there was once a time in my life that i wouldn’t be caught DEAD leaving my house without makeup. without my hair straight. with any clothing that revealed the parts of my body i despised the most. (legs, belly, ears, feet). as children we soak in anything anyone says to us. it hurts so deeply when another tells us that something about us is unloveable. when people tell us that WE, are unloveable. these thought patterns sometimes stay with us and it can be so challenging to come to the understanding that what others see/think of us has NOTHING TO DO WITH WHO/WHAT WE ACTUALLY ARE.
in fact it has EVERYTHING TO DO with the way they SEE THEMSELVES and when we see these perceptions they have of us in THAT way, it becomes a lot easier to separate their comments from our own relationship with body + Self.
it has taken me years to love this body. to LIBERATE myself from those thought patterns that once ruled my entire existence. to see myself as a DIVINE BEING living inside of a magical, MAGICAL body.
seriously. these bodies. they are magical as fuck. pieces of stardust, intertwining together to become one, to hold a piece of Divinity. how. fucking. miraculous.
i invite you to know and feel in your heart that anyone’s perspective of you, of your body, of your life, has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.
pray for them. send them love from afar. and FORGIVE. not for them... but for YOU... so you can break free from those bounds, and continue living in an abundance of love-stepping deeper into alignment with yourSelf.
we. all. deserve. that.
ALSO: feeeeeelin myself HARD in this shoot with @tigersandpeanutbutter 😈😈 #goddessvibes#YONIVERSE
We are all but second hand people. From the moment they glued our name on our back, through carrot and stick parenting, years of parrot like education evaluated by how effective we regurgitate thoughts of others. At some point a burning need arises to discover who we are. Underneath the noise that the world piled onto our mind. This is the manual in the working. Freedom awaits at the end of silence. It is inscribed inside of our heart (they can condition our brain but cannot alter our heart - it stays asleep waiting for our awakening). #yoga#collage#meditation#mindfulness#art#liberation#awareness#ihaiku
A teaser of the energy we create at the #Partyrobics fitness group lesson concept. We create "clubbing-like" excitement, expression, stimulating dance feeling and do powerful work-out for the body.
The very unique "4 Energy Flows" method created by @k_g_morton
on how to orchestrate those elements. In the room are the music hits, party lights - its amazing. 🔥🔥🔥
This is our class in Zottegem Belgium at the @de_dansstudio
@milypat.be and Kate.
We are growing, so if this class interests you - we always look for a team (certification trainings for instructors) in each country! Check our page in bio and let us know!
Welcome to my favorite form of meditation, my yoga off the mat, and my sadhana. •
Some of you may be wondering what basketball has to do with meditation & yoga, or even what the hell “sadhana” means. Sadhana is defined as a spiritual practice, meditation is a form of reflection, and the word “yoga” itself means union. Most of us are familiar with yoga as an asana (posture) and movement practice, but its roots don’t start there. The history of yoga actually stretches far deeper, and one of its original incarnations was several different variations of lotus pose (preparation for seated meditation). The mental piece of yoga is just as important as the physical. To bring this full circle, your sadhana, your spiritual practice, can be whatever you want it to be. It can be meditation, walking, biking, hiking, basketball, yoga, eating, dancing, surfing, or whatever. It’s about feeling that connection to Source, and what “gets you there” may not be the same as what gets someone else “there.” (Hint: “getting there” is kind of a misnomer, our natural state is bliss and “enlightenment”, we’ve just forgotten our true Self)
In the Yoga Sutras, the sage Patanjali gives us an 8-limbed (ashtanga) path that lists both asana (postures) and dhyana (meditation/contemplation) as two of its main branches. However, these integral parts still only make up 25% of the yogic path. Patanjali gives us a systemic approach to kaivalya (liberation) that also includes yamas (ethics), niyamas (self-discipline), pranayama (breath control), pratyhara (sensory withdrawal), dharana (single-pointed concentration), and samadhi (sense of Oneness, connection to the Divine). However, this is just one method towards liberation; each of us walks a different path. The light at the end of it all remains the same, but our beliefs will take us down many winding roads to see it. •
You are immaculate,
touched by nothing.
What is there to renounce?
The mind is complex—let it go.
Know the peace of dissolution.
The universe arises from you like foam from the sea.
Know yourself as One.
Enter the peace of dissolution.
Like an imagined snake in a rope
the universe appears to exist
in the immaculate Self
but does not.
Seeing this you know: “There is nothing to dissolve.”
You are perfect, changeless, through misery and happiness, hope and despair,
life and death.
Photography by @jimmy.nelson.official
Earlier this week I cut off 12 inches of my hair.
When I posted pictures on Facebook, they received hundreds of likes and dozens of affirmative comments.
However, I noticed this next bit to be very interesting:
When seeing me in person, an alarmingly large number of people (only women!) asked, “What did Michael think about you cutting your hair??”
SAY WHAT?!?! Isn’t it 2018??
Now, don’t get me wrong - I certainly went through plenty of back-and-forth within my own mind about chopping my hair off.
But that’s just it: it’s MY hair! No one else’s.
Cutting my hair has been so much more than an aesthetic shift. It’s given me a chance to see that I am so much more than what you see on the outside. That my beauty isn’t attached to what hangs off my scalp.
Ladies, let’s stop wasting so much energy trying to fit into some ridiculous mold of another’s design. Let’s stop worrying about anyone else’s opinion and focus on what feeds our individual soul.
There’s a saying that I love: measure your success by the growth of your freedom.
Try it out! Make your next few decisions based solely on what liberates you & let me know how things go. ✨
Akhilanda. La déesse jamais-pas-brisée.
"Tout se passe pour ma libération.
Je choisis de devenir encore plus Amour." Akhilandeshvari ("la déesse qui se brise constamment") t'enseigne que lorsque tu es brisé.e en petits morceaux, tu es plus puissant.e que tu ne l'as jamais été auparavant.
Elle est l'essence du Phoenix, l'énergie indestructible qui embrasse le changement. Elle sait que tout conspire pour transformer en encore plus de Lumière et d'Amour.
Elle ne peut-être brisée, puisqu'elle l'est déjà.
Elle est l'incarnation de ce que tu essayes d'éviter : la dissolution de l'identité de ton égo.
Son pouvoir est sans précédent. Elle t'envoie la Lumière et l'Amour, qui sont nécessaires pendant le changement, la transformation et la possible douleur que tu vis. Tu la trouves au fond de toi quand tu es dans les moments les plus sombres, au plus bas de tes chagrins.
Elle te montre où l'énergie est bloquée, à quels endroits tu es pris.e dans une routine ou dans les attentes qu'ont les autres à ton égard. Elle murmure la libération que tu expérimenteras une fois que tu t'ouvriras et que tu autoriseras la nouvelle version de toi à émerger et briller.
Elle te rappelle que tu as toujours le pouvoir de choisir de voir chaque situation comme une opportunité d'être encore plus dans la Lumière, de devenir l'âme rayonnante que tu es au fond.
Si ton âme a choisi cette lame, elle indique que comme beaucoup d'entre nous, tu dépenses beaucoup d'énergie pour ne pas tomber ou te briser. Tu résistes à tes chagrins, à tes blessures. Ou tu nies le besoin de changer jusqu'à ce que le choix ne t'appartienne plus vraiment. Puis une événement se passe dans ton quotidien, te donne une pichenette, et brise ce que tu penses être et comment tu t'identifies.
C'est ce qu'Akhilanda te rappelles : la vulnérabilité est notre plus grande force. Si tu es toujours cassé.e, tu ne peux jamais rompre. C'est ce qui te permet de prospérer au milieu du changement. Le fait de savoir qu'être brisé.e n'est pas un échec, ou quelque chose que tu dois éviter, bien au contraire.
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It’s pretty easy to get pissed at our partners when we aren’t prioritizing ourselves—
You know, when we expect them to be everything for us,
Without stopping to meet our own needs
How many times have you relied on a partner to be your sole source of joy?
Or your fashion critic/best friend/dinner companion/lover/frenemy all in one? And when they’re not around, we get angry, or sad [whatever your emotion of choice is]
We get reactive.
It’s healthy to be vulnerable, obviously, but asking a partner to fix every one of our problems is like trying to patch a leaking boat with duct tape—
In other words, it doesn’t work.
And I can tell you, my guy is like my personal superhero,
But it’s a lot more fun to let him add to any already full life, than rely on him for all my basic needs.
It’s a lot more fun to let your partner be like icing on an already delicious cake
Than to bitch about there not being a cake at all.
Blog post out on this soon [yes, i’m starting a blog! Woop wooooooo 🙌🏽💗]