Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Hi, friends! Some exciting news today on Alive in the Fire...
I'm now offering an e-book!
Are you feeling a little lost? Lacking direction or motivation? Or maybe you could just use a few moments of deep rest, of looking inward?
This one's for you!
Inherent to the practice of yoga is the element of Svadhyaya, or self-inquiry. We explore layers of awareness through physical sensation, breath, emotion, and thought.
In this 20-page workbook, I will lead you through a unique experience of yoga that includes asana (poses), meditation, chanting/sound vibration, and creative writing.
You’ll explore questions such as, what am I here for? What’s holding me back? Do I trust my inner wisdom? How can I release fear?
Asking these questions isn't easy work to do. We can start by creating a quiet space, breathing, and connecting with the physical body.
What we find can be beautiful and enlightening... it may also be painful or make us feel vulnerable, raw, or overwhelmed. It becomes our task, then, to trust the outcome and trust our inner wisdom. Sometimes we must walk through the fire in order to gain clarity.
My goal in offering this e-book is to extend a little piece of my yoga teaching into this community I've created here at Alive in the Fire, and help however many yogis I can experience a little more peace in their day-to-day lives.
It's $3 to purchase the e-book, and my hope is that it is a practical, useful tool that can enhance your yoga practice and help you discover something new about yourself along the way.
As always, I'm open to your feedback and would love to hear from you if you try out the e-book and want to share your experience (my email is aliveinthefire at gmail dot com).
Please check out the link below to support the project.
Sending each of you a heartfelt Namaste.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Hi yogis! I hope your week is off to an awesome start.
So, I'm curious: do you ever bike to yoga class? Do you like to take cycling adventures on the weekend, so you can practice yoga in the park or take your mat with you on a hike?
Practicing outdoors is an amazing way to change up your practice, and connect inward without any distractions.
When Sponsored Yogini Kels and I heard about the new incredible invention called MyMogi, I was stoked. 'How has someone not created this yet?!' I thought, reflecting back on my days living in Chicago when I biked everywhere.
A perfect yoga mat carrying bag that connects effortlessly to your bike rack?!
YES. Yes. (Duh!)
I was excited for Kelsie to have the chance to try out the Mogi bag, and she absolutely loves it.
If you're a cyclist who loves yoga, or a yogi who wants to get more into cycling, this Mogi bag is definitely for you. I can think of several friends and fellow teachers who would adore this bag as much as any other yoga prop, so I'm setting my intention to share as many of these as I can!
Mogi is currently on Kickstarter and I encourage you to check out the brand and support a fellow entrepreneur who is out changing the world for the better.
A big heartfelt thanks from Alive in the Fire and the Sponsored Yogis team for sharing Mogi with the world, and cheers to all you cycling yogis out there who are going to love using Mogi!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
It's all going to be OK. In fact, it already is.
If you set your mind on peace, and keep it there, nothing can steal that from you.
Not surprises or unexpected conversations, not heartache, not anger, not loss.
Not shitty behavior from people you care about.
Not feeling confused or lost, wondering what your purpose is, not even the days when you want to give up.
You begin to see these as experiences as experiences.
You have a chance to be human here in this lifetime, to ride the ups and downs and simply keep noticing.
Notice discomfort. Notice your breath. Notice the way you can keep your heart open. Notice the moments when you want to close, and then stay open.
Take up space. Take care of you.
It's all OK.
Photos by Ken Johnson of CKCImage.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
There are people in your life who care about you and love you.
They believe in you.
Take a moment today to honor this foundation they provide. This support they give.
And based on their compassion toward you, be kind to yourself.
Photo by Tom Huynh.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
So this world can't find a way to leave you cold
And know you're not the only ship out on the ocean
Save your strength for things that you can change
Forgive the ones you can't
You gotta let it go
- Zac Brown Band, "Let it Go"