She Is

Like mist slowly stretching itself through a vast forest where lichen and mushrooms grow, she pervades the very air we breathe. She is in the blades of grass bending to the will of the wind. She is the feathers that fall from winged’s perched high in the treetops, the earthworm that burrows between the winding rooted road of a tree. She is the tree, the earthworm, the winged, the grass, the wind, the soil.

She is the animating intelligence that stirs all of life into a dance and song.

She lives in the pain of childbirth, in the sweat and tears of motherhood, the death of loved ones, the howl of Wolf, the cry of Whale. She is the Gaian web that tethers each of us to one another. She is birth, life, death and rebirth.

She is a cellular memory of our primordial and primal origins. She is the wild world calling to us in our dreams, begging us to lament what we have lost so that we can draw close once more to the very essence and nature of our Soul.

Known by many names and stretching across tradition and time, she is Yin and Shakti, Innana and Gaia. And though she was dismembered, aspects of her whole form fragmented and scattered along the larger psyche of the world, known to us today as Durga and Diana, Kali and Artemis, Saraswati and Athena, Aphrodite and Lakshmi, Mary and Quan Yin, Persephone and Demeter, Pele and Nepthys, she still grows through cracks in the pavement. Blossoming each petal of her wholeness from a sensual vortex of dusted gold, calling in her melissae to pollinate the Earth with a message of her return.

Though engendered through pronouns of “she” and “her,” she is neither female nor male, but rather both. She is the bursting seed of the Universe; the dark cosmic womb that houses an infinite expanse of galactic potential made visible by the sparkling, vibrant colors that fill the night sky.

She lives in the cellular pulse of life. She is spanda – that eternal and spontaneous vibration. She rides the cyclic wave of the breath. You can feel her, even now, massaging the inner walls of your lungs, the bony chamber of your ribs encasing your heart like a temple. If your ear could press to your own chest, you would hear her voice thrumming through the pounding beat of your heart.

She is the imagination on fire, spiraling through endless pools of dreams. Worlds upon worlds celebrate her through dance, play, and song.

She is the frenzied stomp of bare feet touching down upon Earth, wildly calling in the light of stars with yips, grunts, and groans.

Her hair is both tossed and tangled, as well as filled with streams of silken light. Her eyes are a hall of mirrors that bend like the rings of Jupiter. If split open, her skin would reveal layers of igneous rock, cooled over after a millennia spent diving through deep seas where Orca echoes magical hymns where each note steps lightly along rays of moonlight. And the waves of these seas are those that lift her onto a sinuous bed of green and purple light, stretching across a southern sky.

She is the winding river, and the undertow.

She is the contradiction that bleeds between the lines, and rolls down the softened chin of mortality. She is the one waiting for us inside the wound. The one brewing in the infection. The one burning in the fever. She is both creation and destruction, and lives within the paradox of destruction as an act of creation.

Her medicine is a turning toward the discomfort. A steeping in the pain. A faithful walk through the dark, for she is the darkness; the deep void that births and is home to everything.

© 2016 All Rights Reserved, Wild Earth Medicine; reprinted with permission

An Ode to Poses & Pints

Join us this Summer
for some good local brew
stretch your tastebuds
and come try a few

but before you dive in
and sip on a beer
we have an invitation,
read it right here:

join us for yoga
get limber and laugh
then after savasana
take hold of a glass

sit down at the bar
and hang with a friend
indulge in some spirits
post mind-body zen

Poses & Pints
coming this May
we hops you’ll join us
to yoga and play!
—A.F.

5 Reasons Runners Should Do Yoga

In our active community, we often see a lot of runners who are trying to deal or heal from injury. But with a steady yoga practice, you can prevent these injuries from occurring, increasing flexibility, strength and stability. Runners World reported on the benefits of yoga for runners in this article.

Be sure to check our website for upcoming dates for our Yoga for Runners and our Yoga for Tight Hips & Hamstrings workshops!

So after you lace up your sneakers, keep this in mind:
5 Ways Yoga Helps Your Run….
1. Yoga helps prevent injuries by increasing flexibility, awareness of body mechanics, and builds muscle strength.
2. Yoga helps increase stamina and strength in overall muscles, joints and ligaments.
3. Yoga increases your breath awareness by helping you understand how to optimize your breath during a run.
4. Yoga is restorative, allowing for complete relaxation, restoring fatigued muscles and alleviating physical tension.
5. Yoga is meditative, helping to overcome negative thoughts that might occur while running. I.E. Is this ever going to end?!

How has yoga helped your running? Email us at info@louisvilleyogajunction.com and share your stories!

Plus, here are four yoga poses that are perfect for trail runners, featuring local yogi Rob Loud!

Spring 2015 – Gaiam and Kids Yoga

The Importance of Kids Yoga

It’s a rainy afternoon at Yoga Junction, a small-town Colorado studio on Main Street in Louisville, nestled between a barber shop and a florist. With the kids seated on their mats, Laura rings the tingsha, two small brass cymbals strung together, their delicate chime slowly fading away. “We’re going to start with three oms,” Laura says to the kids, their eyes glued to her. “Om is a really beautiful sound that makes you feel peaceful,” she adds, before leading them through a sing-songy version of yoga’s classic tenor. The kids join in with confidence and a soft sense of pride. “I like to put my hands at my heart when I do it, too,” a blonde girl beams.

Through the class, the kids sing songs about reaching the sky, teeter through poses, play games, and find self-expression. “With kids, it’s important for their self-confidence to be expressive in their bodies,” Laura says after class.

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Why Should I Practice Yoga Nidra?

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a deeply restorative and healing practice of guided meditation that promotes conscious relaxation for us physicaly, emotionally, and mentally.

Why should I try Yoga Nidra?

In Yoga Nidra you will leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state and then go into a deep sleep, yet remain awake. Access to the deeper realms of the mind allows you to release the sources of tension, anxiety, unwanted habits, and helps to awaken your greatest inner potential.

What should I expect?

Generally this practice will begin with gentle movement to prepare the spine to be comfortable in stillness. The balance of the practice is spent lying in savasana, so bring a blanket and pillow for your comfort. You will be guided by a soothing voice through a body scan, breath awareness, and visualizations. At the end of the practice you will be asked to make a resolve, a short positive statement, that you will be planting deep into the levels of your mind.

What are the benefits?

Deep stress relief
Physical and mental tension release
Relief from insomnia
Memory development
Increased creativity
Improves concentration
Helps remove unwanted habits (good for addiction)

How long is the practice?

Yoga Nidra can be practiced anywhere from 20-90min. For the this workshop plan to be lying down for 60min.

Fun fact about Yoga Nidra…

1 hour of Yoga Nidra can be as restful as 4 hours of sleep! A secret of many of the great yogis!