Monday, August 27, 2012

Unexpected Bliss

I had the privilege of attending Wanderlust, Squaw Valley for the second year in a row this year. What an amazing event Wanderlust is to witness…even if you aren’t a yoga enthusiast. There is something for, art, dance, yoga, slackline, paddle boarding, good food and amazing connection.

Last year when I attended Wanderlust, I was on the brink of divorce, deciding if I wanted to relocate, sliding into a new life that involved complete independence and surrender. Every class I attended made me weep! My body hurt every single day because of the emotional trauma it was holding onto.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Michelle Schultz: Sunrise Flow

A balanced, open-minded, self-awareness inducing sequence of tracks - Milwaukee style.

Yoga provides me with balance, open mindedness and self-awareness, constantly providing insight to the way I live my life. I am so grateful for the amazing teachers I have been blessed to practice with and continue to learn from.

My goal as a teacher is to provide a dynamic, playful, and physically challenging practice while connecting our movement with breath to find the vibrant awakening of the mind and body, cultivating an inner peace in which can be lived out in our daily lives. Yoga has humbled me and brought so much joy into my life and my hope is that I can transfer this to those I teach.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Here II Here: Always Here

Tribal pop, illuminated rock, and soul-inspired R&B harmonies. A brilliant lyrical feast of peace, awareness, connection, wonder, laughter and divine love...

Deep Beats of Joy: Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell has been practicing movement arts since she was 6 years old. She came to yoga to renew her spirit after years of dealing with a particularly aggresive case of Crohn’s disease. The practice not only helped her to heal the physical wounds of Crohn’s but also allowed her to deal with another looming issue in her life…her shame and residual self loathing from an eating disorder that had nearly killed her a year before. While the physical manifestation of the disorder were under control the emotional trauma was still alive and well. Yoga helped Jennifer to see through the darkness and empower her mind as well as her body toward healing. In the years to come returning to the mat in times of inner and outer turmoil has been a sanctuary for Jennifer.

When Jennifer decided to take her practice off her own mat and into the community she did so under the skilled and graceful guidance of Jill Sockman 500RYT, owner of Blue Lotus yoga studio in downtown Raleigh. Jill's teachings both on the mat and outside the sacred space of the studio have helped her to tap in to what living a purposeful life truly is. Other teacher of influence include: Carrington Jackson, Heather Tiddens, Warren Grossman, and Kristen Cooper-Gulak. She is additionally inspired by the leaders of Off the Mat Into the World including Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling who have helped her to create context around using yoga for activism and service.

Jo Tastula: Simmer of Summer Flow

World music lover & deep groove appreciator... Jo has taught musical vinyasa flow in L.A's yoga scene for close to a decade. Her class is eclectic, profoundly rhythmic and heart driven ~ and so are her musical tastes.

Jo is a guiding light who leads by her own inspirational connection to spirit and the creative sacred forces of the divine feminine. Jo, is known for her unique sequencing as passed down through the lineage of yoga master Krishnamacharya. She has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal, written articles for major health publications and is a featured teacher on VH1's Celebrity Rehab. She teaches locally at the home of Vinyasa Flow ~ Exhale, Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, was a founding teacher at the premier online yoga studio Yogaglo, and leads workshops and retreats both nationally and internationally. To check out here Simmer of Summer Flow click here.