"owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy - the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. it is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. if we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
courage is a heart word. the root of the word courage is cor - the latin word for heart. in one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant "to speak one's mind by telling all one's heart." over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. but in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences - good and bad. speaking from our hearts is what i think of as ordinary courage.
vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness." - excerpts from @brenebrown's daring greatly (audio source @timferriss show podcast) #riskhappy
Hello 👋 almond butta drizzle we meet again 😎 this sunday (earth day) has been busy busy, i went to work first thing this am and out to lunch with my long lost best friend 🙋🏻♀️ also didn’t wanna forget about getting outside into the fresh air and all that our mother 🌏 has to offer. i mean isn’t it amazing the we can grow foods like sp on this earth? if i was stranded on an island and could only take one food i would take sweet potatoes 🍠. so here’s my simple recipe for cinnamon almond drizzle sweet potatoes wedges:
preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. wash and chop up 1 large sweet potato into wedges. coat in 1-2 tbsp of avocado oil (i use @chosenfoods ). then coat in 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle pink himalayan sea salt over them. bake for 40 minutes and tossing halfway in between. for the cinnamon almond butter sauce mix together 1 tbsp almond butter (i used @spreadthelove ), 3 tbsp water, 1/2 tsp manuka honey (@wedderspoonofficial ), and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. drizzle over the fries and 💥 you’re done 👏🏻
5 hours ago
“may you receive good news on something that you’ve been patiently waiting on. may the universe bend in your favor and open new pathways for greater opportunities. it's time for you to receive. you've had enough lessons. you've been patient long enough. you've remained strong through many trails and challenges. nothing broke you. you still here standing strong. now it's your turn to start receiving blessings and it is about to happen for you. things are getting more clear. the answers you need are arriving. the universe is getting ready to make a delivery in your life. in the meantime, celebrate and smile like you've already received everything you have been asking for. own the energy of what you want as if you already have it. be in a mindset that you are provided for. do your part, but let the universe handle the rest. it’s all about to happen for you!” - idil ahmed
photo by @gisele
comment ‘yes’ if you're grateful and ready to receive.
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3 hours ago
A beautiful way to start your day, grab your favorite @hardtailforever tie dye leggings and get into yoga. you’ll be comfortable and supported in their super soft cotton leggings and scoop back bra top as you move through all your asanas!
photo via @odettehughesyoga
2 days ago
"there are those much more rare people who never lose their curiosity, their almost childlike wonder at the world; those people who continue to learn and to grow intellectually until the day they die. and these usually are the people who make contributions, who leave some part of the world a little better off than it was before they entered it." - william herbert sheldon #riskhappy
9 hours ago
Yummy angel aura quartz😍😍 (available!) we have two days left of our road trip! sorry for not being as active as usual, we will return to our normal activity on the 25th! all of your packages will go out that day also. sending you all lots of love💕-soph & ames🌿🗻
Happy monday! 💙 last week felt long and tiring. i am proud of myself for still managing to get out of bed to practice with the lovely community at @happymelonstudios, and especially for making the effort to get to @brogafly718 ‘s funky friday flow. i loved shaking my b***y and singing and exploring creativity in a supportive studio environment. so much fun! definitely something i want to incorporate into my daily life a bit more ☺️ now for a new week full of learning and productivity ✌🏼 ———————————-
just teaching the one class during our final week:
wednesday 6.30pm- flow, restore & meditate @flowthroughyogabrunswick
see you beautiful yogis on the mat xox
Mindfulness practice alleviates stress and improves focus! 🌟
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Push your tongue against the top of your mouth and place a finger between your eyebrows and apply pressure. hold it for about 20 seconds and your sinuses should begin to drain. alternate between pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth and pressing between the eyebrows, which is actually the yintang acupoint, the location of the nasion. yin tang is an acupressure / acupuncture point between the eyebrows, used to open sinuses and calm emotional upheaval. it is also known as "the v****m point." according to lisa destefano, d.o., an assistant professor at the michigan state university college of osteopathic medicine, putting pressure on this point causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth. the motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain. your sinuses are hollow cavities in your skull that are connected to each other and are lined with mucosa tissue and mucus. these bones are relatively flexible, so by massaging this point between the eyebrows you can help drain and clear up any "trapped" fluid that may have accumulated within them. #consciousvibrancy
Ya'll. it's hard to photograph the majesty of these beautiful, healing instruments because it's dark here but i just can't wait to share these with you and tell you what i've got in store♡.
last month my sweet friend, @__elisenicole__ came and held space at my stido and when i heard her play i knew this was something special. it reminded me of how i use to really love but had stepped away from teaching medications because, for a lot of reasons, it just made me feel "heavy." no one teally says this, but teaching always is not rainbows and unicorns. it can also feel lonely and isolating. it is taking on the karma of others and holding the space for them to ideally work through it.
keeping yourself healthy as a facilitator is crucial and i'm ready and so excited to start meditating groups again. if you haven't already experienced it, crystal singing bowls are super bomb. trust me.
through meditation you’ll experience the healing tones and harmonious sensations while the rich, textural sounds created by the singing bowls resonate hypnotically throughout the room, strengthening a shared yet profoundly personal experience that will help heal your heart, release old beliefs, deepen your connection with nature, your guides and your purpose. i'll be posting times and dates soon! you won't wanna miss it.
“f$%k your free hugs!” came the voice from a man on my left. .
jarred, i glanced over instinctively toward the loud angry voice coming my direction. his face was red, hair long, skin burned by the sun, clothes ragged. he looked aching for a fist fight as he angrily looked up at me from where he sat. .
yesterday, i spent about 9 hours walking many miles while giving out hugs to whomever wanted. i was in san francisco with my free hugs sign. i have been doing free hugs there for several years, although i hadn’t been down there since january. i kept moving, not wishing a confrontation to “straighten things out.” .
later, as i sat drinking a juice, watching the people walk on by, i noticed a street performer glaring my direction. i didn’t think much of it, since what was i doing that was hurting anything? he angrily puffed on a cigarette, and then when finished looked as if he wondered what to do next. glaring didn’t work since i was still there. he then “politely” said, “how long are you going to sit there?” following by a string of profanity which i couldn’t hear over the din of the crowd. when i was done with my drink i got up and walked to a trash can. he loudly said “thank you!” followed by another long string of profanity. i was thinking, like, “huh, what is the problem?”
earlier another voice had said, “nobody wants your f#$%king free hugs!” and toward day’s end, a similar “blessing” came from a homeless gentleman, the details of which do not remain in my brain. .
if i were to allow those voices entrance they could be very damaging. however, based on how many people hugged me, i know they not speaking impeccably. contrast their voices to that of a young girl who hugged me and as she walked away said, “you are making a positive impact on the world!”
to love others is to be vulnerable.
day 1 #standingbackbend#bloomingasanas hosts: @hana_bladh @woodspine @ahmandos @erikafischeryoga
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That’s the only photo we took together at samui! taken right before heading to the airport.. what a great 3 days! only we were missing @andrealui_ in this trip... bye samui 👋🏼 i am missing you already!