Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. The crazy thing, is that I had a conversation about this with my daughter today but it rings so true in my personal life as well. I was never aware of the art of balancing respect for myself and doing things for others when I was a kid but I’m happy to be developing those tools now, even if it’s at the same time as my daughter! 🤣 please share any stories or experiences you have with this ❤️🙏😘 ps...can’t wait to share the next set of holiday pics with you by @actionhiro wearing @aloyoga
There are certain places
in this world that will not only
capture your eyes,
but your heart as well.
Exploring Kerala was like discovering
a hidden treasure with surprises
around every corner.
It brings me SO much joy
to announce that I will be
going back November of next year
to co-host a yoga retreat
right here in Munnar
with my beautiful soul sistar
and friend @kaylala88 as part of her
@glowyogaretreats @go_light_our_world !! Neriamangalam is tucked away in a
national protected forrest of South India and
I kid you not, is a place
full of wonder and so much beauty.
Stay tuned for more details to come
and post “yes!” if attending
a magical yoga retreat
across the world is something
you would love to do!
The universe is listening 😉💫💞 #yogaretreat#traveltheglobe#discoverindia#kerala 🌴 #munnardiaries
@miss_sunitha on Shoulder Love ❤️
Sitting at a desk all day, or crouching over a computer, laptop or phone is bound to create stiffness around the shoulders and upper back. This stiffness, over time, can limit mobility around the spine and arms.
Shoulder opening poses help to create the reverse action by creating space in the shoulders, chest and upper back. Shoulder stretches counters those movements and promotes mobility around the area (allowing a wider range of movement) if done together with the opening poses.
Do use a towel if you can’t grab your opposite hand/fingers. You could also use a block or pillow to support the head (to keep the neck relaxed) in any of the poses where the head is facing there floor.
In each pose, stay for at least 10-15 slow breathes. Try starting with 5 counts for an inhalation, and 5 counts for an exhalation. And slowly increase the length of the exhalation with each breathe for a deeper release. Make sure to work both sides evenly.
Above all, respect the space and limits in your body. Breathe through any discomfort, but if you experience any pain, please back off from the pose.
If you truly want to do good in this world, you have to shift away from a “what’s in it for me” mentality and adopt a “what’s in it for them” mindset. Authentic selflessness cannot be forced, it must be embodied.
🙏❤📿 Day 1️⃣3️⃣ of #ForTheLoveOfYoga with @cyogalab 🔀 Standing Forward Fold or #Uttanasana variant 📿❤🙏
Reaching the fingers or palms to the ground is often considered a flexibility milestone, a way to measure how bendy we are. When I was a kid, one year in gym class, our teacher made us work, for the whole semester, on touching the floor with the palms and counting to 5 once we were there. I practiced it sooo much and, when the exam day came, I planted the hands down, counted quickly 1,2,3,4 but, before reaching 5, my hips have tilted so far over the heels, that I fell and, literally, rolled over. My whole body ached for days (both from the fall and the effort) but I got an A- (the highest I ever scored in gym class) because the teacher was impressed with my dedication… Years later, when I went to my first yoga class and had to try this, all these memories rushed back and I thought ‘if I couldn't fully do it when I was 12, how could it happen now?’ it turned out consistent practice and dedication goes far… at least 3 foam blocks, maybe more. Stories aside, I also couldn't do a comfortable standing fold so, trust me, it can be achieved. One of the many things that could be said about this pose is that, if you pull the navel in and engage the hip flexors, your hamstrings will feel more at ease to surrender and lengthen. As I mentioned a few days ago, there’s an equilibrium of ‘easiness’ (sukha) and ‘steadiness’ (sthira), so this is not just about ‘dumping’ forward, the more active the whole body is, the more well distributed the work load, hence easier the pose for each group of muscles. Modify and remove the blocks or lean against a wall to assist you straightening the legs/spine. Find the fold that works for you, be consistent and you’ll increase that #flexibility very soon. More ideas tomorrow!!
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We always say how negative situations postpone achieving our goals or how they make our dreams impossible to reach. If we take a step back, and pivot from the negative...we just might find how everything starts falling into place 😊 We always have a choice 💕 #WHstrong
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Layers of beauty and trust. This is the posture where we all learn how light it can feel to support each other.
Join me on a women's retreat for self-exploratory writing, yoga and sacred ceremony.
just a human, being.
reposting bc IG deleted the first one. 🤦♀️
Day 3 here you are with a variation of #crow today.. this pose is little twisted and I have no idea how did I came up with this..😆😆 but I have definitely feeling fabulous 😍😍.
Thanks to #AbsoYogiFabulous from Dec 10-17
And our fabulous hosts:
It has come to my attention there are a few yoga lines out there that are downright stealing 😔 the beloved patterns and prints of my favorite yoga clothing company and dear friends @niyamasol. Yes, I’m well aware unfortunate incidences like this happen all the time, but I felt called to post something because my picture is being used to sell some of these prints at higher cost and lower quality 🤭than can be purchased @Niyamasol.⠀
The irony in all of this is the Yamas and Niyamas are ethical codes for right living that can be found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali...⠀
The 5 yamas - Codes for Moral Restraint⠀
🔸 Ahimsa- Non-harming/ compassion for all living things ⠀
🔸 Satya - Truth⠀
🔸 Asteya - Non-Stealing ⠀
🔸 Bramacharya - Merging w/ The One⠀
🔸 Aparigraha - Not Grasping ⠀
The 5 Niyamas - Codes for Living Soulfully ⠀
🔹 Shaucha - Purity⠀
🔹 Santosha - Contentment ⠀
🔹 Tapas - Disciplined Use of Energy ⠀
🔹 Swadhyaya - Self Study⠀
🔹 Ishvarapranidhana - Devotion to Spirit⠀
For those yoga companies that are stealing (definitely not practicing Asteya or Satya 🤥) maybe it’s time to brush up on your yoga philosophy and revisit Yamas & Niyamas and live from a place of truth and moral integrity 😇.⠀
📸 @eljefesnaps | #yogagear @niyamasol ⠀
Reduce stress and deep relaxation with us tonight #singingbowls meditation 7pm
Тибетское упражнение на принятие себя Закрываем глаза и делаем вдох. На выдохе сверху вниз ладонями обеих рук (пальцы
смотрят вверх) поглаживаем голову, лицо, грудь, живот, ноги, стопы по передней части тела, а потом на задержке дыхания разворачиваем руки пальцами вниз и на вдохе поднимаемся по задней поверхности ног, ягодиц, доходим до поясницы и, проведя по талии ладонями, останавливаемся на животе. Потом правой рукой на вдохе поднимаемся от кончиков пальцев левой руки до плеча по внешней стороне и на выдохе опускаемся по внутренней стороне. И так же левой рукой поглаживаем правую руку. И обняв себя, правой рукой проглаживаем левую половину спины, а левой рукой правую половину. Отслеживай, где комфортно, а где чувствуется дискомфорт. 🌈🌈🌈 ВАЖНО!!! Девчули, кто записался на йога Заряд’ку, которая стартует уже завтра 15 декабря. Напишите мне пожалуйста подтверждёние🙏🏼
YOGA APPARELS CHARITY FLEA MARKET
Club Yoga is reaching out and supporting fellow cancer victims through a flea market open to the public.
Members and non members, yogis and non yogis are welcome to the flea market to pick up your favourite apparels that are put out by fellow yogis to sell!
30 percent of the total proceeds will go to Singapore Cancer Society.
This is a Cash ONLY event, prices are FINAL and be sure that sellers are responsible with the selling of their goods and price lowered to the best we can. Items range from as good as new to brand new pieces sold at a flea market pricing.
Be sure to be a responsible buyer, if it does not suit you, smile and walk away.
Yoga is the cultivation of awareness and non-attachment. .
This morning I sleep-walked into the yoga studio, and after class I completely forgot where my locker was. I was all messy and in need for a shower, and made it worse by panicking and in the end just sat there and giving up on myself. Even became cynical on myself - I practiced so much yoga, but still why am I so unaware of my actions and so attached to my stuff?!?!
After I think half an hour of panic attack @yogawithwinnie_c offered me a banana. I ate it and all of a sudden remembered where the locker was!! Thank you my dear @yogawithwinnie_c ❤️ for saving my day.
Anyone who knows Estelle well won’t be surprised at this incident. Some close friends would even say, this is very “estelle” in which my name becomes an adjective - forgetful, unaware and daydreaming, especially when I am absorbed in another activity. I needed to practice non-attachment at an early age as I tend to lose things too easily!!
Everyone is working on something. I am working on this - to be more aware and less attached; to create balance and cultivate non-reactivity. It will be a lifelong journey, but at least I know where I’m heading. And luckily, along the journey, I am grateful to have amazing peers whom I could lean back on and take advice from. 🙏