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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

http://www.usyoga.wordpress.com/

PERSPECTIVE

Being trapped between what I want, and what I know I can't have, is a space where everything and anything else becomes possible.
Either look at it as lack, absence..something I can't have, or open it up to the possibility of abundance, newness...something else to have.
Perspective is everything. ➖
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FOLLOW THE SUN

People flock to things that are bright, things that are strong, things that are warm. Sparks create fire and whatever that fire is for you, it is your job to make it burn as bright as you possibly can.
If you tilt your head up for inspiration, draw one ray of sunshine straight into your heart, you will know that you are the sun. ➖

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HERE AND NOW

Rather than being taught in the most simplistic manner, that our spirit goes up or down after death, depending on the excellence or mediocrity of the moral ethics by which we have lived, how come we were never taught that spirit is actually the driving conscious force of life itself, animating, participating in every second of our lives? I often wonder.
I suggest a little less concern for the hereafter, and more attention to the herenow. ➖
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THIN AIR ASANA
How pretzel minds can manufacture an existential criss out of thin air.
How pretzel bodies coupled with breath and intention, can help vanish an existential crisis into thin air. .
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FULL CIRCLE

As I drape my eyelids over the windows to my soul, I summon the energy of breath to lift and drop my chest. .
I journey into the edges of resistance, reimagining all of which I think I know, I loose myself down the rabbit hole seeking all that is real, all that is here. .
Distortions, reflections, come what may, I am ready. .
Memories engraved in the landscape of my mind, in stillness unveil, flash forwards, in movement revealed. Dreams outside in, awakenings inside out. Unpolished mirrors cleaned, hustle recedes, peace supersedes. .
From back then to soon after, my inhale is already a thing of the past, my exhale on the verge of being born, and I come full circle into the one that is truly me. ➖
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THE EAGLE AND THE CONDOR PROPHECY

Let's all agree that we are living in a world most centered on exertion of the rational mind, lust for all things material, drive for incessant action, unquenchable thirst for power, and senseless desire for dominion…A man’s man’s world as they say.
Let's all agree that this brain centered Eagle world has been in heartbreaking suffering for centuries for having truncated its most vital feminine energy. (As the Quechua people of the Andes foresaw it in the Eagle and Condor prophecy)
Let's all agree the time has come to revert to a world where the heart centered Condor is no longer at a disadvantage, a world where men and women are equally revered and respected as complementary rather than dichotomous, a world where the masculine and the feminine are no longer perceived as dualistic, but as united, a world where gender discrimination is recognized as ludicrous because there is a man and a woman in everyone, a world where both Eagles and Condors can at last soar together in ample spiraling circles of harmony.
Can we all agree to coexist peacefully already?!

Whether it rocks or floats our boat, life is just a game, and I want to play it... 🎶 Row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily...🎶

INFINITYSIGNASANA

As much as I honor and respect the lineage, the tradition and the values of yoga, I equally choose to honor the creative expressions of my own body and mind when they stray off the preset path.
Yoga is about expansion, investigation, creativity, kindness and truth of the soul, and what holds more veracity than my own unique soul?
I don't view myself as a yoga teacher, because I am a student of life. I will use words like fuck and shit while instructing a class, because I find they convey genuineness more than any other words. I have no interest in embodying postures to perfection, I am busy perfecting being a better human being.
My body will invent postures before my mind gives them a fake sanskrit name. There are days I am unable to stand on my hands, as I will be more concerned with keeping my head straight from partying the night before, but on the days I long to put my heart above my head, I'll root down strong on my hands so my feet can flirt with the sky.
I do not have one guru, everyone is one to me. I love studying books, but I much prefer the lessons taught by breath.
Does it really matter that I am the step child of yoga when yoga is the mother of all forgiveness?!

THE MAZE

For a while, I thought consciousness was a journey upward, only to soon discover it was a journey inward.
I imagined it metaphorically shaped as a pyramid, or a pie chart divided into differently proportioned slices, or an ever expanding corridor, spilling off onto a wide lit space at its end.
Consciousness is more like a maze with an infinite number of doorways. Every choice can either bring us closer to an equanimous center or send us spiraling to the edges of madness, confusion, anxiety and further away from our truth.
The center is everything we are really looking for.

A LESSON WORTH LEARNING
In our fearful and untethered minds, we think that we must always MAKE things happen, but in our yoga practice we learn to LET things happen.
When we follow the breath, while consciously observing our vacillation between control and surrender, we learn to ride the breath, to experience the breath, to let the breath breathe the body.
How we could all benefit from learning the difference between awareness and control.

TILL THE COWS COME HOME
When asked what is yoga? my typical response will be along the lines of "how much time do you have? because I can go on till the cows come home, but let me just tell you this for now"....and each time I will find myself saying something different, as a testimony to the richness of the discipline I guess.
Yoga is an elaborate and brilliant system that enables us to move beyond the grind of daily tumult, and discover the deeper layers of our being, where generous amounts of quietude, patience, humanity, amity and gratitude permanently reside, underlying the discontent, the mental discord, and the anxiety of scarcity. And although the journey will start on the mat through postures, alignment and breathing, it ultimately always ends up leading us back to the place we are always at, but seldom care to recognize: Ourselves.
In that place, you learn to stop making things happen, but rather allow them to happen.. In that place, there is no need to do anything but just be.

One ludicrous wish I have, is to cancel all religious holidays, so we can for example, all focus more on how much funner it is to dress up as an Easter bunny, then go hopping down some rabbit hole. ➖
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