bio: Yogini. Yoga teacher at @invokestudioindy. Peace ✌️ Love 💜 Yoga 🙏
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The beautiful @nena_2222 tagged me to share a few non-yoga facts about myself. Here we go!
1. My first fact would have to be, it took me a really long time to find a picture on my phone that wasn't a yoga selfie 😂 but I found one! 2. I LOVE weddings. Planning my own wedding was a dream come true. Now I live vicariously by reading wedding blogs, stalking wedding photos, and helping friends with weddings! 3. If I had all the money and the time in the world, I would get a massage every day. I'm constantly amazed at the benefits of deep tissue massage, not to mention how amazing it feels! 4. Speaking of massage - I've had an on again, off again, back injury that just recently resolved itself again. Not fun. 5. I adore Reese's cups. I have a recipe for no bake Reese's bars that taste even better than Reese's cups. The first time I made them, I ate so many that I got sick! Sorry these were so random- thanks for tagging me!! 💜
#yogaintentions - sometimes things are good for us even when we don't feel like doing them. After a morning practice, a day at work, and a bikram class, the last time I wanted to do was a side crow. But I did it, and I found myself crossing my ankles and smiling. 😁 #skypemoments @yulady @geraldsaluti @kathy0805 @talia_sutra @justinwolferyogi @lizarch @mackenzieyoga @laurasykora @skype
In the beginning of time,
the skies were filled with flying elephants.
Every night they lay down
in the same place in the sky,
And dreamt with one eye open.
When you gaze up at the stars at night
You are looking into the unblinking eyes of elephants, who sleep with one eye open,
To best keep watch over us.
Ever since my house burnt down,
I see the moon more clearly. -Gregory Colbert, "Ashes and Snow"
If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin. -Ivan Turgenev
Live in the now. Don't procrastinate. There is never going to be a "perfect" time. What are you waiting for?
A peaceful evening time eagle for #yogaintentions - intention for today is to accept that the time change has happened and work on helping my body to adjust to it. An hour doesn't seem like much but it's thrown off my schedule! #skypemoments @laurasykora @yulady @talia_sutra @geraldsaluti @kathy0805 @justinwolferyogi @lizarch @mackenzieyoga
Don't forget about the importance of transitions in your practice. When I'm practicing closing series, fish is one of the postures I always look forward to. But for me, the "prepare" in the top picture is a wonderful hip stretch and throat opener - in a different way than matseyandrasana is - so I like to hang out there for a breath or two before moving into the full expression. Remember to move slowly, breathe, and appreciate the movements in between the poses 🙏 #practiceandalliscoming
I am always doing that which it cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
This was a good reminder today to keep trying those things that my mind is convinced I am not capable of. Mayurasana is quite possibly my all time least favorite pose. I tried this half lotus, half lifted leg variation inspired by @yogagrams and surprised myself! 💜
Holy hard pose, batman! This was one of the toughest arm balances I've tried in awhile. I found that the higher I moved my bent leg into a half lotus type of formation, the easier the pose was. And @bohemian_heart was right - flexing the extended foot definitely helped for some reason! So excited about all these new asanas from the #omwithmeyogis challenge 🙏 #omwithmecrew @jkrocket @liifong @bohemian_heart @yogagrams @om_yogini
#yogaintention for today - slow down, and stay calm no matter what. "Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Also, I am LOVING my new @onzie shorts. So comfortable and so adorable! 💜💛
#yogaintentions for today - get relaxed and ready for bed soon to help my body prepare for the time change. I teach in the morning so I need to be refreshed and ready to go, despite losing an hour! I love forward folds before bedtime. So relaxing and so good for the body. #skypemoments @geraldsaluti @yulady @talia_sutra @kathy0805 @laurasykora @lizarch @justinwolferyogi @mackenzieyoga @skype 💜🙏
Love to his soul gave eyes, he knew things are not as they seem. The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream.
Try something new today. See what happens. This bound humbled warrior variation was brand new for me and I loved it! It seemed strange at first, but the longer I held it, the more I felt and the more I enjoyed it. #omwithmecrew @jkrocket @liifong @bohemian_heart @yogagrams @om_yogini
Sometimes the beauty of nature astounds me. I started editing this photo - and realized that the more I edited, the less beautiful the photo was. So here is my 100% natural mermaid, no filter, no editing. Snapseed is awesome - but sometimes it's refreshing to see things exactly as they are. #nofilter
I remember when one of my teachers first showed me this bridge variation awhile ago - I thought she was nuts! Similar to "neck breaker" in primary series, this pose looks a little bit scary, but once you figure out the alignment, it's actually very relaxing and feels oh-so-good. Although I don't practice this every day, it's one of those variations that I crave sometimes. 💜 #backbendmadness2014 @kinoyoga @fitqueenirene @beachyogagirl @liquidoactive #nostretchypants #okactuallymyjeansarestretchy 😂
#yogaintentions for today - "It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that's sitting right here right now...with it's aches and it's pleasures....is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive." -Pema Chodron
My practice this morning got me thinking about all the effort and hard work that goes into each and every IG picture that all of you beautiful yogis post.
I ended up with a pretty cool picture, if I can say so myself. Urdvha kukkutasana is one of my nemesis poses - it was really just in the last year that I began even attempting this pose. But before I got a good picture, all of the following happened: four unsuccessful attempts at holding the balance, two all-out crashes, one skinned and bloody knee due to carpet rug burn, one outfit change due to said rug burn, and one dead phone battery.
So the next time you see a gorgeous asana and a pretty picture, remember that many of us require extensive warm ups, lots of falling down, and lots of swear and tears in order to accomplish the shiny photo.