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Cheryl β€’ Yoga & Wellness  ||Yoga Teacher||Writer||Explorer|| 🌎#headhighheartforward ❀ #bendyyogis ✨CHERYLD126YOGA@GMAIL.COM✨

When I was younger I surrounded myself with friends. I always needed to be with someone or to have plans with others. I kept searching for validation from people thinking that being popular amongst others would make me feel special and loved.
During this time I didn't love myself. I was deep in self loathing and didn't respect myself or care what happened to me I was self destructive and because of that, I attracted the wrong types of people. I attracted "friends" who wanted to use me. Guys who just wanted to get down my pants, girls who used me to get to my guy friends, girls who kept me around to have someone to make fun of behind closed doors, etc. I've had my heart broken harder by more groups of mean girls than men over the years.
Looking back, over a decade since high school, and closing in on ten years since college, most people think I'm a loner. I spend a lot of time with myself, and have only a select few, carefully chosen friends. And it's not because I was hurt or teased or lied to by friends in the past. It's because now that I love myself, now that I know my self worth, I don't need validation in numbers. I don't need lots of people around me to make me feel secure. I don't need to create an allusion of acceptance amongst people who don't care for in order to feel at ease with myself.
If you find yourself constantly being hurt and let down by those closest to you, remember that you attract what you think you deserve. When you start valuing yourself, you'll find yourself attracting people who value you, too.
Cheers to my three besties. I might not have a lot of friends, but the ones I do have are πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ». Tag a true friend and show them some love!
#headhighheartforward #throwback to my last day playing with @justinyoga in LA. Miss you.

Happiness doesn't just happen, it's created. It starts with changing your thoughts and changing the way you view the world. Focus on your goals, reflect on what you are grateful for, and celebrate the small accomplishments along the way. Those are three things that help me have a happier mind each day. Fortunately, I was introduced to @thehappiermind journal which helps me keep on track. #headhighheartforward . .
How many of you journal regularly? What sort of journaling do you do? This is my first go at it in a long time.
If you want @thehappiermind journal, you can get 20% off with the code HAPPY20!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’•πŸ’•

The people who you love can either be your greatest support or your greatest teachers. If they lift you up, hold on to them tightly. If they make you feel anything but positive the bulk of the time, ask yourself why? Why are you clinging to a love like that? Not why that person is behaving that way. You can't control how others express their feelings, but you can control what you learn from them. You can control how you let that affect you. Learn and let go. The only love worth pursuing is one that makes you feel good. The rest is just how we grow before moving on. #headhighheartforward
Lens: @freckled_yogi
Had to black and white this one bc re reflection of my mat turned my face green. πŸ˜‚

How do #bendyyogis get down? On a mat on some old cobblestone in a historic park. That's how. πŸ˜‚ Doing some partner stretching with my bendy friend @freckled_yogi last month. .
Both wearing @kosusaofficial

Ella (bf's dog) isn't too sure about this whole yoga thing.
What can I say? I needed that wall. #yogawithmypets
Sped up 2xs. Wearing @yogapaws #wearrourmat

When was the last time you just sat in silence and absorbed what was around you? We spend so much of our lives on autopilot. We spend so much time going from task to task to task that we forget to take a beat; to pause and absorb. Check in with yourself. When was the last time you did that?
We need breaks. We need time to ourselves to sort out the jumble of things going on in our brains. If not, we continue to move forward like mindless zombies. We become stressed and anxious and confused and just muddle through. Spending 5-10 minutes a day just to sit with your thoughts can make huge improvements in your mental state and help you gain some clarity. Try it. Take a step towards mindfulness and stop just going through the motions because your mental state matters just as much as your daily tasks do. .
Outfit new from @onzie #onziegear
Photo by me.

Work, work, work. If I want to do a one handed handstand I gotta get that one arm balance endurance up, and get used to weight shifting. The wall is a great tool for helping me stay balanced inverted while I focus on the weight shifting and getting used to being on one arm. I'm using my @yogisurprise boxes instead of blocks because I can stack varying heights with my free hand. Plus it's just fun. .
What are you working on???
Top: @wildmovementspnw
Shorts: @mikayogawear
Props: @yogisurprise boxes
Hand and foot covers: @yogapaws

One of the things I want all of you to remember is that social media only shows what we want it to show. I can tilt my hips and gain abs while losing several inches. I can tug on my pants to make them look big. I can add filters and tweak the contrast to smooth out my skin and add definition where I want it. Hell, I can even photoshop on make up with one swipe these days. Do not gauge your self worth by what you see online. Do not idolize the face, body, or even lifestyle of someone you really don't know. We can present whatever we want to the outside world. I know personally, I could have saved myself a lot of self loathing if I realized how much media can manipulated when I was younger. I know it's hard when you are down on yourself or have body dysmorphia like me to stop idolizing images of the perfection you think you want. Just remember, there's ALWAYS more going on than the picture shows. All of us are people with real stories behind the lens. You can follow mine on @headhighheartforward. I'll keep being authentic on here too, don't worry. #headhighheartforward

Eventually, I'll figure out how to walk down paths on my hands instead of pausing for a handstand. I'm just not quite that talented yet. However, my not moving handstand game is on point. Hard work and years of practice is paying off! #practiceandalliscoming #headhighheartforward Wearing @werkshop butterflies #teamwerkshop

If I can't get my back bendy enough for my butt to touch my head, I'm going to make my butt big enough for it to just happen. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #yogagoals #bootygains
Throwing it back to my little mermaid hair and sidewalk shenanigans in Hollywood with @justinyoga. Because it's raining AGAIN in NJ and I miss my sunny yoga escapades. .
Outfit: @kosusaofficial
Wrist Malas: @yogisurprise

The only destination I have in my mind is my yoga mat and that's ok. Free flowing through what my body is needs is what I needed. Your practice doesn't have to look traditional or be in a set sequence. It's ok to save the sequencing for class, and let your mat be a fun space from time to time. Get up, get on your mat and move. Have you free flowed recently? Better yet, have you done it today?? Move, stretch, wiggle, invert, whatever! Give your body some time to play. #flowfreely #headhighheartforward

Hey look! I did the acro yogas! Because if someone wants to climb all over my dirty a$$ feet, I kinda feel like I should let them. πŸ˜‚ Love you, @milena.moon. 😘
Both of us goofing off in all @aloyoga. #aloyoga #beagoddess

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