Strength- Crow Pose  When I think of what makes someone a strong person I usually think of the ways in which they are able to overcome life’s obstacles. I chose crow pose as my representation of strength because this is a pose that requires not only physical strength and balance, but for most people, the conquering of fear in order to achieve it. When I was doing the photo-shoot for this challenge @yogawithjq 📷 suggested that I climb up onto the wall and do the arm balance perched on the top. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid. I have done crow pose hundreds of times, but facing the fear of falling on my face was greatly amplified as I looked down at the five-foot drop below me. The pose took on a new life for me that day as I focused all of my strength and will power to lift each leg up onto my arms. The experience was exhilarating, and ultimately I’m glad that I faced my fear, and had the strength to accomplish something I never had before.
To get into Bakasana (Crow Pose) - Start from Utkatasana (chair pose) rise onto your tippie toes and hinge forward from the waist - Place your hands firmly on the floor with your fingers spread wide - Spread the knees out wider than your hips and snuggle them into your armpits - Lean forward and bend your arms keeping your elbows snug to the sides of your body - Keep the gaze focused and slightly in front of you - Slowly lift one or both feet off the ground and pull them towards your bum - Breathe, and slowly lower your feet to the ground
Thanks to everyone who has been playing along, I’ve been loving all of your posts so much! 😊 it’s not too late to join in on the fun just remember to tag myself @astateofemily and the @thebodydept and use the hashtag #thebodydept for your chance to be featured! 💙

Balance – Tree Pose 🌴 Balance requires not just your ability to physically distribute your weight so you can hold a position, but also focus, grounding, and being able to find harmony between both the mind and the body. I chose tree pose as my representation of balance. Trees are tall and strong. They are firmly rooted to the ground, taking their strength from the Earth. While the tree grows strong and sturdy, it also must be able to move and sway with the unpredictable wind. In order to find balance in our lives we need to be able to roll with the punches, while keeping ourselves firmly rooted in our core values. Balance poses teach you that it’s ok to fall, just pick yourself right back up and try again! It’s the practice of learning to be ok with falling that helps you to build strength.
To get into Vrksasana (Tree Pose) - Stand in tadasana (mountain pose) - Shift your weight to your right foot, keeping your foot firmly rooted to the floor - Raise your left leg and place the foot inside of the right thigh as high as it will go. Either place the foot above the knee, or below the knee – wherever is accessible to you in your practice - Make sure your pelvis is in a neutral position as you lengthen your tailbone towards the floor and engage your core - Press your hands together at the heart center - Fix your eyes on one spot several feet in front of you - Grow your braches, or raise your arms to find your full expression of the pose - Repeat on the other side
Photos by @yogawithjq  I’ve been loving all of your posts so far! It’s never too late to get started if you want to play along! Just remember to use the hashtag #thebodydept and tag @thebodydept and @astateofemily so we can see your posts! 💚

Gratitude – Lotus Pose 💙
When I began my yoga practice one of the first concepts that really resonated with me was Gratitude. Gratitude turns what you have, into enough. Instead of constantly thinking about the things I didn’t have, and the things I felt my life was lacking- gratitude helped me to see and appreciate all of the wonderful things I do have in my life, to feel more present and connected to the now, and to view the future from a place of hope. I chose lotus pose as my expression of gratitude because in this pose I feel grounded, and I feel a deeper connection to my higher sense of self. When I think of lotus pose, I think of a place of calmness, and of meditation, where I often come to turn my gaze within. It is through meditation that I first learned to truly be grateful for the person I am at my deepest self, as well as for my yoga practice. Practicing yoga has changed my life in so many positive ways and I am forever grateful.
To get into Padmasana (Lotus Pose) - Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front - Bend your right knee and place the right foot on the top of the left thigh close to the groin - Lift the left leg, and place the left foot over the right leg, placing the foot to rest on the top of the right thigh - Keep an elongated, straight spine - Place the hands at heart center, or to rest palms up on the knees - Take several deep, soothing breathes through the nose
Photos by @yogawithjq  Be sure to tag @astateofemily @thebodydept and use the hashtag #thebodydept so we can see your posts!

Today is the first day of #thebodydept Instagram yoga challenge! This challenge was designed to inspire creativity and self expression. It’s open to all levels, whether you’re a beginner, or a super advanced yogi feel free to play along and share some of your favorite poses with us! The challenge will work like this: each day will be based on a theme word. I have picked a pose which I feel best embodies what that word means to me. Feel free to do the same pose as me, or do whatever pose you want, just let us know why you chose that pose. The more creative the better! Don’t be shy- you never know what you may learn about yourself along the way! I look forward to seeing all of your posts, don’t forget to use the hashtag #thebodydept and tag myself @astateofemily and @thebodydept so we can see all of your lovely pictures. Please be sure to warm up, listen to your body, and most importantly have fun! 💛


Charlie, world’s cutest sleeper 
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my little baby is famous. 

Don’t forget my challenge that I’m hosting with @thebodydept starts this coming Monday! I hope you all will play along 💜 this challenge was designed to inspire creativity and self expression- don’t be shy you never know what you may learn about yourself along the way! Don’t forget to tag myself and @thebodydept and use the hashtag #thebodydept so we can see all of your lovely pics! I’m super excited to share this with you all 😊 happy Friday!


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Azuma Makoto
Date: 2014.07.15Place: Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

Dale Chihuly museum, Seattle 💚 one of my favorite artists

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Zach McCaffree

Mikey Lion Live at Desert Hearts

Memories <3


CHANEL- Paris- Dallas 2013/2014 Metiers D’Art

Happy 4th of July! God bless us all 


"Braid" (2013) by Patricia Voulgaris, part of her "Fragments" series now on view.

Chris Litwin