stephynow We are saying yes and inviting you. This summer, Kauai adventure awaits your beautiful-badass-presence with @jadealectra and myself. We are laying it all out on this yoga retreat and bursting our hearts wide open with you.
This is a retreat on love; being seen, being heard, being felt, and so much more. We are going to dive in and go deep.
Head over to www.stephynow.com. Email us with the subject line: Kauai Retreat for more details.
Here we go!
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stephynow Dancing in the sun.
Music: Movement | Us
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stephynow Forecast is 72 degrees today. As the temp climbed, we opened the windows, and searched for our summer clothes. When the sun pours in, it's time for a dance break or two or three.
Follow the dancers.
Follow the teachers.
Follow the givers.
Follow the lovers.
They're often pint-sized, full of wisdom, in truth and comedy, and wildly present. You teach me so.
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stephynow Pajamas and posing. Less is more. Yoga thang.
Wake up and live it up!
Music: Kat Dahlia | Gangsta
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stephynow Hair-scapes. #littlebigman 3d

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stephynow All in with @evacollins. Coach + Yoga Teacher extraordinaire.
Photographing women might possibly be my favorite subject. You all are so beautiful.
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stephynow Never. Don't. Stop.
Wake up. Get dressed. Move your body. Expand your lungs. Raise up your love.
Remember, you are contagious!
Come practice with me anytime, anywhere at @oneoeight.tv. Access classes, writings, story-telling, healing, body-moving and massive love along-side some badass-beautiful souls changing the world. Link in bio.
Happy Sunday-Funday, beautiful people! #oneOeight
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stephynow Precision focus with breath. Strip the titles and formalities into nothingness. Desired outcomes remain non-existent and the practice becomes free.
Fluidity without restrictions.
Fearless without the safety net.
Courage from the heart.
Mindfulness is not mindlessness.
We desire ease, safety, and comfort. Living is proof that life is not full of ease, not always safe, and often times uncomfortable.
Take comfort in the unknown, what makes you shake, and fuze with discomfort. Bring forth an emptying into nothingness, it's the space we crave.
It's the breath we follow.
Music: xxyyxx | dmt
@tbnewyork, in freedom.
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stephynow People say funny things. These funny sayings are not about you. They may be said to you or behind you or around you, but they are not for you. Understand that people spew these funny things based off perceptions, images, and riddled pieces. I've been called many things by many people. I'm often labeled "rude" or "bitchy" because I've not returned an email in a timely manner. That I'm too much this, not enough that. That I've said no. Or that I'm selfish because I won't promote some random fucking product on the Internet. Some people accuse me of acting "better than" and that's quite alright.
Here's the thing, those labels are not my own. They're not that of my tribe, my inner circle, my family, and friendships. I don't belong in boxed labels according to strangers or anyone for that matter. There are many times I may come across as rude or bitchy or better than simply because I'm quiet, don't engage, or that I draft wordiness so openly. That I say what's real. I've been told I'd be taken more seriously if I put on some clothes or if I didn't write so much on here. Perhaps that's true for those opinions, but they don't ring true for me. They're the "ifs" and finger-points of another.
People say funny things.
People do funny things.
People will create funny things.
Sometimes funny is cruel, hurtful, and will gut-check the shit out of you. Then you come back to knowing what's real and true for you. You'll understand that small opinions hold no power and you'll cease from formulating your own in return.
Fill yourself with so much love so that it overflows into your neighbor's cup.
And -- As the saying goes, do no harm but take no shit.
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  •   improbablereality @maggie_leighb wow. Yes. Thank you for loving me!! 4d
  •   tbnewyork Stunning! 4d
  •   emjue Love thissssssss 3d
  •   _indie.love_ I love that "fill yourself with so much love so that it overflows into your neighbor's cup". Beautiful. Thank you! 3d
  •   lionheartwholeliving I think your life is adorable and your family is beautiful and your words are lovely 3d
  •   superkaterina Apparently me and some others don't speak the same language that's all. If they used the language of love we could totally be blessed. 3d
  •   kittigirl11 Perfect!!!! 2d
  •   beeryoga @stephynow 🏼 2d

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stephynow That one time the Tiller man made us stop at the Wood Bank in Berkeley.
This still makes me laugh like the mature adult that I am. @stvntiller
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stephynow Buns up.
Planning mode turned on.
Happenings underway with Jade the Babe. Getting our buns in gear for some sun, sweat, and sea.
Stay tuned. @jadealectra
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stephynow Minimal house rules = endless play. 7d

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stephynow Move your body, move your mind.
I was once taught that music doesn't belong in a yoga class. Rather, it's unnecessary and one should not rely on it. While I believe and respect that to be true for some practices and traditions, I don't think it was ever a fit for me. When I first started teaching, it was difficult for me to play music, the fear of the "other" or being a "bad" teacher, for shame in the game! Sometimes we need to understand that someone else's truths/teachings don't have to be our own, just like that.
A deep part of me wanted to bring the beat, the rhythm, and soul into the practice. Not by way of distraction, but tuning in. There's a humming that grazes the skin as it lifts and opens the pores when you listen. It takes you on a journey from the epidermis, to flesh, to bones. Vibrating. Emoting.
Music is soul.
It's like placing your ear on someone's heartbeat. It's poetic, deep, and heavy. I play what pulls me in and allows me to go deep in my practice. In my classes, it's loud, it doesn't tip-toe or shy. It's hearty. It's systematic, fluid, and proud with bass and beats.
The soul is not shy. It guts and feels and moves. Like the truth, always changing, ever-evolving, growing, loving, and wildly alive.
Music moves and it's used to get you to feel up on yourself.
You are made to move.
Move away from conditioning and into yourself.
Music: Axel Thesleff | Bad Karma
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stephynow This guy and his wood featured on the @forbes contemporary artist list. Beyond proud of this man and his incredible hands. @stvntiller
#thisguyandhiswood
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stephynow Moving meditations while sip, sip, sippin' on some sizzurpp. The sound you need.
Music: Stwo | Syrup
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stephynow High-fives and heart-openers. It's going to be a block party this week! Because props!
Bring on your beautiful self:
@solfirejstreet:
Tonight, 5:45pm
Wednesday, 5:45am
Thursday thrice, 5:45am, 4:30pm, 5:45pm
@midtownstrength:
Winter yin, Sunday 9am
Captured by my favorite: @soul_activist.
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  •   samantharayan Where are you at right now? And where do these classes take place? 1w
  •   stephynow @samantharayan Hi there! I'm based in Sacramento, CA. You can take class at Solfire or Midtown Strength. If you're not in California, you can catch my online classes over at @oneoeight.tv. 🏼 1w
  •   monkeymix Yeah YOU!!! Love you momma and way overdue for a chat! Sending all my love 1w
  •   msmeagan ️ props 1w
  •   soul_activist You are my favorite!! And hey!!! I squealed. I'm a decent photographer. Or you are just amazing! I'll stand by both. I love you. I love this. You made my day. 3 times now! 1w
  •   yoginan Gorgeous! 1w
  •   jadealectra IF ONLY!! 1w
  •   mamabodylove 5:45 am, hmmm... I'll have to work on that! 7d

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stephynow Babes on bikes at @truenorthcycle from yesterday's photo shoot. These ladies bring the heat, happy, and all-around badassery. Talk about a dance party photo shoot!
They've certainly inspired this yogi-mama to put some fun between the legs!
If you're in the Folsom area and beyond, check out what they're putting out!
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stephynow You'll have to tune-out others if you want to tune-in to yourself. Sometimes it's like a slow-drip from a leaky faucet, one by one, you unplug yourself from individuals. Some for reason, others unexplained. For reason isn't always derived by language, rather feeling, a sensation, like when words don't match another's thoughts or intentions. If you listen closely, give less response, you can feel the unsettlement within your body. Some things are not meant to be explained through complex language systems or vocabulary definitions. Eventually, you'll be turned off by gossip trails and washed-out authenticity speeches. Sometimes, you'll feel like an asshole for tuning people out, saying no, or stop, and block. You're not. What gets loud, over time, is your voice. What's knotted inside, begins to unravel. This feeling in your belly will bubble it's way up through your heart and belt out your throat. It'll start small, cracked, shaky, unsure. You'll choke your own awareness out of you over choking down another. You'll be tasked to continue to say and live what's real because the delusions of others contaminate your insides. A breeding feast of lies, victim-hood, and gain to exploit and detach the you right out of yourself. And you realize, some will never rest until you've been swayed into their misery.
I'd bleed to death in my truth than torture myself in a pile of bullshit.
Penetrate the superficial.
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stephynow Oh hey, Karl, how you doin'?! A big-beautiful-ass-day celebrates with a big-delicious-ass-beer.
Thank you, humans. I love you more than you know.
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stephynow Welcome yourself as you are, leaving your apologies at the door. Save them for a time you need them. When it really matters. There's no need for them in this practice. Not to apologize for your body, its capabilities, what you're going through in life, if you've arrived late, loud, or uncertain. Don't apologize if you need to leave early.
This is your practice.
Hop right in and/or hop right out.
This is your practice.
Life happens outside of yoga. Life happens inside of yoga as well. This practice is intended to draw you in to yourself. Know that there are days you may grind your teeth or curse yourself, even me, for that matter. There will be sessions you feel high, like you've ridden the wave at a dance party. Sometimes it feels stuck, stagnant, boring, and complacent. Other times fluid, expressive, and freeing. As you move your body, you move your mind, your heart, and through your emotions. Understand that anger is welcome. Frustration is welcome. Sadness is welcome. Maybe you've brought the giggles, let them out. Or you're holding back tears, let them fall. Or maybe your body is talking back, listen without judgment. Or you're worried about being too loud, too breathy, too huffy, or groaning too much -- to hell with that, let it out.
Whatever brings you here needs no apology.
These postures don't need your apology.
Your presence needs no apology.
Too often people are afraid to be "too much" when you are just right. Here and now. Whatever you've come in with, welcome it. Life is real and it doesn't stop because we are practicing yoga. Life moves through us, on and off the mat. Welcome yourself here. From my eyes, you are beyond beautiful to witness through it all. Again and again.
You are beautiful to witness. Know this, feel this, and accept this. This witness wouldn't exist without you. You are beautiful to witness.
Bring on your beautiful, as you are.
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