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Chanel Close  πŸ“San Francisco Bay Area. I do yoga and things. πŸ•‰

So proud of my niece, Makena Rae, for being chosen by Pottery Barn Kids and Leapfrog!! πŸ’•πŸ’•#kenarae

Thanks to Western culture, many people think that yoga is about poses (asanas) but that is only a very small part of it. The ultimate goal of yoga is to reach a higher level of consciousness. It is believed that the mind cannot reach this level of consciousness unless the body and mind are in good health. The purpose of the poses is to free the body from pain and disease so that the mind can be at peace. The poses are just a means to an end.

My goal lately has been to make it to my mat every day, even if only for 15 minutes. Because I sit in a chair all day for work, my body will thank me for it.

I can't even express how important pilates has been to my yoga journey. Your core is the foundation of every yoga pose, especially when it comes to arm-balances and inversions. A strong core is also key for posture and balance in general. If you want to start building your foundation, head over to @dublinyogacenter. They offer a 1-month unlimited new student trial for only $49. After that it is only $69/month for unlimited classes. This includes yoga classes as well so if you want to get into yoga, Pilates or just build some core strength, I would definitely recommend it.

Keep your head up, keep your heart strong. Keep your mind set, keep your hair long πŸ’•
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Song: Ben Howard "Keep your head up."

"Namaste: My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united. We are the same. We are one." Sending good vibes to all of the refugees and Muslims during this rough time πŸ’•

When I started practicing yoga, it was because I wanted to be more flexible. The flexibility is a nice perk, but it is no longer why I practice. I practice yoga because it has taught me to appreciate the things that I used to take for granted. Something as simple as a deep breath now fills me with gratitude. Did you know that 15% of adults suffer from some type of lung disease? We are not entitled to a deep breath of fresh air. We are fortunate enough to be able to experience it. When I take a deep breath, I visualize what it is doing to my body and my mind and appreciate every second of it. The connection between breath and movement that yoga provides has become so important to my mental state. It has taught me to be grateful for the things that I used to not even be aware of. Over time, these realizations changed my entire outlook on life. I challenge you to spend 10 minutes every morning thinking about everything you are grateful for. It is a game-changer, I promise πŸ’•

Fully stocked 😍People always assume that because I practice yoga, I am a vegan. To clarify, I am not vegan or vegetarian, but my diet is about 80% plant-based. The last 20% is meat, dairy, eggs, fish, and all of the sugary deliciousness. For me, it is all about balance πŸ‘πŸ»