Begin Again

As you’re probably aware, there is no shortage of marketing out there that sets up January as a time to reset after holiday indulgences or getting off track with respect to goals. I also know that none of us are strangers to the catch phrase, “New Year, New You!”

Both, in my opinion, imply a negative. Hence the reason that I personally opt to eradicate this way of talking or setting up my students, family and even myself for a new cycle around the sun. To clarify, the first statement, to me, quite simply says, “you’ve messed up – and now it’s time for a do over.” Ugh! The second implies that the way you are right now somehow isn’t good enough. Neither aligns even the most disciplined person for success. And anyone reading this knows that alignment in everything, body – mind and spirit – is what I strive to embody and to teach.

At The Dailey Method, our theme for January is all about BEGINNING AGAIN – each and every day…and sometimes in each and every moment.

This phrase gives us a permissible guide, a tangible starting point and an altered path towards reassessing what’s most important to us with a positive allowance to begin all over again if something is misaligned with what we need, want or desire. Beginning Again – unlike the first two ways mentioned about HOW to start off a New year inspired invites us to believe that no matter what – it is possible that at every corner of an entire 365 days – we have the power to start over and to make things happen.

Along with finding this compassionate way to make space for change in your life, “beginning again” also helps us open ourselves up to letting go of all that holds us back; albeit bad habits, people in our lives that aren’t healthy for us, situations that aren’t going well and that need to shift in order for growth to occur, etc. The list is endless!

In class, a great example that I know most of you can all relate to is in forearm plank. It’s definitely a simple place where I enjoy practicing how to “begin again”. There is more gravitational pull against your front core when you shorten the lever of your arm. This makes it so hard, especially since it follows your first long arm plank in the workout. For me, I’ll start my forearm plank as the teacher cues me into it, and as it gets challenging or I feel out of alignment, I place my knees down to take some of the load off. I take a moment to breathe and re-engage. I make sure to realign my body from my head down and then I straighten my legs AGAIN. This metaphor is a great way to address every challenge in our life. Am I right? In every life circumstance, there is an opportunity to take action. We may find out that it’s hard. We may fail or experience a setback. And yet, when we straighten up and begin again – we eventually find ourselves on the other side of it. Together, let’s Imagine doing life in this way and stop judging it. Imagine cheering ourselves on instead of giving up. Envision ways to dig deeper for our determination and our belief in ourselves and our innate ability to begin all over again. I know that if we do this as a Team – that our year alongside one another will be more ease-filled and packed with possibilities!

In the spirit of helping you recommit to any practice that builds you up, we have several surprises in store for you this year at the Studio level. We are offering great opportunities for new students (or past ones that have taken a break) to take unlimited classes for a few weeks at a great price and re spark your passion and energy for TDM. We know The Dailey Method practice works for so many and we are definitely here to support you! We also have a special gift for all Core Members coming up in a couple weeks. So if you already are part of our Core group – thank you, we LOVE you!! And if you’re considering joining our tribe, now is the perfect time.

There is something powerful about embracing this philosophy of “beginning again” anew each day. Turn down the volume on the voice that wants you to believe that this action is somehow related to giving up. I’m here to share with you that quite the opposite is true. Make it a priority of yours this month to try it. Do it in your own plank. Play with it in your life outside of the studio walls. I promise that the strength you will walk away with due to allowing this practice and process of beginning AGAIN – will make all the difference in the quality of the year awaiting you!

Happy January! and here’s to Beginning Again!

Love,

Jill

Word of the Month: Believe

“Remember that what you believe will depend very much on what you are.” Noah Porter

Positive beliefs in oneself are integral to accomplishment. The belief we have in WHO we are as a person, friend, colleague, mom, dad, sister etc.… and HOW we choose to act, live, impact and walk in the world plays a pivotal role in succeeding.

I, for one, have personally experienced the reward of first putting effort into believing in myself, only to see the tremendously positive effect it’s had on what I’ve been able to accomplish. Somehow, even placing attention on the belief that things will get better has impacted my life in ways that thankfully supported me in turning a rough corner or realigned my mindset so that I entered into a more calm and uplifting internal space. The practice of making this shift isn’t always easy, but I’ve found that by focusing my energy towards believing in myself, I notice the boost in my self-confidence and the brightening of my mood.

Thinking positively is a big step in belief. Several studies outline and have proven how positive thinking has the potential to move you forward in massive ways. We’ve all heard the saying “my cup is half full” or conversely the more negative – “my cup is half empty”? Close your eyes and say both of those aloud. I bet you are clear on the one that makes you feel your best inside – the one that uplifts you – the one that inspires a desire in you to make positive change happen or to take a step forward. The other feels heavy. Am I right? Sometimes believing in the small ways you are able to initiate a step in a positive direction makes all the difference. For instance, something like “I believe I can get out of bed this morning, put on my workout clothes and get to the Studio or turn on a video” is more likely to move me forward to take those steps to make it happen. Incrementally, this kind of practice has a huge impact on whether or not we are cultivating a life filled with small successes or not.

Just recently, I was going through a difficult time personally, and so I decided to change my password on the lock screen of my phone to BELIEV (I couldn’t finish the E because there’s only 6 🤷‍♀️). Truthfully, it wasn’t an easy number combo for me to remember, so I had to say it to myself once, sometimes multiple times a day. (Thank you to Covid, for masks and no facial recognition) This act, the word, and the intention it held for me helped me pull through, even if it was just for a singular moment or for a fraction of my day.

It’s also important to highlight our intention to believe in someone else. I find this with my kids a lot. When they say “I can’t,” I tell them, “believe you can,” yet I also let them know that I believe they can! This type of support not only has the potential to shift the trajectory of anyone’s day, but it also has the impact of helping others and creating a ripple effect. At The Dailey Method, we often say “I believe in you” when it gets to the truly challenging parts, and we see the desire to stop- because we do. And having someone believe in you allows you to dig deeper in that belief in yourself. It’s really powerful!

Let’s face it.

It’s incredibly human to become consumed by the overwhelm and chaos of life and therefore lose sight of our focus in believing we have the power to undo it. We often get stuck in old beliefs or in a negative loop that keeps us from living our best life or delays our abilities to achieve what we innately know we have the capability to conquer. Still, like anything – it’s a practice and a commitment to implementing small ways we can affect the larger whole.

Together, I invite us all to go out there and:

  1. Believe in ourselves this month

and

  1. Believe in everyone around us!

With love,

Jill

Jill’s Gift Guide

The season of giving is upon us! I personally love recommendations when I’m working on my own list. Here are a few of my tried and true favorites for everyone in your life – seriously even that tough brother in law or nephew gift! I also love supporting local, small, women and family owned businesses! My hope is that this will support you in easily finding the perfect gift (with great discounts) for everyone on your list.

Skin Care Lover

Beauty Heroes is a female owned, local (to me) company that offers a curation of beauty, lifestyle and wellness products that are both good for people and the planet.I love their monthly subscription boxes that deliver two or more full-size, clean products at a fraction of the cost. This gift will not disappoint. Use code TDM15 for 15% OFF First Beauty Heroes Subscription

For the Collector

No two pieces of this 110+ year old keepsake are the same. Delivered in beautiful packaging, a slice of San Francisco cable car track makes the perfect gift for train lovers, collectors, and historians. This heirloom will undoubtedly become more beautiful with age as it is passed from generation to generation. Use code DAILEY20 for $20 off

For the woman who LOVES to be comfortable and Stylish:

If you know me you know I have been a huge fan of Dino Apparel for over 15 years. Her fabrics are sustainable, made from ingredients that come directly from nature- and are all made in the USA. Without a doubt one of the softest fabrics that have ever touched my skin. Suzanne Rijvenald, the founder, believes that wellness is just as much what you put on your body, as it is what you put into your body. To “Live Softly” is her tagline and it means to live a conscious lifestyle by being kind to ourselves, to others and to Mother Earth. Who doesn’t love that!

You can receive 20% off the entire site with code DAILEYDINO_20

For the Self Care Fan:

Vertley Bath Salts is one of my absolute favorite ways to unwind with an extremely quality product. I usually get two baths out of each bag and anyone I’ve given it to in the past has always been relaxed, revived and grateful. code DAILEY21 for 10% off

For Everyone

Yes! The pandemic is winding down, but masks are still needed for travel and to ensure we’re taking care of ourselves and others. Cheekies are the most comfortable, breathable masks I’ve found- even for cycling indoors! Made in the USA with, sustainable materials and a focus on the details. Full disclosure- I wear a child’s- I have a small head- so just take that into consideration. Use code DAILEY15 for 15% off

For the Women in Search of the Perfect Yoga Pants

Tavi Noir styles move effortlessly from the studio to the street. For someone who does it Dailey, you know you can never have too many leggings or tops. My favorites are their high waisted ⅞ leggings – they stay up no matter what crazy position your teacher cues you into and have a seamless hem, and their high low tank top. Use code TDM20 for 20% off

Great for the men in your life- or everyone on your list

Aleia CBD Rub. We all have some type of muscle soreness or muscle or joint pain. I’m a huge fan of topical CBD and this product is amazing! It will help soothe tension anywhere- I’ve been using it for arthritis in my hands and it’s truly magic. Use code DAILEY15 for 15% off

For the foodie in your life

B & B Provisions out of Napa, CA. I love to cook and a well curated spice shelf or quality sauce can make all the difference. I recently discovered these small batch, organic grown herbs and spices out of Napa Valley. Not only are their products a must have for any home cook but I also love that they are family owned and operated. My favorites are; the Fermented Chili Salt and Go To Rub. Use code DAILEY10 for 10% off

For anyone that loves to cook

Crow Canyon has been a family owned business for almost 25 years and works to bring stylish, versatile and eco-friendly enamel ware that will last a lifetime. They offer everything from a full dinnerware set, to mixing bowls, water pitchers, serving platters and one of my favorite items- the 3 piece storage set (because I can never have enough of these for leftovers and the kids lunches!!) Use code DAILEY15 for 15% off

For everyone on your list

The Dailey Method Gift Card– the gift that keeps on giving, and is perfect for just about anyone on your list. After all who doesn’t want their loved ones to live their healthiest life? A Dailey Method Gift Card can be redeemed for any online program, not for redemption in studio.

 

How to Make Gratitude A Part of Your Dailey Life

Gratitude has no shortage of benefits. It decreases stress and other negative emotions, helps calm nerves, improves social relationships, physical health, and so much more.

But what exactly is gratitude?

Is it something anyone can practice?

Does it actually need to become a daily part of life?

Dr. Snehal Kumar, a licensed psychologist, explains gratitude as “the practice of making space for appreciation.” I love this explanation because it highlights how, at its core, gratitude is intentional, meaning it’s something anyone can practice. Essentially, it’s the active choice we make, in any given circumstance, to fill our mental space with positivity over negativity.

But do we actually need to practice that regularly? Does it really make a difference if I choose to focus on how warm and comforting the coffee cup feels on my hands vs. my irritation over burning my tongue?

The short answer is yes!

Experts say it’s the accumulation of practicing gratitude in the “tiny moments” throughout our day that produces those amazing benefits listed above. Of course, I often think of it in terms of barre workouts! Similar to how a turned out squat builds gluteal and quadricep strength incrementally over time, daily gratitude exercises build mental strength. With intentional repetition, each little down and inch up an inch (or thoughtful moment of gratitude) gets us stronger!

I know for me, living each day incorporating gratitude, makes me a happier, healthier person. Here are some of my favorite methods I try to use to strengthen my gratitude muscle

  • Thank yourself: every morning, show yourself some appreciation! Genuine gratitude and self-appreciation go hand-in-hand, so start the day by choosing to acknowledge all of the beautiful people that surround you, the amazing things you have accomplished, are working towards or plan to do in the future.
  • Gratitude journal: gratitude journals are an incredibly beneficial habit; not only does putting pen to paper give you a running list of thankfulness, but it allows creative expression and provides clarity for the tougher times in life. Physically writing out gratitude is so therapeutic, it’s a practice I try to incorporate each evening before I go to bed and allows me to go to sleep with an open heart.
  • Exercise: physical movement is possibly one of the easiest ways to change a negative mindset; I fully believe in the power of endorphins and moving your body to get out of a bad mood and help clear out lingering ungratefulness.
  • Extend a specific thank-you: sharing a “thank-you” with a friend, partner, or family member is beneficial always, but consider sharing a specific thank-you: “thank-you for taking time away from your day to make and bring me soup while I was sick, so I didn’t have to cook” is powerful for both parties. Take some time to reflect. Think of someone you can extend a specific thank-you to, acknowledging their action, effort, and the benefit you received. I imagine a little thought will make it simple to acknowledge how much love and support you have in life- and help you appreciate even the littlest ways you receive.
  • Get outside: there’s something about basking in the beauty of Mother Nature that makes it nearly impossible to remain in a negative headspace. Even better is being able to pair exercise with the great outdoors by going for a walk or bringing your laptop outside during Dailey Online! While you do it, look around. Notice the beauty around you, the leaves, the flowers, the birds, even the amazing rain that nurtures our planet.
  • Three things: say (out loud) three things you’re thankful for. This is also an awesome bonding activity for families! As you eat dinner with your family or friends or put your kids to bed, take a moment to connect and have them list off three things they are thankful for. Then, list off three things you’re thankful for. It’s a wonderful way to help establish the positivity of gratitude with others while also building your own practice.

 

Word of the Month: Strength

A primary definition of “Strength” is: The quality or state of being physically strong

While this is an absolute truth, being strong moves far beyond the physical. Clearly, I believe in the importance of muscular strength and have built a career around teaching it daily. I know you will agree that the power of one’s ability to hold a plank for 60-90 seconds takes a tremendous amount of physical strength, yet it also takes mental strength. While you’re in the plank, your mind is continually working to assess how you can achieve better alignment and deeper engagement to continue to hold the posture successfully. It is one of the places in our classes where you may not be moving at all, except you are strengthening almost every single muscle in your body!

A big part of what November’s Word of the Month, “Strength” means to me – is perseverance. It’s reminding yourself that you are good enough, brave enough, and strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Strength is realizing you are capable of whatever you set your mind to. It’s embodying the tenacity to continue moving forward with regards to whatever you are hoping to accomplish!

Strengths within us are each and every one of the qualities and abilities we possess that help us forge ahead to make us successful, despite life circumstances. Individual strengths are unique to all and vary from person to person as we all shine in different areas.

Can you think of three strengths that you possess?

For me, I came up with:

  1. Compassion
  2. Determination
  3. Creativity

This month I strive to share an opportunity with you that will undoubtedly support you with gaining strength. To feel stronger than you did a day or even a month ago and help you use this to your advantage in all aspects of your life. My hope is that it will set you up for success and guide you to conquer each of the time constraints and potential stresses of the upcoming Holiday season. (Can you believe they are upon us?!?)

Join me for the all-new Dailey Strength Challenge! In just 20 minutes a day, this program will build on itself yet be accessible to repeat each week for your continual quick fix through the next two months and will assuredly complement your daily practice. If you start with me on November 8th, you will have 8 weeks to be the strongest you as you close out 2021! Dailey Strength Challenge will supply you with continued mental and physical growth, whether you have time constraints or simply need that extra boost due to the indulgence that the Holidays bring into our lives.

You’ll find strength in stillness…

…Hone strength in your alignment

…Discover small muscles that stabilize the strength you uncover

…Play with strength as it pertains to resistance

…Use larger muscle groups and move in a larger range of motion

…And you’ll receive a cardiovascular boost to help increase your heart rate

I designed this program to best support you with moving your body, increasing your strength (mentally and physically), and keeping your metabolism high to burn a few extra calories rolling through the Holiday months. Best of all, I made sure you could accomplish this in only 20 minutes a day. With shorter days and busy schedules, this program is still achievable.

Access this program here, and if you are a current Online subscriber, check your email for a special offer!

With strength, determination, and support from your Dailey Method community, You’ve got this!

Love,

Jill

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