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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 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 16 – Anchor

I really appreciated the anchoring focus in the YWA Move Day 16 practice. The mantra that Adriene shared is truly a helpful one for tethering attention: My breath is my anchor My anchor is my breath This works to counter a trauma response.  To reroute the nervous system.  To calm thoughts. To pull attention away from self-critical thoughts.  To more fully inhabit a physical asana. The practice of anchoring attention to the breath even (or especially) helps when doing the more 'workout' style movements...

YWA Move Day 15 – Reset

YWA Move Day 15 online yoga practice from Yoga With Adriene was a wonderful reset. Framed as a half-way mark rejuvenation in the 30 days of yoga journey, it included movements found in kundalini yoga such as 'knocking on heaven's door', which helps the breath and energy to move through the body and bring fresh attention. I appreciated the chance to reset, which brought my awareness to the relationships and growth in myself that are new. At the same time, a perception...

YWA Move Day 14 – Closer

The YWA Move Day 14 online yoga practice brought a beautiful intimacy with the self. The theme of 'closer' invited me to experience a near proximity with divinity. That is, a feeling of grace and peace. My response to the prompt in this session, 'I move closer to', was 'I move closer to my glory'. Ok, so I wasn't feeling this in an ego sense:) I was feeling 'glory' as the innate divinity (grace and peace) that can be experienced within. This can be expressed...