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we have to be willing to look at everything
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feeling tired and sad and happy and unbelievably vulnerable and unsteady and grateful all at the same time. I’m in this place right now where I don’t know where to place my feet next so... I think I’ll just stay here for a while. right where I am. breathing. feeling. trusting. ⁣ ⁣ ok, not always trusting. but trying to trust. and that’s the most important part. that we try. that we keep trying. that we don’t give up. ⁣ ⁣ wherever you are, know that you are doing the best you can. everything you are right now is already enough. keep swimming. x
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Breathing deeply here today. The ocean heals heals heals and I live surrounded by it but sometimes I forget. This water is the remedy. Whatever the ailment😌❤️ #thankful
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I had a bullshit moment today. A total bs-moment. You know, one of those ridiculous things you think that come out of the blue and you don’t know what brought it on? I was putting on this swimsuit to go sailing today and looked down and the way I was tying the sides of it made my skin compress and wrinkle. Since pregnancy so much is different but there are things that still surprise me; like how when I press my fingers into my belly or push the skin together it’s soft and the skin wrinkles where before it was smooth. You know? Mamas, you know. And I know it’s because my belly stretched to make space for and create the most magical thing that’s ever entered my life but still, sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and my judgmental mind tells me things I normally would never ever think, much less speak out loud. But today I did. “Isn’t it sad that my belly looks like this now?” I told Dennis as I pressed my fingers into the soft skin beneath my belly button. He looked at me. “The only sad thing about it is that I don’t get to kiss it enough.” And then he kissed my belly and I cried because jesus christ how is my mind so messed up that it focuses on insignificant shit like wrinkled skin when I have a literal gift from god holding my hand and telling me I’m beautiful every single day and we made a perfect daughter and our lives are so beautiful and everything is so fucking filled with magic I don’t even have words to describe it. I am the luckiest girl in the world. And I have the luckiest belly, too💛
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Happy Father’s Day to the best, best, best dad. @dennisfromsalad we love you so much! #fathersday
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HANDSTAND MAMMA HANDSTAND! ⁣ ⁣ Today we lasted eight minutes in kids yoga class. Last time we only managed two! (kids are 4-8 so she is still a little young and being quiet for 45 minutes is not really possible)❤️ Watching her put her hands to her heart, close her eyes and bow her head this morning was the most precious thing. ⁣ ⁣ Yoga! Find it in every breath. Every moment. x
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Sandy feet. Happy hearts🤗❤️
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Figure out what brings you into the present moment, and then do that every single day. ⁣ ⁣ From today’s episode of the podcast. We all have different ways to make our way into our body. To drop into our hearts. Find what works for you! For me, it’s my yoga practice. Meditation (sometimes). Spending time with my daughter with no distractions. The ocean. Dance parties in my living room. Baking. Also, running! Who knew. For my husband, it’s long bike rides, swimming, surfing. We are all different, as we should be. Find what brings you here, now! And then make sure you do some of that every single day of your life. It’s not about how much time you have but about what you prioritize. Be kind to yourself! Put your mental health and your well-being high on your list. Everything else will feel easier when you’re here, now. ⁣ ⁣ Listen in to this weeks episode of the podcast for this and more! I talk about how to snap out of a funk, how to love bomb our friends to help us learn how to receive, and how to quiet that inner critical voice. Link in bio or search Yoga Girl anywhere you get your podcasts! x
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LA! I’m coming for you! Im SO excited to announce that this year you can find me once again at the @propelwater’s Co: Labs Fitness Festival in California from July 20 to 21st☀🥳⁣ ⁣ Last year was so much fun I had to do it again! Since having Luna I have had to take a break from teaching these bigger classes that require a lot of travel… but I miss them so much. Flowing with hundreds of you always stirs my heart and anchors me into my true purpose in this world. I hope you’ll join me! Link in my bio to sign up - I can’t wait to hug you all!⁣ #PropelCoLabs #PropelPartner
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Sometimes things get a little bit worse before they get better. (lessons from my doctor, for everyone moving through anything, really.)⁣ ⁣ Wherever you are, I hope you are hopeful. Even though it might not look like it right now, this is the beginning of a journey leading you somewhere absolutely purposeful. So. Deep breaths. Take care of yourself. Keep-moving-forward. x
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Forever sidekick❤️ ⁣ ⁣ Today was a better day. I got some work done. Recorded the podcast. Had sweet cozy family time at home. Sat in the sauna. And we rescued five newborn baby birds that fell out of a nest! Mama bird came back. All is well. ⁣ ⁣ Yes. All is well. x
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Dead tired. Literally. I cannot get myself off the couch. This photo from last week with makeup on feels like it’s from another dimension entirely. Slept two hours last night and for the past few days I’ve just been low, low, low. Low on energy. Low mood. Low in vibration. Not sure if it’s related to what I’m (not) eating - has anyone reacted with serious emotional turmoil from cutting out gluten and wheat and soy (and the 52 weird things on the list I’m too tired to mention)?😅 Sugar is supposed to be on that list but it’s not - at the end of the day I’m craving sugar so bad I’m literally eating dates by the handful on the couch🙈 Filling them with peanut butter and covering in dark chocolate with a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Mmmmmm.... It’s like since I got the Candida diagnosis my whole body went nuts - I crave sugar WAY more knowing I’m not supposed to have it right now than I did before knowing. Normally when I feel low I cook or bake but now I’m in this weird in between place where I don’t know what I’m supposed to be eating so I can’t enjoy either. Ok I have no point with this post other than to vent and say THIS WEEK IS THE LONGEST WEEK EVER and it’s only Tuesday. Luckily @ogyogini just landed on the island and we’re diving into retreat magic on Thursday and I’ll get to be on my mat and share and connect and move and hug and feel all my feelings. Sometimes it’s like my soul knows a big heart opening is coming so it collects collects collects in preparation. I teach my best classes when I’m feeling it all and right before every group I get blessed with, well, something to work with. Wouldn’t life be boring if we had to pretend we had our shit together all the time??? I don’t know what I’m doing right now. And that’s ok. I am where I’m supposed to be🌙 #herenow
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Sunday evening... Let’s do this🔥😍💦 #saunatime
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She dressed herself this morning😍😭 #doubletutu #fashion #VOGUE
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Laying here thinking about the things I’ve done that have brought me out of my comfort zone. The answer is EVERY SINGLE THING THAT HAS EVER MOVED ME FORWARD! The podcast is a great example. Every time I have a guest on the show that I don’t know personally I get super nervous. Here is a famous, accomplished person taking time out of their day, driving all the way to our production studio in LA to spend a full hour talking to me. Me! Little old me, sitting on my bedroom floor recording in Aruba a million miles away. There is that little voice in the back of my head and it becomes especially loud right before I’m about to do something new. “You can’t do this”, it says. “You’re not good enough”. I imagine all the ways in which I may fuck up - I’ll pronounce their name wrong, or the conversation will be awful, or I’ll run out of things to ask and we’ll just sit there in the worlds most awkward silence. There is always that moment right before the other person comes on the line when my heart is pounding and my mouth gets dry and inevitably, I ask myself: WHY do I do this?? That same question sometimes pops up right before I teach a big class, or before going into an important meeting, or anytime I’m about to do something that scares me. That voice was the loudest it’s ever been before my TED talk (I really, really don’t like public speaking) and it almost kept me from doing it altogether. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But here is the thing. Every time, whoever the guest was, or whichever class I just taught, or whatever thing it was I just did that I was so uncomfortable to do.. I take a deep breath, and - I just do it. I do it. And before I know it it’s over and it was amazing and I walk away feeling elated. On top of the world. It’s indescribable, that feeling. And each time, it moves me closer toward the next step in my career. The next step in my life. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Being where I am right now is the accumulation of the million things I once told myself I couldn’t do, but did anyway. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The practice of sitting with discomfort continues to be the most life changing one for me.. In every way. #yoga
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This jaw dropping, breathtaking, hit-you-straight-in-the-chest, awe inspiring, absolute magnificence of a sunset is happening outside my kitchen window right at this moment. ⁣ And that’s the new moon. ⁣ ⁣ I just wanted to share it with all of you because beauty is everywhere and and Mother Earth brings all sorts of magic all the time just look up. Look up look up look up look out the window away from your phone and up at the sky and you’ll see ⁣ ⁣ that everything you’ve ever thought you needed ⁣ everything you’ve felt you lacked ⁣ everything you ache to hold in your arms ⁣ ⁣ it’s all ⁣ right ⁣ there
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First year is paper, second year is cotton... Fifth year is wood😍 Happy early 5th wedding anniversary @dennisfromsalad ! I think I win best wife award today🥰 (this was two months in the making!)🔥 #barrelsauna #supersurprise #arubagoessweden #happiness
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Happy Wednesday people! I’m feeling a lot better today - sometimes we just need to let ourselves off the hook when it comes to the expectations we put on ourselves! I recorded this weeks podcast with @jenpastiloff yesterday and that was one of the self care tips that she shared. When you get home after a long, tiring day; ask yourself this: “What can I let myself off the hook for today?”. For me, I let myself off the hook yesterday when it came to a meeting I missed because I was feeling low, the fact that I didn’t finish what I had set out to do when the day began and for not doing the dishes after dinner (thank goodness for my husband because I still got to wake up to a clean kitchen today!)❤️ Being soft and kind and compassionate toward ourselves is just the most important thing. I put way too much pressure on myself and cutting myself some slack is something I need to remind myself is OKAY, every day! Thank you Jen for always helping me add to my toolbox of self-love tools❤️🌱⁣ ⁣ If you’ve somehow missed it - HER BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS OUT!!! Happy publishing day @jenpastiloff I am so proud of you and so excited that this book is making its way out into the world. It’s raw and real and beautiful and so compelling and you won’t be able to put it down once you open it upS Everyone, go read it! It’s available everywhere you find books🤗☀️ #OnBeingHuman #selflove #selfcare #bestie
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Feeling unbelievably low today. Sore throat and a crazy headache (haven’t had any symptoms of being ill in a month so this feels like a setback), feeling super anxious for no apparent reason, just uneasy, unsettled. All I want to do is bake something but with all the stuff I have going on I’m not allowed any sugar so I tried baking without and it just feels crappy and fake. I have nothing to complain about, really, but my body is telling me something is wrong. Instinctually I want to lay on the couch and watch Netflix and drown myself in chocolate frosting... And I have to remind myself that it’s ok to have these kind of days. It’s ok to feel low. To mourn things I’ve lost and things that didn’t go my way. Now - will I feel better by laying on the couch all day? No. It’s not that kind of day. Netflix on the couch is good and fine but not when it’s an escape. Cake is good and fine but not when it’s a means to not feel our feelings. I’m going to roll out my mat now and write in my journal and maybe cry a little and move and stretch and kundalini shake it out until whatever this is has either left my system or at least freed itself enough from my heart so that I can breathe a little easier #crappyday
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Sitting in this little nook we just created in our dining room. We built a big kitchen bench into a corner we normally never used and now, this whole floor of the house is different. This used to be their corner I had to make an effort to reach with the broom; it’s where no one ever sat; where the dogs used to sleep when no one was home. We had a weird little table here that somehow always seemed to collect the things we didn’t know what to do with; bills we’d already paid, half-used up sticks of lip balm, charging cables, boxes of matches. It was a dead corner of the house - we spent no energy here. And then one day I walked by and saw the light come in from the window in a beautiful way I’d never seen before and it hit me: we should put a sofa here. I made the call and got a carpenter over and it’s two weeks later and now I’m sitting here for the first time. The sunlight does flow into this space in a very special way at this time of the morning. It’s gorgeous, actually. I had a rough morning but took a break to sit down and drink my juice and I just realized: there is life here now. I created a space to be where I thought there was none.⁣ ⁣ It reminds me of the fact that so much can be revived. Relationships we’ve given up on, dreams we’ve let go of, things we’ve convinced ourselves we can’t do. Everything can be revived. We just have to breathe life into it. ⁣My morning has life to it now, just from me taking a moment to sit here and appreciate the light and drink my juice and write this. ⁣ ⁣ So I guess what I’m trying to say is... Bring light into the forgotten corners of your house, your life, your heart. There is beauty there, too. x
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100% feeling herself in this first clip and it’s the BEST😭 After dinner frozen dance party!! Of course! (she’s only seen parts of this movie, one time)❄️😂 #parenting
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Every day is an adventure right now. While I try to figure out my life after being diagnosed with Candida and 52 food sensitivities(!!), Lea Luna has decided (in solidarity??) that she is jumping on the bandwagon and thus, refusing to eat anything at all. For days. YAY. At least we’re having fun. Look at yesterday’s sunset! This was us getting in the car driving aimlessly across the island because staying inside with this girl right now is a no go (she literally climbs the walls!). Motherhood is all kinds of crazy right now. The other day she SLAPPED me in the face out of the blue and then threw herself on the ground, tears streaming down her face with regret saying “sorry mamma sorry”🤪😂 we’re learning as we go here... most of it is cuddles and amazing conversations but some of it makes me want to go on a solo vacation to a land far away with all the coffee and all the wine and all the chocolate cake (but oh ya can’t have any of that so water and celery juice it is!)🙃🤣🤓⁣ ⁣ anywho. It’s Monday!! New week! Let’s get on our yoga mats today so we all stay sane👍🧘‍♀️ #stayzen #motherhood #yogaeverydamnday
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Making shit happen; moving mountains and making dreams come true, has everything to do with how much you actually believe that you CAN. If you worry about the obstacles on the way there more than you focus on the opportunities around then that’s what you are going to get. Where attention goes energy flows - if you think about, talk about and focus on all the reasons why you can’t; all the things that are in the way, everything that’s lacking; then you’re never going to align yourself with the energy of possibility and everything is going to feel slow, hard, far away. By focusing on everything that’s actually possible, the opportunities you have to take action, to network, to write out a plan, to envision it in your mind you put yourself in the way of potential and everything is going to feel like flow. Everything will be easy. You won’t have all the answers, but you’ll be able to keep going even on the days when you have to do it in the dark. ⁣ ⁣ Tell me one thing you have going for you when it comes to the project/idea/dream you are working on manifesting right now!!! My current project is secret still but for me, it’s my ability to rally and get shit done, the fact that I have great people around me to help and knowing that what I’m working to create will help make this world a brighter place (which is at the center of aligning with a creative vibration!).⁣ ⁣ What do you have working FOR you? Speak it out loud! And tag that friend you are dreaming with right now. x
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Morning dip💦🧘‍♀️☀️ Today I’m so very grateful for this ocean. For my family. And for finally getting some answers about what’s going on with my health!🌱 What are you grateful for? Ready, set, share❤️
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Me: I love you so much! Give mamma a kiss!⁣⁣ Toddler: AAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #twonager 🤪🙃😅
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WE ARE SO HAPPY TODAY!!!!! To Love and Let Go is #2 on the Movers&Shakers list on Amazon, #1 under Yoga and even made it to #41 of Amazon top 100 bestsellers last night😳☺️😍 And it’s not even out yet! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the amazing support. With my first book it took the book being published to climb the lists like this and to have this amount of support in this early stage makes me feel feel a little bit like I’m in a dream... Very grateful and very, very happy. ⁣ ⁣ In today’s episode of the podcast I share what the book is all about, what the five-year process of writing it was like, the rollercoaster of emotions I’ve moved through over the past few months and how I’m feeling right now, having just made the announcement. ⁣ ⁣ Link to both the podcast and the book is in my bio! ⁣ ⁣ Question: how do you like the title? Does it resonate? How does it make you feel? #toloveandletgo
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To Love and Let Go ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ a memoir of love, loss, and gratitude.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I have no words other than... IT’S HERE! It’s finally here. To Love and Let Go is available for pre-order starting right NOW❤️ Go to bit.ly/toloveandletgo, click the link in my bio or search the title on Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Audible (anywhere you normally get your books!). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I am so happy. So proud. My whole heart lies in these pages. There are five years of healing in this book. Five years of feeling, breathing, writing. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I can’t wait for you to hold it in your hands.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #toloveandletgo
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A day in a life☀️ #yogaeverydamnday
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Wel hello there, world. Meet my new yoga mat🤗 #ifinishedthebook !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lunch break with this gal🌱 ⁣ ⁣ today is my last day of editing the book! I’ve been staring at a screen for so long now I’m starting to feel dizzy but after this... I’m done. I can’t wait to roll out my yoga mat at the end of the day and MOVE! I even bought a brand new yoga mat for the first time in years to celebrate (but I haven’t used it yet because I’m waiting to finish the book edits... it’s my reward waiting at home)🤗 ⁣ ⁣ I’ve been putting everything aside for the past weeks just focusing on getting this done and now I’m so close to the finish line. I feel tingly with excitement! I feel ready. We’re nearly there.⁣ ⁣ I can’t wait to show you guys the cover😭
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Lea Luna’s first ever kids yoga class! She’s been listening really well lately and sitting quietly on her own so even though she’s a few years younger than the group I decided to give it a try today. I figured since she’s pretty well connected to the studio owner it would probably be ok😂 Well... This happened. Then she sat down. Lasted 3 whole minutes. Currently napping. Maybe we’ll have better luck next year..?😅😂 #yogababywho
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HERE, NOW🌸 ⁣ ⁣ Happy weekend, everyone! Make sure you take care of yourself today. Do something that nourishes you, for real. Turn your phone off. Spend time outside. Take a bath. Draw something. Do something - anything - that doesn’t involve this app. ⁣ ⁣ Everything truly important happens here, now. Don’t forget to look up. x
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She’s the great love of my life, this gal🥰 (and the guy behind the lens, obvi!) #family
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The universe wants to hold you. Please let it. #receive
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HAPPY FRIDAY!!! And happy happy happy podcast day💞 In today’s episode I have the one and only @medicalmedium on the show🌱 We talk about how to take charge of our health, the truth behind autoimmune disease, the inequality and unfair treatment toward women in the medical community, using fruits and vegetables to heal, all things celery juice and so so so much more. Also, he gives me a reading! Pretty damn excited for you to hear this episode. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer; listen in! Personally... I feel like a million bucks right now. After reading Anthony’s books and doing the Medical Medium cleanse I feel completely different than I did a few months ago. Fully sold on the celery juice, too! I know there is going to be debate in this comment section so dropping a reminder to be kind. Find the podcast on yogagirl.com/listen, on Spotify or on the podcast app! x
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There are some real miracles unfolding around me right now. Today while I was at the office editing the book, I got stuck at a specific sentence. It happens to me a lot; I read something and even though I’ve already lived through it, it pulls me in completely and I have to stop and feel and remember. This specific passage was about our wedding day. It was a beautiful day, because I got to marry the love of my life, and a hard day because I was missing a bridesmaid and everything echoed with the pain of just having lost my best friend. We had a moment before the ceremony as we were getting dressed where each of my bridesmaids took their dresses off their hangers to put them on and suddenly, there was a single blue dress left. Andrea never even got to see it, even though she was the one who choose the dusty blue color we had decided on. It was heartbreaking, seeing that one single dress left on its hanger. She would have looked so beautiful in it. She was supposed to be there. She was supposed to be there with me. I started to cry because it was all just too much and in that exact moment, a friend of ours came in bearing gifts from Costa Rica. Serendipitously, they were from her family. I opened the box and at the very top was this framed picture; taken during one of her travels, the same photo we used during the vigil after she died. We took the dress and the photo and set up an altar at the castle we held the celebration in so that during the night, each of us could to stop by and sit in silence and be with her for a moment. It was a hard day and also the most beautiful day of my life and even though she was gone, I felt her presence throughout. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Well, today I got stuck editing this very section of the book. As I rewrote the sentence talking about how I opened the box before the ceremony I started to cry sitting at my desk, reliving the moment. In that exact second @dennisfromsalad texts me. “Super weird; a frame just fell from the wall, out of the blue. The picture is okay but the frame is broken”. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I didn’t have to ask him which frame it was. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Sometimes... I can feel her so near it’s like the accident never even happened.
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New day. Old jeans. ⁣ ⁣ Happy Thursday, you beautiful human, you☀️ 📷: @dennisfromsalad
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Seriously HOW does she keep getting cuter?? This is the best age. Best best best. She is so helpful and sweet and funny and talks up a storm and I just want to stop time so we can stay in these moments forever😭💞 #littlemoon
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Slept 10 straight hours. Feel like I’m on the verge of some sort of epiphany. This is my final week of editing the new book... It’s hard. Exhausting. Sitting with it forces me to look at everything I’ve buried; not just emotion and pain but best friends and favorite dogs and grandmothers and stepdads. It’s like every day I open my computer and force myself to go; “which wound today?”. Writing this book was painful. Editing this book is painful. Everything about it is. I have moments editing where I wonder; did this all happen? To me? In this way? Yes. Yes. And perhaps I had to write it all down just so I could pull off the band aids and pick at the scabs and see what still needs healing. Well, turns out... A lot. We’re never done healing, I don’t think. And we’ll never stop missing the loves we’ve lost. ⁣ ⁣ My epiphany just now is that I need rest to be able to do this. So this 10-hour sleep... It was glorious. I want more of it. What would happen to me if I started sleeping more than 6 hours a night on a regular basis? Im thinking all those wounds might just heal a little easier. But who knows. It’s early and the sun is rising and the baby is waking up and somehow I made this life happen. I’m just so ⁣ grateful
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everything is the way it’s supposed to be. ⁣ ⁣ unless you are subjected to racism, oppression, misogyny or abuse. then - shit is out of order. life takes you where you’re supposed to go, sure, but sometimes where you’ve ended up means having to fight for your life to get the hell away from where you actually are. or doing everything possible to change your currently reality, or mobilizing the troops because you’re too tired to fight and you need help, or speaking up against injustice subjected into other people, or realizing that there is no greater plan involved other than you doing what you gotta do to be okay.⁣ ⁣ trauma should never happen. I used to say it all the time but I know now that saying that everything happens for a reason is deeply insensitive to someone in the midst of it. it’s kind of like being anti abortion; I can apply that belief to my own life if I so choose, but I can’t advocate that shit for the whole world to follow because who am I to say what’s right for someone else? for me personally, everything that came my way did so for a reason. I can derive a sense of purpose from it, now. I’ve spent enough time dealing with and processing my pain and I’ve had enough tools and support that I can sit here now and say: it brought me somewhere and right now, this is where I’m supposed to be. but I’m not going to tell you that that’s also the case for you. maybe where you are right now, everything is awful. maybe you are still living your trauma. maybe your abuser is still a part of your life. maybe you are suffering from systematic oppression and no amount of yoga and meditation or thoughts and prayers or love and light is ever going to fix that shit. ⁣ ⁣ so I guess what I’m saying is... not everything is the way it’s supposed to be. and until we realize this as fact even when we are trying to help, we are going to be a part of the problem. #yoga #seva #intersectionalfeminism
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I WILL NOT PRETEND⁣ I WILL NOT PUT ON A SMILE ⁣ I WILL NOT SAY IM ALRIGHT FOR YOU⁣ ⁣ ⁣ cry when you are sad scream when you are angry move your body when it’s all too much repeat repeat repeat x
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Good morning! This is how I start every day. When I wake up I drink a big glass of lemon water (sometimes in hot water, sometimes room temperature) and 15 minutes later I drink 16oz of celery juice. I juice it fresh every morning and what used to feel like a lot of effort now comes super easy. I woke up yesterday in the worst mood and everything that came my way seemed to challenge me all day long (and I’m feeling pretty tired and depleted after answering comments like “aren’t you glad you didn’t abort your baby” for four days straight)🙄 So. I went to yoga and then drove to our local book shop and spent ten minutes feeling my way through the store. When I buy books I try to go by feeling rather than thought - I like to think that books we are meant to read will find us if we let them! Wayne Dyer has been on my mind lately because I love his talks but I have never read a single actual book of his. So, here we are. Just picking this up from the store lightened my mood. And then I went and got some new plants for the house and then I went for a run and then I met up with friends and then and then and then... Sometimes you need an accumulation of uplifting moments to actually lift your spirits. I’m not sure what’s in the air but I think it’s the moon 🦂🌕 (and the systematic oppression of women, obvi). Some days we just have to let ourselves be tired. Do what you gotta do to fill your cup back up! It’s Sunday - a perfect day for rest and snuggles. ⁣ ⁣ I’m excited to open this. Just cleaned the kitchen. Billie Holiday through my speakers. Dennis is biking, Lea is sitting quietly playing with her toys. This moment, right here... It’s a good one. Has anyone read this book? Did you love? How are you resting? What are you reading? Share. Loving you. x⁣
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DO THE BEST YOU CAN. It’s all we can ever do - the best we can with what we have in front of us. Even on your hardest days you are putting one foot in front of the other. Working so hard. Taking care of so many. So... Keep going. One step at a time. You’re making a difference. x
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We are all feeling low following the latest political developments in the US and across the world. Make sure you practice self-care so you can continue fighting this fight! Here is a list I shared in my stories last night... Some go-to suggestions to help clear your energetic and emotional space. I suggest you practice a few throughout the day and pick a big one before bed. Don’t fall asleep with this shit in your face! Regroup. Tune in. Do what you have to do to stay energized and motivated, and most importantly: to not lose hope💪⁣ ⁣ • TURN YOUR PHONE OFF⁣ • Cry. ⁣ • Take a bath or a long shower ⁣ • Go for a run⁣ • Spend some time in nature. Go outside and look at the sky for a moment⁣ • Roll our your yoga mat... But don’t just sit there - now is not the time to be stagnant! Shake the toxicity you are speaking up against out of your body. Move. Then, be still.⁣ • Call your bestie. Or your mom. ⁣ • Make a gratitude list. Make it as long as you can⁣ • Listen to a discourse by Ram Dass on YouTube (I listened to Being Free Together last night)⁣ • Watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix (think The Office, not Handmaids Tale)⁣ • Have sex (with yourself or with someone else!)⁣ • Give someone a belly-to-belly hug. Let it last for at least a minute.⁣ • Cuddle with your dog ⁣ • Throw a 5-minute dance party in your living room⁣ ⁣ ...add your own favorite self-care practice in the comments below. Let’s take care of each other, and ourselves. x
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I will never take any of this for granted. This life. The options I’ve been blessed with since I was born. The sense of empowerment and strength instilled in me since I was a little girl. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the people who paved the way before me. The people who decided to stick their necks out and fight relentlessly for human rights. ⁣ ⁣ We are in a moment in history right now that will define the world our children grow up in. I do not want to leave behind a world where we let men force women and non-binary people to submit their bodies to further a political agenda. Where we force little girls to birth the child of their rapist. Where we have higher prison sentences for aborting a pregnancy that began through rape than we do the actual rape. Where we have to hide and feel ashamed. Where we are not accepted. Where we are constantly told we are less than.⁣ ⁣ Let’s love women more than we do a cluster of cells dividing in their wombs. Let’s give women more autonomy over their own bodies than we give corpses and Petri dishes. If you love children, cultivate a world for them to grow up in that doesn’t enslave them. If you love life, fight for gun control. Fight for medical care. Fight for an equitable world that supports a good life for all of us - especially those less privileged than you.⁣ ⁣ I will fight relentlessly for women and children that are products of a system that can’t support them. @yogagirlfoundation is just getting started and already I can feel the fire inside of me fueling our mission: a world where every child is safe and free from harm. 30+ cases of child abuse so severe that the children require medical care are recorded at the hospital every week (we are a tiny island!). UNICEF concluded that one of the main reasons behind Aruba’s terrifyingly high rates of physical and sexual abuse toward children is in fact that abortion is illegal! Carrying this discussion have anchored me deeper in my longing to be of service than ever before. And I know so many of you are ready to do the work with me. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you, for being here. For speaking up. For listening. Let’s keep this fire going 🔥
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“BREAKING NEWS⁣ ⁣ Americans save a fetus while they stand by and watch children get shot up in their own schools. Americans save a fetus while they bomb other peoples children around the world. Americans save a fetus while they stand for a police state that shoots pregnant women. Americans save a fetus while they separate families and keep children in cages or lose them in the system. Americans save a fetus and threaten to punish women and doctors with jail sentences up to life terms. Americans save a fetus while they have no social safety net thus sentencing women and children to live in poverty. Americans force children, who live in violence, to bear more children. Americans save a fetus while acting like the moral compass for countries that suppress women's rights and freedoms. Americans living in the “free” world save a fetus while demonizing their own women. ⁣ Only problem: the crazy don’t know how crazy they are.”⁣ ⁣ ⁣ (author unknown) - art by @chnge
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Exhausted after spending the day talking about this. Not as exhausted as the 11-year old forced to keep her rapists child, of course. Or the woman in Argentina serving a 30-year prison sentence for having a miscarriage mistaken for an abortion, or the 21-year old in Maryland forced to share actual custody of her child with her rapist, or remotely as exhausted as the millions of people fleeing to other countries and states to get unsafe abortions by sketchy medical “professionals”. ⁣ ⁣ It is exhausting to shout this shit off the rooftops and deal with ignorant people but never in a million years will that ever compare to the exhaustion of being on the receiving end of a societal system that systematically oppresses you. I’m privileged as hell; born in Sweden, a white woman, blessed with an abundant life. If I can’t deal with the exhaustion of simply speaking about this... What kind of future are we looking at??⁣ ⁣ If you have a voice, use it. Especially if you are born into the kind of privilege that allows you to have a spiritual practice; time to ponder life and focus on how to make yours a little better. Acknowledge your privilege - and choose to have these uncomfortable conversations. Dare to lose a couple of followers. Hell, dare to lose a couple of friends. Life is short. I don’t know where we’re going. I don’t know if this is the beginning of something absolutely terrible or if it’s the end of it. I don’t have all the answers, but one thing I do know for certain: when my daughter gets old enough to ask me about it... I want to be able to tell her I fought for her. That I fought for all of us. That I did what I could. That I didn’t stand idly by. ⁣ ⁣ Let’s stop being bystanders in this conversation. Call your representatives. Sign that petition. Join the marches. Donate your money. Donate your time. Speak loud and clear and let your voice echo far and wide. Fuck your abortion ban. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. x⁣ ⁣ #fuckyourabortionban #feminist #fightforreproductiverights
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    feeling tired and sad and happy and unbelievably vulnerable and unsteady and grateful all at the same time. I’m in this place right now where I don’t know where to place my feet next so... I think I’ll just stay here for a while. right where I am. breathing. feeling. trusting. ⁣ ⁣ ok, not always trusting. but trying to trust. and that’s the most important part. that we try. that we keep trying. that we don’t give up. ⁣ ⁣ wherever you are, know that you are doing the best you can. everything you are right now is already enough. keep swimming. x
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    Breathing deeply here today. The ocean heals heals heals and I live surrounded by it but sometimes I forget. This water is the remedy. Whatever the ailment😌❤️ #thankful
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    I had a bullshit moment today. A total bs-moment. You know, one of those ridiculous things you think that come out of the blue and you don’t know what brought it on? I was putting on this swimsuit to go sailing today and looked down and the way I was tying the sides of it made my skin compress and wrinkle. Since pregnancy so much is different but there are things that still surprise me; like how when I press my fingers into my belly or push the skin together it’s soft and the skin wrinkles where before it was smooth. You know? Mamas, you know. And I know it’s because my belly stretched to make space for and create the most magical thing that’s ever entered my life but still, sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and my judgmental mind tells me things I normally would never ever think, much less speak out loud. But today I did. “Isn’t it sad that my belly looks like this now?” I told Dennis as I pressed my fingers into the soft skin beneath my belly button. He looked at me. “The only sad thing about it is that I don’t get to kiss it enough.” And then he kissed my belly and I cried because jesus christ how is my mind so messed up that it focuses on insignificant shit like wrinkled skin when I have a literal gift from god holding my hand and telling me I’m beautiful every single day and we made a perfect daughter and our lives are so beautiful and everything is so fucking filled with magic I don’t even have words to describe it. I am the luckiest girl in the world. And I have the luckiest belly, too💛
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    Happy Father’s Day to the best, best, best dad. @dennisfromsalad we love you so much! #fathersday
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    HANDSTAND MAMMA HANDSTAND! ⁣ ⁣ Today we lasted eight minutes in kids yoga class. Last time we only managed two! (kids are 4-8 so she is still a little young and being quiet for 45 minutes is not really possible)❤️ Watching her put her hands to her heart, close her eyes and bow her head this morning was the most precious thing. ⁣ ⁣ Yoga! Find it in every breath. Every moment. x
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    Sandy feet. Happy hearts🤗❤️
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    Figure out what brings you into the present moment, and then do that every single day. ⁣ ⁣ From today’s episode of the podcast. We all have different ways to make our way into our body. To drop into our hearts. Find what works for you! For me, it’s my yoga practice. Meditation (sometimes). Spending time with my daughter with no distractions. The ocean. Dance parties in my living room. Baking. Also, running! Who knew. For my husband, it’s long bike rides, swimming, surfing. We are all different, as we should be. Find what brings you here, now! And then make sure you do some of that every single day of your life. It’s not about how much time you have but about what you prioritize. Be kind to yourself! Put your mental health and your well-being high on your list. Everything else will feel easier when you’re here, now. ⁣ ⁣ Listen in to this weeks episode of the podcast for this and more! I talk about how to snap out of a funk, how to love bomb our friends to help us learn how to receive, and how to quiet that inner critical voice. Link in bio or search Yoga Girl anywhere you get your podcasts! x
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    LA! I’m coming for you! Im SO excited to announce that this year you can find me once again at the @propelwater’s Co: Labs Fitness Festival in California from July 20 to 21st☀🥳⁣ ⁣ Last year was so much fun I had to do it again! Since having Luna I have had to take a break from teaching these bigger classes that require a lot of travel… but I miss them so much. Flowing with hundreds of you always stirs my heart and anchors me into my true purpose in this world. I hope you’ll join me! Link in my bio to sign up - I can’t wait to hug you all!⁣ #PropelCoLabs #PropelPartner
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    Sometimes things get a little bit worse before they get better. (lessons from my doctor, for everyone moving through anything, really.)⁣ ⁣ Wherever you are, I hope you are hopeful. Even though it might not look like it right now, this is the beginning of a journey leading you somewhere absolutely purposeful. So. Deep breaths. Take care of yourself. Keep-moving-forward. x
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    Forever sidekick❤️ ⁣ ⁣ Today was a better day. I got some work done. Recorded the podcast. Had sweet cozy family time at home. Sat in the sauna. And we rescued five newborn baby birds that fell out of a nest! Mama bird came back. All is well. ⁣ ⁣ Yes. All is well. x
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    Dead tired. Literally. I cannot get myself off the couch. This photo from last week with makeup on feels like it’s from another dimension entirely. Slept two hours last night and for the past few days I’ve just been low, low, low. Low on energy. Low mood. Low in vibration. Not sure if it’s related to what I’m (not) eating - has anyone reacted with serious emotional turmoil from cutting out gluten and wheat and soy (and the 52 weird things on the list I’m too tired to mention)?😅 Sugar is supposed to be on that list but it’s not - at the end of the day I’m craving sugar so bad I’m literally eating dates by the handful on the couch🙈 Filling them with peanut butter and covering in dark chocolate with a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Mmmmmm.... It’s like since I got the Candida diagnosis my whole body went nuts - I crave sugar WAY more knowing I’m not supposed to have it right now than I did before knowing. Normally when I feel low I cook or bake but now I’m in this weird in between place where I don’t know what I’m supposed to be eating so I can’t enjoy either. Ok I have no point with this post other than to vent and say THIS WEEK IS THE LONGEST WEEK EVER and it’s only Tuesday. Luckily @ogyogini just landed on the island and we’re diving into retreat magic on Thursday and I’ll get to be on my mat and share and connect and move and hug and feel all my feelings. Sometimes it’s like my soul knows a big heart opening is coming so it collects collects collects in preparation. I teach my best classes when I’m feeling it all and right before every group I get blessed with, well, something to work with. Wouldn’t life be boring if we had to pretend we had our shit together all the time??? I don’t know what I’m doing right now. And that’s ok. I am where I’m supposed to be🌙 #herenow
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    Sunday evening... Let’s do this🔥😍💦 #saunatime
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    She dressed herself this morning😍😭 #doubletutu #fashion #VOGUE
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    Laying here thinking about the things I’ve done that have brought me out of my comfort zone. The answer is EVERY SINGLE THING THAT HAS EVER MOVED ME FORWARD! The podcast is a great example. Every time I have a guest on the show that I don’t know personally I get super nervous. Here is a famous, accomplished person taking time out of their day, driving all the way to our production studio in LA to spend a full hour talking to me. Me! Little old me, sitting on my bedroom floor recording in Aruba a million miles away. There is that little voice in the back of my head and it becomes especially loud right before I’m about to do something new. “You can’t do this”, it says. “You’re not good enough”. I imagine all the ways in which I may fuck up - I’ll pronounce their name wrong, or the conversation will be awful, or I’ll run out of things to ask and we’ll just sit there in the worlds most awkward silence. There is always that moment right before the other person comes on the line when my heart is pounding and my mouth gets dry and inevitably, I ask myself: WHY do I do this?? That same question sometimes pops up right before I teach a big class, or before going into an important meeting, or anytime I’m about to do something that scares me. That voice was the loudest it’s ever been before my TED talk (I really, really don’t like public speaking) and it almost kept me from doing it altogether. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But here is the thing. Every time, whoever the guest was, or whichever class I just taught, or whatever thing it was I just did that I was so uncomfortable to do.. I take a deep breath, and - I just do it. I do it. And before I know it it’s over and it was amazing and I walk away feeling elated. On top of the world. It’s indescribable, that feeling. And each time, it moves me closer toward the next step in my career. The next step in my life. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Being where I am right now is the accumulation of the million things I once told myself I couldn’t do, but did anyway. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The practice of sitting with discomfort continues to be the most life changing one for me.. In every way. #yoga
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    This jaw dropping, breathtaking, hit-you-straight-in-the-chest, awe inspiring, absolute magnificence of a sunset is happening outside my kitchen window right at this moment. ⁣ And that’s the new moon. ⁣ ⁣ I just wanted to share it with all of you because beauty is everywhere and and Mother Earth brings all sorts of magic all the time just look up. Look up look up look up look out the window away from your phone and up at the sky and you’ll see ⁣ ⁣ that everything you’ve ever thought you needed ⁣ everything you’ve felt you lacked ⁣ everything you ache to hold in your arms ⁣ ⁣ it’s all ⁣ right ⁣ there
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    First year is paper, second year is cotton... Fifth year is wood😍 Happy early 5th wedding anniversary @dennisfromsalad ! I think I win best wife award today🥰 (this was two months in the making!)🔥 #barrelsauna #supersurprise #arubagoessweden #happiness
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    Happy Wednesday people! I’m feeling a lot better today - sometimes we just need to let ourselves off the hook when it comes to the expectations we put on ourselves! I recorded this weeks podcast with @jenpastiloff yesterday and that was one of the self care tips that she shared. When you get home after a long, tiring day; ask yourself this: “What can I let myself off the hook for today?”. For me, I let myself off the hook yesterday when it came to a meeting I missed because I was feeling low, the fact that I didn’t finish what I had set out to do when the day began and for not doing the dishes after dinner (thank goodness for my husband because I still got to wake up to a clean kitchen today!)❤️ Being soft and kind and compassionate toward ourselves is just the most important thing. I put way too much pressure on myself and cutting myself some slack is something I need to remind myself is OKAY, every day! Thank you Jen for always helping me add to my toolbox of self-love tools❤️🌱⁣ ⁣ If you’ve somehow missed it - HER BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS OUT!!! Happy publishing day @jenpastiloff I am so proud of you and so excited that this book is making its way out into the world. It’s raw and real and beautiful and so compelling and you won’t be able to put it down once you open it upS Everyone, go read it! It’s available everywhere you find books🤗☀️ #OnBeingHuman #selflove #selfcare #bestie
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    Feeling unbelievably low today. Sore throat and a crazy headache (haven’t had any symptoms of being ill in a month so this feels like a setback), feeling super anxious for no apparent reason, just uneasy, unsettled. All I want to do is bake something but with all the stuff I have going on I’m not allowed any sugar so I tried baking without and it just feels crappy and fake. I have nothing to complain about, really, but my body is telling me something is wrong. Instinctually I want to lay on the couch and watch Netflix and drown myself in chocolate frosting... And I have to remind myself that it’s ok to have these kind of days. It’s ok to feel low. To mourn things I’ve lost and things that didn’t go my way. Now - will I feel better by laying on the couch all day? No. It’s not that kind of day. Netflix on the couch is good and fine but not when it’s an escape. Cake is good and fine but not when it’s a means to not feel our feelings. I’m going to roll out my mat now and write in my journal and maybe cry a little and move and stretch and kundalini shake it out until whatever this is has either left my system or at least freed itself enough from my heart so that I can breathe a little easier #crappyday
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    Sitting in this little nook we just created in our dining room. We built a big kitchen bench into a corner we normally never used and now, this whole floor of the house is different. This used to be their corner I had to make an effort to reach with the broom; it’s where no one ever sat; where the dogs used to sleep when no one was home. We had a weird little table here that somehow always seemed to collect the things we didn’t know what to do with; bills we’d already paid, half-used up sticks of lip balm, charging cables, boxes of matches. It was a dead corner of the house - we spent no energy here. And then one day I walked by and saw the light come in from the window in a beautiful way I’d never seen before and it hit me: we should put a sofa here. I made the call and got a carpenter over and it’s two weeks later and now I’m sitting here for the first time. The sunlight does flow into this space in a very special way at this time of the morning. It’s gorgeous, actually. I had a rough morning but took a break to sit down and drink my juice and I just realized: there is life here now. I created a space to be where I thought there was none.⁣ ⁣ It reminds me of the fact that so much can be revived. Relationships we’ve given up on, dreams we’ve let go of, things we’ve convinced ourselves we can’t do. Everything can be revived. We just have to breathe life into it. ⁣My morning has life to it now, just from me taking a moment to sit here and appreciate the light and drink my juice and write this. ⁣ ⁣ So I guess what I’m trying to say is... Bring light into the forgotten corners of your house, your life, your heart. There is beauty there, too. x
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    100% feeling herself in this first clip and it’s the BEST😭 After dinner frozen dance party!! Of course! (she’s only seen parts of this movie, one time)❄️😂 #parenting
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    Every day is an adventure right now. While I try to figure out my life after being diagnosed with Candida and 52 food sensitivities(!!), Lea Luna has decided (in solidarity??) that she is jumping on the bandwagon and thus, refusing to eat anything at all. For days. YAY. At least we’re having fun. Look at yesterday’s sunset! This was us getting in the car driving aimlessly across the island because staying inside with this girl right now is a no go (she literally climbs the walls!). Motherhood is all kinds of crazy right now. The other day she SLAPPED me in the face out of the blue and then threw herself on the ground, tears streaming down her face with regret saying “sorry mamma sorry”🤪😂 we’re learning as we go here... most of it is cuddles and amazing conversations but some of it makes me want to go on a solo vacation to a land far away with all the coffee and all the wine and all the chocolate cake (but oh ya can’t have any of that so water and celery juice it is!)🙃🤣🤓⁣ ⁣ anywho. It’s Monday!! New week! Let’s get on our yoga mats today so we all stay sane👍🧘‍♀️ #stayzen #motherhood #yogaeverydamnday
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    Making shit happen; moving mountains and making dreams come true, has everything to do with how much you actually believe that you CAN. If you worry about the obstacles on the way there more than you focus on the opportunities around then that’s what you are going to get. Where attention goes energy flows - if you think about, talk about and focus on all the reasons why you can’t; all the things that are in the way, everything that’s lacking; then you’re never going to align yourself with the energy of possibility and everything is going to feel slow, hard, far away. By focusing on everything that’s actually possible, the opportunities you have to take action, to network, to write out a plan, to envision it in your mind you put yourself in the way of potential and everything is going to feel like flow. Everything will be easy. You won’t have all the answers, but you’ll be able to keep going even on the days when you have to do it in the dark. ⁣ ⁣ Tell me one thing you have going for you when it comes to the project/idea/dream you are working on manifesting right now!!! My current project is secret still but for me, it’s my ability to rally and get shit done, the fact that I have great people around me to help and knowing that what I’m working to create will help make this world a brighter place (which is at the center of aligning with a creative vibration!).⁣ ⁣ What do you have working FOR you? Speak it out loud! And tag that friend you are dreaming with right now. x
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    Morning dip💦🧘‍♀️☀️ Today I’m so very grateful for this ocean. For my family. And for finally getting some answers about what’s going on with my health!🌱 What are you grateful for? Ready, set, share❤️
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    Me: I love you so much! Give mamma a kiss!⁣⁣ Toddler: AAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #twonager 🤪🙃😅
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    WE ARE SO HAPPY TODAY!!!!! To Love and Let Go is #2 on the Movers&Shakers list on Amazon, #1 under Yoga and even made it to #41 of Amazon top 100 bestsellers last night😳☺️😍 And it’s not even out yet! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the amazing support. With my first book it took the book being published to climb the lists like this and to have this amount of support in this early stage makes me feel feel a little bit like I’m in a dream... Very grateful and very, very happy. ⁣ ⁣ In today’s episode of the podcast I share what the book is all about, what the five-year process of writing it was like, the rollercoaster of emotions I’ve moved through over the past few months and how I’m feeling right now, having just made the announcement. ⁣ ⁣ Link to both the podcast and the book is in my bio! ⁣ ⁣ Question: how do you like the title? Does it resonate? How does it make you feel? #toloveandletgo
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    To Love and Let Go ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ a memoir of love, loss, and gratitude.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I have no words other than... IT’S HERE! It’s finally here. To Love and Let Go is available for pre-order starting right NOW❤️ Go to bit.ly/toloveandletgo, click the link in my bio or search the title on Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Audible (anywhere you normally get your books!). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I am so happy. So proud. My whole heart lies in these pages. There are five years of healing in this book. Five years of feeling, breathing, writing. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I can’t wait for you to hold it in your hands.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #toloveandletgo
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    A day in a life☀️ #yogaeverydamnday
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    Wel hello there, world. Meet my new yoga mat🤗 #ifinishedthebook !!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Lunch break with this gal🌱 ⁣ ⁣ today is my last day of editing the book! I’ve been staring at a screen for so long now I’m starting to feel dizzy but after this... I’m done. I can’t wait to roll out my yoga mat at the end of the day and MOVE! I even bought a brand new yoga mat for the first time in years to celebrate (but I haven’t used it yet because I’m waiting to finish the book edits... it’s my reward waiting at home)🤗 ⁣ ⁣ I’ve been putting everything aside for the past weeks just focusing on getting this done and now I’m so close to the finish line. I feel tingly with excitement! I feel ready. We’re nearly there.⁣ ⁣ I can’t wait to show you guys the cover😭
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    Lea Luna’s first ever kids yoga class! She’s been listening really well lately and sitting quietly on her own so even though she’s a few years younger than the group I decided to give it a try today. I figured since she’s pretty well connected to the studio owner it would probably be ok😂 Well... This happened. Then she sat down. Lasted 3 whole minutes. Currently napping. Maybe we’ll have better luck next year..?😅😂 #yogababywho
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    HERE, NOW🌸 ⁣ ⁣ Happy weekend, everyone! Make sure you take care of yourself today. Do something that nourishes you, for real. Turn your phone off. Spend time outside. Take a bath. Draw something. Do something - anything - that doesn’t involve this app. ⁣ ⁣ Everything truly important happens here, now. Don’t forget to look up. x
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    She’s the great love of my life, this gal🥰 (and the guy behind the lens, obvi!) #family
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    The universe wants to hold you. Please let it. #receive
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    HAPPY FRIDAY!!! And happy happy happy podcast day💞 In today’s episode I have the one and only @medicalmedium on the show🌱 We talk about how to take charge of our health, the truth behind autoimmune disease, the inequality and unfair treatment toward women in the medical community, using fruits and vegetables to heal, all things celery juice and so so so much more. Also, he gives me a reading! Pretty damn excited for you to hear this episode. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer; listen in! Personally... I feel like a million bucks right now. After reading Anthony’s books and doing the Medical Medium cleanse I feel completely different than I did a few months ago. Fully sold on the celery juice, too! I know there is going to be debate in this comment section so dropping a reminder to be kind. Find the podcast on yogagirl.com/listen, on Spotify or on the podcast app! x
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    There are some real miracles unfolding around me right now. Today while I was at the office editing the book, I got stuck at a specific sentence. It happens to me a lot; I read something and even though I’ve already lived through it, it pulls me in completely and I have to stop and feel and remember. This specific passage was about our wedding day. It was a beautiful day, because I got to marry the love of my life, and a hard day because I was missing a bridesmaid and everything echoed with the pain of just having lost my best friend. We had a moment before the ceremony as we were getting dressed where each of my bridesmaids took their dresses off their hangers to put them on and suddenly, there was a single blue dress left. Andrea never even got to see it, even though she was the one who choose the dusty blue color we had decided on. It was heartbreaking, seeing that one single dress left on its hanger. She would have looked so beautiful in it. She was supposed to be there. She was supposed to be there with me. I started to cry because it was all just too much and in that exact moment, a friend of ours came in bearing gifts from Costa Rica. Serendipitously, they were from her family. I opened the box and at the very top was this framed picture; taken during one of her travels, the same photo we used during the vigil after she died. We took the dress and the photo and set up an altar at the castle we held the celebration in so that during the night, each of us could to stop by and sit in silence and be with her for a moment. It was a hard day and also the most beautiful day of my life and even though she was gone, I felt her presence throughout. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Well, today I got stuck editing this very section of the book. As I rewrote the sentence talking about how I opened the box before the ceremony I started to cry sitting at my desk, reliving the moment. In that exact second @dennisfromsalad texts me. “Super weird; a frame just fell from the wall, out of the blue. The picture is okay but the frame is broken”. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I didn’t have to ask him which frame it was. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Sometimes... I can feel her so near it’s like the accident never even happened.
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    New day. Old jeans. ⁣ ⁣ Happy Thursday, you beautiful human, you☀️ 📷: @dennisfromsalad
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    Slept 10 straight hours. Feel like I’m on the verge of some sort of epiphany. This is my final week of editing the new book... It’s hard. Exhausting. Sitting with it forces me to look at everything I’ve buried; not just emotion and pain but best friends and favorite dogs and grandmothers and stepdads. It’s like every day I open my computer and force myself to go; “which wound today?”. Writing this book was painful. Editing this book is painful. Everything about it is. I have moments editing where I wonder; did this all happen? To me? In this way? Yes. Yes. And perhaps I had to write it all down just so I could pull off the band aids and pick at the scabs and see what still needs healing. Well, turns out... A lot. We’re never done healing, I don’t think. And we’ll never stop missing the loves we’ve lost. ⁣ ⁣ My epiphany just now is that I need rest to be able to do this. So this 10-hour sleep... It was glorious. I want more of it. What would happen to me if I started sleeping more than 6 hours a night on a regular basis? Im thinking all those wounds might just heal a little easier. But who knows. It’s early and the sun is rising and the baby is waking up and somehow I made this life happen. I’m just so ⁣ grateful
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    everything is the way it’s supposed to be. ⁣ ⁣ unless you are subjected to racism, oppression, misogyny or abuse. then - shit is out of order. life takes you where you’re supposed to go, sure, but sometimes where you’ve ended up means having to fight for your life to get the hell away from where you actually are. or doing everything possible to change your currently reality, or mobilizing the troops because you’re too tired to fight and you need help, or speaking up against injustice subjected into other people, or realizing that there is no greater plan involved other than you doing what you gotta do to be okay.⁣ ⁣ trauma should never happen. I used to say it all the time but I know now that saying that everything happens for a reason is deeply insensitive to someone in the midst of it. it’s kind of like being anti abortion; I can apply that belief to my own life if I so choose, but I can’t advocate that shit for the whole world to follow because who am I to say what’s right for someone else? for me personally, everything that came my way did so for a reason. I can derive a sense of purpose from it, now. I’ve spent enough time dealing with and processing my pain and I’ve had enough tools and support that I can sit here now and say: it brought me somewhere and right now, this is where I’m supposed to be. but I’m not going to tell you that that’s also the case for you. maybe where you are right now, everything is awful. maybe you are still living your trauma. maybe your abuser is still a part of your life. maybe you are suffering from systematic oppression and no amount of yoga and meditation or thoughts and prayers or love and light is ever going to fix that shit. ⁣ ⁣ so I guess what I’m saying is... not everything is the way it’s supposed to be. and until we realize this as fact even when we are trying to help, we are going to be a part of the problem. #yoga #seva #intersectionalfeminism
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    I WILL NOT PRETEND⁣ I WILL NOT PUT ON A SMILE ⁣ I WILL NOT SAY IM ALRIGHT FOR YOU⁣ ⁣ ⁣ cry when you are sad scream when you are angry move your body when it’s all too much repeat repeat repeat x
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    Good morning! This is how I start every day. When I wake up I drink a big glass of lemon water (sometimes in hot water, sometimes room temperature) and 15 minutes later I drink 16oz of celery juice. I juice it fresh every morning and what used to feel like a lot of effort now comes super easy. I woke up yesterday in the worst mood and everything that came my way seemed to challenge me all day long (and I’m feeling pretty tired and depleted after answering comments like “aren’t you glad you didn’t abort your baby” for four days straight)🙄 So. I went to yoga and then drove to our local book shop and spent ten minutes feeling my way through the store. When I buy books I try to go by feeling rather than thought - I like to think that books we are meant to read will find us if we let them! Wayne Dyer has been on my mind lately because I love his talks but I have never read a single actual book of his. So, here we are. Just picking this up from the store lightened my mood. And then I went and got some new plants for the house and then I went for a run and then I met up with friends and then and then and then... Sometimes you need an accumulation of uplifting moments to actually lift your spirits. I’m not sure what’s in the air but I think it’s the moon 🦂🌕 (and the systematic oppression of women, obvi). Some days we just have to let ourselves be tired. Do what you gotta do to fill your cup back up! It’s Sunday - a perfect day for rest and snuggles. ⁣ ⁣ I’m excited to open this. Just cleaned the kitchen. Billie Holiday through my speakers. Dennis is biking, Lea is sitting quietly playing with her toys. This moment, right here... It’s a good one. Has anyone read this book? Did you love? How are you resting? What are you reading? Share. Loving you. x⁣
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    DO THE BEST YOU CAN. It’s all we can ever do - the best we can with what we have in front of us. Even on your hardest days you are putting one foot in front of the other. Working so hard. Taking care of so many. So... Keep going. One step at a time. You’re making a difference. x
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    We are all feeling low following the latest political developments in the US and across the world. Make sure you practice self-care so you can continue fighting this fight! Here is a list I shared in my stories last night... Some go-to suggestions to help clear your energetic and emotional space. I suggest you practice a few throughout the day and pick a big one before bed. Don’t fall asleep with this shit in your face! Regroup. Tune in. Do what you have to do to stay energized and motivated, and most importantly: to not lose hope💪⁣ ⁣ • TURN YOUR PHONE OFF⁣ • Cry. ⁣ • Take a bath or a long shower ⁣ • Go for a run⁣ • Spend some time in nature. Go outside and look at the sky for a moment⁣ • Roll our your yoga mat... But don’t just sit there - now is not the time to be stagnant! Shake the toxicity you are speaking up against out of your body. Move. Then, be still.⁣ • Call your bestie. Or your mom. ⁣ • Make a gratitude list. Make it as long as you can⁣ • Listen to a discourse by Ram Dass on YouTube (I listened to Being Free Together last night)⁣ • Watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix (think The Office, not Handmaids Tale)⁣ • Have sex (with yourself or with someone else!)⁣ • Give someone a belly-to-belly hug. Let it last for at least a minute.⁣ • Cuddle with your dog ⁣ • Throw a 5-minute dance party in your living room⁣ ⁣ ...add your own favorite self-care practice in the comments below. Let’s take care of each other, and ourselves. x
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    I will never take any of this for granted. This life. The options I’ve been blessed with since I was born. The sense of empowerment and strength instilled in me since I was a little girl. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the people who paved the way before me. The people who decided to stick their necks out and fight relentlessly for human rights. ⁣ ⁣ We are in a moment in history right now that will define the world our children grow up in. I do not want to leave behind a world where we let men force women and non-binary people to submit their bodies to further a political agenda. Where we force little girls to birth the child of their rapist. Where we have higher prison sentences for aborting a pregnancy that began through rape than we do the actual rape. Where we have to hide and feel ashamed. Where we are not accepted. Where we are constantly told we are less than.⁣ ⁣ Let’s love women more than we do a cluster of cells dividing in their wombs. Let’s give women more autonomy over their own bodies than we give corpses and Petri dishes. If you love children, cultivate a world for them to grow up in that doesn’t enslave them. If you love life, fight for gun control. Fight for medical care. Fight for an equitable world that supports a good life for all of us - especially those less privileged than you.⁣ ⁣ I will fight relentlessly for women and children that are products of a system that can’t support them. @yogagirlfoundation is just getting started and already I can feel the fire inside of me fueling our mission: a world where every child is safe and free from harm. 30+ cases of child abuse so severe that the children require medical care are recorded at the hospital every week (we are a tiny island!). UNICEF concluded that one of the main reasons behind Aruba’s terrifyingly high rates of physical and sexual abuse toward children is in fact that abortion is illegal! Carrying this discussion have anchored me deeper in my longing to be of service than ever before. And I know so many of you are ready to do the work with me. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you, for being here. For speaking up. For listening. Let’s keep this fire going 🔥
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    “BREAKING NEWS⁣ ⁣ Americans save a fetus while they stand by and watch children get shot up in their own schools. Americans save a fetus while they bomb other peoples children around the world. Americans save a fetus while they stand for a police state that shoots pregnant women. Americans save a fetus while they separate families and keep children in cages or lose them in the system. Americans save a fetus and threaten to punish women and doctors with jail sentences up to life terms. Americans save a fetus while they have no social safety net thus sentencing women and children to live in poverty. Americans force children, who live in violence, to bear more children. Americans save a fetus while acting like the moral compass for countries that suppress women's rights and freedoms. Americans living in the “free” world save a fetus while demonizing their own women. ⁣ Only problem: the crazy don’t know how crazy they are.”⁣ ⁣ ⁣ (author unknown) - art by @chnge
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    Exhausted after spending the day talking about this. Not as exhausted as the 11-year old forced to keep her rapists child, of course. Or the woman in Argentina serving a 30-year prison sentence for having a miscarriage mistaken for an abortion, or the 21-year old in Maryland forced to share actual custody of her child with her rapist, or remotely as exhausted as the millions of people fleeing to other countries and states to get unsafe abortions by sketchy medical “professionals”. ⁣ ⁣ It is exhausting to shout this shit off the rooftops and deal with ignorant people but never in a million years will that ever compare to the exhaustion of being on the receiving end of a societal system that systematically oppresses you. I’m privileged as hell; born in Sweden, a white woman, blessed with an abundant life. If I can’t deal with the exhaustion of simply speaking about this... What kind of future are we looking at??⁣ ⁣ If you have a voice, use it. Especially if you are born into the kind of privilege that allows you to have a spiritual practice; time to ponder life and focus on how to make yours a little better. Acknowledge your privilege - and choose to have these uncomfortable conversations. Dare to lose a couple of followers. Hell, dare to lose a couple of friends. Life is short. I don’t know where we’re going. I don’t know if this is the beginning of something absolutely terrible or if it’s the end of it. I don’t have all the answers, but one thing I do know for certain: when my daughter gets old enough to ask me about it... I want to be able to tell her I fought for her. That I fought for all of us. That I did what I could. That I didn’t stand idly by. ⁣ ⁣ Let’s stop being bystanders in this conversation. Call your representatives. Sign that petition. Join the marches. Donate your money. Donate your time. Speak loud and clear and let your voice echo far and wide. Fuck your abortion ban. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. x⁣ ⁣ #fuckyourabortionban #feminist #fightforreproductiverights
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