Yoga of Yes

I spent much of my life as a theatre actress, performing on and off-Broadway, and on stages around the country. As I looked back, I discovered threads of commonality between my yoga and theatre worlds. Yoga of Yes, co-created with fellow actress and Kripalu teacher Jovinna Chan, is about these threads. The focus is on authenticity, full self-expression, and cultivating a palpable experience of Grace in the body. We do this by practicing…

The Seven Principles of The Yoga of Yes

1) Everything you do is brilliant and correct.

2) Just say, “Yes.”

3) Listen, listen, listen.

4) Commit.

5) Risk.

6) Create intimacy.

7) Be here now.

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Now is the Time

- By Hafiz, Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.

Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you finally live
With veracity
And love.

My dear, please tell me,
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
And God?

What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?

Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time
For you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.

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Recommended Resources:

Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith; Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life; Crooked Little Heart; Blue Shoe: and others

Henri Nouwen, author of The Inner Voice of Love; Life of the Beloved: Spritual Living in a Secular World; Out of Solitude; and many others

Improv Wisdom (Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up), by Patricia Ryan Madson