End of Year Reflection

December 31, 2015

Can you believe 2015 is almost over?! In the blink of an eye, the year flew by! Every morning you wake up, you are presented with a new day, filled with limitless possibilities and lessons. Some help you, some hurt you. But one thing is for sure; everything you grow through in life teaches you something about yourself and the world around you. We never stop learning, no matter the age. If you could pick one word or phrase that summed up your year, what would it be? What lessons or moments stood out to you in 2015? Here at Live Lotus, we do a lot soul digging and reflection. The team and I would like to share with you our lessons from 2015. We send you all our gratitude and love. Thank you for inspiring us and supporting our dreams. May 2016 be everything your heart desires. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

All my love,


Be Authentic
2015, for me was a year of self reflection. I found myself looking in the mirror longer and deeper, literally into my own eyes asking myself, "Who are you and what are you made of?" I challenged myself to dive into my soul and face the demons that held me back.  

I discovered there were 2 of me, my authentic self and the person that was influenced and molded by other people's beliefs. I've become more aware of how I respond and why. I knew in my heart I had to do this, to know me and what I believed to be true about myself and the world around me. I wanted to make sure that Lotus wasn't something "I did". Lotus is really how "I live". It's who "I Am".

Next year is going to be a year of action. 2016 will be a year of bigger, bolder moves. I am no longer weighed down by doubt and have made peace with fear. My heart is whole and I am ready to receive the blessings prepared for me in advance in whatever form it comes in. I count everything and everyone as a blessing. God Bless you all! Thank you to everyone for their love and support. Lotus IS, because You ARE. Happy New Year!!!!

-Marie Coronado
Co-founder & Director of Sales


2015 has been a year full of surprises. I had made a decision to leave what I thought would be my long term career and pursued my passion in health and wellness, centering around yoga and meditation at Live Lotus Yoga Studio, formally an old and vacant law office. I have added the company's logo permanently onto my car for marketing purposes, a dedication which I think will help promote our business. I feel very proud to be able to help create the space and start something that most people would shy away from because of the amount of work and sacrifice it would require.  

My personal practice of yoga and meditation has helped me deal with life's most challenging situations.And I knew that I could help other people realize this for themselves. So when I made the career jump, it was a huge shift in my lifestyle; my finances, frame of mind and wardrobe, going from daily business wear to daily yoga pants. I then found out I was pregnant, a decision I thought I would want to entertain a few years later in my life. The hardest things in dealing with being pregnant were 1) changes in my physical self; and 2) major depression episodes. I was able to keep sane and thrive by using what I know about yoga and meditation to heal the pains and hardships that came with growing my child.

I chose transmogrification as my word for 2015 because I, my life and the important things around it, have undergone an intense change, all with the help and strength from yoga and Live Lotus.  I feel the world is suffering from many diseases affecting society, mind, and physical body - - so my overall long term goal now is to transmogrify the world with the power of yoga and meditation through Live Lotus.

-Malay Hendricks
Director of Business Development


Push and Surrender
Backbends are hard for me. One day I was taking a class and we were guided into a full wheel pose. I was already nervous and hesitant - I knew that I wasn't going to be able to do it.

As I prepared myself to transition into the pose - I was beginning to lose my vision because my eyes were getting filled with my tears. I was in pain, everything hurt and all I could do was continue to push - until my chest unraveled and opened up. The next thing I knew, I was in the full expression of that pose.

As I reflect on the theme 2015 - I see that everything for me as been about a push and a surrender. People, places, things and certain ways of being - were literally being PUSHED out of my life and I had to surrender to it. I didn't understand why things were happening at first, but I knew I had to allow it to be. While the process was difficult, I also knew that I was making room for something new in my life.

I didn't see what was coming. I didn't see that facilitating healing for others was in my path.  I didn't see that I was going to be here writing this to all of you. I didn't see the incredible women that built Live Lotus, taking me in and allowing me to contribute to the expansion of this sacred work.

I was losing my vision, my eyes were getting filled with tears. I was in pain, everything hurt and all I could do was continue to push - until my chest unraveled and opened up.

The next thing I knew, I was in full expression of myself.

-Rosey Gonzales
Director of Online Content & Personal Development


Live Your Dreams
I sit here amazed at the incredible amount of growth and life I've experienced in 2015. There came a point in my rational thinking when I finally said, "Enough is enough." How much longer can I 'sort of' or 'kind of' live my dreams? When will I make that jump? For a long time, I thought the answer was 'When the time is right!" But when is timing ever right? It took me 8 years to realize a deep and subtle truth. The moment you surrender completely to your dreams, is the moment you start living it.

This year I stepped out in faith. I started to practice quiet confidence within myself and my visions. I honored the Creativity process as a blessing which I am here to serve. I fell in love with the whole journey, beyond the struggle and self-doubt that snuck up in every once in a while. And as we continued to step beyond our comfort zone, more and more opportunities opened up. At times, my team and I would look at each other in disbelief. Is this really happening? How are we meeting such amazing people? The students, the teachers, the business partners!

Dreams can't come true if you yourself do not live it. This entire year has been a huge test of faith. The dream is now real and we are just beginning. You are all a big part of this dream. Thank you for living it with us. I have so much love for you. Happy New Year!!

-Sarah Coronado
Founder & CEO


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