Only love can LIVE here, anything less will be the death of us

Love this shit out of yourself and each other. Please. Love must go in every corner, crack, crevice, unmentionable, and mentionable place.
Fuse admission of injustices with love. Please.
Unite together with love. Please.

Only love can LIVE here.
Anything less will be the death of us.

I love you humans. Look for the lovers. Side with the lovers. Always.

stephynow

you have the power to pretend or reveal yourself in person and online

You are responsible for your life, your outcomes, your aspirations, your goals, your feelings, your emotions, your world. You are your own teacher, your own hero, your own person. 
The power of this platform is your responsibility. Being online is a responsible act. You have the choice to follow, like, scroll as much as have the choice to feel what comes up for you. Does it lift and connect you? Or does it disconnect and separate you? Does it feed the negativity beast? Or does it inspire you share your story? I choose to learn about others, to connect, to encourage, and be inspired by people. I choose to share pain, weakness, hardships as much as I choose to share happiness, peace, and joy. I write what’s real, even when my fingers shake. I share to give it away, to reflect, and it’s been like a vessel of healing at times. The choice is mine, and yours, and together that’s connection.
I was told not long ago that I’ve made someone jealous, it nearly broke my heart. That is the last thing I would ever want someone to feel about my life. It’s something I would never want anyone to feel. And it’s been hung on a thread of well wishes and love because I don’t know how else I can help and change how someone feels. I know intellectually, I don’t have the power to do so. So I pray and love and meditate and give space.
Sometimes we need to take a step back, peek around at our own thoughts, and understand that we are humans navigating this powerfully connecting digital age. Use the Internet to connect with one another, not compare and contrast. Mindfulness moves away from generalizations into awareness that we are one another walking the ebbs and flows of life. You are in the driver seat of your actions. When you begin to compare, you are forcing responsibility onto others for your life, your happiness, and your world. 
Please understand that when you take responsibility and great care for yourself is when you connect with others from a place of love and understanding that we are humans thriving, surviving, and igniting each other along the way.
You have the power to pretend or reveal. There’s nothing to fear when it comes from the heart.

stephynow


yoga: come from a place of welcoming and less from a place of correction

I like words to captivate what is versus what is not. Our definitions and perceptions are so vast and representative of our lives. Take for example the practice of yoga. There are many lineages, sacred texts, traditions, evolutions, acrobatics, and ways we connect with this practice. Please do say and feel what the yoga is for you, by all means. I think we can get so caught up in pushing the “yoga agenda” from a place what it is versus what it is not. As if we have to prove it from right vs wrong. When this takes place, we begin to lose sight of the importance in offering from a place of love and compassion. I think we do a disservice to others when we come from a place of right vs wrong or when we "should" others in their practices. 
As a teacher, I will not tell you that your connection with this practice is wrong or right, for that matter, because it just is. If you come to sweat bullets, tighten your ass, press your best self forward, move to manipulate your body, challenge the mind, call your spirit, come to heal, chant, unite with the divine, meditate every damn day, whether you breathe through your nose or out your mouth - this is your practice. Yoga shows up in your life exactly the ways it’s supposed to and it may look and feel different from your neighbor. It’s the practice of connection to your highest self.

It’s universal.
All encompassing.
All worthy.
All practices.
Let us encourage each other in every way. Less coming from a place of correction and more coming from a place of welcoming.
However way we get there. 

stephynow


lifting & loving others is the ultimate belief system

Nearly one year ago, my life changed. I entered my second yoga teacher training and started my first studio teaching job. It’s hard for me to put into words all the learnings, growth, challenges, and unexpected gifts from the past two years in the yoga world.

There were many moments where I questioned my place in the teaching world. Sometimes learning things about this world that made my heart drop. Stories and un-truths crept in filled self-doubt, thoughts of inadequacy, and I often felt like quitting before I even started. 

There are people in your life that will gift you in the most unexpected ways. Sometimes those people will push you away. Some will give you tools. Some will offer an ear or advise you. Some will say no. And through all this - the polite no, the not right now, the kindness of an ear will allow you to go off in your way and find your tribe. One year ago, I found my tribe.

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Squealing so much my cheeks hurt!

Big things underway! 
I've kept mum about my trip to Aruba earlier this year because it's been a special project near and dear to my heart along with the rest of the oneOeight family. The countdown is officially on for the big reveal! 

Stay tuned and check out www.oneoeight.tv or follow the excitement on their Instagram @oneOeight.tv. 

I am filled with excitement, laughter, tears, and bowing in gratitude to share what is to come. 

Thank you - thank you - thank you for the endless love and support. 

I love you all. 

 

stephynow