Just a few years ago around this exact time, I found out I had Lyme disease. By that point, I could barely walk, my joints were painfully swollen, and it had begun to affect my brain. Once I had a treatment plan, things got a lot worse before they improved due to a Herx reaction (as the meds kill the spirochetes, the die-off causes a traumatic reaction for the body). I had no answers as to how long it'd be until I got better. My friends were going off and living fabulous lives and I was bedridden, depressed and scared of the unknown, with a serious case of FOMO. I vowed that if I got better, I'd never take my health for granted. So today, during a brief "ugh I feel so awful from jet lag" moment I stopped dead in my tracks. I'm jet lagged because I just got back from leading a retreat in Italy, which means I got better, beat Lyme, reclaimed my health, and went out to achieve my dreams. I always wanted to do this. To write about health and wellness. To lead yoga retreats and workshops all over. To connect with others on a path to be their best selves. Who am I to feel sorry for myself?! I flipped that momentary "I feel awful" moment into gratitude. I am so deeply thankful for that Lyme disease. For the absolute worst chapter of my life. Because it's what made me dig deep, figure out what I wanted out of life, and it's what fueled me to give it all I've got to make that a reality. So if you're dealing with something heavy - keep the faith and soldier on, my friend. That heavy thing might be the one great lesson, the one final push you needed to live your best life. 💕
October 17-26 🌟🌟🌟
I am so excited about this challenge!
We are taking asanas and altering them in many ways! We even let you choose the pose and prop/strategy to alter it. Don't worry if you aren't feeling like coming up with your own pose or even how to change it up. You can try one we feature each day. For tomorrow, Day 1 of #alteringasanas , we are featuring #hamstringstretch ideas. I decided to use a folding chair. Most people think "yoga plus chair" is easy and only for beginners, but don't hold that thought for long. I think these hamstring stretches might encourage you reconsider using chairs to improve your current practice. I have several pose variations using the chair turned both ways. The first photo displayed here as the cover photo is the final stretch so swipe all the way left for the beginning stretches and then work up to this one. Questions? Comment below and I can explain specifics of each pose. I will a short video to my story for this pose. Please also check in with my co-hosts for their stretches and ways to alter them. .
We are going to get creative ! "Altering asanas" means that you try to change your asana by using any tools like books, stairs, blocks, straps,walls or any other props whatever you want. Using tools can make a big difference and change your asana. Feel free to do it your way or choose to try whatever we suggest each day. .
1) Follow all hosts and sponsors.
@jennyg2bfit (me!) .
@niyama_sports (my leggings)
2) Repost this flyer
3) Post a picture everyday using #alteringasanas and tag all hosts and sponsors (make sure your profile is public so we can see it!)
4) Tag 3 friends to join in on the fun. .
For those of you that like to plan ahead:
1) Hamstring Stretch
2) Bound Pose
3) Heart Opener
4) Standing Pose
5) Sitting Pose
6) Arm Balance
7) Leg Balance
8) Foward Fold
9) Core Pose
I just published an article to my blog about one of my finest ideas....the yoga emergency kit! I wrote about how to create Sadhana while traveling. Sadhana is a set of spiritual practices to create oneness within. You can read the article on my website havelovewillyoga.com by clicking the link in my bio.
Sample time!! Because it's no fun to simply look at oils--they should be smelled and touched and experienced first-hand!
Want to try?? Message me, I can get some into your hands!
Lemon: provides a fresh, uplifting atmosphere when diffused; makes an excellent addition to surface cleansers; and can easily remove sticky residue.
Peppermint: can assist with mental alertness; stimulating when smelled directly; diffuse when completing homework or other concentrated tasks; settling when rubbed on the abdomen; and has a cooling effect on the body.
Lavender: inhale in cupped hands for relaxation; add to Epsom salt for a relaxing bath; add to shea butter for a soothing skin balm; and add to the dryer on a small cloth to make your linens smell amazing!