photos: Carly Brown
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
It's a love hate practice for me. I love the sensation of being upside down, feeling the blood circulate in a new way and waking up every cell in my body. But my perfectionist side wants to nail a 10 second handstand every single time, which is a bit out of reach for me at the moment. The most difficult thing about inversion is how inconsistent my results are -- some days, I'm spot on and can nail dolphin on my first try and hold it for what feels like an eternity. Other days, I can't even hold a handstand for one breath. But it's the practice that matters. It's the "FAILURE" that leads to a lesson learned. Because with every attempt and every kick up I am learning to listen to my body as it feels in that moment, to breathe into the posture of that moment and let go of any attachment to outcome or result. My goal is to someday hold a 10 second handstand, but my focus is to learn from the process until I can.
My best friend Monique of the blog Wander To Sea is one of my greatest inspirations in inversion and adventure. She just finished a journey driving across America with friends, celebrating her yoga practice and capturing the beauty of her travels along the way. In my eyes, she is a master of inversion, and has been incredibly dedicated to her practice for the last year or so. I have seen her grow so quickly, both upside down and right side up with her bravery on the road and "nothing is impossible" attitude towards life. I watch her instagram videos holding 15 second+ handstands with the Rocky Mountains behind her and think -- this is what life is all about: limitless exploration of the body and the planet. Pushing the boundaries of what is possible, what we can do and what we can see in this lifetime. With a heart of gold and an infectious energy, she captivates all around her and includes them on her journey no matter where they are in their own personal growth. I look up to Monique in so many ways and she constantly inspires me to push myself in my yoga practice as well as in my approach to travel and adventure.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Photos: Carly Brown
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"Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that they're all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey, wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake."
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
There's no place like H O M E.
Travel is great, especially when the main focus of your escapades revolves around chasing perfect peelers, but there's always a feeling of pride, even when abroad, when home is firing. Surfers Shaun Devine, Todd Pace, Steve Owens, and John Streit managed to make the most of an epic swell that hit the East Coast of America a few weeks back, and they captured it perfectly in all its glory.
When my good friend and Jetty Ambassador John Streit started posting these ridiculous photos from a session in Duck, North Carolina, my head started spinning. Classic Outer Banks Gold. I then got a message from another friend, Shaun Devine with some more insane eye candy captioned, "Me and the boys and not another soul in sight!" That's the beauty of this spot, the Duck Research Pier lies tucked away in a quiet fishing town on a chain of tiny islands off the coast of North Carolina. You can easily surf perfect A-frames completely solo. I used to wait tables across the street from this hidden gem. The brown water, thick slabs, and empty lineups scream everything I love about this quaint coastal community. As much as I miss it, I love getting to see my friends trading barrels and sharing stoke in one of my favorite places on Earth.
Check out more of the boys shenanigans on Instagram:
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