It's not everyday life hands you a beautiful beach, gives you a great tan, and magnetic waves. But when it does you must take advantage. I have done some yoga on the beach before, but not with a lens pointing in my direction. When the waves are crashing, it's sprinkling rain and you are trying not to sink into the sand I just hope for the best. (I have a new appreciation for swimsuit models) I haven't posted a "hey look at me doing this pose" type of picture in a long time until this trip, but I must say it makes you really think about yourself and your practice in a new way. With the many Instagram accounts that I follow who post yoga inspiration everyday I figured why couldn't I do it too?
Yoga teaches us to be selfless, be thankful for what we have when we have it, and to respect our bodies among other things. So when I see yogis posting pictures doing handstands or insane variations of crow pose it seems to be a type of contradiction to me. It's the "hey look at me" picture, but because you type something inspirational it makes it okay. Know what I am saying?
I figured out a couple of things before and after taking these pictures. One thing being that it takes a lot of courage to post pics of yourself attempting to do poses and trying to not look like a hot mess while doing so. Another thing is that it is something I wanted to do and told myself before I even went on the trip that I was going to do it. I think I am too much of a perfectionist in some regards and even looking at these pictures I see alignment issues and things I want to fix or I know are off. I am fulling aware that I am posting a lot of skin… but I hope it just shows that I truly love my body and actually seeing myself in action makes me want get even better in my yoga practice. It is a certain kind of inspiration for myself. Even though I can't do some crazy ass handstand into my chaturanga I have always appreciated the long and beautiful lines I can create with my body through my yoga practice. It makes me feel strong and beautiful. (The ballerina in me I am sure) I also hope – and I am sure this is what all the Instagram Yogis hope too – is that it intrigues followers to get on their mat just as we do.
I hope my joy, playfulness, laughter, struggle, celebration and the freeness I felt come through in these pictures. This experience taught me to never take anything to seriously, have fun in whatever you do, and to always love yourself.
But for real though, look at those WAVES! ^this is me probably falling over^