Face to Face with Fear

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I was at my breaking point, my body was in so much pain. I felt like jekyll & hyde, my left side completely at peace while my right side body would be in pain just sitting. The car accident 6 years back was no longer working for me as an excuse. I was beginning to see that accident as a calling from the universe slapping me in the face to do the work of looking in. I kept using my yoga-asana practice to get my body back in order but the thing was my body was not holding the heal. With this I discovered there was something else working behind the scenes with this injury but I did not know what. My practice became more therapeutic, and for the first time I found a solid self practice. I needed the silence of a room so I could really be with myself and listen to my body speak. I was able to watch my every move and be aware of how it was resonating within. Through this intuitive practice I began diving deeper in than I ever have before. Emotions started to come up, I was this yoga teacher shaming myself … Read More

Goodness Gracious

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“Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.”-William Shakespeare Today we talked about goodness and the truth of that. The conversation came up around being bold. If we are bold in our morals, light will shine, work will be done. We will in turn question our actions to stay on the path of truth. Our actions are how we show up in a situation not, “that person did this to me”. As I learned from lululemon, you have to know how to lead yourself before you can lead others. Everything that arises to us is there for us to reflect, how we look at life is our choice. So what do we see? A washed out soap opera of dramatic stories that keep us caught in waves of the dream or clear effortless flow purely dancing with life (aka something beyond any of our dreams)? Rejoice, all there is, is (the) experience, dance in the light of goodness.

Live Your Truth

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“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” -Winston Churchill Over dinner with friends I got to dive into a great conversation on the power of “Just Say No.”  Yes this class of 2000 motto applies to not only drugs but more importantly life. So often we don’t listen to ourselves and we over commit. We don’t want to hurt someones feelings but ultimately we do by either canceling last minute or not being fully present. I am not saying don’t show up for others, I am saying show up for life. If you allow yourself to be pulled in several directions aimlessly do you lose your grounding? Are you giving your energy out to the point where you don’t have enough energy to stoke your own fire? There is more to life than keeping it pretty. The dirty work allows for the grounding and nourishing of your calling. What makes you light up, what feeds your soul, what are you contributing to this collective consciousness? The million dollar question is; are you running away from your own light to live in the shadows because it’s comfortable? … Read More

Full Bloom

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So often we look outside of ourselves to create our dreams. What if you looked in? Can you close your eyes and really connect with your centered self? Can you listen to your soul, your gut and move from there? Within my life practice I am finding out how important grounding really is. If you move from the seed that is planted you will bloom. If you are constantly uprooting yourself with thought that perhaps where you are is not right there is the possibility that you are not allowing yourself to take root and grow. In our yoga practice this is physically being connected to where are hands, feet or seat lies. Can you let that translate into your spiritual practice? Can you hear your soul speak and are you really listening? At a time when we are setting resolutions instead of looking out can you start from within and let that live? No longer will you be the seeker looking, trying and grasping (aparigraha) but rather you might move into space where you are peeling back the layers to uncover and find: Know that everything you need you already have, that is abundance. The love and the light … Read More

Light the Match

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I have been building a fire for the past 30 years but I have always been to fearful to light a match and let it burn. I have had amazing opportunities in my life but I played it safe, a lot. I was a people pleaser who did not know how powerful it was to please myself. Yes, you light that fire, it burns giving warmth and light to those around you. I instead just keep focusing on properly stacking my wood logs with the perfect amount of kindle underneath to makes others proud of me. To say, “look at this perfectly built fire, look over here and admire how awesome this is but it’s not ready yet so don’t put a match near it”. I stumbled in the dark so that in the future I could have a great light. Maybe it’s age or maybe it’s the process but it feels so good to let it burn! I can always feed the fire, sometimes it will just simmer, other times it will be a full on bonfire and heck, if it burns out, I can build another one, imagine that! I am not saying burn yourself down to the … Read More

Just Breathe

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Today I was reminded by a friend how awesome the breath in our practice really is. You see my friend is in top shape, he is a trainer, surfer, all around athlete but yogi has never been on his list of credentials. I had the honor of having him in class today (his 4th yoga class ever) and we were able to chat after. First, he explained me, “this might sound weird but my crown is open and buzzing within the first 10 minutes of class” (hearing this lit my crown up). Second it came to, “I feel a bit awkward, my body won’t go there” This is where we came into conversation about the need to just breathe. The breath in our practice is major and so often gets overlooked. Physically the breathe makes the movement more effortless. With every inhale it is easier to open into a posture and every exhale allows us to clear the space for a deeper fold. It is a constant in and out that is as fluid as the ocean waves coming onto shore. Mentally the breathe keeps us present, if you are truly focused on the breathe you cannot be focused on … Read More

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The Root

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“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots” -Rumi In practice, this root thing has been creeping up for me a lot. Every pose I find in my practice I am learning starts from the ground up! Just to start, your feet have 52 bones, that’s 25% of your body bone count! Pyramid is a great one I have been teaching lately where it is always said, “Square your hips off”. The trick is you have to somehow do this while your upside-down and backwards. Taking it from the heels of the feet rooted down into the earth the hips are able to naturally find themselves in place. Grounding the front heel moves the one hip back as the back heel moves the other hip forward giving your body the alignment of ‘squared’. On a self development level (I work for lululemon, got to throw this in) we have so many areas in our life where we decided we need to improve. But if you sit down and really think about where things are arising that you struggle with you could probably pin it all back to one root issue. Working strongly with that … Read More

How to’s with Refinery29

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“Is there such a thing as fitness envy? If so, these three ladies make us simply green with it. Not only are they lovely and super stylish, these chicas are serious, real-deal yoga practitioners with some major studio skills.” – Refinery29 Blogger Ginger Harris (aka Electric Blogarella), Ocean Drive‘s Asha Elias, and yoga instructor Sharon Aluma show us what they’ve got at Green Monkey Yoga Studio

‘time’ is not on your side

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“The trouble is, you think you have time” -Buddha This is Buddha talking, so no he is not talking about living with a sense of urgency. He is speaking of living in the moment, being present and aware with where you are right now. The idea of ‘time’ only lets the stories begin and it is the stories that gets us living in something that is not real, something that is not true. This is not to say don’t create (I am an artist after all). When a painter paints a landscape, they are that landscape, they are deeply present to the moment. Being in the moment is being absorbed by all that is around you, being present with the smells, sensations and the cool breeze on the skin. Being with what is as opposed to seeking something outside of this. The seeker implies that there is something you need to find when all you have is already totally present. Once all the layers of ideas disappear, including this illustrious thing called time, you realize your true Self is already here!

‘time’ is not on your side

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This is Buddha talking, so no he is not talking about living with a sense of urgency. He is speaking of living in the moment, being present and aware with where you are right now. The idea of ‘time’ only lets the stories begin and it is the stories that gets us living in something that is not real, something that is not true. This is not to say don’t create (I am an artist after all). When a painter paints a landscape, they are that landscape, they are deeply present to the moment. Being in the moment is being absorbed by all that is around you, being present with the smells, sensations and the cool breeze on the skin. Being with what is as opposed to seeking something outside of this. The seeker implies that there is something you need to find when all you have is already totally present. Once all the layers of ideas disappear, including this illustrious thing called time, you realize your true Self is already here!