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  • Today’s practice was Primary Series. It was so hard! I’m sore and tired from a very busy week.
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But I still showed up at the front of my mat, and I allowed myself to feel everything.
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That’s all it takes. #dailypractice
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Pic by @mscorsaletti 💙
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Wearing @sulawear .
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#ashtanga #ashtangayoga #onebreathatatime #practiceandalliscoming #myyogalife #yogajourney #yoga #yogi  #mysoretoronto #yogaeverydamnday #instayoga #instagood #yogainspiration #igyoga #learntofloat #yogachallenge #learntofall #ashtangayogato #shittygymnastics #dontsmashyourface #breathingmovingsystem
  • When we can maintain our practice in difficult times, the separation between the spirit and the mind becomes more apparent.
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Come study in a 1-week Primary Series Intensive with @vesic_jelena & I at @ashtangatoronto, Feb 16-21, 2019. Link in bio.
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Pic by @dolinainggolan
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Wearing @werkshop shorts
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#ashtanga #ashtangayoga #onebreathatatime #practiceandalliscoming #myyogalife #yogajourney #yoga #yogi  #mysoretoronto #yogaeverydamnday #instayoga #instagood #yogainspiration #igyoga #learntofloat #yogachallenge #learntofall #ashtangayogato #shittygymnastics #dontsmashyourface #breathingmovingsystem #bharadvajasana
  • Everyone has a shadow.
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No one is without pain and fault, and there is no perfect teacher. I know that sounds dark, but it isn’t a bad thing! Once we understand that we are all the same, we can stop searching for a way out and start to accept things as they really are.
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This pic was taken close to Sayulita, Mexico, where @vesic_jelena and I will lead a retreat, Feb 24-Mar 2, 2019. The link in my profile has all the details.
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#ashtanga #ashtangayoga #onebreathatatime #practiceandalliscoming #myyogalife #yogajourney #yoga #yogi  #mysoretoronto #yogaeverydamnday #instayoga #instagood #yogainspiration #igyoga #learntofloat #yogachallenge #learntofall #ashtangayogato #shittygymnastics #dontsmashyourface #breathingmovingsystem
  • Happy Birthday to my warrior/wife/princesss @vesic_jelena. So happy to be growing older beside you; there’s no one I’d rather travel this path with 💙
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Photo by @dolinainggolan
  • It’s time for another installment of #DRonthemat, my weekly mini-tutorial on YouTube.
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This week I’m looking at the dreaded #Setubandhasana, Bridge Configuration Pose.
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Guess what? This pose shouldn’t hurt your neck! If your getting any kind of pain or compression in your neck, you’re doing it wrong. Check out my tutorial to see how to make it super-comfy.
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Link in bio!
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Wearing @sulawear 🙏
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Pic by @cat_108 💙
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#ashtanga #ashtangayoga #onebreathatatime #practiceandalliscoming #myyogalife #yogajourney #yoga #yogi  #mysoretoronto #yogaeverydamnday #instayoga #instagood #yogainspiration #igyoga #learntofloat #yogachallenge #learntofall #ashtangayogato #shittygymnastics #dontsmashyourface #breathingmovingsystem
  • Over time, a steady practice reveals who we are. And that might not be who we were expecting to meet.
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When I started practicing, I thought maybe I could be a perfect yogi. If I practiced hard enough, and burned away all of my delusions and impurities, this perfect me would emerge. Then this perfect me could live an inspired, pain-free life full of health food and holiness. 😂🙄
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But that perfect me wasn’t what I found. When I put all of my energy into practice, I became very lonely. Despite a loving family, success in teaching, and a large community around me, I didn’t feel nourished. I didn’t feel authentic. I was striving to be someone different than who I am.
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At that point, I guess could have blamed the practice. I was hurting, and I was hurting those closest to me. I had practiced yoga for all of that time and it had brought me to the point of collapse- obviously my practice didn’t work!
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But another perspective is that it was also my practice that brought me to that new, uncomfortable insight. As painful as my situation was, it was also the moment that gave me the chance to start working on a more balanced and happy version of myself.
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I had to make a decision: hold on to who I thought I should be, or open myself to change. My practice transformed me, and it continues to transform me, but not into what I thought. I don’t get “better” than anyone else, or more “pure”— just more accepting of who I really am.
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Pic by @cat_108
  • Meet my new dog, Khani.
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We’re going to get along great because:
1. He hates winter.
2. He doesn’t like long walks.
3. He likes to cuddle.
4. He knows how hard it is to be terribly handsome.
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Khani is from @freekoreandogs, my friends’ fantastic rescue organization. And we got him on the anniversary of the adoption of our other fur baby, BokSoon.
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For the last week I’ve been trying to convince @vesic_jelena that she really needs this dog. But she figured out that it’s  actually me that needs him. So today I contacted @freekoreandogs and adopted him. 💙
  • Did you know that there is an anti-Ashtanga movement?🙉
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According to some people, Ashtanga’s students are brainwashed and the teachers are forcing everyone into poses.
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Maybe you don’t feel that way, since you’re already following my IG. But there are actually some people that don’t follow me, but still watch my posts, then repost them and comment on how terrible we are. 😘
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Some of their arguments are legit. Ashtanga isn’t a great exercise system, acccording to current fitness standards.  If you want to look good naked, maybe some other “movement-based” system is better.
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It’s okay not to like Ashtanga. But does that mean that no one else should like it? Does that mean that everyone that chooses Ashtanga is being abused??!
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I’m pretty busy. My life is packed with stuff I love. My kids, my wife, my studio, teaching and practicing. Who’s got time for all this negative bullshit?
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Just do what you love.

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