One of the best things about yoga (if not THE best), is that after each practice, you really do grow and you really do transcend into a higher self. You become enlightened by your own abilities and the miracles of your amazing body. You learn, you discover a lot about yourself, and you gain a great deal of humility. When all of this radiates from ourselves, we put peace into our lives and into the lives of those around us.
Piggin’ out on chips and soda? :)

Piggin’ out on chips and soda? :)

big-gal-yoga:

#SizeDoesntMatter Instagram Yoga Challenge hosted by @mynameisjessamyn and @yoga_davina
Backbend Week

big-gal-yoga:

#SizeDoesntMatter Instagram Yoga Challenge hosted by @mynameisjessamyn and @yoga_davina
Backbend Week

Post-studying-grocery-shopping self-shot :)

I made amazing soup just now and my mouth is just ugh…fireworks and all the goodness. 

Picture to follow, so stay tuned!

Post-studying-grocery-shopping self-shot :)

I made amazing soup just now and my mouth is just ugh…fireworks and all the goodness.

Picture to follow, so stay tuned!

"Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know." -Alan Watts

"Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know." -Alan Watts

Yesterday:

Happy birthday to my love! We went to Gumbo House, went shopping, got coffee at Barnes and Noble and walked around.

When we got home, we made some popcorn, and he read “Red Rising” to me.

Today:

Homework. And lots of it.

STRENGTH

With the increasing popularity of yoga in social media, strength is more than often associated with crazy inversions, handstands, and arm balances. I think we tend to forget what strength in a yoga practice really means, and it’s kind of unfair to the entire yoga population.

We, as yoga enthusiasts on Tumblr, see it all the time- the picture with the awesome chair pose gets significantly less attention than the awesome handstand picture. Of course, handstands and arm balances require a lot of strength, but when did warrior poses and balancing poses become powerless? As human beings, sometimes, we like to skip fundamentals and basics, and we rush towards advancement and we try to find tricks along the way. Why? We’ve got to realize and definitely learn that “advanced” Asanas are really built on a rooted practice and foundation.

"Tadasana in every posture!"

Yoga, as we know it in the west, is a physical practice. However, strength is more mental than anything else. Our minds get tired before our bodies do. A great deal of mental strength is needed to hold a posture. We let our minds run about- looking around the room, thinking about the last time we did this posture, blah and blah…but if we turn within and channel our strength to hold, to be still, eventually, we find the calm in posture, even if our knees or arms are shaking. We grow in mind, and we grow in body.

"As above, so below."

The unifying of mind and body, that is yoga. Yoga is so much more than these fancy postures, or leggings, or photos. Yoga is strength, your own strength, the strength you cultivate.

You are so much stronger than you tell yourself, and that’s physically, mentally, and emotionally. I promise.

Turn within.

Namaste :)

Progression of the half sleeve :)

Just added a bit more color, and added in some white-ish colors throughout the galaxy. I can’t wait to get the little stars in, and I’m probably going to add some wisps/clouds around the edges…bright purple and royal blue.

I’m almost positive that I’m going to go with a yellow/marigold lotus with some burnt orange in there.

It’s all coming together and I can’t wait! :)

Hello.

I have to show you guys new pictures of my ink. I got a bit more color in :)

Hello.

I have to show you guys new pictures of my ink. I got a bit more color in :)

move-slower:

i hate to be a yoga buzzkill, but i have to admit it really freaks me out when i see girls who have popular blogs on tumblr making ‘yoga guides,’ etc. because they happen to do a lot of yoga. it’s not okay.

i taught yoga occasionally in the dorms back in the day, before i went through a 200-hr…

Through proper yoga teacher training, you learn just how much you really don’t know.

One of my fellow yoga teachers had said, “I graduated teacher training knowing less about yoga than when I started.”

That is only because we gain so much humility. In a good yoga teacher training school, you learn SO. MUCH. and in a nice way, you’re kind of put in your place. It’s a good thing.

I am a student first and always.

"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union — the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions."
Your light will forever shine, and your words will ever echo in our lives. Namaste, Guru.
B.K.S. Iyengar1918 - 2014

"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union — the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions."

Your light will forever shine, and your words will ever echo in our lives. Namaste, Guru.

B.K.S. Iyengar
1918 - 2014