Grace & Grit

Lately I’ve been struggling with my faith. And no, I’m not talking about the kind of faith that is connected to a religious belief, but the kind of faith I had when I was certain I was making a difference in the world, and not just spinning my wheels. This got me thinking about my Dad… My dad was a blue collar worker who woke up everyday between 3am-4am. It was the norm to eat dinner without him, my mom diligently keeping his food plate warm until he dragged in somewhere around 8PM. Day in and day…

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Patricia Ivey
The Down Dog 30 Day Throw Down Is Back!

Get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions & KICKOFF 2018 with a powerful & healthy start! 30 classes in 31 Days. 1/7/2018 – 2/6/2018 Challengers are encouraged to try a variety of classes from Power flow, Power Down, Power Restore & Meditation to work the whole body. Move with us for 30 days and we guarantee you will see life-changing results. Get Started: Register for the THROW DOWN through your online account by Jan 1st Purchase a monthly unlimited pass or membership to cover your full 30 days Throw Down Thrive: Find a challenge buddy for mutual support throughout the challenge. Surround…

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Patricia Ivey
Emerging…

 For most of my life I have felt completely alone, never really feeling like I fit in. For years I’ve had shame around being seen as “different”, feeling misunderstood, certain there was no one else out there in the world who really “got me”. For such a long time I believed I had to hide my feelings from others and even at times from myself. I was living in constant conflict, holding back, uneasy expressing myself, unwilling to be  the real me around those I did not feel safe with or supported by. I learned at…

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Patricia Ivey
Imagine if…

 Imagine how much brighter the world could be if we filled it with our vision, passion and ideas… If we quieted the voices of fear, self-doubt and the dream killers whispering in our ear. When it comes to creating the life you want to live, the only one who can put that good sh&%T out into the world is you! It comes down to one thing… Courage. The courage to own your vision, author your life and share your story. Being courageous enough to not shy away from life or try to erase the bits of your life you…

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Patricia Ivey
Life through rose-colored glasses

    Ever since I was a little human I have looked at life and others through rose colored glasses. Call me crazy, but I like to believe that people will always do the right thing, make the right choices and fight for the right causes.   I have the tendency to trust too much, forgive too easily, and  overlook way to much. I believe what everyone tells me,  accept half-assed excuses and forgive people who have mistreated me,  all too often letting it slide when someone lies to me or insults me.   Yet even after all of that,…

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Patricia Ivey
Looking For Love… in all the wrong places.

Self-love. Sounds like a simple concept, right? Just… love yourself. It can’t possibly be that hard. If only it were that simple… The thing is that most of us spend the majority of our lives criticizing ourselves. We live in a culture where society has shown us who we are not, encouraging us to talk down to ourselves, question our actions and believe we are not good enough- kicking self love and acceptance to the curb. And the worst of it is that I have bought into it for years, becoming my worst critic; negative chatter occupying the majority of my…

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Patricia Ivey
The Day I Stopped Giving A F@$%

Today I decided to stop giving a F@$%… As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been way too worried about what other people think of me. Looking back to a young age, I was not the most confident kid. In fact I was painfully shy and super sensitive. It didn’t take much to hurt my feelings. And like all kids, I just wanted to be liked and feel part of the group. But I never was… I went to a very small all girl high school and my classmates were brutal. It seemed that every time I  spoke up for…

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Patricia Ivey
Step Your Right Foot Forward & Change Your Life

A Guest Post by Shannon Garvey, one of our inspiring Team DDY Bethesda Teachers. How many times during a practice do we say these words: “Step your right foot forward”? What we are really asking of our students is not just to step forward on their mats, but to move forward in their lives. This fall marks fifteen years that I have been teaching yoga. I have led classes at small gyms, huge athletic centers, universities, and traditional yoga studios. I have witnessed the power of the practice and how it can and will change people’s lives. It may seem…

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Patricia Ivey
The Blame Game

We all know people who constantly blame everyone else for what is going on in their lives. Whether it be their wife/husband, a co-worker, employer or perhaps the neighbor three doors down, somehow they’re convinced that someone else is responsible for what is happening to to them or how they are feeling. Blame is so damn convenient. Rather than admit our own part played, we’re quick to blame someone or something else, removing any sense of personal responsibility for the situation we find ourselves in. After all, if nothing is ever our fault, we get to sidestep our fear, frustration…

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Patricia Ivey
Catch and Release…

Most of us would like to believe we don’t hold grudges… Yet at some point, the truth is we’ve all held a grudge, or had someone hold a grudge against us. It’s easy to not even realize when we are holding one. We convince ourselves that we have forgiven that person for hurting or disappointing us, yet deep down inside, we know something is wrong. As human beings, we are forgiving by nature, and understand rationally that nothing good ever comes out of letting our anger and resentment linger. Yet for some reason, we just can’t seem to let it go. Slowly,…

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Patricia Ivey