Sunset Warrior – Yoga Is Your Superpower!

“That was her magic – she could still see the sunset, even on the darkest of dates.” – Atticus

Determination to see the sunset is my magic. Trusting in Spirit keeps hope afloat. ✨✨✨

How to stay positive and keep the faith when life seems like a shit-show? Seeing the atrocities in Afghanistan or clashes over Covid or feeling overwhelmed by daily everyday challenges, could tempt me to escape reality, and just say f*ck it!

Here’s where yoga is your super power:

  • Take a breath.
  • Activate your inner warrior.
  • Set your gaze on one spot, literally look at one spot.
  • Keep breathing until the pissed-off, “seeing red” state of mind shifts from heat-hot to neutral-cool…until your vision becomes clear.
  • Harness that passionate energy, fueled by your reaction to injustices and disappointments, and channel it towards making a difference, to propel an action which serves a purpose.

Spiritual Activist Ideas?

  • Raise awareness.
  • Educate yourself and others.
  • Peacefully Protest.
  • Petition.
  • Write.
  • Express.
  • Sit.
  • Pray.

What is your authentic way of speaking your truth and letting your spiritual warrior shine the light on what you feel needs to be noticed and awakened?

At the very least, this intentional pause can prevent regretful words or behaviors. Practice #ahimsa . Do no harm. 🙏🏽

Yoga to Calm the Nervous System and Relax the Body.

Tune into my Spiritually Fit Yoga podcast for Season 6: Intro to Yoga series. Today’s episode is part one of five, introducing the five master elements of nature combined with a gentle yoga sequence. The five master elements are Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth. Over the next five weeks I will offer you a class based on the featured element of nature. I recommend repeating the 30 minute class daily to observe and integrate into your awareness. This Intro to Yoga series is designed for beginners and for anyone wanting a slow, gentle practice following a basic introduction of yoga techniques and yoga philosophy.

Posted August 15, 2021: Intro to Yoga and the Elements of Nature – Part 1: SPACE

Reset and Recharge!

Whether you’re taking a hike, getting to your mat, reading a good book, or relaxing in your own favorite way, take time to reset and recharge this weekend! The picture above was taken yesterday during a morning hike up the Remington Loop Trail, just 10 minutes from my home. The vibrant poppies are starting to blanket our hills. Stop and enjoy the beauty of nature close to home!

Read: 11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is So Relaxing

Here are my in person and virtual yoga offerings April 19-25!

Outdoor Yoga – I’m back on my yoga deck!

Virtual classes:

Special Weekend Event!

* Sunday April 25th Nourish Body, Mind and Spirit! Special wellness event Sunday 11am-12pm in downtown Danville at Beyond Active – tickets just went on sale today; limited space at Beyond Active. They have a beautiful outdoor space behind their store. I hope to see you at this fun social-distanced class! And, stay and chat with me and enjoy your 10% discount to shop! Yoga clothes, loungewear, etc. (eg. Spiritual Gangster, Vuori, and more!)

Click on this link to book your spot! Limited space at this outdoor event.

Questions? Call 925-854-2862 ` Visit Beyond Active, a boutique active wear store in charming downtown Danville! 166 E Prospect Ave Danville California 94526 United States

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“The light in you is all I see.” – @GabbyBernstein #SpiritJunkie #JudgmentDetox

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Inspired by Gabby Bernstein’s blog post titled “”Say This One Sentence to See the World Differently.”  Repeat this mantra ““The light in you is all I see” throughout your day to shift your perspective, rewire your brain, change your mood.

“When you proactively see others in light, you allow the stream or well-being to flow.” – Gabby Bernstein

Namaste…
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Photo credit: my hubby, while in Maui

YOGA IS A WORK-IN AND A WORK-OUT

Yoga has made the most impact on my inner-life, in the way I experience life with ease, with less reactivity and more assuredness and connection to who I am.  Yoga and meditation taught me to cultivate a habit of being intentional…intentional about the energy I choose to breathe into each moment, into my relationships, into my thoughts, into everything.   Sure, I am grateful for the benefits of a strong, flexible, lean body resulting from years of a consistent practice AND the transformation I appreciate the most is the flexibility in my mind, softness in my heart, release of grasping and clenching onto habits and lies and stories which kept me stuck in an experience of sadness, depression, anxiety, and anger.  Even just remembering when I used to live in heightened fight or flight I had to take a breath of relief and gratitude.  It wasn’t that long ago that my life felt small and fake and forced.  What if you could live each moment as if you stretched yourself out fully, from the inside out, into your body,  into how you wish to express your highest self into this world, into how you want to play big?  My wish is that you to use the tools of yoga, meditation, breath, and awareness to habitually experience life with ease, to expand and shine as you impact your existence with the gifts and talents your highest self is urging you to share.  Go inward yogis and express out.  May you experience life with ease….and play big!  Namaste…

My updated teaching schedule this week:

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Advice from a tree

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Advice from a Tree

Stand up tall and proud.
Sink your roots into the earth.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Go out on a limb.
Drink plenty of water.
Remember your roots.
Enjoy the view!

~Ilan Shamir

Aum ~ Peace ~ Amen

FREE YOGA CLASSES IN WALNUT CREEK!

I’m excited to lead a few classes in Walnut Creek for Ivivva and Lululemon!

Sunday June 12th 10:15-11:30am
FREE GIRLS YOGA CLASS at Ivivva in the Walnut Creek Broadway Plaza
135 Broadway Lane Walnut Creek, CA

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Sunday July 31st 9:30-10:30am
FREE YOGA IN THE PARK (sponsored by Lululemon Walnut Creek)
Civic Park  1375 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA

Lululemon Walnut Creek sponsors the weekly yoga in the park series and I am teaching on July 31st! Look forward to seeing you there!

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And, check out the meetup up group I just created, for various yoga and non-yoga events to gather with peaceful warriors, like yourself, in fun and soul-enriching activities in the east bay! http://www.meetup.com/Spiritually-Fit-Yoga-Meetup

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SUNDAY MAY 15 NOON FREE/DONATION-BASED CLASS AT OFF THE GRID PRESIDIO PICNIC IN SAN FRANCISCO

Take a fun, outdoor yoga class from me and my dear friend and fellow Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, Pilar Caso at the Off the Grid Presidio in San Francisco Sunday May 15th 12-1pm.   This is a free class offered by Baptiste Yoga San Francisco with donations benefitting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bay Area.

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