Why I love the practice? Aside from the more obvious benefits to breathing more intentionally and the physical well-being, it really can be a mirror for how I show up for my life “off the mat.” How do I respond when I feel like I’m losing balance?
Do I hold on tighter or give up?
Do I keep trying to do the same thing over and over again, or quit trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and try something else?
How can I get back to using this practice to build emotional intelligence, integrity, into the rest of life?
How can I LIVE my yoga?
The interesting part is I’ve been practicing less often (temporarily) and really focusing on seeing the “how to” around taking these questions 👆 off my mat...placing myself into scenarios that test balance, test that calm. I’m a big believer in “the quotes are only as good as the actions you take on them.” And I try as much as I can to go out and test that out in less than ideal situations: because it’s always easy when it’s easy but that isn’t growth.
So get out there! Try something new, test your balance, start that side hustle, go get outside of your comfort...and #livemore .
Some things we can’t change no matter much we try and wish for it. But what we can do is always make the best and shiniest version out of the situation we are given. Everything has a good side. Try to see it. 🖤
I love the change of seasons. I love the winter just as much as summer. Autumn just as much as spring. I think there’s so much beauty in every change.
I wrote a post back in autumn about how it was the first year that I’d really noticed the change of the leaves.
I spoke about how I’d become SO much more aware of the smaller things in life. So much more open minded to what’s important, and so much more able to, most of the time, live in the present moment.
I can’t wait to notice the changes this spring too.
To witness the leaves as they turn from brown to green.
To see the days become longer and lighter.
To watch the flowers start to appear and the butterflies start to fly 🦋💐 To be more present is a wonderful thing.
Let’s all look UP today.
Let’s notice what’s around us.
Let’s breathe in the fresh air and feel the air as it becomes warmer on our skin.
Let’s smell the flowers and enjoy the beauty of this world.
Let’s all allow ourselves to be here, now, in this moment.✨
Happy Wednesday everyone.💕 .
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The more we learn to bend, the less we are likely to get broken.
Bending deeply is not only about physical flexibility, but about your mental, inner, personal flexibility - the flexibility of your mind, ego, attitudes and thoughts.
The less you are prone to 'cracking', the more you are able to experience the true beauty of giving and receiving in life.
Flexibility is being deeply rooted (secure) in your own balance, peace and trust in your own strenth as well as your struggles. Acknowledging that all the struggles in life are ment to propel you in the right direction, towards becoming a better version of your self, you learn not to always experience 'letting go' (of people, situations and expectations) as a tragedy.
Lets face it, sometimes only after you've (or I🙊) truly let go of something, you realise that you probably shouldn't have been hold on to it so dearly in the first place. Life shows you the way. - mostly mysteriously and not easily, but it's there! Hehe, and I promise, you just have to be willing to be there, consciously and see.
Anyways, this ended up longer than I expected! Haha, so if you've come this far say hi, or let me know what you think in the comments. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!😊 Sending you lots of love and hugs,
Hello Day 4 of the #headsdown4als challenge! Today’s pose is with bow and arrow legs 🏹 I’m keeping my head down (of course) but my face up in a shoulderstand variation. There are so many different ways to go upside down and it’s up to us as individuals to identify what’s best for our bodies each day. Love yourself and be safe!
“The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call oh Him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him;
He also hears their cry and saves them.”
excerpt from Psalm 145
🧘🏼♀️🔥🧘🏼♂️Yoga Philippines invites you once again to spend a weekend of “Yoga by the Sea” this coming May 4 and 5!🧘🏼♀️🔥🧘🏼♂️
☀️Give yourself a gift. Devote some quality time to relax & reflect. Our “Yoga by the Sea” holiday is hosted at a resort in Lian, Batangas offering an oasis of serenity and a peaceful sanctuary.☀️
🔆Yoga Asana classes
🔆Guided Meditation & breathing sessions
🔆Vegetarian Brunch & Dinner
🔆Free time to engage socially or relax & unwind at , pool or beach
🔆Retreat is open to all levels
You can find me amongst the bamboo trees trying to become one with nature.... now how do you become one with nature? Well that’s easy place you head on the earth, get upside down and find a tree pose.🤪😆🎋 #Silly
Its day 8 of #SpringIntoInversions . We bring you any inversion with tree legs. Explore new fun ways to play.🥰 Can’t wait to see your inversion!🤸🏼♀️
Hosts: @zenbeeni @yogi_liza @yogi.jodie @bohemian_heart @erika_yoga_and_unicorns
Sponsors: @aloyoga @alo.moves
Day 4 of #GroundToSky2GH is side angle pose, a pose I'm not really a big fan of, but I'm aware of its existence and it's a thing in yoga class 🙈😄
Today was a busy day filled with mandolin class, thesis work and side job work 😅 I also think I may get sick once again, urgh 😕 Send me healing vibes, please!! 🙏🏻🙈💚 Anyway, I hope yous had a fantastic day!! 💕
Lovely Hosts: @popsterivy @ellypse @pupkar
First Love Yourself...others will come next!
I know you give so much but don’t forget you. Love yourself, your complexity, your imperfections, your mess. We are not perfect and that is just fine! Just remember that you are always your worst critic!
Taking flight on a little island off the New Zealand’s coast. This one is called Hauturu and has a little forest and many local birds nesting all around these rocks. This is one of four beautiful islands to island hop around the Whangamata area on the north island of New Zealand.
One thing I have realized about Ashtanga Yoga over the past 12 years is: everything you think is impossible... is possible (with practice). I’ll never forget the words my teacher spoke 12 years ago, “On those days you don’t feel like going to Yoga, those are the days you would benefit the most from taking practice.” Tonight was one of those nights, alas, I stepped on my mat & attempted to focus on the breath, tuning out the noise of my mind spinning endless ideas. What’s not captured in this clip are years of falls, laughs, tears & getting back up & trying again & again & again. Never give up & keep practicing. @yogafitnesscenter
ऊर्ध्व कुक्कुटासन Ūrdhva Kukkuṭāsana 🐔
1013 hours ago
Studying with Lino Miele in India.
1013 hours ago
623 hours ago
Mysore with Lino Miele in India. I’m in eka pada on the far left.
913 hours ago
Janu C - modified.
1113 hours ago
Blacktail Canyon - my favourite Canyon of them all. 📸 by Sophie Danison.
Playing didjeridu during Savasana with my teacher, David Garrigues.
1123 hours ago
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured & endure what cannot be cured."
~ BKS Iyengar ~
823 hours ago
Mentors. Gurus. Teachers. Friends.
1123 hours ago
'Bakasana' on 'The Great Unconformity' in Blacktail Canyon, Grand Canyon. 1.2 billion year gap in the rock record. Above the gap is 500 million-year-old sandstone from the Cambrian age: a time of shelly marine creatures but no fish yet & below the gap is rock so old it has been metamorphosed into gneiss. The gneiss clocks in at 1.75 billion years; bacteria are the peak of Earth's biological complexity at this time. Thus more than 1.2 billion years of Earth history has left no record at this spot on Earth!
Yoga Sutra 1.2
"Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind."
Yoga Sutra 1.3
तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम् ॥३॥
tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe-'vasthānam ||3||
"Then the Seer [Self] abides in His own nature." Photo credit: Jon Van Dyck
1023 hours ago
Feeling a vibration of strength, wisdom & energy after completing the Ashtanga Yoga workshop with Diana Christinson. When describing Ashtanga as a traditional practice brought over from India... Diana often says, “This practice is more similar to martial arts than to what you may think of as Yoga... Yogis are people who carry all their Prana within their bodies, so they are their own masters.” In personal reflection, I feel tremendous gratitude for all my teachers around the world & for having discovered this practice in this lifetime. I truly don’t know who or where I would be without this practice. I will continue to open my heart, study, practice & as Diana says, “train neural pathways to be more kind & loving so we can continue to be a better version of ourselves through the practice.” ☀️ #gratitude
523 hours ago
The Sleeping Turtle 🐢 सुप्त कूर्मासन ————————
“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” –B.K.S Iyengar