4 Reasons…

I circled four reasons why I should never share this photo with the world.

After a lovely hike with my guy and some friends and a soak in the hotsprings, I wanted to do yoga in the river. So, photos of said yoga commenced.

When I saw the photos I was appalled. How could I ever post these? More than that, who let me wear a swim suit?

I was sad. Very sad. Even with years of yoga and months of hiking I’m still riddled with cellulite and chubby. 🙁

I circled for you the four main areas of immediate concern. So you can see what concerns me (I’m sure you’ll have your own concerns).

But I just kept thinking, it was such a hard pose to hold in the water why didn’t my work shine through instead of my failures?

Then it hit me, I can tell you about the work that the photo doesn’t show. Instead of four reasons why not to post this pic here are four reasons why I’m proud of it.

1. Taking a hike down a random trail with people I care about sums up my sense of life perfectly. We never know where a road will lead unless we follow it and we can get anywhere with the help of those we love.

2. Wearing a swimsuit boldly in a body over a size four is profound (and really every woman I know sees flaws, so size really isn’t the barrier here). It’s the mere act of being happy in the body we currently possess and that is radical. So my posting this is my way of being happy that my thicc legs hiked my belly…err body to this magical river point.

3. It’s damn hard to balance on one leg, on river rocks, in ice cold water. Drishti (focus) is easy when you focus on one point but what about when water is rushing over that one point? It’s disorienting AF. But, I did it. Even when difficult, our focus is vital to success.

4. No one else gives a damn what I look like. We are all so self-involved that we care about what WE look like. It’s just like yoga practice in a group setting. No one else is judging you because we are all too busy judging ourselves (online trolls excluded from this thought).

How many photos have you deleted because you weren’t perfect in them? How many photos have you not taken because you weren’t “ready?” How much of your life is not documented because you are judging where you are?

I invite you to join me in finding four reasons why you will post a photo that will spark your inner bravery! Add the #EveryBodyYogaWithMegan so I can bear witness to your adventure in self love!

As always, Namaste my loves!

Megan

Coherent Breathing Breakdown

If you know me at all you know I love Yoga Nidra and White Light Meditation. I love 4 count breathing (or square breathing) and I am a believer of the power of Solfeggio frequency music.  (No worries if none of that made sense, I will be getting you more info on them soon). 

But, my current love is Coherent Breathing.  The focus is on a specific breathing pattern that allows for the greatest balance within the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The brain child of Stephen Elliott, this breathing pattern has been studied since 2013 and some interesting research can be found here.

There is a lot of science and information about it but I am a big fan of just trying things out. Especially breath work. It’s free and is unlikely to hurt you. If you feel like you need more air, breathe. If you feel light headed, take a moment in your natural breath and jump back in. As an asthmatic, I understand needing to know I am in control of my oxygen intake. So you do what works for you. 

To begin this practice start by simply laying down or taking an easy seat.  The long term goal is to breathe at a rate of five breaths per minute. You may have to work up to this 6 count breath. I typically start by inhaling for four counts, pausing, then exhaling for four counts, pausing, then repeat. I do this a couple times then up my count until I reach the count of six.  That’s it. Really. But the benefits are many. 

Ideally, you want to do this type of breath for up to 20 minutes a day.  Maybe trade your meditation for this breath work for a week and see how you feel.  Or start with 5 minutes before you hop out of bed in the morning. Do what you can and make space for not being the perfect Coherent Breather on the planet. 

There is some available music to help you breath in rhythm so you don’t have to focus on counting so much.  I find this helpful and put the timer on so I can dial into my breath and not focus on anything else until the bell rings me back to the day. 

For more information check out the New York Times discussion as well.  

Check it out, try it on, and let me know your thoughts!

Much love, 

Megan

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April Yoga Goals

20 Minutes a Day for 20 Days

Every morning from April 11- May 1 you will receive a link to a 20 minute yoga practice. 

Your link will be live for 72 hours (last class will be accessible through May 3rd). 

I look forward to sharing space and time with you! I will be traveling for the bulk of these classes so join me from West Texas to the beaches of Florida!

Megan

Get Zen!

Meditation is just a click away!

Each day you will receive a meditation, varying in length and style, to help you get better acquainted with…you. 

This is a 30 day program and you will be emailed links daily. To help you stay true to your meditation commitment the link will only be active for 48 hours. 

March Yoga Goals!

March Yoga Goals

20 Minutes a Day for 20 Days

Every morning from March 8-27 you will receive a link to a 20 minute yoga practice. 

Your link will be live for 72 hours (last class will be accessible through March 30th). 

There will be a *bonus* live class, March 31st at 6:30pm central.

Sign up today by emailing EveryBodyYogawithMegan@gmail.com.

I look forward to sharing space and time with you!

Want Accountability? You can sign up for the daily text reminder for just $5.

Megan

21

I am here to help you stay the course. It can be hard to start or maintain a yoga practice. Other things start to take precedent, sleeping in a bit more or going to happy hour. Then all of a sudden it has been two weeks since you came home to your mat.

So, I have created a little January re-do program.

21

21 is 21 days of live content (that you can access on demand too). Each practice will be roughly 21 minutes and meant to help you start your day with intention. And I am doing this for you, at a very reasonable rate of $21 for the entire program. Actually, let’s be honest, a drop in at most studios is more than that. So, I am doing all I can to remove the barriers to your practice.

Each day we will focus on an area of the body and each week we will build on that area. Example, Monday will be low back. Week one will be an ease into low back but by week three we will be delving deeper into that muscle group.

The virtual program will be taking a different turn. I will be ending my relationship with Patreon and focusing on building YouTube accessible content. Therefore, in order to receive the On Demand content (this is not the same as the morning live class), you will need to subscribe to my YouTube channel to access the content. At this point, I do not have an easy link to share with you here so, upon registering for 21 you will receive a link in your confirmation email.

Click HERE to direct Sign up!

Link not working? You can also:
Email EveryBodyYogaWithMegan@gmail.com with 21 in the Subject. Give me your name and PayPal or Venmo information. An invoice will be sent. Upon Payment you will receive an email confirmation and the link to YouTube. Each morning, a ZOOM link will be sent for the live stream class.