This week has been intense--both in good and not so good ways. Here's a list of 5 things I'm loving this week:

1. The Breathe Network

I was lucky enough to go to a training last weekend in Chicago, led by the founder of this amazing nonprofit, Molly Boeder-Harris. The Breathe Network "is a resource and referral network connecting survivors of sexual violence to trauma-informed, sliding-scale, holistic healing arts practitioners. We educate healing arts practitioners in trauma-sensitive care and we empower future healers through scholarship opportunities to train in the healing arts."

The training was invaluable, and I'm more committed than ever to continue to bring trauma-informed yoga to survivors of sexual violence. 

2. Janelle Monáe - "Yoga"

Have you listened and watched this video yet? If not, do yourself a favor and watch it now! I can't get this song out of my head--and I don't want to!

Baby, bend over
Baby, bend over
Baby, bend over
Lemme see you do that yoga
Baby, bend over
Baby, bend over
Baby, bend over
Let your booty do that yoga

3. Jessica Valenti's article, "Will it really take a man's word for people to believe rape victims?"

Read this article! Jon Krakauer just published a book called, Missoula, in which he basically says that, yes, rape happens super frequently. As if those of us who have been raped haven't been saying that for fucking ever! Anyway, Valenti's piece is a great kick-in-the-face to Krakauer's cishet white male "discovery."

4. This quote by the incredibly badass, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, from one of my favorite books, Women Who Run With The Wolves

If you have attempted to fit whatever mold and failed to do so, you are probably lucky. You may be an exile of some sort, but you have sheltered your soul. There is an odd phenomenon that happens when one keeps trying to fit and fails. Even though the outcast is driven away, she is at the same time driven right into the arms of her psychic and true kin, whether these be a course of study, an art form, or a group of people. It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires. It is never a mistake to search for what one requires. Never.

5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering And Organizing by Marie Kondo

This book seriously HAS changed my life. It's incredible. I love what Kondo says about how our material possessions have energies, and that we should be thanking our possessions for doing what they do for us. She even says to say, "Hi, I'm home!" to your house when you enter it. 

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