Why a Home Practice is Rad (& why it's worth trying!)

Why a Home Practice is Rad (& why it's worth trying!)

What brings you to your mat? What is the driving force behind advancing your yoga practice? If it is in some way shape or form to get to yourself better then taking uphome practice is something to consider! I mean, maybe what you need to obtain from the practice you are perfectly receiving from your teacher(s) in a class setting but there is something potentially magical you could be discovering on your own. 

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The Importance Of Taking Time Off (& the changing of seasons!)

The Importance Of Taking Time Off (& the changing of seasons!)

For the sake of getting straight to the point I will say this: I have been very busy as of late with all great things! All the while though I forgot to be grateful for it all (oops!). Amongst all the work, family, work outs, keeping up with friends, more work and other menial duties I really didn’t stop to think abut the fact that I have had the honor of carrying out all of these tasks and I am in fact very grateful for it all. However, the caveat with all this positive busy-ness is that I have begun to neglect myself and my needs and I have found myself on-edge a lot more than usual, worrying about all the things I need to get done, what I’m not tending to, how short the days can seem, how long others can seem, who I haven't connected with, how many things have gone less than perfectly…you get the point. But none of that actually is THE POINT; sed point is much larger then any of my trivial worries can ever amount to and with this knowledge one should be able to chill out and relax right? Well, yes but finding this sense of inner peace during times of chaos (good or bad!) I am finding this is an artfully composed dance, a dance around BALANCE. Give and take, ebb and flow, positive and negative; always in life there are existing forces of opposition and it is our greatest task to find something in between the two forces that inevitably take us in two totally different directions. All of this is good if we can somehow refrain from attaching “the story” to our emotions and situations that continuously occur throughout our lives, meaning when something, anything happens to us we immediately attach a story to it telling ourselves how to react and at that moment we decide if we are holding onto this emotion and story we have told ourselves. We do this constantly! And we are supposed to, we are human after all; perfection is not something we are going to be attaining anytime soon. 

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Learning to adapt, allowing for change and being totally calm about it!

Learning to adapt, allowing for change and being totally calm about it!

Just a few years ago if you had told me I would be writing my first official blog post on being calm during major life changes I would have been confused, amused and probably laughed about it. But the truth is I have learned to be okay with changes however big or small and the fear of not knowing what the outcome may be no longer phases me.

How did I get to this place? To be perfectly honest I'm not sure I can accurately describe it but what I do know for certain is that I began to trust. I trusted that when I felt inclined to do something, talk to someone, go some place I felt that for a reason and I needed to go for it! The problem with this listening to myself thing is that it got in the way of my routines, my structure and the way I had designed my life to be very calculated; long story short I realized this perfectly structured way of living was quite frankly awful! 

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