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Somatic therapy in Krump

My partner Chester shared this short documentary with me called “Raised by Krump.” It is visually mesmerizing, emotionally touching and lays out very clearly the emotional and lifelong benefit of expressing oneself through movement, especially when fostered by a close community of similar life experience. I am reminded of how powerful movement can be. For me often that movement comes by way of practicing yoga but other times it is from clenching fists, heaving sobs or joyful dance.

Please watch this excellent and beautiful short film, “Raised by Krump”

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Yoga for Dark Days at Yoga Family Inc.

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I am thrilled to bring my Yoga for Dark Days: The Practice of Yoga to Support Depression workshop to Maple Valley, WA at Yoga Family Inc. Check out the studio here: Yoga Family Inc. They are doing great things to provide a community space to practice yoga for a wide variety of ages, abilities, sizes and intentions.

If someone you know would benefit from attending a workshop like this, please share with them! And if you have questions, shoot me an e-mail: hopeclunie@gmail.com

Register for the workshop here: Yoga for Dark Days Registration


Please do not deprive this world of your uniqueness

“What I have to offer, nobody else in the world can offer that but me. So if I don’t offer it, then this particular thing that the world needs, the world doesn’t get” – Pat Brown, comedian

“I do what they can’t do, I just do me” – Eve, rapper

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde, author, poet

How often do you see other people and think, “that person has figured it all out, I wish I could be like them”? I will admit, this thought runs through my head at least a couple times a week. It’s an OK thought to have, but when we allow it to dictate our happiness is when we feel suffering. So, I ask you to consider this: you bring an unique energy, aura, and joy to this world. You are silly, or you are a good friend, or you have an infectious laugh, or you are skilled with numbers, or a paintbrush, or the piano, or climbing, running, swimming, jumping. If you try to be like someone else, you are depriving the world of what only you can give to it. Next time you wish you were someone else, consider that maybe you wish you were just more like yourself 🙂

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Forrest Yoga Intensive in January 2017

Put it on your calendar! I am leading a Forrest Yoga Ceremony and Intensive on January 7, 2017. This intensive is for anyone interested in experiencing the sweetness of a two hour yoga practice! While the practice will not be “easy” or “gentle”, it will be all levels. I believe in doing what you CAN do, not expecting you to do what you can’t, and I will always offer modifications for more challenging postures.

Please consider showing up to sweat, go deeper, and maybe learn something new!

Link to the workshop is below:

http://www.kulamovement.com/workshops-events/2016/11/21/embodying-your-courageous-self-a-forrest-yoga-fullsizerender


Sometimes you just have to wait…

In the near future, I will be offering a workshop on how to use yoga (breath, movement and mindfulness) to manage and lift the weightiness of depression. Details TBA. I thought this moment would be a great time to post with regards to this subject because I am currently in the middle of a depressive state. Let me tell you what this feels like:

It feels like I am wearing skates in a lake. My heart feels like it is sitting, all hundred pounds of it, at the bottom of my chest, on my diaphragm (making breathing more of an effort.) I look at what I have to do, what I should do (like laundry, the dishes, update my business cards, eat lunch) and I just. Don’t. Do. It. It feels like a force is keeping me from being productive. Keeping me from doing anything, except show up for my students and my dog.

This is what depression feels like. It feels like you are trying to walk, shin deep in mud. The things that usually excite you and lift you out of a bad mood are no longer enticing. You’re like “yeah, whatever, i guess.” And it SUCKS. Because if you are like me, you have been putting so much work and energy towards re-writing your day to day story, you started to have more happy days than sad days, and you were feeling stoked about it. So now, this feeling, this is not what I want. Yet it is here. It is back again. A feeling I have known so well since I was 10; that for so long I thought defined who I was.

OK so here I am. Now what? I have done yoga, meditated, ate a few healthy meals in a row. Spent time with my love and my dog. Connected with friends via text and class. The list goes on, and I am still here. I think the solution is surrender and yet I can’t (as of now.) I feel like if I do the stuff, the feeling will go away. But it doesn’t always work that way. So all you people who think your depressed friends “just have to…..xyz” Not the most helpful advice.

I will tell you what I am going to do. I am going to keep taking this one day at a time. Like a cold, it will pass, as it has before. And like a cold, you can’t will it away. So I am working towards surrender, acceptance, and grace. If I am anything, I am sensitive but tough. And for my depresseds out there: do what you can to take care of yourself, but most importantly be patient with the passing of time.

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Schedule changes and Journey to the Core workshop

Hello! First of all, my schedule has changed in the last month. Please refer to my Schedule page to note these changes.

 

Many physical ailments and issues stem from the lack of strength in our core. I am teaching a workshop in June, to teach you how to connect with your core’s power and flexibility. These tools will help you heal and prevent lower back pain, aid digestion, build confidence, and bring feeling back to the low belly, amongst other benefits!! Please consider joining me for this special and powerful workshop:

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