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Jelena Vesić  Ashtanga Yoga Student Teacher at @ashtangatoronto ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Today is the first day I’m out of bed since being home. Somewhere between Jakarta, Tokyo and Toronto, I picked up a stomach flu. ☠️ I mean really, when it comes to every day illnesses, is there anything worse?! And because that wasn’t enough, I also got my period in the midst of it all. Talk about purging... 🙊
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Lucky, I got this little monster by my side...🦁
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And yes, I am humbly reminded that health is wealth. Always and forever. #gotthememo
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#nomakeup #thisisme #stomachflu #healthiswealth #life #freekoreandogs #rescuedog #rescue #adoptdontshop #ilovemydog #mydog

I really don’t get the trolling and hating culture of social media. And the truth be told, I don’t want to get it. As @brenebrown put it so beautifully, “Cruelty is cheap, easy, and chickenshit. It doesn’t deserve your energy or engagement.”
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You don’t have to agree and like everything you see, but that doesn’t give you a right to bully. Really, there is no such thing as a right to bully - it is never okay, it is never right! Mean comments and disrespectful words are not constructive. And they sure as hell are not nice.
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I do know what it feels like to disagree with someone’s point of view. Or better yet, be confused by what you see. We forget that social media is NOT “what you see is what you get” kind of a thing. A picture is worth a thousand words, but often that still doesn’t tell the whole story.
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More often than we’d like to admit, a post leads to thousands of questions in our head. And yet, we don’t ask! We judge.
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Yes, we’re all human and very opinionated. But instead of keeping it to ourselves, some turn into hypercritical, overreactive, judgy assholes! Why?! Why attack? Why hate? Why project negativity, assume crazy shit, and create stories in your head all at the expense of someone else? Someone who you probably don’t even know...
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So ask if you don’t get it. And if you don’t care to ask, do not comment with negativity. Simply keep scrolling, or unfollow. #dontbeatroll
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And for those of us on the receiving end of these chickenshit judgments, just keep Brené Brown’s advice close to the heart: “Just step over the [hurtful] comments and keep daring, always remembering that armour is too heavy a price to pay to engage with cheap-seat feedback.”
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Pic by super talented @dolinainggolan
Wearing @sulayoga
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#loveyourself #thisisyoga #yogaeverydamnday #youdoyou #lovealwayswins #stopbullying #brenebrown #daretolead #yoga #life #doyou #practicekindness #dowhatyoulove

Yes, I belly-flopped during my practice today. I try. I succeed. I fall. That’s the truth of it.
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Don’t be fooled by the perfection of the ig posts. The reality of the daily practice is just this - flawless falls, perfect giggles, and graceful imperfections. #learntofall
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wearing @werkshop & @sulayoga
#thatsthetruth #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #ashtanga #vinyasa #life #ashtangayoga #jakarta #perfectlyimperfect #beyourself #loveyourself #reallife

Holy fuck!!! It worked. The Epley maneuver for vertigo worked!
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I am so relieved, and happy, and in total disbelief that my dizziness is almost completely gone!
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This is what it looks like. It’s super easy and safe for you to do it on your own, though it’s always nice to have someone for moral support and as your time-keeper (@davidrobsonyoga 🙏♥️). It takes literally less than five minutes.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so grateful to all of you that took time to write and share your vertigo experience with me.
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So now I’m passing on the same advice to anyone else suffering from it: Google and YouTube Epley maneuver. And give it a try!
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#epleymaneuver #healthiswealth #liveandlearn #vertigo #vertigocure #travelproblems #life #dizziness #health #bali #yoga

Did you know that joy is the most vulnerable emotion you can feel?
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No, it’s not fear. Nor is it guilt. Nor anger or sadness, no matter how big and deep.
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It is JOY! When we are joyful we are as vulnerable as we can be! How fucking incredible is that?!
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Where am I getting this from? Brené Brown, of course. In her latest book, Dare to Lead, she explains that “joy is the most vulnerable emotion we feel... When we feel joy, it is a place of incredible vulnerability - it’s beauty and fragility and gratitude and impermanence all wrapped up in one experience.”
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What’s more, joy “allows us to build up resilience for when tragic things do happen.” We NEED joy so that we can, as @brenebrown puts it, “build up an emotional reserve.”
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So go on, seek it and lean into it. Let the joy wash over you whether it’s because you’re on the back of the scooter, the sun is shining, or a dog made an eye contact with you.
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#joy #joyfulmoments #daretolead #brenebrown #vulnerability #beyou #bali #life #dowhatmakesyouhappy #happy #yoga #yogaeverydamnday

This is what my practice looks like when I have vertigo. I honestly thought I wouldn’t make it past the first Sun Salutation (hence why I didn’t think of recording it from the beginning). My vertigo is travel induced. It’s awful. Of course I hate it, but I’m also learning how to deal with it. Ignoring it or getting annoyed does nothing but perpetuate the discomfort. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
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Step one, accept it. Acknowledge it. Try to get to know it. And this is very important: notice what makes it worse and, alternatively, what lessens the dizziness.
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Here is what I’ve learned thus far:
-I never practice the first 48 hours after flying;
-the first practice has to come from the place of complete openness and willingness to explore (maybe I have to stop or maybe I can keep going if I modify);
-if I modify, then it’s always about keeping my gaze firmly fixed on the ground: I do NOT tip my head back or forth;
-even if everything seems ok, and I get my dizziness under control, I do a little bit less than half of primary - I do not push!
-no jump back or jump throughs, as you see; step back and forward are plenty when you do it mindfully and with intention;
-and I avoid any inversions, so that means only doing the last three poses of closing.
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I’m always amused by how intense and deep my vertigo practices seem to be. They require so much attention and focus. It has nothing to do with the duration or “difficulty” (aka, fancyness) of the asana... Before I know it I’m covered in sweat, I never did a single jump back, and my leg never made it behind my head.
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Top by @sulayoga 🙏
#ashtanga #ashtangayoga #yoga #vertigo #vertigosucks #mindfulness #travel #bali #practiceeverydamnday #practiceandalliscoming

I couldn’t be more proud of my husband and this huge milestone — 10 years of @ashtangatoronto! I’m in awe. And I’m lucky to be standing next to you.
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And of course who can forget all those by now signature phrases of yours such as “See you tomorrow!” and “Did you practice?” They have inspired and pushed (yes, we all need it sometimes) many of us to show up and stay committed. As a community we’ve grown stronger. And as individuals, we’ve become stronger. You hold the space that holds us so that we can feel what we need to feel, crack open as we breathe, and release a tear (or two) as we learn to let go.
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So each day, as we peel ourselves and our mat of the floor after practice, we pause and look back. We wave, touch our heart or bring our palms together and bow in gratitude and appreciation for everything you do. Truly!
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I know I am deeply grateful. ♥️
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#congratulations #parampara #ashtanga #yoga #ashtangayoga #ayct #yogaeverydamnday #lovehim #toronto #torontoyoga #lovealwayswins

Once upon a time,
but not so long ago,
I was a refugee...
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So don’t talk to me
about war
unless you’re willing to cry...
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Because it is kids,
like you and I,
that pay the price...
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Grateful and confused,
alive but bruised,
we’re the survivors of war
that still cry...
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And that little girl on the news tonight,
stuck between imaginary lines drawn on the ground,
that’s me
wanting to do nothing else
but hug my dad,
kiss my mom,
and tell my little sister
everything is alright...
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#selfportrait #thisisme

to every street dog i’ve met, have yet to meet, and will never meet: i love you. a lot! 🐕♥️
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#streetdog #adoptdontshop #rescuedog #streetdogs #streetdoglove #novisad #dog #doglover #serbia #love #yoga #lovealwayswins

Dear Zagreb, thank you! As someone put it, you make me feel all the feels!
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Deep gratitude to beautiful Dejana of @supersoulyoga. The past two weeks have been nothing short of spectacular. Thank you for taking care of us. Thank you for supporting us. @davidrobsonyoga and I are lucky to have you as a colleague and dear friend. ♥️
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And on a more personal note, thank you Dee for inspiring and empowering me (and so many other women). Thank you for the raw, from the heart talks, and all the laughs and giggles. And of course, thank you for indulging with me. 😉 I’m loving and crushing on you all at once.👯‍♀️
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Pic by @sanjinkastelan 🖤
Wearing: @sulayoga
#zagreb #croatia #yoga #yogalifestyle #yogaeverydamnday #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #selfcare #gratitude #life #traveler #lovealwayswins

k a p o t a s a n a - it’s not easy. And I don’t look forward to it.
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I also don’t like having difficult conversations, or being in awkward, uncomfortable situations. And yet, after all is said and done, I feel nothing but lighter for having breathed through it.
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Such is life...
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#truthbetold #kapotasana #yoga #homepractice #movingmeditation #practiceandalliscoming #ashtanga #yogaeverydamnday #justbreathe #life

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