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Create good habits, you’ll love yourself

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Our habits are a daily reminder to tune into the goodness that is inherently ours. These habits guide us in loving ourselves, acting as our BEST authentic selves and radiating this love onto those we encounter. We act as motivators for people to discover the love within themselves and share it with their family, friends, community and beyond.  We believe that when we are kind to ourselves passing this kindness onto others comes with ease. Loving ourselves is loving the world.

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  • LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF
  • YOU ARE WORTHY, WHOLE AND COMPLETE
  • COMMIT TO BEING A FRIEND TO YOURSELF

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  • BE YOUR BEST AUTHENTIC SELF
  • The world needs authenticity

 

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LET GO OF SELF DOUBT AND DO NOT SEEK APPROVAL FROM OTHERS

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  • Remember to always look for the good in others
  • TELL THE TRUTH, especially to yourself

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  • THE LOVE YOU SHOW YOURSELF IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE LOVE YOU SHOW OTHERS
  • Find a sincere compliment to share
  • MAKE WHO YOU ARE TODAY A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND YOU
  • Treat every encounter as a holy encounter
  • THE GREATNESS WITHIN YOU IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE, IT IS WHAT YOU GIVE
  • Surprise someone with a smile or an extra hand

Spa nudity: Are we just that modest, ashamed of our body, or is it something else?

Avianca and I visited Burke Williams about two weeks ago to celebrate my birthday and for much needed R &R. As we walked to our lockers, we encountered two fully exposed women changing into the…

Source: Spa nudity: Are we just that modest, ashamed of our body, or is it something else?

Topless & Ignorant

your campaign shouldn’t tell women that it’s okay to dress as sexually as they please

Source: Topless & Ignorant

Yoga lingo

One of the fears of yoga is the lingo.  Sanskrit is after all, another language.  The most common in classes are probably these 5.

  1. Namaste – nama ‘bow’, as ‘I’, te, you – loosely translated, means ‘I bow to you’  The gesture represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us.  It is acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
  2. Asana – Literally, it means ‘seat’ or ‘sit’ as in to ‘sit in a posture that is relaxed but firm’ So taking that a bit further to mean ‘pose’ or ‘posture’
  3. Yoga – of course – this one is easy – yoga is the union of body, mind, and spirit.  The whole package of connection.
  4. Shanti – Peace.  Often chanted at the end of practices as ‘om shanti shanti shanti’ Shanti is chanted three times to represent peace in body, speech and mind.
  5. OM – is one of the most important spiritual symbols, it represents ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge.  The cosmic YES.

There you have it!

Blessings

Katherine

 

One on one yoga classes?

my home studio

 

Just the two of us.

Yoga students choose the personal contact of a private naked yoga class for a WIDE range of reasons.  Some yogis come for a bigger challenge, classes don’t always do inversions or binds or other advances asana.  Some just prefer to just learn yoga asana in an environment that is less intimidating.  Others may be working through ‘issues’, body image, injuries, fear, grief, illness.

I try very hard to be prepared for solo sessions because they can bring up emotions from all sorts of traumas from all sorts of experiences.  Sexual situations and addictions being most common in my experience.

I provide a safe environment for them to breathe through the toughness, sometimes they are reliving some of that trauma and just having an hour to be with themselves on their mat is therapeutic. When it gets emotional, we have time to work through some of it with breath and movement.  Creating new space for better energy.  Uncomfortable, or ‘sensation’ is different than pain.  We can work through uncomfortable and sensation and different.  We need to stop before pain turns to injury.  We will emerge stronger.

Hands on adjustments are always offered in my classes and especially in my one on ones. I explain that I offer them and if they aren’t interested to just tell me, but sometimes its just that posture that they didn’t want to go deeper.  They are never nailed to a decision that they make and I ENCOURAGE touch.  Even though we are naked we can be touched in a safe, respectable, non sexual way that actually creates a deeper connection with ourselves.  When we realize that we are in control even when we are most vulnerable it creates a stronger self worth!  In this day and age, we are starved for human touch.

The opportunity to get immediate feedback allows me to assess what is happening in the moment.  Allowing for lower risk of injury, a deeper expression of the posture and a personalized approach to their practice.

Are you ready?

Yoga …. TEACHER??!

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That’s me standing in the back, with so many FABULOUS beings.

Its so hard for me to call myself a yoga teacher.

I lead classes, I hold space, I HELP create energy.  Sure, we move through yoga asana as I ramble out the cues, but its not teaching.

Simple Definition of teacher

  • : a person or thing that teaches something; especially : a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects

There are EIGHT limbs to yoga.  EIGHT.

I know their names.

Yamas (5 restraints), Niyamas (5 observances), Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi.

I have perfected NONE of them.  I have experienced SOME of them.

How can I be a teacher when I can’t even get through the YAMAS?!  I know their definitions but in order to teach it you must KNOW it.

ANYWAY – I digress.

I have led 259 (!)  naked yoga classes and numerous 1 on 1 private sessions.  I have led classes with clothes on for kids, adults, people with autism, down syndrome.  I have led probably 300 classes since I got the certificate that said Im a teacher. I have taken classes and workshops and events and trainings, but Im not a teacher.

I’m more of a Yoga….. student.

YES, I am a yoga student.

 

Katherine

The nudist, the curious and the terrified

Every week I have two or three new people attending my classes or coming for private sessions with me.  There seem to be three types of people that come… 1) the nudists, 2) the curious and 3) the terrified.

The nudists – just love being naked, whats not to love?!  Our bodies are amazing – what they do AND how they look.  Yoga is a great way to get some exercise and meet like minded people.

The curious – is it really just yoga?  who goes to this ‘naked yoga thing’? Could I actually DO naked yoga?! YUP, its really just yoga, people of all kinds go and I can actually DO naked yoga!!  Some are satisfied with that and come once or twice and that is it.  Usually though, they are hooked and add it in to their regular fitness regime.

Then there is the terrified.  I love this group – I mean, I love ALL yogis very much, this group though, is extremely impressive.  They are terrified of SO many things…. their bodies, their fitness level, their friends finding out… the list is endless.  Sometimes they email me for weeks before coming to a class.  I can feel the anxiety as they come through the door but the second I say “let me show you around” one of my regular yogis fires off “you’re new?! Great, Im ‘so and so'” and start showing them around!!

Some of the terrified don’t want to get undressed, they are pushing themselves to overcome body issues, self esteem issues, physical issues and mental issues.  In my class I start by explaining the clothes by design separate us.  Walmart brand vs Lulu, McDonalds uniform vs suit and tie, cop uniform vs bank robber mask.  When we walk outside the internal dialogue starts for some “she’s better, he’s better, they are better” at the end of the day when we are all standing in Tadasana naked……. we are all the same.  We have all the same parts.  We need to look at our own and love our own parts.

Looking around at the people in the room with the same scars, lumps, bumps, marks, curves gives us power, we draw from the strength of others and provide them with the same!  We stop giving the negative self talk the power it needs and provide so much positive energy when we look around and tell ourselves we are fabulous because we really are!! The scar you got when you fell out of the tree and makes you feel stupid?!  Someone else sees it and is so proud of you for going that high and surviving a fall – how brave you must be!

Scars, marks, lumps, bumps, tattoos – they all tell stories.  Be proud of yours, after all it makes you just who you are. You are so great.

Love and Light

Katherine