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Teach Your Children To Go Within

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🧘🏻‍♀️Today in yoga: “A wise leader once told me to teach my children to go within, because no matter what path they choose when they are older, they will find me within them.” - @lilmisslisajean .

This practice, in my opinion, cannot be recommended enough. To take the time to teach your children to sit with themselves, to be OK being there, to breathe & to pay attention to what they feel inside. .

I do this to help my children push the reset button. I know it will be helpful to them when they are older but I now have a new perspective that when they older they will find me there, within their quiet contemplations. .

Lisa for real, thank you for your messages in yoga. They cause me to think and contemplate & I love to think and contemplate.♥️

Yoga Connects

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Today in yoga my instructor, Grey @behotyoga, was talking about yoga being the sport that actually connects your heart, mind and body. 🧘🏻‍♀️
I resonate with that so deeply. I have felt that connection and it is a huge part of why I practice. 
Adding nature on top of that feels like extra rewards. I already feel more connected to myself in nature and doing yoga in a place like this helps the heart, mind and body to connect with synergy! 💥 
Of course until during that peaceful moment a stick falls from the tree above me and makes such a loud crack that I scream!! Lol! True story! Be careful out there!🤣

Millions of Forms

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One being with the potential of millions of forms. We can laugh, run, jump, play, sing, yell, dance. The list goes on!

When I heard these words in my class @behotyoga I felt power. The power to be strong and to focus on all the things I CAN do - all the forms that I CAN be. It’s interesting how in this world we can so quickly default to what we can’t do or what we are not. So often we let our minds get in the way! When we let that go we can soar! I loved thinking about my abilities & when I think of life from that angle I can see all the forms that I have the choice to take on. Millions of forms!

PS — did you guys see the movie, I Feel Pretty? It’s kinda like that. When she lets go of her doubt in herself she does amazing things. If you didn’t see it, GO! It was fantastic. 
Thank you for your inspiration! @jasherfeellove 
 

Breath = Easy

Most Important Person In The Room

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One of my most important “yoga memories” happened when I arrived late, to a yoga class. 🔹
I have a great relationship with my instructor and when she spoke to the class she also spoke to just me, you know how that is? 🔹
So she talked to us about respecting all the people in the room by telling us that we are not the most important person in the room. When we walk into the room to get “our” yoga practice in, we forget that we are also there to give energy to others. 🔹
If we focus on giving what we need comes back to us. So in life find ways to be quite when you enter the room, or move your mat over to make space for someone else, smile & feel love in your hearts for others. It drives away negative, selfish & overwhelming feelings that come to us sometimes, don’t let them stay. Give love ❤️

Fix My Body

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In yoga today, I couldn't do this. I couldn't even do the simplest of poses, plank. My wrist is jacked! Here is what happened. During the mouth surgery I had, (I was awake) my body and head were turned to the side in a weird way so the doctor could get into my mouth. While in this position my body was feeling a lot of tension. Partly because there was a graft being taken from the roof of my mouth and partly because the book I was listening to, to distract me, was also going through a very tense part. Like even a bloody tense part and there was nothing I could do to change it!! I couldn't move to pause it, or take the buds out of my ears, nor could I talk!!!  And of course, in the moment, I was torn from being so engrossed in the ending of a really great book and trying to breathe through a hole being cut in my body, not a fence I want to be on again! This is hilarious and also so sad! Right? 

Needless to say I experienced intense body sweats and tension while in a crazy position. This caused my spine to be a little out of whack pinching a nerve that runs all the way from my spine to my wrist. My father-In-law is a chiropractor and he diagnosed me. After not having much movement in my wrist for over a week, he adjusted me and I gained a little movement. Two days later, (today) I went to yoga, and I am gaining more movement. While I couldn't put pressure on my wrist today in yoga I still went to class because I knew it would help me with the root problem going on in my back. It's not better yet but it is improved. I am so grateful to have tools like my father in law, yoga and fascia to help me rehab the issue. Seriously, there are all kinds of things around us that we can use to help ourselves heal. Aren't you grateful for that? Today especially, I am. Grateful and committed to getting my wrist back! No more intense books while going through a crazy surgery that I already knew I would struggle with!  Holy smartness! I didn't see that one coming.🤣🤣

True Story: Malasana

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You guys this is a true story! And I'm not even sure if it is embarrassing, funny or maybe even redeeming?!?

Ok, so I was on the lake, alone. I had gone out for a little paddle and a private yoga session. The lake was still and calm and there were only a few people I passed by during my paddle. I stopped where I wanted to do a little yoga and went through my entire yoga flow on the paddle board. I was a little in awe of my surroundings during my flow. The lake was serene and beautiful. It was a time of revenant connection. 

At the end of my practice a assumed Malasana. This is the squat pose you see in the picture. With my hands in prayer position, I began to pray, out loud. I poured out my soul. Why shouldn't I? I was alone.

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During my practice / prayer I had slowly floated toward the shore of the lake. When I opened my eyes there was a couple sitting on the rocks about 10 feet away from me! I was in a little bit of shock. When I noticed them, they immediately complimented me on my "beautiful workout." I was a little sheepish but accepted the compliment gracefully and quickly paddled away.

As I paddled away I thought. "Could they hear me? Did they hear everything I said?" For a minute I told myself they didn't but the more realistic side of me set in and said, "OF COURSE THEY DID!"😂

I was a little embarrassed at that realization. Then as I processed it,  I thought, you know maybe it's not such a bad thing to be caught doing and maybe they realized that every single one of us are really the same. If we all poured out our souls we would probably all sound similar. For me especially that day, I was in awe of Gods creations. I remember I said plenty about that. I expressed gratitude & then I also expressed desire for help with challenges and struggles . You know, aren't we all saying similar things? It's funny, if we could somehow hear the prayers of those around us how we might relate to them differently.

Today, maybe think about that. Try to see someone for what is inside their heart, like if you happened to creep on them when they were pouring out their souls! 

And remember not all embarrassing moments should be seen as such!