8 limbs yoga _ trusting the goodness of our practice

Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. How to yoga breath The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. Yoga am morgen video And so forth. Yoga brighton michigan But I’m taking the day off. Hotbox yoga philadelphia Quiet as a feather.


Uptown yoga schedule I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance. Yoga journal conference san francisco 2016 Stillness. Yoga retreats 2015 california One of the doors into the temple. Yoga poses benefits – Mary Oliver

This poem brings to life for me the felt-experience of in-the-moment trusting. Yoga for piles by baba ramdev The sensation of hunkering down into the quiet fortitude of faith. Power yoga exercises for beginners An experience we’ve been getting intimately reacquainted with behind-the-scenes at 8 Limbs, whether we’ve wanted to or not.

For many years (20 to be precise), we’ve turned to our practices to help us navigate life, including the life of 8 Limbs. Qi yoga perth In moving our bodies and sitting with our selves we’ve honed our capacities to approach situations with deeper humility, openness, and compassion. Yoga place In turn, this has allowed us to savor moments of joy as they arise, and accept what life (and business) doles out that is difficult. Postnatal yoga austin Over these 20 years a predictability of sorts emerged. Yoga for hair growth results We’ve noticed a consistent practice generally means we feel better, more of the time. Baba ramdev yoga diet weight loss We’ve also found that life’s rough patches dissipate sooner; their edges soften. Yoga hosers full movie For about 19 of these 20 years we’ve taken comfort in this predictability.

Within 8 Limbs, as many of you know, we had committed 2016 as a year to hold difficult conversations. Yoga articles 2016 Many of you also know, we have since often found ourselves in over our heads. Yoga poses for abs muscles As a member of the Seattle yoga community, we’ve joined others in confronting and getting confronted by racism and bias that is far more extensive and deeply rooted than we had imagined. Yin yoga at home In our nation, we’ve watched this play out tenfold.

What then have we done? We’ve turned to our practices. Yoga room ideas Intellectually we clued in that a socially-just life is a yogic life regardless of how it feels in our bodies in any given moment. Yoga nidra network In our bruised insides though, if we’re honest, we turned to our practices because we wanted to feel better. Pregnancy yoga exercises for normal delivery We wanted to gain the insight necessary to move past this unwieldy and festering rough patch. Best yoga asanas for memory and concentration When that wasn’t returning us to equilibrium as quickly as we were used to, we turned to an enticing old friend: doing more. Best yoga poses for hip flexors We started programming more events and offerings without retiring others. Yoga stretches for lower back and hamstrings Doing more keeps us busy, helps us feel engaged. Yoga nidra steps Our insides were hoping this extra practice would speed up the healing process and grow our communities into safer places sooner.

And there’s the rub. Yoga sequences intermediate We’ve been willing to trust our practices so long as we weren’t planted in difficult territory for too long. Yoga magazine jobs Through experiencing a general predictability of more ease and less pain, rather than allow experiences to unfold as they are, we came to expect relief from our practices, at least within a certain amount of time. Prenatal yoga positions third trimester And we’ve been squirming; we are squirming. Sadhana yoga If you can picture in your mind’s eye a yogi sitting on a cushion desperately trying to meditate, fidgeting, agitated…that would be us a decent chunk of 2016.

Anyone who regularly reads my column knows we are a work in progress. Music for yoga practice youtube This column is a monthly peek into that not-remotely-linear progress. Antigravity yoga nj Sometimes we’re in a good place, sometimes not so much. Yoga everyday gaia What you’ll always learn, though, is where we are at any given time. Yoga exercises for beginners for weight loss One year after committing to difficult conversations, that place is committing to trusting the inherent goodness of our practices.

What do we mean by that? We mean not simply trusting our practices when convenient, timely, or when they make us feel good quick enough but fully putting faith in the moment-to-moment experiencing of our practices. Yoga for your neck We mean trusting that our practices will, in their own way and in their own time, lead us, individually and collectively, to deeper levels of wisdom and compassion. Qi yoga bukit mertajam Trusting that just because we are residing in discomfort for an uncomfortably long period of time doesn’t mean our practices aren’t enough.

Behind the scenes we are challenging our business habit of distracting ourselves via excess output. Yoga international day We’re quieting down and making room for stillness. Tri yoga boston In Mary Oliver’s words, we’re “flying low… letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.”

We call it “strategic pruning.” We’re aligning our energy behind both what we can reasonably pull off with heart and presence and what most brings our mission to life. Basic yoga poses pictures This means scaling back the quantity of workshops and special events within each schedule while upping cohesiveness. Maha yograj guggulu ramdev For example, rather than bringing in social justice trainings in addition to an array of asana-based workshops, we’re creating programming that yokes these two paths. Prema yoga nyc We’re also simplifying some of our key programs. Yoga pranayama breathing exercises We will still hold our annual 28 Day Commitment program in February, for instance, but in a quieter format. Different types of yoga meditation We’ll also use our 28 Day Commitment as a platform to unpack this idea of trusting in the goodness of our practices as a broader community. Best morning yoga routine video More details to come in January.

In the meantime I invite you to consider what about your practice you are willing to trust today (Mary Oliver’s word). Beloved yoga great falls As always, feel free to share your thoughts and questions with me at ashley@8limbsyoga.com.

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