Yogis Unite!

My friend Amanda Baudier is a rockstar.  Entrepreneur, yogi, healer, singer, life teacher – she does it all.  She’s also co-founder of The Social Sutras, whose aim is to foster connections and learning throughout and between different yoga communities.  Her latest project is Yogis Unite, an offering that donates to charity and allows students to check out different studies for up to 50% off (hell yea!).  I just bought my pass – you should too.  Check out the information below!

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WHAT: #YogisUnite is like “Restaurant Week” but for yoga studios
WHY: To support Lineage Project, an organization that brings yoga and meditation training to at-risk youth in NYC
HOW: YOU spend as little as $5 on a Yogis Unite pass and get 50% off select drop-in yoga classes at participating studios during the 2 week period. The money you spend on passes goes DIRECTLY to Lineage Project!
WHERE: At 20 NYC yoga studios! Click HERE for the full list of studios and the classes they are offering.
PLUS: We’re capping off the celebration with a rockin’ yogi dance party at Avenue Lounge on 11/25/14 with open bar, food, DJ and raffle prizes.
AND if you are you a yoga teacher at one of the participating studios, your #YogisUnite pass gets you 75% off instead of 50%, giving you a rare opportunity to check out other studios and support fellow teachers!

Being grounded in who you are

Maria Popova is one of my favorite writers  She doesn’t try to make her blog Brainpickings into anything it’s not – she simply writes about what she loves and is amazing at it.  The subject matter ranges from literature, philosophy, and art to history and typography.  The excerpt below is from an interview with 99u and I feel it really exemplifies her thoughts on how to live well.

We have to be in love with the reality of our lives, because if we’re not then who are we and whose life are we living?  We have to be present and grounded in who we are in order to be happy.  Yoga doesn’t always have to be called yoga.  It can be found anywhere, and I love that.

In an interview that you did with “The Great Discontent” in 2012, you said that you thought that, “You needed to be in love with the reality of your own life in order to produce beautiful, meaningful, and intelligent things creatively.” What did you mean by that?

Basically, it’s this notion that if you are not grounded in who you are—which includes what you love, what makes your heart sing, what makes you get up in the morning and be excited, and what makes you go to bed at night and be satisfied and fulfilled—if you are not rooted in the things that move you, then you’re not really going to be able to produce things that are meaningful. You’re just simulating what it is like to be a person who feels those things, right?