We’ve all hit a low point in our lives, that moment when there’s more agony than joy. Hillary Ryan’s been there. Before she became a lululemon ambassador, before she started teaching yoga, before she’d even set foot on a yoga mat, Hillary was faced with the most challenging time in her life… mentally, physically and emotionally. She found herself going through a divorce, feeling totally lost. “I felt like the rug had been pulled out from my life,” says Hillary. What go her grounded again: Yoga. The first time Hillary came to her mat, she felt at home. “I felt peace in my heart like I had never felt before,” she explains. Riding the high, Hillary went to yoga 6 days a week. After six months, she went to teacher training and now teaches yoga full time, both for private clients and at The Village Gainey Ranch and DC Ranch locations, with plans of opening her own health and wellness Yoga studio. So how do you go from your world turning upside down to turning your world right side up? Here, Hillary explains how she took back the reigns on her life, and changed everything….
1. Embrace adversity and learn from it
How to: Accept what is and allow change to happen
You need to know what you don’t want in your life in order to know what you do want. Every situation we’re given, we can learn from and change into something positive.
2. Stay present
How to: Breathe
The monkey mind wants to focus on the past or jump to the future, but the “whys” and “what-ifs” can drive you crazy. Take a step back from what’s going on, take a couple deep breaths and become the observer of the situation. This will help you to respond from a place of calm rather than react from a place of fear.
3. Change your thoughts, change your life
How to: Each time a negative thought comes to mind, replace it with a positive one
It’s not always easy to be positive; it takes practice. You have to make a conscious decision to do this. It helps to surround yourself with people and things that positively influence your life.
4. Ask the universe for what you want
How to: Ask yourself what is it you require, write it down and/or verbalize it
It all goes back to knowing what you want. When you know what you want, you know what to ask for. Keep a journal or create a vision board. I’m amazed at how many things I’ve put out there have unfolded and come true.
5. Choose love over fear
How to: When you’re in an “uncomfy” or stressful situation, ask yourself: Am I coming from a place of fear or love?
Every day you get to choose to feel good, or not. It’s not always easy to choose to be present and positive, but you do have a choice. This takes dedication and discipline. Love is truth; we create fear.
6. Take a lesson from your dog
How to: Take a few moments and just observe their behavior
Our dogs don’t know when we’re coming home or when they’re going to be fed, yet they’re always waiting patiently by the door or their bowl TRUSTING. They don’t hold grudges (they forgive), they’re always happy – and no matter what, they always love you.