Throughout my class I always say, “Come back to the breath”. It sounds so simple but I think we often forget to do it. Our breath is what guides us through our practice, throughout each pose and essentially what keeps us going when we step off our mat. Whenever you find yourself stuck or lost in your practice – come back to the breath – simply by inhaling and exhaling you bring a lot more peace and stillness to your practice.
Sometimes we get frustrated in our Yoga practice. Whether it be how we can’t get into an advanced pose, how we wish we didn’t have to take a child’s pose, were too tired; whatever it may be and we beat ourselves up for it. This means our body is telling us to slow down. Some days during my practice I don’t necessarily need to “take a break” but just to stop. Stop and pause. Reconnect. Breathe. Sometimes pausing will allow you to get deeper into not only the physical practice but the mental and spiritual one as well.
3. Love Your Practice, Love Yourself
When I started yoga, I loved the practice, but I didn’t love my personal practice. I always thought I was doing something wrong, I’m not good enough, I kept having to take a break… etc. Now I look back and laugh. I wish I knew what I know now. I always say “wherever you are in your practice today, is exactly where you are supposed to be” Yeah… this may mean a train wreck, this may mean a perfect flow. It doesn’t matter. Love where your body takes you. Love what you can and can’t do. Strength doesn’t come from the things you can do. Strength comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. And maybe you haven’t mastered your favourite advanced pose yet. But just Practice, Improve, Grow, Learn and Love where you are.
Yoga isn’t supposed to be so serious. Yoga is supposed to be a journey. Smile throughout it. When we fall over in the balancing poses or when we can’t hold plank for too long because it burns. Instead of getting frustrated, smile. Laugh at yourself. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” -Michael Jordan
Let yoga inspire you to be your own inspiration.
Not to scare you, but Chaturanga is HARD. It presents different challenges to different body types. It is the pose we can do over and over again incorrectly. So Please take these adjustments to your chaturanga to avoid injury.
Start from High Plank High Pushup.
Shoulders are stacked over the wrists.
Lower ribs are tucked and fore is engaged.
Thighs pushing up, Heals pushing back.
Begin to Lower to Your Chaturanga.
Chaturanga strengthens the wrists, arms, abdominal muscles, and lower back. It prepares the body for more advanced arm balances. Stay focused on your alignment and the action. Practice Practice Practice. Enjoy, Feel Good, and Let the Breath Guide You!
Start your day off with this yoga flow – some detox and power to make you feel energized and ready to start your day. This practice is for all levels. Wake up your body and your mind. Twist, Stretch, Strengthen.
Detox Yoga Sequence
These poses are put together to stimulate the passage of toxins! Twist, Fold and sweat – yoga detox will clean out toxins, lower stress, and unclog anything that has built up. Remember you’re not only cleansing the body, but the mind as well. Here are a few poses if you are short on time or feel like you need to give your body a quick detox rinse. Enjoy, Feel Good, and Let the Breath Guide You!
It’s quite an amazing feeling when you become proud of yourself. Proud of where you are now, and excited to see where you’ll be in 5 years. Today I finally nailed my downward dog pike to handstand. Arm Balances are easier. Transitions are more fun. I feel great. I feel happy. I feel gratitude.
maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.
I recently launched a project called one red lipstick. I created ORL simply from the root of being inspired. My Mom, Fay Chapple was a big piece to launching this project. When I was 17 my dad had a brain stem stroke – that has now left him fully disabled. I had to watch my mom start a new life, a new career, a new business and a new daily routine. Through all the life change, fear, sadness and anger towards the world, she never showed weakness; she never gave up.
Through my personal journey, i have met so many incredibly talented women. And guess what? They all had challenges too. Maybe not exactly the same as mine – but they have all faced struggle. It was very comforting when I learnt their stories, where they came from, and how they moved forward to achieve success in their lives and businesses. I thought to myself, I am so lucky to have all these amazing role models to look up to – but a lot of women don’t.
We all need role models, women who have gone before us and yes, faced their share of struggles, but followed their dreams and created success. We all have 1 person we look up to, whoever that may be. But there is no community. You need people. Everyone needs people. The world is a scary and confusing place at times. No one can make it through life entirely on their own. Sometimes we all need a little help. And it’s not until women come together when you notice a change.
You may ask ‘how did you have the confidence to start this project at the age of 22?’. Well the answer is exactly that. I met a group of women that believed in me. Of course there was so much fear and nerves that no one would be willing to support me – but those few women did; and that is exactly why I created this project, so every women out there that is going through a tough time can understand that they’re not alone.
I wanted to create an inspiring movement. A community, a family, a group of women who could talk to one another and be inspired by each other. I want One Red Lipstick to be a global movement. A place where women can connect with each other even when they are half way across the world. Because at the end of the day, sometimes life just sucks. It really just sucks. But once we become inspired by one another and work together – thats when big things can happen.
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I spent some time working on my personal practice. Here are a few clips.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. practice is perfect”
One of the most amazing things about yoga is that it teaches us that we are perfect just the way we are. Yoga does not change us. It just reveals who we have always been; whether you find that in handstand or child’s pose – yoga teaches us who we truly are.
“Stay Strong. You got this” Is exactly what was going through my head during this moment. I post a lot of pictures of handstands, because, well, I love handstands. People like to say that there are certain places that are their “happy place”. Whether it be a place in the world, being outside, or a room in their house. Well my happy place is being upside down.
There is no other greater feeling then feeling great and I think Everyone can agree with me on that one. I always express to my handstand students that handstand is not just about the physical strength of the pose. It’s not about how strong your body is and how long you can stay up there. In fact, that is a very small portion of it (at least that is what I like to think and that is what I teach).
Handstand is about the mind and the soul. It’s about flipping your perspective. Seeing the world in a different view just for a moment. There is an endless amount of overwhelming emotions.
So why is the Handstand my Happy Place? Well, it’s my therapy. It’s the one place I have where I feel invincible. The only place that lets go of my stress, brings me peace, and helps me understand that i am capable of doing things i never would have imagined. Of course the physical strength is a nice thing to think about-but recognizing that the fearless mind overpowers the physical body is the most amazing thing.
One of the biggest reasons I love about Handstand is the possibilities are endless. There is always more to do. And Like anything else in life- the battles, the downfalls, the rough roads.. You never give up. Especially if it makes you Happy.