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“The only true measure of success is the amountof joy we are feeling.”


“By letting it go, it all gets done.”


Lao Tzu

My Sister and nephews are visiting us from Santa Fe.  I love them so much and it’s amazing and wonderful to have them here, and also a path of learning for Super-mom.

I didn’t think it was possible for anyone (let alone a guest in your house) to do 7 loads of laundry a day.
How is that POSSIBLE?

I have no idea what she’s finding to wash, but Girl, that washer has been going nonstop.

“There’s a lot of inertia going on around here,” quipped Philippe as I said for the umpteenth time “OK, guys, ready to go swimming at the lake?”
This Super-mom likes to MOVE.  I’m all about being centered, in the moment, and yogic, but I’m also about massive action and FUN.

Five kids–two who’re 4 months of age?  No worries—I find a way.
My sister didn’t get the “massive action gene.”  ;)

I’m way more “vata” and she’s more “kapha.” (Check out what these terms mean in Ayurvedic medicine.  Good stuff.  Google it, Super-people.)

So, when my big sister and I are together, it’s pretty funny to witness the flow–or lack thereof.
How could two people so different be related?

Her four food groups are:  doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, white bread, and butter.

She can’t stand exercise of any kind.  Has never liked it.
I started ice-skating five hours a day when I was five years old.

Yet despite all of our differences, I adore her and love every moment we’re together.
My intention with is to inspire this kind of love, adoration, and support of all Super-people—no matter whether they’re like you or not.  In fact, the world is that much more interesting and fun because we’re all so different.

So during my Sister’s visit, it has become clear to me that my lesson with her and her family is to totally let go, surrender, and paddle downstream.
Attempting to “do anything” or have any “expectations” about our days or “plans” is like “herding cats.”

I had wanted to go to our Prana Power Yoga Cambridge and Prana Power Yoga Winchester Studios to merchandise the PRANA raw vegan foods that we’re now selling; however, after 3 days of striking out in an attempt to make it there, I had clarity.

What became clear is that my path during their visit is to expect very little in the way of doing stuff/going places/etc. (We still haven’t left the house as a group at 3:06pm….I woke up at 5am, nursed, swam a mile in crystal lake, and took the 715am at Prana Newton before anyone woke up, and at this point, it’s pretty clear we ain’t goin’ anywhere today—LOL.)

So I’m surrendered to the process now.  ;)

And once I chose to surrender, and let my PRANA staff know that I’d be out of commission for a bit and why, I got this amazing and poignant email from a dear friend and PRANA teacher, which I read 3x and am now sharing with you:

“I’m glad for you Taylor.  I think the random time you spend with people is the most memorable.  It makes me think of years ago living in Allston in a big house with lots of people. People would move in and out with little fanfare and we never really knew who was actually living there. Anyway, mornings when I woke up and would sit out on our back porch with my friends were the best.  Morning would come and go and we’d be chatting, calling in sick to work and enjoying ourselves.  Now when we manage to get together it always revolves around doing something. We always end up at a loud bar or concert or something.  It makes me miss the time when my friends were just around all the time, and the mornings that turned into all day hang out sessions are what I remember best.  You can’t plan them. They just… happen.”  : )

And I really can’t say it any better than that.

“Maybe part of loving is learning to let go.”

The Wonder Years
“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”

“Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.”
Oprah Winfrey
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
Lao Tzu

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
Chinese Proverb

“Knowledge is learning something every day.

Wisdom is letting go of something every day.”


Zen Proverb

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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