The Truth About Yoga

Many people used tell me they didn’t want to practice yoga with me because they’ve “seen my Instagram page” and they don’t have the flexibility I showcase in some of my photos. This made me realize I’m portraying a false image of what it means to practice yoga (or what it looks like when I practice yoga), benefit from yoga and fall in love with yoga.

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Do You Have Wrist Pain From Texting & Typing?

Do your wrists hurt from a long day of texting, typing, and/or writing?! Everyday we are using our wrists for so many things. Over time, these motions can create weakness and stiffness in your wrists and fingers. As someone who works on their phone & computer a lot, it’s so important at the end of the day I’m stretching my wrists out!! Here are my top 5 wrist stretches:

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My Body is Changing

My body is changing...and that’s OK! I used to measure my year over year success in yoga (and fitness) by increased strength, flexibility and weight loss. I essentially thought I was invincible going into a hard yoga pose without warming up and just treating my my body like it could never fail me.

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Side Plank Variations

When I first started taking yoga I hated thinking if I couldn’t do the EXACT yoga pose the instructor (or everyone in the room) was practicing, that I was a failure. I would get so hard on myself and it would hinder me from showing up to classes. I don’t want this to happen to any of you so I want to remind you of 2 important things:

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Monkey Pose (Hanumanasana)

Splits can be so challenging and require a mix of proper form, flexibility and strength to master them. Many times I see people practicing the wrong form which will hinder them from reaching their goals and increasing flexibility. Here are the form mistakes:

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Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svasana)

In class we often hear that DFD (downward facing dog) is a resting pose which makes us think we can just sink into it causing pain and discomfort. However when done properly - DFD should feel lengthening & relaxing.

Below is what you may be doing wrong in DFD (the before photo) and how to fix it (the after photo):

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Am I Losing Flexibility?

Am I losing flexibility? This is a very real question I asked myself in yoga class yesterday when I could barely bend in half during a forward fold.

When I first started my Instagram account, appearing flexible was so important to me. I wanted to force my body into as many positions as possible to prove myself as an advanced yogi. My priorities were always physical advancement and I never put as much as an emphasis on how I was feeling mentally or on taking care of my body. 

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Center Splits (Samokanasana)

I LOVE splits because they release tension in your hamstrings, help lengthen your muscles and improve core strength & posture! In the "before" photo above there are some major issues here that could cause pain, discomfort and hinder you from going deeper in your splits:

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10 Uses for a Yoga Block

I love to use blocks in my yoga practice for so many different reasons: they bring the ground closer to you so you can feel an amazing stretch, help to increase flexibility, and  - most importantly - reduce injury!

Here are 10 poses you can try right now with a block:

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