Back bending!

Back bending!

Back bending! These poses have been one of my greatest teachers over the years. It’s not easy to be vulnerable. Backbends help us to open up, surrender, and let go. Being vulnerable is hard. But it also feels amazing! The more I practice yoga — the more I feel that this is the really advanced work. It’s hard but it’s worth it. How comfortable are you at being uncomfortable? How much can you let go? How open can you be? What’s your relationship to being vulnerable? I think this is directly related to growth. How much growth do you want to experience? On the mat and off the mat. How much discomfort are you ready to handle? Skill in action. Move with grace into the fire. Breathe. This is your life. Right here. Right now.

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Beautiful sunrise this morning on the Blue Star Ferry!

Beautiful sunrise this morning on the Blue Star Ferry!

Beautiful sunrise this morning on the Blue Star Ferry!
If you wake up early enough you sometimes get to see the incredible beauty of nature. A new dawn. A new day. We practice yoga first thing in the morning because this is a transformational time. The day moves from darkness to light. Each sunrise is a new beginning, a chance to reinvent yourself, to shift your perspective. This is a great time to set intentions and to head in a new direction. This is also a vata time — a time of intuition and connecting with source. Use your meditation practice to go inward. Let the light move through you. What inspiring thoughts and ideas are bubbling to the surface? What creative forces are moving within you.

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Taking in Greece during the Elysia Convention

Taking in Greece during the Elysia Convention

Yogis! It’s that time again. I booked my flight to Greece yesterday. Want to come on an adventure with me? Join me at the 3rd Annual Elysia Yoga Convention, at the 5* Aegialis Hotel & Spa, on the Greek Island of Amorgos! The convention is March 28th - April 4th! It’s an incredible value! Accommodation, 3 gourmet meals per day, Island excursions, and full yoga program — all for one low price! There’s single, double, and triple occupancy available. I hope you can join me. Amorgos is a really special place. See you there!!! 

www.elysiayogaconvention.com

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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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