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Happy Yoga Monday! 7/8

Photo Credit: PoetryofYoga.com
Photo Credit: PoetryofYoga.com

Happy Yoga Monday!

This morning, I started my day with a juicy yoga practice, a cup of lemon ginger tea, a bowl of oat bran, and The Poetry of Yoga, an anthology of contemporary yoga-inspired poetry by writers from 19 countries. My yoga teacher Yael Flusberg gave me a copy of The Poetry of Yoga as a summer solstice gift. It was edited and organized by HawaH, an amazing D.C.-based yoga teacher, author, spoken word poet, musician, educator, community organizer, and co-founder of One Common Unity, I discovered while attending a spoken word poetry event at Mocha Hut on U Street in 2005.

The Poetry of Yoga is my OM breakfast treat this month. It is filled with beautiful yoga reflections written by some of my favorite yoga teachers including Yael, HawaH, Faith Hunter, and Helina Metaferia. It also features by writers who have touched my soul such as Margaux Delotte-Bennett, Binahkaye Joy, Beandrea July, and Larry Yang. Today, I fell in love with the yoga-inspired words of Ali Rahn as I read her poem, “Faith.”

Faith by Ali Rahn

Totally

from which

my breath

originates

does my

trust

remain

Rahn’s words floated from my soul to my heart and reminded me each time I take a deep breath and allow myself to stay in the present moment, I am in a state of grace where faith lives. Now that’s a great yoga state of being to carry with me all week!

What yoga-inspired writing have you read this year?

How does the writing make you feel?

Photo Credit: PoetryofYoga.com
Photo Credit: PoetryofYoga.com

If you are looking for yoga-inspired summer reading, be sure to check out The Yoga of Poetry, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Enjoy your day!

OM #YogaMonday OM!

Photo Credit: "OM" drawing by Ananda Leeke
Photo Credit: “OM” drawing by Ananda Leeke
 

PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir That Which Awakens Me on Amazon.com. It is available on Kindle

My debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One features a main character who works as a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Love’s Troubadours’ Pinterest board which contains some great information about the novel. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.

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Happy Yoga Monday! 3/18

Faith Hunter and Ananda at Embrace Yoga Studio in DC
Faith Hunter and Ananda at Embrace Yoga Studio in DC

Happy Yoga Monday!

Interviewing yoga teachers is one of the things I enjoy doing. It gives me a chance to learn more about their journey and practice. My yoga mentor Faith Hunter, founder of Faith Hunter Yoga and Embrace Yoga Studio, is always fun to chat with. Click here to listen to my 2010 interview with her. You will learn more about Faith and how she inspired me to teach yoga.

Faith Hunter on 2010 cover of Yoga Journal Magazine
Faith Hunter on 2010 cover of Yoga Journal Magazine
Faith Hunter on 2011 cover of Yoga Journal Magazine
Faith Hunter on 2011 cover of Yoga Journal Magazine

Last year, Black Enterprise interviewed Faith about being a yoga entrepreneur. I really appreciated her comments about treating yoga as a business. Her business philosophy is holistic and offers her studio and teachers an opportunity to serve others and earn income with open hearts.

Faith is an amazing writer and podcaster. She has written for Origin (“Sea of Uncertainty” and “For the LOVE of God”) and other publications. Her Faith Hunter All the Way Live Podcast offers free yoga classes. Click here to find a class to take. Her podcasts will rock your yoga world!

OM #YogaMonday OM!

PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir, That Which Awakens Me on Amazon.com. It is available on Kindle

My debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One features a main character who works as a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Love’s Troubadours’’ Pinterest board which contains some great information about the novel. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.

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Day 1 of the That Which Awakens Me Book Release Party Countdown

Greetings All!

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with fabulous food, fun, and family moments that fill your heart with joy, gratitude, and love.

Join me in celebrating Day 1 of the That Which Awakens Me Book Release Party Countdown.  Check out the video below that features me reading an excerpt from Chapter 5 of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.  It discusses my writing life. For more information, visit www.anandaleeke.com. The book is available on Amazon.com.

If you are in D.C. on December 6, come on by the official book release party from 4pm to 5pm at SHAKTI MindBody Studio www.shaktimindbodystudio.com, 1302 9th Street, N.W, Washington D.C. The Chinatown Metro (walk 3 blocks north on 7th Street) and Mt. Vernon Street Metro (walk 1 block South on 7th Street) are located near SHAKTI.

Judy Weathers, my Ameriprise Financial financial advisor will provide a gift certificate for a free consultation to individuals who purchase copies of That Which Awakens Me and Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (my debut novel about a yoga teacher in D.C. (www.lovestroubadours.com). The book party will be videotaped by Matt Leeke of Majik Productions, Inc. Many thanks to my yoga teacher Faith Hunter (www.faithhunteryoga.com) and her SHAKTI business partner Ieshia Ali for hosting the book party!

 Thank you for your positive energy and support!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Blessings,

Ananda

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Collage-Making from Full Strawberry Moon Weekend Celebration

Hi All,

On Sunday, June 7, I participated in Jamie Ridler’s Full Strawberry Moon Dreamboards event. To learn more about Jamie and her full moon events, visit
http://starshyneproductions.blogspot.com/2009/06/full-strawberry-moon-dreamboards-june-7.html. I ended up making five collages that reflect my intention and commitment to live a juicy sweet, tranquil, and joyful life this summer.  I labeled them Honey Oshun Mooon Collages.  See below.  I was inspired by the West African Yoruba goddess Oshun, a love goddess who governs creativity, sweetness, honey, femininity, sensuality, joy, abundance, the arts, dance, sweet rivers, motherhood, jewelry, and healing. She is one of my patron goddesses.

Do you have a favorite goddess?  If yes, who is she?

Enjoy your day!

Ananda

 

Honey Oshun Moon Collage Series

hm-yoga

This collage is called “Aspire.Learn.Love.Create.Evolve.” It honors my yoga practice and use of ayurveda. It reminds me to maintain a daily practice of honoring my body temple. I included two pictures of myself. One shows me sitting in the easy yoga pose. The other shows me smiling. I also included a photo of Ganesh, the Hindu god of overcoming obstacles. I took it at Shakti Mind Body Studio (owned by my yoga teacher Faith Hunter – www.shaktimindbodystudio.com and www.faithhunter.comin DC). There are several clippings of a tea pot with herbs, meditation sculpture, and the phrases – your practice will bloom, yoga, om ayurveda, and aspire-learn-love-create-evolve. A quote by Joanna Macy is included: “The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.”

hm-tranquil

This collage is called “Tranquil.” It reminds me to practice extreme self-care (a phrase coined by life coach and author Cheryl Richardson). I included a picture of me smiling and clippings with the lunar phases of the moon, a woman relaxing, and fireworks. There is an affirmation at the bottom which reads, “love your life.” A quote from Audre Lorde is featured: “and look mother I am a dark temple where your true spirit rises beautiful and tough like a chestnut.” I also pasted in a message about inspiration: “Stay inspired! Your soul goal – to acknowledge all your successes, not only those measured in pounds and inches; Your soul payoff – Increased determination and a renewed sense of Yes-I’m-amazing! confidence.”

hm-obama

The name of this collage is “Serving America with My Gifts.” It reminds me to use my gift of optimism to create positive change in the world like President Obama is doing. The collage also contains two pictures of me. One shows me posing in the warrior yoga pose. There are several clippings with messages: 1) optimism rules, 2) give optimism, and 3) the world is a magical place. A quote by poet Lucille Clifton is included: “may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear.

hm-lovelife

The name of this collage is “Vive La Vie” (live life). It reminds me to live my life fully without limitations and with joy and fun. The collage contains 2 magazine clippings featuring a man and a woman enjoying time together. It also has a butterfly with flowers, a clipping of American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (one of my favorite creative folks and inspiration for my novel and poetic memoir), a clipping of a woman as she relaxes, and picture of me. There is also a quote which says, “Women who have an abundance of joy are those who make a priority of finding pockets of it within their own lives.”

hm-free

The name of this collage is “Quintessentially Free.” It reminds me to live freely as a golden girl who loves butterflies, tunics, flat sandals, fashion, style, polka dots, and yoga clothing. It contains a picture of me along with a quote that says, “You already know it: Money can’t buy joy, so instead of spending your earnings, spend time on things that really do delight you.”