For just one day
you stepped out
You slowly yet deliberately
unzipped the suit
the suit of warrior armor
that adorns your flesh and bones
the one that has helped you for lifetimes
yet in this moment
in this blink of time
As I sit here typing, I am at the tail-end of leading (& partaking) in a Fall Yoga Detox 3-week series. I am not a rookie at seasonal detoxes but this time it seemed different. Not seemed different – it was different. I didn’t feel hungry or deprived as some of you may think pertains to a detox (ok, there was one emotional day where I really wanted a glass of wine), but I realize that was only because I wanted to be comforted. That want was fleeting because I found the comfort elsewhere.
I was comforted in the realization that I am my own best friend.
Big bold realization, right?! How about you? Do you feel all comfy cozy at home with your true self? If not, where are you seeking the external comfort?
When you cleanse out all the “false sense of security junk”, you can see clearly through the door. The door that reveals the light of your soul’s truth & in that place there will be no turning back.
Because you will realize this is the happiest of all places.
If you have been feeling the desire lately to rid your life of unwanted, mind cluttering toxins, and to step into your true joy, maybe you picked up on some of our collective energetic vibrations. For when one person does the work to heal & become their radical self, that energy helps everyone step into their unique truth.
My unique freak flag is up in the air, what about you?
Little BONUS: I’m happy to share a fun yoga detox music playlist with all of you. It is more than fun. It is powerful! Each woman who participated in the yoga detox shared a favorite song which is the compilation of the yoga playlist below. It is their way of flying their unique flag…enjoy!
Knowing – Lucinda Williams
Dream – Priscilla Ahn
Magic – Coldplay
Listen to the Lion – Van Morrison
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
Fool In the Rain – Led Zeppelin
Night Moves – Bob Seger
Every Rose Has It’s Thorn – Poison
You Are for Me – Kari Jobe
The Story – Brandi Carlisle
By the Grace of God – Katy Perry
(Everything I Do) I Do for You – Bryan Adams
Hey Jude – The Beattles
1000 years – Christina Perri
How Can I Keep From Singing – Enya
Put a Little Love in Your Heart – Mary Mary
Keep the music rolling and feel free to reply to this blog with your favorite song. Your unique addition will help the authentic collective conscious flow.
Until our unique journey paths cross again,
Not for the flexible?
When I see people on their yoga mats, they seem to be in all sorts of bendy poses. Their heads can reach places I hadn’t before thought of exploring and their backs twist into shapes that I had only seen at a Cirque du Soleil performance in Vegas. Yoga seems to only be about the flexible.
Those words are a flavorful version of conversations I’ve had over the years with people who are afraid of yoga. The list of fears is not limited to the misunderstanding of our bodies abilities, but an obligatory comment tends to be “I’m not flexible”. As a yoga teacher, I see fears as an opportunity to realize what part of our true nature is screaming to come out and play. So if you are one of the yoga-wanna-be-newbies that has tons of red fear flags waving — stiff non-flexible ‘ol body being one of them — here is what I lovingly share with you.
Yoga is not for the flexible. It is for the willing.
Go ahead. Roll out a yoga mat, breathe, move, and just show up. You may just have the best performance of your life —without the flashing lights of Las Vegas.
In love & light,
You alone are enough- you have nothing to prove to anybody. ~Maya Angelou
Four years ago I was sitting at an outdoor cafe with a friend in Washington DC sipping on red wine and talking about life. He casually asked “What is it you really want to do with all this passion you possess?”
I went on a wine and sun induced rant of how I wanted to help people access their power while also feeling peaceful. I had fought with myself for years; pushing my agenda and voicing my opinions and I had finally realized that the constant ‘in your face’ approach wasn’t necessary; and actually power limiting. In stillness and trusting in the moment is where I felt true power; that pure self knowing. Our chat ended with, “You know Phil, it is like getting a rush of adrenaline but also feeling zen embrace you at the same moment”. And thus my business name was realized: adrenazen.
I jumped in with both feet creating adrenazen classes that fused the grace and power of boxing with yoga. I know. I know. Really? Boxing and yoga? Well, it worked and the message was pervasive. There was a waiting list of students seeking this powerful zen experience. I was relishing in my own adrenaline and was taking less and less time for quiet zen Wendy moments; oh the irony.
But in one particular silent time, I remembered clearly a conversation with another yoga friend “Why are you trying so hard to build a brand? Wendy Billie is your brand.” I shrugged it off because I loved the cool business name. But I know now my friend was meant to say those words to me and thank goodness the voice within was loud enough so that when my graphic designer was creating my adrenazen logo I also had him create a Wendy Billie logo to compliment. I felt a tug in my heart saying one day I would shift to “Wendy Billie” my true essence and spirit. I would lead yoga healing retreats and seminars all over the world. And just as the universe is in a constant state of change and evolution, as am I. And now is the time to shift from just pure “yoga boxing” to my heart; a diverse wild eclectic nature loving peaceful spiritual being.
So for those who have been adrenazen followers, it is still me. It’s just that now I absorb in the brand that has always been with me. I use my given talents in ways to help people heal and step into their true authentic lives.
Do you find yourself pushing your agenda? Just maybe it is time to step back and see if you are flowing with YOU.
Namaste my dear friends and see you at wendybilli
International yoga instructor, Shamanic Practitioner, life coach, and more!