Intentional Play at the Arboretum

Well, it only took us three tries (third time’s a charm), but it finally happened!  After an April filled with cursed, snowy Sundays, we finally got a perfect spring day for our Yoga + Hike excursion at the Overland Park Arboretum!  And it was worth the wait.

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Just…WOW.  What an amazing group of people moving, breathing and cultivating joyful energy.  Thank you for sharing in this community exploration and being open to intentional PLAY!

Up next, Yoga + Hiking at…DSC_0448FinSWOPE PARK!

Sunday, May 27th, 10-11:30am.  Hope to see you there, free spirits 🙂

Love,

Sedona

 

Yoga + Hiking at the Arboretum

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It’s officially time to celebrate spring with all of the outdoor yoga!

Next stop on the Yoga + Hiking train- the Overland Park Arboretum.  We LOVE this place.  Who wouldn’t?  It’s magical.  Check out the fun we had last year:

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Pre-register HERE!  

Can’t wait for another year of play and community connection.

Love,

Sedona

Why Yoga + Hiking?

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Forest Therapy (immersion into restorative environments) is scientifically proven to:

  • reduce stress
  • relieve mental fatigue
  • boost immune system
  • lower blood pressure
  • help regulate blood sugar levels
  • boost creativity
  • sharpen the senses
  • improve focus

The list goes on…

So there you have it.  Nature= medicine.

Nervous?  Don’t fret your pretty little head.  Our moderate hikes are beginner friendly and the yoga portion is all levels.  So really, the question is…what’s holding you back?

Click HERE to pre-register today 🙂

For more details (directions and whatnot), join our Facebook group, Yoga + Hiking with Sedona Alvarez.

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Sedona

Yoga + Hiking is BACK!

It’s officially the last day of February, and you know what that means…

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Yoga + Hiking is back in full swing!  

If you are an adventurous yogi thinking outside the yoga studio, we’ve got you.  Karma Tribe Yoga and I have been working hard to bring you the most high quality yoga hikes at beautiful, restorative destinations in and around Kansas City.  This year you can look forward to even more opportunity to grow and expand your horizons.  Yoga + Hiking season spans from March-November, which means you have 9 different opportunities to discover hidden gems in your own backyard and BEYOND (stay tuned to hear about our Yoga + Hiking Retreats).  Travel with us to a new destination each month to explore your inner and outer worlds.

Forest Therapy (immersion into restorative environments) has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and relieve mental fatigue.  Stepping away from the endless buzz of our modern world to tune in with ourselves and nature can be profoundly healing.  Look no further than mother nature to recharge, create more balance in every facet of life, and connect to your deep intuitive self.

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We hope to see you at our first Yoga + Hiking excursion at the Blue River Parkway Trails on Sunday, March 18 from 10-11:30am!  More details coming very soon.  Stay in the loop by joining our Facebook group, Yoga + Hiking with Sedona Alvarez.

Looking Forward with Love,

Sedona

Self-Love V-Day Vinyasa <3

How cool is it that we have a holiday completely centered around LOVE?!

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Often, we get swept up in the perception of Valantine’s Day as a holiday of romantic love.  I’m thinking it’s time we flip the script.

Yoga teaches us to love ourselves fiercely.  Before we can show compassion out in the world, we must show love to number one.  Join me at Westport Yoga for a heart opening vinyasa practice followed by ample pampering (think essential oil self massage and CHOCOLATE).  Bring a friend, partner or fly solo.  Pre-registration is required, you can sign up riiiiight HERE 🙂

LOVE,

Sedona

February Shadows.

Welcome to fucking February.

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.

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it’s ok to take a moody selfie sometimes.

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?

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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.

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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!

Love to you all,

Sedona