- Warrior poses build strength. In these poses, you cultivate a sense of joyful determination; even while your muscles quiver, you have the opportunity to tune in to your breath and set your focus on the present moment.
- Warrior poses increase flexibility in the hips.
- Virabhadrasana I, II and III tone the muscles in the legs, ankles and feet.
- The Warrior poses allow you to practice a balance between effort (sthira) and ease (sukha). There is major effort happening in some muscles of the body, yet the breath remains slow and even, and the gaze (dristi) is steady.
- Keep length in your lower back. Concentrate on lifting your abdomen and knitting your lower ribs together. Engage navel to spine; while your legs are doing a lot of work, your core is doing a lot of work, too. By removing a forward tilt in your pelvis, you'll avoid crunching in the low back.
- Be aware of where your knees and ankles are in space. The safest position for your knee joint is to stack it directly over your ankle. Notice if your knee is collapsing inward rather than tracking out toward your middle toes of your foot.
- Press down through both feet. Notice that both your front foot and back foot are active in the pose.
Meet Brittny, an entrepreneur, artist, and yoga teacher. Brittny and I connected through her yoga apparel business, Twin Flame. Immediately I felt drawn to her positivity, her genuine smile, and her inspiring passion for life...plus, how awesome is it that we both love yoga and have a project with a name centered around 'fire?' :) It's an honor to share your story here on Alive in the Fire, Brittny!
What makes you a badass?
I am not afraid to take risks. Not that long ago I quit my job and became my own boss. I had already started my own yoga apparel line, Twin Flame, and was surviving on income as a waitress. In March of this year I completed a crowd-funding campaign using Kickstarter and Twin Flame was funded just over $18,000.
But I didn't stop there. The apparel business isn't easy and I needed a way to create a stable income while promoting Twin Flame. I created Bloom Branding which is an organic marketing, graphic design, retail merchandising and social media service for small businesses. Why not do for others what I have done for myself? I am also a yoga and fitness trainer working one on one with several clients every week. I am the CEO of my own life.
How did you get where you are today?
Manifestation and guidance from within! I knew the first time I opened my eyes from Savasana that I was going to take control of my life.
Yoga has given me confidence, will power, freedom and pure love.
Yoga guided me to my truest friend, myself. It wasn't until I fell in love with myself that I found my Twin Flame, the love of my life, Adam.
Life isn't about money or success. Life is about love. I created business endeavors because the world we live in unfortunately runs on money. But it was my passion and devotion to live a meaningful life that brought me to where I am now. My intentions as an entrepreneur are to help others to do the same.
What do you do for yourself to rejuvenate?
I practice yoga, of course, but I have a serious case of wanderlust! I absolutely crave new places and the unknown. There is nothing more refreshing than an adventure. At home I rejuvenate by spending time outdoors and surrounding myself with crystals and natural scents. I often seek divine guidance by pulling oracle cards and tapping into my spirituality.
What advice do you have for others who are looking to find happiness and become fully empowered?
Stop looking for happiness. Happiness is already within you. Start following your heart, take risks and start living for YOU!
How do you plan to continue your baddass-ery? ;)
Currently I am working on an ambassador program for Twin Flame that will not only help the business grow but bring like-minds together for a beautiful cause. I have encountered some obstacles launching our non-profit program for youth yoga. But I will continue to press forward with an open mind and heart. Right now it is hard to see the future but I like surprises! ;P
I'd love to hear your feedback, and as always, thank you so much for following along.
Finally, I'd like to invite you to stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about Sponsored Yogis 2015! I'll be accepting applications starting later this month, and I hope you'll check out the program.
Have a kick-ass weekend, and much love to you :)
PS If you missed it, the 2014 Yogi Holiday Gift Guide has some cool ideas for Christmas gifts.
Today I'm excited to introduce you to Sam, one of my lovely sponsored yogis. Sam has been practicing yoga for over 8 years, in a variety of styles: Bikram, Kundalini, Dhyana, Hatha, Dahn, and Yin. She also enjoys Pilates, cooking, working out, dancing, traveling, writing, painting, photography, and learning new languages.
What is unique about me is my love for people and the ability to connect with anyone I encounter. I am an open spirit and I am willing to lay it all on the table. This characteristic easily puts others at ease, often moving them to do the same.
My ability to connect with people from all backgrounds in short periods of time is partially due to growing up as an Air Force brat and living everywhere from Tucson, AZ to Incirlik, Turkey. My friends, family and coworkers are throughout the world.
My background is in international security, Middle East, religion and sociology. I currently work for a government contractor in a typical DC job, and do freelance translation and editing on the side.
I've always wanted to try mountain biking, too. Do you guys like going on outdoor adventures?
And for hiking and biking:
- climb in Moab with my friend who's grown up in Utah
- do a bicycle tour (1-2 weeks cycling and camping)
- hike in Alaska
- see the Grand Canyon
- explore the beaches in Thailand
- climb Half Dome
- teach yoga abroad as a guest teacher (at a studio or retreat center)
- Is it comfortable? (and hopefully flattering)
- Is it functional? (meaning it won’t get in the way or slip down as I stretch)
- Is the style unique? (good colors, fun design)
- Can I wear this outside of yoga class? (bonus!)
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