On her daily healthy habits, a yoga master spills

On her daily healthy habits, a yoga master spills
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We chatted with the founder of the renowned Conquering Lion Yoga and a passionate, unapologetic and frank Yoga master, Kelly Morris. In all its beautiful honesty, she opens up about her daily habits here.
Version One
I don’t sleep. I lay awake counting yogis jumping over the fence, staring up a hypothetical moon, wondering why I can’t sleep, as a yoga and meditation teacher. About that, something seems wrong. I wonder how many yoga teachers are insomniacs undercover. Also many are secretly eating a BBQ, probably.
In some pre-dawn hell, I get up and immediately reach for one of my iPads along with iPhone now. I check Twitter, FB and Instagram. They’d shake their heads in disappointment if anyone saw me. I feel some relief after I make a small Instagram video ranting/raving about high heels, feminism, traffic, death, yoga and post it. To the kitchen, I make my way and try to cook something yogic.
The rest of the day is spent making up melodies for my upcoming album with King Britt called The Sanskrit Sessions, mentoring my Conquering Lion trainees, writing for my gal Maranda Pleasant’s coup d’etat of a magazine, reviewing the beautiful applications coming in for Conquering Lion Fall Term, feeling PMS arriving like a runway train bent on derailing any and all goodness in me, making the requisite green juices and fighting with whatever man is unfortunate enough to be dating me that day. All in all, the day is unacceptable for a teacher of supposed spirituality but is normal by conventional standards. I end the day feeling like a fake, a fraud, an imposter. There are little things I like doing most these days: singing, dancing, writing, laughing.
Version Two
At 11, I go to bed. From the awesome people at Modern Herbalist, I take my new sleep aid. With the world by the ovaries, I sleep like a queen. Without a clock, I wake up and sit to meditate immediately, doing the both breath meditation of my teacher Sharon Salzburg and special shamanic meditations given by the shaman I have been for 2.5 years apprenticing with.
After connecting the sacredness that is my holy body, the sun, the Earth, and all of my protectors from the various lineages I he been blessed enough to enter, I feel fantastic. I cry a lot and connect past the BS I cobble together to cope with this world, this life, this time.
Than for most men, this moment is usually far more sickening and painful as a woman since we’re the ones getting shafted for the most part. On the days I meditate, there’s no yelling at bewildered staff, no fighting, no endless searching for someone, no bird-flipping in the Hamptons traffic that for my white girl suffering is something to convict.
The rest of the day is the same as before but with love ruling my interactions, my mind, my life. On these days, there is dancing, singing, talking, laughing, sharing and peace everywhere I look and bad days seem fit only for the dogs, a faded memory.
As a day to forgive myself for the inevitable failings each day reveals itself, on any given day the wretched smallness that can dominate me. The other day in yoga class I realized, as I sat there mulling over some ancient feud, worrying about my cellulite, spazzing out over some perceived slight, that I was being the shocking and exact opposite of ‘love’.
It made me cry and brought me up short, as we begin to access and source our identity in something greater than our little, struggling, paltry selves, as yoga class so often does. I give it all, all of the small crosses I bear, all the grief, all of the suffering, to Earth herself, the great Mother, the breathing, living, as She spins her love-dance around the Sun, holding us close to Her. And as She has always done and will always for her children, human, plant or animal, she pulls it from me, She takes it and mulches it into love, beauty and light.

On her daily healthy habits, a yoga master spills

On her daily healthy habits, a yoga master spills

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