Category: Word of the Month
Word of the Month: Connection

 

Everyone views connection differently. To me it’s a hug, a smile, eye contact, connecting with loved ones. What does connection mean to you? What do you miss? 

During this time finding connections can be challenging. We have to search for it in ways we haven’t had to before. We can still maintain some connection in ways we know, however there is a lot we need to alter.

I’ve struggled with feeling connected to my girlfriends,  the studio, and the community. 

I’ve definitely had to do a mindset shift and focus on all of the ways I can feel connection during this time. 

  • Virtual Connection: Thank God for technology! Virtual connection has been HUGE for me. Coffee dates, happy hours, virtual game nights with girlfriends on FaceTime, Houseparty and Zoom are saving me. Don’t forget to celebrate the milestones that happen during this time – have a virtual birthday party!
  • Keep your workout buddy: Not being in the studio has been a real challenge for me. I miss you guys!! I am grateful for the opportunity to have live-streaming classes where I can see familiar faces and to be able to connect back and forth. Grab a friend and set up a weekly workout schedule where you hold each other accountable and you still have the connection of the studio. Turn your cameras on – you might even feel like we’re all in a room together!
  • Check-in on your people: Regardless of how close or far you loved ones are, call and text them. Don’t lose it, call your parents, your grandparents. Reach out to old friends and reconnect. Make this a priority because we all need it so much.
  • Create a Book Club: Get together with a group of friends and pick a book you’ve been wanting to read. You will find connection knowing that you are a part of something larger than yourself. Pick a date to finish the book and have a virtual date with your friends!
  • Find your hobby: What do you love? What sets your soul on fire? What is something that you have been putting off? What is something that you used to do and then lost the “time”? What is something you have always wanted to do? DO IT. You have the time. Get uncomfortable and paint when you think you’re bad. Build that 2,000 piece puzzle with your kids. Start that blog. Garden – plant some new veggies. Find connections within yourself. When your heart and your mind align, beautiful things happen. I promise to not call it a “hobby” but I’ve been connecting with my son our TikTok. I never really understood it before (still kind of don’t) but it’s been a great way for me to bond with him while dancing, singing, being silly. Doing something he enjoys doing.
  • Set a goal: Set a goal during this time. Or create a  30-day challenge with your friends and try something new everyday. For example, learn something new like baking bread, journal, learn a new game, do a crossword puzzle, put a facemask on and send pictures in a group message, etc.

It’s hard and challenging to be where we are right now in the world. There is a lot of fear and anxiety but there is also a lot of love. I encourage you to take the time to do the things you have been wanting to do. Don’t look back on this time and think, I should have done that. Connect with your family, cook and eat dinner together every night. Laugh with your kids and spouse. It is tough being in the house together but try and be grateful for the time. Accept the challenges and turn them into opportunities to grow yourself personally and your relationships with others. As humans, we need connection, we need to feel loved and to laugh. Find it in ways that will work for you – you’re worth it!

Sending you love!

Jill

Word of the Month: Presence

This pose is our signature Seated Neutral Spine. Introducing it became a pivotal point for my journey in evolving the Method with regards to the power of mental focus on supporting our physical practice. We consider this our Dailey Method meditation on posture. 

This exercise encourages students to tune into their spine. They have the chance to focus on the amazing way their bones align, and gives them time to breathe more space into their skeleton which inevitably creates greater core engagement and supports their optimal alignment. I remember when we first introduced this posture and how frustrating it was to teach. Students mentioned,  “they couldn’t feel it”, “didn’t understand it”, and even questioned what we were doing while teaching it, but I persisted because I both felt it and believed in it so much. One day, a couple months later, I was teaching at my Corte Madera location and looked out and everyone had their eyes closed, they were sitting up so powerfully and mindfully and I could see that it had finally clicked. It was amazing and I started crying because of the energy and strength in the room. And that my persistence in something I really believed in had paid off.

 This movement practice has evolved in my life to a committed seated (okay sometimes lying down) meditation practice. Mindfulness has become a key component to my sense of peace and inner radiance this past year. When I take the time to go inward, to focus on myself, my body, and my breath – it translates into other areas of my life and allows me to step back into being present when the chaos seems to persist everywhere. 

Presence is the Dailey Method  word of the month for our entire community. This themed focus  perfectly aligns with our first ever global 21 day Meditation challenge that runs from March 2nd till March 22nd. My hope in spearheading this challenge is that it will encourage in all of us, a self-reflective journey towards greater well-being and community. Because this practice has been so transformative for me I want to share it and invite others to experience the support that this practice provides you inside of your potentially hectic life. 

The focus will be on unique daily themes built around loving-kindness, compassion, presence, and gratitude. It’s completely free and set up to inspire you EVERYDAY so please join us!!

Each day you’ll receive a meditation delivered to your inbox. The time spans from 4 minutes the first week up to 12 minutes for the final week to allow you, over the full 21 days, to have an opportunity to grow and expand in your meditation practice. And if you already have a practice it will hopefully give you new inspiration. I am honored that Camilla Sacre-Dallerup has partnered with us for this challenge. I first meditated with her through my favorite meditation app, insight timer. My current personal practice is a 12 minute timed meditation with a waterfall background, but sometimes I need a guided practice to keep my mind from wavering and Camilla became my go-to for guided because I love both her voice and messaging. I asked if she would partner with TDM for this challenge and she said yes! Camilla is also a bestselling author, founder of the successful life coaching business Zenme.tv AND is a judge on Dancing with the Stars New Zealand! 💫

When I think of mindfulness, along with meditation, I think of setting intentions, which is a practice that really helps support me in being more present. When I set my sights on establishing the kind of day I want to create and focus my energy towards that vision, I find it is more apt to come true. Sometimes specific ideas or even more clarity on something comes up during my meditation. And then there are other times when I’m able to quiet any unproductive inner dialogue and use what comes forth in my meditations in the same way you might use a mantra. Even in my physical classes I’ll often set an intention for something I want to focus on during the class, and as I leave and am feeling centered and grounded again – I set one for the remainder of my day.

For the last 6 months “presence” is what has come up for me the majority of the time. I have needed to hone my ability to take a breath and bring focus and attention back to where it needs to be. It’s helped me engage vs. react. It’s shown me self-compassion and has also made me practice truly being here, now – versus amplifying the mistakes I may have made and the worry about what’s going to happen next. After all, NOW is the most important moment we have.

Whether it’s an open eyed meditation in nature, sitting and listening to a waterfall with a timer or simply closing my eyes to remember to breathe and pause for just a moment, I have made a lifetime commitment to myself to hone my ability to both practice and to teach mindfulness. 

At The Dailey Method we’re here to support you.  Mind, Body and Spirit!!

Love, Jill

Word of the Month RADIANCE

Radiance

I love it when the Dailey Method word-of-the month truly resonates with how I’m feeling at that time. And right now RADIANCE is perfect! I just finished my Retreat in Las Catalinas, Costa Rica. It was 5 days and 4 nights of amazing scenery, beautiful, open, and interesting people, Dailey Method classes, yoga, meditations, and even a little tarot. It was everything I needed to allow myself the space to shine a little brighter. To radiate from the inside/out is something I aim to do everyday. I believe it’s something we all can do to help our world move in a positive direction. That said, sometimes the struggles in my life hold me back from allowing myself to feel this way. Feeling overwhelmed can get in the way of letting the light I carry shine forth as much as I would like. That’s when I know I need to create some space for myself to connect inwardly, to be in a new environment for a change of perspective, and to take the time to prioritize taking care of me. This retreat definitely gave me the space to do that.

We offered a lot of opportunities for everyone at the retreat to truly show up, push through some barriers, and drop inward. Everything was optional, but this engaging group showed up for almost everything–including SUP boarding, surfing, Ziplining, and even an opportunity to serve the local community.

 

 

I feel my inner radiance when I am contributing something positive to the world and am grateful I was able to have this experience. Our give back in Costa Rica was for CEPIA – an organization that provides services for children and families in need. We were broken up in groups to assist in different ways and I was given the task of teaching yoga to a room FULL of kids.Yes, it was CHAOTIC at times, but it was a truly incredible experience. I was amazed how we could get them to drop in during meditation. Their souls were beautiful. It reminds me that mindfulness is an innate state and that our perceived struggles are learned or conditioned habits.

 

I also feel inner radiance when I am able to connect with people in a safe and supportive environment. We’re all going through our own unique challenges, but often times we feel alone in the struggle. When space is created for people to be comfortable together, we can be more vulnerable. When time is given to listen and share our personal stories with each other, we feel heard and understood. And when we hear the struggles others are enduring, it always helps put our own pain in perspective. It also allows us to feel compassion for those around us and for ourselves. During these 5 days of bonding with the group, I felt that I was not only able to help support others in their journey, but received greater insight about myself and gained greater clarity on how to address some of my own challenges. 

 

I do believe that we all have a responsibility to shine our light out, and it’s a responsibility I embrace. In doing this, you give your best and inspire those around you to shine as well. Together we can all have more joy and laughter, feel more confident and capable, and care more from the heart of ourselves, where the light is always shining!

Come on! Let’s Radiate together!

Word of the Month: Opportunity

 

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s already 2020! A new year, a new decade, and a reminder to focus on embracing the beauty and potential that lies within each one of us.

Traditionally the month of January is about resolutions, intentions & goals …but I’m personally not one to follow this annual tradition. Instead, I do my best every month to notice small things I did well or wish to do differently, take stock of the progress I’ve made or what I want to shift, and acknowledge the places in my life that require more or less focus. I appreciate our word of the month as a regular reminder for this monthly self-support and mind shift. It enables me to create opportunities all year long to focus on embracing myself, thriving, and lighting myself up.

A new year, though, is an exciting time! It offers each of us an opportunity to start fresh and to enter into a new decade with more mindfulness about the way we intend to move ahead. Doing so, helps us welcome all of the amazing things that are possible in life! 

This is why I love the idea of embracing OPPORTUNITY for January because it feels very different and less restrictive than both intention-setting or establishing certain New Years’ resolutions. Instead of stating what I WILL or WILL NOT do this year or what I WILL change, it infers that I remain open to observing the potential that lies on my day to day path- each and every day.

An opportunity is a set of circumstances that, by default, makes ALL things possible. In fact, the only thing that opportunity requires is that we remain curious about life and what it can be. I find that to be really exciting!

2019 definitely brought a lot of joy to my life. During this past cycle around the sun, I was gifted an infinite amount of life experience that forced me to grow, develop deeper connections with people I love and stretch what I think I could handle. And yet, I’ll be honest… the amount of difficulty and frustration I faced was also very real, and I am pretty certain I am not alone in this feeling. When I look at where I am now, I’ll admit that while happy, there will always be areas in my life that I want to work on so positive changes can continue to occur. My aim is to simply acknowledge what those areas are and then work to stay open and engaged so that I am able to notice when an opportunity comes my way to make this positive shift.

One area in my life that is a high priority, always, is my connection and interactions with my three teenagers. (Okay. Only two of them are full-on teenagers but one is close enough, so I like to claim I have three! Please don’t tell them I’m talking about them 🤫). Parenting has always been difficult- and now, with the constant technology and social media (unknown territory for my generation to know how to help them navigate), it’s so easy to continually question the decisions that I make. I am sure many parents relate to the fact that this is overwhelming and quite literally throws us off our/my center. By embracing the opportunity to learn and shift in my actions and reactions, instead of staying stuck in patterns, it helps me be there when they need me – even if they feel like they don’t (and usually they feel like they don’t! 🙄). I am able to model for them how to supportively show up in their own interactions. It also helps me feel more confident that I’m truly doing my best. After all, they are the most important people in my life.  I aim to stay open to the opportunities that arise to best be able to guide them to become even more amazing, confident, intelligent and kind people. 

Whenever I can, I like the opportunity to share with you some ways you may bring attention and reflection on our Word of the Month focus into your TDM practice. For January, here are some insightful ways that Master Teacher, Katina Griffin suggests we look at “Opportunity” this month while taking our Dailey Method classes. They also relate to day to day interactions.

  • Opportunity lives on the heels of deciding to make a different choice. Take an opportunity before you leave today and introduce yourself to someone you work out next to every week. You never know what that one interaction could turn into.
  • Take an opportunity in class today when you feel particularly challenged to see if taking a deep breath helps you to invite more SPACE for ease and therefore the strength to get through the effort.
  • You have an opportunity to show up in your day however you decide. Decide now!

Let’s open our minds and hearts and amaze ourselves at the potential that presents itself in 2020! This won’t always be easy – especially when times feel weighted, overwhelming or like they are on a plateau. Shift perspective from what isn’t right and acknowledge that this E-MOTION – this feeling you feel – is merely the Now. It’s just like the word reads – “motion”. it’s moving. And as the old Buddhist saying goes…”This too shall pass”. There’s ultimate potential for it to be/feel better. Do this with an extraordinary commitment to optimize your connections, personal growth, happiness and joy ….. one step at a time.

Happy New Year. Happy New Opportunities!

Love,

Jill

Jill’s Holiday Gift Guide

One of the ways that I work on bringing Bliss (our Dailey Method Word of the Month) into my life is by letting go of unease, trepidation or nagging thoughts that can creep into my mind. I approach this goal by turning my focus to the positive, both in regard to things in my life and also in the world. With this in mind, I search for things that help simplify my life, make me physically more comfortable and enable me to support making our world a better place- which all result in a more positive mindset.

I curated this holiday gift guide with some of my favorite things with those intentions in mind. I also reached out to get great discounts just for you- our Dailey Method community- because bliss can also be saving time and $$ on great holiday gifts from companies that make a difference – whether for personal self-love or for people that you love! Follow @daileymethod and @jilldailey on Instagram because for the next 8 days we have giveaways of these amazing products. All you have to do is like and comment on the post for your chance to win!

Dailey by Dino: You probably have heard by now, I’m a huge fan of Dino Apparel AND Suzanne Rijvenald, the brilliant mind behind the brand. I’m beyond excited to announce that we’re ending the year with a new beginning, by offering the first style of our much anticipated Dailey Lifestyle collaboration. As a soft launch (literally the softest ever!) of what’s to come in 2020, the Dailey Duster pictured above makes its debut right here! This first, of many pieces we’ll be rolling out over the next few months, I wanted this to wear over my workout clothes to and from the Studio and also to carry me throughout my busy days and into the evening. This gorgeous Duster is available for pre-order today through Monday, December 9th to ensure delivery to you for the Holidays. The fabric is called botanical cashmere-soft as cashmere but made from nature. This collaboration is our way to combine forces by using our passions to advocate for the wellness of people and the planet!

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Vertly Bath Soak-  The Holidays can get CRAZY and what better way to prioritize self-love than to take time to and for yourself with a bath?  Vertly’s signature CBD soak helps with aches and soreness – whether due to exercise, travel or the daily stresses of life. And I love that I actually sleep better after using it. It features a unique combination of natural healing salts, minerals, cannabinoids and calming essential oil blends of lavender, lemon and clary sage. Believe me- this product is amazing! It’s a little pricey but much cheaper than a massage. It’s a great idea for a hostess or pampering gift for someone you love- even if that person is you!

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Good Eggs: Mealtime is incredibly important to me for connecting with my kids and also for ensuring that they are eating healthy food. I love to cook, but honestly, sometimes I struggle with finding the time. One of the all-time best time-saving resources I’ve found is Good Eggs grocery delivery service. They take out the middle man so items are delivered to them fresh each day from local farms and companies and then delivered directly to your door*. And they have a huge selection of organic items and absolutely everything you need to make any meal special. It’s a huge time saver to order groceries online and if I order before 1PM I can generally get it delivered that same evening. Recently I’ve been ordering a lot of their meal kits which we all LOVE!  They deliver all of the ingredients and a recipe card so I still get to prepare the meal without all of the extra planning. And honestly, they’re incredibly affordable. In 30 minutes or less, I can actively cook and prepare a great meal for my family of 4 for $30 with oftentimes leftovers for the next day. The Vietnamese-Style Salmon Sandwiches are one of the many hits that are popular with everyone (and that’s not always an easy task!). When something supports me in feeling like a better Mom it’s a resource that’s invaluable.

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EO night serum:

I’ve personally used EO products in my home and in my studios for years. I love the quality and affordability of their products. I was recently turned on to their Ageless Skincare Transformative Night Serum. It contains helichrysum and rose essential oils in an Argan Oil base. I love how smooth and moisturized my skin looks in the AM. I use it during the day sometimes too- great for when the weather changes and your skin gets drier. Along with loving their products I also hugely appreciate what they stand for as a company with their consistent efforts to care for our planet.

Here is their Mission Statement: For 23 years, we’ve been inspired to share our passion for nature’s pure essential oils. To blend their evocative scents with safe, natural, effective ingredients. And to live and work wholeheartedly, in a way that honors the well-being of all people and the planet we all share. Manufacturing plant-based body care products to guide us in choosing safe, natural, organic, and sustainably-farmed ingredients. We’re exacting – and fully transparent – about every ingredient in every bottle. Good for people, good for the planet and good for the community. 

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Busy Beauty Body Wipes:

Let’s be honest 🤫 sometimes I don’t always have time for a shower. I was turned onto these amazing Body wipes by Busy Beauty and they’ve helped me out on numerous occasions. They’re vegan, cruelty-free, paraben free, and phthalates free!! And they’re big enough to help me feel incredibly clean and fresh when I might have only 3 minutes to make that happen. Yes, there is a waste component but living in California I’m also very conscientious in the value of saving the water it takes for a shower. I also appreciate the company’s goal to continue to improve the impact they have on our environment. Although the wipes aren’t biodegradable right now, their goal is to change that in 2020- so if not right for you now keep them on your radar!

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Iris & RomeoBest Skin Days – I was recently gifted this product and have to say my skin loves it as a part of my skincare regime. I love that the 5-in-1 formula is a serum, moisturizer, sheer coverage, sunscreen, and blue light/pollution protector. It’s an instant skin beautifier that gives natural coverage and a dewy, glowy finish, while also protecting against UVA and UVB sunlight and oxidative stress caused from blue light. If you’re looking for something else to add into your regime to keep you moisturized and highly protected during the day I highly recommend it this product!

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Quanta CBD muscle rub- If you do the Dailey Method you understand sore muscles! I love topical CBD products for just that purpose and Quanta is one of my all-time favorites! It has a great menthol smell (but you can get it without it if menthol is not for you), all natural ingredients of cannabidiol, arnica, tumeric and a proprietary blend of essential oils for maximum anti-inflammatory relief.

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Tavi Holiday socks:  Oh what I would do without barre socks? Yes, I clearly have more than any one girl needs but it’s hard to resist when new designs come out? Especially now that TDM has partnered with Tavi Noir so I get to add some of my dream designs into their already amazing repertoire. One of my current favorites is our black feathered holiday style. We always need black socks- and little detail it makes class just that much more fun and foundation for your barre class that much easier! You can find these and/or other styles at your local Dailey Method Studio or….. enter to win one on instagram this week! 🤞

Happy Blissful Shopping!

Love, Jill

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