Cuando sientas que tu camino se oscurece, piensa en el Amor que hay en tu corazón, siente la lucecita, que aunque a veces brilla muy tenuemente, nunca deja de brillar.
Cuando sientas que nadie camina contigo, piensa en tus Angeles y Guías, que aunque no los puedes escuchar ni ver, siempre van de tu lado pisando sobre tus huellas y adelante guiando tu andar.
Cuando todo lo veas gris, mira hacia dentro de ti, y encontrarás el hermoso Cristal de tu corazón brillando con su propia Luz.
Cuando sientas que cometes mas errores que aciertos, entiende que en realidad no existe tal error, porque todo es aprendizaje y ellos sólo están presentes en tu vida para que HOY seas un nuevo y mejor YO.
Que sea una noche para entender, aprender y estar seguros que: Somos LUZ y que estamos compuestos de LUZ y que es esa misma LUZ la que te ilumina en cualquier adversidad. ✨Feliz y Bendecida Noche✨🙏#livinglavidayoga#yogainspiration#yoga#yogafit#yogateacheartraining#yogapractice#respiraymedita#shanti#omshamti#ahimsa#namaste 🙏🙌✨✨
Meet my little brother. I love this kid so much it literally hurts sometimes. And yet no one can piss me off quite as much as him. We have been to hell and back together, and put each other through hell more times than I can count. There are things in my life that no one will ever understand except for him, and vice versa. .
This month at my studio @eastsideyogadc , we’ve started something new. An Intention of the Month that we work with in all of our classes. We started with a classic - Ahimsa, or non-harming. .
I’ve been thinking a lot about how the concept applies in our relationships with others. Especially the ones we love the most. Because somehow, it’s the ones we love the most who often have to deal with our worst behavior. It sounds counterintuitive, but if you think about it, it makes sense – the ones we love the most are the ones we are most comfortable being ourselves around, and the ones we trust to stick by us even after we’ve shown them the worst of us. And while there is something beautiful to that, I can’t help but pause and ask – is that really how I want to be treating the ones I love the most? .
No matter how maddeningly know-it-all-big-sisterly I get with him, my brother always lets it go and finds a way to laugh with me the next time we’re together. I think, I hope, it’s because he knows that it comes from a place of real, deep love, no matter how much it pisses him off. .
And no matter how much this kid pisses me off, I am always thrilled to hear from him and I will always be there for him when he needs me. Because I know that underneath whatever shitty behavior might be upsetting me at any given time, there is some serious love, and that’s the reason why he is comfortable behaving this way with me. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself. 😜😂🤷🏾♀️❤️ .
And I think that’s really the best we can do. We are all human, we will all slip from time to time despite our best intentions, and our loved ones will often have to suffer the consequences. So perhaps the best way we can thank them for putting up with our nonsense is to be understanding and forgiving when they slip up too. Right?
Have you ever traveled alone? I don't mean flying somewhere by yourself to go visit someone. I mean actually taking a vacation solo. When I was in my early/mid 20's, traveling solo was absolutely unthinkable. Then, when my father passed away, all I wanted to do was be alone. So I spent a month exploring Costa Rica by myself. It was hardly a vacation given the reason I was there, but I did learn the value of the solo journey. .
I just returned from my most recent solo jaunt, and it was everything I needed and more. Back in January, I felt my stress levels escalating to unhealthy levels and knew I needed to take a real break from my life to reset and heal. I booked a March trip to Miami without a second thought. I briefly considered finding a friend or two whose schedule and vacation criteria aligned with mine, but dismissed the idea as quickly as it arose. I needed a few days to completely unplug, to do exactly what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it without having to worry about anyone else's needs or agenda. And yes, it was every bit as glorious as it sounds. .
If you've never traveled on your own, or are looking to do it again, yoga retreats are an awesome way to dive into the solo travel experience. You're surrounded by like-minded people so you have company if you want it (and making new friends is one of my favorite things about traveling!), but your main priority is self-care and everyone around you respects and understands that. .
My spring retreat at the @goodstoneinn is the *perfect* getaway for busy Washingtonians. It's an easy drive from DC (just a little over an hour). The weekend gives you just enough time to unplug, but is not so long that that you feel stressed about your absence. From the moment you arrive, every detail is attended to - fabulous food, gorgeous grounds, incredible staff who treats you like royalty, and of course, plenty of soul-recharging yoga. .
Deadline to sign up is this Friday (4/20) at noon, and there are only 2 spots left. What are you waiting for? Go to www.aliajkhan.com/springretreat to learn more and sign up today. (Link in profile too). See you at the Goodstone - you'll be so glad you decided to treat yourself!
Legend has it that solo travel in India can be intimidating for a woman. Not that I would know, but from the outside looking in, I've grown a pretty decent idea of what it can be like. I mean, it’s daunting on its own, regardless your gender. Samantha wanted to travel India for a long time, and she needed what is called a "soft landing"; travelling in with a partner, easing into the wonderful madhouse. And she did well. I think that during the weeks we travelled together, I was more nervous and protective towards men looking at her than she was. This picture was taken in Srinagar, in one of its many gorgeous gardens, where the flowers don't actually bloom in December... #superprofound !
I'm baaaaack! And I have to say, taking a month off of social media was one of the best things I've done for myself in a LONG time. I didn't realize just how often I used to reach for my phone and start scrolling until I took those apps off my phone. It was honestly a bit alarming. How many hours of my life have I wasted just scrolling away?
Now, instead of mindlessly scrolling, I text or call people and have real conversations! Instead of checking their profiles to see what's going on with them, I actually ask them. Whoa. .
Instead of relying on social media and my personal bubble to supply me with news, I subscribed to the @nytimes and scan it every morning. Added bonus, I got hooked on the NYT Crossword Puzzle app - every time I play, I feel myself getting a little bit smarter!
And above all, I was able to focus all of my attention on my 3D life. It was glorious. I no longer felt that vague pressure to always be creating content, posting something new and interesting, counting my followers and likes and comments and blah blah blah. MAN did it feel good to let all of that go!
All that said, I still believe that social media is an incredibly valuable way to connect with others and build community. But my little hiatus showed me just how crucial it is to strike the right balance between my 2D and 3D worlds. And just how easily social media can creep in and take over. .
Moving forward, I'm going to limit my time on social media significantly. Once a day is all I really more than enough - I'll create content if it's a content day, check for and respond to comments and messages, do a quick scroll and see what's happening in the 2D world. And then put it away and spend my time doing things that are so fun, so fulfilling, that they make me forget to check my phone. .
Have you ever taken a social media break before? How did it go? What changes did you notice? If you haven't, then give it a try, and let me know how it goes!
“The relationship incubator .
Lover, friend, child, sibling, co-worker, father, mother...relationships are incubators that pull up all of our deepest subconscious pattern seedlings, hatching them before our eyes, and, if we can face them and traverse the swamps, we are hatched in new amazing directions that could not be reached otherwise...that is if we can stay
Not stay perfect or stay cool or stay completely present or zen or steady, but just stay
Stay and stay and stay especially when you want to run away
I’ve been through enough relationships to now see clearly that anything we run away from in one relationship, will show up again and again and again until we look it lovingly in the eyes, learn its origins and allow it to teach us
I believe we call special souls into our lives to uproot the otherwise in-uproot-able so that we can see in ourselves what is otherwise unseeable. The aspects that remain dormant inside until someone comes along and wedges open the deepest crevices inside, holds a flash light and a mirror helping us to see our deepest layers of composition .
This process is painful, uncomfortable, sometimes sickening, and ultimately extraordinary liberating. When we traverse the seemingly in-traversable within, these places that are harder to scale than any external course, the outcome is the freedom. Freedom from the bindings that hold us in stagnation, frozen in previous experiences and driven by a source that is caught in old fear story rather than free flowing trusting spontaneous spirit
When we can step back, take an expanded look at our relationships in whatever form and see what they are teaching us, how we are being stretched, expanded, ripened, matured, enlightened- we amplify the work we have come here to do together as human spirits.
For I believe each being we encounter in our life is our spiritual teacher, helping us to grow in the directions we could not access without their reflection.”
I had to share this beautiful text by @meghancurrieyoga 💚💚💚 Thank you for the beautiful words of wisdom 🙏🏼✨
I've been on the road for a while now, shifting these stories and photo's around. Even though you didn't know you were holding out for this #superprofound shit, it really is worth your wait. But I might be biased. Anyway, on with it! Last summer, I met Katie during a breathwork and meditation course on Paros. Afterwards we took a ferry to Anafi, the smallest island of the Greek Cyclades. I did a good job crashing the rental scooter on the second day there, and we both got our knees stitched up by the local veterinarian - the only doctor amongst the hundred or so heads counted on that gem of an island. Did I mention the place is well-known for its soothing silence and beautiful hiking trails?
✨Mira al cielo y entiende que TÚ también mereces el brillo de las estrellas✨
Y es que a veces nos pasa que no entendemos que todo ser de luz en el cosmos, tiene una función, un valor, y en mayor o menor medida afecta a lo que le rodea, más allá de lo que se imagina, por ello el brillo de una estrella puede enamorarte, inspirarte o simplemente iluminarte, porque va en resonancia con lo que llevas dentro, entonces es ahí justo ahí que ese brillo te atrapará y no se irá, permanecerá intacto si lo sabes aprovechar, hasta llegar a formar parte de ti.
Ten presente que somos más que energía que por su forma nos diferenciamos unos de otros. Por lo que esta noche te recuerdo que tu propósito es Hoy, Mañana y Siempre es BRILLAR... Que sea una noche para encender tu luz, haz el bien, ámate a ti mismo y a los demás, y eso tan sólo eso moverá una maquinaria tan grande como el propio Universo y te ayudará a manifestar todo aquello que te mereces.
Ten Fe... ✨Feliz y Bendecida Noche✨🙏🏼🙌 #livinglavidayoga#yoga#yogateachertraining#respiraymedita#omshanti#Namaste 🙏🙌✨✨