What is your practice bringing to the surface for you?

What is your practice bringing to the surface for you?

Fire Ceremony and Cleansing Ritual during my Shiva Yoga 200hr RYT Teacher Training Program last month. What are you ready to let go of and release? What are you ready to leave behind? What are you holding onto? What is holding you back? What are you ready to burn in the fire?

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What has your yoga practice helped you learn about yourself?

What has your yoga practice helped you learn about yourself?

Practicing in a Hindu temple, deep in the jungle, in Bali!

What has your yoga practice helped you learn about yourself? What has been revealed? What dark part of you did yoga help you shine some light on? What part of you has been disconnected? 

You are the doctor and the patient! 

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Are you practicing yoga or just making an asana of yourself?

Are you practicing yoga or just making an asana of yourself?

The past few days I've been talking a lot in classes about the microcosm and the macrocosm.  The way you do anything is the way you do everything.  If you change your relationship to stress on your yoga mat and during your meditation practice you can change your relationship to stress off of your yoga mat.  The yoga mirror is always there.  You have to look at it.  This is the beginning of svadhyaya--Self Study.  Before we are able to get to the stillness and study the most subtle element of ourselves that is only revealed when the mind is quiet we have to understand the pattern of distraction that is keeping us from getting to that stillness.  We replace negative patterns with patterns that will lead us to a more positive outcome and then eventually we let those patterns drop away as well.  What is being revealed to you on your yoga mat?  What are your patterns?  What is coming up for you in the fire of your practice?  What are the ways your mind distracts you when you are trying to concentrate?  Do you fidget your body instead of confronting the intensity of the fire?  Do you let your mind wander somewhere else?  Where does it go?  Does it go to the future?  Does it focus on something from the past?  Do you judge yourself?  Do you judge other people?  When negative emotions rise to the surface do you blame others?  Who do you blame?  Your teacher?  The students around you?  The temperature of the room?  People from your past?  Whose voice is in your head commenting on everything you're doing?  Mom?  Dad?  What pattern are you stuck in?  This is the deeper work of yoga?  Are you looking at the yoga mirror?  What is being revealed?  Are you practicing yoga or just making an asana of yourself? ;)  Happy Friday, yoga tribe!

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The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

The way you do anything is the way you do everything.


The way you do anything is the way you do everything.  One simple shift in yoga on your mat will help you make the same shift off your mat.  The microcosm is the macrocosm.  The conflict in me is the conflict I see in the world.  My transformation will have an impact on the world around me.  I know it will.  Your transformation will have an impact on the world around you too.  I know it will.  It's time for us to become more loving, more kind and more compassionate.  Will you do this with me?  That's my reaction to the conflict, the anger and the hate I see in the world.  I will love more fully.  I will be more kind.  I will be more compassionate.  I will be more of service.  Join me and let's change this world together one action at a time.

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