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“Why waste a second not loving who you are?”

Natasha Bedingfield

“If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.”

Louise Hay

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”


“Love yourself first and everything falls into line.”

Lucille Ball

“For me, it might sound cliche, but beauty for me really does start on the inside. It’s like a state of mind, a state of love if you will. Then, whatever you can do on the outside is all like a bonus.”

Queen Latifah

“Our body is a vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”


“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The other day my husband proclaimed:  “Well I did it.  I’ve gained 11 pounds back!  Now I just have five more pounds to go.  I’d like to gain five more pounds.”

Super-moms and Super-women everywhere, together now:  LOL!

Philippe had lost weight while we taught The Prana Cleanse™ (twice) and was super-happy it was re-appearing again.

“The five pounds.”  How many times have I heard this from a Super-mom/Super-woman?

“If I could only lose five pounds, then I’d be happy.”

“It’s just these last five pounds—they are really distracting me.  When I lose them, then I will do everything I’ve been wanting to do.  I will be who I want to be.”
How many times has your weight or something to do with your body distracted you from following your heart and your dreams?
And what is REALLY going on here?

The fact that my sweet husband, bless his heart, was doing the “five pound thing” on the other end of the spectrum got me thinking—wondering, Super-mom style.

What would the world be like if everyone, right now, loved their body AS IT IS NOW.  Not in five pounds, not in twenty pounds, not in a week or a month or when you fit into this or that.

Body discontent is pretty rampant and I’d like to help do something about it.

You can help.

Come together, Super-people, and share your experience on this topic.  Be open and honest and fearless and let’s flush this out for once and all.

And have some perspective Super-women…some Super-men out there are wishing to weigh five pounds MORE.

My two cents is that a regular yoga practice will shift your body image and overall attitude forever.  I’ve seen it happen countless times and continue to enjoy seeing this transformation in my students on a daily basis.

I also believe that incorporating more raw, un-processed foods in your life will have the same effect.  If you are putting processed, disconnected foods into your body, of course you will feel disconnected from your body and yourself.  And disconnection from ourselves is what causes us to be distracted by “the five pounds”–which is actually an illusion—a metaphor for something else.
Philippe and I have made it super-easy for you to enjoy more live, unprocessed foods in your day-to-day life by opening The Prana Raw Café at 292 Centre Street, Newton Corner (3 doors down from Prana Power Newton—on the corner where the rug store used to be).

It doesn’t matter if you know what raw vegan is—the foods we serve at The Prana Café’ are so delicious (pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, burritos, nachos, big salads, soups, juices, smoothies, the best desserts ever, and more) that you’ll hang out at The Prana Café’ (we have comfy couches-n-chairs, Starbucks-style as well as traditional tables and chairs) for the sheer delight of the taste of the food.

And you’ll feel so much better—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

And that, Super-people, is what it’s all about.

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

Earl Nightingale

“All you have to do is get into vibrational harmony with your desire, and your desire must be given to you – and the Universe will find endless ways of bringing it to you.”

- Abraham-Hicks

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.