Self Care and the Inner Yogi

Cheyenne Capobianco 

Everyone comes to yoga with a specific outcome in mind and a certain idea of how their own personal experience will be. Some people come for strictly physical benefits while others want the full yogic experience. They want to unleash their enlightened inner yogi and feel the peace and bliss we all crave.



Doing this is a lot simpler than you might think. To truly feel the lightness of being carefree all you have to do is find out what makes you  YOU and providing some version of self care to nurture those aspects of yourself. I’ll share a personal story with you on this... Last weekend, I decided I wanted my nose pierced. This is something that I’ve been toying with for a very long time. Once I did it, I instantly felt like the coolest person on the planet. It was like something had changed inside of me. I described it to my friends as “my soul has been unleashed.” This small little piece of jewelry had made me feel like I was on top of the world. Everything was easier all of the sudden. I could focus more, I was practicing yoga more frequently, I was studying more than I ever had before. I have FINALLY felt like I had the chaos of my life in a place where I could control it and where I was setting myself up for success and accomplishing it! This is a feeling that I had never felt for more than a day or two and now that I have, it’s empowering.



Now of course this nose ring is not the magical reason why I was instantly this whole new super zen yoga teacher. There is actually a real reason behind it. My practice. I have this new wonderful opportunity to practice along side of each and every single one of you almost every day. This practice, this breath, this community, this new job is opening the doors for me to be able to feel this way. Yoga has given me all of the tools that I’ve needed. It’s given me guidance, it’s challenged me, and it’s helped me grow. I feel this sense of relief and control and a feeling of unleashing my “inner yogi” not because of a nose ring but because I’m sticking with my practice and letting my breath guide me. Instead of resisting what my body needs, I’m listening and doing it! What is your body telling you that it needs? Maybe for you it isn’t yoga. Maybe it’s a night in, a personal day off of work to yourself, or picking up an old hobby that you forgot you have loved. Whatever your body, mind, and soul is aching for provide that to yourself. Everything around you might just fall into place. So as you go on about your day today, think about it…..what’s your nose ring?  



Create the Life of Your Dreams

Have you considered what you want 2017 to be for you??? You have the power to make it exactly as you would like! What? You don't believe me? It is 100% true. Here are a few simple steps you should take to manifest the life of your dreams.  

Write down your end goals. When you put something in writing you are sending a message to the Universe about your desires and the Universe in turn will arrange things to your liking. Things that may seem completely impossible or out of your reach will come to you in miraculous ways if you put it out there. You need to then believe and let it go. If you try to control things you will get in the way of the Universe doing its' job. Just take small, consistent steps toward the goal and let the Universe do the rest.

Another way to start 2017 on the right foot is to visualize your life as if your dream is already a reality. An example of this is if your goal for the year is to have more peace then visualize yourself being peaceful in any given situation and take baby steps to build your inner peace by taking yoga classes, meditating, spending time in nature and sharing your peace with others.

There is a powerful tool that you can use to manifest your desires; it's called a vision board. A vision board should include words and pictures of the things you would like to attract into your life and feelings that you want to experience. An example of this is a picture of a tropical island if you would enjoy taking a relaxing vacation. If your goal is to buy a house it would be a good idea to put an image of your ideal house on your board. If you had a blast at an event and you would like to recreate the feeling you had there, adding the ticket stub to your vision board is a way to attract that feeling to you in the future.

At Zen Yoga Barre we are hosting a powerful workshop on January 7th from 2-4pm. We will do an all-levels obstacle-removing yoga practice followed by creating vision boards. We will use mantras and mudras as a group to help boost our vibrations which in turn will make creating your heart's desires an inevitable reality. 

Join us by signing up at, email or call (860)414-1499.  2017 is ready for you!!!