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THE GIFT OF COMPARISON: This is my friend Hannah. The first time I met Hannah was when she led a movement portion of a guided meditation I attended. She is an incredible dancer with total confidence in her body. (At least, I assume she has total confidence...) I remember feeling completely intimidated by how beautiful she is. You know the drill—all the comparisons. Where she had grace, I was tripping. Where she was self assured, I felt like a stranger in my own body. Her abs, my abs, blah blah blah. When I first met her, she intimidated me because she is so beautiful. Hannah and I are close friends now, and a funny thing has happened. Instead of feeling terrible that I don’t measure up and comparing myself to her, being around her has shown me HOW to love my body. Spending time with her has created experiences where I dance and move. By being herself, she has shown me how to be more myself. During this adventure in Moab, I started talking about how much I hate it when people tell me I intimidate them because it makes me feel like I have to be different than I want to be so I don’t trigger other people’s insecurities. She immediately knew what I was talking about. She expressed how often she feels like she needs to play small because of the way people react to her. (@alchemy_studiosslc chime in if I got that wrong-ha!) I realized that I was experiencing Hannah in the same way that some people experience me (although in my case, it’s not about my elegance in movement 😬🤷🏻‍♀️) For me, this is one of the hardest parts about being totally myself. Sometimes in life, when we are our brightest, boldest selves, people avoid us because they can’t handle the comparisons they are making. We all do it to each other for different reasons. It can be lonely to be authentic, because people who truly understand you can be few and far between. I have learned that by managing the comparisons and refusing to isolate myself from people who intimidate me, I can actually start to capture traits I admire. My intimidating friends are also my teachers, and they teach me to notice and overcome all the places where I am holding myself back. Be you, and invite people to rise to the occasion!

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Happy #internationalyogaday . Nothing beats alleyway #splits and the friends who put up with photographing this shit. I am not sure who took the photo—it was either @richiana511 @leangreenerica or @coyotelovely . You are all #beautiful !! #namaste🙏🏻 #namaste #cantstopwontstop #fullexpression #yoga #yogateacher #alwaysastudent #practicepracticepractice #mountaingirls #momlife #mermaid #youdoyou #werkit

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The women in your life all have secret lives. Your wife. Your mother. Your sisters, daughters, colleagues, best friends. Our identities exist on the spectrum of our relationships. Who you think I am is simply a reflection of what you need or want from me. Even if you don’t realize that. In one place, I am the goofy mother. In another, I am an outspoken badass. With some, I am a rational stoic. In other places I am a free spirited muse that is impossible to catch. These are facets of me. They are all real. They are all authentic. They are also incomplete. You will create a version of me that fits into a story you are crafting about yourself. I will do the same thing to you. We are, after all, the protagonists in our own life story. In a typical story, only the protagonist is a dynamic character. Most of us live the same way, taking the identities we craft for other people as truth. • There aren’t very many places where it is safe for a woman to show her whole self at once. Many of us can’t even exist in wholeness while we are alone, since we learn at a young age that we are for other people. Girls are forced to make themselves a beautiful reflection of whoever looks in their mirror. The problem is, the mirror never shows herself to you. All you can see is you. • #mountaingirls #deepthoughts #empoweredwomen #mentalstrength #yoga #yogateacher #namaste🙏🏻 #mom #muse #fitmom #soulsisters #bossbitch #bamf #handy #splits

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Not an original—if you aren’t already, you should follow @yung_pueblo . This is the perfect follow up to my last post.

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I am...a lot of things. Grouchy in the morning. Obsessed with my kids. Tired. Happy. Intense. But mostly, I am grateful. Grateful for the people in my life that invite me to be my most unabashed self. Grateful for the ones who never tell me to talk less or more quietly. Grateful for the ones who tell me I am prettiest when I am laughing hard. Grateful for the people who don’t roll their eyes when I do yoga in weird places. Grateful for the people who see and understand how much I need and love a good hearted disagreement. Grateful for everyone who has ever tried to decipher one of my texts. (😬) Grateful for everyone who instigates and encourages my philosophical side. Grateful for the people who understand my need for introspection and self development, and ride the waves with me. Somehow, my favorite parts of myself are also the parts most often rejected. Maybe growing up means embracing that and learning how to shine on. THANK YOU for reading this. And thank @coyotelovely for this photo, which reflects the truest me.❤️ PS: if you haven’t seen me on a beach, you don’t really know me. 🤩 #thankyouthankyouthankyou #namaste🙏🏻 #mentalstrength #mountaingirls #yoga #goldengatebridge #bestiesforlife #bff #success #growth #vulnerability #happy #tryingtopractice #bossy #meditate #travel #windy

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Today I am being hard on myself for being hard on myself. How about an imperfect yoga photo to help me process all that anxiety-inducing self analysis? #tryingtopracticewhatipreach #tryingtopractice #selflove #and #handstandseverywhere #beach #goldengatebridge #motivate #appreciate #beauty #mermaids #teacher #student #mentalstrength #yoga #momlife #fitmom #travelmore #mountaingirls #vacationmode #umstuff

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Participating in @alchemy_studiosslc ‘s #selfiecontestlove . I love this selfie because I was so proud of myself for wearing white all day without spilling on this shirt! And this is my favorite lipstick! Check out @alchemy_studiosslc to participate and potentially win a free haircut! (Hannah is magic, so—you def want to win!!) Tagging a few friends with killer selfie game: @coyotelovely @leangreenerica @richiana511 @gabriellamkelly #selfie #selflove #namaste #ilovechocolate #whiteshirt #limecrime #tarot #reiki #contest #hairmagician

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Our intuition and instinct are our highest logic. Do you give your gut feeling the credibility it deserves? #trustyourself #selflove #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #teach #intuitive #learning #journey #namaste #deepquotes #succeed #create #explore

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I am a mermaid that was born in the mountains. Don’t get me wrong—I love my mountain home, I just always feel like a visitor and an explorer when I am in the forest and among the trees. Getting into water, on the other hand, feels like a homecoming. My truest self bubbles to the surface. I feel light, free, and peaceful—even when the water is icy cold. I love staring into the endless eyes of the ocean. She stares back and I find so many beautiful metaphors—the ocean is both finite and infinite, gentle and intense, mysterious and known. I see myself in these metaphors, and that comforts me in some way. Photo by @coyotelovely ❤️ #yogainspiration #mentalstrength #goldengatebridge #yogateacher #alwaysastudent #travel #mermaid #mountaingirls #cold #selflove #gettingtoknowme #getoutside #namaste🙏🏻

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The older I get, the younger I feel. My falls always make the best pictures—thanks for catching this one @coyotelovely #namaste #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #birthday #laugh #play #yogateacher #beach #selflove

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What if NOW is all you have? (Hint: it is!) Type what you are waiting for in the comments below. It will help you gut check yourself about delaying whatever it is you are delaying #yogaeverydamnday #namaste #mentalstrength #selflove #presentmoment #yogateacher #namaste #deepthoughts #yolo #love #selflove #empowered #motherhood #meditate #manifest #create #chooseyourownadventure #iloveyou #bamf

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THE MAGICAL SECRET TO HAVING THE BODY OF YOUR DREAMS: I am obsessed with my body. Like all relationships, I know this feeling of complete satisfaction won’t last, so I am going to shout my love from the rooftops. I love my body. I love all of the cool things it can do, and I am not just talking about yoga poses and bunk bed building. Think about digestion! Think about breathing! Think about all of the incredible things our bodies do for us even when we talk shit about them and treat them terribly. I love how it feels to exist in this body. I love nourishing and nurturing it. I love dancing and moving and exploring my rhythms. I love my body. What are you thinking right now? Are you thinking about much you love your beautiful body? Are you thinking a bunch of rude and shitty things about your body? Here is the MAGICAL SECRET: This is a mindset shift, not the result of a diet or new fitness routine. This is literally the WORK of changing how I think and talk about my body. It helps that I have young kids whose inner dialogue about their own bodies will be partially defined by how I think and talk about mine. We can do anything for our kids, right? My daughter asked about my stretch marks and I told her the only lie that I have ever said to her—I told her that I loved them. It felt so good when I said that out loud, that I tested it out a few more times, and now I actually THINK I love my stretch marks! So from now on, don’t utter a single negative word about your body out loud. Instead, focus on what it can do. Think of all the pleasure it brings to your life. IT ALWAYS SHOWS UP FOR YOU. Maybe it looks and functions differently than you “wish” it did. Don’t ruin a beautiful relationship with your unrealistic expectations. Instead, look at the form in front of you in your mirror and scream (or whisper) “I love you, you sexy thang” Seriously. Try it every day for 14 days and see what happens. Trust me. #namaste #selflove #bodyimage #mindset #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #deepthoughts #selfmotivate #fitmom #throwback

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This is not an original quote, and when I googled it, I found attributions ranging from Buddha to Oprah and everyone in between. I first heard it from a guy I used to work with named Josh Oman. This quote is true, and will totally change your life. Start to observe your thoughts and where they are focused. Compare that to where or who you want to be. And then adjust and adjust and adjust until your thoughts are mostly about the amazing life you are creating. Before you know it, you will have that life. #namaste #deepthoughts #meditate #manifest #dream #selflove #create #beauty #success #yogaeverydamnday #positivevibes

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