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New Year. Same Badass You.

ody policing and shaming has NO space in my classes nor at the places I choose to work. As someone who has worked for many years on making sure I get to a place of physical, emotional and mental well-being, triggers of fat shaming especially do not serve me. To be able to accept the beauty that is me and the “enoughness” that is me requires that I stay grounded around people and  communities who do the same. In a city that generally does otherwise, find a space that values you as you. So friends, as you step into your new year routine, remember that you are beautiful the way you are. You are enough the way you are. You are welcome to my classes the way you are. May this year be one of authenticity, joy and grounding for us all.

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Dear Instagram Yogis, This One is For You

I am so tired of having to think about what to post on Instagram I am uninspired I know there is so much ego involved, but I have to do it I am inspired I know my followers expect me to post at least two pics a day I am uninspired  I wish I didn’t… Continue reading Dear Instagram Yogis, This One is For You

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5 Yoga Influencers Using Their Platform Intentionally and Politically

Discernment is perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding. It is the ability to choose from right or wrong, and to judge between truth or error. Of course, here too, we bring in our tainted perceptions and perspectives, but the act of looking at all options and making decisions, with awareness and acute decision making, is already a step above judgement

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My First Instagram Takeover: Follow @igersarmenia for the full  journey this weekend

Hey friends, I was asked to take over the http://www.instagram.com/igersarmenia account this weekend. I said yes!  First, because this is one of my favorite accounts to follow for travel inspiration in Armenia. Second, I realized that I haven’t been fully able to reveal some of the beautiful photos I’ve taken of the country from my… Continue reading My First Instagram Takeover: Follow @igersarmenia for the full  journey this weekend

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Instagram Giveaway: Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat

Pack Your Mat is giving away a midnight blue Manduka eKO super Lite Travel Mat Rules – go to http://www.instagram.com/packyourmat 1. Follow @packyourmat  2. Tag 3+ friends 3. Like the photo  Must have US mailing address; Winner chosen 06/03/16.  Overview The eKO SuperLite Mat is a superior travel yoga mat that provides excellent grip. Wherever… Continue reading Instagram Giveaway: Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat

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#MadeForYoga: What is your story?

Manduka is collecting and sharing transformational yoga stories. How did you come to yoga? And what transformed in your life when you found your practice? Every person’s story is unique and here I share mine: Everyone is made for yoga, including YOU. As part of the @MandukaYoga social media campaign, I’d like to share my introduction… Continue reading #MadeForYoga: What is your story?

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9 Things I learned from Instagram #2015BestNine (+9 IG Lessons Learned Revealed)

Early on in January of this year, while in Rio De Janeiro, I had the revelation of starting a campaign around the phrase Pack Your Mat (read Finding Freedom in Rio on how it all started). While swimming in the beautiful ocean with my friend around 6:30am, I thought of this phrase and how I… Continue reading 9 Things I learned from Instagram #2015BestNine (+9 IG Lessons Learned Revealed)

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The Imperfect, Fragile Lives Not Portrayed on Social Media 

I love having conversations with my friend and Ashtanga teacher about social media and yoga. Her recent response to the Huffington Post article titled “The Instagram Star Got Real About How Social Media Can Be” was great and motivated me to continue the conversation. The article is about Essena O’Neill, Instagram celebrity, who deletes account,… Continue reading The Imperfect, Fragile Lives Not Portrayed on Social Media 

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Inspiration Generation Getaway: What you missed?

In Santa Monica today, yogis came together to learn and teach together. Many were involved backstage to make this happen, of course, but big shout outs to Briohny + Dice-Iida Klein and Ali Owens who managed to bring great teachers from across the nation, but most especially those students who really look up to them and… Continue reading Inspiration Generation Getaway: What you missed?