Kelly Sunrose Yoga, Find Your Shimmer

Samadhi Rush Episode 168// My Autumn Practice

Hi Shining-Hearts,

So happy to be here together. This week, I’m in California filming season 2 of Practical Magic (my yoga show on Yoga Anytime). EXCITED! Can’t wait to share.

For this week’s podcast, I’m sharing my thoughts and intentions for practice this season. Fall is BIG. I require much care and grounding this time of year. How about you? What are your practice intentions for this season? Southern Hemisphere friends, what is happening in your spring-time revitalization? Tell me.

LOVE you.

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Samadhi Rush Episode 167// Take Care of You

Beloved you,

One of the hardest lessons for me to learn/ know in my bones: just because I can do something doesn’t mean I should do it. As with most of the more subtle work of yoga, this lesson sounds so simple, so obvious on the skin of its surface, but to really know it required so much diving into the belly of my practice. For so many years, I thought doing the most hard, most punishing things possible was the most admirable way to live. And I pushed and punished myself like a champion (of course). There were murmurs, however, deep within the pulsing blood in my veins, however, that even though I could definitely do hard things, maybe not doing them all the time was a fuller, richer, more wholesome way to live (those words don’t quite do the feeling justice, but such is the limit of language, you know?).

Fall is the time when I really and truly re-commit to the care of my-self. It’s a fast, dry, windy time, both atmospherically and energetically. Through the lens of Ayurveda, the Indian science of wellness, I tend toward the dosha Vata (windy, flighty, dry– in body and energy), and the combination of me plus Vata Autumn can lead to too much everything, resulting in a pile of exhaustion after major burnout. (Anyone else feel this way?) Every fall, then, this opportunity to instead choose to care for myself arises. And I take it. I choose to experience exactly what I am feeling, and to do the things I have found to nourish rather than deplete myself this time of year.

We talk about that a bit in this episode. And we make some tiny movements toward a therapeutic head-stand.

(Later this week, I’ll be sharing my tips for nourishing through the dry, windy fall in my newsletter. Sign up here to receive that and so much other nourishment. It’s a twice monthly newsletter, so I won’t clog up your inbox, promise.)

To those of you who joined in The At-Home Retreat: THANK YOU! My greatest joy is making useful things for people I adore. Thanks for letting me do that. If you have notes from this experience, be sure to email me: love@samadhirush.com. To join us next time, sign up here.

LOVE you.

CONNECT

Keep in touch. Stay close. I love you, and I love hearing from you.

SUPPORT

If you enjoy this podcast, please consider making a one-time or recurring donation (scroll down for all of the options:sweet-heart, soul-heart, beloved & moon of my life) to help pay the bills (web-hosting, audio-hosting, recording equipment, etc.). I am grateful for your contributions. They allow me to continue to do the work I love here for the people I love (you). xo

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Practices//

Lam-Vam-Maa-Om

Table

Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga Classes with Kelly Sunrose// Table Pose// Chakravakasana

Cat-Cow

 

Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga Classes with Kelly Sunrose// Cat Pose Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga Class with Kelly Sunrose// Cow Pose

Lateral spinal flexion and extension

Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga Class with Kelly Sunrose// Side-lengthen// Lateral stretch

Downward dog

Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga Class with Kelly Sunrose, E-RYT// Adho Mukha Svanasana// Downward Dog

Runner’s lunge

Samadhi Rush// Kelly Sunrose Yoga// Online Yoga Practice// Dynamic lunge

Anjaneyasana

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Side-lengthening

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Twisting low-lunge

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Ride the wave from down-dog to plank

Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga Class with Kelly Sunrose, E-RYT// Adho Mukha Svanasana// Downward DogSamadhi Rush// Online Yoga Class with Kelly Sunrose, E-RYT// Rounding Plank

Asymmetrical devotional

The 5-Pose Practice with Kelly Sunrose, E-RYT

Parighasana

The 5-Pose Practice with Kelly Sunrose// Samadhi Rush

Martha Graham/ Starburst

Kelly Sunrose Yoga// Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga// Martha Graham Pose

Table

Samadhi Rush// Online Yoga Classes with Kelly Sunrose// Table Pose// Chakravakasana

Bhaktasana

Sunrose Yoga Podcast// Bhaktasana// Free Online Yoga

Virabhadrasana 1

Sunrose Yoga Podcast// Free Online Yoga with Kelly Connor Sunrose// virabhadrasana1

Virabhadrasana 3

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Cobra

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Forearm table// Forearm plank Glides

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Forearm table// Forearm plank Sags

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Foot stretch

 

3-Block Sirsasana

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Supported fish

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Marut// Lightening & Thunder// Nature is wild & serene; so am I.

From The Radiance Sutras, by Lorin Roche.

Setu bandha sarvangasana with arms in cactus

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Hug & sway

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Happy baby

hatha yoga

Rest

Savasana// Die a little everyday

 

mindfulnes// sacred mornings// kelly sunrose yoga

chirp-sigh-soar// a poem

chirp.

sigh.

roar.

blue-gold-blazing coral.

cedar & hemlock commingle under my hands.

commercial flights begin their ebb and flow in earnest around 6am. for a time, this is their sky. once the initial flurry of their wings, beaks and spindly tucked-up legs has passed,

the birds (and slugs and wild-eyed cats) again have free reign of the place.

mornings are somehow more mysterious than midnight: the place i try to return to seems closer. no one’s around. nobody else has time for this particular kind of frivolity. sleep does have its own seductive pull, there is an allure to that kind of healing.

so now it’s just me, the sky, the earth, the whole sum of space and time (vast & intimate) and god.

coral-white.

soar.

high.

squawk.

— kelly sunrose. copyright 2015. do not reproduce without permission.

(When I took Roseanne Harvey’s writing workshop earlier this summer, I promised myself that I would start sharing more poems here.)

(P.S. This is what slugs look like here! Wild & free & other-worldly.)

Conscious Engagement with Technology// Kelly Sunrose Yoga

Notes from a Month Away from Facebook and Instagram// Nervous System RE-BOOT

Today is supposed to be my first day back on Instagram and Facebook after an almost month-long hiatus. I haven’t logged in or posted yet, though, because I wanted to, first, be really sure that I do want to go back (in the case of Facebook, I’m really not sure) and, second, be really clear about my own terms of engagement for the time being. So I thought it might be useful to write about that here.

To be honest, I do not miss Facebook at all. My Facebook usage (which, honestly, was much less than it was a year ago) was wrecking all kinds of havoc on my nervous system, my body (my exodus was prompted by “iphone elbow”, which I acquired from Facebooking in bed) and the way I wanted to be living my day-to-day life. The break was good. For the first week, I found myself thinking about status updates and wondering what people were up to online, but after that, I was really grateful for the new space in my brain that had been occupied by Facebook threads, posts, responses, pings, invites and the rest of it. To be sure, I have missed a few birth announcements (and likely a death announcement) and the sweet deluge of back-to-school photos posted by friends, but I have found other ways to get the information I want: mostly by calling, texting or emailing people directly. What a concept!

Interestingly, I found myself seeking out news and information on my own, rather than being subject to whatever other people on Facebook were ranting about (and what Facebook’s algorithms actually picked up). I didn’t realize how my feed was affecting my online experience until I actually exercised more choice about what content I was consuming. And being conscious about that feels good. Feels better.

Additionally, I got a LOT done this month. I read a lot. I created so many videos, audio recordings and pieces of art. I just sat there a lot, too. I did a TON of Restorative Yoga to pull me out of my state of sympathetic nervous system overload. I didn’t need to note it on Facebook in order for my life to feel *real*.

I don’t want this to sound like I’m a total Luddite or an anti-social media snob: I love my Netflix queue, my Amazon Prime, podcasting, blogging, but my engagement with Facebook had taken a turn toward the unhelpful, to where it felt really heavy in my body.

The Instagram experiment yielded different results. I actually missed Instagram. Photographing the mundane minutiae of my life is a practice in appreciating the small things, the beauty in the dusty, finger-printed mirror of this life. I realized that I could be much more conscious about my use and engagement with Instagram, though, so I’m not jumping back into it just yet. I need some rules for myself.

Conscious Engagement with Social Media// Kelly Sunrose YOga

Things I’ve learned//

  1. I don’t need to participate in every conversation.
  2. Without social media, my media consumption is much more conscious and choice-driven.
  3. I don’t think it’s necessary. People will find their way.
  4. I don’t miss Facebook at all.
  5. Instagram serves an important function in my practice of seeing.
  6. My nervous system has almost recovered.

Conscious engagement structure (THE RULES)//

  1. Only go back to Facebook if/when I actually want to.
  2. Only Facebook from the computer, never from the phone.
  3. Enforce office hours, no social media after 5pm.
  4. Instagram: post from phone, comment from computer.
  5. Take every August off, maybe more.

The summer of learning continues!

Thanks to everyone who wrote me emails (!!! love you!!!) about social media engagement. Some real gems.

What are your social media rules?

LOVE!

some lessons of summer// the gift of grace

The work will find you.

Yes.

The ritual reveals itself.

Amen.

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

Word.

Summer is the time of year when I focus most acutely on my own learning. Not just the substance or content I’m absorbing, but the process of learning itself. I intentionally relax  my daily rituals so that new ones can find their way in. I leave wider spaces in my calendar for (summer fun with my family, first) the divine magic of learning something that I haven’t even conceived I even need to learn about.

Amidst all of that is learning how to continue on my own journeys while caring for my family and creating conditions that inspire my daughter to be a life-long learner. It’s not all roses & sausages, let me tell you. There have been plenty of melt-downs, time-outs and do-overs (for both of us). And these are the spaces where the most learning happens: when things don’t look *perfect*.

Something that I’ve been actively engaging with this summer is vairagya, or non-attachment.* Last summer, I was so dependent on my 5am meditation ritual that if it didn’t happen at the appropriate time, I went a little…berserk. Nervous. Anxious. Unsettled in my body. A definite sensation of dis-ease in my person. Decidedly out of the state of yoga.** This summer, I wanted to play with that a bit, to see if I could continue to nourish the rhythm of practice without becoming overly attached or dependent on the form.

This was a little scary.

But also really fascinating, since it revealed some kind of fun ego-identification (But I wake up at 5. But I am the kind of person who wakes up at 5 to practice. So funny!). And awesome, because practice works. Even when it reveals something less-than-perfect or slightly embarrassing, the capacity for paying attention, for actually feeling what anxiety, embarrassment, non-yoga feels like in the body is pretty amazing. So, to be honest, I didn’t get too worked up about actually noticing the attachment to practice.

This summer I slept in. Since July, I stopped setting an alarm. I woke up when I did, and if it was before 6am (which it usually was in the beginning, because my body was so used to getting up at 5), I lingered in bed until at least 6. Then I practiced outside in my pajamas, usually with my daughter climbing all over me. I am becoming better at seeing space where it appears there is none. Mothering a small child while supporting even a shred of sanity requires this, I think, but it is taking me as long as it takes to really know this in my bones.

And I started writing again. Early morning (but not so early, ha ha) poems and essays started showing up in inky piles. I am letting them decide whether to coalesce around a theme in their own time. For now, they are a writing practice. They would not have come if I had scheduled them or required them to conform to a specific mold, probably. So again I am grateful for the boon that has allowed me to open to the things I didn’t even know I wanted to learn. Grace, I think we can agree is what that is. And it’s only possible when we let go a little bit, somewhere. Everywhere.

Tell me about what learning is happening for you these days.

LOVE!

* Yoga Sutra 1.12: abhyasa-vairagyabhyam-tat-nirodhah // stillness results from practice without attachment to the results.

** Yoga Sutra 1.2: yogash-citta-vritti-nirodhah// yoga is ceasing to identify with the fluctuations of mind, or yoga is seeing clearly what is actually happening.

P.S. the photo was taken 4 summers ago, when Oona & I first started our summer-learning together.