Category: Word of the Month
Word of the Month: Empower

Empowerment is a pathway to feeling accomplished, confident, supported and happy. One of the primary reasons I love what I do so much is because I am gifted a daily opportunity to help empower my students to become stronger, more confident and ultimately more at peace within themselves.

More personally, this chosen word of the month, evokes in me a sincere desire to help empower my children. For instance, I hope my daughter, Nico, grows up and feels empowered by how she’s defined her own self as a young woman. I want her to be able to highlight the way she shows up in the world – her intelligence, strength and responsibility – ahead of her physical looks or the way societal norms suggest that she should be. I additionally hope that my boys feel empowered by their qualities of kindness, intelligence and sense of play and will grow into respectful, loving men.

Leading by example is one of the best ways I know to assist them in living their lives in this way. This became clear to me the other night when I was with my eldest son Julius. I was trying to get him to talk about his feelings, and being a typical teenage boy he was having none of it. I let it go and just started sharing my feelings. He listened, was quiet for quite a while and then slowly all of his feelings came out. I had no idea how much he was holding inside and if I hadn’t created the space I may not have ever learned. It made me realize that my capacity to be vulnerable with him, and share without expectation that he share back, empowered him to find his voice and truly say what he was feeling. I love that with intention of being the example we can all help others feel empowered to be the best version of themselves.

After all, having the ability to empower others is a true gift we’re given. But I do believe that empowerment has to come from within before we can spark it in others.

The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. Gisele Bundchen

I love this quote by Gisele because it emphasizes that the Empowerment we inspire others with – is born first from within each one of us. The key is being truly present and trusting ourselves so that we may reach far greater potential than we ever thought possible.

Here are a few ways I work to help empower myself on a daily basis:

  1. To-Do List: I can’t live without this. It keeps me on track for what my priorities are that I hope to accomplish each day, and it also awards me the satisfaction of achieving a goal each time I check something off.  I love achieving goals!
  2. Acknowledging My Strengths: Focusing my energy on the things that I’m good at vs. the things I’m not, lifts me up from the inside. Don’t get me wrong! I will attempt anything and believe in myself as I play my edge in order to grow, but I also acknowledge when I need to delegate something to another individual because it’s not a strength of mine. As I focus my attention on my true talents and am more able to ask for support for the things I find most challenging, I live a happier and more fulfilling life. For some reason, the freed up space this creates, allows me quality time to slowly get better at the things I hope to hone and change within myself.
  3. Mantras: I get a lot of empowerment from different mantras I use in life. One way I’ve found to take this idea past the time when I am meditating or simply through repetition is to make certain passwords motivational mantras. I come up with something that motivates, encourages or inspires me. For instance, a phrase like “I am strong enough!” can uplift me when I am simply typing it into my computer. I get a little bit of self support and belief in myself each time I log in, which for me is often multiple times per day!
  4. Community: I feel most empowered when I’m surrounded by loving and supportive people. I FEEL stronger when I’m with those whom I know support and believe in me. I make a point to make my community of people a priority.
  5. Self care: There is no better way for me to feel a boost of energy or inner empowerment than for me to exercise, eat well, sleep enough and meditate regularly. I may begin my day “a little off” but feel so much more in my power and best self once I have made these simple things priorities.
  6. Optimism: I am an optimist. I am a positive thinker/person and without a doubt, this part of who I am definitely empowers me. I certainly accept that there are overall ups and downs but I always believe and live my life focused on the beautiful light at the end of the tunnel.
  7. Intention to Practice Positive Self-Reflection: I choose to think about things that are positive and make me feel empowered vs. getting caught up in negative messaging either from our own internal or external sources. I take time each day to think about not only what I’m grateful for externally from myself, but also what I’m grateful for or appreciate about myself. As I continue to keep my mind and heart focused in the right direction and approach each day with faith and gratitude, I believe I am  empowered to live my life to the fullest.

Here are a few ways you might practice Empowerment in your own Dailey practice:

  1. Amplify the thoughts in class that make you feel EMPOWERED. So often in life we get caught in our own negative self talk or messaging.  Set an intention of self-empowerment for this next hour! You came here to feel good! Be proud of yourself.
  2. Feel your strength! Be empowered by it everyday! Strength is NOT a given and some days it’s harder to find than others, so take every moment in your classes to feel that empowering sensation of how strong you are right here, right now.
  3. Note one part of a recent class that you found particularly challenging. ONE! Now take three deep breaths welcoming in the empowering feeling of achievement. No matter how difficult the task – YOU DID IT!

Choose to celebrate feeling empowered not defeated. Do this as you leave every one of your upcoming classes, but also as you finish reading these words!

I would love to hear how you empower yourself to live your fullest, happiest life!

Love,

Jill

 

Photos courtesy of Melissa McArdle photography

Word of the Month: Envision

Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be.

-Joy Page

 

The word of the month for May is Envision. I believe that “Envisioning” positive or amazing outcomes is a powerful tool for self growth – both in our Dailey Method practice and in our lives. When we focus internally on where we want to be, it allows us the space to make incremental changes towards our goals.

I like to envision what I want and make this my first step towards manifestation. If I envision how I want my life to be, the way I intend to show up in the world, or what I hope to accomplish, then it helps me believe it will happen. Manifestation comes from belief – and I trust how this process works. I have called some of the best things into my life through the power of manifestation. I’m not saying it’s perfect, immediate, or that there aren’t ruts on the path. Instead, it’s vision and focus that steers me along the right track and guides me to create incremental changes that ultimately lead me closer to my goals. I use the word “incremental”- because I know instant gratification isn’t realistic or what is necessarily right for me.

There are many ways to use envisioning as a tool to continue to grow:

  • Envision being STRONG in every movement you do, regardless of how you feel. The power of your mind is limitless. You can always do more than you think you can.
  • Envision being ALIGNED as you move through any situation or posture. Alignment starts with foundation, so ground through the four corners of your feet to feel yourself centered and lengthen from there. In any position in class or situation in life, this will help you make the necessary shifts towards better alignment and presence.
  • Envision yourself as your own best cheerleader and know you can do it! I don’t think I’m alone in this…. my kids aren’t as grateful as I wish them to be. So instead of berating them I envision what they’ll be thinking when they’re older – “Wow, Mom’s food was amazing” – “I loved clean clothes that were folded so nicely!” – “I have the best Mom ever!”. Envisioning the future in a positive light makes the process more fun and lifts you up in any moment!
  • Envision a time or chapter in your life that you felt your absolute BEST. Attach to the feeling not the surroundings or circumstances. Embrace the feeling so that you leave whatever situation you’re in feeling filled up with positive energy to keep you in the NOW.

And last but not least, I love that I am consistently inspired by Dailey Method owners. 

Kiley Lucan, owner of the Cow Hollow TDM wrote what she Envisions and I had to share it. She writes:

“We envision not from a need to prove ourselves but from a place of worthiness and celebration of our inner potential. We draw out this potential in ourselves and in others when we create tangible pictures of what this future could look like.”

Don’t you LOVE that??

Presence and alignment is what I’m envisioning right now for my future.

What do you Envision?

 

Love,

Jill

 

Word of the Month: Realign

Alignment is something we always strive for at The Dailey Method. Together, we aim to guide you towards optimal alignment of your body, mind AND heart.

We teach all of our classes based on our Alignment principles outlined in the acronym “AEM” –  Align. Engage. Move.

One step at a time, we take you through this process by first guiding you to focus on finding your best anatomical Alignment. We intentionally cue you to Engage the muscles around that structural alignment and then instruct you to Move.

It’s difficult to maintain true alignment 100% of the time, however the goal is always to assist you in noticing your body and acknowledging how it feels so that you are better able to trust when you need to realign. Inside of a class, if you ever struggle with the movement, stop and go back to finding your engagement. If you lose the engagement, stop and realign. This 3-step process is how your will ultimately discover the greatest space and power in your body allowing you to make large strides within your own personal fitness journey. This constant way to “self-check” is also an amazing and transformational way to remain truly present with yourself throughout class regardless of the challenges built into the workout.

Another way to focus on re-aligning this month is by taking inventory of your actions in your day to day life and then lining your actions up with your priorities. If you’re like me, there is no possible way you can accomplish everything you feel like you need to in a day, let alone the things you want to do.

Here are some simple steps I take to align my day with my priorities all while giving myself the space to be okay with not accomplishing everything.

  1. Notice how you spend your time. Where are you wasting time unnecessarily? Do you spend too much time on social media which then creates a lack of time for other things that could fuel you so much more?
  2. Write down a large, ultimate goal or a dream you have for yourself. Focus on any long term/larger than life thing you are working on. This can be anything – but think BIG. Envision something for you to to hope and strive for and post it somewhere that you can see it everyday so it stays in the forefront of your mind and thoughts.
  3. Do one SMALL thing relevant to your primary goal everyday, even if it’s future journaling or making a single informational phone call. Everyday you’ll be a little bit closer to accomplishing that big dream.
  4. Identify 3-4 things that absolutely HAVE to be done right now – the non-negotiables – and write them down. I do this at night before I go to bed. This way, I wake up clear-headed with my priorities listed and don’t have to think about what needs to be done in the middle of the night which could disrupt my sleep.
  5. Check off your list once you accomplish them. This is so gratifying!
  6. Create the time for non priorities in your day like playing a game with your kids or connecting with a good friend.
  7. Journal your progress at the end of the day. This will remind you of what you’ve accomplished vs. dwelling on what still needs to be done.

Everything in life is fluid. Much like pushing up against a physical challenge in class, the inevitability to fall out of alignment is real and everyone experiences it. That said, the greatest  evolutions (not just to your body) happen when we focus on re-aligning our heart, head and priorities to become more present and connected to the bigger picture.

It’s a constant shift. Change is in motion and unabashedly forces us to realign from the day we are born until the day we pass on. The opportunity to practice grace and a systematic process to take charge of that realignment is where your true power and person will break barriers and soar to new heights!

Take time to Realign this month. We can’t wait to see where you go!

Love,

Jill

 

 

 

Word of the Month: LOVE

I know….. LOVE for February, maybe not so original?

Yes, we think of this month about Valentines day – the love we have for one another or for a significant other. It’s hugely important to have others in our lives that we love and what a beautiful thing to have a special day each year designated to celebrate that love. With that said, EVERYDAY should be a day we celebrate love for others and for ourselves! This is why we chose to focus on “Love” with our Dailey Method communities all month long. After all, it’s a proven fact that when you show yourself the love and kindness you deserve, it radiates outwards to your families, friends and out into the world.

How do you show yourself love? Do you take a few minutes each day to meditate and practice gratitude? Do you schedule your workouts and make time to strengthen your body? Do you nourish your body with food that makes you feel good? Find out what fuels you, inspires you and refreshes you. Do that, every day, because your body, mind and soul will thank you!

With the February Word of the Month “Love” I want to share with you some of the things that I, and we, at the Dailey Method love the most! These are things you can incorporate into your life to give yourself the love and self care you deserve. These companies love us too and have all shared a discount code with you to share their LOVE!

Dino apparel is one of my all time favorites – the designer, her story, her friendship and her products are crazy amazing! I honestly own the Dino everywhere pullover in 6 colors and their jumpsuit in 3. Suzanne’s tag line is “live softly” and believe me, in Dino – you do! Another bonus is that her garments are made from fabric to finished product in Downtown Los Angeles using family owned-and-operated makers. I love supporting family owned businesses, especially when women are at the helm.

20% discount code: DAILEYLOVESDINO_20

Tula is my favorite new skincare company. They use probiotics (like vitamin A, C and E, blueberries and tumeric, to name a few) as the foundation of each of their products. Applying probiotics to your skin has been clinically proven to help promote hydration and clarity and to improve the appearance of inflammation. My teenage daughter and I both have used the products and both love and appreciate the visible results.

20% Discount code: DAILEY20

Riddle Oil – I am a huge fan of this Botanical line that was created with all skin types in mind. All of their ingredients are completely 100% USDA Certified Organic, Artisan Crafted and Fair Trade. This means they are good for us, for others and a BIG plus – for the environment! What’s not to love about that? Truthfully, I wear their scents every day. They smell amazing, but also are light enough that I can workout or be at the Studio and not be overwhelmed or offend others with scent. Muse and Santal are my two favorites. Riddle oil was also my gift of choice this year for Holiday gift giving!

20% Discount code: JDAILEY – Good now until March 31st

 

Project you This is an amazing book and website created by Neely Mack, a long time Dailey Method Student. She wrote this based on her own experience and experimentation on healing herself. Her goal is to help you achieve true health and longevity by engaging the three pillars of wellness – internal (nutrition and gut health), physical (exercise and sleep) and emotional and spiritual self-care – and that all 3 together will help your body act and feel younger. I find her so inspiring – and to look and talk to her – she truly epitomizes the image of health!

15% off discount code: thedaileymethod

Here is one of her favorite recipes (which I can confirm are delicious!)

Yam Davidson Plum Protein Balls

Blend:

1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1 cup pecans
2 tablespoons chia seed
1 cup dry shredded coconut

Pour into bowl and add:

2 tablespoons Davidson plum raw superfruit powder (Bushfood Brand @projectyoubewell or amazom) (Add ½ tsp to dry mixture-save rest to sprinkle on top)
1 teaspoon Kakadu Plum raw superfruit powder ( Bushfood Brand @projectyoubewell or amazon)
2 tablespoons Riberry raw superfruit powder (Bushfood Brand @projectyoubewell or amazom)
3 tablespoons dried unsweetened cherries
¾ cup dried blueberries

Then add in-stir well:

3 tablespoons almond butter
3 tablespoons cashew butter
2 tablespoons Ahiflower oil
½ + baked Japanese yam (no skin)

Now: Start making balls, then sprinkle Davidson plum on top or add more Davidson plum if needed, Sprinkle more coconut…Done

TDM Circular band

Of course I couldn’t talk about self love without the importance of taking care of your body. Your strength, alignment and flexibility are all integral components to true self care. We’ve added circular resistance bands to our repertoire recently that are only $8 and an amazing way to work on strength and tone of your hips, outer thighs and side seat. It’s also an amazing tool for gaining strength and stability for your knees. You can use them for a quick workout at home or if you’re an online subscriber we have a class on the site that incorporates the bands and we will be adding more soon! Additionally, here is a discount on a package bundle for all the equipment you need for your at home practice.

Go ahead and show yourself some love this month and every month. You’re worth it!

Word of the Month: Transcend

The purpose of life is not to transcend the body, but to embody the transcendent.

-H.H. Dalai Lama

The word Transcend is a little esoteric, I know, but when it is embraced it has the potential to be transforming. Life is beautiful and amazing, but it also can be difficult and overwhelming. To be able to transcend is to be able to overcome; to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects in our lives. To transcend is to be able to rise above and go beyond limits – further than we could ever imagine possible.

This is a very relevant word for The Dailey Method right now because we have been incorporating Dailey Meditations into our practice to help ourselves and our Students continue to find more balance in our day to day lives. And meditation is an amazing tool to help us transcend the circumstances in our lives. Our teacher, Lorna Bennett, has years of experience with teaching meditation as well as being a Life Coach. She’s recorded albums for us to use in class and at home and now has recorded videos for our online streaming platform that will be available to view and practice this month.

Lorna says: “For me, meditation is a tool for both Transcendence (recognizing I am bigger than this body, this age, this experience) and Embodiment (feeling grateful I get to be alive IN this body, this moment, this sensual experience right now!) Being in meditation is like a delicious dance between those two realms (Consciousness & Embodiment) — being-with everything that’s happening, and at the same time recognizing I am the witness not the experience. I love the way meditation lets me feel unconditionally peaceful and ecstatically alive —Both at once.”“Meditation can be sensual — a way of turning ourselves ON mentally, physically, sexually, spiritually — every day.  And, meditation can be transcendent — a way of connecting with the part of us that is bigger than our body, the part of us that is the eternal witness not the human experience of embodiment.”

There are other ways to work on incorporating the power of Transcendence outside of meditation.

A practice that I have recently incorporated in my life is the act of future journaling. I was inspired to do this while attending The Brunch Series with Danika Brysha: (Which I highly recommend by the way!) This is one of my favorite evening routines. By writing about how I envision and imagine my future, I am able to Transcend past where I am right now and focus and direct my energy towards the positive direction I want my life to take. It also helps me stay focused on continual self care during the process.

Here are some ways to Transcend in your Dailey Method practice life:

1) MUSIC: When a song comes on in class that you love – allow the melody to carry you to a place that transcends your workout. When the music softens, have your movement match that energy – when the music reaches a crescendo, see if you can feel yourself on that heightened journey with respect to how many more repetitions you can carry out in an exercise. Build and Transcend on the intensity of the experience.

2) INTENTIONALITY: Welcome  a positive belief or a comment into your practice–a belief or meaningful phrase that lifted you up in some way once in your life. Allow this thought or idea to become an action by saying it to yourself several times in class during challenging sections. I promise you that your mindful focus will allow you to Transcend a potentially mundane practice or class into an AMAZING journey! Let’s go!

3) ATTITUDE: Transcend what you believe to be possible by tackling every challenge we give you in class today with an “I CAN DO” attitude. Take that self-empowerment with you as you walk out of here!

Happy 2019! I hope this year allows us all to transcend towards all the beauty we deserve in life!

Jill Dailey

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. Anais Nin

 

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