Yoga Tour Pt 2

PHILADELPHIA Pt. 1


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The Highway always seems full of gas stations until your tanks on E and your hearts pounding with anxiety. This was me heading to Philly with about 3 hours until the start of my workshop. I was just outside of Baltimore and the electronic meter told me 6 miles to empty. I had to catch my breathe, and my phone was dying; Note: my phone is always dying. So here I am, Dead phone, gas tank about to deplete, 100 Miles from Philly, and 3 hours until my Workshop. 


  I took deep breath and got off the highway at the next exit, it was time for a rouge mission to find gas. Reluctantly, with 3 miles to E, I found a Sunoco with cheap gas and located my phone charger in one of my random suitcases. The universe seems to work in your favor when you need it the most. I took a moment to recenter with gratitude and the open road was mine for the taking. T-Minus two and a half hours until my yoga workshop starts and the GPS says two hours until I get to Philly. 


Okay, so lets back track a bit because I’m skipping a few things. While in Baltimore I needed desperately to find a host in Philadelphia. I posted on Couch-surfing not knowing that it was Ironically one of Philadelphias “gayest” weekends of the year, Out fest. I found an Airbnb and anxiously made the payments without even registering where it was located; Bear, DE, about an hour commute from Philadelphia!  

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When I made this realization, I nearly fell over with desperation asking myself, “Was adding Philly to the tour last minute a bad idea?” Within minutes, I gave in and conjured the ability to ask for help and made a public post on facebook about my situation.  A half hour flew by and my distant friend Edge, well-known QTPOC New Orleans Dj,(https://soundcloud.com/edgeslayer) connected me with a friend in West Philly.  A sense of relief flowed through my veins like Novocaine, Philadelphia was mine for the taking. 


I made plans to arrive at the space I’d be staying in, but with 35 minutes until class started, I told my Philly host that I had stop by after class. Ironically, the place I was staying at was walking distance from where my workshop was held. I arrived slightly flustered but ready to go. At first I didn’t think anyone would come but people started to slowly make their way in! I had only 3 students, but it felt like a big success for me. I did all the marketing and outreach on my own and I didn’t know a soul in Philadelphia. 


After class, I made plans to go out on the town with one of the students, Amanda, who become a really good friend in such a short time. I headed out to of the studio chatting it up and full of smiles. Amanda was under the impression that I would be in touch after I touched base with My host. I had no idea the night would turn out the way it did. Lets just say I was lost on the interstate at night, My phone had died, my charger was lost, and I was as hungry as a mountain bear in spring. This was when the tour started to really get interesting. More to be posted later this week, thanks for tuning in! 


Xoxo 💋, 
OwlRare 

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Yoga tour Pt 1

Id like to start off with apologies for the lack of content lately,  depression has hit like a ton of bricks this fall. I sometimes forget all the things that I’ve taught myself to cope, even as a yoga teacher. The result is that I end up feeling like the world is about to crumble beneath my feet. I recently got back from a 2 week long Hip focused workshop tour and It truly opened my eyes. Not only to the energy of new beginnings but to the endless possibilities presented when living on the road. For my first tour I decided to start off slow. Well…to be honest, I wanted to tour all the way up to Portland, Me, yet I have wonderful friends who encouraged me to start off a bit slower. so I ventured to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and DC instead. I don’t have a car at the moment, but one of my best friends, Rain, offered me their car while they ventured off to Peru for a few weeks 

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My first stop of the tour was Baltimore and I was kind of skeptical at first. I didn’t really know what to think of this city but I was nervous and excited to check it out. I stopped in DC on my way up from Richmond and met my future hosts Elise and her wonderful partner Sechen. As I first walked up the stairs I was waved in by prayer flags and a meow from their loving tabby cat. I was so nervous to just show up as I made the decision to stop last minute, but I followed my gut and ignored my fears. I was welcomed in with open arms, the home smelled of sage and the vibe was chill AF. Me and Elise talked for nearly an hour in the kitchen while the kitty purred and played at our feet. I truly couldn’t wait to stop back here after the tour. 


After we chatted I went off to hang some flyers and explored the area, I ran into Faith hunter at Embrace studio and knew I would be back to practice soon. My goal with this tour was to yes promote myself and my yoga, but also to experience other studios and the way that others live in these magic cities. I got to Baltimore around 10:30 PM and was welcomed with Grace. No literally the sweet angel I stayed with was named Grace and her home was beautiful. The tour was Planned with big thanks to Ally who I met at Shensara Festival mid-summer. She was very animate about having me venture up to Baltimore and together we made it a reality! I figured while heading up to Baltimore I might as well make a few more stops along the way! 

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It was a long flight of stairs to lug my bags, but no one said it was an easy path to heaven.  I met her partner and we all chatted for hours that night. I arose pretty early the following morning and Baltimore was my oyster for the day. I went to Breakaway yoga studio right outside of Baltimore, where Ally taught an amazing and much needed restorative/Yin Class. That night I taught my donation based Vin-Yin class and the turn out was outstanding. I connected with past students who had taken classes with me at summer festivals and made tons of new connections. The following day was the workshop, although a smaller crowd, I was still really excited to share this workshop with this diverse group of people. After yoga we all went out to eat and go dancing, however we got so stuffed that we skipped out on the dancing and went back to the warehouse. 

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The following day I had to part ways with Baltimore and I knew that I would have to return soon. Next, stop was Philly. But you’ll have to tune in for the next blog to hear about the rest of the tour. Lets just say Philly is where things got wild. I didn’t have a place planned to sleep, the city was larger than I expected, and while on the Highway the gas tank was at E yet no gas stations were in clear sight.  More to be disclosed later this week, Thanks for tuning in!


Xoxo 💋, 
OwlRare 

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Love, Polyamory, & Trust

The phone just keeps ringing and my body is too drained to even attempt to answer the call. It’s a text message stating the world is actually ending and not to panic. I take a deep breathe and count down from three…two…one love, is not really a thing to me anymore. I have transformed like a moth and there will be no more silk for you.  I have opened my heart more freely now, but open love brought broken realities.  The feelings that I have for you, I can have for anyone, yet that is not beautiful to you. Why? Do you only love the color red? Do you not love anything else as much as your favorite color? Is it normal to love one thing and then another? What if the universe only adored one galaxy, how the others would parish from neglect! What if the farmer only loved one plant, how his crops would dwindle.

 

 

            We are a fractal of the whole, experiencing the whole, so should we experience the whole freely? Or do you let your fixed beliefs swallow you up like the ocean swallows up boats and ships. Like quicksand, in the jungle devouring all who fall into its path with motion, steadiness and gravity.  Free yourself for you have put your soul in quicksand, yet acknowledge that not all can love so freely. Recognize that not all are meant for this way of life, until they are fully okay with themselves. For fear must stem from insecurity and attachment. What if we let it all go and go with the flow?  

 

Mantra:

I confirm that I trust that within my being is more then meets the eye.
I encompass the entirety of the universe and all of its parts within me.
I am the unlimited supply and I trust in my ability to believe this to be true.
For I feel it in my very being.
For it is my very being.
The universe is full of unlimited supply of trust.
I have this unlimited supply of trust within myself.
Therefore, I trust in myself.
I love myself.
Therefore, I trust myself.
 I love myself therefore I trust my abilities.
I love therefore I trust.
For Love takes trust in being vulnerable.
I have been vulnerable.
Therefore I have trusted in myself.
 I trust in my ability to give love.
 I trust in my ability to receive love.
I trust in my ability to detach from everything and attach to nothing.
For I am everything therefore there is nothing to be attached to.
For all things are already attached and I do not need to worry.
I let go of all worries and am worry free.
I trust myself fully now.
 I love myself fully now.
What the universe has within it I have within me.
For the universe has an unlimited supply.
Therefore, I have an unlimited supply.
For the universe and my being are not separate from each other.
They are integral and a reflection of each other.
 

-OwlRare 

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