Among the tribes in Northern Natal in South Africa, the tribes greet each other with “Sawu bona.”
The phrase “Sawu bona” literally is defined as “I see you.”
If you are a member of the tribe you would reply, “Sikhona” Which in English language is equivalent to saying “I am here.”
The order of the greeting of this exchange is important.
Why? Because it allows us to consider the idea that until you see me, I do not exist.
Or when you see me, you bring me into existence.
We can only get better when we truly begin to see each other.
We can only learn and grow when we acknowledge each other.
We can only make a difference if we know our existence matters.
Let others know that you see them.
Let others know they exist.
Give into this profound power of I SEE YOU.
When we acknowledge another. we are saying I SEE YOU.
In seeing another, there is an incredible gift. A light that illuminates from the inside out; an enthusiasm for another’s potential, power, and potential.
Inspired by Lolly Daskal
To this amazing collective: WE SEE YOU! And we love you. Keep hashtagging so we can find you. #NJYOGACOLLECTIVE
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban … One of our #njyogacollective friends and contributors, @kinchiyoga opens up about moving beyond difficult childhood, finding the light in herself and how to use it through yoga. This is an article you won't want to miss, as it is real, honest, and inspiring. Click the link in our bio and then read "The Light in Me". … Thank you @nikkicolella for tagging us in this image – the colors remind us of @kinchiyoga’s present day happiness. 💙 … #yogaforhealing #yogaforhappiness #doyogabehappy #yogabliss #yogalife #njyoga
🌱Fresh, bright and inviting – isn’t that what Spring should be? It’s still pretty cold outside, so you’ll have to settle for these Veggie Spring Rolls instead. Crunchy with matchstick carrot, cucumber and asparagus wrapped in a rice paper roll, served with sesame ginger soy sauce. Easy healthy eating that can be taken on the go. Handmade, vegan and just for Relish Your Chef clients. Spring into healthy eating with Chef Marcy at Relish. . . . .
It doesn't matter what your preference of physical activity is. Just find something that keeps the body strong and be committed to it. Find a place in your home where there's no disturbances and take just 5 minutes. Every night I hold some form of plank and push ups in the only place without distractions…. my bathroom! #yogaanywhere
The @instagram yoga community has been pretty disheartening lately. So today, I’m coming at you with a few things I know to be true – your students do not care how many followers you have, they don’t care if you’re sponsored by the latest yoga pants or mala bead brand, most don’t care about social media challenges, or whether your pictures are professional or not. Here’s what they do care about – Are you authentic? Are you keeping them safe? Are you holding appropriate space for them to explore the practice of yoga? Are you leaving your ego out of the teaching room? Are you kind? . . . I took a little break from posting for a while. I can assure you, my classes and students did not suffer in the slightest bit. Here’s to focusing on the important stuff, and to let you know that I haven’t completely disappeared.
Yes, it’s only Monday but we have a fun week of events planned for you! Just 2 more days until we cheers with you at @bellworks for the Bell street market event and 3 more days until we are at Laurita Winery for girls night out yoga and wine! Tags a friend you want to come with you to one or both of these events! 🧘🏼♀️🍷👯♀️ 📸: @taniafephotography #bellworks #girlsnightout #yogis #wineo #vinovinysa #practiceandalliscoming #newyogi #yogaforall #njyoga #njyogacollective #njyogaevents #njyogi #lauritawinery #metroburb #wine #winelover #vinyasathenvino #yogaislife #yogaislove #winewednesday #silentyoga #yogafriends #njallday #bestofnj #winery #holmdelnj #redbanknj #jcksonnj #newegyptnj
guys my home (around the corner from my) home is turning 2! come celebrate @hokisstudio birthday THIS SATURDAY 3/31 with a fun flow guided by myself + the woman who taught me how to teach, our studio owner @coach_varj! after Mel and I dance you guys through a yoga party suitable for all levels, we’ll hang out for some breakfast and mimosas 🥂 all. for. FREE! register for your spot on MindBody and we’ll see you on the mat! . . . . . . #yoga #yogi #yogateacher #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverwhere #anniversary #birthday #yogastudio #party #danceparty #nj #njyoga #newmilford #njyogacollective #newjersey #bergencounty #flow #move #practice
This not-so throwback #throwback is a symbol of today. I used it in a presentation I gave on creating more peace in our daily lives. I discussed awareness of what is present in our lives, how to identify what it is we want/need, and taking small, realistic action to get there. The caption to the picture read 1. How do I want to feel? 2. Where do I get stuck? 3. What people, places, or things inspire my most desired feelings? I started doing yoga was I was 18 and by my next birthday I will have been practicing for half of my life; however the real practice probably didn't begin until I got sober. Regardless, the New Jersey yoga community has always been loving and supportive. In fact, more often than not, I've met people with their own beautiful scars and become their friends. So what supports me in feeling energetic and relaxed (all at once!🙃) ? – community – yoga – helping others – the great outdoors – like minded people Today I was blessed to meet so many more like-minded people…people looking for, or working towards, greater health and happiness for themselves and the world. I've worked in many environments, and this community is, by far, the most inspiring and welcoming of all. There is no judgment here – just sincere kindness and a love for humanity. Today I am grateful for each and every one of you…whether I met you today or 15 some odd years ago at Blue Moon Yoga! #yogaeverydamnday #community #newjerseyyogis #njyogacollective
☀️🤸🏻♀️ Monday’s Schedule : ✨✨✨✨✨Long Branch 9:30a Warm Yoga sculpt & tone w/Danielle 11:00a Therapeutic Yoga w/Lauren 6:00p Flow & Let go w/ Lauren 7:30p Warm flow w/ Kris ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨Aberdeen 9:30a Hatha Yoga w/ Anita 9:45a Tula Barre w/ Erin 11:00a Yin Yoga w/ Anita 6:30p Warm Yoga Pilates w/Mary 7:00p Tula Barre w/ Jloni 7:45p Hot Flow w/ Nicole #tulayoganj #tulabarre #jerseyshoreyogis #njyogacollective #njyoga #aberdeen #longbranch#yoga#barre#pilates#aerialyoga#hotyoga#reiki##yogateachertraining#monmouthuniversity
”In the darkness, I am light.”⠀ ⠀ @kaelyn_siversky ⠀ malas @malaprayer ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #yogaeverywhere #yogaphotography #yogaphotographer #yogaeverydamnday #yogainspiration #healthyliving #fitness #fitnessgirl #flexible #girlgaze #capturedinmovement #breatheitallin #beagoddess #feeltheyogahigh #goodvibes #happyhealthyyogis #njyogacollective #streetphotography #letyourlightshine #happymindhappylife #namasteinnature #njyoga #njyogacommunity #worldofyoga #yogadaily ⠀ #fujifilm_xseries #fujifilmx_us #fujixt1
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