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I invited a friend to come with me to  yoga.  The teacher of the class is  20 years my junior.   When I invited him, he said,

“No, I won’t go to her class–what can I learn from her, she is too young.”the fabulous Brigitte

I sure am glad I didn’t have that attitude when I first met her years ago.  The moment I met her, I knew she was someone I wanted to spend time with–see previous post: (https://naturegirltara.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/a-magical-age-25/)

At the same time, I can understand his sentiment because I too have  held this belief at times. My belief was a bit scattered and depended on what the subject was.  Here I am, a woman who has already seen so much in life, experienced far more because of the extra years I’ve lived, yet–

I strive to find ways around that limiting belief–to stay open to as many people and paths I cross–regardless of their age.IMG_0795

Years ago even when Brigitte  had just begun teaching–I was simply going to be a support for her as a teacher. Yet, every time I attended her class, I always experienced some kind of  illumination that thrilled me.  It was always a loving, healing experience for me.  Brigitte will say a phrase that can tap you into your own spirit in an instant.  Her spirit and energy alone, are worth your time.

My personal yoga practice has been going on for about 15 years–just because someone is new to teaching doesn’t mean there aren’t  things I can learn from them!

Brigitte has been teaching for more than a few years now and as time has gone on, I see that I have learned more than I was even aware of at the time.  brigitte takes a breath

I still think about the interaction with the friend that is close to my age.  I can’t help but think of the confucius saying–“he who thinks he knows it all has a lot to learn”.  It’s not that he thinks he knows it all, it’s just that he thinks he knows more than her because she’s so much younger.

Don’t let those narrow-minded beliefs cut you off from amazing people that  just happen to be younger than you!

As I reflect on how Brigitte has affected my life, I’m pretty blown away at the things I’m doing today that she is responsible for.  She urged me to start writing this blog.  I vividly remember the day–we had just completed a gorgeous hike.  We sat together  and she helped me form my first words in my first post!  Who knows how long it would have taken me without her guidance.

When I met her, I had just ended a 20 year marriage that had me pretty darn isolated!

Brigitte has opened up my world in ways that were so necessary for my growth as a person and in my profession.   She really helped me to see the power of being involved in community and in creative collaborations of all kinds. I’ve since started my own Meetup.com hiking group and have met and remain friends with so many amazing people who I’ve met through that group.my meetup hike

Brigitte has organized and led workshops on various topics–one of my favorites was

The Artist’s Way Workshop.

A group of women met for 12 consecutive weeks practicing the  topics together as a  support system for one an other.  It was a powerful process and Brigitte is a myriad of things to me and to the people who know her–she is a nature lover, she seeks out adventure and wonder, and she is a master facilitator on so many topics regarding personal growth and finding ways to claim the life we were meant to live.  She has been invaluable to so many charities throughout Los Angeles  that empower children through creativity and the performing arts.IMG_0519

As a yoga teacher, Brigitte’s classes have always evolved.

She is the consummate professional–she has a sense about her and she knows how to address whatever your needs may be.

Emotionally, she has that same sense.  She can tap into what you may have locked away for years and get you looking at it and responding to it.

If you have the chance to attend a class here in the Santa Monica area or even travel with Brigitte to a far away yoga retreat–take it!

The chance for an intensive week of that “Gigi Yogini” energy should rock your world in ways you can’t even imagine now!brigitteandtaraTREE

 Visit http://www.GigiYogini.com for the latest schedules and updates.

You Live You Learn

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I spend lots of time with  amazing women.

Most of them are younger than me and some of my best friends are as much as 20 years younger than me.

Lately, I’ve caught myself thinking, “gosh, she is so aware and enlightened for her age”.  Sometimes I feel like they are so far ahead of me than I was at their age.

As I’ve thought more about this, I realize that I was on that track when I was their age.  The only difference there is between us is life experience.

That’s what I love about getting older, I am getting more and more with every passing day.  The more life I get to live, the more life I get to live.

Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come and how great we were, even all those years ago.  I was fabulous then and I am fabulous NOW.

I remember when I was a bit younger than these women, I read the book, “You Can Have It All” by Arnold Patent.  It had such an affect on me and I will always remember some of the quotes that I couldn’t help but memorize…

“Our bodies are extraordinary instruments with literally unlimited potential, whatever we believe they are capable of doing, they can do.  We limit them with our limited thoughts about their capabilities”.

And the other thought changing quote that stands out for me,

“We create our lives with our thoughts and since there’s no limit to what we can think, there’s no limit to what our life experiences can be”.

Another great book that I read nearer the beginning of my path was, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy.  The stories of power moved me more than I can express.

Then there was “Psycho Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz.

Let’s not forget “Love, Medicine, and Miracles” by Bernie Siegel.  It was a powerful introduction into the world of Psychoneuroimmunology.

Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of how our thoughts can affect our healing.  These books inspired me to study Sports Psychology and earn my Masters Degree.

Sports Psychology is using mental techniques to enhance performance.  The good news has always been, this is not limited to sports, it can be used daily in our lives to alter our life experiences.

One of the best speakers I’ve ever heard is Donald Trump.  I know, some people have a hard time with Donald Trump, he is controversial.  I have had the pleasure, though, of hearing him speak on a couple different occasions.

He is amazing because of his life experience.  He tells some great stories because he has lived life.

There is something so comforting about this…he has lived life.  He has failed and succeeded and failed some more.  I’m sure he was alert and aware at 28 and now he is still alert and aware– he just has more experience that adds to the richness of life and to the wonder of his storytelling.

Dr. Wayne Dyer is another great storyteller.  I’ve seen him evolve throughout my own years of growth.  He is living and experiencing life and he just keeps expanding in his life and in his teachings.

Honestly, I could sit for hours unending listening to the stories he weaves in with his teaching!

Age is not something that freaks me out or brings me down, it just IS.  It doesn’t define me or limit me in any way.  If anything, it has served me with valuable lessons that lift me to the next level as my time here in this realm evolves.

I surround myself with people who see me for me and they don’t judge me by my chronological age.  They embrace me and accept me as an individual who just keeps growing right along with the whole of life.  Experience is living and the more years I’m able to live and learn, the better.

I am just so impressed with the women in my life– I love watching them grow, learn and evolve.  They teach me and inspire me on the path they’re on.

Age means nothing because our lives are shaped by our willingness to learn, expand, and ultimately transcend time. 

I’m not a number that is limited,  I am an infinite expression of life…and so are YOU.