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Instagram Challenges this week!

Join me and my good friends for some fun yoga challenges on Instagram this week. #yogiflightclub started today with crow pose and tonight I’ll be posting the second pose (for tomorrow) post your crow tonight or if it’s too late join in tomorrow for our second pose! 

The second Challenge is to raise awareness for Nepal – #InspirationGenerationChallenge

Stop drop and yoga with us and of course if you can donate please do. However just by spreading the word you will help bring the word around that we are raising the awareness and those that can will donate.  Join us each day by posting the hashtag with your pose of choice and tagging a friend to stop drop and yoga for a good cause as well. Here are my two Ig posts.

For all details just go to @theyogimatt on Instagram and see the caption under these videos.

   
 

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The Nature of Spirit

For most of my life I didn’t have a connection to spirit, I felt disconnected and in my own world. Everything revolved around the drama of my every day events, it was a challenging experience and yet it was my accepted norm. I am grateful for the moment in time that cracked me open and awakened my mind to the presence of spirit. 

For me it happened outside in nature, and it became obvious that we’re made of energy. While energy takes on different forms and may look different on the outside, at the core of it all it’s pure, powerful, pulsing, energy. I feel most connected to spirit when I am immersed in nature. 

  Photo Credit: @karenfuchsphoto  

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Jump

Something I have noticed in my life is the more I challenge myself, the easier it is to face the challenges that life provides. Regardless of where they come from, challenges help us grow stronger. None the less we have to make the choice to step into them. 

Many of us see a hurdle and try to run through it, and eventually wind up tripping and falling. Some of us see the hurdle and avoid ever moving toward it, we let it sit there… lingering until more of them pile up around us. Still the choice is ours- learn how to leap over them, or feel the weight of them on our shoulders everyday. With practice the leaps become more and more graceful…then the hurdles get higher, and we get strong and we jump higher. 

Whether you are putting the hurdles in place or life is doing it for you, they will continue to exist. So, make the choice that will bring joy and lightness, or don’t choose and feel the weight pile up. The challenges  keep coming, but if we focus on the one that is right in front of us and approach it skillfully, we can start joyfully jumping. What challenges are you avoiding? and what is your first step to feeling light and free? 

Spring workshops:

May 2,3- Philly 

May 9th: Long Island

May 16: NYC

May 17: CT

May 30: NYC

For details:

http://www.theyogimatt.com/eventsworkshops/

Photo below from: @KatenFuchsPhoto (Instagram)

 

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Authenticity = True Happiness

 The more I honor who I really am inside, the more I share that part of me with others. Authenticity is perhaps one of the most important things we need to feel and sustain happiness. You cannot be authentic if you are hiding behind your insecurities, and are scared to be vulnerable with yourself and others. I keep learning this, and it feels so Damn good to continue rediscovering my Self, and offering that part of me back to the world. Not only does it feel good to be me, but it’s contagious. When I am fully myself I see the people around me take a breath and let down their walls that guard them from their own joy. Mad a result the connections become so much more meaningful and ultimately more powerful. I am super grateful for those of you that have worked on yourself enough to release your own judgements- it’s that kind of work that allows the people around you to feel at ease. Releasing judgement starts with shifting your focus from what you don’t like to what you do like about something, or someone. It’s a practice, and it takes time. It’s like strengthening a muscle, it takes repetition and dedication. The sooner you can see the beauty in your own self the sooner you can let that part of you out and the sooner the people around you will do the same.

 I am totally grateful to the practice of @AcroYoga for giving me a safe yet accountable place to explore my authenticity. It truly is an incredible training ground because working with one or more people offers a mirror to see yourself. It is a practice that can show you your judgements and can help you release them so that you can feel the freedom of being truly you. 

Two opportunities to try acro this weekend – @KAIAYOGA – Westport CT and Rise Yoga in Saratoga Springs NY (@justinwolfer ‘s studio!) see you Saturday or sunday?? 

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What Yogi’s Eat for Dessert?

Recently Yahoo Health approached me and asked what I eat for desert. While there are a billion healthy and certainly some unhealthy deserts out there, there is one in particular that I love and it’s super simple. Check out @Jordan Lippi’s article on “what yogi’s eat for dessert”


https://www.yahoo.com/health/what-yogis-eat-for-dessert-3-recipes-115041006087.html


  

https://www.yahoo.com/health/what-yogis-eat-for-dessert-3-recipes-115041006087.html

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