Manifest Change!!!- Moving towards Health and Happiness!

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - Posted by Jess at 7:22 AM
The New Year is almost here and we (myself included!) like to make resolutions usually to make some form of change in our life! The new year seems to stand as a symbol of new beginnings. Maybe its to take on a healthier lifestyle in terms of how we eat and take care of our physical bodies! Maybe in how we interact in our relationships, or to start a new project, whatever it is we have to begin somewhere! So the first step is determining what it is we want to begin and then setting our intention for the year in that direction! So usually we get super ramped up at the beginning and then it tends to fizzle out and we lose that momentum we had. Then we go back to the same ol', same ol'! So how do we keep up our momentum? Well in my experience it seems to be first in taking consistent action (even when you don't feel like it!) and next, this is a big one for me, having someone to be accountable too! So be it a friend, partner, councilor, hired trainer or someone in a support group. Who ever it is for you, it is helps to have to someone to keep you motivated, and on the right path, as well as someone to give you feed back and "atta boys'" here and there!!

So I thought for the New Year I would offer my services at a discounted price to any one who is looking to make a change in their diet and lifestyle!! I want to be that support person for you to keep you motivated and moving toward your goal for a healthier and happier you!! So if you are interested please contact me via email or by phone and we can figure out a time and day that works for you and your life! Here is to you and moving forward with whatever it is you choose to do!! Much love and Health!!


"MANIFEST CHANGE"- Moving towards Health and Happiness!

6 weeks of Nutrition Coaching and Private Yoga sessions-

Combo package 1 1/2 hr- $390!!

Special last through January 31st, 2012!

Before the 6 weeks begin we would have a consultation to figure out what your goals are and then we will go from there! All sessions will be held at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in Columbia City, IN. If you would like to meet at your home just add $30 to package price for travel fees. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Can't wait to hear from you!


Jessica Burkett, C.Y.T., C.N.C

The Eight Limbs of yoga!! (yes that's right 8!:) )

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - Posted by Jess at 5:41 PM
Well Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you are all enjoying and staying relatively calm this holiday season!! I have been focusing alot this season on how to do that myself! (no Christmas cards again this year! Sorry friends, I still love you! ) But one,or many, of the wonderful ways that has been helping me stay conscious about my response to the holidays is by reflecting/practicing the 8 limbs of the yogic path. So if you are unfamiliar with the Eight limbs here is a little break down for you:

Yamas-(5 moral restraints)

Ahimsa- non-violence
Satya- truthfulness
Asteya- non-stealing
Brahmacarya- moderation
Aparigraha- non-hoarding

Niyamas-(5 observances)

Sauca- purity
Santosha- contentment
Tapas- zeal, austerity
Svadhaya- self-study
Isvara-pranidhana- devotion to a higher power


Pranayama-(mindful breathing exercises)

Pratayahara-(turning inward)



Samadhi-(union of self with object of meditation)

So there is all 8 limbs, but you don't have to take them in order! Really they are not linear, more of a wheel shape! So you try to incorporate all, or as much as you can at one time!! Sound overwhelming? If so maybe just focusing on one at a time. Say for example you want to practice Ahmisa (non-violence) this holiday season. How might you do that you ask? Well there is the most obvious, like don't punch the woman who just took that last toy you have been searching high and low for! That is a good start, but in more subtle forms, maybe in not beating yourself up for not sending out those Christmas card this year, or being conscious of not overeating all of those wonderful treats everyone keeps baking! (stay away from the gingerbread men they can be addictive!) Or not staying to long with family members that are really difficult to be around! (yes it is okay to limit your time with these people! It is practicing non-violence for both people involved! :) ) So there you have it, not very complicated to think about, but the practice is what can be a little bit more challenging! So try it out before the big day hits and all the festivities start and see how it changes your interactions with your family and friends, and yourself!! Try one or two or all! And let me know how it works out for you! Would love to hear your responses! And let yourself know right now that you will never do all of them perfectly! It is a path and enjoy the journey! OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti! (om, peace, peace, peace, thats what we are going for right?)

Much love-