THE ANTIDOTE TO A STRESSFUL LIFE

Now that the foundation for Ellavate Yoga is in place, I want to introduce you to a concept from my little cranium called Journey with Ella.  This is pretty much the idea behind the whole site–a virtual online studio that gives you a glimpse into the different ways I train my body, how and why.  If you struggle practicing at home or aren’t sure what class to do when, or where to start, the bundles I created will be there to answer those concerns and help guide you.  Suggestions for what to practice next will be given at the end of each one. The classes will be delivered to your mailbox for the course of the bundle. All you have to do is press play.

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Recently I started reading and also doing Julia Camerons book called The Artist Way.  The book kept showing up in my path so I figured I should listen to that message.  From the start of the book, you have to commit to three pages of free flow writing daily which has taken me anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  On top of that, you also have to take yourself on an Artist’s Datewhich is another two-hour commitment per week.  My initial enthusiasm quickly got replaced by a sense of dread as I had just added another thing to my ever-growing to-dolist.  Im big on efficiency so I really started questioning if this was the best use of my time before getting started.  Im also extremely curious and curiosity won out.  I was interested to see if a successful book like this with such amazing testimonials, would work on me or perhaps for me.

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Long ago before Lululemon was the norm in class, there was a dude named Paulie Zink who taught Taoist Yoga.  He was also a master of martial arts and used his yoga practice as the base/foundation for his training. He would start with supine poses which he held for 5-10 minutes. Two hours later, Paulie would begin the Yang portion of his training. At this point in time, Taoist Yoga is what we know as Yin yoga today.  However, not in its entirety. Only the part dealing with Yin principles.

Taoist Yoga | Father of Yin Yoga

Paul Grilley is the most well-known teacher in the Yin style.  He met Paulie Zink in 1989 and trained with him for one year.

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Your Ego is not Your Amigo!

“Ego is an imposter, imposing on the real you, making you think you are something that you’re not.” – Oprah

On the bathroom walls of Forward-Fold where I teach and film my online classes, reads: “Your ego is not your amigo.”  

I have no idea what student wrote this on the wall as when the studio opened, the owner Matt, allowed peeps to write whatever they wanted.  I often use this phrase in class and life.  The ego is an imposter and a real son-of- a-bitch.  It will haunt us forever so we better teach it its place and build a better relationship with it.  

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