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" Whenever I'm faced to a difficult decision, I ask myself: what would I do if I weren't afraid of making a mistake, feeling rejected, feeling foolish or being alone? I know for sure that when you remove the fear, the answer you've been searching comes into focus. And as you walk into what you fear you should know for sure that your deepest struggle can, if your willing and open, produce your greatest strength." 📷: @igoreverywhere #yoga #yogagirl #yogathoughts #ganga #rishikesh #ganges #himalayas

🌿 This is my practice. This is why I practice.

Leo tip toed out of his bed a little after 10pm last night. Rich and I were just getting started on some work... so I was slightly frustrated that our time was being interrupted. But instead of allowing that feeling to take over and throw (not literally) him back into bed without any patience... I took us to our Yoga mats.

What this video doesn't show is the amazing 5 pose flow Leo guided us through without any self doubt (or coaching from us). All on his own.

What this video DOES show is Leo feeling confident enough to stand in front of his parents and share what he knows in his own creative way.

I'm sure there are other factors to consider for instilling self confidence into this incredible tiny human. But I truly believe our family Yoga practice is a large contributor.

And because I always have a million thoughts... I started thinking about our Youth in Chicago (youth everywhere) who deserve so much more. They deserve to be equipped with the tools to become confident Leaders in life at any age.

I'm not saying Yoga is the answer... But I'm definitely saying we need to rethink our systems and curriculums. Are they relevant to where we -Humans- are evolving to? 🕊

Yoga is not about the poses and the flexibility.
It's about finding peace with who you are. It's about being aware of the universe, your mind, your heart and being able to eliminate the noises they create.
It's about stillness, balance and letting go.
The body benefits from the poses but more importantly, the mind benefits from the stillness.
#namasteallday #yogathoughts #yogavibes #invertedlotus #dustyleggingsdustyerythang

〰 When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace 〰 #yogathoughts and @vaca_santa leggings 💕

Sometimes I just get up, walk around my apartment & I’m supposed to start my day, but then I see my yoga mat, lying right there & decide to just do a few movements. I filmed this one & to be honest one of my first thoughts were: "wow, that doesn’t look very athletic, haha". Then a second after that thought came up, I reflected on it, realizing that Yoga has never been about perfect postures or looking super cute & hot for me. Of course, I do enjoy looking super cute and hot, WHO DOESN’T? 😜But I don’t have a problem showing my practice in an old pyjama, without underwear & with that kind of morning stiffness, that won’t let you be very flexible. On social media Yoga has been carried to a perfectionism, that I don’t agree with. Yoga on social media is mostly hyper-bendy, white, young women. Yoga does a lot to what you can perceive on the outside, meaning getting bendier, more strong & flexible. And that’s totally a very nice side effect, I’m quite excited about my abs now 😂But what you can’t see on Social Media is what Yoga does to the inside, which is so often now left apart. The mental challenges, the breathing, the connection to what is inside you and being PRESENT. I find my inner conversations, these stories, that I make up and focusing on my own mat and practice the most challenging - even though backbends kill me, haha. My body has a lot of challenges (I’m not very flexible by nature, I have scoliosis, cartilage erosion and an unnaturally strechted spine in my neck) but they are far less important when you get to the core of what Yoga is. Yoga has become a very perfect, automated, polished sport, when what it really is a 5,000 year old tradition. Think about it: 5,000 years of tradition vs. 10 (?) years of social media. Yoga is not only complex breathing & bendy strecthes, it’s unfolding the infinite potentials of your human mind and soul. Looking at yoga on social media we fall for the believe that outer accomplishments can give us what we want, yet when we reach them (aka being the most bendy, slender, most liked Social Media Yogi) we understand that nothing external can completely fulfill the deep longing within for true awareness ❤#yogadaria

Last few hours in NYC. Had a little realization in yoga today. The unsettled parts of you are not "you". I think they stem from behaviors, defense mechanisms, fear and tribal consciousness that have/has a home in us.
The actual class was great. Teacher 💯. Studio 💯. Company 💯. Me and my unsettled parts...⚠️. #letsgetugly #movingon #yoga #yogathoughts #surrenderinprogress

Got a new better brace for kneegate2017. More support and mobility has me feeling better about the whole healing process, and I incorporated a little more movement in a few minutes of flow today. There was a great snippet of a @gypsyon__ story the other day about injuries, she was saying that the times when we are unable to participate in our physical practice allows us to explore and connect with the other parts of the practice. For me that has been a lot of judgement releasing about how much rest I'm taking, saying no to friends and activities so I can stay off my leg. It's hard, I'm not sick, I want to go out and do all of the stuff, but it's really not good to be hobbling around risking a wrong step that would tweak my knee again. There are times when circumstance (illness, injury, other people or things needing our attention, on the list goes) takes us away from what we love, what brings us peace, and it's in those times that we get to reunite with the other peacemakers. So that's where I'm at.
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#yoga #yogatherapy #yogathoughts #kneeinjury

Yoga is...listening to what your body is trying to tell you. 🙏🏻 Flash back to 4 years ago - my last year with my ex - I woke up every day feeling like crap. One day he finally said to me, slightly irritated, 'do you know every day you wake up and say you don't feel good?' It was a light bulb moment for me💡 My body had been trying to tell me for months that this relationship was toxic to me and I hadn't been listening. I woke up drained every day because the relationship was draining me. Even as a yoga teacher I had missed the signs my body was giving me because I hadn't been ready to accept the fact that my relationship with this person was over.
Our bodies know. They are constantly giving us feedback.
Yoga is an opportunity to tune into the wisdom inherent in our bodies.
The messages can be quite literal too - stomach issues? What in your life are you having trouble 'stomaching'?
Sometimes the messages are more subtle that we can only decipher through our intuition and a deep inner listening.

#yoga_is #yogathoughts #musings #ottawayoga

I'm gonna get real naked with you guys; a little over a year ago, I was having full on panic attacks anytime I had go out in public. The idea of someone taking a photo of me, made me physically ill and I truly believed that there was nobody on this planet more repulsing than I was. I was balls deep in addressing a lot of things--all of which were rooted in years of unresolved pain, confusion and self hatred. I felt so lost, I felt so scared and I was so damn sad. ✨I found yoga in the midst of my own hurricane. But It didn't take me away from the storm like many would think, instead it lead me straight to the eye of it. It lead me to the most raw part of myself....and it was just as violent as it was astonishing. I survived the wind, and the thunder and the lightening. I walked out soaking wet in my own truth, bruised and forever changed, but not broken. I came out, strong. I came out...happy. I came out...fearless.
#yogathoughts #fearless #hurricanebethany #dothework

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I wonder if there are trees out there that are like, "I'm gonna be a book one day and someone's gonna cherish me forever" and the other trees laugh at them like, "you're an idiot our lives have no meaning" and then those trees turn into fuckin Harry Potter, while the other trees become fire wood for some bitch ass' bonfire. 🤔

[#IByoga]
Life remains unchanged
till you take a leap of faith.
& that's where me being a bit nuts kicks in! 😉🐳🌊
#ingridbottskiyoga #yogainspirations #yogathoughts #yogaeverydamday #tadasana #courage #leapoffaith #alittlenuts #change #keepgrowing #backtoyourtrueself #nature #life #southpoint #hawaii #bigisland

"Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time." -James Baldwin
Although this may seem morbid, impermanence is a fact of life, an underlying Buddhist tenant that I have been meditating a lot on lately. When contemplating impermanence, how does that change the way you live day to day?
Join me this Sunday night 6:30 pm @yogaonhigh for a Sekoia yoga practice where we will meditate on and flow to this simple, yet defining principle. Lake Michigan inspired this practice, come to class and you will take home a little memento from the lake 🌊❤️ #columbusyoga #practiceyoga #614yoga #yogathoughts #meditation #jamesbaldwin #impermanence #lakemichigan #jamesbaldwin #jamesbaldwinquote #vinyasaflow #flow #essentialoils #yogateacher

I work 40+ hours a week, drive miles upon miles, and still life seems to add more and more to the plate. While all opportunities, encounters and all people are blessings, everyday now I see the truth in less is more. What's the point again in packing our lives to the brim? Obviously I'm becoming a minimalist at heart and I'm kinda proud that I'm learning more and more about the life I'd like to live - even though it may be different 💞The question on my mind --- Yes, an eventful life is an exciting one, but, is it a peaceful one? 🌱 I'd like to hack away at the unessential, squeeze the life out of the quiet moments, and be my best self in the few things I choose to do and the people I invite into my life. I'd like to seek the quality and value of all things, over their quanity... I'd also like to be the most awesome boring person there ever was 😛 Less is more.

I wouldn't tell someone they are fat, I wouldn't nitpick their flaws, I wouldn't suggest to someone to quit - that there is no point, so why do we sit in a shower of self destruction? Feeding our minds on a daily basis, with negative thought after negative thought. Why do we rob ourselves of our true potentials? Never blessing ourselves with the time of day for self growth, to become stronger, wiser, and more loving. Why do we love someone else so deeply but turn around and hate ourselves to the core? Literally, trying to find love in all the wrong places. xoxoxoxoxoxoxox
Mindshift: Why not want to become stronger and faster and focus on that instead of focusing on losing weight - the weight will fall off naturally? Why not strive to reach new potentials everyday, instead of striving for acceptance. Why not spread love instead of searching for it? Why not soak in an ocean of self love and heal from the inside out? Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
#selflove #yoga #yogathoughts
#thoughtfulthursday #headstands
#ashleyhornertransformyou
@ashley.horner #bodypositive
#bodypositiveyoga
#pipehitter #becomingextraordinary
#motherhoodalive
#motherhoodunplugged #yogamoms #fails #consistencyiskey

🌿 This is my practice. This is why I practice.

Leo tip toed out of his bed a little after 10pm last night. Rich and I were just getting started on some work... so I was slightly frustrated that our time was being interrupted. But instead of allowing that feeling to take over and throw (not literally) him back into bed without any patience... I took us to our Yoga mats.

What this video doesn't show is the amazing 5 pose flow Leo guided us through without any self doubt (or coaching from us). All on his own.

What this video DOES show is Leo feeling confident enough to stand in front of his parents and share what he knows in his own creative way.

I'm sure there are other factors to consider for instilling self confidence into this incredible tiny human. But I truly believe our family Yoga practice is a large contributor.

And because I always have a million thoughts... I started thinking about our Youth in Chicago (youth everywhere) who deserve so much more. They deserve to be equipped with the tools to become confident Leaders in life at any age.

I'm not saying Yoga is the answer... But I'm definitely saying we need to rethink our systems and curriculums. Are they relevant to where we -Humans- are evolving to? 🕊

You can always find the peace and stillness within. #thoughtfulthursday

[#IByoga]
It's funky when people think "yoga people" are supposed to be calm.
No.
We are all here because we are nuts. 😄🙌✌
#ingridbottskiyoga #yogainspirations #yogathoughts #yogaeverydamday #findingpeace #heartopenner #matsyasana #keepgrowing #backtoyourtrueself #nature #life

" Whenever I'm faced to a difficult decision, I ask myself: what would I do if I weren't afraid of making a mistake, feeling rejected, feeling foolish or being alone? I know for sure that when you remove the fear, the answer you've been searching comes into focus. And as you walk into what you fear you should know for sure that your deepest struggle can, if your willing and open, produce your greatest strength." 📷: @igoreverywhere #yoga #yogagirl #yogathoughts #ganga #rishikesh #ganges #himalayas

Le succès n'est qu'une conséquence, pas une fin... Ce qui est vraiment intéressant, c'est le processus d'entrainement et la détermination avec laquelle on entend se perfectionner. C'est ce podium intérieur qui s'écrit aujourd'hui et dont tu es le seul à connaitre le classement ; ai-je été meilleur qu'hier?... J'aime me retrouver au calme, en équilibre entre ma volonté, mes douleurs et mes limitations en restant concentré à chaque respiration. J'aime ressentir la synergie musculaire, la mobilité de mes articulations et le ruissellement de ma transpiration. Voilà des choses qui ont du sens à mes yeux... #PenséeDuJour
#Détermination #Introspection #mobiyoga #love #ashtanga #yogathoughts #yogalove #yogastance #eyes #intheeyes #deepinside #thoughts

i mean...for reals. let's all make like a taco and fold everybody up in love ♡

Two of our most favorite things: malas and mudras ♡
PC: @mauisimone

Feeling restless and happy and discontent and hopeful and lost and found all at the same time. Need to #meditate. Sometimes asking questions causes more turmoil and it is best to get quiet and fight the temptation of all that is calling from the outside. #listeninginsteadofdoing #trusting. #beingwithdiscontent We will not be blown to bits if we stay with it. If we stay maybe we might become friends with it. Just maybe. #yogathoughts #personthoughts #missingmymother #butfeelinghereveywhere #loss #grief #spirit

The sacred sadhana of japa - using malas aid in keeping count while chanting, reciting or mentally repeating a mantra or name/names of a deity. We don't leave home without ours ♡ Learn more about mantra and meditation in our latest blog post!

I just realized that most of my yoga pics are those capturing an accomplished goal such as an arm balance or inversion. If course it's fun to post a pic of a challenging pose, but I'm doing a huge disservice to the practice of yoga, as yoga is so much more than that. Yoga is about learning stillness, peace, grace, strength and connection, all by finding it within yourself. To be truly balanced, whatever the hell that's like. Humanity is far from perfect, so, yea to be that badass and zen ALL THE TIME seems like a tall order, and amazing goal.Yoga, for me, is the practice of removing layers of unnecessary stuff to find the joy within. It's about learning that you have a body, mind, and a soul, each with its own voice, and knowing when to listen and learn from each one. However, the rebellious warrior chick Wild Soul in me still loves a challenge, so as deep and moving as the practice of yoga can be, I'll continue to practice on handstands. 😄

#yoga #yogathoughts #practice #learningandunlearning #connection #peace #stillness #noitsnitallaboutthehandstands #buttheysurearefun!! #handstands #meditations #soulfulandrebelliouswarriorchick #wildsoul

Through melody and rhythm, you unite the body and mind, integrating it with your spirit to become a whole and complete being. Achieving this union allows you to
connect to your inner self, ultimately leading to self-realization. #yogamelody #yogarhythm #unite #yogaquotes #yogapractice #yogaspirit #positivevibes #igyoga #instayoga #yogagram #namaste #yogalife #health #yogini #yogalove #yogaexercise #yogi #yogaeveryday #fitness #healthybody #yogamindset #yogasuccess #yogathoughts #yoga #impactofyoga

"Wellness Encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.” - Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu
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