Eye Opener Yoga at Midtown Community Yoga

…This class. I love this class because it is yoga AF.

Eye- Opener Yoga | On & Off The Mat

“This free/donation-based/karma-class is geared towards, but definitely not limited to, those dealing with life challenges and addictions.” 

Tuesdays | 7.00pm-8.30pm
Midtown Community Yoga

8/1 Cindy Farnes
8/8 Ellie Holbrook
8/15 Layne Linebaugh
8/22 Cindy Farnes
8/29 Doug E Fresh

Lets. Get. Real. 

#eyeopener #hotaugustnights #yogawithel#midtowncommunityyoga #sojourn #soul-journ#loveyourwild #getweird #realrecovery #soberaf#karmaclass #yogaaf #ellieaf

The Slowest Mo Yoga Flow at the World Dance Collective

Come out, come out, wherever you are and join me this Friday at The World Dance Collective for The Slowest Mo” Yoga Flow.
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Open to all levels and every-body, this dynamic class will incorporate melty and rhythmic undulations, deep, intentional holds, and slow and intricate transitions, melding the breath and body and creating the juiceist, most unexpected, creative flow.

7.30pm-8.30pm 
$10
The World Dance Collective inside the West Street Market. 

 

Yoga Teacher Training

And so it is.

SOUL-JOURN:
A transformative journey of the soul, through the philosophies and practices of Yoga
[A Spiritually-Oriented 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive]

Now taking applications for study in Minnesota and Reno.

Please contact me personally for more information 

Courage

To be courageous is not to have an absence of fear. Rather, to have courage is to have mastery over the fears that reside deep within us.

It is the willingness to tear the bandage off, dissect our subconscious mind, heal old wounds, and understand our inner most processes as intimately as possible.

It is to venture into the wilderness of uncharted territory and forge ahead anyway. To step into vulnerability, and plunge into the murky depths of our hearts.

To have courage is to move in the direction of love even, and especially, when we have no other guidance besides the divine truth residing within.

Courage is the light that is shined into the darkest corners of our deepest selves, illuminating the strength and beauty within.

It is the soft and steady voice of the soul that whispers “Come now. This is the way.”

 

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Retreat and Liver Cleanse

This is going to be to live for!

Join us at the Sierra Nevada’s most unique retreat property right along White’s Creek for a weekend sure to kick 2017 off to inspiring heights.

We will be practicing yoga everyday and targeting one of our most important organs through clean diet and right eating practices.

Each guest will receive a therapeutic massage during the weekend and have plenty of self time to disconnect from their wireless devices and reflect inward.

We will also come together as a group to learn about cleansing, Ayurveda, holistic nutrition, and other related topics in our beautiful and tranquil getaway abode.

Receive $25 off by registering before the new year, or $350 saves your spot by January 12th

Interested? Inquire within!

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The Holiday Season is upon us and we cannot wait to celebrate with you at Sojourn! Now through Black Friday, enjoy the following specials

$10 toward a Spiraling Relaxation Massage with Courtney
$10 toward a 5-class Bundle with Ellie
$15 toward a 60-minute Coaching session or Private Yoga session with Ellie

Come by and say hello, or send us a Private Message for more details!

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Move the way love moves you

Last month, while visiting family in Minnesota, I taught a yoga class to some of my favorite yoginis. After class, I received this text from one of my beloveds…
“I want what you have. When you were in Warrior One today, you radiated. All of you screamed “Yes, world! This is who I am! And if you don’t like it, fuck off.” How do I get that? There was no doubt. No shame. No fear. No pain.”
…While I was touched by this message, I was also rendered speechless and did not know how to reply. Because I do have doubt. I do have shame. I do have fear. And I do have pain.


I have a lifetime full of it. We all do.


But we can radiate, anyway. By giving a fuck about our higher selves more than we give a fuck about the mistakes we have made, the things that have happened to us, and the pain we have experienced. We can radiate anyway, by allowing these hard feelings to transform us, as we transmute them and transcend. We radiate by moving in the direction love moves us, choosing instead to experience loving-kindess, compassionate understanding, forgiveness, courage and joy.


We radiate by choosing love. Love of self, and love of others.


#chooselove #giveafuck #getweird #godeep #yogawithel

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While shopping for the studio this morning, I was approached by a homeless man and his wife. And with the heaviest most light-filled eyes I have ever made contact with, he began to explain their hard luck and asked for anything that I could spare to help his family.

Knowing that I did not have cash on me, I invited them over to my car to see what we could find. Upon first searching my vehicle, I found nothing but a bit of change, until I looked in the back seat and saw my daughter’s purse. I opened it up to find six dollars and a handful of my healing crystals, and without a thought, I gave it all to the couple and sent them off with love and light.


As I turned to leave, they both grabbed my hands and began to cry.


…Later this afternoon, when I got Rae from school, I told her that I owed her six dollars and new crystals and explained why. And as she listened to the story of today’s exchange, her eyes both softened and lit up with empathic depth, and she too thanked me for sharing her money with this family.


…It has been said by the Mystics that everything is Love, or a call for Love, and I believe this to be true.

So, Go! Love. And be Loved.

Loving you forever,
xoxo

The Magic of the Dakini

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Tonight, I learned of being a Dakini:

“It is said that women make superior healers because they are able to dive into meditation much more easily than males, as males are afraid of dropping the intellect.  To be naked in the meditation experience is frightening for them, whereas women seem to be able to manage this naturally.

“A female embodiment of enlightenment is called a dakini in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit.  This translates, literally, to “sky-goer” or “space-dancer”,  indicating that these ethereal awakened creatures have left the confinements of our solid earth and have taken to the vastness of open space as their elusive playground. Dakinis embody a special female quality which has a quality of soft sharpness, and a fiercely radical, courageous yet gentle heart, and a clarity of higher mind that cuts through intellectual ossification by pure and cosmic intuitive force.

“On a secret level, this being is seen as the manifestation of fundamental aspects of phenomena and the mind, and so her power is intimately associated with the profound insights. In this, her most essential aspect, she is considered to be the formless wisdom nature of the mind itself. And on an inner, ritual level, she is a meditational deity, visualized as the personification of buddhahood. On an outer, subtle-body level, she is the energetic network of the embodied mind in the subtle channels of energy and vital breath of tantric yoga. Yet, even more so, she is also, temporarily a mortal, living woman.  She takes many forms and may be a mother, a guru, a yogini, a powerful teacher, or a woman who simply teaches directly through her own life example.

 “Dakinis are the most important elements of the Enlightened Divine Femine in Tibetan Buddhism.  They are the luminous.  Subtle, yet spiritually energetic.  They are, at once, the key, the gatekeeper, and the guardian of the unconditioned state. If we are unwilling to invite the dakini into our life, will simply will not and cannot enter these subtle states of mind on our own.

As such, in order to be awakened and enlightened, we need them, and they will appear to us as messengers, nurturers, protectors, lovers, and guides.

…Yet, no matter what form they take, they will appear, and they have one purpose and one purpose only:  To open your heart.”