Transform Your Grief into Emotional Healing with Alicia “Ace” Easter
For some people, grief can be paralyzing. Pain can affect our outlook in life and our ability to accomplish day-to-day tasks. In some instances, it takes months or years before people move on from it. However, for some, grief is an effective stepping stone to productivity and healing.
In today’s episode, Alicia “Ace” Easter talks about how she channeled her grief into yoga, a form of healing that worked for her. Ace shares how being a yoga instructor changed her life and is now something she has incorporated in her daily routine. Ace also talks about what she has learned during quarantine, things you can start doing while you are stuck at home, and how you can use your voice as a form of activism.
If you are in grief and finding it hard to be productive in these trying times, this episode is for you!
Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:
- Learn how to channel your grief into something powerful and productive.
- Discover ways to make the most of the time you have during this pandemic.
- Find out how Ace feels radically loved by listening to the full episode!
Resonating with Another Person’s Energy
- Lately, Ace has been exuding confidence that allows her to feel protected and safe when interacting with others.
- When you honor your softness and own who you are, you will naturally be attracted to other people.
- Spirit-led connections make people feel safe, especially in a world where there’s not enough of that.
How Grief Made Ace Turn to Yoga
- Ace experienced traumatic things early in her life. Her mother passed away when she was 19, so Ace had to figure things out on her own.
- She took her life too seriously because she had to survive.
- Ace had a job where she had to travel a lot. She did not stay long anywhere, so she thought she did not have to feel for too long.
- Yoga gave Ace a sense of connection and belonging. It saved her from darkness.
Taking Ownership of Ace’s Name
- For most of her life, Ace had always been called Alicia. Her aunt called her Lisa.
- Ace believes when you discover who you are, you start to own the power in your name.
How Yoga Saved Ace’s Life
- Ace acknowledged the death of her mother only six years after her death.
- Yoga helped Ace get in her body and understand her grief.
- There is so much more to yoga than its physical aspect.
- Yoga helped Ace find what works for her and be consistent with it.
What Ace Learned About Herself This Quarantine
- Ace found that she was working way too much and spreading herself thin because she did not want to feel alone.
- She learned she can be alone in her space and still feel secure. She can be vulnerable yet brave when she asks for help.
- Ace needs to be consistent in her meditation, yoga practice, and therapy.
- She can start a business without knowing a thing about it and still succeed.
- With all the civil uprisings and movements, Ace learned that her voice is a powerful gift. She is here to be a teacher and stop shying away from her gift.
Ace’s Form of Activism
- Ace realized she did not have to go out and march in protest. She has a different approach to activism.
- For Ace, activism is empowering people to remember who they are and supporting people of color.
- Ace also does workshops on grief. She does the things she is good at and improves on them for the greater good of her people.
People’s Perception of Yoga Instructors
- Some people think yoga instructors are enlightened and have everything figured out.
- However, yoga instructors are also human beings. Like everyone else, they have things to navigate.
- Ace does not want to get to the point where she is so enlightened that she cannot learn from anyone anymore.
Ace’s Idea of Freedom
- When Ace did her first workshop, she did not know what “I am free” meant. She just thought it was something that feels good to say.
- However, she learned that freedom is being free to change, grow, learn, and love. It also meant having grace in falling and reaching for someone to ask for help.
How the Pandemic Forced Us to Reset
- Ace likes that she is home more and making her space her own.
- Since we are all stuck at home, Ace believes we should feel good and improve our surroundings to make them more comfortable.
- We should acknowledge our emotional and mental situation and talk about them with other people.
- Ace loves that she can just sit and read a book or watch hours of television shows.
5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode
[10:23] “Each and every day, plant the seed of faith. And then just keep going. Plant the seed; trust the seed; don't worry about how it's going to happen, how it's all going to work out.”
[19:24] “Go with what you know right now. Go with what feels like breathing to you right now, and that is your form of activism.”
[24:23] “I can still be strong, and I can still be vulnerable, and I can still be brave at the same time when asking for help.”
[27:12] “I learned that my voice is powerful. My voice is beyond this realm, and my light and my gift is beyond. And I'm here to be a teacher and stop shying away from that, stop hiding from my gifts.”
[34:11] “I don't have it all figured out, and neither do you. And that's okay. There's beauty in not having it all figured out because, if you have it all figured out, then what else is there for you to do?”
Alicia “Ace” Easter was raised in Atlanta, traveled around the United States, and landed in Los Angeles as a yoga instructor. Ace teaches yoga and meditation classes and is also a Reiki healer. She also hosts the I AM FREE workshops throughout California.
If you want to connect with Ace, visit her website. You can also reach out to her on Twitter and Instagram.
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