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YWA Move Day 26 – Love

Oh, I love love - thanks Adriene Mishler for the YWA Move Day 26 practice! A kind, compassionate attitude towards the self while practicing is so helpful. I arrived on the mat this morning with a pile up of stressful events and some emotion. Ok, I was feeling some anxiety, and I also had too much coffee before practice. So, I was grateful that the thematic frame for this yoga session was love. It is always helpful to go to the heart of things...

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YWA Move Day 25 – Release

Hoo, I needed the YWA Move Day 25 practice. Release is such a helpful movement - to shake, to exhale, to throw something out of the body. The 'shh' breath on the exhalation helps to hear the release and know that it is happening. I felt that I was releasing old patterns and habits of not speaking up, of being too nice, of being stuck in the 'compassionate listener' mode. Now, as I wrote in the post on process - release isn't a...

YWA Move Day 24 – Process

Ah, life is always in process, what a great reminder in the ywaMove series of yoga videos, particularly YWA Move Day 24. Yoga is the process.  The breath always moves; always processes between states. My asana are always in process.  Each moment, each day. My growth towards being assertive, communicating my needs, and finding my voice is - guess what - a process. Sometimes older habits feel more in the mix.  Sometimes less. Sometimes growth and change is rapid, sometimes slow. If I miss practice...

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YWA Move Day 23 – Soften

What a beautiful practice of softening is found in YWA Move Day 23 video from Yoga With Adriene. Being day 23 of the ywaMove 30 days of yoga journey suggests being in a final phase.  A time to bring together the different qualities that have been generated. Softness is important in embodiment, and I am grateful that Adriene highlighted it. Of course there are certain yoga 'styles' and practices that really focus on softening - 'yin' yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama, savasana, yoga...

YWA Move Day 22 – Courage

Well, the theme of YWA Move Day 22 being courage was kind of perfect. I arrived on the mat feeling stressed and overwhelmed about many areas of my life - kids, relationships, and personal and business finances. I am practicing speaking up to others and this takes a lot of courage for me. So thank you Adriene for a beautiful online yoga session that invited me to tap in to my courage. I loved the yoga, I loved the sequence, I loved the...

YWA Move Day 21 – Connect

Well, yes, the YWA Move Day 21 online yoga practice with Adriene Mishler was not what I was expecting! That is, it was only about 12 minutes long, and was almost all core strengthening movements. So I found it a little challenging to be motivated - I guess because these movements just don't feel as good as many asana for me. Core work can also trigger memories of workouts, exercise classes and associated anti-fatness and body judgement. I have enjoyed and used...

YWA Move Day 20 – Ritual

The theme of YWA Move Day 20 is ritual. For many this idea may be off-putting, prompting an aversion to religious or spiritual ceremony. Fair enough. A lot of harm has been continued through means of ritual in institutationalised religion.  A lot of toxic positivity and eliding true experience has been enacted in new age rituals. I know because of the deep frown line in my forehead that formed in response to simplistic and harmful intoning of the sacred masculine and sacred feminine...

YWA Move Day 19 – Explore

YWA Move Day 19 was a wonderful short yoga practice. I love feeling the connection and familiarity with Adriene. I truly appreciate feeling love for myself, others practicing, and the collective. At a time when a part of me is yearning for love in relationship, feeling love towards myself and others is a true healing. It's important to acknowledge that this is not absolutely the same as embodied interpersonal love.  Yet, we feel the love, and it actually has an effect, according to...

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YWA Move Day 18 – Savour

I savoured the YWA Move day 18 online yoga practice from Yoga With Adriene. What a beautiful reframe as a part of this ywaMove series - to savour each moment (or savor, with the American spelling). Savouring the embodied experience of yoga helps to bring attention to the current moment. It is such a gift. It is, of course, such a practice - I am always practicing this!  Always forgetting, returning, remembering. Remembering to savour the sensations moves attention away from self-critical thoughts or judging...

YWA Move Day 17 – Snuggle

How lovely that the YWA Move Day 17 theme was snuggle! Love a snuggle, me. In fact touch and cuddles and proximity are my equal-favourite love language. I have spent a long time wanting touch and snuggles and not having it, so I understand both the yearning for touch and being met, and the healing practice of snuggling up to the self. I am so glad that Adriene shared this with her millions of followers, what a treasure! May even small moments of snuggling...