Your invitation to apply for Rockstar

This blog post is your special invitation to apply to join The Rockstar Coaching Collective.

Rockstar is a high level, LIVE group coaching program that I run with Robyn Youkilis. It's a mix of health, life and business coaching, and we meet every single week via video conference.

Most weeks it's Robyn or me leading the call, but we also have on guest experts who you'll get to hear from and ask personal questions in real time (think of it like an interactive podcast!). Our past experts have included entrepreneur boss lady Diane Sanfilippo, energy worker and mind shifter Jamie Graber, women's health and hormones guru Nicole Jardim and many, many more!

     

That's a screen shot of what our calls look like - you can join from your laptop, smart phone, or regular phone and we can all SEE each other!

What's included in the program:

  • One month intro program ALL with me (Emily!) where you'll learn the Rockstar fundamentals and get to know the other women in the group
  • Weekly LIVE 60-minute video calls, which are a mix of coaching, Q&A and guest experts
  • Monthly check-ins with your personal mentor (a woman who's been in the program for at least a full 9 month cycle)
  • In-person weekend RETREAT
  • Ongoing support in our secret Facebook group

who this program is for

Rockstar is for inspired ladies who are looking for support in taking their lives (both professional and personal) to the next level. Many of our women are IIN grads and health coaches or entrepreneurs, but we also have lawyers and women in PR and bakery owners. We have new moms and moms of teens, single ladies and women who have been married for decades.

The common theme is that these women want to better themselves on a deep level - it's not just about looking good and checking achievement boxes, it's about feeling present, connected and aligned with their life purpose.

Rockstar is about learning to embody self care and make choices from a place of intuition every day. It's about being able to show up exactly as you are and be a part of a collective that supports you no matter what you got going on that day or week.

If you're on my newsletter list and/or follow me and Robyn on social media and are inspired, or even just find yourself wanting more of what we have to share, I'd encourage you to check out the program and submit your application.

 

 

Applications are due in just a few days on Monday 7/16.

 

You can learn more about Rockstar, hear from some of the amazing women who are part of this tribe and complete your application here: The Rockstar Coaching Collective.

I will personally be reading every, single application. If we feel like you're a good fit, we'll reach out and schedule a time to get to know you more next week.

 

 

If there ever was a project or program that is my "baby" - this is it. Rockstar is a truly special group and I'm honored to be able to invite you to share in it.

Here's the link again: https://rockstarcoachingcollective.com/

 These people rock.

Guess who's back on the mat?

Just over a year ago I made a conscious decision to take a break from teaching yoga. This decision was not an easy one to make: I loved my students and I loved teaching. I loved that my classes and workshops were regular times where I was required to show up, be present and be seen.

 

 

Despite all that, I slowly started to resent my teaching commitments.
And I felt so guilty for feeling that way.

 

I was exhausted from running around the city, teaching early mornings and weekends, while still working full time on other projects during regular working hours. My attention was scattered. And I started to feel like a fake because between everything I was doing, I wasn't making it to my own mat regularly.

So I decided to take a break from teaching. I thought it would be good to have a month or two off during the summer when studio traffic slows down anyways. I figured I'd be back in the fall, refreshed and with a renewed excitement for teaching.

Well, it took a little more than a month or two (more like 12...), but I'm now READY to step back into this role, or rather step FORWARD into this new version of yoga teacher me.

 "Always forward, never back" (name that TV reference!)

"Always forward, never back" (name that TV reference!)

I share this for a few reasons:

  1. For my students - "It's not you, it's me" I just want you to know I've missed you SO much. I'm beyond excited to practice with many of you again soon (see upcoming classes below!)
  2. For my fellow yoga teachers - It's okay to put yourself first, it's okay to take a break. It's okay to love what you do but not to want to hustle so hard. It's okay to want to make good money. It's okay to want more time to yourself. It's okay if the group class thing is not working for you - there are other ways.
  3. For myself - Writing is so therapeutic for me. Putting words down here allows me to work through what's been going on in my head. What I wrote above is important: while I am "stepping back" into this role, I truly see this as moving FORWARD into a different reality of teaching for me, and I want to hold myself accountable to holding the vision of that different reality.

 

 

Like I said, I see this as a new era of teaching for me.

 

Here are the things I've decided to commit to (at this time) so that teaching can feel sustainable and supportive of me:

  • Teach local - For regular group classes, I'm only going to teach at studios that are within walking distance to my apartment or office. Not having to commute makes such a difference for me!
  • No more hot yoga - I love you hot yoga, but I literally burnt out teaching so many heated classes. While I'll still practice at a hot yoga studio occasionally, I won't be teaching in the heat.
  • Own my worth - I've increased my rates for privates and special events so that I can show up in the way that I want to: fully, and going above and beyond what's required.
  • Maintain my personal practice - If I feel like my personal practice is slipping, I will re-evaluate what I'm committing to on a weekly basis so that my practice can be a priority.
  • Invest in my own development as a teacher - I'm signed up for an advanced training later this month and will continue to take workshops and trainings to further hone my knowledge and skills as a teacher.

 

 

More than anything else, I want to continue to check in with myself before I commit to new classes, say YES to workshops or events or take on private clients.
 Taking a moment to check in.

Taking a moment to check in.

All that being said, I'm thrilled to share a few upcoming opportunities for us to practice yoga together this month!!

Practice with me:

  • Friday July 6th 4PM // Jewel City Yoga, Crown Heights BK // I'm auditioning at my local yoga studio by hosting a community yoga class. If you're in town, I'd love your support at this class. Click here for details!
  • Monday July 16th 6PM // Virtual class via Facebook LIVE! // I'm going to try out teaching a virtual class on Facebook LIVE. LIKE my Facebook page for updates!
  • Sunday July 22nd 9AM // Lululemon Smith Street, Cobble Hill BK // Join me for a free class at the Lululemon on Smith Street. In addition to the yoga class, I'll be chatting about my favorite essential oils for summer and you'll have the opportunity to sample and buy some of these amazing oils! No need to RSVP, you can just show up!

I am also open to taking on one or two new private yoga clients. Contact me if you're interested and we'll chat!

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Whatever your job or schedule, I encourage you to check in with yourself before committing to events, activities, etc. This is YOUR life and you deserve to be in the driver seat. So take a breath and take the wheel.

We got this.

Zucchini Noodle Soup

This easy recipe came together one night last week - it was an unseasonably cloudy and cool summer day, and since my gut has been acting up I wanted to make myself a simple yet nourishing dinner. Something that felt a little more fun than a standard bowl or salad, but didn't take a ton of time or effort.

Soup isn't your typical summer food, but this bowl was light and satisfying and exactly what my belly wanted. Making noodles out of zucchini gives the soup a fun factor while also upping the veggie content.

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Zucchini Noodle Soup

Ready in less than 10 minutes this soup is a perfect light dinner or easy lunch. Serve with a crusty slice of toast slathered in ghee or grassfed butter.

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Ghee or olive oil

Directions:

  1. Use a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to make noodles or ribbons out of the zucchini.
  2. Heat bone broth in a medium pot.
  3. Add in zoodles and cook for a few minutes
  4. Crack the eggs directly into the pot and poach or scramble in the hot soup. Cook until eggs are to your likely (can leave them a little softer like egg drop soup or fully cooked).
  5. Ladle soup into a bowl and season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of ghee or olive oil.

 

 

If you loved this Easy meal idea, check out these recipes:
Bone Broth Breakfast Soup
Zoodles with Veggies and Goat Cheese
High Protein Avocado Toast

 

My mantra for this summer

I've been into watching Grey's Anatomy recently, which may come as a surprise for to some of you - I've never been a big TV person, but the last year or so I've gotten into different Netflix or HBO series that I can watch on my computer, on my own time.

At first I just wanted something to occupy me while I was sweating in my infrared sauna, but I've started to enjoy the routine of watching a show and allowing my brain to wind down from the day.

 

 

Side note: I know many people numb out on TV, and while I'm definitely not immune to that, I'm starting to believe that watching a good series can also be a healing and meditative experience... I for one have had MANY "aha" moments while binging on Sex and The City and Grey's, but I'll save that conversation for another blog post ;)

 

Anyways, during an episode of Grey's (at least I THINK it was an episode of Grey's...) the narrator started going on about how life is not a race, how there's no prize for getting through it the fastest, there's no way to "win" it.

And for some reason it really hit me while watching that episode (see what I told you about TV being a space for aha moments?): There's really no rush.

Time is a funny thing - usually we talk about how time flies when we're having fun, how we don't have enough of it, how we're racing against the clock. Because our thoughts and words color how we experience reality, we then end up packing our schedules, racing from thing to thing, and stressing about not being able to fit in what's important to us.

 

 

What if we took off the pressure to "do it all" and simply focused on doing a few things that we truly enjoyed?
Instead of trying to get through our entire to-do lists, what if we concentrated on completing the ONE thing that mattered most?

 

My mantra for this summer is: SLOW DOWN.

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Maybe you (like me) are guilty of wanting to do it all. I want to travel the world, have a successful career, run a marathon and master a handstand, meet the love of my life and have cute babies. All before I'm 35 (used to be 30, but that ship has sailed...).

You don't win if you get through life the quickest, and there's no prize for checking off milestones or accomplishments before everyone else.

So this summer I'm leaning into the art of doing less. I'm making fewer plans and allowing myself time to get bored. To decorate my apartment. To read a novel (or five). To call my friends. To lay in bed a little longer than I think I should. To watch the sunset.

Here are a few practical tips to embracING the summer slow down:

  1. Prioritize and downsize your to-do list. I use an online task management system and dump all my to-dos in there. Each day I focus on 1 or 2 important tasks to complete from the list.
  2. Allow buffer time. Instead of leaving for work (or a meeting, or an appointment, or yoga class) with just enough time to spare, give yourself some "buffer." Not only will this extra time mean that you're not rushing, you may even have a few minutes to wander, window shop, call your mom, or just breath.
  3. Meditate. Seriously though, this is the easiest way to shift your perspective around time and approach your day with a more grounded, calm mindset. Even one minute helps.
  4. Streamline your online time. Give yourself windows of time when you'll be online (whether that's responding to emails and text messages, or posting to Instagram), and then resist the urge to get online outside of those windows. Social media and email can be huge time sucks if you're not mindful about how you use them.
  5. Turn your phone off. I usually put my phone on airplane mode an hour or two before bedtime, but also when I have an important project to finish or when I'm spending time with friends, or in nature. It's nice to not be reachable for a little bit :)
 Airplane mode is your new BFF.

Airplane mode is your new BFF.

Practicing these tips are helping me change my go go go reflex. It's not always easy, but it's happening. I'm slowing down and it feels pretty darn good.

Summer recipes!

This past weekend I went to the farmer's market and OMG it's officially summer i.e. the best time for farmer's markets everywhere!

I'll admit: I've been in a little bit of a cooking rut recently. I tend to stick to the same easy dishes that are less recipes and more assembling of components. This method can be great (meal prep is a lifesaver for a busy gal or guy), but there's also something to be said about spending a little creative time in the kitchen versus just going through a routine.

So when I was at the farmer's market I challenged myself to grab a few different veggies - not just the sweet potatoes and kale that I always get, but I also picked up sugar snap peas and strawberries and red leaf lettuce. And now I'm going to challenge myself to make at least ONE new recipe using these ingredients this week.

My hope is that making a new recipe each week will continue throughout the summer season.

Here are some recipes featuring early summer produce that have caught my eye so far:

Chilled Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken and Avocado - This recipe uses vegetable noodles which I LOVE, especially in the summer. You could easily sub cubed tempeh for the chicken to make veg-friendly!

 


Spicy Grilled Shrimp - Okay, this recipe doesn't exactly highlight summer produce BUT it is made on the grill which in my opinion is the epitome of summer. I'd swap a more nutrient rich coconut sugar for the white sugar, or leave it out all together.

 

Dilled, Crunchy Sweet Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing - Nothing feels more like summer to me than fresh corn! This recipe also includes other seasonal highlights such as dill, parsley, cucumbers and peppers. Dairy free? I bet you could swap the buttermilk for a little coconut yogurt thinned out with lemon juice and omit the cheese.

 

Green Gazpacho - "This zippy, herbaceous drinkable soup is like a trip to the farmers’ market in a glass." Sounds good to me!

 

Grilled Halibut and Bok Choy with Coconut Lime Dressing - I love grilling ALL vegetables, greens included (so surprisingly delicious!). I don't have a grill but may have to invest in a grill pan, which basically turns your stove top into an indoor grill.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars - Not sure how it happened but whoever invented the strawberry rhubarb combo was a genius. YUM!

 

Now I'm hungry - so who wants to come over for dinner??? ;)

 

 

 

I hope that these recipes inspire you to have a little more FUN with summer produce in your kitchen.
If you make one of these, snap a photo and tag me on social media @EmilyNachazel so I can see your delicious creations!