2)offering your whole vulnerable-imperfect-human self
3)channeling the cumulative consciousness of the day so that your offering comes from a tapping into something larger than yourself, rather than the ego.
All of the anatomy, cuing, sequencing, Sanskrit, philosophy and even to some extent, the theme weaving, can be more or less taught; but, as I once heard retired Boston Celtics player, Kevin McHale say, "You can't coach effort." And the three keys to success really come from putting in the effort. It's not easy to show up to classes with only one or two people for a few years, and still bring it vulnerable style, but if you do, those one or two people will come back, and then they will tell their friends, and then they will start coming with their friends, until eventually, your community--those interested in what you have to offer--will grow.
Powerful, sweet, sultry and sensual Svadhisthana chakra or “dwelling place of the self” is the center of fluidity, fertility, and creativity. The 2nd chakra dominates relationships, intimacy, and sexuality and is a potent and crucial component to our daily lives. Involved in how we express our needs, how we give and receive, our emotional health, and our unconscious thoughts and habits, this passionate chakra can help us create a sanctuary of blissful union or wreak havoc in our relationships and inner lives if unbalanced. This is the container of our literal life force energy, from which we all come from and holds the power of creation within it. Although it is associated with work on fertility, birth, and reproduction, we can broaden those definitions to include all things that we would like to create and grow in our lives. Working with this chakra is a way to become clearer in what you want to manifest in your life and how to create fertile ground for that work to become a reality....
Deciding to take a teacher training is akin to professing your love to the art and practices of yoga that have already given you so much. It’s a marriage rooted in curiosity, creativity, experimentation and togetherness. It’s also a marriage that moves in the world of the unknown, like all unions really. As Rumi so perfectly puts it, “Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” This should be printed on the t-shirt of every 200 hour teacher training in Portland, because ideally a teacher training should be that field.
The 200 hour teacher training is a slim doorway to a lifetime of study. It’s a place where we get a chance to expand our minds and hearts, feel into our practice, into our bodies, and become explorers of Yoga and ourselves without the tethers of right and wrong doing. It’s a time to question what we think we already know about ourselves and the asana, and delve deep into the places within that have y...
I have been wanting to write about this for awhile. I was reminded because of seeing 2 recent social media posts referencing in some way to disagree with the way another yogi is presenting themselves online. Most often I simply read the comment, roll my eyes a bit or huff and move on. But I am feeling more and more concerned with the way that this impacts not only us as a yoga community but as another way to degrade each other and most often, other women.
Here's the deal. I get it. I am just as much of an internet snob as anyone else. I scoff at photos or blogs or posts that seem too "whatever" for my liking. But when I look at where that judgement comes from. Where it really comes from. It is always from some part of myself that feels insecure or excluded or unlovable or scared. It comes from the place in me that says that resources like beauty, admiration, love, affection, prestige, happiness, joy are finite and that if someone else seems to have too much of it,...
" Okay, okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, cause I slay
Okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, cause I slay
Prove to me you got some coordination, cause I slay
Slay trick, or you get eliminated "
So we are nominated as one of the top 5 yoga studios in Portland, Oregon by Willamette Weekly and we are pumped. The mantra being chanted is we came to SLAY! So get out there and vote y'all (here's the link:
In all seriousness, even being included on this list means so much to me and Audra Carmine. We have poured our heart and soul into this community and business and would do it all over again everyday because we feel like it is our calling. I love this song by Beyonce for lots of reasons. It may seem like the idea of slaying is not very yogic but I disagree. This idea is not new. This is the entire premise of The Bhagavad Gita, a cal...