Namaste, all! It’s time for yoga! But when it isn’t? After the first list of yogis who I recommended you to follow on the social media as YouTube and Instagram, the new six are on their way. I know that maybe this kind of list is boring but for me, they are helpful and they inspire the whole journey. I promise you that once you see the examples that I’ve prepared, you will certainly want to have a mat close to you!
I discovered the profile of Ashleigh Sargent while I’ve tried to improve my monkey pose (or “hanumanasana”), the well-known splits. If you are searching for some videos for practice yoga at home my advice is to see the yoga sessions on www.gaia.com, most of them are paid, but you can see a short video, which will also help you to improve your practice. Ashleigh is a total hippie – always naked, barefoot and smiling, with a different way of teaching (when you hear her deep voice you’ll understand what I mean) and a totally different style of presenting yoga.
I know now that my life's purpose is to honor and celebrate the great beauty all around me. My practice is to open myself in such a way that the creative energy can flow through me unrestrained and without interference from my mind. When I first got to the top of Macchi Picchu I was in physical pain. I was exhausted, my body hurt. In this state it was hard, even there, to feel connected. So I found a small place of grass (you're not really allowed to be on the grass so this was actually harder to do than you would think) and sprawled myself out on the ground. I laid out my sacred objects I had collected through the trip, bowed to the sun as so many have done before me in this place, and asked the Shakti (creative energy) to move through my in whatever way would serve my own healing and the healing of our world. I mostly jut laid there and let breath expand and move through me. After a while my breath guided me to roll around a bit, flop myself into gentle twists and odd stretches that allowed me to open and let go of expectations so I could feel the beauty and sacrality all around me. To feel this energy and let it move through me is the greatest honor and celebration of all. To be intimate with the life force within and all around me is the most healing practice of all. To move and feel sensation without judgment or the need to manipulate it is to commune with the spirits of all who came before us. We are all breathed by the same divine breath. In the face of these trying times in our world I wish this realization on all beings and all things. ------ I'm hesitant to post this photo because I don't love to post challenging poses but I feel this one embodies the words above. #practicepresence #natureheals #movementmedicine #machupicchu #peru 📸 by @lindleyrebecca #fpescapes
Esther Ekhart is an inspiring woman with an interesting life and philosophy. Born in Nigeria, raised in the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Ireland, etc., always seeking answers to the toughest questions she finds them through yoga. If you want to know more about her visit her website full of video tutorials, motivation articles and beautifully presented information in accessible language.
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In the summer of 2015, a close friend of mine, a wonderful blogger and great French yogi made me a big surprise giving me the book “L’art de l ‘attention” by Elena Brower and Erica Jago, a book that deserves a separate blog post which I will prepare for you in a near future. Elena Brower leaves me speechless in many ways but she recalls in me only one word – harmony.
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Yoga gives you the confidence and strength to overcome yourself and be closer to your inner voice, to enjoy and to focus on the present moment. Yoga makes you smile. But please, take a look on Rachel Brathen an always smiling girl as a real sunshine. More famous on the web under the profile name @yoga_girl, she launched thousands of great ideas. One of them is one o eight, open the site and dive into the yoga paradise 🙂
Everything you’ve ever experienced in this lifetime has brought you to this moment. Every challenge, every heartache, every difficult situation you’ve lived through has prepared you for what’s ahead. You are ready. It’s time you do what’s right for you. Leave doubt at the door and claim your space! Speak your truth. Stand in your own power. Walk with your head held high and never for a moment stop trusting that you have the ability to move through whatever it is that life has presented you with in this moment. Now, take action. You know what to do. @oneoeight.tv #warriorup #power #community #truth #life
Pat Bailey is my personal favorite. Very active on the social media, always ready to motivate, to answer, despite his busy schedule. Yoga isn’t the only superpower she has, she is writing poetry and riding a bicycle all across the world. The screens don’t stop the positive energy she is spreading and I hope that I can meet her one day. Ahhh!
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Girls, hold your breath! Last but not least I would like to present you Patrick Beach. He usually does yoga with his partner and they are a remarkable team but regarding the long list of the female yogis, I will speak only for him (sorry @carlingnicole). Patrick Beach is well known in yoga circles and on the social media with his proactive yoga life. He organizes a yoga teacher trainings and through different methods, he is exploring the full spectrum of yoga teaching. You can see more of his work here. Be sure to open and his Instagram profile and say only one thing: “Wow!”
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