NAGGING Lapse

Hello beautiful friends and yogis,

I know I haven’t been nagging.  I have lots of reasons and thoughts about this, but the bottom line is that I have been off on my own doing my own thing.  Or variety of things that don’t involve taking pictures of myself doing yoga and trying to come up with thoughts, ideas, lessons for all of you to use in your own practices and maybe in your own life.  I apologize if you have relied on me for your daily reminder to practice.  Eeeks. I hope you have been still practicing in my absence.  I am planning to return.  I think, although I am not sure about the daily prompts, which I have been doing for over a year now.  This is not because I don’t want you to practice, or have changed my opinions about a daily practice, but because I am considering where I should put my own time and energy to be most productive for myself, and for all of those around me, including all of you fine Yoga Nag friends.

Of course, I am still teaching, and I would love to see you in my classes, where I can nag you live and in real time.  My schedule is to the left, or go to: https://yoganag.wordpress.com/class-schedule/

I should mention that TONIGHT there is a very special offering   HAPPY HOUR INDEED!  The beautiful Lika Elwood is teaching a strong flow at Grace in downtown Silver Spring, and I am following it with deep rest in the form of yoga nidra, which if you have never done it, you need to try it, tonight or another time.  It is considered yogic sleep, but it is not sleeping, nor waking.  It is a guided form of savasana and takes you on a meditative journey to your subconscious and perhaps beyond.  It is extremely restful, a 1/2 hour equaling something like 4 hours of sleep.  Useful stuff for life, for sure.

So, I think all of you should come tonight.  Details are at: http://www.graceyps.com/programs/  (If you can’t, look up yoga nidra online and try an online version.)

I would love to see you.  It will be much less nagging, and much more sweetness from me.  For reals.  After a great flow with Lika.

More soon.  I promise.

Do yoga.  Today.  Every day.

Peace and pauses,

Yoga Nag

http://www.YogaNag.com

flow and rest

NagADay

20150221-074110-27670490.jpgWhere have I been? Why haven’t I been nagging? No big reasons. Yet. Just taking a break from the constant external offerings. It can be more consuming than I want. I am wondering if there is time better spent elsewhere. More writing. More yoga. More living offline. But I haven’t decided. Keep nagging daily? Or pause for myself for a time and see where it takes me?

In the meantime, a sweet little dog head rest is lovely.

Do #yoga. Today. Everyday.

Peace and pause,
Yoga Nag
http://www.YogaNag.com
#yogaeverydamnday

New Blog is Today’s Nag plus a question for you

lifelessons

11 Life Lessons Learned Over the Past 10 Years at http://www.findingpause.com/site/index.php/pauses/116-10-life-lessons.html

On my other site, http://www.FindingPause.com is a list of life lessons learned over the past 10 years prompted by a project to write your decade-younger self a letter of the things you have learned. At first, I found the assignment annoying, but I wrote my way past this, and then a list just fell from mind to keys without any hesitation or question.  I kept the list essentially as it came.  Had I thought more, I may have edited, added, switched the order of things, etc.  But as it stands, it is the list that came after I muddled though my initial annoyance at the project. It is a pretty obvious list, as a dear friend pointed out. But it is true and real. And good. I am grateful to have it for myself. I encourage you to make your own, whether you read mine or not.

What are 5 or more life lessons you have learned over the past 10 years?

Maha love, yogis. Be good to yourselves. Let’s all live well and learn well together.

Do yoga. Today. Everyday.

Peace and pauses,
Yoga Nag
http://www.YogaNag.com

NagADay

20150204-141408-51248587.jpgToday’s Nag inspired by #healthybellyselfie with maha gratitude to @elenabrower for this one. I have been seriously self conscious about my belly my entire life. For reals. Despite being a small, mostly thin person, it has always had a pooty-out quality, what we call in my family “midriff bulge,” that made me unhappy. Even prior to babies. I always wanted a flat belly, as some of my friends had. Not necessarily abs of steel but a flatter shape. I once admitted this to a girlfriend. I will never forget her response: “Anyone can have a flat belly. Your belly is like beautiful sculpture.” I still hold that sweet offering in my heart when I think of my belly. Being a mother transformed some of my belly woe. My belly grew and grew and grew, twice, first home to 1 baby, then home to 2 at one time. Twins. Miraculous. Afterwards, my belly deflated, slightly pootier, definitely saggier, with a lot more skin. Yet, somehow those pregnancies—the miracle of housing babies, delivering babies, nursing babies—helped me realize the wisdom and beauty of this body and yes, this belly, of mine. My beautiful husband made me clip-on belly button rings, long dangling ones, after my first baby, to encourage my belly love. Thankfully #yoga has also helped me realize how powerful this belly actually is and can be. Yet I still have self conscious moments. Down dog isn’t my belly’s most flattering position. And I don’t strip to my bra in hot yoga classes. That will not happen. Some days I still wish I had a different belly. I know this is not my best self. I know others may find this crazy. But it is true. However, I simultaneously know that this body of mine is not meant to be an object for my or anyone else’s viewing pleasure. Or not only that… It is not meant to be a particular shape or size. My belly has amazing function. It is magical. It is soft and sweet. It folds, even flops. It bloats some days, and has other more slender days. It can be sad and hurt. It is strong and resilient. It works very hard to support me. And I will keep working on my #bellylove. It is a key part to my recent #selflove and #selfcare work.

What about you? Where’s your #bellylove? How do you love your belly?

Do #yoga. Today. Everyday.

Peace and pause,
Yoga Nag
http://www.YogaNag.com
#yogaeverydamnday

NagADay Bonus, New Blog

give life

New blog: Give a Little Bit of Your Life to You at other site, http://www.findingpause.com/site/index.php/pauses/115-give-a-little-bit.html

Riffing off Supertramp, yes, who knew?  Work we have been doing in some of my classes, figuring out how to take better care or ourselves. Work possibly for you too!  All of it inspired by the #selfcarelikeayogi challenge and its lovely peeps, @yoginaomi @dinacrosta @anjaliclothing and @herbalzap.

Check it out at: http://www.findingpause.com/site/index.php/pauses/115-give-a-little-bit.html

Do #yoga.  Today.  Everyday.

Peace and pauses,
Yoga Nag
http://www.YogaNag.com
#yogaeverydamnday

#selfcare #selflove