July Word of the Month : Surrender

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”

                                                                                                                                                                  -Herman Hesse

 

When you hear the words “let go”, you may first draw up a negative connotation. If someone is “let go” from work, you don’t celebrate. If somebody comments to a loved one that they have “let [themselves] go,” it is most likely not a compliment. And often times people think letting go equates to giving up.

This month, I want to bring to light the positive aspects of letting go – in Surrender.

By definition, Surrender is the act of letting go, of giving yourself over to something greater. This is certainly not a bad thing! In my experience when I try to resist or push back on something that isn’t comfortable, or not my ideal – I get a less valuable response. If I surrender to what is happening everything is so much easier.

“We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.”
-Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Surrender requires a higher level of humility, of trust in the process and maybe even a leap of faith, but the outcome is worth it nearly every time. Last summer, Kerry Corcoran, owner of TDM Berkeley and Lamorinda gave us proof that amazing things can happen when you surrender.

I also love this quote by McCall Erickson: “Surrender – giving up what we think should be happening for what is actually happening.”

I just traveled for 18 days with my kids and this truly resonates with me. I am a person who likes to have plans, be in control, be on time. When you’re traveling with three children those tend to become nearly impossible. I had to surrender to their needs, their fatigue, their excitement to stay somewhere longer than I planned, or to leave while I was still enjoying myself. To eat when “it wasn’t time yet” or to just stay at the apartment longer because they needed time to relax; while there was so much to do and see! It was a constant play and because I allowed myself to surrender to their needs we flowed so much better and had an amazing bonding experience, whereas it could have been constant struggle.

In your Dailey Method practice surrendering can be:

  • Allowing yourself space to embrace where your practice is today
  • Letting go of hesitation and pushing your engagement further
  • Surrendering your ego and just listening to where you are in the moment

My favorite place to really surrender is in savasana. To allow the floor to rise up and meet and support me – to completely let go and release. It’s such an important practice to truly let the amazing hard work you’ve just done integrate deeper into your body and mind.

Surrendering to the moment at hand without any judgments is one of the best ways to know your true self. Practicing this shedding of inner resistance, of judgement and of anything that disrupts your peace will actually BRING you peace.

This month, focus on learning when to yield to something beyond yourself and see what amazing shifts might happen.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
-Lao Tzu

 

Photo credit, the Dailey Method La Grange

Summer Product Picks

The warm weather is finally here and with the changing of weather, I want a change or refresher of my wardrobe and beauty products. Here are a few of my current favorite picks to keep you stylish, glowing and having some summer fun. Enjoy!

 

Supergoop –  Refresh Setting Mist

Light and fresh with hints of rosemary, this spray not only defends you from the elements but sets your makeup in place and keeps you from feeling oily throughout the day. Beyond the face for me – I use it for hands, neck and décolletage.

 

 

 

Vintner’s Daughter – Active Botanical Serum

We refer to this product as “Unicorn Tears” – partially because of cost, but also the results! You may be skeptical and at this price, I was too. But I’m completely sold on this serum. They use botanicals as opposed to extracts and infuse anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, several nourishing fatty-acids and antioxidants into the serum. I really do swear by it. Because you’re a Dailey fan if you order from this link you get free shipping and a gift while supplies last!

 

Smith & Cult – Honey Hush nail lacquer

I adore this packaging – but also what’s in it (and what is not!) This is referred to as an 8-free polish, without a lot of the chemicals that most polishes have. It also lasts almost a week longer on my nails than other brands and comes in very chic colors. This is my current favorite for my hands. A nude with an attitude.  😂

Free shipping for this item too – lucky you!

 

 

 

Sonoma Playsuit

I love this jumpsuit and probably wear it a bit too often. I have a great print and a black one. I dress it up with heels or wear over my swimsuit with flip flops. Best travel piece I’ve ever had! And love that it has pockets. Plus, for our TDM family only, there is even a discount!! Use the code : DAILEY10

 

 

 

 

Koral – Muscle Tank and Lustrous Leggings

Now that I’m cycling I’m needing shorter tops that are lightweight and breathe. These tanks are perfect. The pants are incredibly comfortable and make your booty look amazing! (they run a bit small though so I would recommend ordering a size up.) I love the navy and wine colors.

 

 

 

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Beyond Yoga – Fade To Black Yoga High-waisted Legging and Bralet

This is my favorite new outfit! Great top to wear for Dare to Bare  (without being overly daring!) I’ve always been a fan of high waist pants and these are so comfortable and flattering. Love ❤️

 

 

 

The Farm Winery

The last important summer pick – wine! This is a natural and organic winery that uses dry farming which means zero irrigation. The wines are small batch and grown by family farms and artisans. And they’re cultivated in a manner that keeps the sugar levels minimal (they claim no hangover!) It’s a club, so you have to join to try it. Great wine delivered to your door? Nothing to complain about there.

 

May Word of the Month : Heart

“Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.”

-Marcia Wieder

There were many voices that sang last weekend at The Dailey Method’s 9th annual Owners’ Retreat. Besides being a place where amazing connections take place, the event serves as a forum where some very special friends in my life – the TDM owners – can learn, grow, and make meaningful contributions to TDM. The heart of the Dailey Method is what makes it the amazingly special, supportive and beautiful community that continues to soar.

So, the Owners’ Retreat perfectly embodies May’s Word of the Month – Heart. Our hearts are our innermost part and we could not survive without it. Not only ARE these individuals the Hearts of their home communities, but they GIVE their hearts to their practice, their studios and to the people who walk in their doors every day. I know for myself that the love I have for my studios and to The Dailey Method is so personally meaningful. I am always in awe at the passion and dedication that the other owners show in making their studios the best (and the most fun!) they can be. While still maintaining The Dailey Method’s core principles of Align, Engage, Move.
 
The owners came from far reaches of the US, and beyond (Paris, Mexico and Canada)! I am reminded each year that there is an incredible level of diversity that makes up the Dailey Method. And by giving their all to create a welcoming and productive space to find alignment they are also able to create a space that is open to everyone.

There were so many, but here are some of the my personal highlights of the weekend:

  • The one-on-one introductions. I am fortunate to know them all but when they come together there can be electric synergy when they get to connect personally. The weekend began with that connection.
  • The small group breakouts that allowed us to collaborate together to learn, grow, and expand communally. And to brainstorm together to continually be able to offer you, our community, an ever-evolving product.
  • The amazing expo (1st picture above) where we had some incredible talent. Local and far reaching companies attended, people who can collaborate with our businesses in ways that help support us all as business owners and allow our communities simpler processes.
  • The dinners we had together, where we could unwind, laugh and celebrate together.
  • The hike on the last day through the headlands of Marin. Gorgeous perfect day.

The celebration of my new Dailey Cycle studio in Fairfax. It wasn’t even open to the public yet and I got to have the best of the best across the world to come and teach there and show us their talents.

I want to SHOUT from the bottom of my heart a huge THANK YOU to each and every Dailey Method owner for believing in the product and showing up each day to share that with their community. And for the amazing corporate staff (you know who you are) that discussed, created and worked tireless hours to make it the most informative and fun retreat ever.

 

-Jill

City Guide : Our Venice Favorites

The Dailey Method Venice 

Having a far-reaching TDM family definitely comes with its perks. For one thing, you can drop into a studio while on vacation or business and still get the same strengthening and alignment you get at your home studio.

You can also share a common practice with your loved ones, even if they live in a different city or frequent a different studio.

Another BIG benefit is that you get hidden insider information on all of the great cities in which our studios and owners reside!

This month, as the weather heats up, we are bringing you the best of the best list from TDM Venice owners Michelle Lazarus and Tenaya Figueira. From food to fun spots away from the crowds, here are their top picks…

Food

Best Breakfast SpotGjusta on Sunset Ave

With an in-house bakery and a to-die-for egg bialy, this tops the list as one of the best breakfast stops in Venice.

 

Best Clean Food Erewhon Market

The spot where healthy food is abundant. Must-trys: Açai Bowl or Super Green Potion ice cream. Yes, we said ice cream.

 

Dinner –  the Tasting Kitchen

Homemade cocktails, homemade pasta…need we say more? Definitely recommended is the whole-roasted branzino fish. Pair this with the Braveheart, a Tasting Kitchen specialty cocktail.

Best Coffee –  Menotti’s

Menotti’s serves Four Barrel coffee! Grab your cup and then head to the beach a few blocks away.

 

SHOPPING

All within a MILE of the studio, here are the top picks for local shopping:

  1. Christy Dawn 2. Lily Ashwell 3. The General Store  4. Nightcap

 

Best Place to Grab a Drink

Grab a Martini at Felix, try the whiskey bar at the Old Man Bar attached to Hatchet Hall, or try Abbot Kinney for their amazing cocktails. 

 

Adventures

Best Urban Hike –  Runyon Canyon

Off-leash dog park, challenging uphill loop, amazing people watching, heart of Hollywood – doesn’t get more urban than that!

 

Best Beach – Venice Beach Lifeguard Station 26

Fewer people, away from parking lots, less crowded and beautiful.

 

Best Activity –  the Griffith Park Observatory

[Photo credit: Town Square]

Look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows and find breathtaking views of Los Angeles!

 

The Arts

Best Seasonal Activity – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Summer Series

Movie screenings are held outdoors under the stars on Fairbanks Lawn, an open grassy field inside Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Best Museum – LACMA

Located next to the La Brea tar pits in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is the largest museum in the western United States.

 

Best Live Music – the Hollywood Bowl

[Photo credit: Timeout]

The largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States with concerts and live music year-round.

 

Next time you are passing through, don’t miss some of the favorites that made the list. Even better, stop into the Venice studio and get some personal recommendations!

April Word of the Month : Spine

“The spine is the tree of life. Respect it.”

-Martha Graham

I know, kind of an odd Word of the Month. Generally we encourage you to set an intention around the word and focus on what you can learn from it. This WOM, we are able to take it literally and focus on its actual structure. Our spine is the very center of us. It is our axis and thus deserves our attention. To concentrate on your spine is the basis of The Dailey Method. It’s our first alignment principle and the root of every exercise we teach. Align.   

There are three components involved in taking the best care of your spine:

  1. Space: with ease, breathe as much space as possible from head to toe, head to tailbone – based on your position. This creates an ease in your structure. Creating space also helps encourage disc health. It helps the bones to be able to settle into the joints most optimally.
  2. Find your neutral: We work in neutral spine in 75% of class. This is the healthiest position in our bodies. We should move through life primarily in this position. It’s still important to work the body in other positions because we need mobility and the ability to move multi-dimensionally. But if we focus on strengthening our bodies in their most functional position, it will translate to many facets of our lives.
  3. Support: This is the act of keeping the space, keeping the alignment and hugging in and engaging muscular support for that optimal structure. It’s an inside out, supportive and easeful balance. Ease and effort.

Give yourself the gift in April of listening to the positions of your spine. Pay attention to whether you are capable of creating a little more space, a little better alignment and then, and only then, layer on the muscular energy that we all love so much at The Dailey Method. Your spine will thank you.

 

“You are only as old as your spine.”

-Joseph Pilates (my first inspiration to truly delve into training bodies.)

 

Love,

Jill

 

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