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Okay, SO. Why am I telling you guys this? My handstand is getting better, but I’m pretty frustrated / nervous? I’ll tell you a bit about me and my life:

12 years ago I ruptured my hamstring doing the splits cold and fast at a party. Talk about a lesson in ego, yes? I had trouble waking sitting lifting my leg for the rest of the year. I didn’t get much PT as our insurance only covered 2 visits at the time.

Years go by; there is sciatica (maybe), then an ITB Band, then both knees, then comes the chronic pain, everywhere, searing, so bad, traveling, unknown. I get throw into the FIbromyaliga pot. Thousands of tests, my nerves, no inflammation, I’m told after vials of blood that they’ve never seen someone healthier, I’m off the charts healthy. wTf.

After all this and a lot of yoga, it turns out what was dismissed as a hamstring injury at 16 was actually a sacroiliac joint injury, thereby affecting the outside of my leg and as I continued my physically fit lifestyle, my pelvis continued to twist itself like an Infiniti symbol in a blender.

So I have bulging erector spinae. I know where all those muscles’ origin of insertion is because that’s where I hurt. My nerves constantly set off maddening tingles in my body and skull. My sacrum has dropped so far forward the tailbone juts out. I have difficulty accessing the mula bandha lock, and fall out of inversions despite strength and flexibilty because I have to rework my alignment and core.

Can you sense the frustration now? :(

I hate complaining about my pain because I am healthy fit and so many others have more serious conditions than I. We all have our silent struggle, yes? I just wanted to vent. This is my life - yoga - and I want to do so much with and go places with it. I’ll work for it , I’ll bust my hinnie if that means I can correct years of pain and jacked up ligaments. But what of not? What if years go by and I can never achieve my goals simply because my body has it’s limitations after 12 years? Ligaments and scar tissue and a musculoskeletal system that adapted one way to stay upright.

I hate complaining. Just…worried. Being hard on myself. I just hope I can fix my body overtime.

Hello, I have been looking at yoga site for a while to learn about it and to gain a different perspective. Your is by far not only the the most transparent and down to earth, but the most knowledge filled blog. Do you recommend as a beginner to go to a studio or with doing yoga at home can I achieve the same results? Thank you

Asked by corvus-krahen

You gotta hit the studio! That’s where I got hooked. The community, the atmosphere, the inspiration and also realization that most people are right where you are, not to mention a teacher to give you tips or adjustments. But I will say my yoga practice really evolved when I began practicing at home as well. I try to make it once a week to a studio.

Where did you get the tan and purple leggings from the recent pictures your posted? They're so cute!

Asked by thinnerginger

Forever 21 girl!!! They were THREE DOLLARS!

I couldn’t resist posting this one - using up the last licks of a beautiful sunset yesterday. I just love colors in the suns rays here.

I’ve been feeling terrible lately - just a small tummy bug - so yoga practice has been pretty pathetic. Considering mmmmm 90% of yoga works your core in some way, I haven’t been up to much, and much of what I’ve tried had been KER-PLUMP. Oh well, right? Just laying low for today and taking a day off from vinyasa :)
#yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogaphotos #sun #sunset

Don’t downplay the smiles that come easy. The big laughs, the small smirks; sometimes in our world, the hardest thing to realize, is happiness. Have you taken time to connect with what makes you happy, just because IT MAKES YOU HAPPY? We are so busy, so go, run, now! That we feel the need to fill our lives with reasons to do something. Is “just because it makes you happy” a good enough reason for you? With anything - do you find yourself making “excuses” to do something, to ALLOW yourself the time? Do it for no reason, none at all, except for your own unapologetic happiness. You do deserve it. And time? What is time at all if we aren’t happy?

"I got you, boo.
Whenever you need me,
wherever you are,
I’ll be there for you”
- love, yoga

#yoga #yogini #yogaeverydamnday #outdooryogis #peace #love #leanonme #survivor #lake #fishing #surrender #calm #freedom #gratefulyogis #armbalances #strongwomen #strength #pose #graceful #beauty #inspire #awaken #awe #wonder #atlast #atlonglast

I’m one with the wind and sky.

#yoga #yogini #yogaeverydamnday #splits #backbend #headtotoe #Hanumanasana #girl #fitfam #fit #fitspo #fitgram #stretches #health #open #LetItGo #flexible #flexiblegirls #quotes #sky #wind #freedom #arch #asana #outdooryogis #stonecoldfox

Trying out some new tricks!

Did you know headstand has many healing qualities? Blood to the brain helps us to awaken, relieving tension headaches, hangovers (what?? Yogis don’t drink…), and invigorating our pituitary glands and digestive system. Many practitioners swear by a headstand a day for health, core and balance practice, and mental clarity.

#yoga #yogi #yogini #howto #happy #happiness #tricks #headstand #upsidedown #inversions #invertyoself #health #mentalhealth #mental #depression #hangovers #headache #migraines #tension #relief #core #balance #abs #workit #YesYouCan #babe #girl #instagood #inspire

Baby Grasshopper! This cutie of a pose is harder than first meets the eye! Keep pressing your flexed foot into your hand, and COOOORE POWER!!

#workout #workit #yoga #yogi #yogini #yogaeverydamnday #outdooryogis #balance #armbalances #flexible #fitfam #fitgram #core #abs #flex #lake #girl #yogaphotos #photooftheday #daily #howto #grasshopper #baby #grasshopperpose #yogateacher

Vasisthasana! Xoxo

#yoga #yogi #yogini #yogaeverydamnday #SidePlank #armbalances #strength #strongwomen #girlswithmuscle #flexible #flexibilty #bend #bendyyogis #core #isometric #abs #balance #peace #photo #yogaphotos #igphotography #igyoga #instayoga #fitspo #fitspiration #fitfam #fitgram #fitchicks

Nothing makes me happier than yoga - all things yoga. It is the driving force in my life, and I have grown in so many healthy and inspiring ways since I began. Each time I practice is a celebration, grateful for the opportunity to practice.

#ismilebecauseiplay #yoga #yogi #yogini #yogaeverydamnday #practicedaily #instadaily #instagood #EightAngledPose #pose #asana #gratefulyogis #inspiredyogis #inspire #armbalances #strongwomen #balance #girlswithmuscle

"She belonged to no man and to no city."

#wanderess #quotes #yoga #yogagram #adorable #secrets #KingPigeon #girl #girlswithmuscle #flexibilty #stretches #flexible #yogi #fit #fitfam #fitchicks #fitspo #instagood #puravida

My relationship has been drawing to a close for some time now. I know it’s toxic; I know over the 4+ years, we’ve grown apart. But I can’t seem to make that big step; what is stopping me? Can I?

I know in my mind that we are opposites - he is science and reason, and I am water and light and energy and flow and prana. We became two different people, always compromising what we want to do for the other person. Over time that stopped, and it was just a flat “no” instead. I made new friends, became reacquainted with my spirituality and the Driving force of my life - yoga - I began to grow, change, and be happy. Happy Like I could see the beauty in all things and people, like a blind fold lifted. Bit coming home, i felt like a fool talking of yoga and astrology and crystals to someone who doesn’t care, never cared, never will care.

I don’t want to complain - of course so many good memories keeps me coming back. How do people do it? I can only imagine how hard it must be for marriages of 10, 20, 30 years. How can you give up on a person you believed in for so long?

#yoga #yogaeverydamnday #thoughts #boyfriend #relationships #advice #help #tips #happy #happiness #seekthelight #light #love #break #breakingup #endings #newbeginnings #howto #temptation #toxic #tamasic #girl #instadaily #instablog #blog #energy #boys #men #why #confused

Take hold of your own life.
See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious.
The rivers and the oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is fun,
everywhere there is joy and delight.
Watch existence,
listen to the existence and become part of it.

#quotes #osho #life #exist #live #love #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #backbend #wild #wildthing #joy #gratefulyogis #grateful #fitchicks #fitgram #fit #strong #strongwomen #girlswithmuscle #flexibilty #flexiyogis

@billfriday this ones for you! A little #instavideo of Eka Pada Sirsasana - One Leg Behind Head Pose! Still working on opening those hips but making fun progress! :p
#yoga #yogini #yogaeverydamnday #video #fitfam #girlswithmuscle #strongwomen #stretches #diy #howtoyoga #fitness #igfit #exercise #stretch #bend #move #happy #cute #adorable #girl