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5 Minutes With … Daytrippers Celebrity Ambassador Kurt Yaeger

We got lucky!  Daytrippers Celebrity Ambassador KURT YAEGER  recently devoted an afternoon to answer a few questions for We Are Daytrippers in the midst of his very busy schedule.  Thanks so much Kurt.  We love what you said in this video as it was inspirational, encouraging and gives us insight into what makes you, you!  Don’t miss these five minutes with Kurt Yaeger:

Connect with Kurt Yaeger:  @kurtyaeger


*Many thanks also to Brian Ging and Stacy Kesten – a dynamic film duo out of Los Angeles who took the time to interview Kurt.


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Word of Advice: How to silence your inner-critic

Mindfulness expert Stacy Kesten

Mindfulness expert Stacy Kesten

STACY KESTEN is an American filmmaker, artist, actor and meditation student who resides in Studio City, Los Angeles with her Film and T.V. editor husband Brian Ging.  Stacy is dedicated to the study of Mindfulness and Meditation at UCLA because she has witnessed firsthand the varied benefits in those who have practiced for a long time.  She hopes to demystify the learning curve and help those who wish to begin a practice of Mindfullness and Meditation.


Stacy shares her advice about handling stress with We Are Daytrippers:

Just living in modern society is stressful.  Add being a parent to that equation and the potential for stress increases significantly.  Top that off with being a parent of a special needs child and the word “stress” takes on a whole new meaning.  So how does one handle this particular version of stress?  The kind of stress so few others experience or even understand?  I would like to suggest Mindful Meditation.

I know what you’re thinking: “with all of the demands of balancing life and the responsibilities of being a parent to a child with special needs, who has time to meditate?” I get it.  It seems counter-intuitive.  There’s always so much to do, and if, by some alignment of the stars, you have 20 minutes to yourself, then, well, there’s still always something else to do.  I understand.  But here’s my question:  What is the quality of your life and your parenting experience, when you don’t take care of yourself?  How much time is wasted and lost when your day feels scattered and harried?  What I’m suggesting is that in order to take better care of your child, I urge you to also make yourself a priority.  It is absolutely essential to partake in self-care activities that not only calm you, but also give you the opportunity to find inner peace so that your life may be more balanced.  If you can find that balance and calm, you will be a better model for your children, and they will pick up on your improved energy which will in turn help their balance and calm as well.  It’s a win-win!

In my meditation groups and classes parents often express that they experience guilt when they steal away for 20 minutes to meditate.  somehow, it seems like a “selfish” way to spend their time.  I would like to submit that nothing could be further from the truth.  The reality is that there is no kinder gift we can offer to our family, our friends, and the world around us than the recharge we get by spending a few quiet moments alone, taking care of ourselves.  When we take time to meditate we find more patience, clarity and presence. We also learn to cultivate more compassion, both for those around us and for ourselves.

As parents, it’s so easy to let the “inner-critic” take over.  In case you’re not familiar with your inner-critic, allow me to introduce you to mine.  My inner-critic is that nasty voice inside my head who shouts mean things; “you’re a bad parent” or “You’re not doing enough” or “you can’t do anything right!”  Most of the time we allow these voices to run rampant and unchecked because we are unconscious of them.  However, if we can become aware of them, they begin to lose their power over us – and one of the most effective ways to become aware of this toxic chatter is through meditation.  you can practice meditation wherever you are – whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office, or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.

If you’re willing to give it a try, you might be asking HOW does one meditate?  Do I burn incense, sit on a Tibetan pillow cross-legged and chant Ohm?!

It’s much simpler than that actually.  

Here are a few steps:

1. Find a comfortable position, preferably sitting in a chair or lying down.

2.  Take three deep slow breaths – Inhale and Exhale, Inhale and Exhale, Inhale and Exhale.

3.  Now, allow your breathing to return to normal, and just gently observe your breath.  Try not to control your breath.  Try to just notice it.  You can focus gently on any of the following:

  • The feeling of the air coming in and out of your nostrils.
  • The feeling of the rise and fall of your stomach, chest or shoulders.
  • The feeling of the air filling your lungs.
  • Any coping mechanism that helps you feel aware of your breath.

4.  When you noticed that your mind wanders off (which it most definitely will) gently, and without giving yourself a hard time, bring your focus back to your breath.

5.  If you would like to try it, here is a great guided meditation to get you started: BEGINNERS GUIDED MEDITATION

That’s it!  Meditation is as simple as that.  I’m not saying it’s easy, but the key is to be kind and patient with yourself.  The more you practice, the more you will see benefits.  Over time, parents often report increased patience and compassion towards their children (and themselves) among many more benefits.  As you learn to focus on the present moment, you will also begin to learn what is worth giving your attention to and what is not (no thanks, inner-critic!) which is sure to simplify your life.  If I have managed to peak your interest, just start off with whatever level or time seems do-able.  Should you find a few free moments, do take time to take care of yourself, so that you can, in turn, take care of others.  I can’t think of a better way to invest a few minutes of time.



Follow Stacy or ask her questions @MindfulnessGal

Follow her blog: http://www.mindfulinspirations.com/

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The Daytrippers Team: “All I had to do was dare to ask”

Charlotte Munn from The Daytrippers Team describes how she discovered Celebrity Ambassador Kurt Yaeger.

Professional BMX rider and actor, Kurt Yaeger.

Professional BMX rider and actor, Kurt Yaeger.

Last year I went to Love Box and saw the very talented London based DNB band; Rudimental. I came back from the festival with one tune in my head; “waiting all night”.

The memory of the festival is resumed in the song for me. I hadn’t seen the video and had no idea what it was about until I sat down one day and watched it.   It revealed the accident and story of Kurt Yaegar, pro BMX rider, actor and now one of Daytrippers’ Celebrity Ambassadors(!!), it highlights how he overcame everything that the doctors told him; how he came about getting back onto BMX after breaking his back, pelvis and losing a leg (imagine!); and more incredible … he still rocked at it!

We tweeted him saying that we thought the video was great and he thanked us. I didn’t think much of it but then my colleagues encouraged me to write to him about Daytrippers to see if he would be interested in meeting us and to discuss a future BMX/Urban project we had in mind. He came to the UK and agreed to come and meet us!

Daytrippers was represented by Marlene (the French bulldog), Leila (Charity trustee) and myself. Kurt came with his British friend James and Huy, both BMX riders.  It was awesome that Kurt took the time to come and see us, he was so genuine and even thanked us for the work we do for disabled children. All I had to do was to dare to ask!  He is a great inspiration for the kids we work with and gives out a very significant message “to never give up on your dreams” even if there are limitations to what you can do physically and mentally you can overcome them through perseverance, compassion and encouragement.

We were so happy that he joined the Daytrippers Ambassadors programme and were thrilled when he told us he would be there for our London Zoo special children’s day weekend in May 2014.  We were ecstatic to see him there representing Daytrippers and he met all the 2014 Young Ambassadors; he even showed Dylan how to pop some wheelie’s in the wheelchair he’s been temporarily using.

Daytrippers Ambassadors Kurt Yaeger and Dylan Wilson

Daytrippers Ambassadors Kurt Yaeger and Dylan Wilson

What still amazes me to this day is how it all evolved from one little tweet into Kurt’s involvement as a role model for Daytrippers Kids.   You never know what can happen if you dare to ask.




Here’s the video that inspired Charlotte:

Stay connected to Kurt Yaeger, Rudimental and Charlotte:

Kurt:  @kurtyaeger

Rudimental: @RudimentalUK

Charlotte: @munnskies

Read more about Kurt’s visit to the Zoo:  http://daytrippers.org.uk/2014/05/20/moustachioed-teenager-who-charmed-us-all-at-london-zoo/


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