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Can You Wreck Yoga for Children? Five Common Mistakes in Sharing Yoga with Children

Posted By Carolyn on Jun 20, 2017

When Carolyn’s daughter Anabel was eight years old, she came home from a yoga birthday party upset. The yoga teacher told the birthday girl she was practicing downward facing dog wrong. Apparently her heels weren’t touching the ground.
Yes, you can wreck yoga for children.
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The Yummiest Yoga Assist Ever

Posted By Brenda Dowell on May 30, 2017

Years ago, I was in a lying down twist and my teacher gave me an assist that created space—an incredible opening—between my hips and my rib cage. My trust in my teacher allowed me to surrender and soften enough to receive assistance, while still honouring the needs and limitations of my body. I couldn't believe how spacious and open I felt. Read More

Are My Feet Supposed to be Together in This Pose?

Posted By Brenda Dowell on Feb 07, 2017

As a yoga educator, I get this question a lot: “Are my feet supposed to be together or apart in this posture?"
Like most things in life, there isn't a “one size fits all” answer—because every body is unique. Read More

Four Awkward Yoga Questions—and the One that Breaks our Hearts

Posted By Tamika on Jan 10, 2017

Yoga is everywhere now, but when we first started there wasn’t much information out there. Over the years we’ve been asked some pretty strange questions. Read More

Are You Fighting Against Your Own Nervous System? Six Ways to Get Back on Your Own Team

Posted By Brenda Dowell on Nov 30, 2016

I don’t get sick very often, but when I do I usually fight back instead of letting the illness do its thing. I get angry at my body for “letting me down.” I tend to ignore the symptoms, deny my exhaustion, and plough through in order to be productive.
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Deepening our Relationship to the Earth
Welcome to the DevaTree Joycast

The DevaTree Joycast is designed to help you playfully nurture your intuition and connect your life to the wisdom of nature in a meaningful way. While we encourage you to approach the Joycast with an attitude of playful curiosity, our reasons for using Nature to convey life messages is rooted in our deep reverence, humility and trust in the Earth. Many people intuitively understand that connecting to nature is necessary for true healing, both as individuals and as a species. At a practical level, it can sooth us, calm our anxieties and invoke our breath to deepen. It can also inconvenience us, unnerve us or scare us with its awesome force and unpredictability. If we admire the beautiful side of nature but feel it is our right to eradicate, sterilize or conquer those parts we dislike or don’t understand, we will likely admire ourselves when life is shiny but reject ourselves when our shadowy side cycles back in. By polarizing in this way, we reject our fundamental nature because like the waves in the ocean we were meant to experience cycles of ebb and flow, light and dark, praise and blame, fame and disrepute. It is the natural way.

So what does it mean to connect meaningfully with nature and where do we begin? Although I faithfully recycle and compost, these are tasks. While helpful, these tasks cannot bring me into a meaningful relationship with the Earth any more than washing my spouse’s car can create the foundation of my marriage. In order to evolve in consciousness, our old attitudes must shift so that we begin to think of the “we” before the “me” not only with each other but also with this planet we inhabit. At its most fundamental level, our real connection with her majesty Mother Earth begins when we simply pay attention and listen. It is actually that simple.

There was a time on Earth when the Sun, Moon, Stars and Weather were held in great reverence and even the sweetness of the wind in the trees or the arrangement of rose petals in the soil meant something. In that simpler time it was not considered hippie, flaky or frivolous to notice the patterns in a piece of wood or the behaviors of the animals. This connection to nature brought these humans into a deeper state of grace and flow, trusting in the rhythms of life and thereby trusting in their own inner knowing.

Because as humans we have elevated ourselves above our flying, furry and sea-dwelling neighbors, the dignity of these creatures has been forgotten, their special place in the scheme of life taken for granted. Just like we were each born with a unique and sacred life purpose, every bug, plant, animal and tree is also here fulfilling its sacred contract. There is a vastness of knowledge, wisdom, love and grace in Nature that is patiently waiting to open up to us. We don’t have to give up our cars or feel guilty for killing a mosquito but we do need to start noticing.

Wherever you are now, inside or outside, take a deep breath and feel your connection to Nature. Next time you walk outside whether on a busy street or a secluded meadow, feel the air on your skin, look for the glistening dew on the grass or smile toward the sky for a moment. Your senses will begin to synchronize with a vibration that is more natural and the path ahead will become more colorful. We hope the Joycast will support you on your journey.

May nature’s blessings Rain down on you,
Tamika

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