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Y'all, I finally took the plunge today and splurged on a new #yoga mat. In a very confusing & highly impulsive situation, I ended up wandering around the Durham @lululemon and I walked out w/ ‘The Mat’. Y'all, there is a reason that they call this ish THE mat. I spent an embarrassing amount of time frolicking around their fitting room area, trying on pants & tops while unleashing my inner @kathrynbudig on their demo mats. Because yeah, that’s how committed they are to making sure you enjoy your $70 yoga mat- you can hit a downdog in the middle of the store!

This pose was what clenched the purchase for me- on my old paper thin mat, it takes a ridiculous amount of strength to keep my mat from wrinkling up like an old tissue when I bend. But on 'The Mat? SOLID AS A ROCK. I also bought this top- DAMNIT IT WAS ON SALE. I know I should be lamenting my impulsive day, but please- Bitch, don’t kill my vibe.

ALSO, @yve_plus showed me and some of my fellow instayoga sisters (including my love @biggalyoga) major love in the article she wrote about yoga challenges for Plus Model Magazine- check her feed for the link!

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My love for my #curves is so vast. They have taught me more lessons than I even fully realize. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am. I #honormycurves every time I practice #yoga. They are part of me, and I want to always remain thanful for the blessings they bestow upon my life. Happy Sunday, y'all.

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#yogaaday challenge day 5- #bowpose #dhanurasana @growsoulbeautiful #yogachallenge #yogafamily #yoga #yogaforbreakfast #yogaeverydamnday #yogangsters #wellnessgangsters #health #healthhappiness #homepractice #fitfluential #fitness #fatyoga #fatpositive #fatgirl #fat #bodypositive #exercise #stretch #bowpose #Namaste

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Look y'all, I know my shorts are beyond short and I’m sure my mom is gasping for air right now because her little girl has her thighs fully exposed on the internet. But I have to be honest-I really don’t care. Blame it on the all-girls boarding school education and the liberal arts college, but I. DON’T. CARE. Really. At all. Because my chubby bellied-small breasted-thunder thighed body kicked up into #sirasana with NO. FUCKING WALL SUPPORT. I had the best practice I’ve had in awhile today- I smiled so much, laughed at myself, and listened to everything from A$ap Rocky to this Tina Turner cover of “Whole Lotta Love” that is ruling my life right now. And to end with this? I’m so happy. So happy.

Also, I really don’t say this enough, but you guys are some of the best people in the world. For real. You all give me so much beautiful motivation and encouragement, to the point where I am frequently overwhelmed by my gratitude. That gratitude always finds its way into my practice and provides infinitely helpful encouragement. If you’ve ever said anything kind to me (especially related to my #yoga practice), please know that your words make my day and motivate me beyond measure. Thank you. Thank you. Namaste.

(P.S.-after over an hour of #inversion work, my pedicure is JACKED- does anyone have any tips for maintaining a bad ass pedicure while still being ‘bout that #yogalife? #femmeproblems)

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Is my belly exposed and all over the place? Check. Am I using a star wars vhs box set as a yoga block? Check. And guess what? I DON’T GIVE A FUCK because I kicked up into #forearmstand, y'all! I have been working on this pose for several weeks (ahem, months) and it was so satisfying to actually kick up fully. It’s moments like this that I hold on to when I’m feeling weak in my day to day life. I can go back to these moments and remember that I am strong, capable, and worthy. I will say it until my lungs give out- Never give up. Never give up.

Leggings are by @c_ravel, and don’t forget to enter my leggings giveaway-details in the poster on my IG. Contest ends 2/12! #inversionsmakeyouhot #inversions #invertyoself #yogafamily #yogabums #yogalife #yogapractice #yogajournal #yogratitude #yogalove #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #yogangsters #wellnessgangster #fitfluential #fatyoga #flexibility #feeltheyogahigh #curvyyoga #curvygirl #curvyfit #curvespo #pspfit #aimtrue #honoryourcurves #effyourbeautystandards

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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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