Day 2 of #WinterOpenHips is lizard and here is a monitor lizard behind me sittin pretty on the rock. When I first arrived in Thailand I thought I saw a crocodile in the river! I thought to myself.. why Thailand and how did I not read about this on Tripadvisor 🤦🏾♀️ Little did I know it was just a monitor lizard casually swimming around :) Monitor lizards are harmless, but if provoked they will defend themselves.. just like any other living things on this planet - like us humans. Just keep your distance and observe these creatures from a far 🦎
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Yoga challenge hosted by:
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I encourage you all to join this challenge! No matter your age or level, your hips will love it!
Here’s the pose list if you’d like to plan ahead:
Day 1: pigeon
Day 2: lizard
Day 3: skandasana
Day 4: cow face pose
Day 5: middle splits&forward fold
Day 6: bird of paradise
Day 7: bound angle pose/Butterfly pose
Day 8: lotus
Day 9: extended-hand-to-big-toe poss
Day 10: Goddess pose
What is YOUR ultimate dream?
I remember the time when I was dreaming about a life which would allow me to live it the way I wanted, a life with purpose and meaning. A life where I could express myself and where I could leave a meaningful impact. I was dreaming about becoming a yoga teacher and living in different places around the world. Though I was afraid to speak it out loud, I was afraid what society would say, I was afraid of leaving my secure „comfort zone“. My life back home was great and I had everything I always wanted: a job which paid my bills and allowed me to travel to many places around the world, a huge flat, a nice car, many clothes & shoes in my closet, dining in fancy places... literally all those things we started achieving when we start going to school. BUT all of it just didn’t make me truly happy... The desire putting my dream into realty just grew and grew over time. I remember I came home from a yoga and surf holiday in Morocco Saturday afternoon and I sat on my balcony asking myself: what am I waiting for? The answer came quick: I waited for someone who told me: „Vero you can do it!“ ... but at the same time I knew, no one would come and clap me on my shoulder saying those words. This was the moment where everything changed. I went to work on Monday morning and handed in my notice. In this moment I decided to stop dreaming about my life and finally living my dream. After a couple of months I found myself sitting in a plane to India to do my first yoga teacher training with the aim living the life I always was dreaming of-becoming a traveling yoga teacher ✨💜💫
Trust me it was hard, f*** hard and it sometimes still is,but it was so worth it. I’m not working anymore in a 9-5 job and I’m not earning as much money as I used to,but I finally live the way I WANT to: in Bali surrounded by like minded people who became my family and with those I can share my passion for yoga and for this I am grateful every single day 🙏🏼
I know how scary it is, but the same way thousands of people changed their life for good, so can you.The only thing you need is: #believeinyourself 💜
Hey lovelies👋🏼 There’s heaps of new beautiful people around lately so I figured it’s best for me to re-introduce myself...
Hi☺️ My name is Gina/Gi. No, I was not always a yogi🧘🏼♀️ No, I did not always eat healthy🥑 No, I did not always love my body💪🏼 No, I did not always choose green juice & coconuts over vodka🥥>🍸 No, I did not always trust in the Universe💫 No, I didn’t always blame life’s shenanigans on the moons🌙hug trees🌴& speak to the ocean🌊 No, I did not always feel comfortable expressing my true thoughts🙅🏼♀️ No, I did not ever think I’d be running my own health & wellness business, mentoring people to create the life of their dreams, at the age of 24🌻📲 but woop! Here I am!😱💫
My mission in life is to be there for you the way I wish someone was there for me years ago, when I thought I could never change. When I thought binge eating, over exercising, self sabotaging, living in scarcity, comparing, judging, shaming, & criticizing myself and others was where I’d be ‘stuck’ forever. I’m here to be that wake up call you need to get out of your head🙆🏼♀️ and into your heart💜♥️ & to know that it is OKAY to ask for help. I only wish I had.
Excited to see what beautiful women I get to mentor next😱 if you feel called to reach out, don’t hesitate. I’m no different than you. Quite literally a reflection of you...so let’s be reflections of each other, growing & learning as one🌻
Love & light,
This is my a drawing I did for my grandmother, of her. I gave it to her a long time ago around this time of year. She was about my age in this photo/drawing, and In honor of her would have been 95th birthday in November , and her 4th passing date in October, I thought I'd share something one of my family members gave me when Meanie (my grandmother) left us. It's something I think we all need to be reminded of... Including myself... .
The following was written by a Dr my grandmother went to see around the age of 29 in search of something I think is common among us all.
"Work when you work- play when you play - rest when you rest - make sure there is time in the day for all three.
Live today--yesterday is gone - tomorrow hasn't come.
Simply your life - hurry and worry are soul mates.
Everything is not the way you would like it to be. It never was. It never will be. Don't fret, don't try to change all about you.
Do the best you can - and let it go- if you make the right decision more often than not, that's good--but remember any decision is better than none, even is its a poor one. No decision, worrying and wondering mean exhaustion."
In Ayurveda were learning that stress= disease. So this advice is actually pretty beautiful. I wish we could all live half the life this beautiful woman led. Happy holidays sweet Meanie. 💖😇
Words on my mind these days: self-care. Living in a city that is go-go-go plus a job(s) that is/are constantly give-give-give can be pretty tough at times. Don’t get me wrong - I LOVE what I do and where I am at in my life but every now and then, a gentle reminder, nudge, or flip of persepective to rememeber the importance of ME is needed ☺️
I recently had the opportunity to attend a yoga nidra and sound bath meditation and realized that it has been a while since I’ve focused on letting myself have something simply for me. No attachments, no pressure, and the ability gift myself with a recharging and relaxing moment. Worth every minute and every breath! 🙏
Self-care is so important and needed for everyone! So allow yourself to be nourished because y’all deserve something for YOU 😄
i sit here writing this as i reflect over the last week of my life. i suppose none of it really matters to you other than africa is exactly how youd hope to expect it not to be. beyond it all i’ve grown a strong connection to the land. the people. & myself.
i look through my journal & the fluidity in my hand writing has become much tighter than it was a month ago in europe. i never embodied such an activation as i have now being here. ive been exposed to deeper channels. i have never been so content with where im at in life than now. never have i received such guidance from my intuition.
my first night in cairo i had tea with the medicine man. his voice chanted a vibration through every atom of my being.
with tears i asked why i don’t feel fear. why others back ‘home’ worry about me for being “numb” to that emotion.
im grateful i had the opportunity to ask this question before being exposed to what i was over the last week. being held up on a bus by the military, being harassed for money for using the toilets, covering up in layers beyond in 75 F, being judged for turning down the offering of chicken or camel... so it goes on.
he spoke ‘you found balance at a young age. that balance is what keeps us safe. stay mindful. don’t out seek emotion that isnt real for you. feel what you feel & not what you are expected to’
i don’t feel called to tell any of you the stories my life has written while being here. although i feel pulled to remind you that if your biggest problems are that your cars a bit beat up, you uncontrollably eat too much of the food you comfortably have in your kitchen, you lose sleep over anxiety from what you have the luxury of needing to do, your struggling with school, your job isn’t ideal, you take too many medications, you missed your last few workouts..
then be so grateful.
praise your food. praise your intuition. praise your safety & praise your health most of all. if you’re stressed, insecure, depressed, hyperactive, etc.. really allow yourself too feel it. then seek what will bring you back balance. these problems you may be facing have simple solutions.
& my hands out to help you who’s struggling to see.
Still a little obsessed with how amazing Sydney was. And I can’t take credit for this sweet pic. Dad had the window seat with more legroom space on the way home. I’m such a great daughter! #familytravel
As we gear up for our lightning speed layover in another city I’ve always wanted to go to (Istanbul!) I can’t help but think back to our absolutely amazing trip to Seville, but specifically visiting Real Alcázar- a building I learned about while studying architecture at school, and had been on my bucket list ever since. It was so much more than I could have imagined and I was devastated when I thought I lost all our photos when my phone was stolen. Luckily G dug his up, so I at least have snipets of one of my favorite architectural experiences of all time. .
All the hype and expectation did not disappoint, but definitely skip the line by purchasing your tickets online, and go first thing in the morning. As mid day approached areas became intolerably crowded- but go!
Best decision of 2018: Going to India 🇮🇳 My trip was organized for months but my son had a serious ski accident 2 weeks before and I was not sure I would go until 48 hours before the departure. 😏
He told me to go and it was the best decision. My trip to India allowed me to survive the rest of this despicable year. 🙏🇮🇳
Spiritually it has given me the strength to go on and to reinvent myself one more time. 🙏💕
India has a really special spot in my heart. 💜 🇫🇷 Meilleure decision de 2018: Partir en Inde . C’était pourtant pas gagné. Mon voyage était prévu depuis des mois, mais mon fils a eu un tres grave accident de ski 2 semaines avant mon départ. 😔
Je ne savais pas si j’allais y aller jusqu’à 48h avant mon vol. 🙏
Il m’a dit de partir et j’ai bien fait.
Ce pays m’a donné la capacité de survivre à cette détestable année.
Il m’a offert une force spirituelle qui m’a permise de me réinventer une fois de plus et de continuer ma vie malgré les embûches.
L’inde tient une place spéciale dans mon coeur 💓
Moon in Aquarius 🌙
This air sign loves to do things in a non traditional way. Ruled by Uranus the planet who moves in its own way, orbiting and rotating in a peculiar manner, Aquarius folk tend to operate in a similar fashion.
It can be refreshing to switch things up, to see what sticks and what falls away.
The past two days I pulled the 6 of cups, which is symbolic of holding on to the past. Stuck in memories and jeopardizing the gift of now.
So today I’ll use this Aquarian energy and switch things up, flip myself upside down and see how the world looks standing on my hands. :
#aquarius#aquariusmoon#tarotlove#yogastrology ® #astrologyjunkie#moonlovers#moonmagic#cosmicghostrider#soulsearching#travelingyogi
Paris changed me
In the most unsuspecting way
I am an island girl at heart, but this moody romantic city has triggered a shift
A domino effect of thoughts and feelings that have led me to new places within myself
Places I didn’t know existed and I never knew to look for
It’s why I love to travel, specifically to travel alone
Once you remove everything familiar, all routines, people, places, and expectations
You are left with your purest unfiltered self
So incredibly present in every moment because you have no expectations or safety net
Immersed in a new place, new language and new culture, you have to take everything in stride
Learning as you go and finding your way one breath at a time
I found my way to myself once again in this city
Merci beaucoup Paris, until we meet again
Remember to keep your heart open
Your mind open.
Walk each moment
with a little more grace
a little more compassion
a little more space
for the intolerance of others.
Not everyone is going to accept you.
And that's okay.
Day 1 of #NamastayOhm with three of some of my favorite IG yogis starts today.
With my poor signal in Belize, I'm still going to try to play along. I just love the challenge idea, all of the babes, and it's even sponsored by my all time favorites @aloyoga and @alo.moves (essential staples in my daily life) 🙌🏼💙
Набор волонтёров в Культурный центр "АУРА"
(Ярославская обл., 40 км от Переславль-Залесского)
Заезд - с 17 января 2019г.
🛠Приглашаем мастеров-строителей и любителей, которым близки йога и саморазвитие. Волонтёрство в «Ауре» - это карма-йога, служение, это ваш рост и вклад в развитие йоги.
• трёхразовое вегетарианское питание,
• оплату договорную от уровня мастерства (больше информации - по почте),
• возможность практиковать йогу, общаться с единомышленниками,
• жить за городом,
• компенсацию проезда (полную или частичную), если приедете на срок более 21 дня,
• проживание в простых тёплых комнатах на 3-4 человека,
• за длительное волонтёрство можно пройти курсы преподавателей или ретрит,
• баню 2 раза в неделю, горячий душ - каждый день.
📅Заезд в любой день по предварительной договорённости с 17 января.
Сроки пребывания открытые возможен длительный заезд на год и более.
✏Если это про вас и есть желание помочь, нужно:
• отправить письмо на адрес email@example.com с темой "Строитель", ознакомиться с условиями сотрудничества, заполнить анкету и договориться о дате приезда.
+79159927505 (WhatsApp) - Марина.
«Для того, чтобы человеку прийти к гармонии, нужно не только выполнять физические практики, но и использовать, как одну из методик, служение. Попробуйте что-то делать позитивное для других, если у вас есть такая возможность. И в вашу жизнь придёт позитив»
🙏Расскажите друзьям об этой возможности!
Пусть все наши мысли, слова и дела приводят к благу этого мира.
Day 7- #25daysofbuti - #cobra .
This week has been nuts with traveling, Christmas gift hunting, schedule reorganizing, planning, all this season brings. Every time I travel it feels like it takes me a week to get on a normal time schedule again. (When I jump from place to place there’s a 3-6 hour time change) and currently I’m still not adjusted. .
I gotta get my yoga routine back on track because that seems to level everything else out. Start the leveling from within and it will flow outward. .
Maybe I should make that in big font and hang it on the tree 😂 .
@butiyoga, @goldenrationutrition, @breakmethod, @movenkd and HOSTS: @butibutibecky, @aconsciousapproach @namastadrienne .
Thankful for an amazing trip to New Orleans for the past five days teaching and enjoying the city with @onearmedyogi. The amazing @ajaxtheyogi was so kind and welcoming to us and was also a fantastic tour guide being sure to expose us to some amazing live music. I was beyond humbled and honored (and honestly nervous!) when she gave me the opportunity to lead a workshop focusing on whatever I felt appropriate. We talked for probably an hour and a half specifically on weight distribution and middle body alignment/muscle contractions for pranayama breathing and half moon side bending, with a little time at the end to answer specific questions about any other postures. Most of all I reminded the students to hold the highest possible vision for themselves at all times, and that the real yoga is not success in the postures but more about how you live, how you treat others and practicing pure present moment to the best of our ability. It was an amazing experience and the students were so inspiring and I can’t wait to go back someday! If you’re ever in New Orleans please go check out @magnoliayogastudio :)
The backstory of how I got here…handstands and Bali, both. It’s not pretty, folks. The grueling work it takes to build the mechanics to handstand. It’s long and tedious. It takes a tremendous amount of patience, consistency, and dedication. No one is going to do it for us. We alone, have to show up for ourselves. So while it’s super cool and all on the social media front, please understand there’s blood, sweat and tears that go into it. ~~~
Literally traveling outside my comfort zone, I take a crack at building emotional fortitude, something of a low threshold for me. Callousing my heart, if you will, to withstand the blows of life, but not foregoing my ability to continue to love. That’s the key. Keep our inner light burning bright, no matter what shit we roll across. ~~~