How To Get Away With Loving Yoga

Everyone has been one….a Newbie to Yoga

TBH: Yes, it’ll be a little weird, different, there’s a lingo that Yoga teachers speak and you’ll be asked to do some breathing exercises. But quite honestly, the less judgment you go into a class about Yourself, you’ll see what all the craze is about All Things Yoga.

I went ahead and compiled a list of items and suggestions to get you started—so that you can hop on your mat & feel at least Intermediate 😉

First thing’s first, you’ll need a Yoga Mat.

You can walk into a Yoga studio & trust their rental mats, but nothing yells “I came for Savasana!” more than having your own surface to practice on

My very first Yoga mat is by Gaiam. She’s my Ride or Die ✊🏽till this day, so I highly recommend their mats.

Here’s Gaiam’s Beginners Kit (it includes: yoga mat, a yoga block and a yoga strap for those hard to reach areas) for $29.98!!

You’ll be walking around like a pro, no one will suspect you’re new to the game


Unless you’re a person who doesn’t sweat ever (ps. I don’t trust non-sweaty folks) You’ll find microfiber towels to be your bestie.

They come in handy whether you take a class in room temperature or try a hot style sesh, you’ll work up a sweat and don’t want to be slipping and sliding 😅 Yes there’s stretching in Yoga, but trust you’ll create some body heat. I picked up a Yoga Rat towel from a Marshall’s some years ago and she never lets me down.

You can find some on Amazon starting at $7.99


🙅🏻‍♀️This one is for my Bronx peeps🙅🏾‍♂️

What better way to try different Hot Yoga classes than never having to leave our borough & do so at a great starting price?! 😲

Grab your bestie or that Yogi in your life and lock in a Month’s worth of Unlimited classes. New Year, New Yogi? 👀

I signed up earlier this month and I am loving their variety of class types such as Bikram, Bodhi and Yin. They’re conveniently located at 5500 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10463. Bikram Yoga Bronx GroupOn for $51.00 ($140 Value)


Recommended Yogi Read Alert 🚨

“Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Guide to Finding Joy in Unexpected Places” By: Sam Chase Besides him being one of my favorite Yoga Teacher Trainers… his writing style and explanation of finding joy is relatable, to the point and while reading just felt like I was in a classroom once more with him (& trust he doesn’t put you to sleep)

Do yourself the favor and grab yourself or someone you love a copy—available in paperback & kindle.


I must share my new jump off…a Podcast recommendation 🤓

J. Brown has what I consider a similar passion and desire to share Yoga as I do. He describes his work as “a quiet revolution, based in healing. [He] seeks to change the dialogue, and direction, of yoga in the west”.

The discussions have been refreshing to hear and relate to as a yogi student/teacher. It reminds me of how awesome Yoga is and will continue to be 💕

Yoga Talks has featured Pedro Luna IG: @Yogimemes, Dr. Loren Fishman, and so many others. Plug in to Yoga Talks today.

Side-note: Dr. Fishman is on the faculty at Prema Yoga Institute for his Yoga for Back Care expertise. I’ve had the pleasure to sit in on his lectures for PYI’s Yoga In Healthcare Training. Side-Side note: I received a Prema Yoga Therapy application I must get to ASAP (ah!)


Last but certainly not least….Have you seen my first YouTube Vid yet?? Check it out 👍🏽

Boogie Down Yoga

This past Sunday True Image Yoga held a Free sesh at the Bronx Brewery! 

Huge shout to: The Bronx Brewery, @pixbybanx for the photos below, @djrbi & @djnarco for the music, @addicteddesigns for the merchandise and online store (more info below), @stevelucin for the promo flyers, @guazabara.earthstrong for the Kombucha, @jelynn01 for the natural skin food, and @dotty_x for the breathtaking Buddha painting she completed during our class.

The backyard space was ideal with its infamous mural. Participants walked through the Brewery's tap room and enjoyed a Free 60 minute Yoga session held by yours truly. I had some friends assist me in making this a unique experience. 


Started class with collective breaths (Pranayama) Alternate Nostril Breathing.

Three good reasons for practicing this Pranayama:

1. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system and reduces blood pressure.

2. It enhances respiratory functions: increases respiratory strength and endurance.

3. It improve attention and fine-motor coordination/performance. 


Child's Pose offered at the very beginning as part of Yoga to the People "tradition"

Child's Pose offered at the very beginning as part of Yoga to the People "tradition"


Opening up our shoulders in Downward Facing Dog

Opening up our shoulders in Downward Facing Dog


Warrior I

Warrior I


Warrior II

Warrior II


Provided a variation of Tree Poses to the class--I love how focused everyone is

Provided a variation of Tree Poses to the class--I love how focused everyone is



Sweet surrender and another opportunity for students to practice Self-Study

Sweet surrender and another opportunity for students to practice Self-Study

Self-study (Svadhyaya) has the potential to deepen our  yoga  practice way beyond the mat

Self-study (Svadhyaya) has the potential to deepen our yoga practice way beyond the mat


If you can have your students smile, even in Chair Pose, then that's a huge accomplishment!

If you can have your students smile, even in Chair Pose, then that's a huge accomplishment!


Getting that good stretch for the lower back in Camel Pose

Getting that good stretch for the lower back in Camel Pose


Group love

Group love


During the event, True Image Yoga and AddictedDesigns brought out Merchandise samples. The online store is up and running. Tanks are available in Women and Men's sizes. 

Check it out!

 

Here's to many more successful Yoga in the Bronx.

Slaychella '18

Friends and I landed in LAX and drove to Indio, California for the second weekend of the Coachella Music Festival this past weekend. I can happily and proudly say I attended Coachella at least once in my life.

Enjoy the bomb pics we took and you know I had to whip out some Yoga moves as well. 

 
There was a whole lot of glitter, sun, water, walking, photo opps, admiration of others' styles and of course the performers. I was psyched for Daniel Caesar, Kygo, SZA, The Weeknd, Post Malone, Beyonce, Miguel, Cardi B, Portugal. The Man, Odesza and Eminem. No one disappointed. Thank goodness for Yoga poses & stretches throughout those three 7+ hour days. 
Day 1: I found this head chain at Claire's around the same time I got my lil hands on Fenty's Freckle Fiesta! 

Day 1: I found this head chain at Claire's around the same time I got my lil hands on Fenty's Freckle Fiesta! 

 

The Art Installations were definitely unique. My favorite were; The Lodestar and Spectra

Lodestar by Day

Lodestar by Day

Lodestar @ Night 

Lodestar @ Night 

Spectra

Spectra


My Day 1-3's

 

 

What made my experience at Coachella thee most fun was going with one of my best friends Ralphy, his sister Adriana and her friend Sabrina. Talk about good vibes.

Ralphy is a seasoned Coachella goer, so he hooked it up from the car rental, food, dranks, goodies and air bnb booking. Can't forget to give him credit for all the awesome photos and videos he took. Follow his IG @pixbybanx & @antoniobanx


Day 2 aka Beychella 

I found this Lollapalooza bathing suit and it went well with MAC's Matte Royal lipstick and had to go in with their Glitter Brillants "Iridescent White" as highlight.

 
Day 3...Sunday the Lord rested, but we sure didn't
Day 3: I wanted a more laid back look, dressed it down with a denim skirt (thanks le tote), my Feminist shirt, Quay shades and Stila's Fiery Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. Had to re-apply just once after eating some pizza.

Day 3: I wanted a more laid back look, dressed it down with a denim skirt (thanks le tote), my Feminist shirt, Quay shades and Stila's Fiery Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. Had to re-apply just once after eating some pizza.

You know I HAD to 

#YogaEveryZamnZay


Until next time Cali...

 

[Namaslay]

I bow to thee. I bow to the divine in you. I honor the sacredness and equality in us all.

When the universe conspires...

Earlier this month, I received a message from Zymbol®. Below is one of their popular pieces Crystal Wrap Bracelet. 

Zymbol® was ‘accidentally’ created when the company Founder was doodling. After discovering all the letters and numbers the Short family decided to create a line of inspirational jewelry based around the design. The concept? When you wear or gift a Zymbol® it can mean anything you want because it contains every letter of the alphabet! They named it Zymbol® as it is one symbol that represents all letters, A to Z. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIWiOwJ-UUk

Zymbol® included this message "Trust The Yoga"--what a nice reminder that by trusting my instinct and practice it would lead me to share Yoga. Been brainstorming on how else I can share my practice with the Bronx community...more on that soon! 

Stay tuned on how you can enter to win this giveaway!

In the mean time, what would your Zymbol® message be? 

Special Teachers

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
-William A. Ward

This morning I was motivated to take one of my Yoga teachers' Yin/Yang class. Class was amazing and at one point she reminded the class to pay close attention for those who have an injury. Up until that moment, I was modifying as I was going and at times, was all in my head.

Her paying close attention to the class and in particular knowing my management of the lower back was yet another moment of how teachers truly are *special. When she said that, he quickly glanced my way and I felt her support.

 That moment was a reminder of how much support there is in the Yoga community. I've been fortunate to gain so much from those who have led my teacher trainings. The knowledge and their practices stem from other teachers, so on and so forth. 

I hope to guide my future students, explain as much as I can, demonstrate if possible, but most importantly....I hope to inspire.

Where To Find An All-Embracing Yoga Community

As confident as I try to be, I doubted myself in becoming a yoga teacher. 

Why?! you may ask....*Sighs deeply* Because I am a woman of color. A Latina. I'm 5' and I wear a C cup ;)

Most classes I've attended have been taught by white female instructors who are slim, blonde, possibly a combination of Vata & Pitta types. I didn't see enough women of color either teaching or as many filling up the yoga class space.  & to be honest, it is intimidating. 

My Hermana (sorority sister) who is also a yoga teacher (woohoo!) forwarded me Setu's photo shoot event this past September. Immediately I thought, "okay...let me see just how diverse this online community is". Can't tell you enough how beautiful it is to see pages of Yoga Teachers from the Bronx to London and everywhere in between. 

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Here's a little bit about their mission: 

Setu is an inclusive community-driven directory of yoga teachers that encourages diversity and positive relationships.

Setu aims to represent yoga teachers of all races, ethnicities, orientations and geographical locations. The goal is to unite the yoga community and recognize each teacher who contributes to it.

 

To my fellow Yoga teachers, visit their website at https://setu.yoga/

Click here to join and submit your fabulous profile. You can potentially find new students/teaching opportunities, network with other teachers, and receive exposure for your practice and more.