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I've been holding my personal practice hostage for months, to the point where I regularly refuse to practice yoga poses in professional photo shoots. I'm sure this has irritated a lot of people- in fact, I know it has. But count the fucks I don't give. This practice gives me life- that's not hyperbole and this shit isn't a game. I don't really care if social media has a record of it. Lately, the best moments of my personal practice haven't been witnessed by anyone but my cats and my angel pup. But yesterday, after a day of work + flying into NYC, I hopped on my mat right after checking into my hotel. As usual, I was still wearing my sweaty morning yoga clothes bc ska habits die hard. This shoulder opening (inspired by 👑@saraclarkyoga) felt pure and necessary and, for the first time in ages, I turned on my camera to capture it.
Btw, This sports bra is @ddlovato x @fabletics and it's kinda everything.

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I forgot (🙄) to mention that I'm doing a book talk/signing at @wcplonline West Regional Branch on Sunday at 2pm. It's (apparently) filled up with a wait list- how this shit happens without me being the wiser is literally beyond me but ok universe. But if I were you and you (like me) didn't realize that my events are lit and people plan in advance, I would just show up and throw puppy dog eyes at a librarian or bookstore rep. Puppy dog eyes work like 1/3 of the time so it's probably worth a shot- see you there if you're daring.
Throwback to backbending in the land of Joshua Trees.

Photo by @brittsully

Wait I just remembered that time I wore a disco ball motorcycle helmet and danced around @facebookla like a five year old while listening to michael Jackson and apparently I literally practiced #dancerpose too. I also had natural deodorant armpit burns

I'm at a stage where I'm consistently happy with my body. Probably because i've been practicing yoga all the time, eating whatever the fuck I want, spending time with people who love me, allowing myself the freedom of frowning when shit is hitting the fan and I'm covered in muck. I never expected to feel this at home in my skin, and I don't always feel this way- but I do feel at home in it today. It's been a long and crazy summer. So much shit is on the horizon and a lot of it might hit the fan. And instead of focusing on how I might not feel like this tomorrow or the number of people who don't want me to feel this way, I just want to celebrate this moment of self-love. Because it could be gone tomorrow and that's fine, too.

Bra and panties are @lanebryant and
@zoelitakerphotography took this photo

Actual footage of me telling Irma to go the fuck on somewhere. She's not listening bc Mother Nature told us about climate change a hot minute ago and not enough people listened so now we out here. Y'alls artwork based on my photos always blows my mind but being crafted in the image of STORM DA BADDEST is a dream come true. I am screaming. Screaming and buying pallets of h2o at the same time. Because again- this bitch Irma is not playing games. Love to everyone going through it right now- we all need to be held in the light bc this is the tip of the iceberg.....ughhhh too soon for iceberg puns, @jessamynstanley. #climatechangeisreal
Artwork by @deconstruct.health / source photo by @lydiahudgens

My participation in Winston-Salem's @bookmarksnc festival this weekend is proving to be full circle af for yours truly. I may be a proud Greensboro native but I'm also a @salemacademy alum (team purple forever and ever, amen.) Plus, I started practicing yoga while doing my grad work at @uncsa. My grad school years were an emotional wind tunnel- I was trapped in an identity crisis, drinking heavily and actively engaged in all the components of a psychological meltdown. I left Winston at one of the lowest points of my life thus far and I've felt very detached from the city in the years since. I've often said that Winston-Salem and I broke up with each other and we share a mutual disdain (if you've ever had to "break up" with a living situation/specific location, you know what I'm talking about.) It's probably the yoga talking but I'm finally getting past my disdain. I grew up so much in Winston-Salem- four years at @salemacademy, learning how to be a boss bitch while making some of the best friends on planet earth. And two years at @uncsa, learning about myself in a way that I didn't anticipate or appreciate, but which has undoubtedly made me a much better person. Anyway, I'm looking forward to camping out at @krankiescafe with my laptop, strolling through God's Acre, and forcing @rhymeswithrufio to brunch with me at @marysgourmetdiner. I'm teaching a yoga class on Friday morning at the @miltonrhodescenter (which is apparently sold out?) + I'm talking about #EveryBodyYoga/signing books on Saturday afternoon at Calvary Moravian in downtown WS at 2:45pm- see you there?

Photo by @zoelitakerphotography

Can you imagine having your whole fucking city flooded? Me neither, and I'm pretty sure most Texans felt the same way up until the past fortnight. There's a great need for PLUS SIZE women's clothing in the Houston area and I'm bout to send a big box of leggings my damn self- if you want to do the same, hit up republicofme@gmail.com for a safe address to send your donation. Also, @undiesforeveryone in need of underwear and there's a couple of ways to contribute so our brothers and sisters (especially the young bloods) can have fresh drawers to wear:

1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2O89ZX93OGCSU/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

2. Collect new, packaged underwear and mail it to the address below. This is a really great neighborhood or school project. If you’re purchasing, they recommend Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. @undiesforeveryone doesn’t process or give out anything but underwear!

Undies for Everyone
1700 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
3. Give cash and Undies for Everyone will purchase wholesale: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/uFpr61ITEItxPeN4Lo9zpA

Or if you just want to straight up donate a few bucks (or more, i don't know your wallet): https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053

Seriously. Donate. Find a way to help out. Service to others is the only reason we're here and don't let anyone tell you differently. Nothing feels better than helping other people. #yoga

Photo by @zoelitakerphotography

Dallas passed away last week. It came out of nowhere and completely kicked the shit out of me and my roommate. Literally would never even tag them in this post bc I don't want to make them even sadder. She'll be a member of our family forever. One of my best and truest friends. Protected me after my grad school apartment got robbed twice. Let me cry on her shoulder countless times. She's been a key element of my home practice from day one and she's in so many of my social media photos that looking through my own feed is enough to bring me to tears. I'm not big on crying but I've spent the vast majority of the past week moping and crying. That's why I haven't been on social media. Anyway- legacy, right. I should pray to have a legacy as beautiful as hers. More than a pet. More than a friend. To the baddest bitch, I love you forever and I will never forget you. #dogsofinstagram #dogs #pitbull #pitmix #yogadog (Also, I feel like there's a joke about #downwardfacingdog here but I also feel like it's insensitive but also Dallas would totally think it was funny so HUMOR IS THE BEST MEDICINE DAMNIT.)

It is hard to be confident in yourself. Social media makes it look easy and sometimes even glamorous, but it’s not. My struggle towards self-confidence and self-love is constantly evolving. In my experience, self-hate doesn’t miraculously go away. It takes work. Showing up for that work is what’s most important. So every day, I come back to the drawing board. I wipe away yesterday’s actions and try to release both the good and the bad emotions. I try to be compassionate towards myself. I try to show myself love instead of hate. It is hard. I was not trained to love myself. I’m not good at it. And I don’t live in a world that wants me to love myself. But this work isn’t about a hashtag or a movement- it’s about survival. I must love myself in order to survive. That’s the goal. Everything else is just extra. Proud to celebrate Every Body Beautiful day with @Refinery29 and @LaneBryant #seethe67 Check out their Facebook Live on @Refinery29 at 4pm ET (link in bio)

Bra + Panties by @lanebryant

Photo by @zoelitakerphotography

There are too many of us that are afraid to exercise during our monthly cycle. I’m always asked what yoga poses are “ok” to practice on your period, and my response is always something like “what poses AREN’T ok to practice?” Sure, there are some shapes your body might not want/need to make while your uterus is shedding. But yoga is about coming into a true connection with your body and what better time to do so than when you’re in the ultimate state of feminine awakening? Don’t avoid practicing poses during your cycle - listen to your body and find your own flow! @ubykotex is dedicated to releasing the stigmas of periods + fitness- share YOUR story using the #FindYourFitness hashtag and get a free sample of New U by Kotex® FITNESS* tampons, pads and liners with the link in my profile! #ad #FindYourFITNESS

Praying and sending vibrations to everyone in Charlottesville. Completely unsurprised that this shit happened. This was always coming and it's not new. America is built on soil that's rich with blood. How the fuck could anything but chaos bloom from such soil. Also what's good with tagging the fuck out of those pictures of the white fuckboy nation. I know y'all know them. I mean, if fat girls can get dragged for wearing bikinis and daring not to hate themselves, it really seems like it's time for some internet trolling retribution.

I know- that's not compassionate. It's hateful and foul. And I'm sure there's someone ready to be offended by the notion of a hateful yoga teacher who endorses trolling white supremacists.

If I'm being really honest, I don't even think of myself as a teacher. When the rubber hits the road, I'm just a practitioner with an Instagram account who talks too much. And regarding the internet dragging of white supremacists, I may be a "yoga teacher" but I'm also the granddaughter of slaves. What the fuck do you expect. ✊🏿 Photo by @zoelitakerphotography

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