Fresh off a 20-hour travel day yesterday, what’s the first thing I did this morning? Deep heavy squats. ⠀ Traveling can be exhausting on my body, and can wreak havoc on my workout plans, but ain’t nobody got time for excuses. The more that I step into the role of coach / mentor / influencer, I realized I have a responsibility to walk the walk. Even on days like today where I was so stiff, and didn’t want to go to the gym, I gotta walk it like I talk it. ⠀ Thank you to all of YOU who follow my journey and inspire me to share the process with you daily. Now go to the gym and hit some squats! ⠀ If you’re struggling, remember: “BIP! YUP! OOF!”
The last time I posted a picture like this, I got a lot of negative comments and messages about how this is gross and chauvinistic. And how I was just trying to show that I’m a ladies man. ⠀ In reality, it’s not that at all. It’s a group of friends getting together to make some art with their bodies. If you think this is chauvinistic, that says more about you than me. ⠀ And those who really know me, know I’m not a ladies man at all... I don’t remember the last time I even went on a date. ⠀ Tag your friends who you want to try this with. (It helps if they’re all much smaller than you)
Superwomen! I’m surrounded by super women. ⠀ Thank you to all the super women who came out to practice today. Your energy brings me so much joy. Also, shoutout to the two dudes who came today. Thanks for representing for the fellas. One more day of classes in Barcelona tomorrow, then it’s back to the US for a month in Texas. 🤠 ⠀ Tag two super women who you want to try this pose with!
My Yoga story: I went to my first Yoga class at age 23. It was taught by my mother, and... I hated it. I was incredibly inflexible (in body and mind), and I didn’t want to come back. ⠀ Over time I learned to love the practice and embrace the challenges, both physical and mental, that I encountered on the mat. Fast forward almost 10 years, and I’m hosting yoga retreats with my Mom! ⠀ Big news: Today Alo launched Alo Gives, a nonprofit that is dedicated to bringing yoga & mindfulness to the world by providing a free curriculum of 5-minute videos to do in the classroom or at home helping to introduce mental & physical skills that are a part of social & emotional learning. We’re bringing Yoga to millions of kids, how cool is that?! ⠀ How old were you when you first tried yoga or meditation? I am tagging @dylanwerneryoga, @patrickbeach, @diceyoga, @seanphelpsyoga, & @benjaminlampertii and challenging you to take a photo & share your story too! Pass it on and spread the word! Help us bring yoga & mindfulness to the world. #AloGives
Irish belly dancing! The first 100 hours of the Dublin YTT are in the books. I already miss their smiling faces and funny accents. Here are some things we learned: Breathwork. Everyday. Belly / Bandha work. Every morning. Wake yourself up from the inside out. Be silly. As much as possible. Life is too short to take thing too seriously. The jokes this week were hilarious, and probably not PC to share here. See you all again in August!
Free workshop giveaway! Here’s how to win! 1. Like this photo. 2. Tag 3 friends who like to have fun. 3. Click the link in my bio and sign up for my email list. If you’re already signed up, no worries, put it in again! Check your email for a welcome message (make sure it didn’t go to the “spam” folder) 4. That’s it! I’ll use a randomizer to select a lucky winner in 48 hours. Follow my stories over the next few days to see who wins. 5. Good luck! ⠀ For a full list of workshop locations: YogaWithCarson.com/schedule (link in my bio)
Texas friends! I have 7 stops planned in Texas this year, and they’re all pretty soon. Be sure to sign up ASAP so you don’t miss out. ⠀ Can’t make it to class, but want to work together? Let’s do a private lesson. Send me a message to set it up. ⠀ Tag your friends who live in these cities: ⠀ HOUSTON - March 23-24 @bigpoweryoga COLLEGE STATION - March 26-28 @yogapodcollegestation DALLAS - March 29-31 @yogafactorytx FRISCO - April 1-4 @horizonhotyoga EL PASO - April 13-14 @hotboxyogaep SAN ANTONIO - May 11 @blackswanyogasanantonio SAN MARCOS - May 12 @reddawgyoga ⠀ Sign-up info and full teaching schedule at YogaWithCarson.com/schedule (link in bio)
Another Yoga pose discussion! This “cow face” bind, what do you think? ⠀ Personally, I’m not a fan. Using one arm to crank the other arm deeper sounds like a recipe for injury. If we’re seeking functional shoulder mobility, letting go of the bind, and hovering your arms an inch off of your back would serve you much better (FRC anyone?) ⠀ I was in a class the other day, and the teacher cued this bind. I was doing my active mobility work (not binding, using my muscles to actively control myself). The teacher was walking around and for anyone who didn’t have the bind, she either gave them a strap to bind, or cranked their arms into the “desired” shape *cringe*. ⠀ When I saw she was getting close to me, I took the bind to avoid being shoved into the position. Normally the bind would have irritated my shoulders, but because I had just done ~30 seconds of active mobility work, my passive range of motion was much deeper. ⠀ What do you think? Binds, do you like them? Which ones? Why? Why not? ⠀ I don’t think there are any right or wrong opinions here, I just want to hold space for all of you to share your thoughts and experiences. ⠀ P.S. I miss the beach. Do you live near a beach? Please invite me to your beach.
Sound on! 🔊 For International Women’s Day, I have to give a big shoutout to the most amazing woman in the world, my mom. She is the reason I started this yoga journey, and I’m internally grateful to her.
AND, we’re hosting a yoga retreat together this summer! July 7th-12th in Northern Virginia at Lake Barcroft (20 minutes from DC). ⠀ 5 days of morning Ashtanga Mysore practice (no prior experience necessary) afternoon inversion workshops (get ready to handstand!) and all the fun and sun on the lake in the meantime between time. ⠀ Stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, boat rides, swimming, beach volleyball, hot tubbing, lounging by the pool, ping pong, fortnite, you name it! ⠀ Early bird pricing just went live. Save $200 by putting down your deposit today. Singles and couples packages available, so tag your friends (or moms!) who you want to have a life-changing experience with. I promise you, a week with my mother is worth the price of admission. ⠀ If you have any questions, leave a comment here, or send me a DM! ⠀ All retreat info at tinyurl.com/LakeYogaRetreat2019 (click the link in my bio)