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Catching up with Day 15 of #beginnerflexibility, the last day of the challenge.
The pose is #standingsplit.
A year ago I still didn't dream of incorporating splits of any kind into my regular practice. Now I work on it steadily. I don't invite if I'll ever come into a full expression of the pose but the progress I've made gives me hope for the parts of life that happen off the mat.
I have really enjoyed this challenge and I've found a lot that I can take with me.
Thanks to our strong, balanced hosts @gypsyyoga__ and @meganjoy.m
These ladies are truly inspirational. Thanks also to amazing sponsor @aloyoga.
Until next time, ciao!
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge

I can show you that when it starts to rain
(when the rain comes down)
Everything's the same
(when the rain comes down)
I can show you, I can show you

Rain, I don't mind
Shine, the weather's fine

Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines
(when it rains and shines)
It's just a state of mind?
(when it rains and shines).. Can you hear me, can you hear me? "Rain", Lennon/McCartney
#yoga, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #thebeatles #1960s, #rockdharma, # Lennon McCartney, # rubbersoul, #igweather, # cloud photos, #naturephotos

Participating in the #beginnerflexibility challenge has gotten me back into my practice at a time when it was lapsing due to a lot of other life pressures. By working with these poses I learned that I had gained a lot of strength and also some flexibility over the last year and a half.
On Day 9 our assigned pose was #sugarcanepose and I did a #halfmoonpose variation because of my inability to reach back and grab my foot while maintaining my balance. @yoga.cats.coffee asked if I had tried the pose with a strap or if I had tried coming into it from natarajasana. I had worked with a strap before, but now I realized that I could combine the two suggestions and try using the strap to get into the pose from natarajasana.
The strap worked like a charm, so I'm posting this new Sugar Cane Pose. I tried it from natarajasana also, and it worked well, except that I had trouble landing that front hand and then staying in the pose, but I see that it will be a good transition with some practice. 💖 the IG Yoga community. Thanks @yoga.cats.coffee.
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow

Work selfie,getting ready for dentals and surgeries. I've worked as a veterinary technician for about 13 years. I worked for 6 years at a feline shelter, 3 years at a high volume spay/neuter clinic, and the last 4 at a private practice. I feel like Anthony Bourdain wrote in his first book--that he'd work as a line cook until he dropped, and they'd just kick him out of the way and go on. In this time I've called 16 cats my own. Many are no longer with us, having been all ages and varying degrees of health, but I loved each one deeply and have grieved long and hard when I've lost one.
Lately I've been putting a lot of effort into my freelance writing career and I plan to transition to that type of work when I can. But I would never trade my time as a vet tech for anything. It's made me happy, sad, angry, joyful, thoughtful, mindful, peaceful, and whatever other emotions you can come up with. Sometimes I feel like I love animals more than people, but I've learned that you can't help one without understanding the other.
#vettech, #vettechlife, #veterinarytechnician, #vettechsofinstagram, #vettechs, #lovecats, #animalsarefriends, #animalsarebetterthanpeople, #eatatangerine #choosetao, #chooselove, #myyogalife, #lovemylife

Day 13 of #beginnerflexibility is #pigeonpose. My hips have definitely opened up in the year and a half since I had a left hip replacement. I've made progress on forward folds, splits, and pigeon. You can't clearly see it but I'm using a block under my opposite hip, which is still a ways from the ground. All in good time! Or not.
Our hosts are @meganjoy.m and @gypsyyoga__ and our sponsor is @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge

It's Day 14 of #beginnerflexibility and the presented pose is #hollowback, which is not in my practice currently. I need some more arm and shoulder strength, but I know that I will continue to work on it. For today I'm doing a #shoulderstand variation, which is an inversion that I do practice.
Hosts : @gypsyyoga__ and @meganjoy.m.
Sponsor: @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow #igyoga, #igyogachallenge

Catching up with #beginnerflexibility after a major week. Day 8 offered #wideleggedforwardfold. It felt really great to hit my yoga mat again. Elizabeth, my partner of 34 years (we are not 'married') was in the hospital and has a couple of serious but manageable health issues to work on. She's back home now and I'm getting rid of some stress by practicing yoga and catching up on this IG challenge.
Thanks to our hosts, the yoga goddesses known as @gypsyyoga__ and @meganjoy.m as well as our sponsor @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyogachallenges, #igyoga

Day 9 of #beginnerflexibility is #sugarcanepose. Now, I feel like Sugar Cane Pose is one of the most sleek and sexy yoga poses. When I see pictures of it being done I am so envious of those folks who can do it. So cool, you all.
But since I cannot yet perform the balance and grab my foot at the same time, I instead offer this #halfmoonpose variation with a block. For the record, I like half moon pose. It's kinda sexy too.
Hosts are @meganjoy.m and @gypsyyoga__
Sponsor is @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyogachallenge, #igyoga

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Catching up with Day 15 of #beginnerflexibility, the last day of the challenge.
The pose is #standingsplit.
A year ago I still didn't dream of incorporating splits of any kind into my regular practice. Now I work on it steadily. I don't invite if I'll ever come into a full expression of the pose but the progress I've made gives me hope for the parts of life that happen off the mat.
I have really enjoyed this challenge and I've found a lot that I can take with me.
Thanks to our strong, balanced hosts @gypsyyoga__ and @meganjoy.m
These ladies are truly inspirational. Thanks also to amazing sponsor @aloyoga.
Until next time, ciao!
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge

I can show you that when it starts to rain
(when the rain comes down)
Everything's the same
(when the rain comes down)
I can show you, I can show you

Rain, I don't mind
Shine, the weather's fine

Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines
(when it rains and shines)
It's just a state of mind?
(when it rains and shines).. Can you hear me, can you hear me? "Rain", Lennon/McCartney
#yoga, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #thebeatles #1960s, #rockdharma, # Lennon McCartney, # rubbersoul, #igweather, # cloud photos, #naturephotos

Participating in the #beginnerflexibility challenge has gotten me back into my practice at a time when it was lapsing due to a lot of other life pressures. By working with these poses I learned that I had gained a lot of strength and also some flexibility over the last year and a half.
On Day 9 our assigned pose was #sugarcanepose and I did a #halfmoonpose variation because of my inability to reach back and grab my foot while maintaining my balance. @yoga.cats.coffee asked if I had tried the pose with a strap or if I had tried coming into it from natarajasana. I had worked with a strap before, but now I realized that I could combine the two suggestions and try using the strap to get into the pose from natarajasana.
The strap worked like a charm, so I'm posting this new Sugar Cane Pose. I tried it from natarajasana also, and it worked well, except that I had trouble landing that front hand and then staying in the pose, but I see that it will be a good transition with some practice. 💖 the IG Yoga community. Thanks @yoga.cats.coffee.
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow

It's Day 14 of #beginnerflexibility and the presented pose is #hollowback, which is not in my practice currently. I need some more arm and shoulder strength, but I know that I will continue to work on it. For today I'm doing a #shoulderstand variation, which is an inversion that I do practice.
Hosts : @gypsyyoga__ and @meganjoy.m.
Sponsor: @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow #igyoga, #igyogachallenge

Day 13 of #beginnerflexibility is #pigeonpose. My hips have definitely opened up in the year and a half since I had a left hip replacement. I've made progress on forward folds, splits, and pigeon. You can't clearly see it but I'm using a block under my opposite hip, which is still a ways from the ground. All in good time! Or not.
Our hosts are @meganjoy.m and @gypsyyoga__ and our sponsor is @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyoga, #igyogachallenge

Day 9 of #beginnerflexibility is #sugarcanepose. Now, I feel like Sugar Cane Pose is one of the most sleek and sexy yoga poses. When I see pictures of it being done I am so envious of those folks who can do it. So cool, you all.
But since I cannot yet perform the balance and grab my foot at the same time, I instead offer this #halfmoonpose variation with a block. For the record, I like half moon pose. It's kinda sexy too.
Hosts are @meganjoy.m and @gypsyyoga__
Sponsor is @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyogachallenge, #igyoga

Catching up with #beginnerflexibility after a major week. Day 8 offered #wideleggedforwardfold. It felt really great to hit my yoga mat again. Elizabeth, my partner of 34 years (we are not 'married') was in the hospital and has a couple of serious but manageable health issues to work on. She's back home now and I'm getting rid of some stress by practicing yoga and catching up on this IG challenge.
Thanks to our hosts, the yoga goddesses known as @gypsyyoga__ and @meganjoy.m as well as our sponsor @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyogachallenges, #igyoga

#LOJONGSUNDAY Week 40 is Work with the greatest defilements first, slogan #27

Work on the hard stuff first. The stuff that you push away in order to maintain a certain comfort level.
You work  on stuff as it comes up. You don't put it aside for later because it's not sexy, not exciting, not what you want right now.

For Chogyam Trungpa it is as simple as working with your greatest obstacle first--anger, pride, whatever it is. There's a tendency to want to work up to the big stuff, but that approach doesn't do anything to bring about growth. In typical direct style, Trungpa states: "You do not just want to work with chicken shit, you want to work with the chicken itself." In order to work with the greatest defilements first, we need to know what defilements exist in the first place. These defilements are obstacles that prevent us from becoming our best selves. We generally focus on those that come from inside because they are the most insidious and we have the power to heal them with practice.
Therefore, working with this slogan implies that we have spent a good deal of time in the spiritual gymnasium, sparring with ourselves and learning what holds us back. This is the kind of work we need to do in order to move along the path.
#lojong, #tibetanbuddhism, #atisha, #mindtraining, #buddhistmindtraining, #buddhistphilosophy #buddhism, #meditation, #yoga, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #lojongfortheyogi, #inspiration, #enlightenment, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #omnamahshiva, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #beherenow, #lovingkindness

Day 6 of #beginnerflexibility is #camelpose. I really love working this pose. It's funny because yoga is never easy, really, but you can find ease in a pose when you've explored it and learned how it can (or cannot) work with your unique body.
When I see the many yogis and yoginis on IG and the beautiful photos that they post, I realize that it's not their bodies themselves that I'm looking at, but rather the way they can utilize their body to reshape space and make us see the shape that they are imagining in their head. They are showing us something that is part of the world we live in and part of the sacred world that we can't see.
Thanks to our magick hosts @meganjoy.m and @gypsyyoga__ and our sponsor @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyogachallenges, #igyoga

Day 5 of #beginnerflexibility is #frogpose. This has not been part of my practice for a while, but it felt intense in a good way.
This challenge has helped me get back into my practice after a layoff of a few weeks. It's feeling good to be spending time on the mat again.
Hosts : @gypsyyoga__ and @meganjoy.m
Sponsor : @aloyoga
#yoga, #yogadudes, #yogahigh, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #asana, #iloveyoga, #slowyoga, #inspiration, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #practicenotperfection, #omnamahshiva, #openyourheart, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #lovemyyoga, #yogaeverydamnday, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #feeltheyogahigh, #beherenow, #igyogachallenges, #igyoga

#LOJONGSUNDAY Week 39 is Don't malign others, slogan #31

I first want to say that these "don't" lojong slogans, and there are many of them, are not always as simple in interpretation as they may seem. That is not to say that they are not direct (they are) but that they also create a lot of reverberations with our lives, experiences, and the other slogans. So the more we work with the various slogans in combination with each other, the more deeply they resonate, and the more meaningful they become.

Not to malign others means just what you think it means, that you do not speak ill of others with malicious intent, with malice aforethought. Not to make ourselves feel superior, not to prop up our ego. It does not mean that everyone gets a free ride, that we don't look at their actions and perhaps feel the need to speak critically of what they do, but that is done either to help the one being criticized or to help the community. It is done with facts rather than interpretations of those facts.
Ask yourself what is the purpose of your speech, critical or not. Is what you are contemplating saying going to add to people's understanding of the situation? Is it going to help resolve conflict or help those involved engage with each other?

Look into your heart: is the purpose of your communication to aid or to destroy? If it is to destroy or demean, it may be better to remain silent.

#lojong, #tibetanbuddhism, #atisha, #mindtraining, #buddhistmindtraining, #buddhistphilosophy #buddhism, #meditation, #yoga, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #lojongfortheyogi, #inspiration, #enlightenment, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #omnamahshiva, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #beherenow, #lovingkindness

#LOJONGSUNDAY Week 38 is Don't be frivolous, slogan #58

When we practice we have already foresworn a certain type of frivolity : that which keeps us from examining life, and ourselves and our consciousness in any real depth. That is a serious step, but if we are  not mindful our practice itself can turn frivolous.
According to Judy Lief "the mind/heart cultivated by mind training is neither stodgy nor frivolous. The idea is to avoid both those extremes." #lojong, #tibetanbuddhism, #atisha, #mindtraining, #buddhistmindtraining, #buddhistphilosophy #buddhism, #meditation, #yoga, #yogainspiration, #yogahippie, #lojongfortheyogi, #inspiration, #enlightenment, #omshantiom, #myyogalife, #myyogapractice, #meditation, #choosetao, #practiceandalliscoming, #omnamahshiva, #eatatangerine, #mindfulness, #beherenow, #lovingkindness

I haven't posted here for a bit. Lots is happening. I'm working seriously on my freelance writing career and getting up to speed with my marketing efforts, my website, and portfolio. Writing lots of queries and letters of introduction and studying a great deal of info on content marketing and copywriting.
I've done writing for a variety of industries and settings and even have a book, Quotable Jazz, published. But I'm working at finding some steady clients and moving up to doing this full time in the near future. I can write on a lot of topics, but for starters I'm focusing on three niches: pet/veterinary industry, music, and health/fitness, including yoga. So if any teachers or studios are looking for help getting some content written or help with their marketing game, I'm your guy.
Here's a recent yoga picture of me working on #shoulderstand or #salambasarvangasana.

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