Like a Virgin

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You’ve heard the song Like A Virgin by Madonna right?

You know, the one where she sings “You made me feel shiny & new”.

Well, when’s the last time you felt shiny & new, like a, you know a, virgin?

That may be a crazy question to be asking you over the internet, but everything’s up for grabs these days it seems, pussys included!

At a time when the world seems to be a particularly wild and unpredictable, out of control place it often seems like I have very little control over anything at all, but I do still have control over my own body, my health and my well being. With all sides frantically flinging mud at each other, our food tainted with gmo’s, and women still not earning the same as men, a gorgeous tropical and serene beach in Mexico feels like a very sane and healing place to rest our weary heads and hearts.

We may not know for sure what is true in the media, but we can know what is true within ourselves. We can learn to listen to and interpret the voice and wisdom of our body, and learn how to effectively care for ourselves and thrive.

Life on the beach is not only beautiful, it’s beautifying,
mirroring and inspiring all that is within our control;
the power and the wisdom to be shiny and new!

Come dance with me to that music at Co-ed Dance & Cleanse 2017 or on a Private/Couples Cleansing Retreat! Learn how to be shiny & new everyday of your one wild and precious life!

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We Can All be winners

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I’ve just returned from adventures in Ecuador over the last 4 weeks. It was a truly wonderful journey, especially my time in the Andes, which I had visited 20 years ago and was thrilled to return to. My old memories and photographs didn’t at all do it justice and I’m still basking in the immense and vast beauty that I was blessed to trek through over the last month.

During my travels, the topic of the US election came up often when meeting Americans, Ecuadorians, Europeans, etc. and everyone was very concerned, holding their own hard and fast opinions.

On the eve of what is being called by many the most divided of all US elections, (even though I am Canadian by birth and I’m actually not that up on American politics and history) I feel called to send out a message to my yoga communities to remind us all of what we can each do to rise above the divisiveness that this event may be causing, and how to bring light and love to ANY outcome. As yogis, this is our purpose: union within ourselves and for the happiness and freedom of ALL beings!

Here are some reminders that come to us from Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, a sacred text of yoga. Regardless of the election outcome tonight, these are valuable and enlightening guidelines for a better self and a better world that will serve us all moving forward.

To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes:

Kindness to those who are happy- The “winners”

Compassion for those who are less fortunate- The “losers”

Honor for those who embody noble qualities- Find the good in everyone

Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values- Those who oppose your vote

Please share these truths with all your communities. They embody the only outcome that will encourage a healthy and empowered world. The rest is just drama.

Blessings,

Leela

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