"Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge over competence." Eleanor Roosevelt It's been such an amazing, albeit whirlwind, beginning of 2019. And the whole experience has made me even more grateful to once again be a part of the Skirt Sports Ambassador crew. To be one of so many voices across the country that demonstrate that we are a powerful group of movers and shakers is so humbling. I know I use these words a lot, but as I keep zooming out on my life, I am so overwhelmed with adventures, opportunities, and lives that crossed my journey. 2019 has started exactly as I hoped: I began the year with an empowering solo trip, started a new book to reinforce my focus on the process of goals, and been reminded how important teaching yoga is to me. So to all my Skirt (and non-Skirt) sisters out there, move, shake, rattle, and roll. Because that's what we're here to do! #lonestaryoga #skirtsports #WomenWhoMove #SkirtAmbassador
Always so humbled when I get opportunities to be part of something bigger and to represent my culture, religion, and my community's activities to the government leaders of our districts. Looking forward continued dialogue! Reposted from @baps_pubaffairs - On Wednesday, after meeting the Governor, our members also had the opportunity to meet with Texas Secretary of State, David Whitley, as well as Texas Comptroller, Glen Hager. Following the meetings, the day culminated with an evening reception celebrating Indian American culture in the Texas State Capitol, attended by members of the Texas Legislature, local elected officials, and staff. - #regrann
“There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.” John Steinbeck I'm revving up for new goals in 2019 and I focus this year in the great balancing act of all the things that make me who I am. I've take a step back from representing as many other companies this year and choose to focus my energy (and posts) on those that represent values I believe in, and also those that believe in me. Here's to another great year of exploring life and adventuring through it!
“You don’t become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many day, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years. The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials.” – John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner Throwback to about a month ago doing my first night race ever. So much fun to do with my super strong best running friend, @christyhughesaustin, and it was so great to do a race in another part of Texas. But as much as I'm a night owl, finishing in the middle of the night is not my cup of tea, and recovery was so much harder! The challenge was made so much more fun though with the vast Texas skies and my trusty Skirt Sports gear. Racing is always so easy in clothes with so many pockets and I always feel my tribe of Skirt Sisters with me whenever I am in my gear. So like the quite says, the journey is not just tomorrow or the day after. It is weeks, months, and years or chipping away at your Big, Hairy, and Audacious goals. Happy Monday!
Sometimes (aka all of the time), when I'm in Austin, I make my friend @christyhughesaustin take me to some vegan jaunts after our workouts. While I am so proud of that Houston has an amazing, and growing selection of vegan goodies, Austin has different things that I just have to check out. This was kind of a big weekend for me. I did my first run in nearly 2 weeks after having surgery to my eye area. Those first moments are always tough, and getting back in the groove is a mixture of fun, challenging, and the body going "wait, I kind of remember this but I haven't decided if I like this right now." Having a buddy to support me in my return was so special, and also of course, having her to share in my giant, face-sized cookie! What are some of your special, post-run activity rewards?
Whew! It's been a minute for sure since I've had time to be on social media. Life has had other priorities come up, and I've so thoroughly enjoyed being off of social media. After some recent FOMO, it's time to gear back up! I've still been running, teaching yoga, and enjoying social time (though without the posts to prove it), and I look forward to all the things the rest of the year has to offer. I also got opportunities to try products I NEVER would have tried with my Skirt Sports family., AKA the Wonder Girl Tank. I'm not a fan of fitted tanks because I have body image issues. When @nicoledeboom send me tanks to try, I thought of ways to really make other outfits work without having to wear it. My tummy isn't flat enough, my arms aren't skinny enough, and a million other reasons not to wear out due to my own insecurities DESPITE the fact that Skirt Sports is built on the motto that #realwomenmove. Since I had to take some pics in it, I HAD to give it a try. While it's not my favorite Skirt sports item, I am definitely coming around to the Wonder girl Tank. There's a chest pocket that is HUGE! Seriously, my Google Pixel fits in this boob pocket. Also, it is a super easy item to have on, go about your errands, and still be dressed for a workout. I wore it for a race, for working out, and going on a hike with my cousin, and for all of them, I was super comfortable in it. It never felt bulky under my running pack, and it wicked super well in this Texas heat and humidity. Be sure to check this product out! Link is in my bio for more info, and my discount code is still good! You can get 15% off any full-priced item (like the Wonder Girl Tank) using the code "148LSYOGA." I can't wait to begin sharing my adventures again and reconnecting with y'all! ❤️
The newest @skirtsports print is called chaos, and it got me thinking about yoga poses, like half moon (and life really). How often do we have different forces pulling us in what seems like opposite directions, and we wonder how we can keep afloat. In poses like half moon, as active as the back leg is reaching back, you must keep the torso lifted and reaching forward. If you choose to keep a hand on the ground, it must also lift you up, not carry the weight of your body as the free arm reaches for the sky. That's a lot of things! However, the more you reach and pull, the easier it is to hold the balance. While that doesn't always apply the same way in real life, the balancing act of forces definitely does. Chaos suggests there is no order, but if we remember anything from physics, even within these un-balanced and un-patterned systems, a pattern emerges. Balance exists. Trust the balance that comes from opposing forces. Know that you can stand steady as life pulls you in opposing directions. PS - Feel super balanced amidst the chaos by wearing Skirt Sport's Chaos print! Remember, 148LSYOGA can get you 15% off any full-priced, Skirt Sports item!
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson As I evolve as a yoga instructor, I am grateful that I have been able to forsake the original training that I received for a somatic approach to my movement and teaching.I feel bombarded by images and posts of what I should look like, what my practice should be, how flexible I should be in my poses, and what my teaching should look be as a yoga instructor; it is overwhelming and discouraging. It is a challenge to find a balance between holding true to my knowledge of the body and yoga, and finding a way to make it accessible to my students. Some days, it comes easier than others. But while the challenge to go against the grain may be met with societal and family pressures, it is far more rewarding to hold your own beliefs and represent them in your daily life.
"Therefore, with the sword of knowledge, cut apart the doubts that have arisen in your heart... establish yourself in karm yog. Arise, stand up, and take action!" Bhagwat Gita 4.42 When you take away the flair, wondering what others think of you, and the material aspects of a yoga practice, that is where your journey through yog begins. So often, as I have recently, we get exhausted with social media-induced FOMO, wondering why aren't we able to do more. But our journey, our duty, lies only before us, and not in anyone else's life (or feed). Fight hard against the fluctuations of the mind that deter us from our bigger goals and actions. Don't confuse karm yog, the yog of action, to be defined as an asana practice. Rather, it is our actions within our journey that connect us to our community, our world, and our universe. So, rise up. Take action.
"The greatest teacher, failure is." -Yoda We often spend so long trying to succeed, trying to avoid the emotions and setbacks that come with failures, that we often forget that it's our failures that serve as our greatest sources of information. Our failures allow us to play with trial and error. And our failures may just open a path toward something totally unexpected and even better. Especially on a week that celebrates freedom, go forth and revel in the journey!
Tough #sundayrunday after getting back to my regular cross training this week. Logged some hot, sweaty miles under the shade of the awesome Heights Boulevard trees. Looking forward to adaptations my body makes after some time with lifting, climbing, and running! Hope y'all have a great weekend! Here's to an upcoming short work week!