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My name is Kristin Hart Bowers and this is my late cat, Leila. Along with making at home yoga more entertaining, we have her to thank for the creation of hartswell. As we’re starting to ramp up our social media activity, I thought a little introduction and origin story would suit this Tuesday.
Last June (2019) we lost Lei, my companion since college, to cancer. While it was a long fight and we knew it was coming, that didn’t make it any easier. She had been through so much with me – 14 moves, 2 engagements (1 marriage), 2 states, 4 jobs. On top of this personal challenge, within 3 weeks my workload in an already stressful and anxiety-inducing job ramped up with little end in sight and my college-aged step-son moved in with us full-time to attend school. While certainly not all negative, the cumulative impact was a challenge for me. I found myself spending 2 months feeling like I had no control, buffeted around and heavily impacted by any added stressors. For me, stress manifests as tension migraines and these started occurring regularly, making these challenges exponentially harder.
During this time I came across this article (https://bit.ly/2Xh6902) on Medium about the eight pillars of holistic wellness and it completely resonated with me. Understanding the interplay of the facets of wellness helped me realize where I wasn’t showing up for myself, particularly while under stress. It helped me understand the different ways my body and psyche tell me I need to be more mindful and tend to my self (hint: it requires working on the pillars you’re neglecting!)
I created a regular tracking and accountability system to help me be more mindful day-to-day about my health on this spectrum, and the hartswell digital holistic wellness workbook available to you today is the culmination of those efforts. I hope it serves you as much as it has served me already. #introduction #intro #transformationtuesday #tt #origin #originstory #yoga #athomeyoga #yogalife #yogalove #yogawithadriene #30daysofyoga #practicedaily #cat #cats #pets #yogacat #health #wellness #exercise #lifestyle #headaches #migraines #tensionheadaches #holisticwellness
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