Photo Sadhana: Natarajasana - day 25 of #inspiredyogis in the Hotel del Coronado’s beautiful, dark wood interior. (at Hotel del Coronado)
Photo Sadhana: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana - hello #ComicCon craziness! Of course the weekend I choose to visit my cuz is also the weekend a city’s worth of loud and proud nerds and geeks descends on San Diego. Playing downtown near the zaniness, new friend Nancy and I discovered this artistic rendition of a small scale observatory…or maybe it’s just part of Homer Simpson’s head. #YogaInNerdyPlaces (at San Diego Convention Center)
Yoga Animalia: Canine - Penny does Lion King, surveying all she sees, but ruling with tail wagging rather than pointy nails and teeth. #rescue #dog #adoptdontshop (at Crest, California)
Yoga Animalia: Caprine - my best friend Molly.
My heart has no boundaries for how much I love her; it knows not that she walks on four legs not two like my other best friends, knows not that she chews cud like a boss whereas my other souls sisters chew chocolate like bosses.
There is no difference in how deeply I love my Mollybadger, my cantankerous, strong-willed, independent, and beautiful best friend who shares so many similar qualities to the dynamic human women I am also fortunate to call my best friends.
My heart knows that being in her presence brightens the world just like when I am with the human friends whose strength and radiance has inspired my love and devotion.
So many say that our farmed animal friends are no different from the companion non-humans we bring into our homes, yet I say that does not do them justice, as they ultimately are just like us: as varied, full of quirks and peccadillos, with world views unique to each individual, expressing pleasure and joy in their own individual ways.
Molly taught me this. She has also taught me to stand up for myself, to use my voice, to tread my own path, to not let sheep steal my food, to be myself unfettered and authentic. She has illuminated a challenging path before me, and just like my human support network, Molly has encouraged me on it, albeit displaying her support and advice without words and oftentimes with goat jellybeans.
I count myself blessed to share my life with incredible individuals, some who are more furred and feathered than others, and some who get to pee wherever the hell the urge takes them, but all of whom occupy deep places of love in my heart.
💞💖💞 (at Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres)
Yoga Animalia: Bovine - William & Harry doing what teenage cattle do best: plotting the day’s deviousness while being cute. (at Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres)
Photo Sadhana: Ardha Chandrasana - for day 20 of #theyogiproject and we were presented with the word “challenge.” Challenge comes in activating my voice resonantly with a stance in my personal power; it’s so much simpler, less confrontational, “nicer,” to not be that strong voice, and yet it means I avoid risk, allow fear, and defer my responsibility. My yoga mat helps me see that, which is why I avoid him oftentimes.
Being of the Libran scales I see when the softer way is mayhap the best path, yet I personally need to step onto the scale of strength more, despite wanting to retreat to the scale of softness. Both are necessary, both bring challenges, now to practice the balance of the two!
Photo Sadhana: Camatakarasana - a sneak peek wild thing pose with the beauteous @pixieyogaflow and our photo shoot from yesterday. I’m putting it out to the Universe and all the amazing yogis to whom I’m connected that I’m finally offering my photographic services to create yogic art together. The project is called Photo Sadhana, and my goal in bringing this to you is to create meaningful photographic art that acknowledges you as an authentic and unique being; photography that not only celebrates your bodily movement in what ever way that appears, but also brings you into closer alignment with the radiance each and every one of us manifests. That may sound like a lofty or ethereal goal, but I believe my photography can have a transformative effect, and that is what I am bringing to our yogic play. What will you bring?
Message me for details and pricing, and let’s make phenomenal yogic art!
Photo Sadhana: Eka Pada Koundinyasana II variation for a #stopdropandyoga tag by my wonderful friend @lamamanaturale. Playing with @pixieyogaflow who snapped this photo of me attempting to move toward fallen angel pose - not quite there just now, but still so much fun! (at Ventura Pier)
Yoga Animalia: Canine - a little lotus pose with Baxter a #rescued #lab #beagle who could care less that I managed a padmasana in jeans and boots. This is a very belated #stopdropandyoga for @jeremyphillipsyoga taken in my Yoga Animalia Project booth at the Animal Rights Conference #arc2014 this past weekend. (at The Westin Los Angeles Airport)
Photo Sadhana: Urdhva Dhanurasana for a little catch up on #theYogiProject with the key word of “vulnerability” - an especially appropriate term for the heart expansive space I’m entering to bring my photography as the Yoga Animalia Project into the world. Wheel pose was very appropriate, and needed after the hours of standing! #ARC2014 Thanks @mrscohawkes for the pic! (at The Westin Los Angeles Airport)