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I’m the mountains of San Diego fall doesn’t swagger in gently, it hits you like a line backer. It was in the low 90’s last week. Now it’s in the 50’s leg warmers have become a necessity. It isn’t so much that 50 is actually cold. It’s the sudden drop. So now it’s boots, leg warmers, and knitting in between yoga. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #itscoldoutside #knitting #legwarmers #yogisofinstagram #coldyoga #yogapants #yogaeverydamnday #julianca #mountainlife
I love fall!  I get to wear my orange leggings and skeleton stuff without looking like a freak, not that it bothers me much. My hand stands are improving, I’m so excited. I still need the wall but I can feel my body wanting to push away from it and balance. Now if I could get my legs to balance 🙄. #heatherslifeunfiltered #jalaambassador #disabledyogi #handstand #handstandpractice #yogapose #yogisofinstagram #jala #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #yogalife.
Hurry before the best stuff is sold out. Comfy yoga clothes made to give back. You can practice and feel good about your style. #heatherslifeunfiltered #jala #yogaclothes #sale #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #yogapose @jalaclothing
What does grief look like?  My photographer caught it perfectly in the middle of our shoot. The face that looks lost and vacant instead of peaceful and blissful. The face that says why am I bothering with this?  Here I am in a decent ballet inspired skandasana and I feel lost and purposeless. Grief has no time limit and it’s like a cancer that slowly grows with time instead of improving. There is no moving on only pushing in a different direction and praying it helps keep you alive. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #grief #griefjourney #yogaanyway #yogaandgrief #yogaeverydamday #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #yogajournal #freepeople #danapoint #beachyoga #yogisofinstagram
What does grief look like? My photographer caught it perfectly in the middle of our shoot. The face that looks lost and vacant instead of peaceful and blissful. The face that says why am I bothering with this? Here I am in a decent ballet inspired skandasana and I feel lost and purposeless. Grief has no time limit and it’s like a cancer that slowly grows with time instead of improving. There is no moving on only pushing in a different direction and praying it helps keep you alive. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #grief  #griefjourney  #yogaanyway  #yogaandgrief  #yogaeverydamday  #yogaeveryday  #yogaeverywhere  #yogajournal  #freepeople  #danapoint  #beachyoga  #yogisofinstagram 
Photo shoots suck. There is the outfit planning, the makeup, oh and pose decisions. It’s harder when you have limitations. The poses have to look good, show off something awesome, and somehow be yogic without being vain. But boy, does my hair look cool in that light. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogaphotography #yogaposes #yogisofinstagram #yogajournal #freepeople #sandcloud #disabledyogi #chronicillness #yogaeverydamday #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere
Wow, what a weekend! Thanks to @larkinyogatv and the always lovely @fightmasteryoga for a great learning experience. I’m exhausted. But I really wanted to introduce you to my friend Dylan @yoga.infusion. She is the Yang to my Yin. Where I’m slow Vinyasa and long holds. A very lunar style. Dylan is a fireball!  She is so strong and athletic (and I’m kinda jealous of that 😊). But the best part?  She records HIIT and Yoga flows and puts them on YouTube for free (for now, because I know she’s going to be big) so check them out and get in one heck of a work out or a great solar yoga flow.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xaigiqbo4do 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogaretreat #yogabuddies #youtubeworkouts #yogisofinstagram #yogis #yogisofig #yogini #yoginis #solaryogis #hiitworkout #lifeisbetterwithfriends #jalaambassador @jalaclothing
Wow, what a weekend! Thanks to @larkinyogatv and the always lovely @fightmasteryoga for a great learning experience. I’m exhausted. But I really wanted to introduce you to my friend Dylan @yoga.infusion. She is the Yang to my Yin. Where I’m slow Vinyasa and long holds. A very lunar style. Dylan is a fireball! She is so strong and athletic (and I’m kinda jealous of that 😊). But the best part? She records HIIT and Yoga flows and puts them on YouTube for free (for now, because I know she’s going to be big) so check them out and get in one heck of a work out or a great solar yoga flow. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xaigiqbo4do #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogaretreat  #yogabuddies  #youtubeworkouts  #yogisofinstagram  #yogis  #yogisofig  #yogini  #yoginis  #solaryogis  #hiitworkout  #lifeisbetterwithfriends  #jalaambassador  @jalaclothing
The secret life of a Potsie Yogi!  My husband always jokes that while everyone else at retreats are eating kale chips, I’m pounding Pringles. He’s not far off. We go out to eat and they get the veggie vegan wrap and I get french fries with extra salt. They eat yogurt and humus and I’m eating Pringles 3 at a time. They all look at me with that kinda snobby disgusted look. What can I say 🤷🏻‍♀️?! Doctors orders!  And when your doctor says to eat more french fries and potato chips you don’t argue, you just say awesome! 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #potsie #potsielife #potsieyogi #disabledyogateacher #ineedmoresalt #yogaeveryday #yogaeverydamday #yogaeverywhere #yogisofinstagram #chroniclyfabulous
The secret life of a Potsie Yogi! My husband always jokes that while everyone else at retreats are eating kale chips, I’m pounding Pringles. He’s not far off. We go out to eat and they get the veggie vegan wrap and I get french fries with extra salt. They eat yogurt and humus and I’m eating Pringles 3 at a time. They all look at me with that kinda snobby disgusted look. What can I say 🤷🏻‍♀️?! Doctors orders! And when your doctor says to eat more french fries and potato chips you don’t argue, you just say awesome! #heatherslifeunfiltered  #potsie  #potsielife  #potsieyogi  #disabledyogateacher  #ineedmoresalt  #yogaeveryday  #yogaeverydamday  #yogaeverywhere  #yogisofinstagram  #chroniclyfabulous 
There are worse views to have for your last lunch on retreat. What a wind ride. I’m exhausted. I probably won’t leave my bed or couch for a few days. I’m just so tired.  Sometimes I feel normal and like every one else. These are the times when it becomes so glaringly obvious that I’m not. Everyone else is bouncing with energy and I’m dragging myself around. It’s encouraging and discouraging at the same time. Encouraging because it confirms it’s not all in my head, my battery really does have a much lower charge than everyone else’s. Discouraging because I want to be like everyone else. I feel like the little kid with their nose smooshed up against the window watching the world go by. And that is a world I can’t be a part of. So, I just have to make my world as ok as I can I guess. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #chronicillness #chronicillnesswarrior #chronicillnesslife #dysautonomia #posturalorthostatictachycardiasyndrome #orthostatichypotension #gastroparesis #eds #toomanyillnessestohashtag #yogaretreat #yogawhiledisabled #disabledyogi #yogaanyway #yogaeverydamday #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #kundalini
There are worse views to have for your last lunch on retreat. What a wind ride. I’m exhausted. I probably won’t leave my bed or couch for a few days. I’m just so tired. Sometimes I feel normal and like every one else. These are the times when it becomes so glaringly obvious that I’m not. Everyone else is bouncing with energy and I’m dragging myself around. It’s encouraging and discouraging at the same time. Encouraging because it confirms it’s not all in my head, my battery really does have a much lower charge than everyone else’s. Discouraging because I want to be like everyone else. I feel like the little kid with their nose smooshed up against the window watching the world go by. And that is a world I can’t be a part of. So, I just have to make my world as ok as I can I guess. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #chronicillness  #chronicillnesswarrior  #chronicillnesslife  #dysautonomia  #posturalorthostatictachycardiasyndrome  #orthostatichypotension  #gastroparesis  #eds  #toomanyillnessestohashtag  #yogaretreat  #yogawhiledisabled  #disabledyogi  #yogaanyway  #yogaeverydamday  #yogaeveryday  #yogaeverywhere  #kundalini 
What makes a yogi?  I’ve wrestled with this for awhile. Why?  Because of my socioeconomic position. I don’t wear malas as jewelry any more than I would a rosary. My arms aren’t covered in beaded bracelets - not because I don’t like them, but I find they interfere with asanas. I have lots of tattoos - all for a good reason, my hair is pink, and my purse is a Louis Vuitton with an Hermès scarlet tied to it. I’m not hemp and beads and vegan. I’m @tiffanyandco, @louisvuitton, @hermes, and @dior. My yoga clothes are mainly @jalaclothing, with some @mandukayoga, @freepeople, @threads4thought, with a few others for variety. If I have an event to go to I shop at @saks or @neimanmarcus, I’ve even been known to go to @barneysny. But here’s the thing, most of what I buy wasn’t made in a sweatshop in Asia. It’s hand made in the US or Europe - even my glasses were hand made in Italy. And, I don’t buy that much because what I do buy lasts forever. My @louisvuitton Sac Souple that I use as my yoga duffle is older than me. .
I get flack for being inauthentic because I haven’t dropped the trappings of my “privileged” life. But it’s funny, my Guru lived in a beautiful small house - sparingly furnished - in a nice area with a beautiful backyard. I asked him once if it went against the Sutras to live in what looked like luxury. He said he had only what he needed and that everything was hand made and would last a lifetime. He did not engage in a throwaway culture. This aligned with the Sutras. .
So, does my life?  My house is small and while it is sparingly furnished, I do have more than I need. But, the question remains- what makes a yogi?  Is it enough to buy something that will probably never be replaced as opposed to a hemp bag that will? What about the hair and tattoos? What about my non biodegradable yoga mats?  What makes a yogi authentic?
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogisofinstagram #whatmakesayogi #yogasutras #authenticity #pinkhair #tattoos #luxurylifestyle #luxury #yogalifestyle #yogalife #yogaclothes #luxuryyogi #guiltyconscience
What makes a yogi? I’ve wrestled with this for awhile. Why? Because of my socioeconomic position. I don’t wear malas as jewelry any more than I would a rosary. My arms aren’t covered in beaded bracelets - not because I don’t like them, but I find they interfere with asanas. I have lots of tattoos - all for a good reason, my hair is pink, and my purse is a Louis Vuitton with an Hermès scarlet tied to it. I’m not hemp and beads and vegan. I’m @tiffanyandco, @louisvuitton, @hermes, and @dior. My yoga clothes are mainly @jalaclothing, with some @mandukayoga, @freepeople, @threads4thought, with a few others for variety. If I have an event to go to I shop at @saks or @neimanmarcus, I’ve even been known to go to @barneysny. But here’s the thing, most of what I buy wasn’t made in a sweatshop in Asia. It’s hand made in the US or Europe - even my glasses were hand made in Italy. And, I don’t buy that much because what I do buy lasts forever. My @louisvuitton Sac Souple that I use as my yoga duffle is older than me. . I get flack for being inauthentic because I haven’t dropped the trappings of my “privileged” life. But it’s funny, my Guru lived in a beautiful small house - sparingly furnished - in a nice area with a beautiful backyard. I asked him once if it went against the Sutras to live in what looked like luxury. He said he had only what he needed and that everything was hand made and would last a lifetime. He did not engage in a throwaway culture. This aligned with the Sutras. . So, does my life? My house is small and while it is sparingly furnished, I do have more than I need. But, the question remains- what makes a yogi? Is it enough to buy something that will probably never be replaced as opposed to a hemp bag that will? What about the hair and tattoos? What about my non biodegradable yoga mats? What makes a yogi authentic? #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogisofinstagram  #whatmakesayogi  #yogasutras  #authenticity  #pinkhair  #tattoos  #luxurylifestyle  #luxury  #yogalifestyle  #yogalife  #yogaclothes  #luxuryyogi  #guiltyconscience 
So not entirely yoga. I had just finished my morning practice before the store opens. It’s kinda weird doing two things at once. I always feel like I should be doing the other thing when doing the other thing 🙃. Either way, I’m comfy in @jalaclothing. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #jalaambassador #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #yogainthecrystalshop #yogaintheshop #yogisofinstagram #crystalshop #crystalseller #crystalseverywhere #servicedog
Here is my view today. We got the shop together in record time and I’ve already made my first sale. My toe is still broken, but getting better. Hopefully I’ll be back to yoga pictures this week. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #crystalshop #gemsandminerals #bosslady #ijustwanttoyoga #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #yogawithpoodles #juliancalifornia
I am absolutely exhausted. I’m so tired and sore. We didn’t get to bed until 1:00 this morning. But it was so worth it. Ritual Prana Flow, pranams(prostrations) by the bucket load, and kriyas a plenty led to me looking like I’d taken a shower. My hair was soaked (not good with curly hair by the beach), my clothes were soaked, my damn mat was completely soaked. That was just the first half of the workshop. The second half was just as sweaty but it was intuitive asana and Yoga Trance Dance culminating with moon meditation on the beach. 
They say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Mine has and even though I might not move today and I did a million chutarungus, I’m so grateful for the experience and time I got to spend with the great Shiva Rea. I haven’t been this inspired since that horrible day. Eternal gratitude.
#heatherslifeunfiltered #shivarea #shivarea108 @shivarea108 #yogaworkshop #epicyogasc #pranaflow #pranavinyasa #pranam #yogatrancedance #kriyayoga #lunarmeditation #meditation #yogaeveryday #disabledyogi
I am absolutely exhausted. I’m so tired and sore. We didn’t get to bed until 1:00 this morning. But it was so worth it. Ritual Prana Flow, pranams(prostrations) by the bucket load, and kriyas a plenty led to me looking like I’d taken a shower. My hair was soaked (not good with curly hair by the beach), my clothes were soaked, my damn mat was completely soaked. That was just the first half of the workshop. The second half was just as sweaty but it was intuitive asana and Yoga Trance Dance culminating with moon meditation on the beach. They say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Mine has and even though I might not move today and I did a million chutarungus, I’m so grateful for the experience and time I got to spend with the great Shiva Rea. I haven’t been this inspired since that horrible day. Eternal gratitude. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #shivarea  #shivarea108  @shivarea108 #yogaworkshop  #epicyogasc  #pranaflow  #pranavinyasa  #pranam  #yogatrancedance  #kriyayoga  #lunarmeditation  #meditation  #yogaeveryday  #disabledyogi 
As a former dancer I’m used to broken toes and horribly sore feet. The beauty of yoga is I can keep the amazingly strong feet without the blisters, blood, and broken toes. Except I have the worst broken toe I’ve ever had. I suspect its because of my chronic illness. It’s just not healing and it’s putting a a crimp in my practice schedule 🤬. Yesterday I did 30 chuturungas - all one legged because I can’t put the weight on the foot - double 🤬. So today I’m sidelined with a horribly sore foot and a body that feels like it’s been hit by a truck. So I’m on the couch today with my snuggle buddy. I’ll do some stretching later and work on head and handstands. But for now, it’s snuggle time. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #snuggles #brokentoe #hurtfoot #crimpingmystyle #ijustwanttoyoga #iwanttobebeonmymat #yogapractice #yogaprogress #yogahurdles #practiceyoga #pracricemakesprogress #yogalife #yogisofinstagram #mountainyogi #dancersfeet #juliancalifornia #poodlesofinstagram
As a former dancer I’m used to broken toes and horribly sore feet. The beauty of yoga is I can keep the amazingly strong feet without the blisters, blood, and broken toes. Except I have the worst broken toe I’ve ever had. I suspect its because of my chronic illness. It’s just not healing and it’s putting a a crimp in my practice schedule 🤬. Yesterday I did 30 chuturungas - all one legged because I can’t put the weight on the foot - double 🤬. So today I’m sidelined with a horribly sore foot and a body that feels like it’s been hit by a truck. So I’m on the couch today with my snuggle buddy. I’ll do some stretching later and work on head and handstands. But for now, it’s snuggle time. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #snuggles  #brokentoe  #hurtfoot  #crimpingmystyle  #ijustwanttoyoga  #iwanttobebeonmymat  #yogapractice  #yogaprogress  #yogahurdles  #practiceyoga  #pracricemakesprogress  #yogalife  #yogisofinstagram  #mountainyogi  #dancersfeet  #juliancalifornia  #poodlesofinstagram 
So no yoga pictures today. My toe is still badly broken it’s making yoga almost impossible. There are certain asanas I just can’t do. All my chuturangus today were one legged because I couldn’t put any weight on the foot. I have two days before my @shivarea108 Workshop and I’m going to show up a gimp. But, I’m going to show up and I will learn and I will give it my all. I will keep up my practice in the meantime and who knows, maybe the pain will be gone by Friday. Even if it isn’t, it will be magical. #heatherslifeunfiltered #shivarea #yogaworkshop #brokentoe #yogaevenwhenithurts #yogaeveryday #yogastrong #yogapractice #yogalife #yogaaddict #injuredyogi #disabledyogi #yogisofinstagram
So no yoga pictures today. My toe is still badly broken it’s making yoga almost impossible. There are certain asanas I just can’t do. All my chuturangus today were one legged because I couldn’t put any weight on the foot. I have two days before my @shivarea108 Workshop and I’m going to show up a gimp. But, I’m going to show up and I will learn and I will give it my all. I will keep up my practice in the meantime and who knows, maybe the pain will be gone by Friday. Even if it isn’t, it will be magical. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #shivarea  #yogaworkshop  #brokentoe  #yogaevenwhenithurts  #yogaeveryday  #yogastrong  #yogapractice  #yogalife  #yogaaddict  #injuredyogi  #disabledyogi  #yogisofinstagram 
Chronic illness and disability are interesting things. We often aren’t seen as “really” disabled. Particularly if we achieve normal life stuff. But if you are totally healthy, but missing a limb or two, and achieve stuff you’re lauded as an inspiration. If “we” say that isn’t fair we are painted as attention seeking fakers. There are IG accounts that show people with the same conditions I have in the hospital hooked up to machines and looking very sick. They are sick. I’ve been in the hospital too - a lot, but I don’t take pictures of it. I don’t think people want to see me bleeding all over the place and getting staples in my head after a seizure and loss of consciousness. And I don’t really want people seeing me at my worst. I don’t talk about my conditions much because talking about my highly restricted diet, malnutrition, falling down, using a cane and walker aren’t fun or uplifting. 
So, I try to show my triumphs. The crappy yoga poses I manage to eek out, the classes I teach, and the better aspects of my life. But here I’ll show you an out take from a photo session. I fell on my ass and had a hard time getting up. We saw it as a win because I didn’t get hurt, only my pride. I keep pushing and I won’t let this beat me. My disability may never be acknowledged or my illnesses taken seriously, and I’ll never be publicly lauded for my overcoming immense odds. But that’s ok. I know I did it. And that’s enough. If I can inspire others to push through then that’s icing on the cake. 
Wearing @jalaclothing 
Mat: @mandukayoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #jalaambassador #chronicillness #ihatehospitals #disabledyogi #disabled #disabilityawareness #ihaveaservicedog #dysautonomia #gastroparesis #pots #orthostatichypotension #eds #seizures #ptsd #toomanyconditionstolist #yoga #yogaeveryday #yogawhiledisabled #yogainspiration #yogaouttakes #yogisofinstagram #igyogi #igyogi #yogalife #yogagirl #yogajournal
Chronic illness and disability are interesting things. We often aren’t seen as “really” disabled. Particularly if we achieve normal life stuff. But if you are totally healthy, but missing a limb or two, and achieve stuff you’re lauded as an inspiration. If “we” say that isn’t fair we are painted as attention seeking fakers. There are IG accounts that show people with the same conditions I have in the hospital hooked up to machines and looking very sick. They are sick. I’ve been in the hospital too - a lot, but I don’t take pictures of it. I don’t think people want to see me bleeding all over the place and getting staples in my head after a seizure and loss of consciousness. And I don’t really want people seeing me at my worst. I don’t talk about my conditions much because talking about my highly restricted diet, malnutrition, falling down, using a cane and walker aren’t fun or uplifting. So, I try to show my triumphs. The crappy yoga poses I manage to eek out, the classes I teach, and the better aspects of my life. But here I’ll show you an out take from a photo session. I fell on my ass and had a hard time getting up. We saw it as a win because I didn’t get hurt, only my pride. I keep pushing and I won’t let this beat me. My disability may never be acknowledged or my illnesses taken seriously, and I’ll never be publicly lauded for my overcoming immense odds. But that’s ok. I know I did it. And that’s enough. If I can inspire others to push through then that’s icing on the cake. Wearing @jalaclothing Mat: @mandukayoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #jalaambassador  #chronicillness  #ihatehospitals  #disabledyogi  #disabled  #disabilityawareness  #ihaveaservicedog  #dysautonomia  #gastroparesis  #pots  #orthostatichypotension  #eds  #seizures  #ptsd  #toomanyconditionstolist  #yoga  #yogaeveryday  #yogawhiledisabled  #yogainspiration  #yogaouttakes  #yogisofinstagram  #igyogi  #igyogi  #yogalife  #yogagirl  #yogajournal 
Instagram is hard. There I said it. I can go through 2 hours of practice and do dozens of awesome asanas, but get the camera out and my mind goes blank and skills shrivel. I’m not sure if I’m afraid of the camera or afraid of looking good (if that makes sense). Yoga is supposed to be a personal journey of finding the self and transcending it. Showing off on IG seems counter to that. Maybe I’m just over thinking it, but in the end it effects my poses and pictures. Grr. At least I think I’ve figured out the problem. 🙂
Clothing: @jalaclothing #jalaambassador 
Mat: @mandukayoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogapose #yogaeveryday #yogastruggles #yogisofinstagram #igphotos #yogaphotography #yogapractice #yogateacher #yogateacherlife #yogateachertraining
Instagram is hard. There I said it. I can go through 2 hours of practice and do dozens of awesome asanas, but get the camera out and my mind goes blank and skills shrivel. I’m not sure if I’m afraid of the camera or afraid of looking good (if that makes sense). Yoga is supposed to be a personal journey of finding the self and transcending it. Showing off on IG seems counter to that. Maybe I’m just over thinking it, but in the end it effects my poses and pictures. Grr. At least I think I’ve figured out the problem. 🙂 Clothing: @jalaclothing #jalaambassador  Mat: @mandukayoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogapose  #yogaeveryday  #yogastruggles  #yogisofinstagram  #igphotos  #yogaphotography  #yogapractice  #yogateacher  #yogateacherlife  #yogateachertraining 
It’s only been 2 weeks since we got the keys. It’s hard to believe. We’ve painted and moved in furniture. And my first photos were wearing Jala. Go to www.JalaClothing.com to pick up my cute jumpsuit on sale!
#heatherslifeunfiltered #jalaambassador #jalasale #yogapose #malasana #yogaclothing #yoga #yogalove #yogalife #yogaeveryday
So, what happens when you are bone crushingly exhausted and sore but you still have to get your 2 hours of practice in? You put on your big girl unicorn 🦄 yoga gear and be awesome!  Ok, maybe I wasn’t awesome but I gave it a darn good shot and did my two hours. AND I struck a pretty good Shiva pose to tap into that inner fire 🔥. What gives you power to do what you think you can’t?
Bra and leggings: @pineappleclothing_com 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #happyinpineapple #pineappleclothing #shivapose #unicornsareawesome #imawesome #imaunicorn #chronicfatigue #chronicillness #yogateacher #yogateacherlife #itsayogalifeforme #yogapose #yogalife #yogaeveryday #yogatraining #yogateachertraining #yoga #pinkhairdontcare
So, what happens when you are bone crushingly exhausted and sore but you still have to get your 2 hours of practice in? You put on your big girl unicorn 🦄 yoga gear and be awesome! Ok, maybe I wasn’t awesome but I gave it a darn good shot and did my two hours. AND I struck a pretty good Shiva pose to tap into that inner fire 🔥. What gives you power to do what you think you can’t? Bra and leggings: @pineappleclothing_com #heatherslifeunfiltered  #happyinpineapple  #pineappleclothing  #shivapose  #unicornsareawesome  #imawesome  #imaunicorn  #chronicfatigue  #chronicillness  #yogateacher  #yogateacherlife  #itsayogalifeforme  #yogapose  #yogalife  #yogaeveryday  #yogatraining  #yogateachertraining  #yoga  #pinkhairdontcare 
Can you tell she has a mat preference?  We got woken up late last night by my service dog barking to alert that a coyote was trying to get to the chickens and then standing guard over me. She isn’t trained to do that, but she does. Funny dog. So we are all a little sleepy. (The chickens 🐔 are fine, btw). So, on with the post yoga snooze. 
Chloë’s mat of choice: @mandukayoga proLite
#heatherslifeunfiltered #poodlesofinstagram  #toypoodlelife #toypoodlesofinstagram #ashsmysticalpoodles #postyoganap #savasanadog #savasana #yogateachertraining #yogateacherlife #dogyoga #manduka
Can you tell she has a mat preference? We got woken up late last night by my service dog barking to alert that a coyote was trying to get to the chickens and then standing guard over me. She isn’t trained to do that, but she does. Funny dog. So we are all a little sleepy. (The chickens 🐔 are fine, btw). So, on with the post yoga snooze. Chloë’s mat of choice: @mandukayoga proLite #heatherslifeunfiltered  #poodlesofinstagram  #toypoodlelife  #toypoodlesofinstagram  #ashsmysticalpoodles  #postyoganap  #savasanadog  #savasana  #yogateachertraining  #yogateacherlife  #dogyoga  #manduka 
This is the face you make when one of your disabled clients tells you she’s pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so happy for her I could scream. But I spend a lot of time on her classes (I love the process so I don’t mind) and now it has to be modified for the wee one too. 😳 its all good at the end of the day. This is what I love to do, make yoga accessible to the chronically ill. It’s just the initial shock where you think “oh crud, what am I going to do?!”
Clothes: @yogaclubbox 
Mat and blanket: @mandukayoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disablednotunable #disabledyogi #yogafordisabilities #prenatalyoga #yogateacherlife #mandukamat #yogaclub #yogaclubbox #yogaclubambassador #yogaforeveryone
This is the face you make when one of your disabled clients tells you she’s pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so happy for her I could scream. But I spend a lot of time on her classes (I love the process so I don’t mind) and now it has to be modified for the wee one too. 😳 its all good at the end of the day. This is what I love to do, make yoga accessible to the chronically ill. It’s just the initial shock where you think “oh crud, what am I going to do?!” Clothes: @yogaclubbox Mat and blanket: @mandukayoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disablednotunable  #disabledyogi  #yogafordisabilities  #prenatalyoga  #yogateacherlife  #mandukamat  #yogaclub  #yogaclubbox  #yogaclubambassador  #yogaforeveryone 
Ha! Yoga pose!  You all thought I just slept on my yoga mat. I’ve been working on my pigeons like crazy and I’m starting to see progress (which makes me happy). I wish I didn’t find them so hard, but then I won’t mention my splits, grr. 
Clothes: @yogaclubbox (contact me for a $50 off gift card)
Mats and blankets: @mandukayoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogaclub #yogaclubbox #yogaclubambassador #manduka #pigeonpose #yogapose #yogalife #yogateacher #yogateacherlife #yogateachertraining #shivarea #yogisofinstagram #dysautonomia #pots #disablednotunable #disabledyogi
Ha! Yoga pose! You all thought I just slept on my yoga mat. I’ve been working on my pigeons like crazy and I’m starting to see progress (which makes me happy). I wish I didn’t find them so hard, but then I won’t mention my splits, grr. Clothes: @yogaclubbox (contact me for a $50 off gift card) Mats and blankets: @mandukayoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogaclub  #yogaclubbox  #yogaclubambassador  #manduka  #pigeonpose  #yogapose  #yogalife  #yogateacher  #yogateacherlife  #yogateachertraining  #shivarea  #yogisofinstagram  #dysautonomia  #pots  #disablednotunable  #disabledyogi 
Dysautonomia at its best!  So we are still in the process of getting the shop together. I’ve carved out a practice space for me so I can continue my teacher training and level up my skills. I’ve done this because the shop has AC, our house does not. And even with AC after a few hours this was the result. I was on my back working on some leg stretches and Dash (big dog) laid down next to me, then Chloë (tiny dog in my arm pit) thought my @jalaclothing sweater looked oh so comfy and curled up. I thought maybe this was a good time for savasana. Yep, never even made it to straightening my legs. I passed out cold. So doggies and me took a 2 hour nap (whoops) on the floor. I may look totally normal, but my body works 3 times as hard to keep me alive and functioning and so I get tired. The shop will have a comfy chair for naps, but Chloë has got to learn that @jalaclothing is not for her comfort but mine!
Wearing @jalaclothing 
Mat: @mandukayoga proLite
#heatherslifeunfiltered #jalaambassador #manduka #savasana #whoopsitookanap #dysautonomia #pots #orthostatichypotension #disabledyogi #disablednotunable #yogisofinstagram #yogiswithtattoos #yogisnow #yogaforeveryone #yogalife #yogaeveryday #yogawear #yogamat
Dysautonomia at its best! So we are still in the process of getting the shop together. I’ve carved out a practice space for me so I can continue my teacher training and level up my skills. I’ve done this because the shop has AC, our house does not. And even with AC after a few hours this was the result. I was on my back working on some leg stretches and Dash (big dog) laid down next to me, then Chloë (tiny dog in my arm pit) thought my @jalaclothing sweater looked oh so comfy and curled up. I thought maybe this was a good time for savasana. Yep, never even made it to straightening my legs. I passed out cold. So doggies and me took a 2 hour nap (whoops) on the floor. I may look totally normal, but my body works 3 times as hard to keep me alive and functioning and so I get tired. The shop will have a comfy chair for naps, but Chloë has got to learn that @jalaclothing is not for her comfort but mine! Wearing @jalaclothing Mat: @mandukayoga proLite #heatherslifeunfiltered  #jalaambassador  #manduka  #savasana  #whoopsitookanap  #dysautonomia  #pots  #orthostatichypotension  #disabledyogi  #disablednotunable  #yogisofinstagram  #yogiswithtattoos  #yogisnow  #yogaforeveryone  #yogalife  #yogaeveryday  #yogawear  #yogamat 
Ok, crappy picture of me enjoying the sun in a parking lot. Not the point. Follow for follow backs is the point. I just had the most interesting PM from a girl I unfollowed because she was followed by my social media manager and I decided her account wasn’t quite the right audience. Nothing personal, but these things do happen when more than one person works on an account. We all know the follow for follow back game, generally well enough to know who to ignore and who to pay attention to. But to contact someone and make passive aggressive insults (I’m assuming this young girl doesn’t understand the concept of subtext) is ridiculous. Never mind she accused me of “pulling the disability card” as a way to be manipulative 🤯. Yes, this is a business account (why do you think it’s public, duh?), yes I’m using yoga as a way to try to help others like me, yes people get unfollowed. But to make assumptions and accusations about motives is presumptuous. And to accuse someone of being defensive because they know when they’ve done something wrong when it really boiled down to you being an insufferable twat (god I hate cussing) is just dumb. We all get unfollowed, we all get follow for follow backs, we all follow people that don’t know we even exist. This is Social Media, not high school. Some of us do it for reasons other than just trying to be Instafamous. Some of us do this so that others like us know they aren’t alone and to prove to everyone else we are capable of amazing things (this photo not withstanding). As usual in @jalaclothing 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #jalaambassador #folow4folow #followbacks #idontbuyfollowers #chronicillness #invisibledisability #cantweactlikeadults #yogisofinstagram #disabledyogi #yogapose #yogalife #dontbepetty #namaste
Ok, crappy picture of me enjoying the sun in a parking lot. Not the point. Follow for follow backs is the point. I just had the most interesting PM from a girl I unfollowed because she was followed by my social media manager and I decided her account wasn’t quite the right audience. Nothing personal, but these things do happen when more than one person works on an account. We all know the follow for follow back game, generally well enough to know who to ignore and who to pay attention to. But to contact someone and make passive aggressive insults (I’m assuming this young girl doesn’t understand the concept of subtext) is ridiculous. Never mind she accused me of “pulling the disability card” as a way to be manipulative 🤯. Yes, this is a business account (why do you think it’s public, duh?), yes I’m using yoga as a way to try to help others like me, yes people get unfollowed. But to make assumptions and accusations about motives is presumptuous. And to accuse someone of being defensive because they know when they’ve done something wrong when it really boiled down to you being an insufferable twat (god I hate cussing) is just dumb. We all get unfollowed, we all get follow for follow backs, we all follow people that don’t know we even exist. This is Social Media, not high school. Some of us do it for reasons other than just trying to be Instafamous. Some of us do this so that others like us know they aren’t alone and to prove to everyone else we are capable of amazing things (this photo not withstanding). As usual in @jalaclothing #heatherslifeunfiltered  #jalaambassador  #folow4folow  #followbacks  #idontbuyfollowers  #chronicillness  #invisibledisability  #cantweactlikeadults  #yogisofinstagram  #disabledyogi  #yogapose  #yogalife  #dontbepetty  #namaste 
Just chillin 😎 @innout, because that’s what us California girls do when it’s hot and we want a grilled cheese. Of course it’s really just a lunch break from getting all the shop stuff taken care of. There is so much to do. The whole next month is going to be this hard push to get open in time for tourist season. Oh, and I have to work in yoga. 
Sunnies: @greeksglasses 
Top: @jalaclothing 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #jalaholic #crystalsellersofinstagram #yogisofinstagram #shopowner #entrepreneur #notenoughyoga #innout #greekglasses #bosslady #bossbabe #beingthebossishard
Just chillin 😎 @innout, because that’s what us California girls do when it’s hot and we want a grilled cheese. Of course it’s really just a lunch break from getting all the shop stuff taken care of. There is so much to do. The whole next month is going to be this hard push to get open in time for tourist season. Oh, and I have to work in yoga. Sunnies: @greeksglasses Top: @jalaclothing #heatherslifeunfiltered  #jalaholic  #crystalsellersofinstagram  #yogisofinstagram  #shopowner  #entrepreneur  #notenoughyoga  #innout  #greekglasses  #bosslady  #bossbabe  #beingthebossishard 
I could give you a million excuses for why this wild this ain’t so wild, but I finally figured out my problem. It isn’t my back bend, it’s my fear of looking down and back. Simply dropping my head. I have the same problem with wheel. I can only get into the pose when my husband helps me, and I can hold it, but when I drop my head and look down I get scared. I’m not exactly sure why, maybe all the head injuries from passing out?  I don’t know. But I at least now know which dragon is the next I need to slay. .
Clothing: @jalaclothing 
Purse: @louisvuitton 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #wildthing #jalaholic #louisvuitton #yogapose #yogisofinstagram #disabledyogi #disablednotunable #dysautonomia #potssyndrome #yogalife #yogateacher #yogalove #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday
I could give you a million excuses for why this wild this ain’t so wild, but I finally figured out my problem. It isn’t my back bend, it’s my fear of looking down and back. Simply dropping my head. I have the same problem with wheel. I can only get into the pose when my husband helps me, and I can hold it, but when I drop my head and look down I get scared. I’m not exactly sure why, maybe all the head injuries from passing out? I don’t know. But I at least now know which dragon is the next I need to slay. . Clothing: @jalaclothing Purse: @louisvuitton #heatherslifeunfiltered  #wildthing  #jalaholic  #louisvuitton  #yogapose  #yogisofinstagram  #disabledyogi  #disablednotunable  #dysautonomia  #potssyndrome  #yogalife  #yogateacher  #yogalove  #yogaeverywhere  #yogaeveryday 
Well most of the painting is done. The walls were this horrid yellow beige color (the same color as the door, though it doesn’t look took bad in this light we will be painting it white). The color on the walls makes such a huge difference in the quality of the light in the room. And since this will double as both a gem a mineral shop and a place for me to take yoga pictures and film for YouTube, the light had to be good. So 10 hours, yes TEN HOURS, my husband and I were able to get it done. I can’t wait to start getting it finished. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #crystalsellersofinstagram #yogisofinstagram #crystalseller #shopowner #paintingsucks #whitelavender #youtuber #yogapictures #newshop
Well most of the painting is done. The walls were this horrid yellow beige color (the same color as the door, though it doesn’t look took bad in this light we will be painting it white). The color on the walls makes such a huge difference in the quality of the light in the room. And since this will double as both a gem a mineral shop and a place for me to take yoga pictures and film for YouTube, the light had to be good. So 10 hours, yes TEN HOURS, my husband and I were able to get it done. I can’t wait to start getting it finished. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #crystalsellersofinstagram  #yogisofinstagram  #crystalseller  #shopowner  #paintingsucks  #whitelavender  #youtuber  #yogapictures  #newshop 
Sometimes all you cam muster is a shot of savasana at the end of your practice. I went to the shop because it has AC 😃 and my house doesn’t 😩. It was still hot, but I got a good practice in and I got to dream about how the place will look when it’s done. 
Feeling sunny and summer vibes in my @pineappleclothing_com capris
Mat: @mandukayoga proLite
#heatherslifeunfiltered #happyinpineapple #pineappleclothing #savasana #itstoohotoutside #yogastudio #yogateacher #yogaeveryday #yogapants #yogapose #yogapractice #imtired #juliancalifornia #yogainjulian #yogasandiego #sandiegoyoga
Sometimes all you cam muster is a shot of savasana at the end of your practice. I went to the shop because it has AC 😃 and my house doesn’t 😩. It was still hot, but I got a good practice in and I got to dream about how the place will look when it’s done. Feeling sunny and summer vibes in my @pineappleclothing_com capris Mat: @mandukayoga proLite #heatherslifeunfiltered  #happyinpineapple  #pineappleclothing  #savasana  #itstoohotoutside  #yogastudio  #yogateacher  #yogaeveryday  #yogapants  #yogapose  #yogapractice  #imtired  #juliancalifornia  #yogainjulian  #yogasandiego  #sandiegoyoga 
Lease signed, keys in hand, and a few photos taken. Now for all the planning and expensive stuff. And painting, yuck. So cool to see it all coming together. 
Outfit: @jalaclothing 
Jewelry: @tiffanyandco 
Makeup: @tartecosmetics, @urbandecaycosmetics, @toofaced, and @diormakeup (I apparently have too much makeup)
#heatherslifeunfiltered #bosslady #shopowner #enterpreneur #yogateacher #crystalseller #yogisofinstagram #crystalsellersofinstagram #jalaholic
I never thought, me of all people, would have to post this but here we are. While my IG bio does not state married I am in fact MARRIED and probably a bit older than you think I am. Why do men think that because you are a yogi you want to talk to them about, idk, anything but yoga? Or in my case yoga, chronic illness, disability, service dogs, and my new shop. See big guy?  Biker. He likes to smash. So if you think I’m hot, flattered, really I am, look at my pictures on IG. Don’t contact me asking for special pictures and don’t think we will have anything more than an internet friendship. Otherwise hubby smash. That is all. And ladies speak out if this happens to you. We don’t have to take abuse just because our chosen life style usually includes skimpy clothes.  End rant 😊. #heatherslifeunfiltered #immarried #imnotapornstar #justayogi #husbandandwife #harrasmentisnotcool #sexualharassment #flatteredbutno #yogisofinstagram #yogalife #yogateacher #yogalifestyle
I never thought, me of all people, would have to post this but here we are. While my IG bio does not state married I am in fact MARRIED and probably a bit older than you think I am. Why do men think that because you are a yogi you want to talk to them about, idk, anything but yoga? Or in my case yoga, chronic illness, disability, service dogs, and my new shop. See big guy? Biker. He likes to smash. So if you think I’m hot, flattered, really I am, look at my pictures on IG. Don’t contact me asking for special pictures and don’t think we will have anything more than an internet friendship. Otherwise hubby smash. That is all. And ladies speak out if this happens to you. We don’t have to take abuse just because our chosen life style usually includes skimpy clothes. End rant 😊. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #immarried  #imnotapornstar  #justayogi  #husbandandwife  #harrasmentisnotcool  #sexualharassment  #flatteredbutno  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalife  #yogateacher  #yogalifestyle 
We got it!  Keys in hand and yoga pictures commencing. The air conditioning felt so good. I can tell I’m going to love practicing there, it just has a great feel. And I have a lot of work to do to catch up on my 300 hour YTT. Oh, I’ll just start the store in my spare time 👩🏼‍💻. LOL 😂. Oh, this also means videos will be on the schedule soon for YouTube so keep an eye out for Yoga for Spoonies!
One piece jumpsuit: @jalaclothing 
Mat: @gocleveryoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #imabusinesswomannow #bosslady #enterpreneur #pinkhairdontcare #jalaholic #yogastudio #crystalshop #chronicillness #dysautonomia #disabledyogi #disablednotunable #yogasandiego #sandiegoyoga #juliancalifornia
We got it! Keys in hand and yoga pictures commencing. The air conditioning felt so good. I can tell I’m going to love practicing there, it just has a great feel. And I have a lot of work to do to catch up on my 300 hour YTT. Oh, I’ll just start the store in my spare time 👩🏼‍💻. LOL 😂. Oh, this also means videos will be on the schedule soon for YouTube so keep an eye out for Yoga for Spoonies! One piece jumpsuit: @jalaclothing Mat: @gocleveryoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #imabusinesswomannow  #bosslady  #enterpreneur  #pinkhairdontcare  #jalaholic  #yogastudio  #crystalshop  #chronicillness  #dysautonomia  #disabledyogi  #disablednotunable  #yogasandiego  #sandiegoyoga  #juliancalifornia 
Ok, so today was supposed to be photo shoot day with new poses and all sorts of inspirational stuff. But, omg its 104 degrees outside - in the MOUNTAINS. Sure we could drive an hour or so to the beach if it wasn’t a work day for my husband and it’s not that much cooler there. So you are stuck with a picture of me from getting my hair dyed yesterday. I know so exciting 🙄. I actually asked if I could sleep in the salon because they have air conditioning (we don’t because we live in the MOUNTAINS, normally a bad day is 90). If you have POTS, you’re feeling my pain 😓. Nothing like a heat wave of unprecedented proportions to put you on the verge of a trip to the hospital. But hey, my hair looks pretty awesome, so there is that. You should always look on the bright side, or in my case the pink side!
Face by @urbandecaycosmetics, @toofaced, & @diormakeup (because you have to be a little fancy while fainting)
#heatherslifeunfiltered #heatwave #pinkhairdontcare #purplehair #urbandecaycosmetics #toofaced #diorcosmetics #ijustwanttoyoga #noairnoyoga #toohottoyoga #yogisofinstagram #yogalife #yogaoffthemat #yogaaddict #yogamotivation #dysautonomia #pots #chronicillness #orthostatichypotension #disabilityblogger
Ok, so today was supposed to be photo shoot day with new poses and all sorts of inspirational stuff. But, omg its 104 degrees outside - in the MOUNTAINS. Sure we could drive an hour or so to the beach if it wasn’t a work day for my husband and it’s not that much cooler there. So you are stuck with a picture of me from getting my hair dyed yesterday. I know so exciting 🙄. I actually asked if I could sleep in the salon because they have air conditioning (we don’t because we live in the MOUNTAINS, normally a bad day is 90). If you have POTS, you’re feeling my pain 😓. Nothing like a heat wave of unprecedented proportions to put you on the verge of a trip to the hospital. But hey, my hair looks pretty awesome, so there is that. You should always look on the bright side, or in my case the pink side! Face by @urbandecaycosmetics, @toofaced, & @diormakeup (because you have to be a little fancy while fainting) #heatherslifeunfiltered  #heatwave  #pinkhairdontcare  #purplehair  #urbandecaycosmetics  #toofaced  #diorcosmetics  #ijustwanttoyoga  #noairnoyoga  #toohottoyoga  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalife  #yogaoffthemat  #yogaaddict  #yogamotivation  #dysautonomia  #pots  #chronicillness  #orthostatichypotension  #disabilityblogger 
Not my story but it is true. I may not be in a wheelchair (yet) but I am still considered disabled. I am still chronically ill.

Repost @chronicheatheryoga with @get_repost
・・・
I had a conversation with someone in another country the other day (you have to love the internet) and I said that I was just a disabled yogi trying to show others like me that they can do it too. Sounds about right to me. The response was “ you aren’t disabled, you just have an illness that can be managed.” I felt like I’d been slapped. Then the doubt started to creep in. Am I really disabled?  Am I really that sick? Am I just doing this for attention?  Am I a fraud?

These are the things that go through your head when someone says something like that to you. I’m not in a wheelchair-yet, but I do walk with a cane and a walker. I’m constantly tired, in almost constant pain, and can’t stop myself from fainting. In fact the morning after that conversation I got out of bed and promptly passed out. 
Yes, I can sorta manage some of my symptoms, but management isn’t negating. I’ve passed out during sun salutations (not exactly professional 🤷🏻‍♀️but what are you going to do?). It was reported in a medical study that people with Dysautonomia have about the same quality of life as someone with congestive heart failure or COPD. I’m pretty sure that qualifies as disabled. I can’t run or jump or leap. You won’t see crazy yoga poses from me. I dream about them at night, but it’s not in the cards for me anymore.  Yes, I’m not in a wheelchair, but that doesn’t make me not disabled. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #dysautonomia #pots #spoonieproblems #spoonies #yesimdisabled #disabledyogi #wewontbeinvisible #gastroparesis #orthostatichypotension #orthostaticintolerance #ibs #elhersdanlos #mastcellactivationdisorder #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #chronicpain #yogaforeveryone #yogaforlife #ijustwanttoyoga
Not my story but it is true. I may not be in a wheelchair (yet) but I am still considered disabled. I am still chronically ill. Repost @chronicheatheryoga with @get_repost ・・・ I had a conversation with someone in another country the other day (you have to love the internet) and I said that I was just a disabled yogi trying to show others like me that they can do it too. Sounds about right to me. The response was “ you aren’t disabled, you just have an illness that can be managed.” I felt like I’d been slapped. Then the doubt started to creep in. Am I really disabled? Am I really that sick? Am I just doing this for attention? Am I a fraud? These are the things that go through your head when someone says something like that to you. I’m not in a wheelchair-yet, but I do walk with a cane and a walker. I’m constantly tired, in almost constant pain, and can’t stop myself from fainting. In fact the morning after that conversation I got out of bed and promptly passed out. Yes, I can sorta manage some of my symptoms, but management isn’t negating. I’ve passed out during sun salutations (not exactly professional 🤷🏻‍♀️but what are you going to do?). It was reported in a medical study that people with Dysautonomia have about the same quality of life as someone with congestive heart failure or COPD. I’m pretty sure that qualifies as disabled. I can’t run or jump or leap. You won’t see crazy yoga poses from me. I dream about them at night, but it’s not in the cards for me anymore. Yes, I’m not in a wheelchair, but that doesn’t make me not disabled. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #dysautonomia  #pots  #spoonieproblems  #spoonies  #yesimdisabled  #disabledyogi  #wewontbeinvisible  #gastroparesis  #orthostatichypotension  #orthostaticintolerance  #ibs  #elhersdanlos  #mastcellactivationdisorder  #chronicillness  #chronicfatigue  #chronicpain  #yogaforeveryone  #yogaforlife  #ijustwanttoyoga 
The look of relief when no one shows up for your class and you are having a major pain flare. I don’t really like when no one shows up, but this way I have to studio to myself and can work on poses to help with the pain. Oddly enough wheel helped 🤷‍♀️, pigeon made it worse. I’m starting to suspect that my pigeon work might be exacerbating the problem. I knew there was a reason I hated that darn pose. On the upside it looks like I’ll be getting the space for my gem and mineral shop and I’m going to carve out a nook for yoga, so I’ll be able to take better photos. Yay!
Leggings & bra: @threads4thought 
Top: @freepeople 
All from @yogaclubbox I have gift certificates for $50 off your first box. PM if you are interested. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogaclubbox #yogaclub #threadsforthought #freepeople #yogateacherlife #disabledyogi #chronicpain #painflare #chronicillness #disablednotunable #yogisofinstagram #yogalife #yogateacher #yogaeveryday #yogalove #sandiegoyoga #yogasandiego #juliancalifornia
The look of relief when no one shows up for your class and you are having a major pain flare. I don’t really like when no one shows up, but this way I have to studio to myself and can work on poses to help with the pain. Oddly enough wheel helped 🤷‍♀️, pigeon made it worse. I’m starting to suspect that my pigeon work might be exacerbating the problem. I knew there was a reason I hated that darn pose. On the upside it looks like I’ll be getting the space for my gem and mineral shop and I’m going to carve out a nook for yoga, so I’ll be able to take better photos. Yay! Leggings & bra: @threads4thought Top: @freepeople All from @yogaclubbox I have gift certificates for $50 off your first box. PM if you are interested. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogaclubbox  #yogaclub  #threadsforthought  #freepeople  #yogateacherlife  #disabledyogi  #chronicpain  #painflare  #chronicillness  #disablednotunable  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalife  #yogateacher  #yogaeveryday  #yogalove  #sandiegoyoga  #yogasandiego  #juliancalifornia 
The happy face you make when after months and months of work you hit wheel pose 2 days in a row!  Who knew?  Of course it dislocated both my shoulders, but only a little bit. Thanks EDS. But wheel, so who cares!  Practice is the key to everything. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogateacher #wheel #urdvadhanurasana #practicemakesprogress #practiceandalliscoming #eds #zebra #chronicillness #disablednotunable #disabledyogi #yogisofinstagram #yogaeveryday #yogasandiego #sandiegoyoga #juliancalifornia
The happy face you make when after months and months of work you hit wheel pose 2 days in a row! Who knew? Of course it dislocated both my shoulders, but only a little bit. Thanks EDS. But wheel, so who cares! Practice is the key to everything. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogateacher  #wheel  #urdvadhanurasana  #practicemakesprogress  #practiceandalliscoming  #eds  #zebra  #chronicillness  #disablednotunable  #disabledyogi  #yogisofinstagram  #yogaeveryday  #yogasandiego  #sandiegoyoga  #juliancalifornia 
I had a conversation with someone in another country the other day (you have to love the internet) and I said that I was just a disabled yogi trying to show others like me that they can do it too. Sounds about right to me. The response was “ you aren’t disabled, you just have an illness that can be managed.” I felt like I’d been slapped. Then the doubt started to creep in. Am I really disabled?  Am I really that sick? Am I just doing this for attention?  Am I a fraud?

These are the things that go through your head when someone says something like that to you. I’m not in a wheelchair-yet, but I do walk with a cane and a walker. I’m constantly tired, in almost constant pain, and can’t stop myself from fainting. In fact the morning after that conversation I got out of bed and promptly passed out. 
Yes, I can sorta manage some of my symptoms, but management isn’t negating. I’ve passed out during sun salutations (not exactly professional 🤷🏻‍♀️but what are you going to do?). It was reported in a medical study that people with Dysautonomia have about the same quality of life as someone with congestive heart failure or COPD. I’m pretty sure that qualifies as disabled. I can’t run or jump or leap. You won’t see crazy yoga poses from me. I dream about them at night, but it’s not in the cards for me anymore.  Yes, I’m not in a wheelchair, but that doesn’t make me not disabled. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #dysautonomia #pots #spoonieproblems #spoonies #yesimdisabled #disabledyogi #wewontbeinvisible #gastroparesis #orthostatichypotension #orthostaticintolerance #ibs #elhersdanlos #mastcellactivationdisorder #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #chronicpain #yogaforeveryone #yogaforlife #ijustwanttoyoga
I had a conversation with someone in another country the other day (you have to love the internet) and I said that I was just a disabled yogi trying to show others like me that they can do it too. Sounds about right to me. The response was “ you aren’t disabled, you just have an illness that can be managed.” I felt like I’d been slapped. Then the doubt started to creep in. Am I really disabled? Am I really that sick? Am I just doing this for attention? Am I a fraud? These are the things that go through your head when someone says something like that to you. I’m not in a wheelchair-yet, but I do walk with a cane and a walker. I’m constantly tired, in almost constant pain, and can’t stop myself from fainting. In fact the morning after that conversation I got out of bed and promptly passed out. Yes, I can sorta manage some of my symptoms, but management isn’t negating. I’ve passed out during sun salutations (not exactly professional 🤷🏻‍♀️but what are you going to do?). It was reported in a medical study that people with Dysautonomia have about the same quality of life as someone with congestive heart failure or COPD. I’m pretty sure that qualifies as disabled. I can’t run or jump or leap. You won’t see crazy yoga poses from me. I dream about them at night, but it’s not in the cards for me anymore. Yes, I’m not in a wheelchair, but that doesn’t make me not disabled. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #dysautonomia  #pots  #spoonieproblems  #spoonies  #yesimdisabled  #disabledyogi  #wewontbeinvisible  #gastroparesis  #orthostatichypotension  #orthostaticintolerance  #ibs  #elhersdanlos  #mastcellactivationdisorder  #chronicillness  #chronicfatigue  #chronicpain  #yogaforeveryone  #yogaforlife  #ijustwanttoyoga 
You have to love the interwebs!  Now I certainly, so far, have not had much badness to deal with on Instagram. Facebook is another story, but IG has been relatively drama free. .
So, this profile is a business profile linked to my business Life Transfigured. I hired a Social Media manager to handle all the icky boring parts of trying to grow my online presence since my numbers were dropping since my slowing of the social media thing. I go through everything 3 times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening. Sometimes I delete follows that aren’t *really* in the scope of what I do and if anyone has been caught in that I apologize. It’s inevitable when 2 people are working an account. But I DO NOT use a Bot. This is not a Fake profile and there is nothing shady going on. I made this decision because I have a chronic illness and am disabled (whether it looks like it or not), I run 3 businesses, teach able bodied yoga, teach private lessons to chronically ill/disabled people (for free), have to come up with content that won’t bore people, working on a yoga video series for Spoonies, have a blog, and did I mention sick?! Yes I tag companies in my posts because I hate when I see someone wear something cool and I have no idea what it is. SO, if my recent attempts to expand have hurt some feelings, I apologize. It’s just the unfortunate outcome of trying to grow and help more people. 🙏
#heatherslifeunfiltered #notfakeinstagramsuccessful #jalaholic #mamarooyoga #sometimesmistakeshappen #growingfollowers #instagramisnteasy #yogateacher #yogainthepark #yogasandiego #sandiegoyoga #juliancalifornia #yogisofinstagram #entrepreneur #businesswoman #bosslady #yogaboss
You have to love the interwebs! Now I certainly, so far, have not had much badness to deal with on Instagram. Facebook is another story, but IG has been relatively drama free. . So, this profile is a business profile linked to my business Life Transfigured. I hired a Social Media manager to handle all the icky boring parts of trying to grow my online presence since my numbers were dropping since my slowing of the social media thing. I go through everything 3 times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening. Sometimes I delete follows that aren’t *really* in the scope of what I do and if anyone has been caught in that I apologize. It’s inevitable when 2 people are working an account. But I DO NOT use a Bot. This is not a Fake profile and there is nothing shady going on. I made this decision because I have a chronic illness and am disabled (whether it looks like it or not), I run 3 businesses, teach able bodied yoga, teach private lessons to chronically ill/disabled people (for free), have to come up with content that won’t bore people, working on a yoga video series for Spoonies, have a blog, and did I mention sick?! Yes I tag companies in my posts because I hate when I see someone wear something cool and I have no idea what it is. SO, if my recent attempts to expand have hurt some feelings, I apologize. It’s just the unfortunate outcome of trying to grow and help more people. 🙏 #heatherslifeunfiltered  #notfakeinstagramsuccessful  #jalaholic  #mamarooyoga  #sometimesmistakeshappen  #growingfollowers  #instagramisnteasy  #yogateacher  #yogainthepark  #yogasandiego  #sandiegoyoga  #juliancalifornia  #yogisofinstagram  #entrepreneur  #businesswoman  #bosslady  #yogaboss 
Warm up before class. Everyone assumes teachers jump out of bed with full flexibility, nope it takes warming up. I suppose it’s unfair to the students because they warm up during class, but I demo a lot and often have to jump up to help someone out. Easy right?  Not if you are disabled and having a pain flare. So you stretch all the stuff you KNOW has to get stretched ahead of time so a.) you’re prepared to skip poses and help as needed and b.) you don’t look like the disabled mess you are. I’m grateful that Ive stayed mobile as long as I have and been able to find ways to deal with my symptoms for know. I know it won’t last forever so I will squeeze every bit of yoga out of me now and hopefully help others along the way. 
Clothing: @jalaclothing 
Mat:  @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogainthepark #stretchbeforeclass #yogawarmup #yogateacherlife #arethereantsinmyhair #yogasandiego #mountainyogi #yogalove #sandiegoyoga #juliancalifornia #appleorchards #monsoonseason #jalaholic #mamarooyoga
Warm up before class. Everyone assumes teachers jump out of bed with full flexibility, nope it takes warming up. I suppose it’s unfair to the students because they warm up during class, but I demo a lot and often have to jump up to help someone out. Easy right? Not if you are disabled and having a pain flare. So you stretch all the stuff you KNOW has to get stretched ahead of time so a.) you’re prepared to skip poses and help as needed and b.) you don’t look like the disabled mess you are. I’m grateful that Ive stayed mobile as long as I have and been able to find ways to deal with my symptoms for know. I know it won’t last forever so I will squeeze every bit of yoga out of me now and hopefully help others along the way. Clothing: @jalaclothing Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogainthepark  #stretchbeforeclass  #yogawarmup  #yogateacherlife  #arethereantsinmyhair  #yogasandiego  #mountainyogi  #yogalove  #sandiegoyoga  #juliancalifornia  #appleorchards  #monsoonseason  #jalaholic  #mamarooyoga 
Is this what it looks like when the Terminator meditates?  I always look so angry. Anyway, had a wonder Yoga in the Park class today. Lots of teachers told me to teach them, they are great they said, students love it they said, what they didn’t say is there are bugs. Or maybe that’s just my park?  I almost lost it when the neon green spider made its way to me. Oh heck no!  I don’t need to be spideryogi!  Regardless of the pain I’ve been in, I made it through and after the heat we’ve been having (100 in the mountains 😵!) the morning was beautiful and perfect. 
Clothing: @jalaclothing 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
Shades: @louisvuitton 
Jewelry: @tiffanyandco & @hermes because I’m a spoiled rotten, highly indulged housewife 🤗
#heatherslifeunfiltered #mountainyogi #yogainthepark #yogateacherlife #yogisofinstagram #yogalove #meditation #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #sandiegoyoga #yogasandiego #julian #jalaholic #louisvuitton #tiffanyandco #hermes #goglamorgohome #glamyogi #spoiledwife #onlythebestwilldo #urbandecaycosmetics #diorcosmetics
Is this what it looks like when the Terminator meditates? I always look so angry. Anyway, had a wonder Yoga in the Park class today. Lots of teachers told me to teach them, they are great they said, students love it they said, what they didn’t say is there are bugs. Or maybe that’s just my park? I almost lost it when the neon green spider made its way to me. Oh heck no! I don’t need to be spideryogi! Regardless of the pain I’ve been in, I made it through and after the heat we’ve been having (100 in the mountains 😵!) the morning was beautiful and perfect. Clothing: @jalaclothing Mat: @mamarooyoga Shades: @louisvuitton Jewelry: @tiffanyandco & @hermes because I’m a spoiled rotten, highly indulged housewife 🤗 #heatherslifeunfiltered  #mountainyogi  #yogainthepark  #yogateacherlife  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalove  #meditation  #yogaeveryday  #yogaeverywhere  #sandiegoyoga  #yogasandiego  #julian  #jalaholic  #louisvuitton  #tiffanyandco  #hermes  #goglamorgohome  #glamyogi  #spoiledwife  #onlythebestwilldo  #urbandecaycosmetics  #diorcosmetics 
Some days I just want to go home. I’ve lived in California most of my life, but drop me in Hawaii and within 2 days my accent is back and I’m treated like I belong there. If you think other states hate California, you should see how the natives treat the not so native. It’s getting ugly and I got dumped on this week. ME!  I just started to cry and told my husband “I want to go home.” Not an easy feat or anything that could happen in the near future, but while I thought we might go east it’s becoming more and more clear that we need to go west. I love our little town, but not everyone loves us back. Besides, Hawaii is where my heart has always been. 
Clothing: @jalaclothing 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #alohayoga #alohavibes #alohaspirit #alohastateofmind #peoplesuck #californiaishometoo #notagoldenstatenative #notacalifornianative #cantwealljustgetalong #yogavibes #yogisofinstagram #sandiegoyoga #yogasandiego #mountainyogi #julian #juliandoesntlikeusanymore #jalaholic
Some days I just want to go home. I’ve lived in California most of my life, but drop me in Hawaii and within 2 days my accent is back and I’m treated like I belong there. If you think other states hate California, you should see how the natives treat the not so native. It’s getting ugly and I got dumped on this week. ME! I just started to cry and told my husband “I want to go home.” Not an easy feat or anything that could happen in the near future, but while I thought we might go east it’s becoming more and more clear that we need to go west. I love our little town, but not everyone loves us back. Besides, Hawaii is where my heart has always been. Clothing: @jalaclothing #heatherslifeunfiltered  #alohayoga  #alohavibes  #alohaspirit  #alohastateofmind  #peoplesuck  #californiaishometoo  #notagoldenstatenative  #notacalifornianative  #cantwealljustgetalong  #yogavibes  #yogisofinstagram  #sandiegoyoga  #yogasandiego  #mountainyogi  #julian  #juliandoesntlikeusanymore  #jalaholic 
I got a new toy!  No, not the one in the picture, that’s my husband’s dog. A new DSLR. It’s been a long time since I engaged in my photography hobby, but since I’m on IG so much I thought it was time to up my photo quality game. I can already feel the old photo bug biting. Yeah for 24 megapixels!
#heatherslifeunfiltered #poodlesofinstagram #nikond3400 #hobbyphotographer #yogapictures #yogaphotography #lettgefunbegin #getmyassbackonthemat
Ok, so some of you have probably noticed me tagging @fabletics lately and wondering why since everything was @yogaclubbox. As far as @yogaclubbox that’s a discussion for another day, but as far as @fabletics there is a very good, if somewhat weird to most, reason. I was on a POTS Facebook group when I saw someone mention that @fabletics had high compression leggings. 😲What?! Ok, POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It means when we stand up our heart rates can double or triple. Normal is to go up a few beats per minute. Anyway this can cause a whole host of issues, some really bad, some just annoying. One symptom that is bad is that blood tends to pool in our legs and feet. To counter this we wear high compression socks (they are knee highs), thigh high compression stockings, high compression tights, and high compression leggings. The socks aren’t so much a problem because they make them for nurses too and so you can get some cute prints (not so good for yoga practice though). Everything else looks, well, geriatric. And are generally meant to be worn under clothes. Leggings under leggings in the dead of summer, ugh no. So, in comes @fabletics with high compression leggings that are cute and functional and actually help keep me from fainting. Word of warning, buy your regular size, and be prepared because it’s like wearing a corset, but they work!  I gave them a shot because I was desperate to be able to keep teaching through the summer and these do it. So if you have POTS check it out. The leggings will say either Salar or Power Hold. And as you can see they are cute enough to wear around town. 
Leggings: @fabletics 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #pots #highcompressiongarments #dysautonomia #yogawhiledisabled #disablednotunable #myfabletics #yogawithpots #yogasandiego #mountainyogi #handstand #bloodpooling #invisibledisability #yogateacher #yogalove #yogapants
Ok, so some of you have probably noticed me tagging @fabletics lately and wondering why since everything was @yogaclubbox. As far as @yogaclubbox that’s a discussion for another day, but as far as @fabletics there is a very good, if somewhat weird to most, reason. I was on a POTS Facebook group when I saw someone mention that @fabletics had high compression leggings. 😲What?! Ok, POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It means when we stand up our heart rates can double or triple. Normal is to go up a few beats per minute. Anyway this can cause a whole host of issues, some really bad, some just annoying. One symptom that is bad is that blood tends to pool in our legs and feet. To counter this we wear high compression socks (they are knee highs), thigh high compression stockings, high compression tights, and high compression leggings. The socks aren’t so much a problem because they make them for nurses too and so you can get some cute prints (not so good for yoga practice though). Everything else looks, well, geriatric. And are generally meant to be worn under clothes. Leggings under leggings in the dead of summer, ugh no. So, in comes @fabletics with high compression leggings that are cute and functional and actually help keep me from fainting. Word of warning, buy your regular size, and be prepared because it’s like wearing a corset, but they work! I gave them a shot because I was desperate to be able to keep teaching through the summer and these do it. So if you have POTS check it out. The leggings will say either Salar or Power Hold. And as you can see they are cute enough to wear around town. Leggings: @fabletics #heatherslifeunfiltered  #pots  #highcompressiongarments  #dysautonomia  #yogawhiledisabled  #disablednotunable  #myfabletics  #yogawithpots  #yogasandiego  #mountainyogi  #handstand  #bloodpooling  #invisibledisability  #yogateacher  #yogalove  #yogapants 
I don’t think anyone looks good studying. It’s been so hot (hence lack of yoga photos) that my husband and I went to the bakery below the studio and sat in the cool ac and he worked and I studied. For once I was glad I didn’t have students. Of course I don’t blame them, it’s sweltering. Monsoon season in the mountains!  But I have tons of material to get through so I should get back at it. 
Tank: @fabletics 
Jewelry: @tiffanyandco 
Tote charm(on neck): @hermes 
Mala bracelets: @will2wow_jewelry 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #mountainyogi #itssodanghot #mydowndogismelting #goglamorgohome #pinkhairdontcare #yogalove #yogasandiego #sandiegoyoga #julian #yogateacherlife #yogateachertraining #trainingwithshivarea #tiffanyandco #hermes #fabletics
I don’t think anyone looks good studying. It’s been so hot (hence lack of yoga photos) that my husband and I went to the bakery below the studio and sat in the cool ac and he worked and I studied. For once I was glad I didn’t have students. Of course I don’t blame them, it’s sweltering. Monsoon season in the mountains! But I have tons of material to get through so I should get back at it. Tank: @fabletics Jewelry: @tiffanyandco Tote charm(on neck): @hermes Mala bracelets: @will2wow_jewelry #heatherslifeunfiltered  #mountainyogi  #itssodanghot  #mydowndogismelting  #goglamorgohome  #pinkhairdontcare  #yogalove  #yogasandiego  #sandiegoyoga  #julian  #yogateacherlife  #yogateachertraining  #trainingwithshivarea  #tiffanyandco  #hermes  #fabletics 
Now for some total randomness. I often get asked about my makeup. After a sweaty class everything still looks like it did before class. So here is my tip, wash your face well and don’t wear powder or liquid anything on your face (exception is spf if you are teaching outside), I wear Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal eyeliner (Junk Show because it matches my hair and GLITTER), and DiorShow mascara in 090 (AKA black). That’s it. I might throw on lip balm or lipstick if I remember. The eyeliner I wear thick so it really shows. I don’t wear any other products even though I don’t like my skin texture (every one says I have great skin, but I don’t see it 🤷🏻‍♀️). I keep it simple, but glam. The products don’t run during class (the mascara will run if you cry but the eyeliner won’t budge). If glitter isn’t your thing, Dior makes a liquid eyeliner called ArtLiner that works well. I glam it up on non class days but prefer to keep it as basic and natural (at least as I get) for class. So, what works best for you?
#urbandecaycosmetics #diorshowmascara #yogaclass #yogamakeup #yogateacherlife #budgeproofmakeup #workoutproofmakeup #glitter #pinkhairdontcare #heatherslifeunfiltered #glamyogi #themoreglitterthebetter #goglamorgohome #yogaface #yogalove #yogasandiego #sandiegoyoga #julian #mountainyogi
Now for some total randomness. I often get asked about my makeup. After a sweaty class everything still looks like it did before class. So here is my tip, wash your face well and don’t wear powder or liquid anything on your face (exception is spf if you are teaching outside), I wear Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal eyeliner (Junk Show because it matches my hair and GLITTER), and DiorShow mascara in 090 (AKA black). That’s it. I might throw on lip balm or lipstick if I remember. The eyeliner I wear thick so it really shows. I don’t wear any other products even though I don’t like my skin texture (every one says I have great skin, but I don’t see it 🤷🏻‍♀️). I keep it simple, but glam. The products don’t run during class (the mascara will run if you cry but the eyeliner won’t budge). If glitter isn’t your thing, Dior makes a liquid eyeliner called ArtLiner that works well. I glam it up on non class days but prefer to keep it as basic and natural (at least as I get) for class. So, what works best for you? #urbandecaycosmetics  #diorshowmascara  #yogaclass  #yogamakeup  #yogateacherlife  #budgeproofmakeup  #workoutproofmakeup  #glitter  #pinkhairdontcare  #heatherslifeunfiltered  #glamyogi  #themoreglitterthebetter  #goglamorgohome  #yogaface  #yogalove  #yogasandiego  #sandiegoyoga  #julian  #mountainyogi 
Me. In no yoga life. Running errands down in the city takes a ton out of me and I couldn’t do it without this angel. She alerts to the first signs of trouble and then if I still happen to faint, lifts up my legs (she crawls under me knees) and the licks my face to bring me around, and then lays down next to me while I return to the land of consciousness. What service dogs can be trained to do is nothing short of miraculous. Now if only the rest of society would get on board. I mean the glares and snarls we got today were awful. We even got stopped going into @costco, which they have the legal right to do, but I know it’s because she’s a poodle and her vest doesn’t have an organizations logo on it. Her behavior gave no indication she was anything other that what her vest clearly states she is, a service dog. It’s the first time that’s happened there and while the guy was nice enough about it, you still feel, idk, accused of something. Amidst the gawking and people generally being dumb, um, heads trying to distract her out trip into  @ikeausa was much better. We even had a mother daughter duo come up to us to ask about her as they said they could tell she was the real deal and they were in need of a dog for the daughter. At Costco we were almost run over by a fit and hale 60ish year old man on a Costco supplied scooter that called me a fake. Dude, you walked your happy ass into that store just like I did and pride is the only thing keeping me from grabbing my own scooter. Even our dinning experience sucked. The waitress was nice, but the other staff glared and some made comments we could hear. I’m on the verge of collapse, my dog is alerting like crazy, and somehow I have to make it out of the restaurant with my head held high. It really made me miss my little town where everyone knows the pink haired yoga teacher with the service dog and no one cares. I wish people would stop passing their pets off as service dogs and everyone else had more compassion. 
Skirt: @jalaclothing 
Tank: @threads4thought 
Sweater: @anthropologie 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disabledbutstillhuman #servicedogsofinstagram #servicedog #disabledyogi #bekind #jalaholic #disabilitywontstopme
Me. In no yoga life. Running errands down in the city takes a ton out of me and I couldn’t do it without this angel. She alerts to the first signs of trouble and then if I still happen to faint, lifts up my legs (she crawls under me knees) and the licks my face to bring me around, and then lays down next to me while I return to the land of consciousness. What service dogs can be trained to do is nothing short of miraculous. Now if only the rest of society would get on board. I mean the glares and snarls we got today were awful. We even got stopped going into @costco, which they have the legal right to do, but I know it’s because she’s a poodle and her vest doesn’t have an organizations logo on it. Her behavior gave no indication she was anything other that what her vest clearly states she is, a service dog. It’s the first time that’s happened there and while the guy was nice enough about it, you still feel, idk, accused of something. Amidst the gawking and people generally being dumb, um, heads trying to distract her out trip into @ikeausa was much better. We even had a mother daughter duo come up to us to ask about her as they said they could tell she was the real deal and they were in need of a dog for the daughter. At Costco we were almost run over by a fit and hale 60ish year old man on a Costco supplied scooter that called me a fake. Dude, you walked your happy ass into that store just like I did and pride is the only thing keeping me from grabbing my own scooter. Even our dinning experience sucked. The waitress was nice, but the other staff glared and some made comments we could hear. I’m on the verge of collapse, my dog is alerting like crazy, and somehow I have to make it out of the restaurant with my head held high. It really made me miss my little town where everyone knows the pink haired yoga teacher with the service dog and no one cares. I wish people would stop passing their pets off as service dogs and everyone else had more compassion. Skirt: @jalaclothing Tank: @threads4thought Sweater: @anthropologie #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disabledbutstillhuman  #servicedogsofinstagram  #servicedog  #disabledyogi  #bekind  #jalaholic  #disabilitywontstopme 
The harder I practice and deeper I dive in to advanced teacher training the more I realize most of what we care about doesn’t really matter. I have a mom more worried about keeping the peace that she won’t even come to my defense when I’ve had my feelings hurt. A sibling, even though I spent my childhood being responsible for him, couldn’t care less about me. We don’t even talk. A dad, through mostly no fault of his own, that was completely absent. And the only blood family member that would go down fighting for me was my own son, whose passed away. And yet I dance, and I push forward, and I leave the family cares behind. Because what is important is what is in front of you. Not the yogi next to you and how awesome their splits are, not the mean things people say to you on the internet, not the expectations society has for what a woman should look like. Just THIS moment. I can choose to believe the cousin who said I was the worst person on the planet (crickets from the immediate fam peanut gallery) or I can rise above and realize it doesn’t matter. What matters is my son is gone and I have to go on without him, what matters is I have a husband that loves me, what matters is I have a dad again. Everything else is just background noise. Don’t give yourself to the background noise, give yourself to what matters. Care for those that care back. And don’t forget to dance. 
Clothing: @jalaclothing 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #onedayatatime #jalaholic #pinkhairdontcare #disabilitywontstopme #justthismoment #whatreallymatters #dance #dontforgettodance #lifesucks #mourning #parentsshouldneverhavetoburytheirchildren #yogisofinstagram #yogalife #yogasandiego #julian #ptsd #yogamakesitbetter
The harder I practice and deeper I dive in to advanced teacher training the more I realize most of what we care about doesn’t really matter. I have a mom more worried about keeping the peace that she won’t even come to my defense when I’ve had my feelings hurt. A sibling, even though I spent my childhood being responsible for him, couldn’t care less about me. We don’t even talk. A dad, through mostly no fault of his own, that was completely absent. And the only blood family member that would go down fighting for me was my own son, whose passed away. And yet I dance, and I push forward, and I leave the family cares behind. Because what is important is what is in front of you. Not the yogi next to you and how awesome their splits are, not the mean things people say to you on the internet, not the expectations society has for what a woman should look like. Just THIS moment. I can choose to believe the cousin who said I was the worst person on the planet (crickets from the immediate fam peanut gallery) or I can rise above and realize it doesn’t matter. What matters is my son is gone and I have to go on without him, what matters is I have a husband that loves me, what matters is I have a dad again. Everything else is just background noise. Don’t give yourself to the background noise, give yourself to what matters. Care for those that care back. And don’t forget to dance. Clothing: @jalaclothing #heatherslifeunfiltered  #onedayatatime  #jalaholic  #pinkhairdontcare  #disabilitywontstopme  #justthismoment  #whatreallymatters  #dance  #dontforgettodance  #lifesucks  #mourning  #parentsshouldneverhavetoburytheirchildren  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalife  #yogasandiego  #julian  #ptsd  #yogamakesitbetter 
So, we did a thing. It looks like I’ll be getting my crystal shop/yoga studio much sooner than I expected 😱. Sometimes all the stars align and you find a space that feels really good, small, but good. It’s in a historic building in our historic town and I feel like we are on the verge of something great!
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Clothing: @jalaclothing 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disabilitywontstopme #jalaholic #pinkhairdontcare #crystalshop #yogastudio #yogateacher #yogateachersandiego #yogasandiego #julian #mountainyogi #mountainlife #miningtown #applepie
So, we did a thing. It looks like I’ll be getting my crystal shop/yoga studio much sooner than I expected 😱. Sometimes all the stars align and you find a space that feels really good, small, but good. It’s in a historic building in our historic town and I feel like we are on the verge of something great! . Clothing: @jalaclothing #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disabilitywontstopme  #jalaholic  #pinkhairdontcare  #crystalshop  #yogastudio  #yogateacher  #yogateachersandiego  #yogasandiego  #julian  #mountainyogi  #mountainlife  #miningtown  #applepie 
The last few days have been rough. I’m not looking for sympathy, just being honest. I was doing so well and had my symptoms under control that I almost thought I was getting better 🙄. Chronic means chronic, but sometimes we are all just a little bit hopeful. Dumb, but true. I had to cancel a class last week and have been unable to practice the last few days. The heat is really a killer on me. But, I keep going - even if it’s just a forward bend a day.  One foot in front of the other and just keep moving. Hopefully, I’ll be back at it, better than before, soon. -
Outfit: @jalaclothing 
#disabilitywontstopme #heatherslifeunfiltered #dysautonomia #chronicillness #disability #mountainyogi #yogasandiego #julian #onedayatatime #pinkhair #pinkhairdontcare #jalaholic
The last few days have been rough. I’m not looking for sympathy, just being honest. I was doing so well and had my symptoms under control that I almost thought I was getting better 🙄. Chronic means chronic, but sometimes we are all just a little bit hopeful. Dumb, but true. I had to cancel a class last week and have been unable to practice the last few days. The heat is really a killer on me. But, I keep going - even if it’s just a forward bend a day. One foot in front of the other and just keep moving. Hopefully, I’ll be back at it, better than before, soon. - Outfit: @jalaclothing #disabilitywontstopme  #heatherslifeunfiltered  #dysautonomia  #chronicillness  #disability  #mountainyogi  #yogasandiego  #julian  #onedayatatime  #pinkhair  #pinkhairdontcare  #jalaholic 
Happy International Yoga 🧘‍♀️ Day!  And I feel like a failure. I’ve insisted that the majority of disabled people don’t need chair yoga and I’ve been on a mission to prove it. But now my feed is full of chair yoga and I have to cancel my class tonight because I passed out this morning and can’t keep my blood pressure up above, um, almost dead. (Obviously this picture wasn’t taken today). I still believe I can be the yogi I was before disability and you won’t find me near a chair if I can help it and I think I can help others do the same. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with chair yoga - it has a very important place in making yoga accessible. But I do believe that the minute you say disability, teachers grab a chair because, like so many other things, it’s a label that been put in this very small and limiting box. Instead of limiting us, see us as limitless. Break out of the box and reach for the stars. In the mean time, I’ll just be lying here trying to stay conscious 🤨. Outfit: @fabletics 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disabilitywontstopme #practicemakesprogress #chronicillness #dysautonomia #pinkhair #tatooedyogi #disabilityisntinability #invisibledisability #ineedtomove #disabledyogateacher #yogateacherlife #yogisofinstagram #yogasandiego #julian #mountainyogi
Happy International Yoga 🧘‍♀️ Day! And I feel like a failure. I’ve insisted that the majority of disabled people don’t need chair yoga and I’ve been on a mission to prove it. But now my feed is full of chair yoga and I have to cancel my class tonight because I passed out this morning and can’t keep my blood pressure up above, um, almost dead. (Obviously this picture wasn’t taken today). I still believe I can be the yogi I was before disability and you won’t find me near a chair if I can help it and I think I can help others do the same. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with chair yoga - it has a very important place in making yoga accessible. But I do believe that the minute you say disability, teachers grab a chair because, like so many other things, it’s a label that been put in this very small and limiting box. Instead of limiting us, see us as limitless. Break out of the box and reach for the stars. In the mean time, I’ll just be lying here trying to stay conscious 🤨. Outfit: @fabletics Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disabilitywontstopme  #practicemakesprogress  #chronicillness  #dysautonomia  #pinkhair  #tatooedyogi  #disabilityisntinability  #invisibledisability  #ineedtomove  #disabledyogateacher  #yogateacherlife  #yogisofinstagram  #yogasandiego  #julian  #mountainyogi 
Two pictures exactly 1 year apart. The first required serious propping up and I was only able to maintain in for a few seconds (I won’t mention the splayed out elbows). The second was today. I set up next to the tree because I thought I’d have to lean on it. Nope. My legs are floppy because I was more worried about staying up and engaging those abs than what my legs were doing. But stay up I did, for quite a while. Meanwhile Dash is keeping an eye on me from behind. Slow and steady progress. 
Leggings: @freepeople 
Tank: @omandahlondon 
Service Dog Gear: @activedogscom
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disabilitywontstopme #headstand #practicemakesprogress #practiceandalliscoming #mountainyoga #mountainyogi #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere #julian #yogasandiego #yogaislife #yogalife  #omandahlondon #freepeople #activedogscom #servicedogsofinstagram
Two pictures exactly 1 year apart. The first required serious propping up and I was only able to maintain in for a few seconds (I won’t mention the splayed out elbows). The second was today. I set up next to the tree because I thought I’d have to lean on it. Nope. My legs are floppy because I was more worried about staying up and engaging those abs than what my legs were doing. But stay up I did, for quite a while. Meanwhile Dash is keeping an eye on me from behind. Slow and steady progress. Leggings: @freepeople Tank: @omandahlondon Service Dog Gear: @activedogscom #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disabilitywontstopme  #headstand  #practicemakesprogress  #practiceandalliscoming  #mountainyoga  #mountainyogi  #yogaeveryday  #yogaeverywhere  #julian  #yogasandiego  #yogaislife  #yogalife  #omandahlondon  #freepeople  #activedogscom  #servicedogsofinstagram 
Totally not my post, but OMG my life in a nutshell!

Nope.  Can't move.  Can't breath.  Can't think.  Ouch.
#heatherslifeunfiltered #dysautonomia #spoonieproblems #ouch #cantmove #stayinbedallday
I did the math today I realized that I’ve only been practicing full time for a total of 8 months (in 2 four month chunks) in the last three years. That is the longest I’ve gone without a daily sustained practice in, like, forever. I get frustrated with my inability to do things that used to be so easy, but then have to remind myself that life sent me a curve ball and I couldn’t practice for 2 years and then got sidelined again after injuring myself because I pushed too hard too fast. When I consider this, I realize how amazing my progress has been in such a short time. My body remembers, it just has to loosen back up again, oh and get my strength back. 
Clothing: @jalaclothing 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogapractice #yogaprogress #perfectionisntthepoint #spoonie #alwaysthestudent #dysautonomia #disablednotunable #jalaholic #keeppushing #keeppracticing
I did the math today I realized that I’ve only been practicing full time for a total of 8 months (in 2 four month chunks) in the last three years. That is the longest I’ve gone without a daily sustained practice in, like, forever. I get frustrated with my inability to do things that used to be so easy, but then have to remind myself that life sent me a curve ball and I couldn’t practice for 2 years and then got sidelined again after injuring myself because I pushed too hard too fast. When I consider this, I realize how amazing my progress has been in such a short time. My body remembers, it just has to loosen back up again, oh and get my strength back. Clothing: @jalaclothing Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogapractice  #yogaprogress  #perfectionisntthepoint  #spoonie  #alwaysthestudent  #dysautonomia  #disablednotunable  #jalaholic  #keeppushing  #keeppracticing 
There are days I worry and wonder. We all have doubts about our lives, but I sometimes doubt I can complete the path I’ve taken. I’m up to my ears in Shiva Rea trainings, trying to find students, and get my own practice in. Maybe the pink haired, tattooed girl is too much for this town?  But I’m not going to give up. For every chronically ill person like me, there are at least 100 (if not more) sitting at home waiting for someone to show them it’s possible. I want them to know it’s possible. 
Clothing: @jalaclothing 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #thinkings #ponderinglife #alwaysthestudent #jalaholic #musing #yogateacherlife #julian #yogasandiego #disablednotunable #chronicillnesswarrior #dysautonomia #dysautonomiastrong #yogisofinstagram #disabledyogi
There are days I worry and wonder. We all have doubts about our lives, but I sometimes doubt I can complete the path I’ve taken. I’m up to my ears in Shiva Rea trainings, trying to find students, and get my own practice in. Maybe the pink haired, tattooed girl is too much for this town? But I’m not going to give up. For every chronically ill person like me, there are at least 100 (if not more) sitting at home waiting for someone to show them it’s possible. I want them to know it’s possible. Clothing: @jalaclothing Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #thinkings  #ponderinglife  #alwaysthestudent  #jalaholic  #musing  #yogateacherlife  #julian  #yogasandiego  #disablednotunable  #chronicillnesswarrior  #dysautonomia  #dysautonomiastrong  #yogisofinstagram  #disabledyogi 
I’ve been working hard on gaining my strength. I even did two Wheels today!  Of course I have to hold on to my husband’s ankles to do it, but I’m positive that if I keep at it eventually I’ll be doing it on my own. I look at pictures from years ago and get frustrated that isn’t my current reality. But everyday, baby steps. I couldn’t have done this last year as meager as it is. 
Clothing: @fabletics 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #practiceandalliscoming #practicemakesprogress #yogaeveryday #yogalife #julian #julianyogaca #yogasandiego #myfabletics
I’ve been working hard on gaining my strength. I even did two Wheels today! Of course I have to hold on to my husband’s ankles to do it, but I’m positive that if I keep at it eventually I’ll be doing it on my own. I look at pictures from years ago and get frustrated that isn’t my current reality. But everyday, baby steps. I couldn’t have done this last year as meager as it is. Clothing: @fabletics #heatherslifeunfiltered  #practiceandalliscoming  #practicemakesprogress  #yogaeveryday  #yogalife  #julian  #julianyogaca  #yogasandiego  #myfabletics 
I rest, I move. I wish I moved as much as I rested, but that’s not my lot in life and I’ve made peace with that. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #chronicillness #disability #inspirationalquotes #osho #livinglifeanyway
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced; live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice”
- White Elk 💖Live your life fierce, live it for you. I could complain that I’m obviously not in full splits, but you know what?  I terrified of heights and I’m balanced on a railing. AND I’m smiling about it. Don’t let the fear stop you from living and don’t let it stop you from living full out. Get on that railing and scare yourself, you might be surprised at what you find on the other side. -
Outfit: @fabletics 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #lifefullyalive #stopfear #nofear #lifeisajourney #yoga #yogaanywhere #fearlessyogis #fabletics #julian #yogasandiego
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced; live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice” - White Elk 💖Live your life fierce, live it for you. I could complain that I’m obviously not in full splits, but you know what? I terrified of heights and I’m balanced on a railing. AND I’m smiling about it. Don’t let the fear stop you from living and don’t let it stop you from living full out. Get on that railing and scare yourself, you might be surprised at what you find on the other side. - Outfit: @fabletics #heatherslifeunfiltered  #lifefullyalive  #stopfear  #nofear  #lifeisajourney  #yoga  #yogaanywhere  #fearlessyogis  #fabletics  #julian  #yogasandiego 
Why with all the yoga!  Can’t we play fetch? Or even work on my training?! 🐩
Poodles can be soooo melodramatic!  And if it’s a poodle with a job it’s even worse. She gets tired of the hours spent laying at my side while I work on what she must see as completely useless (and in my case sometimes dangerous) body shapes. I couldn’t do it without her. 🐩
Clothing: @yogaclubbox 
No mat, just my wonderful @ikeausa rug which makes a great mat. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogisofinstagram #yogalife #servicedogsofinstagram #poodlesofinstagram #poodlesarethebest #chronicillness #disability
Why with all the yoga! Can’t we play fetch? Or even work on my training?! 🐩 Poodles can be soooo melodramatic! And if it’s a poodle with a job it’s even worse. She gets tired of the hours spent laying at my side while I work on what she must see as completely useless (and in my case sometimes dangerous) body shapes. I couldn’t do it without her. 🐩 Clothing: @yogaclubbox No mat, just my wonderful @ikeausa rug which makes a great mat. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalife  #servicedogsofinstagram  #poodlesofinstagram  #poodlesarethebest  #chronicillness  #disability 
Oh, there are days where I think why am I doing this?  I suck, because I spent so many years as a student instead of a teacher no one takes me seriously. But that’s how I was trained. I didn’t train in a studio, I trained with a Guru. An 80 year old Indian Guru. He said you must first learn before you can teach. I’m ready, but this isn’t how Western yoga works. I’m seen as a noob to be dismissed, but I also seem to be the only one that knows that Wild Thing is a half flipped plank, not flipping your dog (which exists, but is different). There are so many times I feel like giving up. I’m chronically ill, disabled, can’t do gymnastic type feats, and I’m not so graceful. But I KNOW what I’m doing. I don’t just DO yoga, I LIVE yoga. I’m also not so young or model like so it’s not like I’ll get sponsorship to help me. But I have a message and a purpose - to let others like me know they have a place in this practice. It’s why I keep going even when I’m on my mat in tears wanting to give up. -
Clothes: @yogaclubbox 
Mat: @ajloveyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #whyisitsohard #yogaeverydamnday #yogateacher #yogateacherlife #nevergiveup #dreams #alwaysthestudent #studentbeforeteacher
Oh, there are days where I think why am I doing this? I suck, because I spent so many years as a student instead of a teacher no one takes me seriously. But that’s how I was trained. I didn’t train in a studio, I trained with a Guru. An 80 year old Indian Guru. He said you must first learn before you can teach. I’m ready, but this isn’t how Western yoga works. I’m seen as a noob to be dismissed, but I also seem to be the only one that knows that Wild Thing is a half flipped plank, not flipping your dog (which exists, but is different). There are so many times I feel like giving up. I’m chronically ill, disabled, can’t do gymnastic type feats, and I’m not so graceful. But I KNOW what I’m doing. I don’t just DO yoga, I LIVE yoga. I’m also not so young or model like so it’s not like I’ll get sponsorship to help me. But I have a message and a purpose - to let others like me know they have a place in this practice. It’s why I keep going even when I’m on my mat in tears wanting to give up. - Clothes: @yogaclubbox Mat: @ajloveyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #whyisitsohard  #yogaeverydamnday  #yogateacher  #yogateacherlife  #nevergiveup  #dreams  #alwaysthestudent  #studentbeforeteacher 
Sometimes what seems like it should be the easiest is actually the hardest. Ask me to turn myself into a pretzel? No problem. Stomach to thighs? Um, Houston we have a problem. I’m not sure if it’s an anatomical anomaly or what. I do have a deformed hip, but that effects the way my hip turns, or at least that’s what the doctor said. 20 years on and I’m still working on it. And sometimes that’s how it works. You just have to work with what you’re given, but not give up. Honestly, this is so much better than it used to be. -
Clothing: @fabletics 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #forwardfold #progressnotperfection #yogalife #yogalifestyle #yoga #yogaeveryday #yogastruggles #fabletics #mamaroo
Sometimes what seems like it should be the easiest is actually the hardest. Ask me to turn myself into a pretzel? No problem. Stomach to thighs? Um, Houston we have a problem. I’m not sure if it’s an anatomical anomaly or what. I do have a deformed hip, but that effects the way my hip turns, or at least that’s what the doctor said. 20 years on and I’m still working on it. And sometimes that’s how it works. You just have to work with what you’re given, but not give up. Honestly, this is so much better than it used to be. - Clothing: @fabletics Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #forwardfold  #progressnotperfection  #yogalife  #yogalifestyle  #yoga  #yogaeveryday  #yogastruggles  #fabletics  #mamaroo 
Got a tripod for my phone. I need practice getting the framing right, but I’ll get there. -
So, how many people see the spectacular posts of yogis doing spectacular things and feel defeated that you’ll never be able to do that?  Me too. This is how I teach side plank in my class for chronic illness/disability. Side plank with a kick stand. Is it glamorous? God no, but then most yoga isn’t. The point is to build arm, core, and balance strength. -
So much of yoga is building strength-stability- and flexibility. The fine balance between sthira and sukha. This is easier for others then for most. What matters is you keep at it. -
Clothes: @fabletics 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogisofinstagram #yogaeveryday #yogabody #yogateacher #yogainspiration #yogapose #yogapractice #progressnotperfection #fabletics
Got a tripod for my phone. I need practice getting the framing right, but I’ll get there. - So, how many people see the spectacular posts of yogis doing spectacular things and feel defeated that you’ll never be able to do that? Me too. This is how I teach side plank in my class for chronic illness/disability. Side plank with a kick stand. Is it glamorous? God no, but then most yoga isn’t. The point is to build arm, core, and balance strength. - So much of yoga is building strength-stability- and flexibility. The fine balance between sthira and sukha. This is easier for others then for most. What matters is you keep at it. - Clothes: @fabletics Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogisofinstagram  #yogaeveryday  #yogabody  #yogateacher  #yogainspiration  #yogapose  #yogapractice  #progressnotperfection  #fabletics 
So, I did something really dumb. It wasn’t on purpose, mind you, but very dumb. We had a very busy weekend and I was rushed and both Saturday and Sunday I forgot to take my meds. By Sunday I was on the downward spiral into psychosis and PTSD-ing hard. Also that chronic pain I usually have controlled, so out of control that just breathing hurt. You can see the pain on my face and the shrugging of my shoulders as signs of severe pain. I feel like a total moron. I never thought just two days without my meds would take such a horrific toll on me. It serves as a reminder that though I seem normal and together, I’m really not. It’s sadly pharmacologically induced. People can have their opinions about that, but I for one am thankful for it. The last few days have been hell and I’m glad I’m back on my meds and getting back to functional. 
Clothing: @fabletics 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogisofinstagram #chronicillness #mentalhealthawareness #ptsd #chronicpain #mentalillness #disability #lifewithchronicillness #bekind #bekindalways #seektounderstand
So, I did something really dumb. It wasn’t on purpose, mind you, but very dumb. We had a very busy weekend and I was rushed and both Saturday and Sunday I forgot to take my meds. By Sunday I was on the downward spiral into psychosis and PTSD-ing hard. Also that chronic pain I usually have controlled, so out of control that just breathing hurt. You can see the pain on my face and the shrugging of my shoulders as signs of severe pain. I feel like a total moron. I never thought just two days without my meds would take such a horrific toll on me. It serves as a reminder that though I seem normal and together, I’m really not. It’s sadly pharmacologically induced. People can have their opinions about that, but I for one am thankful for it. The last few days have been hell and I’m glad I’m back on my meds and getting back to functional. Clothing: @fabletics #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogisofinstagram  #chronicillness  #mentalhealthawareness  #ptsd  #chronicpain  #mentalillness  #disability  #lifewithchronicillness  #bekind  #bekindalways  #seektounderstand 
Here, hold my cane while I do something silly in the Costco parking lot. Why?  I have no idea other than I’ve been working on crow for what seems like forever and I was bored. Seems like a good enough reason to me 🤷🏻‍♀️. The crow is progressing slowly, but I’m making progress and isn’t that what it’s all about?  You, the pose, and your mind all coming together to make it happen. Clothing: @fabletics 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogawhiledisabled #yogaeveryday #yogisofinstagram #yogalife #yogalove #chronicillness #disablednotunable
Here, hold my cane while I do something silly in the Costco parking lot. Why? I have no idea other than I’ve been working on crow for what seems like forever and I was bored. Seems like a good enough reason to me 🤷🏻‍♀️. The crow is progressing slowly, but I’m making progress and isn’t that what it’s all about? You, the pose, and your mind all coming together to make it happen. Clothing: @fabletics #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogawhiledisabled  #yogaeveryday  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalife  #yogalove  #chronicillness  #disablednotunable 
Handstand practice!  With too many tops 😂. I’m getting so close to getting my upper body strength back. Some days are discouraging, but others I can feel it coming back and that’s a good feeling. 🦄
Clothing: bra, tank, wrap @jalaclothing, leggings & barre shoes @fabletics 🦄
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogawhiledisabled #jalaholic #fabletics #yoga #handstand #practiceandalliscoming #yogalife #yogisofinstagram #yogasandiego #mountainyoga
Yoga for YOU. Chronic illness, no problem!  Disabled, got you covered!  Chronic injury, yeah that’s no problem either!  Yoga isn’t just for every body, it’s for everybody. Yoga for ALL abilities. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogawhiledisabled #yogalifestyle #yogalove #yoga #mountainyoga #yogaeveryday
The joys of small town living. Granted, my classes aren’t as big as they would be in the city, but honestly I love that I can give my students individual attention. Classes are never so large that I can’t make myself available to give physical assistance to my Therapeutic students. Oh, and did you see the view?  Behind the studio is all farm land with orchards and vineyards. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogaeveryday #mountainyoga  #yogasandiego #yoga #yogateacher #yogalifestyle
The joys of small town living. Granted, my classes aren’t as big as they would be in the city, but honestly I love that I can give my students individual attention. Classes are never so large that I can’t make myself available to give physical assistance to my Therapeutic students. Oh, and did you see the view? Behind the studio is all farm land with orchards and vineyards. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogaeveryday  #mountainyoga  #yogasandiego  #yoga  #yogateacher  #yogalifestyle 
Ever have a day where you feel like roadkill?  Yeah, we all have them and today is my day. Now granted, I get them more than the average person, but still they suck. I have stuff to do, 2 new flows to go through, a class to teach, and a business to run. Blah. I’ll just lay here being road kill. 
Clothes: @yogaclubbox 
Rug: @ikeausa 😜
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogalife #yogaeveryday #yogisofinstagram #yogalove #yogateacher #yoga #yogajourney #chronicillness #disablednotunable #yogawhiledisabled #canitakeanap
Ever have a day where you feel like roadkill? Yeah, we all have them and today is my day. Now granted, I get them more than the average person, but still they suck. I have stuff to do, 2 new flows to go through, a class to teach, and a business to run. Blah. I’ll just lay here being road kill. Clothes: @yogaclubbox Rug: @ikeausa 😜 #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogalife  #yogaeveryday  #yogisofinstagram  #yogalove  #yogateacher  #yoga  #yogajourney  #chronicillness  #disablednotunable  #yogawhiledisabled  #canitakeanap 
Oh the joys of brain damage. My husband reminds me to write down a note on a flow for a video shoot. Do I do it?  No!  Do I remember? No!  When life hands you Multiple Concussive Disorder you make with the laughs. As my mom always said “if I wasn’t laughing, I’d be crying, so laugh.” I laugh at myself all the time, but why would I be so thick headed as to not write down something for a film shoot?  Sometimes I try to insist I’m my old self. I’m not though, I remember everything I ever learned on the mat but can’t remember my right from my left. I can remember seeing one movie but have no recollection of another. I write out my flows then practice them so I can do it in my sleep, I still keep my notes with me while teaching and occasionally jot down changes when I remember to do it 🙄. At least I can laugh about it. 
Tank, bra, wrap: @jalaclothing 
Leggings: @fabletics 
Mats: @mamarooyoga, @gocleveryoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disablednotunable #dowhatyouthinkyoucantdo #yogawhiledisabled #braindamage #yogavideoshoot #yogavideo #yogateacherlife #yogaeveryday #yogisofinstagram #mountainyoga #disabledyogi
Oh the joys of brain damage. My husband reminds me to write down a note on a flow for a video shoot. Do I do it? No! Do I remember? No! When life hands you Multiple Concussive Disorder you make with the laughs. As my mom always said “if I wasn’t laughing, I’d be crying, so laugh.” I laugh at myself all the time, but why would I be so thick headed as to not write down something for a film shoot? Sometimes I try to insist I’m my old self. I’m not though, I remember everything I ever learned on the mat but can’t remember my right from my left. I can remember seeing one movie but have no recollection of another. I write out my flows then practice them so I can do it in my sleep, I still keep my notes with me while teaching and occasionally jot down changes when I remember to do it 🙄. At least I can laugh about it. Tank, bra, wrap: @jalaclothing Leggings: @fabletics Mats: @mamarooyoga, @gocleveryoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disablednotunable  #dowhatyouthinkyoucantdo  #yogawhiledisabled  #braindamage  #yogavideoshoot  #yogavideo  #yogateacherlife  #yogaeveryday  #yogisofinstagram  #mountainyoga  #disabledyogi 
It’s been a tough week, I won’t lie. Classes are filling up (yay!), I’m starting on my teacher training materials for Shiva Rea, I’ve had this idea of a flow in my head that I haven’t been able to get down on paper. Oh, and my husband’s company just did massive layoffs. He’s fine for now, but it makes you wonder and it makes you worry. We have plans, but they are often dictated by my disability, or money, or both. There are so many people going through the same things and I always feel bad for complaining. Life hasn’t been all rosy for me but yoga has been my still point, the shelter in the storm. And I hope I get to continue to help spread that to others. 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disablednotunable #feelingblue #worry #thefutureisuncertain #yogateacherlife #yogawhiledisabled #chronicillness #yoga
It’s been a tough week, I won’t lie. Classes are filling up (yay!), I’m starting on my teacher training materials for Shiva Rea, I’ve had this idea of a flow in my head that I haven’t been able to get down on paper. Oh, and my husband’s company just did massive layoffs. He’s fine for now, but it makes you wonder and it makes you worry. We have plans, but they are often dictated by my disability, or money, or both. There are so many people going through the same things and I always feel bad for complaining. Life hasn’t been all rosy for me but yoga has been my still point, the shelter in the storm. And I hope I get to continue to help spread that to others. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disablednotunable  #feelingblue  #worry  #thefutureisuncertain  #yogateacherlife  #yogawhiledisabled  #chronicillness  #yoga 
My butterfly may have a broken wing, but it doesn’t stop me from flying! 
After my recent run in with “one of those people” (btw, she unfollowed and blocked me 💁🏻‍♀️) I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. There will always be the naysayers, the poo pooers, the doubters, and the haters. But, what about that quiet person in the back that needs to be shown that they can do this, that it’s ok to ignore all the others and fly?  If I didn’t continue after being told that I was basically just hurting myself by not following their advice (I’m not hurting myself) my son would be so disappointed in me for giving up so easily. I didn’t disappoint him when he was alive, I certainly won’t now that he’s gone. We all have our pains, our battle wounds, and our scars. Some of us just have more to carry than others and sometimes, just sometimes, we need to be reminded about why we keep pushing ahead. I was reminded by unkind words that above all else always be kind and keep pushing forward to help those like you see that they can fly with a broken wing too. 
Shirt: @omandahlondon 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #disablednotunable #yogainspiration #yogalove #chronicillness #yogawhiledisabled #yogisofinstagram #mountainyoga #yogateacher #yogaeveryday #yogainallthings #kindness #kindnessmatters #bethelight
My butterfly may have a broken wing, but it doesn’t stop me from flying! After my recent run in with “one of those people” (btw, she unfollowed and blocked me 💁🏻‍♀️) I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. There will always be the naysayers, the poo pooers, the doubters, and the haters. But, what about that quiet person in the back that needs to be shown that they can do this, that it’s ok to ignore all the others and fly? If I didn’t continue after being told that I was basically just hurting myself by not following their advice (I’m not hurting myself) my son would be so disappointed in me for giving up so easily. I didn’t disappoint him when he was alive, I certainly won’t now that he’s gone. We all have our pains, our battle wounds, and our scars. Some of us just have more to carry than others and sometimes, just sometimes, we need to be reminded about why we keep pushing ahead. I was reminded by unkind words that above all else always be kind and keep pushing forward to help those like you see that they can fly with a broken wing too. Shirt: @omandahlondon Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #disablednotunable  #yogainspiration  #yogalove  #chronicillness  #yogawhiledisabled  #yogisofinstagram  #mountainyoga  #yogateacher  #yogaeveryday  #yogainallthings  #kindness  #kindnessmatters  #bethelight 
When you have a chronic illness there are always people that will tell you you don’t look sick, you’re too young to need a cane, or if you take xyz it will make everything go away. Then there are the think happy thoughts people and it’s all in your head people. Recently on Instagram I got a “if you do my type of yoga it will make your pain go away person.” The conversation didn’t go well. I tried to stay upbeat and light hearted, but I obviously hit a nerve. This is a yogi with multiple types of certifications and she’s young. She obviously has some sort of deep seated need to be the authority and my resistance to her didn’t go over well. What started as me dealing with “one of those people” ended up with her on the defensive. Huh?  What did I miss?  What on God’s green earth do you think you know about my condition that my TEAM of doctors don’t?
This was a perfect example of never assume anything about a situation without first asking questions. Yes, I have chronic pain, no your prescribed yoga will not help it. I’ve practiced yoga for over 20 years and I’m also a teacher. I also have a team of doctors that monitor my condition. 
This isn’t an attempt to call that person out - the comments have been deleted - this is merely a suggestion that instead of telling each other what to do, trying to prove we know more, that we lift each other up. Cheer each other on, say “you’re awesome!” Or don’t say anything at all. I see poses all the time that I want to give helpful instruction to, but it isn’t necessary, empathetic, or kind. So, with that said I give you my not so great Navasana. It felt really great when I did it, and honestly in the grand scheme of things, isn’t that what is important?
Clothes: @glyderapparel from @yogaclubbox 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #yogawhiledisabled #cantwealljustbekind #yogalife #yogagram #yogateacher #yogaeverydamnday #yogajourney #mountainyoga #chronicillness #disablednotunable #disabilityawareness
When you have a chronic illness there are always people that will tell you you don’t look sick, you’re too young to need a cane, or if you take xyz it will make everything go away. Then there are the think happy thoughts people and it’s all in your head people. Recently on Instagram I got a “if you do my type of yoga it will make your pain go away person.” The conversation didn’t go well. I tried to stay upbeat and light hearted, but I obviously hit a nerve. This is a yogi with multiple types of certifications and she’s young. She obviously has some sort of deep seated need to be the authority and my resistance to her didn’t go over well. What started as me dealing with “one of those people” ended up with her on the defensive. Huh? What did I miss? What on God’s green earth do you think you know about my condition that my TEAM of doctors don’t? This was a perfect example of never assume anything about a situation without first asking questions. Yes, I have chronic pain, no your prescribed yoga will not help it. I’ve practiced yoga for over 20 years and I’m also a teacher. I also have a team of doctors that monitor my condition. This isn’t an attempt to call that person out - the comments have been deleted - this is merely a suggestion that instead of telling each other what to do, trying to prove we know more, that we lift each other up. Cheer each other on, say “you’re awesome!” Or don’t say anything at all. I see poses all the time that I want to give helpful instruction to, but it isn’t necessary, empathetic, or kind. So, with that said I give you my not so great Navasana. It felt really great when I did it, and honestly in the grand scheme of things, isn’t that what is important? Clothes: @glyderapparel from @yogaclubbox Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogawhiledisabled  #cantwealljustbekind  #yogalife  #yogagram  #yogateacher  #yogaeverydamnday  #yogajourney  #mountainyoga  #chronicillness  #disablednotunable  #disabilityawareness 
Yoga meant for the chronically ill and disabled?  You better believe it!  No chairs unless you want one. Vinyasa Flow at your speed, done safely, and the only sore you feel afterwards is the good kind. It doesn’t get any better than that. Not in my area?  Contact me for a consultation on making other studio yoga classes more accessible. #heatherslifeunfiltered #yogawhiledisabled #chronicillness #disablednotunable #yogalove #yogainspiration #yogaforeveryone #yogalife #yogamotivation
Yoga meant for the chronically ill and disabled? You better believe it! No chairs unless you want one. Vinyasa Flow at your speed, done safely, and the only sore you feel afterwards is the good kind. It doesn’t get any better than that. Not in my area? Contact me for a consultation on making other studio yoga classes more accessible. #heatherslifeunfiltered  #yogawhiledisabled  #chronicillness  #disablednotunable  #yogalove  #yogainspiration  #yogaforeveryone  #yogalife  #yogamotivation 
Working on that seated Bird of Paradise. Without the bind, my leg is straight. Bind it and everything goes wonky. More shoulder opening, more stretching, more something. I erroneously thought this would be easier because I can’t balance standing (stupid disability) very easily. Just need to keep at it as with all things 🙂. Clothes: @glyderapparel from @yogaclubbox 
Mat: @mamarooyoga 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #birdofparadise #mountainyoga #mountaingirl #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #yogateacher #yogapractice #yogawhiledisabled #chronicillness
Working on that seated Bird of Paradise. Without the bind, my leg is straight. Bind it and everything goes wonky. More shoulder opening, more stretching, more something. I erroneously thought this would be easier because I can’t balance standing (stupid disability) very easily. Just need to keep at it as with all things 🙂. Clothes: @glyderapparel from @yogaclubbox Mat: @mamarooyoga #heatherslifeunfiltered  #birdofparadise  #mountainyoga  #mountaingirl  #yogaeverywhere  #yogaeverydamnday  #yogateacher  #yogapractice  #yogawhiledisabled  #chronicillness 
So what’s a disabled yogi to do after eating a massive salad and cheese bread at a chain restaurant (we made it down the mountain for Dash to get groomed)? Well, obviously a supported handstand on uneven ground with people gawking out the window. All in days fun. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull it off, my back pain has really been flaring up, but like my dad says us Scottish do or die trying. 
Outfit: @heladagen.store 
Flip flops: @havianasflipflops 
#heatherslifeunfiltered #handstand #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday #scottishstrong #yogawhiledisabled #yogalife #yogalove #heladagen #havianas
So what’s a disabled yogi to do after eating a massive salad and cheese bread at a chain restaurant (we made it down the mountain for Dash to get groomed)? Well, obviously a supported handstand on uneven ground with people gawking out the window. All in days fun. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull it off, my back pain has really been flaring up, but like my dad says us Scottish do or die trying. Outfit: @heladagen.store Flip flops: @havianasflipflops #heatherslifeunfiltered  #handstand  #yogaeverywhere  #yogaeveryday  #scottishstrong  #yogawhiledisabled  #yogalife  #yogalove  #heladagen  #havianas