Oct 24, 2019

SDVoyager Feature: Meet Courtney Yezzi

SoulPrint Yoga is a way for me to connect with others and for others to reach out to me. I am studying to be a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and that is the method of teaching I know to be the most correct on earth. (Please enjoy some time to look up the works of Mr. BKS Iyengar and let your mind be blown at the accomplishments of this man and his service to the world’s education and understanding of yoga.)

Recently I was featured in an article on SDVoyager.com that goes in-depth into my yoga teaching, and a bit about my life off the mat.

I am known for my humor and my ability to relate to others very easily. I have had many many life experiences that have gifted me with various abilities to relate. Some would call those bumps in the road, I call them gifts to help me understand humans. I am most proud of my work with animals at animal shelters, on the streets and in my home (all adopted, two adult cats, three rats, and one hamster).

Read my full article HERE on SDVoyager.com and get to know me! Have any questions? Comment below!

Oct 19, 2019

His Words Penetrated Into My Body

September was an epic life-altering month for me: I had the privilege of studying with Faeq Biria for eight days in the Rocky Mountains. I am still digesting his teachings into my body and as for my body, she came away metamorphosed into a completely different expression than I have ever seen. We will never be the same. Each of his words penetrated into my body and my cells reacted and learned from his teachings. All of his appreciation and acknowledgements went straight to his Guruji, BKS Iyengar. I am so grateful for my teacher, Carolyn Belko who encouraged me to continue on in Denver to further open my body through the asana practice offered by Faeq. I am praying to attend two weeks of his intensive in France, summer 2020. 

As you may know or may not know, I am entering my second year of training to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher with Carolyn Belko, who I have dubbed the “generous genius.” With her abundance of knowledge from many years with Mr. BKS Iyengar and Faeq Biria, she shares her teaching with such precision, while keeping a keen eye on each student. I am blessed and honored to be with her. I want to share my second year and this process because I think it is important for those seeking yoga as students or teachers to know the amount of discipline and devotion needed to truly walk the path of yoga. All I can say about that is, at this time on earth, I am doing my very best I can. I will continue to do my very best. 

I am getting more and more excited to start making my youtube videos! This took me sometime to think about HOW I wanted to present myself, the background, the scene all of the various aspects I have yet to even imagine. You see, I am a girl who is good at a few things: being a wife, an animal mom, a yoga student, a yoga teacher and sometimes a chef. I love to communicate with people who are right in front of me; don’t we all?! Isn’t this what gives us the material to have constructive and deep conversations? To ask and be asked questions and to be able to answer those questions with sincerity and clarity through eye contact and magnetic heart connection?

My master plan is to create videos just for YOU. Quite frequently after class I am approached with questions about various topics that pertain to our practice, and most of the time I don’t have the time to get to answer them all with as much zazz as I think you deserve! So for those of you who connect with me, who come to my classes with specific questions, or those of you to whom my teachings speak on a soul level, I am coming for you to be of service to you through my videos. I have found that if one person has a question, the answers are of benefit to all! Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for inspiring me each day.

Mar 26, 2019

Careful With Everything

I have a student named Jean. The first time I really met Jean was during class sign in, when without asking, she walked bravely around the front desk and hugged everyone working behind it. When she went into the classroom, I looked at one of my coworkers and said, “Whoa, who is that? She just, goes for it.” The reply was, “That’s Jean, she comes and hugs all the desk staff before every class she takes. She will hug you everytime, now.” And from that moment on she has hugged me before every class and multiple times a week, if I am lucky. She is tender and generous giver of love.

She came in early for class yesterday to buy a rose quartz crystal for her three year old granddaughter, Charlie. During the purchase Jean explained how Charlie  always tenderly picks up the clear crystal Jean has, looks at it with childlike wonder and then so cautiously puts it down. Since pink is Charlie’s favorite color so Jean was very excited to surprise her with a Rose or pink colored one of her own. Jean went on to say, that it’s okay when Charlie picks up her clear crystal because she is very CAREFUL. She emphasised that her granddaughter is very CAREFUL with everything.

I thought to myself, a three year old who is careful with everything? I am not so used to seeing or hearing about this type of behavior. Then I thought, “careful with everything” isn’t even a quality toddlers have even really had time to learn. I continued thinking on the subject and realized that Charlie must have been born careful and then immediately realized, NO! She was born FULL of CARE. There is a difference between learning to be careful with objects, animals or people vs. being FULL of CARE for objects, animals and people. Charlie must have been born a tender heart, someone who hugs little things, speaks quietly instead of shouting, walks softly instead of tromping. How did she cultivate this sensitivity at such a young age!? How can we encourage more children to be so tender hearted and FULL of CARE? The answer to myself was that she was born with it, and those qualities and attributes must have been recognized and NURTURED by her family.  

SO I want to THANK  Jean for her fine nurturing skills and for seeing inside of a child what qualities to reward and nurture. My hope is that all parenting and grandparenting can move this way. The observance of children’s natural skills and qualities followed by a support system so children can grow confident with themselves and the qualities that are inherent in them from birth.

I know that Charlie must be learning from Jean to love and be loved just as we learn from Jean to love and be loved before every class. She’s a leader of love!

How can we as adults cultivate inside of ourselves a way of being more FULL of CARE rather than simply CAREFUL with the situations in our lives? How can we teach our younger generation to have a genuine sweetness even an intelligent innocence when seeing and handling the world?

Thank you Jean.

Mar 2, 2019

Soften & Enjoy

You have hopefully heard it said many times that when we practice for ourselves we practice for the benefit of all beings. The effort, thought and energy we put into our practice first creates a positive impact on our life force and then goes out into the universe to create a positive impact on the world around us. Isn’t that amazing concept!?

If this is the case wouldn’t we want to practice next to the most positive, fluid thinking, relaxed, intelligent yogis in the room to catch that vibe first? Wouldn’t WE want to BE those yogis who exude life force energy and a peacefulness that UP’s the vibration in the room? Sure we ALL would and we all do want that for ourselves and want that for others. So how? Simply, LET GO and ENJOY.

 

One thing I emphasis in my classes to help get into that flow state of UPing the vibe and generating positive life force is to SOFTEN. So many of people come into the yoga room with very serious faces or rigid bodies ready for a good workout or to beat their overactive minds into submission for an hour. That tension and mindset can be palpable to others in the room and for sure is palpable to the formless spirit inside. When students are taking themselves too seriously in class I will ask that we all take a satisfying breath in and soften the outer form so the formlessness inside can start to move and enjoy itself. To allow the magical and medicinal properties of the asana practice to take over and move through us ALL. To allow the over tight, overworked and unnecessary tensors to RELAX and ENJOY the potency of the practice.

 

Many more of the magical benefits of asana will show up for us when we LET GO, stop taking ourselves so seriously and SOFTEN ourselves to happiness and even silliness at times so energy can flow through us with ease. As much as asana is about concentration and meditation it is about enjoying to the fullest capacity the TIME you have set aside to befriend yourself and learn yourself anew. This is one way we can UP our vibration and send it out into the world.

Feb 17, 2019

Receiving Guides to a Great Path of Life

It’s rare for it to rain in San Diego, but when it does our mother soaks it up with joy and appreciation. Sometimes she is begging for rain and rain does not come. Disasters come, famish comes but not rain. And as we are just a small circle within the large circle created from the cycles of nature, the same cycles can be seen in our human lives. At times, when we are dying from thirst, there is no water. But just like our mother, when the rain does start to fall, we run out and throw our heads back with open mouths to drink and laugh at how miraculous it seems that the rain has come pouring down to quench us at the most perfect moment in time. Some call this coincidence, I call this seeing the magic in life. Whatever we choose to call these synchronicities, they are best to be recognized, as they are guides to show us we are on the GREAT path of LIFE.

I woke up this morning to the rain. I began to understand an amazing and funny symbolism that for the past two days, our city has been nurtured by water falling from the heavens as the rain has poured down onto her to grow a lush green coat, and for the past two days I too have been completely saturated and nourished with support and safety from all of my earth angels who have been making it rain down on me.

I am forever grateful to you for teaching me how to be more graceful in the art of receiving. Caregiving has always seemed natural for me; I think for it is something I have control over. Carereceiving has always seemed slightly uncomfortable. As I think for many of us, it puts us into a state of vulnerability and surrender like no other can. It is truly a beautiful art form. I pray that we all become masters of carereceiving because it is changing my every cell and allowing me the space to understand this healing process so I can emerge as a whole caregiver.

I appreciate you. I appreciate you. Your words, thoughts and prayers of kindness, love and healing have held me up and kept me feeling strong, safe and fill of life. I would not be me without YOU. It is true, I promise you, that which we see in others is only a reflection of our own truth. I see you. I love you.

Feb 17, 2019

Receiving Guides to a Great Path of Life

It’s rare for it to rain in San Diego, but when it does our mother soaks it up with joy and appreciation. Sometimes she is begging for rain and rain does not come. Disasters come, famish comes but not rain. And as we are just a small circle within the large circle created from the cycles of nature, the same cycles can be seen in our human lives. At times, when we are dying from thirst, there is no water. But just like our mother, when the rain does start to fall, we run out and throw our heads back with open mouths to drink and laugh at how miraculous it seems that the rain has come pouring down to quench us at the most perfect moment in time. Some call this coincidence, I call this seeing the magic in life. Whatever we choose to call these synchronicities, they are best to be recognized, as they are guides to show us we are on the GREAT path of LIFE.

I woke up this morning to the rain. I began to understand an amazing and funny symbolism that for the past two days, our city has been nurtured by water falling from the heavens as the rain has poured down onto her to grow a lush green coat, and for the past two days I too have been completely saturated and nourished with support and safety from all of my earth angels who have been making it rain down on me.

I am forever grateful to you for teaching me how to be more graceful in the art of receiving. Caregiving has always seemed natural for me; I think for it is something I have control over. Carereceiving has always seemed slightly uncomfortable. As I think for many of us, it puts us into a state of vulnerability and surrender like no other can. It is truly a beautiful art form. I pray that we all become masters of carereceiving because it is changing my every cell and allowing me the space to understand this healing process so I can emerge as a whole caregiver.

I appreciate you. I appreciate you. Your words, thoughts and prayers of kindness, love and healing have held me up and kept me feeling strong, safe and fill of life. I would not be me without YOU. It is true, I promise you, that which we see in others is only a reflection of our own truth. I see you. I love you.