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Off The Mat - You ARE A Badass.

Many of you know that I theme my months with regards to my yoga sequencing. Each month follows some overarching theme or arc, ranging from an idea, to a musical theme, to a group of postures, to something to learn, to working up to a specific peak pose. 

This month my theme came from a request from a student who wanted to work towards single leg crow pose (eka pada bakasana). We've spent the month of April working through core strengthening, improving our upper body strength and alignment, and getting comfortable with playing, trying, sometimes failing, and enjoying the challenges that come along with the process.

And here we are, in the last week of April, with a sequence geared towards that ultimate peak pose. Here's the bottom line for this (and all poses): the pose does not matter. The ability to get into eka pada bakasana means nothing. It is not the goal of the yoga practice. It does not make you a good or bad yogi, one way or the other. Our yoga practice is about exploration of our bodies, our minds, our spirits. About exploring how they work together, challenging our self imposed beliefs and limitations, learning acceptance of self, experiencing love. 

So as we play this week with a very physically challenging posture, our intention is to feel empowered. Feel empowered in your physical abilities as they lie today. Feel empowered in your mental strength. Empowerment, a sense of pride in oneself and one's strength, is sometimes looked upon negatively in the yoga world and can be confused with excess ego. 

Don't shun it. Embrace it. You ARE already a badass. It doesn't matter what postures you can and cannot do. You show up on your mat (and off) for yourself and for those around you. 

And this week, we celebrate that.

xoxo

LP

What I'm Into Wednesday - The Fuck Yeah Edition

Life ebbs and flows. There's an undeniable ride that it takes you on - from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and all of the mini stops in between. Whether I'm at the top of looking up from the bottom, I'm always searching for and utilizing ways to stay mentally engaged, in the game, and motivated.

This week is dedicated to the tried and true and new and amazing things I've found that keep me moving towards being the best version of myself.

xoxo

LP

DO/FEEL

This week is more of a feel, a sensory experience, than an action or activity. There's a clothing brand called good hYOUman. They're stuff is Made in America, is SO SOFT, and has some of the best design. My personal fav? An old tank that says "Hustle: never stop, ever". It's a great boost and reminder. 

SEE

A few months ago I read You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I thought it was hilarious, poignant, motivating, and really, really spot on. So I was excited to see she wrote another book. You Are A Badass At Making Money released recently and I jumped right on it. We all have such unique, complicated, and frankly fucked up viewpoints of money. How much is enough? How much is too much? What does money do to people? Is it okay to want more money? Does that make us bad people? And in reality, money is a necessity. It isn't evil. Or good. We choose how we use it and how we let it influence our lives. But we need it. And wanting it isn't inherently bad. So cheers to abundance - and not feeling weird about it. 

TASTE

I try to shy away from being too vocal about my dietary choices because I believe each person should make their own choices based on their own bodies and nobody likes to be made to feel shitty about the decision they make. For the purpose of sharing this info, it is important to note that I've been dairy and gluten free for about a month (and it's going well for me). But I desperately miss donuts. Luckily, my friend Amanda discovered the amazing Coronado's Gluten Free Pantry which sets up shop weekly at the North Park Farmer's Market (on Thursdays). Last week we meandered up and tried out the strawberry vanilla donuts. YES YES YES. Donuts inspire me to happiness. 

SMELL

Y'all know all about my obsession with Saje essential oils, but this smell comes from another brand: Pharmaca. I don't personally buy them but the lovely ladies at Buddhi Yoga have the studio stocked. This week I tried Pure Joy. It was the right amount of floral meets earthy to be just perfect for a Monday boost for the week!

HEAR

Watching You Breathe by Jacoo. Rhythmic, sexy, soft, and great lyrics. All the wins. 

 

Off The Mat - Let's Have Fun, Ok?

For many of us, our days are filled with "adulting". We have work obligations, family obligations, kids, pets, volunteer opportunities, healthy eating, and exercise needs to focus on. 

And while we may enjoy these activities and the people that we do them with, they might not all be fun.

Can you remember back to being a kid on the playground? You had no cares in the world. No sense of time. No worries about where else you could (or should) be or what else you could (or should) be doing. You did things purely because they were fun. And you skipped the things that weren't. And if you saw someone do something that looked cool, you tried it out. Without stopping to think or wonder what might happen or to worry about what would happen if you failed.

When you were a kid on the playground you were in the moment. You truly were present. 

Stepping onto your yoga mat gives you that same opportunity. Your yoga mat, your yoga studio, can be your playground. Can you allow yourself to take your practice less seriously - in a good way? To approach it with a sense of playfulness, with a sense of fearlessness, to do things simply because they are fun. And stop doing things when they stop becoming fun (hello, 100th chaturanga of class). 

Let yourself be present in your body for your time on your mat and set an intention to experience joy. In this week's flow we practice baby crow and (what has been dubbed) teenage crow. They're goofy names and goofy variations of postures. They beg to be taken lightheartedly.

And when you move off of your mat after your practice can that sense of playfulness come with you? 

Even just for today, let's have fun. Ok?

xoxo

LP