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Cheryl Feinberg  ||Yoga Teacher||Writer||Explorer|| 🌎#headhighheartforward ❤ #bendyyogis ✨CHERYLD126YOGA@GMAIL.COM✨

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It's our last day of #headhighheartforward! Im so happy that so many of you chose to practice through this week of heart openers with @justinyoga, @freckled_yogi and I. I've loved reading all of your stories and looking at your beautiful posts each day! The final pose is camel pose, one of my go-to chest openers. This one gets your whoooole chest and is a biggie for making you feel open and exposed. But don't we always when it comes to matters of the heart? Breathe through the vulnerability and enjoy the freedom that comes with being open. 🙏🏻 Wearing @mikayogawear (other sponsors include @mandukayoga and @vickerey).

One of the best things I learned from yoga is to accept that sometimes you can't do what you want to do and that's ok. As a competitive dancer when I was a child, I was taught that you do the pose until you get it right. It doesn't matter what your body is feeling, it matters what your body looks like. In yoga we learn the opposite: listen to your body. The poses are a means of teaching us about ourselves, not a means of reaching someone's idea of aesthetic perfection. Take this picture for example: I was trying really hard to do full bow here, which given my very short torso, is already a bit of a struggle. Add to that a sloped surface (swipe left to see the picture before I straightened it), and it wasn't going to happen. In the past I would have kept trying until I did it, no matter how many times I rolled down the hill, until I was completely exhausted. This time, I went with what my body wanted to do given the circumstances, and am my body and mind thank me. That, and I am quite pleased with the end result. Didn't know I could bend that far and wouldn't have had I kept going for the other variation. .
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Lens powered by @freckled_yogi
Leggings by @kosusaofficial
Top by @onzie

When you spend a week doing heart openers, you can be left feeling vulnerable and exhausted. Physically opening your body in that manner can bring things up mentally. For tomorrow's #headhighheartforward pose (day 6), we are taking time to give our hearts a break and check in with another place in our body that stores a lot of our emotions, our hips. Take a moment in lotus pose (or any variation you prefer) to give your heart a break and check in with those emotions all these poses have brought up. .
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Cohosts: @justinyoga and @freckled_yogi
Sponsors: @mandukayoga, @vickerey, and @mikayogawear

When I was in 5th grade I asked my mom to put me in counseling for body image issues. I didn't even know what it was like to have a real body at that time. I didn't know that I was at the start of a life long struggle with depression, a warped body image, and disordered eating. I didn't know that I wouldn't be able to stop myself from letting anorexia take hold of my life and my identity for years. But I did know I needed help and that there was no shame in asking for assistance for the things I couldn't do myself. Children know this because they are dependent on others almost all the time. They do not let their egos get smashed by the inability to do something on their own. So why do we feel that way as adults? Why do we feel that there is shame in needing assistance? There isn't! It takes more strength and self awareness to reach out for help for something you can't manage on your own than it does to live with the problem. #itsoknottobeok #headhighheartforward
Wearing: @kosusaofficial

The best gift you can give to others is being the truest version of yourself as often as possible (ideally all the time). Fact: you don't owe anything to anyone but yourself. Live your life for you. You can't create love and happiness with others if you haven't created them for yourself (or at least taken steps in that direction). #headhighheartforward with co-hosts @freckled_yogi and @justinyoga. wearing @mikayogawear (sponsor) on @mandukayoga (sponsor), and also sponsored by @vickerey.

Do you come from a place of love for yourself? Think about the things you do out of love for others. When you care deeply for someone, you will climb mountains for them. You will help them with their problems, lift them up when they're down, support them when they succeed, etc. Love motivates you to do and be your best for someone. If you can give that much to someone else, why can't you work on giving it to yourself? If you have the same love to yourself that you give to others; if you worked just as hard, imagine how far you could lift yourself up? Think about how much more care and support you'd give yourself if you thought about loving yourself the same way you love others. #headhighheartforward .
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With cohosts: @justinyoga and @freckled_yogi
Wearing @mikayogawear w/additional sponsors @vickerey and @mandukayoga

Southern charm, a park with a view, and two #bendyyogis. I can't think of a better way to kill some time in a new town. .
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If you follow my stories you know the bf's dog had surgery yesterday and we drove to Richmond to have it done (saved us several thousand $$). Just a quick day trip to get one of Ella's doggie acl's replaced. Rather than stress and wait around the vet's all day, I decided to do what #igyogis do best and go out and explore and play (if you're wondering, bf stayed at the vet's bc it's his 🐶). So where my ramblings are going is this: Ella is doing as well as can be expected 24 hours after having a new ligament put in her leg. Thank you for all your questions and comments, they mean the world to us. 🙏🏻 AND massive shout out to @freckled_yogi for driving 2-ish hours down to #RVA to meet a complete stranger at a random park and play for a few hours. Isn't @Instagram great sometimes? Plus look at how bendy she is!! .
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Both of us wearing head to toe @kosusaofficial

There is beauty in the things that are often overlooked; you can either find it or create it from within. #headhighheartforward .
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Wearing: @kosusaofficial

#Headhighheartforward DAY THREE IS HALF MOON. I went for the foot grab b/c this version is one of my favorites. .
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Where does your mind wander when you hold this pose; when you are physically in a place where your heart is metaphorically exposed ? Listen to those thoughts, acknowledge them and let go of those that block you from being open. Poses where our hearts are vulnerable can cause our minds to become uneasy and inhibit our ability to be steady in our practice. Listen to your body in the poses, but also listen to your mind.
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Wearing an outfit from our sponsor @mikayogawear on a mat from another sponsor, @mandukayoga. Final sponsor is @vickerey!

Suns up, buns up yogi style. This is how I spent my weekend; hiking and yoga. I'm not exactly the religious type. How did you spend your weekend?
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Wearing: @kosusaofficial head to toe

Check out this amazing view of NYC from Weehawken! I've discovered that if I come to this park super early, I usually get the whole place to myself. But if you know me, you know I don't do mornings well. Lucky for me, I have my @skinnymintcom #teatox to give me a nice boost. I drink it instead of coffee every morning for my daily dose of energy. I've been drinking my teas for two weeks now and am off coffee (my tummy thanks me), and feeling a lot less bloat. If you're looking for an #ultimateteatox, check them out! #skinnymint #teatoxpartner

Find a place that makes your heart skip a beat and visit there often. For me, it's being outside, preferably with the ability to get lost in undisturbed nature. My happiness comes from a place deep within me, but sometimes I need a little assistance from the outdoors. Finding somewhere nearby that makes you happy is an excellent way to be able to get out of your house (and yourself) and reboot. .
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Standing backbend for day one of #headhighheartforward With @justinyoga and @freckled_yogi. With sponsors @mikayogawear (wearing), @mandukayoga (mat) and @vickerey.

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