Hello from Austin Texas. As I am typing this, I am visualizing all the faces that are reading this and hoping this finds you happy and healthy. I have been meaning to do an update for awhile about my transitions and what is going on with Barefoot Freedom Yoga.
My everyday musts during this time of social distancing.
"Motion is the lotion"
Yoga is not a religion, it is a tool. Your body is your vessel and it needs nourishing food, herbs, spices, & self-care tools. It also needs movement, air, and your mind needs to be less active with useless worry.
A doctor, recently told a new trainee of mine that he was proud of her for starting a gym membership but she should be careful about the yoga class she attends. Supposedly, yoga goes against religion.
Another doctor recently told another trainee of mine that there is no point of changing a diet to help reverse or slow down an auto-immune disorder.
ARE YOU F’N KIDDING ME?! The western culture makes you decide a choice. That decision gives you a stereo-type and then judgement begins.
Are you republican or democratic?
Are you a vegetarian or omnivore?
Are you Catholic or Christian?
Are you gay or straight?
Are you Asian or White?
Nowhere in my training did anyone make me decide. My yoga trainings allowed me to create a safe space within myself, so I can explore my vessel. As I began the exploration I became stronger and developed a community of like-minded people. Together we expand that safe space, so people can explore together in community with no judgement. Yoga provides tools that helps support you to be your best self.
I found movement and meditation before I was a teenager. When I was 29 and living in Boulder, CO I learned that India is the birthplace of yoga. So, I went deeper into the studies of yoga because it seems I was already doing it. Many of these Indian yogis were teachers, doctors, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, etc. Why is it so bad that there are human beings in the world of all religions who studied yoga? They were capable to remove themselves from the busy world, study the process of meditation, and create a language for what they discovered.
I am a child of God. At one point of my life I was an atheist. I even had it printed on my dog tags when I served in the Army. If it wasn’t for yoga I would have never found God. I would have never heard God speak to me. I would have never seen God.
It is a beautiful thing when humans can explore life and realize that much of life discovery leads back to God. The discovery of creation and how this whole world is created equal. There is no way for the whole world to have one story. There is a way to share stories and hold respect, love, & gratitude.
Yoga is not a cure and it does not fix anything. However, yoga helps you develop a relationship with your body and gives you an understanding of why your body may feel a certain way. Notice tension, explore nutrition, breathe deeply, & meditate. Yoga teaches tools, so you can support your vessel with hopes to be pain-free & stress-free. It provides tools to teach love & compassion, so you can support your community. Each human being has the right of freedom. Freedom of speech & choice.
This freedom can create conflict and how do you handle conflict? Can you approach conflict with love & compassion? Can you support the community around you even when other people’s freedom of speech & choice looks different? Can you support the people who do not fit into your bracket? Can you support all stereo-types? Can you encourage people to be their best self? Are YOU your best self?
Doctors, I have my opinions about you but I would like to move forward. I have a vision that our society will one day have less doctors because more people will educate themselves on functional medicine, naturopathy, integrative medicine, & holistic medicine. We all need to work together on this as community and personally, I would change doctors if they did not support that statement.
Human touch is a powerful tool and I am inspired to create a safe place where one can deeply relax and release tension that forms in the body & mind. During your session with me, it is best to wear comfortable, baggy clothes. The session is done fully clothed on a padded mat. I use my hands to apply full body weight in sitting, kneeling, and standing postures and integrate deep compression, acupressure/point work, &reflexology along the energetic pathways of the body.
After your session, you may experience increased flexibility, joint mobility, improved circulation, pain reduction, a deep sense of grounding, and optimized detoxification. Through healing touch, I hope you meet your desired outcome, so that you can live your best life. See you soon!
I am into feet! I never thought I would say that but I am that person. I believe that healthy feet create a solid foundation for a healthy life. Message me if you are interested in a session in Sullivan or Effingham.
SoundHealing Apprenticeship Immersion
I got to meet Kennedy at Lovelight Festival 2017 in Maryland. The one thing that I remember the most about him is his gentle and very patient nature. Something that I resonate with almost instantly. Kennedy explains,
"Sound Healing can spread peace and serenity to the planet, and tell the world what no words can say. By encouraging a meditative silence to blossom in the people, we can show others that everlasting peace emerges from within. This program will present to you a unique perspective to designing your own career in sound healing. You Can play music for a living, while supporting the spiritual well-being of others.
This is a non-scientific, non-theoretical approach to the rapidly emerging field of musical mindfulness. My devotion is purely focused on encouraging an experience of inner peace. It is designed to support a meditative blissfulness in both participant and practitioner, as well as creating a viable and sustainable occupation and offering to the world what it truly needs...an opportunity to relax."
This coming up weekend I get to explore Kennedy's brain and sound experience. Giggity!
Basically what I am saying is that I will be providing sound vibrational experiences and I hope you will catch the gong wave with me. So stoked with what this apprenticeship holds for me.
Sullivan friends I am back in the area and for the next couple of days Im looking to give Thai Yoga Massage for free. June Special! Feel free to text me your schedule immediately because I know I will get busy.