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Stay Home Texas, Take Care All Y’all

Texas population: 29 million. Per DSHS number of coronavirus tests given to date: 427,210. That’s about 1.5 % of the population. As someone with a Masters in Public Health, I’m saying to each & every one of y’all, including myself — stay the f*^# at home. There is nothing that we need that we can’t wait a little while longer for.

Mullets are now cool! Grey hair, cool! Long nails, no nails, cool! Patio time with friends, not cool. Support local restaurants by ordering pick up, cool! Staying home, physical distancing, cool! Walks in nature, cool! Going for a walk on the beach, practicing physical distancing, cool! Being out and about without a mask, not cool. Cooking with friends on Zoom, cool! Flash mobbing Central Market, not cool. Human beings are still generally cool, and/but we need to give our species some space to work out what it needs to with this virus, and vice versa (virus versa;). This requires time, patience, care, and understanding.

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I know this is a hard time. And, we can choose to hold the challenge of this time in the field of care, with love and compassion. And, this too shall pass.

There have been much, much, much, much more challenging experiences/times, in recent & distant history, for our species.

Enjoy the challenge of this era–enjoy the quiet, the space, the silence, the lack of stimuli. Discover what it means to sit with yourself, with anxiety, fear, joy, all the feels, and discern what feels like is “yours” and what may not be. Work gently and diligently with the mind to sit with the uncertainty. Become an innernaut, fascinated with your own energetics, the feeling of your breath as it moves through your body, the way an onion transforms in a skillet filled with olive oil, the way the birds gently fly through the air. Lie on your back, with one hand over your heart, another over your belly and feel the sacred life in and through you.

Offer patience and willingness to learn to your families, friends, neighbors, strangers, and pets. Offer those gifts to yourself. First and foremost.

Be here now.

FEEL May Practice Series On Zoom

energetics pranayama qigong breathwork yoga meditation practice series may 2020 houston tx online zoom yoga justine fanarof teacher trauma informedFEELING WILD: wild feeling: Thursday evenings in MAY (just around the corner now) I’m offering a four part practice series called FEEL.

In it we will learn and experience embodied, breath focused practices including:
-qi gong

7-8:30PM CDT
$108 Venmo to @justinekerri to reserve your space by Wed., May 6, 2020

May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020

More info in my newsletter shared via the magic portal that is the internet today–if you want to be on the list please DM me your email or sign up under the SUBSCRIBE button in the upper left corner.




Ethics Reading List

Friends–so happy to be together today in the space of learning and discussing ethics in the Restorative and Sustainable Yoga group on Facebook. Here is a list of books I referenced during the FB Live today–they are all over timers, and by that I mean, they are ones that will be with you over the lifetime of your practice ❤ Please note this is not the comprehensive list I use when teaching ethics for yoga teacher training courses. And, it’s a nice place to start/supplement your library.

Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions. And, I cannot wait to get my hands on Kristin & Randall Brooks’ interpretation of the yoga sutra-s

Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Michael Stone

Teachings on ethics and social action. As I mentioned in the group, I studied ethics with Michael. He is my forever teacher, wise, brilliant, analytical, creative, irreverent, social action, and ecologically focused…The teachings today were dedicated to his memory, and to holding space for the suffering of mental illness, and the physical and mental dis-ease we as a global sangha are experiencing at this time due to COVID-19.

Four Chapters on Freedom: Swami Satyanda Saraswati

The Tree of Yoga: BKS Iyengar
Trees are life.

Teaching Yoga: Donna Farhi
There used to be a CD included in the book, not sure if they still include it, it has one of the best talks about yoga I’ve ever heard called Holding a Heart in Our Hands. It was the keynote address to yoga teachers and students at Yoga Spirit 2002.

threads of yoga a remix of patañjali-s sūtras with commentary and reverie: Matthew Remski
This book is a great example of how we as practitioners can re-interpret the sutra-s in new and useful ways, relevant and real.

Letter from Birmingham Jail: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Creative tension. Love is a revolutionary practice. Aham prema.
“You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation. Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue.”
16 April 1963

Yoga Discipline of Freedom: Barbara Stoler Miller
he first “translation” of the yoga sutra I read starting back in 2004.

The Inner Tradition of Yoga: Michael Stone
Another beautiful book from Michael for the yogi whose really interested in yoga philosophy. Depth, wisdom, insight, clarity…siempre en mi corazon.

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Energetics Practice Series

Let’s get wildly interested in energetics, pranayama, breathwork & qi gong.

Thursday evenings in May.
May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020.
7-8:30 PM CDT (that’s Texas time, y’all)!

All are welcome. On Zoom.

Please Venmo me @justinekerri to reserve your space & logistics, details & materials shared by email after registration. If I don’t have your email please make sure to include it in your Venmo with your first and last name. If you are requesting a sliding scale rate please email me via the Connect form on my website.

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This Friday, let’s chat on FB live in the Restorative & Sustainable Yoga FB Group.
If you miss the live chat, please watch and comment with a tag to me so I can respond.
Now is the time to practice.

Yoga @Home w/ Justine Zoom Schedule


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Here it is y’all, my Canva masterpiece. There are no words to describe how good it feels to connect with people on Zoom in the space of mindful learning and yoga/spiritual practice during this current situation. A day that started for me with tremendous anxiety relaxed and was washed away as I practiced, taught, and connected with my dear yogis. Thanks y’all for showing up.

**Current Situation Yoga @Home w/ Justine Zoom Schedule**

I’ve worked to create a good balance of times and opportunities. Strong Hatha & Restorative (Sunday morning Blossom St. Yoga Shala vibe), FAMILY Yoga (all ages, all abilities, all bodies, all hearts, all are welcome to breathe & be together), Balancing Heart & Mind Meditation aka ❤ M (seated) & Yoga Nidra Meditation (lying down). This a group online class schedule. If you want private online yoga & meditation classes please contact me directly.

I suggest printing this out and posting it where you’ll enjoy seeing it–old school schedule style!

If you’ve been doing Yoga Nidra please note the new Meeting ID and Password for all classes, below in Zoom instructions and here:
Meeting ID: 832 819 2470
Password:  yogiknow

*All classes are $20. For family class, a family is considered a group of people in a household up to 5 people. After that you’re starting another family and will be counted as such.

To join the session you must pay me in advance via VENMO. My venmo name is @justinekerri

You will only be admitted to the class once you’ve paid—please plan to pay at least an hour in advance of each session so you get admitted. If you come for any of the 10:30AM classes, you can stay for the ❤ M as a gift of practice to you from me.

If you don’t yet have Venmo you can pay via PayPal:

So that’s $20/per person (family for FAMILY class) per session. Sessions are not refundable, although if you mess up the time zone you can come to another class. Based on what I’ve learned thus far: please don’t ask me for a refund if you mess up the time or can only come to 5 minutes of class—please know I love you, and this is my livelihood as a self-employed single woman. I’m proud of what I do, and what I can offer y’all during this intense time. I am making a commitment to show up for you with integrity, creativity, and presence, please do the same when you show up for this sangha/community. And, of course I understand that shit happens, you don’t have to explain what’s going on in your life, and let’s be clear and in agreement that this is the deal with these classes from the onset. Thank you in advance.

*If, and as I have done so for the past 20 years, you are wanting to practice and the fee is too high for you, please send me an email message letting me know what’s up and we will figure something out.

*Zoom is an awesome way to connect with others while being in your own home. Unlike apps, we are together, and we will have an opportunity to connect, chant oms, and be with one another in the comfiness and security of our own homes. Don’t expect an expert video set-up, I generally don’t practice while I teach and will likely be giving verbal instructions most of the time, not demoing. I invite you to go inside and discover the guru, or teacher, within. She is beautiful.

We will greet one another at the beginning of class and then you can turn off your video, I’ll mute you, and you can do your practice in your pjs, panties, takaras, or what have you. If you turn off your video I won’t be able to see you, so if you want feedback on form, etc., please know you are welcome to keep your video on. Panties too.

I do Zoom sessions with private clients when they or I travel so I’m experienced in this format—it’s great, you will love it!

*Meeting ID & Password for all the classes
832 819 2470

*I am committed to my well-being, to your well-being, and to the well-being of all sentient beings on this planet. I am also committed to the earth and truly feel that she is asking us all to take a break and rest. So let’s rest and be together, online.

Let’s stay sane and do yoga and meditation together. See you in the CLOUD.

ZOOM & VENMO Instructions/Links

Getting on Zoom: you want to be here—it’s what’s happening now

Create an account

Login to our meeting room prior to the time of the class—you’ll be in the waiting room and then I’ll admit you once I see that you’ve paid for class.

Meeting ID & Password for all the classes
832 819 2470

This can help you learn how to join a meeting:




**Schedule is current through the end of March. Changes, additions, and special treats will post on insta, FB & my website.



Nightly Yoga Nidra Meditation On Zoom

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Tuck Yourself In With My Support: Let’s all relax from the comfort of our homes, together on ZOOM. Join me nightly at 5:00 PM Central Time for Yoga Nidra Meditation.
You can join from anywhere in the world from your own home. Pets, kiddos & pajamas welcome! Lulu-Jai will be softly snoring under the altar.
Venmo $20/per person to @justinekerri
Zoom INFO:
Meeting ID: 788 808 224
Password: 678345
All ages and experience are welcome! This is a great practice for kids, the elderly, and everyone in between–I see you mommas who want programming Allison Altman Yacker.
If you can’t lie on your back, I’ll provide options for the practice in a chair or on your side.
In addition to technology to get on ZOOM, you’ll need: a yoga mat or something soft to lie on, 4 blankets, and a clean and dry wash cloth to place over your eyes.
Everyone will be on mute, please turn your ringers to off so you don’t get disturbed.
Please share this link with your friends and let me know if you have any questions. If you’re tagged in this post it’s because I love you and think you and your crew may benefit from and enjoy this practice ❤
(I’ve been NAMASTEing for years and it feels so good <3)

Mindfully Managing Coronavirus Anxiety

My public health oriented & mindfulness practiced brain has been activated with news about the coronavirus.
Here are eight practices to understand and be with the uncertainty of the coronavirus.
  • Be aware that our individual and collective nervous systems’ fight or flight system is likely agitated by the uncertainty and thus y/our fuse may be shorter than usual. Meditation practices including Yoga Nidra Meditation can support calming the nervous systems, promoting healing, relaxation, and internal balance;
  • Strengthen and nurture your self care regimen and boost your immune system consciouslynow is the time to take that long walk on the bayou, to stop and admire the wildflowers, to eat the local honey from your farmers’ market to manage seasonal allergies, to gently stretch and breathe in the morning and evening, to roll your foot out with a ball, to do ankle rolls as you put on and take off your shoes;
  • Set a boundary on how many times a day you check the news and your various feeds;
  • Watch Trevor Noah to get your laughs in and to feel his joy. I don’t have cable and watch it on my computer via the Comedy Central website. Comic relief helps to ease stress and anxiety;
  • Practice cultivating joyallow yourself to laugh and then feel where the joy resides in your body. Feel that joy expand out to your fingers and toes, then send that joy energetically out to your partner, BFF, anyone who is suffering, our planet, and to yourself. This is the primary practice that I’m currently enjoying and teaching, in the words of The Grateful Dead, nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile;
  • A foundational and historically transformative basic public health practice: wash hand with soap and warm water mindfully breathing in and out five times;
  • Take a bath as our bodies are temples and in the spirit of squeaky clean hands, take some time to linger in an Epsom Salt Bath. A wonder for aches and pains, the magnesium promotes sleep and stress reduction. Whole Foods currently has two blends that I’m particularly enjoying, Himalayan Rose and Mint with Activated Charcoal. It’s important, so I’ll say it again, our bodies are temples, and the collective fear about the virus does not need to be brought into your cells, skin, and subconscious; and
  • Care is a continuumsocial distance as appropriate based on your and others’ well-being.
                                        MAY WE BE WELL

(c) Justine K. Fanarof, JD, MPH E-500RYT