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@Regrann from @selfloveyogini - Back to my Weekly project
#LetterstoMyBody #SelfLoveYoga ๐Ÿ’Œ
๐Ÿ‘† Write your own. Use the hashtag. Tag me. ๐Ÿ’Œ
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This one is tough. Friends. Please before you make rude or hateful comments, pls READ my letter. Understand that your wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, may feel this way too, but that she's STILL worthy of love. ๐Ÿ’—So am I. ๐Ÿ’Œ
Dear Stomach, I'm sorry.
I'm sorry I've been so ashamed. I'm sorry about the horrible thoughts I have every time I allow my eyes to look upon you, or when I feel you move, jiggle or fold.
I'm sorry I've hated you. I've wished you would disappear. I've visualized having the parts of you I don't like surgically "fixed"
I'm sorry I've punished you, by starving you, then overeating, putting harmful things in you, depriving you, forcing you to carry my self inflicted stress & anxiety & expecting you not to be affected. To remain perfectly smooth & untouched.
The loose skin, the stretch marks, the scars, the bloating, the cramping, the upset & chaos that happens daily within you. It's not your fault.
I realize now that all this time you've been working so hard. That you are phenomenal. That you have been through A LOT.
Two beautiful babies lived inside you & you grew, you stretched to accommodate the life that was growing inside. Each time stretching to what seemed like your limit, creating new splits & scars that have become the new landscape that covers you. A reminder.
How can I expect you to go back to the way you were? After what you've been through?
It's not your fault. The stomach issues. The pain. The discomfort. You're only giving me signals that something's not right. Signals that I ignored for far too long.
When I look at you I shouldn't HATE YOU. Instead, be overtaken with compassion & gratitude. With understanding & kindness. With pride & fondness for what we've been through together.
You're not perfect. You show clearly your life story - of motherhood, of abuse, of neglect of shame, of secrecy, of pain.
I promise I'm going to make it up to you.
After all these years I finally get it.
I'm not going to hate you........
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ะ’ะตั‡ะตั€ะพะผ ะฟั€ะฐะบั‚ะธะบะพะฒะฐะป ะนะพะณัƒ, ะฐ ะนะพะณะฐ ะฟั€ะฐะบั‚ะธะบะพะฒะฐะปะฐ ะผะตะฝั. ะะฐัˆ ัƒั‡ะธั‚ะตะปัŒ @ohhmydash ั€ะตะบะพะผะตะฝะดะพะฒะฐะปะฐ ะฝะฐะผ ะฑะพะปัŒัˆะต ะปัŽะฑะธั‚ัŒ ัะตะฑั ะธ ัะฒะพั‘ ั‚ะตะปะพ. ะกะพะณะปะฐัะตะฝ ั ะฝะตะน. #selfloveyoga #yoga #stvalentinesday

Today is day 9๏ธโƒฃof my #selfloveyoga challenge. Head over to my yoga page @gooddowntotheroot to participate.

#LetterstoMyBody #SelfLoveYoga ๐Ÿ’Œ

ITS THAT TIME AGAIN! Here is Letter # 2

Dear Breasts (yes, you read that right. I'm writing an open letter to my breasts, and to yours too for that matter.) I'm sorry.
I'm sorry for verbally abusing you & attacking you for so many years.
I'm sorry for wishing that you looked like you used to.
For calling you "sad looking" & feeling like you betrayed me.
For making fun of how you've lost your "perky charm" & un-used perfection.
I'm sorry for sexualizing you & thinking you used to be my only asset for attraction.
I'm sorry that I felt so much shame that I never allow you to not be bound by the structure of tight materials & wires to keep you where you "ought" to be.
I'm sorry that I keep you hidden away from my partner, making the decision for him, and for me that you should never be touched skin to skin or seen in the light.
Because, You ARE beautiful & You ARE incredible.
You have served me in the greatest purpose of my life.
Motherhood...
You provided nourishment for my two beautiful baby boys.
My fondest memories are those of them clutching you, attached & woozy in indescribable security, comfort & warmth.
You are a life source. A creator. A gift.
Your marks, and stretched out skin tell a story of love. Unconditional & sacred.
You are the initial source of a bond that can now never be broken.
You are still a soft place where my children gravitate, to rest their heads & snuggle in close when they need comfort.
You are too divine to be objectified. By me or anyone else.
You should be held in the highest regard as you are now, adored & admired. Sacred.
Coming to the end of this letter as I look at you now, I don't so much want to change you or for you to look like you used to,
Now I SEE your beauty, because I'm looking through my heart, & I hear your story.
So thank you my beautiful Breasts for everything.
CONTINUED IN COMMENTS ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Hands up for the return of Silent Savasana to Green Valley Ranch! This will be the first time we are at the beautiful main pool! Thursday at 7pm.

Back in Toronto directing the "Own My Canvas" campaign today with the talented @saritaesi #branding #wellnessbrand #selfloveyoga #afrocentricyoga #creativedirector

Finding balance in unexpected places... .
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While driving down the freeway to work I noticed these beautiful amazing boulders blanketed in green along the side of the road. I couldn't resist on my way home pulling out my hiking bag changing in the car, climbing to the top and getting bendy. I can't think of a better way to avoid the rush hour traffic!
Perfect for today's pose in the #selfloveyoga challenge.
Three Legged Dog:
From downward dog with hands pressed into the floor, lifting hips up and back, Draw abdominals in and gaze between your hands as you slowly raise one leg. Be sure to keep hips squared as not to put a twist on the shoulders. Revert back to down Dog and repeat on opposite side. If you're feeling up to it try it on a prop like this awesome rock! Check in with host @lyv_wellness and show us your #threeleggeddog Be sure to follow and tag these awesome sponsors for a chance to win amazing prizes. @kure365 @ivivva_washingtonsquare @simplyquinns @beachlifejewels @freedomrise

Intimate Prayers: Awakening Self-Love
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โค๏ธThis Saturday, I'll be bringing my greatest hits to shift the underlying tone of your mind sphere, and amplify the energy of love in every aspect of life.โค๏ธJuicy stuff... so excited to teach it! โœจโœจโœจ
1.30 pm @indabayoga x .
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#yoga #yogamagic #selflove #love #loveyourself #selfloveyoga #vinyasa #wellbeing #thepractices #thepracticesoffreedomandwellbeing #yes #london #londonsun #londonyoga #regentspark #delight #joy #flowers #yogaritual #meditation #sogood #yogainspiration

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Back in Toronto directing the "Own My Canvas" campaign today with the talented @saritaesi #branding #wellnessbrand #selfloveyoga #afrocentricyoga #creativedirector

First time doing a headstand without a wall or a tree to support me. Months ago this would have made me flip out & celebrate my "achievement
I held this for about 30 seconds.
I had a goal the beginning of this year to be able to do a handstand by the end of the year. I've been practicing daily with headstand since January. It's incredible the stages you go through. The fear, the frustration & then just realizing how silly it is to get worked up over it at all. you work & work - you practice. You keep practicing. You keep showing up & commit to the process & all of the sudden it happens & you get the feeling or a glimpse of the feeling of embodying that form. Until it starts to become mapped out in your cells & you no longer are searching for how to get there. You confidently know the way. Your breath is steady & you are IN your body. Today I felt a glimpse, I won't cling to it. Only smile & let go. Show up again tomorrow & practice.
It used to be the "goal of the pose" for me. Who knows why. Achievement. Perfectionism. Validation. Maybe all those things. But yoga is sneaky. You start with an almost offensive entrance into this sacred practice, completely missing the point...but then slowly it starts to seep into your bones. Your body. Your heart. Your mind. You start to inquire & you start to understand that the pose isn't yoga. The process is. The way you live your life is. Who you are is. How you treat others is. How you react is. What you do is. It all is. That the asana is a channel. A gateway within yourself. To plug into & go deep below the surface to where you really reside. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™

8 ways to improve you relationship with your self
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OPEN YOUR MIND
Read. Listen. And read some more
Be receptive to new concepts and idea in living your life -------
FORGIVE YOURSELF
You did the best you could with what you knew at the time. Forgive yourself for old mistakes -------
PAMPER YOURSELF
Do something daily that makes you feel good and is healthy for your wellbeing. Like watching the sunset or rise on a beach. -------
DO A LIFESTYLE AUDIT
Break unhealthy habits and conditions. Look at what isn't working in your life and change it.
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BUILD YOUR TRIBE
You become like the people you are with. Bring people into your life that reflect who you are or who you would like to be. --------
MEDITATE
Introduce mindful living techniques in your routines. A five minute focused meditation will focus your thoughts and emotions.
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USE AFFIRMATIONS
Reprogram negative beliefs and unhealthy thoughts by filling your mind with positive thoughts.
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DESIGN YOUR LIFE
Stop being a passenger in your life and take control. Focus on what you would like to manifest and use the power of attraction to bring it to life.
#bodypositivity #bodyconfident #sunset #myjourney #selfloveโค๏ธ #selflove #selfcare #selfworth #selfrespect #selfconfident #change #reasurrance #nextsteps #steppingup #selfloveyoga #smugness #smugnessclub #love #live #laugh

Sometimes the only way to get out of our heads is to get into our bodies. ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ–ค

Happy Mother's Day to my momma friends!
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Today's a special day because I am teaching my very first yoga class....and because apparently I like a challenge it is with baby goats! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿโค
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I couldn't be more thrilled though. I'm probably going to cry ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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Surreal. .

This first class sold out but stay tuned because there will definitely be more coming! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’—

Was blessed to teach this little ones first yoga class and have her innocent presence in our class :-) she attends a Montessori school and I found her attention and ability to follow to be fantastic! She said she loves yoga sleep HEHE she learned Namaste and when the class was finished she lined up all her lip balm's and said Namaste to each one of them. How cute ๐Ÿ’š #tinroses #kids yoga #namaste #learnyoga #attachmentheory #sociallearningtheory #learnbywatching #learnbydoing #femineenergy #softyoga #selfloveyoga #innocence

"She was beautifully out of place. Sometimes I believe she intended to be. Like the moon during the day." - D.R. ๐ŸŒ•

Day 3 of #SpringHipOpening โœจYogi Dandasana โœจ

This was another first ever attempt at this pose ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ But where I could safely get to at this point felt amazing - it's incredible to me what our bodies are capable of. ๐Ÿ™ Practice. Patience. Breath. Mindfulness. Understanding โœจ
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Hosts:
@Suchitra_rx
@tattooedyogimama
@Missshmuel

Amazing sponsors
@re3life #re3 #re3life
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Join me for some heart opening, self loving, real-life YOGA!! .
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#njyoga #njyogateacher #houseyoga #flowyoga #kenilworthnj #eastcoastyoga #selfloveyoga #gardenalumni

Well, apparently my letter to my thighs from #LetterstoMyBody is yahoo news, my oldest has Kindergarten orientation today, Brody turns 2 tomorrow & I am teaching my first ever goat yoga class this weekend ๐Ÿ˜ณ to say that I am an emotional mess might be a slight understatement ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

"And then I learned the spiritual journey had nothing to do with being nice. It was about being real, authentic. Having boundaries. Honouring my space first, others second. And in this space of self care being nice just happened, it flowed not motivated by fear, but by love." ~ Michelle Olak

"Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change. as you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential" ๐Ÿฆ‹

Just in case you forgot to tell yourself this morning. โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

#cellulitesaturday #selflovebootcamp with @omgkenzieee ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’Œ
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This skin I'm in, it's my vessel, to experience this world & give myself in service where I am needed. To share what I can of myself with others. .
To live in gratitude to each breath I'm given. .
When I remind myself of this I can only look upon myself & my body fondly & with great love. .
What a gift. .
Even if it comes with dimples, lumps, scars, stretch marks & loose skin. It's mine. .
It's all I've got. .
I've got to remind myself every day that instead of wishing it was different, I need to be thankful & celebrate. .
My body is amazing, {please read that clearly - I did not say "My body is perfect" but it is amazing, and so is yours. And that's the truth. Believe it. ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’Œ

Hey my Yogis and Yoginis! โค๐Ÿ˜โค
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It's my pleasure to announce the winners of #selflovethroughyoga ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰
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My fellow Hosts and I sincerely appreciate all those that participated and played along. Thank you for taking a few minutes the past 10 days to spend on yourself and acknowledge you are worthy. Sending buckets of blessings to you all! Thank you so much to our gorgeous sponsors too! โค๐Ÿ™โค๐Ÿ˜˜
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And now for the winners! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰โค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ
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@johannayogi ๐Ÿ‘‰ @recoveringbeauties .
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@working_my_adipose_off ๐Ÿ‘‰ @chummat .
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Congratulations my friends! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜˜
Please DM a host so that we can get your shipping information to your Sponsor. โค๐Ÿ™โค
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#yoga #YogaChallenge #selfloveyoga
#aprilyogachallenge #yogachallengewinners #congratulations #congrats #igyogafam #igyoga #igyogacommunity #thankyou #namaste๐Ÿ™

#LetterstoMyBody #SelfLoveYoga ๐Ÿ’Œ

ITS THAT TIME AGAIN! Here is Letter # 2

Dear Breasts (yes, you read that right. I'm writing an open letter to my breasts, and to yours too for that matter.) I'm sorry.
I'm sorry for verbally abusing you & attacking you for so many years.
I'm sorry for wishing that you looked like you used to.
For calling you "sad looking" & feeling like you betrayed me.
For making fun of how you've lost your "perky charm" & un-used perfection.
I'm sorry for sexualizing you & thinking you used to be my only asset for attraction.
I'm sorry that I felt so much shame that I never allow you to not be bound by the structure of tight materials & wires to keep you where you "ought" to be.
I'm sorry that I keep you hidden away from my partner, making the decision for him, and for me that you should never be touched skin to skin or seen in the light.
Because, You ARE beautiful & You ARE incredible.
You have served me in the greatest purpose of my life.
Motherhood...
You provided nourishment for my two beautiful baby boys.
My fondest memories are those of them clutching you, attached & woozy in indescribable security, comfort & warmth.
You are a life source. A creator. A gift.
Your marks, and stretched out skin tell a story of love. Unconditional & sacred.
You are the initial source of a bond that can now never be broken.
You are still a soft place where my children gravitate, to rest their heads & snuggle in close when they need comfort.
You are too divine to be objectified. By me or anyone else.
You should be held in the highest regard as you are now, adored & admired. Sacred.
Coming to the end of this letter as I look at you now, I don't so much want to change you or for you to look like you used to,
Now I SEE your beauty, because I'm looking through my heart, & I hear your story.
So thank you my beautiful Breasts for everything.
CONTINUED IN COMMENTS ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Quiet your mind so you can hear your heart. You already know the answers. You just have to be ready to listen. โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿฆ‹

"Maybe you are searching for in the branches, for what only appears in the roots" ~ Rumi

I know over the next while, or even for the last while you have been & are going to be bombarded with messages & images everywhere you turn about "Getting your PERFECT body for Summer" or "Your Bikini-ready body" or "Your Summer Body" or "Your Dream Body" or "Your best body yet..."
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For YEARS, and even to a certain extent STILL, this type of messaging makes me look at myself and think "I AM NEVER GOING TO WEAR A BATHING SUIT AGAIN...at least not until my body looks like "that""
. Please, let's โœ‹ STOP. .
Here are my ground breaking tips to have a "Beach Body" this summer:
1. Wrap your arms around yourself. Squeeze. Repeat. ๐Ÿค—
2. Put on whatever bathing suit ๐Ÿ‘™makes YOU feel good. Wear that shit. Own it. โœŠ
3. Celebrate your body & don't punish yourself for not looking like someone else. Because that's literally impossible. ๐Ÿค“
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For all the haters out there.
Yes I know in my current state I am what is considered to be overweight. I am not delusional. But I'm not going to hate myself for it. .
All of us have coping mechanisms. Every single one of us. Mine? I'm sure you can guess as it has very apparent side effects. But I'm going to love myself anyway. Through my struggles. Through my healing process. .
Do I love my body? I'm working on it. I do not think that my body has anything to do with anyone else's body or how they choose to live their life. .
This post is for my tribe. .
Ladies, I ๐Ÿ‘SEE ๐Ÿ‘ YOU ๐Ÿ‘
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I don't want you to spend another summer sitting on the sidelines, opting out of your life because of your thighs, or stomach or your arms. .
This summer GO OUT & PLAY. Give yourself permission to still LIVE even if you are "overweight" or "still a work in progress" .
We get ONE life & we aren't promised tomorrow. We are ALL working on our shit. Not one of us has it all together. Hear that. .
And if you do want to start working out & eating healthy. GREAT ๐Ÿ‘ I hope you do. But DON'T DO IT TO GET A BIKINI BODY OR TO PUNISH YOURSELF. .
No one ever came to love themselves through hating themselves. .
There is no reward at the end of that path. Happiness cannot be found in a "Perfect Body". .
Just do YOU boo. โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜ .
Have courage & be kind ๐Ÿ’œ

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