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Behind The Asana: Episode 29 - The Story of Vishvamitra

Vishvamitra was a king in India, who is known for his spiritual journey. One day, when visiting the sage Vashista, Vishvamitra saw and demanded that Vashista give him this cow who could manifest anything. When Vashista denied his request, as it was a divine gift, Vishamitra declared war on the sage. Vishamitra and his entire army fought against Vashista and his cow, but the cow manifested a great army and soon, Vishvamitra was defeated. Realizing all he had lost, and all the happiness that Vashista, this spiritual man had, began Vishvamitra on his journey. 

The spiritual growth of Vishvamitra is one that we can look to as guidance, as it is not straight forward. When we begin on the path towards light, it's not always clear, and it is not easy. However, as the story of Vishvamitra tells us, we must keep going.

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Goddess Rising: Stephanie Birch

Every week, we are so blessed to share this space here on the Passion Yoga School blog with some of the incredible ladies of the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate with these incredible movers and shakers, as they do great things, follow their passions and make the world a better place. This week, Stephanie Birch took the time to share her thoughts with us!

"I came for the sweat and found a way of life." I was hooked from my very first yoga class. As a longtime athlete, yoga was the perfect dose of physical exertion I longed for after a lifetime of sports and playing tough. It wasn’t until after I had my son that I truly began to connect with yoga as a way of life. Yoga became my breath on and off the mat, it has strengthened my mind and body, soften my shell, teaches me to live in the present, and it serves as a conduit to my Soul's purpose.

In my everyday life, I am a play-at-home mom, yoga teacher, life photographer, writer, fire-starter, online contributor, Soul Activist, Tahoe-lover, a sucker for dark chocolate, dark beer, coffee, cartwheels, boardgames, and a life well-lived barefoot and pants-less. “No pants are the best pants,” is the norm in our household. You can practice online with me at www.oneOeight.tv or in Sacramento, California. You can find me writing wide-open heart as a wanna-be comedian and squealing on my best days at www.stephynow.com.
 

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Stephanie Birch: My work is really doing the work, no bypassing or excusing my own self-devotion. It is about showing up to the very lessons and themes I teach in a yoga class. I don't fall back on traditional texts, regurgitated cues, or lessons from another. That wouldn't be real for me. It is important for me to actively participate in this practice than cover my tracks or basis with longitude of experience.

My job, as a teacher, is to coach people to feel in a yoga class. To get absolutely in touch with themselves by challenging the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. I refuse to teach people from a place of fear or that there is only way to practice yoga. We do a disservice to teach that yoga (especially, asana) is a one-way system, as if all bodies are built the same, they are not. Alignment brings awareness, it does not keep you safe. It's important to empower people to be responsible for their practice, it's that dedication and self-awareness that keeps them encouraged. I am passionate about getting people to really fuck up the insides and get to know themselves deeply, discovering that they are their greatest teacher. It is not my job to make their time on the mat "good or bad" or that they're doing it "right or wrong." As if practicing one or two limbs of the "yoga path" is not enough, it's more than enough. It's a personal practice and the system is designed to connect you to your highest self.

It's about empowering my students, evolving the practice, and always teaching from a place of fierce love. That means getting downright uncomfortable to understand the deepest depths of ourselves, our relationships, and our lives. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Stephanie: My wounds have brought me here. They have given birth to a life of getting fucking real. I used to be such a pretender, people-pleaser, and not say too much or make a stink and it furthered a career of self-doubt and staying small. My pain has been useful in my survival, overcoming the very things I thought would drown me. Going through depression, as a new mom, put our family in a tail-spin. It is not something that just goes away, it's often resting on shoulder, waiting, plotting, and planning to take it's grip again. It's taken a lot of work to get here and I'm grateful for it. My world changed when I began to understand that the Soul is both light and dark and that love is the inclusion of every emotion, it unlocks the part of you that tethered herself to traumas, abuse, and victim-hood that, although painful, gave me purpose to understanding myself. Pain is a beautiful motivator. We can sink or rise with it.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Stephanie: I challenge others and myself to get out of the box of labeling things as "good" or bad" - we need to change our relationship to a gradient scale of "goodness" factor. I used to believe I was a "bad yogi" because I ate meat, drink alcohol, and don't perfectly align with the traditional teachings of the yoga path. There's a lot of shaming that goes on the yoga world and I say, "fuck that noise." It's taken years to understand myself and trust myself in this process and it certainly required me to knock down the "guru" and pedestal complexes. My worst habit, if you will, is second-guessing my intuition or not following my gut-checks with people, relationships, and teachings. Every time, I allow my intellectual to step in above my intuition, it takes the wind out of me. My practice is truly is trust and love myself deeply -- and say "no" a hell of a lot more. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Stephanie: Trust yourself. Know yourself. Love yourself. I follow along the lines of not asking for advice or giving advice. If there is someone that is coming to me for advice, I lead with questions, understanding, and charge the conversation to bring forth answers he/she already has within. We are such an advice-giving and seeking culture. We already know deep down what we need to do and most of the time, if not all, it means we need to listen to ourselves. Trust ourselves. Tune-in to this inner-knowing and guidance. We are always being guided and that means we must tune out the external to uncover our greatest potential.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Stephanie: My spiritual practice is to have a human experience in this life. To live out life's ups and downs, trials and errors, and everything between. I believe that we are put on this earth to have a human experience, we are already spiritual Beings. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Stephanie: I think one that comes to mind, that isn't necessarily secretive, is growing up with the belief I wasn't ever going to amount to much more than a full-time job, paying bills, and calling it a life. I grew up in a low-middle class family, it's the average American story. My dad worked himself to the bone and my mom stayed home to raise 5 kids. Without being taught, per se, many of us mimic our parents and the "should-do" life. Working yourself to the bone in a job you hate because you have mouths to feed is a scary place to be, it's a trap. I openly talk about this trap and use it to encourage my path to grow and make my contribution to the world by not falling back into generational patterns and belief systems. It's how we change the world, moving away from the tribe and into your own way of life. Taking charge of my life is not easy, by any means, but it's absolutely necessary.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Stephanie: I am inspired by fire-starters and fire-breathers. Women who roar and rage. The ones in-touch with their primal, animalistic selves, speak in truths, and dance in flames. This woman, who is my sister, coach and friend, Diana Vitantonio. Belly to belly.

Behind The Asana: Episode 28 - Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti means ‘devotion’ and this is often seen in the yoga community as a heart centred practice. Bhakti yoga can be explored through things like singing and dancing, but is practiced in anyway that we can use our acts to express gratitude to the Divine. When we use Bhakti yoga, we are allowing our action, in what ever form that manifests for us, to show our devotion and gratitude to the Divine, whether it be singing, dancing, sharing or even in our asana practice.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 27 - Taking A Spiritual Name

When you take a spiritual name, you are undergoing a rebirth and committing yourself to your sacred path. Spiritual names are traditionally given as part of a ceremony, where your teacher gives you the name that will connect you to this sacred way of life. I was gifted my name, Adi Shakti, by my teacher Yogrishi Vishvketu, and it is something that I carry through life as I pursue my passion and my purpose. 

Going deeper into what it means to take a spiritual name and what my name in particular means, this video explores the meaning of my name and why people take new names on their spiritual journey. Please like, share this video. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or send me an email at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 26 - Three Primary Learning Styles

As a student, you might have an idea of what your learning style might be. The three primary styles most commonly found are auditory, visual and kinesthetic, and most people favour one of these. When taking classes, it’s good to seek out a teacher who uses your primary style in their teaching, so that your experience is one that is enjoyable and engaging. As a teacher, it is important to utilize all of these styles so that your students, regardless of how they learn, can engage in your class.

In this video, I go through the different ways that the three primary learning styles might appear in a class and some ways to engage them. Please like, comment, share this video! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out by email at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 25 - Three Types Of Adjustments

In the Passion Yoga School teacher trainings, we talk about the three different types of physical adjustments in a yoga practice - to correct, to deepen into a posture and energetically enhance a posture. By using these adjustments, teachers can help students in class to remain safe in poses, to engage in their practice and to make small changes, guiding students to deepen their awareness in the class.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 24 - Chandra Bedhana

Last week, I talked about surya bedhana, which is the way in which we use pranayama to balance the solar energy in our body. This week, we are focusing on how to bring balance back to our bodies with chandra bedhana. Chandra bedhana is the lunar, or feminine, energy in our life, and in this video, I explore how we can bring more of it into our lives through our pranayama practice.

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Goddess Rising: Loren Lotus

Every week, we get to feature an incredible woman from around the world who is part of the health, wellness or personal development community. This is our opportunity to reach out and connect with some of the amazing women who are out there doing great things. This week, we got Loren Lotus to answer our questions.

Loren Lotus is an international, Los Angeles based, passionate Yoga instructor inspired by the spiritual traditions and Yogic teachings of India. She received her certification deep in the Caribbean jungle of Costa Rica where she studied under a teacher of Akandha affiliate and was provided with a well-rounded and holistic approach to traditional Hatha Yoga.

Her teachings incorporate the spiritual traditions of India and biomechanical alignment of Kinesiology to create styles suitable for every yoga practitioner. Loren began her own Yoga practice in college where she studied Kinesiology and her fascination of the human body first stemmed. Throughout her journey of self-study and self-realization she’s found her true passion through the teachings of Yoga and creating a space of healing and compassion for the mind, body and spirit of others. She believes Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but also off the mat, in the kitchen, in our relationships and in everyday life. As a yoga teacher and student of life, Loren strives to share her teachings and awareness of Yoga by guiding and supporting her students through their own personal practice.

Loren currently teaches private, group and special event classes in Los Angeles, California. She travels frequently for teaching opportunities around the world and hopes to expand her practice and teaching worldwide.

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Loren: My work is a spiritual tool because it's also a part of the bigger practice of life!

Whether you're practicing Yoga, practicing the piano, or practicing other job-related functions, all of these items take dedicated time and expenditure of energy that require your attention. I use my work as a spiritual tool because I believe it's truly what I'm supposed to be doing here on earth, in this life, for this temporary amount of time. Just as you practice while you're taking a Yoga class, I've begun to find a practice each time I teach. Teaching and facilitating a class alone takes plenty of practice, piecing together poses, music, intentions, etc. and with each class I create, it's a representation of my being. With that, the most important part of this line of work is trusting.

Trusting that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. Trusting that I'm capable of creating and manifesting whatever it is that I want and truly need to in order to be successful. And of course, defining "successful" to myself and not others. My idea of success may vary from someone else's in Los Angeles, but it terms of happiness, gratitude, and growth, I feel like the work I do is a huge contributing factor to my spiritual growth. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Loren: Everyone has their cracks, weaknesses and wounds. It's getting through those times of challenge that create a more matured mind and soul. Whether I was a child living with my parents, in college living in a sorority, or in my 20's living on my own in a big city, each aspect of my life has come with it's own cup of tea. Most of my friends and family will probably laugh and agree that I've been (still may be) difficult, stubborn, selfish or hard to get along with at times. I realize it now looking back on some experiences and believe a lot of my past attitudes and behaviors were caused by a lack of self-awareness or respect for myself. They say how you treat others is a reflection of how you treat yourself so coming to terms with self-love, respect, awareness of myself and loved ones around me has truly expanded the purpose in the work I do now. 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Loren: My honest and absolute worst habit is spreading myself thin and not honoring my boundaries. Our world and culture has so much to offer that it's hard for the mind not to wander in all places wanting this and wanting that. I often find myself thinking "what if" or "what about that." Of course, this is a blessing and a curse because having this mentality has kept me driven and on the go in various aspects of my life. But to really hammer down on improving myself to be consistent and committed, I try to tune in to what my higher consciousness really needs.

It's tempting to say "Yes!" to every opportunity that arrises (and don't get me wrong, you absolutely should say Yes!) but there comes a time when you need to honor the energy and health of your body to find stillness and simplicity in your life. I really aim to be consistent by creating a schedule, sticking to it and trusting that where I am, right here, right now, is exactly where I am supposed to be. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Loren: "Be your authentic self" because that's who you were meant to be in this lifetime. If you try to reach your potential by following in other people's footsteps, you'll certainly learn a lot from them along the way as they are resources, but the most crucial learning is what you learn from yourself. And when you learn new things, share that with others around you so they too can use you as a resource and learn things on their own! All we're really doing here is moving puzzle pieces around to find out our true purposes and maximize that potential in doing so. Also, wake up with the sun ;)

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Loren: Currently, my spiritual practice varies from day to day. While I do prefer routine, I've found that just went I start to build a routine, something will change and I need to reset my schedule all over again. I aim to commit my spiritual practice to sadhana first thing in the morning. Before I even walk into the kitchen for tea or breakfast, I roll out of bed and onto my mat on the floor. The first 15-45 minutes of my day consist of meditation, asana, pranayama and setting a conscious intention for the day. From there I'm off to teach at various studios, each studio offering a different class experience and varying encounters with people. Depending on how many classes I'm teaching that day, I've began to consider teaching as part of my spiritual practice as well. It's an opportune time for me to look inside of myself and share that with my students. Aside from my own personal asana practice on the mat, I try to remain tuned in throughout my entire day. Whether I'm eating vegetarian meals, humming mantras in Los Angeles traffic or going on a quiet hike by myself...again, I trust, what I'm doing is all apart of a higher practice. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Loren: I certainly have released several secrets through my practice in order to live fully in my truth. I love the concept of Satya, truthfulness, in not only your words but your actions and thoughts. Through this, I've found the most important part of being truthful to be with myself. I've fought through my fair share of jealously, betrayal, hatred and anger in an attempt to release negative past experiences and make room for new positive ones. I've let go of childhood traumas, past relationships and hardships, and taken on a more understanding, truthful, and grateful attitude. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Loren: I'm inspired by so many people! I feel like each person I meet along their path has something incredible to share with me and I hope to give that back to them as well. I've surprisingly found a wonderful community of Yogis via Instagram with whom I've connected with. Kelly Pender, from Colorado is also a Yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, and lover of life upon her path!

Namaste <3

Behind The Asana: Episode 23 - Surya Bedhana

Surya Bedhana is the pranayama practice used to cultivate and balance our solar energy. As humans, we are made up of solar and lunar energy that ebbs and flows as we go through life. When it gets out of balance and we have too much lunar energy, we can use pranayama to reorient ourselves and bring that solar energy back into balance within our bodies. 

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Goddess Rising: Suzanne Heyn

Every week, we are so lucky to share this space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some amazing ladies, and this week, we are so pleased to have Suzanne Heyn sharing with us!

Suzanne Heyn is a spiritual teacher and mentor, self-love writer, and creator of transformational online courses. By age 28, she experienced the deaths of her father and sister and survived cancer. These traumatic experiences and post-cancer healing forced her to express long-repressed emotions. In a society that fears emotion, Suzanne's message is simple: Feel your feelings. Love who you are. She believes unconditional self-love unlocks the door to a richly meaningful and abundant life. By feeling our feelings, we begin the most exciting adventure of our lives: witnessing the unfolding of our authentic self.

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Suzanne Heyn: One of the things I most value is authenticity. I spent many years of my life massively depressed, and feeling like my sadness made me flawed. I felt like everyone else had it together and I spent all my energy resisting my feelings and pasting a fake smile on my face.

Over time, I grew to see that my pain didn't make me flawed, it made me human. I've healed a lot, but even now, when I see perfect images on social media, it makes me compare myself to others.

By expressing my authentic truth — my ups and downs — through social media and my blog, I hope to communicate to others that it's okay to not be okay. It's okay to be human. I continually remind myself and others that the illusions we compare ourselves too are just that, illusions. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Suzanne: One of my core wounds was that it's not okay to feel. After my father and sister died, I felt I had to create the illusion that I was strong and cold and never hurt. After cancer, the rage was all consuming and I had no choice but to face it.

That initiated the most divinely healing journey ever — the journey of feeling my feelings. I was guided towards a meditation practice that helped me dissolve my painful feelings and connect with my core truth underneath it all.

Today, my work is all about feeling your feelings because so much of people's problems arise from repression. This work developed from growing up in a household where emotions were denied. My sister killed herself, and that's one reason why I'm so passionate. Nobody should ever feel that alone. 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Suzanne: I work too much. I used to be a hardcore slacker, and now I'm obsessed with success. I'm working to become conscious of my behavior and really ask myself which projects have to be done now and which can wait.

Sometimes, I'll talk with my old self, even if that old self existed an hour ago. For example, if I work too late on a project, before going to bed, I'll visualize myself hunched over my keyboard and tell myself, "You don't need to work so hard. You're worthy no matter what."

That seems to be really helpful. I find most bad habits develop from energy and not mindset issues. If you work to heal the energy, you can change your habits. So I work to become conscious of things I'd like to change and then find out the real reason I'm engaging in unhealthy behaviors.

Too often, we focus on surface problems. I like going deep.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Suzanne: Be patient. We often work really hard to uncover our life's purpose because we believe in the universe and its divine potential and our unique gifts. But then we feel like we need to work really hard to actualize that potential. We remove the sacredness from it and believe it's all up to us.

What we really need to do is prioritize our spiritual evolution above all else. Because our spiritual growth is tied to our life purpose. We often think of life purpose or potential in terms of career, but its more about energy. We might get paid for it, but it's ultimately not about that. So I create online courses and I earn money from that, but what I'm really doing is creating space for people to feel and heal. That's my life purpose. I turned it into my career, but it doesn't have to be that.

So, in short, if you want to actualize your potential, meditate.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Suzanne: I meditate every morning and do yoga as often as possible. Feeling my feelings and loving myself no matter what is a sacred practice. Loving myself even when I mess up or work too much or don't eat as healthy as I'd like.

There are a couple key areas of my life where I've been hoping for change that's really slow in coming. So everyday I practice acceptance while trusting that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Suzanne: If I have any secrets, I'm not aware of them. I work really hard to shine light in all of my shadows. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Suzanne: @jadealectra on Instagram

Behind The Asana: Episode 22 - Seva

Understanding yoga as “union” calls us to serve others, in selfless service - seva. When we begin to use our energy efficiently, we can begin to give back to others. On a small scale, seva can be done just in our daily lives - serving our friends, family, community selflessly - but it can also be done on a larger scale. Within the yoga community, it has been amazing to see how the social activism, but it is also important to remain conscious, and serve the community and projects through grassroots movements, so that we can avoid ahimsa.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 21 - Japa Mala Meditation

Similar to rosaries in Judeo-Christian traditions, japa malas act as a tool in meditation to maintain focus as well as having a tactile movement as you go through your mindful practice. I used a japa mala when I first began my meditation practice, and it is a great tool to use for mantra. 

In this video, I explain the japa mala and how to use them in meditation. Please like, share, comment and let me know what you think! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 20 - Sthira & Sukha

Sthira is structure - keeping alignment as you move through the asanas and keeping a routine in your daily activities. Sukha is softness, and it can be found in releasing tension in your poses or allowing for fun and freedom in your daily life. Sthira and sukha allow us to maintain balance in our lives, the structure and softness, that keep us growing, learning and enjoying our lives and our practices.

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Goddess Rising: January Newland

Every Wednesday, we are so lucky to feature an incredible woman from somewhere in the world who is doing great things to inspire and empower within the health, wellness and personal development community. This week, we are featuring January Newland who is a fitness trainer and nutrition coach! In her own words: 

I am a personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutrition educator, health coach, ocean aficionado, & Hawaii-born island-lover. I live in San Diego, with my boyfriend, our three dogs, and five chickens. Ours is a life of adventure, fun, and as much time at the beach as we can manage. My passion is helping people discover their healthiest, most radiant self through nourishing food, FUN fitness, and travel! My goal is to help you find balance in healthy living!

My Manifesto:
I believe in learning to love yourself exactly as is, here and now, before beginning a new journey. 
I believe in yoga sessions, AND Mai-Tais. I believe the single best exercise for you is the one that makes you feel ALIVE and POWERFUL. I believe sweat is beautiful. I believe in nourishing your body through intuition rather than counting calories. I believe traditional, whole, organic foods, and that how we eat can change our bodies and have a positive effect on the world around us.I believe your best life involves feeding your soul as well as your body. I believe in less cell-phone, and more beach!


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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

January Newland: People often start their journey of self-improvement with exercise and diet; but many times there's deeper work to be done with self-esteem, confidence, letting go of outside ideals, finding and trusting our own instincts. To me, this is where the good stuff happens, on the more spiritual path. You can follow any diet or exercise program, but if you learn to truly nourish and take care of your whole being, you'll find a new level of happiness and freedom. This is the work that I love to do!

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

January: Well, I was that person who was eating "all the right things" and working out several times a day, basically grinding away at trying to get into this skinnier body that I thought would somehow make me happy once I had it. But really, I had a lot of inner work to do on myself. Once I sought help with wounds from the past through energetic cord cutting, and good old fashioned therapy, it made all the difference. Getting to a better place in my head helped me get to the better place in my relationship with food, workouts, and my body.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

January: Comparing myself to others. It's a dirty one - I know that we are all truly INCOMPARABLE to each other; we're extremely beautifully unique beings. Yet still, I fall into the habit of looking at the details of other people similar to me and comparing. I'm working on it just through the awareness of doing it, and meditating on self-love and appreciation of my own beautiful path!

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

January: Patience, and trusting your own journey. It ties into not comparing yourself or your journey to anyone else's. I think we hinder our own growth by freaking out that we need to be more or faster or better or... something that we aren't already right now.

We have so many things in the world now that measure us by numbers - number of followers, weight on the scale, website ranking, body fat percentage, grade point average, income earned. And those things can be helpful, but I find more and more in my experience that the really delicious, juicy stuff in life has no numbers, but instead, feelings... It's the relationships with those you love, the qualities that define you like kindness & compassion, the experiences you have, that can't be measured by numbers. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

January: My spiritual practice is usually about conscious movement... whether through a long morning walk with my pups, a home yoga practice, or a workout on my own to listen in to my own body's needs for the day. I am focusing on practicing more stillness as well, with a few sitting meditation sessions per week. I think another important part of my spiritual practice is simply focusing on gratitude for all the wonderful things in my life, small to big. And working through the monkey-mind chatter that's always there in my head to get back to those gratitude thoughts, all throughout the day.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

January: That I teach this radical self love and nourishment to women because I'm great at coaching it; but I'm only good at coaching it because it comes from a place of knowing the lack of self-love and nourishment all-to-well. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

January: Stephanie Birch, a yoga teacher in Sacramento, my mom, Melanie Granfors, who is a trainer of therapy dogs and rescuer of old dogs from shelters.

Behind The Asana: Episode 19 - Planes of Movement

In the physical practice of yoga, we move our body along three physical planes. In this video, I review the coronal plane, the sagittal plane and the transverse plane. By keeping them in mind throughout your practice, you are able to focus and understand the alignment as you move through twists, folds, backbends, and side bending. It will support you in doing the postures correctly and safely.


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Behind The Asana: Episode 18 - The Anatomical Process Of Breathing

In yoga, we spend so much time focusing on our breath. This week, I go over the anatomical process of breathing. In this video, I explain what exactly happens to our body when we breathe deeply in our practice and the benefits of conscious breathing.  

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Behind The Asana: Episode 17 - Travelling To India

Throughout my time in the yoga community, I have been very blessed to travel to India five times. The motherland of yoga is a parallel universe with so many amazing sights and an incredibly vibrant culture. In this video, I share my tips for travelling to India so that you can enjoy the motherland with more ease.

 

 

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Goddess Rising: Jordanna Eyre

Every week, we are incredibly blessed to feature a different woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some of the amazing women around the world as they inspire and empower. This week, we are happy to feature Jordanna Eyre!

Jordanna Eyre as an infusion of a highly intuitive, freedom-loving Indigo Child and an overly ambitious, business-saavy entrepreneur. As founder of Modern Day Sorcerer and the first ever online Sorcerer School she works with leaders and visionaries of all shapes and sizes to help them return to the threads of their soul’s calling and the deep knowing that they’ve felt since they were young, and intertwine that calling with the realities of life and business. Through grounding esoteric wisdom into tangible growth and easy to apply transformation, Jordanna guides leaders to embody a power rooted in love and integrity, helping them stand strong in their vision in a way that is well received by the world and aligned with their human needs.

You can find Jordanna on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Jordanna Eyre: I've been aware of a deep calling to do big things on this planet ever since I can remember, and the more I've walked the path of expressing that true calling in my work, the deeper I've actually been forced to go on a spiritual path.

In my work I've been guided to explore the deeper sense of my "calling" and what it meant with every step. This has meant delving more and more into the esoteric nature of what wants to be expressed through me, and learning how to practically and pragmatically bring it to life in a way that fulfills my human needs - essentially blending and integrating what seems purely spiritual with what seems purely business. It seems complicated to most, but I've always had a knack for blending the two, which has really come in handy in expanding my business, and is now a big part of what I teach. On both ends of the spectrum between the esoteric and the practical there have been a lot of surrendering to Spirit and learning to listen more clearly to the guidance to blend the two.

The path of entrepreneurship is full of challenges, so relying on Spirit and deepening my growth and awareness has been the best way I've found to not only get through the challenges, but to find true expansion. It's always really important for me to stay as connected to Spirit and my truest essence in order to make decisions, find clarity on forward movement, learn from the mirrors, and become the next-level version of myself that entrepreneurship always requires us to be.

Plus, I've always been deeply committed to integrity in my work and that's meant not dumbing it down or dismissing anything I truly wanted to do or the greater vision. So there has been a lot taking big leaps and navigating the waters of contraction (which are spiritual practices in and of themselves if we let them be) to make it through to the other side of expansion. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Jordanna: As a deep feeler I've been led to explore my empathic, sensitive nature, and really use it as a mirror to do tons of healing work. I've found that everything we sensitive beings can feel - even when it feels like it's coming from someone else - is a gift and an opportunity to go deeper into the self. So the more I've explored the depths of my emotions and healed my core wounds around believing it wasn't safe to feel or express my feelings, the deeper it's taken me into my connection with myself and my work. Learning to feel deeply and to live in the feeling as a constant practice has been instrumental in guiding my work and the nuances of what I was being guided to do with it, and it's made me a thousand times more attuned to the subtleties of what wants to come through to guide my clients and students. The online Sorcerer School wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for that attention to subtlety, as it's up to me to sense the needs of all of my students at once.

Another really deep core wound I've had to face was feeling alone in having a "deep knowing" and no one to validate or "see" me in all I knew. This is so common for so many of us with a bigger calling on this planet, and has also become the core of my work. The more I went toward the knowing and healed the wounds that left me feeling alone, depressed, protective, fearful and even angry in it, the more that "knowing" itself began to express through me - and the magic was that it has brought me to being able to serve others with the same wounds on a very deep level. I truly do believe that all of our core wounds are opportunities to get to know ourselves more deeply, and they can all be expressed through our work if we allow ourselves to be that vulnerable with them.  

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Jordanna: I'm so grateful that I spent years and years working deeply on overcoming self sabotage, so that now my worst habits feel so minor and easy to improve! Years ago I was a binge eater and total self sabotager of my own power, so there was lots of procrastination on things I most wanted to accomplish in life. I'm sooo grateful that now my worst habit is either occasionally checking my cell phone before my morning practice or staying up a little later than I "should" on nights before morning meetings. Though minor in comparison to my old bad habits, they still affect my day if I'm not careful, and both mean that I have to work that much harder to get "in me" to feel grounded throughout my day.

And even with these little things, all forms of self sabotage are a journey. So to me improving these things looks less like "willpower" and more like listening closely to my needs and my feelings - because when those things are met, my habits automatically gravitate toward taking amazing care of myself. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Jordanna: All of that stuff that you think inhibits you from actualizing your potential is actually your greatest tool in doing so!! It's often the most powerful women who self sabotage and run from our power the most. So stand strong in knowing that each layer you must peel away to actualize your potential, big and small, is because you're so incredibly powerful! And just because you still have ways to grow and more you desire, doesn't mean you're not ready to take full ownership of your life as already amazing. The more you take ownership of your experience, the more quickly you'll grow and expand, and the sooner your potential will look like an entirely different level than it does now! 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Jordanna: My mornings generally begin with a gratitude practice, connecting with my Angels, or journaling, then some form of movement to ground into my body and feel more alive. Whenever possible (which it generally is because I spend most of my time in warm climates), I do my morning practice outside or at least with a beautiful view in front of me. My workouts and my yoga practice are also a really important part of my daily spiritual practice, as for me, my body is my greatest channel to Spirit. I give myself nature at least every other day (ideally every day). Oh, and sex - lots of sex. My partner and I both perceive our sex life as a deep spiritual practice, which is glorious!

From there, I'm careful to stay attuned to my desires consistently throughout the day to ensure I'm connected to my needs, and to give myself whatever I require first and foremost. My primary job every day is to connect to me, so I do whatever it takes to be fully connected before navigating any "to-dos". 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Jordanna: I used to try to make myself stronger and braver than I actually needed to be. I was really good at facing my fears, but wasn't as conscious about naming them as fears as I now realize can be supportive. So I'd step up and be strong about everything, but then crumble at times in the face of it -- and usually alone, with food. Though I believed myself to be completely transparent, I was still isolating myself by trying to be strong when I had plenty of love and support around me to lean into. During these years of my life I kept numbing and hiding at times, subconsciously insistent upon claiming my independence and loving myself on my own. The irony was that if I had just been willing to allow myself to claim and feel my fear, and surrender into the support I had in moving through my fears (external and internal), I would have moved through them so much more fluidly and expansively. So grateful I can allow this part of myself now!

PYS: Who inspires you?

Jordanna: My close sister and one of the most amazing assets on the Modern Day Sorcerer team, Sally Mercedes is AMAZING. She's more committed to living in alignment with Spirit than possibly anyone else I've ever met!

My partner Johnny Lightning inspires me more than anyone I've ever met. He lives in surrender, divine guidance, and saying yes to his deeper knowing, and he moves through big shifts faster than I've literally seen anyone do!

Behind The Asana: Episode 16 - Jnana & Vijnana

In the Bhagavad Gita, we find the concept of jnana which means wisdom and vijana which is the application of wisdom. In yoga, we understand what we are “supposed” to do - we read the scripture, we know we are supposed to eat well, we know in theory of how we are supposed to act  - this is the jnana. Vijana is when we begin to apply this knowledge into our lives - actually eating well, staying dedicated to our meditation practice. These concepts help us find balance in our lives, and challenge us to keep growing in our practice.

Please like, share or comment, letting me know what you think! If you have any questions, please email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 15 - Hinduism & Polytheism

Hinduism is often described as being a polytheistic religion, a religion with multiple gods. However, this idea can be misleading. In Hinduism, there are so many different gods, but they are not necessarily separate. Rather, the different gods in Hinduism are simply different aspects of the same divine energy that exists in you and me. The face of God isn’t uniform - it exists in all of us, and when we pray to Ganesh, or invoke Saraswati, we are calling on a certain aspect of the Divine.


In this episode, I go over Hinduism as I understand it and offer a fresh perspective for Western thinkers. If you have any questions, please email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com.