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save our oceans: free screening this thursday!

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“Described by naturalist, Sr. David Attenborough, as ‘one of the most important films of our time,’ A Plastic Ocean is the documentary that has captivated audiences and incited positive action around the world. Through stunning underwater shots and disturbing footage of plastic pollution, the film investigates the damage caused when plastic consumption goes unchecked.”

Refreshments provided. Zero waste event. Click here for the FB event page details.

DATE: Thursday, January 31st

TIME: 6:30 – 9:00 PM

LOCATION: Ocean First, 3015 Bluff St., Boulder, CO

COST: Free!

Photo and Info shared from: https://www.oceanfirstinstitute.org/events/a-plastic-ocean-film-screening/
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semideaf: ashtanga updates from #yogawithsandi

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May we balance the levity of change with the gravity of promise. Life is unpredictable. Death is certain. Our power in between is to navigate this ocean with purpose. 2019 feels like a pivotal year already! I’m listening to a book right now called, Staying With The Trouble by Donna Haraway. She talks about the urgent need to conjugate and yoke with each other, with our environment, with our intentions. May we do so this year – with our most creative inspiration, our power to create, to create more than babies, to create kin. Love for 2019 and beyond. 🐢💖🐢 #yogawithsandi #stayingwiththetrouble #donnaharaway #feminism #fabulism #writing #creativity #plantbased #yoga #kindredspirits #2019aspirations

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In Hindu iconography, the Tiger is the vahana ( वाहन ) – the animal mount, vehicle, transport, energy – that carries goddess #Durga in her most ferocious form. In Tibetan Buddhist iconography, the Tiger can also be seen carrying #Mahakala, the wrathful dharma protector. The many Hindu and Tantric deities have different vahanas that can vary according to the time and place of their depiction. The vahana can remind us of the qualities/energies/propensities that the particular deity harnesses, whether by enhancing or restraining them as needed for the preservation of dharma, of balance. 🐯 Music: Libre Musician: @iksonofficial 🐅 #yogawithsandi #durgama #kalima #dharmaprotectors #hinduism #buddhism #tantra #ashtanga #yoga #tiger #vahana #kapotasana #mysore #ashtangayoga #meditation #yogadaily #selfpractice #8limbs #plantpowered #vegan #veganflexy #veganstrong #pbwf #healthandwellness #shiva #shakti #om

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Maybe I have always been “half-deaf,” meaning, half completely tuned in to the sound of my own thoughts, my own brain (and our brains do make noise believe it or not), at the expense of really hearing others. “Hey, I’m half deaf, so I can’t necessarily hear you” is what I’ve been having to say to people these past two weeks and it has felt so very true, on a level even beyond the physical. The physical experience of being half-deaf, which is what I am still experiencing after an ear infection crisis on Christmas, is humbly reminding me that we are all potentially experiencing a very different reality. We each have a different set of (changeable) limits, biases, injuries, handicaps, etc. that frame the perception of our reality. Sometimes we are not even aware of that framework. The upside of injury – perhaps even its raison d’être – is that it draws our attention to what we previously took for granted. This is insight, and all insight is a new vista. 🖼👂✨ #ardhamatsyendrasana #yogawithsandi #insight #hearing #perception #newparadigms #twist #ashtanga #vinyasa #yoga #yogadaily #cacboulder #boulderyoga #8limbs #poweryoga #vegan #plantpowered #meditation #contemplation

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What is Liberation if not the freedom to choose? How long should we practice on our mats -or- how long should we not practice/i.e. take rest? How long should we meditate -or- not meditate/i.e. do something other than sitting and concentrating on our breath? I feel we should do so for as long as we feel it is a choice to continue or not to continue. If what we are doing is not a choice it seems unlikely to lead to liberation. What is Liberation if not the freedom to choose? 💜 1st 🦂 since my ear infection, still healing, still learning, still seeking liberation… Xo s Music: Alive Musician: @iksonofficial #yogawithsandi #vrischikasanA #mysore #ashtanga #yoga #vinyasa #asana #inversions #handstands #backbends #peace #joy #healthandwellness #choice #agency #action #liberation #gobuffs #gogogobeyond #gategateparagateparasamgatebodhisvaha

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If you’re gonna kick, kick with joy. 😉🏊‍♀️🌊 Saw my new doctor today and she said I can handstand away – no need to fear inversions for my ear because it is healing well, even though post-infection, the not-hearing and ringing-in-the-ear can be expected for, potentially, even a few weeks. She advised that I don’t get underwater again for another week. So I taught my Aqua Yoga Play class tonight from pool-side, which I haven’t done in a while and appreciated the difference – mainly being able to see everybody from a wider perspective. Thank you water spirits. Don’t forget to love and care for your ears! Xx S 🙏💕👂✨ Music: Other Rivers II Site: https://icons8.com/music/ #yogawithsandi #aquayogaplay #fortheloveofwater #earinfections #healing #yoga #play #handstands #joy #healthandwellness

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.” N. R. Narayana Murthy Perhaps finding our sense of Belonging, in any walk of life, is similar to finding the state of Asana: sthira & sukham, steadiness and sweetness, or ease. Asana is a practice. Belonging is a practice. Normally I would fold forward in this asana, #ardhabaddhapadmottanasana , bringing my hand to the floor beside my foot, but today I was being cautious about bending and inverting due to a severe ear infection. And instead, I found it refreshing to focus on reaching up through the raised arm, which equally implies grounding down through the standing leg. Asana, Belonging, both are also a changing reality, a constant discovery. 👌 #yogawithsandi #sthirasukhamasanam #growth #pain #change #belonging #asana #yoga

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“What if I were in your condition?“ Sometimes I wonder whether the origin of all yoga asanas rests somewhere in this question…. We have so many asanas named after animals and insects and gods and sages: was it through the observation and contemplation of all these other beings that the first yogis developed these poses, these asanas, this whole science of the malleability of the human condition – our form, our consciousness, our realities – in order to more clearly connect and relate will all other beings? Putting ourselves physically – as we do in yoga – into different poses/conditions can palpably help us to contemplate different realities – to recognize that there are so many other states of being. These other realities are ever in flux all around us. It is this very knowledge of other experiences occurring in the same space-time continuum that expands our consciousness. This awareness can also beneficially render us more compassionate towards the realities/forms/conditions of others. On the other hand, it can also detrimentally affect the integrity of our own – the boundaries by which we understand our own experience – because suddenly we are able to perceive that our own “I” could be any other “I” – that we could be any one of these other experiences. This is a powerful realization. The downside is that suddenly everyone else’s problems feel like our problems. HOWEVER: just as we cannot do every asana at the same time, we cannot be in every other condition at the same time. We have to be in our own in the time that it is what it is. Nevertheless, contemplating other forms/realities is helpful so that we can create better relationships. Circumstances can be blown away by the wind but relationships can root deep into the ground of our being. As the wheel of samsara turns (which is its nature) and as we inevitably change realities/forms, practice helps us to remain calm. Calmness can be the kindest compassion, towards ourselves and all others.✨☸️✨abhyasa vairagyam tat nirodhaha✨practice and non-attachment settle the fluctuations of the mind✨🐍 p.y.s 1.12 #yogawithsandi #yogasutras #patanjali #yoga #backbends #compassion #samsara #vegan #empaths #heart

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