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 ❤️ 

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Choosing The Right Exercise Plan For You

Did you guys know I have Lupus, I never talk about it so I wasn’t sure, lol 😂 Today I want to talk about my yoga/exercise experience while struggling with an inflammatory disease. Before we get started let me explain, my body is mad at me A LOT! I have built a very strong preventative medicine toolbox over the years & I feel better than ever but I’ve definitely struggled & still do from time to time. Throughout the years I’ve dealt with fighting kidney & pancreas failure, permanent muscle atrophy, chronic infections in my heart & lungs, confusion & memory loss, LOTS of body aches & pain & chronic inflammation in my entire body…to name a few things. Finding a form of exercise that doesn’t add to the physical & mental pain has been a STRUGGLE.  I can’t run, I can’t overheat, I can’t do anything high impact & let me tell you, yoga is not one-size-fits-all. 

It took a long time for me to test out a lot of different yoga styles & forms of exercise to find what works for me, so here’s my best advice…DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU & ONLY YOU! 

Block everything else out! I don’t care if someone else with Lupus can run, I can’t & it makes me feel like shit, so I don’t do it. Instead I do incline training. I can’t do Plyometrics, HIIT or CrossFit; but I can hike & do yoga & pilates. I can’t do hot yoga, but I can do all the Iyengar yoga I want. 

Everyone is different & we all need different things. I know there’s a lot of noise out there, lot’s of opinions, lot’s of advice, but I’m here to tell you, only my advice matters…just kidding, lol 😂 Jokes aside, all that matters is what feels good in your physical & mental body. Play with lots of different stuff, test it out, if you hate it & your body hates it move on to something else. I promise you’ll find something you love that also agrees with whatever “ailments” you’re dealing with, I did ❤️

This is a personal journey, don’t let anyone tell you any different. There are SO many choices to pick from, take some time to figure out what works for you & take care of the only body (home) you’ll ever have ❤️If yoga happens to be your #1 pick you should hire YogiNest to train you, I hear they’re the best… I had to 🤣

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 ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

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Navigating COVID-19 With An Autoimmune Disease

I want to talk about navigating a pandemic when you have an autoimmune disease. Living with an autoimmune disease on a normal day is challenging. Once you’ve been doing it for a while it just becomes part of your daily routine and you barely notice it anymore, but other people definitely do, lol 😂I wash my hands profusely. I can’t share food with pretty much anyone, ever. I can’t spend too much time in the sun, lay on the beach, take a hot yoga class, or camp when it’s too cold or too hot. I have to keep my stress levels low. Running makes my knees swell up like balloons, and I’m always afraid of flaring, ending up in the hospital, and facing a mountain of medical debt. Fast forward to pandemic… multiple all of this by 10,000 and then add a triple dose of stress & fear!

If you are struggling with an autoimmune disease the best advice I can give you is to find a way to keep your stress levels WAY down! I know this is scary, I’m feeling it too, but stress will greatly impact your immune system, and you need that sucker to keep you strong and healthy right now! 

Ways to reduce stress 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
Meditation, breathwork, move your body at least once per day, get plenty of sleep, journal, keep in touch with friends & family often, take a bath or hot shower, go for a secluded walk with a mask and gloves (stay away from other people), listen to music, draw or paint. What makes you happy? What helps you reduce stress? Don’t forget to do these things now more than ever.

Obviously you should also be very strict about social distancing & wash your hands! You should only go out when you absolutely must, otherwise have someone else run errands for you if at all possible. I have not entered a public facility since the quarantine. My boyfriend is running all errands, and he’s wearing a mask and gloves so he doesn’t come home and get me sick. If you’re on the Nextdoor app I’m sure you’ll find plenty of posts about people who are willing to do your shopping for you, I’ve seen it many times over the last few weeks. Find someone to help you and stay inside. Delivery services can be very helpful and I know a lot of pharmacies are offering free deliveries right now as well.

If you need someone to talk to send me a DM. I’m a good listener and I understand what you might be going through, you don’t have to do this alone ❤️

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. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. Be well & take care of each other!

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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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