Tis the beginning of March, which will lead us into the beginning of Spring!
Can you honestly believe how quickly time is flying by right now?
I can't. I'm flabbergasted with me mouth wide open.
My birthday is this month and I very vividly remember last year's birthday like it could not possibly have been a whole year...
But with Spring comes a time of transitions.
The changing of stagnation into rebirth.
The days are growing longer, the sun is beginning to come back with more strength, little by little.
And with this rebirth, we ask ourselves...or rather, I ask you.
What do you want to embody this month, or this year?
We have hibernated this winter, maybe moreso than years past.
And as we bloom, we have the choice of who we want to bloom into.
What kind of person we wish to be.
What desires we wish to manifest.
How we move and groove in this lifetime.
So, I encourage you to consider this question as you practice along with our calendar, in particular this week's free class.
Because this class is all about creating new, strong blood. As you practice with intention, new blood is being formed throughout your body, but the majority of that blood is being formed in your thighs, or in your femur to be precise.
Creating new blood when your body and energy are aligned and in a good place, will encourage that blood to flow from that place of alignment.
Our body is energy, remember.
Our body holds memories.
The more time we move in alignment, with intention, with connection, the more memories our bodies make in that space, and those memories it holds on to as we move forward in time.
So are you ready to flow?
See you on the mat!
"What is the purpose of life? To elevate all, big or small."
Today is an eventful day!!
So eventful for a Tuesday!
Here, let me give you the rundown on everything that's going on!
And as we close out this month, and leave the Aquarius season behind us, I want to share one final class from the Yoga Infusion Studio.
This is a Kundalini inspired class that seamlessly blends Kundalini asana with a more classic interval flow so we end up moving both the physical and subtle energy bodies in a way that might be new to you!
Whether you're looking for a sweat, or you're looking for breathwork, this class has got you covered!
Do you like this style of Kundalini blend? Make sure to comment and let me know!
“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.” ― Amit Ray
I write this as I'm beginning to settle into my new place, beginning to settle into something like routine, and beginning to catch up on all that I missed while having Covid, preparing to move, moving, unpacking, figuring out this new situation, etc.
This last month and a half have been hard. But they have also included moments of pure joy. Moments of love. Moments of peace.
There is never all bad, or all good. Life is not so linear as that. Life comprises of waves, of gradients. And when you take the time to stop moving, sometimes you get to see things clearly.
So that's what I've been working on. Finding balance. Finding stillness. And finding some peace, while creating and building and growing and learning all at the same time.
So, though I'm not yet filming for YouTube, I hope to have fresh classes back up and to start a new routine for us there next month.
But, in the meantime, I am still filming for the Yoga Infusion Studio.
If you haven't heard of our studio yet, it's Yoga Infusion's little corner of the yoga world, and it's growing monthly!
Inside we already have 6 full length month-long training plans, with 4-5 new classes coming out each new month!
If you'd like to build your practice with a likeminded community, follow structured yoga training plans, and get access to a whole host of exclusive content, I'd definitely hop on over and get on the free trial!
Included in the membership is a monthly New Moon Circle, which is coming up this weekend! 12:30 PST Saturday Feb 13, 2021. If you're not part of the studio, you can purchase your spot HERE!
I hope to see you inside! Today's new class is a little sneak peak and comes from our Yoga as Fitness Kickstarter program inside the studio.
And I sure hope you like it! It'll get you warmed up and feeling strong from all angles!
“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”
― Anthon St. Maarten
Happy First Tuesday of the year!
Last week I share our monthly calendar with the theme of Empowerment. Have you downloaded it yet?
I want us to start off the year this way because, though we do have years where plans all go up in a puff of coronavirus, generally, how you start the year matters.
Same with how you start the day.
Or the month.
It's the concept of living intentionally.
How can we set ourselves up for success?
So we start this month with empowerment because I hope that you will take that inner strength and allow it to lead you through the rest of the year, with whatever ups and downs that will entail.
If we come from a place of surety and inner fortitude, we will feel more capable when life gives us lemons...to take the risk and make lemon bars.
Ok, time for some announcements!
I have a couple of things to share this week!
First, this is the last week to sign up for the Yoga Infusion Academy for this round! Remember, this round is open to only 10 beautiful women looking to get their lifestyle on track, lose some weight, gain some strength, and learn how to make these kinds of healthy habits last for life.
So, if you're on the edge, hop on a discovery call with me this week and let's see if it's a fit!
Secondly, I added this class to our calendar this month, because it was the most watched class of 2020, with over 2,500 views!
If you haven't caught it before, now is the perfect time to hop in for an hour long sweaty mess class. With 2,500 views, there's got to be something to it. (I'm not biased at all...I swear...)
It's these kinds of older classes that I intersperse in my calendars. I know we've got some old goodies, and I don't want you to miss out!
The other three top classes of the year are:
Tadasana and Urdhva Hastasana | Back to the Basics Day 1
Intro to Power Yoga Day 1
Yoga for Moving Through Grief
I hope that your year has started out swimmingly! For those of you who missed Coffee Conversations on Sunday, I have tested positive for Covid after Christmas, and has been self-isolating. My family is doing the same. We are all well with mild symptoms, which I am eternally grateful for.
Now it's just a matter of continuing the hunt for the most comfortable position to work from the floor...
Good thing there's yoga!
“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”
– Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
I write to you once again from the isolation zone that is my bedroom, because my stepdad has tested positive and I was in his vicinity on Christmas. Happy days happy days!
But it's ok. It truly is. Why? Because it's testing me. It's testing me to change the way I see things, to self-motivate, to tuck and roll with the punches that life is giving me.
One of the most profound things I've learned from yoga is that everything is a teacher. Every obstacle a lesson. Every situation an opportunity for growth.
I'm leaning into that in a big way right now.
That and my yoga practice.
This weeks free class is a meditation that is available inside the Yoga Infusion Studio (if you haven't checked it out yet, I HIGHLY recommend doing so! From one of our members: "I've been meaning to say thank you to you for the community you have created. I have missed the community you find in a traditional yoga studio, and really crave that interaction. Your community is giving me what I need. It feels so good to be able to interact with like minded people." K.K.)
Anyway...this meditation is from DeZenBer, where we focused on slowing down and moving the energy through breathwork and posture, rather than intensity.
I know it's a bit different from what we normally do here on Yoga Infusion, but I figure, as we move into 2021, there's no better time than to make a few changes.
Speaking of changes, I have a big one that I've been nervous about committing to for a while now...
I'm taking a hiatus from YouTube.
Not forever! But for at least the month of January.
This is because I'm busy creating for the Yoga Infusion Studio, giving my Yoga Infusion Academy clients 110% of my love and attention, and learning how to be the most well-rounded yogi coach I can be. I'm also changing filming locations, have the Yoga Expo to prepare for in Pasadena January 16 (if it's still going on), and am halfway through my 200 hour Kundalini Teacher Training. So, needless to say, there's a lot going on, all of which I'm super excited about.
However, that means that I need to take a break from filming for YouTube.
But don't you worry!
I will still be dropping into your inbox weekly with our January calendar, sharing old archives of the over 200 classes that already live on YouTube, and polling the community so that we can step into 2021 with content that is directly tailored to your needs and desires. How does that sound?
So are you ready to try this meditation? Great! See you on the mat!
“She writes things with her movements that I for the life of me could never write with a pen.”
― Christopher Poindexter
It's not yet Tuesday, but I thought that with this week being as busy as it is bound to be, that you might like to have an extra day to enjoy your "me-time."
The holiday season is an overwhelming one. Possibly more so this year, with not being able to see loved ones, or seeing them but being maybe a little uncomfortable about it, to perhaps not having the ability to provide the kinds of gifts you'd like. There are a whole host of reasons why this holiday season will be trying.
But I encourage you to flow through those emotions, whatever they may be. This year has looked a whole hell of a lot different than what we expected. There is good and bad in that. But there is not wholly good, or wholly bad.
So even if this week holds some difficulties for you, remember to take a step back, sink into the body, sink into the present moment, and let your eyes and your mind seek for the good and the joyous.
When we focus on gratitude and joy, we rewire our brains to continue to seek them out. And when we continue to see and feel joy and gratitude, we can't help but experience a more positive perspective on life.
Yoga hacks, yo.
So, let me know, WHEN this week you will practice presence in today's new class, by commenting below, or tagging me on social media.
In a time of giving giving giving, don't forget to give love and attention to yourself.
This 25 minute intuitive movement flow was shot inside of a meditation pyramid surrounded by mountain desert on the Californian Mexican border.
The types of spiralling, undulating movements we flow through encourage rehydration of the fascia, loosening of the joints, and aid in circulation to those hard to reach places.
Let your body lead here. You wont regret it!
“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ― Rumi
As we near the end of the year, this year that went in a direction that none of us anticipated, I invite you to take the time to step into your own power.
We cannot control the outcomes of others. We cannot control their beliefs, their decisions or their actions.
And we cannot spend our lives taking those things personally.
I know. I've been trying. And it's exhausting.
Instead, I offer the option to step away from the external, and settle back into the internal world.
When we step into ourselves, we step into our power. We learn that we can control our reactions.
We learn that we can stand strong when we need to, and sway when we don't.
And we learn that the only person we can truly control is ourself.
When you let go of the need to control others, or the outcome, a sort of freedom emerges.
Freedom from disappointment.
Freedom from attachment.
So, in today's 20 minute class, we work on building the foundations that will allow us to hold ground.
We hit on the legs to strengthen our intentions and motivations.
We build the core so we can hold fast to our values.
And we rest in an extended Savasana so our beliefs can settle in.
So that we can be, just as we are.
We're keeping it short, this month.
The classes, that is.
There is always space in the world of fitness for 15 minute classes.
Where could you squeeze them in?
While the casserole is in the oven?
While your kids are showering?
While your partner is pooping?
I'm just saying.
The options are limitless!
And that's just it, isn't it.
The option ARE limitless. The options for which class to choose. How to go about your fitness routine. How to schedule your day? What to cook for dinner? What jeans to buy?
What path to pursue in life.
I LOVE knowing that there is more to this than the same old same old every day.
There is more reason to be alive than to follow the paths and patterns set up for us by someone else.
There's space to be creative.
There's space to be unique.
There's space to make mistakes and KNOW that the world will not end.
We have this luxury don't we?
Not everyone does. And not every generation did.
So I offer a moment of gratitude for the fact that we live in a time and in a place and in a society and in a community that allows us the room and the opportunity to break out of the shell.
And I offer this class which creates upper body strength in the flow of vinyasa. Strength and flow.
Strength and Ease.
Enjoy dear friend.
It's short and sweet and I know you're gonna love it!
"Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness." -Shakti Gawain
Is 15 minutes enough for a workout?
Sometimes, friend, it’s not how long you spend on the mat, but how much you focus while you’re there.
If I’ve learned one thing in the 7 years I’ve been on this journey, it’s not about how long your workout is.
It really isn’t.
There’s the notion that if you’re not putting in 2 hours a day for 5 days a week, then you won’t see results, and that just isn’t true.
If you make the commitment to make it to your mat daily, or nearly daily, for as much time as you are able to free up, then YOU WILL SEE RESULTS.
This isn’t about the quick wins.
This is about the lifestyle changes that create the long haul wins. The wins that mean you can just keep going, to the horizon and beyond.
To infinity and beyond!
It’s the little steps you take that paint the picture of your dream life and your dream body and your dream health.
So if you’ve only got 15 minutes, make those 15 minutes count. (With this new class!)
Give your practice everything you’ve got and I promise you, you will see the results of that commitment.
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”
– Amy Collette
Today is the last Tuesday of the month of November, and also, incidentally, the week of Thanksgiving here in the USA.
It's going to look a little different this year, isn't it?
Instead of a huge family gathering, with multiple branches of the family, it will remain a small, intimate family gathering complete with zoom dessert comparisons.
What will your Thanksgiving look like this year, if you're celebrating? Let me know your favorite holiday dish!
I know that there is a lot of tumultuous history around the celebration of Thanksgiving (linked with the colonisation of the Americas), and I do believe it worth acknowledging that many of our fore-fathers were terrible people. My family was no where near this continent at the time of the initial colonisation, but as a white woman in the USA today, I acknowledge and sympathise with the pain the ancestors of our indigenous brothers and sisters had to bear due to the damn white man.
But I think it also worth noting that the original Thanksgiving feast was due to harmony between natives and settlers. One of the truly harmonious relationships at that time or in the many years to follow.
My point here is that nothing is ever all good or all bad. There are shades of grey in every situation.
And the perception of every situation is different pending who is doing the perceiving.
And you have the power to choose how you perceive the world around you.
Do you choose to experience a reality based on fear or anger?
Or do you choose to experience a reality based on love and compassion.
And perhaps this 45 minute yoga class will help.
From the safety of our yoga mats we explore heart opening postures designed to break the armor around the heart chakra and allow the flow of love in and out.
We try our hand at expansive, more advanced postures, all the while seeking joy in each moment.
Joy in each movement.
This is a class for choosing joy.
Will you choose joy with me today? I sure hope so.
Happy Gratitude Week.