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Liz Arch  Founder of Primal Yoga + Author + Mom Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate West Coast Director of @purpledotyogaproject www.lizarch.com

Adam looked at me the other night and said “I’m exhausted all the time. How long do you think this will last?” I replied “Probably another 18 years until Skye goes to college.” ⁣

But seriously, as a new mom, I am tired ALL the time. So tired that I literally forgot I had to teach my weekly yoga class on Monday night. I made Skye dinner then started our bath time and bedtime routine as usual. Except it’s not usual for me to be home for bath time and bedtime on Mondays. In 10+ years of teaching, I have never just forgotten I had a class and not showed up. I burst into tears when I realized what had happened and opened my phone to a bunch of missed messages from the studio asking where I was and if I was ok. I felt like such an asshole. ⁣

The funny thing is that Adam didn’t remember I had class either. That’s how tired we both are. Parenthood is amazing AND exhausting. Anyone feel me?⁣

To everyone who braved the rain and showed up on Monday night for class, I am so sorry I wasn’t there. I wasn’t dead on the side of the road (thank god!), I was just at home with my sweet little baby in an exhausted mom haze thinking it was still Sunday. 🤦🏻‍♀️⁣

Any other parents out there have any good exhaustion stories to share so I don’t feel like such an a-hole alone? 😬

@robertsturman took this photo of me the last time we were in Mexico together. We were the only people on the beach (with the exception of my soul sister @kate_berlin who was holding the light reflector! ☺️). The rugged beauty of this deserted beach was such a needed reprieve from the daily hustle. In 2018, I didn’t have much time to rest. I birthed a baby and a book and everything felt like it was on overdrive. In 2019, one of my intentions is to slow down, spend more time in nature, and seek out activities, places, and people that speak to my spirit and nurture my soul.⁣

It’s been awhile since I’ve led a retreat and my heart has been calling out for one. So I’m answering the call. Robert and I will be co-hosting a yoga + photography retreat in partnership with @yogajournal in Tulum, March 30th-April 3rd, 2019, and we would love to have you there.⁣

It will be nourishing, rejuvenating, deeply healing, and full of creative inspiration and heartfelt connection. ⁣

Link to register is in my bio.

Shine On ✨⁣

📷 @jasonyokobosky

This photo was taken almost 9 years ago. I remember feeling insecure about baring my midriff and wondering if my hips looked too large. Wtf?! It’s crazy the stories we tell ourselves! Flash forward to present day - I’m about 10 lbs heavier, my hair is thinning and I have strands of gray sprouting, and I woke up this morning with a red, puffy left eye, which made wearing any kind of makeup impossible.⁣ 😜

But I’ll tell you what - I’m feeling pretty damn comfortable in my skin these days, gray hair, puffy eye and all! ⁣

This is just a reminder that you are beautiful exactly as you are and life will be a little easier and kinder the sooner you realize that. ⁣

Logging off now to go chill in some sweatpants. 😚⁣

📷 @brantbroganphoto

“Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.” This rings so true for me. I have always been uncomfortable with conflict and confrontation, so I grew up learning to avoid conflict at all costs, which meant placating, making excuses, avoiding, or sometimes flat out lying in order to sidestep uncomfortable conversations in all areas of my life. ⁣

When someone who I wasn’t interested in asked me out on a date, I thought I was being kind by making an excuse that I already had plans, rather than flat out rejecting them. Then I would find myself getting flustered when they asked me out again the next weekend and I’d have to come up with another excuse. Didn’t they get the hint? Here’s the thing, it’s not fair to make people guess. Brene Brown (@brenebrown) talks about the consequences of avoiding tough conversations and how it affects trust and leadership. Great leaders are clear. They have courageous conversations. They have enough respect for themselves and the people around them to be honest and state what their needs, expectations, and boundaries are. There is no guesswork when we are clear. ⁣

As a recovering people pleaser, this has been one of the biggest lessons in my life and I admittedly still have moments where it feels easier to avoid an uncomfortable conversation or make excuses. But in those moments, I remind myself that clear is kind and unclear is unkind. It’s the hardest work, but the simplest solution.

I can’t believe my book #TheCourageToRise is finally out in the world! To celebrate, I’m throwing a book launch party in LA on Saturday, January 19th from 5pm-7pm at @orangeandbergamot in West LA and YOU are invited! I will be joined by my dear friend @jenpastiloff who also has a book coming out in June called #OnBeingHuman. It will be such a special evening of conversation, connection, Q&A, and of course a book signing + light bites and refreshments. Link in my bio for tickets. Ticket price includes a signed copy of the book!⁣

It would truly mean so much to me to have you all there. Comment below with a 🙌🏻 if you are coming! And THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for all the love and support! Seeing how many of you bought the book brings me tears of gratitude. 😭 Love you all.

At the end of March, I’m headed to Tulum, Mexico alongside @robertsturman and @yogajournal for an incredible retreat experience on the magnificent Yucatan Peninsula and YOU are invited! The last time Robert and I were in Mexico together, we stumbled across wild horses roaming free on the beach and naturally, we had to stop to capture the magic.⁣ ✨

This time, we’ll be staying at the eco-chic resort @amansalatulum where I’ll be guiding you through daily yoga classes, meditation, and healing breathwork sessions (if you’ve never done breathwork you are in for a treat - these sessions are so powerful and profoundly healing). Each attendee will also get the opportunity to learn pro photography tips from Robert Sturman and get an individual shoot. Robert has a gift for making people feel truly seen and at ease, so the heart and soul of their yoga practice shines through. This is a special experience you won’t want to miss! ⁣

WHAT TO EXPECT // Yoga + meditation + breathwork with Liz Arch to spark creativity // Sunrise and sunset shoots with Robert Sturman // Excursions to Mayan ruins and cenotes⁣

WHEN // March 30 - April 3, 2019⁣

HOW TO SIGN UP // To reserve your spot, visit www.yogajournal.com/page/retreats or click on the link in my IG stories.

Happy New Year! To start 2019 off right, we decided to get outdoors for a family hike with Skye and the dogs, but after driving for over an hour, we discovered our hiking trail was closed. So we stopped for lunch instead, but trying to eat while holding a baby and two rambunctious dogs (not to mention some seriously strong wind that kept blowing our food off the table) was complete chaos 😂🙈, so we headed home and called it a day. Perfectly imperfect start to the year. A great reminder to be flexible, go with the flow, and have a sense of humor along the way. ✨

12 lessons learned and lived in 2018:⁣

1) There’s no such thing as “fearless,” but that doesn’t mean our courage can’t be louder than our fear.⁣

2) Having a vagina is a POWERFUL thing! And to push a child out of it is the damn HARDEST and most MIRACULOUS thing I have ever done in my life. I bow in the deepest awe and reverence to all vaginas everywhere! 🙌🏻💃🏻⁣

3) Google is simultaneously the most amazing and horrifying rabbit hole in the world for a new parent. A word of advice, never click on the “IMAGES” tab when googling home remedies for things like baby rashes.😱🤢⁣

4) We’re not meant to do life alone. I’m not saying you’re screwed if you don’t have an intimate partner, in fact, this isn’t about an intimate partner at all. It’s about CONNECTION, which can come in many forms: friendship, family, children, intimate partners, neighbors, mentors, etc. We THRIVE in connection with others. ⁣

5) Having one or two people in your life who know you inside and out, who you can ugly cry with, laugh till you pee your pants with, bare your soul to, and who love you, support you, and ACCEPT you just as you are, is EVERYTHING. ⁣

6) Nothing lasts forever. The highs, the lows, success, failure, heartbreak, depression, anxiety...none of it lasts! Big things, scary things, HARD things all may appear in your life and leave you momentarily gasping for air, but nothing is permanent. This too shall pass.⁣

7) You have the right to change your mind, your beliefs, and your views. You have the right to evolve, and grow without beating yourself up for who you have been in the past. Focus on who you’re becoming and love the shit out of yourself for who you are now.⁣

8) Speak your truth even if your voice shakes. The world needs more of your authentic self. ⁣

9) If you have suffered deeply in this lifetime, know that post-traumatic stress can lead to post-traumatic growth. You are wired for resiliency and healing is what our body naturally does best. ⁣

10) Limit your time on social media. Use it when it serves you, but set boundaries so it doesn’t deplete you. Unplug as often as you need to for your own mental health and wellbeing. ⁣

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Ingredients for a great day: morning stretching + healthy breakfast + a beach view 👌🏼🌞 @bobsredmill #sponsored

There was a time not too long ago where my practice was all about challenging myself to make interesting shapes with my body. For someone who never felt particularly athletically gifted, it was incredibly empowering to feel my own strength and witness what my body was capable of. ⁣

It’s probably been at least two years since I’ve practiced this pose. I had knee surgery in the time since. I also got pregnant and had a baby. My practice looks and feels different now. It’s slower and I practice not so much to make interesting shapes, but to breathe a little more ease into my body and mind. I still sprinkle in inversions, because they boost my mood and feel good in my body, but my practice is a whole lot softer these days.⁣

I don’t judge my former practice vs my current practice as good or bad. The hard and the soft are both a part of me. I’m simply enjoying the evolution. How has your practice evolved? Share below.

The holidays have me in a baking mood! Made a batch of gluten-free, vegan toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars that were insanely good! I substituted @bobsredmill Flaxseed Meal for egg and used Almond Flour to keep it grain-free. We’re keeping Skye away from sugar as long as possible, which means more for mom and dad! 🤤 #sponsored

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