Namaste, New York: Yoga Journal Live 2017

It’s an honor to gather, grow together, inspire, and share. It’s our privilege and responsibility to elevate conversations and actions. Every single one of us is shaping the course of history, through our presence right here and now.

I adore attending high-vibe conferences because I get to connect with digital friends IRL, meet new people, truffle up treats, and pick up gems of wisdom left and right. Yoga Journal Live’s annual gathering in NYC is an opportunity to tap into an abundance of luminous workshops to vibe up ourselves and the world at large. Useful, especially at this point in time. Below’s a taste of 3 workshops that particularly spoke to me. Enjoy and let your light shine 🙂

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Seane Corn’s intensive on leadership, The Teacher as Leader: Using Your Platform for Interpersonal and Global Change, felt so timely. We need to get over our culturally conditioned unworthiness in order to save the planet, humans and all. Yes, this sounds dramatic but have you felt the country’s pulse lately? Perfectionism is the enemy of getting things done. As Seane put it: “I carry my humanity with me and I have my tools to own it and bring it into the space without second-guessing I'm a leader.
We can't wait for perfection before we step in the role of the leader.”

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Satya Scainetti’s Creating Malas & Miracles workshop gave form to the basic human need of spiritual grounding. After a 30-day yoga retreat she felt inspired to found Satya Jewelry, a line of jewelry of all truths, and to help children around the world. Satya held the space for participants to get clear on their desires: We did a heart-opening Kundalini meditation and made our own mala bracelets to show for it. Bead by bead, intention by intention. “If your energy is expanded, your family is going to feel it. Your colleagues are going to feel it. That's how we change the world. Don't underestimate the power of you.”

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Sri up your life! Amy Ippoliti’s intensive on Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, revealed the deity’s magnitude way beyond the image of financial success: Manifest Abundance & Transformation Through the Electrifying Teachings of Lakshmi. So who/what is Lakshmi? She is Sri {shr-ee} and so much more than dripping in gold coins. When grace becomes manifest, that's sri. She's abundance; enough; beauty; cultural refinement; life-affirming; the overflowing, irrepressible life force and resulting experience when you've chosen what you want;  gratitude (hooks you up to your source of supply); you're becoming a divine offering to the divine; cleaning your house; dressing beautifully; self-care; polishing your self; remembering the big picture; getting to the essence. All that is Lakshmi. Lakshmi up!

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The #YJLive marketplace was filled with bright souls. I particularly loved the free yoga classes with top teachers (open to the public) and the ceremonial tea offerings from Rishi. Their matcha selection is beautiful! Get your tickets for next year’s Yoga Journal LIVE here.

Find a practice that works for you. Yoga and meditation are incredibly powerful tools to raise our consciousness, reconnect with inner peace, and be a presence of love. May we all rise.

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