I hear this all the time when people talk to me about being too intimidated to try yoga. "I would do it, but I'm just not good at it." The idea of being "good" at yoga is like trying to be good at breathing. We all have full capability of doing it. Sure, you can breathe more
slowly, more mindfully than someone else, but still, every single person can do it.
Step one: simply showing up is being "good" at yoga. If you are willing to show up for yourself, sit, breath and be present in your body and human experience then you are doing the good work.
As anything goes in life, consistency is key. No one walked into their first yoga class nailing every single posture, responding to every single queue and having the most peaceful savasana ever. It all takes time, patience and consistency. It is called practice for a reason. You have to continue to show up in order to grow. My most honest advice is to be gentle with yourself.
I know it can be intimidating to not be able to do certain poses...
I can still remember the day I decided I was going to join the group of teacher trainees at Love Hive yoga. The day was hot and I was rushing to make a morning yoga class (i know…counterproductive), I was having a hard time finding the temporary studio that Audra and Jessica were teaching in and I was seconds away from driving home and crawling back into bed. I was driving in circles when I finally spotted other yogis headed into a back building, I quickly parked my truck and ran into the studio (2 minutes late) where I was met with Audra and her unwavering kindness and gratitude for my being there for her class. What I realized as soon as I entered that studio was that I was one of many people who wanted to be a part of love hive and their special and unique little community that Audra and Jessica were fast building. The class was filled with exactly what you come to yoga to feel, dharma talk that had you thinking for long after class has ended, singing, sweating, laughing, and so muc...
" 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...