I want to be seen for all the really cool shit that I do. I want someone to say “way to go!” and mean it. I wish someone would high five and snuggle me. I need my good deeds affirmed. I want to see someone for all the really cool shit they do. I want to…
Fight until all of you, is freed for your ability, and in spite of your need, for the false relief, of your own righteous justice. This is your fight. May your re-write be attuned, to your fresh heart’s narrative. A battle must be fought within you, with a warrior spirit, else it be laid falsely, from you onto another. Self discovery is eminent.
The tenth annual Yoga Union Yoga Challenge begins April 1st, 2017. We host the yoga challenge every April. We do it primarily for the three reasons:
1. It reminds us of the joy that consistent yoga practice brings into our lives.
2. It motivates us to emerge from winter hibernation into the glory of spring.
3. It builds community through a common goals.
The Yoga Challenge is meant to be empowering. The last thing you want to do is set a goal you can’t attain and then beat yourself up for failing. I’ve been participating in the annual yoga challenge every year running. I haven’t always completed it, but I have received some valuable lessons along the way. I’m happy to share some of what I’ve learned. Below are my essential secrets to ‘success.’
We’re not buying the factory lies anymore. We’re trading black and white, not for ambiguous gray, but for full-spectrum color; which we understand reveals itself to those who honor rather than abhor the unresolved in life.
It’s natural to feel a little frustrated or lost when trying anything new. The same is likely to be true when you’re beginning yoga. Try to meet yourself with compassion wherever you are. Showing up really is the hardest part, so if you if you find yourself on the yoga mat, you’ve already done the major work. From there it’s easy to get hung up thinking about your restrictions. Try to relax from and enjoy what your body is capable of.
We make the primordial appeal together
A collect call to great mystery
will she answer?
Do I listen?
We meet on mutual ground. In a center of beauty and inspiration. We come to inquire within. To seek our own answers. We come because we care. We come to remember who we are and what what life is for. Everyone is allowed to be themselves. They are seen, accepted, approved, and appreciated for their uniqueness. They work to see, accept, approve, and appreciate themselves.
We’ll meet on the beach, form a circle, set the boombox in the middle, and crank up a strength and mobility-focused workout in the sand. As the orange sun slips into the sea, you’ll be jumping, running, skipping, and playing your way to greater health and vitality. Finish with a swim as the sky fades from orange to red to purple to blue.
One of the simplest and most profound ways of “aligning with the highest” I know of. This practice was born from life experience and it’s been tested and proven by the same means. Therefor, I believe it to be sound.
In therapeutic yoga, no two sessions ever look the same because your body is always different. We’re able to be in the moment and assess the situation as it is.
Yoga and Thai massage feed each other. Getting to be in a yoga class and watch people in their active form moving and breathing. Then, in the Thai massage room I work with people in their passive form. So, a lot of people who I work with in my Thai massage room I get to see in the yoga classes and understand their body even more.
You are invited to take on the yoga challenge: twenty yoga classes in thirty days. But beyond these numbers, you are invited to a second challenge. Yoga practice is more than goal attainment, it is a balancing tool, and you are invited to strike a balance between the work and play of your practice.
When I started teaching yoga, it was a natural thing to be thinking about how yoga and music are related. If we say yoga is an act of joining the mind, body, and heart; my first experiences with that feeling was through dancing to live music.
It’s a 4-week series, and each week we’re going to focus on the health and specific alignment of different parts of the body. This series will help women create more strength and flexibility during pregnancy, to prepare them for birth and beyond.
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