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.
Chillin’ after an amazing, intense, and radiant flow! I have a special treat for you all later :) Just don’t know when to post this awesomeness, but I shall!
Such a powerful Vinyasa class this morning! Obliques, malasanas, headstands and handstands…just puttin’ the feet up the wall, getting lost in the chakras <3
Hehe, the little things that make us happy…what was it for you today? :) For me, it was turning on my engine, and hearing the beautiful sounds of a symphony on the radio. ‘Twas so pleasant and comforting for my chakras right after a 90-minute hot Vinyasa flow ^__^
What does a “yoga body” look like? Well, it looks like everybody and anybody because you don’t need a certain body shape or size to practice yoga. We are so stuck on this idea that we all need to look one way. Why? Why isn’t it okay to not be 110 lbs. and still do yoga? Why isn’t it okay to be 165 lbs. and still do yoga? Why do we have to worry about yoga making us muscular? Why isn’t it okay to JUST BE and do yoga? Why do we HAVE to look a certain way? Why do we have to even put a definition to “yoga body”? Yoga is not exclusive to any body type.
I have a friend who’s probably 6’2 and probably around…I am totally just estimating here and I might be totally wrong, 300 lbs. He has some extra weight on him, yes; but he has got to have one of the most beautiful downward dogs and chaturangas I have ever seen! I swear- the most perfect V-shape, heels down and all. It is always a privilege to have him in class because his Vinyasa practice is so powerful and so freaking bad. ass. and I love the energy he radiates.
It saddens me to know that some people think you have to look a certain way to do yoga, because WE ALL deserve to experience the goodness of yoga and nothing should hinder us from having this wonderful source, this place where we will always be assured that we are taking the time to take care of ourselves when we sit, move, and breathe. Yoga is transformational in so many ways, why not share it with everyone?
So screw looking like anything in order to do yoga. We all have a yoga body.
You are beautiful, wherever you are in your practice.
YOGA IS NOT A NUMBER
How long is your yoga practice every day? Okay, don’t even answer that question because it doesn’t matter. I see a lot people beating themselves up because they were only able to get in thirty minutes of yoga in their day. I come across questions from Anons asking other people on tumblr, “How do you practice for ninety minutes every day?” or “I wish I could practice yoga as long as you can!” or “OMG…you didn’t practice yoga today? Do you still love doing yoga?”
Here’s a question for you to answer- why are you even comparing yourself to HER practice? HIS practice? That is THEIR practice, not yours. Look up to people, use others as motivation and inspiration, but feel good about YOUR practice. Yoga is not a number. Yoga does not require you to practice for a certain amount of time each day. Yoga does not require you to practice for two hours daily in order to be “good.”
Yoga. just. is. and yoga accepts, and yoga gives.
Your yoga practice on some days could be a few rounds of Surya Namaskara. Your yoga practice could be twelve minutes of one Kriya (you’re fucking bad ass if you practice a Kriya for that long). Your yoga could be ninety minutes of intense Vinyasa. Your yoga could be two minutes of headstand, three seconds of crow. Your yoga could be one minute of Ujjayi Pranayama. Your yoga could be five minutes in seated meditation. It doesn’t matter! Don’t time, don’t think, just do. Do what feels good to your body.
“Twenty minutes, ten minutes…sit, move, breathe. You’ll feel better.” -Seane Corn
Be okay with YOUR yoga. Wherever you are in your practice is exactly where you should be, and that’s perfectly fine. You are growing in your practice whether you realize it or not. Promise. Yogi’s honor :P
QUICKIE BEFORE FLOWY
1. I have fresh yoga clothes on.
2. I will have a lot of animals in tonight’s flow.
3. It is okay to growl at me if you no want touchy, touchy adjusty.
4. A five year old female patient looked at me with the most ecstatic face and delightfully told me that I was beautiful. Love. So adorable.
5. Some drug reps bought us food today, and I totally forgot about my hummus.
6. I miss my beau.
7. Let go.
8. Love yourself.
Savasana following power vinyasa…
Savasana just by itself…
My tumblr followers…
Haunting and alluring crow.