I’m Shauna Lay
And I live a truly remarkable life. I have thriving relationships, a business that rocks my world, two nourishing homes, and the ability to travel with my beautiful family.
But most of all, I am slow and steady, present and connected. I like to say, I am much more interested in being in my life than DO-ing my life.
But it hasn’t always been this way (and by the way, it still isn’t always this way).
There was a time when I was sad.
I wasn’t depressed, I wasn’t angry (well maybe a little), I was sad.
And sadness, for me, looked like not being present in my life, not feeling enthusiastic, not paying attention. And it looked like boredom.
I just did what I did with a smile on my face. I would walk into situations, lift my chest, and put a smile on my face because that looked like confidence but I struggled. I struggled to find any meaning in my life.
My mind would always take me somewhere else. That somewhere else was always trying to please another. I liked myself but it didn’t stop me from conforming to what I thought others would like. I felt different but wanted to fit in. Don’t we all?
I hoped for a different future.
I secretly wanted a thriving business, a beautiful home, to travel the world, to wear beautiful sexy clothes but I was afraid to share that with others because I was afraid of what others would think of me.
I wanted to create. I wanted to write and teach and study and draw and make things. I wanted to do what I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted.
I discovered Yoga in 1998.
It wasn’t until I discovered yoga in 1998 that things really began to change, but slowly. I began to wake up to my life. I began to remember things, actually enjoy small moments. Again it was slow. It became my awareness practice and it became my creative practice.
In 2006 I discovered the work of Eckhart Tolle and spent many years embodying his practices. I began meditating anywhere and everywhere and really embodying presence.
I began to use my life as my experiment. My experiences and relationships as my teachers. My challenges as my opportunities for growth.
I hired mentors, therapists, coaches.
I hired mentor after mentor to help me catapult the process of self-awareness.
And I discovered a person within that is full of love and support and guidance and true happiness. And a life that is simply the best.
There is still challenge, no doubt, there always will be. But I fully trust the process that lies in front of me and I know that within each challenge there is opportunity for growth.
I see now that acceptance and introspection is my work and it is the work that will continue to allow me to expand and grow and deepen my capacity to love.
PS: The Human Things
I love soft clothes, flowy clothes, I love really nice fabric. And I love jeans.
I don’t have a lot of rules in my home and when I try to make them my kids look at me like I am crazy.
I move stuff around my house all the time, my husband goes crazy trying to find things.
My right hamstring is tighter than my left, my left hip is tighter than my right, my right quadricep is stronger than my left…I could go on but I don’t want to bore you.
I LOVE to sleep, probably more than anything else. When people say, sleep is over-rated, I totally disagree.
I love math and problem solving. It makes me buzz.
I have a Mechanical Engineering degree and over a 1000 hours of yoga training. I am a certified massage therapist and a life coach.
My husband is an avid kiteboarder, an amazing skier, and a successful business owner and I admire him for all of that.
I drink a smoothie or make homemade juice almost every morning.
I find the positive in everything. Even in paying taxes.
Yoga is my practice but you probably already knew that.
I am known for making the best pancakes on the planet.
I love anything spiritual, asking why we are here is probably my favorite thing to think about. Maybe because it is impossible to really know.
I am super committed, which means I almost always do what I say I am going to do. Which means I say NO a lot.
I study my thoughts all of the time, sometimes it’s too much.