Day 16 of @thehotroomyoga#asanaplaybook
Just a few hours apart. Could and could not. My foot could barely leave the ground in the 2nd pic. Nick thought I was messing with him, because I would do something crazy like that for 30 minutes 😂, but it was like my foot was a magnet to the earth. 🤷🏼♀️ Fear? Yup. Doubt? Yup. Yup.
Not feeling capable physically? Um yup.
Spoiler alert...none of these things ⬆️ were just about this pose.
That’s how it works, shit comes up and then you’re aware of it and you can move to fight through it, for yourself instead of against yourself.
Our bodies are different every day, sometimes every hour. Accept it and move on try again tomorrow.
Easier said than done. But try.
The work, the challenges, the literal tears on the ground in your backyard by the fire saying “what if I can’t do this?!???” But what if you can?
It’s never just about the poses.
It’s the obstacles that give us new ideas, allow us to go beyond what we thought possible, enjoy experiences in new and unique ways... what’s NOT to celebrate!?! What can we learn from the obstacles we face? Let’s change our way of thinking and view the obstacle as a path! We’ll work with the wall in our yin poses Tuesday @invokestudioindy IWC 7-8:15 Yin Yoga! #invokestudio#317yogis#indyyogis#yinyoga
Our Grand Opening Party is October 4th and since it is First Friday we are wanting to show off some of our talented local artists work. If you are interested in participating or know someone who is, DM us with some examples of your work! #fountainsquareindy#firstfridayindy#indyartist#317yogis
You are under no obligation to make the same choices you made yesterday.
You can be a different person today, right now.
It’s difficult to break old patterns of thought and behavior (neural pathways in neuroscience; “samskaras” in yogic philosophy), but it is by no means impossible. You need only to make the choice, and set the intention.
Couldn't resist taking advantage of this perfect sunset and the train that allowed me to jump into the middle of the street to take this pic😂😂 Feeling strong and grounded even though I've been under the weather this weekend. Enjoyed some downtime and ready for the week ahead! Check out @invokestudioindy schedule and
Join me this week on your mats!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Take a moment to remember all of the amazing heights that you can reach when you trust yourself and try something you never thought was possible.
Consider joining us asap by signing up for our Honor Yoga Now online yoga channel defy the expectations that you have set for yourself even before we open our doors.
Yoga🧘🏻♀️is a personal practice but something 💫magical happens when you come together with other people and experience it in unisons. Everyone together lifting the energy of the earth and all its being to a more mindful peaceful existence.
Grateful for those who joined us in the park on Friday and the beautiful energy we cultivated together.
@megweg79 , @ktrinkle_wojcik , & @marcyellen13 - I loved using my singing bowl for the first time outside. What an intensely beautiful vibrational sound it created. Thank you. ⠀⠀
“Life should not be lived, it should be celebrated.”
Celebrating 🥳 life an extra amount this week! Such a beautiful gift we are given that we don’t always appreciate 💛💫 appreciate your life. Appreciate the wonder it brings. Look at it as if you are a small child again. Find the wonder.
Going back to some of my childhood roots.... stay tuned to see what I mean 🌳
P.S. still working on grasshopper AND my facial expressions. I don’t know why all kinds of faces appear in this pose 😂
💛G R O W T H + A C C E P T A N C E💛
Think back to your first yoga practice. Or your first step into a studio. Now think about how your practice has grown. Changed. Whether you’ve found greater flexibility, strength, confidence, or peace...compare how much has changed for you through your dedication to this practice. Now think about those poses that still allude you. Maybe it’s a warrior 3 or bird of paradise. It looks so easy for other yogis in class. This is where the magic can happen. Check your ego at the door and add in acceptance and patience for your body and mind. Every BODY is built differently and our yoga practice isn’t supposed to look like anyone else’s! Remembering that it’s never really been about the pose. Yoga goes deeper than that. Remembering that Asana (postures) is only ONE of eight branches of yoga 🧘🏻♀️ .
“The ultimate source of happiness is simply a healthy body and a warm heart” -The Dalai Lama
Early morning flow before class this morning. The sun was bright and warm...waiting for friends to arrive 💛This is yoga 💛 ———————————————————
Wednesday morning I woke up and headed out of the house to teach my 8:45 class.
I went to open my car door, but nope. It was locked...with my keys inside....which should technically be impossible🤷♀️
Clay had the extra key so I had to call him to stop his work day to come home w the extra set.
I called the studio to see if there happened to be a teacher signed up for class so they could begin the practice for me. Thankfully there was🙏
A few minutes later Clay called and said to go check the car now to see if it was unlocked.
We forgot we had a service that was able to do it over the phone.
I got to class only 3 minutes late, went to plug in my music, but there was a short in the chord.
Probably 5-6 times during the class the loud music would suddenly go to complete silence.
But I noticed something.
I didn’t say “sorry” once and I felt 1000x better than I normally would.
I thanked Clay for stopping his work day to call and unlock the vehicle.
I thanked @mama_frosty for stepping in when she had no intention of teaching that morning.
I thanked the students for accepting the hiccups with compassion.
And you know what? The energy exchange was night and day.
For some of us, it’s extremely hard to ask for or accept help. We prefer to be the helper. Hello enneagram 2w3🙋🏼♀️
Needing help can feel like we’re a burden, but that’s not the case.
Other people need to feel needed too.
Other people crave appreciation.
A sincere “thank you” vs a self deprecating apology feels 1000x better for both parties💛
Ps....Tonight would be a great time to get an empty out practice in for the Harvest Moon. You can go for a walk, follow one of my videos or story highlights, use a breathing technique, whatever lets you release all that is being held hostage and is ready to be set free💫
Let your awareness explore the entire body in any given asana.
If you’re practicing a hip opener, become aware of the sensations in your shoulders.
If you’re in forward fold, bring your attention to your facial or jaw muscles.
Forearm stand? What are you doing with your feet?
Pigeon pose? Is your back leg active or relaxed? How does each feel different from the other?
If you’re in a lunge, are your arms active? Shoulders tensed next to your ears? How might it feel to let them relax down your back?
Let go of how an asana is supposed to look, and instead become a researcher of sensations 👩🔬
Hey friends, I've got a little life update to share.
On Monday, I start a sabbatical from my work at AFSC Indiana until January 2, 2020. I'm so grateful to work for an organization that offers this kind of break for their employees and the great privilege of that benefit is not lost on me.
This year has been a tough one. Personally and professionally it's been stressful and my anxiety has been sky high at many times. In addition to working full-time, pursing a masters degree part-time, teaching yoga and being a mom, I was also diagnosed with a rare vascular disease called Fibromuscular Dysplasia. Since receiving this diagnosis in May, I’ve spent many sleepless nights and worry filled days trying to understand what this means for my life. FMD causes additional cell growth in the arteries, resulting in narrowing and enlargement of the arteries which can lead to dissection, aneurysm and strokes. After hours and hours of MRIs and other tests, I’ve learned that my FMD is in my carotid arteries which means I must avoid straining or twisting my neck, so that I do not tear the vulnerable arteries. Luckily, I am an otherwise healthy person and for now I just need to mitigate the possible risks, deal with ongoing and annoying pulsatile tinnitus in my ears and manage my anxiety about the whole thing.
(Continued in comments) 📸 @michellecraigphotography
#Buti Cert is coming up in #INDY!!! .
This is our second cert and we love bringing Buti to the community!
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Calling all of our strong yogis!
Have you heard about our Strong & Calm class that we will be offering? Strong postures practiced in a calm way.
Strong and Calm is an intermediate level class in which calm, meditative movements are paired with static, strength-building postures in order to develop strength, stamina, increased breath awareness and calmness of mind.
This class format focuses primarily on holding postures such as standing and balance postures with an emphasis on developing core strength and joint stability.
Tomorrow is September 13th and a Friday. All the magic feels 💫
“I am standing on the edge of becoming.
As I release the baggage of my past I grow into a higher truer version of myself.
I feel completeness with the truth.
I am awakening to a higher consciousness of myself.
I bow to the purpose residing in me.”
Subbing for Kat tomorrow night, at 6 @flourish_yoga . Come flow with me tomorrow night! 🌝 Or if the time doesn’t work or you prefer to worship the moon outside check out @rootsandwingsyogawellness for their offering.
Tall, short, lean, big, yoga is for everybody and EVERY BODY. In addition to how you look on the outside, the inside makes a world of difference on your mat. (This could be confusing, I’m talking about your bones and their structure)
Tension or compression. Some bodies will never go into certain poses. Some bodies were predisposed to be in particular asanas.
For example, day six of #WellRoundedYogis is bird of paradise pose. The first time I ever did yoga I was introduced to this pose and could achieve it immediately.
That seems unfair, I get it. It wasn’t because I am a yoga goddess sent from above to show you weird stretches, it’s because I have baggy hips that move my legs wherever I put them and octopus long arms that can bind around anything.
My body was predisposed to be bendy, it’s in my joints and my genetics. Don’t think that I don’t struggle with things on the mat. There is always progress to be made. Just take this as a reminder to not compare yourself to the yogi next to you or what they are doing on their mat. They are on their own journey. Just like you.
1.L sit 💪🏻
3.Side plank 💋
4.Sugar Cane 🍫
5.Middle split ✌🏻
6.Bird of paradise 🦜