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It's so easy to give your power away. You wake up one day and realize that you're living a lie. And then you begin to take your power back. The world around you which is used to you being subservient fights back. You have to stand your ground. You have to trust that the greatest power in the universe has your back.
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When I think about how many times I've decided to hold my tongue or just give someone what they want bc I didn't want to rock the boat it makes me sick. It's my own fault for bending over backwards to please other people without taking the time to check in with myself. But some people really are overwhelming and it's their form of control. Like if they just talk loud enough or cry long enough or stir up a big enough fuss you'll have to give them what they want. There have been times I've said nothing to keep the peace and other times I've said what I thought someone wanted to hear. Well, that's over. I'm done letting other people decide for me. I'm done letting other people's emotions control me. BC if you sit in a corner with your bitterness and resentment and let it fester it only harms you. If you don't communicate your feelings to anyone you can't blame someone for not knowing how you feel. You are responsible for your own journey. You've got be brave enough to bring everything that is in the darkness out in the light, you have to strong enough to speak up for yourself, strong enough to stand your ground.
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I feel like Khaleesi has her dragons and no one's going to stop her. Just watch.
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Day 27 is Urdhva Dhanurasana, Backbending. The traditional Ashtanga backbends will stir up all sorts of unexpressed emotions and bring you into the unfelt body. Be brave. Be strong. And let the practice change your world.
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What does it mean to be real and authentic? I did a live meditation on IG and a bunch of people called me fake. I am who I am. At this time in my life I am not trying to be anyone else. I am not perfect, nor do I claim to be. I'm interested in transparency and letting actions speak for themselves. I struggle with many things. In fact, this morning I was sitting in meditation and a wave of anger welled up from inside of me. And rather than subsiding it turned violent. After 20 minutes it subsided. But I was left in a mild state of shock to witness the seed of such aggression come from within me. I mean, wow. That was one level, then the acknowledgement that it's there, it's ok, but it's not to be acted on and then the training to observe, to sit with it, to not act. And finally the deep peace. I don't have the answers. I'm just a girl doing this practice, slowly shifting the arc of life to a more peaceful place.
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Day 26 is Setu Bandhasana, Bridge Pose. How about for today we build bridges instead of writing people off? How about for today we recognize that every single person is real, has feelings and has amazing capacity for love and vulnerability? How about just for today we let ourselves believe in love?
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Take a stand. Say it straight. Don't play games. Lay it all bare. Let the cards land where they may. Turn it over. At least when it's all done you'll know your heart was pure and you'll be at peace.
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I'm in the middle of a very sticky situation where something that seems like it should be simple is just getting more and more complex. While I'd like a clean, effortless easy path, I seem to be facing muddy waters and mudslides. Somewhere there's a solution, somewhere there's a clear path. I still have faith, but I feel like I'm being tested. There's only so much I can do when there are so many moving parts and other people involved. To be honest, I feel like I'm being held hostage. So please pray for me. Pray for an elegant solution. Pray for peace, harmony, ease and flow. Let's see if we can work a miracle. Comment with πŸ™
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#ashtangayogachallenge
Day 25 is Urdvha Mukha Pashcimattanasana. The process of entering this pose feels like a journey into murky territory. Roll back and grab the feet, then feeling the way up, roll up, find balance and fold forward. If you can find peace amidst this struggle, you are more likely to find peace amidst the struggles of life.
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Sometimes life is a riddle. Vulnerability is strength. Firmness is flexibility. Sometimes you have to let go of what you want if you want to achieve your goal.
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There were truths that I've been blind to that were obvious to everyone else. When I work up to the truth it was like a freight train hit me in the heart. Instead of building walls, I dropped down into a place of true strength and let it all in. There were times when I held on to my dreams so tightly I thought I'd die if they didn't come true. But now it's all different. It's like the riddle solved itself. And the answer was love. Could it be that simple? Oh yes, it really could. And yes, it really is. The reason life is a riddle is because you are vast and cannot be reduced to things that make sense. You contain opposites and are bigger and grander than anything you can define. You are love, brilliant and exuberant, abundant and overflowing.
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#ashtangayogachallenge
Day 24 is Supta Padangusthasana, Reclining Hand to Big Toe Pose. This asana is equally balanced between strength and flexibility. Lift your shoulder and lower ribs off the ground to rise up with strength. Sink the femur into its socket to drop down into flexibility.
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#currentmood 😴 How about you? Comment below if you're spending you're Sunday snoozing. πŸ’€
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I am seriously not a morning person. When my alarm went off today at an embarrassing 8 am I was like, what is that? We didn't even get to bed too late, I just love sleep. I could sleep ten to eleven hours a night if I have nothing else to do. I suffer when I have to get up before dawn. I really cherish a lazy day where I get to sleep in (I need more of these) And @timfeldmannyoga snapped this pic of me and called me a sleepy head. I dragged myself out of bed around 8:30 am and made it down to the beach not too much later. I know, rough life. But it's a Sunday and I'm not on an airplane or working or doing anything other than chilling this morning. Well.... I was thinking of going live for a moon day meditation. What do you think? Want to join?

Let's talk about injury for a moment. It's so often unspoken, sometimes filled with a sense of loss and worse, shame or guilt. Sometimes I feel like being a yoga teacher means there's this expectation that you'll never be injured or in pain. I've gotten hurt in practice and also in life and when I shared openly about it some people told me it was my fault bc I do advanced poses. I've rehabbed my injuries through practice and learned how to use yoga as a therapy. I believe in getting medical diagnosis if you have a pain that doesn't resolve itself within a few days or is the result of a sudden impact or trauma. I believe in complimentary roads to healing that often include acupuncture, massage, energy healing, physical therapy, and faith. I also believe that sometimes pain is there to teach us something, and that until we learn the lesson, the pain will be there. I've had pain that didn't fit into any explanation heal only when my heart finally opened. But one thing that I want to tell everyone is this: if you're in pain, if you're injured, don't make it worse by adding guilt or shame to the mix. If your technique was off, fix it and move on. Even if you do everything right, you still might end up with pain or injury. Yoga is a journey of healing. I wish no one ever experiences another injury in yoga or in life, but the reality of that happening is unlikely. Rather than trying to live in a protected bubble, let's be real and forgive ourselves when an injury arises and learn to use the practice as the methodology of healing that it truly is.
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#ashtangayogachallenge
Day 23 is Upavistha Konasana, Wide-Angle Seated Forwars Fold. No matter how tempting it is, don't pull or force yourself into this (or any pose). The hamstrings and inner thighs require careful activation and support to enter this pose safely. The lesson is breathe, relax, trust, don't force.
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Solutions and problems live on different planes. Sometimes the answer is right in front of you and all you need to do is change your perspective to see it. But then again, sometimes the answer is a truth we aren't ready to face so we turn away, avoid, and hide from it until we are strong enough to accept it. Trust that you will wake up to the truth at exactly the perfect time, like a flower opening when the sun's rays beam down on it. Truth will set you free, but truth without love is nothing. Love is the answer. If it isn't coming out of love, it isn't the solution. πŸ™
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Not every day feels like paradise. But some days do. Celebrate the good times but don't hold on to them. Observe the sad times but don't wallow in them. Don't let your life be defined by dramatic highs and devastating lows. There's no need to be in a competition for the best. Practice is a journey to the eternal, which is the same for us all. Life is a journey of love and there's no first place in love, love isn't a zero sum game with winners and losers, love is limitless.
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#ashtangayogachallenge
Day 22 is Baddha Konasana, Bound Angle Pose. Have you joined my Ashtanga Primary Series course on OmStars.com? I love seeing you practice. Leave me a comment and let me know how your Ashtanga journey is going this month. Link in my bio to practice with my Primary Series course!! Be sure to tag me and @omstarsofficial in all your posts. ⚑️
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I wasted so many years of my life worrying about whether my legs were too fat. When I look back at the girl I was all those years ago I don't see anything wrong her. She's beautiful and she can do anything she wants if she just believes in herself. I can't tell you how heartbreaking it is to me when someone tells me they're too fat to do a pose, or too old to try yoga. Not only because it's usually absolutely untrue, but because thinking that your size or your age is the determinant of your self-worth is heartbreaking. You are not your body, not your age, not your gender, not your class, not your ethnicity. If you practice yoga, you're a yogi and that's all that matters. Some people say I'm too "perfect" and that I perpetuate the myth of the ideal body. But let me tell you how far away from reality that is for me. Every day I get on my mat and I struggle. I flop around and I hear that voice in my head that tells me I'll never be strong enough. I choose not to listen to doubt. I choose faith, but it isn't easy. To this day most leggings don't fit and jeans are always weird, what fits my thighs doesn't fit my waist. And don't get my started about bras, if the straps fit it's usually a teenage size and if the cups fit the straps won't. But truth be told, it doesn't bother me anymore. I look in the mirror and I see happy, I see joy, I see love. I don't see an age or a number on a scale (I stopped weighing myself years ago). I see me, a human being whose worth cannot be defined by mere stuff, I see a spirit filled with light and love and deep peace.
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#ashtangayogachallenge
Day 21 is Garbha Pindasana, Womb Embryo Pose. So many students don't believe their arms will fit through their legs. It's not about size, it's about having faith and finding a way through the impossible. For in-depth technique and alignment join my Ashtanga Primary Series course on OmStars.com. Link in my bio to join!! Be sure to tag me and @omstarsofficial in all your posts. Remember to like and comment on eachother's post so that we support eachother and create a virtual sangha. ⚑️
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I never thought I'd ever put my leg behind my head. I mean, before yoga, who does? It's just not one of those things that you randomly stumble upon. And it certainly it seems impossible, perhaps life threatening at first. But with consistent practice you learn how to slowly shift the impossible to possible, and the difficult to easy. It isn't by waving a magic wand, it's through practice. Pure and simple. Just practice.
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Day 20 is Supta Kurmasana, Sleeping Tortoise. This one of the great gateway poses of the Primary Series. It deserves to be respected and itbwill humble you. Don't rush, don't force, just practice with a heart full of faith (and a body informed by good technique). For in-depth technique and alignment join my Ashtanga Primary Series course on OmStars.com. Link in my bio to join!! Be sure to tag me and @omstarsofficial in all your posts. Remember to like and comment on eachother's post so that we support eachother and create a virtual sangha. ⚑️
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Life is too short to do anything but love. What is a fancy pose, intelligence or anything really without love? What is truth spoken without love? Today, just for today, make a commitment to take no action and speak no words not rooted in love. Catch yourself when you're operating in fear and stop. Nip mean-spirited snarky comments in the bud. Choose love. Then watch your whole world smile back at you like a radiant mirror of all that you are.
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Day 19 is Bujapidasana, Shoulder-pressing Pose. When I first saw this asana I couldn't even understand what was happening. Never in a million years did I think it would be part of my daily practice. But that's the beauty of practice, over many years even the impossible becomes easy. For in-depth technique and alignment join my Ashtanga Primary Series course on OmStars.com. Link in my bio to join!! Be sure to tag me and @omstarsofficial in all your posts. Remember to like and comment on eachother's post so that we support eachother and create a virtual sangha. ⚑️
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