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Forget about climbing the whole mountain + focus on taking the next step that’s in front of you — step by step, moment by moment, breath by breath ॐ

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Sometimes being still is the bravest thing you can do — still enough to feel each precious breath + sense each gentle heartbeat + hear the tiny, tender voice buried deep inside. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because, in those moments when you want to give up, that soft + silky whisper of your soul will remind you to keep going — through the pain, through the confusion, through the uncertainty. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It will remind you that the comfort zone that used to feel like home has now become a prison + the only way to find freedom is to walk into the unknown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because the unknown is where you heal, the unknown is where you grow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ॐ

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I nearly broke my face the first time i attempted this transition in practice today! (adho mukha vrksasana - urdhva kukkutasana / handstand - rooster). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But the second attempt felt much smoother, thankfully! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That’s one of the great things about being human — we get to mess up + begin again, as many times as we need to, until we are free ॐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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I didn’t feel like doing my usual practice today so played around with a little sequence of series 3 poses from class yesterday — vasisthasana - viswamitrasana - koundinyasana - ganda bherundasana (i accidentally kicked the door knob during ganda!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m definitely coming back home to ashtanga for my self-practice (which is the style of yoga i originally practiced years ago). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As ironic as it sounds the structure + discipline of ashtanga leaves me feeling so beautifully free ॐ

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Underneath all the struggling + busyness + hustling for worthiness, there is a silent, silky voice hidden deep inside — a gentle lifeforce that both frees us from everything + connects us to everything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you slow down enough to notice it + are still enough to listen to this soft call of inner freedom, it will guide you back to strength, back to peace, back to love ॐ

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100% homegrown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am learning to live more peacefully in my body + on this earth — to care for both, to tend to both, to nourish both with patience + gentleness + love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This salad took over six months to make. We transformed the garden from concrete jungle to home farm back in January. We started growing the courgette, Romanesco, broad bean + pea seedlings in pulp pots in February + sowed the beetroot seeds under our homemade poly tunnels in March. Once they were strong enough, we started planting the seedlings outside + have been nurturing them daily ever since. The tomatoes + squashes are still growing, the onions + carrots are still another few weeks away from harvest + we’ve been enjoying a selection of beautifully misshaped strawberries most days. I still don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to gardening. But what I do know is that there is a lot we can learn from nature — from kneeling down and touching the soil, from the way the earth gives unconditionally without expecting anything in return, from the relationship between sun + soil + farmer + cook + eater. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you want to heal your relationship with food + with your body + with the earth on which we live, then start growing your own food. Start small — a few herbs on a windowsill or some strawberries in a hanging basket. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It will reconnect you with the mystery + beauty of the earth, of your body, of life itself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ॐ

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If you want to grow, you have to sacrifice comfort + safety for freedom + aliveness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And that’s why growth doesn’t always feel like growth — because it’s usually messy + uncomfortable + unknown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And sometimes, as you let go of the destructive habits that once made you feel safe + decades worth of buried tears begin to release, it can feel like the total opposite of growth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But somewhere deep inside, you are healing while you cry — you are reclaiming your freedom, you are remembering who you are, you are returning to the love + beauty of the wild. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ॐ

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A little #toetaptuesday after a long day shooting for my next book — Stay Young with Yoga. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I find it so beautiful when i look back + see how much the practice of yoga has transformed the way i see the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first time i stepped foot on a yoga mat i was an angry wounded human — so sad + so lost + so scared + so afraid of my body that i’d spent most of my teenage years starving it + neglecting it + hating it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yoga has shown me the strength + beauty that lives in my body — the strength + beauty that lives within all of us, the strength + beauty that is who we really are. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ॐ

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Wherever you are, no matter how lost + how lonely, Mother Earth is always holding you, always loving you ↟⋆⋒ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mondaymantra

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I’ve been practising yoga for 10 years now + this is what i’ve learnt: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yoga isn’t magic. It isn’t going to save your life or solve all your problems or make everything perfect — life will remain as fragile + unpredictable as ever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So why bother? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because when we begin to practise, we open up a conversation with our body, our breath, our soul + we meet our true selves for the first time — unmasked + unafraid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because the most joy lives in those places where there is freedom to be + play + grow strong. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because it helps you remember the peace you felt before you joined the rush to nowhere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because it reminds you that you were your whole all along. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because, ultimately, it is an act of love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ॐ

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at some point, you stop trying to be a rose + rediscover the vast freedom of being a wildflower — still overflowing with beauty but no longer tame ↟⋆⋒ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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May your weekend be full of things that fill you with joy + nourish your soul ॐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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I no longer fear my body. It has it’s scars — those scars are my scars. It has it’s stretch marks — those stretch marks belong to me. I am making peace with every part of me — every soft curve + sharp edge, every dimple + wrinkle + crinkle decorating the skin around my eyes like gentle riverbeds of laughter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For too long, I believed the stories society told me — that my flesh was a measure of success, that I shouldn’t take up too much space, that I needed to ignore my appetite, control my body + silence the true calling of my soul in order to be of value. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But we can question these stories. We can rewrite them. We can release the fear + the shame + the striving for some non-existent perfection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And when you do, you’ll find that beyond the self-criticism + self-hate, the path to self-love has always been there, waiting for you to start walking. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We cannot control the media. We cannot force the culture to instantly change. But we can take our bodies back — and, in taking our bodies back, we take our lives back too ॐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Sometimes the most courageous thing you can do is let go of control + allow yourself to bloom into the lovely shape of something free + wild. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because, if you are to truly love your body, you must have the courage to relinquish your hard-earned control over it — to sacrifice the rules + restrictions for freedom + aliveness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The most joy is found in those places outside of our control — in falling in love + the sound of the ocean + the way the sun rises every morning, even after the darkest of nights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And once you release control + reclaim a wild love for your body, one that isn’t limited by it’s size or shape, you begin to see the magic + beauty in it — magic + beauty that has always been there, hidden beneath the layers of self-criticism + self-hate, magic + beauty that gently reveals itself when you love yourself enough to notice it ॐ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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I used to think happiness was found in money + achievement + the size of my thighs — until i discovered meditation + poetry + the beauty of standing under a star-littered sky at midnight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until i learnt the power of the breath + the beauty of the body + the freedom of surfing in the Atlantic + crashing headfirst into the salty waters + paddling back out + trying all over again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until i explored new cultures + ate tagines with new friends + discovered new strength buried deep within. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until i watched the sun set over the ocean + realised, on a level deeper than words, that all life holds is the opportunity to love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you Morocco — you have opened my heart + nourished my soul ॐ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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I wish someone had told me this 10 years ago: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You do not have to earn happiness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happiness is not found in money or success or the size of your thighs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chasing what society says will make you happy will often take you in the opposite direction to following the quiet call of your own heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Trust your heart to show you the way ॐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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This is 29. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I still have no idea what i want to be when i grow up — other than loving + kind + unafraid. And to be those things as if nothing else matters — because actually, nothing else does ॐ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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nicolajanehobbs. Healing begins in the dark — long before you are ready, before you are

Healing begins in the dark — long before you are ready, before you are strong enough, before you know enough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It begins by telling the truth about where you are hurting. By exploring what masks you are still wearing, where you have hardened your heart, where you are still asleep, still trapped. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It begins by letting go of the baggage that was never yours to carry. By forgiving yourself for taking so long to treat your body like home. By holding every soft thing in the world gently — including yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It begins by planting seeds of love where hate used to grow + nurturing them until peace begins to blossom where pain once stood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It begins by breathing deeply + listening quietly + slowing down for long enough to fall in love with the world + everything in it ॐ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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