come aqua yoga play with me!

What does it feel like to move like a manta ray, to float like a starfish, to bend like seaweed, or to hold Warrior 3 in the water? Created by yoga teacher Sandi Higgins, Aqua Yoga Play combines vinyasa yoga, physical improv, and aquatic fitness to bring you an original and playful shapeshifting experience. We switch our yoga mats for the water and find the meditative movement of yoga in the buoyant aquatic realm. Connect with your inner ocean animal!ย Register here.

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As we relax into a greater appreciation and recognition of all that we already are, and all that we already have, we inevitably develop a greater appreciation and a natural wonder, curiosity, and connection with the element of water – we are 3/4 made of water, our bodies and our planet! This valuable resource is not separate from our own nature. Thanks to all the Lightworkers and Water spirits who came to Aqua Yoga Play at the Colorado Athletic Club tonight, so much fun to play with you! ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฆ‘๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿ๐Ÿก๐Ÿขโœจ #aquayogaplay #yogawithsandi #cac #water #aquatics #relaxation #play #imagination #movement #yoga #meditation #fortheloveofwater #watertherapy #health #wellness #liberation #environmentalstewardship #boulderyoga #boulderlightworkers

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Thank you to my Aqua Yoga Play students today! We were 6 this afternoon and often when I have an even number of people in class I like to do partner exercises. Itโ€™s inspiring to see people connect in new ways – with themselves, with people they already know, or with people they are just meeting for the first time. In some sense, we are all always meeting for the first time (and if we can find that curiosity and fresh lens in our day-to-day interactions, we can feel more alive in general as we move out of habitual conditioning, and old patterns that may no longer feel groovy, into fresher mindsets). There is always something new to learn about ourselves and others. Two of my students today are massage therapists and in the final resting poses they gave each other neck massages under water. It looked so blissful. The water can be such a therapeutic medium. I have found in recovering from trauma that it can help us to nurture our true nature. In Aqua Yoga Play, we cultivate the mind-body-breath connection as we move conventionally and unconventionally, focusing on the nonjudgmental delight (instead of the pain, dissatisfaction, or fear) of being embodied. Join us Thursdays this Autumn at 12:30pm at the CAC Boulder @cacboulder ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’™ #aquayogaplay #yogawithsandi #fortheloveofwater

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3k happy joy: ashtanga updates from #yogawithsandi

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3K happy joy (that was the auto spell correct for โ€œSri K Pattabhi Joisโ€ when speaking his name into my phone here ๐Ÿ˜‚), Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the great and in some cases controversial guru of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, often considered โ€œthe original power yogaโ€, is said to have said that he really did not like to use the term โ€œPower Yogaโ€œ because Power is related to the human ego, where as Yoga is meant to take us beyond the Ego to union with God or the divine, or the supreme energy of the universe – however you understand this to be. It is indeed empowering to cultivate strength and flexibility through yoga practice, and with that, a greater sense of control and deliberation with our bodies, minds, lives, but perhaps there is a further step in this process: to surrender the effort, the fruit, the whole process, to dedicate all oneโ€™s experience to that which is greater than oneโ€™s self. What does that mean to you? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ”ฅ Heated power Yoga with me today at Colorado Athletic Club Boulder @cacboulder ๐Ÿ”ฅโœจ #yogawithsandi #cacboulder #3khappyjoy #srikpattabhijois #poweryoga #ashtanga #vinyasa #yoga #strength #flexibility #wellness #liberation #backbends #empowerment #surrender #ishvarapranidhana #8limbs #vegan #plantpowered #gogogobeyond

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Shortly after returning from studying with Sharath Jois in Mysore, India in 2016, I moved from NYC to an area in NJ where there was no Mysore studio within a 45 min drive. ๐Ÿ”น My time in Mysore, and the years of practice in NYC before that, nevertheless empowered me to continue practicing the sadhana on my own – and to share the practice. ๐Ÿ”น Iโ€™ve maintained a regular self-practice for over 2 years (including intensive Ashtanga workshops and week/weekend classes with Sharath and Saraswathi) and Iโ€™ve discovered in this time how valuable it is to have the self-practice/ home-practice that the Ashtanga sadhana empowers us with. ๐Ÿ”น That said, Iโ€™ve also come to see how valuable and of great merit it can be to connect with a community and a teacher to practice with and to continue learning from! ๐Ÿ”น It can be challenging to show up, whether to oneself or to a group, but ultimately we can only understand so much on our own. And itโ€™s awesome to be a yoga student, especially if we consider ourselves to be yoga teachers too! ๐Ÿ”น Big thanks to @tylandrumyoga and the @yogaworkshop for the community and learning here in Boulder. ๐Ÿ”น Just a few days ago in practice I was saying that โ€œitโ€™s impossible for me to go into handstand with straight legsโ€ and thanks to Tyโ€™s encouragement and guidance, I am starting to do so. ๐Ÿ”น Join me for a taste of this transformative practice tomorrow morning 6am-8am at CAC Boulder @cacboulder ๐Ÿ”น #mysore #ashtanga #vinyasa #yoga #shanti #yogasadhana #health #wellness #liberation #tictocs #handstands #backbends #vegan #veganflexy #veganstrong #plantpowered #8limbs #yogaworkshop #cacboulder #yogawithsandi

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Rocky Mountain High

Apple

Of my eyeโ€ฆ

Why did anyone name

New York City

The Big Apple?

Surely they never saw

The Rocky Mountains

For these juicy peaks ย 

Appear to be

The biggest apples

That my eyes have ever picked

Rock Steady

Silent witness

Your jagged edges

Pierce the sky

Like a royal crown in sunlight

Rendering beautiful and warm

The cold ugly fact that

Our lives can feel

Broken

Craggy

Irregular

Rugged

Uneven

Barbed

Cleft

And we can still stand strong

(Don’t know where Iโ€™m going

Just know that I am

Happy to beย 

Here,

Where I am, for

Now

How long does Here & Now last?)

There is no throne on Earth

That can raise anyone

To the level of your majesty

And yet people prostrate

Before petty thrones

Encrusted with jewels

Splintered from your sides

In ย a farcical display

Of missing the peak

By magnifying the Human Ego

At the expense of the Environment

Great Mountains:

Dissolve our arrogance

Our ignorance

Our folly

And our greed

Humbled by the persistent creed

Of a presence so lovely and generous

May we realign

With a real source of

Awe

Praise be

Mountain Spirits

~ Sandi H.

Boulder, Colorado

Summer 2018

uneaten cookies

I love

Being by

Mountains

They are likeย 

So many needed things

Like a gathering

Of tribal chiefs

Of wise, non-attached

Observers

Who remain steadfast in their elementย 

Nโ€™importe quoi qui arrive

They remind me

That even the Earth

Can rise like cookie-doughย 

And resist eatingย 

Its own baking

Mountains are like the cookies

That the Earth saved for us

๐Ÿ™โ›ฐ๐Ÿช

~ Sandi H.

Boulder, Colorado

Summer 2018

Stepping Up

There is a Mountain
That I want to climb
And for so many years
I have exhausted myself
Walking in circles around its base
But somehow, today, something is different
Maybe Iโ€™m just tired
Of making myself dizzy
Because today I hear a voice that says,
Hey stupid!
Mountains can only be climbed
By stepping up…

~ Sandi H.

Boulder, Colorado

August 2018

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prose: unborn giants

 

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Handstand at sunrise over Wonderland Lake, photo by Diana Shangguan, Boulder, Colorado July 2018

Unborn Giants

Do you ever

Feel

Like you have to look up

Every word you want to use?

Like you no longer know

What a word really

Means

Whether it really fits

The idea in your head?

Or the idea in your

Heart?

In what womb do ideas grow

Before emerging

To take shape

In the world?

Can ideas become

So so so

Big

Before ever being born

That they no longer fit

Any words

Any forms

Any framework

To express them

To dress them

To make them

Presentable?

Perhaps

Naked ideas

Only come to reality

In the realm of

Sheer sound

Where their forms

Matter less than

The Way they form

Music

Might well be

The only vagina

For unborn giants

To enter the world

~ Sandi H.

Boulder, Colorado

August 2018

Which side are you on?

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Handstand in front of mural by Madeleine Tonzi (2017) on Pearl St. Boulder, Colorado. Photo by Sven Stocker. August 1st, 2018

Which side are you on?

The side of the oppressor

Or the side of the oppressed?

Can we see

Beyond our side?

Can we switch sides?

Can the side of the oppressor

Become the side of the oppressed?

And vice versa?

On the side of the oppressor

Do we believe we are entitled

To claim Rightness, to claim Wholeness

While forgetting what weโ€™ve excluded

From the side of the oppressed?

On the side of the oppressor

Do we listen mostly

For consensus, for a chorus

Of Rightness, of Wholeness

Without heeding the voices

On the side of the oppressed?

On the side of the oppressor

Do we seek Pleasure with disdain

For the Pain of Injustice

And pride ourselves on choosing

Compassion?

Is it a choice to be

On the side of the oppressed?

On the side of the oppressor

Do we turn from Darkness to Light

By running from our shadows

The monsters of our own making?

Ignorance is bliss, or

Ignorance is terror,

When we are ignorant of the other

On the side of the oppressed?

On the side of the oppressor

Do we Give Back for not knowing

How to actually take less?

Do we suffer from too much stuff

And too little Connection?

Do drugs numb our conscience

As our mind-bodies cry

For the suffering weโ€™ve been ignoring

On the side of the oppressed?

On the side of the oppressor

Can we Stretch? Dialogue?

Can we lengthen our spines

Open our hearts

Follow our breath

From This Side to That Side?

Like, a side stretch yโ€™all

And in so doing,

Can we Recall

Unity Beyond Oppression?

~ Sandi H.

Boulder, Colorado

August 1st, 2018