Such sweet support as I taught my first class at @airfitnow last night! Thank you all for coming! ♥️♥️♥️#aerialfitness #airfitnow #aerialyoga #silks #friends #love
Great class @taralavalley :). @airfitnow is rocking our world! I’ll be teaching a sample class on Thursday at 7:30pm. Message me, if you’d like to join! #aerialfitness #airfitnow #aerialyoga #yoga #yogablog (at AIR - Aerial Fitness)
Bright Colors When Your Heart Feels Mostly Black
Back from Asia! Jet lag. I meant to blog from there. Heck, I meant to take a lot of yoga and yoga fashion pictures while there. Double heck, I meant to keep up with my yoga practice on a daily basis. Alas, I have to be honest and just admit that I didn’t do any of the above. Instead, I was busy working, exploring the city, and eating so much food that my tummy turned icky. I had every intention to do the above, I made plans and had a schedule in mind. And yet I kept on eating. And not practicing. And I am completely wholeheartedly okay with that.
Keeping up with your practice is very important, but giving yourself permission to change things up in your life is also important. I’m not gonna sit here and pretend to be the ultra-yogi. At best, I am a mindful person who means well and does her best to be happy and peaceful. One doesn’t live “yoga”, by practicing the crow pose or standing on her head. But the teachings of yoga are always with me, and kept my heart lighter and my mind clearer these past few weeks.
I love yoga. So much, that I needed a break from it. Does that make sense? Asana practice is not always the answer. Breathing like a yogi is also not always the answer. Sometimes, something else will do the trick. Like laughing with a loved one. Or snuggling into the wee hours with your dog.
I very recently knew a girl who had this wonderful air of security and absolute love about her. Her words were always strong and very powerful. She also knew how to enter anyone’s physical bubble in a safe manner. Before you knew it, she was always hugging everyone and making people smile. Had she been a salesperson, her commissions would probably have skyrocketed, because it was easy for her to befriend people in power. Underneath it all, however, is just a girl who needs so much affection, she will say and do anything to get it. We all want to be loved and admired to a certain degree. Pride in ourselves and sharing that publicly isn’t a bad thing. But with her, it was always very apparent to me that she borderlined narcissism and was very very self-absorbed. So much that she hurt the very people around her, who by nature were light and positive people in life. This girl could use some introspection. My trip to Asia made me think of her often. She was this silent companion I had on my trip, always reminding me of who I don’t want to be and what I don’t want yoga to mean to me. Come to think about it, I have a few of these figures in my life. Most of them are in the past, some are still in the present. I call them “problem friends”, because they are usually good examples of what could happen if I were to spiral out of control.
Today’s outfit are bright colors. Red, yellow, green. Even somewhat outlandish. Who would wear this in public? It isn’t about that. This outfit is just about how to feel. Like comfy pj’s at home or that sweater that is so oversized that it isn’t even stylish anymore. Clothing sometimes isn’t there to make you look good. Sometimes, it’s just there to be comforting or uplifting.
Red to root down and find stability.
Yellow to allow your honest emotions to surface
And green to speak from the heart.
My favorite painter Frida Kahlo has been my idol for a very long time. She was a strong and soulful female artist. She went through such pains in her life and instead of drowning herself in black, mourning or pouting, she celebrated with bright colors and expressed herself through self-portraits. This blog post pays homage to her at a time when remembering her life inspires me to continue on my path with joy. This too is yoga.
The earrings with her selfie :) were given to me by my best friend Nga. She knows me well. The tri-colored dress I found in a small hippie shop in SF. I will likely be donating it very soon and fantasizing what these colors will mean to the next wearer of the dress. If you’d like this dress, shoot me a message! It is yours to enjoy!
Ever realize that there are parts of you that you will never be able to see with your own eyes, unless you look at a reflection of yourself? A picture, a photograph, a video clip… I will never be able to look at my own profile without the use of some device. As well as you think you know yourself, sometimes others have a better view. Currently very amused by this photo of me on taken on the set of “Astro”, a small short film I directed here in #Taipei last week. Very fascinating to see my monkey mug from this angle. 🙈🙈🙈 #randomthoughts #profileportrait
No app. Just me standing on a mirror. #taipei101 #Taipei #taiwan #jeans #denim #hightops (at Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan)
I’m currently going through a breakup. Not of the romantic kind (don’t worry, all is well on that front!), but it is a parting nonetheless. The funny thing is that I saw the signs coming from a mile away, and I had every bit of intention to exit the relationship peacefully and on good terms. And somehow along the way, it caught fire still and what should have been amicable resulted in inflamed speech, accusations, hurt and anger.
I am realizing the value of such encounters. There is so much to learn about yourself when an “enemy” holds a mirror up to your face. You might not win this particular battle for they are louder, better equipped with money or power, but with composure and calmness and the support of loved ones, you win the war. The war…well, you usually are only at war with yourself if you keep going. Letting go is the best thing you can do for your mental wellbeing after all is said and done.
I’m a sensitive person, because I allow myself to feel. Staying calm does not mean suppressing emotions. It means acknowledging them clearheadedly away from agitation. I am glad to be in Asia at the moment, filling my life with new memories together with my love and best friend (or as he jokingly likes to say “only friend”) @briflys.
#latergram from a shoot with @layogamagazine a few weeks ago. #Yoga #yogagirl #meditation #calm #breakup #seatedpose
Oh hey! Never thought that would ever happen to me, but guess who is a cover girl of this months LA Yoga magazine? With a whole spread inside! So cool! Thank you @layogamagazine, @davidyoungwolff for the awesome shoot! #yoga #layogamagazine #yogashoot #meditation #iloveyoga