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What IF………

What IF……..

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Create, Play and Go Beyond!!

……..there really was Magic?

There can be, yet one has to be willing to look within, let go of programming, beliefs, triggers and points of view that limit you.

The yoUniverse is full of unlimited possibilities.

So why stay in limited possibilities?

That is where so called ‘magic’ is!!

After all – You are the Universe! 🙂

Jodi

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

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Day of the Dead

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos form Mexico and what a beautiful opportunity to share some of the photos and experience I got to take in yesterday.

What an honouring and celebration of people who were very special in people’s lives and a releasing of their Souls.

Enjoy!!

xo

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Day of the Dead

One of the many beautiful alters for then that passed over.

 

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Day of the Dead

Several working on the alters before dark.

 

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Day of the Dead

The time, the focus, the honouring and the love shined through watching these being created!

 

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Day of the Dead

A wall full of these waiting to be lit in honour.

 

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Day of the Dead

One of the many Catrinas.

 

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Day of the Dead

 

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Day of the Dead

It was beautiful to see a wall lit up!

 

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Day of the Dead

Attracting Point

Attracting Point

 

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Look at Nature – She Acts Unlimited!!

Think of yourself as a human magnet, constantly attracting what you speak, think AND feel.

  –  unknown

Us human beings are magnets, and as energy works in this U-niverse, we are continually attracting of like – like vibrations on many levels. Whatever or wherever our attracting point is  – is reflected back to us called our life.

Your physical body is charged through the emotional field AND is just a processor for emotions.

E – Motions is Energy in Motion and when it’s not the body is not at ease – DIS-ease and the body is 70% plus water – that is why we need lots of good alive water – not dead like what is sold in those cheap plastic bottles but live from the earth – spring water or you can bring water back to some life via structured water.

The mind is where we have our thoughts that are electrical – that is why we so need minerals – lots of minerals.

And thoughts are Energy too.

The heart is magnetic – it needs lots of Love starting with Self, love for what one does each and every moment, Joy and Gratitude.

Now what does this mean?

Everything is Energy – thoughts become things that is how energy changes form.

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Get Creative!!

 

When we take care of the physical body with lots of water, mineral, love and Gratitude, we can think clearer,  know our purpose, our passions, as we feel good physically.  When we heal the emotions and allow unconditional love for self and others and forgiveness of any so called perceive mistakes in the past (usually means deeper inner work to release any old painful memories etc) and doing what we love to be doing, spending time with people we love, living life that includes doing what brings us joy, being fully present in the moment,  it’s then easily to be connected more with Source – or Spirit or God or the Field or – as you will be in a higher state of consciousness and all he higher vibrations are stepping in the direction of Creating Heaven on Earth – that is what was meant by that phrase.

And that is how you create an attracting point – Manifestation

Intention & Elevated Emotion leads to desire action which is an attracting point or a higher state of energy which is frequencies  – living in a way that is aligned with your highest vibration where peace, love & joy do exist!!

It is YOUR life right? If you aren’t creating it then who is??

Food for thought!

Jodi

xo

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Oh yeah – Lighten Up & Have More Fun – it’s Great Energy too!!

 

A Different Perspective

A Different Perspective

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Do you view things, people, situations from different perspectives or no?

Good and Bad are just different perspectives.  The truth is nothing.

     –  Bhavesh Chhatbar

Remember, perspective can cause 2 people to look at the same thing and see 2 totally different things.

     –  Gail Lynne Goodwin

Sometimes the only reason for us to be somewhere else is to see things from a different perspective!

     –  Leila Summers

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.

 

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Ana – One of the Yogi’s from Why We do Yoga book

I was in Yoga class yesterday with the awesome Ana from the Drishti Centre in Mexico and she used the analogy of comparing Photography with Yoga – interesting concept.

Lets take a different perspective even outside the class in every day life and situations.

 

If for example, on my camera I only use a 50mm lens – then I tend to miss out on much.  I either need possibly a macro lens for close ups to really get a better picture of what I am seeing or a telephoto so I can get like a bird’s eye view of things and no so much detail.

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Street in New Orleans

Purposely for a few years I went and got several Prime lenses – 35mm (wide angle) 50mm (every day) and an 85mm lens (good for portraits) – I still had my telephoto lenses but I focused on using these as if I wanted to really see or get a different photo aka perspective I had to move around – I had to be willing to be flexible and try and see things differently.

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Close up – Different Perspective

Yes one can stand there with their zoom lens and zoom in and out but they don’t have to move their body so it’s not as effective as truly looking with your eyes and moving around to get different views.

Since travelling I use one lens – yet since using Primes a few years ago I move my body still to get different angels, different lighting and I have even laid down to get a shot or climbed a tree – I am willing to be flexible.

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Close up Perspective

In Yoga classes – I can go to 4 classes of Ana’s a week and I never get the same class – sometimes Yin with Yang mixed in, sometimes Hatha, even Vinyasa – and it all helps me to be present in the moment, surrender and be open and they are always awesome classes – sometimes easy and other times kick ass!

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Wider Perspective Can be Good

What is your perspective on things – could it be more open? Flexible? Not only in life yet also with Yoga – don’t come to conclusions or judgments – life flows better that way!!

Great article on Yoga and DNA which I am diving deeper into – boy have they kept much from us!!

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Looking Through Different Lens (eyes) with Different Filters Can be Fun!!

Stay bendy and healthy in many ways!!

Jodi

xo

PS Have you checked out Why We do Yoga with over 60 Yogi’s on Amazon or e-book.

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Leah in Sayulita, Mexico – a Yogi in Why We do Yoga

Uranta is Now in North America!!

Uranta

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Me in My Uranta Clothing!

Chances are if you are reading this and you live anywhere in North America you haven’t heard of Uranta…….yet!!

If you know me or have been following me then you know what I put in and on my body in all forms is important – healthy!

So…….what is Uranta? (if you are shopping from the USA – you can switch that to reflect in the upper right hand corner)

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Uranta – Different backs on many tops

Uranta is beautiful clothing – made out of natural fibres, comfortable, beautifully designed with amazing owners.  Since finding Uranta I practically live in the clothes!!

The prices are awesome BUT the best part is this co helps employ single moms and people in the community – which desperately needs it.  Also, as I mentioned in an earlier post Uranta started the drumming project for Gr’s 1 – 8 at one school and are hoping to branch out to several more schools – so 7% of every sale goes to this project – BIG Win Win!!

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I am so usd to being on the other side of the camera lol

You can order directly through this link – yes it’s affiliate and if you want to become an affiliate and carry these great clothes in your Yoga studio, spa, healing clinic, store or out of you home in North America you can do that now!!

You can find out how they are helping the environment here.

Stitches that Matter Drumming Project here.

Womens and Mens clothing!

Join the Tribe here.

Your body is going to love this!!

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Uranta – Photo Credits: Dave Catt

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Uranta – handmade with Love – Mindful Clothing!!

Namaste

Jodi

xo

 

 

 

Mexico

Mexico

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos of Mexico.

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Color Blankets at the Market

As I wander around some small villages and towns were is so much to see!

 

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Basket Shop

I have found Mexicans to be quite friendly, happy and even though some are very poor still smile and say Good Morning!!

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Guys enjoying a Saturday

No matter where we are in the world we all have our own struggles – yet on Sundays you can go to any park or centre square and it’s full of people enjoying life and living.

 

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Walking to and from the market

A lot of markets with fresh foods are in Mexico – yet processed crap and Coca-Cola have become popular creating much obesity in Mexico – so sad to see as their diet outside of that is quite healthy!

 

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Corner Stores

 

Stores are different than in North America – not in the cities but in towns and villages this is quite common.

 

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2 Women cooking outside

 

Many outside and roadside ‘restaurants’!!

 

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Older man selling his stuff at the market

 

Many street dogs – who can be afraid of humans – once they trust you they love you.  There are some great ‘Gringo’s helping dogs get fixed and find homes in North America  – if you want to adopt a dog – there are some waiting for a good home!

 

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Common scene of dogs taking it easy in the heat

 

What I love most so far of being in Mexico besides the sun and warmth is the food, ease, friendly people and it just seems so much freer and less stress than in North America – not for everyone but for some of us it’s great!!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share!

Jodi

 

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Enjoying a cold drink on a hot afternoon!

It’s Been a Year!!

It’s Been a Year!!

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What a Year!!

Wow – It’s been a year!!

It was 1 year ago today I arrived in Mexico to do my first out of the country house sit.

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Vancouver, BC

I took the red eye out of Vancouver leaving behind snow and ice – first time I saw snow stay in Vancouver for more than a day or two – little did I know at that time the snow would only continue coming big time over the next few months.

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Mexico

Within my first 10 days of arriving in Mexico I had my birthday, had to put my dog down – while my best friend and father of my kids held the phone so I could talk to Spirit as he transition, then next my relationship of over 21/2 years came to an abrupt end.

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Spirit

 

It was like my Soul wanted growth with no distractions – I didn’t know a soul in Mexico, couldn’t speak the language and had a little dog and cat to look after.

 

Fast forward a year now and the growth, healing, experiences, people I’ve met, things I’ve done, the programming and ways of being and earning an income that I’ve let go of was nothing I was thinking was going to happen when I came to Mexico – yet I was open to new experiences………I need to be really clear from now on! 🙂

 

I realized I truly wasn’t on the right path……I still had deeper work to do, experiences to experience on my own, people to meet, projects to start and reignite, places to see and photograph, journeys to take and to become more aware of energies and programs I was still running that weren’t serving me.

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Havana, Cuba

I went to Cuba and walked over 100 miles in less than 8 days and have over 2000 images that I shot while there.  I did Yoga teacher training, spent many hours doing Yoga and walking the beach meditating, participated in Temezcals (Mexican Sweat Lodges), created a Why We do Yoga book with over 60 Yogis on Amazon and did a lot of soul searching on my own.

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Why We do Yoga – on my blog & Amazon

 

In sharing all of that I want to extend a huge shout out to my friends that held space for me to process things and emotions – you know who you are, I am so eternally grateful and I love you!! Also had some amazing healers that helped me move thru things much faster – I love Energy Healing Modalities – all I can say is they work and work well.  Alina and Kare did Emotion code with me – you can find out more about it here or watch the documentary E-motion.  Neither has a website up yet but if you want to experience a session reach out to me and I can give you their contact info – they are both amazing!.  I did a Soul Retrevial with Jodi Parker who is someone I adore as she walks her talk and is very good at what she does –which is several things but you have to experience one of her sessions! Her site is Higher Living Journey.  Another person who I adore and is also very gifted at what she does is Sandra Wagman Sargeant – she has been reading for me for years and her readings are usually bang on! You can find out more about her and her readings at Readings with a Twist . All ladies work with anyone anywhere – love technology!!

Wow what a year it’s been.

No it was not always fun – but yet oh so worth it!!!

 

I also have had many amazing moments as well!!

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Sunshine Coast, BC

 

And I just got back from spending 6 weeks in Canada – not the right time of year I agree but it’s how timing works sometimes.  I did some photo shoots for friends, my project, learn to connect with Spirit (no not my dog 🙂 but he did come in), saw many dear people (alive :)), released more of my stuff to truly becoming a nomad (and sad to say some people too yet it’s all good) – that happens when you just are not vibrating at the same level any longer.

It was cold oh so cold for me which makes me appreciate being back in Mexico even more so despite it being cold here right now  too – it’s still warmer than Canada!! Lol

 

And I just started another house sitting gig with my original person – now it’s not 1 dog and cat it’s 3 adorable little dogs.

 

I feel so blessed to what has happened, is happening and what is coming in 2018.

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Greens & Superfoods!!!

Health and eating healthy will always be important to me, and I will always share as I do believe in superfoods (as you will see on my blog), live foods and more.  I had the privilege of photographing Troy and Sharon with their domes and towers and I am getting some towers – I think everyone could use these towers – we need to be growing our own foods!!  The info and link will be on my site soon if you want or know you should be growing your own food too!!

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Growing Towers for Nutrient Dense Foods!

I’ve also dived into the crypto world big time – I have had Bitcoin for a couple of years and got educated on that big time but sat back – now I’ve jumped in much stronger and also highly encourage others to do so too!!  Reach out if you have questions or don’t know where to begin!

 

Living outside the box is more important to me than ever before.  My time in Canada and USA re-enforced that.  The stress I see people under, the prices, the politics and more.

For me that is not truly living my highest potential – as that is not my path.

 

What is calling me more than ever, what is truly wanting to be expressed now is a deepening within my own self to my true potential of living life to the fullest and one of those things is expressing the creativity from within that I’ve kept hidden for a long time and breaking free from self limiting programming especially around emotional eating.  I have always had a love for photography yet I put down my camera for many years – doesn’t matter now why but I did – and as you can see I have no ‘niche’ I enjoy capturing many moments……….just wait!! 🙂

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What are Your Intentions?

2018 is going to be an amazing year.

 

I took a break from doing any posts as I was busy in Canada but also becoming much clearer on where I am headed and putting the final touches on my 21 Day Food & You program, with one more project in the works before I really dive back into the Raw, Naked and Beautiful project.

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Raw, Naked & Beautiful – Real, Authentic & Whole

 

I know adventure, health, quantum physics, self love, art and photography are part of 2018 – and what I do love is working wherever I am as being the Sagg that I am my freedom is what is important to me.

 

How is 2018 looking for you?

 

Life is too short to be doing anything that does not bring you true joy and happiness.

 

We do create our lives – even when the shit hits the fan – it helps to show us who we aren’t or what no longer aligns with our true being – so take it as an opportunity for growth not to play the victim.

 

Thank you for stopping by, feel free to reach out with any questions or share this post!!

 

Creating Love, Magic and Joy

Jodi

xo

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4 Men – Havana, Cuba

 

 

 

 

 

Atabal Drumming Project

Atabal Drumming Project

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Atabal Drumming Project

Since staying in the Ajijic area of Mexico I have had the chance the meet some amazing people by being part of the Yoga community and getting out to some events and meeting people.  Through the Drishti Center and Ana (an awesome teacher and connector) my name got passed on to meet with Lucia owner of Uranta along side her partner Ian for the project (two more amazing people with great projects on the go and  connectors too).

 

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Opening Drumming Project wtht Yoga for the Adults – Drishti Center

Opening the Atabal Drumming Project with a Yoga class to Drumming as amazing for the adults to experience the beat of the drums at the Drishti Center.

 

‘Yoga and drumming share the attributes of oneness and the ability to heal and inspire the heart and soul to reach new heights.’

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The Teachers with Ron Cross

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Ron Cross

 

 

Followed by a week of teaching the teachers ( who I believe most are musicians and very talented and beautiful beings!) from the school where the project is starting –  Drumming with Ron Cross from Canada teaching them. Ron has been teaching kids drumming and teachers for more than 20 years – it’s in his blood to wake people up to the power of the drum!!

 

 

 

I got to join in with the teachers playing some – I have not picked up my drum in a few years – made me realize how much I missed it – gave it up when I started doing massage – I needed softer hands!! 🙂 Yet I have participated in drum circles especially in Vancouver on second beach Tuesday evenings in the summer – dancing in the sand listening to the heart beat of Gaia – Mother Earth – what an incredible feeling!!

 

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Drumming Circle at the school

That is part of the reason Lucia through Atabal  started this project (you can read more on this link on the Uranta website).  A program designed to inspire dreams, community spirit, and self confidence is the basis of this project.

 

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Drumming Project

Drumming goes way deeper than beating a drum – anyone who has been involved with drumming whether it’s the actual drumming part, dancing, listening or in one of many healing circles it has huge impact more  energetically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically than one may realize.

 

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The Joy!!!

 

With children of a third world country possibly even more so.

Why do I share this?

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Kids Having Fun

 

I’ve had the privilege of being able to shoot photos of the first round of Gr 1 to Gr 6 students and watch their faces, see the excitement and hear how in even 1 hour they take to it fast and are enjoying it.

It was hard for me to pick photos for this post – as there were so many good ones of the kids to choose from!

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The Joy on their faces says it all!!

What doors could that open?

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Kids of all ages!!

 

Especially in the imagination where there are infinite possibilites.

Could make a huge difference on the future of that child – how they think, act, feel and therefore live.

Are you able to help or contribute?

You bet!!!

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Building Confidence & Community

It has been set up to  be funded through Uranta – this also is exciting! I love these clothes – Lucia is creative and wanted clothing that was unique, comfy and very versatile – she did well.  Maybe you do Yoga, maybe not – but you can wear many items can be worn a few different ways, or layered.  I brought many pieces here to Sayulita where I am now for a bit and everything was wrinkly – within a short time the wrinkles were gone :).

By purchasing some Uranta clothing 7% of all sales go to the Atabal Drumming Project BUT also it helps employs single moms who earn a living wage here – which is also another project of Uranta!! So you are helping in many ways by purchasing Uranta!!  Yes they ship throughout NA and Mexico!!

 

(Soon they will be releasing an affiliate side as in like a week or two expanding into Canada and USA – please contact me if this is of interest!!)

 

Since being in Mexico for the last 10  months I see many big differences between Canada, USA and Mexico – your purchases therefore contributions will be greatly appreciated and will help many children and single moms!!

With much Gratitude

Jodi

 

PS Here is the link for the Atabal project with more info.

Also a pic of me in my Uranta!! and there are no affiliate links in this post!! 🙂

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Uranta Clothing

 

 

Signs from the Universe

Signs from the Universe

 

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Energy is Always Flowing

There are always signs from the Universe IF we are paying attention.

When we are greeted by a sign or synchronicity there is no longer the question – there is only the answer!

If we are energy – and we are – when we have put out a question to the Universe and do not come to conclusions with an answer, we are sending out a vibration and the Universe loves to support us, surprise us and over deliver.

It’s interesting the things we worry or fear about instead of knowing what we desire, setting clear intentions and moving in that directions without expectations and conclusions.

The flow of energy.

I have been struggling with some decisions lately in my life – it’s like I am at a fork in the road and it’s been draining and hard – because I have been trying to figure it out.  That in itself should tell me 🙂

But I started paying attention to signs and they were coming even in funny ways – how, when and where I least expected it!! 🙂

I chose the photo above as I just came back to Sayulita in Mexico – where I spent a couple of months earlier this year.  I walked down the beach yesterday to see these rocks and not only are the Inuk Shuks gone but so are many the rocks – if you have an urge in the moment – then Go For It as you never know what can happen after that.  As a Photographer a missed opportunity of creativity!!

Let go of thinking, come from the heart and follow what you love to do and be.

That is the only true way to live!

Create a fantastic day!!

Jodi

xo

 

Why We do Yoga

Why We do Yoga

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Why We do Yoga

Why We do Yoga came to me after a Temazcal one night in Mexico – Mexican sweat load ceremony.

After the ceremony and back home, I was sitting out on the patio in a chair hammock slowly moving around, it was dark and the stars were out, there was a gentle warm breeze on my skin and I could hear the  pounding of the waves in the distance.  Out of nowhere this idea came.

As I was in my teacher training I was asking myself it at a deeper level as well.  For me it started off as a personal journey – and it’s incredible how it fit into my life at the perfect time for what I was moving through.

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Why We do Yoga

When I started doing some research on the internet I knew immediately why this came to me.

The Yoga matt is where many people – mostly women but men too, come to further judge, compare, beat themselves up – not good enough, can’t do that pose, I’m not wearing the right clothing, I’m not thin enough etc

We need to stop this insanity.

This is only a glimpse – my persceptive on why I do Yoga – you will hear many other reasons.

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Why We do Yoga

For me now Yoga has become more – since deepening the connection with myself, my mind, body soul and breath.

Since that moment sitting out that night I started sharing this idea – this book – with other Yogi’s and they kept saying Yes to it, to be part of it!

We all have different journey’s, perspectives, lives, stories, beliefs and awareness and that is why I knew it needed to have as many Yogi’s share as possible.

I have had the incredible privilege to meet some of the most beautiful, amazing, heart centred and present Yogi’s / people since embarking on this project.

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Why We do Yoga

I spent the last several days going through the photos that I have been able to shoot and capture some beautiful moments – for that alone I am honoured.  I have photographed over 50 Yogi’s and I then reached out to others who I knew would be a huge contribution to this book as well yet we were miles away.

Why We do Yoga is a book that will be out first in kindle format very soon like as in May!!

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Why We do Yoga

My wish and hope is that through one of these amazing Yogi’s that a seed will be planted, a deeper understanding or awareness of of why you do do Yoga.

Maybe you don’t do Yoga – yet, maybe you do a little, maybe you do a lot – I promise you there will be something in this book for you!

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Why We do Yoga

Stay tuned as it will be out shortly and Please feel free to share this with anyone.

With so much Love, Gratitude and Consciousness

Jodi

 

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Love Light Laughter

Catching Up

Why We Do Yoga

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Why We Do Yoga

Wow what a crazy few weeks!!

Mercury is in Retrograde and I decided to go back to Canada during this time -flying – travelling not always a great idea as I found out on my way back!  Lets just say I would never fly United Airlines again and letting others know it!!  Rude customer agents and over priced baggage fees!

My time is in Canada and USA was busy – gathering things together to come back down to Mexico for a longer stay, packing up things, visiting friends, playing with my dehydrator and making lots of crackers, cereal and a few other goodies and shooting Yogi’s for the book coming out very soon Why We Do Yoga.

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Why We Do Yoga

It’s been an amazing venture to meet and be able to Photograph most of these Yogi’s – words cannot describe it!  I cannot wait to share the photos, the whys and more – it truly has inspired me even deeper – whether you do Yoga or not, or something that moves the body and bring you joy, awareness and a way to connect mind, body and spirit is what is essential.

We have become extremely disconnected and uncaring – I experienced it first hand at the Airport.

Now that I am grounded for a little while in Mexico I will be diving deeper into Yoga, consciousness, awareness, energy, manifesting, real and raw foods and more!.  I have no dehydrator here but I did an amazing deal on a juicer when I got back here and will be experimenting using the sun energy for dehydrating.

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Quiet Time

I’ve already started my sprouts, kombucha and tomorrow will be raw sauerkraut.

Whether it’s food, thoughts, feelings or intentions – it’s all energy and it all matters or will create matter!

I am realizing that people and the world are waking up – we need to – our health and the planet is headed in the wrong direction for many.  It does not have to be hard, boring, confusing or taste bad.

We are powerful creators – we create everything in our lives and we are live beings who need to be eating more live or real foods!

I joke with people now and say – once you take the blue pill and you actually swallow it – life becomes very different!

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Go for Peace as much as possible!

Can’t wait to share.

I hope you are having an amazing day and if not go find something or someone that brings you joy and move more into that vibration!!

Peace, Love & Consciousness

Jodi

PS – More info here on Why We Do Yoga

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Love heals much!