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Peter Walters  •Lover of Life •Yoga Student & Teacher @movewith coach * Retreats: Cali, Sept 14-16//Greece, October 13-20// Hawaii, March 17-22// Nepal, May 12-24 🍉

Role-playing.
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I've always loved costumes. Putting on the outfit of a police officer, or an astronaut or a ninja was incredible! In that instant, I Became that person. I stepped into their way of thinking and acting, addressing and also dressing. Playing "pretend" was my favorite thing to do! I was fully occupied with an outfit, some props and the visualizations of my mind. I played with action figures, army man in the woods, and blocks in my room where I created entire elaborate worlds and alternate realities that I would likely never really experience.
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As I got older I thought I was taking off my costumes, that this was a phase. But more recently I've realized that we are ALWAYS wearing costumes! Each interaction with another is like stepping on stage and getting into character. In a given week I play the role of teacher, student, son, brother, employee, customer, friend, rascal, joyous lover of life, colleague, and others. It seems so trivial but we really are chameleons. And that's okay IF you know you're playing these games and stepping into these roles. Make the automatic deliberate and intentional. Try to recognize how you're showing up in each situation with another. Notice where you're not being true to who you are.
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So just consider the roles you take on as you go about your week. Notice how your demeanor changes as you go from manager to customer to daughter to wife to beloved. Can you flip the script as you are asked "paper or plastic?" Can you notice that the barista is ALSO wearing a costume and also has a script that doesn't show you who they really are either? When are you fully, truly yourself? Get meta as you interact with the world and dance through life. Be audacious enough to engage differently than you normally would with people. If anything, it's fun. Now go, shake it up baby!
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See you on the mat all week #sanfrancisco - plus a couple extras! 6:15pm Sunday + Tuesday at yoga tree Castro ! Schedule at peteryoga.com // 📸 @emiliebersphoto

"Peter, quit posing"... "I'm not! Just relaxing really casually on my motorcylcle!"
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Happy Pride dear friends! 🏳️‍🌈🌈May all beings be and love whoever they want!
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If you come practice with me at @lovestoryyoga this weekend you can bring a friend FO FREE all weekend long! How cool is THAT?! Let's flow, 9am Sunday!
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*📸 @emiliebersphoto

Hari Ram!
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Well hello there dear humans! Big Sky Bhakti Bliss with my dear friend @natkendallyoga just ended, as has my IG detox! I missed y'all, but boy did I NOT miss compulsive scrolling and tapping! Whew!
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My fingers really appreciated this brief rest. I found myself more present and content with simple things. I would open my phone, check my email, then quickly realize that there wasn't anything else to do on my device! I felt lighter, and just simple. I wasn't jealous or envious or anxious or comparing or judging or wanting or any of that...just being off the 'gram for a little while allowed all these base emotions to fall away. I felt the lightness of just being!
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Among sweet company, healthy food, delightful yoga, so much chanting, good friends, and a few page-turner novels, my nervous system finally got some much needed rest.
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So now that I'm "back" I hope to have a healthier relationship with my phone moving forward. Let's see how it goes. I love you all very much, but if I take a little longer to respond to your comment or message, you know why.
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Enroute back to San Francisco and cannot WAIT to teach and practice with you again! I feel re-inspired to share the wisdom of these teachings. First classes are 9am Sunday at @lovestoryyoga then subbing at 6:15pm at @yogatreesf Castro! Will you come? I'll be around and teaching my regular schedule for most of the summer! Whahhooo! Om om om!

I'm always searching for the right words to express my amazment with Everything--especially the seemingly meaningless little things that are actually reverberations of the Big Bang, or whatever started this Earth Party some time ago.
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But "words," as Eckart Tolle writes in A New Earth, "reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn't much."
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And I know in my bones that there's so much more happening beyond our words, thoughts and feelings-- beyond our conceptions of self, of science and religion, spirit, God and whatever else already seems enormous is ultimately, and I think necessarily out of our reach.
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All of this to say, STAY AMAZED! It is unfortunately (oddly) easy to become bored and placid, seduced by routine and normalcy, Netflix, instagram, poltics, drama, and even good books that teach you new things. Too often, a new day, a new moment just feels like a continuation of something we've been doing for many years, instead of an absurdly incredible mystical concoction of seemingly serendipitous occurances, connections, celestial movements and an earthly web of happenings that all brought you and I together in this very moment communicating between rectangular mini computers that somehow can touch eyes and minds and hearts across the world! How absurdly COOL is life?! Tough, sad, and deeply heartbreaking sometimes, sure, but, also just...wow...
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Anyway, just thinking. Also, taking a social media detox for a week while I'm in Montana. I'll probably be thinking about you. If you need me, try email, Myspace, PayPal, or owl 🦉😘
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📸 @markkuroda

Why ReTreat Yourself?
I offer lots of retreats each year. But why this one!? And why with Alyssa?
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5 Reasons:
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1) TRAVEL- My family instilled this hunger to experience different places, cultures, people, perspectives and ideas from an early age. And travel most definitely includes short local trips -- it's about shifting our daily routines and rhythms to something else
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2) RESET- A yoga retreat is such an amazing opportunity to essentially clear our "slate" and decide, intentionally, how we want to resume "life." Wherever you may be in your journey of life, love, work, play, joy and sorrow-- NOW is a perfect time to shake things up, reconsider what we're doing and Begin Again.
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3) DEPTH- 60 or 90 minutes isn't NEARLY enough time to dive into Yoga. We usually just have this short moment to say a little prayer, sing a song, breathe a bit, move and sweat, then lay down...then right back to work and mind stuff. I love retreating because we get to step back and take a few days to dive deeper into the practice and also within ourselves. You can ask any burning questions about philosophy, poses, chants or anything else you're curious about. We have the time and the space to explore this practice.
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4) You deserve a TREAT! Okay, so the name of our retreat is a little silly, but we wanted it to remind you that retreating is indeed a "treat" -- a gift you are giving yourself. We understand it's not easy to do this -- it takes time, resources, planning and saying NO to other things to say YES to this. But you are saying yes to health, well-being, practice, patience, persistence, devotion, working to know yourself and others more deeply. So, treat yourself baby!
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5) Lastly, @alyssa.yoga.love is AMAZING! Honestly, she's one of the BEST teachers and humans that I know. She's deliberate, intentional, specific, caring, SMART, well-studied, funny, playful, joyous, wide awake and so many other qualities that I love and admire. She's not only a colleague, but one of my dearest friends. She's been teaching for a decade, and is also an acrobat, teacher trainer and sweet human being.
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Will you come play with us? Sept 14-16, Cazadero, CA. *Link in bio //📸 @emiliebersphoto

This pose, danda pranam, isn't easy for many of us.
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Physically it's quite simple of course, but what the pose represents can be quite a challenge.
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This posture is about surrender, accepting what is, devotion, humility, laying down all our stuff at the "feet" of the One, or The Infinite, of the Teacher, or God... I don't know what to call it, but I feel it behind my eyes, pulsing beneath my skin, in the emptiness after an exhale, and in the spaces between this and that.
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In this posture I let the Shakti rest. I quit all my DOING, pushing and pulling, and have a breath or two of simply BEING, here and now, laying it all down onto the wood beneath my bones. *
The pose represents a deep exhaltion-- like the kind after you've been holding your breath for too long. A full release of the weight of life's rollercoaster of joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, angst and contentment. I am reminded in this pose that it's time to set it all down again-- that I've been carrying too much stuff for far too long.
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The pose is also a full body offering, a prayer to my teachers that have shown up in so many forms, humans, experiences, insights, sorrows and more. It's a reminder to always be a student, willing to lay down my weapons and take off my armor, my ego, my expectations and judgments and all the ME-ness that is a burden to seeing cleary. It's like my body, heart and breath get to finally say "I don't know...and that's okay."
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Try this sometime. See what comes up... or better, see what you can truly lay down, even for a couple breaths.
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📸 @emiliebersphoto

Sometimes the simplest gestures can mean so much.
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This is a glimpse of my morning practice. My Asana practice admittedly ebbs more than it flows. Sitting my butt on a cushion each morning has gotten quite effortless, but getting my body in motion on my own is hard for me.
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So today I just put on my playlist for class this evening and told myself I would simply offer my best-- I would open my body, breathe fully and SWEAT! And about 20 minutes in I caught myself thinking, "eh it's enough." But I smiled myself and just kept exploring my body, breath and my wandering mind.
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Yoga wasn't intended to be some crazy high intensity workout, but honestly this is what brings many of us into the practice-- vigor, power, heat and sweat! I love feeling exhausted after a strong practice... as if I could just collapse into savasana. It feels like I've really done my work for the day. I've given my whole being a gift. And if I've fallen short in other ways, at least I can feel good about this act of austerity, devotion and power. I believe this sweat and elevated heart rate is a vital component to longevity and health. And yes, all this should be balanced with good sleep, slow yin or restorative and also alignment based yoga. But I do love a strong vinyasa practice. It shakes me up. It pushes me past where I normally would go. It awakens something in me that is too often sleeping, and reminds me of how incredibly capable I am.
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So get your body in motion today! SWEAT! And remember your tapas-- discipline, and effort isn't just for you and YOUR health. Your commitment will ripple out and touch everyone nearby.
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Comment "YES🔥" when you've done your work today! And remember, there are so many ways and methods, and this effort will look different for each of us. For some folks effort may be 10 deep breaths and just standing up. Do what you can. Love you. Begin again ❤️🔥😘
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🎵🎧 @janetstoneyoga + @natkendallyoga ❤️🙏🏽

What can you offer up today?
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My mind takes me on all sorts of adventures into the past and future; it tinkers with ideas about reality, conspiracy, love, hate, government, corporations, forgiveness and grudges, friendship, devotion, practice, the universe and also golden retrievers.
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More often, though, I ask what can I offer-- and am I doing enough? Unfortunately I spend more time JUST THINKING about what to offer,to whom, when and how to do it just right...so, today I'm going to just DO the things already!
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This offering could be as simple as a smile, as nourishing as a deep, five minute embrace, or a big donation of your resources to something you feel is important. The 'what' is less important than the why--and the why is ultimately less important than the gesture itself I think. Maybe not.
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Start from a place of abundance and ask yourself how can I be of service--even if you don't have much money or time...there's always something we can do to make life better for another. AND there's also millions of reasons the mind has for not doing it!
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So today, my request is that you DO the thing(s) that you've been meaning/wanting to do for somebody else. Not later or next year, but today. Post below what you're going to do-- there's Power in naming it. GO!

Do you ever feel so awed by everything that you just stop and smile?
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I don't mean this in some esoteric/spiritual/"grateful for everything" type of way. This isn't even about gratitude...just awe, and pause.
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Sometimes (and not often enough) I look up, tell my legs to quit moving, my fingers to stop tapping or reaching, and my mind to stop whirling. I deliberately tell myself to just stop and look around. And this is fun and also kind of funny because when I do this I have a little (enjoyable) freakout! I allow my mind and senses to digest everything in my field of awareness -- leaves and a few pieces of trash dancing gently on the street, a light changing, cars of all shapes and sizes and colors and sounds moving, a dog tied to a stop sign outside a convenient store patiently waiting, the brisk wind in my face, the smell of exhaust and also flowers in the air, a baby crying, a chubby cloud in the sky, the moon in broad daylight, the taste of my tongue, and about 10,000,000 other happenings that amount to my experience of this ONE single unfolding moment on the sidewalk of a San Francisco street.
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And in this "ordinary" moment, I feel the profundity of all that is unfolding... and I feel so touched and part of it that I want to cry and squeel and jump with glee and bliss and also pull out my phone to try to document it all at the same time. And sometimes I do. But usually, in this 5 seconds of pause, I just smile to myself, take a breath, and resume walking...try to fit back in to my surroundings, so as not to startle myself or anyone else with how magical and alive and AWED I feel.
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When you've finished reading this, DO this, wherever you are. Report back. What did you notice? What did you feel? Why was this simple gesture of pause and observvation so powerful (or maybe it wasn't). Let me know please. ❤️ 📸 @emiliebersphoto

Do you chant while you flow?! WHY NOT? It's the best!
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Can you see that guy sitting and singing (he's also deep in his own yoga practice)--that's my dear brother, friend and bhakti teacher, @natkendallyoga making beautiful music and chanting with us!
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NAT is leading a retreat to Montana NEXT week and I'll be offering hands on assists! Only 3.14159 spaces left! Want to come?! We're also going back to Hawaii next March. Come flow and sing with us very soon please! Comment or DM with questions! OM // @natkendallyoga @raucket @jaimajamie @hawaiiislandretreat

Well, I'm not on that lake anymore, but deeply content back home in San Francisco. But that lake and my European travels taught me a ton.
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We're always chasing the "shiny red ball" -- that thing that always pulls us and our senses. For many folks this is materiality, for others it may be a spiritual materialism or 2 million hours in meditation. I try to catch myself chasing these objects. I try to keep remembering that I hold the keys to my happiness, joy and mostly importantly, contentment. I so wish I could put my contentment on another person or thing... It would be so much easier. But my contentment on this road/path/ride/journey of life is my own work.
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So when you're swirling out of control, when you need solid ground and a moment of stillness, find your "lake." Somewhere that is still and at peace, and doesn't rely on you being one way or another. Find a place that is still and sturdy through it all. And, strive not for money or fame or love or something so grand. Consider, at least, striving for contentment. It doesn't need more...then anything past that stillness is just extra sweet nectar on your proverbial equanimous "cake"
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What does CONTENTMENT look like for you?

Europe, it's been real...like REALLY real! I feel as though I've found a second home, community and yogi family. I crossed the ocean a little anxious that folks wouldn't sing and chant with me... but boy was I wrong! During the retreat I'd hear folks wandering around, humming and chanting mantras to themselves, or as loud as they could! It made me so happy...my heart is full. I have new friends, another yoga home, and a growing global community of like-hearted friends. THANK YOU all, especially you, @yogalexia_ and @isaraimyoga for being so darn amazing. ❤️🙏🏽📿
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🌉San Francisco! I am coming home for a hot minute (exactly a week!) then off again to retreat in Montana with @natkendallyoga. Come flow with me! I'm back to teaching THIS Friday evening at 6:15pm at yoga tree hayes, all the way through next Friday, June 15th! Love you all! Schedule at peteryoga.com

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