Let’s Talk About Yoga Bullies

Have you ever had a bad experience in a public yoga class? If you said yes you’re not the only one. More than 50% of clients that come to me (I specialize in private coaching sessions) state their reason for pursuing private sessions as having bad experiences in public yoga classes. So today I want to talk about yoga bullying & peer pressure.⁠

⁠Don’t get me wrong there are PLENTY of amazing yoga teachers & studios out there, I have a few favorites of my my own, but even I’ve had some bad experiences.⁠

⁠I started doing yoga many years ago as I was told it was a great way to get exercise without hurting my joints or causing inflammation since I have Lupus. First of all, yoga is not one-size-fits-all. There are several styles that caused my body distress, but after years of trying things out I found Iyengar yoga & it became my happy place, but on my journey to this happy place I experienced a lot of pressure! It was so confusing. Wasn’t yoga supposed to be about my inner journey, no ego, pride, competition or judgement? That was not my experience, it is now, as I’ve found my people & practice that work for me, but over the years I’ve been pushed extremely hard by yoga teachers, told to preserve through the pain. I’ve been adjusted aggressively in class & called out publicly for using modifications when a pose didn’t feel safe for me. Once a teacher even told me there was no reason I shouldn’t be doing Handstand without modifications. I call bullshit! I was proud of myself! I was proud of not being in a hospital bed, or on a ton of medication. Doctors told me I was going to die, but I was in a yoga studio moving my body, that’s all that mattered to me. It’s MY practice, it’s YOUR practice! Do what feels safe for YOU! Pick a style that feels good in your body. Modify if you need to. Close your eyes, breath & listen to YOURSELF! Find a teacher that makes you feel empowered & challenged in a way that feels safe for you, your body & whatever ailments you might be dealing with. This practice is about self-inquiry & growth, not just on a physical level but also mentally. Move your body in a way that feels good & trust yourself. Feel safe! Feel empowered ❤️

For the entire month of May I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other.

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Quick Tip – Handstand In A Doorway – Yoga Modification

Don’t even get me started with this pose! Because of the muscle atrophy in my upper back due to Lupus this pose has been the bane of my existence, but this modification, shared with me by my mentor, changed all of that. This modification has made Handstand possible for me. In addition to a regular yoga practice & consistently practicing prep poses this modification has allowed me to build the strength, alignment & knowledge I needed to do it without a doorway. Take your time, be safe, build the strength & knowledge needed to practice poses like this so you don’t hurt yourself. See disclaimer & contraindications in comments section before you try this & let me know if you have any questions 😘

HOW?
🤸🏻‍♀️Find a doorway clear of obstructions
🤸🏻‍♀️Face side of doorway without door
🤸🏻‍♀️Place fingertips about 1 inch away from doorframe, hands shoulder width apart, shoulders will stack directly over wrists
🤸🏻‍♀️Gently place back of head & middle of upper back down the middle of the doorframe
🤸🏻‍♀️Press palms down evenly, engage triceps, wrap bottom tips of shoulder blades towards side ribs & draw them down towards your tailbone
🤸🏻‍♀️Keep shoulder blades broad & firm outer upper arms in
🤸🏻‍♀️Draw shoulders away from ears, spread across collarbones
🤸🏻‍♀️Carefully walk 1 foot 1/2 way up doorway followed by the other. Press 1 foot into doorframe & slowly walk the opposite foot up to touch top of doorframe, once you feel secure follow with the other foot (NOTE: Height will determine if you can meet top of doorframe (short) or extend past doorframe (tall), either walk the feet up & press heels into doorframe or press insides of feet into the outsides of the doorframe)
🤸🏻‍♀️Neck is in line with spine
🤸🏻‍♀️Draw lower front ribs towards hipbones to avoid overarching lower back
🤸🏻‍♀️Direct inner thighs towards wall behind you, buttocks lifts towards heels, hug outer hips in towards midline
🤸🏻‍♀️Release inner & outer thighs back evenly, feet together
🤸🏻‍♀️To come down carefully walk 1 foot down doorway at a time. I like to hang forward for a bit & then rest forehead on doorframe since I’ve just been upside down for an extended period of time

Kick/walk up w/ opposite leg often to avoid creating imbalances 🙂 

Contraindications:
⚠️ Carpal tunnel syndrome
⚠️ High blood pressure
⚠️ Glaucoma/detached retina
⚠️ Wrist or shoulder injury

Disclaimer:
YogiNest recommends that you consult your physician regarding the applicability of any recommendations and follow all safety instructions before beginning any exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself.

For the entire month of May I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️ 

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Self-Reflection In Times Of Uncertainty

We are living in unprecedented times. Very few things in my lifetime have felt this overwhelming & uncertain. Every day the numbers mount & there’s never really any clear information about when this will end & what our lives will look like when things are back to “normal.” If there was ever a time to learn how to lean into and embrace uncertainty, it’s now. The reality is, before COVID, we already lived with a lot of uncertainty. Tomorrow has never been promised to any of us, but we woke up like we do every day, went to work like we do every day, and carried on like we do every day. So how can we bring that same attitude to this situation? Things will clearly look different, now & once quarantines are lifted, but what can we do right now to embrace uncertainty? If you live in California you’re familiar with the yearly fires, they can be devastating, but fires are also very cleansing. Many ecosystems need destructive flames to function properly. Forest fires have even been called, “nature’s cleansing act.” So what does this have to do with COVID & uncertainty? What I’ve learned about fires and what I’ve learned from some of the most intensely painful parts of my life is that the most beautiful transformations come from the most destructive experiences. Humans have lived through countless traumatic experiences, but we thrive and survive, hopefully a little smarter, wiser, kinder and more loving than we were previously. Times like this, when looked at through the right lens, have the opportunity to be the most profound learning experiences of our life! When faced with pain, turmoil & uncertainty, you can give up, or you can fight the good fight and make your life better, or someone else’s life better, or the world a better place to live in. This mandatory pause and unwelcome upheaval of our lives is an opportunity to learn, not only about who we are, but from the mistakes and missteps that have brought us here today. How can we lean into uncertainty and make life better once we’ve pushed through the rubble? What have you learned about yourself during this arduous time? What can you do to make your life better, or someone else’s life better? What can we do as a whole to make sure something like this never happens again? Will we take this opportunity to grow & learn & change? Can you turn this time of uncertainty into a time of growth instead? Food for thought… 

Together we will get through this xoxo

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. Let me help you through this incredibly hard time. Wellness for all ❤

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How does stress affect the immune system?

ATTENTION IMMUNOCOMPROMISED HUMANS 🙋🏻‍♀️
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I get it, I have Lupus, it’s scary out there for us right now, but let’s talk about stress for a second 👇🏽
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Stress is a MONSTER! Stress lowers your immune system, and what you need now more than anything is an immune system that’s going to fight to keep you safe and healthy. Stress free is the way to be. Easier said than done, I know from personal experience, but you have to override that fear in order to remain healthy. The situation we’re in right now is extremely triggering. I’m living through it with you. I don’t want to get sick, and I don’t want any of the drama that comes along with getting sick, mainly the financial burden of being sick. So I get it, but you have to breathe with me to get through this. Move your body. Meditate. Do this with me, develop healthy routines during this challenging time and stay healthy. ⠀
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Want to know how stress can affect your immune system? Want to know what can help? Want to work with me online while social distancing? If you answered yes then check out the images in this post to learn more.

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Meditate, Breathe & Move with me now! We can get through this together 😘

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Stressed? Anxious? Mindfulness can help!

Social isolation can breed feelings of fear, anxiety, depression & stress! We are social creatures through & through, but all hope is not lost! Technology can be a hero in disguise for situations like the one we’re all in right now. You don’t have to ditch your daily routine, it just might look a little different. Check out the suggestions I’ve put together for you in this blog and save it to reference on days when you want to pull your hair out 😳🙈😂

You can breathe, meditate & move with me 100% online. Click the link in my bio to sign up for your ✨FREE✨ consultation & get 20% OFF for a limited time if you’re a new client. We can get through this together! ⁠⠀

⁠There are so many options just a quick search, click & download away!⁠⠀

⁠You’ve got this 😘❤️

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4-4 Breathing Exercise Tutorial

Learn how to do the 4-4 Breathing Exercise in this short tutorial. Breathwork can greatly reduce stress & anxiety in a minute or less. Learn how to calm the mind and live a happier & healthier life with YogiNest. Stay tuned for my top breathing exercises over the next few weeks and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tutorials. 

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