Posts tagged Asana
Rewriting the Narrative

It’s been nearly six months since I left New York. I’ve come back once again - this time, to rewrite the story between me and New York. One of the most power lessons I’ve learned this year is rewriting the narrative. This concept doesn’t mean lying to myself about the truth of what happened. It doesn’t mean pretending that trauma and hurt did not occur. It is, rather, the act of framing my part in my own story less as the victim and more as an active participant in my own narrative. Events happen to victims. Protagonists create the action. I am ready to be the protagonist. 
Are you ready to engage with the story of this last year and rewrite your narrative? If your 2018 was as deeply traumatic and painful as mine, this is your opportunity to turn all of the incredible hurt into lessons. 

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Taking on Stress with Gratitude

Last week we talked about what stress is. This week we start to learn strategies for taking it on and using stress to help us grow instead of allowing it to derail us. Strategy One is probably the kindest way in. It requires the least amount of discomfort. It’s Gratitude. Gratitude is now this big buzz word in the wellness community, which like all things in the wellness boom, has its pros and cons. What does it mean to actually embody a lifestyle of gratitude though? Gratitude also does not mean ignoring that things get challenging or that there are moments, sometimes large spans of time in life, that are truly distressing. This would be simply ignoring the reality of the world we live in. Things get hard. People can be mean. Life circumstances may change and leave you feeling utterly unstable. In our modern lives, gratitude means embracing the stressors and instead of deciding that they are a threat, treating them as challenges from which we can learn and grow.

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In the yoga practice, ahimsa is one of the five Yamas, or moral vows. We tend to think of nonviolence and how it relates to beings outside of the self: eat plants not animals. Don’t hurt other people. Be kind and compassionate in thought, word, and action. This basic social contract is incredibly important in creating a world in which all beings can thrive. But what about ahimsa in relationship to the self? It’s hard to take the concept of ahimsa and turn it reflexively back on the self especially when so much of the harm we do to ourselves we rationalize as beneficial. “If I just push hard enough, it will be worth it.” Let’s unpack the three main categories of violence towards the self and how we can practice ahimsa to create a better relationship with our very own souls.

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Practice What You Preach

Releasing is tapping into the softer side of ourselves. Releasing comes from a place of making peace with circumstances, perceived limitations, who we are, who the other person is. Releasing is understanding that our attachments to our ideas of what we are are limiting what could be. In this flow can you let the thoughts and the feelings and the sensations wash over you without attaching your identity or worth or significance to any one thought/feeling/sensation in particular? Show up honestly- perhaps a little messy or tired or confused or wound tightly- and know that this practice will hold you.

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How To Advocate for Yourself

I look back on all of the times that I have held myself back because I didn't think I was worth fighting for; I look back on all the times I didn't take the risk or say how I feel or use the voice that I was gifted. I hope that I am the last generation of young women who were trained from a very young age to be smaller, to speak softer, to hide under the pretense of civility, to sacrifice everything for another person, to acquiesce because it is the easier, though probably more damaging, path. Don’t let other’s fear of your personal power deter you from standing in your truth. Know your worth. Tell yourself your truth. Speak up, speak out, and let go.

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All That Power

Songs are written about it. People die for it. Everyone has it.
And guess what, it’s not love.  It’s power. The times, they are a-changing and what power once was is slowly starting to evolve. What is it? Why do we all have it? How do we not get lost inside of it?

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Awake and Alive Asana

The yoga practice stirred up a passion in me to live a life I never thought possible. This life is one that is full of compassion and connection and empathy and goodness. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but my body did. It knew that I was ready to wake up. Any mindful asana practice can act as a guide on the journey towards a full and feeling life, but over time I’ve found a few postures that draw me into being here, being now, fully feeling and living, with both ease and speed.

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Awake and Alive

Yoga is the practice of being awake and alive. Many people spend their whole lives asleep, unable, maybe afraid, to feel or think too much or too deeply. Practicing yoga means a commitment to waking up. Like ripping off the comforter for a pre-6am wake up call in the dead of winter, waking up is not always comfortable. 

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