”Be where you are, not where you think you should be.”- Anonymous
I wish that I could say that yoga was the perfect fitness modality.
But unfortunately, it is not. There are no perfect fitness modalities.
Each one has it's strengths and weaknesses, just like our body has strength and weaknesses.
It's the nature of reality.
And yoga, having not been designed as a fitness modality at all, has its fair share of weaknesses in that realm.
Which is why I've changed it, fused it with other things, with the hope of creating a well rounded workout routine for you.
A routine that gives you strength, flexibility, and the relaxation you dearly deserve.
All fit into your busy time frame. Because we all know that we have way too much going on and not enough time to do the things we want amirite?
One of the weaknesses of yoga is that there are limited "pulling" movements that work the back body. In fact, I'd say there aren't any at all.
Because of this, there tends to be an over strengthening in the front body, that is exasperated by the "sit at the computer forever" lifestyle that is prevalent in today's society.
To counter that, I recommend adding in classes like today's free workout into your weekly schedule.
In today's class we work the lower back, which will support the strength in the core and help alleviate back pain. We work the upper back, to draw the shoulders into correct alignment and to support the posture. We work the arms, because we could all use a bit of tightening and toning there eh? And we work the core, to bring it all together.
I hope that these classes bring you strength, patience, and love. We could all use a little bit more of that in our lives.
One last thing before you go!
I am opening up my calendar for 4 new 1:1 clients this summer. This can be either in person if you live close by, or via zoom if you don't.
What you get: 1 hour of fully personalized instruction wherein we work together to achieve your goals. Our meetings will be 1, 2, or 3 times per week for 3 months, depending upon your goals. This time frame is so that we have the opportunity to see the transformation that only occurs with dedication and perseverance.
Outcome: A stronger body, a more positive mindset, and a committed yoga practice; all of which lead to more energy, more joy, more confidence, better balance, better health, and better sleep.
If you're ready to say yes to a better body and a happier life, click HERE!
”Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.”
I didn't know, when I put the poll on Instagram about what our June Calendar should be called, that we would actually be called to be so STRONG at this time.
What else do you call it BUT Strength, getting up each and every day, knowing that somewhere in the world something terrible is happening.
We are so intimately connected, yet so drastically removed, from what is happening in Ukraine, in the DRC, in Ethiopia, in the USA. And there's still a pandemic happening...
And it begins to wear on ya.
I think we're all tired, aren't we?
But it's just when we're most tired that we need the most strength.
So, it worked out perfectly then, that STRONG was the theme chosen for our June Calendar.
Each class was chosen because it will build your strength in some way, whether that be physical or mental.
And now, we may need that strength, to stand by our convictions.
We may be called to do something: to march, to donate, to vote, to volunteer. We may be more called to hold our children tightly, change the way we look at education, or even, dare I say it, change our beliefs about one thing or another.
Really, whatever you do, as long as you do it with love in your heart, that's all that matters to me.
So come to your mat, practice today's new free class to find that center that is you at your very best, and schedule the new set of classes into your planner.
You know I'm always here if you have questions, need a class recommendation, or just want to chat.
Sat Nam ❤️
“Everything can be achieved through gradual steps – one small step at a time: overcoming fears, fulfilling dreams... anything you wish to be different from the way it is.”
― A.J. Darkholme
Did you know that your body holds all of the emotions you've ever felt?
Especially those reoccurring ones, the ones that you just kind of live immersed in. You may not even notice that you do live stuck in certain emotions, you've been on autopilot in them for so long.
Emotions like frustration, anger, sadness; these are the ones that get stuck in our bodies the most, because they don't move. We don't tend to accept them and move on, meaning that they don't get released.
And if they don't get released, they have to go somewhere. So they live in your body, in your fascia primarily.
That's one thing yoga is exceptionally good at: moving energy so that it gets released out of the body. As such, it allows you to heal, physically, which will then pave the path for you to heal mentally as well.
That's what today's class is all about. Yes, of course, we strengthen. What kind of Yoga Infusion class would this be if we didn't? But we also twist, and after we twist, we release. And the release is all the more potent for the strength it took to get there.
On top of that, we work with the hips. These babies are notorious for being a hotbed of stored emotion, so remember to be gentle with yourself.
What is released needs to be let go. Let it.
Create space for new, for joy, for bliss.
Speaking of which, one spot left in our Flow into Bliss Retreat! We are four months out. This is the only retreat I'll be holding in 2022, so if you'd love to practice with me in person this year, in a European paradise, now is the time! Sign up HERE!
PS: Comment "I RELEASE AND LET GO" on the YouTube video so I know you're part of this community!
“I am not fully healed, I am not fully wise, I am still on my way. What matters is that I am moving forward.”
It's a new month, a new class, and the season for renewal.
By popular request our calendar this month is "Cleanse" because we could all use a good wring out.
That's what a cleanse does for us right?
Through it, we get rid of all of the gunk. Whether that be stagnant energy, toxic food, people, or habits, or just the grime off the body.
We cleanse so that we can start fresh.
Wide eyes and bushy tailed, as it were.
So, I have for you today both a new calendar, and our brand new class, of which there will be three this month!
And today's class is my favorite kind of class: the coffee cup kind.
Not only that, but it's a twisty coffee cup, designed to stimulate the organs, flush out the systems, and tighten up the obliques.
Do you like twisty classes as much as I do? Comment below and let me know!
Sat Nam ❤️
“Blooming and withering both are inevitable. Let's stay graceful in the process.”
― Nitya Prakash
Recently a private client mentioned, at the end of her first class back with me after surgery, "it's a talent...gentle, yet aggressive."
It had me cracking up because that is exactly what I strive to bring to these classes.
Whether you join me in person or through YouTube, at the end of the day we are not here to get a gentle stretch and head off to bed.
No, Yoga Infusion is all about the FUSION of strength and ease.
The marriage of Sthira and Sukha - Strength and Ease.
It's literally written in the yogic texts.
And it's what you'll find when you roll out your mat with me for today's free YouTube class.
It's graceful, or can be if your body feels like being graceful today (and no worries if it's not). It's fun. And it's going to make your abs sore.
And BONUS! If you're a runner, this class includes some lovely IT band stretches, since I know you don't stretch enough after you've run! (I'm watching you)
Runner or not, save this amazing, gentle yet aggressive fluid flow and practice often!
I'll see you there!
PS: Comment "I'M FEELING GRACEFUL" on the video so I know that you're a part of our community!
“How one walks through the world, the endless small adjustments of balance, is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.” ― Elaine Scarry
Little bit of story time today,
I've been having a tough time as of late.
For a variety of reasons, and I'm sure it shows to be honest.
The other day, though, I was trying to create good energy.
Saged the whole house, put on mantra music and incense, did some breathwork.
All the yogic things.
And, by happenstance, one of my current favorite musicians posted that their new music video had come out.
So, of course, I watched it. And spent the next several hours listening to the album on repeat.
Was it uplifting yoga music?
No, not in any way, shape, or form.
It was Machine Gun Kelly, our new fav punk rock artist.
And I spent the day happy as a clam. (Why do we say that?)
Sometimes you can do all the "right" things, and still not end up where you want to be.
And when that's the case, scrap the book, and try to do what feels best.
It's in that state of ease that bliss can occur.
Whether that ease comes from catchy punk pop anthems or sacred sound baths.
There's a place for both. It's never either/or.
And with that, my friend, enjoy this yoga class for core and brain power.
It's fun, it's quick, it was filmed at Christmas, and it works not only your body but also your brain, both of which are important for this ease we're searching for.
“Be you, love you. All ways, always.” ― Alexandra Elle
I just have a short message for you today.
It's a simple reminder that I could use, so maybe you need it, too.
You are enough, just as you are.
And you are allowed to do things for your own happiness.
You are allowed to take that trip (Croatia has got your name on it!)
You are allowed to invest in your health.
You are allowed to take time out of your day to move your body.
And yes, you are allowed to ask for help.
I say these things, but I know how hard it can be to give ourselves permission.
We feel guilty, selfish, and maybe even ashamed.
But it's all a story we keep telling ourselves.
And maybe, just maybe, repeating it again and again will help all of us rewrite that store.
So, I hope you take some time to yourself today. Move your body with this free class. Ask your partner for help with the house chores. Get a massage. Sit in a bath. Take a mental health day.
You deserve it, and you're allowed to have it (and enjoy it!)
❤️ Sat Nam
“I lied and said I was busy.
I was busy;
but not in a way most people understand.
I was busy taking deeper breaths.
I was busy silencing irrational thoughts.
I was busy calming a racing heart.
I was busy telling myself I am okay.
Sometimes, this is my busy -
and I will not apologize for it.”
― Brittin Oakman"
I'm not going to lie, I've felt conflicted these last couple of weeks about sharing content and continuing my business like there's nothing going on in the world.
But things are always going on in the world, aren't they? Whether they're all over the headlines or not. I suppose, when you really think about it, we have to become somewhat numb to all of this if we have any hope of getting through our days without falling into a heaping mess whenever we hear about senseless deaths.
But at the same time, we can't be too numb without risking losing our humanity.
Where is the middle ground?
While there are wars all over the world, and hate crimes, and murder, and racism and sexism and homo and transphobia, how do we find a middle ground of standing up for peoples' rights while also taking care of ourselves so that we can try to function normally in society?
I don't have an answer, unfortunately, just never ending questions.
But I do know that we cannot get far when we are mentally and physically exhausted.
We must secure our own life mask before those of others.
Because we're no good to anyone if we can't face the day.
So when you're tired, I say rest. Find a class like our free class this week, and move the body in ways that feel good.
Allow yourself the time to hit the reset button.
Give yourself permission to flow, gently, through the emotions of this season.
This, too, shall pass. (Hopefully sooner rather than later and with the least amount of pain)
From my ❤️ to yours,
“How do you know, unless you open the door?” ― Casey Rislov
Let's talk today about trying new things.
It's really not easy, is it? At least not always. Sometimes trying new things is uncomfortable, but other times it is downright scary.
Oftentimes that fear comes from a place of insecurity. That insecurity could be based on any number of things, but I would warrant a guess they're related to your Root Chakra, Muladhara.
Maybe you're afraid of being made fun of, which stems from fear of abandonment. If you don't fit in, you could be left out, or worse: kicked out.
Or your afraid you'll fall or fail. This is ultimately a fear for your survival.
What are you afraid of?
I'll tell you mine. When trying new things, I'm afraid that I wont be good at it (I don't last long with things that don't come naturally to me), and if I'm not good at it then either I'll quit, or be terminated, and then I will have left the safety of the known only to have made a terrible mistake. And what if I can't go back...?
Now, I'm not saying that these fears are unwarranted. I'm just saying they come from somewhere; from deep inside of us. From the very beginning of our existence.
Which correlates to the Root, our first chakra. The purpose of this chakra is to take care of your survival, and it's located at the base of the spine.
If you struggle with finances, feeling secure and safe, boundaries, frequent illness, or issues with the bowels and lower body, then you may be a bit out of whack in this energy center.
So why am I here talking about the Root Chakra and trying new things?
Because today's free class is a Kundalini Class that works specifically on this space in the body.
Kundalini may be new for many of you, but don't let that hold you back!
This one is short, and a great place to start on this journey!
This time, though, you're trying something new from the safety of your mat.
The worst that could happen: you don't like it.
The best: you could love it!
So give it a try, share your experience stepping out of your comfort zone over on Instagram (tag @yoga.infusion) or in the Yoga Infusion Community and let's get braver together!
Ps. If you'd like to experience other Root Chakra themed classes, including the full length version of this one, hop on over to the Yoga Infusion Studio and get one month free to try them all out!
“in a world full of temporary things you are a perpetual feeling.” ― Sanober Khan
We all lead busy lives,
Between work, life, feeding ourselves, running a household, doing laundry, remembering to get gas, and making sure we don't get into trouble, days end much too fast.
And even though I know that your yoga practice is probably the first thing you chuck off the list, it really should be the last.
I know I like to talk about the physical practice a lot, and how it makes you strong, but there's also a lot to be said about the mental practice involved with coming to your mat.
You prove to yourself that you're committed, that you show up day in and day out.
You learn to slow down the breath and begin to gain control over your thoughts.
You leave stress and anxiety at the door and spend some time working solely on yourself, for your own good.
You take the time to love yourself.
All of these things are so so important, and are the very foundations of living a more peaceful life.
And right now, boy do we need to find some peace.
Don't let the thing that can truly help you find stillness be the first thing you give up on a busy day.
(I'm saying this to myself, too...)
This is why I create these calendars, so that you can plan your classes into your life.
It's why I strive to create shorter, but fulfilling, classes.
I want you to thrive in your practice, and these tools are there to make it easier.
Will you promise to get on your mat today?
Download your calendar HERE and carve aside 31 minutes for today's new free class!
Busy Day Flow for Ease.
Tell me that doesn't sound tantalising!