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Jessica

SLC, UT Yogi, Mama, Business | Creating a place where I can be all of the things that I am at the same time.

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Quick pre-bedtime flow from my hotel room last night. I am on a business trip in a place that used to be “my town.” When I was married, my career aspiration was to be the business counterpoint to my creative husband. It’s funny to notice that life has brought me to this moment where I am back in our old neighborhood working in a media-related business. I thought I left all this behind when I signed those papers. So much of the “work” in our lives happens under the surface, where we can barely perceive it. Our intuition shifts us into the exact place we need to go and gets us ready for the experiences that are coming. we simply must get out of the way! The older I get and the more I let go, the more life leads me back to the doors that I thought were closed. Turns out maybe I just didn’t have the right key. #metaphor Somehow, these days walking away feels a lot like walking towards. ❤️ #namaste #work #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #meditate #deep #inspiration #fitmom #entrepreneur #momboss #persistence #acceptance #flow #letgo

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Shout out to all the people in my life that give me the space I need to be me...and weird! #quotes #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #inspiration #inspire #motivate #getweird #stayweird #entrepreneur #momboss #fitmom #fit

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When I was in seventh grade, my life dream was to join Green Peace and fight for whales. I would watch videos of these vigilantes on little motor boats taking down whaling operations. I read every single whale related book my school library had. I wrote “Save the Whales” on every classroom chalkboard. I was definitely a weirdo, and while I had a core group of friends, I also got teased. I felt rejection around me. As time went on, I slowly let this activist passion fade. The more aware I became of my words making others uncomfortable, the more I conformed. I spoke up about whales and environmentalism less, and then I researched it less, and then saving the whales faded from my view all together. I went on to a successful career in business and I became like-able to a fault. A few months ago, I took a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords with my cousin and a couple of friends. My trip to Alaska had arrived at a strange moment in my professional life. My work at a company I loved was winding down. Yoga teacher training had pushed me deeply inward and I knew that too much of my identity was wrapped up in my professional success. I was in the middle of an identity crisis, and I knew my next major reinvention was on the immediate horizon. I was terrified. I thought about canceling the trip because It was expensive. Luckily I went, and Alaska showed me how big the world actually is. A Kenai boat tour is an all day event. We saw hundreds of puffins, seals, maybe a walrus. I cant remember because the whales drowned out everything else for me. I don’t have a single photo of a breach or a fluke. Seeing humpback whales in real life was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life, and photographing one of these great spirits would have felt on par with trying to capture a photo of a godly presence. If you look closely, you can see a cluster of birds. The whale is underneath them, a few feet from the surface. We stayed in this little bay and watch them surface several times. It feels quiet and sacred. They stop the boat. You can hear the birds and the waves. I stood on the deck, next to my cousin, crying silently. When I looked over, he was crying too. Continued below:

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TAG YOUR SQUAD: These are the people in your life who build you up and make you feel like the badass unicorn that you are: courageous, powerful, beautiful, important, smart... #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #inspire #support #squadgoals #motivate #fit #smallbusiness #work #friends #family

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The first time I saw this picture, I thought it was a really incredible photo of someone else. My friend @coyotelovely took it a couple of years ago and when she sent it to me I was jealous of this badass woman. I had just finished hiking my first peak (Mt. Olympus in UT) and I had been so nervous for most of the hike. I was too shaky to even stand on the summit because I was tired and a little scared of the heights. I almost fell trying to do a yoga pose, and ended up awkwardly crawling around. I was thinking about how I couldn’t wait to look as strong and powerful as this beautiful, fit hiker. Then I realized that THIS IS LITERALLY A PHOTO OF ME. Seeing myself like this blew up a story that had lived in my head for a long time about who I am and how others perceive me. This woman is strong. This woman is in control of her life and her body. This woman is a badass. THIS WOMAN IS ME. This is more than a commentary on my relationship with myself. I can only see myself this way because my friend ERIN DID IT FIRST. Surround yourself with people who see you how you want to be seen. #friends #friendshipgoals #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #hiking #utah #utahisrad #entrepreneur #fitmom #momboss #meditate #selflove #warrior #strongwomen #strong

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Does anyone else suffer from overthinking paralysis?! 🤦🏻‍♀️ #meditation #yoga #momboss #fitmom #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #justdoit #motivation #quotes #inspired

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This is the year I start calling myself a creative and making things. Not actual things, but idea things. Like articles. And books. There are a million reasons why it took me 33.5 years to make this declaration, all of which we can explore together while I try to create and share things. Wish me luck! Shout out to @leangreenerica for gifting me this amazing mug!! #momboss #creative #yoga #yogi #yogaeverydamnday #entrepreneur #empowerment

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Structural Integrity: Success in a handstand basically comes down to your ability to find structural alignment in your bones and to keep breathing so you can short circuit the natural fears we have about our feet being above our heads. When your bones and your fears are in the right place, the strength in your muscles counts for more. You can do something that seems impossible. The structural integrity of our lives is our habits and our ability to keep breathing through the natural fears that arise. This time of year, instead of making huge goals that require massive changes in our routines, we would do well to focus on our habits. The in-between moments. What is your morning routine? How do you move through your work? What is your auto pilot with your partner like? What do you do when you are bored? Tired? Happy? Tiny changes to daily, unconscious activities are much more likely to shift our lives than a fad diet or an intense fitness routine. Stack your joints, breath deeply, kick some ass. When you need to, find a wall. ;) #yoga #yogapants #yogaeverydamnday #yogini #thebusinessyogi #smallbusiness #entreprenuer #fitmom #momboss #boss #fearless

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I have been thinking about guides lately. Guides come in many forms: people, experiences, habits, practices. Some guides we choose, others show up unexpectedly, whether we like it or not. When the choice is ours, we should be thoughtful about who we let guide our lives. It is easy to get caught up in gaining respect and approval, instead of trusting our instincts and living close to our own souls. There lies the greatest guide of all...the guide that is the most powerful and often the last one we listen to: our own intuition. Do you silence yours or give it a microphone? • Do you see that beautiful tree? The one that is holding onto its leaves, even though all the others have dropped theirs? It is the most beautiful tree in my neighborhood. Seeing it every day is a source of joy for me. For all its unique and standout beauty, it is in danger. If the leaves don't fall before snow comes, the branches will break from the weight and destroy the tree. It might not have a chance to be so beautiful again. You can choose the metaphor you see. 😉 • Many of my chosen guides are yoga teachers. Shout out to @letthatshitgolexi for a beautiful thanksgiving yoga class and this rock as a reminder to prioritize the truly big things. • #yoga #meditate #mindfulness #fall #yogaeverydamnday #createyourlife #yogateacher #deepthoughts

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DAY 3: A little #throwback video of #chaturangadandasana in the background of Helen putting on her shoes 😂😂😂. @awakenstudios #awakenyourasana #yoga #yogaeverydamnday

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Day 2: #trikonasana or #trianglepose I am posting an imperfect throwback photo of this pose because today is a sick day for me. This pose is a real butt-kicker for my body. I have a hard time rotating my torso/shoulders and I typically use a block under my bottom hand in order to achieve proper alignment. You can see in this photo that I am compensating for that by over-twisting my lifted arm. And I have the hardest time pulling my abs up and in while twisting! Can I blame this on my kids, even though the youngest is almost four? ;) This is what I love about yoga--there is no such thing as "perfect". You show up on your mat, you try, and you tell yourself that the effort is enough until you believe it. It is so good for the goal-oriented mind to be humbled by this practice. ;) join me in this challenge!! @awakenstudios #awakenyourasana #yoga #yogaeverydamnday 📷 @meegaslav_kosanovchenko

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#cantstopwontstop meditating by water. In fact, I warn people who play outside with me that this will happen. It feels so good to stop and hold still while water flows all around me. I have been trying to live life this way and it is working! Navigating a flow instead of trying to plan and control. Sometimes @coyotelovely covertly photographs me doing this, and I am so grateful because it becomes the perfect pic to kickoff the @awakenstudios #awakenyourasana challenge. This pose is called #sukasana or #easyseat . It's perfect for #meditating. #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #idaho

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THE SLOW DOWN: I have lived in the same apartment for four years. It is the longest I have lived anywhere in my adult life. For the last four years, I have driven certain streets around me thousands of times. Last week, my car had to go to the shop. My kids went on a play date and I took the opportunity to drop the car at the shop so I wouldn't have to uber back and forth with them and their car seats. As a result, I walked a couple of miles and picked the kids up on foot. While walking my usual route up to the neighborhood of Walter's school, I saw this. A beautiful, clear pond. With SWANS. And fall colors. It was so beautiful and unexpected, it took my breath away. It was behind a fence, and I never had a reason to walk by before. It has been here the whole time. I am in a season of life where I have to slow down, whether I like it or not. Maybe I will learn to appreciate slowness. Maybe I will see more swans.

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STAY IN YOUR WEIRD: You have heard it before--your power lies in your uniqueness. The things that make you distinctive. But what if you feel ordinary? What if your life feels mundane? What if you don't see anything unique in yourself? Maybe the world asks us to look too hard at ourselves. Instead, consider this: when are you having the most fun? What part of your day makes you feel most alive? What gives you energy? What keeps you moving forward? WHAT COMES EASY TO YOU? Sometimes I pretend like I don't know what I should be doing with myself. I will never have the cleanest/biggest/prettiest house. I will never drive the nicest car. I will always be a mediocre yogi compared to everyone else. My abs will never be rock hard and neatly divided. My hair will always be messy, except for on the day it is cut/colored/styled by someone else. I will never be the fastest person to the summit. I will always get nervous when I try new things. I keep letting other people's cool weird stuff distract me. You know what I do have? FUN. I can make almost any situation into a real thrill. I love how I feel when I hustle up a mountain or try my best in a yoga class. I really love food. I like to nourish my body AND eat foods that give me pleasure. (S'mores! 🤤 #sorrynotsorry abs) I might be hella scared, but I try things anyway, and I know how to laugh at myself when I make mistakes. Guess what else? A few times a week, different people I know call to ask me for help with an interview, a tough conversation, a negotiation, a yoga pose, or some help with a business idea. That's my weird. Business nerd, fun, and moving my body. And cookies. Oh, and scaring myself. I am going to keep trying to do more of all that, and you should too. Except, do your own weird things. #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #fun #getweird #stayweird #passion #businesscoach #empowerment #deepthoughts

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BALANCE! @iamheartlife is a badass #lifecoach, #yogi and #author . We coach each other--I help her with her business shiz and she helps me not be a monster to the men I date ;) (joking...kind of 😅)For most people, the patterns in our personal lives play out in our careers too. Boundary setting problems? Do you also happen to be a workaholic? Control freak? Are you also a perfectionist? See where I M going with this? Finding complementary partnerships can be a GAME CHANGER in this weird and wild world. #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #businesswoman #business #businesscoach #entrepreneur #success #empowerment #badass

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FEAR: it's everywhere, and it's a powerful tool for control. It is in the marketing that surrounds us. (You absolutely must have our product or terrible thing will happen!) it's part of what makes social media so addictive (FOMO anyone?) It's in our politics (listen to me! Think like me! I will protect you from xxx terrible thing! If you don't think like me, I will ridicule you and shame you!) it's part of the hierarchical nature of the most powerful businesses in our world. (Be who we ask you to be in the way we ask you to be that so that you get promoted! Then you will have the $$$ to buy all the stuff you have to have to make sure terrible things don't happen to you!) We all experience fear, on a spectrum. It's seeping in and it's seeping out of us. Do you see it? Once you see it, you can learn how to stop the control it has over you.

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