Post yoga goodness 🤗
Homemade guac with lots of dippers. Can you believe those are carrots!? They're literally the diameter of a large sweet potato 😱
OK friends, let's talk balance.
✨"Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot. I am learning to live between effort and surrender." - Daniele Orner✨
▪️Effort = discipline (NOT punishment); a commitment to place deliberate focus on self-nurturance to create incremental change toward the goals of health and freedom.
▪️Surrender = the doorway to self-forgiveness and freedom; our reminder to not become too rigid with our discipline nor to lessen our accountability toward growth.
Surrender is NOT resignation or apathy. It's not a "throw in the towel, I don't give a shit anymore" kind of attitude. When we surrender, we surrender harping on ourselves about our progress, punishing ourselves for setbacks, and indulging in self-recrimination under the banner of motivation.
Surrender releases old ways of behaving and thinking in exchange for new, fresh, and wiser ways of living.
Today I'm practicing balance by putting forth effort to listen to the cues of my body, to engage in self-nurturance, and to intuitively nourish myself from the inside out. I'm also surrendering the inner-critic and my tendency to harp on myself for eating the most delicious rocky road gelato sundae last night. #mighteatonetonighttoo
So yesterday I had a moment-
And that's all it was.
It's when we attach ourselves to the "emotion"
That attachment gives it power.
And know- This too shall pass.
Love this Rumi poem 👇🏻
The Guest House
"This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond."
— Jellaludin Rumi,
To develop pure and unconditional love between husband and wife, parent and child, friend and friend, self and all, is the lesson we have come on earth to learn. -Paramahansa Yogananda
What a tough lesson. This requires so much of us : boundaries, self-love, patience, forgiveness, an open heart, non-judgement, seeing the best in ourselves and others. A tall order, but we keep trying!
The Yamas are social ethics that allow one to coexist peacefully in community. The Yamas are the first limb of the eight fold path of Yoga. Ahimsa~Nonviolence is the first and foremost ethic. But, what does this mean? I've been violent and have harmed others. Especially myself. I've put myself in many life threatening situations. But, I believe that was all my karma. Things needed to be worked through. Eventually I've come to my true nature. I've spent alot of time ignoring my purpose, which I believe we all have one. What had taken years and layers of emotions, of anger, fear and ignorance. Still everyday I'm learning more of the depth of my "Being". I've found a peep hole . A glimpse. It has taken a long time to rewire and resolve thoughts and identies that I've allowed people and myself to create. But, can I practice Ahimsa? Every time we push love away, it is an act of violence. When we expect to much of ourselves and put responsibility onto our own hands, that is violence too. As to expecting the world will run according to your design. You're being violent to yourself and to the world at large with these kinds of mindsets . When we act out of fear, this is violent. Practicing Yoga has allowed me to confront my own inner darkness impartially and with compassion. Transforming negative emotions without acting on the feelings. Through yoga I can express the negativity inside myself without hurting anyone, myself included. With love, compassion and positive intentions. So, can I practice Ahimsa? Everyday, I'm still learning 💚
#teachertakeover @yogaalison Alison's yoga journey started in Maine in 1991 when she was looking for a way to get away from running and the gym. She was craving something that would quiet her mind while strengthening her body. Alison found what she was looking for when she was introduced to Kripalu yoga. She eventually made many trips to the Kripalu ashram in Lenox Massachuettes. When she moved to South Carolina in 2007, Alison discover Vinyasa yoga. Feeling the urge to deepen her practice and knowledge of alignment, while delving into the ancient teachings of yoga, she participated in a 100 hour Anusara immersion.
Alison found her way into Pink Lotus when she moved to Lexington in 2013. With the encouragement of Nicole, Channing, and Kelly, and the support of the Pink Lotus kula, she completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2016.
Alison believes yoga is the art of becoming the best version of yourself. It frees you to love and be who you are. Alison hopes to bring the joy of yoga to others.
"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." ~Nietzsche
We love our closely tied yoga community ✨🙏🏽✨ Come be a part of it 📿 Join us today, or any day, for one of our many yoga offerings 🕉 Today there's still time for:
•8am: Breathe, Flow, Meditate: Gentle with Marta
•9:30am: Yoga Rx with Keith •12pm: Breathe & Flow Rejuvenating with Sean
•4:15: Breathe & Flow Gentle with Kat
•5:30pm: Breathe, Flow, Mediate Rejuvenating with Keith •6pm: Power/Hot yoga with Nora
•7pm: Yoga Immersion: Gentle & Yoga Nidra with Marta
I just had a weak moment of self-pity.
I've been fighting it for awhile now.
Hiding behind a brave face and below the surface has been a feeling of failure... not fear, but failure.
Fear reared its ugly head months ago and now I've graduated to failure.
Stages they are...
Stages of a heart that beats heavy emotion.
Maybe you've got this life thing figured out, but me, well, I'm over here trying to make sense of it all.
I wish my life was more in order.
And then there's reality
Focus on the good they say-
But sometimes you need to feel the bad to get to the good.
So here's to those of you not feeling your best.
Feeling that you failed
Feeling that your not where you should be
I'm right there with you.
F*** em if they judge you...
Hell I'd judge me.
I'm really not that bad at all...
Just a little different path.
My heart is good
And so is yours
Let's step forth with courage
Courage to figure this shit out... .
✨Make your intentions and set them free...✨
What do you hope to manifest in your life? And more importantly, how will you know if you are making progress towards it? ✨
✨🙏May we all love the life we live...🙏✨
One of the great exhibits at the National Underground Railroad Center features Nelson Mandela. The final wall showcased the African sentiment to forgive, yet fight (for good). Drop your stones and pick up your fists and raise them high, not to strike. The concept of forgiveness is key in our yoga journey and we will explore it this week @thebalancingowl. Join me: Tuesday noon slow flow, 5:30 pm hatha; Wednesday 12:15 yoga Pilates; or Friday 11:30 am for yoga Pilates stretch. "Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace." #liveyouryoga#namasteeverydamnday#yogaeverydamnday
I've been dreading the eye doctor for months now, and today I finally went! I arrived expecting to leave with a new prescription for lenses, and left with a greater understanding of my core beliefs. Being who I am, naturally I like to ask doctors many, many questions mostly to see where their beliefs lie and not to gain any new "medical" knowledge (although yes, sometimes that happens too). I asked about glaucoma and if there was a cure. He quickly responded with this idea that ANY ailment including skin disorders, we may "develop" has no cure. Let me say that again--all ailments have No cure. NO CURE. My jaw fell to the floor and my mind went to 1,000 places. I immediately wanted to inform him the power of the human body and it's literal ability to heal itself. I didn't. I also wanted to let him know that there's power in his words and that a majority of his patients will believe everything he says. I didn't. I also wanted to tell him that EVERYTHING we put in our bodies (thoughts, food + water quality, medicines, etc.) either help to heal us and raise our vibration--or keeps/makes us ill and lowers our vibration. I didn't. I took a breath in and absorbed what he just told me and I exhaled out my mouth and let all that bullshit leave my body. I will not--actually I refuse--to believe that we don't have any power over how we heal. Whether it be glaucoma, a broken heart, diabetes, or cancer. I'm sharing this because maybe there's someone out there who is searching for a doctor that aligns with their values and beliefs. Keep looking, keep searching--you will find them. And until then, exhale the bullshit and carry on✌🏼YOU need to take care of your own health. No one will do it for you. Today I learned that I no longer need to try to convince people to jump on my bandwagon of beliefs, I only have to honor them for myself and seek out those who align with them. #exhalethebullshit#liveyouryoga#goddesspower
Day 8. of #YogaForPTSD2017 is Savasana. This is one of the hardest poses for me. It takes a lot of trust for me to close my eyes in any setting and just breathe. It's also really hard for me to sit still, but through a ton of practice I've found myself able to rest in this pose. I like to tell those that trust me to guide them to rest in the essence of who they are. Take the time to shut everything down and be yourself. That is not an easy task without PTS, so I am honored to those that allow themselves the space to rest.
I'm a little late today, but check out the other hosts @yoga_megan @yoga_at_a_glance and @ski_yoga_guy for today's pose and words. Love and light y'all.
@Regrann from @buterflisoldier - Day 7 of #YogaForPTSD2017 is Warrior I. Thank you to all who are following along and posting.
Awareness is key when it comes to PTS. What is also important to me is taking away the stigma of someone being "crazy". A family member of mine hurt me quite deeply by throwing out that my PTSD was the reason why I made certain decisions. The fact was that my actions were a direct reflection of my journey to no longer allow those that harm me emotionally or spiritually the space to do so. I never experienced one using ones battle as a tool to belittle, but I imagine it happens every single day.
It is important that we create space of support and healing for one another and ourselves and that is absolutely not crazy. Check in with the other hosts @ski_yoga_guy @yoga_at_a_glance and @yoga_megan for today's pose and the sponsors. Love and light y'all. Get outside, it's beautiful today in Jersey. #ptsdawarenessmonth#ptsd#yoga#yogalove#yogaeverydamnday#liveyouryoga#breatheandalliscoming - #regrann
☀️Join me tomorrow 6-7am @yogapeacekula in Howell for Intro to Ashtanga running every Tuesday through the end of July (except July 4th).
Learn portions of the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga, bandhas and breath are the emphasis of this hour long class. Class is always suggested $10 donation.
Sign up at www.yogapeacekula.com
Happy Mondays begin with Mysore at Super Yoga Palace followed by Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Hatha and Ashtanga. Download our free Super Yoga Palace app and take a class or two today. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
Yesterday was on of the best days. We took some amazing yogi's out to hike Coliseum where we had tea and did yoga at the top. Enjoying the view, and the Breeze ;) there are plenty more photos to come! I'm so thankful for my amazing friends and boyfriend for making this day happen so beautifully. Thank you Alanna @patty_martens @lmarsha11
I opened up A Course in Miracles today (the text book), and found this incredible line : Delay of joy is needless. 😃🦋🌺 ☀️ It goes on to explain that God wills for us to have perfect happiness right now- and the recognition that while we are wishing for peace & well-being that others are doing so as well (such a relief!) ☀️ This is very comforting to me. I yearn for peace & happiness when I'm distressed and so do you. Our minds therefore are joined in seeking peace. 🙏🏼 ☀️ The Course explains that you cannot abide in peace unless you accept that you have never been separated from Source. ACIM calls this the Atonement- The realization that there was never a separation from God/Source Energy. We have never been and will never be apart from God, because God/Source/Love resides within us. We come from Love and we will always be connected to Love. Now THAT is something to be joyful about! ☀️I hope you have a beautiful start to your week, and that remember you come from Love and have Love with you at all times. You just have to stop to notice it. Point your compass toward love, move in that direction. .
Bloom this week at Pink Lotus. Pink Lotus has a warm, friendly and supportive vibe. We welcome you to join us in your journey on and off the mat. Come give yoga a try, or a try again, and, if you feel inclined, drop a vote for us in Free Times Best of Columbia. 👌🏻
| MONDAY | .
I've been feeling vulnerable lately. I don't like the feeling of it. It makes me want to scream into the wind and run a marathon...
But I'm starting to get used to it. It's been the only constant feeling for the last week-ish. It's like walking around with my heart outside my shirt for the world to see how it's been burnt, but it's slowly on the mend.
There's another feeling that's been lurking in my spine but I can't put my finger on it yet. I'm sure it will reveal itself soon enough...
This being human is so humbling. All the things we feel and think and experience with our senses. All the things we (re)learn, and share and explore. It all feels a lot like a stew right now - the type that looks like vomit but tastes like heaven.. I can dig that! That's how most of my cooking looks...💛 .
I've decided to reawaken one of my absolute best rituals; .
"The intention setting in the shower ritual" - while washing off the dirt from past experiences, emotions or thoughts, I set my intention for the day. It is a magical ritual that I used every single day for almost 3 years. Then about 2 months ago it disappeared somehow only to be re-established when I perhaps need it the most in a long time🌊You should try it - its magical🌊 #sheddinglayers2017 .
----> And then perhaps I'll see you later for a playful vinyasa at @riverside_studio 17:30 or a mindful yin journey at 19:00? Let me know you'll be there: 072 953 6299🌟🙏🏼
Photo cred @larascottphoto .