How to Manifest the Love you Want

How to Manifest Love—with advice from my soul sister Ashton August

I’m in love. In love with love. I’m also in love with bringing romance, joy, and love to the world. That’s why Ashton August has a special place in my heart. She is just as passionate about giving others tools to live with intention, joy and get everything that you want out of life. If you don’t know who she is…you’re in for a treat! Ashton and I host ‘Beach, Pray, Love,’ yoga retreats (we are still glowing from our Tulum where we hosted 13 beautiful women). She is the founder of Yogiapproved.com and author of ‘Learn, Grow, Shift’—a workbook that helps you have grace and poise as you enact what it is you seek to manifest in your life. She is my great friend, colleague, and soul sister. She invigorates my quest to help others. 

I recently sat down with Ashton to share her wisdom with my Game of Love Podcast listeners. After reflecting on our conversation I am eager to share some of the incredible advice we have on manifesting what it is you want. You’ll walk away with the powerful knowledge of how to think, speak and feel your way into the relationship of your dreams! It’s going to change your love life.

First—what is manifestation?

Before we get started, know this: manifestation does not have to be intimidating and, in fact, is so simple to apply! You can do it right here, right now. Manifestation is a powerful concept but it’s easy to put into practice when you have the proper understanding and the tools to do so. Let’s break it down. As the law of attraction states, everything is made up of energy and like attracts like. Whatever it is you’re putting out there (thoughts, actions) is the same energy you’re attracting back. Here’s an example: We all know those people (maybe it’s you!) that are always saying “I have the worst luck, nothing ever goes my way” These people are affirming a ‘bad luck’ energy and that’s the exact same energy they’re attracting back.

We also know that man or woman who exudes confidence, walks tall and believes good things are coming their way. And damn, it DOES come their way, again and again! What’s their secret? Manifestation! It’s important to watch your thoughts words and actions because they’re actively creating the reality you’re experiencing. 

How can manifestation improve your love life?

We are all looking for love. Manifestation does not only help you find love—but love that’s greater and more fulfilling. As my girl Ashton says “You are so worthy of that love. You deserve it. You will have it.” I also get that the world of dating is tumultuous now; frustrations, nights alone, apps, bad dates. People don’t know what to do to get what they want! The law of attraction and manifestation can play a huge role in finding what you’re looking for.

Ashton and I know this to our core—the universe is listening! It’s listening to our words and thoughts, so when we say something like “ugh, there aren’t any good men” the universe says back, “Ok girl if that’s the case then I won’t send you any good men!” Ashton shared this incredible insight with us: When you say something like “there are no good men” the underlying meaning is really “I am lacking. I am not finding good men. There are only bad men.” Wow, that’s heavy. And if you really think that’s true, then you’ll be attracting more of those ‘bad men’. Flip those negative thoughts on their head! Attract it, affirm it, and make it empowered and intentional.

Visualize the details

When it comes to getting what you yearn for, it’s all in the details. You’ve got to figure out exactly what it is you want! I’m not talking “I want a house, I want a partner” because that means the universe is going to give you some random home and random person. Ashton nailed it when she said you need to create a filter for the universe. Get specific. Instead of “I want a significant other,” go further. “I want someone who is educated, kind, successful, etc.”

Literally, close your eyes and visualize the details. If you want a husband/wife then figure out what their physical attributes are like, what the relationship is like, and how your life changes or shifts because of them. This is the most important and wild, life-changing part (again, Ashton dropping her insane knowledge!)—you need to live your life like you have that thing or person in your life already! 

Start small

Try manifestation with the little things. Manifest a front row parking spot, manifest that a tough conversation with a friend or family member is going to go well, manifest that you are going to nail that presentation. Become acutely aware of the little things you’re manifesting moment to moment and day to day and become aware of any negative manifestations that you might not have even noticed!

One way to practice is to start accepting compliments. Ladies, you are often guilty of this! Hearing the good, believing the good and then accepting that compliment with a smile is so attractive. If you are on a date and you get a compliment from a man and you graciously accept it—THAT IS SEXY. If you reject that compliment you’re doing just the opposite, and you’ve shut him down. Simply instilling that self-awareness in how you think and how you’re speaking to yourself and others is the premise for practicing manifestation.

Be kind to yourself

Try this today. Think about something that you habitually say that might be negative or not self-serving. For example, “it’s too late to find love, all the good men/women are taken.” If you continue to say these things you’re continuing to affirm them and truly believe them. Let’s try something new. You could say “you know what, I’m not just worthy of love, I’m going to find it!” Your dream man or woman isn’t going to knock on your door right that minute (well, maybe they will!) but just starting that positive self-talk is you putting out all the goodness to the universe and it’s exactly what you’re going to get back. Manifestation has no limits. It’s up to YOU how things manifest and how it comes to fruition. 

How to make it a habit?

Ashton shares these three easy words: Practice, Pretend, Prepare.

Practice – Practice living the life you want with the love you want.

Practice speaking positive affirmations. If we can think anything why wouldn’t we choose to think we are spectacular, and that your dream person is coming your way? Take yourself out, take yourself on that trip and don’t wait for Mr. or Mrs. right to live that life you desire! When you start practicing as if you already have the love of your life in your life, THAT makes you attractive. There is a sparkle and shine to that man and woman—its a magnet for dates, attraction, and love.

Pretend – Pretend you already have it! 

You’ve visualized it, focused on it, and you’re speaking positively to affirm what it is you desire. But there’s another layer: how you would act if you have that thing or person in your life? How you would dress, act, view the world, and treat others and yourself? We’ve all heard the saying ‘dress for the job you want’ and that’s all manifestation! The moment you start acting as if you already have the thing you are manifesting, the universe pays attention, you feel that shift and others will definitely take notice.

Prepare – Prepare for the real thing because guess what, it’s already speeding your way.

Here’s a tip: If you’re looking around for love and marriage, you should probably stop sleeping around! Additionally, if you’re sleeping with people you know aren’t ‘the one’ or even something long term then you’re sending the signal that this non-commital not fulfilling love life is the one you want. Figure out what you want and anything that doesn’t align with that—get rid of it! With grace and kindness, of course. Another way to prepare is to mentally establish that positive self-talk habit. When you have that inner confidence, it’s impossible not to act (and believe) that you are worthy of love. It’s the difference between going on a date expecting it to be a failure and going on that date knowing-and frankly expecting-that love will happen for you.

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You guys, Ashton and I are so excited about what is out there for all of you! And wow, there is so much more to share about manifesting, self-talk, and attracting everything you desire and deserve. Tune in to this week’s Game of Love episode to hear more: Ashton and I share personal examples of how we’ve manifested everything from the perfect home to dates with athletes and even the perfect conch shell (yes, you can manifest anything!). We also dive deeper into ending negative dating patterns—this topic is so important—and how some of the work is hard but so worth what’s on the other side. 

I had a blast recording with my beautiful friend Ashton, and I can’t wait for you to listen to more of the goodness she brings to the world. You can also find more from us at yogiapproved.com where I am a contributing writer for their Love & Sex advice section and (so excited!) now an approved yoga instructor. I can’t wait for you all to put this into practice and watch as your love life is transformed!

Until next time, get out there and love each other.

XO Jessica

How I Found Myself at the Super Bowl

Sometimes lessons appear in the strangest of places….like the Super Bowl.

Weeks before the big game, I wasn’t thinking about the battle on the field between the Colts and Saints.

I was thinking about the battle within me. I was living two separate lives, one life being a jet-setting modern woman traveling the world, the other a spiritual yogi who loved to heal, spending endless hours practicing Ashtanga yoga and studying philosophy.

The battle had been happening for quite some time. I loved my yoga life. It fueled my spiritual prowess, and as a yogi, I immersed myself in practice. I was eating vegan, dressed from head to toe in yogi wear and living the yogi lifestyle.

But there was something that pulled at me that made me feel out of place as a full-blown practicing yogi. It felt a little weird. Something was off.

It was Super Bowl week in Miami and I was going.

The moment I stepped off the plane, I felt the energy the vibration at an all-time high.

The champagne, the parties, the loud chants of “Who Dat” from the droves of Saints fans shocked me as I was living a very simplistic life at the time.

But the ambiance of Super Bowl week was somewhat comforting.

The morning of the Maxim magazine party, I stood looking in the mirror….I hadn’t shaved for several weeks. I hadn’t colored my hair in months, hadn’t had a manicure or pedicure, and my feet hadn’t seen heels ages.

“I can’t go to the Maxim Party with hairy armpits.” I thought to myself, so I headed straight for the spa.

And let me tell you, that night walking into the Maxim party I felt gorgeous!

I was fully groomed, pampered and manicured. I wore this stunning baby blue satin dress and sparkling stilettos.

I was feeling myself so hard that night, I barely noticed all the celebrities and models around me. I was just so happy to have shaved legs and clean hair!

But something struck me that night at the party.

I stopped and noticed the emptiness around me.

The girls with hollow eyes all thirsty over the players, guys doing shot after shot and acting like dogs to the models. There was irritation and weariness on the faces of the coaches’ wives who looked like they would have preferred to stay home and drink a bottle of wine alone.

I realized that fully embracing this life of parties, models, and celebrities were not for me.

It wasn’t who I was.

Getting home, I showered and sat overlooking the ocean until the sun came up.

I felt stuck between the two worlds that have been battling. I loved living a spiritual life, but I also like to swear, eat meat, drink tequila and wear dresses that showed a little too much.

But the sun came up, the answer came to me.

Life was not about choosing one life or another. It was not about being super spiritual or being a party girl.

What I learned about myself was that I was both sides.

It can often feel at times that we have to be defined by society, that we have to be one or the another. The beauty of being human is the different facets and personalities we hold. That is why we are unique.

I was all of the partying and craziness of a Super Bowl week and I was also the calm and spiritual yogi. The only reason I felt conflict was because I was fighting it and felt like I had to choose between the two.

I was a spiritual woman that had fake lashes and wore hot pink yoga pants. I was the modern jet setting woman that could read people’s energy, heal others by my modalities and sit in lotus chanting in Sanskrit for hours.

Once I realized that I had two facets to me, a wave of peace and acceptance came over me.

I was complete. I was authentic. I was me.

And, the Super Bowl….epic.

“You Must be in Love, You’re Beaming!”

❤️”You Must be in Love, You’re Beaming!”❤️
While leading a transformational retreat in Costa Rica a few years ago a young woman from New Zealand was sharing with the group about how in love she was. We all sat and listened to her joyously talk about her boyfriend. It was quite endearing.
Suddenly, another one of my attendees looked at me and said, “YOU MUST be in love- you’re beaming!” Her words caught me off guard because I was single. I stopped, chuckled and said, “I appreciate you remarking on my happiness. I’m actually super single. I’m just happy with myself and my life!”
She looked utterly shocked and stared at me for a few moments, studying me, “OH my god, what are you going to be like when you ARE in love!”
Truth be told, I had come a long way! I wasn’t always so content and happy being single!! My happiness used to be contingent on a man being in my life. I reeked of desperation and neediness constantly looking for Mr. Right.
I had put in the “spiritual work” to go from lonely to illuminating. Doing Yoga, meditation, tons of therapy and self exploration lead me to this place of beaming happiness!!
If you’re struggling, take heart knowing that every moment you devote to your well-being is paying off. Every coaching session, every yoga pose, every minute in meditation, every time you look in the mirror and take steps to be a better human, every wish and every prayer….everything is an investment into your happiness and is paying off.
The icing on the cake… The happier you are the more attractive you are to others!
Just ask any of my amazing clients who have had life changing transformations with the work they put in!
Do you need help beaming with happiness? Visit my website to receive  my free gift, “7 Secrets to Manifesting Love” and to learn more about my services!💗

Men: 7 Things You should Know When Dating A Yoga Girl

Ahhh, the revered yoga girl. You’ve seen her out sipping chai, sporting her booty hugging Lululemons with her messy post yoga hair. She appears light and breezy with an air of sensuality. Even though, at the forefront of your mind you’re thinking about what you could do with her flexible body, she’s much more than a pretty asana. Before you embark on this spiritual endeavor or just try to get her your yoga pants there are some things you should know.
  1. No More Frauds.
    • Look, yogini’s want to get real with you. She wants to know about your life, challenges, dreams, hopes, fears, intellect…she doesn’t have time for small talk, games or any other bullshit. Keep it 100 with her no matter if its just a hook up or a LTR (Long Term Relationship). Go deep or go home.
  2. Do You Yoga, Bruh?
    • If you’re not unrolling your mat and striking your best Warrior II….You’re probably going to be encouraged to do so. She wants you to experience all the amazing benefits yoga has to offer and be part of her sacred practice.  The spiritual goddess wants her spiritual King. She’s yearning for her spiritual match.
  3. A Queen without the Drama.
    • Even though she might be a recovering hot mess this yogini has been doing her spiritual self work. She’s more composed and in control of her emotional state. She’s not going to lose her cool, gossip about others and start shit with you. You fuck around with her and take advantage of her equanimous aka Unfuckwithable nature, you’ll find yourself unfollowed, unfriended, deleted and blocked from her life.  Disclaimer: she is still imperfectly perfect feminine and will lose it from time to time.
  4. Feeling Herself.
    • This girl has taken a good look at herself. She is aware of her emotional and physical strengths and weaknesses. A Yogini embraces and celebrates her mind, body and soul. From her level of curvaceousness , sassy attitude, beautiful mind and not so sexy parts of her. Though her confidence is unwavering, she will humbly tell you she’s a work in progress and might occasionally enjoy checking out her own booty in the mirror.
  5. Hush Your Mouth.
    •  Gentlemen, don’t say, “Wow, I bet you’re flexible”. Just don’t. She’s heard it from almost every guy she’s mentioned that she practices yoga to. When men hear that a girl does yoga, they think about the probability of her legs behind her head or doing the splits on top of him. Don’t be a douche. However, if you are blessed enough to find yourself in the Goddess’s bed then a, “Wow, yoga has really paid off for you” wouldn’t be a terrible idea!
  6. Woo Woo Alter!
    • Chakras, universe, asana, energy are some terms you’re gonna have to get used to hearing if you’re going to date this divine diva. She has a sacred look on life and will communicate in this manner. She might do or say things that weird you out. Perhaps you see her meditation space full of crystals, tarot cards, spiritual deities, sage and other exotic objects. Just roll with it….you might just learn something and enjoy yourself.
  7. Catching Feels.
    • Yes, she’s been hurt, broken hearted and dragged through the mud a couple times! Yet, she keeps her heart charka open for the right people. She is discerning about who’s energy she’s around. If your aura is good she might just let you into her world. She’s not scared to catch feelings for the right spiritual warrior. If you have a “feels phobia” you can keep your asana away. But if you’re ready to experience some magic, step your Shiva self over here.
Gentlemen, yogini’s are a special breed….You treat her like a Goddess, she will treat you like a King and she might balance your chakras in the process! Remember what the late great, Bob Marley, said, “If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy.”

Here’s How Yoga Can Improve Your Sex Life

yoga at sunset

Yoga has been around for centuries and was created to keep the body healthy so people could sit in meditation to gain self-realization and achieve enlightenment.

As a yoga teacher for the past 13 years, I have seen firsthand the incredible benefits of what it has done for my student’s personal growth as well as my own. But yoga has another advantage among the many other wonderful things it does for you body and mind. It can improve your sex life.

Here are some of the ways Yoga makes you better in the bedroom.

1. Yoga helps you be more present and enjoy

Being present, you’ll be more aware of what is happening in the bedroom which will lead to you wanting to be more connected with the person you’re having sex with. By being aware of what your body is feeling and how it works, you’ll accept it more which breeds more confidence and gives you more freedom to be naked and comfortable.

Just like doing a Warrior II pose, you are aware of many things at once; your legs, arms, pelvis, breath, your feet on the mat, the people around you, the voice of the instructor, the temperature of the room. You can take these skills you learn on your yoga mat into your sexual escapades being fully aware of everything that’s happening to you.

2. Yoga improves your stamina (Guys…You can last longer)

In yoga, one of the main focuses is breath work. By controlling your breath, you can enhance your awareness and bodily control. Men can benefit greatly from learning to monitor their breathing as it helps them increase their stamina because the breath controls the mind and the body. As Master Yoga Teacher, BKS Iyengar says, “Breath is King of the mind.”

3. Get Bendy & Adventurous

Flexibility is essential in yoga. The more limber you are, the more positions you can do and the deeper stretches you can take which will make your muscles stronger. In the bedroom, flexibility always is a plus as it allows you to do more positions in the bedroom. Grab a copy of the Kama Sutra for position ideas or get wild and make up your own.

4. Here’s an Ancient Sex Secret

One of the practices I focus on with my students is the practice of Mula Bhanda which is used to help strengthen your pelvic floor as well spiritual/energetic benefits. Strengthening this area will help with your performance in the bedroom….for men it allows for them to control ejaculation for women its keeps it tight.

If you’re interested in learning more about Mula Bhanda with me or just, want to improve your yoga, check out our upcoming Costa Rica retreat in Blue Spirit.