A Must Read

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Click below to read the compelling story of how our Glowing Goddess of Strength, Melanie, reclaimed her health and stepped into her destiny.

If you’re looking to be inspiring, uplifted, and maybe even cry a little…read on!!!

Facing Your Greatest Fears:

Mel- you are adored, appreciated, loved, and SO VERY STRONG!!! We are so proud of you and lucky to have your talent and spirit at {r}elevé one in leading tap n’ pow{h}er

 

I Am A Humble Warrior…

This morning, I had the privilege of experiencing a breakthrough during my yoga practice which was lead by one of the truest of hearts and a very trusted soul sister, Rebecca White.

This past year I have journeyed through yoga in a way much like life-and have truly grasped the concept that Yoga IS breath….Yoga IS life

.I have stumbled, soared, practiced from a place of ego, had regressions within my posturing, fallen, learned lessons, and even allowed my personal practice to go dormant.

In order to fully appreciate the story, I must rewind the clock and reflect:

One year ago, I sat, wide eyed, upon a brand new mat gifted to me by lululemon; on a trip for which I was sent by their amazing company, in a room full of the worlds most inspiring in fitness and in leadership.

 The 2014 lululemon Ambassador Summit! 

Was I really here…Me??

 Prior to the start of our group Jivamukti yoga practice, I remember speaking to a gal next to me and saying: “The energy in this room is insane!” I could feel the unity…the openness from every single being in that room!

Completely unaware that this adventure, with these people, gifted to us by this amazing company, in a beyond picturesque location, would transform my life in such a short amount of time on such a grand level.

What I did know at that moment? I was honored to be in the company of and awe-struck by the colorful energy within this group. While we all practiced together …our varied levels made the most beautifully diverse vibrational harmony I’ve ever felt.

The experience that lululemon gifted me was so much more than the class…it was a total delve into the Self via inspiration, reflection, movement, bonding, trust, baring of the soul, and having the MOST fun!

After returning back to the states, to our {r}elevé one community, and to the loving arms of my amazing husband and our boys, I felt overwhelmed.

 “What am I to do with all that I’ve learned”

I felt like I had so much to share…so much to say….so much to do!

I had breakthroughs on that mountop in Whistler! I’d deeply connected with a group of strangers who became a family in such a short time. I made promises and commitments to confront and release myself of fears that had plagued me for a great while…and I committed with deadlines!

In four short days I changed, evolved, and grew stronger and more certain of my purpose!

As I reflect on this past year, I see that the presence of adversity, uncertainty, and anxiety were in abundance- always there for me…trying to swallow me in their wrath! I won’t complain, or try to place priority over my happenings…aren’t we all trying to release ourselves of these chains?

It’s how we arrive at the “other side”…free of these chains that truly matters!

In tandem with a loving and supportive family and network of friends, everything that I have accomplished this year can be credited toward the soul food that I experienced in those four days!

Today’s practice was the peak…the top of the mountain! A level of growth that I experienced exactly one year ago…

This morning, Rebecca lead us through a classic and beautiful flow; encouraging each participant sto connect within. To rid ourselves of ego or expectations.

I often refer to Rebecca’s class as: 

Good Clean Beautiful Yoga;

Meaning, we work form, breath, and soul without focusing on the “fancy stuff”.

For a time over this past year, I got caught up in The Fancy!

My mission became trying to get in to as many advanced poses as possible. Unknowingly, I began a silent competition within!

My Soul vs. My Ego!!!!

Every pose I achieved was like a high. Every arm balance I held was a victory. I wanted more…and more…

Until, this summer, I attempted a posture that injured my neck which put a halt on my practice…Fear was back and ready to shut me down!

My ego was winning:

“If I can’t do this…then I’m going to quit,” she said.

In retrospect, I was skipping the steps…missing the beauty and evolution that comes from Good Clean Beautiful Yoga!

 Recently, I recommitted to my practice and decided not to bring along my ego.

 She had to go! She wasn’t going to let me get caught up again!

Little did I realize, that the point where I welcomed my personal practice back into my world, was in fact after I had healed and released myself of two of my greatest fears- which I’ll kindly leave unnamed.

I have always considered myself to be a “work in progress”…one who embraces growth and evolution, but lets be honest…when hardship arrives, the embrace isn’t always a sweet one until after we are through the fire!

Back to today’s class…

Showing up on my mat was in question all they way up until I dropped my son off at school at 9am this morning…I’m so glad that I did!

Not only was I reaffirmed throughout the hour that simplicity is the gate way to growth, I also overcame another fear.

For the first time, I safely floated into a headstand and held the posture for 4 breaths!

There was no ego, no demand, and no need…just an attempt that allowed me to look past my fear and into the love of my practice and for all of which makes me humble.

And the tears…oh the tears did fall!!

I could have wept for an hour while in childs pose, yet my soul was called to rise above my fear several more times with success!

Fear has placed itself in the way of so many things in my life! Last year, I really began digging deep into the psychology of that fear and working at great lengths to rise above, heal, and overcome!

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of my trip to Whistler where my life changed so much in four short days!

Today’s headstand represents the work that I’ve accomplished throughout this past year on overcoming so many obstacles.

Last year I stepped into this Declaration:

I Am Fearless Driving Force of Truth…I am Dancing!

 And though it still “fits” me like a glove…today on my mat, while upside down, I declared:

I Am A Humble Warrior!

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Introducing…tap n’ pow{h}er’s team of Glowing Goddesses

I am proud to introduce a beautiful, soulful, and talented group of women…Our current active team of Glowing Goddess!

These gals have been part of tap n’ pow{h}er since early on and their love and support is very much represented in the heartbeat of this method!

Now to witness these wonderful women leading with such light, brilliance, joy, and authenticity is beyond my wildest dreams!

It’s so important to celebrate the individuality and style of each instructor as it only enriches the culture of a team! I love that all of our Glowing Goddesses lead with their own unique voice and purpose; yet that we all share a common thread of love, challenge, and empowerment!

This journey started one year ago and I’m ecstatic to see how beautifully it’s evolved in such a short amount of time. What began as an attempt to share my heart and soul with our {r}elevé one family while leading a challenging class of meaningful movement, evolved into witnessing these ladies do the same.

The purpose of tap n’ pow{h}er is to encourage, celebrate, and empower!

While our team of Glowing Goddess will triple in size by November of this year…and we can’t wait to welcome more like minded women into our team, these ladies gifted the initial deep breaths of joy into tap n’ pow{h}er and I’m forever humbled and grateful!

 “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you…a joy”

-Rumi

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Jen Camel Pose

Jen Ashcraft- Glowing Goddess of Truth/Teacher Trainer

Studio Owner of barre 11 fitness in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

“I am the owner of Barre 11 Fitness in Murfreesboro, TN and have been a part of the evolution of tap n’ pow[h}er since day ONE! Leading this class is by the far the most rewarding and life changing season in my fitness career. I am so excited to meet and train future Glowing Goddesses who will breathe life and love into this beautiful method. My favorite part about teaching tap n’ pow{h}er is seeing the method working in women’s hearts and souls and manifesting into beautiful, purposeful movement.”

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Ellen Cobb-Glowing Goddess of Light /Teacher Trainer

Studio Co-Owner of Novo Fitness Studio in Columbus, Georgia

“tap n pow{h}er provides a unique experience for clients as it takes mindbody to a new level. Each class begins with clients being still, focused, providing them with the opportunity to be present, alive, and fully aware right where they are. While inhaling strength and exhaling stress, one has no choice but to focus on her body, which works with and for her, regardless of the client’s journey up to this point. The structure of the class resonates with a variety of clients as it incorporates cardio, strength training, yoga, and several exercises that help with balance. Being a teacher of the method and a future teacher trainer, I can truly attest to how incredibly rewarding it is to take clients on this journey of inspiration, empowerment, and meaningful movement each class. Is it equally as powerful to see clients’ transformations as they continue to grow in strength, confidence, and determination. Novo Fitness couldn’t be more excited and humbled to bring this incredible method to our community and continue challenging our clients to reach new levels in their fitness journey.”

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Danielle Whitener- Glowing Goddess of Love/Teacher Trainer

Senior Instructor at {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios

“I have been teaching many formats of fitness over the years and tap n’ pow{h}er is my favorite! Each class is designed to take our clients through an emotional journey of practice through balance & strength training, dance, yoga & cardiovascular elements of movement. It’s movement with meaning that has the entire class feeling invigorated, empowered, strong, beautiful, elegant, challenged & focused, including the instructor. My mission as a fitness instructor is to inspire & empower women. tap n’ pow{h}er gives me that ability by sharing positive affirmations through movement & voice throughout the entire journey of class. As a professional when you lead a class, the class is no longer about your workout, but rather your clients! The beauty of tap n’ pow{h}er is the emotional tie that you have with each participant. You give energy and positive reinforcement, and through the clients energy, it is given right back to you creating an emotional release from ALL that are in the room! Some are even moved to tears. It is such an amazing feeling to see clients release life’s stresses & joy’s through this hour & build self esteem & confidence! When The journey of practice comes to an end and we release to internal peace and rise up, I as the instructor feel in every inch of my mind, body, heart & soul that I have indeed made a difference in these women’s lives. I have inspired them, challenged them and made them feel beautiful & empowered; like they can truly take on the world! Even I myself feel that way!!! There is no amount of money that can compare to that feeling, and that is why I do what I do. tap n’ pow{h}er has molded me into a better instructor in all methods that I teach. I will continue to learn and grow as a fitness professional through this method! I am so happy and honored to be a Glowing Goddess and lead my Fearless Warriors with heart and soul.”

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Jess Speers- Glowing Goddess

Senior Instructor at {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios

“The journey to becoming stronger, more self-confident and empowered in your body is a pretty special thing to share with someone.  I believe teaching tap n’pow{h}er has given me (and all of our teachers) a unique platform to influence clients in a positive way.  I love how the room feels like one united community – it’s really gratifying to witness.  You can really feel everyone’s spirit fill the room! Having a client come up to you after class saying they feel better about themselves and will carry those uplifting words with them all week is the BEST thing you can receive as a teacher – after all, that is what it’s all about! You really have to experience tap n’ pow{h}er to understand its full impact– it is a powerful hour of meaningful movement that will leave you re-charged and fulfilled in both mind and body.”

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Kara Glover- Glowing Goddess

Cherished Instructor at {r}elevé one fitness and dance studios

“The tap n’ pow{h}er method has fulfilled my innermost desire to teach not just with the body but with the heart as well. Often times other methods only engage the physical, whereas tap n’ pow{h}er incorporates the whole person, so it’s not just movement, it’s meaning too. I think that synergy allows me to teach from my heart and gives me the freedom to be my total self, which as an instructor, is priceless.”