This week’s podcast brought so much joy. I chatted with Karyn Nesbit, who’s become somewhat of a Soul Cycle celebrity. Soul Cycle is my cardio of choice, I’d do it every day if I could. It’s not zen like everything else, but there is something to it that’s more than just the workout. It’s a therapy session, jam session and cardio session rolled into one. I’ve learned a lot on the bike, pushing through resistance and working to failure inevitably brings up emotions, blocks and thoughts, many of which have manifested on WELL / AWARE. Karyn’s classes sell out in seconds, because her teaching style is fearlessly authentic and notoriously challenging among the Soul tribe. Her beats are also incredible, check out the Spotify link in the show notes. I first took Karyn’s class because a friend of a friend told me she’d recently tried it on a whim and was hooked immediately… actually around this time last year. I can’t believe it’s been a full year of classes!
I think I’ve put a finger on it. The exhaustion, the fatigue, the craving to be more inside the shell than out of it. Of course, being an introvert and having too much to do creates tension, but I’ve felt less energetic than usual lately. The culprit came into consciousness after speaking to our next guest on the WELL / AWARE Show (live on Wednesday!), who returned to the same constant when I asked her about her successes. It wasn’t about cutting carbs, getting up at 5:00 a.m. every day to train or a magic potion, although I’m sure those practices don’t hurt. Her key to success and living well is being fully present in the moment.
Living in the present is a deceptively simple but enormous task. For me, it’s one that becomes even bigger with every Facebook notification, bill to pay, obligation to uphold, item on the to-do list.
I’ve gone away a lot this year, more than any other year of my life. Three of my dear friends got married and each event called for an extended stay whether I was in the wedding, attending related gatherings beforehand or traveling from afar and making a vacation out of it. I also went on a work trip to Cancun that was equal parts relaxation and work. Four “vacations,” tough life, right?
When I first met Desiree, I was simultaneously anxious and excited — I was attending my very first moon gathering. She was wearing a loose black dress and a top knot, and had simple tattoos on her forearms, one looked like a delicate outline of a vine. She was quietly confident, she had “that je ne sais quoi” if you will, telling her story to the circle of women who’d gathered around to harness the energy and power of renewal from the blue moon. She spoke firmly with a full, round voice and an accent I couldn’t quite place as she told us about the transformative power of Kundalini yoga and meditation.
Marissa Goodman Thieriot has invented, and if not invented, certainly modernized, the farm to table sweater with her company Tempest Bentley. From the wool used to create the sweaters, which is harvested from sheep who eat, sleep, drink and play the way they should, by workers who truly care about their trade, to the box and packaging the sweater arrives in and the tags it bears before that first wear. Every step of the way is well-researched, I was intrigued by this purist approach — as we all know mine is conscious but not nearly this pure as it’s not entirely sustainable — and wanted to find out what drove her to direct this beautiful symphony of mindful manufacturing. The sweaters themselves are absolutely stunning, featuring well stitched, thick cables that are vintage in style but modern in cut and material.