Be compassionate toward yourself. Life is messy, your doing the best you can, while also making it your own. ~ Melanin & Yoga
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I took a little hiatus. My mental was scattered, motivation low (although it still might be). I was traveling a bit more than usual and money was flying out of my pockets like there was no tomorrow. (That's never a good thing.) 😒
On the brighter side, I also got to reconnect with my man. We went on vacation. My best friend got married, & I've gained some clarity in career things.
Life is wonky. It's messy, it's great, then it's bad. It's easy and then sometimes it takes all you have to keep going. It's a journey, and that's the beautiful part. Take what you want. Leave what you don't, but always make it your own.
Stop trying to be like everyone else,
Don’t try to be perfect,
That’s where your unique assets will shine! 💫
Just get on your mat, ~Melanin & Yoga
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When I look at photos of myself in yoga postures, I get painfully hyper-critical. “You should have bent your front knee more. Why isn’t your back leg straight?...and on and on” But why? ✨
Why do I demand perfection from myself when I know that perfection isn’t real? Who cares how straight my leg is as long as I’m on my mat? Then sometimes I say “progress over perfection” and have to remind myself that progress isn’t important either. ✨
What’s important to me on the day to day is effort. If I have the energy, I put in the effort. That’s what really matters, not what’s caught on camera. Judging myself harshly wont change what my legs are doing, it’ll only make harder for me to get on the mat, and that is the only thing that matters to me. ✨
Couldn’t be more proud of my babies for volunteering an afternoon of their time to giving back. Today they decorated boxes that will be filled with bags of school supplies for children in underserved communities and did so with joy and excitement. 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽 With all the “self care” talk being popular right now, it’s equally as important to remember to give back!
A huge thank you to VCU Center on Health Disparities for giving my babies an opportunity to give back to the community. 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽. You rock!!! #communityservice#giveback#getinvolved . #bethechange#beaboutit#principlesofyoga#howwehomeschool#homeschool#homeschoolyoga
We hear a lot of talk about self care these days and while that is absolutely essential, giving back to underserved and marginalized communities is equally as important. Today #melaninandyogababies participated in some community service work. They decorated boxes that will be used to deliver packages of school supplies to communities in need. We couldn’t be prouder of these kids excitement to give back, a true yogic principle.
375 bags of school supplies will be delivered throughout the #rva area to local children in need.
Thank you to VCU Center on Health Disparities for providing these little people an opportunity to get involved and give back to the community! You rock!
And a huge huge thank you for your donations and sponsorship toward our fundraising event. We can’t even express how grateful we are to partner and work with you!
If your looking for an opportunity to get involved check out VCU Center of Health Disparities FB Page for more information!
How are you helping to make the world a better place?
Yoga is not just a physical exercise. It is a way of life, a way to love yourself and others, and a way to combine mind, body and spirit. In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (foundational text of yoga) we are prescribed the 8 limbs of Yoga as a path of enlightenment (Samadhi). The first of these 8 limbs, or steps, is called Yamas, which is a set of moral restraints. The first of the 5 Yamas is called Ahimsa (nonviolence), which means do no harm to yourself or to others (this is sometimes a yogi's reason for becoming vegan).
As mentioned in 'Yoga Journal' by Linda Sparrow, Yoga offers "a path to a calmer mind, healthier body, and a more open heart". Yoga is defined as "a system of specific poses, breathing exercises, and behaviours designed to purify, heal, and awaken." #yogasutras#patanjali#yogalife#yamas#ahimsa#nonviolence#yogajournal#principlesofyoga#mindbodyspirit#8limbsofyoga
☀️When the sun shines and its light shows the beauty in Mother Earth around us as us puts things into perspective
☀️Happiest of weekends to all and everyone #findtheyogathatisrightforyou#principlesofyoga#lineageofkrishnamacharya ☀️Trying to be something that your not is human suffering ☀️We are sold these ideas and get on board with trying to change ourselves through gymnastics or even mental gymnastics-mind control ☀️Find the yoga that is right for you inspired by the principles of Yoga rooted in the lineage of Krishnamacharya
Its Friday!!! Which means.. it’s time for the weekend and some down time for rest and relaxation. A lot of times as we rush through our work week we feel like we need to earn the right to relax. Thoughts have ran through my mind like, “I can’t relax, I haven’t worked hard enough.” Or “I will relax when this is done.” Just a heads up... we have ALL earned the right to relax. If it is for 5 minutes in the car after a long day at the office, or if you have the luxury and alone time to take a bubble bath. Making time for proper relaxation and self-care will lead you to an overall healthier life and give you the energy to finish all those things on your to do list. What are you doing to relax and recharge this weekend?
Our trip is going well and we're pleased to hear that some of you have tried out some different types of yoga with Kasia and Heather.
Sarah has been enjoying practicing with and learning from her teachers Stephanie Howard and Carlo Giorno in Washington State. Carlo was #Bikram Choudhury's assistant at the Yoga College of India in LA for 7 years.
It's been a great learning opportunity and Sarah is excited to share with you in yoga class when she returns 😁🕉️♥️ #alwaysastudent#straightfromthesource#yogaderby#skytribe#hotyoga#pnwyoga#principlesofyoga
Melanin & Yoga’s, Dietary and Diabetic Nurse Educator @iam0106 joined in with the @rvahostel and #rvaforpuertorico to lead a Puerto Rican themed “Cooking as a Second Language” class in efforts to help raise awareness of the culture, history and current conditions of Puerto Rico within the Richmond, Virginia community. A interactive and educational fun way to help raise awareness for diverse underserved cultures.
The diversity and sincere interest by the participants was heartwarming and provides hope for humanity. The connections made, the positive energy, the heartfelt love and caring spirit was everything!
It’s never about exclusivity, but instead inclusivity; not just tolerance but acceptance and love which was sincerely felt in this room. Thank you to all the participants who made it a success.
Thank you to @dinamweinstein and @richmondmag for helping spread the word!
Building strong communities that give back that is #LIVINGYOGA
'2minute noodles' healthy style - but it takes more like 10mins 😏
2minute noodles are what I crave when Im feeling tired, homesick or in early pregnancy! So this is a great healthier version to pack in some nutrients. (also found it a great success with #fussytoddlers )
Perfect quick lunch or dinner (especially when you get home later after a yoga class). recipe:
organic egg noodles
1 grated carrot
1/4 cabbage finely chopped
1-2 cubes organic veg stock
2 cups water
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp cameline oil (high in omega 3)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
grated cheese (optional)
Boil water. Add stock, grated carrots and chopped cabbage. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add noodles, cook per packet instruction. Take off heat. Stir through cameline oil, nutritional yeast and parsley. Serve. Top with grated cheese or more nutritional yeast flakes.
The moon keeps growing, and thus so does the lunar energy. Can you feel it? What are you looking to manifest? How are those intentions coming along?
Several times to practice with me this week! .
Tonight I sub @stiffguyyoga for @yogiwilla at @themoonandthemat at 730 PM! .
Tomorrow night is Luna Buddha at @the.salty.buddha and I have a sweet waxing moon flow for you lovelies. 8PM!
Thursday is Principles of Yoga at Green Tea Yoga in Salem. 730PM. We break poses down and concentrate on proper alignment. .
Lets amp up this energy ahead of the full supermoon in leo on 1/31! Amazing art by @jessi_huntenburg #rebelyellyoga#principlesofyoga#lunabuddha#waxingmoon#moonmagic#stiffguyyoga#yogaeveryday#yogini#salemyogis#thesaltybuddha#greenteayoga#themoonandthemat
Sunday Morning Reading
Black Lab by my side 🐕
Relax,Restore,Feeding the Mind with Wholesome Nutrients 📚
Principles of Yoga are well-being roadmaps for inner self as well as an assist with managing the elements in your environment; people,situations,things
Prevention is better than Cure.
The Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali
2.36. One Who Shows a High Degree of Right Communication will not fail in his Actions.
The Ability to be Honest in communication with sensitivity without hurting others without telling lies and with the necessary reflection requires a very refined state of being. Such persons cannot make mistakes in their actions. The Heart of Yoga ❤
This one hit home for me.
Communication is Everything, but it must be done right with truthfulness,sensitivity,openess to hear (even if it's something you don't want to hear),compassion and most of all Love.
Happy Sunday. Namaste #yogalove#yogasutra#principlesofyoga#sundayrest#sundayrestore#mindfullness#blacklabrador#furbaby#30dayyogaliving#30dayyogachallenge