This wasn’t just the slogan for the first ever Heartland Yoga Festival, this was a mantra that we embodied as a community. We truly came together to unite in gratitude, play and love. Can you feel the reverberations of our intentions?
Here are just a few of our adventures from last weekend…
Yoga + Hiking, spelunking style.
Tony Alvarez now has many adoring yogi fans after turning my class into a rock concert.
Happy Summer Solstice! Celebrate with us at Heartland Yoga Festival this weekend, June 22-24 in Kansas City! I will be leading a hike through the trails around Unity Village at 7am on Saturday the 23rd followed by community yoga with live music by Tony Alvarez at 8am! If you are unfamiliar with the intention behind this movement, no one says it better than the founders themselves.
Heartland Yoga Festival Manifesto:
You and I…we are the heart. The vital essence. The center of love and compassion. The vitality of this land. Within this heart is a quickening. It started as a whisper and will crescendo to a wild roar.
Our time of disconnection is over. We’ve had enough of staring at our phones instead of looking into the eyes of our neighbors. We are done with being detached from Mother Earth. We are done being so busy that we forget to live. There is no more hiding our pain and self-criticism. There is no more illusion, no more pretending. The time to communally awaken to our beautifully connected souls is right here and right now. In the open heart of this country.
This is the Heartland. Where it’s still cool to be a good neighbor and to smile at strangers. Where ego doesn’t shake authenticity. Where we support local, and tend to the Earth with loving care. Where all it takes is a simple reason and a beautiful day to come together in celebration. Where community always trumps competition.Where we all belong. A place of great pride.
As we unite for Heartland Yoga Festival, through our connection, our shared breath, our authenticity, wildness, and utter unabashed delight, we will send a pulsing vibration of love and light. A positive charge so big that it will bleed beyond our borders, radiating outward, penetrating and changing all beings for the highest good.
YOUR heart, breath, and light are vitally important. Join us as we shift into a space of love, connection, and radical self and communal care. We are the heart and this is the Heartland.
Ready to join the movement? Register HERE and use promo code WEHEARTSEDONA to receive 20% off your tickets ❤
February just sucks. I live in Kansas City where winters are COLD. The last leg of winter is always the worst. Though February is short, it feels SO LONG. In the shadow of our lofty New Years resolutions, many of us feel overwhelmed by trying to solve all of our problems at once. Many of us had the best intentions, yet we have already begun to fall short of our own expectations. We were effervescent and brimming with inspiration on January 1st, what the hell happened to that? We made lists, we made vision boards, we made promises. “This time it’ll be different. This time, I’ll be different. I’m becoming the best version of myself!” (barf) we told ourselves. By now, we have begun to settle back into the comfy leather chair of our old habitual thought patterns. Not to mention, there’s that holiday coming up centered around romantic love that leaves many of us without a partner feeling like shit. Shouldn’t there be a national holiday for single peeps? National day of autonomy + self love. Everyone buy yourself chocolate and get a massage. Toast to yourself and masturbate all day.
February is a time of shadows. In a world where we can pick and choose what we show to the world, we shape how we are perceived. We are literally branding ourselves with everything we chose to “like”, share and post. It is so fucking easy to be fake. It is so easy to choose the smiley selfie because it will get more likes rather than the weird artsy photo that you love but no one else gets. It is so easy to show the bright and shiny side of your life and let the shadow remain hidden. Because no one could ever relate, right?
I am currently working on a series I’m calling “Shadows”. This series is a compilation of old, discarded, half finished pieces that I dismissed at some point as “part of the process”. Somewhere along the way, I got frustrated and threw a tantrum because what was coming out of me was not what I wanted to show. I deemed these particular pieces unworthy to show and cast them aside to forget about. I’ve decided to pull those half finished creations out of the shadows and explore why I was adverse to this side of me. Each piece of art I create is an expression of me. Why have I chosen to hide some of those parts of myself? Is there some cohesive thread that ties all this work together? We’ll find out. And then I’ll show you.
For the month of February, I challenge you to embrace your Shadow. Ask yourself: what image am I putting out into the world? Is it real and authentic? If no- why? What fear is standing in the way of me truly connecting with others? What am I hiding behind and what is there to hide?
Yoga isn’t all about the bright and shiny, y’all. It’s about the darkness, too. Those of you who read frequently know my love of clichés. So I’ll leave you with this: without the darkness, there is no light.
And also, this: “Good luck exploring the infinite abyss.” Yes, that is a quote from Garden State, which is a silly early aughts indie film that I love. BE MORE EMO, ME!
Hi friends. Here’s another opportunity to give back to yourself this holiday season. Yin yoga + community part at Westport Yoga, today at noon! Your body will thank you…so will your friends and family 😉
You have one more chance to get creative with me this year. Learn the sacred art of dreamcatcher making and the art of moving meditation. I will teach you the SIMPLE weaving technique and provide all materials. Just show up with an open mind, ready to create! All levels yoga class included, NO art making or yoga experience required.
Trade your store bought gift for a beautiful, one of a kind, handmade piece of art crafted by YOU! sign up HERE
I also do commission work and am more than happy to make you unique holiday gifts to give your loved ones. Contact me with inquiries! firstname.lastname@example.org or click the “Contact” tab.
Hey wonderful people of the world! If you are KC based (or you just love the city) please take a moment out of your day to take this survey! It’s really fun and a great way to show your favorite local individuals/businesses some love! It would be really cool to see myself or one of my fellow deserving peers win best visual artist. You only have to vote for 20 different categories to make it count!