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January Studio Theme - Align To Your NORTH STAR

Align To Your NORTH STAR

Sometimes it seems as if great people in the world are lucky, talented, or guided by a supernatural hand. They seem to get things right without a lot of effort and recover from setbacks with grace and ease. They are obviously cut from a different material, so to speak, right?

Not necessarily.

A great number of successful people have natural talents, are working in their wheelhouse, and may find some random fortune in their day-to-day lives, yet that's not always the path to success.

Our studio-wide theme this month is a way to know which things that matter most to you and which things deserve your precious attention throughout the year.

Finding Your Inner Compass

Aligning to your North Star is a way of clearing through the interference of all the information you're taking in every day. It's where you align yourself on all dimensions; physically, mentally, spiritually, and create a vision for the life that you want to be at cause for.

Ghandi said that...

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July Studio Theme: Don’t Try Hard, Try Easy

Growing up with a mildly Catholic background, the general rule was “If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right!”

If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right!

It wasn’t exactly that everyone around me wanted things in life to be difficult. It was simply that for generations my family lived under extreme pressure and it became the new normal. My father descended from the Irish immigrants escaping the potato blight and my mother’s mother grew up as a refugee in World War II Germany. My parents never had the perspective that life was easy, and that’s the story that was passed along to me growing up.

Combine the generations of laborious living with the high-speed, high-performance messaging of today’s world and you have a recipe for burn out and overwork.

Combine the generations of laborious living with the high-speed, high-performance messaging of today’s world and you have a recipe for burn out and overwork.


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The value of stillness in a world that doesn’t stop moving is beyond measure.

This month the theme at Yoga One is


Stillness, oddly enough, is an ever moving target. If we stand still long enough we realize that we are actually rocking slightly to and fro, constantly adjusting our position to maintain balance.

This constant movement is even more obvious when we sit down to meditate. Not only does the body stay in perpetual motion, but the mind also flits and flies about in a constant state of flux.

This is what makes intentionally being still so valuable. It is a rare and precious thing.

Getting still isn’t about fighting the momentum of our body and mind. It’s about learning to relate to it in a new way. The theme isn’t simply to BE STILL. It's “be still AND know.”

The knowing comes from recognizing that when we get caught up in the constant fluctuations, we’re likely to miss something.

That something we miss is often...

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Being of Contribution: The cure for not enough

I am not ___________ enough.







However you complete this sentence in you mind, there seems to be a global affliction of I AM NOT ENOUGH.

One of my dearest teachers, Dorothy Espiau, said that these thoughts of not enough are the modern day plagues that eat away at our humanity and cause much of our suffering.

Her diagnosis was that over-consumption leads to the feeling of not being enough. I’ve seen it in my own life running the rat race for money, keeping up with the latest gadget trends, and ever striving for the next best level of my own life.

When we consume more than we create, we tip into a fear response that keeps us consuming more and more and never feeling like we quite have enough.

Enough money, enough talent, enough shoes, enough knowledge.

Yet, there is a balance that can be had and it is not found by receiving it, it’s found by generating it.

Being of contribution, our March studio theme at Yoga One, is a state of generating...

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Give It Up to get FREE

When I was first asked to be a guest writer for the Yoga One blog and share how I experience the monthly teaching focus of Give Up What You Must, I was like “Oh yeah, I’m so down!” I was so excited because I have experience in this theme, I like to write, and have often thought about starting my own blog. I was ready. I sat down to write. I opened my laptop. I started to jot down all of my ideas and thoughts.

Then, it happened.

“I’m not good enough.”

“This isn’t right.”

“Not perfect. Not perfect. Not perfect.”

“You’re not a good writer.”

“Nobody cares what you have to say.”

“So and so’s blog will be better than yours.”

Oh yes. The tried and true negative self-talk. The perfectionist problems. The comparison curse. Fear. They came out to sabotage what I truly wanted.

I got so frustrated. I tried to force myself to get something on paper. The more I forced, the more...

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Give Up the Hypotheticals .. Be Present NOW

In this life, I wear many hats.  I am a wife, mother of three, high school teacher, yoga teacher, graduate student and Zumba instructor.  I am a person who historically runs on connection, dreams big, and finds interest in basically everything.  I am constantly finding things that have value, interests that I want to explore, beautiful things, people to add to my life, and experiences to add to my bucket list.  

I rarely subscribe to the line of thinking that less is more because clearly, more is more.  The only thing that is less.. is time.

This is the reason that our focus of “give up what you must” has resonated so much with me this month.  There are so many things I want for my life, my husband’s life and the lives of our children. In some cases, these “things” can serve as motivation for me:  I grind harder, work longer and dream bigger because of the hopes that I have for my family. But if I am to be honest,...

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Give Up the Fear of Failure

I often hold on to my lie – the voice in my head that tells me I’m wrong and I’m not good enough. This lie shows up when stakes are high and resistance is strong.

From my lie I’ve developed behaviors and attitudes which often push me to act in ways which generate harm to myself and others, spiritually and mentally:

I strive for perfection, I critique myself, I compare myself to others, I procrastinate in fear of reaching a perfect final product that I miss the joy in the journey.

In yoga teacher training at Yoga One almost one year ago I stood in samasthiti face to face with my mat partner to recite the Journey into Power Sequence. Seeing my partner eye-to-eye, I felt streams of tears roll down my face. My throat tightened. My breath fluttered. My palms became balmy. My mind replaced my knowledge of the flow with narrative from my big lie. “If I don’t get this right, I won’t succeed. Why can’t I memorize the sequence in order? The...

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What The Om is Teacher Training? (podcast episode!)

What the OM is Yoga One Teacher Training?

Find out in this roundtable discussion from leaders of Yoga One's 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. 

Get all the details on upcoming trainings including the super-simple THREE QUESTION application at www.y1now.com/teacher-training




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The Power of Not Knowing

I am going to go ahead and say it right now - I am a know it all.

As a kid, I can remember getting scolded when I didn’t know the answer to a question and feeling like I was not smart. At some point, l decided I had better have an answer when asked any question and many times my answers were based on what I had heard someone else say.

Unfortunately, having to have an answer for everything followed me into adulthood and it hasn’t served me well, because the truth is I do not know everything.

Holding onto our beliefs, views, and perceptions is natural for human beings. After all, our opinions are ingrained into us from the very day we are born and some argue even while we are in the womb.

Many of our convictions are handed down from our family, teachers and community leaders that we admire and trust.

Why would or should we question those who have taught us from birth --  then again why shouldn’t we?

When we hold onto the I know attitude we shut ourselves...

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Let's Marie Kondo our lives: Give Up What You Must

By now I’m sure you heard the buzz around Marie Kondo. “Who is this woman and what in the world does she do?” you may have thought to yourself.  Let me break it down for you: Marie Kondo is an author and professional organizer who now has a Netflix show dedicated to organizing people’s homes.

I’ve seen it, I loved it, and I’m not going to lie- I cried during the first episode. Marie, because in my mind we are on a first name basis, motivates all of her clients to organize their homes by “sparking joy”.

Can giving things up really spark joy?

YES. The answer is yes. I used Marie’s methods on my dresser drawers to give up clothes, my closet to give up shoes, our kitchen to give up old dishes, pans, etc. I even found my husband using her methods on his (tiny) side of the closet.

Giving up all of these things that no longer served a purpose in my life was like lifting a weight off my shoulders.

All off these physical items:...

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