Tag: jennifer pastiloff

practice with me while i’m away!

Posted on March 28th, by mb in yoga. 1 Comment

even though i’ll be gone for the month of april, you can still practice yoga with me every single day! practice for FREE for 10 days at yogis anonymous online by using the coupon code “marybeth10″ when you check out.

memberships are also super cheap – you can take just one class for $5 or just $15 for a whole month. i currently have 96 classes on the site, as well as tons of classes by amazing teachers like ally hamilton, derek beres, jennifer pastiloff and lots more.

see you in may!

bliss list: what i’m loving.

Posted on May 25th, by mb in bliss lists. No Comments

this liberating post on success
(what a big, scary word!) by jennifer pastiloff

manifesting our dream house (lemon trees, big backyard, lots of natural light, character) for us to move into july 1.

reconnecting with my friends (old and new) in an authentic way.

peonies. jasmine. lilies.

that my mother booked her ticket to come for a week in june for some serious, down-and-dirty, wedding planning.

anything by natalie martin. (she’s making my wedding dress! so lucky!)

ginger shots in the morning. (i’m wild like that.)


inspire: jennifer pastiloff.

Posted on May 22nd, by mb in inspire. 11 comments

jennifer  and i met a few years ago when i’d first moved to venice. i was newly working for lululemon santa monica, and felt like a fish out of water. jen instantly put me at ease. as we sat outside a cafe, she told me her vision for her future, for her career, her love life, and fast forward to now – and she’s got it. and after reading her blog for a year, i feel like i know her pretty damn well and am inspired by her daily.

jen isn’t just about making her dreams happen. she’s made it her mission to inspire others to live out their dreams, and, in fact, created manifestation yoga to do just that. create your dream life!

what’s the best part of your day?  

it’s a tie between that breakthrough moment in my class when i get a chill up my spine and i know it is not only my AHA moment but the whole class’ as well and the moment when i walk in and there is a candle a a glass of wine waiting for me from my husband robert.

what inspires you?
poetry and synchronicity.

your favorite trip.  
the retreat i led in mexico february 2012. life changing. shortly after my soul brother, steve bridges, who had been at the retreat died in his sleep. we became a family during that retreat and after he passed it became even MORE profound. his greatest wish in life was to have a family. he got one. right before he left this world.

what fulfills me?
– when I teach kids with special needs. when we om together. when I watch them move their bodies fearlessly.
– writing my blog. lately i have had people come to my retreats and my workshops all over the country because they have read my blog and felt connected to me. there is nothing that makes me feel more on purpose.
– speaking my truth, whatever that may be. lately it has been so fulfilling. for example, i recently wrote a post on how i had fallen out of love with my own yoga practice. it felt liberating to admit and it set me on a path to fall back in love. so yes, honesty fulfills me.
– connecting with like-minded people. i do not meet strangers anymore. everyone i meet is an old friend i simply hadn’t crossed paths with yet. those moments when i get a chill up my back and every ounce of me says ” yes yes!”
– listening  to my mentor wayne dyer speak
– travel.
– a great dinner with lots of wine and laughter and an impromptu dance party

what’s your ideal sunday?
waking up whatever time i like, reading a little, writing a little. having NOTHING to do and NOWHERE to be. a good cup of coffee. long nap. sunshine. a late afternoon movie and then watching the sunset with my husband and a damn good glass of wine.

your favorite words of wisdom.
if you knew who walked beside you on this path which you have chosen, you would never again experience fear nor doubt. first heard wayne dyer say it but i believe it comes from a ‘course in miracles.’

when do you feel most “you?”
when i am leading a manifestation workshop or retreat, when i am writing, when i am in NYC.

your favorite outfit.
jeans, black boots, vintage beaded jacket from 1940’s and smoky eyes. i never get to wear “real clothes” so it always confuses and excites me terribly.

what’s on your ipod?
beatles, jay-z, snow patrol, the national, tom petty, bon iver,  cat stevens, elton john, dj drez, florence and the machine, bruce springsteen, biggie smalls.

five things you love.
words, red wine, laughter, aha moments, dance parties.

how you feel in one word today.

blank canvas.

Posted on May 14th, by mb in dreaming, gratitude, intention. 1 Comment

this piece was originally published in manifest station, which i’m honored to be featured in.

i think i was in college when i first read the danny kaye quote, “life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”

since I was 18, i’ve filled up 16 moleskine journals with my scribbles, passages that inspire me, bright colors, and cut-outs. they became my canvas, and my space to then begin to create my life. i’ve sat in tiny italian airports with a box of colored pencils transfixed for hours, filling pages during a break from my desk job, cutting out photos from magazines and gluing them to the pages.

and you know what?

my journals were beautiful.

sometimes i’d even show them to my friends, my brother. but in real life, i was playing a little small. what i was creating on the page, wasn’t necessarily translating to how i was living my life.

i was at a desk job that didn’t inspire me. i was in a relationship that had run its course. i spent my weekends at bars with friends rather than used bookstores and vintage shops.

my canvas wasn’t very pretty.

i was scared to throw any paint. what if it didn’t look good? what if no one liked it? or even worse, what if it was magnificent?

slowly, urged by the advice i’d written on my pages i quit my job, i broke up with the boyfriend, i moved into a beautiful apartment, i started doing more yoga, i filled my walls with collages and quotes, i even ordered a visitors’ guide to santa monica.

and you know what? i can honestly say that i am in love with the colorful, sometimes sloppy, canvas i’ve created. it’s filled with farmers’ markets, bare feet, avocados, candlelit yoga, bubble baths, a very lovable bulldog and extra lovable fiance, eyes wide open. it’s full of experience, and living from a space of YES. of what makes me come alive.

in the day-to-day hustle, it becomes easy to overlook that in every moment we are creating our life. we are throwing the paint on the canvas, and in turn, are responsible for what that masterpiece looks like. spend some time dreaming every single day. take a walk without your cell phone. spend an hour in silence. go to a concert alone. no matter where you are in your life, it is not too late to create YOUR masterpiece. throw some paint, and get dirty. play.