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Today we’re welcoming Sara Lou to the Freedom Friday series! I recently “met” Sara over Instagram and instantly knew I wanted her to be part of this series as she helps busy women create freedom in their lives through yoga and other healthful lifestyle approaches.
1. I am so happy to have you on as a Freedom Friday guest! Give us a little background about yourself before we dive into the juiciness of freedom and how it applies to you and your life!
Thanks so much for having me Meg! Freedom is a huge part of my life and I’m so excited to talk about it. I’m a yoga teacher who helps busy women get back on a yoga mat so that they can feel better in both their bodies and their minds! I used to be weighed down and trapped by overthinking and playing small. My quest for better health has led me to be free, to make sound decisions and to show up as my best self in my own life.
2. What does “freedom” mean to you?
To me Freedom ultimately means doing things for me, for what matters, and not out of necessity. Freedom is love, it’s the direction that you go in when you know that your actions align with your purpose in life. And the beautiful thing about Freedom is it doesn’t have to be a liberation from your job or a monumental change in your life. Freedom can mean standing up for yourself, having the courage to say no, or taking your health into your own hands and noticing the incredible changes and liberation from daily struggles in your life just by changing your routine!
3. Share about the time in your life when you lacked freedom. What was your struggle?
There was a time in my life where the decision to be with the person I loved was causing me lots of anxiety. I was getting serious digestion issues and was breaking out on my forehead because of the stress. I was so concerned with what everyone else thought of me and how I should make decisions that I felt trapped. I felt like I couldn’t move forward. And my body knew, it was trying to tell me. And for a long time I didn’t listen. Until I admitted by own obstacles and decided to show up as the lead in my life. My yoga practice, my diet, my lifestyle, they all helped me get to where I am now. Where I move forward through the beat of my heart rather than the fear of others. It was hard, but it was so worth it.
4. What was your turning point? When did you realize that you needed to embrace freedom?
My turning point was when I started to notice the connection between my thoughts and my health. I was always missing the mind body connection. As soon as I started to invest in developing healthier thoughts, easing my anxiety and becoming more self aware things started to fall into place. The fog in my mind lifted and getting on a new path seemed much easier and abundant than staying where I was.
5. How do you allow freedom into your life on a daily basis?
I think the most important thing for me is to create space. Space from all of my to do’s. I find freedom in creativity and in just being, just sitting and enjoying, appreciating. This is where my yoga and meditation practice has been the ultimate freedom for me. It’s so easy to get caught up with a series of sequential tasks that we need to get done throughout the day but if we could just put all of that on pause we could move through life in much more meaningful ways.
6. I believe our journey towards freedom never truly ends, it just continues to progress to more and more freedom. How have you challenged yourself recently to embrace more freedom into your life?
Ahh yes, Meg, this is such a good one! I tend to struggle with trusting the path. Allowing things to fall into place. I tend to over control and it limits my ability to be really open and fearless. It also sparks my anxiety. So a challenge that I’m currently setting for myself is to not micromanage too much. To trust the process and leave some of the work that I do up to faith. I have little reminders around me that include: a desktop background that says “let it go”, a chalkboard in my room that says “have patience in the universe” and a little bookmark that I got from a yoga retreat that says “trust the path”. As you can see, tiny reminders like these are so important for me.
7. What is one golden nugget of wisdom you can provide to those who are currently struggling with embracing freedom today?
My little nugget of wisdom is to give yourself space. Do something everyday that doesn’t evolve around pushing work forward. Sit down with yourself and do yoga, meditate, journal, take some time to get out of your head and connect to why you’re here, what lights your fire, and how you can move throughout the rest of your day in a loving direction. I think it’s really important to note that freedom doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job or leaving a relationship…freedom from the way that you think is equally as powerful if not more so.
8. And before we say good bye, how can we stay connect with you over social media?
I would love to connect with all of you! You can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/saralouyoga , on instagram at instagram.com/saralouyoga or as a bonus you can try out my 5 day stress detox at saralouyoga.com/freebies/
You can also grab my yoga body checklist and make peace with your body here http://www.saralouyoga.com/yoga-body-checklist/