Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. We love to rush this pose, vinyasa’s become drive-by’s, exhales blend into inhales, chaturangas melt into updogs, and our practices, and our lovely shoulders and backs suffer. Slow down, do the practice, and just say no to shitty vinyasas.
True story sister♡
We create our environment. We are responsible for our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, habits, and the pathway of all of these choices. If we must get mad and frustrated - let’s do it and then let it go, save time for reflection. If I find myself getting ruffled up by something or someone, it’s time for me to step back and look within. When our stance is love, there’s no deliverance more powerful than giving it, even when we fall off the same page or misread each other. When we are love, others know our words and actions come from that place. Sometimes our stance on love requires us to set boundaries and ask others to back off and/or give me a fucking break. And that is okay. It’s all okay. And good. And real. And loving. #lovingwhatis
Life’s a journey, every last bit of it, and everyday we are encountered with choices. Choices that can end up making this journey a joy ride or a living hell. It takes time to learn what choices guides us in the one or other direction. Knowing ourselves and our bodies, boundaries and what makes us happy and free, truly helps to get us on the right track -though sometimes we end up in a sticky situation where every single part of us goe; “Wtf?” That’s when it’s time to stop for a second, do a handstand or some other crazy Shit that make you happy, and then get back to the “situation” at hand! I’m not saying the right choice will necessarily pop up, but it’s often easier to make a difficult choice less difficult when we are happy and our mind is at ease! Happy Monday everyone ♡
1. Don’t try to piss quietly. Nobody in a public restroom thinks you’re knitting in your stall. They came to piss, just like you. And if you have to take a dump, do it. Get over your fear of public toilets. It’ll make life a lot easier.
2. Masturbate. Masturbate a lot. Talk about it with your friends. You’ve got the right to make yourself feel good and brag about it just like all the boys with extra large kleenex packages on their desks.
3. If you want the large fries, get the large fries. Hunger and appetite are nothing to be ashamed of, just human. Don’t ever feel guilty for eating in front of others. You need to nourish your body to stay alive. We all do.
4. Laugh as loud as you have to, no matter if you snort or gasp or literally scream.
5. Fart when you have to.
6. Always remember you weren’t born to visually please others. Forget the phrase “what if they think it’s ugly”. If you think it’s lovely, it is lovely. You wanna wear it, wear it!
7. Speak your mind! You can learn to do so without insulting others or shoving your opinion down other people’s throats.
Being playful with my handstand indoors ♡
Some days I worry that I’m not enough to be a yoga teacher. That I’m not spiritual enough or strong enough. I’m not like this person or that person. I can’t give you medical descriptions of the anatomical and physical practice, I can’t give you detailed descriptions of the subtle energetics of the yoga practice. Sometimes I feel completely inadequate because I’m not all knowing and I compare myself to others and to their talents and skills when it comes to practicing and teaching. It’s said that comparison is the thief of joy and it’s so true… Because I am enough. I love yoga and how it makes me feel, even if I can’t always describe it anatomically or energetically. Maybe that’s for the best. Maybe being able to feel and love without too much thought behind it is good. Every teacher, every person, has a niche when it comes to their craft, and comparing how I teach and what I know and how I move to others just isn’t okay. I am enough the way that I am, even if I don’t know what label goes on it yet… And maybe that’s the way it’s meant to be. I’m not a teacher who is spiritual, anatomical, gentle, calming, empowering, funny, or any other label—I’m just 100% me, whatever that is, and it’s enough. Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re the best version of you that you can be. No one can take that away from you and it is always always always enough.
This reflects how I feel about myself as a yoga teacher soooo much it’s frightening, but even though I still need to find my “yoga teacher voice” I’m still just as excited to share my practice with anyone who is curious (and patient) enough to check it out ♡