Getting Back to My Mat

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I am working working working to get my butt back to my mat more. I need witnesses.  You people, my awesome yoga community. I have been away from my mat and my practice far too much. It is showing in my body and my mind. It is time to come home. To my practice. To me.

I am coming saying it here. To hold myself accountable. And to share because it is so easy to fall away from what we know we need to do, what is good for us. The nagging Yoga Nag can so easily get lost in the fray, the busy-ness of life, of another full-time job, of too much sitting, too much work, and too little self-care. Just like everyone.

So, I am making the intentional and mindful choice to turn back to what I know I need, what I know is important. Because I know intention and mindfulness are not always enough for me, and my discipline sucks, I am sharing it with others so I will feel like a total jerk if I don’t do what I say I am going to do. How about that for a yoga mindset? Honestly, as many of you know and I have admitted before, Yoga Nag was not only born from one pose a day. I needed accountability. If I nagged others to practice, well, I had to practice myself too. Yoga Nag has self-centered intentions too. But not entirely….

I hope you are practicing more than I am. And I hope you are loving on yourselves. ‘Tis the season for self care.

Big love.

Subscription Spring Cleaning for Yoga Nag

Hi friends,

No pretty pics tonight…. All business. Scroll to the bold if you just want to get to it.

There is some pretty good news on the privacy front. You have probably been getting lots of emails in the past few days about how every group in the world is updating their privacy policies. You may already know why. The EU has some new regulation — General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — that has just gone into effect in the last few minutes….and I am probably okay as is, but I am going along with the program. It’s a good season to assess our stuff.

I am one of the senders of group emails, albeit fairly infrequently of late. Some of you aren’t reading this on my Yoga Nag site but get these blogs emailed directly to you, because you signed up to receive them at some point.

If you want to stay on this Yoga Nag email list, you have to click on the link below and send me an email.

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As a prezzie for those of you sticking around, I will send you an audio recording (old school, baby) of a short yoga flow to get you moving and breathing ….sometime in the next 2 weeks. A good friend and client has been asking for this for a long time, so I am taking this opportunity to do it and share it.

If you want to get off my list, you don’t have to do anything. You will automatically be deleted from my list. No hard feelings. Please oh please don’t sign back up if you don’t want my emails. There is nothing worse than an inbox full of stuff you don’t want. I totally get it. And I would much prefer to know that all of the people getting my blogs via email are actually psyched about it.

My next post is brewing, and it is going to be all about just that, doing what you love…. Start now. Are you on or off. You get to choose.

Peace and pauses,

Daisy

WHERE O WHERE?

Where have I been? So many places except here….on my sweet YogaNag site. I have stepped away from the constancy of it all, not from my yoga but from blogging and posting on social media as regularly….as many of you know, as I have mentioned. It is such a time suck, sometimes a wonderful one, but not always. For me, it became a bit too mechanical and somewhat compulsive. So, I had to dial back. Moving forward, I am not sure what my plan is, but I did want to re-engage to say Hi! I am still here, I am still practicing my yoga in many ways (and have been nursing an odd back injury), and I am still energetically nagging all of you to practice your yoga, whatever that means, even if I am not doing my previous Nag-A-Day ways.

I am just back from a divine family vacation around the Great Lakes, feeling restored and a bit sad to be back to the regular daily grind, even feeling a small, slightly whiny grief over vacation past and especially missing the freshness and wonder of the amazing state of Michigan. But simultaneously happy to be home, continually delighted by this wonderful life here with family and friends, and yes, super grateful to have a grind to come back to, my yoga teaching, my writing job, and the mom work at home (that is very different from the mom work on vacation). Frankly, I love all of it.

But today, it’s a post-vacation Monday, and hi ho hi ho, it’s back to work I go….a bit begrudgingly, I must admit.

For yoga, what does that mean? Actually there are some great goodies this week in my public classes:

It is community week at Willow Street Yoga Center, which means $10 classes…. so come and check it out if you are so inclined.  I am teaching Wednesday nights, 6:15pm intermediate flow and 7:45pm level 1/2.

Or come on over to extendYoga for my Thursday 9:30am flow or my usual bargain $5 class on Fridays at noon.  That is all for my weekly public classes at the moment…. But this week I am teaching mamas again too, a workshop also at extendYoga. Details are below.

I would love to see you… in person or in cyberspace.

Keep on keeping on, yogi friends. Practice your yoga.

And if you want more nagging, I do post a bit more regularly Instagram…if you belong to that social media world.

xoxo

YogaNag

 

 

MAMA LOVE: PRENATAL YOGA WORKSHOP
THIS SATURDAY, July 22, 2017 1-3 pm
extendYoga, North Bethesda, MD

Pregnancy can be a magical, transformative, and complicated time. It can be wonderful and exciting, and simultaneously difficult. Your body can feel great one day or one month, and then be achy and uncomfortable the next. Your mind can feel anxious and muddled, or delighted. You can feel so tired, or some days, totally energized. Becoming a mama is a complicated business! Yoga has a lot to offer, wherever you are in your pregnancy, and it can help with labor and recovery too. Join Daisy for a workshop focused on yoga postures, breath work, muscle release tools, and relaxation techniques for pregnancy and labor. In this workshop, you will move, breathe, and create sweet connections with yourself, your baby, and other mamas. You will learn some simple self-care pregnancy and labor tools to take home with you. We will also work on a few strategies to help with recovery after your baby is born. For mamas at any stage in their pregnancy.  No yoga experience necessary.

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.

Videos at yoganag.com

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

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

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

MIA

  
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