We hold space as yoga teachers.

We hold space as yoga teachers.

We hold space as yoga teachers. We create a space where it’s okay to be vulnerable and to push out of your comfort zone. We offer encouragement and support. We push you hard when you need it and we remind you to back off when you are pushing too hard. We help you stand your ground in the middle of the fire and breathe. We teach you to welcome the discomfort. We teach you to get out of your comfort zone.

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I surrender to this moment, right here, and right now.

I surrender to this moment, right here, and right now.

The last day I spent in Bali, I returned to one of the temple’s we had visited and toured earlier in the week, on my recent yoga retreat. I was so grateful to be able to take some extra time and soak up this beautiful place. Sometimes you have to sit in a place for a while to experience it, take a few deep breaths, do a little yoga practice. Whenever I am shooting yoga pictures I always think of my teacher, Dharma Mittra, shooting the pics for the 908 Asanas poster. Dharma shot so many pics for the poster and he only used the ones where he felt like he wasn’t attached to the results. That’s hard to do when you know you are being photographed. Forget the photographer. Forget about the pose. Settle into stillness. Find peace. Breathe into it. Try to find that perfect balance, where the light is moving through you. I offer my practice. No me and no you. No expectations. I breathe into this moment. I surrender to this moment, right here and right now.

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You know who you are.

You know who you are.

You know who you are.  Who forgot?  The mind.  You know you are pure consciousness.  Who forgot?  The mind.  It is in the stillness where we experience the reflection of who we are.   There’s no distractions.  There’s nothing else there.  No ego.  No mind.  No thoughts.  No body.  There’s just you.  The witness.  Pure consciousness.   The thousand petalled lotus.   You are the thousand petalled lotus.  

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Unload Your Stuff...

Unload Your Stuff...

We carry around our backpack full of stuff with us everywhere we go. If you never turn inward and look at your stuff and give it a chance to process and release, you never unload anything from your backpack. Your stuff just keeps piling up and the load you are carrying gets heavier and heavier. 

Find stillness and concentrate.  Let the mind turn inward.  Let the fire build.  Sit in the fire and look at your stuff.  Let it come up.  Let it process.  Let it release.   Breathe into it and then breathe it out. This is the work.  The more stuff you are holding onto, the more stuff you have pushed down, the more stuff you are carrying around in your backpack, the longer it will take for you to dig yourself out and to unload your backpack. 

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