Raise your hand if you’re already thinking about the weekend. 🙋🏻♀️😆✨⠀
Remember when I asked you what ✨YOU✨ wanted? (I mean. I can’t give you a Saturday on Tuesday, though.)✨⠀
But because of ✨YOU✨, this Sunday’s Renew + Restore is all about the neck and shoulders. Gentle movement + deep stretches = total relief. ✨⠀
Link in the bio to learn more. Class is $8 at @empoweryogamke.
A year ago today I walked into the yoga studio for the first time. It was a Sunday and just a few weeks after I’d hit rock bottom. I rolled out my mat, laid down and started to cry. I cried for about 80% of the class. I got frustrated with myself because I was nowhere near my toes in forward fold, I confused my up dogs with my down dogs and I had no idea what the different warriors poses were. So I laid there and let the burning hot tears stream down my face. I felt embarrassed and ashamed.
The next day I went back. The instructor was a beautiful soul who opens and closes each class with an inspiring, unique quote. I managed to participate a little bit more, get confused a little less and be kinder to myself that I didn’t know what the heck they were talking about. And I cried. For almost half of the class and through savasana. But not a single dirty look, irritated sigh or demeaning comment. Just a gentle understanding that we are all fighting battles others know nothing about.
By the Friday I had gone to yoga five times. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was what my soul, spirit and mind needed. It gave me the pause to breathe, to connect to my body and its amazing functionality, to ground into myself and really feel what my body was storing deep inside. It is one of the things that saved my life.
Today I celebrate 365 days since walking in that door. I can touch my toes, know my dogs and still hate Warrior 2. Sometimes I get frustrated with myself, but I gently accept that, let it have its moment and then let it go. Some classes I lay on my mat instead of flow because I’ve learned to respect my body and hear it when it says “rest” or “push through” or “no”. And sometimes I still cry. Because life doesn’t stop having tough moments, you just learn through those hard times. You breathe and ground and connect to the feeling as it lovingly moves through you. Then show gratitude that you are aware of what still needs to be worked on, healed, accepted and acknowledged. It’s been a year of challenges and pain and breaking and healing and so much growth. I can’t wait to see what the next year of Yoga has in store for me🧘🏻♀️!
When you turn 37 on Sunday and realize it’s time for a professional head shot! 😬😬😬😬 Thank goodness for my ambient tree 🌲 lighting....it screams....”the light in me honors the light in you”🙏🏽☀️😆#namaste
Life is made of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep. The pain we encounter throughout our days spent on this earth comes from the illusion that some moments can be held onto. Clinging to people and experiences that were never ours in the first place, is what causes us to miss out on the beauty of the miracle that is the NOW. All of this is yours, yet none of it is. How can’t it be? Look around you. Everything is fleeting #iamyogagirl #love #letgo #befree
Flashback to my YTT days!! It’s amazing how much a yoga teacher training changes you. Not just on a physical level, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. 🧘🏼♀️
My YTT not only trained me to be a yoga teacher, it helped me look at some shit I didn’t want to look at. Like how despite the fact I was in a relationship I had wanted for years, and it was healthy and happy, we didn’t want the same things and should just be friends. It also gave me the insight that I wasn’t over the death of my Dad, and the courage to have a little ceremony to help me let go. ❤️
So if you’ve been wanting to do a YTT, trust me, it’s life changing 🙌🏻.
My name is Isi, and over the course of the #mymindmyyoga
Instagram Yoga Challenge, I want to share my #mentalhealth
journey with you. It is a journey I now lovingly refer to as my #uplyftwellnessjourney
, and it is the reason behind Uplyft Wellness herself.
My story begins as a young child. Unfortunately, looking back, I can't tell you how old I was nor when it all officially began. But I know I was younger than 12.
I have always been #shy
. It's just my personality. I am quiet and observant, but when I get to know you and am comfortable in your presence, I can be quite #outgoing
Thinking back though, I know I struggled with some #anxiety
. I remember fighting with my mom about calling my dad at work because I was afraid of someone other than my dad answering the phone. I would become so upset and start to cry and panic. Eventually I overcame the panicked behavior I experienced when I called someone on the phone, but to this day, I still hate calling or answering the phone and am always grateful to have someone else do it or for the call to go to voicemail.
Now, whether this is truly the beginning of my #uplyftwellnessjourney
, some may disagree. But I feel that it was the earliest sign of what was yet to come.
#yoga #suicideawareness #depression #selfharm #suicide #yogachallenge #forwardfold #yogaeverydamnday #yogaformentalhealth #fear #change #overcome #yogisofinstagram #instayogi #yoga365 #mentalhealthawareness #health #wellness #uplyft #uplyftwellness #uplyftwellnessstudio
Sometimes I do things other than bake cookies and make shapes😂. I can only kind of/sort of climb because of my friend @channer40
, who is an excellent teacher🙏. PC @lanzocraven
Make little changes that will make a big change to your life❤️
Ora crew crushing the core this morning 💙💦💪🏼 @orafityoga
Made by @Image.Downloader
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🎁NEW CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT🎁 💫✨⭐️🌲
From 10-16 December 🎁 .
Xmas is just around the corner!!!
We want to celebrate what is this Season is all about
Being together, gifting each other and sharing the .
Y O G A L O V E!!!!
Imagine that you could choose an asana and give to someone as a Xmas Gift?!?
Here on IG we know already that everything is possible, so
We chose a list of postures to inspire you to offer and give it to the ones you love a friend, a teacher, a partner, a colleague, a relative ... Think about the feeling that that asana brings to you happiness, balance, strength ... and give it to somebody else!
You choose the asana and let us know why this is your #YogaGiftForXmas
and to whom!!! This is going to be incredibly fun and heart warming!
We can’t wait to see those yoga
. . 🎁 Sponsors .
Your Xmas Gifts list
🎁 Day 1 Forward fold . 🎁 Day 2 Twist . 🎁 Day 3 Hip Opener . 🎁 Day 4 Balance . 🎁 Day 5 Inversion .
🎁 Day 6 Backbend .
🎁 Day 7 Restorative/ Meditation .
To join, and have a chance at winning one of our amazing prizes .
1. Repost this flyer and tag some friends to join in.
2. Follow all hosts and sponsors, and tag them in your posts.
3. Post a photo or video each day, with the tag #YogaGiftForXmas
4. Make sure your profile is set to public, so we can see your posts!
#decemberyogachallenge #challengethyyoga #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #ashtangi #instayogi #worldyoga #loveandalliscoming #fityogi #ashtangalove #fortheloveofyoga #iloveyoga #practiceandalliscoming #doyouyoga #instayoga #yogavibes #instayogafam #yogaeverywhere #igyogafamily #igyoga #yogaaddict #temyogalove
Yesterday my partner and I were participants in a psychology study at the U of M. To be honest, it was a very weird experience.... The study was about relationships and how partners communicate and resolve conflict. We had to resolve a conflict on camera while taking blood pressure and heart rate readings, and later we had to watch it back- Which was really uncomfortable! Then we had to play a game where we had to guess what our partners least favorite qualities about us were 😐. Has anyone else ever done anything like it? I did learn a few things though. Watching yourself argue with someone -as an outsider- can really shed light on how you communicate and see yourself. I'll definitely need more time to reflect on that.... I love my fiance to death, but things were definitely feeling strange today!
“Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish – it makes you indestructible.”💕
Don’t forget to stretch and take care of yourself during the holiday season! In this strengthening stretch, open your hips but keep your shoulders square. Bring your knee to your chest and lift your belly button to bring the knee even closer to your chest.
We are made to be givers not keepers. Do something for yourself everyday so you can give from a fulfilled place 🎄❤ Teaching today @thecentersf
6pm. See you tonight!
Ya girl is officially a yoga teacher! 🤟🏼 Starting at @sweatyoga
Westlake Village Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30am (looking at all y’all coming back for the holidays, set your alarms 😂) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s pretty incredible how yoga quietly finds a way to sneak into each and every little crevice of your life, long before you’re aware of it. What started as a New Year’s resolution so many years ago slowly evolved into a way to manage stress, then a shift in my perspective, a community of new friends. It started to change to what I ate, how I spent my time. Then it landed me in a complete 180 from the corporate life I had in New York this time last year, coming full-circle to - yep - include teaching yoga part-time. It’s an honor to spend time on the other side and introduce the journey yoga took and continues to take me through to others. I truly believe yoga is for everyone, because every single person will get something different out of it. But pay close attention, because it just might have some unintended consequences, too 🙏🏼
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Tomorrow we highlight our favourite twists for #YogaGiftForXmas
! I’ve gone with one of the fundamental asanas of Ashtanga, parvrtta trikonasana.
I can remember when I first started yoga. This pose felt impossible! Even with a block on the highest level, I needed to keep my gaze on the ground to hold my balance. As the years have gone on, my mind and body act more as one, and trust each other more. This pose now feels like rest, and I can play with subtle adjustments to bring the stretch and strength to different places.
- my outfit
Your Xmas Gifts list:
🎁 Day 1: Forward fold 💝
🎁 Day 2: Twist 💝
🎁 Day 3: Hip Opener
🎁 Day 4: Balance
🎁 Day 5: Inversion
🎁 Day 6 Backbend
🎁 Day 7: Restorative/ Meditation
I am not my mind, so I can tell it to shut the _____ up for a second without hurting anyone’s feelings. 🌹
Casual Monday Mantra. Happy new week. 🙃
Bonus PSA: I haven’t forgotten about my YouTube channel, or the lovely folks who have subscribed to it. I admire the people who can post new videos every week, or on any kind of consistent schedule. Life’s like this for me, you know? My hope is to have a new class up for you by the end of the week. Love love love and love. 🖤