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How to write a Bhāvanā

Bhāvanā translates to “development,” “residence” or “cultivating,” – it is part of the yoga’s understanding of imagination. An emotionally charged visualization of the future.

Whether you root for manifestation or good planning or something in between – having a way to stress free plan your dreams is an asset.

Bhāvanā is a tool for making awesome happen. It feels great and really really freaking works.

The hardest part: figure out what you want.

If you’re not sure – start with what you want the future you to feel like and just start writing until the rest comes to fruition.

Figure out the job, the location, the family, the pets, the piles of money. What support did you have? What things did you learn?

Dream big, boo.

When you know what you want – PUT YOURSELF THERE.

This is the fun part. Let’s get imaginative. You’re YOU – but 5, 10 years down the road. Write a letter as your future self. Write it to a loved one. Tell your loved one about what it feels like to be where your dreams are. Tell them how you got here…

The rules of Bhavana

You have to be specific, positive, and concrete.

Specific – You want piles of money? What is that? Give it a dollar amount and a deadline. You want a happy marriage? What is that? Is that hand holding on dog walks? Independent and collective yearly vacations? Get specific.

Positive – Manifestation doesn’t want to know what you’ve stopped – it wants to know where you’re going. Positive thinking only! Write how happiness looks specifically, not what it looks like to no longer feel sad.

Concrete – Give us something we can put our hands on. Want abundance? Is that a house, clothes in the closet? Want love? Is that a best friend since highschool or a lover you met on tinder?

Example Bhavana

Best friend,

I am off to Italy for yet another international yoga training I am leading. I applied for that JFLA wellness loan to sign up for teacher training 5 years ago in 2019. Their $2500 loan covered the whole thing besides the deposit. I put the $500 deposit down not knowing how the rest of the money would make it there but One Down Dog’s fundraiser for JFLA opened the door to an opportunity. It took 3 years of regular LA classes to be confident enough to start creating content for youtube, instagram, and partnering in these online classes with other brands and yoga teachers. But I found my style and voice as a teacher. I have learned I have something valuable to share on accessibility and fun and that’s why there’s so many Europeans meeting me in Florence this week to learn how to create accessible yet challenging classes! Thank you for staying at my house and taking care of my 2 dogs and cat. They miss me, but love you! p

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DOESN’T THAT SOUND LIKE FUN!

PUT YOURSELF IN THE FUTURE. FEEL IT. BRING IT INTO REALITY.

We’ll be meeting Thursday for Make Awesome Happen with Jessica Rosen to get aligned with goals and how to make them happen.

Sunday we’ll be meeting with 3 panelists in the wellness community moderated by Jessica Rosen. These panelists are a master of building wellness brands and also maintaining accessibility for their own wellness journeys. SIGN UP – you’ll learn how to apply for the wellness loan to get $2500 for your own wellness journey.

Actionable steps here.