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Cheryl F • Yoga Nature Healing  ||Yoga Teacher • Explorer • Advocate • Content Creator||✨CHERYLD126YOGA@GMAIL.COM✨ 📍Fairfield, CA #headhighheartforward 💕

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When I did my first yoga pose 6-ish years ago, did I think I would be side by side with two lovely Italian yogis in the middle of LA? Nope. When I first started posting on Instagram did I think I'd have friends all over the world and a platform where I can speak my truth and reach out to others? Definitely not. I thought maybe people would get a kick out of seeing a girl in her lawyer get up doing yoga at work and that was about it. A lot can change in a short time.
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Today I'm taking some time to reflect and be grateful. Grateful with myself for making choices to move myself forward towards a better life. Grateful for the yoga teachers I studied with who pushed me to take my practice away from just asana and into living my yoga. Grateful for the connections I've made through this little square; all of my irl bffs are from this app. And grateful for all of you for helping me create and mold this page into what it is today.
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What are you grateful for today??
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Photo by @karmacaptures in @aloyoga with @martina__rando and @martina_sergi

I am not that sad, lonely girl you may think I am by reading about my experiences lately. Take the positive lessons from my negative experiences; that's what I do. I am not a sad person overall even though I have major depression, at least I don't view myself that way. I view myself how I want to be seen, and I work towards that goal everyday. I strive to be a happy, well rounded, strong example of a yogi and I'll get there. Step by step, day by day, experience by experience. #headhighheartforward #youhavetofeeltoheal
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📸 @justinyoga with my great grandpa's lens. 👖 @terez

Three years since we met. Four months since we split. Three months since we said goodbye.
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I can speak your name without choking up. I can write about you in the first person. I can think of you without hurt and anger all of the time. But missing you isn't easy. No matter how horrible our relationship could be (and often was), moving on is still hard. Not having you in my life makes me face my fears of being alone, of not being in control of situations, of not having closure.....Break ups are less than desirable, but often they lead to better things. And while pain SUCKS, both the lows and highs of every experience must be felt to move on. You don't heal until you feel. #headhighheartforward
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#purplehair, #beagoddess, #exploreeverything, #exploretocreate, #hike, #norcal, #exploreyourcity, #yogalife, #myyogalife, #loveandalliscoming, #relationshipgoals, #relationships, #breakup, #yogagirl, #yogaeveryday

So remember how on my last "handstand at my pool's ledge" video I said fear is a massive cock block? Here's part two to that: over-confidence will kick your ass. #forrealtho
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Yesterday I FINALLY got brave enough to kick up into a handstand at the edge of my pool and hold it. It took a lot of bad form, a lot of pep talks, and a lot of wiping out w/o getting injured (aka realizing I had nothing to worry about) to work up the nerve. I'm strong in my normal handstands and this is something I knew I could do but fear was blocking me from. That's video part one (sped up 2xs). Then I got a little confident and decided to try and puppy press up on the ledge. Pressing is not my forte, but I have a solid exit strategy and nail it 90% of the time, so I figured what the hell, right? I gave it a shot and I did it! And then tilted a bit (I was going to try to lower down sideways and it didn't work) and fell in the pool as per my cartwheeling exit strategy. No big deal, I'll work on it........So then I got cocky. And this is where ego comes into play. There's a fine line between confidence and cockiness, and an even finer line between trusting your abilities and having blind faith in yourself. I do NOT advocate just going for it when it comes to risky physical endeavors and this is why:: my final press attempt was a new leg variation I'm working on in my quest to straddle press. I only successfully do it 1/3 of the time. So guess what happened? I got up and wiped out. But because I wasn't comfortable with my skill set or this handstand, instead of a safe exit, I crashed into the side of the pool and now have a huge welt on my leg. It could have been worse and I'm lucky it wasn't.
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LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES. Do not attempt what you aren't ready for. Do not get cocky with your skill set, or too brave because you want to be competitive on Instagram. Trust in yourself and you practice and celebrate your successes without pushing it too far. We are all learning new things in our practice, it's ok to fall down and fail, but if you push too hard too fast, you risk getting hurt. Just remember that. #headhighheartforward

Your experiences define you; they shape your character and your outlook on life. There is a choice involved though. You choose how your experiences mold you going forward. You choose how and in what ways they affect you. Time to take responsibility and get to some internal reflection, right?
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I choose to let them make me into a stronger, more loving, more compassionate person. You can be strong and kind. You can keep moving forward after failure or heart break without letting those things drag you down. It all comes down to what decision you make. I choose to live my life with my head high and my heart forward, always. Sometimes beaten down, but never broken. Sometimes hurt and struggling, but always learning and growing. You can too! It isn't always the easiest choice, but it is the most rewarding. #headhighheartforward
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Thanks to my great grandpa for this lens. RIP.
Outfit by @kosusaofficial

I seriously don't understand how some people can casually do yoga in denim like it's nbd. Like I took this pics over a week ago, and my butt still hurts. 😂😂🤦🏻‍♀️#mylegsarelighterthanmyarms #yogatan

I get asked a lot where I'm from, especially recently with all the moving and traveling I've been doing. So here's a little background on me, and where I'm "from". __
I moved out of the house at 17 to go to college. Since then I have lived in no less than 13 different places between dorms, apartments and shared houses. I've lived in 7 different states at various points in my life, up and down the east coast from Georgia to Vermont (where I started this account), and most recently coast to coast (three times in the last 2-ish years). I was born in a state I moved away from at a young age, and have been relocating for school ever since. I've seen A LOT of this country, and taken each one of my moves as a chance to get to know a new place.
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Recently my parents moved from my childhood home in KY to NorCal. Having been born in one state (NJ), raised in another (KY) and attended school in two more (GA and VT, as well as boarding school in NH and RI), answering the question "where are you from" has always been difficult. Now it's next to impossible. Where am I from? I'm from all over. I'm a compilation of experiences from different locals all around this country. I don't have a hometown I go back to visit. I don't even have a home base of my own anymore. I have myself, and my pets and that's enough. Because I've spent the time working on who I am, and getting to know myself, I don't feel lost when I'm uprooted. Home is where your heart is is true for me completely. I create my own home wherever I end up, for however long I'm there by doing the things that make my heart happy. Where I'm from is wherever I'm currently living. Where I grew up, where I went to school, where my family lives....those are all different questions that give you pieces of the bigger picture.
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Huge thank you to @bangsshoes for sending me these national nomad high tops. They resonate with me deeply. Swipe right to see the states I've lived in colored blue. I'm going to color all the states I've traveled to in a different color soon, I just haven't figured out what color I want to use. Lol. #mycolorfulnomads #livebangs

You can hate on my selfies and portraits and bikini videos all you want because they "aren't yoga" and my account name has yoga in it. I am secure enough in myself and have been sharing on ig long enough that negative comments like that don't phase me. But one thing I will ALWAYS speak to is when people say that sharing yoga online or on Instagram isn't real yoga and that I (we) are not real yogis because of it. I will be the first to admit that taking pictures in pretty places for Instagram isn't what my real practice looks like. That does not take away from who I or anyone else on this platform is as a yogi. It isn't our pictures that determine our yogicness, it's our real life.
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There is no one definition of yoga. The actual physical practice (I.e. what you see on here) is based on the theory that working the body helps bring about awareness in the mind, and eventually a union between the two. That's a simplistic definition, but you get the point. And while posting on this platform isn't always an example of our regular asana practice, it is an example of the unifying nature of yoga and the yogic community. Yoga brings us together in so many ways. When we are on our mats, we are all in the same place. We are all brought together by our desire to practice. When we step off our mats and into the world, yoga unites us in other ways. It brings us together with similar philosophies, similar practice experiences, and similar desires in regards to working on ourselves. Yoga also brings us together physically. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into class at a new studio and walked out with a new mentor or friend. All of my current real life friends, our people I met through this online yoga community.
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Call Instagram Yoga vanity, egotistical, whatever you want. What you can't say is that it doesn't bring people together in all sorts of ways, and that union is part of the essence of the practice. Yoga is more than asana. Yoga is more than what you can see. Yoga is more than this platform. You'd do well to not forget that the next time you feel like passing judgment.
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📸 @karmacaptures with @martina_sergi, @haileeyoga, and @martina__rando

We know our own stories, but how much do we pay attention to how our story affects others?
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This week I lectured at the medical school where my parent's work. The students are studying addiction and their professors wanted them to meet and get the chance to hear from prior addicts who aren't the stereotypical person you think of when you think of an addict. Enter me with a physician as a parent, academically successful, with a doctorate degree, and seemingly everything going for her. I don't look like the stereotypical addict, but I am/was one.
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Part of the lecture involved sitting next to my mother and hearing her side. I have told my story dozens of times. I know why I used drugs, but I needed to do to heal myself, etc. but I had never fully heard my mom side of the story outside of what she did to help me. I had never heard how my problem caused a rift in my parents marriage. I didn't know that they knew a lot of what was going on and were in severe denial. I didn't know that for my mother it came down to a choice of saving her marriage and supporting my little sister, versus continuing to support her drug addict daughter. I didn't realize how singularly focused my recovery had been until I had this discussion next to my mother.
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These things were really hard to hear, but also really important. Even though I've been sober for over 10 years, my recovery has always focused on me. It's always focused on what I need to do to help myself stay clean. And a lot of my parents interactions with me in that regard have also been focused on supporting me. They have never sat me down and told me exactly what I did to the family, just what I was doing to myself, same with all my counselors. Addiction is inherently selfish, but it's not something we can necessarily control. If you think the hard part is over once you get clean, sit down and talk to your loved ones down the line. It's something that after 10 years I finally did, and while it was completely heart wrenching, I wish I done it sooner. Truly knowing the depth of how my problem affected my family gives me renewed motivation to stay clean and keep talking about these issues.
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#breakthesilence

One hundred million people could tell you you are beautiful, but you won't believe it until you feel it inside. Focus within to experience the best of what's outside of you. #reminder #dothework #liveyouryoga #headhighheartforward
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PC @martina__rando

I used to want a love where two became one. Until I experienced the co-dependence that comes with that sort of relationship. Listening to the radio yesterday, I heard lyrics like "how can I breathe without you" and thought back on the two relationships I've had where I felt that way. The kind of love where you are all consumed with and suffocated by each other. The kind of emotional dependence on each other that leads to bad choices and unhealthy interactions with each other. I don't want a love where I need the other person to survive. I want a love where we make each other thrive.
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This is much easier to say in retrospect than when you are in the situation. I was with a mentally (and rarely physically) abusive man for five years and had no identity without him. When I left him I left myself, too and spent years finding who I was again. I've had several relationships since then, fallen in and out of love a few times, and then found myself back in a similar mental situation in my most recent relationship. No amount of knowing better or lessons from the past prevented me from putting myself back there again. It's unfortunate, but it happens...and often all to frequently that we repeat unhealthy cycles. Usually we will repeat them until we learn the lessons we needed to learn about ourselves.
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I've walked out of this relationship with my identity in tact this time. This time I also know what I was meant to learn. The first time I needed to find myself. This time I needed to find my strength and my voice. Day by day both are becoming easier. #headhighheartforward

Don't mind me, I'm just that girl stretching barefoot in the park.
Even on days when I'm not able to put in a full practice on my yoga mat, I still make sure I stretch. Every day. Stretching is good for your muscles, tendons, joints and overall mobility. Do you stretch daily??
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Wearing my awesome new bra from @kissbobobras. It's super comfortable while I'm stretching and bending, and it's adjustable!
Available through the link in my bio. #sponsored #kissbobo

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