Restorative yoga on Sunday evenings is somewhat like my church. It is relaxing and centering as well as a time to get myself in a positive mindset for the week ahead. I highly recommend it for any and all, and if you happen to be in the Denver area, then you should most definitely check out Michelle Lee Weldon’s class at Kindness Yoga.
This is where I first met Michelle, and was introduced to her unique way of approaching her yoga classes. She has a way of instantly putting you at ease and infuses so many wonderful meditation techniques throughout – including her training in Neurosculpting®. One night in class Michelle mentioned her business, Vibrant Medicine, which led me to discover that she is a psychologist – and while this is the foundation of her business, it is just the beginning of the creative path that she had created for herself.
After years of working in the school system with at-risk youth as a school psychologist, she came to the realization that “the energy that I was putting out was going absolutely nowhere.” She knew that she wanted to be a full version of herself, so took the leap to leave this job in order to build her own practice. Doing so allowed her the time and space to combine all of her interests and truly focus on what she was passionate about in life – assisting others on their “journey of self actualization and growth both on and off the yoga mat.”
In the podcast episode we talk about Michelle’s passion for creating experiences for people, the power of meditation in helping you decrease stress and make room for embodied living as well as what exactly Neurosculpting® is! Listen below to learn more about Michelle’s Chapter Be story…
CHAPTER BE QUESTIONNAIRE…
What’s your favorite quote, story or fact?
It’s a long one, but timeless…
“I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” —R.M. Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet
Worst work experience?
Do I have to name just one? I’ve had terrible feeling moments in several jobs, but the worst overall was my very first job at 16, as the game room attendant at a Pizza chain. I had to wear a florescent yellow cap with a men’s sized polyester umpire shirt and horrible white jeans. Kids and parents screamed at me all day for trying to manage the chaos. Excluding the uniform, It kind of felt like being a public school teacher.
What is your definition of success?
Embodying full human potential (which is always expanding and growing). Having the freedom to continue to evolve and love fully and having the resources and influence to help support the collective evolution of human kind.
How do you tap into your creative energies – especially when you are feeling drained?
Meditation and movement (like yoga, dance or walking), as well as listening to audio books about neuroscience and transformational ideas. Anything that tickles my brain and body.
What does “to be” mean to you?
It is an experience of embodiement, an “is-ness.”
How do you spend your time when you are procrastinating?
Cleaning. I know I am putting off doing something when I start cleaning…
Ideal READING LIST – books, websites, blogs, podcasts, magazines, etc. that you would want on your Swiss Family Robinson deserted island?
- Ted Talks youtube channel
- R. M. Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet
- Haruki Murakami books
- Lisa Wimberger’s New Belief’s New Brain and Neurosculpting® books
- My own blank journal and pen…
Favorite song with “be” in the title?
LINKS & RESOURCES…
- Vibrant Medicine’s website
- The Neurosculpting Institute®
- Lisa Wimberger
- Kindness Yoga
- Ginger Kern’s The Traveler’s Mindset
- Ginger’s TEDx Talk: The Key to Living a Life of Adventure
- Elephant Journal
- Michelle’s article, Why Yoga is Like Brushing Our Teeth
- The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Images via Chapter Be & Vibrant Medicine