I am appalled and saddened to share this story. As a black woman in the yoga industry this stings for real. @yogajournal this is unacceptable. I am truly disappointed. I’m legit FUMING! smh. Sending love and light to you Nicole. Thank you for sharing your truth and bringing it to our attention. I am with you. 💛✨🙏🏽 • • • ”Which cover do you prefer? Three weeks ago, I shot a @yogajournal cover. Last Wednesday (#Juneteenth no less) they posted this survey. In it, they ask their audience to choose their next cover. And posted a cover shoot of me alongside two other covers asking their community to choose. Look at these two photos. Two people, in casual dress and casual postures, giving the camera warm and welcoming vibes. There’s no names, no storytelling, no context about what we might offer between the pages. What are they asking the community to choose between? I don’t have the answers. But I know how this made me feel. I know how this comparison has made me feel for my entire life. The first thing I did was shame myself. What if my skin was whiter? What if my hair wasn’t natural? Am I sitting too casually? When will my body be acceptable enough to sell my story? Yoga Journal published this survey because “the data is predictive of newsstand sales”. And I think that means they don’t think that my picture would have sold. And sometime between shooting and sending it to the printer, there was a worry that I wasn’t good enough physically to represent my story that lies inside. It’s disheartening and disappointing. And it’s nothing new. It’s the cost of doing business. It’s why I’m launching a venture fund next year to invest in underestimated entrepreneurs in wellness (that, ironically, was going to be announced in this issue). I’ve only just started raising, but I’ve launched a micro-grant in the meantime to spark the conversation. This $4,000 grant will go directly to the entrepeneur to support their overall
From mental health to animal welfare to taking care of the earth to supporting women and fellow humans... I believe in a lot of causes. 🌳 One of the biggest issues I advocate for is reducing your impact on the earth. But as I shared with my newsletter fam this week, I had some speed bumps while in NYC. I forgot my travel mug in the hotel room a couple times, resulting in some disposables crossing my path. And while they were made of compostable materials, it was a reminder of how much waste one could produce. I felt pretty guilty but chose #selfcompassion and vowed to #dobetter. 🌻 As an #empath, caring for so many causes can be especially overwhelming because my heart aches for our planet, animals and people in need. And with battling my #chronicillnesses, I can feel limited. But as I continue to focus on getting my health in a more stable position, I've also been trying to take a step back to see where I can be of most service, how I can improve, and how I can best encourage others to feel empowered to make a difference too. 🌎 This week, I’ll be focused on the basics by revisiting areas in our home and lives to see how we can continue to reduce waste. Whether you are a newbie or have been living #lowwaste for years, we can all do better to support Mother Earth. Try monitoring your waste this week or examining any area you want to change. 💛 The first step in making change is understanding your current behaviors (#nojudgements) then introducing new habits one at a time. Small steps *truly* add up to make a big impact! 🌸 What are some causes you believe in? Share below so others can support, too!
When you know better, you do better, or at least you try. And when that doesn’t work you try again. I vow everyday to do the best I can from where I am today. To make the best use of the information I have to do the most good and the least harm. And if I do harm unintentionally I will forgive myself and I hope you will too. It’s taken a lot to get here, but I’m done running the same program in new situations expecting different outcomes. Time to swap out the faulty drives for something a bit more free, creative, expressive, and completely lovingly me. Photo by @whoischazalexander at @eatdrinkvegan #dobetter#lovemore#authentic#youdoyou#trytryagain#writeclubnow
Day one of #ecoawareyogis is extended hand to big toe. We have channeled dramatic changes to our ecosystem and biodiversity in such a huge way, Millions of species are endangered of becoming extinct if changes are not made immediately. From deforestation to our oceans, pollution of our land and water is a major cause to such an extinction of so many species. Every year, 300 to 400 million tons of heavy metals, solvents and toxic sludge are dumped into the world's waters. Our oceans are suffering in ways we could have never imagined. Pollutants such as plastics which never fully decompose are now micro plastic settling into our deep oceans. Becoming part of the food chain. It is our duty to commit to making a change now. Reduce - commit to reducing our use of single use plastics Recycle ♻️ - Do your part in recycling what you can. Reuse- Find ways to reuse and repurpose old bottles, jars and bags Be sure to follow each host and sponsor! Eco-Aware Hosts: @lorenlotus @mariarosefitness @thecyberwitch @yogawithbrittney @jassssmineeee7 Eco-Aware Sponsors: @wolventhreads @kulaeyoga @ilovehighoh @gypsysoulzusa @in_the_weeds_apothecary How to Play! 1.) Repost Flyer 2.) Follow ALL HOSTS & SPONSORS 3.) Tag ALL HOSTS & SPONSORS per post for duration of 6 day Challenge. 4.) Engage with fellow Yogis! Comment on their posts! 5.) Have fun! #sustainability#recycle#reuse#reduce#ecoaware#beachcleanup#asana#yogachallenge#bringawareness#dobetter#learn#sustainable#motherearth#plasticfree#plasticpollution#sustainableliving#makesustainabilitysexy
I had a conversation with a sweet friend today that reminded me how important it is to keep learning, to be open to new information and even to changing your mind when new facts come to light. The entrenched, polarized positions are not going to help us do better. But we need to hold our positions humbly, seeking facts, searching for the honest and compassionate way to do better. Our souls depend on it. . . . #knowbetter#dobetter#mayaangelou#liveandlearn#loveyourneighbor#serveoneanother#faithhopelove
This Thursday Sandlot Sports will be at the Party on McCarty- Free Summer Concert Series- We will be there as a part of our first Sandlot Shares event. Our employees have created a program at Sandlot Sports to encourage community involvement and share positivity and goodwill within the region we live. For our first event, we have partnered with the East Side Soup Kitchen to help raise money for them to continue to provide meals and hope in downtown Saginaw. How can you help? Buy an amazing Saginaw Vibes Tee. Cost? $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50...whatever you see fit. All proceeds go directly to the East Side Soup Kitchen. #partyonmccarty @saginawsoccer @eastsidesoupkitchen #sandlotsports#saginawmi#gogreatlakesbay#dobetter#sandlotshares#saginawvibes#supportyourcommunity#madeinmichigan
Feel free to share this post! Particularly with any teenagers you may know. I'm just trying to get a very important message out there! This is me... aged... around 17 years old... on the left.. I was probably stoned... on the right I was drunk and on who knows what else (wearing the same hoody ironically lol!) Back then I was stoned every day, drunk every other and taking all sorts whenever I could... at the time I NEVER would've imagined my state of mind would be as messed up as it is today and as it has been for the past 10+ years... I was careless and destructive. I thought I knew it all and had it all figured out. Didn't give my future a single bit of consideration.. maybe it was just ignorance.. or maybe I was just never really taught the effects of the lifestyle I was living, I never had the right guidance, I mean, my parents did all they could.. but outside of that.. I had no good role models or education.. I was just in society from a young age doing whatever the fuck I wanted and I never considered the consequences of my actions.... *find the rest in the comment section* - - - #memorylane#reminiscing#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#drugs#alcohol#partylife#depression#anxiety#suicide#suicideawareness#loneliness#lonely#theblackdog#darkplaces#livinginhell#lookingback#history#hope#keepmoving#bestrong#drugsarebad#bebetter#dobetter
Birth. Life. Death. That's the circle of life, right? Do you recognize that we have not just the ability, but a 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚 to help ensure that lives are better- no matter the species- and that deaths are not happening in vain? If you answered yes, and are a part of the foster/animal rescue community, then hopefully you're also involved with TNR in some way. This little girl came to me from my friend (and bad ass cat lady) @heatherlynn8209 yesterday. She was lacking in basically any fur on her belly/chest at all, her feet were almost totally bald, she weighed in at only 67g and she had an overall 'wrinkled look'- all signs of a preemie. Sadly, despite supportive care she didn't make it through the day. She, like hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of kittens this year, was born to an outside cat that has not yet been TNR'd. According to the US Humane Society, approximately only 2% of the 30 to 40 million feral and stray cats have been spayed or neutered. The 98% of "intact" cats produce around 80% of the kittens born in the U.S. each year. We HAVE to do better, and we can. When I first started to foster, I would accept a bottle baby and not ask where it came from beyond "Are there more I should know about?".... Now, I follow up. I make sure that there aren't any more, but I also help the feeders or just the local neighborhood people find TNR groups and resources to ensure that they cycle stops there. And I follow up to make sure that it happens- if I don't here back, I reach out to those areas and ask personally ensure that trapping is happening in that area. Fostering is amazing, and don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it. But wouldn't it be even more amazing if we weren't quite so needed? If there weren't so many kittens being born on the streets? Looking for more information on TNR? I highly suggest checking out the following pages on IG: @myfosterkittens @the_original_trapking @catmanofwestoakland
Today I turned 41 and a new chapter has begun. My mission has always been to help people to become their true self. It’s time for the next step, to step it up and pay it forward. I’m working on it with @nancy_poleon. She helps me to go deeper and do better. I couldn’t have asked for a better critical friend. It’s scary and great at the same time. As was being her guest on her podcast. More will follow! 😃💪🏾🎉 #feelthefearanddoitanyway#becoming#dobetter#nomoreexcuses#happy
Primeiro eu falei que treino a mais de 15 anos. Alguns anos desperdiçados aí, é vdd! Mas amo e odeio esses anos igualmente. Odeio por ter perdido tanto dinheiro com mensalidade de academia 😂 mas amo por ter passado pelo processo e construído a base do que sou e sei hoje. Enfim, ela não acreditou, novamente falou que com ctz eu tomo algo. . Aí depois falei que do começo do ano pra cá desisti de tentar fazer as coisas por mim mesmo e fui ao nutricionista porque apesar de hj saber bastante sobre o assunto, não tava conseguindo colocar em prática sozinho, precisava prestar contas a alguém... De novo ela insistiu em algo milagroso que eu tomo... . Depois falei que sou formado em educação física, apaixonado, leio e estudo muito sobre treinos e isso me ajuda a entender alguns processos do nosso corpo e a não treinar fofo e etc... Já sabem né?! A pessoa fez cara de quem sabia que não era só isso. . Eqto eu não falei que tomava whey e creatina ELA NÃO SOSSEGOU e ainda falou "SABIA Q VC TOMAVA ALGUMA COISA" 🤨 . Tá aí o erro de muita gente! Colocar todas as esperanças em alguma substância mágica que vai fazer todo o trabalho pra ela. Mesmo que eu falasse ANABOLIZANTES.... Vai lá, usa todos, não treine certo, não coma certo, não descanse pra ver o que te acontece... . Enfim, parem de ser preguiçosos! O processo é lento? É! É doloroso? É! Mas se não fosse, todos seriam iguais. Assim como é a maioria, iguais de um jeito ruim. Sedentários, acima do peso, cheios de doenças. Pq isso é cômodo até que seu corpo cobre o preço. #bemore#dobetter
Allow me to recognize Tina, the winner of most “skeletal muscle % increase” from the 6 week body transformation challenge. We started May 6 - June 22! Results are in 👏🏾 👏🏾 - (SWIPE ➡️➡️ RIGHT 👉🏾👉🏾): To see more of what she accomplished in the 6 Week Body Transformation Challenge! - The healthy active lifestyle journey continues because there’s always more room for improvement and bettering ourselves... #muscleincrease#mondaymotivation • Link in bio to start my Body transformation program
I was young & dumb once & this was my reality. But now, HELL NO!! Ladies & gents, no matter if he’s your “type”, if there’s red flags...RUN & don’t look back. Why waste another second of your life with someone who isn’t going to grow with you? #dobetter#getout#relationships#redflags
Welcome to the first #martecmonday of summer! With all the rain we have gotten, it's more like #monsoonsummer, right? Last week's mystery part was a non-adjustable torque arm from Hutchens. We list it as both the 20HT71500 and the HUT715-00! This week is probably a gimme, but we'll see! #martecintl#dobetter
Me & this little ballerina left the grocery store today feeling pretty proud of ourselves! We brought & remembered to use (#mombrain) our reusable grocery & produce bags! We left with all our groceries in FIVE bags when normally it’s about 20/25 plastic bags! Small steps matter! 🌱 • Did you know? One billion plastic bags are used by Americans every year! Tied together they would reach around the earths equator 773 times!