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Justin Wolfer  Director of Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY. @RiseYogaMovement

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My wifey @camacha_rees is all in my head: "relax your face" "stop smiling so big" "point your toes"
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Awesome working with the talented @differentscope at @mayfestny
#dontsmashyourface

My baby walks in at the end of class @mayfestny
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Photo by @differentscope

Pumped to be heading down to @mayfestny today! Awesome yoga, music and community. .
I'm teaching today 3:30pm The Sate of Flow w living drumming & tomorrow a 9am handstand workshop for any level. You'll get a hand out with everything you need to know about handstands and how to improve. Please say hi if our paths cross. We love to meet real people from the online world :) Photo by my bro @yogabumm

Grateful to be able to move my body with strength and ease... if I had a dime for every time I heard "it's too advanced" "I'll never be able to do that" I'd be a wealthy guy by now! It didn't start out looking like this. So the question becomes: you can't or you won't. #movebeforeitstoolate

One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received: " just #dontsmashyourface while trying this." @davidrobsonayct @vesic_jelena ❤️❤️❤️

I respect everyone's beliefs or way of seeing the world but I also see how it so clearly molds and binds us. The very things that you believe are setting you free often are the very reasons that you remain stuck. "Belief is the insistence that the truth is what one would “lief” or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on the condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go. In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception." The first step is to see your own bullshit 🙏

Everything in life has purpose... your mind isn't the enemy or your ego or your body. Often the problem is simply that we're not allowing these incredible tools to carry out their natural functions. An open mind is a wonderful gift, a healthy body, our intellect, our imagination, our compassion and desire to connect with others, all of these things can serve and empower us to be strong positive people in this world. It's our duty to develop our tools and learn how to apply them skillfully in this world. -
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I happen to think this is the loneliest and most isolated period in human history... do not suffer in silence! Please talk to someone! We fucking care❤️ "This wasn’t a young adult taking the easy way out because life got too hard. This wasn’t a spoiled, petulant rock star who thought that this was the best way to ensure his legend. This was a well-respected member of his community; a beloved musical hero who seemed to have it all together.

This could have been any of us. And brothers and sisters, if it’s you, don’t mess around with it. Please find some help."

I'm pretty obsessed with this quote below! The biggest obstacles in my life have always been not trying or half trying... why I am engaged, when I resolve to stay the course, I am pretty fucking powerful. And I see the same thing stopping so many others from realizing their true potential!

Goethe: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!" #NoSurrender

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!"
William Hutchison Murray
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A common misconception when practicing yoga or meditation is that some day our mind will be perfectly still. And maybe after that happens all of your problems will cease to exist and nirvana ensues... but all of that reasoning just seems like attempting to escape reality instead of connecting to it, exactly as it is. Yoga and meditation should help us to engage with life directly. "What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of what it's supposed to be." - Socrates

And while well intentioned, our society continues to try to invent new products and ways to make our lives easier, to numb the pain and not deal with how we're feeling, to avoid discomfort, to escape the stress of everyday life. The problem with this is that life simply doesn't work this way. Stress is a very natural and healthy and necessary part of being alive. Without stress you would've never developed the strength to stand and walk when you were a small child. Your body is never completely at rest. Even when sleeping your body is performing subtle functions that keep you in good health.

And besides would you want a life where nothing happened? No discomfort; no struggles or uncertainty?

Would you ever go to movie where nothing ever happened? Isn't it grand that shit happens? -
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When in doubt squeeze your bum! -
Seriously do it! Our culture of constant sitting has lost touch with their bums which can have major consequences. Retraining your gluteus Maximus to turn on as the primary hip extensor is a must if you want your body to move the way it was designed to!
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Join me for: THE INTELLIGENT BODY SERIES: Part 1 THE KEY TO HEALTHY MOVEMENT. I am so excited to offer this workshop! Understanding your habitual postural and movement patterns can change everything about the way you train your body! -
This Sunday 2-4pm at @riseyogamovement -
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