Need an Energy Boost?

This column isn't about the kind of electrical power surge that I write about for GE Energy. It's the kind of energy within our bodies and minds when we feel most alive, aware of all of the beauty around us and charged about becoming the architects of our own lives.

I have drawn most of these boosts from Jon Gordon, an author and energy coach who inspired me during a time when I was ready to make the leap from Corporate America to life as a free agent. Thanks, Jon! Your example alone will always provide me with inspiration, clear guidance and support.

Energy Boost #2

Slow Down

They say the day we die we'll have more than 30 emails in our inbox, an unfinished to-do list and voicemails we have not returned. The fact is, we'll never get it all done, no matter how much we do. So we might as well slow down and enjoy the ride. "But how can I slow down," you might say, "when I have bills to pay, projects to finish, kids to raise, etc... If I slow down won't my productivity go down the drain?"

Actually, the research says, "No." People who take short breaks throughout the day have more overall accomplishments and get more done. Those who focus on energy management more than time management have more energy - accomplish more in less time - and take on their day with a smile instead of a frown.

Slowing down and enjoying the ride is a combination of attitude and habits. As Joy, the bus driver in “The Energy Bus” says, you only have one ride through life so you might as well enjoy it. This isn’t Disney World where we get as many rides as we want and we certainly don’t want a fast pass.

Energy Boost #7

Abundance will flow into your life when gratitude flows into your heart.

We all want more in our life: more joy, more love, more abundance or happiness. We're all human and part of being human is striving for more. But the key to having more is to be thankful for what you already have. It's the law of attraction and the law of gratitude.

- Jon Gordon,
The Energy Addict

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Kelly on Yoga

I found yoga when a dance teacher took me into savasana (corpse pose) and I was transported some place else. I took my first Hatha yoga class in 1996 in Wollongong, Australia, but Easton Yoga opened the door to my consistent vinyasa yoga practice. I now stand in awe of how it transforms body and soul. 

Yoga has been one of the greatest teachers of my life.

I recently completed a 200-hour teacher training with Raji Thron at Yoga Synthesis—a creative integration of Classical Hatha, Viniyoga, Iyengar, Ashtanga and other movement forms. Years before, I completed David Swenson’s 40-hour Ashtanga teacher training. I continue to study with a wealth of teachers in the Lehigh Valley and master teachers of many traditions, such as Sri Dharma Mittra, Gary Kraftsow, Patricia Walden, Dean Lerner and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. 

I still draw from years of ballet training with Alexi Ramov and Margo Clifford Ging at the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, as well as Lynn Leopold, June Hines and Melanie Murray at DeSales University (then Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales).

Though ballet was my first love, yoga has started me on a journey toward inner strength and peace—a journey I am eager to share.

To learn more about yoga or join a class, check out Easton Yoga or 3 Moons.