Bendy Beaches

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Who cares how bendy you are if you’re not a nice person.

If you can touch your toes or bend backwards, that’s cool. But really I just want to ask you, are you a nice person?

I’ve been around the yoga scene in New York City for a long time. I’ve tried millions of styles of yoga, studios and certifications all around New York and California. I’ve also met and worked with lots of yoga teachers, read tons of blogs and (lately) seen tons of bendy photos on Instagram. And you know what- it’s time to get real. Since when did yoga become such a competition? Since when were you advanced or cool if you could be bendy? When did it start to matter so much? I think we are missing something here..

That’s not what lifes about. I’m not sure what being a nice person has to do with yoga, but I think they are related somehow. Cause isn’t “being a nice person” a general goal in life? No? If we spent a week reaching for, and working on, being nice to others as much as we do on getting into a handstand, I think we’d see some pretty cool stuff.

Don’t worry so much about posing, on or off your mat. Look others in the eye. Feel good about yourself. Love others. I’ve seen too many people do advanced “yoga” on their mats and than be a jerk to someone behind the counter, or completely rude to someone in the lobby. Am I missing something?

It’s easy to keep to yourself, push your hamstrings and fold over every day, to reach some goal of making your body make a certain shape. But can you be loving and nice towards others? Buy a sandwich for a homeless person. Be patient in line at TRADER JOES? Look someone in the eye and genuinely ask them how they are. Care. That’s the real stuff I’m talking about. And it doesn’t show on instagram.

The jig is up. The partys over. I officially don’t care about how bendy someone is, or how many YTT hours teachers have. Get something else new to pride yourself on and boast about. I wanna hear about how selfless you can be, and how much you can give and love others. Lets give it a try.

Xx

Hi Friends!
marina yoga
My sassy Russian friend Marina is teaching yoga to kids in Brooklyn schools! She’s collecting money to give them some clothes to wear for yoga because they don’t have any. It would be super exciting for these kids to get a fun surprise. Sometimes you are given something small, and it’s not about what you got, but it’s the feeling that you are loved and cared for and valued, that really stays with you. I know we can make these kids, and my friend Marina, feel that way.
If you can donate, the link is below. Whatever you can give would be really exciting!
Give Forward- Yoga Clothes For Kids

 

I have the audacity to believe that we can make a change. One person, one smile, one piece of yoga clothing at a time :)

Thanks for reading this!
Lots of Love,
Eva!

 

 

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Me Singing

I use to sing. I haven’t sang in forever, like 10 years. We made this video for fun.

 

Strala Yoga

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Oh haaaaaaay! This week I finished a 200hr yoga training at Strala Yoga in New York. It’s my most favorite yoga place on the face of the earth and I’m so happy that it is in NYC! It’s a moving meditation style of yoga that focuses on movement and breath rather than poses. This means much more of getting into you and feeling you, which feels really good. I’ve done yoga for 10 years, used to teach and this is my 3rd certification. Nothing has changed me or stuck with me like Strala has. It’s fun, there’s awesome music and the people there are happy and inspiring.

check it out www.Strala Yoga.com

and check out www.TaraStiles.com

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Make your own raw almond, peanut butter, dark chocolate and sea salt creations in the vitamix!

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I just throw in handfuls of whatever I want and whip something up!

Birth Story at the IFC

Ina May Gaskin

 

I went to the premier of Birth Story in NYC last night at the IFC Center!

Birth story is a film about Ina May Gaskin and her life as a midwife. SO inspiring! I am just now learning more about natural birth and just learning about birth in general, which is weird to say most most of us now more about Paris Hilton than we do about how our body works to have a baby. When you’re having a baby your not sick, it’s not an illness, you don’t have to be at the hospital. Medicine now days really interferes with the whole birth process which makes it more of a traumatic and painful experience for a lot of women giving birth.

Regardless of her line of work,  Ina May Gaskin really inspired me. She’s really fearless and authentic, calm and grounded and super funny. She’s an awesome example of a woman who is really making a change.

It was super cool because just as the lights went down and the film was about to start, Ina May HERSELF came in and sat next to me. I thought it was a sign that maybe she would help me have baby one day and I saw myself on the hippie farm having a natural birth. But that’s a long ways away… cause I should probably get a job and a boyfriend first. But whatever, it was a cool movie and a really good night.

Check out the movie here http://birthstorymovie.com/

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Veggie Fun Bowl

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Put some salt and pepper, lemon juice and olive oil on some kale and let that sit, roasted up some broccoli, cauliflower and red potatoes,  sautéed the kale with some quinoa and chickpeas. viola.

Smoothie Fun Time

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Smoothie fun time:

Peanut butter, almond milk, frozen strawberries and blueberries, and chia seeds. A little whip cream on top for fun.

Almond Butter Cookies

Made some easy almond butter cookies inspired by Tara Stiles!

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Happy Holidays!

Feliz Navidad everybody!

I will be spending the holidays staying cozy with friends in NYC. I’m gonna make a butternut squash lasagna!

 

My little niece who is 3 put these stickers up on the window in her house. She knows whats up.

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This is the tree in the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

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My little ghetto tree in my apartment which I just moved into. I want to get a train and a village going underneath!

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p.s. If you look close the little Reindeer has a red earing. I’ve got the touch.

 

Happy Holidays and lots of LOVE!