Dream Realized : Yoga in Brooklyn

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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. 

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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!

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Spontaneous Travel : Part 3

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Leaving Brooklyn was crazy. We all got sick right before we were about to fly to Europe, and  I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to get on an overnight flight. But I’m so glad we fumbled through and tagged along on Aaron’s business trip to Frankfurt + Basel.

It was so awesome to visit Frankfurt again. I got to see friends for coffee, for a cocktail, for a lunch, and for a stroll. I visited my favorite stamp shop, Perlenfischer, I got a body work session, saw lots of baby bumps of various sizes (!), and had a cappuccino + slice of cheesecake while Luca was napping. It was all really quite magical.

Switzerland was windy + rainy, but we made the most of it. Luca and I went to the zoo one day and strolled around the rest of the time. It kind of felt like a reset button and shifted my perspective on life in Brooklyn.

When we left, life seemed like a ridiculously hard puzzle, with so many pieces to arrange in order for any one simple thing to happen. Now, somehow things seem slightly easier. I’m simplifying as much as I can and letting it be easy. I am a pro at overcomplicating things.

So now we are back! And I’m excited for all that is to come – like tomorrow’s Pop Up Full Moon Yoga Class + additional classes I will be teaching at Prema Yoga in Brooklyn!! Also, I’m thinking about hosting a mini mala making workshop sometime soon. Let me know if you might be interested in that.

Have a LOVELY weekend + keep me posted on what is brewing for you!

 

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Spontaneous Travel : Part 2

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I declared I wanted spontaneous travel in 2015, and a few weeks into January we booked a last minute trip to Puerto Rico – which was bliss.

Then this month I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Florida with a very dear friend and her 18 month old daughter. We left the NY snow and traded it in for sunshine and color! There was so much color – from the houses, to the sand toys, to the outfits, to the flowers. It was so therapeutic to be surrounded by such bold and bright colors.





Now that we are back – I’m on a mission to add more color into my life. And as far as spontaneous travel goes… Well one more trip popped up, and next week we are off to Europe and I cannot wait!

So I’m serious when I say : Claim what you want. It’s worth it.

I am hosting a pop up full moon yoga class on Saturday, April 4th at 4:30 pm in Brooklyn, and it would be great to have you! We will practice gratitude, receptivity, clarify what you want and end with a mini art project. I’m really excited for this one. You can sign up here.

Claim what you want and bonus points if you tell someone else about it! I’d love to hear. 

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How to Create an Altar : Part 3

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“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat and be yourself.” – Herman Hesse

Once you’ve found a space, and gathered and arranged beautiful objects – it’s time to use your sacred space.

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Here are a few ideas on how you can make the most of your altar:

  • Meditate!! One of the best ways to start the day.
  • Yoga : you can do one down dog or a full 60-90 minute practice. I don’t quite have that time these days, so I squeeze in some cat/cows, down dogs, and general wiggling around to make my body feel good.
  • Practice gratitude : a deceivingly simple yet powerful thing to do. Gets me every time.
  • Read an uplifting passage from a book. I am currently loving everything Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun has to say.
  • Make room for poetry : read or write.
  • Light a candle and set an intention for the day.

Use your altar as a physical reminder to connect to yourself.

I can’t wait to hear what form your altar takes and what you do in its space.  And if you want to get into the whole meditation thing – I am working on a mini meditation bundle for you to enjoy anywhere and anytime! It will be ready soon and you can listen to a sample you here. I can’t wait to share!

Also, this post from Danielle LaPorte gives great instructions on how to energize and activate your sacred objects.

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How to Create an Altar : Part 1

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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” – Joseph Campbell 

I love altars. They are grounding and magical. I sit in front of mine every morning and the physical arrangement helps me to mindfully arrange my internal space. I did a series on altars in the spring that began with this post – but I wanted to revisit, because, well… I love altars.

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So first thing is first… Locate a space. Begin by finding a little are that will work for you now. You can always change your mind, and you can create many in your office and home.

Here are some ideas:

  • Your night table
  • A corner on the floor
  • A windowsill
  • A little table
  • A shelf (or part of one)
  • A corner of your desk
  • On your mantle
  • On top of your dresser
  • Hanging from the ceiling or wall
  • A 2 dimensional one on your computer, ipad, smart phone case…
  • In a box
  • In your car
  • On a kitchen counter
  • Inside a drawer

You can meditate, journal, feel supported and guided, or remind yourself to be present in front of your altar. The options are endless, so do what feels right and commit to one.

Let me know where you decide to clear some space and stay tuned for some ideas of what you can lovingly arrange on them. And here is a pintrest board you can use to guide you towards locating your very own space.

 

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I Love You When

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I love you when you compare, when you judge, and when you think you are less than.

I love you when you doubt your worth and your value.

I love you when you are eating one last cookie, and checking your email one last time right before bed.

I love you when you fail.

I love you when you worry.

I love you when you think you can’t.

I love you when you are scared to be you.

I love you when you believe your limiting beliefs.

Because those are the times I can practice compassion and forgiveness towards you and do my best to send nothing but love.

I love you, I forgive you, I release you.

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When can you give yourself the opportunity to love? I’d love to hear.

 

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