When we dive into the conversation of who we are, we must realize that every word placed upon the thought is relentlessly limiting in its nature, as who we are is a complex collaboration of all of our parts. It can be staggeringly difficult to accept this boundless nature of Self…what if I argued that words and thoughts are not the key to attaining your grasp on ALL of who you are? What if it is merely a feeling manifested through diverse connections, atmospheres and experiences?
With just a few more weeks left of summer, it’s time to take each step like its a dance and every breath, a song! Cap off this bright and beautiful season with one of Bradshaw’s many feel good playlists. There’s just no way to hold back a smile and a groove when indulging in any of Bradshaw’s creations–from music mashup, to flow, and all the outfits in between, join Bradshaw this week and you’ll be celebrating your summer right!
Why do we hold all of the things, and beings, and aspects of the world to such narrow, pointed standards? To be successful looks like this, to be fit looks like that. Those people are living happy lives, while these people are sad and discontent lives. Duality is everywhere, so it seems the second we denote anything as “good,” all which opposes that, even on the most minute level, is forever burdened with the badge of “bad.” Why should one person’s version of happiness or success determine whether everyone else’s is more or less than? Life isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. In fact, life looks different on every being who lives it!
Kenya is setting the tone to focus our minds and empower us to take action towards our goals with this Music Monday playlist! Her instrumental mashup is the perfect soundtrack to a powerfully productive and positive week. Press play, step into the rhythm of song & life, and then cap it all off with Kenya’s Power Express this Friday at 5:30am!
I would roll my eyes as the words “revolved,” or “twisted,” whirled around the room. I felt embarrassed. There I was, the instructor taking class, and I was scoffing every time I exhaled to prayer twist. The postures didn’t bring me pain of the body, but they were definite cause for a bruised ego. I pretended my resistance was born of an intuitive call to protect my body from over-exerting my back, but in reality, I was protecting my pride, all the while doing less than what I could to allow my practice to heal my discomfort.
Music Monday is feeding off of those #tbt vibes, with Nici’s alternative pop playlist, this week! A mashup up of high energy hits you’ll find familiar, and some other little gems to discover, there’s no doubt that you’ll be dancing into your first full week of August! Surrender to the beat, and let your dancing feet take you to your mat for Nici’s Power Express class this Thursday at noon!
Non-attachment has caught my attention this week. As I reread through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, I find myself pondering his thoughts on desire and the ways in which our ego’s wants and needs can hinder the growth that is meant to happen on our mats. We are continuously conjuring up an ongoing narrative in our heads about what we have, what we don’t, and what we should. Whether these notions are based around physical possessions, relationships, achievements in our career or in our practice, or all of the above, they are attachments which inevitably hold us back from discovering the beauty that lies in the space beyond.
Get flowing this week to Danielle’s funky, feel good mashup full of easy rhythms and dance inducing beats. The playlist embodies an alternative sound which is undoubtedly reminiscent of Danielle’s quirky and creative nature. So if you’re looking to let loose this week, press play and see where the music takes you. It might just lead you to your mat for Danielle’s 8:30am class this Tuesday! …see what we did there?!