You may never ever need to touch your toes to your head. In fact I can say confidently, that you probably won’t need to.
What I do know, is that on my way to figuring out how to get my toe to my head, I have spent a lot of time alone with myself.
This has not come easy. I have spent many hours on my living room floor in backbends. I’ve used straps, blocks, door frames, bolsters, dharma wheels, walls, and the edge of my couch.
Then I’d lay in the vulnerable position for as long as I could, minutes. Many minutes.
I’m not recommending this for you.
but for me, it helped me to stay still.
To reflect and contemplate on my life, people in it, events in it.
I have learned for myself, that slow progress, allows for deeper understanding.
Not getting what I want right away, I learned so much more about myself.
I learned how to be moral, kind, patient and respectful in the midst of not getting what I want.
I learned that it is OK to not get what I want, and to not get it how I want it exactly.
And I have seen that it is true, the lessons along the way are usually more valuable than the attainment of the desire anyway.
So whatever it is that you are wanting, on your way there may you be present, sharp of mind, but slow in reaction.
May you give your feelings time to settle, and move you with grace and care for all those you affect.
May you listen to your heart and always find yourself willing to appreciate what you are receiving just by being awake.
Friendly reminder: -you are loved -you are worthy
-your efforts matter
-your thoughts, words, and actions are all a contribution -your thoughts, words, and actions can be an Art in their own right
-you are a creator -it’s ok to fumble & fall sometimes -it’s ok to not have all the answers -it’s ok to not know “what you’re doing”
-exactly as you are, is ok and all the above it still true for you
Read as many times as you need and add below please:
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” — Lao Tzu
like Jesus “Walk in his footsteps”
she always was
She had a way with using the right tone
Even when she said my
And now i try
To show my
Memory of that pathway
I pick up speed and find it in the wind
Cooling off my neck
Thank you ✨stream of consciousness, wishing you all beautiful days ✨
Photo by @ashley.publicspace (I edited it... what do you think?) thank you dear friend for sharing your gifts and your thoughts... also for midnight foot races stuck in park lands 🦄🦄💥💥
Loving my life with @yogahikela
Sunday evening we practiced looking over the city while sending wishes for the happiness and health of all beings.
Can’t help but laugh and feel so joyful to BE✨💕🦄👼🏻 This is life. Thank you @a_mandala for creating this dreamy brain child with me. Thank you to all of you Yoga Hikers for building this experience with us, the memories. Thank you earth for holding us and giving us all we need. *Song is called Cold War (Nick AM Remix) by Cautious Clay*
Here’s an old photo from a @yogahikela sunset.
Looking forward to this Sunday 💕
Spots still available. Dm me for details 👼🏻
It’s key in everything you do.
Even in your relationship to maintaining balance!
I had a friend once excitedly explain to me that walking is just falling, and catching yourself over and over again.
It has always stuck with me.
when you’re walking, the floor underneath you is changing, the breeze is nudging you, sounds and sights all around draw your attention in.
Life is sort of like that.
Things are changing all around you as you move, and so “balance” is evolving as well.
Which means, of course, your relationship to it is called to fluctuate and remain in attention.
The word “recalibration” comes to mind and then I think- is there ever really a “re” in this situation?
Or are the variables just slyly fresh?
Maybe it’s not you, maybe it’s you in this new situation.
You’re allowed to be experiencing something from a state of uncertainty, even when you think you’ve got it all sorted out.
Just plain, calibrating.
Boom. Life goes. Here’s a new angle.
Now show me “balance.” ✨👼🏻🦄💜🦄👼🏻✨
Ps Join me and @a_mandala for our @yogahikela event THIS Sunday. Hiking, yoga, soundbath, sunset. $25. Link in bio.
Self explanatory image!
What are you seeking to improve in your practice?
I’ll send/show instructions!
Thank you @amandahmei for snapping the shots and creating the instruction tool!
#kinshipyoga #hamstring #healyourback #touchyourtoes #yoga
“If you think you are too little to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Here’s to remembering that you matter, your thoughts, your actions, your presence.
Joyous Litha to you friends. Litha celebrates abundance, fertility, virility, the beauty and bounty of Nature. Harnessing the Suns great power makes all types of magic appropriate now. Take some time to write out all the things you want to manifest in the coming days. Write it in detail. Be clear. What you vision, matters. And you are allowed to dream of what your soul desires the most.
Musings of the day:
The only vacation that I really care to take is one that involves me being alone, or with loved ones out in nature.
Living in the city it seems the most appropriate choice for my needs. To detox and shift gears from my everyday life in as many ways as possible.
When you take a vacation, how much of your routine do you take with you?
Is it really a vacation if more than half the factors of your daily routine are being repeated in a different space?
Lately I have even been considering changes in my habits as vacations.
Little ways to liberate myself from the grooves that wear and tear on my body.
Probably the hardest one to wrap my head around was quitting coffee.
I had really worked up this whole idea that it was a ritual and pleasing semi-necessity, I justified the daily use.
Now having had a couple weeks away and detoxing from the workload of caffeine I was submitting my body to, I feel free.
It’s just one less thing that I “have to do” to enjoy my day.
I can skip that task and go straight to a book, my practice, making music or just enjoying a walk in my neighborhood without rushing to get back to the French press.
The Latin origin of the word vacation is “vacare” which simply means “to be unoccupied.” I think I’d like more of that, or at least the feeling of having it as my choice.
So I suppose I will be looking into all the things I have convinced myself to be occupied with... ✨👼🏻🦄💜🦄👼🏻✨
#yogathoughts #yogalife #healthyliving #yogateacher #yogatools #philosophy #wordplay #lunge #hiking #snow
Photo by my love: @a_mandala