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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Natasha Marvis Natasha Marvis affirmation inventor. yoga enthusiast. dishwashing meditator.

Natasha Marvis is Certified Yoga Instructor, standing in her strength, sharing her love, and remaining authentic in the present moment. [www.mindfulconnection.me]

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At some point, I realized that I became stressed out whenever I thought about the future, and I’d think about the past almost as if I regretted it. When I went through yoga teacher training, I picked up a lot of great tools for applying what I learn on my yoga mat to my everyday life. The most important lessons so far are to stay in the present moment, focus on taking care of myself so I can take care of others, and serve without expecting anything back in return.

Yoga has been transformational. I do it every day. It keeps my body and mind healthy. I’ve become more aware of what I put into and do with my body. Yoga has made me super conscious about every decision I make.

I’ve started doing little meditations to make sure I’m staying true to myself. It may sound silly, but I’ve made washing dishes a meditation. If I find myself starting to feel out of balance or stressed, I take a really deep breath and tell myself that exactly where I am is exactly where I’m supposed to be. These little rituals help me come back to my center.

When I was 14, I created an affirmation I still live by to this day, every day: “I’m a unique woman, sharing my love and standing in my strength.” I repeat this to myself as often as I can, especially when I feel like I’m getting lost. It’s helped me stay true to myself, be completely honest with myself, and reach out for good support.

I used to be scared to reach out and ask for help. I’ve learned to let that go. Now, if I feel like I need support and want guidance, I just go for it. Most of the time, people are willing to be there for us, especially when we’re honest.

For anyone who’s feeling lost, the most important thing is to first learn how to love and respect yourself. Then you’ll be able to love and respect everything and everyone in every situation in your life.

Find a way to love yourself wholly and support yourself. Do things that make you happy. Be happy being alone. If you’re feeling lost, ask yourself what you want to do today, what would be for your highest good, and then take the next step to see what’s out there. For me, it was yoga. I went to yoga classes to find that relief. Then I became a teacher to be able to share that knowledge with others.

Natasha Marvis

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