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๐’ธ๐’ป๐“‚  ๐Ÿ”ฅ Bostonโ€™s Best Fitness Guru @theimproper ๐Ÿ–ค Yoga RYT 500 ๐Ÿ‘‘ Cofounder @fiercely.you ๐Ÿ’Œ Writer ๐ŸŽค Mic Dropper โšก๏ธ Magic Maker โœ–๏ธ No ass out hugs allowed

๐–‡๐–š๐–—๐–“ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–†๐–‘๐–‘ ๐–‰๐–”๐–œ๐–“ ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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when the wildfire rages in your heart and
your mind questions if the rains will come
do not quiver back with fear
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everything that was not meant for you to carry
everything that stands in your way
every pain and sorrow
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let yourself die, be reborn
the Phoenix will carry you
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burn it all down
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photo by @sarahann_photography

๐“ซ ๐“ป ๐“ช ๐“ฟ ๐“ฎ ๐“ป ๐”‚
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it shows up in many ways
no act of bravery is too small
bravery shows up when we acknowledge the fear, anxiety, mental constructs that keep you safe and small... and trust the fire will not destroy you, only transform you.
this past week, I witnessed 16 incredible females show up in miraculous ways
for themselves and for each other.
Leaning in, cracking open, braving the wild fires of the heart.
โ–ฝ
Bali mirrors that mastery within you.
The island holds you sweetly in her trusting arms, reassuring any ounce of fear surrounding your heart.
However, that sensation is always present.
Take a breath and remember.
โ–ฝ
Trust yourself. Take the leap. Throw your hands wildly into the air and feel the terror and excitement of the free fall.
The words you are ready to speak.
The ideas you are ready to create.
The love you are ready to receive.
Your heart is ready.
Baby steps or fifty foot jumps... lean in and yell, โ€œFUCK YES!โ€ to this experience of life.
Ride the wave of ๐“ต ๐“ธ ๐“ฟ ๐“ฎ.

๐“ฏ๐“พ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฅ๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ฐ๐“ธ
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โ€œfreedom...โ€ she whispers
an alluring smile spread across her lips.
nothing can suppress the magic of a woman, standing in her fullest expression.
power beyond measure.
unbridled and unafraid.
โ€œtoday, freedom.โ€
โ–ฝ
bathing in this full moon tonight with support and love.
allow yourself the same.
release and set yourself free.
I see you ๐Ÿ–ค
โ–ฝ
photo magic by @sarahann_photography

๐“ผ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ผ๐“ฑ๐“ช
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contentment... falling in love with life.
every moment, without bias.
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Iโ€™ve been falling in love a lot recently.
with myself... in all her wild forms...
my shadow
my light
my intensity
my vulnerability
my body
my breath
all of the polarities and aspects of my Divine Self.
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with my life... the spaces Iโ€™ve created and the spaces I hold.
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Iโ€™ve also been falling love with a man...
not just any man, the man.
the one that strikes hotter and faster than lightning, that once in a lifetime strike.
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Over two short months, heโ€™s been a mirror and a guide... illuminating the many ways in which I have kept my Self small; deflecting any ounce of true intimacy, in order to keep my fragile heart safe.
The old ways of conducting my romantic business wonโ€™t work anymore.
I wouldnโ€™t want them too.
He reflects my strongest, softest, truest Self.
The heart is a raging river, forging towards the expansive arms of the sea.
Heโ€™s taught me the true meaning of vulnerability, allowing me to bust the floodgates in my heart wide fucking open.
Compassion, love, passion, respect... all waiting on the other side.
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I embark on my third trip to Bali today.
Each trip has marked a distinct period of my life.
I canโ€™t wait to fall in love with Bali again... alone and with @haffatree.
Boston, see you soon. ๐Ÿ–ค
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photo @sarahann_photography

๐“ฏ๐“พ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“ต๐“พ๐“ท๐“ช๐“ป ๐“ฎ๐“ฌ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“น๐“ผ๐“ฎ
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itโ€™s been a week, energetically speaking...yet I bow to the power that continues to evolving me towards my higher Self.
Iโ€™m closing out this round of eclipses (which started in Feb 2017) with a reverence for my shadow, my tenacity, and my unwavering courage.
Make space for you.
Take care of your heart.
Honor all that has been and all that will be.
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photo @sarahann_photography

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“”๐“ผ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“จ๐“ธ๐“ฐ๐“ช ๐“ข๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ต
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I signed up for my first 200 hour training in February 2012, on an absolute whim. The moment was Divinely guided. I had never thought about teaching yoga, but my intuition guided me to a studio website that afternoon. Something inside my heart screamed, โ€œDO THIS NOW! No questions, no hesitation!!! Do it!!โ€ It was the first time in my entire life, I trusted myself fully, without guarantee.
When I told my dad I was signing up, he asked if I was going to quit my job and become a yoga instructor. I laughed, โ€œNo way, this is just something Iโ€™ll do on the side.โ€ Amazing where life can take you, when you throw up the reigns and let go of the illusion of control. In that moment, I could not have dreamt up the beautiful story to be written.
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What started as a dream between three dear friends has unfolded, both tirelessly and effortlessly, over the past year. @jessrayyoga, @ericayogadance, and I have thoughtfully crafted this training and experience with all of the passion and love in our hearts. I could not be more grateful for their support and sisterhood during this project, but most of all in life. We welcome each of you with the deepest respect, as we embark on this transformative journey together. To everyone in my life that has shaped my path and walked along side at some point over the past seven years, I love you and I thank you.
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To a new chapter, in our brand new book, ladies.
To The Essence of Yoga School.
To US. ๐Ÿ–ค
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photo by @sarahann_photography

๐“ผ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ป, ๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฝ, ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ
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Yearly themes. I'm into it.
Each year, I carefully craft an intention based on what I feel is necessary in my life to cultivate internal abundance.
2018 was all about softening.
To embrace my sacred feminine energy, allowing the raw edges of my physical and emotional energy to surrender.
Too often, I held back my emotional depth out of fear that I wouldn't be understood or loved.
Through the work..I shifted, dropped in, embraced the darkness, the shadow, the divine Goddess.
We all have excruciating moments that break us down to nothing. Often, we harden ourselves to become impenetrable. However the reality becomes that NOTHING GETS THROUGH. No bad, no good.
The medicine is in trust and belief.
That nothing happens to us, it only happens for us...to evolve and expand into our brilliant potential.
I often speak about 2018 as a year that held the most painful and beautiful experiences of my life.
I wish the same for 2019, for all of us.
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photo by @sarahann_photography

๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ฆ๐•ฅ๐•ฅ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿก ๐•๐•š๐•œ๐•–...
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photo by @sarahann_photography

๐“ฟ๐“พ๐“ต๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ซ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐”‚
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the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either mentally or physically.
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why must we associate exposure with harm?
how have we come to a place where honesty and authenticity foreshadows an attack?
I dream of a society where vulnerability is celebrated as a catalyst for growth, rather than vindictive agenda.
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I open my heart without fear.
I wish for you the same.
๐Ÿ–ค
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photo @sarahann_photography

๐“ถ๐“ช๐”‚ ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐Ÿ–ค
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photo @sarahann_photography

look back to reflect, look forward to potential, stay grounded in the center of your circumstance.
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As 2018 comes to a close, I look back in awe at the last year. Somehow each one just keeps getting better. Iโ€™m not talking all love and light. This year, more than ever, Iโ€™ve welded my darkness. Invited in her deep medicine to nourish my soul and set fire to my spirit.
Iโ€™ve played the polarities.
Heartbreak and laughter.
Strength and surrender.
Expansion and contraction.
Predictability and spontaneity.
Effort and grace.
The difference lies in the integration. An understanding for the necessity of both. What a fucking year it has been. I stand confidently in this moment with a clear view of the future.
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photo by @sarahann_photography

โ€œKnow what to remember.
know what to forget.
Remember who you are,
Forget who hurt you.โ€
#nevinemichaan
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Iโ€™ve spent the past two days immersed in the teachings of a true Teacher. @katonahyogacenter is mind blowing. The theory and practicality from a physical, mental, and mystical standpoint is unparalleled, in my experience. Each time I dive into this practice I leave with powerful insight into myself and my greater purpose; my body recognizes a language my soul has always known.
I remember, who I am and why Iโ€™m here.
๐Ÿ–ค
Photo by the wonderful @sarahann_photography

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