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Yogi Selects – Yoga_Enchantress

What has been the most lesson you have learned from following your heart?The most valuable lesson I learned from following my heart is that it may be scary at first but it is absolutely for fulfilling. I can’t take concessions where my passion is concerned. When I lead with an open heart I am certainly aligned with my authentic self.

What can be the hardest aspect to control about your emotions that yoga can help with?

Control. Yoga helps me to let go of trying to control and shape everything. To be in flow and align with my highest self. Pranayam helps me to breathe through any emotions that arise or get stuck.

In which ways can your body communicate with you?

Your body always tells you the truth! Body awareness, embodiment and somatic work is integral to my work. Once we understand the link between emotional events and physical symptoms we will have a better understanding of how to heal. My body tells me everything and I listen.

How are some of the ways you manifest soulful joy? 

I manifest soulful joy by not taking myself so seriously! I dance often, go for walks in nature, and do my best to connect with my inner child. She likes swimming naked, laughing and doing cartwheels in the grass. 🙂

Have you had any meditation experiences that have been hard to explain?

Movement meditation is where I communicate with my ancestors. The way I move, breath, speak transforms. It’s so magical. In the early hours just as I slip from sleep state into consciousness, I discovered that this is a great time to meditate. It’s when I listen to Divine consciousness. That’s all I can say about that because it is easier experienced.

Can creativity be used as a way to push pass old memories and trauma?

How have you utilized it? DEFINITELY. Creativity is essential to work through old memories and trauma. I write until my hearts content about any and everything. Movement especially somatic movement is a great way to connect with your individual creative side. I believe it gives you an opportunity to face yourself. In order to heal from trauma, you can’t bury them you have to face them. I was able to begin that journey through creative writing and  movement.

What is your favorite myth and what is the lesson you received from it? 

Well, I don’t know if I have a favorite. I believe there is some truth and lessons in all myths. Mythology is important for every culture especially Black Americans. Our language, customs, culture and spirituality was suppressed but still lives in our DNA and the stories told by our elders.

How has yoga helped you open space for others especially the divine feminine energy? 

When women come to my yoga sessions they most likely come to fulfill some superficial purpose. I help them to dig depose. My intention is to guide them to be more expansive with their energy. To reconnect with their body beyond some physical goal. Yoga has been a gateway for me to reveal how essential it is that women be more loving and accepting of themselves just as they are.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247?

You are worthy. Just as you are. It is important for me to center my work around creating greater ease in the mind and body. So much of our struggle is because we don’t feel worthy and so we just do more and more to feel valued by others. Do you know who you are? Take time and be present with yourself. Be willing to soften, flow and let go so the you can rediscover your authentic self. You don’t need to become anything or anyone else. You are worthy. Just as you are.

Peace,

Thanks again for reaching out. These were great questions and it was a pleasure to sit with them and answer them truly.
– LaToya Maria 

Yogini Moments : _DopeYoginiJ_

 

Some people are brought into yoga for the pleasures of each asana, some are driven to yoga to help with the pain of life … Which person were you if any at all?

Yoga was a gift given to me in order to help me deal with accepting the fact that the chaos I had gone through was indeed my life. No more living in denial.

| Its 74 degrees out today...need I say more 🍃
| Its 74 degrees out today…need I say more 🍃

How did you get introduced to yoga?

I want to say that yoga found me. It wasn’t as if I knew from the jump that I needed yoga. I was researching for relief. Trying to find ways that I could slowly unwind some of the chaos that I’d been desperately hiding from myself. Yoga and meditation just happened to be what I looked into first.

Which do you value more & why… the physique that yoga provides with daily practice or the mental stability you gain from a disciplined routine?

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#TBT | To November 2014 when it all began. I get super upset about my One Legged King Pigeon but I’m a lot closer to the ground now – then I was back then. Feels good to know – progress is progress even when you don’t see it 💎 Yoga & Meditation have seriously changed so much in my life. Going from a girl who was suicidal to someone who always wants the best out of life is nothing short of a miracle. I’ve learned so much from the silence. 💓 I’ve discovered truths about myself that were buried under years of lies. I’ve found peace in the completeness that is me being me. I’ve applied things I’ve learned on the mat – OFF the mat. I feel closer to God than I ever have. It’s like my yoga practice and my meditation is His time. Not to mention the amazing things my body is now able to do that I’d never thought I’d be able to do! This journey has been nothing short of amazing. Everyday that I get to practice is a huge blessing. 🙏🏽😍

For me personally, a sound mind holds much more value. I think of my time on the mat as sacred. It is where I uncover truths about myself that may have been buried under years of doubt and lies. Without that stability or – I wouldn’t practice at all. Sometimes I won’t step foot on my mat until I’m calm enough to begin.
Think back … Was there ever was a critical moment you knew you would have made better decision if you were practicing yoga/meditation…what was that moment and what would to say to convince yourself to practice yoga sooner? 

Yes, I remember like it was yesterday. It was around age 17-18 when my anger was out of control. I had been arguing with my father for an hour and finally decided I’d had enough and tried to fight him. I knew then that something in my life was off. I’d tried to fight the only man that had ever shown me consistent love. I knew that I was no longer angry –

When I first began yoga + even now at times - I get really caught up. At times my practice becomes "I need to do this so that I can do this asana." but the more I practice the more I become okay with the release that yoga is for me. Where before when opening my hips all I would feel is discomfort but now when I open my hips - there are giggles and goofy smiles that follow. I'm really enjoying what yoga has become for ME. It wasn't forced. It just happened and I think that's pretty dope
When I first began yoga + even now at times – I get really caught up. At times my practice becomes “I need to do this so that I can do this asana.” but the more I practice the more I become okay with the release that yoga is for me. Where before when opening my hips all I would feel is discomfort but now when I open my hips – there are giggles and goofy smiles that follow. I’m really enjoying what yoga has become for ME. It wasn’t forced. It just happened and I think that’s pretty dope

I had BECOME anger. I don’t believe I could’ve convinced myself to practice any sooner to be honest. I believe everything has its time and at that moment I had just begun to wake up so to speak. I didn’t even begin a consistent practice until 19 – at 19 I was ready to commit to healing.
How important is it to feel comfortable with your appearance and can yoga help reach that secure perspective of self?

As a young woman who has suffered with self-destructive habits, like restrictive eating – it is incredibly important to feel comfortable with you. YOU have to live with YOU for the rest of your life. At the end of the day, you are who you are. Your genetics are your genetics. Looking back it was such a waste of time hating myself for things I could not change. Yoga was my wakeup call. Yoga has helped me to be grateful for my body. It has taught me that with every “flaw” there is beauty and strength. I find myself thanking my body as I work through each asana. I might take a minute to think about how far I’ve come with acceptance. So YES, yoga can help you fall in love with you IF you allow it to do so.

Which do you prefer more and why..doing yoga by yourself or in a classroom/ public setting? 

I prefer doing yoga in a private setting only because I didn’t like what I saw from a few classes that I participated it in but I’m sure that’s not all of them. I also prefer to practice in a private setting because yoga is my time. When I practice yoga – all sorts of emotions, thoughts, and breakthroughs come about. I need the time to feel whatever it is I’m feeling and I do that best when it is just my mat and I.

| Thoughts: You've come along way. To think that all of this freedom, all of this happiness, all of this love - HAS ALWAYS been in you is incredible. How silly it would be to trade all of this just to wallow in my own misery. I vow to be my own light in times of darkness. Oh look - a bird. ☀️😂
| Thoughts: You’ve come along way. To think that all of this freedom, all of this happiness, all of this love – HAS ALWAYS been in you is incredible. How silly it would be to trade all of this just to wallow in my own misery. I vow to be my own light in times of darkness. Oh look – a bird. ☀️😂

What is one of the most important principles you apply during a yoga session and how does that carry over to when you are off of the mat?  ex: (setting intentions, alignment ,breathing etc) 

Oh boy, great question and a difficult choice to make. I want to say breathing but I’m going to go with setting intentions. When I set an intention for my practice in a way its like I’m telling myself to focus. I set the tone for my practice. I believe in a lot of ways that focus plays a huge part in my daily interactions. I often learn something from the intentions I’ve set and I carry these

| I am the Karate Kid...😫 That's what #GoddessPose makes me feel like anyway..
| I am the Karate Kid…😫 That’s what #GoddessPose makes me feel like anyway..

things with me throughout my day. They are like little reminders to remain in a good headspace.

What are some of the things in life that throw you off balance and In what way does yoga center you and put your mind state back in the place it should be? 

Where do I even begin? There is one specific area in life that continually throws me off balance and I believe it is very common for a lot of people. That area is – thinking about my future. I’m very much opposed to uncertainty (read afraid of uncertainty). I don’t like being unsure about what is coming next or being unprepared. However yoga has brought me to a place of understanding that you HAVE to live in the moment to stay grounded. I mean seriously, I can barely figure out what I want to eat for dinner – what sense does is make to worry about 7 years from now?

What would you say to the young lady that does not know where to start her yoga practice and becomes overwhelmed from so many styles of yoga?

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| Drop that zero and get with a #HeroPose … cracking up because my grandmother was singing Beyonce 😫😂 P.S.GO CAVS 😝😝😝

I would tell her to pause and take a minute to check in with herself. What does she feel she needs and what are her reasons for wanting to begin a yoga practice? She’ll find her answer there because in that moment her practice has already begun. In general however, I would say begin looking at various sources. Hatha yoga is always a great place to start because of the pace and she can really get a feel for the way her body moves and where her mind is. She can also find plenty of beginner yoga flows on YouTube or fun challenges on IG. As always however she should definitely do her reading and research to get the most out of her practice.

Why do you think most people are attracted to the Indian philosophy if yoga versus the Kemetic philosophy?

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| Tippy Toes ❤️

I believe it simply has to do with the fact that no matter how hard you try – our thinking is often very influenced, partially because we were never taught to think for ourselves. I think if people would understand that an open mind doesn’t mean acceptance of everything you read but rather understanding what you read and creating an idea that is your own – then maybe the attraction would change.

Have you had any mystical experiences or had to explain sensations during meditation?

EVERY time I meditate – I forget where I am but understand further who I am. However I have had one experience in particular where I had been cleaning my heart of some nonsense I had been holding onto (anger, sadness, betrayal) and the tears just wouldn’t stop flowing – I’m talking those type of tears where you can’t breathe and you’re shaking. I’ve never felt a release like that before in my life. It was a great moment.

Miss J, will see you now. | Utkata Konasana / Goddess Pose 👑💎 Rightfully so. I always feel so bada** when I do this asana. My hips thank me every time.
Miss J, will see you now. | Utkata Konasana / Goddess Pose 👑💎 Rightfully so. I always feel so bada** when I do this asana. My hips thank me every time.

How has yoga changed your perspective on your personal life as well as how you look at other people?

Oh man, since beginning yoga – I refuse to allow myself to go a day without smiling or laughing. The amount of gratitude I have for everyday that I am here on Earth has skyrocketed. I no longer allow myself to get angry with others because I’m responsible for anything and everything that I want to feel. I don’t judge others as harshly as I once did because who am I to say anything? My vulnerability and transparency has increased tenfold. If I can share my dirt to help you get over yours – you bet I’ll do it. Cry with you? Sure. I love people – genuinely. Not because they did something for me but because they are here and because they have a purpose just like I do.


Is there anything you else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com ?

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Pause. Take a Breath. Where you are – is right where you’re supposed to be. Take responsibility for everything in your life – whether it is your fault or not – and take your power back. Become untouchable.

 

You are worth getting to know. I know you may have gone through some difficult times in your life but you cannot be afraid to thrive. Now is your time.

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Yoga Teacher @thefeather Photographer @yogicasino #yoga #yogaeverywhere #miami #southbeach #wellness #spiritual #yogagirl / view the animated GIF at www.theartofyoga.org
Yoga Teacher @thefeather Photographer @yogicasino #yoga #yogaeverywhere #miami #southbeach #wellness #spiritual #yogagirl / view the animated GIF at http://www.theartofyoga.org
Day 21. Three legged downward dog. #bikinibodyoga @learningtobalance @northcarolina_yogagirl @hollapop
Day 21. Three legged downward dog. #bikinibodyoga @learningtobalance @northcarolina_yogagirl @hollapop

 

Sometimes you just have to sit still, and meditate. Listen to your inner being #nukAset #NukMaat NukNebedjer #OmAmunRaPtah #innerpeace #nefertem #timetomeditateandmanifest #pillar2pillar #Triplegoddess #kemeticyoga #posturesoftheGodsandGoddesses #IamGoddessNet #ShemsNet
GoddessfashionFactory Sometimes you just have to sit still, and meditate. Listen to your inner being #nukAset #NukMaat NukNebedjer #OmAmunRaPtah #innerpeace #nefertem #timetomeditateandmanifest #pillar2pillar #Triplegoddess #kemeticyoga #posturesoftheGodsandGoddesses #IamGoddessNet #ShemsNet

 

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underbar_n Downward dog and a magic sky. #iloveyoga

 

Hey new followers 💛💛💛💛 thanks for the love! Today I found my hips weren't very happy so I decided to find a safe place in my favorite #lizard variation. Also posting a new blog post soon about #happyhips. Remember ladies hips are were we carry stress so let those babies wiggle, jiggle, and open up for new possibilities🌟🌟🌟 #brogiyoga #curlyogachick #hotandsweatymakesiteasy
briyr Hey new followers 💛💛💛💛 thanks for the love! Today I found my hips weren’t very happy so I decided to find a safe place in my favorite #lizard variation. Also posting a new blog post soon about #happyhips. Remember ladies hips are were we carry stress so let those babies wiggle, jiggle, and open up for new possibilities🌟🌟🌟 #brogiyoga #curlyogachick #hotandsweatymakesiteasy

 

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@dharmayogi This one is for you my guru.
stonervixenSummer's-A-Comin'!! How yo abs looking tho!? 😰😓 NAVASANA | Boat Pose #TheStonerVixen #StonerVixen #RowRowRowYourBoat #PainIntheAsana #YogaEveryDamnDay #ScenicYogis #FitStoners #Abwork #Outdooryoga #Navasana #NoFilterNeeded #ShortHairDontCare #OmWithMeIG #DontForgetToBreathe #ILoveYoga #BlackFitness #Namaste #Modellife #BoatPose #CoreWork #DoWorkSon #StonerYogis #SummerPrep #CutAndShred #HitTheMat #YogaOfColor #InhalePositivity #ExhaleNegativity #HaitiansWhoDoYoga
@stonervixen Summer’s-A-Comin’!! How yo abs looking tho!? 😰😓 NAVASANA | Boat Pose #TheStonerVixen #StonerVixen #RowRowRowYourBoat #PainIntheAsana #YogaEveryDamnDay #ScenicYogis #FitStoners #Abwork #Outdooryoga #Navasana #NoFilterNeeded #ShortHairDontCare #OmWithMeIG #DontForgetToBreathe #ILoveYoga #BlackFitness #Namaste #Modellife #BoatPose #CoreWork #DoWorkSon #StonerYogis #SummerPrep #CutAndShred #HitTheMat #YogaOfColor #InhalePositivity #ExhaleNegativity #HaitiansWhoDoYoga

 

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@devabandhuॐ “What a wonderful existence I have! In reality I am soul, and the nature of soul is so noble, so high, so good.” A diametrical change of consciousness comes at this point and one tries to enter into that higher realm. Spiritual reality is what is necessary for us. We are soul, we are independent of matter. We are made of such transcendental existence. Nothing can threaten the soul’s existence – not the atomic bomb, nuclear war, lightning, thunder, or earthquakes. All the troubles of this material world are limited to this body which is a foreign carcass, a concocted representation of my true self. My true self exists on the spiritual plane, on a higher level. If we can really have a touch of that realization, a glimpse of our own identity – if we can feel within that the soul is independent of matter, then a revolutionary change will take place within our minds. Then our attempt to progress in spiritual life becomes quite genuine. – Srila B.R.Sridhar Subjective Evolution of Consciousness Dandasana – stick pose – pic by @garygananian @my_yoga #isometric #full #body #work #buddhi #yoga #yogalifestyle #yogi #yogawisdom #yogaworkout #yogasana #asana #india #hatha #detox #serve #love #meditation #realize #dandasana #dharmaturns75 #dharmamademedoit

 

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@Buterflisoldier I have been a Soldier. I have experienced war, but I did not become a warrior until I had you. Warriors live freely, unafraid to fight for what they believe in and because of you, I believe in LOVE. Day 14. #abofamotherslove2014 #yogamom #yoga #yogaismytherapy #yogabeginner #beginneryoga #motherslove #motheranddaughter #yogaismytherapy #igyoga #yogachallenge #yogawithsandra #love #warrior

 

 

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talia_sutraGood morning! Boker Tov! This moment was captured by my beautiful and talented brother @nadav_peretz_ <3 Remember you can always slow down, breathe more and smile :) #yoga #itsallyoga #love #yogaeverydamnday
@talia_sutra  Good morning! Boker Tov! This moment was captured by my beautiful and talented brother @nadav_peretz_
@laurenrudick Plunge head first into the unknown. Trust that you have the strength and balance to hold yourself together. Move thoughtfully and slowly. Take big breaths. You won't fall.
@laurenrudick Plunge head first into the unknown. Trust that you have the strength and balance to hold yourself together. Move thoughtfully and slowly. Take big breaths. You won’t fall.
dade2shelbyImagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. -John Lennon @keaushaj #RastaYogi #YogaWithKe #RawFitnessApparel #TemaVitaFlex #Iam1stPhorm #LegionOfBOOM #fitsporate #Orlando #Florida #training #physique #fitnessmodel #yoga #yogainspiration #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogaofcolor #OrlandoSentinel #acroyoga
@dade2shelby Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. -John Lennon @keaushaj #RastaYogi #YogaWithKe #RawFitnessApparel #TemaVitaFlex #Iam1stPhorm #LegionOfBOOM #fitsporate #Orlando #Florida #training #physique #fitnessmodel #yoga #yogainspiration #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogaofcolor #OrlandoSentinel #acroyoga

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yoganicolaTake me back 🙏
@yoganicola Take me back 

 

👌Day:21👌 of #21DaysOfMudras is #VaradaMudraAhhhhhhhhh I can't believe yesterday was the last day. This has truly been an OMazing journey with each and everyone of you. Reading your post and seeing your pics day after day has filled my heart with happiness and joy. I hope each of you are able to take something from this challenge. Weather it's taking a sec to just breathe, be, n let go or to grow and blossom your meditation time. I want to thank each and everyone of you for joining my OMies and I on the journey; more importantly I want to thank you for taking time for YOU!!!! Till next time OMies...you never know what range#pinklotusomies will come up with next. So stay tuned...😉 #StopDropAndMeditate with#PinkLotusOMies🌺 •@ladiboomyogini •@yogi_peanut•@ireeyogi
👌Day:21👌 of #21DaysOfMudras is #VaradaMudraAhhhhhhhhh I can’t believe yesterday was the last day. This has truly been an OMazing journey with each and everyone of you. Reading your post and seeing your pics day after day has filled my heart with happiness and joy. I hope each of you are able to take something from this challenge. Weather it’s taking a sec to just breathe, be, n let go or to grow and blossom your meditation time. I want to thank each and everyone of you for joining my OMies and I on the journey; more importantly I want to thank you for taking time for YOU!!!! Till next time OMies…you never know what range#pinklotusomies will come up with next. So stay tuned…😉 #StopDropAndMeditate with#PinkLotusOMies🌺 •@ladiboomyogini •@yogi_peanut•  @ireeyogi 
_karioooDay 6 of #ARMedforApril (yesterday) with @black3dahlia & @_kariooo💜💜💜 SOOO sorry everyone for the super late post 😣 🐦 CRANE POSE -#bakasana 1⃣Stand on your mat with your feet approximately hip width apart. 2⃣Bend forward at the hips until you can place your palms on the ground about a foot in front of your feet. Bend your knees slightly to make the pose more comfortable. 3⃣Spread your fingers apart to engage your muscles in your wrist. 4⃣Bend your elbows and come up on your toes, bringing your knees into your armpits. Some of your weight should be transferred to your hands at this point. 5⃣Lift one of your legs off the floor. Be sure that you are balanced and that your weight is equally distributed on your two hands. 6⃣Lift your second leg off the floor so that your weight is completely off the ground. Press your feet together and squeeze your legs together. Hold the pose for a couple breaths. 7⃣Slowly release the pose by leaning backwards until your feet can touch the ground. ➡️➡️➡️Check my next post for todays challenge pose (day 7)
@_kariooo Day 6 of #ARMedforApril (yesterday) with @black3dahlia & @_kariooo💜💜💜 SOOO sorry everyone for the super late post 😣 🐦 CRANE POSE -#bakasana 1⃣Stand on your mat with your feet approximately hip width apart. 2⃣Bend forward at the hips until you can place your palms on the ground about a foot in front of your feet. Bend your knees slightly to make the pose more comfortable. 3⃣Spread your fingers apart to engage your muscles in your wrist. 4⃣Bend your elbows and come up on your toes, bringing your knees into your armpits. Some of your weight should be transferred to your hands at this point. 5⃣Lift one of your legs off the floor. Be sure that you are balanced and that your weight is equally distributed on your two hands. 6⃣Lift your second leg off the floor so that your weight is completely off the ground. Press your feet together and squeeze your legs together. Hold the pose for a couple breaths. 7⃣Slowly release the pose by leaning backwards until your feet can touch the ground. ➡️➡️➡️Check my next post for todays challenge pose (day 7)