of Physical Therapy

"I came to Hungryoga to find freedom from stress and guilt that I had around food  and controlling exercise. I didn’t want my self worth to be reliant on what food I ate or how much exercise I was doing.

I felt like I was in the right place after my Discovery Coaching Call with Macy. I told myself that I was going to find the relief that I had been looking for, and I ended up getting what I came here for - even more than what I imagined.

I feel like a new person and like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Food isn’t a major issue anymore, and it used to consume my life. I would recommend working with Macy to anybody who struggles with their identity or finding who they are. I think they’d be able to figure that out through this program.

Courtney Cook

6 Month Program, Eating Psychology Coaching, C-Marie.com

I came to Hungryoga to get relief from feeling lost, and didn’t understand why I was self-sabotaging in many ways. I was just really tired of feeling that way. I wasn’t 100% sure I was in the right place, but had a really good feeling once I read Macy's testimonial on Facebook. It hit really close to home for me. I wasn’t skeptical about the program, but I had my doubts about truly coming to terms with how I was feeling and being able to change - and have the desire to do so. When I finally took Macy's advice and started doing artwork in the morning, I realized I wasn’t taking good care of myself. I was working out like crazy but wasn’t truly taking care of myself. I had to be okay with it being a slow process. 

I feel like I got myself back - the me that I remember years ago. My goal wasn’t to lose a ton of weight - I knew that that couldn’t be the overarching goal. I had to change what was ‘eating at me’.

I would recommend Macy's coaching program to several types of people. Anybody that's feeling lost, like they have tried every program out there, currently taking tons of diet pills, going for a quick fix intead of taking care of themselvecs, binge eating or have any kind of digestion or stomach issues, people using food or alcohol as a crutch, and people who have faithfully worked out for years and can't understand why they haven't seen the results they desire. 

Penny Sheldon

6 Month Program, Eating Psychology Coaching, Loving Mother & Wife

You reminded me that this isn't just me, other people feel this way too. When you showed me that there are other adult picky eaters, the way that made me feel was incredible. It reassured me that as an adult I'm not alone in this. The comfort and support you provided was amazing. You're awesome Macy!

Jordy Frankel

3 Breakthrough Coaching Calls - Eating Psychology Coaching Program, CU Student ~ Alpha Chi Omega

Radio Interview with All Business Media FM

I had a lot of fun doing this interview about Hungryoga with All Business Media FM.
They are an advertising company based out of New York that specializing in helping businesses create media to get their work out into the world. They loved what Hungryoga had to say, giving us a rating of 8.6 / 10.

Listen to the Interview below, or read the transcript to get to know me and Hungryoga just a little bit better!

Company Background: My online business hungryoga.com is a platform for Mindful Movement, Mind Body Eating & Lifestyle Design Coaching. I offer private coaching specifically for women struggling with binge eating, emotional eating, and negative body image. I also coach people who desire to become coaches or entrepreneurs how to make that transition and reverse engineer their lives into the exact lifestyle that they desire. I have online courses available for people interested in learning Yoga and Mindful Movement; including my Beginner’s Yoga Online Course, the Backyard Beauty Series, and the Chair Yoga Online Course. You can see all of these offering and also lots of free content over at www.hungryoga.com. 

Tell us about your background of your business and yourself.
My name is Macy Graham, and I’m the sole Coach and Owner of Hungryoga.com. Hungryoga was founded in 2014, and has been growing ever since. I started Hungryoga after quitting my corporate management job with a deep desire to help women have a positive relationship with food and body. I myself struggled with binge eating and negative body image in college, which is what led me to become a coach in the first place. I’m a Certified Yoga Teacher, Mind Body Eating Coach from the Institute for Psychology of Eating in Boulder, CO, and a Lifestyle Design Coach certified through AbundantYogi.com. I currently live in Littleton, Colorado and in my spare time I love to go to yoga classes, go on hikes, invest in personal development, and cook homemade meals at home.

What inspired you to pursue your profession?

Coaching and Teaching Mind Body principles and practices to help women overcome their struggles with food and body, is my biggest passion in life. In yoga they call this your dharma, our highest calling. For me it’s a non-negotiable to help women transform their lives and actually have a positive relationship with food and body. I know how painful it is to be in the cycle of shame and guilt with food and hating your body. I’m so inspired to share that it is possible to live life a different way, and actually enjoy the skin that you’re in while not having to obsess about food.
Why do you think yoga is so benefical for people struggling with food?
The practice of yoga isn’t just great for you physically, but mentally and spiritually too. Yoga really allows a person to slow down and get present which is an important concept for anyone that binge eats or emotionally eats. It’s really important for people to have the tools to drop into a relaxation response, or the Parasympathetic Nervous System. It’s easy to live in a stressed state, or the Sympathetic Nervous System dominance. The practice of yoga teaches a person how to stay calm, present, and to just feel really good in the moment (and body) they’re currently in.
Where do you see yourself in the near future?
I see myself leading Yoga & Mind Body Eating Retreats here in Colorado. I’m also working on building my library of Online Courses and Digital Content so I can work with people from all over the world. Something that’s really important to me is creating freedom in my life and the lives of the people I work with. Financial freedom, work freedom, and location freedom are all important as I look into the future and start my family. I truly believe this work is healing the world and the feminine nature, and I’m grateful to be a part of this movement.
I’m super grateful for this experience and for every single one of you tuning into this powerful work. It is possible to create a life you love, and to no longer feel guilty about the person you are. No one else is like you, and that’s absoltuely amazing! That means that no one else has gone through your experiences. They can’t provide what you can uniquely offer. There’s no such thing as competition! It’s time to take the pressure off, learn and grow into the person you’ve always dreamed of, and let go of any limiting beliefs holding you back from that vision.

If you are struggling with food it’s trying to teach you a deeper lesson.  

Take better care of yourself. Stop numbing out to the reality of you life. Reflect on what is really happening, and what is no longer serving you. Food issues show up when other areas of your life are not being fulfilled. For everyone it is different. You may hate where you live. It could be your not in the right job. Maybe you are in a bad relationship. Family issues. Spiritual confusion. Mental Illness. And so much more…

I hope you enjoyed listening in on the interview or reading through the transcript! I felt like All Business Media FM did a great job of capturing what Hungryoga is all about, and asked the right questions for the right people to find me online. If you resonated with this interview, and think we would make a good team to work together, reach out! All of my info is listed above. Head over to my Coaching Tab if you are ready to dive into private coaching with me. Whether you are struggling with food and body, or feel lost in becoming a coach and building your online brand, I’m here to help!

I’m on your side,

Mind Body Eating Changed My Life & Can Change Yours Too

Mind Body Eating Changed My Life & Can Change Yours Too

Mind Body Eating changed my life, and it could change yours too.
If you struggle with binge eating, emotional eating, or negative body image – you have to watch this video below!

> What is Mind Body Eating?

> How the principles of Mind Body Eating changed my life

> Who I think I can specifically help

> And my new online course all about Mind Body Eating!

I believe that the thoughts we entertain are just as important as the food we decide to eat. The eating experience affects your digestion, metabolism, and assimilation of food – not just the type of food! Mind Body Eating is a new approach to health coaching that encompases the entire being – mind, body and spirit. Nutritional facts are great, but as a Coach I’m even more interested in your story, what’s happened in your life, how did you get to where you are today, and what are some small actionable baby steps you can start making to live the life that you desire. 

There is a deeper meaning behind your eating challenges. Mind Body Eating is a doorway into your higher consciousness and evolution. It will allow you to go “ah ha” or “oooo that makes sense” and “wow, I never thought of it that way!” I’m here not only to help you up-level your health and nutrition, but your thought processes, your physical environment, your friend group, your career, and overall contentment and happiness. 

The online course is currently being built as I write this! So exciting! This will be a great step to take if my Private Coaching is off your radar. I recommend the Mind Body Eating online course to anyone who has struggled with binge eating, emotional eating, negative body image, and/or overexercising. I specifically believe I can relate to the young woman who desperately wants to feel like herself again. I personally love courses that provide audio that I can take with me on the road, or listen to whenever needed; so that’s how the online course is being designed. 

I’m a Mind Body Eating Coach certified under the Institute for Psychology of Eating in Boulder, Colorado. I’m also a yoga teacher, lifestyle & career coach, and online wellness advocate. 

To be added onto my email list and waitlist for the Mind Body Eating online course, Subscribe Here! 

Go to the “Mind Body Eating” Tab above on the Menu for more free info and trainings!

 

Enjoy the Video!