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42: Community Conversations: Boundaries as Self-Care with Yely Staley

Self-care is much deeper than the “massages and bubble baths” trope. Today host Rachel learns from guest Yely Staley that setting clear and healthy boundaries is a foundational part of true self-care, especially for those of us who care for others.

Yely figured out the need for regular commitment to self-care the hard way — by experiencing repeated bouts of burnout while working in the corporate world as an attorney, and even after pivoting to become a yoga teacher and studio owner. In this episode, Yely shares how her experience taught her to appreciate simple, daily self-care practices, and how setting boundaries over the past two years has transformed her life.

Listen in to hear Yely share her tips for overcoming guilt around saying no, the value of teaching people how to treat you, and why she is so touched by Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Self care is intrinsically connected with self love.” – Yely Staley

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“You can teach people how to treat you.” – Yely Staley

Show Notes:

  • Yely’s background [3:40]
  • A surprising pathway from attorney to yoga studio owner [7:13]
  • Redefining self-care [13:48]
  • Self-care tools for burnout prevention [15:51]
  • Managing guilt around taking time for self-care [18:30]
  • Why we sometimes struggle to set healthy boundaries [21:08]
  • Setting and communicating personal boundaries proactively [24:31]
  • Two kinds of boundaries to set [28:24]
  • Benefits of setting healthy boundaries [34:06]
  • Communicating boundaries decisively requires non-attachment to outcome [36:10]
  • Daily self-reflection or spiritual practice is key [43:57]
  • Self-care as an avenue to authenticity rather than toxic positivity [46:08]
  • Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage Month [52:37]

Links Mentioned:

Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | YogaYely

“Self-care practices are small actions that we do throughout the day to support our own needs.” – Yely Staley












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