#yogawithTFM @twofitmoms @laurasykora @masumi_g Ardha Chandrasana | Half Moon Pose. For all the handstands and fun stuff I play around with, I still love Ardha Chandrasana the most and I think it will always be my favourite pose. When I first started practicing yoga, many years ago, when I most needed it in my life, I would work through an Iyengar standing series on my own, and I can’t describe how transformative my practice was in those early days. I was coming into yoga from a place of fear and feeling lost and empty, and would often cry on my mat just from the sheer emotional release that came along with the release of muscular tension. This pose has always been deeply emotional for me, and as my practice grew and I became a stronger person, and I filled what I once thought of as an empty husk of a self into the person I wanted to be, this pose began to change shape. I used to see it only as a challenge, an obstacle, a head-on exploration of my vulnerabilities… and then I began to see it as this wonderful posture to feel grounded and connected to the earth, and from that anchoring within me, experience a sense of flight, of weightlessness, of freedom - to observe what the universe unfolds for me and have the space and the presence to respond in any way I choose. It was like that shift in perspective opened floodgates for me, it unlocked doors I kept tightly shut, and allowed me to open my heart and connect with everything beyond myself. Today, I love incorporating this pose into the sequences I teach and encouraging my students to take a playful approach, to let themselves feel vulnerable, to (unlike many places where you can’t be so open) bring their sh-t to their mat and use their practice to work through it. I delight in seeing those who came to class for fitness reasons discover on their own that their yoga practice can be so much more. And I still come back to this pose often in my home practice because it reminds me of who I used to be, how far I’ve come, and how much potential lies in the future to create exactly the life I want. High-res

#yogawithTFM @twofitmoms @laurasykora @masumi_g Ardha Chandrasana | Half Moon Pose. For all the handstands and fun stuff I play around with, I still love Ardha Chandrasana the most and I think it will always be my favourite pose. When I first started practicing yoga, many years ago, when I most needed it in my life, I would work through an Iyengar standing series on my own, and I can’t describe how transformative my practice was in those early days. I was coming into yoga from a place of fear and feeling lost and empty, and would often cry on my mat just from the sheer emotional release that came along with the release of muscular tension. This pose has always been deeply emotional for me, and as my practice grew and I became a stronger person, and I filled what I once thought of as an empty husk of a self into the person I wanted to be, this pose began to change shape. I used to see it only as a challenge, an obstacle, a head-on exploration of my vulnerabilities… and then I began to see it as this wonderful posture to feel grounded and connected to the earth, and from that anchoring within me, experience a sense of flight, of weightlessness, of freedom - to observe what the universe unfolds for me and have the space and the presence to respond in any way I choose. It was like that shift in perspective opened floodgates for me, it unlocked doors I kept tightly shut, and allowed me to open my heart and connect with everything beyond myself. Today, I love incorporating this pose into the sequences I teach and encouraging my students to take a playful approach, to let themselves feel vulnerable, to (unlike many places where you can’t be so open) bring their sh-t to their mat and use their practice to work through it. I delight in seeing those who came to class for fitness reasons discover on their own that their yoga practice can be so much more. And I still come back to this pose often in my home practice because it reminds me of who I used to be, how far I’ve come, and how much potential lies in the future to create exactly the life I want.

Speaking of arm balances… #EPK2 Eka Pada Koundinyasa II. I did this a long time ago but didn’t post it because I was worried the angle was too much bum, but then decided f-ck it. This is what the pose looks like and people who see it in real life see it in three dimensions, all angles, so it just is what it is! Very inspired lately by @kathrynbudig and @yogajournal’s #loveyourbody campaign. This pose made me feel super strong - grounded but like I could fly - so I’m posting it! #showmeyourconfidence #staytrue #aimtrue #iwillwhatiwant High-res

Speaking of arm balances… #EPK2 Eka Pada Koundinyasa II. I did this a long time ago but didn’t post it because I was worried the angle was too much bum, but then decided f-ck it. This is what the pose looks like and people who see it in real life see it in three dimensions, all angles, so it just is what it is! Very inspired lately by @kathrynbudig and @yogajournal’s #loveyourbody campaign. This pose made me feel super strong - grounded but like I could fly - so I’m posting it! #showmeyourconfidence #staytrue #aimtrue #iwillwhatiwant

Announcing @allyoucanyoga’s very first Instagram Challenge:

#SayYesToSomethingNew - 3 weeks of YES!

Bet you could use a lot more yes in your life. Everyone could, really.
Think about it: saying yes means you will try something new, meet someone new, and go somewhere new.

But here’s the thing: Yes is hard. It requires action and commitment.

WEEK 1 - Try something new.
Perhaps a new pose? Show us how to get there on a video. Make it so challenging that you’ll inspire others to try it as well.
WEEK 2 - Bring someone new.
Bring a friend to his/her first yoga class with you. Introduce someone you love to the yoga high!
WEEK 3 - Go somewhere new. 
As yoga gets more and more popular, we get to enjoy a variety of different yoga flavors and experience the talent of many yoga teachers.
Expand your yoga edge, go to a studio you’ve never been and share your practice with a different teacher from your community.

The purpose of this challenge is purely to raise the vibration and celebrate change.
The challenge will start next Monday!

LET YOGA WIN! High-res

Announcing @allyoucanyoga’s very first Instagram Challenge:

#SayYesToSomethingNew - 3 weeks of YES!

Bet you could use a lot more yes in your life. Everyone could, really.
Think about it: saying yes means you will try something new, meet someone new, and go somewhere new.

But here’s the thing: Yes is hard. It requires action and commitment.

WEEK 1 - Try something new.
Perhaps a new pose? Show us how to get there on a video. Make it so challenging that you’ll inspire others to try it as well.
WEEK 2 - Bring someone new.
Bring a friend to his/her first yoga class with you. Introduce someone you love to the yoga high!
WEEK 3 - Go somewhere new.
As yoga gets more and more popular, we get to enjoy a variety of different yoga flavors and experience the talent of many yoga teachers.
Expand your yoga edge, go to a studio you’ve never been and share your practice with a different teacher from your community.

The purpose of this challenge is purely to raise the vibration and celebrate change.
The challenge will start next Monday!

LET YOGA WIN!