Yoga Animalia: Porcine - Petunia greets the day in the most justifiable way possible. (at V Animal’s Sanctuary)
Yoga Animalia: Bovine - Sarah smooches while playing in virabhadrasana II - rather challenging to be a fierce warrior when a calf is trying to lick your face and being ridiculously cute. (at V Animal’s Sanctuary)
Yoga Animalia: Bovine - Norman does suave and cool Vegas style. Missing his right front leg from birth, the cattle farmer who owned the property on which Norman was born was just going to shoot the alternately limbed calf. Compassion intervened and Norman found sanctuary at V Animal Sanctuary. (at V Animal’s Sanctuary)
Yoga Animalia: Caprine - Lily ducks inside one of her goaty play areas as the rain over Vegas starts, and then acts like the caprine supermodel she is and poses for the camera. (at V Animal’s Sanctuary)
Yoga Animalia: Bovine - Moe’s nose knows no boundaries. (at Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres)
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)