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lightfulyogini2.0. Had to drop in for today’s #ysydcrew! A deep one for the hips and addu

Had to drop in for today’s #ysydcrew! A deep one for the hips and adductor burner 🔥. It was much easier holding on to the leg vs. not holding on!! . . Pose inspired by @yogaandchaigirl -inspired by @diceyoga. . . #ysyd #saturday #yoga #yogapose #yogashape #yogagoals #yogapractice #sshtangi #fitnessmotivation.

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lightfulyogini2.0. None of us really know what we’re doing. Find people who want to figur

None of us really know what we’re doing. Find people who want to figure it out with you!! . . apologies to all the pink lovers🤣 . thebeginnersmind #forearmfriday #yoga #friyay #pinchamayurasana #red #fitnessmotivation #elbowpincha #seeingred #love #liveauthentic #yogapartytricks #balance #yogagoals #yogainspiration

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lightfulyogini2.0. Dropping in for #fromhawaiiwithlove with this #dandasana lift. (#lsit)

Dropping in for #fromhawaiiwithlove with this #dandasana lift. #lsit) .(do you notice the higher-quality image my son taught me to put my video on 4K 🤣🤣🤣) . This one is hip flexor strength core strength and hamstring flexibility. Core compression is something I don’t think I even knew about until a couple years ago. With very tight hamstrings i’ve had trouble with my forward folds for basically my whole life. And while I have core strength I’ve had to work hard on compressions. . . This kind of work helps tremendously with in versions of any kind especially handstands, and especially if you’re ready to begin working on your street line. . . The quadriceps love to cramp up in this one. So make sure you warm up with plenty of front body stretches, 1. Low lunges 2. warrior one and two 3. Lizard pose. 5. Heroes pose. 6. Up dog. . Swipe to see a video of an assisted lift in dandasana. I’m using a strap around my upper back and upper thighs to help with the compression. You have to have it tight enough so that it keeps your thighs towards your chest. And for this you have to also really warm up your hamstrings so lots of forward folds. . . Tomorrow I’m going to post the difference between an active hamstring stretch and a passive hamstring stretch. Which is also key for this. . . @cyogalife #yoga #yogisofinstagram #compression #corestrength #fitnessmotivation #ashtangi #yogainspiration #yogagoals #strongyogis #strongwomen #girlswithmuscle

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lightfulyogini2.0. An overactive mind can build a story  about something without you even

An overactive mind can build a story about something without you even realizing it. Depending on your experiences and triggers you can build a case to support your deepest fears or greatest desires, and unconsciously affect the way things unfold. . . Check yourself. What stories are you creating? What assumptions do you hold about others? Anything that starts with “all” is never helpful. Ie. ALL men are dogs 😜 assumptions are your window and they cloud your view. Look at your relationships without your own assumptions and filters and let people surprise you and reveal themselves to you over time. 💞. . Practicing mobility in my #ekapadarajakapotasana. #yoga #yogisofinstagram #pink #legwarmers #ashtangi #mobility #flexibility #yogaeveryday #yogamodel #fitnessmotivation

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lightfulyogini2.0. Which one? 1 or 2. .
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Getting out of my comfort zone! There is a time

Which one? 1 or 2. . . Getting out of my comfort zone! There is a time to push and a time to rest. The key is knowing when to do which. #onwednesdayswewheel #yoga #yogisofinstagram #ashtangi @aloyoga

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lightfulyogini2.0. I am quite tickled by how many of you have commented on how much you l

I am quite tickled by how many of you have commented on how much you like me in pink 💞💞. And while I agree pink is pinkalicious I would have to pink about it if I’m going to change my whole IG to just pink. Somebody even suggested my name should be ‘pinkfulyogini’!! Maybe I was just being pinked, I mean punked! But there will be a couple more of me in the pink... maybe I will even start a PinkedIn app to connect all the pink lovers. . . P.s. I despised pink for decades and would not wear it. Funny how things change. . . On a more serious note, i’m grateful for everyone who’s been reading my posts and was surprised how many people said they felt the same, that they had to work really hard for what they have, that it did not come easy. It’s so true that on this platform we are curating what we reveal. We’re showing a moment or maybe moments if it’s a video, and we build stories around what we see on others feeds, sometimes without even realizing it. I don’t know a single Yogi for whom things came easily. What’s wonderful is the physical work, while it can stop there, for the majority of us it just keeps going deeper and deeper. The work is an excavation and an exploration into the depths, to try to uncover who we are at our essence, and that which we all share in common. To bring it back to pink, while the heart chakra is usually green, are a few reasons your Heart chakra might be pink rather than green. The most common one is falling in love. Some spiritual teachers claim that this type of energy is a mix of the Crown and Root chakras, representing the physical and metaphysical need for love. However, others say that it is actually an awakening of the divine feminine driven by the spiritual energy of love.💞 how cool is that??? #prettyinpink #pink #pinkaesthetic #yoga #pinklove #love #ashtangi #yogainspiration #tuesday #bhekasana

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lightfulyogini2.0. Nothing has ever come easy for me.  I expect struggle and have trouble

Nothing has ever come easy for me. I expect struggle and have trouble trusting anything that does comes easily. But i am learning to find balance ..letting go of things not meant for me, The things that are just too difficult, and opening for what is. Trusting the things that are meant will be a little easier. My favorite analogy is if you are holding on for dear life to a trapeze, you can’t catch the next one and soar without letting go of the first trapeze. You will keep getting pulled back to the beginning. There’s always that moment of absolute trust and faith when you are suspended in mid air. Working those stabilizer muscles 😅😂. #mondayfunday #yoga #flexible #yogisofinstagram #ashtangi #fitnessmotivation #letthatshitgo #yogapose #yogagoals #mobility

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lightfulyogini2.0. Be a badass babe! Take life by the horns. Don’t wait for anybody to gi

Be a badass babe! Take life by the horns. Don’t wait for anybody to give you approval or permission to follow your passions. If somebody isn’t meeting you halfway, stop trying so hard. There is better for you. .. . It doesn’t mean to run roughshod over everybody and everything. It just means recognizing when you are expending all the energy. . . Even if there’s work involved which there always is, the right situations, people, jobs will energize you in some way or another. . . At the end of the day you have the power to make choices - don’t forget that. . . . #bossbabe #yoga #sundayfunday #legwarmers #balance #fitnessmotivation @kddancenewyork #yogainspiration #yogaspiration #yogacutie #yogalooksgood

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lightfulyogini2.0. Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you

Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you. Read it over. Again. Let those words resonate in your mind.. . @nayyirah.waheed. . What we value we treat well and we hold on to. Never settle for less. You and your heart are a treasure and you should feel treasured by the ones you hold dear. . #yoga @kddancenewyork #yogainspiration #flexibility #bendyback #liveauthentic #selfrespect #love #ashtangi #yogapose #bestyoga #yogaphotography #selfesteem

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lightfulyogini2.0. Being AdVENNurous on my @venndesign chair!! .
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There are endless ways

Being AdVENNurous on my @venndesign chair!! . . There are endless ways to stretch and workout on this padded ball. . 1.core and upper body strength -I could only do one push-up from this height but you have to start somewhere. 😜 2. Piking/ core work for handstands. . Start in the position at the top left, suck your belly in, and begin to push the floor away and bring your shoulders over your hips. Hold for a few breaths and repeat up to 10 times. . . If you’re getting pretty comfortable up tthere tryto bring one knee into your chest at a time. . . Then turn around sit back down on your ball, or my favorite, do a backbend to stretch out your front body!! . . You can get a discount on this amazing chair with the code in my profile!!! . . #yoga #saturday #handstandpractice #armbalances #corestrength #yogapose #fitnessmotivation

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lightfulyogini2.0. Do Yoga .

Eat good food

hang out with people you don’t have to expla

Do Yoga . Eat good food hang out with people you don’t have to explain your jokes to . get off your asana and move don’t worry so much stop assuming . . dance like everyone’s watching . . If you pause and wait a moment things will work themselves out. ❤️ I promise! .. . someone out there thinks you’re the most amazing person ever!!. . #fridayfunday #wheelpose #yoga #love #ashtangi #yogainspiration @aloyoga #flexibility #mobility.

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lightfulyogini2.0. If you know me you know I promote very little on my page. I only promo

If you know me you know I promote very little on my page. I only promote the products I use regularly. @freskincare is one of those brands. High quality skin care with argan oil. All natural and incredibly moisturizing. Every single product of theirs is a winner. I use their glow line every single day. Starting tonight at midnight get 50% off on everything!!! BUT ONLY the first 5000 orders. . Use the code in my #yoga #skincare #beauty #fitnessmotivation #selfcare #blackfriday .

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lightfulyogini2.0. ‘Enough is a feast’ -Buddhist proverb. 
Life and love never ask you to

‘Enough is a feast’ -Buddhist proverb. Life and love never ask you to be more than you are. Look around and be grateful for exactly what you have now. It’s all there for a reason. It’s so easy to get caught up in wanting more, accumulating, grasping.... but if you take a moment and settle into the present, even if there are difficulties in the present, you will change the way you see things and open up to the miracles that are already in your life. .. . Wishing you all time with your loved ones today! ❤️ . #hrowback to a great day with @yogawithjq #yoga #thanksgiving #love #tbt #liveauthentic #raiseyourvibration #hollowback #yogaphotography

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lightfulyogini2.0. How do you honor the philosophy that says if it’s worth it, it’s worth

How do you honor the philosophy that says if it’s worth it, it’s worth waiting for, while also wanting to live life to its fullest? Honor the process, the unfolding of the really good stuff.. most of the things that hang around are the things that we work really hard for. It’s human nature to not appreciate the easy come/easy go stuff as much. It takes time for things to grow and things to be built. Protect and take great care of the things that are valuable to you. Although transformation and change are the natural order of things, no matter what, your own growth will always be the final result of all your work. #Wednesday #yoga #fitnessmotivation #liveauthentic #workit #patience #love #ashtangi #yogapose #flexibility

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lightfulyogini2.0. Long ass post warning!! .
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I had a lot of you asking me about my diet

Long ass post warning!! . . I had a lot of you asking me about my diet and exercise habits, and of course, good lighting makes all the difference. (I don’t always look like this) . . I have a daily yoga practice including teaching because I do demonstrate when I teach. . This muscle though is 100% from my ashtanga vinyasa practice. A few times a week I do 90 minutes of ashtanga including all the lifting up, and jumping back, and jumping forwards. It’s a lot of core work. And I do planks. I do planks every damn day. I also do some mobility exercises, and I love arm balancing. The only thing I do outside of yoga is biking and walking. . Diet: I try to eat plant-based as much as I can because I feel pretty darn good when I do. But I am iron deficient anemic and I find it difficult to completely cut out meat so I eat meat and seafood to keep my iron levels up. There’s nothing I really cut out because I believe in moderation. And my history of restriction damaged my health in a serious manner. . . Late teens early 20s I was anorexic and I cut out all fat and most calories. It was drilled into me as a ballet dancer that I was never small enough. I desperately wanted the ideal body for ballet and I did not have it. I danced hours a day and I ate very little. My weight got very low and while it didn’t affect me at the time, in my early 20s I developed serious health problems. I had to stop everything for a while and I walked and I hiked, and being out in nature was very healing. But it was Yoga that finally allowed me to let go of any ideas of how I should look and focus on what my body could do. Being in classes without mirrors was kind of life-changing for me. Ironically when I let go of trying to control how I looked my body found a natural weight that felt good, and I honestly feel I’ve never looked better.. After having my two kids during which time I practiced once a week, I began to do my ashtanga practice every day. I only focus on my health and my strength. Sure I have days where I don’t feel as good as I would like to and my jeans feel tight. (Cont in comments)

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lightfulyogini2.0. It’s still Monday on the west coast... #mondayfunday!! .
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Can I just

It’s still Monday on the west coast... #mondayfunday!! . . Can I just say how much I love my job?! I had a student in my yoga class feel comfortable enough to not listen to most of what I was saying. He had taken my vinyasa 2/3 class before and knew the level but spent a third of the class modifying and lying down. This is everything to me. It’s not about the difficult poses you can do although I love helping people find their way into those, it’s about listening to your body and doing what YOU need to do at any given moment. This is yoga. The theme of my class was fittingly gratitude and I am so grateful tonight that I get to do what I do.. . #gratitude #yoga #ashtangi #yogateacher #invert #upsidedown #love #iworkforleggings #yogainspiration @aloyoga

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lightfulyogini2.0. Sunday funday! #upavisthakonasana from the ashtanga primary series. .

Sunday funday! #upavisthakonasana from the ashtanga primary series. . . . Swipe 👈🏻👈🏻 to see a simplified breakdown. And see the video in my stories. . This is a deep stretch for the back body and a stretch for the hamstrings and adductors. It’s a wonderful feeling though when you find your balance and stay up for 5 breaths. . . Another shameless plug. I will be leading a 15 hour ashtanga intensive at the @theyogacenterretreat in April. 18/20th 2020. . 🔷Friday 6-9 is an Intro and ashtanga essentials. Including the breathing and discussion about the energetic locks or bandhas. 🔷Sat 1-5 intro to primary including The sun salutations and standing postures. . 🔷Sunday 1-5 continuing on with the seated and closing postures of the series as well as plenty of time for questions and a discussion about injuries. .. . You can sign up online soon!!! 💞 #yoga #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #yogapose #ashtanga #primaryseries @aloyoga #sundayfunday

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lightfulyogini2.0. The breath IS the practice. .
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Had such a great morning. Primary seri

The breath IS the practice. . . Had such a great morning. Primary series at @goodvibrations_yoga in a packed class. There wasn’t a single pose where I lost my breath. Everything felt reasonably effortless, until this, that is😂😜 @lansarkis and I helped each other into this one by @cyogalife for #mygotoposes. That’s like a messed up #suptakurumasana but with one leg in yogi Dandasana. Each time we did it it felt easier. Thank you for the help and the photos Lan!! . . @niyamasol leggings. . . Happy Saturday everyone! #yoga #yogapose #yogagoals #flexibility #mobility #ashtanga #footinarmpit #ashtangi #hipopener #liveauthentic

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lightfulyogini2.0. Inversions. I’m hooked. I’m an addict. I want to go upside down every

Inversions. I’m hooked. I’m an addict. I want to go upside down every day. Not because I need to accomplish some pose but because it may be one of the best things I know for quieting the monkey mind. Try going upside down and thinking about anything other than your breath and your muscle engagement. . . Everything becomes hyper focused; The placement of your hands, The elevation of your shoulders, your steady gaze, and most of all your breath. . . Time slows down, and when you come out of it you feel like you’ve had the best glass of wine you’ve ever had +5 espressos. 🤣 calm focused and invigorated. . . For local folks I have a couple of workshops coming up!! If you’re interested DM me or I will be posting here!! I’m also available for privates. . #friyay #handstands #ashtangi #yogainspiration #invertyoself

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lightfulyogini2.0. Do you like to practice on your own?? Leave me a comment below!! .
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Do you like to practice on your own?? Leave me a comment below!! . . . I had a request for the video for my post today, so here is a snippet of my process.. basically just messing around after class to see what works. I take a theme.. in this case the compass/half Lotus and goof around. Some days it yields some good photos or breakthroughs. Other times it’s an exercise in frustration and comic relief. . .I usually take 45 mins to an hour after class and I treasure this yoga play alone time greatly. . #yogaplay #nevergiveup #ashtangi @thefirmmpls #yogisofinstagram #yogaflow #yogavideo #yogapractice

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lightfulyogini2.0. I am sensual tender and round with aliveness 
I feel
I yearn
I learn

I am sensual tender and round with aliveness I feel I yearn I learn I heal . my ability to feel is what makes me beautiful every feeling that visits me holds a story worth listening to every feeling is an opening that helps me connect to the deepest truest parts of myself... @danielledoby . . #iamhertribe . Adventures in half lotus. #thursdaythoughts #yoga @aloyoga #yogisofinstagram #feeltoheal #allthefeels #thirstythursday #yogaphotography

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lightfulyogini2.0. where you are. is not who you are. – circumstances
Nayyirah Waheed, .

where you are. is not who you are. – circumstances Nayyirah Waheed, . . Nothing on the outside defines you. You know YOU better than anyone else. . . #humpdayvibes #yoga #bowpose @aloyoga #love #liveauthentic #ashtangi #yogainspiration #flexibility

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lightfulyogini2.0. It’s here!!!!! The @nogirlleftbehind #pushforher challenge!!!!💜💜💜 .

It’s here!!!!! The @nogirlleftbehind #pushforher challenge!!!!💜💜💜 . Let’s get 1 million pushes for 1 million girls!!!! ANYONE can join in!!!! . This challenge is to bring awareness to the #nogirlleftbehind organization that is on a mission to empower 1 million girls by the end of 2020!!! . .This organization supports and empowers girls and young women who deal with the things that many of us struggle with including depression, bullying, anxiety, self-esteem issues, eating disorders and more. Having been through all of the above and having a young daughter this challenge is very dear to my heart. ❤️ . The challenge is to do as many push-ups as you can you can do them modified as well. . I am challenging @robinmartinyoga and @koyawebb to beat my record of 10 push-ups. And don’t say anything about my push-ups I normally do Chaturanga low push-ups. Clearly I need to work on my traditional push-ups a bit more!! . Please see my stories for more information!!!! . . #SisterHood #NoGirlLeftBehind #Self-esteem #Confidence #Empowerment #Unity #pushforher #fitnessmotivation #pushups #strongwomen.

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lightfulyogini2.0. 83% who replied to my story poll thought I could do this and I have to

83% who replied to my story poll thought I could do this and I have to say that made me feel better about trying it. It was only a quick pop up, but fun to try!!! . If you don’t already go follow @cat_shanti to have your mind blown and let go of any limits of what the human body is capable of. . . . Wishing everyone a fantastic limitless Saturday! See my stories for one more photo in this pose in a different outfit. . . #yogainspiration #inspiration #saturdaymotivation @aloyoga #yogalooksgood #ashtangi #practice #yogisofinstagram #mobility #flexibility #yogaphotography

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