Happy Monday and happy Spring! With every season comes a feeling of new beginnings, but none more than Spring when nature is reborn and the days get longer and brighter and warmer. It's exciting isn't it? We think so!
On this first Monday of Spring, it is pretty appropriate that we are continuing our My Yoga series with an entry from Riley Sherer, a Detroit native currently living in New York City via San Francisco who is kinda like a ray of sunshine - always in a good mood, and always up for exciting new adventures! Here is what yoga means to Riley:
"Losing the ego - that’s what yoga means to me.
Having a sense of self is a natural development in humans, but if left unchecked, can grow unhealthily and eventually distance one from truth and reality. This is something I struggle with, and didn’t even know until I discovered yoga.
I found that in order to transcend my mind, I must not only be mindful of myself, but of the world around me. When I am preoccupied with attachments to material things, my emotions, my future and my past - I create worry for myself and that leads to feeling unfulfilled and being unhappy. When I lose my ego, I can step back and see the world. My attachments and worries start to shrink, which clears my mind and allows me to see the world from a more transcended perspective. Ironically, the perceived act of stepping away from “the world” actually helps me become closer to it. This is what yoga means to me."
Have a wonderful week everyone and try to take time to take a step back and get out of your own way this week.
Good Monday morning to you all! We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are excited about the week ahead. For today's #MindfulnessMonday "My Yoga" series entry we are bringing you what yoga means to our friend Joanna Karpathiou. Joanna is a power yoga teacher at Power Yoga Canada Leaside as well as a Lululemon ambassador, restaurant owner and semi-pro hug giver. Jo loves to be moving (dare we call her a movement junky) and is happiest when she is barefoot and walking on her hands! Here is what yoga means to Jo:
Before finding "My Yoga" I was in pain. Mentally I was in a dark and angry place with no tools to overcome the anxiety and depression I considered normal. Physically, I was not honouring my body and pushing it past its limits without nurturing my health.
My yoga is self love and compassion. My yoga is mentally and physically nurturing. My yoga is getting out of bed in the morning when life seems impossible. My yoga is physically healing. My yoga is a practice. And when all these things start to feel impossible, I can access my yoga to find my way back without judgment.
It has taught me the power of vulnerability by finding my voice and the tools I need to share my story and be there for others.
Be kind to yourselves this week everyone and enjoy all the moments. Namaste.
Happy Monday! We are super excited to kick off this new week and to share the "My Yoga" of our founder, Samara Zelniker (you didn't think we would leave her out did you?) So, without further adieu, here is what yoga means to Samara:
My yoga is a chance to escape from everything that is constantly vying for my attention, but is also portal to the present moment. Being on my yoga mat allows me the freedom to be alone with my thoughts, let go of the crazy, and challenge myself both physically and mentally.
My yoga allows me to feel connected to my mind and body and always creates an opening for a shift in my perspective.
My yoga is always pushing me to step out of my comfort zone but also allows me to be content exactly how I am.
My yoga allows me to teach something that I am so passionate about, but always teaches me new things, allowing me to stay forever a student.
Have a great week everyone. Be sure to take a few moments for yourself and be present in your own life.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.