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Decided to check in and see how my #mayurasana #peacockpose on the floor (as opposed to the easier option of mayurasana on a raised surface or on parallettes ) is coming along. Without wanting to appear immodest, I'd say quite well. 😮 My body is an astounding thing. I spend weeks immobile due to pain, with little in the way of physical asana practice. And this comes from nowhere in one of my first practices. And it's not even a flexibility move but a strength one!! I've never been able to hold the full expression of peacock with the legs raised and I've never even tried so literally no clue why or how this happened. It's not fair but I'm not complaining!! I do have to work hard at maaaany many asana. I can't hold a good form chaturanga for example, which is funny when you see this, but it's true. The only thing I can attribute it to is having almost 6 years of practice behind me, so maybe my muscle memory is frighteningly good?! P.S. Crumbs. Seems I'm shadow-banned. 😬
Routine MOT last night of the 4 #yogawheels wheel, forearm wheel, elbow wheel and full wheel. 😜 Despite the full wheel being a work in progress due to its complexity, I can for now report that this - the #elbowwheel - is developing very nicely. 👍Chin (or lack of it ) sits in the palms of hands... 👍elbows are in line with shoulders which is much better alignment than previously... 👍chest is as open as can be given the head position... 👍speaking of which head is much nearer butt! 👍And I'm working on straightening out the legs which makes this pose far more aesthetically pleasing but also keeps pushing my body to finding its limits and making constant adjustments. I really think the head sit is achievable, I have a feeling I can probably get bun to bum with fully straightened legs, which will push the chest out just that little bit further and edge the shoulders just beyond the elbows to give room to raise the head. Fingers crossed 🤗 . . 💙 Wearing my favourite win of the year from @pranavidastyle @ameliakyoga the Dreamcatcher capris from the Legacy collection. 💙
For the past few days every few posts I've seen has been a sponsored post (ad ) by some of the most followed yogis on IG advertising the Black Friday sale for perhaps the best known brand of yoga apparel. The constant promotion and exclusivity exhibited by the many yogis who are paid by the brand pushed me into unfollowing them. I got so sick of them promoting such an exclusive, highly inaccessible brand. For me, yes the endless posts worked at first and I wanted an outfit by them. Why? Just to be able to say I had that brand outfit. W.T.F?! Common sense thankfully set in before I was consumed with lust. I have amazing clothing from other brands who are less pushy, more economical, more accessible and available to the likes of people like me, and just more in line with basic human and yogic ethics. Not only that but this heavily-lauded brand are shockingly body-exclusive. I would never make the cut and I'm not fat. Yet I have more yoga experience than most of their paid puppets. Weigh more than 100lb? Got a post-partum belly? Got a food baby, even? You'll be lucky to fit in the largest size they stock. Yes - the LARGEST size wouldn't fit me. And I'm not fat. Every one of their paid wearers are thin, perfectly toned, no excess fat at all - or they're just plain ripped in the case of men - and all are treated like royalty because the clothes they're wearing gives them some kind of automatic "you MUST be amazing" label. Some ARE skilled. Some are good people. But the sad side is that many have built up their following because of their hallowed connection with their clothing brand. They get professional photo shoots ensuring their photos are utterly perfect to draw in more followers and to feed more people on to the company. What hope does that give us mere mortals? The brand irked me so much I no longer follow or support them or the yogis who are paid to promote the brand in just about every post they make. Now there are sponsored posts everywhere and it's so ridiculous I decided to make a stand. So you don't have clothing from that brand? You don't get those perfect photos from another photo shoot? So what! Yoga doesn't need it. Yoga just needs you.
Sugar Cane pose at Frosts in Brampton! Trying to think of all the Christmas yoga poses 😉 #frostschristmas
Been such a long time since I took photos at this spot by the river. Loved getting out for some #Huntingdon photography but it was fun to get in front of the camera too. New once a week aim: outdoor shoot in the park. Time to get some quality back into my photos...tired of posting dull, fuzzy photos from the kitchen. 😬 The fresh air will be a good thing through winter!
Kickover from wheel has eluded me for years. I can do forearm ticktocks. I can control my drop into wheel. I got it down to being able to kickover on the gentlest incline - but never figured out the key to getting it on a flat surface! Worth revisiting. Fingers Xd my body will do the drills every day for the rest of the month! 🙏 Anyone working on the kickover want to join me? ------ @Regranned from @aimeemasch - Joining these amazing yogis!! Let’s see what happens! ・・・ What do Thanksgiving and yoga have in common? (Well aside from all that gratitude stuff... ) Why, this challenge, of course! Have you made it your 2017 goal to kick over from wheel pose, and yet Thanksgiving is upon us and your feet are still cemented to the ground? 🔅 . Perfect! #KickoversNLeftovers is just the challenge for you! We’ll be focusing on those aspects of your practice that will help you find the strength, flexibility, and confidence to kicking over from wheel! Each day from November 19-28 your hosts will give you different drills to work so that you can eventually nail that elusive kick over! . To play, repost this flyer and tag some friends to join you! Also, please follow your hosts: @stretchylexi @bethanysmithyoga @throwin shapes . And sponsors : @aloyoga @mantralaces @liforme Be sure to tag all hosts and sponsors each day, and use the hashtag #KickoversNLeftovers - #regrann
Dasher and a "Dancer" at Frosts in Brampton! #frostschristmas
So for all I try and try and try to focus on the years of lessons I've learned in my handstand journey, I still get the best results if I don't think about stacking or finger-gripping or my entry AT ALL and instead move my focus to something else. Trying to get into lotus = best handstand hold in about 2 years. My knees weren't able for lotus as you can see but I wanted to just throw myself at something I KNEW was impossible just to see what happened. I'd love to figure out lotus handstand one day so even though I'm nowhere near holding a steady handstand, why not see where my starting point was. And I ended up with this, which is nuts. My body does not learn the normal way 😒 I hold eagle legs in handstand and scorpion better than I can hold stag, straight or hollowback handstand. Clearly I find my balance by NOT thinking about trying to balance!! Good metaphor for life there too. If you're searching specifically for balance, it's harder to implement and make a success of than if you gravitate to your current status, accept and be happy with it and let yourself be surprised by what you can discover from exactly where you are! Because you don't have to go anywhere or do anything huge to find balance. It is already within you. You just need to shift where you're looking. Change your focus and perspective. 😊 (And yes I set the costochondritis off again after it had literally eased up by doing this short handstand session today, but it was worth it. That said....I'll rest up properly with it once the weekend is over and I have (some ) time to do nothing. Rib pain is bloody miserable 😫 )
Cuz stories only exist for 24 hrs then vanish into the ether...and cuz I think I have triggered costochondritis from yesterday's intense backbend practice 😭 and can't practice today...Here's a recap on yesterday's full on yoga outfit of coolness and the best quality. I'm not lying when I say that, 9 times out of 10, I spend no more than £5 - £10 per item of clothing I need. If I can't find it cheap somewhere I will trawl charity shops. Mostly I'll hit up ebay and buy cheap rubbish that is probably unethical in all sorts of senses and definitely not made in the UK 😔 But I don't work. I do not bring money in because I can't. The job I had for 6 years until I left last year paid appallingly for what I did (Deputy Editor of an independent magazine, content creator and manager, customer services, giving out advice on the expert advice panel, managing and growing their social media, developing the entire enterprise... ) but at least it was something coming in. Sitting at a computer hurts now so I can't even work from home. My husband does work of course but the mortgage and bills have to be paid and frankly I'd rather our disposable income is spent on ways we can spend time together, not on two separate lives. But being raised in a household with major debt (which I'm proud my parents got cleared and moved on from ) still runs deep and sits on a nerve that means when I do have to spend on clothing, it's as little as I can get away with. Once in a deep blue moon I'll treat myself, and on an equally rare moon I'll win something I would never be able to justify spending on myself. This outfit is a combination of the two - plus a very much loved mala received as a birthday gift this year from my husband who found the most amazing lady based in the Lake District. 💖 Big shoutouts to @vimmia_active @yogawillsavetheworld and @driftwoodgirl1206 - you're all incredible and I feel honoured and humbled to own items from you all. 🙏
My final photo from my personally triumphant trio of flexibility poses today. I've not pushed my #wheelpose hard and flirted with the edge of my limits for a while, so today I went into my open shoulders and opened them even more, projecting out with the heart and thoracic spine. Managed it okay, although the shoulders are a shade achy for it now. But that's how progress is made...or at the very least, sustained 🙄 On that subject... "No pain no gain" is technically VERY wrong, as is the idea of training til it "hurts". You don't work out to cause pain! Yes you'll feel the burn and the stretch and you'll find your limits - but it should never ever ever be painful. Whatever sport you're in, pain is NOT a good thing!! If it gets painful, that's your body's alarm system sensing you're about to do damage - and you have got to listen to it and either change your workout or ease up, back off. Train hard by all means and learn to test your boundaries buy respect them at the same time - learn to sit with discomfort, and sure you'll ache later, but that's totally different to training until you feel pain and then still carrying on anyway. Love your body by checking in with it and learning what messages it is giving you. If pain is one of them, you NEED to modify, ease up or stop altogether. ★⭐★⭐★ . . Wearing ALL awesome crazy yoga gear I never in my craziest dreams a year ago thought I'd own. They are in my stories for clearer pics but for here: . . 👖Flared leggings by @vimmia_active 👕 T-shirt by @yogawillsavetheworld 📿 Yoga bracelets x2 by @driftwoodgirl1206 I think I had my Driftwood Girl mala off for inversions but it's back on now! 😘 . . #yoga #ytt #yogateacher #yogacompanion #meditation #ukyoga #selftaught #bendy #flexible #contortion #circus #leagueofextraordinaryyogis #namaste #omstars #alleightlimbs #asana #pranayama #chronicpain #mentalhealthawareness #fibromyalgia #fibrowarrior #thisislupus #thisismentalillness
Some days my body and mind find it hard to see eye to eye. My mind says one thing, my body another. Of course, the body has to win and the mind must adapt and find a new way to persevere. But sometimes, once in a while, I'll insist on testing what I think I "know" and push the limits, and surprise myself. Or rather, my body will surprise me. Never managed to get my butt off the floor in straight-legged shiva before so I'd given up on it. Today? No problem. One long straight line. WTF? It can be tidied up, my wrists can be aligned under my shoulders better...it's not perfect, but it's better than I would expect from a first 'real' attempt at it, and progress I never thought possible. Moral of the story? Your body is more amazing and able than you give it credit for. Cut it some slack, treat it well, stop hating it and start loving it. If my body can hurt as much as it has done in the last few months especially, and still pull this out of nowhere, any body can surprise any one of us. . . ★⭐★⭐★ . . Wearing ALL awesome crazy yoga gear I never in my craziest dreams a year ago thought I'd own. They'll go up in my stories for clearer pics but for here: . . 👖Flared leggings by @vimmia_active 👕 T-shirt by @yogawillsavetheworld 📿 Yoga bracelets x2 and mala by @driftwoodgirl1206 #shiva #shivapose #straightlegshiva #yoga #yogacompanion #ukyoga #selftaught #bendy #flexible #contortion #circus #leagueofextraordinaryyogis #namaste #omstars #alleightlimbs #asana #pranayama #chronicpain #mentalhealthawareness #fibromyalgia #fibrowarrior #thisislupus #thisismentalillness
Owl might be unimpressed with my balls-of-feet-to-head scorpion pincha progress but my smile says I'm more than happy. 🤗 . . ★⭐★⭐★ . . Wearing ALL awesome crazy yoga gear I never in my craziest dreams a year ago thought I'd own. They'll go up in my stories for clearer pics but for here: . . 👖Flared leggings by @vimmia_active 👕 T-shirt by @yogawillsavetheworld 📿 Yoga bracelets x2 and mala by @driftwoodgirl1206 #scorpionpose #pincha #scorpionpincha #yoga #yogacompanion #ukyoga #selftaught #bendy #flexible #contortion #circus #leagueofextraordinaryyogis #namaste #omstars #alleightlimbs #asana #pranayama #chronicpain #mentalhealthawareness #fibromyalgia #fibrowarrior #thisislupus #thisismentalillness
Thank you so much to those who caught up and who commented on my last post. I'm still fighting. I'm not giving up or giving in but I need time to let the pain exist so I can learn how the heck I'm meant to move forwards with this. I'm crying a lot to try to come to terms with things. My restless legs are off the scale insane and for weeks I've had a constant headache. Yes I'm having suicidal moments but I think that's expected and reasonable, all things given. I'm still practicing. I know it is one of the few things I have to help me survive. My backbends and leg flexibility have reduced massively, which is no surprise...my heart guards have gone up, to try to protect from yet more pain and stress. I'll work on getting them back down. But somehow...somehow I still have my crow. And my crow game is strong and solid. This is the most height I've ever gained from it. There's some strength, somewhere.
Taking a short break to get my head together. Not finding the #fibromyalgia diagnosis an easy one to take in. Not when this much pain is involved and all you have is the "reassurance" it's not doing any damage. You "just" have faulty pain receptors and inhibitors. This is the hardest one yet. And then how am I meant to tell the difference between fibro and lupus pain? Where one does no harm and the other could destroy my body from the inside out? Nothing has been answered, it has only fuelled fear that this is it. My life will be forever stuck on pain and fatigue and futile attempts to have a normal life when my body is screaming, begging, pleading with me otherwise. That's not a life. It's a sentence. 😟
Challenge Alert!! 🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻 For many of us, the month of December is a time of celebration, family, and fun. But it can also be a time of stress and having too much on your plate. We can't always change how busy this time of year is, but we can change our mindset during the holiday season. 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 Join us from December 10-23 as we count down through the holiday season and take a little bit of the stress away. Embrace all the joy and the madness through holiday themed asanas with #yuletideyoga 🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻🤶🏻 For those of you who like to plan ahead: here are the poses for each day: Day 1: Lotus pose while wrapping gifts or making out cards Day 2: Dancer pose (sugar plum fairy ) Day 3: Tree pose for a Christmas tree (don't forget to include #treeposetuesday and tag @ilovegurus ) Day 4: Shoulder balance like a candle or amongst candles Day 5: Star plank (tree topper ) Day 6: Crescent moon (candy cane ) Day 7: Butterfly pose or garland pose (gift box ) Day 8: Deer pose (reindeer ) Day 9: Free pose with a holiday treat Day 10: Free pose with a favorite holiday beverage Day 11: Free pose with hat and/or scarf (Or if you're really brave, out in the snow! ) Day 12: Free pose using one of the 12 days of Christmas for inspiration Day 13: Free pose using a family tradition as inspiration Day 14: Free pose showing how you unwind and regroup during this time of year 🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌 All levels are invited to join in on the fun, and of course, holiday themed clothing and accessories are encouraged. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ All you have to do is: Make your profile public Repost this flyer with the hashtag #yuletideyoga and make sure you use that tag in your daily posts. Follow and tag all hosts in each photo: @jlmergler @nacktyoginerd @quinntortionist @yogamama_23 @lauradestefyoga Follow and tag all of our generous sponsors in each photo: @boozyyogatees @recoveringbeauties @goodiesbysarah @theempoweredgoddess 🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁 🎁
I would normally bin this photo and retake it. But it is what it is today and I put the effort in. I was just sending my lines from the fingers up the arm through the torso and down the leg to the toes instead of splitting the legs in opposite directions. It wasn't intentional but I learned from it, and I kind of like the obscure lines I ended up with! It may be wonky but it's my Day 6 of #TheSuperSoldierChallenge Hats off to @erikalisthenics for coming up with an awesome version! #SuperSoldierSplit The SUPER SOLDIER pose was created in 2000 by @cyberyoga who is a perfect example of the symbiosis of movement art. The Super Soldier is a beautiful outcome of this walls-down-let's-all-learn-from-each-other philosophy. . . Hosts: @cyberyoga @ninajarnumyoga @tryahlove @mirajfindingbalance @mma_yogi @rennysito_ @erikalisthenics Sponsors: @omgiyoga @yogacrow @vibrationalwarrior Remember: always listen to your body! Modify if need be 🙏 (I feel certain I will be! ) #yoga #yogacompanion #meditation #ukyoga #selftaught #bendy #flexible #contortion #circus #leagueofextraordinaryyogis #namaste #omstars #alleightlimbs #asana #pranayama #chronicpain #mentalhealthawareness #thisislupus #thisismentalillness Wearing @blossomyogawear leggings. Need to order another design asap!
Throwback to a gorgeous setting for yoga. Beautiful place, beautiful day out. If only the woman in this photo knew the hell that was coming just a few short weeks later...but that's life. It's better not to know what's coming. Too often we fear the future because it is unknown but the reality is we can do nothing in the now to prepare for the future, because the future is never, ever, ever as you imagine or expect it to be, even if you have an idea of what will happen the finer details can change everything. Looking back I'd rather not have known what would happen in the few short weeks to follow. Not just my husband's fall and my health becoming so precarious, but other events that occurred at the same time. On a lighter note, right now I half wish I was still naive to the @beachyogagirl @omstarsofficial Yin classes I opted to undertake. 8-10 minutes each in puppy, happy baby, pigeon, and legs up wall. Sweet Lord what torture is this yin business? 😂 I thought it was meant to be a soothing business!! It is incredible and deeply humbling to explore how very differently the body responds to poses it normally lives and flows through so effortlessly, when you instead ask it to hold that pose...and hold it...and hold it still longer. And yet, ironically, despite being the toughest classes I've taken... it WAS still restorative. It shifted something in my mind. And I believe it might be a big key to learning to live with chronic pain and to cope with it through meditation and breathing. If I can learn to practice Yin Yoga, the skills will transfer across my life to become the ability to cope with prolonged feelings of discomfort, grief, stress and tension. That's how yoga helped me initially with my mental health. I learned to control my mind through the need to focus my mind to control my body in yoga asana. Exploring the various types now - Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, Bhakti, Yogance, and of course continuing with Vinyasa, to name a tiny few - I can see how each type will be able to teach me something new, as all specialise in their own disciplines which transfer as unique life skills. My eyes have been opened and my body awakened.