I have been participating in a challenge this month called #defygravityyogi challenge. Everyday, you post a picture of yourself on Instagram doing the assigned challenge of the day. Some days were basic asanas, and some days were pretty brutal poses. This challenge was more difficult for me than I thought it would be. It is hard to look at a picture of yourself every single day. It is hard to not judge every fat roll, wrinkle, and skin imperfection. It is hard to not be critical.
As the month has gone on, I have noticed I have gotten better. I only make my photographer take just a couple shots. (instead of 25 photos where I pick the one I look the best in.) I also wasn’t so obsessed with what filter made my zits appear smaller. I enjoyed being creative with the pictures and inviting others to join in!
Warrior 2 on top of a fallen tree when my husband and I went to Flat Rock. (I also liked how I could correct my form…see how I am “surfing” forward? Now I know that I have the tendency to do that, so I am aware in class to pull back.)
Crescent Lunge. I am wearing shorts in this picture. I haven’t worn shorts in years because I don’t exactly love my legs. But these thick stems are strong as shit and power me through my crazy days.
Kadyn and I in Chair pose together. This is outside the restaurant after celebrating her 11th birthday.
Spinal Balance with one of my favorite yoga teachers, Shanna. (Read her blog HERE.)
This was my absolute least favorite pose. It is weird, ugly, and flatters no one. Even that tree behind me is cringing.
Revolved side angle. This is one of those where all I saw was rolls of fat, a giant butt and thick legs. But I posted it anyway, and got comments that mentioned my strong back and great hair. It is easy to get in that trap of noticing only the imperfections.
Handstand. I have been working on this pose for over a year now. Everyday. I tell my students all the time…”If you want handstand in your practice, you have to PRACTICE it.”
This is me and my favorite little people after celebrating my birthday with frozen yogurt. Love them. And yes. I am wearing shorts again. (who am I?)
I am doing another challenge in June…(in addition to June Project 12 which is going to be scary enough!) This next challenge involves toning up the core and it is going to be awesome! I’ll post about the challenge later this week…but it starts June 1st, so get ready! Follow me on Instagram for more details and daily reminders. (I even got my husband to commit to doing this with me. We are about to get ripped!)