Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Dharma Yoga Wheel Instagram Challenge

 Above: My day 1 entry in the #dywchallenge on Instagram
Below, the entry from host @alissayoga.

Yogis, have you guys ever participated in a #yogachallenge on Instagram? :)

How it works is that a group of 'host' yogis will post photos that you then re-create. It's fun because it encourages you to try new poses, adopt a playful attitude in your practice, and dedicate yourself to practicing every day.


I'm participating in a September challenged hosted by the awesome team at Dharma Yoga Wheel. Each post will feature the dharma yoga wheel prop, which helps with backbending, opening the chest and shoulders, aligning the spine, expanding the chest, and stretching the hip flexors.




Here's my Day 2 entry, inspired by @yogivaruna from the Dharma Yoga Wheel team.



Come follow along, or join in the fun!

You can find me on Instagram as @aliveinthefire - be sure to leave a little comment for me so I can say hello :)

PS For more info about the Dharma Yoga Wheel, see my photos with ideas for how the prop can support your practice, or buy one and play!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Self-Care

Photo via Pinterest.

A friendly, gentle reminder for today: Be kind to yourself.

Sending love, yogis!

:)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Distraction and Devotion

 Photos by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

There is this constant balance between devotion and distraction. 

In this moment, where do I focus my attention? 

And when I step back and look at my life, what have I devoted myself to? 

Am I distracted by what surrounds me-- or have I set my gaze on what I most desire? 


Every moment has purpose. Every life has purpose. 

What holds your devotion? 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to Age Gracefully

Video via YouTube.

This video makes me smile :)

It's filled with great pieces of advice... like, "No matter what anyone says, stay weird." So awesome.

PS The ending is the best!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lovely Nails

Yoginis, do you paint your nails? :)

Today on the blog, a lovely review of some uniquely nail polish by Sponsored Yogi Valerie!


Today I indulged in some "me" time- a DIY mani and nature. Nail polish and nature? Yes! With FABY Nature nail polish I was able to be get great looking nails with nature's influences. 


The FABY Nature collection is inspired by nature and is made of 87% natural ingredients which are natural origin derived from the manufacture of wood, pulp, cotton, maize, cassava and other raw vegetable materials. 



It is not derived from petroleum and FABY products are cruelty free and never tested on animals. 


This chip resistant and long lasting polish is also free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor. 


I loved how this natural nail polish went on smoothly. After two coats and a top coat, my perfectly polished nails were good to go!



Yogis, what are your favorite nail polishes? 

Appreciating This Moment

Photo by T. Libertiny.

A long time ago, I visited Detroit and did a yoga shoot on the city streets. 

This weekend I found out from my friend that this mural in the picture above no longer exists-- it was painted over.

My friend walked to the location of the mural, expecting to come around the corner and see the stunning, colorful wall. But it was gone. The only evidence of it existed in our pictures (and it took some digging for me to find them!)

This experience was a reminder to me to be grateful for the present moment. Cliche as it sounds, it's all we have. All of this is so fleeting. Change is happening all around us, all the time. We resist it again and again, but it is the nature of life.

Sometimes I find myself asking, 'Why is this happening to me?'

In the moment, it can be hard to understand why chaotic change is necessary. When this photo was taken, I was living in the Midwest and my life was about to get turned upside down. During that time, if you had asked me to be grateful for all of the change, I would have struggled to do so. 

Yet now, looking back, I can see that those changes lined me up to be able to come home to California and create the life I have now.

Change is inevitable, and this is why we must cherish every moment. Notice the art around you. Take nothing for granted. Give thanks for the feeling of the cool breeze, the home you live in, the hug you're given. Say I love you. Say thank you.

Hold it all as sacred, because it is.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

If You're Making a Big Change

Photos by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Are you experiencing big changes in your life?

The other day I realized it's been three months (!!?!) since I quit the 9-to-5 and started teaching yoga and freelancing full time. 

Change is not easy. These are a few things I incorporated into my daily routine to ease the transition. If you're going through a big change in your life, I invite you to try these practices. 


1. Write. Find yourself a special notebook for this time in your life. A place where you can jot down all of your ideas, frustrations, worries, to-do lists, brainstorms, and reflections. What's most important to you right now? What's causing the most struggle? Make time to write about these things.

2. Choose a daily mantra, or intention. Give yourself a specific focus, just for today. Maybe today is about acceptance of what is. Or about choosing to breathe more. Or about being kind to yourself. The daily mantra can be something you create as soon as you get out of bed, and if you're feeling practical, you can even bring to mind one specific, important task you'll accomplish today. Let this focus be laser-sharp. Choose only one thing.

3. Release tension from the physical body. Commit to your yoga practice, a daily walk, perhaps some light stretching in the evenings. Invest in a foam roller :) Once a week, schedule yourself a restorative massage, pedicure, Reiki treatment, or at-home bath soak with Epsom salts. If you find yourself making excuses about any of these practices, go back to #1 and do some writing. It's easy to create all sorts of reasons why we don't deserve relief and a little pampering, and writing may help you see what's blocking you from taking incredible care of yourself.


Cheers to your bravery and the big changes you're experiencing! Please know that I support you and if there's any way I can encourage you, I'd love that. (aliveinthefire at gmail dot com is my email if you want to reach out!)

Namaste.

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