I'm Marie. Wife, mother, and yogi. Bikram yoga lover. Hot yoga teacher.

This is a glimpse of my life, my loves, and my inspiration.

Two-Legged Inverted Staff Pose (Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasna) was the posture for Day 16 of the April Intentions yoga challenge. My intention was simple: get on my mat. 
It was one of those days when I just needed a little push to get started. But, I did it and immediately felt better.
No regrets.

Two-Legged Inverted Staff Pose (Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasna) was the posture for Day 16 of the April Intentions yoga challenge. My intention was simple: get on my mat. 

It was one of those days when I just needed a little push to get started. But, I did it and immediately felt better.

No regrets.

The posture for Day 16 of the Yoga to the Core challenge was (prep for) Pendant Pose or Lolasana, which is fitting since my lack of upper body strength makes me LOL at my attempt at this asana. 

The posture for Day 16 of the Yoga to the Core challenge was (prep for) Pendant Pose or Lolasana, which is fitting since my lack of upper body strength makes me LOL at my attempt at this asana. 

My mantra for Day 15 of the April Intentions yoga challenge was, “It is what it is.” Acceptance. Acknowledging and appreciating where I am at this very moment.
In spite of my bendy back, King Cobra (Raja Bhujangasana) is a posture I struggle with. I’ve found that the best way for me to practice it is at the wall. It’s a little awkward, but I can see it yielding more results over time. 
So, though I’d love to gently arch back and nestle my head in my feet, that simply is not to be. Today.
This is where I am. This is what is. 

My mantra for Day 15 of the April Intentions yoga challenge was, “It is what it is.” Acceptance. Acknowledging and appreciating where I am at this very moment.

In spite of my bendy back, King Cobra (Raja Bhujangasana) is a posture I struggle with. I’ve found that the best way for me to practice it is at the wall. It’s a little awkward, but I can see it yielding more results over time. 

So, though I’d love to gently arch back and nestle my head in my feet, that simply is not to be. Today.

This is where I am. This is what is. 

For Day 14 of the April Intentions yoga challenge my intention was love. It’s appropriate for this amazing heart opener—a posture I absolutely love, Camel Pose (Ustrasana). 

For Day 14 of the April Intentions yoga challenge my intention was love. It’s appropriate for this amazing heart opener—a posture I absolutely love, Camel Pose (Ustrasana). 

Day 14 of the Yoga to the Core yoga challenge was Twisted Chair (Utkatasana with Anjali Mudra Twist) a prep pose for Side Crow. 
I’ll get those arm balances one day…

Day 14 of the Yoga to the Core yoga challenge was Twisted Chair (Utkatasana with Anjali Mudra Twist) a prep pose for Side Crow. 

I’ll get those arm balances one day…

Morning yoga with my little man.

Morning yoga with my little man.

My intention for Day 13 of the April Intentions yoga challenge was to be gentle. My Mermaid Pose followed some splits practice and other hip opening stretches that I would normally push to my edge.
Today I didn’t.
I gently allowed my body to open and didn’t go too far. I didn’t worry about holding things for the same amount of time on each side. I didn’t compare today’s development or depth to the day before.
I took my time, I took it easy.

My intention for Day 13 of the April Intentions yoga challenge was to be gentle. My Mermaid Pose followed some splits practice and other hip opening stretches that I would normally push to my edge.

Today I didn’t.

I gently allowed my body to open and didn’t go too far. I didn’t worry about holding things for the same amount of time on each side. I didn’t compare today’s development or depth to the day before.

I took my time, I took it easy.

Boat Pose (Navasana) for handstand prep—the posture for Day 13 of the Yoga to Core yoga challenge. 
 

Boat Pose (Navasana) for handstand prep—the posture for Day 13 of the Yoga to Core yoga challenge. 

 

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Standing Head to Knee with the boys from VA/DC area

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Standing Head to Knee with the boys from VA/DC area

Day 12 of the April Intentions yoga challenge and I worked my hips in Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana), one of the prep poses for Eight Angle Pose (Astavakrasana). My intention was comfort: find comfort in each posture; gain comfort from each posture. 
Some days it’s hard to let go of my constant focus on form and just feel my way through my practice. Today it was surprisingly easy. 
I didn’t agonize about arm balancing. I just picked a posture that was perfect for my practice now. I didn’t worry about what I looked like. I just set up and sunk my weight into the asana and enjoyed each breath. 
I didn’t think about missing my favorite morning class, my son’s pink eye, or my laryngitis. None of that mattered in the moment. I was at ease. I was relaxed. I was calm. I was comforted.
Mission accomplished.

Day 12 of the April Intentions yoga challenge and I worked my hips in Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana), one of the prep poses for Eight Angle Pose (Astavakrasana). My intention was comfort: find comfort in each posture; gain comfort from each posture. 

Some days it’s hard to let go of my constant focus on form and just feel my way through my practice. Today it was surprisingly easy. 

I didn’t agonize about arm balancing. I just picked a posture that was perfect for my practice now. I didn’t worry about what I looked like. I just set up and sunk my weight into the asana and enjoyed each breath. 

I didn’t think about missing my favorite morning class, my son’s pink eye, or my laryngitis. None of that mattered in the moment. I was at ease. I was relaxed. I was calm. I was comforted.

Mission accomplished.