May 2
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This is me…..upside down and in my painting attire ready to tackle a small tree mural in a local yogurt shop.  Why would I go upside down before a job you ask?  Perspective? Circulation? To get the creative juices flowing?  no. no. and no.

I’m upside down simply because I didn’t think I could do it before I even tried.  Wait – let me back up.  One of my friends is creating a book for school and her topic of choice – yep, you guessed it – YOGA.  She had asked me if she could take a few pics of me doing yoga poses.  Of course I said yes…..I teach yoga after all, how hard could it be?  She then handed me a page of yoga poses that she wanted me to do……um…”I can’t do that.”  I was super flattered that she thought I was fully capable of these incredibly bendy poses, but they simply aren’t in my repertoire…so I thought.

Turns out, I was defeating myself by saying “I can’t” before I ever even tried.  Sound familiar?  How about that job you think you’re not worthy enough to have, the relationship you deserve but seems out of reach, or the life that you were born to live?  Why do we automatically assume we can’t simply because we never have before?   Due to my many observations of noticing my  own self defeating habits on the mat, I simply decided to try.  At first, it didn’t work – as in FAIL.  But I kept at it, trying new ways of going into it, with support, without support, and all around hilarious variations that had me giggling to myself if nothing else.  To my surprise…I kind of did it.

Isn’t it amazing the faith others have in you can compel you to rise to the occasion? Isnt’ it amazing that we don’t always have faith in ourselves?

You never know until you try…don’t. give. up.

Impossible…or I’m possible.  Just depends on how you see it.

Be Possible

Apr 17
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She said:

“I felt like I was holding myself together..when all the pieces of me want to fall apart.”   – Powerful

These were the words that came out at the end of a recent  yoga class I taught in which we held our hands flat over our heart as we chanted our final “OM”.   Was it the whisper of our heartbeats held in our hands or the vibration created from the sound resonating throughout our bodies?  No matter what it was, they were the words that inspired me to once again dust off this blog. The words that helped me realize that while I thought my word -for -the -year was renewal (as in body, mind, and soul)  it really has come down to reassurance that this (whatever this is) is what I’m meant to do.  It’s just what I needed to hear from a student that thought she was the benefactor of her words and experience, but it was really me.

This is why I love yoga.  This is why I teach yoga.  Because it meets you where you’re at, not where you’re mind (ego) and body necessarily want to be, but where you’re at right now.  I’m not talking about the physical bendy what kind of silly shape can you put yourself in kind of yoga.  I’m talking about the exploration of the mental discipline combined with the integration of physical form, breath, and awareness which with practice can take you on a journey of self discovery if you let it.  The kind of yoga that experientially teaches you that it’s okay to give to yourself what you’re not getting from anyone else, even if that means holding yourself together or granting yourself permission to fall apart.

She shared.  I am grateful.  Never stop sharing your story, you just never know who might need to hear it.  Thanks for the reminder.

In peace, love, and light.

Angie

 

 

 

Jan 2
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To begin again such as a conversation…or perhaps a blog *wink*.  To restore or replenish, to revive; reestablish.  Yep, those are the reasons why “Renew” is my word for the year 2013.  Renew has been swirling around in my head for quite some time now which is why it found it way into the honorary “word for the year” slot.

No resolutions, no goals, no MUST DO or else I’ve failed type of set up.  Just a simple word that sets an intention for a way of living…of being.  A word that I incorporate into my daily life.  Previous years words have been “shift” as in a change in my perspective and a new way of looking at every situation, and just last year “yes”.  That word taught me a lot!  I ended up saying yes to adventures I would have otherwise wouldn’t which lead me to creating things that started out like this:

to this:

But mostly “yes” taught me that sometimes what I need to say most of all….is no.  A revelation of sorts that came in a message that when you say “yes” to something……you say “no” to something else.  It’s deciding which something is what you want and which isn’t.

Unlike a die hard goal, or resolution, a word for the year is workable, changeable, adaptable….and dare I say transformative?  There is no “getting there” it’s about “being here”.

“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”

Romans 12:1-2

Well, ok then.  I’m in.  What’s your word for the year?

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