Daily Practice?

People often ask me, especially lately as I have been living more time offline and away from social media, how often I practice yoga, and more specifically, what I practice regularly.

Rarely a day passes without some form of yoga, which usually includes these child’s pose side body stretches, ahhhhh….

I am also pretty addicted to lunges, especially a lunge twist, oh, how I love those. And I usually do at least a few sun salutations, and attempt to get myself upside down in some way or another. Some days have much more than other days. Some days much less. I certainly have had much bigger physical yoga moments than I am currently having, and I am working on this, trying to get back to a bit more. I miss it.  I definitely could do more of these….

In addition, every day I do breath work and breath focus, as part of or in addition to some form of mindfulness, if not a proper meditation.

As many know, including students in my classes, there are a lot of other ways to do yoga other than the physical postures many associate with “yoga,” and very often, those practices are just as important, if not more important than a downward facing dog.

I work hard to have integrity and balance in my practice,  and in my life as it relates to my practice. This is also my yoga. One pose at a time. One breath at a time. One moment at a time.

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Peace, practice, and pauses,
Daisy, aka Yoga Nag

Support

​I can usually find very good yoga company nearby. For example, at home, this Charlie dog.  Every damn day. (See video with Charlie pup at http://www.YogaNag.com) And in studio. Whether teacher or student, I am awed by the  amazing company in the yoga world. Last week, a beautiful class in a studio I don’t normally frequent and at least 3 friends just happened to be there seeking the wisdom and care of this practice led by a wise and careful teacher. What a gift. Seriously. 

Even when we travel, I can walk into a yoga studio and feel right at home. In my body. On my mat. In the new-to-me space. What a gift. Seriously.

Such amazing support. For me. For my practice. For this life. 

I thank the universe for yoga and yoga community. A shout out and millions of hugs and kisses to ALL of my yoga friends, including students. You are awesome. I am thankful for your yoga and your friendship. 

And even when I can’t find people, there are many other options to support me in this practice. Most know what a prop lover I am. How about a wall?  Nice on the wrists for wheel and helps me play around with other options.   (Another video at http://www.YogaNag.com)

​I share this in collaboration with #gratitudeandgrace. Led by the wise & wonderful @dianazotos, in partnership with @proskoyoga @erica_mather @patricialadis @francescacervero @medicalyogamom @giuliapline @traceyvincel@arianayoga @yoganag

Love,

Daisy, aka YogaNag
http://www.YogaNag.com
#yogapuppy #yogakula #yogacommunity #practice

Move. Breathe. Practice. 

​Less words. More action. More movement. More moving with breath. 

Grateful for ALL OF THIS, slow, juicy fireside flow. (Video at http://www.YogaNag.com)

Sweet warm up for my current pose practice. Also some pretty sweet company.


I share this in collaboration with #gratitudeandgrace. Day 3. Join us. 
Led by the wise & wonderful @dianazotos, in partnership with @proskoyoga @erica_mather @patricialadis @francescacervero @medicalyogamom @giuliapline @traceyvincel@arianayoga @yoganag

Love,
Daisy, aka YogaNag
http://www.YogaNag.com

A not so still life. 


Working at @earthtreks while one kid climbs, another sits nearby and does homework. And this mom stops for her promised daily wheel poses. Gonna get those in if nothing else. Yes, my computer and glasses in the foreground amongst the chalk. 

Grateful for capacity to create shapes with this body anywhere. Grateful for a life in mostly stretchy clothing. Grateful I don’t give a crap what people think of me when i #stopanddropyoga anywhere. Grateful for free wifi in smart, wonderful public spaces. Grateful for work I can do almost anywhere. Grateful for my wonderfully, diverse kids. Grateful for this squishy rock climbing floor @earthtreks. It is a GREAT work space for a yogi/writer!

Grateful to also be seeing what I am missing beyond a better wheel pose: a real practice, a long, sweaty one; a teacher guiding me through a wise and careful practice; less time multitasking; and a biggie, work for others beyond those in my immediate circle. 

I share this in collaboration with #gratitudeandgrace. Day 2. Join us. ‘Tis the season. 

Led by the wise & wonderful @dianazotos, in partnership with @proskoyoga @erica_mather
@patricialadis @francescacervero @medicalyogamom @giuliapline @traceyvincel@arianayoga @yoganag

Love,
Daisy, aka YogaNag
http://www.YogaNag.com

Grace and Gratitude This Year


A Sunday shape.  A pose that requires so much vulnerability and strength. I generally have more of one than the other, in yoga and elsewhere. I bet you can guess which. This is definitely not a yoga glamour shot, my Sunday morning PJ struggle with wheel pose. I feel too exposed. But I am very aware that I must stop avoiding the places where I feel my vulnerability, my instability, even where I feel slightly unsafe in my own body. This feels particularly important in the current times. This pose embodies both strength and vulnerability. I need both. I think we all do. Some of us have more of one inherently than the other, for so many reasons, some of which comes right down to privilege. For me, I can’t look away from the hard stuff, and seek out the stuff that makes me feel strong, good, safe. I am embarrassed by how much I do this (and even advocate for it, saying pick the poses that you love and start there, which can be great, but not all of what we need to do in this practice). I am digging in, getting real. I am grateful for this practice, this body, this cozy space with Charlie’s support, and the inherent indulgence evidenced in this post, that I get to practice these things here in my body on a daily basis. I know this is a privilege. I also know many of us could use a lot more embodiment right now, and maybe like me, embodying some of the stuff you normally avoid. 

It is the time of year where we look to what we have. This year, I am looking more deeply at my list. In looking at what I have, I am also looking for what I don’t, seeing where I could do more work, where I could do less. On my mat. And off.  

What is on your gratitude and lists this year? Can they help you reveal more about you? About your world? Are you avoiding important bits? Are you overdoing something, underdoing something else? It feels like time to get real, friends. Like, really real. Time to dig in. See what is there and what isn’t. What you have and what you have been missing. What we have and what we are missing.

I share this work in collaboration with #gratitudeandgrace, led by the wise and wonderful @dianazotos, in partnership with @proskoyoga @erica_mather @patricialadis @francescacervero @medicalyogamom @giuliapline @traceyvincel@arianayoga @yoganag

Love,
Daisy, aka YogaNag
http://www.YogaNag.com

Manduka Love via the Nag 


Hi beauties!  

I have a great share. Some of the fun perks of being a yoga teacher are discounts on yoga clothes and yoga gear from a variety of places. My FAVORITE by far is Manduka–like these comfy leggings and this awesome mat. As an “ambassador” for Manduka, they are extending a discount to my students and friends between now and Halloween. 

Use the coupon code DWHITTEMORE9 to receive a 25% discount on an order from http://www.manduka.com. Nice! Right? Fun! Leggings leggings leggings. Or whatever suits YOUR fancy.

Maha love,
Daisy, aka Yoga Nag
http://www.YogaNag.com

Love Warrior


“The journey of the warrior. This is it. The journey is learning that pain, like love, is simply something to surrender to. It’s a holy space we can enter with people only if we promise not to tidy up.

  –Glennon Doyle Melton

Dig in, lovies. Get your warrior on, and dig in. Dig deep. Be still. And feel what you feel. Allow it. Be with yourself right where you are.

This is not easy work. I know. I am doing it with you. But it is good work. Life work.

Peace and love,
Daisy, aka Yoga Nag

Love 


“Grief is love’s souvenir. It’s our proof that we once loved. Grief is the receipt we wave in the air that says to the world: Look! Love was once mine. I loved well. Here is my proof that I paid the price. So I’ll just show up and sit quietly….I’m so sorry. I’ll say. Thank you for trusting me enough to invite me close. I see your pain and it’s real. I’m so sorry.”

–Glennon Doyle Melton

This one is for my beautiful Minnesota family. I love you. I see your pain, and it’s real. I’m so sorry.

You are surrounded by love. We are all here.

xoxox

Daisy