All posts tagged: yoga

Leaning into Ahimsa, “Do no harm”

    Ahimsa means do no harm. I had first learned about the philosophy of ahimsa during my yoga teacher training and knew it was some thing that I wanted to come back to and discuss in Open Hearts Club. As a means of healing and understanding it at a deeper level. I encourage you to consider how you might be “doing” harm in your own life. Sometimes we get boxed into thinking that harm is only hurting someone physically but it could also mean emotionally, from our own selves-how we think, how we talk and more, or how we choose to interact with the natural world. Are we loving or are we hurting? At first I thought this was an easy philosophy to live by as I don’t consider myself a harmful person. But the more I thought about it I realize that I am harming myself nearly every single day. I am harming in the way that I think about myself inside my mind. I wanna acknowledge that I have gotten so much …

Why does yoga (+movement) make you feel so damn good?

☀️ I love your energy ☀️ It’s a beautiful act of love to move our bodies, to open into the heart space, to allow time for self inquiry and connecting to the beautiful vessel that moves us in this reality.   I always knew that yoga felt good but I didn’t always understand the why. I knew that I felt good after I ran and after doing some strength training. I knew that there was a release of feel good chemicals in the brain after working out. 🏋️‍♀️ I knew I was telling my body, “I am strong” just by the mere actions of moving the body in space, performing the basic and necessary foundational motions such as hip hinging, squatting, arm extension and flexion, pushing, pulling, etc. We are evolutionarily wired to move. To travel through our limbs, to forage, to squat, to be able to get up off the ground without assistance. Our bodies are so capable. The thing that stops them is prolonged sitting, hunching over computers and phones and living sedentary …

Meditation pose in colorado

My Journey with Meditation

They say that showing up is the hardest part, especially in our “busy” world. Today I showed up with a candle and fixed my gaze upon the gentle organic shape of the flame. Pure, gentle beauty. My eyes and mind transfixed on the simplicity of it all. My inner mind whispers, Thank you for showing up today. I typically don’t use a candle when I meditate, but I had just received my Michigan made beeswax candle and used them last night for my full moon ceremony. It felt only right to continue to honor that flame. It was warm and inviting, which means a lot in a Michigan winter. I have been contemplating the space that fire holds, as it’s been a constant companion in my Cacao Ceremonies over the past few months. honoring the flame that transmutes, shifts energy, burning away the things that no longer serve. The fire lives with in all of us, and we live in the fire. The eternal flame of light. We are made of the elements.   Nothing …

connecting to the spirit of winter

  Leaning into winter   It has been a process and it’s not always comfortable, but wow is it a beautiful way to pass the time as the sun sets early and we find ourselves spending much more time indoors. Being in the cold makes you feel alive. The cool air permeating your earth suit. You are immediately taken into awareness. You feel the cold in so many different ways and they’re all lovely, making you appreciate your home and it’s levels of “comfort” even more. As an avid nature love, I had always waited in anticipation for the spring…leading into summer and the fall. Three seasons I have always easily loved. Winter has it’s own sense of wonder. As a native Michigander, winter has been part of my life since my first year of life on this wondrous planet. I was born in the spring so I always said spring was my favorite season, the season I was born into, just after the start of spring on March 22.   Bursting with life, just …

Leaning into Yoga

I have been on my Yoga journey for a small period of my life but it has transformed me beyond my own recognition of myself. It was knocking at my spiritual door for many years and it was only recently that I decided to open that door and let that reconnecting with spirit in. This past summer, I decided to to delve into Yoga Teacher Training with Detroit Yoga Lab.   This was actually the same studio I took my first real yoga class from.   Let me take you back, I was a graduate student at Wayne State in the Fine Arts Department and my room mate invited me to sign up for a week of yoga. It was a great move for me at that period of my life and left a strong imprint in my memory. calm peacefulness noticing my body in space and time realizing that the body needs to be respected I felt so rested that I fell asleep during the class. As someone who has always been a high …

Love yourself into the wild unknown

  In alignment with this week’s podcast on loving yo’ sweet self. For some of us, it’s the greatest challenge in the world. For other’s it’s effortless. It’s natural. Some of us have been pushed and pulled and carry a more sensitive mental make up than others. All of this is a okay. Where ever you are at, Know you are loved Know you deserve love know that you are love I have been on the journey, a long journey of self love and it’s something I hope to encourage others to embark on. It is my hope that we are all doing this in our subtle ways. Self love is so so so valuable. We all need to practice it in ways that feel fulfilling to us. Everyone’s definition of self care is different, but it’s about, as Yoga with Adriene, would say…finding what feels good. We all deserve time and space for love and appreciation of our bodies, our minds and where we are at on our wayward earth side journey.  It’s a …

Movement is medicine

Movement makes you feel good. Movement has been the secret medicine in my life for many years. It all started in Junior High school when I joined the cross country team. I was unprepared and wore platform sneakers and got scoffs from all the older kids. It was the era of the spice girls and everyone wanted platform sneakers. Mine were white, about 2 inches and had a cute little patriot star on them. I eventually got some real running shoes and found myself naturally good at the art of controlled falling. Moving one foot in front of the other. I did well in competition and noticed that I had the inclination to keep up with the high school kids, much to their dismay. I was competitive and loved being in the lime light. It was a beautiful chance for me to shine and get some attention. Things at home were confusing, my parents had just divorced and I needed an outlet to channel my feelings. Running and movement was the answer and the community …