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Learn to Fly

I will be teaching an arm balance and inversion workshop Friday, Jan. 31 from 7:15-9:15pm at the Highland studio. For all of you that want to get on your hands and learn to fly, this is the perfect opportunity to get some flight time in. All levels are welcome, even if you’re brand new to yoga. If you can do a chatturanga, you can do an arm balance. We will build a foundation from the ground up to help you take flight – learn proper alignment and how to leverage and balance your weight to maximize strength. Terrified of getting upside down? We will explore many options on how to conquer those fears and turn you into an #inversionjunkie.

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Exploring Nepal

I’ve been teaching non-stop since we returned from Nepal so finally here is a quick glimpse of our trip. The full documentary hasn’t been released yet, but here is some GoPro footage from the trek. The video really can’t do it justice. We were immersed in the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen. It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had, and look forward to returning again.

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Come Fly With Me…

Some of the most frequent comments I receive when it comes to skydiving are, “I’m not good enough to jump with you. You wouldn’t want to jump with me. Maybe one day I’ll be able to fly with you… etc.” I’m not sure what some people think I’m made of, but I’m not superhuman. I didn’t come out of the womb flying the way I do. And yes, you abso-f*@%ing-lutely can jump with me, today, right now, this very moment (provided we were both geared up somewhere at a dropzone). The only thing stopping you is your attitude toward yourself.

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A Taste of Purity…

When people find out I skydive – voluntarily, over and over again – they always want to know why. Well, here is my answer, beautifully shot by BackToAwake… Jonathan was asked to make a video for one of my sponsors, Velocity Sports Equipment, who make my skydiving rig, the Infinity. The Internet is inundated with skydiving videos, but very few communicate to the rest of the world why it is we do what we do. Our sport we love so much isn’t always portrayed in the best light as it’s usually the incidents that are featured on the news, rather than the accomplishments. If all I saw and heard about driving was all the accidents and fatalities, I probably wouldn’t drive either.

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Schools Kill Creativity

March Madness Day 28:

This is one of my favorite TED Talks. However, it doesn’t just stop at schools. So many kids are immersed in technology and devices at such an early age. I don’t have anything against technology, but what happened to just being a kid? Running around outside, racing bikes like you’re a Formula One driver, and pretending you’re exploring a faraway land in your backyard has been traded in for “interactive” games on a tablet.

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Cirque for Charity

March Madness Day 27:

We move to Salt Lake City on Sunday, so I apologize for keeping these last few March Madness posts short and sweet. But I’m sure you would much rather watch Cirque than me anyways (I am a huge Cirque fanatic). One Night ONE DROP is a show that Cirque put together to help raise money so more people can gain access to clean water. This is also the cheapest Cirque show you’ll ever get to see. A simple donation of $5 or more gets you access.

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What makes you come alive?

March Madness Day 16:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman

Since resigning from my job recently I have become more and more aware of how many people do not enjoy what they are doing. It literally sucks the life out of them, as it did me, and then you have no energy to put into what you truly enjoy and are passionate about.

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The Best Stuff in Life Isn’t Stuff At All…

March Madness Day 15:

The NY Times recently published an article by Graham Hill. It’s a great article about how he’s downsized his life in order to live more freely. Our society is consumer driven, and I’m just as guilty as the next person. But as I’m slowly packing up the house in preparation for our move, I just have too much stuff. We are intentionally downsizing in our next place so we can’t store excess “stuff” that just creates unnecessary burdens. People use garages for all of their stuff rather than cars, and even end up getting storage units for the stuff that they can’t fit in their homes. If it can sit in your garage or storage unit for years, then chances are you don’t need it. So rather than focusing on “stuff” let’s get back to what’s really important…

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Make sure you have FUN everyday!

March Madness Day 9:

I’m well aware that I do not live a typical “normal” life by any standards. But just like anyone else I can get stuck in ruts and routines too. So make it a point to do something for yourself and have at least a little bit of fun everyday. It doesn’t have to be anything big like a skydive, it can be as simple as giving yourself a treat (I love ice cream). Just something that makes you feel good, LOL, and leaves you with a little extra pep in your step.

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Why We Breathe…

March Madness Day 7:

There was such great success with Jon’s video, Why We Jump, which then led to the dialogue of why we do many other things. Naturally yoga was on the list. We are fortunate to come across so many amazing yogis, whether it is through previous practice, workshops, or mutual friends. Yogis that are just so willing to give and share their knowledge and experience with the world. This sense of community brought the idea of Why We Breathe to life with zero budget, just a belief that the world could use more yoga.

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