Hurricane Harvey has come and gone; leaving in it’s path devastation, loss, and years of rebuild and regrowth. I feel extremely lucky that my home and no one in my immediate family had any major issues with the storm. The same cannot be said for thousands of Houstonians. The silver lining in it all is being a witness to the community come together to help friends, neighbors, and complete strangers. Becoming one unit and standing together, hand-in-hand, in the face of adversity is the only way to overcome it, and it fills my heart [and my eyes] with joy to observe the love being spread around my city.

I have been doing my own to help with the relief efforts where I can, and this blog post is one of them! Although I did not lose material possessions during the storm, a few things did escape me over the last several weeks; sleep, exercise, and clean eating just to name a few. As those slowly started to reenter and make home in my life once again, one thing did not; creativity. To be honest, this week is the first week I’ve had my creativity and motivation back since before the storm hit in August. Below are the top 3 actions I took to reignite and restore creativity in my daily life. 

 

1. Do something artistic

This can look different for every single person. For some it may be painting, for some it may be photography. Writing, drawing, journaling, dancing, the options really are endless. Doing something artistic simply means to spend some time reveling in an activity that brings you joy as well as concentration of the mind. When we are in our artistic element, whatever that may mean to us, we stop thinking about all our “to-do’s” or “should be doings,” and instead focus our efforts on allowing the mind to do what it does best; flow. 

 

Josh and I are creeping up on one year of marriage (what?!), and I am just now finishing our honeymoon scrapbook! I worked on this every night that we were in Europe last year, sans a few days at the end, but once we got back home I put it in a drawer and haven’t touched it since. Not only was it exciting to stroll through the memories of our honeymoon, but getting crafty was just what my mind needed to help ignite that creative spark!

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Honeymoon Scrapbook Cover

 

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2. Mentorship via books or podcasts

I rarely listen to the radio or music anymore. As much as I love music, and I really really love music, I’ve found myself passing my time while in the car or on the stairmaster by listening to motivational podcasts. My current favorites are below:

For living a happy, productive lifestyle: Earn Your Happy Podcast

For yoga inspiration: Yoga Crush Podcast

There is also a book I started 2 weeks ago (normally I’d have it finished by now but it is literally SO good that I don’t want it to be over) that has literally pulled me out of my inspiration funk and sent me speeding down a creative highway! Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve probably heard about the book-turned-big-screen-movie Eat Pray Love. The New York Times best-selling author, Elizabeth Gilbert, completely outdoes herself in this ‘self-help’ book, Big Magic. It is a MUST read if you are looking for creative inspiration!

 big magic, elizabeth gilbert

3. Meditation

I’ll admit that I saved this one for last because it is the most challenging for me. Sometimes I even resist meditating; fighting my body every step of the way as I walk to my meditation space. As I reluctantly sit down on my cushion with crossed legs, my brain runs rampant. Meditating for me is hard work, but it has started to become easier. I forced myself to meditate during my creative block and day after day it was the same struggle. Until one day when it wasn’t. Magical things happen when you can finally allow your cloudy, task-oriented mind to be relaxed and clear; a vessel connecting the brain to the vast space of energy source, divine spirit, the universe. Once I sit patiently through the fog and muck, I make it to the other side. My mind is open and ready for whatever creative or inspiring ideas pop into my head. It can be very intimidating to just sit down and start meditating on your own. Guided meditations are extremely helpful in this regard. My current favorite is Tara Brach. She has some short meditations too which are great when you’re just starting out.

 

Although there are countless other ways to reignite your creativity, the above mentioned suggestions are a good place to start. They can easily be incorporated into your daily routine, adding just a few minutes for meditation in the morning and a few chapters of reading or podcast listening at night. What do you do for creative inspiration? Comment below! Until next time…

 

Shine on.

-BG

Hello and welcome, friends! I know it’s been a hot minute since I posted last. I knew that I wanted my next post to be non-yoga related, but I wasn’t sure what to write about. After some thought and a couple brainstorming sessions, it came to me. What better way for you to get to know me than to read 10 fun facts about me! Have FUN reading these, and let me know if we have any in common!

 

10 Fun Facts about Bridget Guisinger:

In no particular order…

  1. David Bowie is my favorite artist. I was 3 years old when I first saw the movie Labyrinth and it quickly became one of my favorites. I re-watched and rewound that VHS tape countless times before my mom accidentally taped over it when trying to record one of her soap operas (ah, does anyone else remember those struggles?!). Thankfully by this time, DVDs had been invented and my mother replaced that old VHS (I now own 5 digital copies of the Labyrinth, in case anyone wants to borrow it ;-)). I love David Bowie so much that I even named our dog after him. Granted, my dog is a girl, but it works! When we adopted her, the foster parent had been calling her “Bonnie.” Josh and I were not a fan but we didn’t want to change the name up too much and confuse her. I thought Josh would completely shoot down the idea of naming her Bowie, but to my surprise he loved it just as much as I did! Ok, maybe not AS much as me, but he agreed and she’s been Bowie ever since (Oh and she loves it, by the way, just in case you were wondering ;-))

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This is one of the first pictures we took of Bowie when she met one of her sets of grandparents (my parents). Can you see the resemblance?! David Bowie lives on in that sweet, little face <3

 

2. I am a Texas gal, born and raised. I was born in a tiny (not so much anymore) town in the northwestern part of Houston called Tomball. When I was a kid I had big dreams of moving away as soon and as fast as I could, and now I live just 20 minutes east of that tiny town. There is still plenty of time to move away but for now, Texas is my home and I am proud of it!

 

3. I will pick the mountains over the beach any day. Perhaps my infatuation with elevation is derived from my Fun Fact #2? If you’ve ever been to Texas you know that it’s #flat. I have always gravitated towards the mountains and thankfully, so has my husband. We got engaged in the Rocky Mountains, took our honeymoon in the Bavarian and Swiss Alp region in Europe, and we will be taking our 1 year anniversary trip (in October) to the Appalachian Mountains in New England. 

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Rocky Mountains on the Chasm Lake Trail
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Swiss Alps on Mt Titlis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. I LOVE to dance. But I am (admittedly) not very good at it. You guys are some of the first to know that I will be starting ballet and tap classes in the fall! They are 6 week introductory courses for adult #newbs like myself. I haven’t taken dance classes since I was 5 and I’m super stoked about it!

P.S. It is a secret fantasy of mine to tap dance in a Broadway show. Maybe it’s not so out of the realm of possibility? We shall see! 😉

 

5. My favorite color is purple. Yes, you’ve heard me correctly! That is the first time I have admitted it to myself out loud (or on screen). My favorite color has, for as long as I can remember, always been orange. But I have found myself over the last year gravitating towards the color purple. All of my yoga mats are purple, most of my newer clothes and jewelry are purple, and the color scheme for this website is (obviously) purple! Whew, It’s about time I finally got that off my chest.

 

6. Owls are my spirit animal. If you have met me in person before, this is probably obvious due to the owl tattoo on my back. It is even more obvious once you walk into my house. Upon entering Casa de Guisinger, you will immediately notice owl artwork, owl figurines, owl dinner plates, and even owl pencils! Owls have always been my favorite animal and you could probably trace this all the way back to when I was 3 and watching Labyrinth for the first time. For those who have not seen the movie (first of all, what are you doing with your life? JK…sort of) Jareth the Goblin King (aka David Bowie) turns into an owl several times during the movie. And if that doesn’t make you want to stop what you’re doing and go watch it, I don’t know what will. But finish the blog post first!

 

7. I am a proud big sister to a 25 year old brother named Brandon. We have finally gotten to the age where we don’t need tape separating our space in the car on road trips. He has turned into a pretty cool dude.

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Here’s us from his college graduation last December!

 

8. I graduated from the University of Houston in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Throughout undergrad and up until this past January I worked in a geochemistry lab; first as a laboratory technician and then as a Project Manager. Science has, and will always be, one of my greatest loves. But sitting at a desk behind a computer 50 hours of the week is not what I am called to do, and that is ok! Geology has already weaved it’s way into my yoga love affair and I have BIG plans for combining them in the future.

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It was really sunny that day!

 

9. My (practical) dream car is a Subaru Outback. Laugh all you want but this car was made for all of the mountain terrain I plan on exploring!

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10. I LOVE to travel. I have not gotten to do it as much as I would have liked in my early 20s, but Josh and I have promised to take at least one (bigger) trip and a few smaller, local trips every year. Next year we have California and Canada on the list! My bucket list items include, but are not limited to; Alaska, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Croatia, and France. 

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All the #hearteyes for Scotland

 

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I had writing them. Now that you know me a little better, let me know if we share anything in common! Until next time…

 

Shine on.

-BG

Why Choose Private Yoga?

Yoga, especially to the beginner yogi, can be a very intimidating thought. If I received a dime for every time I heard the sentence, “Oh, I can’t do yoga; I can’t even touch my toes!” I’d be an abundant gal! Er, more abundant! 😉 Walking into a room comprised of [what we think are] advanced students living the yoga sutras and breathing ujjayi pranayama is no easy feat! I am here to tell you that yoga is for you…and you and you and YOU! No body contortion experience necessary! Choosing private yoga sessions over public classes benefits everyone from brand new students to the advanced yogi.

 

Five Benefits of Choosing Private Yoga with Me:

  1. 100% customizable sequences, completely tailored to meet your individual needs. In a public class setting there can be an upward of 20+ students. Individual focus and attention becomes more difficult as I try to teach to the class as a whole versus focusing specifically on one student. What are your specific goals and needs? What pose do you want to learn or expand on? What areas of yoga most excite you? Let’s focus on them! Upon reaching out to me for a private class, I will send you a document that asks these questions, along with others, so that I can direct my drishti (yoga term for attention) to those specific areas and create a class that fits you; mind, body, and soul. 
  2. Location of your choosing. Not only are the classes designed with you in mind, but the location is as well! Don’t feel like leaving your home to practice? No problem! I can come to your house at any time or day that is convenient for you. I also have plenty of space for yoga at my own place including an indoor room with air conditioning and an enclosed outdoor space for a heated practice. Want to practice ‘out of the box’ completely? Yoga can be taken anywhere! The park, a brewery, by a lake or pond…the world is our playground!
  3. The ability to be open and vulnerable with me about health concerns, injuries, aches, or pains. Class settings can be overwhelming for the beginner student or any students with injuries or limitations. A one-on-one yoga session can create a sacred space between teacher and student so that you, the student, feels comfortable enough to disclose any information necessary to create the best experience possible.
  4. Diving deeper. Although I have mostly focused the beginner yogi, the experienced practitioner also benefits greatly from private yoga sessions. As discussed above, public class settings do not allow much room for individual attention. Private instruction can allow the advanced student to take their practice to the next level. Correct alignment, hands on adjustments/corrections, and a deeper knowledge of yoga can be applied in private sessions to enhance your already established practice.
  5. Mentorship. I can be a constant resource for you on and off the mat. During practice, I am there for support and guidance for any questions, thoughts, or feelings that might come up. The same mentorship can be applied off the mat as you continue to deepen your practice. I am available through phone or email to answer any questions or thoughts that occur after our private session.

So there you have it! Only a handful of juicy reasons to dive in to the wonderful world of private yoga with me, Bridget Guisinger! I hope our paths may cross in the future, on or off the mat!

 

Shine on.

-BG