If I need anything in this world, it’s this feeling. Invincible. I am the scorpion. This feeling is why I do #yoga- it’s not about weight-loss or #flexibility. It’s about pure self-satisfaction. Here’s to being the 70 year-old auntie who loves to invert. Forever fucking fearless. #invertyoself
A few weeks ago, I stepped on a scale for the first time in ages. I was pretty shocked to see the scale read ~185 lb. Y’all, I haven’t weighed under 200 pounds since I was a teenager. Maybe even younger. It also means that since I began practicing yoga on a regular basis I’ve managed to drop at least 40 pounds. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t mention it here, but I receive so many questions and vaguely irritating assumptions about my dietary habits and my beliefs about healthy living that I feel compelled to quell some of my thirstier inquisitors.
Here’s what I think- caring for your body is a multifaceted issue. I try to avoid consuming food that I know will do my body harm, but I definitely still eat bacon and cheese fries at 2am. I try to get enough sleep, but I have two jobs and I’m in my late twenties - late nights and early mornings are kind of the norm around here. I drink water constantly, but who doesn’t like to sip a cheerwine float from time to time? However, every time I’ve attempted to completely shift my lifestyle (take my numerous attempts at #weightwatchers as an example) I’ve never seen the weight loss results that have bloomed by simply accepting my vices and my body for what they are. Yes, I lead a very active lifestyle (I mean, I punctuate 90-minute yoga sessions by spending my evenings sprinting through a James Beard Award Nominated restaurant) but I take cream in my coffee and I’m a macaroni and cheese aficionado. I’m a big believer in balance- balance does not mean guilt tripping yourself because you ate half a pizza after a grueling workout. Honestly (and I really hope you guys hear me right now), who cares? Is it a character flaw to find pleasure in things that aren’t universally accepted as ‘clean, perfect, nutritious, healthy’? I think caring for your body involves a certain amount of body and soul agreement that can’t exist when you’re living in constant pursuit of ‘clean, perfect, nutritious, healthy’. Like all of you, I’m just in pursuit of feeling GOOD- and the true definition of feeling good is entirely up to you.#aimtrue #natarajasana #dancerpose #effyourbeautystandards #honormycurves
I am often asked about preparatory poses for #inversions, and my mind always immediately goes to #forearmplank pose. Once I started focusing on my #core work, kicking into inversions became a much more attainable goal. I like to hold this pose from 30-60 seconds, depending on how much I feel like torturing myself. Actually, as time has progressed and i’ve gotten more comfortable with it, there are definitely days when I look forward to forearm (and regular) plank. It’s a great place to turn off your mind and just exist in the pose.
(I’m sure some people might not expect someone with such an expressive belly to engage in daily core work, but looks can and should be deceiving. #fatkidforever #gimmedatcake)
(Source: mynameisjessamyn, via sassyyogi)
People always say I have so much self control being a vegan but I don’t think the two are related at all. I have no self control and I’ll down a whole bucket of vegan ice cream in a minute. It doesn’t take self control to not want to eat the flesh or biproducts of a dead tortured innocent animal.
"Isn’t it better not to talk so much, not to be worrying always about small things that don’t really matter?"
A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, “Why is there so much suffering?
Suzuki Roshi replied, “No reason.
"What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is?"
"You have to pull all your energy back to the present moment. And the moment the whole energy becomes a pool, here and now, the explosion of light happens and you are, for the first time, absolutely yourself — an eternal being, an immortal being, who knows nothing of death, who has never come across any darkness."