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Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall Into Health

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How time flies. Summer has ended and Fall is here. What have you done to reach your health goals? The holidays are coming and it's time to prepare for Thanksgiving (a day of gluttony for most people). Did you know that many women gain five to ten pounds during the winter holidays? Are you ready for all the food and temptation? Just five spots left. RSVP

 You will learn how to be mindful in your daily life after taking 3 classes and 3 weeks of group coaching. If you have children, Halloween is a time to be extra aware since many kids get too much candies and chocolates. This Halloween, re-think your treats and spread the word about the addictive harmful effects of too much sugar. A medical study showed that "sugar is 8X more addictive than cocaine (added to most of our packaged foods), yet it's legal." Give out stickers and sugarless treats. Ask your friends, family and neighbors to give non-food treats.

I used to be a junk food and sugar addict. Yoga and coaching helped me recover from a lifetime of bad habits. I am passionate about health and fitness. That's why I am writing The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga

I love Dr. Oz! Here are his 8 health tips:
1. Get enough sleep (7-8 hours). Practice yoga and meditation. www.doctoroz.com

2. Happiness or a positive outlook 

3. Exercise (mind-body wellness)!

4. "As we age, the ability of our cells to renew decreases (that affects our energy & appearance). The best thing you can do is to eat a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and (protein)," Dr. Oz said in an article by http://californiaseniorguide.com

5. He also talked about the healing power of food.

6. Seniors are on multiple medications (with many unwanted side-effects). "Depending on (the disease) you may be able to get of or lower the dose of medicines if you make lifestyle changes like eating healthier, exercising and losing weight."

7. "Loneliness is bad for mental health & may affect your heart health. That's why I encourage seniors to engage in community activities when they can.

8. Immunity. What can be a bout of flu for a younger person can turn into pneumonia for a senior." Dr. Oz said.

My Full Moon and Healthy Inside-Out workshop is on October 6th. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/full-moon-yoga-and-manifesting-workshop-tickets-37711165110

My mission is the empower women to be healthy inside-out and my vision is to create a Co-Op  Community Food Garden/ Healing Space where members/ owners share in the rewards of a healthy lifestyle. I believe in the power of Good Food that is healthy, fair, affordable and sustainable. I have a 3-week deep health coaching program that gets to the root cause of any issue and focuses on emotional healing. I use 3 simple, powerful steps to help clients let go of what doesn't serve them so they can be free to manifest their dreams. Contact me for a free consultation.

Ingrid Cheng

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bridging the Gap with a Millennial

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I'm so grateful to connect with Latino entrepreneurs at the OCHCC event last night. I love their panel of speakers who all share their stories and how they give back to their community. I am following RaqC, radio and T.V. personality, dog lover, the "Queen of Spanglish" and founder of Amigas4mysoul. They have a conference tonight & tomorrow. (www.amigas4mysoul.com/conference) I am also following John Life Hope who recommended Spin Selling by Neil Rackham and shared his own wisdom with us. Thanks so much, John!

My Bridging the Gap partner Jessica Granger is a lifestyle/ beauty blogger who shares my love of writing. She started her blog after going through a tough time just like me. We both made something good out of a bad experience. I love her blog, Venus & Vogue and want to go to Brighton after reading her recent post! Follow her on Instagram as she share her growth and journey. I am blessed to meet so many amazing people in such a short time because I practice the Law of Attraction. I learned to listen to my intuition and follow it no matter how crazy it seems. I've gotten so much back from taking a leap of faith, investing in myself and starting my business. I'd like to share this infographic with you thanks to Nuts.com

Ingrid Cheng
Founder of Co-Op Health Club



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Be Extraordinary

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I stayed up late to finish reading The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani, founder of www.mindvalleyacademy.com

Five things I'm grateful for are:
1. My friends Jazz, Kim and Telesfora
2. Josh's Impact Business Bootcamp
3. New clients
4. Money that allows me to do more of what I love
5. Getting three sponsors for Yogagivesback.org by volunteering for them less than hour a week just re-confirms that the Law of Attraction works

What I love about myself:
1. My creativity
2. I have caring heart
3. My curiosity
4. I love of animals and nature
5. My mission to empower women
6. My vision to create a kinder, more loving world
7. I have a rapport with kids
8. I can cook health and tasty food
9. My ability to connect and collaborate with others
10. I continue to learn and grow

Vishen challenged his readers to write a gratitude list and a "love yourself" list. I wrote it in long hand last night and want to share what shifted for me. I was feeling excited about my new book, but stressed out because I invested a lot of time and money in it. I tied my happiness to the goal of getting my book published, but learned to be happy in the "now". Thanks to his book, I am practicing present moment appreciation. I'm so grateful for yoga because it changed my life. I am passionate about health and wellness. My book, The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga will transform the way most people think about yoga. My mission is to empower women to be healthy inside-out with 12 simples steps. I want to share this infographic with you thanks to Elysium Health

This blog is sponsored by Functional Oral Health Summit

Full Moon Yoga & Manifesting Workshop on 10/6. RSVP

I am excited to be part of Bridging The Gap Campaign to unite 200 women from different generations. Find out about Reciprocal Mentorship and stay informed.

Food Day on October 24th. "Growing Food is a Human Right".
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Create Your Own Story

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I am so grateful to be of service through my Healthy Inside-Out Coaching and Yoga programs. I met some amazing women who came to my Full Moon Yoga workshops last night and on Monday night. One of them lost her husband at a young age. He died suddenly in his 40's. Then she found a growth in her spine and was told she needed surgery. 2-3 doctors told her to have invasive surgery, but she's a scientist and did a lot of research on her own. She paid for a 4th opinion & at that time non-invasive surgery was still new, but she made the wise choice. She recovered quickly and became a Physical Therapist. I'm so inspired by how she made something good out of her lost and trials.

I love food and believe that healthy food should be enjoyable and taste great. I used to be a junk food and sugar addict. Now, I'm a health nut. I'd like to know about your health goals and other goals. Do you have a morning routine? Do you eat a healthy breakfast? Are you exercising regularly? How is your self-talk? Is it empowering you or sabotaging you? Do you have an inner mean girl? Our inner critics tell us that we can't change so we feel cynical or hopeless. Learn to ignore the "mean" self-talk. I tend to be hard on myself. I often struggle with fear and uncertainty. I am smart, but often suffer from analysis paralysis. I take failure negatively and personally. I tend to stay in my comfort zone - I'd rather stay home with a good book and be safe. As women, we don't take enough risks and that keeps us small or stuck. I'm afraid to speak up - often women don't ask for what we really want. If this sounds like you, let's schedule a time to talk.

Writing is a labor of love. I've always been a dreamer and a writer. English and creative writing were my favorite classes. I love books. They are there for me whenever I need them. In many ways, books are my best friends and teachers. They provide entertainment, education and empowerment. Oprah who also loves books says this better than I do. "Reading has been among my greatest passion for as long as I can remember...one of life's most profound joy is to open a book and learn from its pages, to be astonished, to empathize and to grow. But there's another category of book, the super-soulful that I turn to again and again for inspiration, companionship or help in moving from darkness to light." My goal is to write a book that is super-soulful.

I used the Law of Attraction training to manifest a sponsor for my blog and my upcoming book, The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga. I'm interviewing Karin Kiser, author of Lighten Your Load: 35 Simple Ways to Free Yourself from Stress, Toxins and Clutter tomorrow at 12 pm. I'll include some of her tips in Chapter 9 of my book on how yoga creates space.I have 11 chapters outlined and some sort of beginning. I have a publisher in mind, Hay House. Or I can self publish. I am exploring options. I am constantly reading and getting inspired. I'd like to get your feedback on my work.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Full Moon Yoga and Manifesting Workshop



I am so grateful to connect with two amazing women last night. We flowed through yoga poses that builds "Chi" or "Prana" the life energy that's needed to create more of what we desire. Then, we meditated and visualized our dreams for a minute. Later, we wrote them down in our Dream journals and cut out pictures for our Vision Boards. I'd like to share the power of the Law of Attraction:

1. I am co-creating a community garden/ healing space. I found out just hours later that it already exists! I love Communityhealinggardens.org a non-profit that fosters health and community through urban gardening and Kiss The Ground in Venice. They also have a community garden.

2. I am starting a Mastermind group of three committed people to harness the power of group  mind for growth and transformation.

3. I am leading a Creative Circle and forming my Dream Team

4. I am meeting mentors, partners and supporters along my journey

5. I am sharing my passion and purpose with my blog, my book, monthly workshops, etc.

6. I travel the world and speak about self-love/ self-care, using my book as a platform.

7. I continue to be Healthy Inside-Out and teach the Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga to more people

8. I am creating 21 Life Lessons from Yoga e-book and using it as a gift (lead generator)

9. I am partnering with Jazz (Beaumond Project to build affordable, sustainable housing) and will partner with Josh at Socialchangenation.com to spread the message of Social Entrepreneurship - "Make a Dollar and a Difference". My idea is to create a webinar with Josh Schukman to let others learn more about his Boot Camp for people who are struggling to grow their heart-based businesses.

10. I am interviewing celebrities for my book, The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga.

My mission is the empower women to be Healthy Inside-Out and my vision is to create a Co-Op  Community Food Garden/ Healing Space where members/ owners share in the rewards of a healthy lifestyle. I believe in the power of Good Food that is healthy, fair, affordable and sustainable. I have a 3-week deep health coaching program that gets to the root cause of any issue and focuses on emotional healing. I use 3 simple, powerful steps to help clients let go of what doesn't serve them so they can be free to manifest their dreams. Contact me for a free consultation and sign up for a workshop today. Full Moon Yoga & Manifest Your Dreams Workshop - early bird ticket prices good until end of today. RSVP now as space is limited.
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P.S. Lauren, I hope we can collaborate and create a healthier world for all.
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Monday, September 4, 2017

How to Manifest Your Dreams

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I am reading Dan Miller's book, Wisdom Meets Passion. In it, he wrote about making deposits in 7 areas of life:

1. Financial - grow your net worth, pay yourself first (invest in learning something new or in building wealth)
2. Social - Meet new people and make friends, grow your network
3. Personal development - Read books that empower and inspire you. Apply what you learn.
4. Physical - Have a regular exercise routine, practice self-care
5. Spiritual -Connect with your inner truth/ divine wisdom with meditation or worship in a group
6. Family - Show your love and appreciate to those you care about instead of being critical
7. Career - Know what experience, skills and talents you have to offer. Also know your own worth.

I am so grateful for yoga because it didn't just transform me physically, but led me to finding my coaches and teachers. I want to thank Brendon Burchard, Dan Miller, Jack CanfieldLynne TwistOprah Winfrey and all my yoga teachers. I use Jack Canfield's free Vision Board Tip Sheet to manifest my dreams in less than four months. I continue to practice The Law of Attraction to realize my dream of becoming an author and an expert. I am passionate about health and fitness because I have been fat and thin, but I was never happy. My story as a "Fat Girl" being bullied was a sad one. As an adult, I was stuck in my old story for the longest time. Thanks to my coaches and The Landmark Forum, I let go of it and freed myself to go after my dreams. I never thought that I could be an author, but I'm now writing a book, The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga and will interview Karin Kiser, author of Lighten Your Load: 35 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Free Yourself from Stress, Toxins and Clutter this Friday at 12 pm PST. http://karinkiser.com

I met some wonderful people along the way like Lauren Mones who healed her Crohn's Disease with healing foods and drinks. I love her Lavender Ginger Lemonade! I also met some great volunteers at the Catty Wagon who braved the heat for a good cause. They have $10 kitten adoption. I shared my love of the Ninja Kitty on Instagram



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Believe in Yourself


My mission is to empower women to be healthy inside-out. My vision is to create a kinder and more loving world through 21 Life Lessons from Yoga and The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga. Writing is a labor of love. I wrote most of the Life Lessons five years ago, but decided to put my book project on hold because it wouldn't be profitable. Our society judges success and failure based on material things like money. So I had a love hate relationship with the currency of exchange. "Money makes the world go round. It's a rich man's world. A penny saved is a penny earned. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Be practical and get a job. You can't do what you love and make money." All the lies that I bought into stopped me from believing in myself. The last one is so insidious that I still get bothered by it even though I know the truth. The Law of Attraction teaches that we must unlearn old beliefs that sabotage us in order to learn new beliefs that empower us. I am applying this to my own life. "I believe that I have the ability to learn and figure things out. I believe I can learn to do what must be done and become what I must become to achieve my dreams." Pg. 125 in The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. Join a free webinar The Power of Voice Dialogue. Turn your internal foes into allies for transformation.

Here's what I am going to do:
1. Write every day for 30-60 minutes. Share my progress with 2 to 3 people.
2. My goals are to complete The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga by November 19th, my birthday.
3. I need help in book cover design, marketing, getting Media exposure, publishing and connecting with talent agents because I want to interview celebrities who practice yoga.

I am also seeking collaborators and partners for my other long-term project. Creating a community garden and healing space. Did you know that a study shows that we spend 90% of our time indoors? That isn't natural. We need fresh air, some sunshine and to be in nature or outdoors. That's why I lead Yoga in the Park. I believe in the healing power of nature and yoga. I believe that good food that is healthy and affordable is a human right. I believe real health care focuses on prevention and treating the root causes of diseases. I believe in alternative and natural medicine or remedies. Growing up in Hong Kong, we had a great Chinese doctor who used her extensive knowledge and experience in Traditional Oriental Medicine to treat our various ailments. We seldom visited the hospital unless it was a real emergency like the time I fell and fractured my elbow or when I slipped in the bath tub, fell and hit the back of my head. I fainted and woke up to extensive bleeding. My mom rushed me to the emergency room for some stitches.

I was a "fat and clumsy" child. I always felt that I wasn't good enough. Why couldn't I be more like my big sister? Why did I tend to get hurt so easily? Why? Why? Why? I didn't now what was wrong with me. My family told me to be more careful and less clumsy. Their voices stuck with me as I grew up. Yoga came into my life at the right time because I was a mess. I went to a yoga class with my sister and kept going even though I wasn't balanced, coordinated or flexible. All the things I thought I needed to be to do yoga. Guess what? You don't need to be this or that to do yoga. Just start where you are at and go forward. Yoga is a practice and a process that transformed my mind, body and soul. It continues to transform me and I am so grateful for yoga. It teaches self-care and self-love. Through yoga, I empowered myself to eat healthy and be active. I choose health over comfort and convenience. I choose to challenge myself instead of being complacent. I choose to celebrate each moment and love more. The "fat, clumsy" girl is still there, but I accept and love her unconditionally. Listen to Katy Perry sing Unconditionally and be inspired. Join From Spiritual Struggle to Living in Grace a free webinar if you are feeling frustrated, stuck or unsatisfied despite your many efforts to grow, evolve and improve yourself.

Join Tapping Your Way into Optimal Health a free webinar if you want to learn EFT tapping techniques to melt away stress, strengthen your immunity and improve your overall health.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

I Love Good Food!


I attended a Good Food Summit and connected with like-minded people. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council is a collective impact initiative working to build a Good Food system for all local residents - where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable. Keep your eyes on the ”‎30 under 30″‬ leaders who are improving our food systems.



Instagram My mission is to empower women to be healthy inside-out. My vision is to create a society that focuses on good food as a basic human right. I want to ban fast food and junk food that are high in fat, salt and sugar (the trifecta for addiction). Studies have shown that highly processed foods all contain with these three additives in spades. Fake foods that have these should be banned or labeled "hazardous to our health" just like cigarettes.  

I believe that age is just a number and beauty is an inside job. As a fabulously healthy 48 year-old woman who dislikes make-up and loves nature, I am all about having a simple beauty routine. I do yoga or a H.I.I.T cardio and strength workout six days a week. I walk every day, I cook healthy and tasty meals. I drink enough water to keep hydrated and the occasional green smoothie to feed my body with organic Superfoods. I teach my clients how to eat healthy, to save time and money. I shop at the Farmers Market, 365 Wholefoods and Trader Joes. I have a regular shopping list. I also like to try new things. My current favorite drink is Ripple Pea Protein Drink and my favorite snack is Forager Cashewgurt!

I've cut out dairy and it made a big difference in my digestion. No more gas or bloating. I am lactose-intolerant, but I bought into the marketing of major brands like Chobani and Fage. I thought yogurts were good for me because they have probiotics. Luckily, I learned more about my food intolerance and sensitivities. Then, chose to take action.

Invest in your health now and contact mel to schedule a complimentary Healthy-Inside Out consultation today. 

Ingrid Cheng
Author of The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga 
Health Coach

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

More Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga

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Here are the five more secrets that I want to share with you:

1. Gratitude: I appreciate my body and what it does for me. I am grateful for cooking healthy food that tastes great. I am thankful for all the benefits of a regular yoga practice that empowered me to fulfill my highest purpose.

2. Happiness: Being present, enjoying each moment is really good. It is the secret to lasting happiness. I source joy from every day experiences and no longer chase after elusive things that brings instant gratification but do not serve my purpose.

3. Insight: Create space and time to reflect, to ask deep questions about what is meaningful to you. Find your passion and purpose.

4. Community/ belonging: Yoga is all inclusive. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, race, size, religion, income, status, etc. It's the great equalizer because yoga teaches that we are all one. I love the yoga community, Studies show that loneliness is harmful to our health and well-being. A sense of belonging and community is very important if we want to be healthy inside out.

5. Mindfulness: I was not aware of how much harm I was doing to my body with my diet and exercise regimes. I struggled with weight since childhood and was called "Fat Girl". I was bullied and teased for a long time. I got sick and tired of being known as "Fat Girl" so I managed to lose 40 pounds in less than a year. I was thin and I proud of myself, but I wasn't happy. I didn't feel like I was good enough or thin enough. I ran every day as part of my high school tennis team and loved the high that I got afterwards. I ate less, ran more and got a flat belly. Little did I know that I was anorexic. Yoga allowed me to get in touch with the hurt and trauma, to ask for help from a coach and let go of my sad story. I still tend to be hard on myself, but I catch this bad habit and remind myself to be kind. Are you mindful of your internal dialogue? Do your thoughts and beliefs empower you or sabotage you? Are you mindful of what you consume? Do you let bad news, gossip and negativity affect you? Do you choose food that is "real, whole and good" for you or do you eat fake fast food because it's convenient? Be a "Guardian to your mind, body and soul".

6. Self-care and self-love
If we don't love ourselves and take care of our health, how are we able to love and take care of other people? In The Power of Partnership, Riane Eisler wrote about Your Relationship with Yourself (the mind body and spirit connection). "Common sense would say that you should treat yourself like (a best friend but many of us are quite mean and nasty to ourselves. "We criticize ourselves unmercifully (and have) an inner tyrant who keeps saying (mean thinigs to us)". Be aware of your self-talk. Is it empowering you or sabotaging you? We are either our best friends or our worst enemies. I was called "fat, clumsy and stupid" so often as a child that I believed that there was something wrong with me. I struggled with body shame and low self-esteem as an adult. Yoga helped me connect to the inner truth and love myself (flaws and all). Thanks to my coaches and yoga, I let go of my sad old story so that I could create a happy new one. Everyone has a story, but when you are the victim in that story, you feel helpless and hopeless. I want to let you know that you can create a better, healthier story by choosing to practice self-love.

My Daily Choice

Ingrid Cheng
Author of The Anti-aging Secrets of Yoga
Health Coach
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Friday, August 18, 2017

6 Anti-aging Secrets of Yoga

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I am the author of The Anti-aging Secrets of Yoga, an upcoming book that will transform the way people see yoga. Here is a brief summary of six chapters in my book.

1. Alignment: When your body is in alignment, you are able to move freely and easily. Yoga is about union of mind, body and spirit. When you connect with your body and your breath, the practice of yoga allows you to align with your inner truth or the Source. We are all spiritual beings, whole and complete, lacking in nothing. Health, love and happiness already exist within us. There is nothing to do, nowhere to be. Commit to a regular practice and you will get more than just an exercise routine.

2. Balance: I used to have bad balance and tended to trip or fall. I've twisted both my ankles several times. Yoga dramatically improved my balance and allowed me to hike up 1,000 feet to the top of
Vernal Falls without any prior regular hiking experience. After each hike in Yosemite, I'd do a gentle yoga stretch. Every morning, I rolled out my travel yoga mat and did some sequences to stretch out any soreness or tightness. Someone did trip and hurt her ankle, but I felt confident and strong, knowing that my ankles would support me.

3. Coordination: I used to think I was a klutz, often confusing left with right. I didn't think I could do yoga because I was often on the wrong side. Normally, I'd feel discouraged and give up, but somehow yoga spoke to me, telling me to be patient. I kept going to classes regularly and improved my coordination exponentially.

4. Dedication: I never stuck with an exercise routine or a healthy eating habit. Yoga taught me about dedication. I experienced the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a regular practice so that I continue to dedicate myself to this healthy lifestyle choice.

5. Energy: Doing yoga in the morning is better than caffeine. It gives you a natural high without the crash and allow you to have energy throughout the day. I incorporate inversions like the head stand and forward fold that brings more blood flow to my face and brain; better than any antiaging cream or lotion. These poses also help relief back pain.

6. Flexibility: I wasn't flexible like most yoginis and I didn't think I could do yoga. Guess what? You don't need to be flexible to enjoy yoga. In fact, my nickname used to be "rusty" due to my tight hamstrings and I started from where I was worked with yoga to increase my flexibility.

Ingrid Cheng
Author of The Antiaging Secrets of Yoga
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Closer Look at Fear

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Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. The 5 basic fears are fear of death, fear of loss, fear of ill health, fear of pain or discomfort and fear of rejection. What are your fears and how are they holding you back? I choose to take action and do something that scares me everyday. Quitting my job and starting my own business is terrifying. Everyday, I feel like a fish out of water. I was taught to go to college, get a degree, find a good job and be practical. My parents told me to stop dreaming because I'd starve as a writer, so I need to be responsible and get a job. Conditioned to respect authority, I listened to them and stayed in my comfort zone. I tried to go after my dreams, but kept falling back to my old "job" mentality. I didn't believe in my dreams enough to fight for them. I let the people closest to me, the ones who love me keep me from achieving what I really desire. I am passionate about health and fitness. I know what it's like to struggle with weight and body shame. I want to share my insights and process, to show other women how I created a healthy lifestyle.

When we examine our fears, we will find that they have no basis on reality. In fact, research shows that 99% of our fears are imaginary ones. So our minds are keeping us stuck in the same stories. Yoga allowed me to dig deep and find my inner truth. I've struggled with self-esteem and weight since childhood. I was bullied at home and didn't feel safe or loved. Over time, I sought comfort in food. I was fat and my family called me "Fat Girl", so I felt that there was something wrong with me. Yoga helped me see that I am a spiritual being having a human experience. It teaches acceptance, compassion and self-love. It took me a while to let go of my sad story and create a happy, healthy one. 

I created a Vision Board in April and used Jack Canfield's free list to create affirmations that help me be more creative, motivated and willing to take risks. I have 7 compelling, engaging images that connected to my dreams and 10 power words on my Vision Board

Eventbrite Workshop on September 6th: Full moon yoga and vision board creation early-bird discount ends on Tuesday, August 15th. Spots are limited. Sign up now!

I employ a simple, powerful 3-step process that empowers you to let go of your fears and things that don't serve you. Connect with your inner truth and practice self-love. My mission is to empower women to be healthy inside out and I just launched a 3-week Healthy Inside Out Coaching. Contact me to schedule a discovery session.

Ingrid Cheng
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Action is the Key to Courage

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I am reading The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. It has 9 declarations to claim your personal power. One of them is to reclaim your agenda: ask "Is what I am doing each day of my life meaningful to me?". Have clarity, direction and take action. What is your mission? Do you have a plan of action? What choices will you make?

My Mission is to empower Gen X women to be healthy inside out. I feel that we are left out as the "sandwich generation" between Boomers and Millennials. We are caught between two worlds, the old one and the new one. I grew up without a computer or a cell phone. I learned to type on an electric typewriter. I remember the Walkman and listening to cassette tapes. I used to write actual letters to my pen pal in Germany. Back then, people actually wrote, not text. Remember, no cell phones yet. I often miss those simple times because the world is getting too busy, too crazy, too "Me first" or "I am right and you are wrong". What happened to compassion and tolerance? Everyone is in a rush to get somewhere. I almost got run over twice while I was walking my dog. Both times, I had the right of way. Once by a bicyclist who ran a red light while the walking sign was on. Later, by a white car turning too fast (trying to beat the red light). We have become a city of "aggressive drivers" with many incidents of "road rage". People want everything now, they complain if the line to buy lunch or groceries is to long, they moan when their "needs" are not met instantly.

As a child and a teen, I remembered spending lazy summers reading, writing, drawing, napping, playing outside, exploring, day-dreaming, having actual and imaginary adventures. Now, I see too many kids and teens glued to their cell phones or enrolled in tutoring, summer camps, enrichment classes that they have no time to dream and be creative. I see too many women who are stressed out, overweight and overwhelmed. That is why I am offering Healthy Inside Out coaching. I used to think that I was too busy to cook, too busy to exercise and I've struggled with weight since my childhood. Yoga empowered me to learn how to cook, to eat healthy and exercise in ways that nurture myself. I can teach you how to stop dieting, lose weight for good and let go of beliefs that sabotage you. Contact me now to schedule a free discovery call.

Ingrid Cheng
Health Coach
Yoga Teacher
https://fit-twist-yoga.com

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

3 Ways We Deal with Life

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1. Avoid or Escape it - Many people choose the easy way out. They don't want to deal with pain or discomfort. So they medicate themselves to avoid feeling bad. Thus, *millions of Americans are addicted to opioids and OTC painkillers, my 90+ year-old dad is one of them.

2. Complain or Resist it - Many of us have a "Why me? and "What if..." mindset. "Why did that happen to me?" "What if it doesn't work out?" or "What if I get hurt?"

3. Appreciate and Celebrate - Yoga empowered me to be more present. To appreciate and celebrate meaningful moments, to breathe through poses that are challenging and uncomfortable. I learned to love my body and appreciate it for what it can do for me. I am so grateful to yoga because it allowed me to dig deep and connect to my Truth. I am blessed with good health and know that I will continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I used to use foods to comfort myself. I loved ice cream, candies and chocolates. I was a sugar junkie. Now, if I feel the urge to indulge, I choose something healthier.

Once I learned to be a good guardian of my body, I realized that I also need to guard my mind. I don't need to go back to my old "victim" mindset. I am grateful for all that I am and for what I have in my life. Find five things to be thankful for now. Write them down and say them out loud three times. Do what you love to do and have fun. At the end of the day, write down how you've spent your time. Contact me to schedule a free breakthrough session now.

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P.S. Wholefoods is opening a discount store in Santa Monica and I went there to pre-shop. Get $5 off $25. Sign up for www.365bywholefoods.com/rewards or text "JOIN" to 365-65.

To learn more about addiction to opioids and painkillers, go to:
http://www.webmd.com/painkiller-addiction
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/for-seniors-addicted-to-opioids

Ingrid Cheng
Law of Attraction Trainer
Yoga Teacher

Monday, August 7, 2017

6 Roles We Choose to Claim Our Dreams

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"So much of our lives goes unnoticed. Locked indoors, hidden behind (computers), we missed entire season. We don't feel satisfied with the time we spent outside. We are too checked out or busy thinking about (the past) or (the future) to even sense the magic." Brendon Burchard, The Motivation Manifesto. "Reality is only here, now and we must learn to face it, feel it and form it."

In his book, Brendon declares that we must "proactively choose our roles and behaviors each day and purpose is the greatest bridge to Now." Contact me for a free breakthrough session.

6 Roles We Choose to Claim are:

1. Conscious Observer - Yoga teaches awareness and helped me observe my beliefs and habits. It allows me to examine my thoughts and feelings, to ask deep questions. I realized that how I show up and why I react in a certain way created my lifestyle. If I was doing something good for me (yoga), why was I eating junk? Yoga empowered me to have a healthy relationship with food, with myself and others.

2. Creator/ Director - If we can imagine life as a movie, we can direct each scene and character within it. The director calls all the shots. We are the real planners and authority. Those who are unhappy with their current stories have wandered too long through life without any real intent. They focused on the wrong things (negative) and are missing the good things (positive). They respond to life as  whiny brats complaining, doing the same things and expecting a better result.
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3. Guardian - Everything we consume becomes a part of us. Be guardians of your minds and bodies. Many people eat fake foods because they are fast and convenient rather than eat real, whole foods that are good for all. (Two-thirds of adults in the U.S are overweight, one-third are obese because too many) are gorgers, mindlessly stuffing and poisoning themselves. Yoga empowered me to change my eating habits. I used to think that I had no time to cook, but I learned and now I make healthy meals in less than 30 minutes. It took some practice and it was totally worth it. I enjoyed real whole foods and saved so much money that I managed to fund my retirement.

4. Warriror - What skills must we learn now to win? What tools and resources do we need? Let us acquire them now. Who will be our comrades and support system? Let us seek to meet and enlist them now. My mission is to empower women to be healthy inside out. This is what I am fighting for.
I love "Fight Song" by Rachel Patten. I get inspired by it every time I listen to it.

5. Lover - Never forget whom we are fighting for. Lovers have a big heart and care deeply about others. They are heart-centered and pay attention to those they love. I love my niece Jordan and when I am with her, I am focused on what makes her happy. She loves to sing, so I sing with her and we have so much fun! I believe that she could be the next Taylor Swift. I didn't use to like her, but because Jordan likes her songs, I grew to like them too.

6. Leader - The world is so intoxicated by greed and intolerance that we must lead if we want to create a better world. My vision is to create a kinder and more loving world through yoga.
"How can I empower those around me to do more good? How can I help others solve problems and achieve their dreams" If more people asked these questions and do something now, we'd be on our way to realizing my vision.

Ingrid Cheng
Law of Attraction Trainer
Yoga Teacher

Saturday, August 5, 2017

9 Affirmations that Work

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1. I appreciate this moment
2. I celebrate success and the good in my life
3. I claim my power, I own it and speak it
4. I am grateful for all that I have
5. I am doing what I love daily
6. I focus on abundance and prosperity
7. I give from my heart and receive with gratitude
8. I do something that scares me everyday
9. I step out of my comfort zone to be my highest self

Bonus: I show up and stand for my true values

The Law of Attraction works whether you believe in it or not. Just like gravity, it is a powerful force that we can use for our good. When you focus on the negative, you will get more of the same. I've learned to focus on what brings me joy (what's good) and be grateful. To learn more about how to manifest your dreams with the Law of Attraction, come to Full Moon Yoga and Vision Board Workshop on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:30 pm.

Ingrid Cheng
Law of Attraction Coach
Yoga Teacher

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Brendon's D.U.M.B Goals


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Don't start with S.M.A.R.T goals - they keep you in a box and limit you. Without knowing your passion and mission, you will not achieve greatness.

Brendon Burchard, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and one of the best trainers in the personal development field shared his D.U.M.B goals in The Advanced Motivation Program and I love what he said. D.U.M.B. goals are Dream-focused, Uplifting, Method-based (meaningful) Behaviors or actions that let you dream Big! Share your dreams and attract change makers, mentors, followers, supporters. I declare that I will passionately and powerfully share my dreams!

My mission is to empower women to be healthy inside out. My vision is to create a kinder and more loving world through my coaching and yoga workshops.

I am learning to focus on how I show up, to be my best self every day. I am open, engaged, enthusiastic and enjoying the process. I appreciate and celebrate magic moments. It's the 2nd half of the year and have you made any progress toward your goals? Did you know that many people made their New Year's resolution, but gave up in 90 days? If you are one of them or it you are not making enough progress, join my Full Moon Yoga & Vision Board Workshop on Aug 7th. The Pre-Harvest Full Moon is a time for planning (planting seeds of intention). In the workshop, I will guide you on a vision quest through yoga and mindful creation of your personal vision board. I will give you tools to plan (plant seeds of joy, love and prosperity) so that you can enjoy an abundant harvest. Don't miss out on this special event. RSVP now!

Ingrid Cheng
Certified Law of Attraction Trainer
Yoga Teacher
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

3 Keys to the Law of Attraction

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1. Acceptance - Accept yourself fully and unconditionally
2. Belief - Examine your beliefs. Are they empowering you or sabotaging you?
3. Commitment - Be committed to aligning your actions with your goals or vision.

Know your "What and Why". What is your mission? Find a Why that is bigger than yourself.

My mission is to empower women to be healthy inside out. My vision is to create a kinder and more loving world through my Mindfulness Coaching and Transformational Yoga Classes. Contact
me to schedule a complimentary breakthrough session.

I created my Vision Board in April and wrote down what I wanted to manifest in my life. Since then, my affirmations and daily actions have brought new opportunities, people and possibilities that help me realize my dreams. I became a Certified Law of Attraction Trainer and am helping non-profits with new fundraising ideas and methods. I took an online Social Media Marketing Class, learned Personal Branding with Cynthia Johnson, CGC Consumer Generate Content Marketing at Bazaarvoice.com Inspire, I am taking The Advanced Motivation Program at Brendon,com and will take a P.R. workshop on Monday. I am so grateful to learn from successful people like Brendon Burchard, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and one of the best trainers in the field of personal development.

I am learning to do 4 things really well:
1. Manage my physical, mental and spiritual energy
2. Focus
3. Be disciplined
4. Learn and grow every day

I am reading and applying The Motivation Manifesto to my practice. You can request a free copy at Brendon.com (just pay shipping) or get it on Amazon.

I got a free copy and wrote my own declaration to claim my own power. Join me and be empowered.
https://www.eventbrite.com/vision-board
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There's much more to share. Stay tuned.
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Ingrid Cheng
Certified Law of Attraction Trainer
Health Coach
Yoga Teacher
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Failing Toward Success


Let's Move West L.A. I joined Let's Move in February 2012 to plan community wellness events and collaborated with many amazing supporters. It was a great experience and I enjoyed being a Let's Move ambassador. As a group and as individuals, each of us wanted to empower our community to eat healthy, move more and take steps to upgrade their daily habits or patterns. Our events were always free and open to the public. Click google.docs/document/report for our story.

Since Let's Move, I have continued to grow as a Health Ambassador. I created Being Well as a Meetup group and moved it to Facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752/ to reach a wider demographic. I continue to blog and be a free health and wellness resource. It's a labor of love and often I felt like quitting. No one reads my blog and I'm not making a difference. That's my critical side but my heart tells me to go on. I often feel like I'm beating my head against the wall because many people are stuck in their ways. From birth, we instinctively want things that make us feel good and avoid things that make us feel bad. Yoga made me realize that discomfort or failure is part of the growth process. Transformation is a challenge that will test your emotions and commitment more than you can imagine. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. People who continue to grow understand that transformation takes time and can be difficult or painful.

How you filter and respond to coaching is how you deal with real life. If you resist it because you think it's too hard or you've tried it before and it didn't work, then you're setting yourself up for failure. If you accept and trust that it is for your highest good and that it will work for you, then commit to it with your whole heart. Mindset is so important. We all grow up conditioned to be afraid of mistakes at home, in school and sports. Our society celebrates success and frown on failures. That is so wrong. We are taught to act, think and behave in certain ways and few of us dare to be different. We all want to be accepted and to fit in. But in order to do so, we stay small and suppress our authentic self. Yoga taught me to move beyond my comfort zone, to use adversity and emotional pain as fuel for my growth. "To transform into a butterfly, you must want to fly so bad that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

Aug 7th Full Moon Yoga and Vision Board Creation Workshop. Space is limited. RSVP: http://Manifest-Your-Dreams

Schedule a breakthrough session with me and be healthy inside out.
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Ingrid Cheng
Certified Law of Attraction Trainer (You can find me listed under California)
Certified Yoga Teacher
Author of 21 Life Lessons from Yoga

Awareness, beliefs and commitment. These are the 3 steps I use to empower women to be healthy inside out. Yoga helped me get that failure is really a gift, a learning lesson. In order to grow, I needed to get out of my comfort zone, challenge my habitual beliefs and be okay with discomfort. I am so grateful for yoga and want to share what I learned with you.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Health and Wellness


Sat 7/22 at 11 am Join me for a free yoga class that employs 3 simple steps to empower you to break free of old beliefs and habits that don't serve you (with regular practice).
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-yoga-and-health-event-tickets-35997814432

I came across this review of the best fitness trackers by www.reviews.com and want to share it with you. I've used a Fitbit Flex 2 before, but found that it made exercising less fun for me. I incorporate exercise into my daily life by walking and practicing yoga. I also like to do HIIT Cardio Strength training and Zumba. I just finished reading Stress-Proof Brain and want to share 7 tips for building a healthy lifestyle with you.

1. Build more exercise into your daily routine

2. Find a specific cue to prompt you to exercise (eg. Write Exercise on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror or pin up a magazine photo of a person exercising)

3. Find intrinsic (internal) motivator rather than external one. Why do you want to be fit?

4. Find exercises that you enjoy doing. Have fun.

5. Be clear about what regular rewards you're getting - having more energy, managing stress, improving your mood, etc.

6. Think about your barriers to exercising and have a plan to address them. If you're unfit, start with a small, manageable goal such as walking for 30 minutes a day. You can walk 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes after dinner.

7. Write a personal exercise contract. Download template at Newharbinger.com/stress-proof-brain

Join Being Well: www.facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752
There are many free events to keep you healthy.

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I love yoga!

Once upon a time, there was a clumsy, uncoordinated woman who had a love hate relationship with food and her body. She loved food, but hated her body. That person was me. I was overweight but I didn't have time to cook. I ate fast-food and Healthy Choice meals while I was exercising and practicing yoga. After regularly going to yoga classes, I realized that if I wanted to be healthy, I needed to improve my diet. So, I started cooking and making salads. I also love soups and desserts. Yes, I was addicted to sugar and loved candies, chocolates, etc. Yoga helped me break my addiction and bad habits. I still crave things that are not good for me, but before I indulge, I ask myself if that will really satisfy me or if I could make a healthier choice. So, next time you crave something and feel the urge to indulge, pause and ask yourself if doing so will lead you to your goal (we all want to be healthy and happy). I know many people who struggle with their self-image and their weight. I was one of them. It's painful to go through the cycle of exercising, dieting, gaining back weight again and again. I've been there and done that. I broke that cycle by digging deep to the root cause of my issues. I suffered from mental and emotional traumas that I needed to heal and let go of and they were the real weight that kept me from being healthy in all areas of my life. I am so grateful to yoga and all my teachers. I don't know where I'd be without yoga. If you haven't tried yoga before, don't be intimidated. It's an all inclusive practice that accepts all levels with compassion and non-judgment. I had so many excuses for not trying yoga, but I'm glad I went with my sister and though I struggled with it at first, I kept going. I didn't give up on myself and learned to love myself through yoga.

Join Being Well https://www.facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752 now and attend a free class or event. Besides yoga, there are many other workouts that help you stay fit and healthy. I look forward to seeing you at soon.