stephynow Wake up and love. You are kept by your thoughts and actions, not by the thoughts and actions of others. Like radio receptors, some may attempt to interfere or dim your light, you stay bright and lit. You'll find the other houses with their lights, sometimes it may feel like you're crashing against the sea before you coast to the shore.
In the meantime, you continue to brave the work of love, you continue to help others, you continue to make this world better. There's no job bigger, no job better than the work of love. Sometimes that means you cast out lines from afar, dropping the bait of love. It doesn't mean you scoop up the fish who've snagged it, they feel it even at a distance. Even when they're nibbling. Even when you don't collect them. Sometimes you'll feel the bite of those you've given to so freely. And tossing them back to sea is the most loving act of all. You keep giving it freely.
I think we can get so caught up in what love looks like. It's in the frown. It's in the hate. It's in the pain. As much as it in the notes. The tackled hugs. The quivering lips that sip tears. It's in places that look messy and wild. It's in place that are primed and propped. It is not tamed, it is everywhere.
Keep casting love.
Keep trailing love.
Keep on.
This love starts with you. Serve yourself first and you'll be unshakable dishing that love out and beyond.
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stephynow Between the slats. It sets for one to rise for another. #oneOeighthouse 21h

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stephynow Super real, super loving.
I come alive in this body. I was once disconnected from this body, a battlefield of expectations and neediness. It now thrives on acceptance and love. This body has carried me, moved me, muscled on, stretched beyond thought-limitations, it's given birth, and nurtured another outside of myself. This is the body I love.
My hope for you is to come alive in your body, tip to tip. Let your body parts touch, let them wrinkle and fold and wiggle with you. The creases that frame your lips did not spare smiles, they're crescents of joy and love and laughter.
Know your body, touch your body, feel your body, and love your body.
Thank you, @yoga_girl, for challenging me to get down with @aerie to create a movement of radical self-love. For every #ArieREAL hashtag posted $1 will be donated to NEDA, a non-profit that support those affected by eating disorders. Social media for social change. Challenging @jadealectra & @soul_activist, fire-starter beauties, to post your body-love. And I turn to all of YOU ladies to use the hashtag and loving your beautiful body. How do you show up in your body?
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stephynow I'm not sure a contract binds us or that we've taken vows in another life. There's no symbols, no jewelry, no name-change between us. Most assume we have a title that has weathered us through storms and day breaks. I'll tell you there's no such thing that binds us more than experiencing this life together. We've birthed a child. We've both hit rock bottom, thankfully, at opposing times where one of us scoops the other from the earth to say, "I love you more than you know." And the other, in time, will say, "you saved me." It is a running theme that our unit continues to cycle around loss and gain with each passing year, we remain.
At times, disconnected seemingly written on opposing pages. Somehow we return to write scores with pen strokes as one. I cannot count the night's spent on dance floors and elixirs, with our eyes locked on one another. I cannot count the traces and turns of skin, as my eyes close to its warmth. I cannot count the leaps we've made, since we are still falling.
I think we've had a lifetime kept by another, yet wild and un-caged. We've yet to make a formal commitment, to say you're mine sounds too possessive, maybe too traditional. I don't seek ownership. I'll tell you I never correct others that think of us so, for we remain as though. As I am mine, and at your side, I stand. A lifetime with you feels like one, in our way we've made it and continue to make it.
I am one with you. I love you more than you know.
Thank you for saving me.
Thank you for seeing me.
Thank you for believing in me.
Thank you for loving me.
Mr. Tiller-man. @stvntiller
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  •   su_ce Beautiul beautiful , after yet another break up it means a lot to read your words. 18h
  •   rishadave cool words read this @sedg1212 8h
  •   lara.heimann Beautiful words and emotion-can't wait to meet both of your boys some day 5h

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stephynow Back to our regularly scheduled program of life. Hometown classes are on, starting tonight!
Solfire Yoga:
Thursdays 4:30pm & 5:45pm
Saturdays 4:30pm, all-levels plus
Wednesdays 5:45am
Midtown Strength:
Sundays 9am
Catch you on the mat for sweaty high-fives, body movin', breath, and love du jour.
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  •   chelsbenji I want to take your class in real life someday! I love your oneoeight classes so chill! 2d
  •   marglink Will you be teaching in Sac May 14? I'll be in town and I need to finally take your class ️🌶🏼 1d
  •   stephynow @marglink Hiiiii! Teach on the 14th at 4:30pm! All levels, plus. Come-come! Be my guest! 1d
  •   marglink @stephynow hell yes. I'm in! 1d

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stephynow The 5-minute hustle is up on the @lucyactivewear blog. This month, I'm bringing major focus into your heart-rate. Dare I say "cardio" in your yoga practice?! Heck yes! Whether you're in my class, reading a blog tutorial, or practicing with me on @oneoeight.tv, know that this hustle has one intention: to strengthen your big, beautiful, badass heart. Let that drum beat outside of your chest!
Here are some of my favorites, feel free to turn up the tunes and raise up your love.
Check it:
http://www.lucy.com/lets-go-blog/Move/Heart_Rate_Up_Yoga.html
#lucyambsdr
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stephynow Moving slow and staying low as I've got the dizzy-spells from flying.
My favorite jam to the tune of waves, on repeat since the new year:
Venice Venture | Big Wild
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stephynow At 10 years old, I placed in a speech contest. I wrote about family. I wrote about the differences of families. I wrote what I knew from living, while not fully grasping the how of a family creation, but a story about my own. My speech was titled: Two moms and two dads. I spoke to an auditorium full of other children and adults the breakdown of my family unit, how I got to have two sets of parents. While other kids wrote about science or covered their favorite books, I sought to speak about familial differences to teach others. Back then, I was made fun of for having a "weird" family dynamic, yet it was my normal. It was this speech, in its simplicity, that forged me to teach. It was this seed, out of difference, that has provided much reflection and clarity as I am now teaching others. I knew then I have wanted to teach others and change the world. Starting with kids the on the playground.
I think we all have circumstances in life that cause pain, make us feel different, unwelcome. We can weave our reactions through projections, like finger-points, name-calling, or wreak turbulence into the world. Like a reactive vulture, it will eat you alive. I think, for me, I never wanted to inflict pain onto others like those monkey bar days. That's not to say I've always been perfect and kind and loving. I was real fucking asshole growing up (hello teenage angst) and still at times drop into my asshole ways. Only they're much fewer and farther between. It's the hurt child that coddles pain, takes comfort at strikes. If we realize this, we can turn ourselves around, tuning into the present, and provide a relief to teach our differences.
I knew then I didn't want sameness. I didn't want to have what others had. I didn't need to change the facts. I knew then how differences can teach us. I could, in fact, give voice. I didn't need those kids to change themselves or stop the circled riddles, but I certainly was called to give speech to understanding. Maybe we can spend less time covering our wounds and start checking in with what pains us most, it can make for great turning points in life. Allow pain to have purpose and rise from its depths. That is my hope.
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  •   lovee_being_alive mhm thank you 3d
  •   jtme0509 Wow...3d
  •   mellyrose16 Thank you for this. I was a real fucking asshole too as a kid. I'm now a balanced (mostly) ball of love and joy. However, I'm raising my own 13 year old asshole now and my fear is not what she's doing now (I was there) but instead, which path she'll take out of this phase. She's had lots of hurt in her life so teaching her self love is like forcing oil to love water. Thank you for being open. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for reminding us all recovering assholes that we are not alone in this world. 2d

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stephynow Big hand, little beers.
Is there such a job description: drink beer, take photos? Sounds like a happy description to me.

#its5oclocksomewhere #onehappyisland
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stephynow The Blush Social is out! I talk about life, motherhood, writing, body image, beer, yoga and why I almost quit yoga before I started teaching. True to form, no holding back on life, love, and business.
Snippet: "Even through the lens of both our webcams, I could feel Stephanie Birch’s energy right away. Her big, warm smile and sparkling eyes simply shine through. She is generous with her time and with her words. After talking to her, you ask yourself if you want to be her best friend, or if you just want to be her… and then you realize that she’s the kind of person who just makes you want to be yourself a little more." Thank you, Blush!
Check it out on @blushlingerie or visit www.theblushsocial.com/Stephanie-birch-interview/
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  •   ange_sully @stephynow "Mum, when you teach people yoga, do you help people feel their hearts?" 4d
  •   linneaslifestyle I emailed you!! Matt and I would love to meet for dinner if you guys are free one night the next couple days!! And my B will be so jealous if i meet your B #donttell 4d
  •   mcs916 Hell yeah! Makes you want to be yourself a little more ... So true! 4d
  •   seriebparariane @stephynow thank you SO SO SO SO SO MUCH for taking the time to chat with me! i've been quoting you ever since you're amazing! -Ariane 3d

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stephynow We are one. While each of us has dispersed back to life in the realms of norm. I've come to think that our norm is lived in the extraordinary moments, from home life to island life, and beyond. Little things make for a grand life. Memories planted firmly onto the skin, and into the heart. A week of every emotion, colored with turquoise adventure, wet with release, and bright with gratitude. You never truly know what another person keeps held within, what she/he has been through, or maybe even a why we've ended up in the same place.
Maybe it's loading it all on a credit card to make space for new. Maybe it's to support and connect. Maybe it's to grieve and heal. Maybe it's to go alone and discover that you're never alone. Maybe there's no label, rhyme, or reason. Maybe it comes weeks and months from now. Maybe it's all of it.
We shared high-pitched joy. Full-body tears. Heart-pounding fire. Belly-aching releases. We danced and sang our sweaty asses off. Inked ourselves in threes. And vested in the belief of love and purpose.
I'm eternally grateful for these humans. For being ALL-IN for themselves. Going out and giving face to the world. And saying YES to the drum of their hearts. You've all inspired me to continue this work of the soul, plug into my own purpose, and step into the unknown of this radical journey of life. This is the tribe.
As we return to our lives, we remain changed, bursting open, and forever united. Inked or not, we are linked, as one.
#goforit
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  •   movewithjude This is so, so beautiful, as are all of your words and teachings! I so looked forward to having you teach on retreat and it was so much more than I ever could have expected. You are such a gorgeous soul! Thank you for everything you gave and continue to give and I hope that I'll make it to a class of yours in CA someday :) 4d
  •   rj_yogilove Beautiful 3d
  •   texasyogamama Your writing is absolutely beautiful and really speaks to me! Thank you so much for doing what you do! 1d

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stephynow Home is wherever you are, wherever you go. I'm nesting when I'm flying. #goodnight 5d
  •   stephynow @tropicanaj Hi Ana, I'm co-hosting a retreat in Kauai with @jadealectra in August, there's a link in my bio with all the info on my website at www.stephynow.com. Tentative plans for future, I'll be sure to post more. Would love to have you. 4d
  •   avbrg Are you a vegan? 3d
  •   stephynow @avbrg Hi Anastasia, I'm not vegan. 3d
  •   meg_xposed Nice booty 2d

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stephynow Grounding beneath the surface. 5d

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stephynow If you're always waiting for comfort to change you, you'll never move in waves. Maybe inch by inch. The only way through our fears, is to call them forth and move with them. If you're always standing close to the wall or hanging onto a branch, you'll never develop the wings to fly.
Catapult your growth by moving through the deceptions of the mind. Comfort will never provide opportunities for change, it will keep you small and never task you to live up to your fullest potential. That very potential is your purpose, saving grace, and requires balls. Your action of the self is what ripples to those around. Make beautiful, badass crashing waves with your life.
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stephynow We can make things so complicated as humans. We get so messy. Our minds race, rant, and ruffle. Like a ticking clock plugging on and in to things that meddle with ease, grace, and space. We want to keep on keeping on, exchanging time for excuses, prioritizing the other, and stuff ourselves into a box. Only, you find that the box won't do, it's simply too small and claustrophobic, wrapped up in second-hand ideals, leaking your greatest gifts and desires like a slow-drip. Palms cupped waiting and wishing and hoping that you will make time, you will say no to the idleness of more and yes to what's best, and you may very well need to strip this bursting box wide open. Air-lifted freight to go out and create. The only way for the new to come is for the old to go. Time is meant to be spent well, especially time for yourself. Clean out a closet, empty a drawer, or pack up and drop yourself off on an island. Take yourself out to dinner. Allow nothingness. Make time for you so you can create from a place of abundance. Otherwise, the rest is a lesson in depletion. Life is too short to stay boxed in, wrapped up by another. Start living out loud, high-pitched or grunted boasts, or softened whispers. It's your voice, use it. Your gift to yourself is you and it's your unique gift to this world. 6d

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stephynow We the beach people. @bulasurfshop @tangerine_aruba 6d

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stephynow Implementing a multiple hammock hanging policy in our future house. #thegoodlife 6d
  •   mamabodylove Hammocks are good for the soul! It was the first thing I did when we moved to Sac- hung our hammock in the tiny back yard. 6d
  •   benkanephoto Me too! 6d
  •   friida_88 You moving to aruba? 5d
  •   ellymarion Hmmmmm missing my Chill ! 2d

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stephynow When you give love, you give all. Beautiful class tonight with @yulady for the @oneoeight.tv retreat.
Tonight, we feast on love. @yoga_girl @geraldsaluti
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stephynow Say hello to my little friend. 1w

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stephynow Yoga every damn day. Beach assists with this babe, @bmwww. 1w

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