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"Yoga Extras:" Resources for : Fri 4/19-Tue 4/23, 2024

Updated: Apr 21

I am creating these "Yoga Extras" blog posts for those of you resonating with the public yoga classes & Yoga Teacher Trainings I am leading. Inside of these blog posts you will find extra resources that support our weekly class theme. The weekly classes I guide are themed according to the season & collective energetic "weather"--This is of course influenced by many things; for instance, not only national and global events but how masses of people are feeling about and reacting to those events. It is also influenced by space weather (see & the current movement/placement of celestial bodies ie: the sun, moon, planets, nodes, stars, etc. You can find me teaching currently at Black Swan Yoga (North-Anderson) in Austin, TX. I am on the schedule as "Erika K." Mention this webpage for a free class.


Text 561-703-9150 (or email with your email if you would like to get your name put on the growing waiting list for this potential fall training. You will then receive further information in the occasional video & copy newsletter with further information.

P.S. See the last 3 or so blogs for some preliminary info. on this training.



I'm leaving this short vid up from last week in case you missed it:

I've been excited to begin to share on one of the coolest things I've learned in a long time. In Quantum Physics/Mechanics it is called: Downward Causation. Learning about this has helped me understand soooo much about the way each of us, including the universe itself, is designed. It's a big topic that I will talk more about in time, but for now, here is a tid bit of an introduction. And two new vids below this that go into more detail re: our theme this week.

Love, love.



Click the image below for the music from this week's class:

For this week's reading, see below:

Click the image above to read Emerson's very popular, brilliant essay, "Self-reliance." Below are writing prompts based on the essay. If you resonate with the reading, I highly suggest writing to get to a deeper truth within yourself about living the dance of paradox between being 100% your own individual Self living in community with others.

  1. Reflect on a time when you've gone against societal norms or expectations to follow your own path. How did Emerson's ideas in "Self-Reliance" resonate with your experience?

  2. Imagine you are tasked with writing a modern-day interpretation of Emerson's "Self-Reliance" for a contemporary audience. How would you adapt his principles to fit the challenges and values of today's society?

  3. Explore the concept of nonconformity in your own life. Have you ever felt pressure to conform to certain beliefs or behaviors? How did you navigate this tension between societal expectations and your own sense of self?

  4. Create a character who fully embodies Emerson's idea of self-reliance. Describe their journey to self-discovery and the challenges they face along the way. How does their commitment to authenticity impact those around them?

  5. Write a dialogue between Emerson and a skeptic who challenges his ideas of individualism and self-reliance. Explore the strengths and weaknesses of both perspectives as they engage in a philosophical debate.

  6. Consider the role of education in fostering self-reliance. How does Emerson's view on education differ from traditional approaches? Write an essay discussing whether you agree or disagree with his perspective, drawing on examples from your own educational experience.

  7. Imagine a society built entirely on the principles of self-reliance as outlined by Emerson. How would such a society function? What challenges might arise, and how could they be addressed within the framework of individualism?

  8. Write a personal manifesto inspired by Emerson's "Self-Reliance." Outline your core beliefs, values, and principles that guide your life, and explain how they reflect your commitment to authenticity and self-reliance.

  9. Explore the tension between self-reliance and community. How can individuals maintain their independence while also contributing to the well-being of the collective? Reflect on your own experiences balancing autonomy with interdependence.

  10. Write a letter to a friend or family member encouraging them to embrace the principles of self-reliance in their own life. Draw on examples from Emerson's essay to illustrate the benefits of trusting one's own intuition and forging their own path.

I invite you to find an image of yourself with a part or the whole of a community of which you are a part & see if you can feel a sense of your clarifying authenticity/individualism/Self-reliance riding right along side of yourself as an intricate member of a beloved group.

(pic above of ek & Kaitlyn celebrating her most recent bday! Wish her a happy bday time when you see her. If you know her you know what a dear, dear being she is).

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