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Justin Wolfer  Director of Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY. @RiseYogaMovement | link to 30 hr advanced training Aug 17-20⬇️

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I was just talking to a brand new student about the classes we offer at our studio... I told her that many of our classes are not conventional yoga classes. She said: "I wouldn't know the difference, I've never taken a yoga class." It's funny that what we think yoga is is based on our first yoga class. You walk into a yin class you think this is yoga, you walk into Ashtanga class you think this is yoga. Taking it further the family you grew up with is probably how you think all families behave, how your closest friends treat you is how we learn about friendship. You could've had awful friends and family and you assume that everyone is terrible, you could've had wonderful parents and friends and assume that this is how everyone will treat you. The point is you can see how limiting this is and how far it is from the truth.

We had a bunch of new students in class today and it always reminds me of this story I heard on one of Alan Watts lectures about zen warriors. He said that when a new student wanted to be trained he would be told that he was going to be attacked in one the first few days he was there by another student. So the student would walk around all day worried about when he would be attacked. The attack never came and the student was later told it was just joke but in fact it taught an important principle. You cannot defend yourself properly if you are anticipating all the ways you could be attacked. A good opponent will see you protecting a certain area and simply attack where you have no defense. The best strategy is to be calm and in your center so that you can defend in all directions. On a lighter note we are always doing this in our head. You may anticipate that: "yoga is not for you" or "this will be too hard" or "this going to be great." So the moment can either meet your expectations or not. And while you are busy being satisfied or disappointed you miss everything. We often worry all day about something that never even happens. It's better to just allow life to come to you. Stay centered warriors!

Honored to teach alongside my teacher @raghunathyogi for a mini training for teachers and serious students at our gorgeous @supersoulfarm in East Chatham NY πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ‘πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸ‘πŸ¦†πŸ”₯
Space is limited and we're half full. Commuter and camping options available. Contact : justinwolfer@gmail.com
For more info and registration or visit www. Raghunath.Yoga
DIVE DEEP into your practice w/sequencing advanced asana, assists , kirtan, sangha , yoga philosophy in a beautiful setting. Get passionate about your teaching and practice!❀️

"There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
~Carl Gustav Jung

I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting @alexandriacrowyoga at our studio @riseyogamovement August 11-13. I was talking about her to the students yesterday and she is someone worth following on social media😍 She is intelligent and thoughtful, passionate and filled with integrity, and she's so freaking funny (cannot wait for Larry David jokes). She's the type of teacher that if you come with an open mind she'll blow the doors right off. And that's what this all about for me. I am thrilled and ready to soak up as much information as possible. Will you be there? There is a link in my bio for more information.

Someone recently asked me about my diet and training... I am flattered πŸ™

But the thing is there is so much information, misinformation, crazy extremes approaches towards diet, training and life.
There really is no freaking secret to all of this! Just stop looking for short cuts. Take a simple patient approach towards what you put in your body, how you care for it and train it. Be mindful! Notice what's working and what's not. Keep getting rid of what's not working and be consistent! I repeat be consistent. Stop with the one week on, one week off. Make it who you are. Somebody that takes good care of yourself and the people in your life! #werise

What we choose right now is all that matters...

"Being overly concerned with our material Life is like polishing your own cage." @raghunathyogi πŸ™β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼

"Your greatness doesn't come from your credentials, your greatness comes from how you treat others." @raghunathyogi .
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Thank you teacher! You touch other hearts and minds like no other. I am so grateful that the students get to study with you.
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I cannot wait for our retreat at @supersoulfarm -August 17-20-

Born to Give: 30 hr yoga teacher tool box

If you love teaching yoga or simply just living the life of a yogi then this workshop is for you. As teachers, friends, parents and lovers, we take great pleasure in giving to others.. According to the sacred literature of India, we are actually born to give, rather than to take. things that will ultimately have no value or be lost in the hands of time. In this weekend intensive you will sharpen your skills and fill up your yogi's toolbox with everything from physical upgrading of your asana practice. Learn about bhandas, breath, mudras, refine alignment, yoga philosophy, kirtan and all set with a gorgeous back drop of mother nature at Supersoul Farm in East Chatham NY. This is a great chance to study with both Justin and Raghu together in a systematic and focused format. Discounts for commuters and campers. $600 for nice dorm style accomodations $650 for double private room (no private bath) $400 for commuting $400 for camping all vegan/veg/gluten free meals included for all. Link in bio.

In teacher training we talk about being nervous while teaching... I think it's a wonderful thing to feel nervous! It means you care about what you're doing. I still always get butterfly's before class. But it's important to figure out what it is that you feel. The little me, what we refer to as the ego is worried about how you are being judged. "I hope they like me!"Or "they better like me!" But underneath the ego, if look a little closer, is a sincerity about the work. You care about the practice and want to offer it to the students in the best possible way. It's good that you feel nervous! I'd be concerned if you weren't😌

#BornToGive

As teachers, friends, parents and lovers, we take great pleasure in giving to others.. According to the sacred literature of India, we are actually born to give, rather than to take. things that will ultimately have no value or be lost in the hands of time. In this weekend intensive you will sharpen your skills and fill up your yogi's toolbox with everything from physical upgrading of your asana practice. Learn about bhandas, breath, mudras, refine alignment, yoga philosophy, kirtan and all set with a gorgeous back drop of mother nature at @supersoulfarm in East Chatham NY. This is a great chance to study with both Justin and Raghu @raghunathyogi together in a systematic and focused format.
Link is my bio. Contact me if you have specific questions. This will be extraordinary! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Physical Intelligence

Is it better to be strong or ripped or flexible or awesome at what you do or is it better to be intelligent? I think physical intelligence can equate to all of those things but the motivation is different and far more fulfilling... when it comes down to it, caring for your body and learning how to use it with skill needn't be so illusive. Simply paying more attention to what you eat and how you are training will lead to a greater connection to how the body is responding. When I teach the handstand I am not concerned with whether or not you are balancing in it but how the pose is informing you. Where is the weight in the hand? What is the position of the body? How fluidly can you enter the position and How does it fall apart when you fatigue? All of these details give us insight into what needs more training. The goal is not to be perfect, it's simply to listen more intuitively to the body communicating. This is what I think ancient yogis and meditators meant when they said all knowledge is within us. It's not that you can become a mathematician overnight but through training yourself intelligently you have everything you need to develop the the skills you want. So get to itπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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