It All Starts with Self-Love!

No one needs you more than you need yourself. Take care of YOU first so you can help others!
— Tony Gaskins

There is NO ONE more deserving of your love in this world than YOU! There. I said it and I’ll say it again:

There is NO ONE more deserving of your love in this world than YOU!

Written by Taina Berardi,  @TainaBerardi

Written by Taina Berardi, @TainaBerardi

Not your boyfriend or your girlfriend, your husband or wife, or your kids (😳), or your parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, boss, coworkers, godparents, mailman, dentist, congresswoman, senator, president... NO ONE. Because in order to live a meaningful life filled with happiness, love, passion, fulfillment, gratitude and service, your cup must be full. In order to help and truly serve others, your self-love must be on point!!! In order to show up for others, you’ve got to show up for yourself, FIRST!!! In order to have the capacity, strength, willingness, love and compassion to be there for your loved ones and friends, for those in need, for the life-work ahead, you have to be willing to take the time to show that same dedication to yourself— to create a practice of self-love and self-compassion that replenishes you and provides you with the fortitude to step up when called.

After many years of seeing myself, my friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. struggle with cultivating self-love, I determined to create a catalyst for awakening these qualities from their slumber within. Self-love can take many forms— from the “little things” like taking time to brush your teeth AND floss every night so that your smile is bright and beautiful for many years to come, to the “big things” like taking your dream vacation or strategizing how to leave a job that no longer serves you. Self-love is about being intuitive, listening to the needs of your body, mind and soul and engaging in activities that make you feel good, happy, confident and most importantly, whole.

A huge part of self-love also involves learning to cultivate self-compassionate. Often times, we find it relatively easy to find compassion for other individuals, children or people in need after a natural disaster. But, compassion is not something reserved solely for others, it’s a practice that works from within, asking us to be mindful and present in the moment in order to recognize our feelings, emotions and physical well-being. Practicing self-compassion allows us to acknowledge our individual suffering and urges us to not only treat ourselves with kindness and without judgment, but to also take action to relieve our suffering. This action starts with self-love.❤️

Through the practice of yoga, meditation, breath work, aromatherapy and reiki, I’ve created a toolkit for prioritizing self-love and I’ve been able to achieve a state of consciousness where no matter what, I love myself more and more each day. I’ve learned to fill my cup first, so that I can show up for everyone else as my best self.  

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: A Toolkit for Self-Love and Compassion

This Sunday, February 10, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Sojourn, I’m offering a workshop where I share my toolkit for kicking self-love and compassion into high gear!! Join us and learn to love who you are, as you are, and cultivate compassion for self by connecting to, honoring and accepting your humanness. We all encounter suffering, failure, imperfection and instead of going to that dark place or ignoring the pain altogether, create and channel your toolkit for self-love, health and happiness! Let’s do it together!


Formerly a corporate marketing executive now living and working her most passionate life, Taina is inspired to share the limitless benefits of yoga and meditation with people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and backgrounds. As an artist and holistic healing entrepreneur, Taina infuses compassion and vibrant healing energy into all of her art, workshops, public classes and private sessions. Trained in meditation stress reduction and relaxation techniques, compassion cultivation, crystal healing, aromatherapy, Reiki energy healing, Vinyasa, Yin and Sculpt yoga disciplines, Taina facilitates integrative healing as a means of restoring and revitalizing her students so they can live a happy, healthy existence. 

Taina is currently studying under Larry Payne, PhD creator of Prime of Life Yoga at the IAYT-accredited Yoga Therapy Program in the LMU Center for Religion & Spirituality which prepares yoga instructors to serve clients with health challenges in private, group, and clinical settings. When off the mat, Taina is the founder and creative artist behind Jewel of the Gypsy, a soulful collection of bespoke gemstone jewelry and accessories handmade in San Diego, CA. Taina also engages the philosophies of yoga in her activities as the Community Relations Manager for Sojourn Healing Collective, working to cultivate inspired health and wellness to an ever-widening community.