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Meg Kutz

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We’ve come to our last day of #YogiThankfulness, and we’re sharing a pose that brings us joy and what we’re most grateful for in life. . There isn’t a pose that can compare to the pure exhilaration and excitement I feel when practicing handstand. Even though I can’t practice it right now, I’m happy just remembering the joy I felt when this picture was taken. . I have so many things in my life to be thankful for, but far and away I am most thankful for God’s love. He loves me not because I deserve it (because I don’t) or because I’ve earned it (because I haven’t and can’t). He loves me because when He sees me He sees Jesus. I’m covered in His righteousness, so that despite how often I falter (which is often), God sees me as perfect. Amazing grace, indeed. . Thank you to everyone who joined us and shared little pieces of themselves this past week. It’s been a pleasure to get to know each one of you better. Thank you to my beautiful co-hosts and our generous sponsors for making this challenge a reality. . Love to everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving! . . 🍁Hosted By: @ashtangaash @belleyoga.tokyo @kutzms . 🧡 Gracious Sponsors: @niyama_sports @madhippieskinproducts @divinethreadco @lotusandposes @merubeads @om_bracelets . . . . . #handstand #handstandpractice #handstandlover #igyogalove #yogastrong #yogainspo #fityogi #strongmama #yogaforstrength #yogafitness #yogafitnessinspo #yogaphotography #igyogagirl #yogamama #practiceyogachangeyourworld #practicenotperfection #igyogafam #progressnotperfect #instafitmom #instayogafam #practicedaily #yogaliving #yogaforhealth #yoginisofinstagram #igyogamoms #yogaoutside #backyardyoga

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I’m so grateful to everyone that’s joined us and is sharing their heart. . To me, that’s what the IG yoga community is all about: - Sharing who we are - Giving and receiving support and encouragement - Learning from each other - Making genuine connections . I just wrote in a different post how much I love this community, and I don’t have much to add to that. I’ll just say that I have learned a lot during my year and a half in this community, but what I value most are the real friendships I’ve built. . I was a total skeptic before, but it’s true that you can develop real friendships with people you meet online. . For day 5 of #YogiThankfulness, share a pose inspired by IG, and tell us why you’re grateful for this community. 💕 . . 🍁Hosted By: @ashtangaash @belleyoga.tokyo @kutzms . 🧡 Gracious Sponsors: @niyama_sports @madhippieskinproducts @divinethreadco @lotusandposes @merubeads @om_bracelets . . . . . #shivapose #igyogalove #yogastrong #yogainspo #fityogi #strongmama #yogaforstrength #yogafitness #yogafitnessinspo #yogaphotography #igyogagirl #yogamama #practiceyogachangeyourworld #practicenotperfection #igyogafam #progressnotperfect #instafitmom #instayogafam #practicedaily #yogaliving #yogaforhealth #yoginisofinstagram #igyogamoms #yogaoutside #backyardyoga

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I am a home practice yogi. I’ve done a handful of in-person classes, but the vast majority of my 2 1/2 years of yoga have taken place in my house with @doyogawithme. . Day 4 of #YogiThankfulness is about our favorite yoga teacher. When I was thinking who to choose, three teachers came to mind: @kinoyoga, @rachelscottyoga, and #fijimcalpine. (The last two are teachers for doyogawithme.com.) While I absolutely adore both Kino and Rachel, I ultimately had to choose Fiji. . Fiji was my first introduction to yoga. My dear friend, Kelly, encouraged me to check out Do Yoga with Me and try a class with Fiji. One class is all it took; I was hooked - on both yoga and Fiji. . I remember the first time I saw her do this sequence. (She actually enters headstand from crow. I haven’t figured out how to compress small enough to do that yet.) I honestly just sat on my mat in awe thinking she was a superhero. Although I’ve now figured out how to do most of this sequence, I still think Fiji has super powers. . If you’re looking for some online yoga classes, I strongly recommend @doyogawithme, Fiji, and Rachel. Although a number of their classes require you to have a monthly subscription, they also have A LOT of FREE classes. Fiji’s Rise and Shine and Rachel’s Building up to Dragonfly are among my favorites. Although, who am I kidding? I basically love all of their classes. Aside from Fiji and Rachel, there are also a number of other wonderful teachers with various different styles. . If you check them out, let me know! . . 🍁Hosted By: @ashtangaash @belleyoga.tokyo @kutzms . 🧡 Gracious Sponsors: @niyama_sports @madhippieskinproducts @divinethreadco @lotusandposes @merubeads @om_bracelets . . . . . #tripodheadstand #chaturangadandasana #igyogalove #yogastrong #yogainspo #fityogi #strongmama #yogaforstrength #yogafitness #yogafitnessinspo #yogaphotography #igyogagirl #yogamama #practiceyogachangeyourworld #practicenotperfection #igyogafam #progressnotperfect #instafitmom #instayogafam #practicedaily #yogaliving #yogaforhealth #yoginisofinstagram #igyogamoms #yogaoutside #backyardyoga

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Oh forearmstand ... if ever there was a pose that defined the word “frenemy,” for me this would be it. 😜 . For day 3 of #YogiThankfulness we’re asking you to share your most challenging pose and why you’re grateful for it. . There was zero doubt which pose I would choose - forearmstand is far and away the most challenging pose I’ve tried. (And tried, and tried, and tried! 😅) . Although it honestly frustrates me to no end, I am also incredibly grateful for this pose. Unlike some of my yogi friends, pincha is definitely not my yoga bae. (I’m looking at you @sarka.yoga and @kelleyapril!) It’s basically the exact opposite. . But that’s why I’m grateful for it. Here we go, more confession time for Meggy ... . I’m just a *tiny* bit competitive. When I was younger I had a very bad habit of not even trying something if I knew I wouldn’t be good at it. This is a trait I seem to have passed on to my son. 🤦🏻‍♀️ (Ugh! That’s embarrassing to admit!) I’m happy to say that yoga in general, and forearmstand specifically, has helped cure me of this particular negative quality. (Well, for the most part. 😂) . I’m grateful to this pose because it’s taught me that even if I fall down, even if I fail, the world will not end. It’s taught me that I can pick myself back up and that I can humbly learn from my failure. While I haven’t quite learned non-attachment from it yet, I know it has that lesson for me, too. . . 🍁Hosted By: @ashtangaash @belleyoga.tokyo @kutzms . 🧡 Gracious Sponsors: @niyama_sports @madhippieskinproducts @divinethreadco @lotusandposes @merubeads @om_bracelets . . . . . #pincha #pinchamayurasana #forearmstand #forearmbalance #pinchalove #igyogalove #yogastrong #yogainspo #fityogi #strongmama #yogaforstrength #yogafitness #yogafitnessinspo #yogaphotography #igyogagirl #yogamama #practiceyogachangeyourworld #practicenotperfection #igyogafam #progressnotperfect #instafitmom #instayogafam #practicedaily #yogaliving #yogaforhealth #yoginisofinstagram #igyogamoms #yogaoutside #backyardyoga

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This community is incredible! 🥰 . Over the past week I’ve shared quite a bit about myself, which isn’t always easy for me to do. You have all opened your arms and wrapped me in a warm embrace. The support and love this community provides is definitely not something I ever expected. . I’ve had conversations with others recently or seen people post recently about how difficult the algorithm makes it to be seen. It’s true; it does. And I know that’s been frustrating for me before, too. (More from a “this doesn’t make any sense” perspective than a “I’m so angry about this” perspective.) . But I’ve come to the conclusion that I would rather be seen by a handful of people that truly care, than by multitudes who don’t really see me. So, thank you to everyone who truly sees me for me, who takes the time to read my (sometimes very long-winded) posts, who leaves comments, who makes this community worthwhile. . And thank you hosts and sponsors, because this challenge has been nothing short of beautiful. The last day of #getdownandyoga is #yogischoice, and I tried to dancify Warrior 1. . . Your lovely hosts: @activefityoga @brenna.nico1e @chelisa.marie @happyfloweryoga @sarka.yoga @youyou.yoga . Generous sponsors: @vayumudra @namastefitlife @bekindfolk @breathejewelrydesign @padmawellbeing @farmhousecandleshop . . . . . #warrior1 #virabhadrasana #virabhadrasana1 #warriorvariation #yogadance #yogadancer #yogamotivation #yogainspo #yogastrong #yogapracticedaily #instayogafam #practiceeveryday #yogalifestyle #yogaspirit #yogaforall #yogaforlife #yogastrength #yogabasics #fityogi #yogaworkout #yogafitness #yogabalance #vayumudratribe

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I’m one lucky girl. . My husband is: Smart Funny Kind Loving Hard-working An involved dad A strong Christian A fantastic role-model AND he’ll do partner yoga with me 💙 💙 💙 Seriously, I am incredibly blessed to call this man my husband and the father of my children. No matter what happens during my day, I know he’ll always be there - cheering me on, supporting me, commiserating with me, challenging me when I need it, loving me, and seeing me like no one else does. . For day 2 of #YogiThankfulness do a pose with a loved one, and tell us why you love them. If your loved one isn’t able to do a pose with you, feel free to be creative. ☺️ . I’ve loved seeing your favorite poses and learning a little about why they’re your favorite, and I can’t wait to see you with a loved one tomorrow! . . 🍁Hosted By: @ashtangaash @belleyoga.tokyo @kutzms . 🧡 Gracious Sponsors: @niyama_sports @madhippieskinproducts @divinethreadco @lotusandposes @merubeads @om_bracelets . . . . . #downwarddog #downwardfacingdog #threeleggeddowndog #adhomukhasvanasana #fourlimbedstaffpose #igyogalove #yogastrong #yogainspo #fityogi #strongmama #yogaforstrength #yogafitness #yogafitnessinspo #yogaphotography #igyogagirl #yogamama #practiceyogachangeyourworld #practicenotperfection #igyogafam #progressnotperfect #instafitmom #instayogafam #practicedaily #yogaliving #yogaforhealth #yoginisofinstagram #igyogamoms #yogaoutside #backyardyoga

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I love arm balances, and I’m so glad that funky and baby poses exist so that I can still practice them even with my bad right wrist. . I would normally use an arm balance post to talk about how strong they make me feel. But instead, I want to talk a little about my weaknesses. . @audreyou.yoga shared a parenting story yesterday that I can so perfectly relate to, and she gave me the courage to admit to my own shortcomings. I’m doing this not so everyone reassures me I’m a great mom, but so that my fellow moms out there know they’re not alone. . Here we go ... . I’m impatient. I’m a perfectionist. I’m easily annoyed. Sometimes my anger takes over, and I yell at my kids. (I don’t mean a stern talking to; I mean a volcanic eruption.) It feels terrible, and it scares me. . As much as I hate to admit this, I think it’s important for someone who might be experiencing these same struggles to know they are not the only ones. . Keep working at it, mamas. We’re going to fall down sometimes, but we have God, our partners, and fellow mamas to help pick us back up. . . Day 6 of #getdownandyoga is plank or #armbalance. . . Your lovely hosts: @activefityoga @brenna.nico1e @chelisa.marie @happyfloweryoga @sarka.yoga @youyou.yoga . Generous sponsors: @vayumudra @namastefitlife @bekindfolk @breathejewelrydesign @padmawellbeing @farmhousecandleshop . . . . . #flyingcrow #flyingcrowpose #ekapadabakasana #armbalanceaddict #funkyflyingcrow #yogadance #yogadancer #yogamotivation #yogainspo #yogastrong #yogapracticedaily #instayogafam #practiceeveryday #yogalifestyle #yogaspirit #yogaforall #yogaforlife #yogastrength #yogabasics #fityogi #yogaworkout #yogafitness #yogabalance #vayumudratribe

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I’m so excited to get this challenge started. 🙌🏼 . Yes, we’ll be doing yoga poses every day, but it’s about more than the pose. It’s about sharing what we’re grateful for, and through that it’s about learning more about each other. . Tomorrow is Day 1 of #YogiThankfulness. We’re doing our favorite yoga pose and sharing why we’re grateful for it. . If you’re like me you have multiple favorite poses. I decided to go with #chaturanga, because for me it signifies strength. I’ve spent most of my life not being strong, but that changed with yoga, and specifically with chaturanga. . Being able to do a solid chaturanga opened the door to arm balances and inversions, but more than that it gave me a self-confidence I’ve never had before. From a purely superficial standpoint, I went from never wanting to wear a tank top to being proud to show my arms. My husband even jokes that I married him so he could lift heavy things and get things down from up high, but now I don’t need him for the heavy lifting. 😉 . I certainly can’t lift all heavy things, but I have a lot more confidence in my physical strength all thanks to yoga and chaturanga. . . 🍁Hosted By: @ashtangaash @belleyoga.tokyo @kutzms . 🧡 Gracious Sponsors: @niyama_sports @madhippieskinproducts @divinethreadco @lotusandposes @merubeads @om_bracelets . . . . . #chaturangadandasana #fourlimbedstaffpose #igyogalove #yogastrong #yogainspo #fityogi #strongmama #yogaforstrength #yogafitness #yogafitnessinspo #yogaphotography #igyogagirl #yogamama #practiceyogachangeyourworld #practicenotperfection #igyogafam #progressnotperfect #instafitmom #instayogafam #practicedaily #yogaliving #yogaforhealth #yoginisofinstagram #igyogamoms #yogaoutside #backyardyoga

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I get to work out of my home, and for this introvert and mama that’s one of the biggest perks of my job. . But today I need to go into the office, so I’m psyching myself up for the rush hour commute. I used to do this every day for almost 10 years, but after 4 1/2 years of commuting up the stairs to work, I’ve gotten a little spoiled. . What was once an hour commute is now 30 seconds. Plus, I get to drop my kids off at school and be here when they get home. I can more easily start supper and throw a load of clothes in the washing machine. It’s really such a blessing, and I’m so grateful that my employer has so many telecommuting opportunities. . What about you ... Do you work from home or in an office? How long is your commute? . Day 5 of #getdownandyoga is any #backbend. Honestly, backbends aren’t my favorite. And while I agree that “heart opener” is a much more accurate name than “backbend,” it doesn’t make me like them any more. 🤣 However, I know they’re good for me, especially because I spend all day in front of a computer, so I try to get at least one good backbend flow in a week. . . Your lovely hosts: @activefityoga @brenna.nico1e @chelisa.marie @happyfloweryoga @sarka.yoga @youyou.yoga . Generous sponsors: @vayumudra @namastefitlife @bekindfolk @breathejewelrydesign @padmawellbeing @farmhousecandleshop . . . . . #camelpose #ustrasana #camelposevariation #ustrasanavariation #yogadance #yogadancer #yogamotivation #yogainspo #yogastrong #yogapracticedaily #instayogafam #practiceeveryday #yogalifestyle #yogaspirit #yogaforall #yogaforlife #yogastrength #yogabasics #fityogi #yogaworkout #yogafitness #yogabalance #vayumudratribe

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I love forward folds!!!! . Love, love, love them! . I also love this challenge! Our hosts are amazing, and I could just watch them flow all day long. (I realize this makes me sound creepy. But the reality is, these girls exude grace!) . Day 4 of #getdownandyoga is #forwardfold. . . Your lovely hosts: @activefityoga @brenna.nico1e @chelisa.marie @happyfloweryoga @sarka.yoga @youyou.yoga . Generous sponsors: @vayumudra @namastefitlife @bekindfolk @breathejewelrydesign @padmawellbeing @farmhousecandleshop . . . . . #standingforwardfold #uttanasana #forwardfoldvariation #uttanasanavariation #yogadance #yogadancer #yogamotivation #yogainspo #yogastrong #yogapracticedaily #instayogafam #practiceeveryday #yogalifestyle #yogaspirit #yogaforall #yogaforlife #yogastrength #yogabasics #fityogi #yogaworkout #yogafitness #yogabalance #vayumudratribe

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Uff da ... (Can you tell I was raised in the Upper Midwest?) Winter sports/extra-curricular season is in full swing in our house. This week my son started basketball, and my husband started coaching wrestling. That combined with piano lessons and my daughter’s play rehearsal means we have at least one thing every weeknight plus Saturdays from now until the end of January. And Tuesdays are the most full - with wrestling, piano, and play rehearsal. But I kinda love it - not the busyness; I’m definitely a homebody. But the fact that they’re each doing something they love. . My son does a few different sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite. (And it’s also my favorite to watch.) My daughter has fallen in love with theatre, and it makes me so proud to see her put herself out there. My husband hasn’t coached wrestling for several years, and he’s so excited to be back at it. . It may mean I have to bundle up to drive around in 20 degree weather when it’s pitch black at 5:30, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. . Do you have any sports or extra-curriculars keeping you extra busy right now? . . Day 13 of the #omstarsashtangachallenge is #parighasana. . . Hosts and Sponsors: @kinoyoga @omstarsofficial @liforme @liquidoactive . . . . . #gatepose #revolvedheadtokneepose #parivrttajanusirsasana #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #ashtangavinyasa #ashtangalove #ashtangayogalove #ashtangavinyasayoga #ashtangachallenge #yogaoutside #yogaoutdoors #outdooryoga #backyardyoga #autumnyoga #fallinlovewithyoga #yogainspo #inlovewithyoga #myyoga #myyogapractice #realyoga #yogalovers #yogamomsofig #yogamomma

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Is it corny that I chose dancer’s pose in a dance themed yoga challenge? Probably, but I just couldn’t help myself. . Dancer has always been one of my favorite standing balances because it exudes so much grace. And then I saw the variation @youyou.yoga did in the flyer and knew I had to try it. 😍 . Day 3 of #getdownandyoga is any #standingbalance. It’s not too late to join, if you feel like dancing with us! . . Your lovely hosts: @activefityoga @brenna.nico1e @chelisa.marie @happyfloweryoga @sarka.yoga @youyou.yoga . Generous sponsors: @vayumudra @namastefitlife @bekindfolk @breathejewelrydesign @padmawellbeing @farmhousecandleshop . . . . . #dancerpose #dancerspose #natarajasana #dancerposevariation #natarajasanavariation #yogadance #yogadancer #yogamotivation #yogainspo #yogastrong #yogapracticedaily #instayogafam #practiceeveryday #yogalifestyle #yogaspirit #yogaforall #yogaforlife #yogastrength #yogabasics #fityogi #yogaworkout #yogafitness #yogabalance #vayumudratribe

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I didn’t know I could do this! . Day 12 of the #omstarsashtangachallenge is #mayurasana. . I’ve only tried it one other time - over a year ago. If you scroll back far enough, you’ll find it. I had lotus legs and could barely lift them. Not to mention that time I held it for 1 second. This time wasn’t much longer, in all honesty - 2-3 seconds at the most. But it felt so much stronger and more natural than the first time. . It may be months before I’m able to try it again, but I’m looking forward to it. I may have found a new favorite pose! . . Hosts and Sponsors: @kinoyoga @omstarsofficial @liforme @liquidoactive . . . . . #peacockpose #armbalancejunkie #armbalances #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #ashtangavinyasa #ashtangalove #ashtangayogalove #ashtangavinyasayoga #ashtangachallenge #yogaoutside #yogaoutdoors #outdooryoga #backyardyoga #autumnyoga #fallinlovewithyoga #yogainspo #inlovewithyoga #myyoga #myyogapractice #realyoga #yogalovers #yogamomsofig #yogamomma

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I don’t have much to say today. Instead I’m going to share some of the words to the song I sang in church this morning. They perfectly depict grace and bring tears of gratitude to my eyes. . His robes for mine: such anguish none can know. Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe. He, as though I, accursed and left alone; I, as though he, embraced and welcomed home! I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost; Jesus foresaken, God estranged from God. Bought by such love, my life is not my own - My praise, my all, shall be for Christ alone. . . Day 2 of #getdownandyoga is #goddesspose I have to be honest; I don’t like this pose. I never have and am not sure I ever will. Guess we can’t love them all. . . Your lovely hosts: @activefityoga @brenna.nico1e @chelisa.marie @happyfloweryoga @sarka.yoga @youyou.yoga . Generous sponsors: @vayumudra @namastefitlife @bekindfolk @breathejewelrydesign @padmawellbeing @farmhousecandleshop . . . . . #utkatakonasana #goddessposevariation #yogadance #yogadancer #yogamotivation #yogainspo #yogastrong #yogapracticedaily #instayogafam #practiceeveryday #yogalifestyle #yogaspirit #yogaforall #yogaforlife #yogastrength #yogabasics #fityogi #yogaworkout #yogafitness #yogabalance #vayumudratribe

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Thank you all for your love and support on yesterday’s post. It can be intimidating to put ourselves out there, so thank you for being so kind and loving. And I’m happy to learn I have some kindred spirits among you. 💕 . I wish you all a beautiful Sunday and amazing start to your week. . Day 11 of the #omstarsashtangachallenge is #pinchamayurasana a pose I have not attempted in several weeks. . . Hosts and Sponsors: @kinoyoga @omstarsofficial @liforme @liquidoactive . . . . . #forearmstand #forearmbalance #pincha #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #ashtangavinyasa #ashtangalove #ashtangayogalove #ashtangavinyasayoga #ashtangachallenge #yogaoutside #yogaoutdoors #outdooryoga #backyardyoga #autumnyoga #fallinlovewithyoga #yogainspo #inlovewithyoga #myyoga #myyogapractice #realyoga #yogalovers #yogamomsofig #yogamomma

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The first challenge hosted by one of my IG yoga besties plus three more of my IG faves ... how can I miss that??? . Kim (@happyfloweryoga) is a beautiful soul and amazing dancer. Her flows are stunning, and I can’t wait to learn from her. Some day I hope to be 1/10 as graceful as her! 😍 . I decided not to do videos for this challenge. I normally love flowing and sharing videos, but with my current restrictions and modifications I thought they’d end up being more choppy than “dance-y.” So instead I decided to make my static poses as “dance-y” as I could. 😂 . Day 1 of #getdownandyoga is a dancing #warriorpose. I went with a #warrior3 variation. . Would @flaviayogalicia @saskia.yoga and @alexisckane like to dance with me? . . Your lovely hosts: @activefityoga @brenna.nico1e @chelisa.marie @happyfloweryoga @sarka.yoga @youyou.yoga . Generous sponsors: @vayumudra @namastefitlife @bekindfolk @breathejewelrydesign @padmawellbeing @farmhousecandleshop . . . . . #virabhadrasana #virabhadrasana3 #virabhadrasanaiii #warrior3variation #warriorvariation #yogamotivation #yogainspo #yogastrong #yogapracticedaily #instayogafam #practiceeveryday #yogalifestyle #yogaspirit #yogaforall #yogaforlife #yogastrength #yogabasics #fityogi #yogaworkout #yogafitness #yogabalance #vayumudratribe

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