{Dorian Leigh - Yoga (D), New York, 1946 Irving Penn}

{Dorian Leigh – Yoga (D), New York, 1946 Irving Penn}

Yoga is not one more box to check. You don’t make a note of it in your phone or day planner and then cross it off.

We have enough boxes to check and items to cross off. Yoga is not one more thing for you to do.

Yoga is a way of being. Yoga is a lens through which you see yourself and the world, a vessel to help you navigate the earth. 
Quality not quantity.
Compassion not competition. 
Intrinsic not extrinsic.

Our yoga practices teach us to be ourselves fearlessly. Being doesn’t necessarily mean doing.

Through yoga we learn to break through our habitual patterns and behaviors.

Perhaps, a breakthrough is kicking up into a handstand for the first time unassisted.

Maybe, it’s hovering in an arm balance that’s eluded you for 2.5 years.

Both deserve a fist pump and a high five. Rock on! Look at you!

But, yoga should travel with you—from the mat to work, from work to home, and everywhere in between.

Because the best breakthroughs happen long after you’ve rolled your mat up and walked away from the studio.
A breakthrough is a deep breath before speaking.
A breakthrough is a soft jaw you’ve spent a lifetime clenching.

Through yoga, we find what Panache Desai calls our unique soul signatures, our true strengths and mighty gifts the world anxiously awaits.

What are you waiting for?

Break through.

Beyond your perceived limitations, past your ingrained conditioning.

You are not your past. You are not your body.
You are a soul, and your soul is rooting for you. 




{I yoga, therefore I am.}



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Amber Shumake
lives in a suburb of Ft. Worth, TX -- over 20 miles from the nearest yoga studio. Gallivanting throughout the metroplex in her Jeep, she prefers to drive topless. As she rocks out to spiritual podcasts and audio books, she remains always vigilant of the local owl who occasionally lands on her windshield as a reminder to slow down, to seek only Truth. She calls Karmany Yoga, the donation-based studio where she teaches,“home.” Trading one compulsive addiction for another, she currently prefers backbends to drugs, tea to coffee, and Facebook to Twitter. Having recently completed her Masters in Counseling, she unites yoga and therapy, wiping away sweat and tears, connecting people to their beauty -- one empowering arm balance and inversion at a time. A born writer, she encourages others to revise the life stories that no longer serve them. She dreams -- in no particular order -- of marrying her partner, growing a family to play with her Blue “Healer,” writing a book, and changing the world. She’s pretty easy to find in the virtual world on Facebook, Twitter and blog.
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  • naglee commented on March 15, 2013 Reply
    Thanks, I needed that this morning
  • Carolyn Riker
    Carolyn Riker commented on March 20, 2013 Reply
    This resonates with my soul: “A breakthrough is a soft jaw you’ve spent a lifetime clenching.” Thank you. Powerful words.
    • Amber Shumake
      Amber Shumake commented on March 22, 2013 Reply
      I woke myself up this morning grinding my jaw. I speak what I need to hear. Glad it resonates, too, with you both.
  • Roberta commented on March 30, 2013 Reply
    Delighting! love the way you present yoga Thank You
  • Kasia commented on June 20, 2013 Reply
    I loved the end! So true.
  • patfealy commented on June 20, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful. Thank you
  • txyogi commented on September 17, 2013 Reply
    I have started to reach the point in my yoga journey where this is becoming my reality one small piece at a time. Thank you, Amber.
    • Amber Shumake
      ambershumake commented on September 19, 2013 Reply
      Thanks, my fellow TXYOGI. It continues to become true for me, too.
  • trishshiningsoul commented on December 11, 2013 Reply
    This is beautiful! Thank you so much!
  • my secret innuendo commented on February 23, 2014 Reply
    love seeing this viewpoint of yoga in print. the breakthroughs are the reason to be there, and stay through savasana.

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