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amandablissyoga:

Just did one hour of hatha flow in my ambiently lit sleepy bedroom.  After going to the doctor because one spot of my back and of my neck have been sore for months, I finally admitted I needed to slow down.  I want to say my “injury” is a result of getting a little too wild in WILD THING, because it feels like I compressed the left side of my back exactly where it should be expanded in such pose.

In the West, many of us yogis like to always “improve” ourselves, go deeper, be stronger, achieve more…..

But there is literally no point to this!

You will probably end up injured.  And while my injury is minor (I do move mindfully the majority of the time!), it could have been a lot worse.  Especially if I didn’t decide to lay off deep backbends for a while, or continue to somewhat neglect warming up properly and counter poses.  Which is so easy to do when you’re pressed for time- obviously you want to practice the poses you love most!

Basically this is just a reminder that alignment and safe joints, muscles, and nerves is absolutely the most important part of a physical yoga practice.  Never sacrifice your health to try to fit into some pose that will only last a moment.  Yoga isn’t about poses, yoga is about longevity of the body.

Please keep this in mind yogis, especially in your home practice.  There are so many of us who like to photograph our practices, which is amazing because we LOVE sharing and connecting- but never ever ever sacrifice your health to do something you think is a cool accomplishment for a moment.

Namaste :)

11 months ago on May 23rd, 2013 | J | 14 notes

ambiguouslysavvy:

Amitabha (Sanskrit) = The red Buddha of the West. His name means “Infinite Light.” He is particularly important in Far Eastern Buddhism.

Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit) = The Bodhisattva of compassion.

Bhavana (Pali/Sanskrit) = Development, cultivation.

Bodhi (Pali/Sanskrit) = Spiritual…

11 months ago on May 20th, 2013 | J | 67 notes

Q: What is the ego exactly?

lazyyogi:

A:

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11 months ago on May 20th, 2013 | J | 134 notes
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arichandrasana:

Being “Good at Yoga”

This video was inspired by what I hear often and a text post I saw that said “I wish I was good at yoga like Shannen” (healthysoul). I wanted to start this discussion! Watch watch watch.  

~~~~Some takeaways from the video:

-What does being “good” at yoga actually mean to you?

-Yoga is in the media a lot more! Although I love ‘em just as much as the next person (and I pose for them!) I believe that yoga photos are a part of this “being good” phenomenon.

-You have to remember that these photos are meant to be a piece of art, just like any other piece of art (like theater, dance, a painting) and they’re not necessarily meant to represent this person’s yoga practice.  

-Yoga is not primarily something that’s meant to be looked at!

- “In yoga we are not creating something for others to look at….We do it only for ourselves. We are both observer and what is observed at the same time.” - T.K.V. Desikachar

- It’s not all your fault if you have or do think this way! I think many other factors are adding to this belief- teachers who emphasize the end pose and not the process to get there, a general lack of respect for your natural range of motion, etc etc.

-The reason I have this blog is to share with all of you yogis (beginner-advanced, whatever you think you are) and continually let you know that yoga is not about what you look like, or what you think you should look like- it’s a learning process, a practice, and an intelligent one at that. Yoga wouldn’t be so damn popular if it was just throwing yourself into random positions. It goes so much deeper, and you’ll feel that once you let go of this thought process that you’re not “good at it” or that there is even something to “be good” at.

<3 you all! Watch the vid!

(and seriously, screw these thumbnails)

11 months ago on May 17th, 2013 | J | 85 notes

Yoga makes it impossible to hide from yourself.

this is part of what makes it so goddamn powerful

11 months ago on May 17th, 2013 | J | 37 notes
Can we discuss how happy this photo makes me for a sec?? Found in Yoga Journal. And while she is slender and doing an advanced pose, she&#8217;s - for once - not photoshopped to hell and back. That fold below her bra is what happens when you do this pose, and no one photoshopped it out. She has a 3-dimensional body, not one that just exists on paper to look good. Photoshopping these natural wrinkles and folds definitely contributed to my negative self-image in high school; I would see the way my hips curved or a wrinkle on my side when I turned and compare that to magazines and see such a difference. It wasn&#8217;t until I was older and began to see more bodies - non-Photoshopped ones - that I realized, wow, it is *normal* to have these things. We apparently are not naturally flawless, elastic, perfect skin. Who knew? So, yeah, I was pretty freaking excited to see this. Werq.
The above was copied from a Facebook post I made yesterday, but I want to elaborate. I feel like people need to see this. I needed to. There are so many little quirks of my body that I STILL get self-conscious about until I go look at amateur porn or gonewild or stophatingyourbody and realize oh, okay, other people HAVE these. Because when I see women in lingerie or bikinis, it&#8217;s usually in magazines or the lucky 1% who really don&#8217;t look anything like me. Young girls do not have a resource to look to for what their bodies can/should look like. Hell - when I was 12 and got stretch marks on my butt, I called the doctor because I thought it was a rash! And, for the record, my mom couldn&#8217;t tell, either. This is what the world of Photoshop does to us. And it&#8217;s bullshit.

Can we discuss how happy this photo makes me for a sec?? Found in Yoga Journal. And while she is slender and doing an advanced pose, she’s - for once - not photoshopped to hell and back. That fold below her bra is what happens when you do this pose, and no one photoshopped it out. She has a 3-dimensional body, not one that just exists on paper to look good. Photoshopping these natural wrinkles and folds definitely contributed to my negative self-image in high school; I would see the way my hips curved or a wrinkle on my side when I turned and compare that to magazines and see such a difference. It wasn’t until I was older and began to see more bodies - non-Photoshopped ones - that I realized, wow, it is *normal* to have these things. We apparently are not naturally flawless, elastic, perfect skin. Who knew? So, yeah, I was pretty freaking excited to see this. Werq.

The above was copied from a Facebook post I made yesterday, but I want to elaborate. I feel like people need to see this. I needed to. There are so many little quirks of my body that I STILL get self-conscious about until I go look at amateur porn or gonewild or stophatingyourbody and realize oh, okay, other people HAVE these. Because when I see women in lingerie or bikinis, it’s usually in magazines or the lucky 1% who really don’t look anything like me. Young girls do not have a resource to look to for what their bodies can/should look like. Hell - when I was 12 and got stretch marks on my butt, I called the doctor because I thought it was a rash! And, for the record, my mom couldn’t tell, either. This is what the world of Photoshop does to us. And it’s bullshit.

11 months ago on May 16th, 2013 | J | 5 notes
vinyasatovino:

yogachick:

fuckyeahyoga:

You are enough.

This.

Today and everyday.

vinyasatovino:

yogachick:

fuckyeahyoga:

You are enough.

This.

Today and everyday.

11 months ago on May 13th, 2013 | J | 1,822 notes
get home. try on swimsuit. fill dishes with hot water. get bored. headstand. #yoginilife

get home. try on swimsuit. fill dishes with hot water. get bored. headstand. #yoginilife

11 months ago on May 7th, 2013 | J | 6 notes
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arichandrasana:

WIN A (full 4-day Sage) TICKET TO WANDERLUST FESTIVAL!

This is my contest, everyone!! It’s called “Do Something Different” and in the video I explain how it’s going to go down, so please watch that (IN HD pleaaaase).

The nitty gritties:

It’s a photo challenge that starts THIS FRIDAY, MAY 10TH! The idea is to take your yoga practice OUTSIDE and somewhere DIFFERENT and to share your b e a utiful photos. You can do this challenge on INSTAGRAM or TUMBLR (don’t wanna exclude here). You have 20 days to take 10 photos, and if I see your 10 photos (use the tags I describe in the video!!!) then you’ll be entered in my contest pool 3 TIMES. 

Another option which you can do in addition to the one above is to REBLOG THIS POST :) And I’ll enter you in 1 TIME. So hey… you have the ability to be entered 4 times, and those are some pretty good odds.

Why, what is this magical Wanderlust, you say? … the best place in the entire world. Possibly better than Disneyland (well definitely better than Disneyland for me, that place kinda freaks me out). It’s a yogi’s and music lover’s playground. Check out the website here and a video I made of my experience last summer working as a volunteer and gallavanting around the festival having the time of my life.

NOTE: I want to make sure you all know that even if you KNOW for sure you won’t be able to make it to any Wanderlust Festival, that I still would LOVE to have you doing this challenge with me. Like I say in the video, this is something I’ve been thinking about doing and extending to the blog world for a while. It’s a different kind of yoga photo challenge- something I haven’t seen before- and I want as many people taking their asana outside as possible!!

<3 <3 <3 Message me if you have questions about any of this, otherwise… SEE YOUR PHOTOS STARTING ON FRIDAY!!

Happy yoga-ing!

i have no idea how i’m going to get pictures of it but

bring it

11 months ago on May 7th, 2013 | J | 36 notes

mandabliss:

yoginitara:

When hatha, or physical, yoga developed in India centuries ago, the social and cultural context was entirely different. Their relationship to the body was one of deeper harmony, as was their relationship to themselves and the world in general. Even today, nowhere do we see more fighting with the…

Important to remember, and written briefly & sweet.

1 year ago on April 19th, 2013 | J | 323 notes
Your purpose has nothing to do with what you do. There, I said it. Your purpose is about discovering and nurturing who you truly are, to know and love yourself at the deepest level and to guide yourself back home when you lose your way. That’s it. Everything else is your burning passion, your inspired mission, your job, your love-fueled hobby, etc. Those things are powerful and essential, but they’re not your purpose. Your purpose is much bigger than that.- Kris Carr
1 year ago on March 27th, 2013 | J | 290 notes
emotionalvacancy:

Yoga facts #namaste #yoga #corepower #health #fitness

emotionalvacancy:

Yoga facts #namaste #yoga #corepower #health #fitness

1 year ago on March 25th, 2013 | J | 24 notes

i did a really cool pose today… but i’m not going to show you.

why? because it’s messing up my practice.


sometimes i turn the camera on my laptop on to check my form; sometimes i want to have a cool pic of an arm balance if we do one. this would be my first time getting into a new pose in my new apt, so i figured it was cause for celebration. when we were done with that, i turned my camera off.

and then she announced we were doing some inversion fun. OOH. back on goes the camera - can’t miss anything! - and i got up into a variation on sirsasana.

so what’s the problem? my practice took place at sunset, and the room was too dark.

did i move on? did i keep going with my practice? no. i paused the video, turned on the lights, and tried to get a better video. in doing so, i probably fatigued my muscles by doing the same thing too many times, and it took me out of my practice. my focus stopped being on my breath and my body and started being about what i looked like.

as awesome as it is, i know i rely on external validation too much. it’s one of my flaws. and while sometimes i’m going to slip and need it just to stay sane - self-hatred is a difficult thing to battle - i’m going to do my best to only post poses that represent me in the essence of my practice, when i’m truly in the moment.

as a teacher, i am now always conscious of the example i am setting. it makes things difficult sometimes; when i do a class that challenges me, as this one did, i feel insecure somehow, like i SHOULD be better. perhaps that’s part of why i wanted a photo, some proof that i could do something.

but that’s not the point. that’s my ego talking, and true yoga can’t happen when the ego speaks the loudest.

so yes - i did a great pose. it felt like a breakthrough between mind and body. as for photographic evidence? you - and my ego - will have to wait until the next time i have that spontaneous bliss.

namaste.

1 year ago on January 24th, 2013 | J | 0 notes
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arichandrasana:

Being “Good at Yoga”

This video was inspired by what I hear often and a text post I saw that said “I wish I was good at yoga like Shannen” (healthysoul). I wanted to start this discussion! Watch watch watch.  

~~~~Some takeaways from the video:

-What does being “good” at yoga actually mean to you?

-Yoga is in the media a lot more! Although I love ‘em just as much as the next person (and I pose for them!) I believe that yoga photos are a part of this “being good” phenomenon.

-You have to remember that these photos are meant to be a piece of art, just like any other piece of art (like theater, dance, a painting) and they’re not necessarily meant to represent this person’s yoga practice.  

-Yoga is not primarily something that’s meant to be looked at!

- “In yoga we are not creating something for others to look at….We do it only for ourselves. We are both observer and what is observed at the same time.” - T.K.V. Desikachar

- It’s not all your fault if you have or do think this way! I think many other factors are adding to this belief- teachers who emphasize the end pose and not the process to get there, a general lack of respect for your natural range of motion, etc etc.

-The reason I have this blog is to share with all of you yogis (beginner-advanced, whatever you think you are) and continually let you know that yoga is not about what you look like, or what you think you should look like- it’s a learning process, a practice, and an intelligent one at that. Yoga wouldn’t be so damn popular if it was just throwing yourself into random positions. It goes so much deeper, and you’ll feel that once you let go of this thought process that you’re not “good at it” or that there is even something to “be good” at.

<3 you all! Watch the vid!

(and seriously, screw these thumbnails)

1 year ago on January 20th, 2013 | J | 85 notes
arecoverypath:

(via PEACES Of Yoga / Subdue the ego.)

arecoverypath:

(via PEACES Of Yoga / Subdue the ego.)

1 year ago on November 5th, 2012 | J | 18 notes