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WHATS MEANT FOR YOU WON’T MISS. (trust) x
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And today... The perfect card. The universe speaks so clearly when we are actually listening. Release and surrender. Open your arms and release the challenges you have held tightly gripped within your hands. And so it is. #surrendering
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The Shala after our Prayer Meditation this evening. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ I had a huge release and with it realized how long ago it was since I had a good cry. I’m always guiding people through retreats like these but I never participate in them. I hold the space but I’m bad at letting myself receive. Tonight was so beautiful and in my prayers the first thing that came to me was Lea Luna. The magnificence of her being; how of all people she chose me to be her mom. The infinite blessings she’s brought us since she arrived. Then; Dennis. Unbelievable gratitude for my husband who holds so much. Who just wants to hug and hold me all the time. Who’s always, always there. Like @talibshubhaa told me yesterday; he’s a heart on legs, that man. Then, doing the movements and the breathing and feeling the vibration of my prayer (which doesn’t connect to any religion or institution but is all about surrender) I felt immense gratitude for my body. My body that does so much. It holds everything and everyone. Of course it’s tired. And then when the energy really started stirring my heart and I stood on my knees with my arms up to the sky came one giant I DONT KNOW. I don’t know. I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know. I don’t know became my prayer. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know why I’m sick. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know why I’m here. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what I’m doing. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what the point of it all is. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what I’m working for. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what’s wrong. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what’s right. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know if more people are going to die. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know if people are going to leave me. ⁣ I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know and for the longest time it resonated through my body like a mantra - I DONT KNOW. I don’t have all the answers. I am just a mother. I am not God. I don’t know. I have no control. And it was so beautiful, this complete surrender into the not-knowing. I prayed with it for so long my whole body merged into it and there was no space anymore between the being and the praying. And suddenly, in the midst of it came something else. A big, loud, resounding I DO KNOW. I do know. I know that I’m here. ⁣⁣⁣ I know that I’m breathing. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ And this, right here, ⁣⁣⁣ is living.
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LOVE THE EARTH! It’s the only planet with (vegan) ice cream 🍦🌱🥰 Happy Earth Day and Namaste from the sweetest earthling I know❤️ #earthday
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She’s the absolute highlight of my life, this one ☝️ thanks for the video @katrina_pops - we are on Day 4 of our healing the heart retreat and we are all cracking open. so tired, so grateful. E-I-E-I-O❤️
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you⁣ ⁣ are the one ⁣ you have been waiting for.
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ITS PODCAST DAY AND I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED TO SHARE THIS EPISODE WITH YOU!💕 ⁣ ⁣ In today’s episode of the show I have none other than the amazing @sophiaamoruso as a guest - you probably know her as the founder of Nasty Gal, or seen her grace the cover of Forbes as they named her the richest self made woman in the world, or seen the Netflix show about her life, or read one of her books - or you’re already a part of the @girlboss gang and already know all about this magical unicorn of a woman! We talk entrepreneurship and business - of course - but mostly get into the idea of success and how to get up when life knocks you down. We talk self care, letting yourself grieve, learning from failures, therapy, resilience and working your butt off to make your dreams come true. It’s a good one, people. Listen in now! Available everywhere, right now. x
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Reminder that we HAVE to be confused to figure shit out. There is no way around it. Confusion brings about clarity. Darkness brings light. Sadness, joy. Rainbows and butterflies are great but they’re never going to bring you to your knees in awe of the beauty that is this life. Only pain can do that. So if you can: welcome it. Just a little bit. It’s taking you where you need to go. x
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When you look like a million bucks but feel like a dollar fifty😂 People keep telling me I don’t look sick and even going to the doctor they tell me “well, you look fine!”🙈 Yesterday was the first day I felt truly, truly low and I think not getting any answers and being this sick for this long is starting to affect my mental health. So! I’m done worrying. It is what it is what it is and the only thing I know for certain is that I can’t do more about it than I already am. It’s time to surrender. Trusting that my body is wise and that the universe has a plan and that all is well all is well all is well. #healing
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It’s Monday and here is a reminder that YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE PERSON IN THE WORLD! Monday doesn’t have to equal stress or pressure or getting absolutely everything done. Slow down. Get clear on what you are creating. Set an intention for the week that resonates with your heart. I used to think that I’m the most productive when I kick everything into high gear and go go go but I’ve actually found the opposite to be true. I’m the most productive when I work consciously - when I do one thing at a time. When I’m able to breathe deeply and tap into a sense of flow (which is something that can only really happen when I’m focused and clear). Rushing makes true productivity impossible. And it makes us feel like we can never keep up. So: it’s Monday! Aim to feel really good at the end of it🌱❤️ x
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If you open up the dictionary and look up JOY... ⁣ This is what you’ll see☺️😊😌⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #happysunday #happiness #lealuna #hotdogsorlegs
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The bougainvillea at the studio is finally growing🌺 Reminded me today that growth is not a linear thing. You can have periods that look like they’re stagnant and you can totally feel stuck or slow when actually, everything is happening. Be patient with yourself - you’re growing. Life is just waiting for you to bloom❤️
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My baby is not a baby anymore😩😭 ⁣ ⁣ She is getting so tall! Little angel. We are in the middle of tantrum central right now - being 2 years old, having a cold, not sleeping and also being the most stubborn and assertive girl in the history of the world is a fun combo😬 Normally I would say send help (and wine) but I’m not drinking wine anymore! Or coffee, or eating sugar. Sooo... Send help (and celery?)🙈 Seriously though. This is has been one hell of a week. ⁣ ⁣ I share everything about why I’ve made such a radical change in my diet in this weeks episode of the podcast and talk about everything cleanse/detox, going raw, health, illness, how my social life is suffering and whether or not this parasite cleanse is actually working. Tune in! Search Yoga Girl under podcasts on Spotify or iTunes or go to yogagirl.com/listen🎧 x
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I often forget that I’m actually a pretty decent human being. It can happen at anytime really, this lapse of memory, but mostly if I’m in a low place. Everything will be moving along just fine and suddenly my mind tells me I can’t. I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy. I’m an impostor and I have no idea what im doing. Some mornings there is a voice in the back of my head telling me I might as well just go back to bed; YOU SUCK.⁣ ⁣ I woke up this am sick as a dog and baby is too and I had meetings and a book to edit and two podcasts to record. I’ve been so excited to talk to @sophiaamoruso and @girlboss for so long but as the time of the recording drew closer I started feeling worse and worse, and around mid morning I had suddenly convinced myself that not only was I too sick to record - I’m not worthy of it anyway. Who am I to tell myself I can have all these amazing people on my show? Actually, who am I kidding, thinking I can interview anybody? Who am I to take up this kind of space? At 10am I decided that I should just cancel. I can’t pull this off. I’m terrible. Not just as an interviewer or host, but as a person. I’m just the worst. Might as well give this whole thing up. ⁣ ⁣ Now, here is the thing. I gave that little voice in the back of my head five minutes to wallow in total misery. Five whole minutes of you suck you suck you suck. It was total shit. I cried. I have a cold. It wasn’t pretty. At 10.05... I decided that: enough. Enough of this. And then I walked outside and watered some plants and drank some juice and hugged my husband and then I took a deep breath and went upstairs to record. And it was AWESOME. Sophia is awesome. First thing she said was; “I’m in a funk. Life is hard”. and then we spoke for two hours and again, I am reminded that we all feel the same and everyone struggles and no one walks alone. Most of the time, our biggest obstacle is just that voice in the back of our heads. ⁣ ⁣ So give it a tiny bit of space. Five minutes max. Then tell it to get the hell out of your way. We have far too many amazing things to create in this life to let self pity stand in the way.⁣ ⁣ Oh and if you’re wondering.. Guess who else is awesome? Me!🙋🏼‍♀😌
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5 days without daddy-o. We have drawn one hundred drawings of horses and sharks. Went to the butterfly farm (and found out she is now afraid of butterflies)😝 Made infinite play dough snakes (the only thing I know how to make using play dough). Swam a lot. Cleaned the house non stop. Had a tantrum at the supermarket because they were all out of car trolleys. Fought over the pacifier (I won). Made heart shaped pancakes. Fought over Masha and The Bear (she won). Multitasked, constantly. Slept well every night and woke up singing every day. It’s been a calm weekend but we are both sick and I am d e a d tired. There is something about needing 100% of your attention 100% of the time that’s so exhausting, even without tantrums. Parenthood is the best and the hardest thing. ⁣ ⁣ I guess what I’m trying to say is... I’m so grateful I get to do this with someone I love. That I don’t have to do this alone, like my mom did (with 4 kids!). That I have someone to share the joys and the burdens and the worries with. Missing @dennisfromsalad like crazy right now (and not just because I really need a nap!)😝😍 ⁣ ⁣ Time to come home, daddy-o. Your girls are waiting. x
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A corporation never changed your life - a yoga teacher did. And that yoga teacher deserves to get paid!⁣ ⁣ We are in the midst of a very interesting conversation in my stories and DM’s. I feel very uninspired when it comes to sharing posts on Instagram because it’s just so limited - for the past few months I’m in a space where I really want depth; I want conversation. That’s why I love the podcast (and probably why it’s doubled in size!) so these days, I do most of my sharing there or in IG stories. I wanted to share this here too because I want to spark conversation and hear your thoughts. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ By a show of hands - who here working in the yoga industry has ever been taken advantage of in a business sense? If you haven’t read the NYT article on CorePower Yoga, go read it (I shared the link in my stories yesterday or google it). 1200 teachers have filed a class action lawsuit against CP for being paid below minimum wage (and this is apparently CorePowers fourth major lawsuit). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For regular studios (excluding giant corporations who so clearly thrive by pushing non-ethical business practices) -The yoga studio model is broken. Breaking even as a yoga studio is almost impossible and studio owners often have no choice but resort to pushing yoga teacher trainings for the studio to make it. For every existing yoga teacher in the US, there are two people currently in yoga teacher training! It’s wild. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Is it ethical to push people toward YTT? Just because we love the yoga practice, does it mean everyone should teach? Why is the idea that yoga teachers should teach for little to no pay, out of the kindness of their hearts, or for “good karma” so prevalent? And more importantly: what can we do to inspire real change? The fact is that making a living through purely teaching yoga is near impossible - as is running a yoga studio through purely selling classes. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I’m going to record a podcast on this with a guest but I would love to hear your stories and thoughts. Watch my stories from yesterday for my thoughts👆 x
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yogi see ⁣ yogi do ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 🐒🧘‍♀️❤️ #yoga
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“WOW - this is so cool!” ⁣ ⁣ -Lea Luna about, well, everything (including me opening doors, sweeping the floor and cutting up fruit) (I’m basically a super hero)😂😌😍 #2 #lealuna #adorable
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I’ve been waiting to read this book for so long. I received it in the mail 10 days ago but I haven’t been able to open it until just now. It’s been sitting on my coffee table, propped up against one of my crystals, waiting for me. It’s a treat I’ve been saving, savoring. I didn’t want to open it until I had real space to sit down all by myself in a moment of real quiet because I knew this book is the kind of book you read with your whole heart. It’s not the kind you half-read while keeping an eye on your baby when she’s watering the plants in the garden; or the kind you skim through in between meetings. It’s the kind of book you read when everything is quiet and everyone’s gone and it’s just you and the dogs and a hot cup of tea and you lie down in your hammock and take your first deep breath all day and you know, you just know: this book is about to unlock something within you. I just finished 3 week-long retreats and this moment, this book, is my reward.⁣ ⁣ I’m one chapter in and I’m crying already. It’s an interesting thing, being one of the first people in the world to read a book that you know is going to change so many peoples lives. And the person who wrote it is one of your dearest friends and right now she is probably sitting in her one-bedroom apartment, drinking her fourth cup of coffee of the day, or talking to a random person in the street about love, reading their lips while listening intently because she’s almost deaf, and she is wondering if anyone is going to read what she wrote and I know she is equally excited and terrified about where this book might take her. ⁣ Pouring your entire heart out on paper will do that to you. It’s scary as fuck. This level of vulnerability, of storytelling, of truth, changes the world. She’s already changed mine. ⁣ ⁣ @jenpastiloff - I believe in you. I love you. I got you. Thank you for cracking my heart open again and again and again.⁣ Everyone - buy this book. Do it now. ⁣ ⁣ It’s everything. x
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9 years with this guy today❤️ #soulmate 🥰
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Entering my third week of raw food, no sugar, no grains, no processed food of any kind... Drinking lemon water + celery juice every morning and have had two full months without coffee and almost no alcohol😅 ⁣ ⁣ I haven’t shared this little journey in a post because I think the idea of “cleansing” perpetuates a hidden and dangerous part of diet culture and I don’t want to “inspire” anyone to drastically change their diet just because I have. Or for anyone to think that this is a sustainable way of living because I don’t think it is!🙈 Eating raw foods is healthy, and we should all aim to add more raw veggies to our plates but eating 100% raw requires an almost obsessive control over every meal. Since going raw I spend 50% of my day planning what to eat😳 I normally hardly ever think about food and I think that’s a big reason for why I have a very healthy body image. I want to inspire self love! Not food obsession! So, thus the secrecy.⁣ ⁣ Anywho. I’m doing this because I got sick. I ended 2018 with three weeks of the most awful throat infection and 2019 has so far brought me the worst cough of my life, two colds, shingles(!!!!) and lice. Lol. Some of the above are clearly toddler related😂 But! I had enough and decided that something’s gotta go. I’m healthy overall but last year was one of the most work intense years of my life, I was exhausted, not drinking enough water, got very comfortable with my husband making me several cappuccinos a day, drank tons of wine and baked sugary vegan treats pretty much every off day. Plus having a (vegan) junk food obsessed husband meant I was eating a lot of processed foods (veggie burgers etc) - I was just in need of a reset. So this is it. So far I’m feeling really great. I got another cold and my face started breaking out half way which I think may be from release of stored toxins but I’m not sure... Other than that I’m feeling clear, light, happy. The first week was hard but everything feels pretty easy now. I’m supplementing with herbs for a parasite cleanse this week so let’s see how that goes😬⁣ ⁣ Let’s see what this week brings! How are you feeling in your body right now? Share, share. x🌱❤️
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“YOGA!” she says. “Do yoga!!”. She has her own little yoga mat and asks for it all the time. Our lives revolve so much around the practice that it’s just become this natural thing for her. I hope it sticks! This is her favorite pose right now. Not sure what to call it - I feel like it could be a transition from three-legged down dog to wild thing? I’m not sure. It’s cute as hell though! We are in the middle of a retreat right now and she is doing so great. Sat quietly in our first circle longer than she ever have before. She wakes up every morning saying “go see everybody!!”, asking to go to the studio. She wants to cuddle every morning and is so soft and gentle and wants hugs all the time. We are so lucky to have her. She’s also in a phase where she shrieks a lot if she doesn’t get her way and doesn’t like to hear the word “no” for any reason😬 - but all in all, 2 is such a sweet age! Hoping I didn’t just jinx that😋 People - how are you doing right now? Do you need something? Let’s do a little sharing. Comment how you’re feeling below. x
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NO MORE EXCUSES. I have decided I will not spend another day, another hour, another second making up excuses as to why tomorrow is the day I’ll start taking better care of myself. I have spent a lifetime putting other people first. Working hard, fixing things, caring for others; people, animals, businesses, projects... Enough. The time to take care of yourself is now. The time to put yourself first is now. The question is: what’s in the way? Why is it so hard to practice genuine self care? The answer is this: we do what we know. And if we’ve had a lifetime of telling ourselves the story that our job is helping others, or always being strong, or getting everything right, or being perfect... Then it’s going to take more than a yoga class or a vacation to turn that around. We have to rewrite the story. Fix what’s broken. Soften. Bring those walls down. Make space to heal. Figure out who we are beneath the story of everything that’s happened to us. ⁣ ⁣ The time is now. No more excuses. You deserve a good - and I mean, a GOOD - life. It’s your birthright! Find what’s in the way. Ask for help. Get the tools. Rally your people. ⁣ ⁣ Don’t spend another day numbing yourself. Today is the day. ⁣ ⁣ If you want to share your story - rewrite your story - listen to other people’s stories - we have created a safe space in our community group on Facebook. It’s so raw and so beautiful. Search yoga girl community and you’ll find us. You’re not alone. x
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ITS PODCAST DAY AND ITS THE BEST EPISODE EVERRRRR! Today I have the unbelievable honor of sharing one of my all-time favorite episodes from two whole years of hosting the show... With none other than the amazing @hilaryswank ! Two-time academy award winner, animal rights activist, entrepreneur and just one of the sweetest, most down to earth people I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing space with. We talk about the pressure of being perfect, how to relentlessly fight for the life you want, her daily gratitude practice, leaning into the sharp edges and learning from the things that challenge us, vulnerability, authenticity and much, much more. Do yourself a favor and listen in right now! Link in bio or search Yoga Girl under podcasts on Spotify or iTunes. LOVE YOU HILARY! ❤️❤️❤️ @hilaryswank #gratitude #yogagirlpodcast
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love your body⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ love your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ love your body⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ love your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ love your body⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ love your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ and round and round it goes⁣⁣ #yogaeverydamnday⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ (new yoga playlist up on Spotify - search and follow yoga girl to JAM) 🎶 - song: Lahai by ESTA
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So very grateful for my body. At the end of my practice this morning I put my hands on top of my heart and almost burst into tears with gratitude. This body has been through so much. It’s held a lot of trauma. Loss. Fear. Pain. I poisoned it with a pack of cigarettes a day for seven years straight. In my teens I was blacked-out drunk more times than I can count. I used to pride myself of the fact that I could outdrink anyone, anytime. There were months, years, when I drank every day. I spent the first 18 years of my life completely clueless about health, filling my body not only with alcohol but with chicken, meat, fried foods and pretty much anything served on a plate in front of me. The amount of refined sugar and processed foods I’ve had in my life is beyond. I used to love McDonalds cheeseburgers and bright neon-colored candy from the bulk aisle. When I was stressed, I ate. When I was sad, I drank. Then one day I made my way to a meditation center and my whole life changed. They didn’t serve any sugar or coffee or processed foods and I didn’t understand why. “Aren’t we here to meditate? To heal?” I asked. “How does food have anything to do with that?”. “What you put in your body is both the symptom and the cause of a lot of our pain” they told me. “We don’t numb ourselves with anything here. We feel our feelings instead.” I remember thinking it was all bullshit - that our minds were a separate thing from our bodies - but when it was over I didn’t stop at McDonalds at the train station on my way home. I started drinking less. Quit smoking. Ate more vegetables. And when two years later I met someone who was vegan for the first time in my life, it all made sense. Everything vibrates at different frequencies. When I eat high-vibrational foods, plants and whole grains, the food on my plate becomes more than just fuel. It becomes a part of my healing. If I consume low-vibrational processed foods or animals and foods associated with fear, violence, pain, death... It becomes part of the pain I’m trying to heal from. Eat to heal. Heal to eat. Make kind choices whenever possible. (it’s always possible). And love your body. It’s been through so much. x
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Be here. Now! Know from your core that everything that comes your way and every person that crosses your path is here for a reason. Whatever situation you're faced with right now is here because you need it. Embrace this fact. Accept it. Right now. Why? It's simple: If you want to live a good life, you have no other choice. The pain we feel is not only from the experiences we have, but from our perception of the experience. Wishing for our reality to be different will not change whats here, it will only create anxiousness, judgment and pain. You have to play with the cards you're dealt. This does not mean allowing people to step on you or passively doing nothing when you're faced with a crisis or an issue. Quite the opposite - it's not until you accept the reality of your situation that you can take real loving action and move forward. Your heart already knows what to do, but the mind gets in the way when we resist what is. The most powerful thing standing in between you and happiness is your own resistance to what's in front if you. Remember that life happens for you, not to you. Let it all come. Let it all unfold. You are in the right place. ⁣ ⁣ Trust that life will always, always take you where you need to be.
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If you want to change the world... Go home and love your family. ⁣ ⁣ The choices we make in a day are what in the end make up our lives. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is true that parenting is the single most important role we’ll ever have. So be fully present with your kids. Listen to them. Show them that vulnerability is beautiful. Shower them with enough love that by the time they have their first encounter with a situation that lacks it, they’ll know that the answer is always the same: to love more. ⁣ ⁣ Teach them how to listen by listening to them - not just when its easy but especially when it’s hard. Teach them kindness through being kind. Teach them strength through your own resilience. And most important of all; teach them self-love by loving yourself. Our children know where there is love and where there is lack. So while it’s true that if you want to change the world, go home and love your family... Just don’t forget about loving yourself, too. x
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High five for the weekend!❤️ #family
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Aruba... I love you❤️ #home
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IT’S PODCAST DAY AND I HAVE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE ON THE SHOW!🥰 In today’s episode @dennisfromsalad and I have a very honest, heartfelt, sometimes inappropriate and always hilarious conversation about baby number 2, his pending vasectomy (what???), making space for alone time, romance, our dreams for the future and more. Having him on the show is always a little bit like takin a deep breath and diving in because you never know what’s going to come out of his mouth😅(the man does not know the meaning of TMI!!). Safe to say, this is one of our best episodes yet. Tune in! Click the link in my bio or search Yoga Girl on Spotify or iTunes❤️
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You have to remember that all of this is a sacred experience. It’s not random or crazy or purposeless. Yes, it fucking sucks. And it’s fucking unfair. And it shouldn’t have happened. But it did. It did and every part of it is sacred now because that’s what you’re left with. A pain that’s so precious and so intense you have no choice but to feel it even though it comes with a force that might just snap your bones in half. The space you held for love is now just love and figuring out what to do with it all and where to put it hurts. When we’ve loved someone intensely and that person suddenly enters a room we can’t reach, for a moment we think they’re gone and in missing them we lose ourselves, too. But what if they’re right here? What if it’s not only through the memories of what once was but through this pain that we’ll meet them again? What if its all sacred? All of it?⁣ ⁣ We go through hell and back because pain teaches us who we are. It shows us what’s important. It guides the way. So that anywhere you go from here you’ll know - you’ll know what matters. You’ll never have to busy yourself with bullshit. You’ll never have to wonder again. ⁣ You just... Know.⁣ ❤️⁣
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Celery juice to top off 24 hours of stuffing our faces with the most amazing vegan food of all time! Bogotá this won’t be our last visit. Tagging our 3 favorite places in this photo - if you’re traveling here soon you have to go eat! Happy and so so grateful. And mega inspired to start a vegan fine dining restaurant... Any genius vegan chefs out there looking to collab? I’m serious! Anywho. Food is life. How are you today?🌱❤️ #bogota #plantbased #celeryjuice
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BOGOTÁ QUE HAY!!!! Can’t believe we’re here! For the first time! 2600 meters high! We just ate 7 dishes at an epic vegan restaurant (oh yes we did) and now we’re about to sit down in front of the fireplace to record this weeks podcast. Comment your questions for me and Dennis below!❤️🇨🇴 #bogota #colombia #24hourtrip
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🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥⁣ ⁣ Going on a last-minute romantic surprise trip for 24 hours with @dennisfromsalad tomorrow! Guess where to?😍 ⁣ ⁣ (Ok we are actually not that romantic - my passport is expiring and I have to get to an embassy to fix it in a semi panic sooo... Lemons to lemonade!)🤷🏼‍♀️🍋😌 #minitrip
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HIGH FIVE FOR MONDAY!🙏🥰⁣ ⁣ Comment the emojis that best describe your mood below and let’s get ready for an epic week! ⁣ 💪🥰⚡️ ⁣ ⁣ #mondayletsdothis !
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It takes a village❤️ #musicvideoshoot #happiness #momager
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On the couch with my guy❤️ been having super weird power back side and low belly pains... Google tells me I’m going to die any minute🤦🏼‍♀️☠️ (doctor told me UTI, kidney stone, hernia, cystitis...?) - WTF. Have you ever heard of a vegan with kidney stones?? I’m going to sage the shit out of my bedroom and meditate with my crystals and this will all be better in the morning. Right??! Worst case, @dennisfromsalad will duct tape it👍 #ducttapefixeseverything #ringosfacethough
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This was just the best day. Casual and relaxed and tons of kids and good friends and the sweetest family one could wish for. I used to feel so stressed out by the idea of gatherings and I would worry about everything being perfect but now I know that the best parties has little to do with all the details and everything to do with the people present and the love that brings us together. No one will remember if the house was clean or what the decorations were like but we’ll remember that we sang in 4 languages and Luni sneezing into the cake and her saying “WOW” in awe of everything as she opened her presents and the deep belly laugh that came from seeing all her favorite people in one place. We’ll remember the love! I’ll always remember this love. Our little moon sprinkles it everywhere she goes🌙☺️ #happybirthday #2
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Happy Birthday Lea Luna! We love you to the moon and back (literally!). Can’t believe she’s two already. My darling, darling little moon🌙❤️ You changed my whole life. We are so, so lucky to have you. Thank you for choosing me to be your mom and for teaching me about all things love, every day. #lealuna #2yearsold #happybirthday
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On my way home to this little bundle of joy!!!!🌙❤️ #grateful
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I close my eyes and this moment is so close I can almost touch it. If I reach my hand out in front of me you’re almost, almost right there. Cinco añitos. Five years. I sat on the edge of your grave today, dangling my feet into the empty space that’s now filled with dirt and flowers and glitter and also your ashes and the idea of that is beyond what my aching heart can grasp. It’s been five years and today we buried you and I got to be there. I missed the first ceremony because I was in the hospital and I’m realizing now there has been something so broken inside of me that I never really knew how to put back together on my own. Tonight, watching the moon rise over your grave, holding your closest so close, I felt something settle. Not closure, but a closing of a wound that’s been too raw and too painful to touch for too long. I wasn’t able to watch this video for so long because it hurt too much; the idea of someone this alive no longer living. But now I know: the love is greater than the pain. And you’re still dancing. You’ve been dancing by my side all along. ⁣ ⁣ I am so grateful. For you. For your family that’s now also mine. For all the gifts you keep giving. Forever dancing. Forever my best friend. Forever. right. here.⁣ ⁣ 03.10❤️ @ahlaluna #amorinfinito
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the bigger the hoop the bigger the heart ♥️😌
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THE BRIGHTER YOU SHINE, THE BRIGHTER THE WORLD BECOMES. ⁣ ⁣ We have this absolutely beautiful ability to lift other people up but it’s a really hard thing to do if we are constantly putting ourselves down. Be kind to yourself - the world relies on it! It needs you to feel strong and steady and empowered because it’s only through that that you’ll be able to reach out and be of service to people who weren’t born with the same prerequisites that allow you to sit comfortably somewhere reading these words right now. There are millions of people out there wondering how they’re going to get their hands on their next meal and here we are, worrying about our wrinkles, or our weight, or whether or not we are getting enough likes on a photo we just posted on an app. Wallowing in insecurity and self-judgement is a giant waste of time and sucks for you, sure, but it sucks even more for the people around you that desperately need your time and energy and passion right now. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE SOMEONES ENTIRE LIFE! Yes, you! Become the spokesperson for that cause you care so passionately about. Offer your services to a non-profit in your area that needs help. Start a service project. Volunteer (and do it without posting photos about it!). Educate yourself on issues that need to be elevated. Babysit for that single mom you know so she can have some time off. Get her groceries. Ask if she needs help. Open your eyes and look for ways to be of service - and believe me, opportunities are all around you - and dedicate more of your time toward doing good. ⁣ ⁣ The next time you catch yourself with a self-judging thought, remind yourself that to be of the greatest service you have to be your greatest self. And your greatest self doesn’t waste time worrying about insignificant bs! Your greatest self is out there, kicking ass, making this world a better place. ⁣ ⁣ Be kind to yourself so you can shine a little brighter - and then use that light to lift others. BE OF SERVICE. Give a damn about real shit. The world needs it. x
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feliz feliz feliz. this is the most healing trip. it’s beautiful and it’s hard and I’m also so happy. finding healing everywhere I look. demasiado agradecida🌱❤️ #sanjose
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Spending International Women’s Day with these girls missing @ahlaluna deeply. She was our childhood friend, cousin, bestie, sister, soulmate, partner in crime... It’s almost unbelievable how one person could be so much for so many. I almost never have the chance to sit down and talk about her with the people who knew her the way I knew her - conversations that hold space for real tears and where we get to reminisce in a way we all understand. Telling stories about her keeps her alive, in a way. On Sunday it’s been 5 years. It feels like a lifetime ago and also like it was just yesterday I just picked up the phone to hear those words that would change my life forever. We have all grown so much. In a way, we were all just kids when the accident happened. Losing her propelled us into adulthood. And somehow here we all are. Living, breathing, without you. I never thought we would. There were days I didn’t know if I would make it through and moments where I doubted everything and those worst months of all where I felt like there was no life at all without you but then yesterday your mom called Lunis machita and my heart swelled a hundred sizes because I know that’s what you would have called her and in so many ways, you are still here. I don’t dream about you as often anymore but I talk to you through my little moon and for now that’s ok. por todos los caminos recorridos. For all of us who miss you. Thank you for being the woman who always shone the brightest and for continuing to teach me so much and for leaving me with so many strong women to lean on. te amo siempre x
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Happy International Women’s Day from me and the biggest little girl boss I know! Let’s lift each other up and be kind to one another today and always. x #littlemoon
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Driving to San José... What a month it’s been! I’m staying a couple of more days but Dennis and baby head back to Aruba in the morning. Dominical we love you! Next time we come visit we’re going to go property hunting🌱🌈🌳 There is so much magic in this part of the world and it’s so much of a coming home for me, every time. I’m excited to be home in my own bed soon but first, Chepe! #costarica #segundohogar #mediatica
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Our little surfer chick!!!🏄🏼‍♀️😅🥰 #almost2 #lealuna #pisces
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and now... we rest. #yoga
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    WHATS MEANT FOR YOU WON’T MISS. (trust) x
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    And today... The perfect card. The universe speaks so clearly when we are actually listening. Release and surrender. Open your arms and release the challenges you have held tightly gripped within your hands. And so it is. #surrendering
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    The Shala after our Prayer Meditation this evening. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ I had a huge release and with it realized how long ago it was since I had a good cry. I’m always guiding people through retreats like these but I never participate in them. I hold the space but I’m bad at letting myself receive. Tonight was so beautiful and in my prayers the first thing that came to me was Lea Luna. The magnificence of her being; how of all people she chose me to be her mom. The infinite blessings she’s brought us since she arrived. Then; Dennis. Unbelievable gratitude for my husband who holds so much. Who just wants to hug and hold me all the time. Who’s always, always there. Like @talibshubhaa told me yesterday; he’s a heart on legs, that man. Then, doing the movements and the breathing and feeling the vibration of my prayer (which doesn’t connect to any religion or institution but is all about surrender) I felt immense gratitude for my body. My body that does so much. It holds everything and everyone. Of course it’s tired. And then when the energy really started stirring my heart and I stood on my knees with my arms up to the sky came one giant I DONT KNOW. I don’t know. I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know. I don’t know became my prayer. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know why I’m sick. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know why I’m here. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what I’m doing. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what the point of it all is. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what I’m working for. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what’s wrong. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know what’s right. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know if more people are going to die. ⁣⁣⁣ I don’t know if people are going to leave me. ⁣ I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know and for the longest time it resonated through my body like a mantra - I DONT KNOW. I don’t have all the answers. I am just a mother. I am not God. I don’t know. I have no control. And it was so beautiful, this complete surrender into the not-knowing. I prayed with it for so long my whole body merged into it and there was no space anymore between the being and the praying. And suddenly, in the midst of it came something else. A big, loud, resounding I DO KNOW. I do know. I know that I’m here. ⁣⁣⁣ I know that I’m breathing. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ And this, right here, ⁣⁣⁣ is living.
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    LOVE THE EARTH! It’s the only planet with (vegan) ice cream 🍦🌱🥰 Happy Earth Day and Namaste from the sweetest earthling I know❤️ #earthday
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    She’s the absolute highlight of my life, this one ☝️ thanks for the video @katrina_pops - we are on Day 4 of our healing the heart retreat and we are all cracking open. so tired, so grateful. E-I-E-I-O❤️
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    you⁣ ⁣ are the one ⁣ you have been waiting for.
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    ITS PODCAST DAY AND I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED TO SHARE THIS EPISODE WITH YOU!💕 ⁣ ⁣ In today’s episode of the show I have none other than the amazing @sophiaamoruso as a guest - you probably know her as the founder of Nasty Gal, or seen her grace the cover of Forbes as they named her the richest self made woman in the world, or seen the Netflix show about her life, or read one of her books - or you’re already a part of the @girlboss gang and already know all about this magical unicorn of a woman! We talk entrepreneurship and business - of course - but mostly get into the idea of success and how to get up when life knocks you down. We talk self care, letting yourself grieve, learning from failures, therapy, resilience and working your butt off to make your dreams come true. It’s a good one, people. Listen in now! Available everywhere, right now. x
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    Reminder that we HAVE to be confused to figure shit out. There is no way around it. Confusion brings about clarity. Darkness brings light. Sadness, joy. Rainbows and butterflies are great but they’re never going to bring you to your knees in awe of the beauty that is this life. Only pain can do that. So if you can: welcome it. Just a little bit. It’s taking you where you need to go. x
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    When you look like a million bucks but feel like a dollar fifty😂 People keep telling me I don’t look sick and even going to the doctor they tell me “well, you look fine!”🙈 Yesterday was the first day I felt truly, truly low and I think not getting any answers and being this sick for this long is starting to affect my mental health. So! I’m done worrying. It is what it is what it is and the only thing I know for certain is that I can’t do more about it than I already am. It’s time to surrender. Trusting that my body is wise and that the universe has a plan and that all is well all is well all is well. #healing
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    It’s Monday and here is a reminder that YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE PERSON IN THE WORLD! Monday doesn’t have to equal stress or pressure or getting absolutely everything done. Slow down. Get clear on what you are creating. Set an intention for the week that resonates with your heart. I used to think that I’m the most productive when I kick everything into high gear and go go go but I’ve actually found the opposite to be true. I’m the most productive when I work consciously - when I do one thing at a time. When I’m able to breathe deeply and tap into a sense of flow (which is something that can only really happen when I’m focused and clear). Rushing makes true productivity impossible. And it makes us feel like we can never keep up. So: it’s Monday! Aim to feel really good at the end of it🌱❤️ x
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    If you open up the dictionary and look up JOY... ⁣ This is what you’ll see☺️😊😌⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #happysunday #happiness #lealuna #hotdogsorlegs
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    The bougainvillea at the studio is finally growing🌺 Reminded me today that growth is not a linear thing. You can have periods that look like they’re stagnant and you can totally feel stuck or slow when actually, everything is happening. Be patient with yourself - you’re growing. Life is just waiting for you to bloom❤️
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    My baby is not a baby anymore😩😭 ⁣ ⁣ She is getting so tall! Little angel. We are in the middle of tantrum central right now - being 2 years old, having a cold, not sleeping and also being the most stubborn and assertive girl in the history of the world is a fun combo😬 Normally I would say send help (and wine) but I’m not drinking wine anymore! Or coffee, or eating sugar. Sooo... Send help (and celery?)🙈 Seriously though. This is has been one hell of a week. ⁣ ⁣ I share everything about why I’ve made such a radical change in my diet in this weeks episode of the podcast and talk about everything cleanse/detox, going raw, health, illness, how my social life is suffering and whether or not this parasite cleanse is actually working. Tune in! Search Yoga Girl under podcasts on Spotify or iTunes or go to yogagirl.com/listen🎧 x
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    I often forget that I’m actually a pretty decent human being. It can happen at anytime really, this lapse of memory, but mostly if I’m in a low place. Everything will be moving along just fine and suddenly my mind tells me I can’t. I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy. I’m an impostor and I have no idea what im doing. Some mornings there is a voice in the back of my head telling me I might as well just go back to bed; YOU SUCK.⁣ ⁣ I woke up this am sick as a dog and baby is too and I had meetings and a book to edit and two podcasts to record. I’ve been so excited to talk to @sophiaamoruso and @girlboss for so long but as the time of the recording drew closer I started feeling worse and worse, and around mid morning I had suddenly convinced myself that not only was I too sick to record - I’m not worthy of it anyway. Who am I to tell myself I can have all these amazing people on my show? Actually, who am I kidding, thinking I can interview anybody? Who am I to take up this kind of space? At 10am I decided that I should just cancel. I can’t pull this off. I’m terrible. Not just as an interviewer or host, but as a person. I’m just the worst. Might as well give this whole thing up. ⁣ ⁣ Now, here is the thing. I gave that little voice in the back of my head five minutes to wallow in total misery. Five whole minutes of you suck you suck you suck. It was total shit. I cried. I have a cold. It wasn’t pretty. At 10.05... I decided that: enough. Enough of this. And then I walked outside and watered some plants and drank some juice and hugged my husband and then I took a deep breath and went upstairs to record. And it was AWESOME. Sophia is awesome. First thing she said was; “I’m in a funk. Life is hard”. and then we spoke for two hours and again, I am reminded that we all feel the same and everyone struggles and no one walks alone. Most of the time, our biggest obstacle is just that voice in the back of our heads. ⁣ ⁣ So give it a tiny bit of space. Five minutes max. Then tell it to get the hell out of your way. We have far too many amazing things to create in this life to let self pity stand in the way.⁣ ⁣ Oh and if you’re wondering.. Guess who else is awesome? Me!🙋🏼‍♀😌
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    5 days without daddy-o. We have drawn one hundred drawings of horses and sharks. Went to the butterfly farm (and found out she is now afraid of butterflies)😝 Made infinite play dough snakes (the only thing I know how to make using play dough). Swam a lot. Cleaned the house non stop. Had a tantrum at the supermarket because they were all out of car trolleys. Fought over the pacifier (I won). Made heart shaped pancakes. Fought over Masha and The Bear (she won). Multitasked, constantly. Slept well every night and woke up singing every day. It’s been a calm weekend but we are both sick and I am d e a d tired. There is something about needing 100% of your attention 100% of the time that’s so exhausting, even without tantrums. Parenthood is the best and the hardest thing. ⁣ ⁣ I guess what I’m trying to say is... I’m so grateful I get to do this with someone I love. That I don’t have to do this alone, like my mom did (with 4 kids!). That I have someone to share the joys and the burdens and the worries with. Missing @dennisfromsalad like crazy right now (and not just because I really need a nap!)😝😍 ⁣ ⁣ Time to come home, daddy-o. Your girls are waiting. x
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    A corporation never changed your life - a yoga teacher did. And that yoga teacher deserves to get paid!⁣ ⁣ We are in the midst of a very interesting conversation in my stories and DM’s. I feel very uninspired when it comes to sharing posts on Instagram because it’s just so limited - for the past few months I’m in a space where I really want depth; I want conversation. That’s why I love the podcast (and probably why it’s doubled in size!) so these days, I do most of my sharing there or in IG stories. I wanted to share this here too because I want to spark conversation and hear your thoughts. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ By a show of hands - who here working in the yoga industry has ever been taken advantage of in a business sense? If you haven’t read the NYT article on CorePower Yoga, go read it (I shared the link in my stories yesterday or google it). 1200 teachers have filed a class action lawsuit against CP for being paid below minimum wage (and this is apparently CorePowers fourth major lawsuit). ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For regular studios (excluding giant corporations who so clearly thrive by pushing non-ethical business practices) -The yoga studio model is broken. Breaking even as a yoga studio is almost impossible and studio owners often have no choice but resort to pushing yoga teacher trainings for the studio to make it. For every existing yoga teacher in the US, there are two people currently in yoga teacher training! It’s wild. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Is it ethical to push people toward YTT? Just because we love the yoga practice, does it mean everyone should teach? Why is the idea that yoga teachers should teach for little to no pay, out of the kindness of their hearts, or for “good karma” so prevalent? And more importantly: what can we do to inspire real change? The fact is that making a living through purely teaching yoga is near impossible - as is running a yoga studio through purely selling classes. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I’m going to record a podcast on this with a guest but I would love to hear your stories and thoughts. Watch my stories from yesterday for my thoughts👆 x
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    yogi see ⁣ yogi do ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 🐒🧘‍♀️❤️ #yoga
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    “WOW - this is so cool!” ⁣ ⁣ -Lea Luna about, well, everything (including me opening doors, sweeping the floor and cutting up fruit) (I’m basically a super hero)😂😌😍 #2 #lealuna #adorable
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    I’ve been waiting to read this book for so long. I received it in the mail 10 days ago but I haven’t been able to open it until just now. It’s been sitting on my coffee table, propped up against one of my crystals, waiting for me. It’s a treat I’ve been saving, savoring. I didn’t want to open it until I had real space to sit down all by myself in a moment of real quiet because I knew this book is the kind of book you read with your whole heart. It’s not the kind you half-read while keeping an eye on your baby when she’s watering the plants in the garden; or the kind you skim through in between meetings. It’s the kind of book you read when everything is quiet and everyone’s gone and it’s just you and the dogs and a hot cup of tea and you lie down in your hammock and take your first deep breath all day and you know, you just know: this book is about to unlock something within you. I just finished 3 week-long retreats and this moment, this book, is my reward.⁣ ⁣ I’m one chapter in and I’m crying already. It’s an interesting thing, being one of the first people in the world to read a book that you know is going to change so many peoples lives. And the person who wrote it is one of your dearest friends and right now she is probably sitting in her one-bedroom apartment, drinking her fourth cup of coffee of the day, or talking to a random person in the street about love, reading their lips while listening intently because she’s almost deaf, and she is wondering if anyone is going to read what she wrote and I know she is equally excited and terrified about where this book might take her. ⁣ Pouring your entire heart out on paper will do that to you. It’s scary as fuck. This level of vulnerability, of storytelling, of truth, changes the world. She’s already changed mine. ⁣ ⁣ @jenpastiloff - I believe in you. I love you. I got you. Thank you for cracking my heart open again and again and again.⁣ Everyone - buy this book. Do it now. ⁣ ⁣ It’s everything. x
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    9 years with this guy today❤️ #soulmate 🥰
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    Entering my third week of raw food, no sugar, no grains, no processed food of any kind... Drinking lemon water + celery juice every morning and have had two full months without coffee and almost no alcohol😅 ⁣ ⁣ I haven’t shared this little journey in a post because I think the idea of “cleansing” perpetuates a hidden and dangerous part of diet culture and I don’t want to “inspire” anyone to drastically change their diet just because I have. Or for anyone to think that this is a sustainable way of living because I don’t think it is!🙈 Eating raw foods is healthy, and we should all aim to add more raw veggies to our plates but eating 100% raw requires an almost obsessive control over every meal. Since going raw I spend 50% of my day planning what to eat😳 I normally hardly ever think about food and I think that’s a big reason for why I have a very healthy body image. I want to inspire self love! Not food obsession! So, thus the secrecy.⁣ ⁣ Anywho. I’m doing this because I got sick. I ended 2018 with three weeks of the most awful throat infection and 2019 has so far brought me the worst cough of my life, two colds, shingles(!!!!) and lice. Lol. Some of the above are clearly toddler related😂 But! I had enough and decided that something’s gotta go. I’m healthy overall but last year was one of the most work intense years of my life, I was exhausted, not drinking enough water, got very comfortable with my husband making me several cappuccinos a day, drank tons of wine and baked sugary vegan treats pretty much every off day. Plus having a (vegan) junk food obsessed husband meant I was eating a lot of processed foods (veggie burgers etc) - I was just in need of a reset. So this is it. So far I’m feeling really great. I got another cold and my face started breaking out half way which I think may be from release of stored toxins but I’m not sure... Other than that I’m feeling clear, light, happy. The first week was hard but everything feels pretty easy now. I’m supplementing with herbs for a parasite cleanse this week so let’s see how that goes😬⁣ ⁣ Let’s see what this week brings! How are you feeling in your body right now? Share, share. x🌱❤️
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    “YOGA!” she says. “Do yoga!!”. She has her own little yoga mat and asks for it all the time. Our lives revolve so much around the practice that it’s just become this natural thing for her. I hope it sticks! This is her favorite pose right now. Not sure what to call it - I feel like it could be a transition from three-legged down dog to wild thing? I’m not sure. It’s cute as hell though! We are in the middle of a retreat right now and she is doing so great. Sat quietly in our first circle longer than she ever have before. She wakes up every morning saying “go see everybody!!”, asking to go to the studio. She wants to cuddle every morning and is so soft and gentle and wants hugs all the time. We are so lucky to have her. She’s also in a phase where she shrieks a lot if she doesn’t get her way and doesn’t like to hear the word “no” for any reason😬 - but all in all, 2 is such a sweet age! Hoping I didn’t just jinx that😋 People - how are you doing right now? Do you need something? Let’s do a little sharing. Comment how you’re feeling below. x
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    NO MORE EXCUSES. I have decided I will not spend another day, another hour, another second making up excuses as to why tomorrow is the day I’ll start taking better care of myself. I have spent a lifetime putting other people first. Working hard, fixing things, caring for others; people, animals, businesses, projects... Enough. The time to take care of yourself is now. The time to put yourself first is now. The question is: what’s in the way? Why is it so hard to practice genuine self care? The answer is this: we do what we know. And if we’ve had a lifetime of telling ourselves the story that our job is helping others, or always being strong, or getting everything right, or being perfect... Then it’s going to take more than a yoga class or a vacation to turn that around. We have to rewrite the story. Fix what’s broken. Soften. Bring those walls down. Make space to heal. Figure out who we are beneath the story of everything that’s happened to us. ⁣ ⁣ The time is now. No more excuses. You deserve a good - and I mean, a GOOD - life. It’s your birthright! Find what’s in the way. Ask for help. Get the tools. Rally your people. ⁣ ⁣ Don’t spend another day numbing yourself. Today is the day. ⁣ ⁣ If you want to share your story - rewrite your story - listen to other people’s stories - we have created a safe space in our community group on Facebook. It’s so raw and so beautiful. Search yoga girl community and you’ll find us. You’re not alone. x
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    ITS PODCAST DAY AND ITS THE BEST EPISODE EVERRRRR! Today I have the unbelievable honor of sharing one of my all-time favorite episodes from two whole years of hosting the show... With none other than the amazing @hilaryswank ! Two-time academy award winner, animal rights activist, entrepreneur and just one of the sweetest, most down to earth people I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing space with. We talk about the pressure of being perfect, how to relentlessly fight for the life you want, her daily gratitude practice, leaning into the sharp edges and learning from the things that challenge us, vulnerability, authenticity and much, much more. Do yourself a favor and listen in right now! Link in bio or search Yoga Girl under podcasts on Spotify or iTunes. LOVE YOU HILARY! ❤️❤️❤️ @hilaryswank #gratitude #yogagirlpodcast
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    love your body⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ love your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ love your body⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ love your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ love your body⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ move your body ⁣⁣ love your body ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ and round and round it goes⁣⁣ #yogaeverydamnday⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ (new yoga playlist up on Spotify - search and follow yoga girl to JAM) 🎶 - song: Lahai by ESTA
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    So very grateful for my body. At the end of my practice this morning I put my hands on top of my heart and almost burst into tears with gratitude. This body has been through so much. It’s held a lot of trauma. Loss. Fear. Pain. I poisoned it with a pack of cigarettes a day for seven years straight. In my teens I was blacked-out drunk more times than I can count. I used to pride myself of the fact that I could outdrink anyone, anytime. There were months, years, when I drank every day. I spent the first 18 years of my life completely clueless about health, filling my body not only with alcohol but with chicken, meat, fried foods and pretty much anything served on a plate in front of me. The amount of refined sugar and processed foods I’ve had in my life is beyond. I used to love McDonalds cheeseburgers and bright neon-colored candy from the bulk aisle. When I was stressed, I ate. When I was sad, I drank. Then one day I made my way to a meditation center and my whole life changed. They didn’t serve any sugar or coffee or processed foods and I didn’t understand why. “Aren’t we here to meditate? To heal?” I asked. “How does food have anything to do with that?”. “What you put in your body is both the symptom and the cause of a lot of our pain” they told me. “We don’t numb ourselves with anything here. We feel our feelings instead.” I remember thinking it was all bullshit - that our minds were a separate thing from our bodies - but when it was over I didn’t stop at McDonalds at the train station on my way home. I started drinking less. Quit smoking. Ate more vegetables. And when two years later I met someone who was vegan for the first time in my life, it all made sense. Everything vibrates at different frequencies. When I eat high-vibrational foods, plants and whole grains, the food on my plate becomes more than just fuel. It becomes a part of my healing. If I consume low-vibrational processed foods or animals and foods associated with fear, violence, pain, death... It becomes part of the pain I’m trying to heal from. Eat to heal. Heal to eat. Make kind choices whenever possible. (it’s always possible). And love your body. It’s been through so much. x
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    Be here. Now! Know from your core that everything that comes your way and every person that crosses your path is here for a reason. Whatever situation you're faced with right now is here because you need it. Embrace this fact. Accept it. Right now. Why? It's simple: If you want to live a good life, you have no other choice. The pain we feel is not only from the experiences we have, but from our perception of the experience. Wishing for our reality to be different will not change whats here, it will only create anxiousness, judgment and pain. You have to play with the cards you're dealt. This does not mean allowing people to step on you or passively doing nothing when you're faced with a crisis or an issue. Quite the opposite - it's not until you accept the reality of your situation that you can take real loving action and move forward. Your heart already knows what to do, but the mind gets in the way when we resist what is. The most powerful thing standing in between you and happiness is your own resistance to what's in front if you. Remember that life happens for you, not to you. Let it all come. Let it all unfold. You are in the right place. ⁣ ⁣ Trust that life will always, always take you where you need to be.
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    If you want to change the world... Go home and love your family. ⁣ ⁣ The choices we make in a day are what in the end make up our lives. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is true that parenting is the single most important role we’ll ever have. So be fully present with your kids. Listen to them. Show them that vulnerability is beautiful. Shower them with enough love that by the time they have their first encounter with a situation that lacks it, they’ll know that the answer is always the same: to love more. ⁣ ⁣ Teach them how to listen by listening to them - not just when its easy but especially when it’s hard. Teach them kindness through being kind. Teach them strength through your own resilience. And most important of all; teach them self-love by loving yourself. Our children know where there is love and where there is lack. So while it’s true that if you want to change the world, go home and love your family... Just don’t forget about loving yourself, too. x
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    High five for the weekend!❤️ #family
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    Aruba... I love you❤️ #home
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    IT’S PODCAST DAY AND I HAVE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE ON THE SHOW!🥰 In today’s episode @dennisfromsalad and I have a very honest, heartfelt, sometimes inappropriate and always hilarious conversation about baby number 2, his pending vasectomy (what???), making space for alone time, romance, our dreams for the future and more. Having him on the show is always a little bit like takin a deep breath and diving in because you never know what’s going to come out of his mouth😅(the man does not know the meaning of TMI!!). Safe to say, this is one of our best episodes yet. Tune in! Click the link in my bio or search Yoga Girl on Spotify or iTunes❤️
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    You have to remember that all of this is a sacred experience. It’s not random or crazy or purposeless. Yes, it fucking sucks. And it’s fucking unfair. And it shouldn’t have happened. But it did. It did and every part of it is sacred now because that’s what you’re left with. A pain that’s so precious and so intense you have no choice but to feel it even though it comes with a force that might just snap your bones in half. The space you held for love is now just love and figuring out what to do with it all and where to put it hurts. When we’ve loved someone intensely and that person suddenly enters a room we can’t reach, for a moment we think they’re gone and in missing them we lose ourselves, too. But what if they’re right here? What if it’s not only through the memories of what once was but through this pain that we’ll meet them again? What if its all sacred? All of it?⁣ ⁣ We go through hell and back because pain teaches us who we are. It shows us what’s important. It guides the way. So that anywhere you go from here you’ll know - you’ll know what matters. You’ll never have to busy yourself with bullshit. You’ll never have to wonder again. ⁣ You just... Know.⁣ ❤️⁣
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    Celery juice to top off 24 hours of stuffing our faces with the most amazing vegan food of all time! Bogotá this won’t be our last visit. Tagging our 3 favorite places in this photo - if you’re traveling here soon you have to go eat! Happy and so so grateful. And mega inspired to start a vegan fine dining restaurant... Any genius vegan chefs out there looking to collab? I’m serious! Anywho. Food is life. How are you today?🌱❤️ #bogota #plantbased #celeryjuice
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    BOGOTÁ QUE HAY!!!! Can’t believe we’re here! For the first time! 2600 meters high! We just ate 7 dishes at an epic vegan restaurant (oh yes we did) and now we’re about to sit down in front of the fireplace to record this weeks podcast. Comment your questions for me and Dennis below!❤️🇨🇴 #bogota #colombia #24hourtrip
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    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥⁣ ⁣ Going on a last-minute romantic surprise trip for 24 hours with @dennisfromsalad tomorrow! Guess where to?😍 ⁣ ⁣ (Ok we are actually not that romantic - my passport is expiring and I have to get to an embassy to fix it in a semi panic sooo... Lemons to lemonade!)🤷🏼‍♀️🍋😌 #minitrip
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    HIGH FIVE FOR MONDAY!🙏🥰⁣ ⁣ Comment the emojis that best describe your mood below and let’s get ready for an epic week! ⁣ 💪🥰⚡️ ⁣ ⁣ #mondayletsdothis !
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    It takes a village❤️ #musicvideoshoot #happiness #momager
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    On the couch with my guy❤️ been having super weird power back side and low belly pains... Google tells me I’m going to die any minute🤦🏼‍♀️☠️ (doctor told me UTI, kidney stone, hernia, cystitis...?) - WTF. Have you ever heard of a vegan with kidney stones?? I’m going to sage the shit out of my bedroom and meditate with my crystals and this will all be better in the morning. Right??! Worst case, @dennisfromsalad will duct tape it👍 #ducttapefixeseverything #ringosfacethough
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    This was just the best day. Casual and relaxed and tons of kids and good friends and the sweetest family one could wish for. I used to feel so stressed out by the idea of gatherings and I would worry about everything being perfect but now I know that the best parties has little to do with all the details and everything to do with the people present and the love that brings us together. No one will remember if the house was clean or what the decorations were like but we’ll remember that we sang in 4 languages and Luni sneezing into the cake and her saying “WOW” in awe of everything as she opened her presents and the deep belly laugh that came from seeing all her favorite people in one place. We’ll remember the love! I’ll always remember this love. Our little moon sprinkles it everywhere she goes🌙☺️ #happybirthday #2
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    Happy Birthday Lea Luna! We love you to the moon and back (literally!). Can’t believe she’s two already. My darling, darling little moon🌙❤️ You changed my whole life. We are so, so lucky to have you. Thank you for choosing me to be your mom and for teaching me about all things love, every day. #lealuna #2yearsold #happybirthday
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    On my way home to this little bundle of joy!!!!🌙❤️ #grateful
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    I close my eyes and this moment is so close I can almost touch it. If I reach my hand out in front of me you’re almost, almost right there. Cinco añitos. Five years. I sat on the edge of your grave today, dangling my feet into the empty space that’s now filled with dirt and flowers and glitter and also your ashes and the idea of that is beyond what my aching heart can grasp. It’s been five years and today we buried you and I got to be there. I missed the first ceremony because I was in the hospital and I’m realizing now there has been something so broken inside of me that I never really knew how to put back together on my own. Tonight, watching the moon rise over your grave, holding your closest so close, I felt something settle. Not closure, but a closing of a wound that’s been too raw and too painful to touch for too long. I wasn’t able to watch this video for so long because it hurt too much; the idea of someone this alive no longer living. But now I know: the love is greater than the pain. And you’re still dancing. You’ve been dancing by my side all along. ⁣ ⁣ I am so grateful. For you. For your family that’s now also mine. For all the gifts you keep giving. Forever dancing. Forever my best friend. Forever. right. here.⁣ ⁣ 03.10❤️ @ahlaluna #amorinfinito
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    the bigger the hoop the bigger the heart ♥️😌
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    THE BRIGHTER YOU SHINE, THE BRIGHTER THE WORLD BECOMES. ⁣ ⁣ We have this absolutely beautiful ability to lift other people up but it’s a really hard thing to do if we are constantly putting ourselves down. Be kind to yourself - the world relies on it! It needs you to feel strong and steady and empowered because it’s only through that that you’ll be able to reach out and be of service to people who weren’t born with the same prerequisites that allow you to sit comfortably somewhere reading these words right now. There are millions of people out there wondering how they’re going to get their hands on their next meal and here we are, worrying about our wrinkles, or our weight, or whether or not we are getting enough likes on a photo we just posted on an app. Wallowing in insecurity and self-judgement is a giant waste of time and sucks for you, sure, but it sucks even more for the people around you that desperately need your time and energy and passion right now. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE SOMEONES ENTIRE LIFE! Yes, you! Become the spokesperson for that cause you care so passionately about. Offer your services to a non-profit in your area that needs help. Start a service project. Volunteer (and do it without posting photos about it!). Educate yourself on issues that need to be elevated. Babysit for that single mom you know so she can have some time off. Get her groceries. Ask if she needs help. Open your eyes and look for ways to be of service - and believe me, opportunities are all around you - and dedicate more of your time toward doing good. ⁣ ⁣ The next time you catch yourself with a self-judging thought, remind yourself that to be of the greatest service you have to be your greatest self. And your greatest self doesn’t waste time worrying about insignificant bs! Your greatest self is out there, kicking ass, making this world a better place. ⁣ ⁣ Be kind to yourself so you can shine a little brighter - and then use that light to lift others. BE OF SERVICE. Give a damn about real shit. The world needs it. x
  • Rachel Brathen

    feliz feliz feliz. this is the most healing trip. it’s beautiful and it’s hard and I’m also so happy. finding healing everywhere I look. demasiado agradecida🌱❤️ #sanjose
  • Rachel Brathen

    Spending International Women’s Day with these girls missing @ahlaluna deeply. She was our childhood friend, cousin, bestie, sister, soulmate, partner in crime... It’s almost unbelievable how one person could be so much for so many. I almost never have the chance to sit down and talk about her with the people who knew her the way I knew her - conversations that hold space for real tears and where we get to reminisce in a way we all understand. Telling stories about her keeps her alive, in a way. On Sunday it’s been 5 years. It feels like a lifetime ago and also like it was just yesterday I just picked up the phone to hear those words that would change my life forever. We have all grown so much. In a way, we were all just kids when the accident happened. Losing her propelled us into adulthood. And somehow here we all are. Living, breathing, without you. I never thought we would. There were days I didn’t know if I would make it through and moments where I doubted everything and those worst months of all where I felt like there was no life at all without you but then yesterday your mom called Lunis machita and my heart swelled a hundred sizes because I know that’s what you would have called her and in so many ways, you are still here. I don’t dream about you as often anymore but I talk to you through my little moon and for now that’s ok. por todos los caminos recorridos. For all of us who miss you. Thank you for being the woman who always shone the brightest and for continuing to teach me so much and for leaving me with so many strong women to lean on. te amo siempre x
  • Rachel Brathen

    Happy International Women’s Day from me and the biggest little girl boss I know! Let’s lift each other up and be kind to one another today and always. x #littlemoon
  • Rachel Brathen

    Driving to San José... What a month it’s been! I’m staying a couple of more days but Dennis and baby head back to Aruba in the morning. Dominical we love you! Next time we come visit we’re going to go property hunting🌱🌈🌳 There is so much magic in this part of the world and it’s so much of a coming home for me, every time. I’m excited to be home in my own bed soon but first, Chepe! #costarica #segundohogar #mediatica
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    Our little surfer chick!!!🏄🏼‍♀️😅🥰 #almost2 #lealuna #pisces
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    and now... we rest. #yoga
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