If you follow our blog, you've read some amazing and inspiring stories already (if you haven't read them yet, I invite you to do so - you won't be sorry!).
Today, we are sharing stories from two more of our yoga ninjas. These are members of our community who are proving the "yoga body" stereotype wrong, every day.
I learnt I am the “too” girl... I was sometimes too tall, too short, too skinny, too smart, too weak, too funny, too stiff or too bendy but never just right to fit in or be enough. This was the same when I started yoga. Once a teacher told me I can only do an asana because my arms are too long. Another said I can only do another [pose] because my legs are too thin. But the most "important" experience for me was in my very first yoga class when the teacher told me I should not do headstand because I am too weak and headstand is too difficult for...
Today we are featuring Mistelle, a Yogi Flight School student who had every reason to believe that her body was NOT a "yoga body," according to commonly accepted standards. Instead of resigning herself to a fate dictated by others, she shattered those beliefs and is now FLYING!
"Let’s just admit I’m the poster child of “not a yoga body.”
I’m 40, a breast cancer survivor (I hate that word) who had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I’ve had 5 knee surgeries which now is literally held together with a few screws and some prayers. I can’t “sit on my heels” to do any “resting” pose and child’s pose is anything but comfortable. Add to that, I have carpal tunnel and had a failed surgery to repair it.
I’m literally every excuse one can think of to NOT be successful [at arm balancing].
I started practicing...
In the coming weeks we will be sharing personal stories from the Yoga Ninjas in our community who have overcame the "yoga" stereotypes that many people accept as true. These stories will prove that it's simply not the case.
"I've always been shy and really not been very sporty. I was also lucky to be fairly slim right up until I had my son 24 years ago, then the weight piled on and for many reasons I've used food as a way to hide from the world.
I always wanted to try Yoga, it's always appealed to me. So about 10 years ago I went to a class, the experience was awful. The teacher looked me up and down with disapproval when I entered and even asked if I'd got the right class. I was directed to the very back of the room to take a mat. The other students also gave me pitying looks and there were a few tuts. I saw on their faces the thoughts "what's she doing here?" "how could she let herself...
There are loads of surprises hidden inside the modules of Yogi Flight School. One of my favorites is the super cool, fun, exciting poses that many people have never seen before.
When most people think about arm balances, we typically have a few common poses that come to mind - crow, headstand, handstand, pincha mayurasana (forearm stand), and otherwise they envision some crazy shape that they aren’t even sure how to make sense of, or what to call it.
Yes, that’s what we’re talking about in today’s blog...the crazy shapes! AND they’re all taught, step-by-step, from the ground up, INSIDE Yogi Flight School.
This is a fun headstand variation, categorized by the hands coming off the floor and anchoring behind your shoulders. It requires you to balance on your head and elbows. There are endless variations for the positioning of the legs - an opportunity to get imaginative and play!
Fallen angel lands in...
Don't take it from me. Let the stories and advice from the badass ninja moms featured in this blog be a testament to that concept. Their experience at Yogi Flight School has positively affected each of their lives in one way or another, and they are living proof of the power of believing in yourself and trusting the process.
Mom of two children - 15yrs & 10yrs
How has your participation in Yogi Flight School affected your children?
Eldest is embarrassed , younger one joins in with the arm balances and inversions.
What advice do you have for parents who want to join Yogi Flight School, but are concerned about the time, energy, and financial investment?
Financial investment: definitely worth every penny! With lifetime access, you have the flexibility to dive deep as soon as you join in or do a little bit at a time - there's no time pressure. Energy: I have more of it . Time: this is a...
Abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tannirodhah.
This is yoga sutra 1.12 from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and its message is practice and non-attachment - showing up and doing the work of the practice of yoga, the work of life, of being present, without attachment to the result.
That tends to be really difficult for a lot of people.
If there’s no goal? Or how do we not be attached to the fruits of the thing that we’re working towards?”
But that is the practice. Yoga tries to teach us that it’s not always about the end goal. If it’s always about the end goal, we’re going to do it for the end goal, and we need to be doing it for the process. It’s in the process, in the repetition, in the showing up that we learn about ourselves, that we clear out the bullshit and start to find some clarity and some peace.
Yoga is about much more than the physical...
These stories are often beliefs that we’ve adopted over time and are keeping us stuck in the same patterns, places, and as the same person. Growth becomes unimaginable, because growth requires change, and change takes us out of our comfort zone.
The important thing to remember is that our beliefs are not always based on truth. We adopt beliefs based on our experiences with the world or with other people, many times during childhood, and almost always without conscious recognition of what’s occurring. Beliefs are sneaky like that.
It starts small. You begin to use the word “yet,” a lot more often.
“I can’t,” becomes “I can’t, yet.”
“I’m not strong enough,”...
We thought that it was important for you to get to know our winner a bit better. I had the incredible pleasure of meeting with her and hearing her inspiring story.
Back at the beginning of 2020, when COVID reached the US, Deanna had a very regular, daily exercise routine. As the lockdowns began to land all over the nation and the businesses began to shut down, including the gyms and yoga studios where Deanna spent her mornings, she began searching for something to replace those activities with. Being the frugal person she is, she decided that she would participate in any free, online fitness sessions that she could find. After months of various fitness challenges and trainings, Yogi Flight School’s free arm balance and inversion training appeared for Deanna in November 2020 and she joined.
The training occurred over the...
"Yoga is the journey of the self
Through the self
To the self"
~ The Bahagavad Gita
When you’re not able to nail a pose, you have an incredible opportunity if you’re not yet nailing it. Consider that as a gift, because you are being delivered an opportunity to look at yourself and see how you are when you’re challenged. And how you are when things don’t come easily and quickly. In seeing that, you have the opportunity to make a choice.
Can you choose to revert to your stories (Examples: I’m not good enough, I’m too heavy, I’m too weak, etc) or you can choose to say, “Okay, this isn’t easy, and I’m going to commit without being attached to the outcome. I will commit to showing up and doing the work over and over and over.”
This is so many of us. This is human. This is what we do - we assign meaning to things.
An event is neutral. Something occurring, in and of...
If you are already a member, you have likely seen a handful of names pop up over and over on our Members Only Facebook group. If you’re not yet a member, you’re missing out! (...and can learn more about our program here).
We thought our last Meet the Team featured post was the last one. It turns out we were wrong! Allow us to introduce…
Sary has been an active member of the Yogi Flight School community since joining the program in December 2020.
Although Sary is originally from Canada, she currently lives in London, UK. She moved there with her partner after being displaced from her home of 4.5 years in China due to COVID, where she was teaching English as a foreign language.
“Why China?” was my question, and what a story. Sary’s grandparents were Jewish (her great-grandfather also being a labor activist), living in...