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The world is shifting. My world. Your world. All of it. As always, it’s unclear what will stay and what will burn away, what will crumble and what will stand. As it shifts, I want to move with it and make space for what needs to happen. I am, then, shifting my online teaching schedule from seven classes a week to four: Nourishing Movement on Mondays, Dharma Dance or All Out All You Movement Parties on Fridays, and Restorative Yoga on Wednesdays and Sundays (Minimal Props and Nesting Props, respectively). For my own health and energy and for the space to allow change to happen, let’s keep moving together while we are apart.

Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty,
only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Being and nonbeing produce each other.
The difficult is born in the easy.
Long is defined by short, the high by the low.
Before and after go along with each other.
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

There is ancient wisdom in paradox and contradiction. The two experiences, while similar, provide two different kinds of insight and healing.

Paradox allows us to expand our understanding to encompass experiences that seem in opposition. Paradox is what allows us to be both fierce and kind, both grounded and spacious, both strong and flexible. In restorative yoga, paradox allows us to both float and sink.

Contradiction often hides beneath the surface but when perceived, it reveals something that is out of alignment, something that needs attention. Contradiction allows us to make choices that orient us more clearly with what matters to us most. In restorative yoga, contradiction gives us the chance to see what parts are gripping and needing release.

In today’s Moon River Restorative Yoga practice, we’ll use minimal props to unfurl the body in diagonal lines and spirals so we can embody both paradox and contradiction and see what we can learn. Find the video here.

Minimal Props for the Practice:
~ carpet ~ yoga mat ~ blanket
~ 2 towels
~ eye covering or small pillow/towel
~ water or tea

Guest Teaching on Wise Owl Wellness LIVE on Tuesday, June 23 at 11am Eastern

I’m delighted to be teaching a special LIVE class for my friend and colleague, Kristy Harvey’s Wise Owl Wellness LIVE group on Tuesday, June 23 at 11am Eastern.

Join for FREE in the month of June and enjoy her library of over 150 classes ~ yoga, Nia, meditation, HIIT, Barre and MORE! You can then join in up to 10 LIVE classes every week ~~ including my special class on Tuesday, June 23 at 11am. I’ll be teaching one of my favorite routines, Big Blue Ball, that uses beautiful eclectic collaborative music and focuses on 360 degree awareness. At the end of your free trial, we hope you will decide to stick around and purchase a membership that helps support Kristy, Penny the Yoga Cat, and guest teachers like me!

Please click here and request to join the group. You can try us out through June 30th. See you on the mat or the dance floor!

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:

Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER PRACTICES ~ Paradox & Contradiction
Mon Jun 15 ~ NEW CLASS! Nourishing Movement: Paradox & Contradiction ~ find it here
Tuesday Jun 16 ~ Archive Dive! Choose from nearly 90 archived classes!
Wed Jun 17 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga (Minimal Props): Paradox & Contradiction ~ find it here
Wednesday Jun 17 ~ NEW CLASS! Moon River Restorative Yoga: Paradox & Contradiction (Minimal Props)
Thursday Jun 18 ~ Archive Dive! Choose from nearly 90 archived classes!
Friday Jun 19 ~ NEW CLASS! Dharma Dance: Paradox & Contradiction
Saturday Jun 20 ~ Archive Dive! Choose from nearly 90 archived classes!
Sunday Jun 21 ~ NEW CLASS! Moon River Restorative: Paradox (Nesting Props)
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