Inspiration Generation

INSTA YOGIS YOU MIGHT NOT FOLLOW, BUT DEFINITELY SHOULD.

Instagram has become such a huge social media platform, with a surprisingly intimate yoga community. The yoga world (literally all over the world) is rapidly expanding as more and more people are enchanted by its transformative magic. 

For me, Instagram is a huge source of i n s p i r a t i o n. It is a place for me to share my art. My art of yoga, and of photography. It is an outlet in which I can share little pieces of my l i f e. 

I am someone who is hugely attracted to things that are aesthetically pleasing, as an artist that is. & I want to share with you some Insta accounts which are a little under the radar, but so worth knowing. Enjoy!

I just love this gorgeous mama. You will too.

I just love this gorgeous mama. You will too.

Sophie is a gorgeous girl with gorgeous photos to match.

Sophie is a gorgeous girl with gorgeous photos to match.

well, you might already know Carling, but I absolutely love every picture and word she shares. If you don't follow her already... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

well, you might already know Carling, but I absolutely love every picture and word she shares. If you don't follow her already... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Nikki's practice is absolutely breathtaking, along with each of her photos.

Nikki's practice is absolutely breathtaking, along with each of her photos.

One of my absolute best friends, Natasha is one of the most genuine people I've ever known. She is made of sunshine!

One of my absolute best friends, Natasha is one of the most genuine people I've ever known. She is made of sunshine!

I L O V E each of Clare's gorgeous shots. She makes me want to travel the world!

I L O V E each of Clare's gorgeous shots. She makes me want to travel the world!

I had the pleasure of meeting Melini in Mexico this year, and she (and her photos) are sweet as can be. Can you put my foot behind my head for me please?!

I had the pleasure of meeting Melini in Mexico this year, and she (and her photos) are sweet as can be. Can you put my foot behind my head for me please?!

This woman is fiercely strong, and her practice shows it.

This woman is fiercely strong, and her practice shows it.

I had to throw Yancy in the mix! We teach at the same studio and this guy is such a badass!! He's the best.

I had to throw Yancy in the mix! We teach at the same studio and this guy is such a badass!! He's the best.

Just one look at her page and you'll understand why I chose Brenda to feature.

Just one look at her page and you'll understand why I chose Brenda to feature.

I love this girl's beachy lifestyle! 

I love this girl's beachy lifestyle! 

Seonia is one of the sweetest people I've met on IG. Can't wait for the day I get to give her a big squeeze!! Plus her practice is INSANE!

Seonia is one of the sweetest people I've met on IG. Can't wait for the day I get to give her a big squeeze!! Plus her practice is INSANE!

If you like gorgeous nature shots and a beautiful woman, you have to follow Cam.

If you like gorgeous nature shots and a beautiful woman, you have to follow Cam.

If there's someone else out there (& I'm sure there is) who I missed, leave a comment and I'll check them out!

Being socially connected is an incredible opportunity to meet like minded creative types from all over the world, and continue to be inspired daily! Its an honor and a pleasure to have a platform in which I can bring light to some of these amazing accounts and the yogis that run them. 

 

L O V E & L I G H T

xo, M

Drishti & Balance

The practice of drishti, or vision (also translates to point of view, intelligence/wisdom), is a gazing technique that develops concentration. Perhaps you have heard a teacher casually tell you to 'find your drishti' in the midst of a class with no further explanation... well, let me explain.

We humans are predominantly visual creatures. Where our eyes are directed, our attention follows. The visual world can be addicting, over-stimulating, and ultimately distractive. We get caught up in the outer appearances of things, instead of keeping awareness inward. How often do you find yourself going through the motions of the poses in a yoga class while your eyes wander around the room - glancing at the girl's leggings in front of you, or at the guy who is growling and definitely not ujjayi breathing - instead of tuning into your own body and breathe? To counteract these habits, we must learn to take back control and focus the attention. One way to effectively do this is through implementing the technique of drishti in your yoga practice. Through the practice of drishti, you can cultivate a deeper level of concentration, find steadier balance, and limit your intake of external stimuli so as to manage your mind instead of letting your mind manage you.

In Yoga, there are 9 fixed points of gaze you can take, traditionally, one prescribed for each pose. Lets break them down. 

  1. Thumb, or Angusthamadhye, as used in Upward Salute in the sun salutations.
  2. Tip of the Nose, or Nasagre, as in upward facing dog.
  3. Hand, or Hastagre, as practiced in many poses such as Trikonasana, triangle pose, or Utthita Parsvokanasana, extended side angle, where the hand directs the energetic reach.
  4.  Sideways to the right and to the left, or Parsva drishti. This gazing point is slightly more ambiguous than the others, but is used mainly in twisting postures, such as Ardha Matsyendrasana, or Half Lord of the Fishes pose.
  5. (See above)
  6. Upward, or Urdhva drishti. This drishti as well as Parsva drishti ask you to gaze more into infinity rather than a specific part of your body. This can be practiced in Warrior 1, or Chair Pose.
  7. Navel, or Nabhichakra. The navel is considered the center of power in the body, and focus is brought here in poses such as Downward Facing Dog.
  8. Toes, or Padayoragre, as in Seated Forward Fold, or Utthita Padangusthasana.
  9. The Third Eye, or Brumadhye. Here, eyes are halfway or even fully closed gazing toward the space between the eyebrows. This can be practiced in Purvotanasana, reverse plank, or in any meditation. 
  10. INNER DRISHTI - this is my bonus add on, but my most favorite. Closing the eyes in any asana is almost forcing your attention inward, and allows us to become aware of how we are excessively expending our energy outwards, rather than replenishing from within.

In every asana, there is a prescribed drishti which is intended to assist in concentration, aid movement, and help orient the energetic body in the right direction. Drishti is more than what 'the eye can see,' but rather a technique which can be used to look inward, and become aware of how our brains only let us see what we want to see - a projection of our limited thoughts, if that is what we continue to allow. Never force your gaze, in a way that strains the eyes, body or mind, instead use it as a tool to see the divine in every movement, every breath, every thing. 

Some poses in which you can practice and master your drishti are in any balancing poses such as Tree, Eagle, Warrior 3 or Half Moon Pose. Play around with the difference of focusing your gaze on a fixed point, to moving it around, to even closing your eyes. Observe the differences that arise, without attachment or judgement. By beginning to fix your gaze on an unmoving point, you shall assume the characteristics of steadiness, stable and balanced.

*** See if there are any other areas in your life in which you can practice your drishti .Perhaps you can apply this intense focus to goals you would like to achieve. Let me know if you notice any changes. 

xo - M

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I used to blog quite often, when I was living in Costa Rica. I would document the way the dusty road would cling to my feet and clothes, the way the salt stayed in my hair for hours after swimming with the sea, or how happy I was to be offered a fresh-off-the-tree coconut after yoga. Now it's been nearly 2 years since I've opened my inner thoughts like this to the World Wide Web. I think I might just give it another shot.

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Here you'll find my musings of the world, including but not limited to: anything and everything yoga, recipes which I cannot live without, fashion reveries, and whatever else catches my eye.

Keep checking back, sharing, & staying connected. I love your feedback and interaction! 

xo, 

M. 

Welcome!

Gratitude is something that has always been extremely important to me. Growing up, my mother instilled it's great value. Learning to appreciate everything in my life allowed it to be bountiful and continually filled with all the things I was expressing gratitude for.

So I would like to say thank you. Yes, YOU. For taking just one small moment of your day to stop, and read this. Thank you for your support. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for allowing me to be a guide on your path. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for everything I learn from you each time I teach. Thank you for allowing me to make my passion into my career, my lifestyle. 

We are just beginning on this beautiful journey, no matter how far we've come, there's no limit to our potential. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

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