Blog Posts by GoddessLife

  • Nike Studio Wrap Shoes for Yoga, Ballet and Pilates!

    I know I'm not supposed to. But I can't help it. I love these new Nike Studio Wrap shoes!

    I'm aware the entire yoga blogosphere has their chakras in a twist over these shoes. Blog after blog accuse Nike of peddling a product we don't need just to squeeze their way into the market "owned by Lululemon. Don't get me wrong, I heart Lululemon. I'm a Lululemon Ambassador for asanas sake!

    Reading these blogs, it seems as if the entire yoga community meditated at the banks of the Ganges and it spoke. The words were: these shoes are too expensive, unnecessary and they would be embarrassed to wear them to class. I disagree.

    Possibly it's because I'm a dancer, as well as, yogini. Perhaps it's because Nike is a Greek Goddess and us goddesses wear everything from Lululemon to a gypsy scarf from a flea market. Or maybe it's simply that they are pretty. Whatever the precise reason, I cannot wait to lace a pair on and go to a pilates, ballet barre, yoga or belly dance class!

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  • How to Make Your Own Prescriptions for Radical Self Care Guidebook

    How to make everyday a GoddessLife - free & easy ways to turn the turn the ordinary into extraordinary, the faded into fabulous and the dreary into darling!

    I must confess that my eyes do not always see the world through glittery-cupcake-flavored-rose-colored glasses. Honestly, it's exigent to feel like a Goddess when I am overworked, down with the flu or filing my taxes. And there isn't an actual place (I'm sorry, but Facebook doesn't count) to file my grievances, such as, "Why can't I sleep on a bed crafted from real cotton candy?" or "Pay for my groceries with smiles???" But I do find it liberating to know that it's absolutely my prerogative to cry into my pillow every night or find my sparkly bootstraps and start pulling. The awareness that my happiness and outlook on life depends utterly, solely and completely on little ole moi is unbelievably empowering.

    In fact, I delight in discovering new ways to adjust my attitude, blow-off steam or re-charge my batteries. Frankly,

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  • Teaching Conan O'Brien to Bellydance on Live TV

    Teaching Conan O'Brien to Bellydance
    I was at the US Embassy in Kuwait when a producer from the Conan O'Brien TV show called early one Tuesday morning. She asked, "Would I fly 6384 miles to appear on his late night show that Thursday?" "Absolutely," I answered and packed my suitcase. I have appeared on literally hundreds of TV shows to promote my fitness, bellydance and women's empowerment books and workout DVDs. I've shimmied with Regis, undulated with the women on The View and taught Carrie and Miranda on Sex and the City to awaken their Goddess within. However nothing would impress my boyfriend more than me teaching Conan to bellydance on live TV. Everyone was very excited for me. As soon as my plane landed, I was whisked immediately to the studio for a rehearsal. This was not an ordinary rehearsal. Directly after I introduced myself and began to discuss my ideas, he said, "No…save it for the show." Conan is a consummate comedian and he prefers to keep his jokes spontaneous. He did not want to know what I was going to

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  • Pay Women Compliments

    Years ago, a pretty woman in her twenties, approached me after I finished a bellydance show and asked me if she could ask me an unusual question. I must interject here that after I perform, I consistently receive an unbelievable assortment of questions and compliments: hilarious, flattering, way-too-personal, rude, and repetitive-you name it, I've heard it. I try my darndest to be polite and utter a quick thank-you but I often use one of my worn-out comebacks that I should really retire. I am aware that bellydance is provocative and some people are unsure of an appropriate response. But I digress…

    She sheepishly asked me how old I was, but there was something odd in the way she asked me. I quickly assessed the situation and found that her boyfriend was sitting at their table watching us, waiting. I told her I was 26 and asked her, "Why?" She replied, "We have a bet. I said you were over 30." She flippantly added a non-convincing, "You dance really well." "Thanks," I said and knew

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  • Tips for Surviving a Break-Up

    I've been on both sides of a break up. I've been dumped, cheated on, neglected, ripped-off, lied to and longed for someone to change. I also have been unavailable, a total dork, immature, angry, stupid, possessed by PMS and completely rude. I've been in relationships that endured years and infatuations that lasted 10 minutes. The fact remains the same, regardless of the circumstances: Break-ups. Are. Painful.

    Goddess knows I don't have all the answers, but these are my Top-10 ways I have survived a break-up.

    1) Do something kind for yourself. I know you feel like punishing yourself because you already feel beat-up, but doing something caring for yourself that will lift your spirits. Partake in tried and true gentle activities. Avoid like the plague engaging in self-sabotaging and numbing behavior such as over-spending, binge-eating or trolling them on the internet.

    2) Do something kind for another person. You probably feel like you have nothing to offer, but trust me,

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  • "What's the big deal going on in the sky?" you ask. News articles all over the web have been reporting the rare celestial paring of the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year) and a full lunar eclipse tonight. It's so exceptional that NASA reports it hasn't happened in 456 years and the next one won't come around again until 2094.

    So?

    This rare occurrence signifies an opportunity for BIG personal transformation. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and marks the darkest point of the sun, after which the light begins to return and the days become longer. Add the full lunar eclipse to this picture and now the sun and moon are both at their darkest point - making for an extremely long and dark night.

    What does that mean to me?

    Basically, the idea is that when things seem really bleak and dark, it is often our biggest opportunity for personal transformation.

    In one of my favorite books, "The Power of Myth", the incomparable scholar, Joseph

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  • Are You Tempted by The Apple?

    Just like Eve, I have eaten from The Apple

    …and now there is NO turning back!

    This phenomenon is happening to millions of Americans and it can happen to you, too. I have taken a bite of The Apple and now I am thoroughly smitten with their technology and products. I am tempted by every new release. I am holding their latest irresistible fruit: the iphone 3GS. I never have regrets, though. It is surprising how much more attached I become to each new product or latest generation. My life has become utterly dependent on its technology.

    I wasn't always like this. For most of my life, I proudly defined myself as being anti-materialistic. I grew up on a Moroccan commune with alternative parents and spent a year living off the land, off the grid and in a tree in the Caribbean. I've lost all my possessions (I mean EVERY-LAST-THING) twice in my life. Both experiences provided profound reflection on the value I put on stuff (my conclusion: every thing can be replaced).

    Once

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  • The Goddess of Pampering: Elizabeth Arden - Pioneer of the Beauty Industry & Yoga!

    I am deeply grateful for the woman that gave us the gift and tools for pampering!

    Her name is Elizabeth Arden and she graciously taught American women the art of pampering themselves. While doing this noble act, she trail-blazed her way in the previously impenetrable male dominated world of business. Businessmen severely underestimated the buying power of the female consumer and were left in the dust by Arden.

    n an era when it was generally only acceptable for entertainers and prostitutes to wear makeup, Arden introduced makeup to the America housewife. She marketed them so that they were immediately a feminine necessity. She was the brand and everything she did was utterly irresistible with her distinct trademark. Positively every woman in the United States used Elizabeth Arden creams, perfumes and cosmetics, including Marilyn Monroe. Elizabeth was an unstoppable powerhouse created absolutely everything what know today as the $150 billion global health and beauty industry.

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  • View the initial submissions for the GoddessLife Challenge 2010. Help these women achieve their goals by leaving your comments, suggestions, motivation and recommendations. I'm inspired by their bravery and courageousness. I'm excited to see the evolution and watch their transformations! It's never too late for you to enter. Each moment is a chance to start anew. Together, we can make 2010 the BEST year ever!

  • The GoddessLife Challenge: Enter and Achieve Your Goals

    THE GODDESSLIFE CHALLENGE

    Are you ready to make a transformation? I want to help you achieve your goals this year. To assist you attaining your aspirations, I have created The GoddessLife Challenge.

    Here's How it Works:

    Define your Goddess aspirations for 2010 (see examples). Submit them to me in the most creative and honest way. Ask me questions and tell me what your obstacles are. You can write them or send me a video of yourself outlining the changes you want to make.

    Examples:

    • Make the transition from negative body image to enjoying every fabulous inch of yourself

    • Fantasies you want to live out but don't feel quite confident yet (like dance for your man)

    • Reclaim your feminity & carve out time to take care of your Goddess within.

    • And for those of you who feel lost and are struggling to figure out what your goals are, don't be afraid to say just that.

    THE GODDESSLIFE COMMUNITY

    So, let me know if you feel comfortable to give me

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