Connecting with Community!

Connecting with Community!

Really fun Shiva Power class at Kula Yoga yesterday morning!!! I enjoy connecting with this community so much. There’s something really special about a community of like-minded people coming together. We are all helping each other along. Find your tribe. Like attracts like and same attracts same. Your energy affects everyone around you. Let your line shine brightly. Some days you will inspire the person next to you and help lift them up. Some days they will inspire you and help to lift you up. Push yourself to work a little harder and challenge yourself to go a little deeper. Go into the fire and stand your ground. You’re surrounded by friends. You’re surrounded by family. You’re not alone on this journey. Take it one step at a time. Breathe into it. Let’s keep moving forward. Thank you, Kula Yoga for letting me join and be a part of your community. Always grateful to spend time with you. Love sharing the teachings of my teachers and love practicing with you. It’s been a really fun week. Seeing how much some of you have grown so far this year is really exciting. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Namaste

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One of the greatest - Tymu Howard

One of the greatest - Tymu Howard

There’s some great teachers here at the Yonion Festival this year! I’m honored to be teaching alongside some of the best in the world. One of the teachers here is Tymi Howard. So nice of Tymi to come to my Shiva Power class today. Tymi has a big following all over the world, and especially here in China. She owns Guruv Yoga in Orlando, Florida too. I have been collaborating with her at her studio for the past year but we had never met and we finally got to connect in person here in China. Small world. This year she invited me to teach a small part of one of her Teacher Training programs too, which was a lot of fun. She has a wonderful community in Orlando. I’m excited to be heading back to Orlando in June to teach some classes and workshops at her studio again too. Love this girl! And I love this picture.

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Virabhadrasana. The Hero’s pose.

Virabhadrasana. The Hero’s pose.

Virabhadrasana. The Hero’s pose. Stay calm. Stay grounded. Breathe. Be vulnerable. Open your heart. The strongest people you will ever meet are also the most vulnerable. Courage is not avoiding the fire. Courage is standing in the fire and breathing into the discomfort of the unknown. A hero is strong but not wild and not out of control. Strength isn’t demonstrated by losing your temper, and giving in to your emotions. A bully is not strong but incredibly weak. Strength is demonstrated from restraint. Stand your ground. Find stillness. It is easy to be tossed and turned and pushed around by all of life’s challenges. Stay focused. Stay on your path. Concentrate. The battle is not with anyone else it is with yourself. The battle is between you and your mind. Who is in charge? Who is driving your car? Is it you or the mind? Each time you win this internal battle between you and your mind you increase your will power. Each time you lose this battle with the mind, the distractions, the patterns you are caught up in become stronger and have more power over you. Move through your life like a hero.

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Visiting Sister Irene in Amorgos.

Visiting Sister Irene in Amorgos.

After a long detour where we made a wrong turn and ended up taking a beautiful winding road across the island we finally got back on the main road and headed to see Irene at another monastery. Sister Irene is such a special woman. I love visiting her when I come to Amorgos. She has put so much energy and so much love into taking care of her monastery. It’s beautiful!

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Incredible sunset here in Cabo San Lucas!

Incredible sunset here in Cabo San Lucas!

Incredible sunset here in Cabo San Lucas tonight! We finished a really fun day 4 of our Shiva Yoga 50hr Intensive at Baja Soul Yoga. It was an incredible weekend. I’ve really enjoyed reconnecting with the community here and seeing some of the TT students from last year. Been a wonderful time so far

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Grateful for all the connections -- Elysia Yoga Convention 2017

Grateful for all the connections -- Elysia Yoga Convention 2017

We left the 1st Elysia Yoga Convention in 2017 on such a high!

I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful presenters and students there. This pic was from a farewell dinner that some of us enjoyed together, in Athens, before going on our separate ways.

One of the things that really touched me at this first Elysia Yoga Convention was the incredible community that was created and the wonderful people (presenters and students) who attended from all over the world. It surprised me how close we all became after just that one week together. I don’t think social media will ever connect us the way in person contact with others can, and will ever be as healing and beneficial. Some of my greatest moments and some of my fondest memories on this journey have been shared with so many others, in person, face to face, in the studio, or sharing a meal together, laughing together, connecting, making a connection.

So grateful for all of you who have crossed my path and are walking this journey with me. Thank you everyone for all the laughter together, the group meals, the warm hugs, making eye contact, really hearing me, sharing your stories, and being seen and heard. Sometimes this path is lonely and it’s so nice to have the warmth of friendship, and the support of other travelers walking a similar journey.

I hope to see many of you again next year at the 3rd Elysia Yoga Convention from March 28-April 4/2019. And I’m looking forward to seeing the new faces who will be there, and creating new memories with some new friends.

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Until we meet again.

Until we meet again.

Our final day together! Lots of fun and laughter. Some silliness and play. I love how everyone comes together like a family on these retreats. It’s a really fun way to travel. Bittersweet to say goodbye. Good memories. This week on the retreat was really packed with activities, and at the same time it just flew by and the last day was suddenly upon us. A very special group and a very special place. Thank you everyone and thank you Maui, Lumeria, and all the wonderful people we met on the island, for hosting us and letting us soak up all the wonderful energy on the island. I feel tired but also refreshed and rejuvenated from this experience. I’m already thinking about the next one. Where will we go next? The feedback from those on our last few retreats is — Croatia, Thailand, Iceland, Cuba, or India! Where do you want to go? Look out for one of these destinations in the near future. Until we meet again.  Namaste.

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You are already 'there'!

You are already 'there'!

Another amazing group dinner at The General Store in Hali’maile! If you go to Maui — Mama’s Fish House and The General Store are really great restaurants. Highly recommended! 👍😁 

I will miss these group meals and especially this wonderful group. It is the journey! Enjoy the moments. Enjoy the laughter and the shared times together. There is no ‘there’! You are already ‘there’! This is it. Breathe into it. These moments are special.

Thank you for sharing such a fun week with me in Maui! Lots of great moments. Lots of wonderful memories. How incredible is this life? I am missing all of you already and can’t wait for the next adventure. 🙏❤️

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Sometimes we support others and sometimes they support us!

Sometimes we support others and sometimes they support us!


Sometimes we support others and sometimes they support us! Community is so important. Feeling the love and support from those on a similar path. Connecting with others who share our struggles. Celebrating our triumphs together. One of my favorite things about being a part of a yoga teacher training is the powerful bonds of friendship that form. It’s really beautiful to hold space and lead a teacher training program too, and watch the students connect and bond. I think the teacher training experience really cracks us open. I have some really deep and powerful connections from the teacher trainings I’ve done over the years. Friends I think I will have for life. We went into the fire together! We looked at our stuff as it came to the surface. We let others really see us and we really looked and saw others with their walls down as well. I always honor my teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, and teach a fun class similar to his Maha Sadhana practice on the last day of my Shiva Yoga training. Dharma always finishes his Maha Sadhana with a chair line and I’ve started doing the same. This was a really special community that came together last month in Wenling. I’m looking forward to our next Shiva Yoga training in Los Angeles in a month. Join us for another special gathering! Take your practice to the next level. Learn to become a teacher. And connect with a similar group of people on a similar journey.

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A New President.

A New President.

Well, here we are...

It's been a pretty crazy election year. I was genuinely shocked last night to see the results come in.

I have tried to not get that caught up in the election this past year but I have followed it and have wanted to stay informed. I did not think Donald Trump would win at all. I thought it would be close. I thought it was a huge wake up call for all of us. I thought there is no way that he has a chance to win, though. I thought the candidacy started as a joke. It was a train wreck. It was outrageous. Then there was a point where it stopped being funny and it made me sad.
So, now what? What do we do now?

Well, it happened. Yes. This has happened. Yes. Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States of America.

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Galapagos Islands Adventure Yoga Retreat! Day 6!

Galapagos Islands Adventure Yoga Retreat!  Day 6!

On Thursday of our retreat we had a day off from excursions. I led the group in a late yoga class that started at 7:30am. The turtles were all hanging out in the turtle pond and we got to watch them during class, right outside the window of the yoga studio.

We had a late breakfast at 9am and then the day was free until the afternoon and evening.
Most of the students went to town after breakfast and continued exploring on their own. I hung back and stayed at Semilla Verde. I needed a few hours to just wander around the property and be alone. This was the first chance I had to walk the paths on the property and explore a little and the turtles were everywhere.

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Your Energy Affects Everyone Around You

Your Energy Affects Everyone Around You

Your energy affects everyone around you. 

If you choose restraint you encourage others to restrain themselves.  If you choose to stay calm and focused in the middle of intensity then you encourage others to choose to remain calm and focused in the middle of intensity.  

In yoga, as a yoga teacher, I watch this happen all the time and it’s fascinating.  When the group is focused and present (even newer students who have trouble staying focused and staying present), get caught up in the group energy and are pulled along.  Everyone stays focused. 

The reverse is also true.  When several new students are in class together and are unable to focus and unable to stay calm in the middle of intensity, the whole class starts to become distracted.  Everyone gets caught up in the group energy and pulled along.  Sometimes even the strongest students get caught up in the distraction and are unable to stay focused and present. 

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Love & Kindness - Community & Connection

Love & Kindness - Community & Connection

I remember practicing once with my teacher, Dharma Mittra, at the Dharma Center in New York, when I first went to check out his classes, about 6 yrs ago.  It was a master class but there were all levels of students in the room.  Some of the students were very advanced, far more advanced than me.  Some of the students were quite new and finding the class really challenging.  

Dharma loves to hold Parivrrta Parsvakonasana (twisting extended side angle pose) for a long time.  We were holding this pose for a really long time in this class and there was a woman in the class who was having a really hard time maintaining her balance.  She kept falling over and I noticed that she was getting really upset and frustrated.  She looked like she was on the verge of crying.  You could feel that she was becoming very overwhelmed.  

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