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Yoga teachers look for inspiration everywhere.
Why?Because the greatest classes begin with a nugget of gold, dug out from the heart of a teacher who connected with something that felt at least a little bit like enlightenment.
We want our own students to experience that, so we look and listen for the quotes, stories, songs and poems that speak to our souls.
Well guess what? The search for inspiration just got a whole lot easier. Here are links to ten true Instagram artists, painting their feeds with words that are SO very worth repeating.
- Before he uploads his work to Instagram, Robert Macias types each piece up with his antique 1940s Royals typewriter on handmade paper and photographs the image. All of his poems are signed off with his pseudonym R. M. Drake — which comes from his childhood nickname, Bobby Drake, the iceman superhero from X-Men (from The Miami Herald)
- Diego Perez also known as “Yung Pueblo” is a poet who derives his inspiration from two concepts: the possibility of complete freedom from misery as an individual and the possibility of humanity coming together to recreate the world into the beautiful and loving place that it can be. (from his interview in The HoodWitch)
Movements change the world. But as important as it is to be a part of and build movements to create a world where human rights for all are a reality, a world where systemic forms of social and economic oppression no longer exist, it is just as important to build our own personal internal movement that focuses on healing the greed, hatred, and fear within ourselves that causes so much chaos in our lives and is actually at the root of the societal chaos we experience. Every society is simply a composition of its individuals believing and consenting to particular stories that come together to create the world we know, if the stories we choose to believe in change, if we begin to understand that not harming others is intrinsicly valuable to our own lives – not in a fictional sense, but in a literal sense, similar to the way that water is good for the body and poison is bad for the body, so is it that when we harm another we are actually harming ourselves, then quickly we will shift into a new world. Much human pain revolves around our ignorance of two universal laws, one being the law of karma which tells us what we do eventually returns to us in some form or another and the second being the understanding that the cause of suffering is craving. Just as much as craving is the central cause of suffering in our individual lives so is collective human craving the central cause of global harm and imbalance. Understanding these two gives us great power as individuals, if we find and practice effective ways to heal ourselves of the aspects of our character that cause us pain and focus on building deep peace within ourselves, then we will effectively lessen the weight of total human craving and ignorance all the while increasing the potency of collective human happiness and peace. If we heal ourselves, we are truly healing the world. Sending love to all beings. May we all understand that as we heal ourselves our minds being clearer and our actions become more effective. May we all realize that it will take our own healing as individuals to solidify a global peace. May we all be happy and free. 🙏🏽💙 #yungpueblo
- Rupi Kaur is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. She explores a variety of themes ranging from love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration and revolution.
- Atticus has kept his identity under wraps, even as his poet persona has exploded with 387,000 Instagram followers. He’s from British Columbia, he’s “in the kind of older 20s,” and he bounces around between Canada, Europe and L.A.
- Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, photographer, artist, and author who lives in the mountains of Helena, Montana along with a giant golden retriever, Calvin.
- Christopher Poindexter is a poet who describes himself to be an “observer.” Even better, Jim Morrison is his spirit animal.
- K. Towne Jr. describes himself simply as a writer who gets “lost in bottles and beautiful girls,” He writes about our strongest emotions, love and heartbreak, in a way that resonates deeply with his continuously growing following.
- Alicia Cook is from NEW JERSEY and, even more importantly (we think), she is the best-selling author of “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately,” a free verse and erasure poetry collection. Her activism against the heroin epidemic has been recorded in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary series, “Here’s the Story” and was featured in the Golden Door Int’l Film Festival.
"I'm going through changes/Rattling cages/I'm going through changes now." – Changes, Langhorne Slim & The Law. #writersofinstagram #writerslife #amwriting #bloggersofinstagram #lifequotes #poetsofinstagram #lovequotes #sadquotes #breakupquotes #movingon #lettinggo #relationshipquotes #selflove #empowerment #jerseygirl #thisisnj #langhorneslim
- Alfa is a writer, author and mother, who says she publishes because she wants to leave something behind for them, a legacy, proof of existence that shouts, “I was here, and full of dreams, love and hope.”
- Beau Taplin is a self-published author from Melbourne, Australia. She enjoys “igniting little fires in my fellow human beings with words, then printing those words on lots of paper.”
[box type=”bio”] Bridget is a mom, a yoga teacher, a former lawyer, a writer, a moderately decent cook, a really good baker, a seeker of fantastic coffee and a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. Bridget became all those things around the same time and credits the whole “former lawyer” thing as the impetus for most of the fun stuff she gets to do on a daily basis now. That, and her husband Joe’s complete willingness to support her spontaneity with a smile. Bridget was born and raised in New Jersey and cannot imagine calling anywhere else “home.” She loves the entire NJ yoga community with lioness-like ferocity and cannot wait to show the world just what NJ yogis are up to – because it is crazy amazing stuff. [/box]
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