Alone in the forest, you are nothing other than you. #backcountryyoga
On international Women’s Day I want to make a shout out to all the inspiring women who have helped me build Backcountry Yoga to where it is today. Whether you’ve been on a trip, or coached me from the side, YOU have built me up to believe anything is possible. I feel so incredibly blessed to have your trust and guidance every step of the way. (Plus the awesome guys who are true humanists and feminists that embrace my mission as well) When you acknowledge the light of those around you, you give yourself permission rise too. Keep building each-other up! Thank you thank you thank you. #backcountryyoga
Do you ever feel so lonely that it hurts deep inside your soul? That somehow even when you’re surrounded by the best people you could ever find...You still feel disconnected, like your whole reality is part of a different planetary system, that somehow everything you say and do is wrong?
Have you ever caught fire, and watched the world ignore your crippled calls for help, did it break your spirit to see the passers by avoid everything about you, not wanting to catch fire themselves. Witnessing your pain without action
Have you ever been so afraid of who you are that you burry yourself deep inside the shell of someone else... someone you think the world will appreciate more... someone that is not you. But when you get the courage to finally show yourself.. you find that people are confused... and they reject you. So instead of finding other people, you just put the mask back on. You stay that person for everyone else.
You are not alone. I love you. I appreciate you. I see you. I feel for you. I am you. You are me. We are one.
Today I invite you to put on your fireproof coat, and reach out to someone you know needs your help. They usually aren’t the people who ask... and quite often they aren’t your friend. They might even seem a little scary. Remember that somewhere along their path, there was a trauma, and their community failed them. You may be their only hope.
I dare you to rise. #backcountryyoga
“The magic is in the work you’re avoiding” Have you ever felt called to do something that scared the shit out of you? You know you want it... but you just keep dragging your feet... Its as if subconsciously your afraid of the success and what you’ll actually do if you achieve your goal... and all the hard work that comes after it. It’s easy to stay in a place where you know what to do, but haven’t yet. Its hard to complete the mission because then you’re back to not knowing what comes next. Remember our bodies are programmed to keep us safe... in a place of predictability... it is our heart and minds that are given the responsibility to push through the boundaries of our own mind to continue to grow. Happy Monday! Remember “The magic is in the work you’re avoiding”. Thanks @catcallaballa for this reminder #backcountryyoga #mondaymotivation
I love weekends that come right after the Full Moon! Get out and use that energy to shake off the week. Go for a hike, see some live music, catch some waves. Allow yourself to give in to just having a little fun. As @gabbybernstein says “I measure my success by how much fun I’m having 🤗” #backcountryyoga
Yoga, in the Western sense, is often considered a physical practice of creating shapes with our bodies that stretch our muscles and work with our breath. But I want to encourage you to consider the full picture of what yoga truly is. Yoga is a discipline to improve or develop one's inherent power in a balanced manner. It offers the means to attain complete self-realization. In this framework every moment on our retreats are infact a practice of yoga. From the moment we meet one another and set intentions, to the the first steps on the summit of a mountain we are practicing yoga, whether or not we make specific shapes with our bodies, called by specific names. Backcountry Yoga doesn’t “Do” yoga, Backcountry Yoga “is” yoga.
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“There are no two days in life where every layer of the day’s experience occur in exactly the same way as the day before. So, there is always something new to discover, and always something new to learn. There is always some takeaway from your meditation that you can apply to your every day life. Giving yourself the space to unearth your thoughts and patterns each day allows you the opportunity to move throughout your life with more ease, more calm, more understanding, and more mindfulness.” Read @caitlinlassyyoga blog about her experience with meditation and how it’s changed her experience of the world. Photography by @peterconstantinople #backcountryyoga
A lot of people in my life have told me I’m too intense. For a really long time that hurt me to my core. I was forever embarrassed of myself... for always caring too much... or talking too much...or for showing too much emotion. I have always lived my life directed by my heart. There is a difference between allowing your emotions to drive your life and trusting your hearts pointed passion. It has taken time to separate the two, but I will never again allow myself to be effected by those who feel uncomfortable with how much I care. I reject this notion that somehow its cooler for us to not give a shit... not talk about the hard issues... not express how we feel. In my world having opinions is cool. Speaking up for yourself is cool. Speaking up for other people is cool. Living life with every ounce of your being is cool. Guess what? Chances are, if you’re part of this movement we call #BackcountryYoga , that you too are very effing cool. Happy Friday!! Get out there and give a fudge. 😉