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Today we stand in solidarity with climate activists all around the world! #climatestrike 🌏 Anjali mudra is an expression of infinite potential that exists within each and every one of us. By relaxing our hands and fingers, we create a pocket of space between the palms, that infinite potential which we can mould into anything our minds and hearts desire. It’s time we remembered that the future of mama Earth, our future, is in our hands. 🙏🏼
I feel honored every time I get asked to share the story of my home birth, because I want to encourage and inspire all you mamas to be out there in the world not to fear giving birth. For me it is a very sacred experience and as strange as it may sound, I honestly look forward to giving birth again. Make no mistake, I’m not saying it’s easy, painless or without complications, but it’s also something us women have done naturally for thousands of years. So here is my story, our story.. I gave birth to @sofiephoenix at home with the help of a midwife, because I had known for a long time that it was what I wanted. Making that choice was both empowering and scary. The fear of the unknown is no joke when you’re planning your first home birth. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for our amazing midwife Robyn for putting me at ease when I needed it the most. She is a living reminder of how natural and normal the birth process really is. When the time came, I felt ready, well, so I thought. I created a playlist, lit the candles and focused on my breathing. When the contractions came, it was the most overwhelming sensation. I wanted to run away but there was nowhere to go. Each contraction was different but all of them had me moaning, grunting and wincing. Then just as suddenly as it happened, the wave passed and I would regroup. This was the cycle that repeated over and over and over. I remember spending most of that time hanging over the edge of the birthing pool. Warm water felt like a warm blanket keeping me nurtured in between the waves of contractions. I knew that I just had to move towards these sensations instead of resisting them. Finding the courage to do that was actually very empowering. My labor lasted about 5 hours, which may sound like a long time, but is actually pretty quick compare to many other mamas giving birth for the first time. When it came time to push, there was no warning, just an urge to get to the ground. Two pushes and Sofie spilled into Honza’s waiting hands. I still remember the moment I first held her, flooded with oxytocin and overwhelmed with love. The most miraculous thing I had ever experienced.🤱🏻💕
Good morning from beautiful Bali!👋🏼 How is everyone today? If you’re feeling like @sofiephoenix in this pic and looking for a reason to crack a smile, check out our ig stories for all kinds of fun shenanigans from our 200hr teacher training!🤩🤙🏼
Headstand is known as the king of yoga poses for its many benefits.. great for increasing blood flow to the brain, building strength in the arms, shoulders and core muscles, energising the body, improving balance and special awareness etc. Traditionally there are 7 types of headstands. This variation of tripod headstand (Mukta Hasta Sirsasana B) is challenging and deserves much respect in order for the cervical vertabra to stay healthy and protected over the course of your yoga life. If you’re a teacher wanting to teach this pose in your classes, you owe it to your students to learn all you can about the proper set-up, execution and ways of evaluating the readiness of your students before bringing it to the classroom. We believe that teaching students about safety and proper alignment through partner spotting is an invaluable tool on their inversion journey. Here is a simple technique using duck squat with knees at the back and hands on the hips. Have any questions? Happy to answer them in your comments below!👍🏼
#naked is my happy place.. all day every day if I could. It wasn’t always like that. I had my fair share of body image insecurities as a girl becoming a woman. When I was in college, I reluctantly decided to face my fears and do some nude modeling for life drawing classes. Not because I loved the idea, but because it paid well!🤷🏽♀️ I still remember the first time I dropped my robe and stood naked in front of a group of art students. My heart was pounding, palms sweating, my mind full of self judgement and ready to run out in utter embarrassment, but as I looked around the room, they all just nonchalantly opened their sketchbooks and began to draw. After a few deep breaths it all felt so normal. I remember thinking how getting consumed by all that fear and insecurity was such a waste of time. I felt liberated that day, so free and happy in just my birthday suit! Many years later, I’m still very grateful for that lesson which helped me fall in love with the skin I’m in. So, what about you? How do you feel in your skin? Any hang ups or breakthroughs you’re bravely willing to share? @drishti_studio 📷
IT’S FINALLY HERE! 🔊Sound on I’m so excited about the release of my new series on @alo.moves called #MoveToMeditate This one has been in the works for a while and I’m stoked to finally share it. To celebrate I want to gift all of you a full *30 DAYS FREE* subscription, so you can all practice this series with me! Just use the promo code: MEDITATE when you sign up. Offer only lasts 24hrs so get on it 👉🏼link in bio My intention for this series was to explore and honour the ancient roots of yoga. Traditionally, yoga asana was practiced to prepare the body and mind for seated meditation and that’s what this series is all about. It revolves around five intentionally sequenced vinyasa classes that each utilise a foundational posture used for the practice of seated meditation: Accomplished Pose, Thunderbolt, Easy Pose, Hero, and Lotus. These classes progressively lead to a final 30-minute meditation practice. You'll learn about general postural architecture, correct alignment, mindful breath and various concentration techniques used to calm the mind in order for you to begin accessing a deeper state of present moment awareness. Let the inner journey begin! I’d love to know your thoughts about this slower paced and more introspective approach to vinyasa practice. H.
“Do it for the baby!”🤰🏽I’m such a dork sometimes!🤪 Anyway, if you want to learn how to transition from Elephant Trunk to Eight Angle pose, here are a few tips. Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose) can seem intimidating especially for first-timers - you're lifting your hips, wrapping your legs around your arm, lowering your torso into a pushup position, balancing your entire body and ideally maintaining a sense of calm, ease, and grace. If the pose seems out of reach, don't be discouraged, it’s actually one of the more accessible arm balances. As a teacher I love using this pose to show students the possibility of reaching a seemingly unattainable goal. The key is to prepare the body through foundational poses with Eka Hasta Bhujasana (Elephant Trunk Pose) being the gateway to Astavakrasana. Focus on building arm, core and inner thigh strength, and over time you’re bound to experience the empowerment and exhilaration of these arm balances. Have fun getting into it and let me know if you have any questions or tips from your own practice!🙏🏼 C.
“To beard, or not to beard: that is the question.” Hamlet, Act III, by W. Shakespeare Ummm so this is what happens on a rainy day in NYC when I have too much time on my hands and wifey says, “Hey, why don’t you share something funny and personal with our ig fam!” To be clear, at first I sat down intending to talk about self judgement & the lack of realism on social media including my own. Next thing I know, this beard decided to take over and trust me, you don’t want to mess with mr. Whiskers!.. as @sofiephoenix likes to call my scruff. The point I was trying to make is to simply BE YOURSELF and let go of the idea that you need to be somebody else. Something I’m still challenged by in every day life like everybody else. It takes great courage to no longer worry about what other people might think of you, to feel exposed, flawed and vulnerable. As the famous Emerson quote goes, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” So what is the upside? What is the reward for all that courage? What is it that lies beyond the dark void of insecurity and self judgement? Well, you’ll just have to step into that fire and find out for your Self! The real yoga is not an intellectual exercise, it’s an experiential endeavour.
#PreggoUpdate #25Weeks Just like tattoos, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks tell more than just the story of the body, they’re the living expression of our unique life journey. To share the raw beauty of your imperfections, is to love yourself unconditionally in a world full of judgment. Thank you Vicky @drishti_studio for making me remember that. Who wants to see more nude pics of this preggo mama? So, as baba continues to grow, I can feel my body spreading and my skin stretching which is as miraculous to me as it was the first time around, but it’s also getting super itchy! I’m practically permanently soaked in coconut oil. Curiously, I’ve noticed myself dreaming more in the last few weeks or maybe just remembering more of my dreams. I’ve read somewhere that during pregnancy the baby may be able to tune into mama’s thoughts and dreams. How trippy is that?! Both magical and kinda scary at the same time. It’s been a great ride for my little passenger so far. We have three more magical months ahead during which bub will put on a lot more chub to stay warm once he/she exits the womb. Baby is about the size of an eggplant and I’m starting to feel all kinds of movement, rolling and kicking. It’s definitely not just gas anymore!😆
Children may be only 25% of the world’s population, but they're 100% of the future. Since having a child, I’ve felt so moved by the way our little babe is soaking up the world. Watching the way some parents interact with their children makes me want to do more as a teacher and help bridge the gap of disconnect I often see. Children are so switched on, connected to their source and deserve a lot more attention than they often receive. It takes patience and effort, but it’s so darn worth it! The course I’m doing this weekend in NYC @kiddingaroundyoga is centered around teaching children to meditate. The creators were students of Swami Satchitananda and bring a wealth of yoga history into the training. Lots of silly sounds, fun games and storytelling of course, but the deeper purpose is to cultivate awareness and spread peace. Little kiddos are more stressed out nowadays than ever before so the more tools they are taught, the more peaceful they can feel, the brighter the future of this world will be. I cannot wait to dig into this work and continue to be an agent of love for children and parents all around the world. Watch this space! 🙋🏽♀️C.