Gratitude and Yoga

I’m not the person you want to see doing yoga.  Honestly, I’ve ‘attempted’ yoga a few times at home . . . when nobody is watching. . . . to one of my wife’s yoga videos.  Not the easiest thing in the world.  However, I was looking at the ‘most popular’ posts on Instagram one day and this picture of a person doing an insane yoga pose was on there.

WOW!  From Rachel Brathen's FB Page

WOW! From Rachel Brathen’s FB Page

Now, I can barely stand on one foot so to see someone balancing on their head on what looks like an uneven, and very hard surface, was unfathomable.  Welcome to Rachel Brathen’s Yoga~ follow her on instagram (@yoga_girl)  and you’ll see some awesome yoga pictures . . . and scenery as well since she practices and lives somewhere in the Caribbean.

Rachel Brathen Yoga

I Can Hardly Balance on my two feet on a surfboard – now that’s just showing off! From Rachel Brathen Yoga

She also shares some pretty cool thoughts ~ one of my favorites was: “Did you know that the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive?  Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated?  Did you know the one who takes care of others is usually the one who needs to be taken care of the most?  Did you know the three hardest things to say are I Love You, I’m Sorry, and Help Me.

Sometimes just because a person looks  happy, you have to look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in.  To all of you who are going through some issues right now – let’s start an intention avalanche.  We all need positivity and love right now.  Set your intention for the day.  Today I will give love to every person that crosses my path.  Today I am compassionate.  Today is a beautiful day.  Repeat. . . share . .  spread.”

Buddies . . Cousins . . Friends

Buddies . . Cousins . . Friends

I’m lucky for a supportive ohana and extended ohana.  Through thick and thin, I’ve always felt loved and supported.  I read this and realized how lucky I am for great people in my life and . . . . . how I need to recommit to always look at how I can be a positive force out there today.  I love that about “local” ohana and friends ~ you always know you’ve got a great group that will always be there for you.  My challenge: be that person for others and be a catalyst for good!

Thx Rachel for the thoughts. . . . . now to learn how to balance on my head on a surfboard off a secluded beach on Maui.  🙂

4 thoughts on “Gratitude and Yoga

  1. Love this post! The quote is very true ~ the Strongest ones are always the ones who need the most help in the Re-Boot department. The Strongest ones also always look great doing a headstand in a bikini on the beach…BAAAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for this inspiring post bro!

    • Thanks so much Hope the weather out your way isn’t too bad! I know the feeling about doing yoga ~ I see some of these handstand pictures and think to myself, “it can’t be THAT hard, can it?” Then I attempt to do it and . . . . . well . . . . . makes me appreciate their strength and balance more. 🙂

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