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The benefits of yoga often come from deceptively simple poses and the continuity of daily practice. It’s better to do something simple for five minutes a day every day than something intense and crazy once a week for an hour. Put in the work, step by step, little by little. The progress on the journey of yoga can’t be measured by the depth of the pose, it can’t really be measured by any external standard. Yoga is an inner experience that shows up in softer qualities like peace, happiness, meaning, fulfillment and wisdom. If you ever get discouraged because you think your asana practice isn’t good enough, remember this—it’s not about asana. The poses are only tools used to guide you along the path. Like footsteps leading down a winding road, don’t get caught up staring at your feet. Lift up your head and look around at the beauty that surrounds you. Have faith and of course keep practicing. _ Day 23 #30dayyogajourney is Janu Sirsasana A with @cristi_christensen on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime . 🙏

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Every being is valuable. Every human being, every animal, every creature and every critter. All life is valuable. It can be overwhelming to tune in to the vastness of living beings in the world, but whether you think about it or not, you are in fact connected to every single living being. And every single one matters. _ There is infinite joy and infinite sorrow in the heart of the world. Highs and lows of love and loss, joy and devastation, so deep and powerful that it may seem utterly daunting, like drowning in the waves of an endless sea. _ The sick, unwanted dog on the street. The abandoned child whose cries no one hears. The broken-hearted person who has never felt loved or understood. The billions of animals raised for the sole purpose of dying. The birds, cats, bears and other animals whose habitats are shrinking and who are utterly defenseless against civilization’s ceaseless encroaching. The indigenous people whose homes and lands were stolen. The downtrodden, the outcast, the rejected, the marginalized, the abused, the voiceless, the powerless, the hurting, the sick, the injured, the forgotten. _ But not only that. _ The laughter of good friends. The hope of first love. Being happy for no reason at all. The rhythm of a rockin’ song that you feel in your hips. The magic of sunrise. A gentle breeze on a warm sunny day. The majesty of a rainstorm. Cuddles and hugs and the feeling of being safe in someone’s arms. Looking in the mirror and loving the person you see. Doing what’s right, especially when it’s unpopular. Holding hands while walking down the street. Forgiveness. Redemption. Rebirth. _ The cycles of life. It’s up to you to make sense of what it all means. _ Day 22 #30dayyogajourney is Lizard Lunge with @spirituallyfly on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime . 🙏

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There are some things that cut through all the crap to make crystal clear what’s important. Like if you’re fighting with someone you love and they get hurt or sick, suddenly that stupid disagreement means nothing. Or, when you’re stuck in some rigid belief about one group of people and then you meet someone who is hurt or struggling and their humanity becomes strikingly evident. Or, when you’re confused about what you should do about a situation and it feels like you’re lost and then something happens and your mind suddenly sees clearly, you realize you want to go back to school, quit your job, or make some other big change. It can all change in a split second of clarity. Sometimes I find myself in a fog and then it lifts. It’s happened numerous times in my life. So, if you feel lost in the labyrinth of life, don’t give up. Sooner or later it will all make sense and you’ll find your path. The path always leads to more love, even if it’s going to take a long time and be fraught with struggle. Wisdom is described as a sword that cuts through delusion so you can see reality clearly. Suffering happens when we are attached to our delusions. When you’re ready to break your identification with misinformed states of being, then the sword of wisdom sets you free. But either way, wisdom cuts and slices. You can choose whether or not that revelation brings you pain or joy. _ Day 21 #30dayyogajourney is Reverse Warrior with @noahmaze on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @tiagophotofilm . 🙏

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What you think matters, not just to the goals you set in life, but to the world. The type of thoughts that make the biggest impact are unconscious subliminal beliefs that have been programmed into the deepest layers of the mind. These beliefs often take root as preverbal biases that color your view on life. The only way you will ever change these deeply held assumptions is by bringing them out into the cold, harsh reality of daylight. The reason why these unconscious thoughts are so powerful and important to look at, deconstruct and bring into consciousness is because they lay the foundation for the operational system of the mind. If left unattended they will run on autopilot and gather inertia and “proof” for their validity. Soon, these thoughts will appear as evident truths, when in fact they are often systemic beliefs passed down from generation to generation bearing the scars and wounds of the past. We think we are free, but in reality we are in chains. We think we determine our future, but really we are caught in a web of hurt. We think we see the “truth” but we see through thick, broken glasses that only show us a small piece of the puzzle. There is a way out of this muddled mess of the mind. It’s the foundation of every spiritual tradition aimed at liberation. You have to do the work. It begins with yourself and then expands outward to include the whole world. You start deconstructing the thoughts you think about yourself, your body, your culture and then you begin to question the whole system of thoughts that manifest in society. There is no pass, no shortcut, no easy way around. It’s hard work to untie the fabric of the mind and soul. Freedom, true ultimate spiritual liberation, is not something that happens with the snap of a finger. If you are a seeker you have to be desperate to find the way out of the maze of misery. Anything less just won’t do. _ Day 20 #30dayyogajourney is Reverse Warrior with @diannebondyyoga on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @timfeldmannyoga . 🙏

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I’m small, petite, you could say. My thighs are not long and lean. A guy once told that my thighs reminded him of elephant trunks, someone else told me tree stumps, either way, I’ve always been self-conscious about my legs and my size. Short and soft around the edges rather than long with angular elegance. But, here’s the truth—no matter what size or shape you are, we all have some places of insecurity about our bodies. Whether it’s your legs, your jaw, your skin, size, belly, age or ankles, there will always be something you can look in the mirror and pick apart for not meeting some ridiculous standard of external perfection set by our current cultural norms. You can focus on that, and truly, the whole diet and beauty industry profits off of your obsession with your perceived faults. Or, you can do something else—you can choose to celebrate the wholeness of who you are, complete with all your imperfections, in exactly the size and shape and age you are right now. There will always be someone younger or older that you are. There will always be someone stronger and more flexible. But you are unique and valuable beyond any measure of physical form. Remember that the next time you stand in front of the mirror and that snarky old voice comes back. Look yourself in the eyes and say, “You, you’re beautiful, and I love you.” _ Day 19 #30dayyogajourney is Upward Facing Dog with @katfowler on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @timfeldmannyoga . 🙏

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Being a yogi doesn’t mean you’ll always get it right, not in your practice and not in life. But it does mean that you’re willing to put in the work, even and especially when that work is humbling, confronting or triggering. It’s so easy to get defensive when you or something you identify with feels challenged, and, just bc you practice yoga does not mean you’ll never get defensive or reactive action. It means that when you do you’re willing to acknowledge that your thoughts and patterned ways of responding may not be absolutely true. That small seed of doubt opens up the potential to listen to others with an open heart, to embrace what may feel painful, and ultimately to evolve beyond the limited notions of the self. Yoga is work, on and off the mat—we practice to make the world a better place for all beings, including but, not limited to, ourselves. _ Day 18 #30dayyogajourney is Baddha Konasana with me on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @timfeldmannyoga . 🙏

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India, the spiritual home of yoga, the source of this ancient tradition that ha shiver so much to our modern world, and so much to me. The decision to travel to this small city in the south called Mysore 20 years has defined my life more than almost anything else. There have been so many lessons that I couldn’t fit them all into a post, or event a book, the best lessons being beyond what words can describe. I feel like every yoga student owes a debt to the rich cultural heritage of India. We all have to find our own ways to give back. _ The reality is that not every yoga student will make it to India. It’s a privilege to be able to fly across the world and take extended time off work, away from home, one that not everyone has. It doesn’t make you less of a yogi if you haven’t been to India, but I do think every yogi needs to be educated about the origins of yoga. Like anything else, a trip to India isn’t a badge to wear and show off like a fancy asana. It has to teach you something to be valuable. _ For those dedicated Ashtanga students who would like to meet my teacher @sharathjoisr but can’t make it to India, you have the chance to come practice with him on tour in the US. And, guess what? He’s coming to MIAMI!! _ We are nearly half sold out in 24 hours, so please sign up soon! Tag a friend and join us all in Miami with Sharathji, May 1-7, 2019. _ http://miamilifecenter.com/paramaguru-sharath-tour/ _ And we are going strong with Day 17 #30dayyogajourney Dhanurasana with @larugayoga on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @timfeldmannyoga . 🙏

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Here’s something not everyone will tell you, but that is true—yoga is hard work. It’s not meant to be easy, especially not at first. Well, not exactly. There’s a balance between the amazing feeling in your body and the work that you put in on your mat. It’s not that everything should feel good or easy when you practice. The feel-good feeling is often only accessible after practice, when you’re lying on your mat, thoroughly worked and sweaty, where you feel a basic sense of goodness and wholeness. That post-yoga happiness that is the result of your hard work in the practice. _ Some people get discouraged because the poses are difficult without understanding that it never matters whether or not you succeed. What matters is the change in your heart and soul when you practice. _ Yoga is not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually confronting. In other words, yoga brings up stuff. This process is the purification of mind, body and soul that defines what yoga truly is. Called Tapas in Sanskrit, it is the discipline, effort and difficulty that make the sweet feeling of joy and peace so deeply held in your heart after practice. There are so many ways we can each work. This is not an invitation or excuse to harm or force your body. It is an encouragement to welcome those moments of difficulty with the full faith that you are on the right path. _ I’m in India now, studying yoga, and I’m in the full fire of Tapas. I get up in what is quite literally the middle of the night so I can be ready for practice at 3:30 am. My practice is longer and more intense than what I do at home. It’s hotter, sweatier, deeper and I am more sore and tired than at home. I’m not complaining. It’s the Tapas that I willingly submit to. I surrender my all into the fire, knowing that I’ll leave with just a bit more inner light, a few drops more inner peace. _ Day 16 #30dayyogajourney is Anjanayasana with @jopheeyinyoga on @omstarsofficial You can still join!! Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @ifilmyoga . 🙏

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Do you believe in signs? I do. Yesterday I spent the day resting and recovering. I’m feeling so much better (thanks for all the support yesterday). As I was resting, the familiar feeling of doubt started to creep in. I often wonder if what I do is making a big enough difference in the world and if it has enough meaning. But, then I met a beautiful woman who started yoga just two years ago because she was inspired by me. The peace and love in her eyes was confirmation that I’m on the right track. I didn’t have energy to snap a photo around Mysore yesterday, so this picture is from my recent trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I opened my phone and dug it out to find this amazing rainbow shining back at me. _ I believe in the inherent goodness of the universe and that there are subtle signs all around seeking to build you up and keep you moving forward. Sure, there are mistakes and missteps, just as there is pain and suffering, but it is not what defines us. What defines us as human beings is the way we let those stumbles and falls, those hard learned lessons make us better human beings and leave us with the hope to make the world a better place. _ In case you’re in doubt, let me tell you this—you matter, perhaps more than you realize. Kindness matters, especially in the small moments when it appears no one is watching. Love is the inexhaustible fuels of every single star in the sky, the source of the light of our world. _ Day 15 #30dayyogajourney is Marichasana A with @jacobmanningyoga on @omstarsofficial Half way through the challenge! Don’t give up now. Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships. Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @ifilmyoga . 🙏

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I wish this picture was how I feel today. The reality is that I’ve been in bed for the last 24 hours. I don’t know what happened, but I couldn’t move, couldn’t open my eyes, couldn’t eat, drink or do anything other than sleep. My whole body ached like I had the flu, and I was alternatively cold and hot like a fever. It’s somewhat better now. There’s an old Mysore myth called “backbending fever” where you get a 24 hour fever after a deep backbend where you process deeply held emotional stuff in the body. All sorts of feelings of shame, resentment, anger, fear and sadness have come up for me while I was out. I cried a lot. All I can really say is that I am so ready to let all that go. Even though it’s been a difficult year and I’ve made a ton of mistakes, I forgive myself and I love, accept and honor myself fully. Let me just start there. The journey is far from over. There’s still time and life yet to be lived. _ Day 14 #30dayyogajourney is Tree Pose with @adrianmolinaofficial on @omstarsofficial Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships. Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @timfeldmannyoga . 🙏

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Don’t let anyone define what works for you. Listen, process and then take the time you need to come to your own conclusions. It’s so hard to actually think for yourself amidst a sea of subliminal social pressure. But you have to. Thinking for yourself sets you free to be yourself. And, bring wholly yourself sets others free to be themselves too. It doesn’t mean you’re going to win any popularity contests though. Being unapologetically who you are may run some people the wrong way. You might get called negative or you might be singled out. But, if you’re strong enough within yourself you won’t be shaken. It takes time, patience and practice but I believe it’s maybe the most important thing you can do, that is, learn how to love, honor and respect yourself fully, unconditionally, no matter what happens. Some days I’m there and other days I fall victim to pleasing people or worrying what others will think. But, so much more often than before, I’m just exactly who I am and in love with that person I see in the mirror. How about you? _ Day 13 #30dayyogajourney is Parsvottanasana with @biggalyoga on @omstarsofficial Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships. Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime . 🙏

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What’s harder for you? Strength or flexibility? For me it’s strength. I am not naturally strong. I was never a dancer, a gymnast or on a sports team. I wasn’t athletic before yoga and I had no prior physical training before I jumped into an yoga class. _ You might look at me an assume I was born like this. But I can tell you that I have to work for every lift up. And flexibility wasn’t immediately there for me either. The first time I tried to touch my toes I couldn’t reach. The first backbend I did was so stiff. But, flexibility happened faster than strength for me. I’m grateful for that, but I also learned that my joints are naturally unstable. That means it makes it extra hard to build strength. _ I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to quit or how jealous I felt seeing other students quickly master the lift ups and arm balances that I struggled (and still struggle) with. But the journey taught me something about strength, faith and perseverance that I wouldn’t have learned in any other way. Today, I’m grateful for every lesson, for every obstacle, especially the tough ones because they have forced me to grow and evolve. And I have. I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way I found an inner strength far beyond muscles—I found the unshakable faith to believe in myself and in the world, to love myself and to love the world and to be at peace with myself and with the world. _ Day 12 #30dayyogajourney is Bakasana with @lauraburkhartyoga on @omstarsofficial Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships. Sign up here (link in bio too)— https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime Photo @tiagophotofilm . 🙏

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