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Samantha Feinerman  L.A. Based Yoga Instructor | rock climber | traveler | outdoor adventurer

http://www.sunandmoonasana.com/

Every morning when I wake up, I spend at least 30 seconds sitting and "processing appreciation" for the day. It's not really meditation and I'm not really figuring anything out. It's just a moment where I can take in that I get to be here another day.
If I'm at home it's a really simple, short flood of as many good things I can bring up. When I'm outdoors it's an immersion- Nature provides a bigger flood immersing me in that hit of appreciation that inspires me to sit staring at everything repeating my love for it all in my head over and over again.
I'm in love with this world and this life. I hope you are too. It's amazing.
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#pursuitofhappiness #wyldwomen #landandshe #outdoorwomen #adventureculture #wanderfolk #seek #exploremore #forceofnature #morningglory #yoga #climbing #dailypractice #takeitallin

Went through the GoPro to see what pictures I have forgotten about downloading and came across this. Hard to believe that only a couple months ago everything was covered in white. It was the first time we'd seen Yosemite in the Winter. If not for climbing or backpacking, I'd probably just go in the Winter every year.
We spent a lot of each night in the park under the dark blanket, only lit by stars and moonlight and whatever light shone here & there by cars passing through.
It was cold as hell. But it was the type of beauty that makes you forget about your senses. Yosemite always makes me feel this way. No matter the season or time of day. Whether I am there or remembering it in photo or memory
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#tbt #yosemitenationalpark #wanderfolk #adventureculture #adventureoften #wyldwomen #radgirlscollective #landandshe #outdoorwomen #exploremore #staywild #greettheoutdoors #andshesdopetoo #neverstopexploring #optoutside #forceofnature #getoutstayout #goplaces #seek #goprophotography #mothernatureisaboss

They say like attracts like πŸŒœπŸŒ›
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@hanumanheartyoga called it accidental #twinning. I'm gonna go ahead and call it serendipitous #twinning instead. πŸ‘―
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#treepose #iamgroot

M A I N T E N A N C E

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This is a long one. Mostly because cupping and acupuncture have helped me so much and they get all the questions. So here goes:
I don't really believe in living with regrets, but I can definitely say that I regret not jumping on the cupping & acupuncture train a long time ago.
#stubborn
It took me something like 6 or so years to finally make the appointment with my long time student-friend @loveacupuncture, and I now cannot imagine life without her or our weekly sessions.
My body's a mess. As we all probably know well now. I'm not quiet about it. All the bouldering, all the weight lifting, all the yoga (yes, YOGA), all the athletics in my past life. So much.
But I intend on continuing to use my body in as high a level as possible for as long as possible. So! I don't just have a doctor check my health bill, I also manually get tuned up.
This stuff is to me like the difference between having someone look under the hood of your car and actually having work done to the car itself (like a tune-up...). And what amazes me about cupping and acupuncture is how it goes from being yes, a little strange, to being so fucking magical and helpful and healing. So much so that, like me, you'll think your therapist is actually a wizard.
It's like that.
All my climbers, all my serious yoga practitioners, all my athletes, injured friends, curious friends, my homies in need of relief in one way or another- go try this. Seriously. I swear by it. I wouldn't write all this if I didn't believe from experience. And I wouldn't keep going...obviously.
Treat yourself, get treated, maintain yourself so you can feel better and feel good!
K, the end πŸ™πŸ½
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If you're in LA! See @loveacupuncture! GO!!!! .
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#wellness #health #yogateacher #yogaclimber #climbing #climbingtraining #bouldering
#wyldwomen #boutdatlife

This past weekend was the second to last weekend of teacher training. 😳
Literally no idea how time can just zap like this.
In just a couple more weeks, we'll be 500RYT, and changed- transformed- yet again, into a more expanded version of ourselves. I don't know how time moves so quickly, but after this past weekend, I can only express gratitude for the space that we have all been in together. A space of support, love, truth, and depth. I know I am the teacher and I am now because the human beings I have been studying the universe with over the last 2 years have continued to help me stand more openly, taller and stronger both on my feet and upside down- in front of my classes and in life. And that support is infinite and endless and mutual.
When you find people that give to you in that way, just by being who they are, keep them. They're the ones who will not only support your light, but brighten it.
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#yoga #yogateacher #teachertraining #anusara #urthyoga #teamurth #getonyourmat #dailypractice #wyldwomen #down2urth #forceofnature #pursuitofhappiness

June's getting closer and all I can think about is exploring Utah backcountry again, on foot, in 100+ degree weather.
Not a beach. Not the mountains. The dry ass, dirty desert and all it's piping hot glory.
Yes. Gimme alla dat.
@wyldwomen
@be_here_n0w
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#wyldwomen #exploremore #forceofnature #greettheoutdoors #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderfolk #adventureoften #pursuitofhappiness #theairoutthere #wildernessculture #travelingyogi #andshesdopetoo #radgirlscollective #landandshe #backpack #seek #explore #goplaces

Goal:
As many handstands in as many places on Earth as possible for the rest of my life πŸ˜†
They still don't have the highest probability of sticking, but it's nice knowing my practice has strengthened them enough for a photographer to catch at least one good photo.
Shoutout to the random Russian tourist who was there that day taking pictures of me doing handstands on the Temple of the Moon and offered (and followed through with) emailing it to me like 2 months laterπŸ™πŸ½ low key weird, but fully appreciated! Especially since after all the hand standing, this was the only good shot πŸ˜‰
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#tbt #travelingyogi #yoga #handstand #yogaeverywhere #andshesdopetoo #radgirlscollective #wanderfolk #adventureculture #forceofnature #wyldwomen #exploremore #pursuitofhappiness #theairoutthere

S E L F C A R E

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Every Tuesday for the last 2-3 months, Tuesday has evolved into my personal day of care. I have a low teaching day so I sleep in, see my acupuncture & cupping therapist, have now thrown in a chiropractic/PT sesh to piggyback with that [I'm sitting outside waiting for my turn to get equally tortured and healed. Don't be fooled by this gentle smile, I'm about to be in good legit pain for 2 hours], I get in a yoga practice, and basically just keep things energetically simple with a touch of productivity, mellow, and for lack of a better word- selfish. Sometimes I even throw in a good at-home facial and some solid Netflix time.
Selfish is a bad word. But I don't know that I believe it should be. We all need things. For ourselves. That only we can really know and provide for ourselves.
It could be a Tuesday, any other full day, or maybe it's just an hour of any other day- whatever and however it looks- care for you. It's the most nourishing, the most satisfying and the most fulfilling type of care we can get β˜€οΈπŸŒ™
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#pursuitofhappiness #theartofslowliving #yoga #yogateacher #wyldwomen #livefree #dailypractice

A leaf blower was going off during class at 7am this morning and didn't stop for at least 15, maybe 20 minutes. It wasn't chill. So, we listened to it. Breathed with it. (No for real. Exhaust fumes.) And then worked to transform it. And you know what, it eventually stopped anyway.
We may not be able to choose what goes on around us, but we can def decide how we process it. Why not make annoying shit less annoying? Right?
Happy Monday. Find a little space for the bullshit. Ya. I said that. Bullshit happens! Ain't no pretending. Then remember that the bullshit doesn't have to make or break your experience
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#realshit #yoga #wyldwomen #forceofnature #mondays #anusara #andshesdopetoo #radgirlscollective #livefree #pursuitofhappiness #boutdatlife

They say it takes a village.
Well, this is mine. My mom to my left [your right] being the number 1, village leader, and all of these other incredible women (and many others not photographed bc they're scattered around the world, literally) who mothered me. Most of them before they had their own babies.
I got lucky in this life because my mother is incredible, and *bonus* - came as a packaged deal with 8 other women: 7 sisters and 1 uber mother (my grandmother). And they've done everything from raising me to just loving me hard everyday.
All the mamas! All the love!
Happy Mother's Day to all the life & love givers!
All the mamas in the universe πŸ’«πŸ’•

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