Connecticut Chapter

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Upcoming Events

I Can’t: Relax
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 PM EST

Remote event – Zoom details to follow upon registration
A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Equal Justice Initiative

Meditation? Check. Soothing music? Check. Weekly massage? Check. Damnit, why am I still having trouble relaxing? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Self-care is such an important element of allowing us to meet our personal and professional goals and commitments. Now, more than ever, we have to take the time for ourselves to learn how to and make sure we’re prioritizing our personal needs and energy. Whether you’re looking to kickstart your self-care routine but don’t know where to start, or are trying to understand why the relaxation techniques your friends are doing aren’t working for you, this class is for you. You’ll leave with a better understanding of self-care and what barriers may be getting in our way of maintaining habits. We’ll work on various techniques, building a personalized plan, and start putting that plan into action.

For this edition, Mac & Cheese is partnering with Danielle Kayal. Danielle incorporated yoga into her life 20 years ago as a reprieve from the always-on, addicted-to-doing lifestyle she had been living (and this was just after graduating college). She saw physical and mental results immediately and kept up her practice, earning a certification as a certified yoga teacher in 2015. Since then, she has incorporated yoga’s philosophical and holistic principles into her life and has expanded her practice to include reiki and meditation, with an emphasis on mindfulness-based stress reduction. As a Human Resources professional for the last 13 years, Danielle has seen the effects of stress and anxiety in the workplace firsthand. She believes there is a better, and more gentle way to experience work and life and is passionate about helping others create space in their body, minds, and hearts.

To Bring
– A video-capable device that has the most recent version of Zoom downloaded and is able to connect to the internet
– Note taking materials
– Food / drink if you’d like; eating during class is a-ok!
– An open mind and willingness to play

Meet Your Chapter Leader

“I first met Saya when I was exploring wedding venues in Chicago. She had written a feature about her wedding at Honky Tonk BBQ and as I continued exploring, I learned about Mac & Cheese and Life of Yes℠. Over time I finally became a Cheese-It and actually met Saya when I attended a productivity workshop. Eventually I fulfilled my personal development dream of attending a Life of Yes℠ Sleepaway Camp, and yes, – it exceeded my expectations. I wanted to be a Chapter Leader because life is too short not to have some fun en route. I’m a big believer in the idea that there is always something new to learn or a way to improve and I wanted to facilitate a local community that promotes self-discovery and kindness while helping to build relationships and a group connection.”

— Lauren

Lauren Rath has been living in Norwalk for 3.5 years, originally moving from Chicago for her husband’s job. While the intention was for a short term stint on the east coast, she began to realize this was where she wanted to be and has finally put down some roots. Some local favorite activities include going to Taylor Farm dog park with her 9-year-old Cockapoo, Dunkin’, relaxing at Calf Pasture Beach with friends from the city, walking the trails in Cranbury Park, or having dinner on Washington St. in SoNo. Outside of her life in Norwalk, Lauren lives a ‘Life of Yes’ full of bucket list adventures, and enjoys staying active through scuba diving, skiing, sailing, and swimming, and loves traveling anywhere that facilitates any or all of these activities. In her 9-5, Lauren is responsible for the creation and delivery of bespoke training and development programs to help leaders create legacies for themselves, their teams and their businesses through practical and impactful strategic planning initiatives, improved team dynamics and leadership coaching. She holds a graduate certification in Executive Coaching from Columbia University in New York, NY, and graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

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