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

Mindful Transitions

That’s what I am doing. So, that’s what we are doing, in my classes. The in-betweens….in between poses, in between our exhale and inhale, in between our exhale and inhale. 

Happy transitional season. Not summer. Not fall. In between. So, we will occupy that space. Together. 

It’s hard work. It’s good work. Join me. New schedule is up. 

Peace and pauses,

Daisy, aka Yoga Nag

Fall Intentions

IMG_0912-0Hi friends,

I hope you are all thriving, both on and off your mats. I have been offline, out of touch, not posting for months. I know! It has been mostly good, wonderful even, to spend less time in the electronic world, fingers on machines. However, I do have to admit that my yoga practice has suffered without the constant nag to nag. As many of you know, one of my primary reasons for nagging all of you lovelies to practice your yoga is to also hold myself accountable for practicing my yoga. Well, without you, I have practiced much less. It’s sad. Community helps me keep on keeping on, even in this odd electronic format.

I am not yet committing to returning to my daily Nags, but I am working to get back to a more regular practice. That is my intention. That is my big plan. And that will be part of my fall class lessons too: how to infuse our practice (and our lives) with not just presence but a sense of purpose, an intent. It makes a big difference for me, and we will talk about it some, how it goes for you, and I hope to blog or at least nag a little about it too.

In the meantime, my fall schedule starts tomorrow, with much of the same, except I am super excited about a new offering at the end of October, a late night yoga practice with Daisy on Thursday nights at 7:45 pm at Willow Street in Silver Spring. Years ago, my home practice began with late nights after my kids were in bed, the only real time I could carve out for myself. I would clean the kitchen (usually), sweep the floor, and roll my mat out in the middle of the room. Sometimes with a computer and an online teacher, sometimes on my own, I would unwind from my day, and reconnect with my body. It was sometimes a very calming, settling myself down type of practice. And sometimes a very long, ambitious one. I still think of that time as the cornerstone of my yoga practice and myself as a yoga teacher. I learned a lot in those months on my kitchen floor late at night. I am hoping to share some of it with all of you later this fall. So, see the schedule below. Sign up or drop in. I would love to see you.

Big love, peace, and pauses all around. May the transition to fall treat you kindly,

Daisy, aka Yoga Nag
YogaNag.com

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FULL FALL SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAYS 
6:15-7:30 pm ~~ Aligned Vinyasa, Intermediate/Advanced
Willow Street Yoga Center, Silver Spring, MD

7:45-9:15 pm ~~ Yoga 1/2
Willow Street Yoga Center, Silver Spring, MD

THURSDAYS
9:30-10:45 am ~~ Mixed-Level Flow
extendYoga, North Bethesda, MD

6:15-7:30 pm ~~ Pregnancy Yoga
Willow Street Yoga Center, Silver Spring, MD

7:45-9:00 pm ~~ Postnatal Yoga (6-week special, 9/15-10/20)
Willow Street Yoga Center, Silver Spring, MD

AND THEN A FUN NEW ONE! starting 10/27-12/8
Late Night Yoga with Daisy, 7:45 – 9:15pm
Willow Street Yoga Center, Silver Spring, MD

FRIDAYS
12-1 pm ~~ $5 Community Mixed-Level Flow (starts January 29)
extendYoga, North Bethesda, MD

See Workshops too.  Or if you want more personal attention, schedule a private session.

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Almost Vacation

Two more classes and then vacation for me. Hurrah!  Don’t know if this Nag will nag or not. Or if I will get back to more nagging when I return. Time will tell. Trying to live and love and practice in the now, and the more immediate moments ahead of me, which are….

Tonight. Arm balances. At Willow. 

Tomorrow. $5 flow. At extendYoga

Tomorrow night. ROAD TRIP to the  beach. 

Be well, yogis. Practice. Pause. Be. Just be. 

Love,
Your Nag
http://www.YogaNag.com

Got balls?


Hard to go anywhere without my bag o’ balls lately. The cheapest massage therapists in town. I feel a workshop brewing. In the meantime, off I go to teach a lovely professional group at their very own self supported and created retreat. 

I hope to get back to more nagging soon. I think.

Do yoga. Today. Everyday. 

Peace and pauses,
Daisy, aka Yoga Nag
YogaNag.com

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See video at YogaNag.com

Where have I been? 

Working. I have more jobs than I can juggle very elegantly at the moment and some writing deadlines that are cracking the whip. So, I have been taking a nagging break. Didn’t want it to feel like more slogging work. And, honestly, not practicing a ton. Resting. Then, yuck, stomach bugging. Resting some more. 

But I must be feeling better today, because I found myself playing with the wheel in the middle of the now regular whirlwind of this growing (and periodically encouraging!!!) household. 

I still have piles of writing work and words to say about working and practicing AND nagging. And life. But for another day. For today, practice if you can. In the midst of it all. 

Maha love, yogis. 

Yoga Nag

http://www.YogaNag.com

Misty Twin Backbenders

Standing backbend duo. (Or Daisy’s big boob grab! 😂😂) Getting carried away with a new app. All for Day 2 of the Instagram #TwinningChallenge 4.0 with Lika Elwood.

Do #yoga, friends. #PRACTICE. Play. Pause.

Peace and love,
Daisy, aka Yoga Nag

Challenge City

Birds in sweaters pigeon together.

I am joining two challenges today. One is easier (I think) than the other. The first is a #twinningchallenge 4.0 for 10 days that I get to do with my great friend, Lika Elwood, an amazing yoga teacher with whom I often get to co-teach (like this coming Sunday afternoon workshop at extendYoga). You will get to see us paired up in my nags, as above. Details on that challenge are below.

The second is the Willow Street Yoga 30-day meditation challenge. Details here: http://www.willowstreetyoga.com/30-day-meditation-challenge/

Which one do think will be harder for me?!

The awesome part is that together they show in a very small way the options for practicing #yogaeverydamnday. They act as a reminder of the breadth of yoga. And, when I say, every day: “Do yoga. Today. Everyday.” I am not saying: “Do asana. Today. Everyday.”  There is a lot of yoga to be had without striking a single pose, as another good friend, Juliet Glassroth, recently talked about on her wise and funny blog, Bitter Buddha. It isn’t just about snapshots of scorpion pose in a bikini, although those are all fine and good too, but can get tiresome every dang day. There are many limbs in this yoga business. Busting fancy or even sweet yoga poses aren’t all the yoga world has to offer. The poses are actually one of eight limbs that include a lot. But I am rambling and perhaps can provide more succinct words on this another day. For now, if you want to know more, get yourself one of the many translations of the Yoga Sutras.

In the meantime, be wise. Take care of yourselves, including your bodies, your minds, and all of the rest of you. Be mindful of others. Live well. Do your yoga. It matters.

Peace and pauses,
Daisy Whittemore
aka, YogaNag
http://www.YogaNag.com

#yogaeverydamnday #practice

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Yoga Off The Mat

Working girl hero. This is one of the many desks this yogi uses to write.

It’s all about periodically shifting positions and getting creative when life makes me sit still.

Do #yoga. Today. Everyday.

Peace,
Daisy, aka Yoga Nag

http://www.YogaNag.com
#practice #yogaeverydamnday
#homepractice #practicedaily #lifeasayogi #yogaoffthemat