Shannon Is A Guest Speaker on Tele summit with Janine Murphy

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Have you been able to incorporate yoga into your daily living? I know most of us who love yoga try to make it a part of our everyday lives. But it’s not always easy!

I want to share an incredible FREE opportunity with you. My friend, Janine Murphy, is putting together an online event called:
Yoga Tools for Daily Living: Staying Stronger, Calmer and Happier Throughout the Day.

And I’m especially excited because she asked ME to be part of it.

This online event will be a collection of experts in the fields of yoga, mental health, wellness and health coaching. There are so many great people participating, I want to encourage you to sign up HERE (
This will be the type of event to inspire you and give you new insight into how yoga tools can overlap into everyday living.

I love participating in events like this because it creates a sisterhood of support for all of us. Please sign up to hear what my daily tool is! Every speaker has got one, and you’ll be amazed at how easy and powerful they are.

See you at the summit!

Give the Gift of Health For Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day!Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Want to find something that she will love? Give the gift of health with gift certificates from Key 2 Joy! With yoga, meditation, hypnosis, Reiki, sound healing, Young Living essential oils, and much more; gift certificates from Key 2 Joy fit every mom’s need to feel special and get healthy!

Being a parent is rewarding in countless ways, but it can also be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting. Stress and tension can result in weight issues, physical pain, fears, worries, anger, sleep issues, and unhealthy habits. Help mom reverse the effects of stress and tension and change the habits, beliefs, and patterns that can compromise health.   The services at Key 2 Joy are designed to help mom:

  • De-stress, unwind, and feel better in every way,
  • Increase energy and feel great,
  • Release pain and discomfort,
  • Ditch bad habits, worries, anger, and fear, and
  • Improve sleep and feel more rested.

Regardless of her age, experience with fitness, or level of stress your mom will find Key 2 Joy a safe welcoming space where she can take time out of her busy day and enjoy focusing on being sweet to herself for a change. We have been doing just that for people in the Capital Region for almost 5 years now, so allow us to help your mom achieve her best health now!

Mother’s Day is a great time to let mom know that her health and happiness are important to you. A gift certificate from Key 2 Joy is sure to make her smile. You can purchase Key 2 Joy gift certificates online at or call 518-598-6968 for more information. We offer a free screening to help her determine the right services for her needs. So help mom relax and enjoy a happy, healthy life for years to come!

Sharing inspiration, 50 pounds lighter!

Today, I had the great pleasure of sharing a few videos with a weight loss client from earlier in her program.  The first one was a week into her program, she had lost 3 pounds, was thrilled, and was EATING SALAD, which she never did!  The second one was from when she lost 24 pounds and said, “You just have to believe.” Today, she shared that at her doctor’s visit she had just lost 50 pounds and had gone from originally a size 18 to now a size 14!  She was struggling with the idea of losing 20 more pounds to achieve her ultimate goal.  I showed her the videos and with tears in her eyes she said, “I’m not the same person I was, I can’t believe how I looked and thought.  I’m so different.”  I told her, don’t take my word for it, listen to the confident woman who lost 24 pounds and said, you just have to believe.  At which point, she said I KNOW I CAN DO THIS! Hypnosis helped her achieve something she didn’t initially think was possible, but she is doing it and is 50 pounds lighter.  She is a ROCK STAR!!  Congratulations Toya!!  If anyone can do it, I know YOU CAN!!  Want to succeed like Toya?  Call today (518-598-6968) for your FREE Hypnosis Screening and see how believing is achieving with hypnosis!!!  You can do it and hypnosis works!!!

Expecting Holiday Stress?

Are you experiencing “holiday stress?” Are you concerned about being perfect when you get together with family or about having the “perfect” gift for someone? Then you have or are worried about expectations (the act of anticipating something). Expectations result in stress and constant preparation for situations, which may or may not happen, instead of finding the joy in the present moment, whether it’s at the holidays and any time of the year. Expectations often strengthen the “inner critic,” the part of you that judges you and makes you incredibly hard on yourself, blocking your ability to see your unique qualities and special gifts.

If you find yourself trying to live up to the expectations of others (and expect others to do the same), harshly judging yourself, living in a pressure cooker of increasing stress, you are not alone. Many people feel this way and there is a way to release expectations, self-judgment, and attachment to outcomes, which allows you to relax, and enjoy the holidays and everyday more fully. Consider hypnosis! Hypnosis is a wonderful way to release expectations, break or change habits, and focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. It is a great way to feel better and improve your self appreciation.

This is what Joan B. of Watervliet, NY had to say about hypnosis, expectations, and stress: “I am letting go of things that used to drive me crazy. I am letting go of old resentments; getting excited over life again. This has changed my life! I am getting back my joy! I am blessed to have found you.” Isn’t it time you felt good about yourself? Do you want to feel the joy of the holidays and every day? Then call now to schedule your FREE hypnosis screening, 518-598-6968.

Let Santa be the only one with a belly this year!

The holidays will soon be here. Ever have someone point out that you have “put on a few pounds since last year?” That’s not very fun. If you are not where you wanted to be for the holidays, then consider hypnosis. With hypnosis, you can replace bad habits (that keep you suck) with healthy habits (that allow you to enjoy the holidays while getting fit). Last year, through hypnosis at Key 2 Joy, Rob M. lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks over Thanksgiving and enjoyed dinner with 46 relatives! He said, “I was very aware for the first time of what I was eating. I was more discerning about what I ate. I have NO will-power and it hasn’t seemed hard at all.” Now, everyone loses weight at his or her own speed, but what if you could change a few habits, lose weight in time for the holidays and/ or enjoy the holidays while getting fit? Wouldn’t that be better than trying to hide the extra weight (which doesn’t work), feeling awful, and planning for another resolution that flops within the first month of the New Year? Make a change NOW. Hypnosis can make the process fast, easy, and fun!

So how can hypnosis help you? Hypnosis can help you to bypass will power to simply change behaviors and stress responses, while creating a more positive self-image. So instead of waiting until after the holidays, wishing you could change your habits. Start now and enjoy the holidays while you getting fit.

Can I be hypnotized? Most people can be hypnotized and at Key 2 Joy, we offer a FREE Screening to determining if hypnosis is right for you. You have nothing to lose, except bad habits, weight, and stress. Call 518-598-6968 today and book your FREE Screening! Mention this article and you will also learn a simple stress busting technique that can help you get through stressful situations, more calm, and in control!

The Power of Breath!

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by stress?   Do you have stress related health issues? I would like to explain the benefits and the power of incorporating breath techniques into your daily life. Breath work is one of the quickest ways to shift how you respond to stress.  It is such a simple thing, but don’t be fooled by its simplicity.  Sometimes the simple tools are the most effective (because you actually stand a shot at using them). Breath is vital to life and proper breath is vital to good health. Breath is the only function in your body that you can easily control both consciously and unconsciously.  Why is this important? This means that by working with your breath, you can balance your sympathetic and your parasympathetic branches of your involuntary nervous system. When the sympathetic system is overactive (due to extended periods of real or perceived stress), it results in increased heart rate, atrial fibrillation, increased blood pressure, chronic digestive issues, cold hands, and much more. So by using breath, you can regulate and balance the involuntary nervous system. Which takes you out of the “fight or flight” response and allows your body to focus on healing and regeneration rather than being on a constant state of alert, stress. It’s simple, but incredibly powerful and anyone can do it.

Want to learn more about relaxing breath techniques? As a special offer, Key 2 Joy is offering anyone who mentions this article FREE instruction in a relaxing breath technique and a FREE hypnosis screening! Breath work and hypnosis are two of the most powerful ways we help people to release stress quickly and easily and free yourself of habits that hold you back from the healthy life you deserve! At Key 2 Joy, we can help you unlock the joy in your life, so call today 518-598-6968!

9/11 Remembered and A Conscious Choice To Shine

We remember those who left this world on 9/11 and those who remain to carry on (families/ friends) with love. We remember. We learn. We grow. We love. We carry on with hope. We find joy and they live on in our joy! Many people were impacted and none of us are the same. It was a day to consider life and what it means. It is a big part of how I ended up in Albany, NY. Although it was a day of great sorrow, I know for myself I have transformed my life and am following my purpose, my passion, in large part, because of those events.

Some of you may know that Yoga and Hypnosis are my second career. I had my midlife crisis early. You may not know that in my first career I was a CPA, working for Merrill Lynch in Corporate Services Finance supporting building management in NYC (including the South Tower of the World Financial Center). Luckily I was in Hopewell, NJ that day. The people I supported were the last to leave the World Financial Center buildings that day and were involved in the clean up afterwards. In Hopewell, NJ we were evacuated and I was never so afraid in my life. Friends, colleagues, family members were in danger, missing, or lost, as were we all. But in the midst of fear, incredible kindness was present, courage was present, support was present and LOVE WAS PRESENT. I am who I am, doing what I do, where I do it, in big part due to 9/11. A group of people who did not know love lashed out at us that day. We know love! Those lost, live on forever in our hearts and all of us are braver, stronger, and more determined to love passionately, love deeply, and live more joyfully because of that day. Those lost, live on in every person each of us help each day. Bravery was shown, beyond words, and as I sit here today, I am grateful to God that I am alive at this time and I can be part of the light that will outshine the darkness still present in our world. We do not conquer darkness with darkness we do not teach or show love with hate or fear. It is said that even the smallest light must cut through the deepest darkness. I choose to be a small, but mighty light. I choose to shine. Will you? Join me in shining bright enough to light even the furthest corner of the world. WE ARE LOVE. WE SHINE. God bless us all and keep us all in LOVE.

Not where you wanted to be by the end of summer?

Labor Day marks the end of summer for many. Endings are a great opportunity to check in and take inventory of where you are. Did you make a promise to yourself that you would get in shape by this time? Are you feeling like your fall clothes may not fit? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Now I know no one wants to hear this, but the end of the year is only 4 months away! Do you really want to end the year without achieving your goals?

What's your excuse?

What’s your excuse?

There is a solution to this problem. Drop all the excuses and consider hypnosis at Key 2 Joy, in Colonie, NY. Hypnosis is a safe and effective way to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. Whether you have 10s or 100s to lose, you will enjoy looking back at this moment and saying to yourself, “That’s when I made the decision that I was worth it and look where I am now!!” Want to lose weight? Stop making excuses! Pick up the phone and call 518-598-6968! In Colonie, Key 2 Joy is conveniently located on the corner of Watervliet-Shaker and New Karner Roads in the Shaker Pine Plaza, with easy access from anywhere in the Capital District. Instead of looking back next year and saying, “I wish I had started then.” End the year with a “WOO HOO, I am so glad I decided to start, and LOOK AT ME NOW, Vavavoom!”

Call for your FREE HYPNOSIS SCREENING! 518-598-6968

Want to make a change?

At Key 2 Joy, I speak with a lot of people who are stuck weighing more than they want, who can’t seem to find a way to stop smoking, who suffer from stress, worry and fear.  Are you in the same situation?  Do you find yourself looking to make a change, but just can’t seem to stop even though you know you want to do something else?  Do you feel frustrated and exhausted from all the effort of “trying”? Consider hypnosis!

Hypnosis works with the unconscious mind which controls 95-99% of your behaviors and actions.  So thinking about a change with your conscious mind has about a 1 -5% chance of working.  By using hypnosis you are working with the powerhouse of your mind which is also, by the way, a million times faster at processing information than the conscious mind!  So why suffer any longer?  Stack the deck in your favor and ditch those old self defeating and destructive behaviors easily and effortlessly.  Hypnosis is safe, fun and relaxing! We offer a free screening, so what do you have to lose except your frustrations! Call NOW 518-598-6968.  We are located in Colonie, NY and we serve the Capital Region (Colonie, Latham, Niskayuna, Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and the surrounding areas).  We are located in the Shaker Pine Plaza at the corner of Watervliet-Shaker and New Karner Roads.

Mention this Blog and receive 30% Off your custom hypnosis package (weight loss, stop smoking, or stress management), if you call to book your Free Screening before Labor Day 2014!

Here is what other people are saying about hypnosis at Key 2 Joy:

  • “I have lost 31 lbs, 2 dress sizes, my blood pressure is lower, my joints feel better and I have more energy.  I was a doubter going into hypnosis, but I quickly found that I loved it and it worked!  It has helped me with so much more than weight loss.  I am letting go of stress, hurt, bad habits, and gaining new habits…  Hypnosis is giving me the tools to let go of so much more than weight!” ~ Christine P., Colonie, NY
  • “I lost 30 lbs. I am hopeful this is the last time I will need to go through this. I feel like I’ve gotten clear of some of the issues that heave held me from letting the weight go.  I’m peaceful in my heart in a way I’ve never been before.” ~ Barb H., Guilderland, NY
  • “My blood pressure is down from 145/87 this morning after a full night of rest to 128/72.  Thank you!”  ~ Anne A., Slingerlands, NY
  • “The self-hypnosis techniques you taught me have been invaluable in managing my anxiety during this (medical) ordeal…  If I hadn’t learned how to do the self-hypnosis from you I’d probably be addicted to Xanax by now… so thank you for all you have done.” ~ Christine B. Hadley, NY
  • “From the first session I was able to function without the craving for nicotine.  I am grateful that I came to Key 2 Joy!” ~ Pat R. Latham, NY
 You could easily be where you want to be before the holidays! START NOW!  CALL 518-598-6968 to schedule your FREE SCREENING.

Yoga at Key 2 Joy

Yesterday I was driving to my studio, Key 2 Joy (A Wellness Community Center offering hypnosis, yoga, and other modalities to help you discover the Key to Joy within YOU!). I saw a lawn sign for another yoga studio from the next town on the corner of my studio’s street. At first when I saw it I thought, “Well that’s kind of rude.” Then I thought this is a great opportunity! How can I use my yoga practice to handle this situation? Ahimsa is a term whose meaning is to ’cause no injury’ through one’s deeds, words, or thoughts. The idea is that to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. So I sent a blessing to the other studio owner(s) that they could release fear of lack and fill themselves with love and abundance. Yoga (a system with 8 branches, of which asanas, or poses, comprise only one branch: Hatha Yoga) teaches us to live in abundance and that fear and lack are simply blockages to our energy system, which may be cleared with love. Once I did that I was free to reflect on the situation and what you, the yoga students and potential yoga students, need to know to make an informed decision when selecting where to practice and which style is right for you.

When I first opened Key 2 Joy in Colonie/ Niskayuna, four years ago, there were a handful of other studios in the area and now there are closer to 20 and even fitness centers are seeing the benefit of Hatha Yoga and incorporating it into their schedule as well. With the increased number of options for styles of Yoga, studios, or teachers, this allows students to practice the yoga that is right for them. Yoga is for every “body,” age, and lifestyle. So all of these options mean that YOU need to be an informed consumer. Is one style better than another? Is one more authentic? Is one safer? Are your individual needs met by what is currently ‘popular?’ Do you need to have experience? What do you need to wear? These are just a few of the questions I receive on a regular basis. These are all valid questions, which any instructor or studio owner should be able to answer.

At Key 2 Joy, we offer a relaxed environment where you can ask questions, learn, practice, and grown as a whole person: body, mind, and spirit. We take the time to ensure that you are matched with the style of yoga appropriate for your level of fitness and which aligns with your personal goals. Only YOU know your body, so it is up to you to make sure you listen to your body to prevent injury in any style, class, or studio. As the door is opened to explore how good the body and mind feel after practicing Hatha Yoga, you can then step through the door and discover the other 7 branches of Yoga. At Key 2 Joy, you can explore many of these branches and discover a more joyful and fulfilling life! We offer a Free Screening to all potential students, so call today and set up your screening 518-598-6968!

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