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Teacher Spotlight: Q&A with Mona Lisa Xuxuchel

Q&A with Mona Lisa Xuxuchel Mona Lisa has been teaching yoga since 2015 and has received over 1,500 hours of additional training. Since her certification, she has had the privilege to facilitate yoga to thousands of people across 15 countries. Her consistent exposure to a physically and culturally diverse group of humans challenged and inspired her to create balanced, functional classes accessible to ANY body choosing to share her practice. Mona Lisa has extensive training and experience with trauma and has worked with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence within the military and civilian sectors. She teaches Shamanic Power Yoga, Metamorphosis Level 2 & 3 Vinyasa Flow and Afternoon Delight Mellow Vinyasa Flow. What is your favorite class to...

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Gratitude for All the Things

While November is all about gratitude, there are so many moments throughout my day that I find myself in a space of gratitude. Each and every day I am so grateful for the insight that I received from the universe in all the ways that propelled me forward on this journey. My biggest focus of gratitude is what a gift Urban Sanctuary has been to me, my family and the community that is a part of this space. When I look back at the progress of Urban Sanctuary coming together, I am so grateful for the support of my family because things got real when timelines were put in place. Without them helping out, encouraging me forward ( when I...

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Teacher spotlight: Q&A with Steph Lindsey

Steph Lindsey, the Black Unicorn, believes in creating spaces of sanctuary and power that can help people achieve their goals. Black unicorns can overcome barriers and push forward to a desirably, powerfully awesome life. Steph teaches Kiss the Sun, Notes from the Heart and Yoga Nidra at Urban Sanctuary for US@Home (online only).  What are your favorite things about teaching yoga? I like the exploration of the asana that day, AND the fact that it changes day to day. There are some things that are easy to do one day and then feels impossible the next...I like to teach into that, because thats how a practice becomes sustainable.  How do you practice self-care? I take a lot of me time....

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Why Self Care is Not a Privilege

Self-care isn’t a privilege, it’s a damn necessity! Let’s say it louder for the folks in the back! Self-care is not a privilege. It’s vital to our well-being. We live in a society where we glorify overworking and stretching ourselves too thin. We brag about how many hours we worked and how little sleep we got and carry it like a badge of honor. But why? Especially with what’s going on in the world right now, self-care is more important than ever.  When we neglect self-care, we are creating a legacy of fear. This can manifest into the fear that we won’t get what we want or that we have to keep up with the Jones, Smiths or whomever. It...

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Be Easy, Be Sweet

January was hard. The beginning of February is also kind of hard. I know I'm not the only one because I hear tales of transitions, sickness, accidents, bizarre encounters from my friends & clients & other wonderfuls in my life.I wish I had some sort of collective energy reading to give you, but I just feel like a shaky baby gazelle who keeps falling over on unsteady legs.And sometimes has a fun time because life is good.But really, has no idea what's going on or how to use these new things & thoughts & attitudes I've acquired.The most challenging part of Evolving into Something New & Destined is the In-Between: Where we can no longer allow things to be the...

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