yoga around the world


Real talk: my yoga practice blossomed because of practicing at home. I created my Beginner Yoga for EveryBody series on @codyapp so you can experience this as well. I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to expect, so I designed these classes to cover the trouble points in a new practice. These classes prepare new students for poses and techniques used in all-level yoga classes around the world. You’ll learn basic shapes, pose names, how to use props and how to progress to different variations, and more!
Last chance to save $15! Tomorrow the price resets to regular price. Check out the preview class at!

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Hmmm Twitter… ain’t Finnish 😂😂 #twitterfail

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to everyone celebrating this fine day around the world 🍀🍻🇮🇪I’m off to yoga, then my dad’s birthday lunch & then hitting Dublin’s fair city for some drunken good times….Slainte Mhaith 🍀🍻🍀🇮🇪🍀


being on this yogic journey has brought so many more wonderful things into my life apart from yoga itself and my practice
Through yoga, I found a deep sense of spirituality that has been guiding me through my life. I find it so much easier to listen to my inner voice and see the best in the world around me. Yoga has brought me a positive attitude and ideals that only help me feel empowered and comforted. My spirituality has led me to interests such as astrology, crystals, meditation, mindful living, Buddhism and much more. All these things that seem “far out there” or “new age”, actually have deep ancient roots in so many cultures across the globe. I find that my interests are held by a community of other people, and these people (for the most part) are inclusive and loving.
Yoga has gifted me with a sense of self and a strength I didn’t know how to get in touch with before. Yoga has brought me friends, it’s brought me closer to my family, it’s brought me closer to myself. Yoga is much more than a physical practice, it’s a journey and lifestyle.
I feel grateful for it, even during the times when I am intimidated by it. Intimidated by the poses I can’t do or haven’t mastered, intimidated by the yogis who are “better than me”. Often I have to remind myself just to breathe, to allow myself to fall and fail and know I can survive that. That ability to fall and try again that I learned through yoga, I now apply to all aspects of life. There is so much knowledge to be gained from this practice, knowledge that can surpass the physical asanas.
I’m grateful and enlightened by it ✨
namaste 🙏🏽

The University of Washington’s cheerleading squad put out guidelines for people looking to try out for the team. I don’t know about you but anything that has categories titled Body Do’s and Don’ts is not the squad we’re trying to sign-up for but thanks!!!

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The info graphic was taken down after serious backlash from the university and internet. Instead of condemning the squad for their actions, we want to highlight some kick-ass female athletes who don’t fit this traditional mold. 

Meet Jessamyn Stanley: She’s a yoga teacher, social media influencer and body positive advocate taking the yoga world by storm. She plans and creates classes around the question “How Do I Feel?” rather than “How Do I Look?”. Check out her incredible flexibility, spirituality and inspiration here.  

Meet Leah Gilbert: She’s the creator of the blog Body Positive Athletes, a fitness instructor, triathlete and resident badass. Leah is showing the world what fit means and looks like. She’s been outspoken on being body positive and why people should look at body functionality rather than aesthetic.   

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Whether it’s cheerleading, yoga or marathons, female athletes shouldn’t be defined by their size or look - it should be about their kickass skills.

I’m very happy to announce my full 60-day EveryBody Yoga Bundle on @codyapp! When I began taking yoga classes, I was very intimidated by poses like Downward Dog, by fellow students who seemed to know all the transitions already, and by instructors who didn’t know how to teach someone with my body type. I’m familiar with the difficulties that come with practicing in a larger body, which is why it was so important for me to create a series where others could feel safe, accepted and comfortable, regardless of their age, gender, experience or body size. This is exactly why this series means so much to me!

I arranged this 2-part bundle the way that I wish studios programmed their classes when I first began practicing. The classes move at a comfortable pace, but are also challenging because they are meant to help you learn and grow.

I can tell you without a doubt that the next 60 days will change your life. Yoga changes the way you interact with the world around you and how you treat yourself. I want to help you build the confidence to embrace who you are, experience life with open arms, and love your body!

Try a free preview workout with the link in my bio!


A big salute to designer and entrepreneur Dan Aramson who came up with these fun and inventive army figurines holding perfect yoga poses. Yoga Joes reinvent and redirect the iconic plastic green soldiers into more meditative and peaceful symbols.

He explains “I made Yoga Joes because I thought it would be a fun way to get more people into yoga, especially dudes. Yoga changed my life and I think more people should do it. Yoga celebrates a soldier’s most admirable qualities: discipline, focus and a desire to bring peace where there is pain.”

The project began on Kickstarter, but now proudly mass distributes the figures through Brogamats. It has also spawned a few other products and organization that supports veterans. The soldiers are also popular on Instagram as they strike poses all around the world.


The First International Day of Yoga, 21st June 2015
Yoga fans around world take to their mats for first International Yoga Day.
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi led tens of thousands of people in a yoga session on Rajpath in New Delhi to mark the first International Yoga Day, hailing a ‘new era of peace’ celebrating the ancient Indian practice.

International Yoga Day – in pictures (via The Guardian)

Larger-bodied people are just as capable of moving freely as a smaller-bodied person, and I believe it’s so important to see a larger-bodied person completing postures and moving freely with confidence! In my @codyapp EveryBody Yoga bundle I will introduce you to movements and sequences that build the foundation for a strong and rewarding yoga practice!

Kelly M: “I’m truly grateful for this series and what it’s brought to my mind, body and spirit.” @car_bar83: “I wasn’t sure if I should get this bundle because I’ve been practicing for a few years. I just did Day 1, and I feel amazing!! As my knees, chest and chin touched the floor (without the belly flop!) and I moved smoothly into cobra, I shouted “Oh!!” because it finally clicked! It’s going to be an awesome couple of months – thank you!!” Ann D: “Thanks so much, Jessamyn! You’re seriously the best. So happy I found you!!”

I can tell you without a doubt that this will change your life. Yoga changes the way you interact with the world around you and how you treat yourself. I want you to experience this freedom and positivity! I want to help you build the confidence to embrace who you are, to be comfortable with your transitions, and love your body! Final hours to get it at the reduced price! Join me!

Try the FREE previews by following the link in my bio!

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saltysirenofthedeadsea  asked:

Most of the spiritual awakened people I've met had a healthy body and I wondered: Is being healthy a side effect of spiritual enlightenment (e.g. it's easier to give up smoking, drinking or overeating)or do you have to eat / live healthy before you awake?

A self-realized human has no particular way of relating to the body. Some may be physically healthy, others may simply not care. 

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj never stopped smoking and died of throat cancer. No fucks were given. 

My guru Sri ShivaRudraBalayogi has said he can’t taste a thing he’s eating. He eats what he is given. 

Chogyam Trungpa, a reincarnate tibetan lama who helped bring Tibetan buddhism to the west, drank in excess often and was labeled an alcoholic by many. 

Also two self-realized westerners have had Parkinson’s disease: Master Nome and Robert Adams. 

So I can’t say there’s any definitive correlation. You can also take a look at many yoga teachers, spiritual aspirants, and religious individuals from around the world who are very healthy in both mind and body yet have no eternally abiding realization of the Self. 

Spiritual teachings can certainly help us to develop a healthier relationship with the body and mind. And we should use them to do so! Especially for those of us who live in society and are forced to put up with a lot of toxins both physically and emotionally. 

But I would be hesitant to think that enlightenment will mark or create any physical changes in a standard way. Actually, it’s kind of fascinating to read about (or meet, if you are so fortunate!) self-realized humans and learn of the way their lives were the same or different before and after. 

For someone like Nisargadatta, he just went on doing his thing. Some people started showing up to learn from him, since in India self-realization isn’t something that tends to go unnoticed, yet at the same time it isn’t exactly new there and he had a rather small scene. For someone like Eckhart Tolle, who is a westerner and well-promoted by the likes of Oprah, being self-realized definitely changed the outer manifestation of his life. 

Yet neither really matter in the face of unending bliss, unfelt and untied to the physical form. The physical form has the capacity for incredible happiness but not bliss. Why? Because bliss is who/what is experiencing the body. It is you. 

Changing your body’s health is a decision and an action but also shaped by predetermined factors such as DNA, like in the case of genetic illnesses. Realizing the self is about stopping and seeing what is really going on. 

Namaste :) Much love.


Here’s What International Day Of Yoga Looked Like Around The World

On Sunday, June 21, people all over the world gathered to celebrate the United Nations’ first ever International Day of Yoga.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was the driving force behind the event, which had yogis all all over the world taking to the mat to show their love of yoga. In fact, India set the record for the biggest yoga class ever with 36,000 people participating in one place, according to Time.

(Source: A.P Photos)

I don’t think cultural appropriation is real.

Or, at the very least, no one culture is more guilty of it than another. Cultures have developed through a means of multiple cultural exchanges. Historically this happened through trade or war - especially if one nation was conquered by another. The Romans “appropriated” Greek culture and much of what we attribute to Roman society was taken from Greek culture (Ex. Greek architecture, Greek deities, Greek literature, etc.) The Steppe peoples who invaded China “appropriated” Chinese culture. Today, in the age of transoceanic air travel, we aren’t limited to contact with the people living near us. So what do we have? Cultural exchange all over the world. People in Japan wearing eyelid tape. People in Southeast Asia bleaching their skin. Religious conversions. Yoga. Opium. Tea. Casinos. Wine. Vodka. Sake. 

With people moving all around the world, you can’t prevent cultural exchange. And why would we try?

interstitialspaces  asked:

Hey Amanda (Hoping that's not too forward) - You've posted before about your love of yoga. I also know you're familiar with Boston area. I live in Somerville and am looking to pick up yoga to help my mental health. Can you recommend any good studios for a total beginner? Especially places where people won't ask about scars or physical marks. Thanks a bunch!

heya. i’m happy you asked.

NO yoga studio will ask about your scars or physical marks, unless they’re…i don’t know, terrible fucking yoga studios. yoga-land is incredibly accepting: yoga is about coming as you are and being accepted as you are. it’s not about beauty, competition, or even health - though some people package it that way. real yoga is about learning how to be at peace with what is. you will hopefully love it, it does wonders for mental health. be patient with yourself, you may not really get it until you’ve done a handful of classes. if you really don’t like the teacher or the studio…leave and find one you do. if you don’t like any of the teachers anywhere, then it’s you. one of my favorite things about traveling around trying different studios around the world is my very judgment of yoga teachers is part of the yoga: i pay really close attention to myself when i judge, why i judge, where it’s coming from.

in the end, you sort of start to see the patterns, and everything is yoga

there’s a TON of great studios in boston area, they’ve been springing up left and right for the last 5-10 years.

i’d avoid bikram - i often go but i don’t think it’s great for beginners in general.

both baptiste studios (cambridge and brookline) are really wonderful - that’s where i tend to head. the best teachers there: clare, gregor, jane, emily.

sadhana in the south end is WONDERFUL, it’s more of a little local joint as opposed to the hugeness of baptiste, and glen is one of the best teachers i’ve ever had. he teaches a long sunday morning class that is absolutely wonderful. that might be a good place to start. he goes very slowly and speaks a lot to the real yoga.

good luck dollface


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