The purest form of beauty exists in imperfection. .
Does anybody else feel twisted and knotted up like a pretzel with this, yet again another, eclipse? Roberto and I just moved, completely unplanned, into a beautiful apartment in Pilsen, Chicago. Built in the 1880s, very obviously by German or Czech immigrants, it is a romantic and charming unit, with the original woodwork preserved. We left the high rise life of the West Loop behind, and we are fascinated with the culture of our new neighborhood. The intense energy of 6 planets currently in retrograde, as well as the position of the moon, has brought an awareness to some of my patterns that my yoga practice has helped me so much to improve. I used to agonize over making decisions, whether big or small, because I wanted to create a “perfect” outcome. What I have come to realize is tapping into your heart’s desire is the only way to provide yourself with real, organic truth. Authenticity provides the most beautiful imperfect results, because that is how it is meant to be. So, “un-pretzel” yourself, listen to your heart, make your decision, and never look back, because there is no such thing as perfect. We move forward as we grow and change. #progress#bethechange#practiceandalliscoming#yogapractice#yoga#yogagram#yogalife#yogacommunity#yogisofinstagram#chicagoyoga#chicagoneighborhoods#chicago#yogaismedicine#practicemakesprogress#yogaathlete#pilsenchicago#pilsen#om#yogainthecity#ghosh#flexibility#strength#balance
May I have your Attention Please ⚠️. This peaceful warrior completed four true Bikram classes with me during our trip to Naples. Although he showed up for his first class back from brain surgery 🧠 simply to “be with me”, he quickly remembered why he fell in love with this practice before his diagnosis. It takes a lot of courage to come back to something as rigorous as this practice, but he overcame that fear. My good friend has told me about studies that have proven Bikram Yoga to have positive effects on those diagnosed with brain cancer - the heat keeps the tumors away. With my upmost passion for, and belief in, the healing powers of this yoga, I have been waiting patiently for Roberto to make his comeback into the yoga room. I never pried, because I knew he would return when he was ready. The time is now, and I could not be more proud of his calmness and stillness in his effort. He is a true yogi. I am so happy to announce, on his behalf, that he is planning on reincorporating original hot yoga into his daily routine. Thank you to Bikram Yoga Naples @hot_yoga_naples for providing a space for me to continue my competition training for nationals while on vacation, for the first time with my man by my side. #abundance#health#healthiswealth#yoga#happiness#yogaismedicine#yogaheals#yogatherapy#hotyoga#braincancer#braincancerawareness#fuckcancer#oligodendroglioma#mylove#yogalove#yogacouple#yogisofinstagram#rsds#crps#yogaeverydamnday#yogalife
💜 🔮 L E T T I N G G O 🔮 💜
of regrets from the unchanging past
of fear for the unknown future
of any expectations
of...your foot in standing head to knee?
We are capable of so much more than we might even realize when we let go of all inhibitions that prevent us from being fully present. (B E)L I E V E in yourself. Just be. That is where the magic happens. .
I wasn’t “planning” to do anything but a basic standing head to knee. That is the point. I was so present in my space that I didn’t even think...I just did. I had never tried releasing and reversing the grip. First attempt ever, and I did it! So glad I have the video to show myself because I was so in the moment that I didn’t even remember it happening. Let go of the shit that does not serve you. How do you know what feelings do not serve you? Are your emotions affecting your ability to be fully present? Just like that, magic, if you let it go and let it be.
S💛UL . F U L L . SUND☀️Y
Always bending. Not just backbending; bending my mind, my thoughts, my perspective. When witnessed practicing my homework, sometimes people ask if I ever stop “doing yoga”. It always makes me smile, but the answer is no. While I do not practice physical asana all the time, or even the majority of the time (oh how I wish I could...), I have seen a major shift in my general perspectives in “real life”. The desire I carry for deepening my practice has already done so much more than I could have ever imagined.
A main reason for my choice to practice asana is for healing. In order to heal, there must be kindness. I practice the asanas to cultivate kind and loving energy in and out. And that is what I mean when I say I don’t stop “doing yoga”. I try my best to practice being the kindest version of myself on and off the mat. And that is yoga.
Therefore, I shift my spine so I can shift how I treat myself, and in turn my environment. Shifting towards kindness of mind, thoughts, and perspective. And that is where the yoga keeps going.
One year ago from this moment, Roberto was recovering in the Neuro-ICU from the awake brain surgery and mapping that he had endured earlier in the day. The outcome of the diagnosis and processes that have followed have truly shaped the way we have been living, or rather, thriving. Healing is our constant thought process, and it is so beautiful. Our minds have turned what could have been despair into light, and have chosen VICTORY over victim. I have spent the last couple months especially building up to this milestone. While it never leaves my consciousness, I always tend to get a little nervous to write "the perfect posts" in honour of this strong man that I have the privilege of calling my husband. I remember when first I met him, I was in total awe of the tremendous amount of strength he carried throughout his fascinating, experience-filled, and unusually unique life. But this, we are experiencing this together. We are healing together. We are getting used to going into MRIs together. We are discovering what works for the pain and what does not. I will tell you now, it is NOT big pharma. We are doing a lot of research together. We are doing self study. #RSDS and #Oligodendroglioma Grade 2 ain't got nothing on this team right here.
Roberto, I am so proud of the journey that you have traveled in the past 12.5 months. I am excited for what is to come. I feel so lucky and grateful to wake up next to you every morning with a smile and immediately feel so much joy. The result of the past 365 (plus a few) days has created an energetic connection that emulates our strength, and it is one that will never be broken. You are the definition of strength. I learn so much from you every single day, my love.
Readers and viewers, family and friends, thank you for your support a year ago, and thank you for your continuous support. As I have said before, we really feel it, and we are forever grateful for you.