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Author, Beachbum, Yogi @miamilifecenter @omstarsofficial Workshops: Chicago, Dallas, Iceland New Yoga Challenge

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I can’t believe we eat these beautiful beings 💔 _ I’ve been primarily plant based for over 20 years. It was one of the first things that I just “felt” needed to shift when I started practicing. It came from the heart. _ I understand that not everyone is in a position to adopt the vegan diet, but for those who have the ability and aren’t restricted by specific life situations, and especially for us yogis, I encourage you not only to think but to feel from your heart before you eat. _ I know I’m a privileged person and I have the economic means to choose what I eat. Some people say that you can’t eat vegan and organic on a budget or access healthy foods in certain places. You might be right. I’m not judging you or anyone else individually. There are certainly food deserts where what constitutes vegan food is a wilted piece of lettuce. What I encourage is conscious awareness of the means of production and responsibility for each step of the way, and to change If you have the financial, mental and emotional means. _ I know some yogis who want to eat eggs and poultry but don’t support industrialized production. So they have a bunch of chickens and turkeys and raise them. If they want to eat an egg or an animal one day, they go get an egg or choose to kill and slaughter one of their animals. While it’s not something I would personally do, I really respect their choice. That’s consciousness in action and full assumption of the consequences of the choice to consume animals. Imagine if you had to kill the cow before you ate it, or milk the cow to get your butter. _ Look at these beauties and how they sing along, I don’t know where we stopped treating other animals as sentient beings and started treating them like inanimate objects to be exploited, but I can’t help but think we will look back at this time in history with horror. Then again, we treat each other with such disrespect that it’s heartbreaking. We have a long way to go but I believe we take one step further along the path every time we open our hearts and truly empathize with a fellow sentient being. _ May all beings, human and non-human, be free from suffering, free from harm, be happy and be peaceful.

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Fasted and most efficient handstand around the world today. I managed to get from the Americas the Africa in a flash. All thanks to the map of the world painted on the wall in the apartment we rented here in Copenhagen. Did you happen to see the pic @timfeldmannyoga took today from the other angle? People say his shorts may actually be smaller than mine 😊 _ If there’s one thing I’ve learned from 20 years of practice it’s just that. Just practice. Honest, transparent, persistent, consistent and kind. Show up on your mat when you’re tired, energized, happy, sad, whatever. Practice changes the way you think and feel and because of that it literally changes your world. Sometimes people think they have to go out and do something extraordinary to change the world. If it’s in your heart, go for it. And if not, I personally think it’s extraordinary enough to devote a little time each day to your practice because when you practice you shine that little bit brighter. By clearing your mind, opening your heart and loving your body you are in fact contributing to the evolution of the planet in a small but immensely meaningful way. _ It doesn’t have to be a flawless handstand. It just has to be real and true to who you are and where you are. Yes I like to take photos of handstands in my practice and I can understand how that may seem at odds with my message about practice. And yet maybe not, because this is the reality of my practice. I do this every day. I often take handstand videos bc I enjoy working on them and bc they come at the end of my practice. That means I’ve had an hour or more of uninterrupted inner work before I think about snapping a picture or getting my phone. I prefer not to look at my phone, speak to anyone, or focus on anything other than my breath and the prayer that the practice is for me. When I share my practice live it’s about sharing the feeling of the inner space and the hopefully inspiring other students to practice. While I could film a sequence after I finish, there’s also something I enjoy about sharing my unedited, unperformed practice just as it is. _ Practice is not performance. Practice is just practice. _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld

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Not everything comes easily for me. In fact most things in yoga are quite difficult for me. I’m not a fast learner physically. My body never just gets it. Even poses that I’ve been practicing for a long time like handstand require effort and daily discipline. _ It took me five years of trying every day before I could press up into handstand. That’s five years of coming on to my mag and failing. I watched other people just get it and effortlessly float up. There I was glued to the ground. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I learned so much from the process. _ I learned how to “fail up”, how to accept my faults and shortcomings and use them as fuel for the fire of life. I learned perseverance against all odds. There were times that prior suggested I’d never get the press up because my legs were too big. I chose not to believe them and kept trying. But most of all I learned humility, the kind of humility that is willing to put in the work, whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes. Through all my failures I got up with a more humble heart, a heart that no longer took my own success or failure personally, a heart willing to grow big enough to love unconditionally, a heart that simply is love. And that has been my greatest strength. _ Today for #handstandmechanics Try your puppy press with me on @omstarsofficial and just enjoy the process. Remember that your participation helps us raise money for @splash_org to bring clean water to kids and public schools in Nepal and India with help from @miir Join anytime! You are making a difference in the world just by getting on your mat! _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏

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I can’t do this alone. I need your help. Together we can bring clean water to children and public schools in Kathmandu, Nepal and Calcutta, India. Together we can make a big impact in the world with this yoga challenge for charity. _ I’ve always said we can practice yoga and change the world. Well now we truly can! Whether you are able to travel the world to donate your time or resources to charitable causes or not, this is a way that just by getting on your mat for 14 days of handstands you have the power to make a difference in the world. The best part is that it’s totally FREE for you. All you have to do is sign up for the challenge and our sponsor @miir will donate $1 per person up to $15,000 to @splash_org to help fund their clean water efforts in Nepal and India. _ Let’s make this the biggest yoga challenge EVER! Just think how many people will have access to clean water if we reach our goal. _ Everyone, all levels can join. You don’t have to be good at handstands. When you join the challenge you get access to 14 all new handstand classes taught by me on @omstarsofficial that will walk you step by step through each day of the challenge. _ If you haven’t joined yet, click the link in bio or sign up here: https://omstars.com/challenges/handstandmechanics _ If you’ve already signed up, please share about this challenge everywhere you can! Tag your friends and spread the word. _ We are 1/4 of the way to our goal with just a few days before the challenge starts. Let’s do it. Let’s change the world. One handstand at a time!! _ #handstandmechanics #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime

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Are you ready for #HandstandMechanics ? This yoga challenge pairs with my all-new 14 class course on OMstars.com that breaks down the basics of handstands, starting from the foundational strength work and building up to handstand press. Whether you feel like you’ll never be able to do a handstand or you’re looking to refine your handstand skills this course is for you. Yoga is not a game of extreme ableism, and yet it’s fun to try challenging poses like handstands because they teach you something about yourself. It’s not about perfection, it’s about being strong enough to find a little piece of wisdom and humility with every breath. You learn physical skills, but the real journey is always inward. It doesn’t matter if you ever hold a perfect handstand, it only matters that you expand your heart when you try. Click the link in my bio to join my all new handstand course on @omstarsofficial _ The BEST part is that this course is a FREE #yogachallenge for charity starting July 1st. With the help of our awesome sponsor @miir we can raise up to $15,000 for Splash and help bring clean water to Nepalese villages. _ I’ve always said that we can practice yoga and change the world. Now, you can play an active role in that just by getting on your mat and practicing handstands with me! Click the link in my bio or sign up here: https://omstars.com/challenges/handstandmechanics _ Are you in? _ Tag three friends who you want to do this challenge this! _ Let’s do it! Let’s get 15,000 handstanding in July and make a big difference in the world. _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime #onehandstandatatime 🤸‍♀️

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#yogatutorial _ Vrschikasana is a scorpion handstand that requires both strength and flexibility. Many people have a hard time touching their feet to their head, even if they’re strong and flexible. With good technique, alignment, practice and patience you’ll get there. _ Tips: 1. Start off with your vertical line. The more flexible you are, the more important this is. If you're naturally bendy it can be too easy to just flop over into your backbend. Doing a backbend while balancing on your arms requires as much if not more structural integrity than doing a normal backbend. 2. Lift and create space between all the joints of the spine. Maximize this sense of spaciousness by sending the chest forward and up and the feet forward and away from the center of the body. 3. Avoid squeezing the glutes or hamstrings. If you just bend your needs to get the tips of the toes to the head you may end up tightening the butt and overactivating the hamstrings. Instead engage the muscles of the back and root down into your hands. Lead forward with your knees to keep a sense of elongation. 4. The goal isn't actually to touch the feet to head. Focus on articulating a dynamic extension of the spine. The challenge is learning how to facilitate entry into each joint from a place of integrated strength. The goal is to strengthen and lengthen the whole body. 5. Head up. I can't say this enough. If you don't keep the head up it will be hard to recruit the upper back and way too easy to hinge in the lower back. Upper back flexibility distributes the work of the backbend throughout the entire back instead of relying on only the lower back and also allows you a deeper, fuller breath. 6. Fall. Learn how to safely fall into Urdhva Dhanurasana. This will help get over the fear. _ Watch the full length free tutorial on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lZ57D1wUt_c _ Handstands like this can be really hard! If you have no idea where to begin join my new handstand challenge (starts July 1) and get FREE access to 14 all new videos: https://omstars.com/challenges/handstandmechanics _ #handstand #vrschikasana #bestrong #yoga #handstandmechanics

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If you think this looks easy you should see what’s going on in my mind. Every single time I’m about to jump back over I am filled with massive doubt and have to give myself an internal pep talk. Kino, you can do it, Lord help me, give me strength, ok, press into your arms, pelvic floor, inhale, jump to handstand. Every. Single. Time. _ I never had a problem falling over. But that’s my personality. I jump head in with all heart and no reservation, impulsive with full faith that I’ll land on the other side ok. And I always have. But getting back over is another story. _ Here’s what helped me: 1. Jump to handstand. Do not try and throw your body back over. Instead use the sample principles as jumping into handstand. Transfer weight onto the arms and send the chest over the shoulders and then hips over the shoulders. 2. Gaze forward, not down. Looking towards the same spot I gaze towards in Vrschikasana helps me feel the integrity of the handstand as I jump back over. 3. Use the backbend. Just like I squeeze my front body before pressing up to handstand here I’m squeezing my back body before jumping back over. 4. Go down slowly. Lowering as slowly down into backbend as possible helps build the strength to come back up. 5. Don’t overthink it in the movement. Find one key alignment pointer that puts it all together and then use that. Avoid being overly analytical while in the movement or the mind can fragment the wholeness of the body. 6. Forgive yourself. Some days are good. This was a good day. Some days are bad and I topple over and can’t even get back over. It’s all part of the process. Try three times, forgive yourself and move on to practice another day. _ This movement is called #viparitachakrasana or just tic-tocs and they are hard and challenging. In traditional Ashtanga Yoga this is added in at the end or latter part of Second Series. I’ve been working on this for about 18 years and I still have room for improvement. _ Question: are you interested for a handstand challenge with me as guide? It just might be on the program for next month! Check my stories for or go to this link for a special sneak peak: https://omstars.com/challenges/handstandmechanics

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Everyone and everything can be a teacher to you. A clip of a conversation I had with a student today: Student: “I got fired BC I spoke out about something I believed was not right. I should have just kept my mouth shut.” Me: “No, it’s always good to stand up for what you believe in, even if it costs you something.” _ And I felt like I was really the one who needed to hear those words today. _ My biggest lesson in the practice has always been about strength. The years I spent tumbling and falling out of Pinchamayurasana have given me the strength it takes to stumble and fall in life and pick myself back up again, just that little bit stronger and more humble each time. I’d be lost without the practice. _ I used to take everything so personally, whether positive or negative I somehow took what people said to heart. But that put me at their mercy and made me a slave to popularity. Thinking everything is about yourself is a kind of narcissism that I’m happy to let go of. Trying to please everyone is a senseless endeavor that will only end with you losing yourself. I’m no longer here to be popular or liked. I am here to make a difference, to be impactful and to walk the path of my life with as much integrity, wisdom and compassion as I can. _ When all is said and done I have a feeling that the balance of our lives will be held in the small acts of kindness that we do each day, the smiles we share with strangers, the loving words we speak over others, the gentleness with which live. _ Day 9 #onemillionyogischallenge is #Pinchamayurasana Check in with @yogisoli for a step by step breakdown. Sign up for the challenge anytime on @omstarsofficial and help us raise money for @yogagivesback with @liforme @liquidoactive _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏

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