by nperez

January 13, 2019

Yoga pose image with text overlay: Spark Joy.

This week’s class is a joyful yoga practice! The theme is inspired by Marie Kondo. If you haven’t heard of her, I highly recommend checking her out.

She’s written a number of books on decluttering and tidying your life, and she now has a Netflix show, where she helps people get their shit together and organize their homes.

I started watching the show last week and I’m mildly obsessed with Marie. She has an incredible energy to her – super calm and kind, and she can organize a mess like nobody’s business! She’s everything I want to be.

Anyway, one of her books is titled Spark Joy, and this is one of the things she says to people who are having a hard time getting rid of stuff (hi, can anyone else relate?).

She advises us to really look at items and to only keep the things that spark joy.

This may seem super commonsensical, and it is, but it had never occured to me to look at my closet that way!

It just so happened that one of my girlfriends suggested we do a clothes’ swap this week, and it was the perfect opportunity to take a good look at my closet and consider what sparked joy and what didn’t.

I realized that this concept applies to all things we invite into our lives – not just clothes or other material items. We can apply this concept to the foods we eat, and the people we allow to share in our energy.

And we can apply it to our practice as well. So this week I’m inviting you to move in a way that sparks joy. If something I’m offering does not spark joy in you, don’t do it.

Embrace a joyful yoga practice, and allow that joy to seep of your mat and into your life.

Allow yourself to take a few moments and think about the things that spark true joy for you. Notice what that joy feels like…where you feel it in your body, and how it feels.

And when something comes into your life that doesn’t elicit that sensation…well, you don’t have to keep it.

Now unroll your mat and let’s spark some joy, in this week’s joyful yoga practice!

I’ll meet you on the mat.

Yoga pose image - half moon pose - with text overlay. Spark Joy Vinyasa Practice.
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I am a yoga teacher who focuses on bridging the gap between what happens on the mat and life off the mat. Yoga is life – it is meant to be lived!

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