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Thursday, November 29, 2012

3 simple tips for creating the “Best Life Ever”

Taylor Wells Prana Power Yoga founder

Prana Power Yoga founder Taylor Wells is a happy force to be reckoned with. She teaches daily yoga classes, runs her five-studio business, is a columnist for The Boston Herald, maintains a popular blog, writes for Wholepregnancy.org, and is a mother of five. Oh, and she also has two Master’s Degrees in psychology from Ivy League institutions.

“For many years people have asked me, ‘Taylor, how is it that you do everything you do? You seem really happy, but are you a workaholic? Do you ever sleep?’” Wells says. “The truth is that I am very happy 99 percent of the time because it’s a discipline and a practice. And anyone can do this. Anyone can access these principles.”

We would be skeptical, too. But Wells lays out these happiness-making principles in her new self-published book, Create the Best Life Ever, in which she shares lots of raw stories of her own struggles—from failed businesses and relationships to an eating disorder. And she teaches readers to apply the tools that helped her to their own challenges.

We asked Wells for a taste of the practical advice laid out in the book. Here are three simple tips for creating your very own “Best Life Ever.”

Best Life Ever

The founder of Prana Power Yoga (which has five studios, including two in New York) has a new self-published book.

1. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Wells says that this is a consistent issue. People tend to know what is wrong with the life they have, but not what a better one would look like. Switch your focus, and change will be easier.

2. Do your yoga. “The most important thing is to find something that you love to do that grounds you, makes you happy, and makes you your authentic self, and to do it as often as possible,” Wells says. For her, that’s Prana’s style of hot, sweaty vinyasa. For you, it may be Iyengar—or gardening, reading, or baking.

3. Let go of gossip. Gossip may seem trivial, but Wells says it’s one of the biggest energy sucks. “A big part of my book teaches about letting go of judgement, gossip, and negativity. We all love to gossip, but not only am I using energy for that, but after, I feel like shit. Everyone feels bad after they gossip.” Pass on the bashing and use the saved energy for good.

Wells is sure your mornings will start to seem sunnier when you embrace her principles. “You’ll see things shift—not tomorrow, not tonight, but literally right now.” —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information visit, www.pranapoweryoga.com

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