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Being in the flow.

What is that? We do a yoga flow weekly and what does it really mean to be in the flow? Baron says don’t do yoga, be yoga.  What does that mean and how do I do that?

Flow is a state and way of being. Flow is an experience to live into and out from.  To enter a flow it starts with an intention. An intention where you want to grow into and or expand more in and out from. It’s in a certain area that you want to have something happen that isn’t happening yet. And the intention will show up in all the areas of you life and it starts by narrowing in and looking at one.

We like to celebrate at the studio and of course we celebrate birthdays. It was Katrina’s birthday last Friday and her intention for this year is bliss. So let’s all see and support her in bliss mode. After talking with Katrina, it reminded me that last year my birthday intention was expansion and faith. Faith that Evelyn would make it home and expansion of MPY and YOD. Evelyn is home and MPY and YOD are both growing. And faith is showing up allll over my life in ways right now. I just got done bringing YOD Level 1 to Kentucky!

That was my intention last year, this year my intention is a fairy tale . The year of a fairy tale. At that time I didn’t know what that would look like. I felt messy and scared and I said it from my core and my heart. ” I am a yes for a fairy tale.”  And I can see myself moving and living into that minute by minute. Mainly I feel so happy.  And isn’t that the end of a fairy tale? They lived happily ever after. And why wait till the end or when this date comes. I am living my fairy tale now and full of joy, bliss and gratitude.

That is being in the flow. Enjoying each moment as it arises and loving what that present moment brings. Being with your intention with right aim. Holding on and letting go. I love my fairy tale and not attached to how it shows up and or how it plays out.

When you wake up in the morning or next time in class, set your intention and let yourself be gotten by it. Let it go and see. Be in the experience of whatever arises and love it. Because whatever shows up is an opportunity to support you into your fullest experience of yourself. In your flow state that you get to create. Go create!

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2012 is when I first said, “I want to open a yoga studio and my intention is to create a community around Baptiste Yoga and the methodology!”

I had no idea where to start, and then my friend from a Baptiste Yoga training asked, “Do you want to open a yoga studio together?” And I said, “YES!”

Doors just seemed to open. It continued to roll that way in magic and ease. We opened the studio’s physical doors on October 1st, 2013.

I had faith MPY was going to open. Along with trusting the process, I stayed rooted in my intention. With my drishti on creating community and sharing Baptiste Yoga, we found the perfect studio space in the North Loop! After being there for a year, it was clear that the space didn’t align with my original intention. I knew a shift needed to happen. I kept my heart open and declared what I wanted for my students to experience. I wanted better parking, showers, and a heated yoga room. We ended up moving to Uptown! When I made that shift, stayed true to my vision and intention, MPY is now thriving.

The power of intention and being determined to aim for a target and stay the course allows for magic to happen. Commitment and letting go is also needed when setting an intention. Commitment to stay with it and also detachment from how it all plays out or how it looks.

Intention helped me open this yoga studio and I am excited to see how else I can work with intention setting. It starts with creating an intention, sticking with it and returning back to it when things get unclear, messy or hard.

When I wake up in the morning, I write down my intention, meditate and go on with my day. At the end of the day, I reflect on my intention. I think about what happened and what didn’t happen. What have I experienced and what I can put my attention on? What I can take my attention off? What is needed to keep the energy clear and bright?

Today my intention is bold leadership. Being a stand to get things done, empowering others and creating an organized structure.

I invite you to set a daily intention and see how life unfolds and dreams come true! Make your magic happen.

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Our 4th 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training is complete! 7 weekends of yoga, meditation and self-inquiry. 7 wise, hardworking, fun and joyful women showed up. From hour 1, they dove right in with sharing authentically, sweating in multiple yoga practices and doing the work even if they didn’t want to, each hour, each day, and each weekend. With each drop of sweat and each word spoken, another layer of self-doubt, fear or shame was shed and the most beautiful bright versions of themselves began to shine through.

The hard work shown on and off the mat by these women and leadership team created the training to be exactly what it needed to be. They showed the power of being a stand for their own greatness AND the greatness of the group. They offered support, connection and an empowering training by committing to the 200 hours of practicing yoga, meditation, being raw and real and speaking from their core. By the last weekend, we were all celebrating in our fullest expression. We left the weekend with Law 12 in Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution book, Understand That the Whole is the Goal.

We win when we all win. Being a yes and a stand for someone even when they don’t see it in themselves is what it’s about! Pulling out the courage, possibility, love, joy and passion for each trainee for them to experience for themselves and then allow the world see it SHINE is what happened this weekend with each certified Yoga Teacher!

We truly left the weekend dancing, a new walk, and a deep connection for self and everyone around us, hugs upon hugs, new lipsticks and transformation from the inside and out.

I leave feeling blessed and honored I get to witness and be a part of their journey. Each class, program and training I am a part of reminds me why I choose to do this work every day. Celebrate the big and little moments. Be triumphant and notice YOUR light shining through. For the little moments tend to be the biggest ones. The whole is the goal.

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YOD stands for “Your Own Determination.”

Yes, in YOD, we encourage you to do push-ups and move through 5 Rounds of hi-intensity workouts, and YOD is more than that. It’s being determined to stand up for what’s right. Standing in your truth and saying stop to the person that is bullying your friend. YOD is to stand in power and truth for the women who have been speaking up and determined to never let another women have to say #metoo again. (Did you see Oprah’s speech?)

YOD is having determination to see oneness in the world! To see everyone as equal. To love unconditionally and for everyone to feel that love.  I believe it’s possible. And YOD is determined to see that happen.

Last week we had YOD Facilitator Training, Level 1 Training and a 21 Day YOD Boot Camp. So much growth, inspiration and integrity has been shared, cultivated and experienced! The Boot Campers are making shifts and setting goals in all areas of their life. The Facilitators showed the power of always being a student and standing in love, the YOD Level 1 group embodied the YOD principles all weekend. Be a YES. Take Action. Follow Through.

And in the end what matters most is being together and standing for love. We are so excited to be standing and bring a YOD Level 1 training for the first time to Nairobi, Kenya with Africa Yoga Project… Mitchell, Andrew, Katrina and Ericka are headed there in February!

Join us for the YOD love revolution. Take a class, join a training and take action in your life to spread more love.

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This holidays are here…music, lights, community, giving, receiving.

For me, this is a joyful time of the year. And because I declare, speak and look for joy…my world becomes that.

What do you feel during this time of year? Feel it – embrace it. And then declare what you want to see in your reality around you. Is it joy? Love? Peace?

Webster’s definition of Joy is, “A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.”

We just completed YOD Level 3 Training at MPY and we left this program embodying joy and happiness. They did a YOD class everyday, practiced meditation, yoga nidras (guided meditation) and self-inquiry. Level 3 is all about getting present and looking deep within you in your movement, your rest and your thoughts. In this deep looking it, you can choose and move with life intentionally. You can remove the blocks and suffering that limit our freedom and happiness in life.

Joy, happiness and love are available by simply…receiving, choosing, and letting it in. When you are willing to go deep and accept what is there, you can choose what you want and what best serves you and the people around you. It is your own responsibility to embody what you want.

Sometimes you end up getting in your own way of pure joy. These practices allow you to stop, look at what is actually happening inside and around you and choose another way. 

See the joy around you in this moment, or do something that makes you feel happiness and your spirit come alive. Dance in the kitchen, go out to dinner with a friend, do a handstand!

Feel your heart skip a beat. And in that space of joy, everyone around you will feel it, too. You are loved – you are joy. Keep shining bright.

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Last weekend was transformative for our yoga teachers-in-training. It was a space where you could feel the fire and take a leap of faith. It was an opportunity to lean into resistance. I encourage you to do the same this week. Give up anything that is in the way of your hopes, dreams and accomplishments. Take steps towards what you want. Take a stance on what you believe and be for it moment to moment.

Taking a leap of faith requires courage, vulnerability and strength and that is where growth is discovered! Have faith in trusting that the unknown will turn out okay.

Set your sails and see where the winds of grace take you. This practice has placed me in the fire and given me an opportunity to grow, and I am grateful for that. It’s hot and messy, and there is magic in the mess. I took the step to open MPY and I was scared of the what ifs… what if we don’t make it… what if no one comes… what if we run out of money.

I had to look beyond the risks and chose to stand in faith and my passion for creation – and I continue to do that everyday.

How do you reshape metal? You heat it up. So raising the temperature is needed to make a change. I’ve had to learn to embrace the heat and now even get excited when I feel it because I know there is greatness on the other side. 

Lean into what feels stuck and have faith. Let go of what is holding you back and be in the flow of what is to come. You are destined for magic – go do it!

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This past weekend we hosted the Baptiste Institute’s Advanced Art of Assisting workshop at the studio. During the program, we used our hands, feet, heads and elbows. We explored the creativity and magic of physically supporting each other through assists! Many teachers and students from the MPY community participated in the program. We had some big breakthroughs and revelations about the power of touch and connection!

We offer hands-on assists at MPY to support and empower you in your yoga practice, on and off the mat. Assisting is a tool used to wake up your body, inspire each other and be in creation together! It requires you to give from your heart, be open, receive support, and be in the space of possibility.

This program was a reminder that you can go further together than you ever could alone. Life is more full, loving and fun when we’re apart of something bigger than ourselves. The MPY community is an incredible group of people and we are so grateful YOU are part of the magic. Thank you for making MPY what it is.

Come take class this week and get assisted! The studio is LIT UP!

Check out some of our Teacher’s breakthroughs from this past weekend:

“Love is available in ALL moments. And MPY is a bad ass community and I am grateful and love you all!”
-Danielle

“My biggest takeaway is that miracles are everywhere! AND that I am the biggest source and power house to bring connection, joy and love as a way of being. My name means “pure” and I am really feelin’ that in my heart and soul.”
-Katrina

“Assisting isn’t about me, it’s about the student. If I look and listen first I will always give an impactful assist. It does not matter if this assist is in the yoga studio, at my work, or anywhere else in my life!”
-Andrew

“My biggest takeaway is that compassion is a choice. And when I am selfish, I feel less energetic closed off, and separate. When I am compassion I feel free, happy and full of life!”
-Mitchell

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After the Revolution! 

Our 40 Days to Personal Revolution is complete! Our revolutionaries made major shifts in their bodies and souls. They accessed more self-love, patience, and joy. They are grounded and centered.

So, let’s say you’ve just finished the 40 days here at MPY, or a big project at work. Maybe you quit a job that no longer serves you to commit to something else that really lights you up. Maybe you had a baby. What happens now?

We call this stage: After the Revolution!

You committed to something BIG, something different, something new. Now it’s time to be open. Allow yourself to be in the flow of love, goodness, justice and compassion in the universe.

You know the practices and skills that keep you in your best self. These include but are not limited to yoga, eating nourishing foods, spending time with loved ones and making art. Continue to do things that light you up. Continue to be in the work you know is best for yourself and those around you.

Surrender to the flow of your life! Be peaceful, be compassionate, let go of resistance and keep shining!

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This week is all about restoration. It’s incredibly important to listen to your body. When it tells you to slow down, we encourage you to do exactly that.

Rest is for your entire being. You need it for your muscles, your spirit and your mind. It’s an opportunity to practice letting go. It’s a beautiful contrast to the ‘go, go go’ attitude that is so prevalent in our culture. Restoration happens in savasana, meditation, the cool-down of your YOD practices, or when you take a contemplative walks with your loved ones.

I used to think that loving myself meant working so hard and always being busy. 
I would fill my time with work and move full speed ahead. Yes, there are always things to do. Working hard has served a purpose in my life. And it is truly about balance. You can’t be busy all the time or you miss out on the gifts that come from not doing and simply being.

Through this practice, I’ve learned I can create space and pause. Life is a cycle and rest is an important part of the big picture. Rest is an equal part of doing the work.

Ask yourself…How much time do you actually carve out to relax? Where in your life do you want to bring in more time for restoration? Make time this week to slow down, listen and rest.

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We’ve been focusing on finding your balance amidst the chaos…

I used to never teach Eagle pose in class. Through Equanimity, the series of balancing postures, I skipped it and wasn’t even aware until someone called me out on it! Great.

Then, I was in the inquiry of Eagle Pose in my own practice. I made sure to teach it in class to see what was there.

I asked myself, “What’s here for me? Why am I skipping out on this pose?”

From my physical practice, I felt tightness is my upper back and chest. I felt like I was protecting my heart. Eagle Pose helped me see the rigidity in my body and emotions. With this awareness, I was able to begin to heal and explore my equanimity.

In my willingness to look, this Eagle ordeal felt chaotic. The tightness felt hard and then I explored in the possibility… Eventually I found my equanimity where I didn’t want to look.

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