Picture From Origin Magazine taken by Sandra Lynch
I am honored to be featured in this month’s Origin Magazine. I was invited to participate in the “You Are Too…” campaign where many amazing yogis opened up about things they had to overcome.
I decided to go all in and let people see the most vulnerable place within my heart. I had dealt with feelings of worthiness for several years. Circumstances and people kept coming into my life that made me feel I was not good enough… I was too scared to be seen – too scared to be noticed. For a while I played it safe and didn’t let anyone in that could hurt me or tell me I was not GOOD ENOUGH.
Thanks to my yoga practice and lots of personal and spiritual work I realized that ” I am more than my body, I am more than the image reflected in a mirror, I am more that any PERCEPTION that others may have thought about me” and guess what SO ARE YOU!
I wanted to share this personal achievement in order to inspire many other people that are currently going through something similar. I want to let people know that it is up to each one of you to determine your Self worth, to make a shift and trust that you can overcome anything regardless of what others think or say.
Once you learn to love yourself and appreciate your value, people and circumstances that match that vibration will begging to appear in you life.
After living in the US for almost 19 years I still find myself learning how to I speak, communicate and think in English. I find it amusing that there are times when I can switch between languages back and forth with ease and other times I get stuck.
I was born and raised in Venezuela and for almost half of my life I spoke only Spanish until I moved to the US, got married and made this beautiful country my home.
I had my share of struggles trying to speak a different language. Even though I had studied English in school, you can imagine my surprise when I could only understand half of what people were saying to me.
Back in 1995 I had a few negative experiences interacting with people and dealing with the language barrier. Some lost their patience trying understand, others were just plain rude to me, and even others made fun of my accent and the way I spoke. I vividly remember one remark that hurt me deeply: “These immigrants should learn how to speak before they come here”
For nearly 3 months I only spoke to my family and no one else, I did not want to get hurt again. I was very self-conscious of my accent, mispronunciations and mistakes.
Thankfully times have changed and our culture has become more diverse with people from all over the world as our neighbors.
I was inspired to write this article because I know there are many people like me that once struggled to communicate and lost their voice in fear of being rejected or made fun of.
What helped me overcome my fear of speaking and making mistakes was the fact that I can speak two Languages and no one can take that away from me.
Here are few things that I hope can help you find your voice, confidence and improve your skills
1- Ask your loved ones to correct you when you make mistakes despite the fact that they think it is cute how you pronounce or speak… I will never forget when I was talking to my husband and I said F*** us instead of FOCUS… In my head I was saying FOCUS but I was pronouncing it F*** us… I am so glad he took the time to teach me how to pronounce that particular word.
2- Be ok with knowing that you will make mistakes and mispronounce things. That is ok. No one cares. Most people will be compassionate and will figure out what you are trying to say. If not, you don’t need those people around anyways. Claim your power and don’t let others make you feel small. Only when I was able to claim my power and own the fact that I am doing my best, relax and embrace my accent is when I saw the real shift.
3- Embrace your accent. Many people find it exotic, charming and cute. I never thought I would be teaching yoga to strangers in a language that is not my mother tongue, yet my students really enjoy how I speak. What changed? My attitude I am proud of where I am and where I came from and my accent. It is what makes me UNIQUE!
4- Give yourself the freedom to laugh at your mistakes. Sometimes it is really funny what comes out of my mouth… Seriously can you imagine me talking to someone and saying F*** us instead of FOCUS.
5- In todays world it is a must to speak more than one language to get better jobs, open new doors and connect with other cultures. So embrace that you speak more than one language because it is a gift!
6- When you hear others speak, let’s say Spanish and they make mistakes, or have a heavy accent, etc you are able to see a mirror image of yourself! Helping you realize that you have a remarkable skill and you really sound better than you thought you did.
7- Realize that not everything can be translated and have the same meaning. If you are going to tell a joke from your home country make sure you find the equivalent meaning so it makes sense and does not get lost in translation… Been there, done that and WOW… Take my advice!
8- Practice, Practice, Practice! I don’t mean to sit in front of a computer with a microphone and repeat what it says word by word. There is nothing wrong with that but I learned the most from speaking to people than I ever did from books. I not only learned to speak more fluently but I also learn lots of slang so I wasn’t clueless when everyone else spoke with these less proper phrases. Besides Siri (from my I-phone) still does not understand me half of the time!!!
9- Immerse your self in the Language you are trying to learn. I noticed that the more I spoke Spanish, the more difficult it was to keep my English set of mind. So I really dove into speaking primarily English and reducing my Spanish speaking time. I listened to music, watched TV and read lots of books only in English.
10- Trust that the best way to communicate is from your heart. Love does not know languages. Be yourself, be open, relax and enjoy the conversation.
This is a short video and playful mini sequence I put together so you can too give this fun and amazing pose “Kala Bhaivarava” a try!
If you hear a voice within you that says “I can’t because…” Then by all means give it a try with all of your heart… It make take a few tries until “You Can” but only when you have given it all of your effort… only then that voice will be silenced! Be Brave, Be Bold and have Fun!
Check out my newest article published in YOGANONYMOUS. I wrote this article hoping I can inspire others not just in yoga but off the mat as well. The next time you feel the need to compete go within and see where that need is coming from and what it represents. To read please click here
I am teaching a great yoga class with live music played by the talented Steve Gold. Save the date for December 20th 2013 from 6:30 to 8 pm at Bindu Yoga Studio in San Diego CA.
This will be an amazing class you don’t want to miss specially if you never have taken a class with live music. Steve Gold is one of my favorite musicians and his voice will transport you into a state of bliss as I guide you into a slow meditative and empowering vinyasa class.
Come ready to open your heart, dive deep into your own divinity and be inspired by Steve’s beautiful songs.
Space is limited and we are expecting to be sold out. Reserve your spot today by registering here
I am honored to be an ambassador and support an amazing non profit organization called Yoga Gives Back.org.
Dallas will be part of a Global Campaign by hosting a donation class that I will be teaching November 15th at 4:30 pm at Inspire Yoga Studio. This class is to raise funds for Yoga Gives Back’s “Thank you Mother India 2013 Global Campaign” 100% of the proceeds goes raised in class will help this cause that creates micro loans for women and educational funds for children in India.
I am so GRATEFUL for the generosity of some amazing people that are donating items or their time for this donation class.
The talented Sandra Lynch will be taking pictures of the event as requested by Kayoko Mitsumatsu the founder of this wonderful organization! The beautiful Nancy Nelson will be helping me that day with admin stuff, Norma Cihak offered to donate a beautiful bracelet in addition to Ahnu Footwear’s pair of shoes and Asha Patel Designs beautiful necklace.
All of these items will be raffled after class. Any donation is truly appreciated but with a minimum of $20 donation you will be entered for a chance to win one of these amazing prices… You can make a donation anytime at Inspire Yoga or ar Yoga Gives Back.org website. Just make sure to let them know your donation goes to support Adri Kyser’s fund raise so I can entered you in the Raffle.
For more information about this cause you can watch this amazing video.
Let’s make a positive difference in the world and let’s help those in need.
This is a fun transition between two arm balances that I like to play with… Eka Hasta Bhujadana or Elephant Trunk pose to Astavakrasana Flow. Be safe, have fun, inspire and SHINE on!
1- Start in a seated and cradle your shin. Rock side to side to warm up the hip in external rotation.
2- Work your calf towards the top of the shoulder. The higher it goes the easier the pose will be.
3- Plant the hands on the ground a little forward of your hips. Press the leg over the shoulder down as you actively press into the hands. Round your back while activating your core and let your hips shift back.
4- Once your hips lift off the ground play with lifting the bottom leg away from the ground too. To start bending the bottom leg will make it easier since straight leg is more challenging.
Advance Otions/ Transition to Astavakrasana
1- Bend straight leg and cross your ankles and hook your feet
2- Bend the elbows and while shifting your legs to the side. Keep hugging your arm with inner thighs and
Take a look at this short video where I show you a step by step on how to get into bakasana suitable for beginners. The use of a block will help you find more height helping you get your hips higher and into your shoulders.
1- Squat down coming up onto the balls of your feet. Separate your knees and place your hands down onto your mat. Fingers spread wide, hands are shoulder width distance apart. Try to get your knees to the outside of your armpits. If you have trouble, try standing on a block to help get your knees higher.
2-Gazing slightly forward… Start to lean forward, bending your elbows and bringing your butt up. At this point, knees can stay slightly to the outside of your arms or you can place your knees directly onto your triceps. In either case, thighs and elbows will squeeze in toward the midline. Round your upper back.
3-Continue to lean forward until you come up onto your tippy toes.
4- Slowly try to pick up one foot at the time, hugging the heel toward your bottom. If you feel steady, try to bring both feet up. Continue to squeeze in and round your upper back! If you cannot bring both feet up just practicing one foot at the time.
5-Slowly release down and take child’s pose.
a) Bring both feet up at the same time. b) Work on straightening the arms. c) from crow go to tripod headstand back to crow
As always please let me know if you have any questions!
Here is an easy to follow and quick video that shows how to enter and exit tripod headstand. I break it down step by step so you can too go upside down…
Option 1: Place head on soft surface if you are new to this pose. Lower the top of your head to the floor making sure your hands are directly under your wrists. Elbows in line with shoulders. (90 degree angle in elbow). Draw shoulders away from ears. Once your head and hands feel stable, straighten both legs and walk your feet towards your face as far as you can. Shift your hips over your shoulders, and keep your hands planted firmly on the ground.
Option 2: Practice doing Tripod balance, by resting your knees on your triceps.
Option 3: Work on lifting both legs up into the air coming into Tripod Head stand. Keep your legs together and activate feet. Hold this pose for five or more deep breaths. Then slowly lower your feet to the floor or knees to triceps
Here is a wonderful quote to give you some inspiration! “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” -Mark Twain Please let me know if you have any questions about this pose.
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Asia to teach. I visited Hong Kong, Bali and Beijing where I was able to explore beautiful sites, meet great people and share my passion for yoga with them.
Here is a short video of my experience teaching in Beijing for the first time. I am so grateful for D man for doing such an amazing job translating during our long days of work and to Natalie for singing and assisting me during our training.
This experience helped me grow not only as a teacher but as I person… I was able to let go of some fears and expectations and truly embrace the gifts that were and are surrounding me.
One of my goals and dreams has always been to make a difference, to inspire and touch people’s lives my teachings of yoga. Today more than ever I have realized that I am living one of my dreams on daily bases.
I hope this clip gives you with the inspiration you need to go after your dreams no matter what.