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I’m reminded today of a sentiment @shivarea108 left with us after a @flowyogacenter workshop this summer. ✨ Chaturanga has become synonymous with yoga in the West. And in power vinyasa, can be the measure for how intense class is. But it’s purpose, the transition to a pranam, was seemingly lost in translation of our Sun Salutations. “A prostration, or pranam means to nam, or bow, to the life force, prana. Chaturanga Dandasana originated as a way to get into a prostration upon the earth.” A laying-down of the body, the ego, to bow to something bigger. ✨ This half-way-lower is the start of an offering; merely disguised as a tricep push up. An offering of ourselves back to the earth. A surrender of control in trust of something bigger. A reward of relaxation to balance the heat of effort. ✨ But instead of releasing, we lower and stop - just inches from the floor - inches from the connection we are seeking. Only to press away and tilt our heads to the sky. ✨ Try it on, let yourself rest in full prostration after your chaturanga. Revel in this posture of humility and peace, palms outstretched, open to the sky. Bring back the balance of releasing to source, before rising again. ✨ . . . . For more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.yogajournal.com/.amp/practice/shiva-reas-prostration-practice-for-summer-solstice-and-international-yoga-day #thisisyoga #prostration #chaturangadandasana #yogaretreat #yoga
Positive Phototropism: Growth towards a light source. . A reminder from nature to move towards the light. The light of compassion, awareness, and acceptance. “It doesn’t matter what is happening to you. What matters is how you relate to your experience.” . . Always towards the light . . . . #thisisyoga #radicalacceptance #meditation #ustrasana #camelpose
Happy International Day of Yoga! Grateful for this practice and the places it has taken me. From the corners of the earth to the depths of my soul. Grateful for the people and the peace it has brought me. Grateful for all I have learned, and to know I have only scratched the surface. #thisisyoga #idy2019
Touch. It’s so easy to take this sense for granted. The feel of fabric on your skin, of pressure on your muscles, of weight in you foundation. The gift of purposeful, loving touch can enhance sensation, deepen postures, relieve tension, express emotion. But there is a sacredness to this offering; a reverence to cultivate before you enter someone’s space. Is touch welcome today? Why am I laying hands on this person? Am I clear in my intention? Am I adding value? Am I physically stable? Am I energetically grounded? It is all to easy to rush through adjustment and move through the motions without seeing the soul that is in front of you. From handshakes to handstand adjustments, remember the weight of your touch. . . . 📸: @rafeedhussain Corepower Dupont Thursday 5:00pm Saturday 12:30pm #thisisyoga #handson #adjustments #affirmativeconsent #restorativeyoga
Meditation. Is. Hard. Sometimes it’s seated. Sometimes it looks like this: outside, breathing, just listening to the birds. Sometimes this is enough, but I’m trying to be more intentional. I’m using it as a way to plug-in. To what exactly? I’m not sure. To the universe, spirit, god, source, truth, nature, love... the name doesn’t really matter. I choose to start my day grounded in trust of something bigger than myself. Each morning I sit or lay or child’s pose to breathe ask ask: “Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say, and to whom.” I choose to see in every relationship, even the most difficult or casual of encounters, a divine meeting. It doesn’t always happen, but I choose again and again to see the opportunity for soul growth. A chance to be love. My intention is to be in relationship with the universe. In relationship with something bigger. To be love. For more inspiration, listen to Marianne Williamson’s most recent Super Soul Sunday Podcast. It’s a game changer. #thisisyoga #doyoga #beyoga #childspose #balasana
I still can’t find the words. Even if I could, they wouldn’t be able to encapsulate the love and joy and peace I experience assisting on retreat with @marleyivyyoga. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. The heartwarming hospitality from @vistamar_ayampe, the lush variety of nature, the depth of friendships new and old. It was a dream, and I already can’t wait to return next year. Hasta Ayampe! . . . #thisisyoga #yogaretreat #ayampe #vistamar #reversewarrior
Off to Ecuador to assist @marleyivyyoga on retreat!!! Taking time to reconnect by disconnecting from tech. ✌️ for two weeks! Back to regularly scheduled programming Thursday 5:00 C2 on April 24th!
Such a treat to sub not only C2 at 5:00p, but also R E S T O R A T I V E yoga tomorrow at 6:15pm. Allow yourself the space to end this work week with rest and ease 💛
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley . . ❄️ 4 chances to warm up this week ❄️ Thursday 5:00pm C2 Friday 5:00pm C2 Friday 6:15pm Restorative Saturday 12:30pm C2 All at CorePower Dupont Circle
“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” - Roald Dahl 📸: @keirmagoo . . . Thursday C2 5:00p Saturday C2 12:30p #changeyourthoughtschangeyourlife #thisisyoga #mindfulness #mydccool #smile #corepoweryoga
✨8 Limbs of Yoga✨ 1. Yamas 2. Niyamas 3. Asana 4. Pranayama 5. Pratyahara 6. Dharana 7. Dhyana 8. Samadhi Each week we walk down the path with a new intention. Up first: [The Yamas] How to exist in this world. Who we are for ourselves and the people around us. The moral guidelines followed to live a peaceful, balanced life aligned with spirit. The first Yama: Ahimsa [Nonviolence] Ask: How can I align my thoughts, words, and actions with kindness & compassion. Do no harm [but take no shit]. Especially from yourself.
Forever learning from this one. Important life things... like how to teach yoga, how to create healthy boundaries, how to connect to spirit, and how to play @justinbieber on the harmonium (obviously). . P S Y C H E D to assist @marleyivyyoga on her yoga retreat to Ecuador this April ☀️