Monday Mantras


RIP Jerry Stiller, the accidental king of mantras!

Take away the ironic, angry, aggressive shouting and it’s really a beautiful sentiment; serenity now.

It oozes a state of internal calm, grace, and groundedness, even if the external world is hurling chaos.

Three other mantas/acromyns I return to regularly to smooth the pandemonium;


Tara Brach has also shown me the beautiy of RAIN: recognize-allow-investigate-nurture


and similarly Depak Chopra’s version, STOP, has given me grounding and breath during some challenging times.

STOP: stop-take a few breaths-observe what’s going on in your body and mind-proceed with kindness and love


Do you have a mantra? Either a “borrowed” one, like the above, or an original?

One other mantra that I return to regularly, which is borrowed from that great spiritual teacher Sex and The City and which really just encapsulates all of the above,

Breathe & Reboot. 

How to Kick Inertia in the Ass

The Gracefulfitness Guide to

Kicking Inertia in the Ass

Get up

Move your head around.

Wiggle your shoulders.

Spiral your spine.

Circle your arms.

Give yourself a HUGE tight hug.

Shake and shimmy your whole body. (scare your cats, make your kids roll their eyes, get your dogs hopes up with this one)

Make up a reason to go upstairs, or if you’re already there, go downstairs.

Take out the trash, spoiler alert; it’s really just about going outside. (while you’re there, walk around the property and survey the landscape, take several deep breaths)

Make figure 8’s with your hips. Bonus points if you can do both directions.

Roll down your spine into a rag doll forward fold, soft knees, heavy head.

Repeat 2-100x/day.

PS Check out Gracefulfitness on YouTube for short, guided workouts or join me in a “live” virtual Pilates class through zoom.