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👻 We don’t regularly post about our shadows. That stuff hides off the social media, in the dusky hours where we are lit by screens as we scroll through feeds like this looking for something more interesting then the moment we are in. Well, the truth is that I have had some kick-ass moments this past year, and I have had some excruciating ones, and my soul has needed both to grow.***
My shadow moments aren’t sexy. They aren’t pretty, but they are NECESSARY. In the moments I can kick back - give myself a break, and enjoy being human, it’s the shadow self that can tether me to this earth in the most satisfying of ways. Shadows always teach you where the light is. 🕯#satya

💪🏾Strength is different from power. When I see a person wielding their power in an extreme way - in a way that disrespects others or causes them harm, I always wonder what all those pyrotechnics and maneuvering are hiding. Could it be that they mistrust their own strength, or have never found it in the first place? And if I can see that insecurity in them, it certainly hides in my humanity as well, to some degree.
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It’s time to move from our own strength, and not any temporary external power.
#recognizethatheotherpersonisyou

Today’s Practice: #goddesspose
I have a confession: I sometimes call this pose #horsepose because I think men won’t want to practice a pose named after a woman. And although at first glance, my conscience is OK with this choice – I’m suiting the class to the audience, I am making my class more accessible, blah blah – I honestly don’t think this reasoning holds water anymore, if it ever did.

For one thing, what about the female students? We yoginis practice plenty of poses that are named for men - #shivanataraj, #mirichiasana, #vashistasana – we don’t think twice about emulating masculine traits. *** #Godesspose is called that for a reason: To practice it in a deep stance, and with your legs bent in external rotation, you must be simultaneously open AND strong. These aren’t just female qualities, nor should they be! But I believe that the Open/Strong pose was named after a female deity for a reason.

The female gods are NO JOKE. They do not mess around. Durga brings the flood. Kali cuts off the head of the ego. Saraswati manages everything from truth to art – amazing qualities for any person to cultivate.

And what’s more, I feel it’s time to give the male ego some credit. Men are not as fragile as we think. Certainly the students I see are not – they can manage five deep breaths in a pose that’s got a female name.

Perhaps it’s time to ween ourselves away from these outdated little social imbalances. We’re post- #metoo now. It’s time – hell, it’s overtime, to give ourselves some credit.

Today’s mantra: #Itseasy

When I taught yoga to toddlers, we had a little discussion about how a lot of poses are easier for them then they are for adults. They were fascinated - I remember their little eyes getting big 👀 - and how happily they would sing “It’s eeeeeasy” before coming into headstand and doing a summersault out if it - very easily, harmlessly, happily.
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As much as I know change is a constant, I sometimes kick and resist even the most necessary of changes. Then I breathe
Exhale
And hear a little chorus of kids reminding me, “It’s eeeeeeasy” 🤸🏽‍♂️

🌦Happiness:
It’s an inside job.☀️
#staywarmNYC #nobullshityoga

It’s been a hot minute since I practiced with my #yogawheel at home, so I was surprised I could actually hold this for a few breaths today without panicking! #Backbends, am I right? 😬😩😅 #kapotasana #pigeonpose #yogapants #yoga #yogafit #yogafun #yogalove #yogini #yogi #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday #igyoga #flexibility #humpday #humpday

🤔To the man who told me that women couldn’t teach men yoga:

Dear…Sir,

At first I was mildly taken aback by your comment. After all, we were on a date, you seemed otherwise charming and ready to impress, and certainly couldn’t have actually meant to insult both my profession and gender in one comment. When I asked you to explain, you said it’s because men couldn’t observe a woman doing yoga & listen at the same time. Your advice: Don’t demonstrate and teach at the same time. Oh…..Kay… Whether this comment was about the inability of the male mind to multitask or the distraction of seeing an attractive woman practice yoga is still a mystery to me. I didn’t have a follow-up question. I thought it would be unkind to point out your faux pas.
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Well I have had some time to reflect on that. ***
Coming into classes since then, I’ve thought: What would all these loyal male students think about your opinion? Nobody told the 20 men in this hot class that they can’t learn from a woman! My new client in his 60’s? Geez, I guess he didn’t really just learn #ekapadakoundinyasana and #pinchmayursana after my demonstrations and instruction in his first 8 lessons. I guess he was faking it – you know, since men can’t learn from women.
And this father of 3…what about that 3 hour, 30-some minute time he clocked on his first marathon when we were practicing yoga? Or to the student who comes to vinyasa to manage his grief – perhaps you should try your theory out on him. Or the husband in restorative. Or the awesome teachers in #yogatherapy training. Or the Yoga Nidra practitioner managing his diabetes. Or the countless awesome and respectful and attentive and kick-ass male students that I have had over the past 12+ years…what would they say to you, Sir, if they had you in a room to themselves? Would they let you speak at all?
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Because as much as I am relieved to be living in a post- #metoo era where we finally have a more shared knowledge from which to address these microaggresions – I want to also acknowledge the good guys – THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF AWESOME GUYS – who support women, and perhaps even learn them, in our community and beyond. Everywhere. Everyday.

#2018 : ⛩The Gateway Year⛩

In Tantric numerology, the number 11 is the highest number - the most auspicious, and the highest teacher. 2018 - I am elated to say - is a gateway year. To find the numerology of a year, just add up the digits: 2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = The highest potential for change & evolution that we have seen since 2009. ***
An "11" year takes the responsibility and individually of the number "1" and reflects it tenfold. The digits form an energetic gate - an opportunity to evolve past the physical, mental, and emotional barriers of the prior year.
🌌What's more, the energy of 11 can allow us to get a bird's eye view of the situation. Too often, we are caught up in the day-to-day drama of our lives, and just can't see the forrest for the trees. There have been some frightening and overwhelming moments lately and sometimes it can feel like our emotions have swallowed us whole.
Consider, instead, that you were viewing a gate from above. The line or barrier of any gate - even the Great Wall of China, is incredibly small compared to the surrounding area.
I assure you that we are not stuck. We are not lost. We have simply come up against our barriers, and must evolve.
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Interested in some ways to take advantage of the Gateway Year in your practice and life? I'll be sharing some awesome, quick #lifehacks to set you up for success in my newsletter tomorrow. Newsletter readings get discounts on trainings, a #freemeditation and more! Please DM me your email to get up on it.
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#GatewayYearisHere

Sharing my #bestnine2017 🌟 The first slide are pictures that I chose, either because they’re memories, an achievement, or I just really like them 😅 First up is when I managed to convince my hubby to do a crowpose for #TheYogaMatrix - Don’t we look badass, & yet adorable? 😜 & I just had to put my first attempt at a #frooze in, because of the hat really... I don’t think I’ll ever manage to look that cool again 😅 My all time favourite is probably mine & Cara’s Cinderella shot for #GymYogaDance .... I had to literally pay her to do that.... Kids huh?? 😂 Swipe to see the best nine shots determined by likes etc... Unsurprisingly, kittens appear to feature heavily, & I appear to be wearing the same leggings in most of the shots... 🤷‍♀️
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I’ve loved seeing everyone’s round up of 2017! Thank you so much to everyone I’ve connected with this past year. You all inspire & encourage me daily in a way I can’t even begin to describe ❤️🙏🏻❤️
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Wearing: @re3life @niyama_sports @nuxactive @slipinsurfskins @goamagicfashion @yoga_democracy @werkshop @blossomyogawear
Mats: @liforme @mysugarmat
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#yoga #yogaart #yogaforlife #yogatribe #yogaforeveryone #yogagram #yogafam #yogapractice #yogalife #yogalove #yogaeverydamnday #practiceyogachangeyourworld #yogini #yogadaily #yogacommunity #myyogalife #yogavibes #yogastrong #yogajourney #igyogacommunity #yogaaddict #yogagirls #yogapose #armbalance #inversionjunkie #makingshapes

The theme of 2017 for me was acceptance- a year spent devoted to deepening faith in myself. It involved taking a real hard look at my bullshit. Unearthed some things that I didn’t know I didn’t know. Freed up some space. Learned to embrace the mess without shame or judgement. Forgave. Got my career to a place that I’m proud of. Streamlined my teaching schedule. Allowed myself to feel lonely. Let go of a few people, expectations, and stories of how things “should be”. Collaborated with people who inspire me. Made some art. Owned my power. Aged spiritually and mentally. Went to a lot of weddings and celebrated love. Unexpectedly enjoyed a lot of quiet. Assented to receiving help. And most importantly I got real clear with what is real and what is of value in my life. I finally feel right with myself so therefor am in a state of readiness for whatever comes to pass in 2018. Wishing you all a year of perspective, compassion and kindness with wherever you’re at in your journey.
xxx
Rebecca
Probs my fav shoot this year with @jessgo333 and @tuttidelmonte 🍭

Behind you ..all your memories
Before you.. all your dreams
Around you..all who love you
Within you .. all you need 🙏🏻 Thank you all for your incredible support!! GRATEFUL 🙏🏻 See you again in ✨2018✨
Happy New Year!! ✨🥂✨ #bestnine2017 #yearofyoga #yogajourney #grateful #thankful #instayoga #igyoga #igyogacommunity #Triyogaschool #TheYogaMatrix #sdy #yogaeverydamnday #bye2017 #hello2018 #happynewyear

My #bestnine2017 ! Wow! So many great moments with Yoga, friends and Love. 💕I would say THANK YOU for so awesome Yoga challenges, so many new friends 😘 and that you your moments share with us. ❤️🙏🏼❤️
I wish you a great start in this new year #2018 ! Stay healthy and happy! 💕✌🏼🙏🏼☝🏼❤️
#2017bestnine #goodbye2017 #instafriends #instagood #instagram #instayoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirl #dowhatyoulove #yogini #theyogamatrix #yogachallenge #myyogalife #happymoments #smile #happy #proud #yogacommunity #yogafam #beyourself #bebrave #misspain

The 2017 Top Yoga Award for Best Edits goes to @lisasyogajourney I don’t know a thing about how to do Edits or use different apps to make pics turn into prisms, etc. but I know what I like. Lisa is skilled with color and special effects. I’m a big fan of the primarily black and white photo that has one splash of color on one particular part of the pic....say a red Santa hat for instance! .
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The 2017 nominees:
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Edits and @fumi_soul are pretty much synonymous. Fumi actually teaches other Yogis how to edit pics and play with lighting effects. The 2016 winner of this award is definitely one to watch if you’re into some “How’d you do that?” style! .
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@yogininicolette just has a knack for surprising people. It was during #TheYogaMatrix challenge that Nikki brought out some editing skills that were unexpected but spectacular! Creative, cool, and always stylish, Nikki brings a grace to her edited squares, even while holding weapons!! 😎
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@j.yogini Jenny doesn’t post nearly enough for me or any of her fans here on IG but when the spirit moves her...like it did most recently at Halloween 🎃 watch out!!! She brought out some of the creepiest edits Yoga has ever seen! Haha Always playful and creative, Jenny is a serious practitioner who is simply fun to watch! .
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#Tommys2017 #yogaaddict #yogafitness #myyogalife #yogavibes #yogastrong #yogapractice #yogalife #yogalove #yogaeverydamnday #yogapants #yogi #feeltheyogahigh #practiceandalliscoming #instayoga #asana #yogaphotography #yogapose #yogagirl #yogisofinstagram #instayoga #yogafit #yogainspiration #inspiredyogis #yoga #yogachallenge

I’m back in NYC and teaching my last classes of 2017 today! Join me!🤸🏼‍♀️
Noon vinyasa @pureyoganyc West
230p flow @yogavidanyc Usq
6p hot @pureyoganyc East
730p flow @yogavidanyc Usq
📸 @lyanlex1

❄️Happy Holidays from Washington State! ❄️

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed day! 🎄🎁📯
📸 @granthenrymedia 🎅🏻

I’m finally done with my crazy busy week and on the train to visit my family in CT for Christmas. And I’ve been doing quite a bit of reflecting. This year has certainly been one of immense personal growth for me. And as with any period of growth, change or shift there’s always a fair share of ups and downs, beginnings and endings, battles fought, and innumerable lessons to be learned and assimilated. I’ve cried many tears, wrestled with my share of doubt, fear and unworthiness, tasted disappointment, and continued to explore the depths of my insecurities. And a lot of it I’ve shared here on IG. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the past couple of years is that vulnerability is true strength. For most of us it isn’t difficult to be strong. It’s learning to open ourselves up and soften the armor around our hearts that is the work. I don’t ever want to pretend to be anything other than who I am. I’m not designed to do that and nor are you. With realness comes real problems, issues and emotions. And the more we open up and share, the more we recognize that we all have shit we’re dealing with. And by speaking our truth we can find connection and community. And that my friends is how we heal. We all want happiness but in order to achieve it you have to work at it every. single. damn. day. It’s hard AF. But it’s beyond worth it. You will always be your biggest investment. So start investing in yourself for real. I have. And it feels f’in fantastic. So my Xmas wish for you is that with all the love you’re constantly giving away that you save a little for yourself. xxx 💰🎄
📸 This photo I dug up is from a very cold Xmas shoot with @dtufino_photo last year in which I was appropriately dressed. 💁🏼‍♀️❄️

During the holiday season I find that if unchecked I can oscillate between extremes - high highs and low lows. So I work extra hard to achieve balance in my day to day life. A late night holiday party followed by a night in, a busy day of teaching interspersed with some scheduled quiet time with myself. I also find that my emotions can be on an unpredictable roller coaster. This time of year can make me either feel on the top of the world with joy or deep in the dark swamp of sadness and loneliness. Feel me? So I learn to ride the waves of whatever emotion or situation I’m experiencing without attachment so I can allow myself to encounter it and let it pass by without clinging to the good and falling apart over the not so good. That way I maintain a steadiness that allows me to stay the course. ⚖️ 📸 @lyanlex1 👖@fpmovement

🗣 NYC crew! This is my last full week of teaching before I head out of town until mid January! Peep my full schedule at www.rebeccahajek.yoga and let’s flow. #ladiesispimpstoo 🐩

If the ocean can calm itself so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air. 🌊

Who else is feeling a little overwhelmed this holiday season? My weekends are usually my time for downgrading and self care but because of the holidays I’ve been inundated with extra commitments. And while I like to say yes to ALL the fun holiday parties I do try and exercise moderation by sometimes declining and carving out time in my day to have nothing planned so I can chill. By making myself a top priority and creating space for daily healing (yoga, meditation, journaling, reading, etc) I find that around this time of year I’m able to remain on course. That way my 2018 isn’t an overwhelming uphill climb but a steady path. 🏹 📸 @sfreneenyc

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