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Things Change When You Choose Actions Over Words

Taking action can come in many forms and we welcome them all. Last year was a year to take stock in yourself and how you showed up in the world. This year is an extension of that. Work still needs to be done, not just for the individual but for the collective. One of our favorite ways to stay connected, educated and mindful of ourselves is by learning. When our eyes are opened by knowledge of a good book, podcast or documentary, we want to share it with you in hopes that you will read it, get inspired and share it with someone else. Spreading the word about decolonization, anti- racism, hope and joy is what will help us heal...

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Teacher Spotlight: Q&A with Bianca Biazevich

1. What does the Urban Sanctuary community mean to you? The Urban Sanctuary community is so special to me because it is a safe space where I feel I can be my most authentic self, which allows me to share my yoga with community in such a beautiful, honest way. It is a space that has allowed me to create and move without fear. 2. How did you get into yoga? I love physically activities and was always athletic but yoga stood out to me because although it was movement, it was also a meditation for me. After doing yoga, I glowed different. I got certified to teach yoga soon after I started my practice when I was 17 years...

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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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