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

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Sojourn Counseling Group

Just when we thought life couldn’t get any more beautiful, we were presented with the gift of collaboration and expansion.

Sojourn Counseling Group is excited to announce that we are now taking clients in Willmar, Minnesota and Reno, Nevada.

Please be in touch with any questions regarding our services, practitioners, and pricing.

Take care. Be well. Namaste.

…and no, this does not mean I am moving back  But Whitney does have immediate openings in Willmar!

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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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

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.”

Dream Weaving

Ever since I was a baby girl, I dreamed of moving out west.

I came close to realizing this dream when I was 18, but after finding out that I was pregnant with Ian, I put this dream on hold and instead dove heart-first into motherhood.

Then, after more than fourteen years of falling in love with my children, getting to know my truest spirit, making the very best of a series of fortunate and not-so-fortunate events, defeating the odds that were so seemingly being stacked against me, and surrendering to the crazy frustration of Divine and crazy Universal timing, this lifelong dream of mine is finally coming true.

And, to be completely transparent, it feels most surreal.

Yet, even so, I am overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude. …Those that know me most intimately know that I have always been a wild dreamer. They know that I am a woman of passion, a lover a life, an agent of change, and an almost undefinable creature that finds it impossible to stay in one place for very long.

So, to my loves that have known me and believed in me and my dreams over the past years, I express my truest love and gratitude to you. Thank you for trusting in me and allowing me time and space to grow. Thank you for your fierce and unconditional love.

Thank you for your perspective and encouragement. And, most of all, thank you for helping me uncover my magic, reignite my passions, and helping me set myself free into the mystic.

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Keep the Change

So many of us value change and progression, yet we struggle to achieve the goals that we set for ourselves. Why is that? Why is it so hard to make personal changes, particularly when they are important, meaningful, and beneficial? What is so hard about doing what is best for us and achieving what we really want?

In truth, I think that the answers to questions such as these are quite complex, yet simplistic at the very same time. Change is hard. It takes commitment, perseverance, and even courage. Taking matters of life into our own hands involves responsibility, accountability, and the overcoming of obstacles that we would rather not face. Additionally, as we make lasting changes in our lives, we may be put in a position that requires the help of others. We may encounter uncertainty. And we may have to rely on new processes such as insight, self-awareness, and discovery rather than older processes that we were once so comfortable with.

Simply said, change can be hard. Change can be scary. Change can be confusing. And sometimes, change is none of these things and it is unexpected or unintentional. It might even be exciting, or simply the result of something natural or evolutionary. Regardless of what change feels like, though, it is quite often necessary. It is necessary in life because change leads to progression. To growth. To the betterment of one’s self and one’s life.

As most of us well know, the journey online casino of life does not happen in our comfort zone. There are times in our lives that we must venture out to unknown territory and test our limits. There are times in our lives that we must be a bit uncomfortable. That we must do something a bit differently and make a change that is important, meaningful, and for the better in the long run. This is important, no matter how comfortable or uncomfortable, for it is during these times that we learn what we are made of, discovering who we really are, what we really want in life, and what incredible feats we are really capable of.

Venture out of your comfort zone and into new territory. Challenge yourself, and attempt to do something differently. And remember that most of the beautiful rewards in life would never had been achieved had a change not been made.

Magic Words

I once attended a wedding where the pastor ‘s homily revolved around four short phrases of three simple words that loved ones should say to each other every day.

The first phrase he told us to say to one another is, “I love you”. For many of us, it seems, this phrase comes with relative ease. We say it to everyone we love when we feel affectionate, as part of our farewells, and quite often, we say it as much for ourselves as we do for those that we love. The words “I love you” expose our truest selves to others and welcomes them into our hearts.

The words “I love you” are important, as they express some of the deepest emotions that we may ever know. Love is such a fundamental part of life, and it is the cornerstone of everything good and rewarding in this life. And by expressing love for someone, we allow it to flow freely while making it known that we have invested our hearts in them.

The second phrase he told us to say each day is, “I thank you”. Again, “thank you” is a relatively easy thing to say. And while we often say thank you as a formality, the “thank you’s” that matter most are those that are an intentional and meaningful expression of gratitude and appreciation. These heartfelt messages are important amongst loved ones because they remind us that we have not been taken for granted and that we are cherished by those closest to us.

The third phrase the pastor instructed us to say is “I am sorry.” As I have written in the past, “I’m sorry” can be a hard thing to say. It can be hard to admit fault, to give in, and to face the pain that we may have caused in others.  Yet even while a genuine apology can be difficult, it is important because it acknowledges the feelings of our loved ones, it offers humility, and shows that we are sensitive to the experience of others.

The final phrase to include each day is  “I forgive you”. Much like apologies, words of forgiveness can be difficult to say. Sometimes, it does not occur to us to even mutter these words as we assume that forgiveness has been implied by our actions. Yet then again, forgiveness in and of itself can be difficult because it may feel risky.  When we forgive, we may feel that we are “giving in”, negating our feelings, or even putting ourselves in a position to be hurt again. Yet forgiveness is such an important part of our relationships because it signifies love, trust, compassion, and forward movement.

Today, I encourage you to reflect on the four phases listed above. Consider who you might say them to, and think about who you may need to hear them from, whether that is your significant other, your child, your friend, or yourself. Take a moment to reflect on your feelings in these relationships, and the, go ahead and tell them how you feel.