Bold Living 2012 – Interview #31

Each Friday, a person who is making bold moves, living well, nurturing their creativity, following their passions, and making magic will be featured on Bold Living Today.

Today’s interview is with Stacey Shanks from Yoga and Life. Stacey is a renaissance woman and is changing the world one day at a time. She has a welcoming spirit that makes you want to soar and create. What I love the most about Stacey is she walks her talk. She gives to those around her because it brings her joy and she sees instant benefits for herself and those around her. She’s a true ambassador of lending a hand.

I hope you are as inspired as I am by this interview.

question 1:

I’m all about taking leaps and doing bold things. Tell us about your career leap 15 years ago and the top 4 things you learned about yourself.

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{Stacey}

I clearly remember the routine of day to day life. It wasn’t until I met a woman at preschool and saw her life that I even thought there was another possibility. One day she looked at me and said, “Why do you do this work?” No one had ever asked me that before because I thought that is what you just DO. You go to school, make great grades, go to college and get a job. What else is there?

Another turning point for me was attending my first yoga workshop, which happened to be a Yoga Therapy Workshop. (I thought I was going there to learn some fun poses!). It was more about connecting yoga to your mind, body and spirit through the vehicle of yoga. I remember leaving Asheville, NC with feelings of:

  • total and utter fear,

  • courage to take a risk and leave my routine life,

  • excitement to know there is another way of living and more to experience in life,

  • and most importantly, ready to make a change.

You see, the pain of staying exactly the same was greater than the pain of making a change. I had to do it and it had to be soon!

One of the most important things that I discovered was that if I didn’t have any connection to my body, this also spilled over to lacking connections to my mind, spirit, relationships, money, and so many other things in my life that were important. It was the first time that I decided what was NON-NEGOTIABLE for me and the way I wanted to live. Finally, I decided that I didn’t have to suffer any more. It was my choice, and I choose to live happy, passionately, and present each and every day.

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{Kanesha}

Wow, Stacey! I have goosebumps! I hear people and some of my clients talk about earning the “badge of duty” or “passionate living is only for my days off”. I love how you re-calibrated your thinking and really went for it!

question 2:

You have so many talents and do so many incredible things. How do you tap into your strengths and nurture them through philanthropy?

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{Stacey}

Once making the decision to live a bold life (as you say, Kanesha), I picked out the values that I would not budge on. For me, those were living with passion, freedom, excitement, fun, and living truthfully. In yoga we call living in truth, Satya.

Those connections of truth allowed me to support the causes that call me the most. Granted, there are so many causes that are worth while. Actually, there are too many to choose, but I tuned into my body channel to ask myself, “What were the causes that called my name, needed my help and made my heart sing?’  Those were causes that supported women and children, locally and internationally, causes that supported entrepreneurs and small businesses and causes that brought more connections like yoga to people.

Today, I routinely align myself with such causes. It may not be one or two groups, but many groups. Some of the groups that I have worked with in the past was Off the Mat into the World by raising $14K to support a new birthing center in Uganda, Kiva, and many local causes in my own community.

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{Kanesha}

I’m so impressed!

question 3:

Yoga is one of your passions and you got me back into it. (Thanks!) How can families use yoga to connect and nurture their self-care practices together?

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{Stacey}

Wow, there are so many ways. One of my passions, as a yoga teacher, is to teach children and families yoga. I want children to “get it” right from the get go. I want  them to listen to their bodies, connect with their minds and have a sense of spirit within themselves, others and a higher power. One of my passion projects was the Youth Yoga School started in January 2011.

Granted, you don’t have to be a certified yoga teacher to teach children. The only requirement is that you love yoga and love kids. This article is a great reference to do just that: Teaching School Aged Children. Dr. Feldman suggests that all you need to teach yoga to children is a theme, connection to breath, movement and relaxation. Anyone can do that!

Make yoga fun for you and your family while learning body, mind and spirit connections at young ages.

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question 4:

You are hosting a 30-Day Challenge and really have people pumped up, including me! Tell us more about this.

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{Stacey}

My intention starting my business coaching was to infuse a sense of urgency to people on things in their lives that have been put on the back burner. Thus, the 30-day Challenge was born to answer the question, “What Can You Change in Your Life or Business in 30 Days?

The response has been tremendous and heart-felt. People from all walks of life have come forward to join the challenge to commit to moving their bodies, yoga, quit smoking or drugs, develop a regular meditation practice, clear the clutter in their lives, blog daily, spend 5 minutes in nature each day, or spend 5 minutes doing nothing. Wow, that is powerful!

I have made new friends and opened doors for people to walk through. We are still in the middle of our Challenge until August 31, but I plan to do it again in January 2013. Visit the 30-day Challenge site where there are tons of free calls with amazing info from a kick-ass panel of experts. Oh, each of our experts share their own journey’s of their personal challenge, too. Take a look, sign up for the coolio info and listen to the great speakers!

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question 5:

What six words describe bold living for you?

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{Stacey}

Living Bold= Passionately + Free (get rid of what holds you back) + Present (stop the monkey mind) + Fun (make sure it’s a part of each day) + Risky (be open to take risks in your life) + Truthfully (honor who you are, what you believe to be true for you, and love each day)

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{Kanesha}

That really rocks, Stacey! Thank you for this time.

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{Stacey}

Thank you so much for this honest look at my journey.

Namaste to each of you!

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More about Stacey:

As a mom, yoga teacher, philanthropist, and Good Karma Mojo Business Coach who’s rockin’ it out, you’d never guess that Stacey Shanks was once a big ball of stress in a job that offered no flexibility or freedom. Knowing that there was more to life, Stacey traded in her “security” to create a unique practice that infuses yoga principles into business. Her approach helps business owners take things to the next level by getting clear and making movement towards big-picture goals. Stacey works with clients in her signature Business Flight School.

Stacey has generously provided a complimentary copy of her 4-week Kids Yoga Curriculum: Kids Around the World. It is a 40 page e-book curriculum with poses, crafts, themes and facts for ages 6-12.

 

 

 

 

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