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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...

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...

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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...

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YWA Move Day 13 – Flight

The YWA Move Day 13 online yoga session included some play with crow pose. It can be challenging to get the foundational angles and movement that helps you reach flight in this asana. I enjoyed the playful, light touch approach in YWA Move Day 13.  At the same time, Adriene honoured that flight is the intention - it is exploring the quality of flight within that matters. It is such an internal art - having a light touch with oneself and the learning...

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YWA Move Day 12 – Focus

The YWA Move Day 12 practice came at a time where my focus was less than 100%.  I have been sick, and I noticed that I couldn't pull my attention into a sharper area when prompted to by Adriene. Still, it was a good to practice the act of focusing anyway, even if it wasn't coming fully. I guess that's what practice is! Happily, I was able to access some grace, even with my ankle wobbles, during the balancing poses. That is, I...

YWA Move Day 8 – Rest

The YWA Move Day 8 practice from Yoga With Adriene came at a great time for me. I got sick! In fact, I didn't practice on Day 8 because of being sick and trying to get a tested in a Melbourne overwhelmed by COVID cases. While the discipline of practicing every day contains a rich bounty of benefits, taking some space from critical thoughts about missing a day when sick is also a good idea. I then resumed the 30 days of...