Day 5 of #backbendmadness2014 w/ my #yoga heroines @beachyogagirl @fitqueenirene @kinoyoga - anjanayasana
I am often asked for tips about how to maintain a home practice and I feel like my answers are almost always directed toward the actual logistics of the practice- equipment, poses, videos, etc.
However, I believe the most important ingredient to a consistent home practice is an absence of embarrassment. You have no idea how often I bend the wrong way, fall down, slip- I run the gamut of “embarrassing” mistakes. I will admit that a classroom environment can make us unnecessarily self-conscious of our posing. However, when you’re in the comfort of your own home, doing your own flow, and rocking out to your choice of music (for me, today has been all about Blondie, Eric Clapton & Led Zeppelin), why waste time being embarrassed by mistakes?
There is absolutely no reason to take your practice so seriously that you can’t even enjoy its subtle fluctuations. I think being overly self-conscious is part of what makes people quit practicing yoga before their practice has really gained traction. Trust me, I know it can seem impossible, but try to clear your mind of what you THINK you should look like in certain poses. However you look is however you’re meant to look. And, legit- that is what perfect looks like.
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Day 25 of #backbendmadness2014 w/ @kinoyoga @fitqueenirene @beachyogagirl - #hanumanasana
I’ve been feeling extremely thankful for my body recently. I spent such a huge chunk of my life picking at myself for all of my perceived flaws- gobble neck, thunder thighs, miles of stretch marks, chubby belly, etc. I mean, there’s got to be a ‘fuck it’ point. Essentially, I had to realize- what if I spend my whole life trying to lose weight and I still have all of my 'flaws’? Y'all, I have no fucking intention of wasting away my 20s in pursuit of half baked ideas about what my body 'should’ look like- why bother when this is what it DOES look like?
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I can find a million ways to correct my body in this photo but I’m enjoying the journey too much to care. One day my arms won’t splay, my upper back will bend more fluidly, & my toes will be close enough to kiss. But it’s ok that today is not that day.
The beauty of Backbend Madness 2014 is that I get to incorporate postures that aren’t normally part of my practice into my repertoire. Fish Pose or Matsyasana is one. Performing it in the traditional form with my legs in Padmasana provides a much needed additional stretch to my hips.
Day 19 of #backbendmadness2014 w/ @beachyogagirl @kinoyoga & @fitqueenirene- Parshva Dhanurasana
Why don’t you produce your clothes in plus sizes? I mean, I’ve read your public responses but real talk- what’s the deal? In my humble opinion, you’re missing out on a major financial opportunity.
For one thing, fat girls are already accustomed to spending a lot of cash on clothes- your prices would barely make a sporty #fatshionista blink an eye. Second of all, all of your clothes would look rad on curvy bodies. For instance, the top I’m wearing in this photo has a very attractive neckline which would be super sexy on small and large busted fat girls (I really like it because it makes my relatively small breasts look like they were styled by ann boleyn). Honestly, the main reason you should start making plus size clothes is because the energy of your clothing line, products, stores, and employees is so damn positive and infectious that it fills me w/ such sadness to think y'all want to exclude such a substantial group of potential customers. I know way too many fat yoga addicts who could be excellent ambassadors for the lululemon mission if they weren’t the subject of your size prejudice.
Just promise me you’ll think about it, ok?
PS- I really do love my new #yoga mat. Kthanksbye
Day 8 of #backbendmadness2014 w/ @beachyogagirl @kinoyoga @fitqueenirene was #urdhvadhanurasana. I usually enter this pose either by dropback or flipping my downdog, but I’ve been working on entering from the more traditional method (pressing up from your back). For some reason the traditional method is very tough for me. Every body is different, I guess. It doesn’t matter how I get there, honestly- when ringing out my spine feels this good, who cares how I get there?