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Eleonora Zampatti  International body movement specialist, yoga teacher, author and founder of the Ode to the Moon, nonprofit against domestic violence. ON LINE CLASSES:

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Nothing came easy in my practice, I used to hold my breathe on my mat, just like in life, too afraid to fully try, fully be my self, fully "feel" .
It was hard but things changed. I changed things.
Today I enjoy every inhale and every exhale, every single moment on and off my mat, because yoga helped me realize that fear can only control you if you let it. I am practicing today as if my heart has never been broken, not scared to love again and not scared to be who I really am. It’s not what happened to you that will dictate your future, it is what you decide to do with your pain. Let it destroy you or transform it in your strength. You have the opportunity tho choose.
I chose freedom.
I chose my self.
#loveyourself
Wearing @werkshop practicing on @sigednyoga yoga mat.

Today I’m lucky enough to teach yoga for a living, lucky enough to be loved for what I am with all my imperfections and my doubts. Lucky enough to be surrounded by people that live me and support me, people I can share my true self with, with no fear of shame for my mistakes.
Yoga helped me connect to my feminine power and accept, even embrace, the fragile part of me. Yoga helped me to learn how to trust others and ask for help and because that I realize that people care. I became aware of my dark side and I was challenged to step into the light. Yoga became my journey into myself, my connection to the present.
Because of my past, my practice slowly moved into the need to use yoga to bring awareness on a topic that is too often is kept in silence: domestic violence. In our practice we all have a place where we can feel safe and truly understand what it means to be vulnerable. A place free of judgments where we can all practice together and support each other with love and compassion.
#loveyourself 📸 by @aaronsantoro 👙 @werkshop

When I moved in New Jersey things weren’t easy. With barely enough money to survive, I continued to teach in New York, commuting for over 4 hours each day during one of the most brutal winter I can remember without a coat, which I had left with my ex, along with most of my other possessions. Despite knowing he was an abusive partner, i just wanted to make things work with him, I wanted to go back and fix him, and fix us. Despite the abuse, it was so hard to stay away from him.
On one day back in New York and in the middle of my teaching schedule, I suffered a serious panic attack, with no family in the US and nobody else to turn to, I called him. I believed that after spending 5 years together he would care, recognize my extreme fragility and take care of me. So I put my trust in him once again. But rather than giving me the care that I sought, he used my fragility as an opportunity to humiliate and shame me. I will never forget that night and how truly content he was to see me so broken, and how he took advantage of that. At a time when I most needed love, he made the conscious choice to abuse me once again.
I dragged myself out of bed the next morning and left for New Jersey for the final time, knowing in my heart that this time there was no going back. I started to concentrate more on my own yoga practice, taking a different approach to the activity which I had always seen as inherently physical. I started to be less pushy with myself when I was practicing, and I realized that when I really listened to my body, I could use its movement to tap into my emotions. Through compassion, self love and the movements of my body I realized how resilient, flexible, strong and beautiful I really am and my whole life changed.
Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself.
So believe in your self.
#loveyourslef
📸 by @aaronsantoro 👙by @werkshop

Last day of #yogisWERKtogether
Pose: Chinstand
The first time I stepped on my mat I was uncomfortable. My muscles were tight and I spent the entire class wanting to be done. In a few years of yoga practice, I became so open, flexible, and strong that I could not only stand on my hands, but I was able to take control over my life and reclaim it.
So many do not try yoga because they believe they are not flexible. I learned, in both my practice as a student and in my career as a teacher, that flexibility is not a prerequisite of yoga- it is the result- and physical flexibility is not the destination of the yoga practice. It’s much more than that.
Is about getting to know who we are.
As last pose of our challenge we picked chinstand. In the video you can see few of the different modalities I use to warm my body for this shape.
Remover to be patient and take the time you need to get in the pose without aiming at the final results but, instead, to truly enjoy the journey there.
It was a pleasure to work with all of you on those poses.
Thank you @meliniseri for being such an inspiring a and wonderful woman and thank you for all our sponsors.
As usual I am looking forward to see all your pictures.
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The first time I held you in my arms I cried not truly capable of understanding if those were tears of joy or not.
I had lost your brother, Benito, only few months before and I was broken. Broken in a way that I still can't describe. My soul was shattered in pieces that I knew I would never be able to put together again. Your brother saved my life many times and when he died I felt I could not do the same for him. He was there for me when nobody else was. He understood me also if I was not speaking anymore and he taught me the purest and most simple meaning of the word love. When I was trapped in the pain of my abusiva relationship he was all I had and he, with his silly face a funny looking shape, protected me from the worst thing I had to experience by simply never leaving my side.
It does not matter how ugly, stupid, worthless and depressed I felt, when I looked in his eyes all I could see was love. For him I was enough and because of that I changed my life. Because of him I decided to leave, to find my self and to pursue my dreams.
Because of him I learned to love my self.
When he died I died with him.
I know it sounds harsh but back then I did not know if I wanted to learn to live without him.
Then it came the day where I hugged you for the first time and there, in your little body and your beautiful eyes, I found the strength to put my self back together.
In you I realized the Benito never left us.
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In you in found joy again and one day at the time I reconnected to the beautiful emotions and memories that your brother gave me during all the time that he was here with us.
In you I found a new friend, a new way to be loved, a reason to believe that does not matter how hard life is, everything happens for a reason.
In you in realized that love never dies.
So thank you Romeo.
Thank you for teaching me how pure and playful life can be. How strong and eternal love is and how important is to be grateful for every second we live in this life.
I really love you little boy.
I am sure your brother is watching over us and he must to be so damn proud of how beautiful we are together in this picture 😜
📸 by @aaronsantoro
Wearing new bra by @werkshop

10th day of #yogisWERKtogether
Pose: Hollowback
I used to watch pictures of people performing this pose and being so fascinated by the beauty of its lines.
For one reason or another this pose always attracted me but I was too scared to attempted because it looked impossible for me.
I was not understanding how people could balance when visually the center of gravity could looked so "out of center' until one day, while attending a teacher training in Mexico I hold on this shape for the first time.
All sudden I realized how stable this pose really is.
Hollow back is a variation on Pincha Mayurasana, and the magic of this pose is its potential to make you feel light and limitless.
In this shape the body opens up in a deep back bent that allows the upper chest to really unlock while protecting the lower back, making you feel like you can keep creating space moving forward.
The secret for it is to have stable foundations and not to be afraid to fall out of it.
-work against a wall or a sofa if you don't have a stable forearm stand. Sometimes this shape come easier when standing on your arms, it all depends how tight are your shoulders.
-work on stabilizing your pelvis through the movement of your head. First find stability by keep looking forward and only when you feel grounded start changing your gaze by bringing your chin closer to you chest to move she head pass the line of your shoulders.
-warm up shoulders and hamstring before attempting this pose.

Please don't esitate to ask help to be assisted in this variation, sometimes to have somebody that guides into the shape helps a lot to develop muscle memories and truly feel the pose.

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One day, five years ago, after one of the many fights with an ex-boyfriend, I walked past a yoga studio and wandered in to take a hot yoga class, just for something to do. He used to tell me: you need something like yoga because you are crazy,
So I did.
I had never even heard of hot yoga and I did not know what to expect but what the heat, combined with the postures, did to me that day was incredible. When I came out from that room, my mind and body were both totally drained, but I felt like I had created a space inside of myself that I hadn't even known existed. In just 2 hours I realized I had so much to learn about my self, I was so in pain and in denial and couldn’t ignore it anymore.
It was then that I figured out that I could change things. I could save my self. I could love my self and with that I could also accept my body.
That same body that for so long I had hated and neglected, feeling too out of shape to be allowed to be loved.
Today I love who I am, my body included, because I finally realized that is not about the side of my hips or waist. Is about what I carry inside.
My story.
My heart.
#loveyourself 📸 by @aaronsantoro 👙 by @werkshop

9th day of #yogisWERKtogether
Pose: Scorpion

The more space we create in our body and mind, the easier it will become for us to access more complicated, strength based poses like inversions and arm balances. Scorpion is one of those poses where i I truly understand how flexibility inevitability leads to strength, not just in your muscles, but in your life as well. An open mind can see beyond fear and an open body can access poses with ease.
Going upside down is not easy and on top of that to add such a deep backbend in the equation can be very challenging.
Use the wall to help you move in and out of the pose in order to feel more stable and secure.
Warm up your shoulders and back before attempting this pose.
I am looking forward to see your progress (and struggles too ;). __________________________________________
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Despite my determination to avoid admitting that I was trapped in an abusive relationship, a group of my yoga students noticed that something wasn’t right.
It was after a few months of getting to know these ladies that some of them started to tell me they thought something was wrong but at the time I wasn’t ready to admit it. I couldn’t admit to anyone that I was once again trapped in another abusive relationship. It’s easy to find excuses to stay with someone when the abuse starts out as emotional abuse, and it’s almost impossibly hard to recognize the bigger picture of what’s happening to you, especially when you are ashamed.
He had convinced me that I was alone and that he was the only choice I had.
And that's was how he was controlling me.
Making me believe that I was alone.
But he was wrong.
I was never alone, and I will never be.
Find people in your life who love and support you and hold them tight. They are a gift. The best gift you can wish for, the one that will help you rise, thrive and become the best person you can be.
#loveyourself 📸 by @aaronsantoro 👙 by @werkshop

8th day of #yogisWERKtogether
Pose: Wheel

I never knew how strong I truly was:
Not until I learned how to believe in my self.
Yoga helped me learn how to disconnect to connect. Leave the Chaos of the world outside of my soul and there find the stillness necessary to become my self. This pose more then any others helped me understand that with work and determination we can achieve anything we want. Forearm stand is an arm balance. It brings your body upside down changing your foundation from your legs to your arms.
The power of this asana is that physical reminder that we are capable of so much more, and that our power and our spirit are vast. This physical experience helps us connect with our fears, breathe deep, and move through them. The moment where you learn how with intention move upside down and hold the pose is a moment of truth. We can take this experience any way we choose or need in that moment; we can embrace the fear and choose to feel alive, or we can choose freedom and allowed ourselves to fall out of the pose without being afraid of what will happen in the landing.
The traditional pose is performed with straight legs pointing up. It can be performed with legs in scorpion ( the feet touch the forehead). In this variation you are playing with your legs
using them to find balance, waiting to decide if you want to hold the pose or fall out of it; choosing between control and freedom
Please be sure you are warm before approaching the pose.
I am looking forward to see all your pictures!

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Hosts:
@eleonorazampatti
@meliniseri
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@sigednyoga
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One day, almost 4 years ago, I was at a yoga conference in Manhattan when I met the first person I felt I could truly trust, a fellow yogini covered in tattoos. We hit it off instantly, and after parting ways I was invited to visit her in New Jersey. Over an hour away from my NYC home somehow I found the strength to ignore my ex's rules ( he did not allow me to travel alone anywhere) and I just took the ferry alone to Highlands, NJ. Overwhelmed by the beauty of its surroundings and the kind nature of its people, I knew instantly that I wanted to live in New Jersey. On my return to New York, I broached the subject to him: “I want to live in New Jersey.” I remember asking him if he thought he could live there. Instead of a discussion, or even an argument, he threw a table at me, in a public restaurant in Cobble Hill, BK. I remember not having any reaction to it and I remember seeing the guy sitting next to us looking at me shocked. He asked me if I was ok? I said "Yes, it is all good. Do not worry." That’s when I finally admitted that something was really wrong. It is hard to say but you’re never abused enough to admit you’re abused. You only admit it when it’s too late, and I did not want it to become too late.
With the knowledge that I had to get out, pretending all was ok with him, I continued to take secret trips to New Jersey on my own, and eventually told him that I was leaving. It was over and I was moving to New Jersey.
The end was not easy. But it was the beginning of something beautiful, the beginning of a new life.the life I always wanted to live.
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Does not matter how hard it seems, never give up.
Life is a gift and you deserve to live it in the name on love.
#loveyourself 📸 by @aaronsantoro 👙 by @werkshop

Seventh day of #yogisWERKtogether
Pose: Wheel
Wheel pose is an energizing and invigorating pose.
As we move through our lives, we may not be aware of eternity, only the material world as we go through our cycles of birth, life, death and rebirth. Performing this pose we have the opportunity to connect with a deep, unchanging aspect of our nature, allowing us to let go of unnecessary holding and listen to our heart. This pose helps us to understand how to observe our life without reacting to it, to be witness to our emotions rather than subjected to them, to allowed our heart to fully open and simply embrace what ever it is saying to us, to fill our lungs with oxygen and teach us how it feels to breath.
In traditional variation, the arms are straight and the palms are pressing on the floor, as well as the souls of our feet. As you can see in this video I m paying around with different variations, moving from one to another ending up in a forearm variation, standing on my forearms allowing the ribcage to expand more and developing a stronger connection to the mat. In all of this I am standing on my tip toes, lifting the hips higher to the sky playing with balance.

Please be sure you are warm before approaching the pose.
I am looking forward to see all your pictures!

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Hosts:
@eleonorazampatti
@meliniseri
Sponsors:
@werkshop
@omstarsofficial
@sigednyoga
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