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therumpus:

Taurus: You’re going to be so busy this week, busy just building the best life you can, busy growing older, busy growing up. There might be hints of magic and there might be signs of a glowing future somewhere up ahead, but this will mostly be a week for keeping your head, for keeping your feet on the ground, for staying honest. Try to keep believing in your own life. Try to keep believing that all this work matters. Try to get enough sleep. It’s going to be a very good week.

I’ll take it

therumpus:

Taurus: You’re going to be so busy this week, busy just building the best life you can, busy growing older, busy growing up. There might be hints of magic and there might be signs of a glowing future somewhere up ahead, but this will mostly be a week for keeping your head, for keeping your feet on the ground, for staying honest. Try to keep believing in your own life. Try to keep believing that all this work matters. Try to get enough sleep. It’s going to be a very good week.

I’ll take it

(via doskapozora)

The thing about my dad though, no matter how good he was at his job, he never really got rich. The Uber’s of the world know why. But in their efforts to control their system, they’re compromising that certain element that I believe kept him in business, be it a small business, that element that you optimistically imagine collaborative consumption will offer. Because beyond auto repair, he knew his customers’ kids names and he brought them my mom’s homemade fudge and cookies at Christmastime and he always had treats on his truck for the dogs that hung out at all the shops. Service with a smile, as they say. Maybe there was something about buying from a guy who also had grease on his hands and a Labrador by his side that kept people loyal. Maybe he put some humanity into selling car parts.
"If a good tea or coffee could be brought to me about eleven, so much the better." ☕️ ~CS Lewis

"If a good tea or coffee could be brought to me about eleven, so much the better." ☕️ ~CS Lewis

yoga sling giveaway + promo for The Apron Shop

Do you guys know The Apron Shop? It’s a delightful Etsy shop run by the Apron Babe herself, Carmen who hand-makes yoga bags, yoga slings and of course, aprons. (How much more nom nom namaste does it get? …We are at peak-nomnomnamaste I think.)

The Apron Babe wants you to sling your mat on your back in style, so we’re giving away a few of them this month. Om Weekly readers, sign up here if you want a chance to win.

Furthermore if you like what you see, use promo code NAMASTE1 for 10% off orders of $20+. More importantly, please look at this yoga bag which has unicorns on it. I literally squee-d.

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reflections on a first year of teaching yoga

This month marks one year that I’ve been teaching yoga. One year that there have been people who actually pay me so I can share a bit about this thing that brings me profound joy.

I have a distinct memory from my teacher training when our instructor asked, “Raise your hand if you’re here because you want to go on to teach yoga.” I looked around before moving a muscle, of course. Why the hell do we always look around like the answer is somewhere in the looks on other people’s faces? Half the room raised their hands and I raised half a thumb and scrunched up my face like, “iunno…maybe?” There was no wrong answer to the question of course. But if I’d shot my hand up I would have been volunteering for a burden I wasn’t confident I could carry.

Also on the first day, we had to go to the front of the room and lead the class through one single sun salutation. My heart still races when I think back to that moment. I was so nervous. I was more nervous than the time I read the class ode at my high school’s graduation, more nervous than any job interview or first date I’d ever been on. I had done thousands of sun salutations up to that point, and I botched that sun salutation so hard. Nerves through the roof, voice cracking, saying things weirdly, skipping flat back. Literally everything one could possibly get wrong leading a class through a sun salutation I got wrong. I think I sort of blacked it out near the end, I just know it was ugly. And I’d wanted it to be perfect.

I’ve been teaching for a year, part-time, generally 2-3 classes a week, sometimes less/more. And if time travel were a thing and I could go back a year and throw some wisdom on former me, here’s what I’d say:

  • Your personal yoga practice should come first, always. Practicing is how you clean the mirror, as one teacher put it. If your personal practice is lacking, you’ll hold up a dirty mirror for students and this won’t benefit anyone. Teaching is not a competition, it is a privilege. It’s a privilege to hold up that mirror.
  • You don’t have to be able to teach every style of yoga. In fact, you should probably pick one. It will be tempting to pick up sub classes for yogalates one day, Dharma the next morning and Vinyasa in the afternoon. But it’s too many colors and not quite enough negative space between. Settle into the style that is uniquely your own and refine from there. Consider your favorite instructors. Consider their consistency.
  • Every so often you’ll mess up right and left or accidentally skip a pose. If a student doesn’t mention it, there’s no reason you should. They didn’t notice or care. Don’t apologize for minor mistakes—it just becomes more of a distraction. Let them softly fade away. While you’re at it, take this bit of advice into other areas of life, too.
  • You’ll come to find your pre-class ritual: chai tea, a good book and fun tunes. Play the kind of music before class that’s part of who you are: Dispatch, Guster, Bob Marley. Music that feels like home.
  • One day you’ll teach a class to one person, and it was not meant to be a private class. When this happens, just know that the student is far and beyond more uncomfortable than you are.
  • Not everyone’s going to like you. Not everyone’s going to like your style or your music or voice or how you don’t have a lot of philosophical stuff to talk about or how your jokes and stories aren’t funny. Not everyone’s going to like you, and when that happens they won’t come back to your class and that’s OK. Sometimes you will have some regular students for a while, and eventually they’ll stop coming, too. Don’t wonder if it was something you said.
  • Eventually someone is going to go out of their way to tell you something quite kind. They are going to write in a Yelp review and email your studio about it and it’s going to happen right at the moment you thought you sucked. Your heart will swell and you’ll want to know who said that thing. But instead you will never know and so you just have to treat every person you meet as if they are the one who said that kind thing when you doubted yourself most. You’ll find out that this is the beautiful burden you were so afraid to shoot your hand up and volunteer to carry. But you’re working on it. And you’re finding it’s not so heavy after all.

oh. hello.

(Source: Spotify)

Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.

— Anne Lamott (via brklyn)

(via writinginbedagain)

Camel, ustrasana. Just from a new perspective.

Camel, ustrasana. Just from a new perspective.

Would things be easier if there was a right way? /
Honey there is no right way.

(Source: Spotify)

The Great Celebrity Naked Photo Leak of 2014 – or perhaps we should call it The Great Celebrity Naked Photo Leak of August 2014, given that this happens so often that there won’t be only one this year – is meant to remind women of their place. Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. Your bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed.

gifts for you, from the om weekly

hi beauties! to celebrate national yoga month, which is september, i’m going to be sending out little gifts to a handful of om weekly readers. you can be one of these people! subscribe + then sign up here. more details to come once I know them myself!

Oh hi good morning my oral surgeon sent the honest to god most depressing piece of direct mail I can possibly imagine.

Oh hi good morning my oral surgeon sent the honest to god most depressing piece of direct mail I can possibly imagine.

Calling today a massive success.

Calling today a massive success.

Hullo?  (at The Alleys In Downtown LA)

Hullo? (at The Alleys In Downtown LA)

unitedway:

I mean Bart seemed not the the happiest the Tooth Fairy donated money in his name but great things happen all the same.

 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

unitedway:

I mean Bart seemed not the the happiest the Tooth Fairy donated money in his name but great things happen all the same.

 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯