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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/

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about ~ Rumi ➖

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ADD TO CALENDAR
I am beyond honored to be leading a two hours yoga workshop (details below), in the context of Zena El Khalil's phenomenal solo exhibition at Beit Beirut in Sodeco. "Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon" opens today Sep 18, and runs 40 days up until Oct 27. Please go, be many, and prepare to drop your jaw in awe of Zena's artistic and healing expressions. A plethora of interesting workshops and talks are calling your name too. ➖ * THE HEALING ART OF YOGA
* Danielle Abisaab
* Saturday Oct 14 - 11:00 am > 1:00 pm. * Yoga and its companion practices constitute a healing art. They restore internal balance, reunite us with our inner goals, connect us to a higher power, and offer a wide variety of techniques to help us regain an innate sense of hope and optimism.

In this two hours workshop, we will explore essential strategies that are meant to lead us from stress and suffering to healing, and from healing to the higher paths of yoga. Learn to align yourself with healing forces and make healing a conscious aspect of life.

Only when we are individually able to heal ourselves, can we hope to heal the collective.
Everything starts with one. ➖

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PLEASE PLAY

Yoga is a serious practice, should be practiced seriously but doesn’t have to be practiced with seriousness. Look at the time you spend on the mat as an experiment rather than an activity. One change of perspective is in understanding that you don’t do yoga, you are yoga…and the mat time is time that allows you to observe and investigate who you are, and how you can access that state of yoga, which is already in you…

You know when you watch a kid on a playground, you see how committed they are to whatever it is they are doing: swinging, climbing, building a castle in the sandbox. There is some serious focus there, they are in it completely committed, without being all too serious about it.

Get out of your head so that you can listen clearly and respond appropriately. Play, imagine, have fun and assume nothing at all. Even though you have done a million chaturangas after plank and another million updogs after chaturanga, assume nothing. It’s the surest way to being present, just like a kid is fully present in the now while they play.

Playing is a way to gain perspectives. As you move through your day, try on new ways of moving, breathing, thinking..just like you would try different costumes from a dress up trunk. Be more animated, express more with your hands, be playful with your breath. Try holding it as long as you can, try and breathe as quietly and minimally as you possible can. In conversations, listen deeply to the other person, instead of arguing your own point of view.
And when you are on the mat, let your mind take different shapes, just as your body does. If you think you are tight, be flexible. If you think you are weak, be strong. If you think you are afraid, be courageous. Start by pretending and role play just like a kid does.
How do children play? Wholeheartedly. You hear them laugh their heart out, sometimes cry all the tears in their body. Why not play that way too? Why not feel everything wholeheartedly?
In your yoga practice, avoid thinking…and feel everything. ➖
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YOUR FREEDOM

People will say and do things to us that sting and reel. Things that - if we are not mindful - will surreptitiously invade our mind's rest and turn it into a brouhaha fest. Things that will haunt and daunt us until we devise a way to crush them like a worm. Things that make us want to witness the other regretfully acknowledging how wrong they were, how crappy it makes them feel, and how sorry they will continue to be.
As both the judge and the jury, we convince ourselves that these emotional pouts imbued with retaliation will bring us solace or healing satisfaction.
Churning our grudge into a sour brew, drinking avidly of our own bitterness, holding the peppered flavor in our mental palate, spitting our venom out on them....This is how we spiral down the rabbit hole.
People will always say and do things to us that sting and reel. But if you breathe deeper and bigger upon taking the initial wave of hurt, dive back into your ocean of self love, then welcome and feel the pain that is rocking your peace, you will make and hold proper space for its magnitude.
You will recognize this pain as strangely familiar, and you will know the outcome is that you will not only survive, but become emotionally sturdier. You might remain confused as to how it all began, and have no visibility as to where it all ends, but you will shift your focus on the now by tending to the parts of you that are bruised or abused. So deeply sad, yet somehow astonished by the majestic richness and beauty of your undefended and vulnerable heart.... Churning our wounds into freedom. Drinking with a thirst for our own courage, tasting the flavor of growth and self knowledge as they blast our spiritual buds, expressing to them with clarity and understanding....This is how we rise into the light.
Get off the victim's chair and take the seat of freedom.
There is not one drop of healing that can come from holding onto the fight to be right...Care to be free, take responsibility for everything and anything you can, keep open and you might know that no one is ever right, no one is ever wrong, but everyone has a point of view.

PATIENCE

Never ever, a million never, convince yourself that this is it, that all you see is all you get.
Underneath the surface of your deepest wishes and dreams, there are seeds growing slowly, steadily, surely.
The soil of your wishes is deep, and it’s quite a distance before they can sprout to the surface, and so you must believe that one day they will.
Your thoughts are in motion and they are creating your world, without you even knowing.
Never ever, a million never, lose faith that what you believe in the most, is well on its way.... ....Just keep smiling as you patiently wait for it. ➖

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INVOLUTION

I often wonder about Darwin's theory of evolution. Maybe apes were our ancestors indeed, maybe we are a cross breed of apes and alien life, maybe we are just part of an experiment being played on a giant cosmic game board.
Where we come from, where we are going, we will never know until we are no longer here to find out. That's one certainty we cannot circumvent, nor have control over, but what about everything in between? Shouldn't we take responsibility for being here?
The awareness we can start to consciously inject in everything we think, say or do, drink and eat. The commitment we make to take care of ourselves in order to take better care of each other, and the planet. The endeavors we undertake to offer what is best and wholesome. The full integration and understanding that our actions always matter in how they affect the whole. The knowing that we are all so interwoven.
What if our involution as individuals, was the key to evolution of the human species.... .... And then you die. ➖
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A PERSON

Find a person who will let you come with all your wounds, your swollen heart, your broken faith, and swoon at your beauty just the same.
A person who can see the minutest details of your essence at a first glance and accept your flaws with a dazzling dance.
A person who displays genuine interest in getting to know you, while making you feel they have known you forever.
A person who, from dusk to dawn, will never tire from seeking your presence, without ever infringing on your space.
A person who will uphold, upkeep and uplift you with the same playfulness whether in your darkest hours or brighter ones.
When you find that person, make sure to be their person too. ➖

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SO HAM

As I delight in the cry that is heard by my body, persuading the spirit to gently whirl and spin to a lovely tune without words.
The gratifying spontaneity of breath demands my attention as I jump through the hoops of life:
Inhale, exhale, repeat.... ➖
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THE GIFT OF YOGA

Always such an incredible experience introducing and sharing the yoga practice to those who display curiosity and readiness to receive it, but nothing ever beats the tremendous honor I feel when teaching refugee kids to support their journey onward, while monkeying around alongside some of my lovely yogi friends willing to partake wholeheartedly in this endeavor to care for, give back, and show love.
So humbled by everything, and so grateful to everyone who made today an infinitely sweet day. A day we gave, but received a hundredfold. ➖

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@sonbola.ngo ❤️ ➖

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