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Yoga is all about connection – spending one-on-one time together is the ultimate way to deepen your connection with yourself (and with me!) I hope that we can meet on our mats together and achieve your mental, physical and spiritual-related yoga goals.
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I have been so excited to share this week’s quote during each of my yoga classes (you can watch those replays here!)
This bit of poetry totally resonates with me – I wonder if you feel the same way! Let me know in the comments below.😊
Each time I have shared this quote recently I have entered into a daydream about immediately throwing a bunch of beach gear into the car and hurrying to the shore. Summer is in full swing and I haven’t made it to the beach yet! I am craving the feeling of sun on my skin, sand between my toes and – of course – some rejuvenating beach yoga! Here’s to hoping I make it there soon.
The poem has prompted lots of deeper contemplation for me, though. The speaker addresses the reader directly and I can’t help but feel… well… seen. 🙈
Mary Oliver’s poem offers the juxtaposition of a benevolent being with that of a wicked and devastating force. These two parts form a single whole – embodied together in the entirety of the ocean.
The invitation is to examine this juxtaposition within ourselves and then to integrate that sense of wholeness. (Even if it feels tricky or uncomfortable.)
No one escapes the observation of the narrator; the sea behaves and misbehaves “As I can too, and so, no doubt, can you, and you.” That last part leaves no escape for anyone in the reading audience: if you skirted by the first direct address, then surely you can’t avoid the second. By owning the full spectrum of destruction and healing that lives inside of themselves, the narrator makes it okay for us to recognize and own it inside of ourselves, too. We’re all in it together. We make up an ocean of humanity that ebbs, storms, gently undulates and thrashes for the sake of thrashing, sometimes. We’re just as beautiful and severe as the sea.
The ocean can be cruel and fierce, but that doesn’t make you any less excited for a trip to the beach, does it? The ocean is also soothing, cleansing and lots of fun, too! As with anything in life, we have to take the good with the bad.
Learn to love yourself – all of yourself – as you love the ocean. With admiration, delight and awe. Embrace all of your strength and power, while tenderly nourishing the shorelines of your life. 🌊
This equanimity is a part of the process of yoga. It’s the work of threading a peaceful connection between all aspects of mind, body and spirit – with yourself and with everyone else.
I encourage you to practice yoga with me. I can help you along this path of integration and connection – we will ride the waves together!
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We tell ourselves that endings are scary. Whether it’s the end of a relationship, a friendship, a lifestyle or a job we may resist the end of it. Our mind spins lots of confusing stories about life after ‘the end.’ Who will I be without this job?What kind of person am I to walk away from this relationship?Why can’t I make this work out?
This week’s quote, from an unknown author, invites us to embrace the end. At the close of whatever phase or change we are going through everything will be alright. There will be peace and relief. We will make room for acceptance and surrender. Resistance to change leads to friction and suffering.
Changes afford us opportunity for growth. After emerging from the end, or a change, we stand at a new vantage point with a clear perspective and a different way of looking at things. Our quote this week offers me solace, in many regards, and I am hoping it gifts you with thoughtful reflection, too. If you feel like you are about to turn a blind corner, and you are looking for something to hold onto, then embrace the change and lean into it. I suspect it may lead to relief and reward.
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Have you ever noticed how thoughtful movement and exercise clears your mind and elevates your spirits? If you are present to this sensation then you know it’s really kinda magical. ✨
On the flip side: have you noticed how impatient, achy and withdrawn you feel on a day when you don’t incorporate enough movement? I have certainly noticed, and this is why I have made daily yoga practice a part of my routine for many years now.
Maybe you haven’t thought about any of this before and this is a new opportunity for reflection. 🤔 No matter where you land, I’d like to extend an invitation for you to explore healthy, relaxing movement and tune into the nourishment that your body craves. When you nourish your body it helps relieve your mind and spirit, too.
I offer free virtual yoga classes every Monday that can help set you up for success throughout your whole day! (I also make the replays available in my Compass Yoga Community Facebook group, so that you can revisit and harness that success throughout the whole week!)
Relax every muscle in your body, quiet your racing mind, and spend some quality time with yourself during any of my 3 free classes.
Sign up here for tomorrow’s FREE online yoga classes and learn more about each class – Align, Center & Release – below:
Welcome to Align: 30 minutes of gentle movement to ease you into your day and help you set a meaningful intention. We explore breathing exercises, yoga asanas (poses) and meditative reflection to help us ALIGN ourselves with our best intentions and our highest Selves.
Incorporate movement into your day with Center – a 15-minute Chair Flow
This class is great for all ability levels! Whether you are chair-bound or working at a desk all day, this will help you get some blood flowing and clear your mind before you dive back into your day.
Perhaps you had a great morning with a clear sense of purpose and boundless energy…but then life happened. 🙃 Work, parenting, chores, Mercury retrograde… something may have knocked you out of peaceful alignment and into a tailspin.
Come back to yourself with Center. This quick class is designed to give you a grounding break so that you can face your day feeling refreshed and ready.
Unwind and get ready for sleep with Release – a 30-minute evening flow.
Enjoy a gentle flow to ease tension and soothe your body for a restful night! This class incorporates asana (poses) pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.
You’ve worked so hard all day and now you have earned a treat: deeply relaxing and soothing self-care in the form of feel-good yoga poses and gentle encouragement to Release what is no longer serving you.
I love Emily Dickinson’s imagery of hope as a bird. I can hear birds chirping outside my window now, as I type this. Something about birdsong is truly uplifting! 🐦
Sometimes hope can feel as light and ephemeral as a feather in the wind. It can feel hard to grasp and tricky to hold onto. But if hope were any heavier, then it might not feel as great when it perches near our hearts and flits among our souls. Our job is to trust that hope is just as available and weightless as it needs to be, and to listen to the birdsong when we are blessed with it in our lives.
Here’s to trust and faith in the mysterious workings of the universe. 🌌 There is always hope!
Sign up HERE for my free guided meditation for relaxation and sleep. It is easier to feel hopeful when you are refreshed and relieved! Give it a try and let me know what you think. 🙂
This is the quote that I’ve shared in this week’s Compass Yoga Community videos – I wanted to share here with you, too, in case it offers you valuable reflection. 💭
Before I expand on this quote, I want to remind you to sign up HERE to receive my *free* guided meditation for sleep and relaxation. If you need help unwinding during/after a long day, let me help!
It’s really easy to get caught up in the self-doubt and negativity that may swirl around your head. 🤯 It can lead you to make impulsive choices out of desperation – choices that don’t really feel much like “choices” in the end.
What if, instead of letting fear take the wheel, you were to operate from a place of thoughtful, empowered choice? What would that life look like? Feel like? You can always offer yourself love, and you can always make decisions from a heart-centered place. 💓 It takes practice, but it’s worth your life to prioritize your highest self and your highest values. Don’t let any part of you be compromised along the way.
I’ve found that through yoga I am able to connect with my heart a little easier, a little deeper. Again, it has taken practice, and I still have a lot of work to do. But it’s been a powerful journey.
If you’re looking for access to more love in your life, and less fear, join the Compass Yoga Community and practice yoga with me. I truly believe yoga can help.
PS – I’d like to add some context here about Osho, or Rajneesh. Have you seen that Netflix docu-series Wild Wild Country? Well…this quote is by that guy. To be clear, I don’t condone the dangerous criminal acts that any of his followers enacted within their community in Oregon. Admittedly I’m uneasy about sharing the words of a man who ran what was ultimately a radicalized cult. But the sentiment shared here is universal and potent – no matter who the words are attributed to, it’s important to let love and joy guide your life. That message is resoundingly clear.
👉 Don’t forget – I can help you alleviate stress in your life. Do you ever have trouble falling asleep at night? Are you looking for a simple way to relax? Try my *free* meditation offering.
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Replays will be available in the Facebook group. Don’t worry if you can’t catch the livestream! You can fit any of these videos into your own schedule throughout the week. Enjoy!
Start your week off on the right foot with Align – a 30-minute Wake Up Flow This class will warm you up for your day and incorporates asana (poses) pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. We will set intentions for the week ahead in this morning class.
Incorporate movement into your day with Center – a 15-minute Chair Flow This class is great for all ability levels! Whether you are chair-bound or working at a desk all day, this will help you get some blood flowing and clear your mind before you dive back into your day.
Unwind and get ready for sleep with Release – a 30-minute Evening Flow A gentle flow to ease tension and soothe your body for a restful night! This class incorporates asana (poses) pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.
For Align and Release you will need a mat (or comfortable surface) to practice on. Props are not required, though you might like to have 2 blocks (or water bottles, soup cans, etc.) and a strap (or tie, belt, scarf) as well as a cushion/blanket for sitting and kneeling on.
For Center you will need a sturdy chair. Props are not required, though you might like to have 2 blocks and a strap (see alternative suggestions above.)
Questions? Comment below!
See you there!
PS – Class is free, but donations are always appreciated!