Day 5: King Pigeon Pose| Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 

Day 5: #cdflessonsfromyoga King Pigeon Pose| Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
  
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:23‬ ‭KJV‬
It may feel like you’re the only one not seeing results. It may feel like you’re pouring out so much and seeing so little in return. It may feel like you’re the only one who cares to do the right thing and have integrity, yet you don’t get noticed, while everyone around you plays unfair and gets recognition. 

Stay true to your honor. Stay true to doing the right thing. Stay true to yourself. This world needs more people willing to run the hard course and be faithful even in the seemingly small things. Do it not because you’re hoping for recognition. Do it because it’s right and admirable. But just know, that people see what you do all the time. Even if you don’t receive public recognition, know that goodness and humility and authenticity are noticed by far more and impact more than you know. Stay true. Stay faithful. Stay humble. Be real. Be confident in yourself and your beliefs. Work hard. Spread joy. Spread goodness. Spread life. And know that you can never love too much!

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Day 4: Extended Side Angle Pose| Utthita Parsvakonasana 

Day 4 #cdflessonsfromyoga Extended Side Angle Pose| Utthita Parsvakonasana 
  
You know that saying, “You can get too much of a good thing”? We’ve all heard it. If you’re like me then you spent a good portion of your life believing good things don’t last and eventually not hoping for good at all. Mind you, I’m not saying that this quote alone gave me a bad taste in my mouth for good. Heavens no! There are always multiple roots behind the things that bring us misinterpretations of the truth. I’m purely using this quote as an example of the negative things that we are fed on a daily basis, even if it is as innocent as a quote. 

If you find you find yourself always waiting for the shoe to drop, I encourage you to hope. Usually when we are without hope, we have believed in a lie somewhere within ourselves, things, or others. Believe in good. Believe that when somethings bad, or when you can’t see the good, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and that it’s powerful! More powerful than the bad. At that it DOES last. If it doesn’t. Something better is coming. Anchor in Hope! ♡

Day 3: Eight Angle Pose|Astavakrasana

Day 3 #CDFLessonsFromYoga :Eight angle pose| Astavakrasana
  

The lesson for today is to not judge a book by its cover, whether that’s things or people. Just like I judged this pose initially. Once I looked up a “how to” video, I was amazed that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought. This taught me optimism. It taught me how to just give things a shot. To not over think, worry, but especially judge something or someONE I don’t know. This came at a time in my life where I was taught this lesson of not judging on more levels than one. Personal, very humbling levels. Levels that I had royally messed up. Levels that would make your head explode. Levels that made me plea for someone to hopefully not judge WHO I was but have grace for my shortcomings. But the simple fact that when I took the time to look deeper and get to know the pose all to find out it wasn’t that eluding, showed me that a lot of times we judge quick without any solid evidence to back those judgements up. Be full of grace, be optimistic, be willing to be wrong, and be willing to be vulnerable.

Day 2: Supported Headstand|Salamba Sirsasana

For Day 2 of #cdflessonsfromyoga I chose Supported Headstand|Salamba Sirsasana. 
  
Headstand was the second pose I ever attempted. I will hashtag the video(s)-yes, videos’S- so y’all can go and watch me. I hope you’re encouraged–cause it’s real life. I remember that this was the time I began to realize that it was a journey. I had to accept myself. That there was nothing weak or ugly about me or how I was wired. That, just like life, we will not ever have it all together. I can tend to be a perfectionist, and while that determination pays off, it doesn’t always mean it has beneficial outcomes or that it has the best intentions behind it. I’m really good at extending grace for others, but not for myself. I’m unbelievably hard on myself. If I don’t feel like I’m maintaining 90% awesomeness, I start to go a little downhill, which becomes a viscous cycle because no one can maintain perfection…NO ONE! Which inevitably just produces more feeling of failure. Yoga teaches me constantly that from day to day my strength levels (mentally, emotionally, and physically) are in constant change and shifts. It’s about accepting yourself in those shifting winds, day to day, moment to moment, and finding balance right THERE, where you say, “I am here. It is ok. Because I am always enough!”

Day 1: Crow Pose| Bakasana

Day 1 of #cdflessonsfromyoga is Crow Pose or Bakasana. Crow pose was the first “intense” pose I ever attempted in yoga. I was only about 2-3 months postpartum with my son. When I look back on why I chose to start a true practice and journey in yoga, I come to MANY answers but we will start from the beginning:

I felt like a new person after having a baby. Hell, I was! You’re never the same after bringing life into the world. I felt like superwoman. I just felt like there was nothing I couldn’t do after that and I wanted to live my life believing that. Believing I could accomplish whatever I set my mind to and not wanting to regret a thing. A legacy of sorts. I had “done” yoga for years. But that’s the thing, I just “did” it. But not regularly, and not with intention. I started to just follow along to YouTube videos while I was pregnant cause it felt so good to stretch as much as possible but I also felt so strong and at peace. Then, I worked out at home doing all forms of fitness for the first 6 months of my sons life. Just through YouTube, I began to see a whole new side to yoga that I hadn’t seen before. I craved the different kind of strength it brought me. Just like Crow Pose. It “looked” ok until I attempted it. Yoga challenges me on every level–still. But especially back when I first started, It tapped into my thought process of form, about how to maintain steady breathing, how to find peace in the pose while fire is in my belly and my arms, and how to maintain a positive attitude when I realized I underestimated it. Yoga began to challenge my body but mostly my mind, it had purpose, it was truly just for me, and it taught me lessons about life. Lessons I hope to inspire you with here in this challenge. Check back to Instagram for a videos showing strength building progressions of the pose and form tips.