“How often have you looked yourself in the eyes and uttered the words, “I love you. I am worthy.”? Have you ever? I will totally admit - I used to be one of those people that thought looking at yourself in the mirror and whispering, “I love you.” was completely weird, lame, and awkward. Until, something sparked inside my soul, and one day, I just decided to give it a try. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all moonbeams and rainbows the first time I ever tried it. It definitely still felt a little weird, a little lame, and a little awkward at first, but, just at first, and, just a little bit. My overall feeling was that of overwhelming inner peace and joy. I felt quite empowered, and, my heart felt inspired. It was almost like, by simply speaking these words, I had breathed a whole new way of being into the tissues of my body and the depths of my soul. The more and more time I’ve dedicated to this practice, the way less awkward and lame it has felt, and the lighter, more open, and more confident I have become.”~ BCY Ambassador @caitlinlassyyoga •
Read full blog by @caitlinlassyyoga at link in bio #backcountryyoga
“I discovered my passion for the outdoors from a very young age. As a child I was wildly excited by nature. From building forts to climbing the tallest trees I could find, It was always deep inside my soul to be one with the earth.” -Laura Loewy;Founder #BackcountryYoga
Another guest blog up for @navitasorganics! #livelifepositive Today I’m talking about what it takes to live your dream. Link in Bio!
photography by @chriskolasa
Today has me thinking about all the spiritual influences in my life, and how they all come from different paths, philosophies and religions. The one main thing they have in common is a vision of love and kindness towards oneself, neighbor, and the earth.
I have never been able to choose one path as so many different ideas excite me. I think it's important to allow yourself to be curious and open to more than one way of thinking. I must admit I often reject the purist ideologies of yoga in the same way I reject the rigid interpretations of the catholic church. For me, yoga is a way to learn about my body, understand how it moves, understand how it functions. There are many days where my yoga practice consists of finding a private wooded place in a forest where I can dance amongst the trees... flowing with the energy of the wind... (but no bullshit... there is a chance that one day you were walking in the woods and passed me secretly dancing my ass off... ) Some days it's about bringing my practice to my mind where I'll read passages from my favorite teachers... and some days it's about enjoying an incredible meal made with love from a friend with a wonderful talent for creating art with food.
For me yoga is life, and living it the best way that you can. Whether that means you wake up and practice your physical asana every day or you just muster up the courage to think kind thoughts. Remember you experience a miracle when you open your mind to a new perspective. Know that you are always accepted in my book. Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Atheist... Alcohol, or Non- Alcohol. Even if you are just a pro at watching TV there is space for you in my heart, and there is space for you with Backcountry Yoga. #backcountryyoga
“Everything is flowing -- going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks... While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood...in Nature's warm heart.” -John Muir
- My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) chapter 10.
“When I uplift and support others, and allow others to shine, I feel more uplifted, more grounded and supported, and I shine more brightly, too”
We are so excited to announce our very first Brand Ambassador @caitlinlassyyoga who is located in Boulder Colorado!! Check out Caitlin’s first blog for us on our website!! Link in bio 😎 #backcountryyoga
I met @mollyrae27 two years ago when I came outside to a post-it note on my windshield saying “good looks” to my @shejumps @unicornpicnic bumper stickers! She left her insta account... and we became insta friends🤓 Thank @lynseydyer for bringing rad girls together! Since we’ve camped hiked skied and partied! Read @mollyrae27 2018 intentions below!! •••
When I think about the past year, I get a little overwhelmed when I realize just how much I crammed into 365 days. It was incredible, but looking back, I recognize that I struggled with being present through most of it. The moments I felt the most clarity in 2017 were those when I was disconnected or fully involved and immersed in what was around me.
Moving forward, I’m looking at 2018 as a blank slate. It all starts with being more present in the moment and more self-aware. I’d like to be more honest with myself, be more aware of my biases, and be able to more readily admit my flaws and mistakes (which is HARD sometimes!). I know that I struggle with the “grass is greener” dilemma, endlessly.
I’d like to work on being happier with what I’ve got this year. Allowing too much stress over FOMO just leads to an anxious life, and I’m over it. I look forward to continuing conversations and reflections on subjects like diversity, spiritual growth, and empowerment in this next year. I’m excited for the adventures, big and small, that 2018 will bring, and am hopeful that my gratitude will adequately reflect those moments. 🙏🏼🌲🧘🏻♀️
Our friend Victoria has been there since the beginning of Backcountry Yoga. The universe had us meet through a yoga studio in Harvard square when this concept was just a little
glimmer in my mind. Although we barely even knew each other... our visions of a world with meaningful and sustainable yoga were very much in line and sometimes thats all you need to connect with another person. I love those people who you can feel like you’ve known in another lifetime by just connecting over something that matters deeply to you. Tori attended my first overnight yoga retreat and has since featured us on her @yogaforhumanity blog/website where she posts content about yoga and the way we can contribute to a more sustainable world. Read Victoria’s 2018 intentions below:
The new year means nothing if you’re still in love with your comfort zone 〰️ I read that quote a few years ago and it stuck with me.
Making changes in our lives and achieving our goals requires us to step out of our habitual ways.
Following this guidance last year lead me to leave my job, go to India for two months to study yoga, travel to Bali, return to a new, upgraded career, re-launch Yoga for Humanity, attend our first yoga festival, and start teaching regularly at my home yoga studio. So, in case you’re wondering, IT WORKS.
My New Years wish for all of you is to be uncomfortable. Take risks. Step out of your habits. Live with intention. The universe rewards action that’s aligned with your heart.
What’s your intention for the new year and how will you achieve it?
HAPPY NEW YEAR, loves! I’m excited to bring more offerings to you in 2018, from content to classes to travel. 🙏🏼
Our friend @marytheresagenetti is a Maryland yoga instructor that will be relocating to Boston in a couple weeks! We’re so excited to have her in our area and wanted to introduce all of you to her amazing vibration. Read her 2018 intentions below💕
Sending out belated New Years wishes as I take a few moments to reflect on what is to come... This year considering my intentions is simultaneously easier and harder due to the rapidly approaching move. It’s easier because everything is changing, and I believe that when your surroundings change, it is easier to create new habits and shed those that aren’t serving you. BUT on the flip-side, packing and getting ready to go are majorly cramping my meditation practice and time for reflection. I keep reminding myself (a la @elizabeth_gilbert_writer ) that it’s about a balanced life, not about each and every, single day being balanced. Right?
So for me, this year is about evolution and flow. I’ve always been someone who plans and chases after what I want, but right now I want to see where life takes me. I want to open my heart to what is to come and allow that to evolve and flow into whatever the universe has in store for me. .
This year is about rootedness and grounding. As I build a new home, I want to take time to root and ground myself in a new community. I’ve always had my head in the clouds ⛅️ so this year is about placing my feet on the earth. .
This year is about healing my spirit and practicing my intentions. In 2017, I discovered some ways that I hold pain in my physical body, and I want to explore the pain so that I can let it go. I want to take time to live even more intentionally as I find my way in a new place. I want to continue to dedicate myself to my yoga practice, to my meditation practice, to creativity, and to well-being.
Finally, this year is about service. It is about asking myself what the world needs and how I can best give of myself to a world this is hurting. It is about opening my heart with vulnerability and courage to those around me. .
This year is beginning with gratitude and hope in my heart. I have a feeling the best is yet to come.
#2018 #backcountryyoga #intentions
When I met @corn_chipss she was right at the beginning of her journey into teaching yoga. Now a year has gone by and she’s learned so much along the way! Check out her 2018 intentions in the #Repost below!!
✨ shout out to @llogayoga for the intention inspiration ✨
thinking about the way in which this past year has shaped me has got me feeling all sorts of ways. mostly pretty damn cool & impressed that i can say hey, i am here right now & i am alive & i am doing the best that i can & that is ENOUGH. hell yeah. go me, go you, go everyone who is surviving. in recognizing the transition into 2018, i am hoping (and reminding myself as often as i can) that i can keep up all the bad ass stuff and keep my head above water with everything else. calling on myself to advocate for my mental health // accept criticism & challenge myself to do better // DISMANTLE THE PATRIARCHY (alwayz&4evr) // and keep it intersectional af
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Hey There!! Laura here. Thank you SO much to everyone who has submit their intentions and photos for us to share. It has been truly inspiring to read all of your thoughts going into 2018. It’s funny, I planned on putting my own intentions out there a couple days ago... but every time I went to put them into words I found myself feeling blocked. I think that I started to feel like there were all these things I’m supposed to want. All the “shoulds” in my life... and these thoughts kept getting in the way of what is real. So after much thinking and clarity here we go
2017 was a year of believing in myself, if defying the odds, in being my own best friend and mentor. It’s so important to have the guts to do it all alone... but what I also learned in 2017... is that you don’t always have to
So as I enter into 2018 I am ready to ask for and accept help. I am ready to let go of my judgements towards myself and others and work hard towards always choosing a higher perspective. I am ready to practice patience remembering my favorite quote from A Course in Miracles “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety” I am determined to find the balance in being present while running a social media driven business
So there ya go. I finally got it out there. Short and sweet, but real. Happy New Year my friends. 2018 is going to be a banger of a year. I can feel it in my bones. I can't wait for what is to come!
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