Yoga is full of oppositions in the name of balance - fingers to the sky, roll your shoulders down; shoot the left foot back and the right knee forward; feel yourself lift from the top and ground from the bottom.
Often in class, @allymaz will talk about strength and softness, or finding ease and the edge - and in those moments of movement and deep breaths and holding and letting go, it makes sense to be both.
Life counts on your softness and your strength, on you being grounded and a dreamer, on your edge and then your ease.
summer sisterhood caught on film by @abigail_johanna. . the big full moon tonight has us reflecting on who and what supports us and this New York retreat and all who attended are on the top of our list! swipe ➡️ for our forever mood // #girlvana19
Holding Space ✨ This is what we do at Girlvana: we hold space for others, we hold space for ourselves - we make space to grow, we give ourselves space to breathe. ⠀ ⠀ Last month, we gathered a group of self-identifying teenage girls in Round Top, New York, for our first ever US retreat. ⠀ ⠀ Here, founder @allymaz + our amazing mentor @maddyert created this space for our closing ceremony - we held hands, we shared, we cried, we laughed and most importantly - we felt h e l d and s e e n. ⠀ ⠀ This weekend, take some time to create a special space for yourself - whether it's with friends or family, or on your own; reflect, journal and b r e a t h e 🌕[📷: @brakethrough_media]
You may have caught her heart stopping documentary, “I Am Maris: Portrait of a Young Yogi”, which tells the tale of a girl whose self-worth was caught up in body shame and negative self-talk - and whose journey led her to become a yoga teacher at just 16. We spoke to @yogamaris about her life and the lessons she has learnt. And we are so grateful. Hit the link in bio to read her journal entry 🌟
12 teens. 1 week. Hearts open, deep releases, joy, forgiveness, laughter, tears. . Together we remember who we are, who we are becoming and learn the importance of loving ourselves along the way. . Cheers to these queens ♥️
Today we meditated about self acceptance in a treehouse. . We created I AM statements and had others read them aloud while we practiced receiving love. . We did yoga, took portraits with @brakethrough_media, learned about chakras and made water colour art. . We ate dinner, pulled goddess cards and put face masks on. . It was a very special day made even more special by the incredible souls who are here. . 📷: @brakethrough_media@lululemon#girlvana19#girlvana#teengirlyoga
It’s only 5 days until our first ever NY retreat begins and we are so excited and grateful. A huge thank you to @lululemon for supporting us so that we could reduce the investment and offer scholarships to the teens who will be arriving from all over the globe next week. Keep your 👀 peeled on here to see what we get up to ✨ [📷: @brit_gill]
Remember these cute-tees? We made a limited batch of Tea and Tears merch, artwork by the dream girl that is @loturnr. We've only got a few more left in sizes S-L now, so hit the link in our bio to get your cute butts in one. Remember - every purchase made enables Girlvana to help more teens attend our retreats ✨✨✨
Summer ‘19 vibes // 📷 via @gr8csherwood from last year’s retreat. . What real teen to teen love & support looks like 🖊. When’s the last time you wrote to someone you respect/cherish/love? And who else knows about the power of the jar???
Something to remember: you never stop arriving. It’s just under a month until we arrive in Round Top, NY for our first ever 🇺🇸 Girlvana Retreat. If you applied, we’ll be getting in contact soon. It’s set to be the sweetest of weeks. We can hardly wait ✨
Lean into what feels right. Our first ever US Girlvana retreat is happening next month. Currently, @allymaz and our NYC intern @sahitikovvuri are going through all the amazing applications we've already received. We're extending the date you can get these in until Wednesday - so if you are a self-identified teenage girl looking for community, connection and raw conversation - hit our link in bio to apply to be a part of our movement. August 12th - 16th at Crow's Nest Retreat, Round Top NY (just 2.5 hours from the city). ✨
LONDON 🇬🇧: are you a self-identified girl, aged 15-18? Join Girlvana teacher @louiseboydyoga and Girlvana’s head of marketing @catsarsfield for a morning of raw conversation, meditation and movement @earlofeast (Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross) from 10.30am on July 21st. ⠀ ⠀ In this 90 minute workshop, Louise will lead breath, movement, journaling and craft to inspire self-love. ⠀ ⠀ Come celebrate yourselves and maybe pick up a few treats too. ⠀ ⠀ Hit our link in bio to sign up 👆🏽✨ (ps: spread the good word and tag a friend in London who might be into this!)
NY Retreat: you’ve got just over a week to get your applications in to be a part of our first ever Girlvana retreat in the beautiful setting of Crow’s Nest, upstate New York, from August 12th-16th. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • Join to be part of something big. Join to find family, to find home within yourselves and maybe in others too. Join for connection, for community, for self-love and self-inquiry. Join to learn from and with @allymaz. Join to arrive in your body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • Hit our link in bio for more details - applications are open until July 5th. We can’t wait ✨✨✨
Today is International Yoga Day and to celebrate, Girlvana founder @allymaz teamed up with @lululemon to share stories of how yoga changed her life and why she created Girlvana. . Link in bio to watch the full story and see some Girlvana Yoga going down with our NYC crew 🧘🏽♀️.
Today, take a piece of paper and write this ☝🏽 down - maybe add a few more that resonate. Stick it up in your bathroom or by your bed, so that when you wake up and go to sleep, you are reminded that you are not defined by your physical appearance, your gender, your sexuality or any limiting beliefs. You are you and that is all you need to know. [🖍: @stacieswift]
New York, Girlvana is arriving this August. Join us at the beautiful Crow's Nest Retreat Center (just a 2.5 hour drive or train ride from NYC) from August 12-16th, where @allymaz will be joined by special guest mentors for four days of deep, raw conversation with yourself and 11 other self-identified girls. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are beyond grateful to @lululemon who are sponsoring this retreat, which means we are able to offer spots for a much lower rate (and more scholarships with sliding scale payments). Applications are open until June 28th! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Head to our website for more details (link in bio) - we can't wait to connect with you on US soil ✨
Four days of nature walks, digging deep, raw conversation, total community. Four days of diving inside yourselves and connecting on the most real level with other self-identified girls, aged 13-19. Just. Like. You. ⠀ ⠀ NYC Retreat, August 2019 - deets coming tomorrow. Keep your 👀 peeled. We can't wait to show you where we're hosting, what we've got in store and how you can get involved. 💞⠀ ⠀
Calgary, we are bursting with excitement and gratitude for @junction_9 and @orendasociety to be hosting a workshop for teens 13-18, where Girlvana teachers Jamie and Lisa will be taking you through an afternoon of raw conversation, intentional flow, journaling, deep connection and 💯 community. Join these wonderful womxn from 1.30-3pm on June 8th to step inside yourself. Please bring a yoga mat, journal and whatever you are comfortable moving and feeling in. ✨✨✨ [📷: @kararohlphoto]
Scorpio moons can make us feel tired, hazy and in need of rest. Take time this weekend to journal, reflect, and relax. Prompt for tonight: think about if you have made yourself bigger or smaller this month; and write down how you can lean into that fullness and how you can turn playing small into rising up 💭 💕
NYC RETREAT HYPE: we are so beyond excited to announce our first US Girlvana retreat this August deep in the wilds of upstate New York. Led by founder @allymaz and definitely featuring some extra special guests. Interested? More details to come, but raise a hand 🙋🏻♀️ and tag a friend who you’d love to bring or come with! Keep your 👀 peeled for more info. But for now, let’s get dreaming ✨✨✨
We are so proud to introduce our most recent graduate of the Girlvana Teacher Training: the strong and beautiful @kylaplotnikoff: this West Coast wanderer has finished up ✌🏽TTs with @allymaz - Panama last November and Girlvana last month. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰⠀⠀ We are incredibly privileged to have her join our family. Kyla wrote a heart stopping letter to her 16 year old self which she kindly consented to us posting on our journal. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰⠀⠀ Swipe 👈🏽 to see a beautiful excerpt, and then hit our link in bio to read the full version. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰⠀⠀ Thank you Kyla for being vulnerable with us. We know you are going to do amazing things in your community. Vancouver teens - watch this space ✨✨✨
A letter from me☝🏽@catsarsfield, head of digital @girlvanayoga, and woc of Asian descent writing a note to all our Asian Girlvana community as we celebrate Asian American + Pacific Islanders Month. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️ I may not be American, but I am a proud Asian. Although it wasn’t always like this: I spent most of my teen years pushing away the stereotypes and the culture and hating myself and my body for being “outside” of what I saw as “normal.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️ I am so happy that I began to surround myself with humans who not only accepted me but encouraged, enabled and loved me for who I am and where I come from. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️ We are so lucky to have strong Asian womxn as role models (cc @iamsandraohinsta@thegreta@gemmachan@margaret_cho to name just a few) and I hope today and every day you stand tall and strong with your community and feel the rich, layered, beautiful and messy history we all have emerged from. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️ As with all cultural “months”, we recognise that every community and person should be celebrated all year round, but I’m honoured to spend this month (my birth month!) diving into my heritage and championing my South Korean ancestry ✨✨✨ [📷: @victoriamayharrison]
Anyone else watch the @netflix documentary I Am Maris and felt entirely moved? We are in awe and inspired by @yogamaris, her graceful ability to capture hindsight and learn from a past that felt uncontrollable. If you haven’t - watch it. Something you will take away is the power of community in yoga, and it reminded us of all our Girlvana girls, who have pushed through oblivion, reclaimed their souls and brightened our future. ✨✨✨#IAmMaris#netflix#yoga#yogaforteens#meditationforteens#inspiration
It’s a new 🌑 ♈️ today, so in keeping with the moon phases, our dear friend Chloe Devine (@devinecreativestudio + creator of @thebloodbookzine, a quarterly journal aligned with the feminine earthly cycle) wrote a journal entry about living with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), how it has made her feel and how she is flowing through life with it all. ✨ Read Chloe’s piece through our link in bio 💭💭💭