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Super Stretchy Spinal Flow

It’s been a lovely, crazy, fulfilling, and this-life altering summer. This poor little blog has been neglected and I can’t promise that will change drastically with the months to come. I thought that in penance I should offer you a little gift so I hopped on my mac today and started to move. No plans but this came out so I hope you enjoy…

30 minutes of juicy, slow, stretchy spinal flow.
Shout Out to your upper back- the container for the other side of your heart.

(full disclaimer, my big fur-baby Olive decided she needed to be part of the show so there are some “hair ball in the throat” sounds and a few guest appearances of a furry black mug. Just go with it πŸ˜‰ Β Also my breathing is much more exaggerated than it usually would be but sound isn’t the greatest in this room so I wanted you to be able to hear the rhythm as much as possible. Typically it’s strong but more subtle and in/out primarily through the nose )

For those of you in the Raleigh-Durham area i’m directing a new and amazing studio in Brier Creek under the name BURN Athletic. We’ll offer Yoga, Circuit Training, Cycling and BURNBlends (fusion/cross-modality classes). We’ll also have a few the Ballet Burn classes on our schedule. I really can’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity to gather an amazing community of instructors and students together in one space. I’ve come to realize even more through this journey that there is more than enough for everyone…and i’ve loved every minute, continuing to support the existing yoga and fitness community while integrating our vision into the mix. Wild Crazy Beautiful ride indeed!

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2011’s greatest hits from Cafe Ganesha

A quick wrap up of this past year’s favorite posts…you know, just in case you missed one πŸ˜‰ Continue reading

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You can’t trick the universe…

You can’t trick the universe into giving you what you want by pretending to be at peace with how things are, by imitating what you think it would look like to be fully present where you are, all the while looking over your shoulder to see if some higher power has noticed and is about to deliver you from where you are and put you where you really want to be. ~~Oriah Mountain Dreamer β™₯

Thank you to another lovely Raleigh yogi/teacher, Leilani Walker, for bringing my attention to this quote. It sums up a lot of what i’ve been feeling, pondering, percolating on lately.

As a teacher of “the yoga” I often feel that students see me in the light of someone who is enlightened, self-actualized, ethereal, living up in the happy clouds with the gods and the carebears πŸ˜‰ …and when I see this I do my very best to kindly express gratitude for the viewpoint while letting them know just how far from reality that little assumption is. Why do I teach? Because I love it. Does that mean i’m perfect? Hell-to-the-NO. In fact, being a teacher i’m faced with my imperfections more than the average bear (get it “Yogi”? oh never mind…) because i’m constantly meditating, flowing, and chanting my way to more and more acceptance of these little reminders of my humanity. Baby steps forward, toddler steps back…and the like. So when students see me with the proverbial halo over my head, it can both boost the ego (not good) or make me feel fraudulent (also not good) because i’m feeling like i’ve tricked the universe into seeing me the way I want to be, not the way I am quite yet. Lessons to be learned? Oh so many…but lets start here.

Who am I?

your mirror, your teacher

Who are you?

my mirror, my teacher

Who are we?

reflections of each other, each others teachers, each others students

What is inside of us…you know way underneath all of the shoulds/shouldn’ts, and to-dos, and self judgements?

Beauty, grace, little bits of God

Have I fooled anyone?

NOPE

Have you fooled anyone?

Most likely not

Is there room to grow, explore, observe, and let go?

Always, Always, ALWAYS…that’s the beauty of life πŸ™‚

Peace be with you. Namaste Ya’ll

Jennifer

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