I used to be ashamed that I was a self taught yogi. I'm twenty years old working a job that doesn't pay much while paying for a college education and books. I'd love to attend yoga classes every day and buy the beautiful @aloyoga clothing but it just isn't in my budget. And I use to be so ashamed of that. I've come to realize that yoga is so much more than clothes and accessories and expensive classes. I'm a self taught yogi and I'm now proud of myself. I see where I started a few months ago and where I am now from my own dedication. I'm so proud of myself for doing things the hard way. Researching breathing and correct posture in poses. Watching videos and reading books. I'm so proud of myself that I've found something I love that I can stick with. Yoga has encouraged me to live a healthier more natural life as well. I enjoy eating better and I exercise more so that I can continue to progress in yoga. I can't wait for the day I finally land a handstand! Yoga has brought me peace and health and strength and I've only been practicing on my own for a few months. I can only imagine what a lifetime of yoga will bring me🙏🏼✨💜 #headstand
I firmly believe we all write our own story. We chose when to end and begin new chapters. Our choices are not easy, some more difficult than other. But I truly believe we shape our own lives. We get thrown curve balls of course, but how we handle those just goes to show our true character and who we really are.
Day 6🌺 #alowarriorchallenge @aloyoga #reversewarrior
Sorry about the scribbles and the bad quality 🙈
This was taken by my brother and for his privacy I'm blocking out his name.
But I tried rock climbing for the first time today!
It was definitely hard, and I have calluses starting to form on my hands but it was so much fun!
I'm nowhere near being good, but it's all in the process 😊
I would love tips from anyone with some advice!
It's not about being perfect (swipe for proof) it's about showing up everyday & striving to be better ✨
Enrollment is officially open for my 🌸3 week virtual yoga retreat🌸 and I want you to join me >> LINK IN BIO!
Believe me-- I know how HARD it is to invest in your health. In fact I would make every excuse not to.
I would say "I don't have money to buy those shakes" then go spend $30 on beer and appetizers.
I would say "I don't have time to workout" then would sit in front of the tv watching Netflix for 4 hours straight.
I would say "I'm fine" but would feel self-conscious, insecure, & unhappy.
YOU DESERVE TO FEEL YOUR BEST & NOTHING LESS! ⚡️
I know that it's easier to say you "can't" afford something than it is to admit that you are choosing to spend your money in other places...but I promise you this: when you chose to invest in your health, your entire life will change for the better.
It's easier to say "now is not the time" because you don't "feel" like starting.
YOU WILL NEVER FEEL LIKE STARTING! You just have to start. And once you choose to start, I will cheer you on the ENTIRE way & ENSURE that you accomplish your goals.
I am the QUEEN of being broke, believe me. I know what it's like to cross your fingers at the grocery check out & pray your card goes through....or cash in your change to have gas for the week.
I am broke as a joke, but I have found a way to pay for these shakes every month for the past year because my body NEEDS them. YOUR body needs them.
Decide T O D A Y that you're ready for change. 🙌🏼
Decide that YOU DESERVE TO invest in your health, happiness, and future.
I love you, and I believe in you 💕 head over to my bio so we can chat, xo
I have probably jumped a thousand times into attempted handstands 🙄
And as discouraging as that might feel sometimes, every once in a while I have a break through.
I'll hold it for a few seconds, finally feel that "lift" through my shoulders, have a better understanding of shifting the weight into my fingers, etc.
So, it may take me a thousand more jumps before I actually become good at handstand.
But man, I'm really gonna have a good knowledge of it 😊
In honor of International Yoga Day, I invite you all to try out yoga sometime in the next week, whether it be your first or hundredth time.
If you've never done yoga before, look into classes at local studios or online.
If you're saying, "I can't even touch me toes!" Neither could I when I first started. Now I'm touching those toes not only with my hands but with my head 🙄
Yoga isn't something you do once you are flexible, instead it is meant to help gain and retain that flexibility.
If you don't want to go to your first class alone, bring a friend! We need more yogis out there!
Don't be afraid to give yoga a try. Your body will thank you 😉
I had a conversation with some ladies last night about the dangers of comparison.
In yoga, comparison can be physically damaging.
By trying to look like another, you can end up forcing your body into a pose it is not yet ready for.
Likewise, when you compare yourself to others it is bad for your spirit and emotionally is damaging.
I always try to remind myself in all aspects of my life that I am where I am supposed to be, and not meant to be where another is.
All journeys are different, and yours is just as unique and important as anyone's.
I love flowing between cat and cow pose.
Through my training at @yogafitinc I got the best advice on this flow.
My teacher told us to think every time we go into these poses of someone walking their fingers up your spine, starting at your tailbone.
You slowly move each section in that order, with your head moving last.
Even though this video is sped up, I was actually doing exactly that very slowly.
Love for all the basic poses that feel so good 💕
My favorite part about doing yoga outdoors is this view.
I love laying on my back.
All around me the birds are chirping, and the wind gently shaking the leaves above me.
Best way to find some inner peace ✨🙏🏻
So much love for flamingo pose 😘
And I like how it makes my stomach look all weird 🙃
I could worry about having the perfect stomach, or I could admire the cool way my body works 🤓
I know what it feels like.
Those aches of not being enough,
Of nothing being in control.
Every move you make is like walking on eggshells
And it's all going to fall through.
Life is too much at times.
Know I am here.
Know I have felt the same.
Know that I will listen.
This human experience is so much bigger than me or you.
It's amazing how much can change in 6 months.
Around this time in January I started this yoga account.
Even in 6 months I have changed so much.
I feel much happier in my daily life. I feel a sense of balance, and I am watching myself grow into this body I was always so unsure of.
As the singer Sara Evans says,
"Even on my weakest days,
I get a little bit stronger."
I'm not a protein shake person.
But I discovered @organicvalley protein shakes a year ago, and I instantly caved.
They don't taste like protein at all, and are DELICIOUS.
The perfect snack after a 2 hour bike ride 🚴🏼♀️😋
I was never athletic growing up, and before yoga I was rather weak and not in shape.
The thing I love about yoga is that it doesn't just help me grow and shape myself physically, but mentally it promotes my self love and security in who I am.
Basic poses like this remind me that even if I am not physically large, my mind is my greatest asset and I have so many other strengths 🙏🏻
In my women's choir this last year we did a thing called Thankful Thursday.
So I'm going to end my Thursday in similar fashion 😊
There is so much for me to be grateful for in this life.
Whether it be the weather, kind co-workers, my lovely boyfriend who took me out for coffee today, or even just the fact that I got to spend some quality time on my mat.
I have so many blessings in my life.
Things are not always perfect, and yes there is stress and great bouts of loneliness.
But I also know how much love surrounds me.
Just keep looking for that silver lining 🙏🏻🌠
So much of life is about your perspective.
I know people always say you determine your own mood.
But at the same time, I also know how hard it is to pull yourself out of feeling sad, angry, lonely, etc.
For me, I'm just trying to focus every day on the little gifts and wonders I have been given.
Growth in all things, not just the physical.
My nose is almost to my water bottle 🙄
First day back on my mat for personal practice in over a week.
It felt wonderful 😊
Also starting my job as a bank teller today.
Anyone ever been a teller? Any advice?
Ahhhh look what I did today!!⚡️
Talk about a #transformationtuesday considering when I started my practice almost a yr ago I couldn't even touch my toes lol
Not to mention I had limited belief in myself & never thought I would be able to do anything advanced...but here I am!
Choose to change TODAY!
Your thoughts control your 🌎
Would you hangout with people if they talked to you the way YOU talk to you?
One last post from this weekend 🤗
I had such an amazing time connecting with other yogis and learning so much about yoga.
Thank you @yogafitinc for such an amazing weekend at my level 1 training!
Hopefully Level 2 and more is to come 😉
Good morning IG fam.
Unfortunately, there will be no yoga pics for several days as I help with my boyfriend's grad party and ceremony.
Not only that, but I had a terrible allergic reaction and am currently trying to cure the hives that erupted all over my face 🤕
This means I'm trying to avoid touching my face to ANYTHING, and I have to take a momentary break from my mat.
Lots of love this weekend to all ❤️
Just trying to live in the moment right now.
I'm sick of letting my future, fears, and doubts.
I instead choose to live by faith, and know that there is a wonderful plan for me 🙏🏻
My backbend flow for today.
Feeling a little bit vintage with @florenceandthemachinee and @elliegoulding as musical inspiration.
For the last couple of days I have been fretting about not getting a job this summer.
But after reading a friend's post about the same thing, I realized that maybe my plans aren't what matters.
Maybe I won't get that dream job this summer to boost my resumé.
Maybe instead this summer I'm supposed to focus on giving back to my community by volunteering, focusing on building my yoga practice and starting to teach, and overall finding out how to better myself and the world around me.
So maybe I should have a bit more faith in what God has planned for me, and let him do some of the work instead of worrying about what I can't control 😊
Caroline is back from school and teaching with us this summer! We're so excited to have her back! 💕 She's got amazing energy and will keep you motivated throughout your practice. You can catch her on the schedule tonight at 7:15pm! 🔹
About Caroline's yoga journey: I have been practicing yoga for over 2 years and during that time, yoga has taught me some important things. It helped me overcome a continuous running injury. I learned how important balance is not only in my yoga practice, but also in my daily life. Yoga reminded me of the importance of stillness. All of this and more is why I want to teach yoga. Teaching is a unique way to share all these wonderful things with others. My favorite pose is pigeon because for me there is a wonderful balance of comfort and discomfort that feels good and encourages me to grow! I'm so excited to teach at Sumits!
Just got my @myoga_life yoga towel 🙈
Needless to say, the colors are GORGEOUS and the towel itself is ridiculously soft.
Now to test it out on some longer, hotter yoga sessions 😉
Show me you,
Every piece you forgot to remember
I have suffered from acne since the 5th grade.
Despite all the products I have tried, my skin has remained the same.
For the longest time this was the key factor in feeling ugly.
Though this may seem minor to some people, this small thing caused me to look in the mirror everyday and feel like I had to cover myself with tons of makeup.
Now, I am trying to embrace the body I have and be okay with the things that aren't perfect.
It's about acceptance, not change.
It was a wonderful relaxed day.
All of my college stuff was sorted and job applications filled out, so I only had fun things left to do.
I did a round of yoga and watched @strangerthingstv with my mom before going and watching my boyfriend play baseball.
It feels like summertime 😎
So much happening in this last week.
I finally announced via social media that I am transferring.
I also finally finished cleaning up everything from my dorm room and got the chance to practice again this morning.
I can see (and feel obviously) how tight my legs and hips have become 😭
Now to find a job...
It's all about the moments,
The big ones we will never forget,
The littles ones that shape us.
Millions of them.
I finished up my finals today.
I am officially a sophomore in college 🎉
Tonight was also my last night in this studio.
So many big changes coming my way...
The light within me
Honors the light within you 🙏🏻
Still home to celebrate my grandmother's life.
Funeral is tomorrow.
Take some time to appreciate your loved ones today ❤️
Last classes today, all that's left are finals next week Thursday 🙆🏼
If there's one thing I've learned this year it's that no experience is for nothing.
I have realized I need to transfer out of my dream school, I've had to say goodbye to a lot of really great people, and now I'm driving home for my grandmother's funeral.
Yes, these things are sad, but I have grown and have learned who I am because of them.
We grow most in times of confusion and uncertainty 😌🙏🏻
Pose inspired @ally_wills
Also, here's a picture of me actually smiling in a yoga pose 😁
Are worth living for.
I've had so many goodbyes in the last week.
I had to say goodbye to my grandmother.
I had to say goodbye to friends I may never see again.
And my goodness, it all hurts.
I've cried quite a bit in the last couple of days.
But all this pain and sorrow from love is so beautiful.
It's the whole point of being alive.
I just had to share this because it's so funny.
When I was a kid, my mom refused to buy Honey Nut Cheerios because they had artificial sugar in them.
Instead, she bought us regular Cheerios and said we could add our own organic honey.
Knowing this, my friend bought me a box of Honey Nut Cheerios as goodbye gift.
I'm so blessed 😊❤️
Disregard your features
Introduce me to your soul
Cause when your beauty fades away
That's all I'll know...
What beautiful words.
Thank you @kaleupa for referring me to such wonderful poetry 💕
First time ever trying a full camel pose.
It's not exactly pretty, but you gotta start somewhere.
I would be happy to accept any tips on how to work deeper but be safer doing this!
Thought for the day:
It is often thought that we change throughout our lives.
But lately it feels more like I'm unlocking certain parts of myself.
I'm not changing, I'm just discovering more of who I am.
This sometimes means adding on, and other times it means letting go of the parts of me that are outdated.
These stages are all part of the mountains and valleys in my life.