Joining in with the #InspiredYogis crew in sharing some #LoveforHeidiAroundtheWorld 💛 Seriously, go check out @heidiyogi’s page, read her story and get ready for some serious inspiration This #Camatkarasana also goes out to my Australian brother @itsprada_ who tagged me to #stopdropandyoga ✌🏽️ Passing it on to my #yellowpantsclub tribe (and anyone else willing) to keep sharing some love for @heidiyogi with me @yogi_eric @jogi_the_yogi @johnsonjayjames @ebrizuelagarcia @chimama1 @joo_dith @the_mindful_mama @miingini and anyone I’m forgetting! #YogaFeedsAmerica from New Jersey with @fit_INFLUXR @spiritualgangster @iggetaway @gordonogden @robinmartinyoga @silver_cloudss @antonyoga11 @bryceyoga @thetattooedyogi 🙏🏽
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take up as much space as you can

I really feel like throughout life, we are encouraged to shrink ourselves. but you are not. here. to make yourself small. that, i know. theres only one of you in a world of 7 billion people. you are not here to shrink yourself. 

and if anyone judges you, I will go and knock them down. because we’re here to support each other. earth is a really warm, sweet loving environment, and no one is on this earth to Instagram you or judge you. you can’t control other people, or what they’re going to want or say or do or feel or need. you can’t control what life is going to put in your path. but you can decide that you’re going to keep your heart open. that is something that is under your jurisdiction, it is something that you can work on. so open up your heart, and take up space.



I sequenced this for people who wanted a 12 minute post-workout sequence, but it’s great for those of you who are just looking for flexibility without the chaturangas. 

I recommend grabbing some of your favorite chill music to play during the video. enjoy :)

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Introduction to Kundalini Yoga (by yogatoday)

This morning was my first time practicing Kundalini Yoga. I didn’t know what to expect. I found this discipline particularly interesting because of its emphasis not on perfecting poses or increasing strength, but instead on awareness, awakening and some meditation.

Wikipedia: Kundalini yoga (Sanskrit: कुण्डलिनी, kuṇḍalinī = ’“coiled” + योगyoga = “to yoke”) is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness.

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Great short video of Kundalini Yoga practice. Personally have done this video a couple times this week, the kriyas seem simple but really get my heart beating and I feel 10x more energized afterwards :) would recommend to anyone wanting to try a new routine. Honor your body!

Sweat for Humanity

I’m a sucker for Yoga Today’s free class of the week - as a (poor) student, I can’t afford to practice in a classroom setting as much as I’d like to. In reality, I average about one class a week. Sometimes more, when I can access a good deal on Groupon (in fact, I’m halfway through a 25 class pass to The Hot Yoga Lounge that I got for $25 on Dealfind - woohoo!).

This week, Adi Amar (my favourite person ever, basically) guides a Yogi-level class entitled ‘Sweat for Humanity’. And boy oh boy, did I sweat. Think fast-paced Sun Salutation B’s, balancing, backbends, and a couple random crazy poses thrown in (like side crane, which I totally wasn’t expecting). It’s free this week, so go try it out! I give it the best review one can give (so… 100%, 5 stars, 10/10, A+ - whatever scale you prefer, really).

To go into a long spiel, because I like the clickety-clack of my hands rapidly typing, Yoga Today was how I started practicing yoga. At my starting weight of 160 pounds, I was self-conscious and terrified of entering a class that I thought would be full of skinny mini girls that could do handstands with ease. In my own class experiences - this isn’t true. There are people of varying body types that can and do practice yoga. It isn’t something that limits itself to the individual best described as skinny, slim or slender. While some poses may be catered to a more athletic or limber individual, the magical thing about yoga is that it is adaptable. There are modifications and there are poses that we can do to maintain the flow of practice, and make it worthwhile. I have stumbled upon the occasional Tumblr (or fitblr, to be more precise) where the girls are too scared of their current weight to enter a class, or begin the practice. I know how you feel. I’ve been there. But to give you all words of encouragement, please don’t wait or limit yourself from fulfilling what you desire doing. It’ll destroy you. If you want to do something, don’t wait to “lose 20 pounds” or don’t wait until you’re “skinny”. To quote the lululemon shopping bag aimlessly hanging on my doorknob - Do it now, do it now, do it now! If you’re afraid of the class setting, start at home until you’re more comfortable. You don’t need to invest in an expensive Manduka mat or $100 lululemon yoga pants. Throw on whatever you have that’s appropriate, buy a cheap mat from a sporting goods store or Wal-mart, download a Yoga Today podcast or free class, buy a DVD, anything really. It’s what I did and a year later, I’m more at peace with myself than I ever have been. It isn’t the weight loss that has made me feel this way. It’s the serenity and alertfulness that I feel internally after every class or at-home practice. It’s the quest into my soul and the self-awareness that has brought me to this point.

Yeah, I still struggle with the person I see in the mirror. I always have. But the negative self-image is beginning to fade. When I flex my arms and see muscle, or when I twist my stomach like so and have actual abs pop out, I glow. There are still flaws. There’s the little pooch covering what would be my lower abs in a magical, alternate universe. There’s cellulite on my thighs. I have stretch marks from gaining the freshman 15. But I’m more at peace with myself than I ever have been. And I attribute it all to yoga.

To conclude what I thought was going to be a short post (but has instead morphed into a long essay of sorts), don’t let fear inhibit what you desire doing. Whether it’s running, yoga or something crazy like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or learning a new language or visiting a new place - take the steps to implement it. Life is too short to wait.

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The Key to Starting a Home Yoga Practice

allthingssoulful asked:

Hello :) I am so happy I found your blog, because I recently started practicing yoga and I need some advice. I'm brought some video courses to do at home since we don't have yoga classes in our city...but the DVD is disappointing. There are not more that 5 poses and they're poorly explained too. So I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions or if you know some detailed blog that could help me start from scratch? Thank you :)

Hey!  I’m so happy you messaged me.  Your blog is really beautiful by the way!  :)   I’ll say it’s always better to be in a class situation, but if you don’t have access Yoga Today is a really great resource.  They have one free class per week once you register and after that it’s $4 each.  Yoga Journal also has tons of endless information to sift through.  There are examples of “how-to’s” on You Tube as well if you feel like you’re having a hard time understanding a pose.  The 3 most important things in every pose are:  deep breathing, lengthening, and alignment.  Breathe deeper, louder, and longer than you think you can.  If you have any injuries or feel pain (beyond a normal exercise toning sensation) you should stop or modify the pose to where it feels good.  Yoga is always a personal journey and it isn’t meant to be competitive, even if you’re being competitive with yourself.  Consistency is key.  Be patient with yourself and your practice will become easier and easier.  Let me know if you have any more questions!  I hope this helps.  Namaste :)

Breathe in peace and love….breathe out negativity. Nature heals and filters out harmful emotions. Often go to a forest preserve as a stress reliever. I often come out of it full of ideas and feeling good. What places do you like to go to to bring peace or balance back into your life?

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