#tbt back to when life was different and I could do this....life with an infant and a post partum body sure is challenging! I practiced my first few sun salutations in months last week...and cried. Tears of pain and tears of joy. After a few months of being on bed rest and recovering from a c section, it was so beautiful to just breathe and move! But getting back to where I was will have to be a very long and very slow journey. It's time to learn the difficult lesson of patience 🙏
Well....it's been awhile, instagram world! I've truly missed the instayoga community so much - but I've been busy having a baby :) @rajd28 and I are overjoyed with the new addition to our family and so blessed with our healthy and happy little boy.
Now that I'm 5 weeks post partum, I'm starting to get excited about making time to get back to my practice soon. I've missed all of you, thanks to those of you who checked in on me! 🙏💙👍
Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman
Pincha play for #inspiredyogis #yogilovebombs @rachelanna_yoga @gordonogden @monkeymix 💜
Please join me in congratulating our #yogisinbloom 30-day challenger WINNERS! Though it was nearly impossible for us to choose winners, since everyone did such an incredible job with this challenge, we finally did it. We are So excited to announce that these four incredible yogis will be taking home some awesome prizes!
1⃣ @yogamand - you have won an awesome tank top from @superlovetees!! 2⃣ @caligo751 - congratulations, you've won jewelry from @lovetheundoing!
3⃣ @jenn_yogas - great job, you've won a bracelet stack from @onelovestacks !
4⃣ @christofah_r you've won the set of @yogapaws ! 👏👏👏👏👏 Congrats from all three of us - myself, @jeajir6, and @southcoastyoga . Thanks to all four of you for working so hard, posting such inspiring and amazing photos, and for showing us your passion and energy.
If patience is with anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm. -Mahatma Gandhi
Finding my faith and patience, always, with my handstand practice for yogi's choice with #inspiredyogis 💜💙💛 @gordonogden @rachelanna_yoga @monkeymix #yogilovebombs
Huge congratulations to our week 4 winner, @yogiclarie 💜💜💜 your smiles and enthusiasm for your practice are contagious. Thank you for inspiring us!!! You've won awesome prizes from @love_sprinkles and @kleenmonkeysc 👍👍👍
Here are some highlights from week 4 of #yogisinbloom ! Please show these beautiful yogis some love. Thank you for sharing such inspiring and gorgeous photos with us! From left to right: @noisy_ninja @dancerk520 @burgundyhare @yoginurse great job, ladies! 💜💜💜
Finding balance in the small things in life helps you to be prepared for when the big things happen.
#inspiredyogis #yogilovebombs so glad you guys are back!!!! Sending love your way! @gordonogden @monkeymix @rachelanna_yoga 💜💜💜
Can't believe we've reached the final day of #yogisinbloom - I'm so sad it's over! We've had so much fun guiding you all through this challenge, and hope you guys have enjoyed it too. For today, take a restorative or relaxing pose. Take some time to relax, meditate, breathe deeply, and reflect on what you have accomplished this month! 💜💜 Make sure to check out @jeajir6 And @southcoastyoga for their posts. Please show some love to our amazing sponsors! @superlovetees @lovetheundoing @yogapaws @onelovestacks @kleenmonkeysc @love_sprinkles
Remember - yoga isn't about doing the most contortion-like asana, standing on your hands for minutes at a time, or doing as many chaturangas as you can.
Sure, it's always fun to challenge ourselves and to try new things - and I'll be the first to admit that I love tying myself into pretzel knots, finding new poses. But our practice, both on our mat and here on Instagram, should be about finding your inner calm even in the midst of struggle; moving in ways that feel good and open up our bodies; remembering to breathe deeply, no matter what; learning how to stay mindful. Yoga is about SO much more than what our poses look like to the observing eye.
That being said - choose your inversion for today's #yogisinbloom practice mindfully! Even a simple downward facing dog can be beautiful, challenging, and help you deepen your practice💜
For day 29 of #YogisInBloom, choose an inversion to practice- any inversion at all!
Inverted asanas reverse the orientation of gravity on the body, shifting everything in the opposite direction. Inversions can turn everything upside down on an emotional level, too, shedding new light on ways of thinking or of looking at the world.
So, choose any inversion that resonated with you, and tell us why you chose it! I chose pincha mayurasana, one of my favorites - I always love playing with playful leg variations in forearm stand.
Your pose can be anything from a headstand to a forward fold to a handstand to a downdog, and anything in between. As long as your head is below your heart, it counts! As always, stay safe, and never risk injury for a photo. Use a wall or a spotter if necessary!
Check out what @jeajir6 and @southcoastyoga post for their inversions too! 💜💙
Good morning, yogis! Because i love backbends SO much, I had to post another one. Remember, for #yogisinbloom today, share ANY backbend that you like, and tell us why you picked it! Camel variations are a favorite of mine - they are a deep opening through the front of the body and that always brings me close to my edge of comfort. Although I never encourage pushing yourself past your physical limits, pushing ourselves past the point where we are comfortable - both physically and emotionally - is how we grow. Here's a mermaid- camel hybrid for today. Remember to tag all three hosts so we can see your gorgeous backbends! 💜 @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga @mary_b28
#yogisinbloom for day 28 is any backbend of your choosing! Show us your favorite heart opener - anything at all that you like! Just make sure you stay safe, warm up, listen to your body, and never risk injury just for a photo opportunity. My favorite backbend is kapotasana 💜💜💜 make sure you check out @southcoastyoga and @jeajir6 for their backbends! Thank you to our incredible sponsors 🙏🙏 @superlovetees @yogapaws @lovetheundoing @onelovestacks @kleenmonkeysc @love_sprinkles
Here's my firehopper for day 27 of #yogisinbloom - such a fun balance! See @jeajir6 for a detailed tutorial on this one. Don't worry if this pose isn't accessible to you - take any other variation of grasshopper or of firefly that works for you today! @southcoastyoga and @jeajir6 will both have ideas for variations too. We have plenty of fun in store for the last three days of our challenge so keep your eyes on all three hosts! 💜💜💜
What a beautiful day today!! The perfect day for some outdoor yoga with my hubby @rajd28 💙 we decided to hop in for today's #outdooryogis pose - some cow face under the sun! @robinmartinyoga @jkrocket @alissayoga @vic_yogaintheworld @pocketdwarf 🙏
Another option for tomorrow's #yogisinbloom pose is baby grasshopper. From seated, straighten your right leg and bend the left knee, placing the left foot outside the right leg. Lean forward, reaching for your right foot with your left hand. Steady yourself with your right hand, shift your weight forward, and using your core, lift yourself up off the ground. Take a few breaths, smile!, and try your second side. Remember to follow all three hosts! @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga @mary_b28 💜
#YogisInBloom day 26 is grasshopper pose! This is a tough one so stay safe, warm up, and listen to your body. I'll be posting a beginner variation soon as well! •From a standing half lotus position, twist to the side and place your hands on the ground •press your foot from half lotus, onto your triceps as high onto your arm as your hips will allow. The closer your foot gets to your armpit, the more secure it will be. •face forward and bend your arms while extending your opposite leg to the side •hold for 5 breaths and repeat on other side.
This posture takes an intense shifting forward in the shoulders and an active lower leg to help engage the core and catch the balance. Enjoy your practice today! Remember to check out @jeajir6 and @southcoastyoga for their variations 💜
Another option for #yogisinbloom today is arm pressure pose or bhujapidasana! This is such an important posture in the ashtanga primary series and one I've been practicing for quite some time. Set up is the same as firefly, but then work on getting the lock of your ankles to stabilize yourself. If you have tighter hamstrings but still want to work on the balance behind firefly, this might be the pose for you! (But if it's new to you, don't practice on a wobbly tree! I fell after taking this shot 😳) see @jeajir6 for a great tutorial on this pose and @southcoastyoga for another awesome beginner variation! 💜
#YogisInBloom day 25 is tittibhasana or firefly pose! Don't be intimidated by this posture - it takes a lot of hamstring flexibility to do the full pose, but there are lots of great modifications and variations too! Check @jeajir6 out for her instructions. Don't forget - this pose is actually, for some people, even easier than crow pose. There's no risk of face planting, so it can be less scary! It takes some faith and some courage, but if you're going to fall, it will only be a few inches and you will land on your butt! Not scary at all! Stay safe, always warm up, and never risk injury for a photo. Can't wait to see all of your gorgeous fireflies! 💜💜💜💜