Sending energy and awareness to the internal organs in this ballet inspired outfit. #parivrittajanusirsasana #revolvedheadtoknee #yoga #yogagirl #yogalove #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #yogainspirationtank. Teaching at @agniyoga tomorrow at 7:30pm. Come twist with me then! (at yogainspirationtank.com)
Photo shoot for @layogamagazine today. Usually, I write for them, but today I got to be in front of he camera. This piece is going to about unplugging and taking a break.
So funky though. I’m not used to so many people looking at me. Stage fright completely took over (and old demon I’ve been wrestling with over the years), and I couldn’t get my mind to be still enough to get into forearm stand! I kept falling over! It was frustrating and humbling at the same time. The mind is so powerful! @davidyoungwolff is the awesome photographer.
Ballet inspired yoga practice and Ballet inspired yoga outfit on the yoga inspiration tank blog. Go visit. Link in bio! #yoga #yogalove #yogainspiration #yogainspirationtank #ballet #dance #ardhauttanasana #graceful #iloveyoga #yogaeverydamnday @yogainspirationtank (at yogainspirationtank.tumblr.com)
Dance Your Heart Out, Yogini
I love ballet. I desperately wanted to be a ballerina when I was a little girl. By becoming a yoga teacher, I somehow realized that childhood dream of mine. It makes me so happy to do what I love doing. Moving around. Feeling my body. Being aware where my body is in space. But now with the added benefit of meditation.
It recently dawned on me that I could use a ballerina’s rehearsal and ballet class wardrobe and totally rock it to yoga as well! Why not? It’s made for freedom in movement, is so graceful and lovely, and makes me wonderfully nostalgic!
Ended up devouring dance warehouse pages for hours and ordered some lovely items. Here’s a dance leotard and some spaghetti strap ballet warmups that conveniently roll down your waist to keep your hips warm. Yum! Though I’m often seen in bright colors or big patterns and flowers, I love the elegance of solid black and reds here. Minimal jewelry here, though my tattoos are permanent pieces of adornment. Ironically, the tattoo on my left inner arm is a yoga pose called “Dancers Pose”. Ah, yes. Life comes full circle indeed. Fulfill your dreams. Let your inner child play. Be yourself. Do you.
The yoga practice is humbling. It teaches reverence and respect to your own limitations. Join me for some lovely asana practice tomorrow at @agniyoga at 11am and at @artofpilates at 6:45pm. #yoga #forwardfold #uttanasana #yogagirl #yogaeverydamnday #iloveyoga #yogalove
Uttitha Trikonasana - Triangle Pose
Utthita = Extended. Tri = Three. Kona = Angle.
This is one of those efficient poses that targets multiple areas of your body, not to forget it can also test your will power. Who knew geometry would find its way into yoga names? Visualizing clean lines, however, might help you experience this pose fully. It’s very common to pay only attention to the parts where we feel weakest, simply because we are cringing, and purposefully counting faster to get past the discomfort. But try to stay with it, and trace the many lines of energy. Like a coloring book. Start from the bottom and work your way up!
- • Ground down through the big toe of the front foot and the heel of the back foot.
- • Turn the front thigh all the way out to bring the hip, knee and foot all facing the same direction.
- • Draw the inner arches of your feet up. This will also engage the thighs.
- • Lower the tailbone down
- • Lift the upper abdomen.
- • Lengthen up through the sides of the trunk.
- • Turn the chest up toward the sky
This pose will strengthen your feet, ankles, legs, back and abdominals. It will lengthen your hamstrings and calve muscles and will also open your chest and shoulders.
Really, what this pose truly does, is prepare you to fly like Superman.
Why not mix and match? This can be a bit of a loud outfit, but it really depends where you’re gonna be, yes? Beach yoga? Burning Man Festival? Coachella? Or just a plain ole yoga class.
I got these pants at an Indian import store in New York for 10 bucks. They are so insanely comfortable and don’t fade at all. The crop top is Forever 21. Though not the best quality of fabric and not ideal to practice in, I just fell in love with the design. Who says all exercise clothes have to cost an insane amount of money though? After all, I plan on sweating in it like crazy.
Sandal booties are Vera Wang’s “Simply Vera”. Dog is Alex.
Moon shaped pendant I got at a gift store in Arizona. I am trying to pay more attention to the moon cycles these days, so this is a nice reminder for it! I am staring at my neighbors here.
It’s funny. I have photographed many models and actresses, but I so rarely do this myself. I’m feeling a little embarrassed and at the same time kind of liberated. I think every woman likes pretty pictures of herself. Physical beauty will eventually fade, but it’s nice to create little photographs to track your youth.
This post was actually meant to just be a test, but once again… I had promised myself to censor myself less and just go with it. Vomit onto the pages. Get stuff out there. And boy, am I glad I am finally getting over myself! Booyah!
You don’t have to be flexible to practice yoga. If anything, it’s the other way around. Practice, and flexibility will follow. However, yoga isn’t really about the fancy poses. Splits can look intimidating to the average Jane, but they really are just the visible manifestation of devotion and practice. Doing the splits is just like running the football into the touchdown zone. Or finally buying that house for your aging parents. Or graduating from college with honors.
The splits don’t happen only once your crotch (whoops, yes, I went there!), touches the ground. Hanumanasana happens immediately as soon as you mindfully get into the pose. Each person’s entry point is different. Some will naturally be more open in their hips, others (like myself) will curse their hamstrings for months, if not years. Be kind to yourself, relax into the posture, and while you give it time, enjoy each step of the way.
In trying to relax into the hips and hamstrings, remember that the pose happens in your entire body. Resist the urge to slump forward. Instead prop yourself up tall and proud. Open the chest, soften your gaze, and allow for easy flow of the breath. Stay and check out the sensations you’ve never felt before. There. You’re meditating.
Just for shits and giggles:
Hanumanasana is named after the Indian demigod Hanuman, who was so devoted to his buddy, King Rama, whose wife Sati had been abducted to Sri Lanka. Of course, Rama sent his best people to go rescue Sati, but his brother Laksmana got wounded on the battlefield. The only herb that would save his life was located in the Himalayas far far away.
Hanuman was so devoted to King Rami, that he mustered up all his courage and jumped from India to the Himalayas. He didn’t know his short little legs could make such a leap, but he did it anyway, stretching one foot forward and the other one flailing behind. He got the herbs (well, after some confusion of which ones, so he technically brought home a mountain of herbs), saved Laksmana life and indirectly contributed to saving Sati, King Rama’s babe.
What a wonderful tale, illustrating exactly what the splits are about. Devotion. Believing in yourself. Taking chances and making a leap of faith.
Sometimes you keep trying a posture so many times, and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get into it. As a yogi, you learn to accept your imperfectness and let it rest. Maybe you’ll come back to it later. My blog has kinda been like it. So many attempts at blogging. It always made sense, because I love writing and i love taking pictures. And yet somehow, I keep most of my creative ideas to myself. I only write in my personal journal every day, a place I know to be very safe as no one ever reads my random thoughts there.
At least I kept yoga Instagram pictures feeding onto my blog. Somehow, just by purely doing nothing, a tiny little Tumblr following accumulated over the past year. It’s like “paschimottanasana”, a posture I avoided doing for so many years when i first started practicing. I was resolved to always have tight hamstrings. Some day, out of the blue, my muscles cooperated. Forward folding has never felt so good since. The lesson there was to just relax and to let go. Things will open up. They will happen on their own. Stop bullying yourself into something you’re not ready to do!
I’m going to give active blogging a try again. There’s so much random yoga inspired stuff I keep wanting to share, but I’ve just always felt more comfortable behind the scenes. I’m an introvert. I actually like hiding. But truth be told, there’s no growth to be made in hiding. You need to interact with the world to really learn about yourself. I’ve conquered my fear of public speaking. I am a yoga teacher, instructing rooms full of strangers. I have come to accept and love my body more and more with age, and am confident enough to understand when I cross from self-expression to narcissism. Who gives a crap about grammatical errors and bad punctuation? Hey, I speak more than one language, so that ought to count for something.
So I’m gonna attempt to just vomit onto these blog pages, just like the good ole days, when Xanga rocked the world and nobody cared when you were washing your personal laundry on the internet. Remove the pressure of being too glam, too pretty and overly spiritual. I’m gonna go ahead do me. Me, the flower hippie. Me, the yogi, who occasionally eats meat and curses when she gets angry. Me, the gal who admires designer brands, but never owns any (unless found at a thrift store or gifted to her by her mom or best friend). I just enjoy my own creations a tad bit more.
I have no real plan. This is a yoga blog, but I won’t limit myself to pictures of the latest fancy poses I can do. I’ll throw in some yoga inspired jewelry i made. Or a cool outfit I put together to teach in. Or the hopefully healthy random meal I cooked up in my kitchen with leftovers.
'Tis my yoga style, modeled after no one else's life but my own. I'll do me. You do you!
Oh and as a matter of fact, I have always wanted to say the following: “NAMASTE, BIATCHES!” Mua ha ha ha ha!
Taught so many wonderful classes today. So grateful and blessed. Come join me for an early sunrise class at @agniyoga at 7am tomorrow morning and a sunset flow class at @artofpilates at 5:30pm in the evening. Sending out prayers into the world. Namaste, brothers and sisters. #meditation #agniyoga #yoga #buddha #love (at Agni Yoga)