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Gardening is Like Yoga!

     Gardening helps keep people active and improves their sense of well being. The art of gardening has also been linked with reduced rates of depression, better balance and less stress and anxiety. Sounds a lot like the benefits of yoga! I recently visited a tranquil lavender garden in Doylestown, Pa with a group of garden enthusiasts. Thanks to Noble Garden Tours, Highlands(ask for Kirsty), we were all treated to a delicious day of learning all things lavender at the Lavender Peace Farm on the banks of Galena Lake in beautiful Bucks county. Here’s what we learned:

  1. Gardening, like yoga, keeps you in the present moment and allows you the opportunity to appreciate the movement of time. Gardening also allows you to contemplate all it takes to create a beautiful garden or a purposeful life, alongside the seasons of our lives that bring about growth, both inward and outward.

  2. Lavender, gardening and yoga are all informing therapies for natural healing. When faced with heartbreak, illness or uncertainty, many people retreat outside to lose themselves and their issues in the garden by digging, weeding and pruning. Gardening is therapeutic. Lavender has been recommended for ages as a stress buster. In the Middle Ages, monks gathered medicinal plants in healing gardens to source their infirmaries. A yoga practice supports healing by embracing stillness, peace and a broadened perception of what life can be. It’s all connected.

  3. Lavender is not just for sweet smelling sachets, dried arrangements or calming yoga eye pillows. Fresh or dried, this herb is known to delight in savory dishes like salads and stews or sprinkled on meat and fish. The key, we learned in the lavender fields, is to let the dash of lavender in your dishes keep you coming back for more. We were grateful for the opportunity to taste this theory in lavender ice cream, lavender scones and lavender breads after our tour. Less left us wanting more for sure!

  4. Lavender is harvested in its high season of June and July. Lavender thrives in well drained sandy soil and requires lots of sunshine. Munstead is a popular type of lavender that produces deep blue flowers on a compact plant while hybrid Hidcote Giant grows up to 40 inches tall with impressive purple spikes. Herb gardens have a long history of combining practicality with beauty. You can pick your own at Peace Valley Lavender Farm for a song and a sight to behold. Learn more at PeaceValleyLavender.com.

A recent study published in the Journal of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening(2016) found that gardening benefitted all people equally, regardless of gender or age. The key component of enjoying the garden was the depth of the relationship with the garden. People who got the most from their garden felt a real resonance with their garden. They reported a deep connection and commitment to cultivating their gardens based on their interest in all things living and growing(minus the weeds!). So plant what you love, visit a gorgeous garden, breathe deeply wherever you land and try something new this summer. Namaste,

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business thoughtleader, conference keynoter and executive coach. In the summer, she hosts Yoga On The Lake in the great outdoors and is currently a Rutgers Master Gardener Intern. Learn more at www.donnalyn.org or FB/YogaOnTheLakeSummerSeries .

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Mastering the art of connection will turn a commoner into a king (or queen)! – Winston Churchill

WOW! What inspiring words to start an amazing workshop with. Yesterday evening, my team and I hosted a Traction Building Workshop with the ever- amazing Donnalyn Giegerich, President of DonnaLyn Giegerich Consulting.

For 45 minutes, Donnalyn captivated the audience at my office in Morganville as she taught us the 5 ways the best networkers get traction and her top tips for connecting like a King or Queen. The information far exceeded the investment – and...

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Yoga Resort Pro: DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT delights in helping others rock their resilience in business and life. As a 10+yr traveling yoga instructor and integrated business/wellness thoughtleader, she delights in helping others improve their peopleleader skills in business and life. Struggle less, learn more and restore to endure in paradise with a spectacular group of ladyleaders celebrating life. Work in motion at www.donnalyn.org, on FaceBook & Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks.

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You’re invited to a hands-on learning experience that will guide you through the steps to creating massive confidence and productivity.

After attending this workshop you will:

  • Transform fear and confusion into focused and relaxed thinking, messaging, and action
  • Turn dangers into opportunities, obstacles into innovations, weaknesses into advantages, and setbacks into breakthroughs
  • Find the fastest, most reliable way to boost your communication skills
  • Receive tools on how to master nervousness, small talk, networking, and making friends easily
  • Discover the importance of first impressions, physical & verbal language

Space is extremely limited for this Workshop. Register now while seats are available.

DATE: Tuesday, September 1st 2015
LOCATION: 500 Campus Drive, Morganville NJ 07751
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
INVESTMENT: $50 now, $60 at the door (Includes Dinner)

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     It's a good thing we loves planes, trains and rolling luggage because we've been on a daring adventure in business and life this season. Here are a few takeaways from our recent business travel and several city tour:

1. Never underestimate the power of social media. As we were working in the United Lounge at Newark headed to share a leadership keynote for the Insurance Auditors of the Southeast, I learned our niece was also flying from Boston to Charleston, SC to arrive same day, same city, same coctail hour. How? A simple tweet and a quick facebook post connected us to family fun possibilities amidst business building assignments. Thank you facebook and twitter! Be open to extemporaneous adventures through social media connecting! What application are you learning next to relationship build? Snapchat is on my list but as my coaching clients concur, old fashioned interpersonal connecting is time tested. The key is to dial it all up with social media!

2. Arrive early and stay late. Most keynoters are on and off the podium in a flash. I get that. They're in high demand, have places to go, people to see and are experts at preserving their energy for their next "gig". But here's the deal. If you can underpromise and overdelivery with your time and attention on occasion, you'll reap great rewards. By simply sticking around for a meal, a coctail or lively conversation with conference attendees, I guarantee you'll make more friends, create more business or simply relax a little longer for a change of pace. We're so glad we took the time to enjoy beautiful Greenville, SC and our newest friends at the annual conference for the Insurance Premium Auditors of the Southwest.

3. Consider your creativity and share it! Sure, we're trainined in coverage details, premium trends and actuarial metrics that affect our clients and our consulting advice, But, we're also highly creative as we all have the potential to be. When's the last time you developed and shared that talent to enlarge your relationship building possibilities? Tom's a great insurance broker, but he's also a passionate photographer that brings his camera along to capture great moments. Our keynote conference host was thrilled to receive Tom's photos post event! Who doesn't like to look good, commemorate a great event and share those moments with colleagues and friends? What special gifts are you developing to brand yourself as an integrated leader that's interesting and interested in others? Drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tweet me @DonnaLynSpeaks.

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Two River Times March 2015 - Health & Wellness Columnist

Twenty days until Spring means little when you’re shoveling snow and defrosting ice from the windshield. Embrace winter with three things this season that will make your heart sing right here in the Two River area.

Can’t take time out for a downhill ski adventure this year? Consider burning more calories in a shorter time frame by ditching downhill for cross country skiing with friends. Your knees will thank you. If you close your eyes and catch the sunset by the bonfire in the late afternoon, you’ll swear you’re in Utah after a power hour on the groomed trails in our very own Thompson Park. Not only will you find a sweet little ski hut chock full of rental equipment, but you’ll also be greeted by outdoor enthusiasts with a cup of hot chocolate, an instructional video and encouragement to come back soon. Consider it done! If you’re a purist, the caloric burn for a 150 lb nordic skier is approximately 775 calories per hour, depending on how fast your feet fly. As I shared with our Chinese foreign exchange student that courageously clicked into his first cross country ski adventure with me this month, slow and steady wins the race. It’s not about the pace. It’s about celebrating the place of beauty you’re traveling through while grabbing your vitamin “N” for nature. Consider it a Zen highlight of the season!

If snow has become an unappealing four letter word in your world, consider what the indoor is serving up in our area. Serendipitously, I stumbled upon a young string violin talent competition last Sunday on Broad Street in Red Bank. The United Methodist Church was hosting an afternoon of magnificent musical talent for 13 to 15 year olds that had already made their way to the professional stage.  If that’s not enough inspiration to melt the snow away on a winter day, I don’t know what is! The warmth of their music took the chill out of the day as they bowed their way through another round of applause for their talent. Encouragingly, a local conservatory teacher shared that some of her best students start lessons after age 60  when time supports their focused and consistent practice. Time to update your bucket list? Clearly, it’s never too late to learn new things or string a violin! Learn more at www.stringschoolnj.com

If you’re a ladyleader or a great guy that gets down to boogie, consider ongoing programming at The Red Bank Woman’s Club. You can grab a jazzy, steamy night of music the last Friday of every month in a warm, inviting venue or power up your networking with purposeful programming every February at Power Panelist Events. Either way, you’re singing your way through the dark days of winter embracing new friends or honing your skills to make music melt the snow all season long.

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DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business/wellness spokesleader that keynotes, consults and coaches on enlightened leadership themes in the corporate, wellness and convention space. Learn more at donnalyn.org/workshops or on Facebook & Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks Locally, she's an insurance planning entrepreneur, leadership trainer and adjunct professor of economics and business.

"Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -  Malcolm Forbes

I love going back to school with my colleagues in midlife. Truth be told, many of us never left school…we’ve just kept changing our majors! Research shows that mastering new skills helps our brains stay agile and our social networks robust. According to the American Council of Education, more than 50% of students in the US are older adults for an approximate total of 8 million. The Apollo Research Institute projects enrollment to continue to grow by 20 percent by 2016.

The best part of our cerebral wellness adventures are the class trips. Every year, a group of lifelong learners caravan to a new destination to validate our research and apply our knowledge. We’ve visited holistic learning centers like Kripalu Yoga and Health in the Berkshires, the largest yoga based retreat and educational center in North America. While visiting, we merge our love of learning with our interest in holistic modalities to restore and endure in a world rife with the demands and detours of daily living. We’ve enjoyed the Kripalu community while rejuvenating with daily yoga, meditation, hiking, biking, cross country skiing and lean, green, clean cuisine to recharge our batteries. According to an ancient Ayurvedic proverb, without a proper diet, medicine is of no use but with a proper diet, medicine is of no need. We wish it were all that simple!

Our last transformative escape included rest and relaxation through mindful massages and meditation modules. This year, however, our self love mission during February will focus on learning about the gift of Ayurvedic nutrition. Ayurveda is among the oldest forms of practiced healthcare in the world today with origins rooted back over 5000 years. At it’s core, this Indian based wellness system is a science of self understanding with the goal of attaining optimal health alongside nature’s rhythms. The foundation of Ayurveda is found in the the five elements of ether(space), air, fire, water and earth. Turns out we each have very individual doshas or constitutions which can be understood and then supported by customized lifestyle choices. This includes recommendations on food types and its preparation, specific dosha appropriate herbs and spices, pulse awareness, behavior modifications, yoga and oil based massage therapies to enhance one’s vitality, longevity and overall health. We loved the notion that a full life well lived according to Ayurvedic principles is one filled with physical and emotional nourishment….a perfect modality that prioritizes open minded learning and self love in a month that celebrate’s Valentine’s Day!

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DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business/wellness spokesleader that keynotes, consults and coaches on enlightened leadership themes in the corporate, wellness and convention space. Learn more at donnalyn.org/workshops or on Facebook & Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks Locally, she's an insurance planning entrepreneur, leadership trainer and adjunct professor of economics and business.