Where do you go when you need to be reminded of who you are and what you stand for?
Where do you go when you’re not sure where home will be, and you already feel your roots gently lifting?
How do you ground down while still remaining open and receptive to receive the countless blessings that are waiting to be showered upon you?
What do you do when you feel stuck and are fearful you may never move forward again?
What do you do when you feel uninspired, and just want to be held and taken care of?
What do you do when you’ve exhausted all options, and fear and doubt have a very tight grip on you?
What do you do when as quickly as you realize a dream, you immediately discount the slight possibility of it?
Where do you go when you need guidance?
Here’s my remedy:
I turn inwards, I commit to a practice, I breathe, and I connect to myself over and over again – because that is where all the golden nuggets of insight and wisdom lie.
Receive your deepest knowing and let that guide you to the most incredible spaces you have yet to enter – but are deeply anticipating your arrival.
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It’s all an illusion.
What you see is not necessarily how it really appears.
How it appears is not necessarily real…
You have to choose to see the flowers.
You have to choose to feel.
Take the time to :
And most importantly BREATHE.
When I catch myself questioning my worth + my value. I will celebrate that I caught myself and remember that what I’m thinking is most likely false.
I do my best to stay connected, over and over again.
Knowing I am more than worth it, and my gifts (and yours) are NEEDING to be shared to heal yourself and this world.
And if you forget this little fact (which you most likely will), just remind yourself until you remember your greatness again.Post a comment
My mom took me to my first yoga class, prompted me to make my first necklace, and continues to tell me about the next spiritual book to read.
She has supported me and my dreams from the beginning, and has always let me be me. And even though we certainly have had our ups and downs, I am thankful that she was the woman who raised me – in just the way she did.
When I first became a mom – I wanted to be perfect : cloth diapers, organic homemade food, medicines that had no chemicals, or dyes, or flavors for that matter, wooden toys, etc… After 15 + months I realize perfect doesn’t exist (duh!), but I still have to remind myself of that over and over again. Now I feel lucky if I resemble my mom in any way.
Motherhood is hard, and these past few days have been particularly challenging while tending to a sick Luca, letting go of my work commitments, and feeling like no matter what I do I am letting someone down.
Often, I wonder if I am doing a good job, as there a million other ways to do any one thing in a given day. There are so many choices to navigate, and they require a lot of trusting in my own heart that I in fact know what’s right. This video (that I sobbed through) – pretty much summed it up : You are doing a great job, regardless if you are a mom or not, as long as you can tune in and truly listen to yourself you can do no wrong.
So – write your mom AND yourself a sweet little note, gift her something charming, and remember you are doing your absolute best… and that’s all you can do – even if your mind tries to tell you otherwise.Post a comment
Becoming still is why I move.
Savasana is why I vinyasa.
If there aren’t moments of pause tucked within, around, and beside the movement – it becomes tricky to soak in the gifts. I become too wrapped up to see the sparkle shining right in front of me.
Stillness allows our bodies to absorb blessings.
Stillness allows for reflection, which gives way to meaning.
Savasana is the point of all the shapes in yoga. They prep us to simply lie on our backs and receive: our breath, our worth, our light, our impact we have both on ourselves and in this world.
Pause and breathe, so you can receive.
Join us for a sacred pause during the next Pop Up Full Moon Yoga Class : Sunday, May 3rd // 4 pm @ The Yoga Collective in NYC // $20. Find more information and tickets here.
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with a lavender eye pillow resting on my eyes, my japa mala in my hands, and my heart very full.
I just came back from my first yoga retreat ever! It was just for moms in upstate NY. There was a lot of stress and angst leading up to it, and I wasn’t even sure if I should leave Luca for the first time since he was born (!). But I did, and I’m glad I carved out a weekend for myself, my thoughts, my breath, and my heart.
I remembered there is nothing to prove and there is plenty of room to strive less. I was reminded that I choose my value and to not diminish my light. And that I get to soften again and again to remember and re-remember this all.
I entered back into my life completely reorganized internally, and for this I am incredibly grateful.Post a comment
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.” – Gandhi
Navigate the maze of the mind by connecting to the breath with this mini meditation.
sit + breathe + listen
And because I SO believe in the magic of pausing and connecting to yourself – I created a mini meditation bundle that includes 5 mini meditations for $5. You can find more about that here.Post a comment
Honored that this passage below is featured on the Prema Yoga website – highlighting the focus of the month: Stillness + Savasana.
Magic happens within the moments of stillness and the surrender of savasana. Something deceivingly simple as doing nothing, is tremendously rewarding – but can be difficult to practice.
It’s when I’m the busiest that I need to pause the most, yet it is in those times where it feels highly impossible. I become tricked into believing that I have no time for any space in my day to be quiet – to connect to my breath, drop into a down dog, journal, or meditate.
So I fill whatever space I have with as much as I can cram in – even though it feels so good to empty. I remind myself over and over, there is tremendous power in stillness – in lying down with palms facing upward absorbing and receiving.
In asking. In doing less. In playing more.
And when I forget, which I almost always do – I close my eyes and return to the breath so I can let the mind settle – and get quiet until I feel good again.
Celebrate a sacred pause Sunday, May 3rd with a Pop Up Full Moon Yoga Class 4pm at The Yoga Collective, NYC. $20. More details here.Post a comment
In preparation for the new moon on Saturday, April 18th I have two gifts for you:
#1. This mini worksheet that will support you in creating an intention for this new moon.
#2. A 10% discount off any Charm & Magic mini mala with the promo code : newmoon until Sunday, April 19th.
You may be wondering why am I sharing these two things now?
Here is why:
#1. It’s a powerful time to align ourselves with the energy of the moon and set clear intentions, start new projects, and plant conscious seeds of what you are wanting. Farmers used this time to plant new seeds to line up with this dark phase of the moon before it begins to shine and move towards full. You can ask yourself what you are ready to create, and then begin, maybe even by creating a moon board.
#2. Things become extra magical when you match your intention with a physical object that you interact with every day. It can be something you already have, or it can be something new – as long as you lay your intention over and under it to support you as you move through an onwards on your path.
A mini mala that hangs close to your heart can be a potent + sweet reminder of your intention and greater vision.
And if you are wondering what a mini mala is in the first place….
It is a playful version of the traditional japa mala that is used for meditation + prayer. The necklaces are made with 108 beads and are each unique + expressive.
You can view the collection here + use the promo code : newmoon for 10% off until Sunday, April 19th.
And here is the new moon worksheet again. Super simple + super sweet.
So happy new moon to you all! May you plant seeds that satisfy your soul and water them lovingly. Can’t wait to hear what begins to sprout.Post a comment
Something that I dreamt about, only shyly admitted to some trusted individuals, and definitely questioned my worth of if I even could… happened!
When I landed back in Brooklyn this fall, I wanted to start teaching yoga. I knew there were a million and one routes to go about that, but I was picky, and I really only wanted to teach at my favorite studio in Brooklyn : Prema Yoga.
A few hours before our flight to Europe, I went to a teaching audition at Prema. I thought of not even showing up, since everything was so crazy in our rush to leave, I wasn’t feeling well, and I probably wouldn’t be good enough anyway. I was actually pretty positive I wouldn’t make the cut. Luckily I just showed up, taught, and then was offered to teach on a rotating basis!
So now – you can find me (and LOVELY other teachers) teaching on Tuesdays @ 4:30 pm + some other special classes I am hosting. You can see my upcoming schedule here. I’d love nothing more to see you there.
Two lessons : Don’t listen to the crap that runs on in your brain (it’s NOT true!!) and take time to dream. It’s worth it. The tricky thing is that sometimes it doesn’t happen on our predetermined timeline, so you might be tempted to give up and say forget about it. But don’t. Just go ahead and trust wildly. It’s all coming to you. I can’t wait to hear when it arrives!Post a comment
This past Pop Up Full Moon Yoga class concluded with a craft. Inspired by Ruby Warrington and this post she wrote on The Numinous – we finished our calming moon salutations and started making prayer arrows.
After savasana we transitioned into writing a note of gratitude on a piece of brown tissue paper, and then scribed a prayer, a wish, or an intention for ourselves, someone else, or this world. We chose a branch (that was sourced locally from Prospect Park :) ) and wrapped the note around the twig, secured it with washi tape and colorful thread, and then added feathers, flowers, and fresh rosemary as adornments.
The best part was seeing how incredibly unique and gorgeous everyone made their own arrows. Now they exist as a way to shoot the prayer or wish out into this world. A lovely symbol + gift.
You can make your own prayer arrow anytime you’d like to send a conscious thought into the universe. Of course I’d LOVE to see what you create.
And mark your calendars for the next #popupfullmoonyoga class Sunday, May 3rd. Details to follow!Post a comment