Finding a firm and steady foundation in plank is quite a challenge, isn't it? There's so much that needs to be done, but there's also so much that needs not to be done. Often times, we approach plank with so much tension, and a lot of forward leaning or effort. However, when you find the balance between strength and softness, as well as forward motion and backward action, you somehow come into this space where everything just falls into place. . Off of the mat, these principles apply as well. When you hold too tightly to a belief or a perception, rather than having a firm foundation, you end up with a a hardened foundation that cements you in place. However, when you allow yourself to be strong in places, but pliable in others, you can stand firm but not be stuck. When your "plank" is stiff, it is vulnerable to breaking under pressure or becoming brittle, but when it is firm and rooted, like a bamboo, it can withstand almost anything. . Today my "plank" bordered more on stiffness and stuckness rather than firm and pliable. Luckily I caught myself before it broke. And that, in my opinion, is a triumph to be grateful for. #yogaforallbodies #thisiswhatayogilookslike #yogawithyapatoots #mindfulness #yogaeverydamnday #thisisyoga #yogaoffthemat #plank #curvyyogi #whatyogilookslike
Take this moment... Relax your shoulders... Relax your jaw... . . Inhale slow... Exhale slower... Soften your gaze... . . Now be... just be... 🙏🏼 . . . . #CarlaYogaChronicles #YogaPractice #YogaLove #Yoga #LoveYoga #Paschimottanasana #ForwardFold #Variation #Core #Strength #Balance #Flexibility #Focus #Relax #YogaPlusPh #RandomThoughts #YogaThoughts #YogaInspirations #YogaStrong
Starting my week with my favourite #Trapeze class at @yogaplusph & getting that extra work from @fitiquenutritionph #BurnBelt . Get this (& everything else) at 12% off when you purchase at www.fitiquenutrition.com.ph! Swipe all the way to the left to know how. Promo is only until December 12. Thank you for the photo, Ms. Ria! ❤️ Onesie: @f21philippines #Guavapass #GuavapassMNL #GuavaSweat #YogaPlusPH #IBWorkoutDiaires #AntigravityYoga #ExtendedWarrior #yoga #yogapose #yogaposes #yogagirl #yogapractice #yogafit #yogaasana #yogalife #yogajournal #yogafitness #yogatime #yogagram #yogaflow #yogalove #yogastrong #yogi #yogini #yogisofinstagram #exercise #fitness
To say I have a newfound appreciation for fascia and movement is an understatement. This weekend has shifted my understanding and perspective of the human body in such an amazing way. I can't begin to explain how expanded I feel, and how expansive my space feels now yet equally contained and supported from deep within. . It have to say, it still amazes me how I have found my way to where I am today. Growing up I never was the athletic type, or the one who would be comfortable in activities that involved moving my body. I was in a couple stage play at one point, but I just couldn't get the dance moves down and so I gave up on that. I secretly wanted to enroll in ballet or gymnastics but was always told I needed to lose weight first. So I took refuge in doing things that felt doable, like playing video games (I was really good at it!), reading books, cross stitching and writing. Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed those activities, but it definitely made me live in my head, separate from than the fullness of my body. . The yoga practice has changed that for me in many ways. When I was once happy to simply be a houseguest in my own body, it was through yoga that I found home in my body. This weekends training has made me appreciate this home a little bit better, and has reminded me that when you come from a place of integrity, it doesn't matter much what else is being said or what perceptions dictate. However, this isn't always easy. In as much as fascia holds us together, and moves us a functional whole, it can also get stuck and limit our freedom of movement. In the same way, beliefs and perceptions shape and inform us, but can make us stuck. The thing is, we often don't know they are there until it is brought to our awareness. From here, we can begin to shift from unnecessary tension and tightness, to positive tension and integrity so space and stability can be born. For this, I am grateful. . I am grateful too to have found an amazing Teacher in @mumu_morwitzer, you inspire me! Much as I still get lost and mix up trochanters and tuberosities,I haven't enjoyed anatomy in this way before! I'm so, so excited for Slings Essentials!
Day 2 of Anatomy Trains in Motion training at @yogaplusph. It's been mind blowing! In this short, short time, so much of what I've been doing these past six years have fallen into place in a better way and I am seeing the big picture in a new and interesting ways. It feels like I've found "real" words for all the things that I do in class that have been birthed from my intuition, and that what I've been sharing in my classes (as weird as my visual imagery can get --- from lifting up Simba to moving like Slink 😂😂😂) is not so strange after all. In many ways, this training feels like the connective tissue that holds together all the other bits and pieces that I've learned both in mind and body so it's become a more functional whole. It's been a while since I've felt this excitement and clarity, and I can't wait to see where else this goes. #anatomytrainsinmotion #anatomytrains #yogateacher #yogawithyapatoots
To say November has thrown me off guard is an understatement. I've had to bend, twist, adapt and respond in many ways that are out of my comfort zone. I've had great support from my Team, and with my friends, no doubt, but it definitely has been a stretch. But then again, isn't it in these moments of stretching that we really get to see how far we can go and grow? So I am grateful these things happened at this time, because I have seen how much I've grown and how much resilience and strength I've cultivated through my practice. . I am grateful too that I get to end the month with this Anatomy Trains in Motion training with an amazing teacher, @mumu_morwitzer. I had missed out on this training last August at @yogaplusph because I was still in Australia, so I'm super happy I got the chance to be in this one. I think this training tied together so much of what the past month has been for me: an opportunity to explore how resilience, tensegrity and structural integrity work, and how introspective clarity and that ability to observe sensation and emotion with little to no judgment can make a big difference, not just in your fascia but in life as well. And I guess that's the thing, right? When we allow ourselves to move through life as our fascia should, without stickiness and being stuck, rather with tensile strength and resilient bounce, then things flow with ease and grace, but still with a sense of rootedness and stability. . Lastly, I am grateful too that I work in a place that is metaphorically like the lines of Anatomy Trains --- from the management to the staff, to my team all the way down to the community. They have shown me, and continue to on a daily basis, the value of coming together and making things work. Extra thanks today to @christinamyoga for the coffee and @lester.guevara and @karkaryogini for the french fries! Now to cuddle with my little one before heading off to bed. Gnyt! #yogawithyapatoots #yogaoffofthemat #resiliencetraining #mindfulnesspractice
Start from cat. Send your heels together. Feel your heels heyvi. Elbows up. Chin and chest to the ground. Chest soft. Buttocks up. What are you doing? You do the work! Feel the feet! Ah. Ah. Yes. Think of it this way. Youunderstandmypoint?🐊
Stand strong in your true self.. ☺️🙏🏼 . . #CarlaYogaChronicles #VirabhadrasanaGarudasana #WarriorOneEagleArms #WarriorPose #EaglePose #Backbend #Strength #Balance #Focus #Flexibility #HeartOpener #YogaPractice #Yoga #YogaLove #YogaPose #YogaPlusPh #RandomThoughts #YogaThoughts #YogaInspirations #YogaStrong #TGIF #SilhouettePhotography #Silhouette #FreddieMercuryPose
Quinoa paella and kale asparagus soup for day 4 lunch. @rawfoodfaery
Yin and yang. After morning practice of day 3, I see @joyoga7 waiting for her next class and sending me more yang. She's a fountain of energy!!!