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Danielle Abisaab  Founder and Designer of Union Square Yoga. Schizophrenically swinging between my love for teaching yoga and design. Madly in love with NYC

WAIT AND SEEK

Men actively seek to find the “right one”, women patiently wait for the “right one”. Enough with the fairy tale nonsense.
I like to think that every person who manifests in our life is the right one, in how they always contribute to shedding a bright light on our shadows, and teach us something valuable about ourselves that we were not willing or ready to look at...until the life changing lesson shows up disguised as a parent, a child, a lover, a friend, a foe, a teacher, a student, carrying a subliminal message from master universe who has now decided to take charge....for the time has come to grow a little my child.
And in this delightful (sometimes painful) process of learning about, and becoming more loving of ourselves initiated by these not so random encounters, what becomes very clear is that no one person alone is the right one, because every person is the right one in how they galvanize change in us, in how they shake us, shape us, and make us the rightest of them all....so why seek, why wait? You have you as “the one” right now and forever after. ➖
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AIRBORNE
The element of air expresses both lightness and movement. On the outer level, air connects us to our breathing and the circulation of the life force through the body. On the subtler level, the air element relates to a deeper aspect of mind, the discriminating intelligence known as buddhi. This cosmic intelligence lets us make distinctions and value judgments, based on deep wisdom rather than on old patterns, obsolete functionings, or automated desires.
An element that instills awareness while supporting both our outwardly expansion into the world, as well as the journey we take inward toward a more quiet and stable mind. *
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Explore the principles of AIR and how they translate in your yoga practice. Today’s sequence of asanas will be focused on all things birds.
Come, and let yourself be reminded you have wings too.
Thursday Pop and Rock Vinyasa / Union Square Yoga / 6:30 pm / DM to register *
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SIMPLE EQUATION

If anyone treats you as an option while you treat them as a priority, be quick to kick them to the curb, then walk to the next corner where better things await. ➖

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WORTH THE TROUBLE

You can view life as in how much it churns you, cooks you, chews you, then spits you out...or.....you can view it as in how much it nourishes you, waters you, shapes you, sustains you, glorifies you, celebrates you....or.... we just come to see that without the trials and tribulations inflicted by trouble, we would never recognize or fully appreciate the joys of the simple pleasures.
Once again, it’s all a question of perspective. ➖
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TIME AND AGAIN

Pace yourself so that you can better leap forward.
Be quick without having to hurry.
Take your sweet time, you never know how much you have of it.
Slowing down doesn't mean we have to stop moving. ➖
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SIMPLIFY is one among my fave mantras.
As both a student of yoga and a yoga teacher, to simplify means eliminating the unnecessary form so that the essential can speak in truth.
As an architect, to simplify means reducing unnecessary noise so the essential can take form in beauty and function.
As a human being, to simplify means quitting the extraneous relationships - to oneself or another- so the essential ones can engage in depth and unfold in authenticity. ➖
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PLAY WITH FUEGO

The fundamental expression of fire is action, or change. It fuels our pursuits and drives. It is what gets us going, what gets us off.
Fire enlivens my burning desire to keep moving forward in my growth, my knowledge, my deepening of the practice, and my enthusiasm for sharing it with others. Fire wakes me up in the early morning even if I haven’t slept enough so that I can meditate, It puts me on a lengthy subway ride to go take a yoga class halfway across town. Fire burns my ego and helps me get rid of patterns that are no longer serving me. Fire reminds me of the important karmic imprint left from harming someone. Fire provides me with the energy I need to change myself and inspire others in changing themselves. “Don’t play with fire, you’ll get burnt” our parents once taught us, but my yoga practice taught me otherwise; it taught me how to be in touch with that untamable element, harness its power and play with it, without ever burning to the ground *
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This week’s focus at Union Square Yoga: ELEMENTS OF YOGA: FIRE
Discover the principles of fire and how to become aware of them through your yoga practice. Prepare to sweat, twist and then bandhas bandhas bandhas
Monday Pop and Rock vinyasa 7:00 pm / Wednesday Honey Flow vinyasa 6:30 pm / Thursday Pop and Rock vinyasa 6:30 pm / DM to register
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TRUESOME

Be a hill if you can’t be a mountain, be a lake if you can’t be an ocean, be the meadow if you can’t be the forest.
Excellence is not about being the best at what you do, but doing your best at being you. Whatever you decide to do, it is not the size that determines success, it is how committed you are to doing it well, while remaining true to yourself. ➖
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When your once yoga student and now dear friend teaches a mindfulness class to 35 people.

This is what makes what I do so fucking worth it.

Thank you @hinizini ***Don’t miss his class at Union Square Yoga when he visits in June *
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PREPARE FOR LIFTOFF

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”
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It all starts from the ground up.
Even those of us who are partially from elsewhere, all of us belong to the earth...and the way I see it, is that just like a spring flower, in order to bloom from it lighter into the light, we must first root down, then stand on it firm and strong.
Happy spring equinox. *
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This week’s focus ELEMENTS OF YOGA: EARTH
Come discover the shapes of Earth in your yoga practice as we transition into spring @ Union Square Yoga.
Monday Pop and Rock vinyasa 7:00 pm / Wednesday Honey Flow vinyasa 6:30 pm / Thursday Pop and Rock vinyasa 6:30 pm / DM to register
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GRACE

Human beings are so insanely hard-wired to notice what goes wrong more often than what goes right, but If we limit our attention to how life lets us down, we blind ourselves to the variety of gifts we are receiving all the time. Even in the midst of a crappy day, we are receiving something.
Life's gifts don't always come in pretty wrapping paper and shiny colorful boxes. Anything that we deem bad or unwanted is also a gift to be thankful for, because when we are finally able to connect the dots, we can see that what seemed like an explosive mine was none other than a bouquet of riches we have gained.

Your holiday with your family turned out to be a total flop, and did not match that ideal you had projected!? The practice of gratitude starts by shifting your attention away from your expectations onto what you can actually be grateful for.
Consider the effort it took your family members to get together; the cars that brought you all to the same spot, all the people who manufactured those cars, the house you are gathered in, the trees burning in the fireplace. And that food you are eating did not just magically appear. Before it was cooked, it required the energy of the sun, the minerals of the earth, the nourishment of water, the sweat of farmers, not to mention the creativity of the cooks in your family, to bring it to your table.

If we could remember to always invert our perspective and look at things as they are, rather than how our mind wants them to be, we can then start to integrate that even the worst situations allow us to feel supported in countless ways.
Investigate the various perspectives on all situations, but If you are going to have one perspective only, let it be aligned with the highest wisdom of yoga: realizing the truth of how connected we are and how fortunate we are to be part of that connection.
Grace is always present, even when your mind is adamant that it’s not. *
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SHAPE OF WATER (watch the movie if you haven’t already)
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Water alleviates gravity by offering the gift of temporary weightlessness.
Water does not stain, it washes and cleanses away.
Water does not resist, water flows.
Water is not a solid wall, it won’t push you away but will always invite you in for a dance.
Water fluidly and determinately goes where it always wants to go, and nothing can ever stand against it.
Water is patient and its slow dripping holds the power to wear away at the rock.
Water is gently potent.
Water is in the splendor of femininity and sensitivity.
You are a body of water, so be like water. Glide freely through the ebbs and the flows, and when you encounter an obstacle, go through it, above it, all around it, the same way water pervasively does
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This week’s focus ELEMENTS OF YOGA: WATER
Come discover the shapes of water in your yoga practice.
Monday Pop and Rock vinyasa 7:00 pm / Wednesday Honey Flow vinyasa 6:30 pm / Thursday Pop and Rock vinyasa 6:30 pm / PM to register
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