My Best Next Step – Feb 8, 2014

Living the Yoga Life

My Best Next Step – Feb 8, 2014

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The past month

has been a transition period for me, and I’m sure some of you have noticed I have been less consistent getting ideas, advice, and inspiration out to you.  I apologize if you have not been getting all you want from me, but I’m excited about big changes in the coming months that will help me serve you better.  So I wanted to give you an update of some of the changes and goals you will see in the coming months.

 

Family.

My wonderful wife and daughter continue to be a joy and inspiration to me.  Darina, my wife, has been fabulous in helping me re-prioritize my efforts to share all I have to offer.  In addition to my architecture, city design, yoga & meditation classes, blogging, and taking a podcasting course, we’ve moved from the Czech Republic back to Washington DC.  It has been a big transition, getting our 4 month old daughter into a new routine, still getting used to parenting, unpacking, and trying to keep up with all of my other efforts.  Through it all, my wife and daughter have been amazing!

Architecture.

Architecture and design continues to provide significant income for us.  The time it takes, however, continues to be a challenges.  I suppose this is one most of us struggle with, work-life balance.  My plans for the future here are to better align my architecture projects with my passion for yoga.  I think this will mean less city design, and more health and wellness projects that are smaller in scale – spas, yoga studios, hotels, and individual houses.  After some reflection, I realized that my favorite projects have been the smaller ones, where I have more direct connection with the client and the end user.  The projects finish faster, and the positive impacts on peoples lives can be seen more directly.

Yoga and Meditation.

Now that I’m back in the US, I have been able to get back to a regular teaching schedule.  It has been great to re-connect with students and meet lots of amazing new people.  I’m teaching meditation within my yoga classes, but there may be an opportunity to start a pure meditation class, which would be wonderful.  I have some ideas for additional workshops and trainings, but these are things that will have to wait a bit before they can be realized.

Website Reorganization.

I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I started my website, so I let it grow organically.  It became a bit disorganized and unclear as to the purpose, information I am trying to convey, and the entertainment I am trying to provide.  I’m excited that I have it clear in my head the direction I want to head in with the website.  I will have to find the time for a redesign, or perhaps venture into the world of virtual assistants to get it to happen.

Book update.

I made great progress on my book, tentatively titled “Your Power”, while in the Czech Republic for three and a half months.  I would say I’m about 90 percent done with the first draft.  I was hoping to have the book published my mid-2014, but  it is now looking more like it will be towards the end of the year.

Podcast.

This one is really exciting for me!  I just finished the first week of a four week course with the amazing Cliff Ravenscraft, “the podcast answerman”.  Cliff has trained over 50% of the top ten podcasters in EVERY category on iTunes, and I feel like I have already learned a ton.  I’m not yet sure when the launch date for my podcast will be, but I’m excited to tell you that the show will focus on meditation, yoga, and consciousness.  I’ve already started lining up some great people to interview for the show and I think it will make an important contribution to getting the word out about the huge benefits of these practices.

So that’s the update!

Thanks as always for all the support as I continue on this journey.  I look forward to continuing to connect with you as I share the best of yoga, meditation, consciousness, architecture, and design.

Lots of love,
Chris

Chris Brown

Chris has been practicing both yoga and architecture for over 15 years. He combines them in his Yoga and Design for Conscious Living blog, and believes that the essence of yoga is found in the quality of the relationships we build with ourselves, others, and the world.

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