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I love to teach. I am a former high school math teacher with a BA from St. John’s University in NYC and a Masters In Social Work from UNC, Chapel Hill.   I have been practicing Yoga for over 35 years and received my RYT from Kripalu School of Yoga in 2007.  Because of my personal experience with breast cancer, I created the Pink RIbbon Yoga Retreat in 2005. I am a chair emeritus of the advisory board of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program and sit on the Robert Preston Tisch Brain Tumor Advisory Board at Duke Medical.  I took up the fiddle in 2006.  It is a fun but humbling practice.  I journal daily and have done so for the last 20 years.  I use Julia Cameron ‘s technique described in The Artist Way.  I am passionate about creating affirmations.  They have empowered me and help me create a life filled with many blessings.  I lead workshops on Creating Positive Affirmations and on developing creativity and am also available for speaking engagements.


This book is a compilation of affirmations and stories designed to nurture and empower. Jean Costa is a life-long journaler, a teacher and a yogini. Her approach to daily writing led her to Creating Positive Affirmations.


Pink Ribbon Yoga is a group of women breast cancer survivors who are striving for optimal health. Within yoga, we find support, camaraderie, healing, joy, and peace.  We come in all shapes and sizes, and all ages. Some are more newly diagnosed and others have been thriving for decades. Some of us are very active in yoga, and others are beginners.


This blog is dedicated to discussing how to make conscious choices about how you want to live life, what you want to change, what you want to improve upon and what you value and want to fully appreciate.

  • A Safer World

    Affirmation:  The world is safer than we believe it to be. She didn’t phrase the affirmation in the positive, so I had to re-wright it.  She actually said, “The world is not as dangerous as we imagine it to be.”  She was backpacking through So.......

  • Embracing Lent

    Affirmation: Lent is a time dedicated to strengthening my faith.  Today, February 14th, is not only Valentines Day it’s Ash Wednesday.  For Catholics it marks the beginning of one of the holiest seasons of the church year.  Practicing Catholics go to Mass or at least......

  • Affirmation:  I pray unceasingly.   Do you pray?  How do you pray?  Are your prayers silent or out loud?  Do you only pray when you go to church?  How about before meals?  Maybe you only pray before meals in your home, never out in public? ......

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