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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/

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. ➖

@marcobollinger ❤️ @raya_skoll ❤️
@sonbola.ngo ❤️ ➖

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TIP THE SCALE
Balance is not the place dead center between faltering hesitation and risking everything, or between fantasy and reality, delusion and certainty, nor is it fixed between being shy and bubbly, internalized and outgoing, serious and mischievous.
Balance is the action we take after we have alternately explored the extremities and touched on consternation, swung from one frontier of the spectrum to the other with curiosity....then came to deliberately stand somewhere in the middle.
Balance is not a place, or a state. It is a verb, an action we take over and over again within a range of opposites, as we adjust to the ever changing nature of life's circumstances. ➖
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PERFECTIONISM

I debated for 5 seconds whether I should post this pic or not, because of the top foot not being perfectly flexed or stacked over the bottom one....And then I remembered that sometimes in the process of trying to make something better, we actually destroy what we are trying to improve.
As spiritual practitioners, we know that true perfection isn’t something we achieve, it’s a state that arises from a sense of fullness and presence with what is.

If you look at the etymology of the word perfect, it comes from the latin word perfectus; which means completed, accomplished, whole.
The word perfect never meant "flawless", "unbroken", "faultless" or being the best. ...this is just our propensity at misinterpreting the meaning of words....You can be flawed and broken, and still be whole. You can be imperfect and still pursue excellence.
Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. Many people fail to see they are perfect exactly as they are. Many people forget to remember that perfection doesn't exist. ➖
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DECLARATION OF TRANSCENDENCE
Give a bit of my heart rather than a piece of my mind.
Strive to be a part of "them" rather than apart from "them". Selflessly reach out with a helping hand, rather than selfishly focus on having the upper hand.
Move forward in faith, rather than fold in life's foils.
Look at everyday as a special day, rather than just another day.
Choose independence, loose codependence.
Happy 4th of July. ➖

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OUR PLACE
We use technique, awareness, intelligence, repetition to move the body to position it in the postures, but ultimately what we are seeking, is stillness and stability in the pose....and these effortless moves of revealing delight are honored without any question by the grace of breath and intention, but underneath it all, we should always remember that what the effort, the work, the diligence, the sweat have to offer, is the key to understanding our place in the universe.
That's the depth of yoga. ➖
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FINGERS TO THE BONE.
Communication, simplicity, feelings, connections, honesty, transparency, playfulness, balance, strength, resilience, understanding, compassion, impact, grief, loss, deception, hopelessness, confusion, prejudice, violence, focus, determination, ambition, rebirth, growth, gratitude, synchronicity, purpose, discovery, dream, expansion,
The details of humanity: deliciously exhilarating, the human condition: laboriously complicated ...and all of it at our fingertips designing our imperfect, unique and precious life. ➖
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TAKE A DIVE

People are not afraid of failing, they are afraid of succeeding…
This is why surrendering to life is essential. Succeeding is in the tripping, the falling, the hustling, and vulnerability is the gateway to self discovery, self recognition, self empowerment.
No matter what stories you tell yourself everyday, you are still a force and a miracle of nature.
No matter how many times you thought to yourself,"I can't" know that you can. In your gut, in your heart, in your soul, in your mind, from the extremities of your toes to your fingertips and beyond, you are the embodiment of power.
Only when we can fully integrate and humbly accept this precious paradigm, can we touch on our strength and get on with the business of diving into our own resplendence. ➖
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