stephynow This is how we do; as a team, as a tribe! This capture from last week in Sacramento lighting the roof on fire during training! I wouldn't be here without my teacher, @soul_activist, one with the lifted palm and the massive grin, cheering me on. The one encouraging me to grow. The one that has empowered me from day one. Our relationship continues to grow in LOVE; we say yes to our fierce, fiery, and breathless ways. We say yes to change. We say yes to the uncomfortable. We say yes to the blessings we choose and the ones we don't choose. We say yes to the call and move away from the careful.

It's official! Cleveland, I'll be inside you next month! I have the great honor of assisting the Soul Activist 200HR teacher training. If you're in the Cleveland area or about and feeling the hints to wake up, this is the training for you. Big things happen when you jump all-in, you'll never go back with the same eyes.
You can find more info and sign up at: www.groundswellco.com
Thank you, @janna_yoga, for the capture.
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stephynow Alright, friends! Back on schedule, right on time. Come do the thang!
@solfirejstreet:
Subbing tonight: at 5:45pm & 7:15pm
Wednesday: 5:45am
Thursday: 4:30pm & 5:45pm
Saturday: 4:30pm
Subbing Monday: 5:45pm
@midtownstrength:
Sunday: 9am
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stephynow Back home to the bun life and living room dance parties with this one. I was going to write that we are back on our routine. I am not sure that exists right now. He's living a childhood much different than mine. While, yes, I'm home with him most days. The others, when I'm pulled to my calling to be with others, for days or weeks, my work, creation, life; he bounces off to his dad's shop. It's a space of the artisan, furniture making, full of dust and dirt, a place to witness his dad's joy and creation. This child is living a much different life than mine; a world of creativity and passion, that began to grow while in my womb and has continued to grow since the day he met the world. He's been there through the falls and losses, gains and triumphs. Surrounded by 4 small walls and a life of experience. A producer and director before he could speak, the quiet cheerleader rooting us along, individually and as a unit. He's been there all along.
I don't know that I've ever witnessed any of my parents, all four of them, in their life's work, their joy, their creation. A job to me through them meant stress, exhaustion, overload, money scraping, and hours spent away from the table. I wish I could give them back their time; the only way to do so is to start with the man in my hands. His childhood is much different than mine. I never planned for him, and that's where it all began. It's the unplanned, uncertainty of it all that gave us life in our creative roles as parents, lovers, and charged us to go out and do and Be.
This is a fuck yes life.
Thank you.
Thank you.
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stephynow I dance with breath, I dance with life. This is the dance. We've heard it all along; how you do one thing is how you do everything.
This is the dance.
This is love.
Happy Sunday, lovers.
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stephynow Happy Saturday, lovers! Today, I have the pleasure of witnessing and photographing a wedding.
Not so typical day in the land of Birch, yet quite an honor.
Bring love to life today, with you and yours!
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stephynow Rise your buns. Sip your coffee. Post that picture. Write those words. With clothes. Without clothes. In the moment or later-gram. Unplanned or curated.
You do you.
I'll do me.
Love the shit out of yourself. When you do just that, that very love, unshakably so, everyone and everything else is let off the hook. Hang up the hang-ups of the external and you are free. From the heart up and below. This is a full system of love-steam that you swallow, chew, swirl and spit out into the world.
It's starts with you.
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stephynow I often see the goddess in you.
The softness and the light.
I see your nurturing ways of mothering, leading, full esteem.
Until today.
She says.
I had forgotten, in all the ways you are soft, there are places you are stone. There are stones still turning, tumbling and softening their edges.
You heal, I heal.
You feel, I feel.
I had to write the last two lines of your prompt because they are mine too.
The vows we take; maybe some stones are meant unturned.
This is for you, @jadealectra.
My sister.
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stephynow Thank you, team. 7d
  •   soul_activist Amazing. Like you 6d
  •   mdg28 I drove through Sacramento last night/ this morning on my cross country drive to San Fran! Great photo and great page. 6d
  •   _pure.me_ Breathtaking 6d
  •   tbnewyork Beautiful 5d

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stephynow Yesterday's afternoon delight. Thank you for having me, @lucyactivewear!
PS - The "lucy class" playlist is up on my Spotify. You can find all of my yoga playlists and the funky stuff by searching my full name or ID# 125214119. #lucyletsgo
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  •   radhobo thank you! 7d
  •   jess.fredericks It was an awesome playlist! 7d
  •   janna_yoga You are a badass!!!!!! 7d
  •   savio_i I live for yoga... I do it everyday for core exercise and meditation. My posture and breathing is better since I started 8 months ago 7d

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stephynow You leap.
Again and again.
You leap with your heart, not your head.
The mind will teach you to be cautious. It will thrive in patterns siphoned from the external world; society, relationships, experiences. It is the mind and its crusaders that preach "no, can't, not enough, not for you, too tired, too old, too this or that." This is the dysfunction. Diluting the YOU right out of you, to not say too much or stand too tall. To go and do and be your way.
In the world of mimicry, it's the superficial that funds the crowds. This is not about standing out to be different. This is about standing up to be tall, to be big, take up space. You will have to move away from the crowds; often times from everything you know. You'll have to put certainty on the back burner and bring forth the uncertain. It's the mystery that keeps the faith. It's the unknown and the will that's required to move you. It will feel like you've gone mad, your cheeks wet from release, your body will tremble and ache, and then you'll see. You will use your body to feel. You'll use your body to go inside. You'll use your body to trust. The external may begin look different; society, people, experiences. You'll let go of the superficial and the preachy crusaders.
You'll be you. Like a child. Before the world put its tasks and labels upon you. You'll come back to genius. And this is where you'll begin again, this is where you'll create.
You will leap into the unknown, again and again. Swimming in mystery. This is the faith.
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stephynow Take up space. Be BIG!
On my way to raise up the love at @lucyactivewear!
Bring it, Tuesday! #lucyletsgo #lucyambsdr
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stephynow It's not a doing, like a honey-do list. I don't move to cross an x off the list. It's a honey-being, if you you will. I'm feeling myself in shapes. It's like a dance with my emotions; story-telling and music-making. I move not to fact-check angles or shame my alignment. It resonates through wisdom. I'm in my body, not in my head. I don't use big words. Poses are not their names. Sacredness is not in a name. Sacredness is connecting with my spirit. I move to move me, this is the freedom.
This is the practice, inherent wisdom.
This is the practice, self devotion.
This is the practice, here and now, as I am feeling my way, body-mind-soul.
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stephynow Get funky and fly! A new 75min class is up one @oneoeight.tv. We really get into the hips in this one taking it from funky chair to flying pigeon.
Sign up today with 10-day free trial or $14/mo for unlimited access to all the love one OneOeight!
Thank you for showing up for YOU.
YOU matter. Know this, feel it, and keep on loving the shit out of yourself. #oneOeight
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stephynow Saturday thoughts on life via snapchat. (stephynow)

Today, kicks off day ONE of week TWO of Teacher Training. Assisting for my teacher and diving in with beautiful, badass people! @soul_activist, here we go!
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stephynow On the floor. Holding back his hair. This one is sick and we are mopping up, rinsing off, massaging his back, and laying way low.
This is the heart that beats outside of my chest and tonight I'm feeling helpless and loving up on him the best I know how in hopes this passes soon. #holymotherhood
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stephynow Wait for it, wait for it...We need a Mulligan (aka re-do) on this, @geraldsaluti! I love being coached by the Saultis! @yulady filming and saying, "go for it!" And I'm squealing and yelling, "that's some hard shit!" Sums up our sandy cracks and happy cheeks!
This is how we prepped for the @oneoeight.tv retreat. Play, fall, repeat! #playeverydamnday
PS - I might be the queen at squealing while bailing out on you as an acro partner. #oneoeightfamily #pickthewedgie
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stephynow Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. For reading, writing, experiencing, and sharing with me. I don't have many words, so I hold my hand to my heart and say thank you.
My brain is swimming here in memories on island vibes from last month in Aruba and so looking forward to this summer on another island's vibes.
I am so thrilled and gasping with squeals to be teaching in Kauai with @jadealectra (aka Jade the Babe) in August. To say we have two spots remaining feels like a dream. It's official, we have TWO spots open, come away with us to retreat and bring forth your life. Yoga, writing, exploring, fire, and more.
DM, email, or check the link in my bio for info.
All are welcome. We have an amazing group of babes and man-babes meeting you there.
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stephynow Belly to belly. From my belly to yours.
I don't always speak in comfort and entertain you with the ideas that life is met with content as so. I am here in truth, sometimes sharp and gutting, sometimes soft and smooth. I think it is misguiding to propagate that life is always meant to be lived in love and light. When I think of love, it's the inclusion of every emotion, the inclusion of all experiences.
When I think of light, it shines because of the darkness. This is the whole. This is the connection. Not one without the other, it is both.
Grateful to be featured on this week's @goddess_rising series. Words from my belly and to the woman that has anchored me into my own, @soul_activist. Rising from fire.
Read it here:
http://www.passionyogaschool.com/blog/2016/5/11/goddess-rising-stephanie-birch
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stephynow Cheers, buddy! 2w

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stephynow Uncovering and discovering.
Digging deep to come to life.
Let go of shame and your are free, trust that.
Keep on giving to the world.
These words and this song on repeat all week:
“I remember a quote. I didn’t understand it at the time. I fail to achieve any degree of understanding in the ensuing years, which are three in number. I presume Herb means that inherently you cannot be commercial and artistic. You cannot be commercial and concurrent and with that have a preoccupation with the level of storytelling that you want to achieve. And this I have to reject. I don’t think calling something commercial tags it with a kind of an odious suggestion that it stinks, that it’s something raunchy to be ashamed of. I don’t think if you say commercial means to be publicly acceptable, what’s wrong with that? As long as you are not ashamed of anything you write if you’re a writer, as long as you’re not ashamed of anything you perform if you’re an actor, and I’m not ashamed of anything. This is what I know. But I think innate in what Herb says is the suggestion made by many people that you can’t have public acceptance and still be artistic. And, as I said, I have to reject that.” -- Rod Serling
Song: Two Bodies | Flight Facilities
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  •   geraldsaluti Hello my #wcw 2w
  •   allisonrwalton Flight facilities yesss 2w
  •   stephynow @ellymarion Oh Elly! I see what you mean from our conversation in Aruba. You've inspired me when I do the next round of filming. Thank you. 2w
  •   ellymarion Yeah ! Can't wait to watch and learn and try to follow and flow with stephynow !!! 2w

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