Ode to Downward Dog: nuggets learned from yoga camp

ode to downward dog

Happy Friday!

So I am still at yoga camp ~ and besides doing a whole lot of downward facing dogs, and sweating it up with 53 other people on mats placed inches apart, we have also done a lot of ‘inner work’. Discussions about our stories and what we’re making them mean, how to give up the lies we tell ourselves, and what our authentic self looks like are the norm.

I may have already lost some of you, and that’s totally fine! I get some of this talk may come across as a foreign language. I do, however, think taking the time to look inside and get real with who we are being, as well as who we want to be, has definite value.

In an effort to dispel any myths or perhaps lift some of the fog around what happens here at yoga camp, this week I’m going to share some of the questions and themes and principles that come up. Now my intent is not to preach, nor do I want anyone over-analyzing this stuff! But rather I invite you to read and perhaps reflect upon some of them if so desired…

Be a YES.

If you can, you must.

There is no such thing as try, there is only do.

How you show up here, is how you show up everywhere. And everywhere you go, there you are.

You are either now here or you are no where.

What do you need to let go of?

Every new moment is a new opportunity to begin again.

Trust your gut. Trust the process.

Don’t rush the process.

Be still.

Do less, be more.

Who are you being right now?

How are you showing up? How do you want to show up in the world?

Who or what are you standing for?

Consider we’re all a concern for looking good and not looking bad.

Go to your edge – that’s where growth starts.

So what?

Shift your vision.

Relax with what is.

You are both student and teacher.

Drop what you must.

Drop the expectations.

Seek the truth.

Don’t let your stories define you.

What is your intent and what is the impact?

Be willing to come part.

Understand that the whole is the goal.

Be your true self.

Show up as a 10.

Remove whatever is in your way.

Commit to growth.

You are ready NOW.

If not now, then when?

Have a FAB week, everyone!



I’m curious… do any of these questions or considerations in particular resonate with you? Are there any thoughts or questions that come up? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!!!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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