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“And we’ll celebrate, with three Om’s.”
I start my classes like this these days, and I end them celebrating with three Om’s as well.

I finally understand what the world “celebrate” means. For years, when people would say “You have to celebrate!!” or “Time to celebrate!!” I really had no idea what they were talking about. I had no idea actually how to do that—to “celebrate.”

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“I choose to allow all of my experiences to be peaceful, loving, and joyful.”
-Louise Hay

To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

It should be easy and flow. It should flow beautifully and easily.

“To be a great champion, you must believe that you are the best. If you’re not, pretend that you are.”
-Muhammad Ali

I am in my power. My prana* flows through my body.
*prana=life force

If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

I release all restrictions and I allow myself to be me.

When I was little, my legs were just my legs. I never thought about them. My arms were just my arms. They helped me hit a tennis ball, to win a match. I never thought about whether they were toned, thin, whether they fit into the “right” size of clothing.

I never thought about food, either. Except for the habitual question: “Mom, what’s for dinner?” food wouldn’t cross my mind, unless the Good Humor ice cream truck was driving down my street in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

How is it that our culture has become so obsessed with food, so hyper-aware of our physical bodies?

Since our body is really just “the home of our spirit,” why do we obsess so about it and what we put into it? And how can we stop?

The dichotomy is astounding: droves of people mindlessly, automatically and obsessively shoveling food into their mouths on a regular basis, not paying attention—not listening to what their bodies are telling them in the form of fatigue, illness, pain, depression, anxiety (“It’s 12:00? Time to eat!!”) Vs. the epidemic of eating disorders or “eating concerns” as we so politically correctly called them at Harvard University, where I worked as a doctoral candidate therapist-in-training.

Most of us have lost our ability to judge real hunger, and to feed it.

A world full of over-processed, non-nutrient dense “food” products has caused our culture to become over-fed and undernourished. People are full–and starving. Starving for real nutrients, real love, and light.

Our bodies are starving for nourishment, as they consume hundreds of pounds of sugar, additives, and chemicals every year, all in the name of “health food.” Have you seen it? We now have “organic junk food,” in shiny, pretty packages that call it “healthy.” “Well, it’s organic!! It must be healthy!!” “I bought it at Wholefoods; it must be good for me.” People want to be healthy and want to feel good, but they are lost.

And it’s no wonder. A culture and government that pushes junk food, meat and dairy products, pharmaceutical consumption and medical procedures doesn’t help.

And if you choose to think and live “outside the box” or cultural programming, you’re labeled “weird.”

Where did it all go wrong?

Bill Cosby once said “I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

I can’t pinpoint where or how it all went wrong, but I can say how it shifted—“went right” for me.

Four words: yoga and raw food.

With a daily yoga practice and a vegan raw food lifestyle, the mystery is solved, and life is good.

I have a ton of energy, feel happy pretty much all the time, feel and look ten years younger than when I was eating “healthy” cooked foods from health food stores and working out at the gym, need less sleep, have more clarity, focus, and patience, and am a better parent, wife, and teacher.

I am better able to be of service–to my family, my yoga students, my teaching staff, the person on the street who needs help, the world.

Many people ask me: “Is it really that simple?”

Yes, it is.

**For more information on the raw food lifestyle, visit the following websites, check out these suggested books, and stay tuned for more articles from Taylor with hints on how to feel the best ever!!**

Websites:

Books:

  • Living on Live Foods – Alissa Cohen alissacohen.com
  • Eating for Beauty – David wolfe rawfood.com
  • Eating in the Raw – Carol Alt rawfood.com or ecookbooks.com
  • Feeling Good Food – Susie Miller rawfood.com
  • Green for Life – Victoria Boutenko rawfood.com
  • Raw Food Real World – Matthew Kenney ecookbooks.com
  • Rawsome!! – Brigitte Mars rawfood.com
  • The Raw Food Detox Diet – Natalia Rose rawfood.com or ecookbooks.com
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    Super-mom Kim Cherelli

     

    WOW!! Supermom of the month.    I was shocked to say the least when Taylor mentioned she wanted me to be her super mom of the month.  Me?  I never thought there was anything super about me.  I’m as average as average is, nonetheless I was and am honored to be thought of.

     

    I met Taylor a year ago during Teacher Training at Prana Power Yoga.  I was instantly drawn to her energy and knew I was in the right place.  I didn’t know why I decided to become a yoga instructor nor did I know what I was getting into.  You see prior to signing up for the 8 week teacher training I think I practiced yoga about a dozen times.  I woke up one day and said “ I think I’d like to be a yoga instructor”  I proceeded to ask my yoga instructor at BSC how one goes about becoming an instructor.  She told me about Prana and here I am a whole year later.  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for other than the fact I was looking for “something” the something that yoga instructors have.  I’m learning every day and I’m a work in progress but this is a journey and I am excited to see where it takes me.  The teacher training was an emotional and beautiful experience.  As quickly as the thought popped into my head to become a yoga instructor the same happened for my understanding why.  I’m understanding I am where I am suppose to be right now at this moment.  Stress is not as prevalent as before and I’m understanding people a bit better.

     

    So, a lil about me.  I’m a single mom of one 18 year old son.  I don’t consider myself any different than the next mother. I never found raising a child difficult because it came naturally to me. .  I raised him simply the way I wanted to be treated.  I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant and afraid to tell my mother.  I knew what she would say or better yet the look or her face would tell me how disappointed she was.  Most people know my situation and how my son was the result of an abusive relationship, however I wouldn’t have change a thing.  I had to go through that for my son to be born.  If I didn’t then he wouldn’t have been born and I can’t imagine my life without him.  People congratulate me for being a single mom  my son does too but I don’t think I deserve any special credit.  Putting aside all my heartache and struggles in my life, it’s nothing compared to what some are going through.  I do count my blessings and I feel blessed to have been given this gift of motherhood.  There are those who want children and can’t   I am so very thankful and I can’t say it enough…..It’s truly a blessing.

    “where you are at this moment is where you are suppose to be”

    Sending love and light to all

    Kim Cherelli