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.
Boiled sweet potaters! Just what I needed tonight, mmmmfff :D

Boiled sweet potaters! Just what I needed tonight, mmmmfff :D

I may or may not be eating peanut butter straight out of the jar…

My American Apparel leggings came in today! $5 each, meow.

My American Apparel leggings came in today! $5 each, meow.

I can’t even handle how beautiful they are and how yummy they’re going to be! And guess what? I’ve got another huge batch of them and they were FREE, along with portobello mushrooms, apples, zucchini…my dad got it all from a gracious friend! So, so grateful :)

I can’t even handle how beautiful they are and how yummy they’re going to be! And guess what? I’ve got another huge batch of them and they were FREE, along with portobello mushrooms, apples, zucchini…my dad got it all from a gracious friend! So, so grateful :)

Sunday learnings:

- Peanut butter lattes exist. Swoon.
- Never touch a man’s (Jay’s) radio. Pshh.
- There is a spectrum of hookers.
- I don’t look bad in white…Northface jackets.
- Maybe I approached “Atlas Shrugged” with an already-defeated attitude, and maybe I picked out its wrong physical version.
- Sleeping with the sound of heavy rain makes for good, quality slumber.
- My butt looks better in certain underwear.
- Breville Tea Maker, Singer sewing machine, or Samsung Galaxy S5…sort of big things that I want right now.

"Yoga is a dance between control and surrender—between pushing and letting go—and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being." -Joel Kramer

"Yoga is a dance between control and surrender—between pushing and letting go—and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being." -Joel Kramer

Behold…tortilla pizza- Daiya mozzarella, baby portobello, spinach, pesto :9

Behold…tortilla pizza- Daiya mozzarella, baby portobello, spinach, pesto :9

— Pablo Neruda (via mermaidyoga)

(via big-gal-yoga)


THINGS THAT ARE OKAY TO DO EVEN IF YOU’RE A YOGI:

1) Wear make up, heels, and dresses.
So yogis are supposed to be happy with their natural selves…okay, and? That doesn’t mean we don’t like getting pretty and sexy.

2) Have road rage, lose temper, be irritable.
I know, a lot of us meditate and we’re supposed to be zen’d out…although we can be patient, we’re yogis, not saints.

3) Drink coffee to get going.
Bahaha…oh, come on. It tastes fabulous, too.

4) Not wear lululemon.
They make awesome clothes, but no yoga clothing brand will make you look or be better at yoga. There’s no lululemon or Teeki in the Rig Veda, guys.

5) Eat junk food.
Pizza, soda, potato chips, fries, cookies, cake…but yogis are supposed to be puuuuuure. Uh, yaaa- my occasional craving for a greasy and cheesy pizza is pure. Hey, it’s your body, so eat what you want; just make sure you are listening to your body and taking care of it.

6) Be a dude.
Oh, you know…there’s Patanjali, Paramahansa Yogananda, Sri Krishnamacharya, B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois- all dudes! The OG’s of Yoga! Also, yoga takes a lot of strength, so come on, tough boys. Get some. There’s the non-physical side of yoga that you could get into, too, and that’s bad ass.

7) Have fall-outs.
So you haven’t practiced for a few days, weeks, or months. That’s OKAY. Just know that when you do come back to the mat, there is no judgment and it can always be your sacred place no matter how long it’s been.

8) Not be a vegetarian or vegan.
Yes, yes, Ahimsa…kindness or non-violence to yourself and all beings. That’s a beautiful thing, but if it’s not YOUR thing, then it’s not your thing. You wanna eat chicken? Cool. Barbecue ribs? Cool. But, don’t judge or belittle others for their food lifestyles, and don’t let anyone do the same to you.

9) Not recycle or be green.
People don’t want to INTENTIONALLY destroy the planet where we have to live in. I think we all do our best. That’s all.

10) Want all the new and cool tech gadgets.
But we’re not supposed to be materialistic…hey, do what brings you joy! Buy that camera and capture life! Buy that new phone and keep in touch with those you love! Buy that new eReader so you can have more room in your bag for yoga gear!

11) Not be an outdoorsy person.
What. You don’t love nature? Get out.

12) Be an alien.