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Kristen Rose ProvenchΓ©  Art of Asana || Writer || Bay Area, CA || 23

Yoga got me doing things I thought I'd never be able to do. Another breakthrough with the two hand grip on this pose woohoo!!! 😍 Getting a full flip grip has gotta be one of the hardest motions to achieve with asanas, but once you got it everything else seems to fall into place. As you know my left shoulder can be very stubborn but it seems to be improving a lot!
It's crazy how I am more flexible now as a yogi than when I was a competitive dancer. There is a WORLDS difference with how yoga trains you vs dance, or at least that's how it used to be! In dance it was just all about getting your leg closer to your head(more pain the better), but yoga is much more focused on alignment and safety, and thus my flexibility improved tenfold over time. The concept of "inhale and lengthen, exhale and go deeper" is something I feel the dance world would benefit greatly from. Not to hold one superior over the other at all, but I feel the techniques I've learned from yoga are much more effective in the long run ❀️
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Sometimes I don't realize how long my legs are until I do postures like this 😳😳😳 Normally in yoga we focus on stacking our shoulders over our wrists, but for side-plank it's good to inch your hand forward a bit for leverage 😊
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Flexibility in body and mind πŸ™πŸΌ
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Feeling grateful for joint vitamins and my bodies resilience!
Last week I saw a doctor for my knees, which conveniently started getting better right before my appointment😝 A week prior to seeing the doctor they were doing so bad I don't even know how they managed to heal so quickly. Must be the vitamins! The doctor said they're actually in good shape but my inner quad muscles just needed strengthening. Thank god!!πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ It's times like that where I realize I can take my health for granted sometimes. 😌
Happy Friday everyone, make your weekend epic! ❀️
Slate metallic high-waist airbrush leggings from @aloyoga are eye catching forsure😍
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Yesterday was one of those days where a bunch of little annoyances kept happening. Days like so are inevitable. I like to think of them as days when the spirit world tests my progress with emotional impulsivity. I allowed them to come and go without attachment, that is until I thought the day was over and I broke my last bowl piece before bed πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜
I allowed one long "ugggghhhhh nooooo! Damnit!" Then shook it off.
My point is not to practice "positive bypassing" or whatever you want to call it, but to realize what IS and ISN'T worth your energy. And I've gotten MUCH better at this through yoga πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I almost laugh thinking of how this day would have gone had it happened six years ago.
I used to let every little thing tip me off my rocker. Maybe it was crazy hormones through teenage years, my PTSD or simply lack of knowing anything better. Which really was a huge reason why I started practicing yoga. Something as simple as dropping a pencil could send me screaming if I was already having a bad day. What a way to live... #SMH. Those days feel a world away. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
It didn't all click in one day, but slowly over time I realized I was killing myself. Literally killing myself with how easily I let toxicity take over me, how quickly I'd act on my anger. I realized the impact that my emotions had on my physical body and those around me. Mind-body integration is so, so real. Emotions are tangible to your nervous system and subtle-body. I almost look back in pity for myself because of my negligence to how I was living and the energy I was emitting in times of a stressor. Stressors will never change, but we can change how we react to them!
This isn't going to end with some miracle story of how I handle everything "perfectly" now, given the pursuit of perfection leads to discontentment. But I can safely say it IS possible to change your ways that aren't working to your benefit. The thing is you have to WANT to do it with purity in your heart for the change to ensue.
Yield to life. It will KEEP teaching you this lesson until you surrender. Ask yourself, "is this worth stealing my peace right now?" and watch it all unfold. Only you are responsible for your state of being. ❀️

Last of the skull series πŸ’€ Glad you all enjoyed my true colors 😜 Until next year... when I shall rise from the dead yet again πŸ‘Ή
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Deep in my bones I can feel you. πŸ’€
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Bendy 'til the day I die. πŸ’€
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The freaks come out at night πŸ’€
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My sister would always tell me "death to scroll!" And I never really understood why.
It wasn't until my confidence hit its lowest that it completely resonated with me. The more I scrolled the more I compared myself and man did I feel like shit. Social media sets you up for comparison. It is inevitable as the mind instinctively categorizes and compares. And we all know comparison is the thief of joy!
Imagine the two possibilities; you wake up and go on social media where you see; an advanced yogi effortlessly executing difficult postures(that has ten years more experience than you). You see a perfectly crafted dish that a chef created (that you didn't know he went to culinary school for that required blood sweat and tears). You see an art piece that blows your mind (unbeknownst to you that it took them a year to complete). You see vacation images from your old high school acquaintance (that you didn't know she compromised months of going out to be able to afford.) Suddenly you feel unfulfilled. Incomplete. When essentially nothing about YOU has changed.
OR. You wake up and just do you. You see yourself in the mirror for who you are, not the absence of what you aren't. The problem is we are comparing ourselves to the finish product of others without knowing the trials and tribulations. This is why vulnerability is so important to break down the wall of illusion that social media creates everything to be perfect. This seemingly perfection breeds depression and suicide rates are at its highest with teens due to this reason.
Take a day and focus less on what everyone else is accomplishing. Yes inspiration is good but not at the cost of your confidence. Accomplish one thing yourself and write about it! Writing is a very powerful tool to help further manifest. Imagine what we could be capable of if we shifted our energy from being so invested in others, to investing in ourselves and our gifts. Originality is hard and hardly anything is original. However, striving for our own unique individual work will leave us so much more abundantly satisfied.
This is a reminder for myself just as much as I intend it to be for others. Just work on your art. ❀
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Possibly temporary post for now until I get my next set of photos in ❀️ Been a little out of commission the past week because of my knees!! 😩😩😩 They started killing me as soon as the seasons shifted. It's to point where I'm jolting awake in my sleep from pain of just trying to simply straighten it. Just trying to be reeeeally careful with myself until I figure out the problem. Finally made a doctors appointment today that I think I've been subconsciously avoiding πŸ™„ yes joint vitamins help but I think my left knee is completely dislocated! Gotta get these babies in check so I can keep flowing through the winter! #fingerscrossed
Photo and outfit by @aloyoga which PS have you checked out their new winter collection?! Go see for yourself! 😍

trust anyone
who says
they do not see color.
this means
to them
you are invisible. - @nayyirah.waheed
This means so, so much. This means so many things. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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