She smiles a big bright smile for the entire world to see--
Contagious with her small teeth, goofy laugh and bright eyes.
On the outside her life looks so put together
Living the dreams that she has spoken of for years,
Manifested the “perfect” life for her soul.
But when she’s alone, she cries--
She cries for the strength to keep going.
She cries for the aching muscles and bones that never get a rest,
She cries for the money she isn’t making, regardless of the endless hours she puts in.
She cries for the emptiness in her heart...
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Some people say, “Oh my goodness – she doesn’t have a yoga body,” like a yoga body supposed to be this one hundred pound, super-toned pretzel of a person – and there are plenty of people who have that!
But yoga is for every body. Seriously – every body! Yoga does not care how much you weigh, what color your hair is, what color your skin is, how flexible you are, if you are rich or poor; yoga only cares about the truth that lies deep within you.
I can’t even begin to tell you how strong I feel and in love I am with my “body” through the beautiful practice of yoga. My yoga body.
Holding myself up in downward facing dog; standing firm in my feet, my shoulders, my biceps, my triceps, my hamstrings, my quadriceps, my abdominal muscles, my back – most of all my mind and my heart!
By having my own practice – flowing with my own breath, holding my own weight, listening to the rhythm of my heart – I have connected with my inner truth. My inner light.
But society still creeps in and breeds insecurities: magazines, Facebook, Instagram, tv, movies, music – all of these images in our face telling us who we should be, rather than to be who we are already – who we have been from the beginning of time.
Yoga brings us to that place. It is “the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita Through my own practice, my own journey, I have found a copious amount of self-love that I am not sure I would have ever discovered without yoga.
I can look in to the mirror and see beauty and a true friend. “And I said to my body softly ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath and replied ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this…'”
How long have we all been waiting to love ourselves? We tell ourselves: “Oh, well I’ll be perfect if I get into that size 2 dress,” or “I will be perfect if I have a rock hard six pack.” We always place stipulations on loving ourselves.
Yoga teaches us to live in the present, not the future and not the past. This exact moment – this is the only moment that matters; a second ago no longer matters and a second ahead no longer matters – in this exact moment – why not be happy with that beating heart that is supplying blood to your organs? Those lungs that are providing oxygen to your blood, that goes to your heart, that goes to your brain?
Be thankful for all that you are.
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Yoga came to me at a time in my life where I was lost beyond belief.I had always been the type of woman who had her life planned out, and thought if I had a life checklist I would achieve all of my goals.
Well… I didn’t take into account that everything is always changing.
After I had thrown all of my eggs into one basket, the basket was ripped from my griped hands and I was forced to rebuild my life. I didn’t know where to begin....
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The pictures speaks for itself! Thank Ganesh it's Friday! Please remove all obstacles from my way Ganesh! Namaste!
The love of your magical essence flows through your finger tips as you hold me close
The length of your fingers trace the outlines of my physical form
Your arms hold me together when the world shakes me about
You are my shelter, my rock, my forever constant
You do not change with the tides
You do not change with each moons waxing
You are forever love…
Love has no labels.Love has no gender
Love has no race
Love has no disability
Love has no age
Love has no religion
Love is love!
We are all made from love!
We are all love!
We are all one!
Love is infinite!
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When I read an article about Jamie Brewer walking down the runway in New York Fashion week, I became completely ecstatic.Jamie Brewer will be the first woman with Down Syndrome to walk down the runway for Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models.”
Have we finally reached a point in awakening where we are honoring and recognizing that role models don’t have to be size double zero, legs for days, models? Runway models can be role models as well, but sometimes we get so caught up in their appearance that we miss out on the truth—their heart and soul!
Jamie is an inspiration to many young girls and women. Leading by example, she is showing young ladies everywhere that they can be anything that they set their mind to! So many young women struggle with feeling inadequate and not as important as the “pretty and popular” runway-like models, that they feel excluded and they do not pursue their dreams and goals.
“Don’t be rude to your body…” Bryan Kest
How many times have you been told by the people that raised you- “Don’t be rude.” They taught you manners in regards to an endless amount of behaviors (or maybe they didn’t) such as: open the doors for ladies, respect your elders, don’t eat with your mouth full, treat others as you would like to be treated, don’t call people names, respect others stuff- the list could honestly go on and on. I know personally for myself, my family instilled in me to be as polite and courteous of others as I could possibly be. But you know what- I’ve never treated my own self with that same respect and consideration.
My entire life I have been so concerned with not being rude to others that I have failed to realize how much of a bitch I have been to myself! Wake up call!
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