#yearofstrongandbendy

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Strength is found in slow movement not fast. Strength is the ability to balance, control your reactions, but most of all controlling your equanimity despite the monkey mind chatter about the wobbles and the uncertain outcome. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #inversion #headstand #slow #healing #selflove #hsp #igdaily #bocaraton #tweetme
I’m loving Thursdays 🤩 It’s been 3 days since my injury and I’ve started with yoga again. Kept it plain and simple. Just like my meal 💃🤸‍♀️ #thursday #capetown #lifeafterwhole30 #yearofstrongandbendy #veggiepasta
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I made up a flow today! All by myself! It took me like 17 hours and my shoulders are EXHAUSTED and it’s only like 6 moves how do you yoga teachers do this every. single. day? • I wanted something that would help me stick chaturanga from a variety of different entry points; I tend to either pop my butt up or drop my shoulders too low. 62 reps and four camera angles later, we have one tiny video. Please watch it 184 times so I can feel like it was all worth it 🙏. • #yearofstrongandbendy #yogaeverydamnday #melissaflows 🔊: Big Wild, Venice Venture @xcelfitness
Flying into #b3anywhere with a little #drinkingbird in #birdland . Buckle up to see where this season of #barre3anywhere will take us! #barre3 #barre3berwyn #yearofstrongandbendy #punnyinthesunny
I flew! Making teeny tiny crow gains day by day.
If I could pick ONE move in the gym that has elevated my hiking game, it’s the high step-up. @johnparker__ introduced me to it a few years ago, and after one winter working on them, I returned to spring hiking SO much stronger. • I have stupid long legs, but you don’t have to start as high as a 30” box. (Scaled version in second video.) Two pointers I learned from @bretcontreras1 : Don’t push off with the trailing leg—notice mine never bears weight. And don’t round the lower back. (Am I doing it perfectly here? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I’m not a trainer, so ask yours.) • NOTE: You CAN weight them, but I don’t. I just go slower and do more reps/sets, or raise the box. (The weights throw off my positioning.) • #yearofstrongandbendy #highstepups #🍑 @xcelfitness 🎼: Chet Faker What About Us
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Recently I've been playing around with a new weekly fitness rhythm that more intentionally incorporates mobility training. Mobility isn't something I even thought about in my 20's, but now that I'm 38 I'm discovering a big need for it, especially in my hips.⠀ .⠀ The good news is that I love it! Alternating between yoga and mobility drills each day is just what I need to balance out HIIT, lifting, and interval runs. I can't wait to experience my hips opening up and getting stronger as the weeks pass.⠀ .⠀ If you're interested in mobility training, I recommend following @melissahartwig (her #yearofstrongandbendy is especially inspiring), and @themobilitymethod for ideas.⠀ .⠀ Do you already do mobility training? What advice or tips do you have?
Summer state of mind. #happy
It’s a quiet week at my house. My kids are with their grandma for the week. Justin has started wheat harvest, so he’s out on the combine until well after dark. Yesterday I spent over an hour in meditation 😳 today I took a nap and then I realized I’ve been neglecting my mat, so I did a few run throughs of a couple of flows I made up. Oh, I also haven’t eaten meat in 2 days...I don’t know what’s happening 😂 I’m not sure what to do with myself this week!
👆🏻 More of this, please.
Gonna start a new hashtag: #melissasgymwoo . (See last week’s post on gym meditation for more.) • Today in my deadlift training, I went from RDLs to sumo to conventional pulls all in the same workout. That’s because I use @ddn3d ’s Biofeedback Technique to help me figure out which moves work best for my body in any given moment. • Basically, it’s voodoo. You let your body tell you which movement to do, which variation is best, and whether to continue with another set or call it a day. I’ve been using it for so long that I can usually just pause, reflect, and know what to do without going through the whole test. Today, sumo felt off, so after a heavy set I pulled out the biofeedback test. The test told me to change my pull stance mid-workout. I did. Success ensued. • You know my programming is 100% intuitive, but intuition includes knowing when to use the right tool to guide me. Visit dellanave.com/biofeedback-training-get-started/ (link in profile) to learn more. Warning: you’ll feel dumb doing it at first. Who cares. It works. • #yearofstrongandbendy #deadlifts #biofeedback
Over the long weekend, something major shifted in me. I feel like I’ve gotten over (one of) my blockages, and I feel like my future is getting clear. I feel clear on where my life is going (even though I still don’t know) and the anxiety about it is gone. I feel at peace; the last two months of stress have dissolved. The difference? I fully trust where the universe is taking me. I feel like I’ve gotten clarification that I’m on the right path. I know it’s not going to be easy, and I still have lots of work to do. But that’s okay. I’m ready for it. *Still grateful even though I’m surrounded by bugs and sweating*
Push day turned do what sounds fun and feels good day 🙌🏼 // chin ups, handstand pushies (sorta), passive & active hangs, overhead press, and lots of core work • • • • • • #healthspo #lifespo #fitness #fitspirational #fitspo #fitnessgirls #fitnessgear #fitnessapparel #workout #workoutmotivation #fitfam #fitnesslife #fitnessgoals #listentoyourbody #fitnessinspiration #pushday #yearofstrongandbendy #leanhealthyhappy #abs #personaltrainer #poweredbyfitbot
Balance flows are my new jam; this one takes a full minute per side (sped up 200% here). I can play with these forever, and have been this week as a way of (much needed) slowing down. • Airplane-> standing staff (with a little twist)-> pistol -> standing staff with twist -> dancer* -> standing staff. • *If I keep my dancer and ego small, I can hold my balance. If I get too big for my britches, I fall right out and have to start over, #lifelessons . • #yearofstrongandbendy #balanceflow #yogaeverydamnday #pistols @xcelfitness 🎼: Beautiful, An-Ten-Nae
Headstand. Changes your perspective. Changes gravity’s pull on your body. Bring blood and oxygen to your brain. Forces you to be in the moment. Makes you feel like a badass. Is grounding, centering, and nourishing and easier than it looks. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
My friend @docjenfit posted another movement challenge the other day: get off the ground without using your hands. (In studies, the ability to do this has been linked to life expectancy!) I decided to take the challenge and see just how MANY ways I could get up. Spoiler: they weren’t always perfect attempts, but this was a really fun PWO play session. • Can you pass the @docjenfit mobility challenge? I dare you not to try right now in the middle of the office/kitchen/Target/construction site/airport terminal. • #yearofstrongandbendy #docjenfit @xcelfitness 🔉: Soft Scene, Autolux
A favorite compound strength + mobility drill pieced together from things I stole off Instagram. The best part is you can chunk this up however you want. Just work on the split squat, or split squat and extend the front foot to work on balance, or add a pistol negative (squat down, then get up however you want), or add a full pistol, or add the pistol from the floor (with or without a toe-grab; I do it both ways). OR just work on the pistol, squatting down to the bench on one leg as a scale. • NOTE: pistols look cool, but they’re basically a circus trick. If you don’t yet have solid squat mobility, start there. It’s not as sexy, but it will serve you much better. • #yearofstrongandbendy #splitsquatpistol @xcelfitness 🔉: Chet Faker, Cigarettes and Loneliness
Sunday Reflections: . . How funny is it that so many of us take selfie‘s and put ourselves out there on social media every single day? 🤳🏽 . . It’s pretty crazy when you look back at the past 10 years how things of changed. People are online selling skin products, patches, ketones, wraps, supplements, shakes, fitness, hair care, makeup, a better lifestyle, freedom, whatever the hell it is you want… . . You can get it all out there through posting selfie and promoting a better way of life. . . I encourage you tonight to get off Facebook for the rest of the night. Stop watching TV. . . ✨I encourage you to read 10 pages of a book. ✨I encourage you to write down five goals that you would like to achieve sometime this year. ✨I encourage you to meal prep for a healthier day tomorrow. ✨I encourage you to drink an extra glass of water before going to bed. . . I’m not here to sell you anything. I’m here to inspire you live your best life tonight. Do the thing that makes your heart smile. 💞 . . . . . . . . . . #positivevibes #makeachange #livelife #fitafter40 #teekigirls #keepmovingforward #gypsysoul #ukfitfam #ukfitchicks #cardiffuniversity #girlbosses #temeculafitness #newyearnewme #bostongirl #malabeads #teeki #nonscalevictory #shebelievedshecouldsoshedid #cardiff #fitfamuk #fitat40 #positivevibesonly #temecula #mala #believeinyourself #morningmantra #mantra #soulsearcher #yearofstrongandbendy
I know I’ve shared about this before, but here I am again. I have idiopathic hypersomnia. Idiopathic = 🤷🏼‍♀️. Literally. Doctors don’t know what it is or what causes it. Hypersomnia = excessive sleepiness. My sleep specialist says it’s a disease, but I’m not so sure. I really think it’s a symptom of something else. The past two years I’ve noticed a trend though. Although my symptoms never go away, during major season changes (mid to the end of May and end of November), my symptoms get worse. I’ve been (lazily) trying things to see if it would help, but here I am. I just woke up from my second nap of the day. I took a 2 hour nap yesterday and still went to bed at 10. I should probably add that naps do nothing for me. I wake up groggy and still tired. So here I am. I’ve been struggling with this “disease” for as long as I can remember, and I still have guilt and frustrations from it. Time to step up my game to see if I really can do something about this. #idiopathichypersomnia
Bring your own tiara 👸🏼 royal wedding watch (in our PJ’s) gathering and feeling all the feels taking in such an inclusive and dynamic ceremony but most important is the love I can feel between Harry & Megan. 💕💕 #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
Last week I talked about hip openers being a common gateway to emotion. A few of you asked for my favorites. This is lizard... kinda. • There’s a proper way to do this pose, with the knee directly over the ankle… If I’m in a class, I’ll hold the correct form, because it’s good to know how you’re supposed to do it, and being still is often the most challenging part for me. But in my own practice, I take this position six ways to Sunday, doing whatever feels good. This is massively sped up; each side took me two full minutes on this day, and I ran through it three times, followed by my PWO meditation. I guess my junk drawer needed a cleaning. • My point is, there’s the correct way, and the right way, and it’s good to feel free enough to do both as it serves you. Ask a qualified yoga teacher to show you the correct way... then have at it. • #yearofstrongandbendy #yogaeverydamnday @xcelfitness 🎵: Dissolved Girl, Massive Attack
Hey, You’re doing just fine. Life isn’t always going to be easy. If you look, you can see the light is at the end of the tunnel. Don’t take this time for granted, as you will never get this time back. You will never be in this time or space again. Stop. Breathe. Think before you react. This situation is not permanent. You will be okay. You are okay. 📸: @pinterest Words are bits and pieces of my journaling session after meditation. It’s not often I have a powerful meditation, but tonight’s meditation hit the top of my list. 💜
Who am I? I’m Heather; and my passion is helping men and women in midlife feel their best. I found my mid-forties to be a breathtaking series of changes and challenges...unexplained weight gain, hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, and even my relationships were being challenged because something within ME was changing in my mid 40’s. I knew that I had to find a way to reduce the stress in my life and overcome some self-destructive habits. I needed some support to sort out my health, heart, and head. So, I did a ton of research about hormones, toxin-free beauty, exercise in midlife, insulin resistance, and how to eat to heal the damage that a lifetime of calorie restriction and too many carbohydrates had done to my physiology. I began applying the new science of midlife health & natural wellness to my own life. I started a blog way back in 2012 and began sharing my experience and research. Over time, Thrive In Midlife has grown to become a resource hub for midlifers to turn to when they need some support, facts, or inspiration. I've worked one on one with dozens of people to help them lose weight, lower their fasting blood sugars, balance their thyroid, heal their bodies, & learn how how to intermittently fast. I’ve midlife-coached Fortune 500 executives, teenagers, and stay at home moms to help them thrive. I also teach online courses, & create digital products. I invite you to join the community to get access to my entire community resource library of free stuff: Tap my Bio link in profile to join at http://eepurl.com/Md_SH and get access to your freebies. with love and support xo Heather
Just a shout out to my bestie @amyferrito - it's such A gift to have a friend who I can talk to about anything, who listens, who gives great advice, talks straight, and who can quote almost the entire Top Gun movie with me. After I had my kids life got too crazy and busy. I'm so glad we made the effort to reconnect again. We love yoga. We write. There is deep understanding. It's made all the difference for me. Have you called your bestie lately? You totally should. #Liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
Forget the 'rules' you've heard about meditation - there are no RULES. I'm sharing tips and tricks that no one tells you about for the easiest way to start a meditation practice - starting tomorrow morning in the comfort of your own yummy bed. Tap bio Link in profile to visit https://heatherserody.com/easiest-way-to-start-a-meditation-practice/ #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
Sundial pose! Stretch out those hammies before you try this. Tip: get the back of the knee right behind the shoulder. Grab that foot plant the opposite arm stretch out through the tension to get an amazing elongation in the side body and hamstrings. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
So much of life turns out to be a waiting game. We've been together for 23 years. He travels for half the year. This summer he's been traveling for 14 weeks, and me and the kids haven't seen him for 8 weeks. Tonight he's home. I've learned to get really comfortable waiting for the things I decided are important and worth the discomfort of waiting for. Discomfort doesn't mean somethings gone terribly wrong, in fact discomfort can be positive feedback that you are in fact on YOUR right path. ALL great things that you achieve in your life begin with the words I DECIDED. Figure out what you are willing to get uncomfortable for first and then make it your North Star; your guiding compass. Let the waiting be part of your unfolding into something greater than yourself. #love #purpose #lifewithoutlimits #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
I'm a big believer (ok maybe a little fanatical) in natural supplements for a healthy immune system, optimal brain function, physical conditioning, and healthy skin. Two supplements in particular are the best kept anti-aging secret that I can give you - S Acetyl-glutathione & alpha lipoic acid. They are powerhouses. I’ve got all the details for what the take how much and when PLUS. A free cheat sheet printable with convenient shopping links to grab yours tap bio link in profile to visit https://heatherserody.com/best-supplements-for-your-40s/ #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
padangusthasana or big toe forward bend. You take your peace fingers around your big toe and bend your elbows put as you pull your torso to your thighs. Engage the quads by lifting the kneecaps and allow the hamstrings to open. Pull your navel in to engage your core and get yourself a little closer to your knees with each exhale. Gaze between the knees while taking at least 5 complete breaths - this is calming, centering, and sooooo good for your lower back. Tight hamstrings will pull your pelvis out of alignment and tug in your lower back. Most people don’t realize that right hamstrings are the source of lower back pain. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Wouldn't you love to display a digital vision board on your computer? It's a fun weekend #diy project that will keep you inspired and on track with your goals and dreams every single day! Tap bio link in profile to visit https://heatherserody.com/how-to-create-digital-vision-board-and-display-it-on-your-computer/ ⭐️ #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
ANJANEYASANA (LOW LUNGE) POSE ⭐️ you can see the duality of this pose in that it is deeply grounding to the earth while at the same time we reach and stretch toward the sky. We are living a human experience and yet also need to remember those parts of ourselves that operate beyond gravity sinew and muscles. If you are in a place where you feel that you need to open your heart and perhaps humble yourself to something greater than yourself then try this pose. I remember the first time I really opened my chest and expanded through my collarbones in this pose my sternum actually made a small popping noise and I felt a crush of energy flow into my chest - it was the strangest sensation that was incredibly uncomfortable so I began to panic that i had broken something. My teacher reassured me that it was just energy flowing and the sternum moving as it is supposed to. After that I really understood that I had been protecting my heart space for many years; which was resulting in bad posture and rounded shoulders. This pose was a catalyst to bring my awareness to the parts of my emotional self that need tending and need nourishment. Anjaneyasana is a powerful backbending pose that bridges the duality of our natures-unfettered energy and grounded physicality. ⭐️ #yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Trikonasana or triangle pose. I did a little flow beginning with triangle into half-moon, then added a bind. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
up-dog or urdhva muhka savasana gives you the proper technique, strength, and alignment that will form your entire backbend practice. It’s not about bending your back it’s about lifting and extending every muscle and joint throughout your entire body to facilitate a backward bend. I like to think I’m a 🐢 reaching up and out of my shell. Maybe it’s silly but damn it feels good. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. 💖📿✌🏻️ #yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme #updog #backbend
downward dog pose - Adho mukha śvānāsana अधोमुखश्वानासन 📿 the goal is to lift the hips, draw the core in, and lower the heels to make an inverted ‘V’ shape. Practicing down dog stretches the shoulders, legs, & spine; builds strength & stamina in the arms, legs, and feet; it relieves fatigue, rejuvenates the energetic body; improves the immune system, digestion and blood flow to the sinuses, calms the mind and lifts the spirits as long as you practice deep, steady inhalation and exhalation through the nose while holding this pose. This is what creates the flow of energy through the body (Prana). Hold for 5 breaths then rest onto the hands and knees for another 5 breaths. Start with 5 rounds then work your way up to 10 breaths or more. You will know you are strong when you can hold down dog easily for 25 breaths or more. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
GP's miso ramen with bok choy and shiitake for lunch so easy and yummy - recipe from her It’s All Easy cookbook. Made an extra portion for my neighbor because - life is better when you share good food #goop #itsalleasy @gwynethpaltrow #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
Rise up however far you are able to. It doesn't have to be photoshop perfect or angular or on a sweeping beach. You CERTAINLY don't need to be 20-something, either although that's just fine. All this hyper slick marketing of yoga has me a little bit annoyed. Yoga is for everyone and belongs to no one. Just come to your mat at home and explore breath and movement and find your true self. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
This moment was the deliberate culmination of 5 months of 4x/weekly throw down sweaty ass yoga classes at @yoga1fl with Dr. Steve. I was ready and my teacher nudged me into assisted scorpion pose and afterward in shavasana I wept quiet tears of joy and gratitude. The real yoga here is the joy that comes from engaging in sustained focus with the self, your body, and the sublime alchemy that happens where effort meets intention meets receptivity to the moment; without dictating the results. Forever grateful and still working on it. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
How to get more time. 1. What we spend our time on is a choice. Ultimately you don't have to spend time doing anything you don't want to do. Look at every one of your time obligations as choices that you consciously make to free up or take up your time. Doing so puts you firmly in charge, gives you a renewed sense of authority over your life, and stops you from whining about your perceived lack of time. Your life is nothing more than how YOU choose to spend it – it's why we call it a life-time. 2. Do an honest analysis of whether investing your time in certain activities is worth the opportunity cost of that time investment. 3. Embrace the fear and resistance that come with making changes to your time equation — for more ideas about how to get back your time and live life (spend time) on YOUR terms tap link in bio to visit https://heatherserody.com/how-to-have-enough-time-for-everything/ #time #notime #toobusy #overscheduled #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #thrive #risingtidesociety #wellness #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
Florida Stone Crab - what natives love to eat for #breakfast . Only rookies get jumbo sized and over pay. Get mediums and gorge while they are still in season. The fishermen only take one claw and then throw the crab back in the water to regrow another throughout the summer. Crack them yourself with the back of a large spoon. Wear an apron and eye protection - these things get messy; but then the best things in life are always messy aren't they? My south Florida Life. Tap bio link in profile to visit: http://eepurl.com/deuhVP & get access to the resource library and all of the digital products I create for my community #florida #stonecrab #heatherexplainsfloridaeating #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
This is the best recipe to bring to a summer party (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day) because it requires no cooking and is super simple to prepare. Like my famous salmon recipe, people chase me down for the recipe after tasting it. This isn't a strictly keto friendly recipe because of the dried fruit which contains natural sugars. If your eating low carb, get dried fruit with no added sugar. I like to make it several hours or up to a day in advance to allow the broccoli to take in all of the wonderful flavors of the marinade. Seriously, there are so many good bits in this salad: walnuts, cranberries, diced apricots, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and almonds that you won't be able to stop eating it. Tap bio link in profile to grab the recipe at https://heatherserody.com/famous-broccoli-salad-recipe/ #liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
Headstand practice 🐶....wait for it. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
Whenever my world gets rocked by insecurities, unknown outcomes, or latent fears I turn to #yoga to bring me back into the moment; fighting for balance, working toward stamina and strength, and the cultivation of an equanimous mind. The Dhali Lama says that there are only two times that nothing can be done: in the past and in the future. The only way to sit with discomfort is to face it in the here and now. How we choose to do that can bring peace and acceptance or chaos and misery. Yoga is my preferred method. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. 💖✌🏻️📿 #yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Baby bakasana or baby crow pose looks so cute DO NOT BE FOOLED this is hard as shit and works the core like nothing else. 💥💪🏻💥 tap bio link in profile to visit /posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme #armbalance #babycrow
The dog represents all of the things in my life that my brain wants to give it's attention to - all the time. The hardest part about #meditation is having the fortitude to allow all of it to wait for you while you tune in the inner world and tune out the exterior. Investing your time in meditation when life is good builds up reserves of peace, calm, energy, clarity and vibrancy . Then when life gets crazy I am able to face it with equanimity and a knowing that all will be well. I didn't know this intuitively. I suffered more than a few adrenal crashes and bouts of total exhaustion from motherhood and trying to do it all - all the time. Only when my hormones crashed at age 41 and I went into peri menopause, hot flashes and my hair started falling out did I REALLY get the message to slow down, take time to rest my brain and meditate. Tap bio link in profile to visit https://heatherserody.com/?s=Meditation #tm #transcendentalmeditation #yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Virabhadrasana III - Virabhadra is the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of the Hindu aspect of God Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, eyes, and feet; wielding a thousand clubs; and wearing a tiger’s skin. Pretty damn fierce - which is exactly how I feel when I do this pose 💥💪🏻💥 Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
My meditation experiences never left me with anything more than a temporary feeling of calm and always with achy hips from trying to sit cross-legged on an uncomfortable floor. Then last year I was listening to a podcast called Here's The Thing, where Alec Baldwin was interviewing Jerry Seinfeld. At the very end, Alec asks Jerry about his 40+ year practice of Transcendental Mediation (TM). Jerry said it gives him more energy and focus. It makes his stress float away. He said, “It's a nice energy. Really nice. Here's how I'll describe it to you. You know how three times a year you wake up and you go, “Boy, that was a really good sleep? Imagine feeling like that every day. That's what it is.” That was IT for me. I'm a woman who's been sleep deprived since my kids were born that's just about the most enticing benefit to meditation that I've ever heard. Also? Jerry doesn't seem to be the kind of person prone to hyperbole, so I found myself believing that Transcendental Meditation could possibly give me some real, tangible benefits. I wondered how much I would pay for quality sleep every night. I decided it was time to dedicate my time and resources to the well-being of my mind, and I invested in learned the TM technique. Tap bio link in profile to visit https://heatherserody.com/transcendental-meditation/ to find out how TM worked for me. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme #meditation #tm
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II - I cheat my way into it by placing my foot down first and inching it as far up as possible so I can get my knee above my elbow. The next trick is to get low low low like almost kiss the floor low so you can hit the counterbalance point and then YES the back leg miraculously lifts! So much fun to fly. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/ posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
When you finally learn how to handstand you understand that you need to practice or you can lose this elusive skill. And in midlife I’ve learned that it is way easier to keep momentum going and practice what’s important rather than putting out the effort to start over again. This is why I practice handstand drills a few times a week and have for over 10 years. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme #handstand
Dolphin pose - Ardha Pincha Mayurasana in Sanskrit. You are basically trying to make your body into an inverted ‘V.’ It’s great for opening the hamstrings and thoracic spine before trying to access deeper backbends. Pull your navel in and up toward your spine and pull up your pelvic floor to access the lifting. Pull your forearms isometrically toward the midline and Squeeze shoulder blades together and down the spine and you’ll feel the BURN! There is so much going on in this pose make no mistake practicing 🐬 dolphin will get you mentally and physically stronger. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Using my @dharmayogawheel to backbend without crunching or collapsing my spine. This is how I keep my upper back open and train for scorpion pose. Remaining calm, relaxed and breathing long enough to allow the thoracic spine to open is the key. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
dwi pada viparita dandasana = forearm backbend - so good for getting the shoulder joint to open & moving toward getting a vertical arm position; which can transform your posture and the health of your spine. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Baddha Konasana (BAH-duh cone-AHS-uh-nuh) = bound ankle pose - I get frustrated with my knees popping up so I'll sit with 5-10 lb hand weighs on the insides of my knees and after a few minutes the hips start opening...persistence and patience will get you where you want to go in everything. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. ✌🏻️💖 #yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
KAPOTASANA: PIGEON POSE - I love the intense chest opening that this king pigeon variation gives me...also there is the fun of trying to balance --- my tip is once you have the bind to just sink down a little and relax into it as much as possible. This pose is awesome for releasing emotions and becoming empowered at the same time. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Uttanasana / standing forward bend. It was only when I started doing ashtanga that I really understood how open hamstrings are the gateway to all of the advanced asanas. I have physical limitations in my shoulder mobility so hip mobility is my jam. You can see the statute of #ganesha sits on my mat to inspire me to persevere and find creative solutions to my challenges on and off the mat. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. ✌🏻️💖📿🐘 #yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Purvattanasana pose - or reverse plank. If your knees hyperextend like mine try to microbend them. Lifting from the pelvis first is much easier than lifting from the chest. Squeeze the shoulders together and down the back to open the shoulders and chest. Try to bring the feet down flat to the mat. A wonderful strength pose for the arms, a chest opener, strengthens the wrists and core. Infuses the throat chakra with energy. Not my favorite asana but probably the most therapeutic for my core and shoulders. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
#astravakasana I’ve learned that when you push yourself forward into deeper yoga poses over a number of years; you've got to allow for both advancement and regression. The body has its periods of being more and less flexible, injured and thriving. That senna very logical to say and yet it seems we are ALWAYS expecting advancement; bigger, faster, & stronger. I find the practice more gratifying when i drop the advancement expectations and instead make my goal about spending time with breath & body and a keto a curiosity (not an expectation) about what might happen. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Bird of paradise pose: a tight bind behind the back is not necessary to get this pose - I use a towel and also it's okay to w~o~B~B~l~e that is half the fun! Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
If you needed a sign, this is it. Tap bio link in profile to visit: http://eepurl.com/deuhVP & get access to the resource library and all of the digital products I create for my community. #Liveauthentic #truthseeker #behealthy #keto #thrive #whole30 #risingtidesociety #keto #lchf #wellness #cleanbeauty #ketofam #foodfreedom #thriveinmidlife #midlife #bocaraton #change #stillgrowing #goaldigger #womenwhorunwiththewolves #communityovercompetition #yearofstrongandbendy #womensupportingwomen #tweetme
anjenae asana - so sweet to greet the morning sun on the beach in #Jamaica . Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read more about my take on yoga, wellness, & midlife. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
Camel pose is kinda like flying backward in space yet you never leave the ground. The key to not crunching the lower back is to extend the spine UP by rooting down into the legs first. Then keep extending as you backbend. If you have tight shoulders and your hands have trouble finding your heels you can place them on the backs of your thighs. This variation will FIRE 🔥 up your quads because your hands are not sharing the load, it’s all on your front legs. I like to sway a bit and stay as long as possible. #Yearofstrongandbendy #learnyoga #yogafam #strongisthenewskinny #bodypositivity #yogaforrealbodies #yogaforeveryone #tm #becomingextraordinary #healing #selflove #hsp #bocaraton #tweetme
For some reason i decided that peacock pose was the one pose that i would dedicate myself to practicing. It’s been 17 years, now - i get on my mat at least twice a week or more for a full hour or more. I still usually find it too scary to kick up without a chair or wall to catch me, but if I’ve been practicing a lot the confidence always follows. But i usually put the chair there and then I try to stay calm, breathe, and patiently wait for the pose to come. This was the 15th attempt and it's still a bit shaky and that's totally cool. My yoga has taught me that I AM a patient and persistent person and that's the goal - not to do a particular pose or look a certain way but to try to grow as a person. #inversion #yogini #strength #strongandbendy #thrive #thriveinmidlife #bocaraton #yearofstrongandbendy #mypractice #practiceandalliscoming
Down and dirty shaky 8 angle pose or #astavakrasana - if you can do chatturanga and get the back of your knee on the back of your arm you are probably strong enough! Cross your legs at the ankles with your arm in between them. Keep the back of the leg on the arm and plant into arms bending to 90 degrees squeezing your core - legs - everything together to keep you up. If all else fails listen to some Chaka Kahn and channel your inner #funky #goddess to elevate that #booty ! 😂😂😂 6 months ago I had a completely torn #rotatorcuff #injury and surgery. #yoga helped me heal and also recover much more quickly than is typical. But as you can see I'm shaking and struggling to get my strength back. If you want it then fight for it every day. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read my thoughts about yoga and it’s impact on my life & wellness. #Yoga #yogini #ashtanga #practiceandalliscoming #bocaraton #tm #inversion #yearofstrongandbendy #tweetme #strongandbendy #recovery #armbalance
one legged king pigeon pose in my no-yoga-pants-end-of-day-worst-lighting-not-warmed-up king pigeon. And it's perfect because it means I got on my mat. Do you your way. It’s your body, your life, your practice. Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read my thoughts about yoga and it’s impact on my life & wellness. #Yoga #yogini #ashtanga #practiceandalliscoming #bocaraton #tm #inversion #yearofstrongandbendy #tweetme
boat pose / navasana - hold for 5 breaths lift the legs-point the toes and suck the belly in toward the spine keeping your chest open and shoulders relaxed. Rest a few seconds and repeat 5 times through - the real work in this pose is practicing keeping the mind calm and persevering even though the mind says ‘stop!’ Tap bio link in profile to go to https://heatherserody.com/category/posts/wellness/yoga/ to read my thoughts about yoga and it’s impact on my life & wellness. #Yoga #yogini #ashtanga #practiceandalliscoming #bocaraton #tm #inversion #yearofstrongandbendy #tweetme
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