Friday, October 2, 2015

Reiki Energy

Photos by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Every moment has energy. Every breath. Every movement.

The question is, what do you surround yourself with?

What toxic and draining energies do you come into contact with? And what are your practices for healing, release and renewal?

I'm so grateful for my Reiki practice in that it allows me to channel healing. To find that 'reset' button, energetically. To give myself that gift, and to share it with others.

Drained batteries. Exhaustion. Depletion.

Reiki remedies these, and it creates opportunities for us to reach our highest potential.

I'm currently working on manifesting more Reiki -- sharing it more with those that I know, whether through one-on-one treatments, distance healing, or retreats that incorporate yoga and Reiki. If you're curious to hear more, please reach out (aliveinthefire at gmail dot com).

Sending peaceful energy your way, dear reader!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yoga Under the Full Moon

Happy Full Harvest Moon, yogis! I'm a few days late, but hey :)

I had an incredible teaching experience on Monday. I was lucky to get to teach a flow class outside under the light of the moon! It was beautiful.

On my way to the studio I saw this incredible sunset:

Before the class, I was feeling a little nervous, especially as more and more yogis started showing up. Even though I've been teaching for several years now, I still get a few butterflies before teaching a big class, or teaching something I've never tried before.

At the full moon class, I prepared myself to try something a little out of my comfort zone-- some different sequencing than I usually teach, and more along the lines of my own practice. More fluid movement, and a series of poses that focuses on opening the spine and strengthening the core. It felt vulnerable to share my practice in that way, but also exciting. 

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with the owner at my studio and received some feedback on my teaching that helped me realize the ways I've been playing it safe, and how I can challenge myself by being willing to make mistakes.

I'm proud to say that when I taught Monday's class, I made it a priority to release my fear of 'messing up' this different flow, and I just went for it. And it went just fine! It was fun offering something out of the ordinary.

We also chanted during the class. What a powerful practice, inviting these mantras in! The chant was kali durga, an invocation of love and transformation.

I also offered a reminder that the full moon energy gives us an amazing opportunity to release the old and make space for what's new. My hope is that all of the yogis who came for the class had an experience of release-- however that looks for them-- and that their lives would be enriched by that releasing, that sense of surrender.

Yoga isn't easy, whether you're teaching it or practicing it. It requires being vulnerable-- stepping out of your comfort zone, and embracing the growth that follows.

I'm so grateful for the experience of sharing yoga under the full moon, for that reminder: that even within the struggle and the challenge, we're in it together. Collectively and within ourselves, we're able to release what is old, stagnant, and no longer serving us.

We can grow from that, and move forward.

Hope to make this full moon yoga experience a regular thing-- stay tuned!

PS How did you celebrate the full moon and eclipse? :)


Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

What happens when you are vulnerable?

When you allow your heart to be open,

when you embrace the good with the bad,

when you speak what's on your mind, even if it means saying, I'm tired or I'm weak or I am ready for something different...

What happens when you are vulnerable is that you experience growth at an exponentially faster pace.

You allow more growth.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


At the very core of your being, there is a wildness.

A part of you that knows freedom, that holds nothing back.

This part of you knows when to be fierce, when to speak, when to rest. Listen to that voice. She has many things to say.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

4 Amazing Yoga Books

Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Are you looking for inspiration for your yoga practice?

Lately I keep coming back to these four books. 

I highly recommend checking them out, whether you're a yoga teacher looking for creative ideas for class, or you're creating your own home practice. These books offer creative ideas, new flows, ways to make yoga accessible and relevant, and beautiful quotes to read or share during meditation. 

Each of these books is extraordinary.

by Elena Brower and Erica Jago

This book is a magical exploration of yoga told through stunning images and thoughtful essays. I love the little stick figure sequencing, theme ideas, interactive journaling prompts, and thoughtful sense of awareness that comes from engaging with this book. Watch the Indiegogo video here for an inspiring look behind the scenes of what went into the project.

by Linda Sparrowe

This series of heartfelt essays and photographs shows an inside look at where people practice yoga in their homes. The book features interviews with famous teachers and practitioners such as Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Shiva Rea, and Elena Brower as they reflect on practical tips, sequencing ideas, and inspiration found in the teachings of yoga.

What I love most about this book is that it is very down-to-earth and accessible -- you don't have to have years of experience to feel comfortable reading it and taking some of the wisdom and applying it to your own practice.

There's something very real, tangible, and lovely about this collection; reading it feels like being in someone's actual living room with your mats rolled out side by side, just chatting and breathing and trying out the poses.

by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

This book is a go-to on days when I'm feeling stuck, uninspired, worried, or overwhelmed. Each passage offers something immediate. I love that the book moves through explorations of all eight limbs of yoga, and it offers thoughts and ideas that make the practice a human experience.

There are pages in this book that I read over and over again, because they reveal the heart of this practice. I love the way Rolf Gates says it, "The real payoff of a yoga practice, I came to see, is not a perfect handstand or a deeper forward bend—it is the newly born self that each day steps off the yoga mat and back into life."

by Maya Fiennes

When I first started yoga, I practiced with Maya Fiennes, watching her DVD from my living room. I was such a mess. This incredible woman inspired me to start tuning in to my inner wisdom, and to begin understanding my own strength. Years later, I discovered this book, and now love her, and her approach for yoga, even more.

This book offers insight on the different chakras, guiding you through a Kundalini asana practice focused on each energy center, as well as meditation, food, daily practices, and spiritual rituals to balance the energy. It gives a comprehensive view of how we can apply yoga to mind, body and spirit. I like to think of this book as a guide book to creating happiness and peace. Maya's voice offers that-- a sense of grounding and peace. It's a great read for any yoga practitioner, or even someone who's never tried yoga before.

Photo by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

What are your favorite yoga books? Which ones do you keep coming back to?

PS A book for yogis who are new to the practice, and a book for yogis who love poetry.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Badass Women: Kim

Photos courtesy of Kim.

Hi, yogis! Today I'm grateful to introduce you to Kim, a badass yogini in Chicago who has inspired me on so many levels... not only is she the incredible entrepreneur behind Sant, but she is also a beautiful soul with a very powerful voice. Kim and I started emailing a long time ago, and from the moment I heard from her, I could sense a strong connection. 

With Kim, I love that I can talk about anything and feel supported and acknowledged; she offers an encouraging, intelligent perspective and her down-to-earth demeanor is one of a kind :)

Kim goes for what she wants in life, and she has this incredible clarity about her. When I think 'badass,' she's at the top of my list!

What makes you a badass?

I have a tattoo that says "badass" on my left wrist and another that says badass in sanskrit on my thigh.  OK, not really, but I do think I'm hilarious and sometimes I say things just to make myself laugh (and that's kind of badass).  I welcome failure, pain and love.  I left the corporate world to start a social enterprise; it failed.  Then I moved to India, (and cried the first 8 months) and started another social enterprise, Sant.

How did you get where you are today? 

Work.  A lot of work.
  • Vipassana meditation course
  • Books - A New Earth, The Four AgreementsMany Lives, Many Masters, The Queen's Code
  • Work with healers
  • Network spinal analysis 
  • Byron Katie
  • Ted talks: Lessons from the Mental Hospital and The Voices in My Head
  • Yoga, Yoga nidra and Kundalini yoga
  • Ayurvedic treatments 
  • Breath work
  • The documentary "I Am"
  • Native American sweat lodges 
  • Choosing my words carefully  (no "good", "bad", "should" "have to")
  • Living in the grey as opposed to the black and white
  • Showing myself compassion, acceptance, love and gratitude
  • Observing my judgments and thoughts, including separating suicidal thoughts from myself

What do you do for yourself to rejuvenate?

Dance.  (I dance by myself in the mornings.  I might be a ballerina when I grow up.) Meditation. Cuddling. Laughing.

What advice do you have for others who are looking to find happiness and become fully empowered?
  • Listen to yourself-- you are the only person who knows what you need
  • Ask for help-- this is true strength 
  • Do something-- if you aren't happy, you won't be able to think yourself to happiness. You're programmed to be unhappy (our society does this). You have to break out of this programming and it takes action.  

How do you plan to continue your baddass-ery? ;)
Living in the present moment.  Nurturing myself.  Working to positively impact the lives of others.

Thank you so much, Kim, for participating in this series and for being such an awesome friend! 

PS Meet other badass women in the series: Justine, Sarah, and Rose.


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