#dropdistraction

MOST RECENT

Remind yourself to stay.
-Pema Chödron

As a human being, you have instincts and you can make choices. Your instinct guides you to protect yourself, who you think you are, and your conscious self can afford you the space to recognize when those instincts serve you in a bigger sense than the immediate moment, and when they don’t.

From there, you can step with awareness, with consciousness, with choice: do what you will, live as you please, be who you are, knowing with utter clarity, why.

Don't fight. Don't take flight. Sit with what is and remind yourself to stay.

#youareanervoussystem #purpose #lifepractice #yogaislife #halfheadstand #sirsasana #befriendingresistance #ashtanga #homepractice #goodmorningworld #riseup #yogaintheyqg #recovery #soberyogi #dropdistraction #wedorecover #cleanitup #trusttheprocess

Pretty food I ate after a post practice unintentional nap. I must be tired because I want all the carbs.
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Some of you that are close to me know that I have had a challenging time maintaining my balance over the last few months. Even though it has been frustrating at times, I'm learning how to prioritize, organize and finding a new way with balance. This time has also shown me what is most important to me, and I'm coming to understand what my own values are.

Beyond school and ashtanga practice, I've decided that it's time to get emotionally and spiritually sober...well, my HP decided, and put me exactly where I needed to be so that I could understand it.

Just over two years ago, I stopped drinking. I thought that was it. And that could have very well been it.

But the thing is, I want more out of my life. I know that my life is asking more of me in every way. I want to grow beyond where I am in every way that I can. If that means seeking guidance and asking for help, that's what I'm doing. If that means dredging through the me I used to be and coming to understand and love that girl, that's what I'm doing. If that means asking for forgiveness, that's what I'm doing. If it means being honest and not hiding any part of me, that's what I'm doing. If that means coming to understand that everything about the me that I am now is imperfectly gd perfect, that is what I'm doing.

It's funny you know, how it has all come together. Everything that I'm focused on right now is connected and even though it's a few different things it's all a part of the same thing. Even though I'm pushing my limits, this is the most peace I've felt in my life. So what if I'm tired. It's worth it.

This peace is worth it all.

#progressnotperfection #lifepractice #recovery #soberyogi #dropdistraction #ashtanga #yogaislife #ambition #levelup #yolo #throughthefire #healthehealer #cleanitup #letgoletgod #surrender #trust #godsplan #doingthethings #peace #gratitude #growth #whateverittakes #onedayatatime #onebreathatatime #keepmovingforward

People, places, things...but also behaviors and ways you used to show up in the world.
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Growing and healing is not linear and looks different for all of us.

For me, any time I have big growth...there is always a period of time where I backslide a bit.

I think that I must need the time for integration or to break it in...like you would a new pair of shoes. I'm learning that patience and kindness need to be a part of this process or I make it more uncomfortable and time consuming than it needs to be. I used to tell myself it was because I was afraid of being stronger or better than I was before and maybe that's a bit true but now I think that it's likely just attachment to old ways that I got emotional and dramatic about.

Growing pains are real but they don't have to be so painful. Give yourself a break, take a deep breath and make a decision. Don't come down.

#recovery #soberyogi #dropdistraction #ashtanga #yogaislife #lifepractice #hashtag #realtalk #unfaketheworld #keepmovingforward #dramallama #nonattachment #throughthefire #growthroughit #yoga #meditation #yqg #yqgyogis #yogaintheyqg

When you forget who you are for a minute but then you remember.
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Things get harder before you level up. If you're not challenged, you're not growing. Don't give up.
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#focus #recovery #dropdistraction #cleanitup #rbf #keepmovingforward #throughthefire #getit #dothedamnthing #ashtanga #yogaislife #uthpluthi

One of the greatest freedoms is simply not caring what others think of you.
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When I first started teaching yoga, I used to be so self concious that I usually wouldn't play music in yoga classes because I would have anxiety about my playlist. So glad that weird shit is over.

Still don't play music but that's for other reasons now.

#wip #yogaislife #lifepractice #anxiety #recovery #calmdown #mentalhealth #heyfrands #imstillalive #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #ashtanga #soberyogi #dropdistraction #ashtangaheals #yogateacher #yoga #dothething #yogaintheyqg

One thing I know for sure,

Taking a spontaneous break from social media has been showing me where I need to better manage things like my energy and attention.

I'm also learning alot about where things are being handled for me.

It's getting mystical/hysterical over here, and it's probably happening for you too...are you paying attention?

@jordanbach Thanks for this hilariousness.

#godsplan #imconvinced #lifepractice #recovery #dropdistraction #mindup #cleanitup #payattention #getweird #onebreathatatime

And that's what needs to be your immediate pursuit, find what aligns with your soul.
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Gratitude today for the right priorities, community, willingness and hearing what I needed to hear and the chance to offer my own experience, strength and hope.

#willingness #priorities #promiseskept #recovery #accountability #soberyogi #dropdistraction #sanity #cleanitup #wedorecover #heartwideopen #dothething #thehealingthings

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Luke:
I don’t believe it.

Yoda:
That, is why you fail.
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You can do the thing if you believe you can. And say a prayer. And work really hard. And stay out of your head. And stay with your breath. And listen to your teacher. But non of it will happen if you don't believe that you can first. Oh and, you have to know that you're worthy and deserve it. Believe that too.

#ashtanga #yogaislife #usetheforce #mindup #cleanitup #dropdistraction #meditation #selfmastery #findingbalance #integration #dothething #bhujapidasana #uppedmydosage #makingmoves

Trust that which gives you meaning and accept it as your guide. C. Jung
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Still not fucking around.

#dothething #mindup #cleanitup #dailydose #dropdistraction #meditation #beapositive #yoga #ashtanga #yogaislife #lifepractice #hashtag #dontgotocrazytown

I was listening to a podcast today and the power of having a personal mantra came up and one of the people said that the -mantra- that they use is simply "I'm not fucking around"

This is genius for a few reasons. It takes you out of that inner monologue of bs and into the mindset of accomplishment. It also ignites something powerful...go ahead, say it to yourself a few times. I'll wait.

Feel that? PowerfulAF.
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If you're trying to get stuff done and are easily distracted or tend to procrastinate (*waves*) having a tool to put you where you need to be is powerful.

Mindset is everything. I'm adopting this into my own personal strategy and can tell you already that's it's going to be a favorite.
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Also, this is the asana I'm going to post until I get it. I'm not fucking around.

#dothething #mindup #cleanitup #cussingfine #sass #itsfine #ashtanga #maridimcomingforyou #marichyasanad #yogaislife #lifepractice #soberyogi #mindsetmatters #recovery #repatterning #dropdistraction #getsorted #omgimsosore #epsomsaltisbae

On the first side, this is super compressed and clumsy. The second side is starting to open up and understand what were trying to do here. Which is cool because not very long ago the second side felt like the first does now. Progress, I think.

#opensesame #marid #ashtanga #halfprimary4ever #yogaislife #yqgyogis #doyourpracticeandalliscoming #recovery #dropdistraction #devotion #cleanitup #hooktheboob #dedication #keepmovingforward #throughthefire #8milesout #yoga #meditation #yogaeverydamnday

Giving up on giving myself a hard time for not being able to do all the things. School/work/practice/recovery balance is tricky and sometimes working late and early practice time, they just don't get along.

My practice is a little all over the place right now but I am getting it done. The inconsistency is frustrating but as long as it's still happening I'm doing better than I would be if it wasn't.

I know that my practice-yoga and recovery-is both a refuge and a resource...especially right now. It would be too easy to skip, it would also be too easy to beat myself up about how it has to be right now. Frustration around it gets me nowhere fast.

Being frustrated on something that is no big deal is my mind creating distraction for no other reason than it's being addicted to chaos. (More on this later)

Today I am actively choosing to reframe my headspace and loving everything about my life challenges.

#sleepyyogi #lifepractice #secondchance #loveyourself #noshameanywhere #recovery #soberyogi #dropdistraction #maridimstillcomingforyou #accountability #strategy #acceptance #nonattachment #bekindtoyou

And here comes the good stuff. I still can't believe this is my life right now.

#backtoschool #studybus #doingathing #recovery #soberyogi #dropdistraction #schooliosis #sostoked #studentlife

#mondaymotivation Whenever I feel down on Monday mornings, I think about my Personal Masterplan. I.e. what are the steps I need to take today in order to be successful (whatever this might mean to you). How did I come up with it?⠀
1. Close my eyes & Imagine myself at 40 🧐⠀
2. Look back and think about what I would have liked to achieve by 40 📈⠀
3. Reverse-engineer: What do I have to do now, age 24, in order to get there? ⚙️⠀
4. Start grinding 👨🏽‍💻⠀

Cheers ⠀
Kevin ⠀

PS: Photo credits to my bro @seb.urb
PPS: Find a 5-STEP-PERSONAL-MASTERPLAN-SYSTEM on my website (link in bio)⠀

#focuscoach #feedfocus #dropdistraction #personalmasterplan #successtips #successmotivation

Thanks for reading all my really long, soul-dump posts all the time. It's really nice when people take the time to hear you.

When I first started sharing about my past and recovery process I didn't really know how to talk about it. Sometimes I still don't, but I think it grows all the time. I know that I've overshared sometimes. I've learned how to navigate the muck of making myself the victim of my story. I go back and read some of my earlier posts and think wow, that was a totally different person.

That's the greatest thing about a story like mine, and yours...is that it can be written as time moves along.

Things can and will change.
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I read @amydresner's book last night and it shook up a part of my story that I don't particularly like to think about. I have been avoiding this part because it's the scariest and honestly, I still have alot of shame around this part of my past. But that's ok. Because now that I know how I hold it, I can start to love it. And maybe if I love it enough it will change too.

Being human is ok. Just breathe.

#writersofinstagram #lifepractice #recovery #dropdistraction #mindup #fearless #feelallofthefeels #breathe #findingbalance #integration #addictionawareness #selfmastery #soberyogi #odaat #dothething

You can let go of things that have been positive too you know.

This letting go business, it doesn't have to be an excavation of the boulders of bad stuff all the time. Maybe a thing is stagnant or you've outgrown a person, place or thing. It can be a mindset or a habit or way of doing things. It can be an entire lifestyle or identity. It can be that piece of furniture (or behavior) that's been in your family forever. It can be one tiny tiny little thing.

Just know that if you keep holding on to to whatever because you have fear, guilt, the weirds about letting go...you are making a choice to not make space for the good stuff to come through.

Keep the channel clear. Drop the rock. Say goodbye or see ya later. If it just doesn't fit anymore, let it go.

@drrebeccaray thank you for this.

#dropitlikeitshot #letgoletgod #surrender #trust #lifepractice #newpatterns #nonattachment #bekindtoyou #keepmovingforward #throughthefire #dropdistraction #recovery #soberyogi #getfree #freeyourmind #alliscoming #catchnewpossibilities

Green stuff, blue skies and sunshine. Today is good.
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Taking a moment to reflect on the last few months and feeling really good about everything. It hasn't gone exactly as I planned but even so, things are still alright.

It's Sunday. I'm connected with good, growth focused people. I have opportunities to help others grow. I feel good. I'm hydrated. I'm not hungover. I have a movement practice that challenges me in all the right ways, and supports my recovery in all the right ways. I had a great little home. I can watch the sun rise and set from my bedroom window. I have food in my fridge. All my bills are paid. My family is healthy. My relationships are healthy. I have adventures on the horizon. I have a day of homework and studying ahead of me and I have a week off from school this week. I have tea dates and time for more tea dates this week. I have lots of time to hit meetings this week. I have friends that get me. I have a fairy godmother friend that believes in me and my crazy dreams so hard that I can actually understand that she's right to. I'm alive.
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I don't know about you but sometimes the words blessed and grateful seem too cliché and small for what I feel when I think about my life and what a gift and privilege it is to live the way I do. That I got the opportunity to have a second chance and the fact that I'm even alive to take that chance just blows my mind sometimes. When I feel that way, it makes me think about potential. If my life can come from what it was and I can be this person living how I do now...what else is possible?

And then I think...don't be silly and undercut the experience you, everything is possible!

You are pure potential. What are doing with yours?

#beinghumanisokjustbreathe #potential #sundayramble #recovery #soberyogi #blessed #grateful #gratefulAF #dropdistraction #wedorecover #teetotaler #throughthefire #cleanitup #marchbreak #clearthedashboard #wearetheluckiest #youarethestorm #motivation #meditation #liveyourbestlife #secondchance #selfmastery #findingbalance #integration #dothething #doallthethings #matcha #okimcaffeinated

Every new phase of your life will require a different you.
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Listen, not everyone is going to appreciate or understand your growth. Some may never be able to see how you've grown and will continue to see and treat you like you used to be.

At the end of the day people can only meet you as far as they've met themselves. We all have experiences etc. that form our perceptions and opinions.

It's not your job to make people understand. It's your job to keep growing.

It's your job to shed layers, transform, and become the very best you that you can be.

Live your best life.

Thank to @wedorecov3r for the thing to think on. ❤

#keepmovingforward #cocoontime #flylilbutterfly #doyouboo #recovery #soberyogi #dropdistraction #wedorecover #teetotaler #throughthefire #healthehealer #cleanitup #letgoletgod #levelup #yolo #dontletthemuggleskeepyoudown #boundaries

These two.

Today it is easy for me to say that I love both of these women equally.

It took a very long time to develop space in my heart for the one on the left. I spent many years trying to be stronger than her, fighting with her, hurting her and being hurt by her. And then I spent some time being very angry at her.

The one on the right, I have been loving her in the best way I can every day for two years now.

Today is the anniversary of the day that it finally clicked for me.

The day that sobriety finally got a firm toehold in my heart and it's been kicking my ass in the best way every day since.

Two years ago, I woke up after a weekend with the one on the left feeling the usual mental, physical and spiritual effects of the battle with the bottle. I remember looking in the mirror that day and knowing that if I didn't change right there in that moment, this battle would be the thing that killed me and all of my dreams.

I joke about giving myself an exorcism but I strongly feel like that is exactly what has been happening the past few years. The reality of it though is that it has been an integration.

Most days, I feel brand new. In many ways I am. This second chance business is no joke. It is the hardest thing I've ever done. It has exposed parts of me that I didn't know were me. It has shown me strength and grace that I didn't think was possible.

Best of all, it is teaching me about what it means to really be me. And about how to bring what I used to be and what I am now into alignment.

Sobriety means no more hiding and self love to the max. It means putting yourself and your needs before anything else and giving yourself permission to do what it takes to keep moving forward.

So much gratitude for this day, the days that have past and all the days to come.

#rebirthday #soberthday #recovery #soberyogi #dropdistraction #wedorecover #teetotaler #throughthefire #tapas #usetheforce #devotion #notanonymous #odaat #dothething #recoveroutloud #selfmastery #findingbalance #integration #duality #takeyourpowerback #soberlife #12steps8limbs #hornsupforrecovery #notevergoingtostoptalkingaboutit #whateverittakes #meditationheals #yogaheals #yoga #meditation #yqg

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