I remember my first yoga class like it was yesterday. It was a restorative class filled with props and long static poses. I sat there, laid there, contorted there wondering about whether I was breathing properly, how I looked, and what I was going to do after class. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I didn’t join yoga initially for its physical benefits. I just desperately needed self-acceptance and to find a way to relax my mind. I walked out of that class with a sense of peace despite the fact I had planned my whole weekend during shavasana.
This blog originated from desiring an outlet where I could share my love of photography, writing, travel, and yoga. Quickly, I found myself diving deeper into those aspects of my life and further away from technology and time online. It wasn’t till recently I found the opportunity to dive deeply into myself in a way that feels therapeutic to express with friends and strangers. What I am about to share is the beginning of a whole new... Art of Balancing.
On September 2, I celebrated my 28th birthday. It was all orchestrated by my amazing partner, Mac. He rented canoes, got a bunch of my friends together and we set forth to an island on the Upper Kananaskis where we had snacks and burgers. We listened to music and laughed and let the mountain wind try its best to blow us away.
After an eventful trip back to the 'mainland', we returned home, shipwrecked and ready to dance away the evening at the one-night-only, Back Alley Reunion. We did all the things. Embraced those darker days of emo tunes and hardcore rock 'n' roll by head banging and getting messy. It took me back but also reminded me how far I had come. I woke up the next morning to a hangover(as you can imagine) and like a bad joke it didn’t go away.
Be your True Self. Find your Authentic Self. I hear these phrases chiming in yoga classes, workshops and plastered on Instagram posts and self-love blogs. They encourage that we live an authentic life and be true to ourselves...
"When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact...that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance; We've learned to fly the air like birds, we've learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven't learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters..."
When we believe it, we start to become it. Our reality. This can stem from so many things but above all it is rooted with our intentions to love. Which is exactly what rooted on Sunday, November 15.
Only Love tour at Hotel Arts featured our home girl yogi Kate Mak and our brothers and sisters, Robindra & Myrah Penaloza (@itstimetobloom), MCYogi & Amanda Giacomini, and DJDrez. They put on an amazing afternoon of satsung, asana, dancing, and connecting.
. Ayla . @missaylanova .