Y’all, yesterday I was kind of showered by love: both @plusmodelmag and @sheknows featured articles about the #SizeDoesntMatter Challenge (links to both articles can be found on my blog- click the link in my Instagram header to check them out).

I am so impressed by all of you. Seriously. You guys are why this challenge has received recognition- I’m in awe of all of you. Today’s challenge pose is all about lifting yourself up- I’ll post my photo later tonight, but check in my w/ boo @yoga_davina for some sick variations. But in the mean time, please know that I’m struck dumb by the awesomeness that I see when I click on this hashtag. I honor the FUCK out of your practice.

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 29 of September’s #SizeDoesn’tMatter Yoga Challenge: Vrishikasana (Scorpion Pose)

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I’m working on scorpion in forearm stand- feel free to work any variation of this pose for today. This pose is really intense- I am working on being able to hold it for more than just a couple of breaths. At this point, I’m not even immediately focused on moving it away from the wall- for the record, I ALWAYS use a wall to work into this pose. I received a lot of guidance on this pose via various Kathryn Budig flows on Yogaglo and I’ve actually posted a couple of different resources on my Facebook page to help you practice this pose- link is in my header. Basically, always focus on melting your chest and your heart forward as opposed to bending your knees. As your chest melts, your legs will naturally drift further down. It is really important to be very warmed up before attempting this pose- don’t just try to rush into it. It is much better to chill in #dolphinpose, raising your legs one at a time, or just getting used to the sensation of #pinchamayurasana than to bust your ass because you thought you needed to be a fucking scorpion. Yoga is awesome, injuring yourself is not.

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3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

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You guys, I have had so much fun hosting this month’s #SizeDoesntMatter Challenge w/ my boo @yoga_davina, and I’m excited to have two of my favorite instayogis pick up the baton next month- @yogimj & @biggalyoga will be sharing 31 days of yoga poses with you throughout the month of October! Can I also say that I’m a little ‘internet starstruck’ to have @biggalyoga involved with this challenge? Literally, her practice is a HUGE (HUGEHUGEHUGE) part of why I even began documenting my own practice. Check them out as we wind down this month and get ready to support each other next month- you guys are truly proving that Size Doesn’t Matter!

Also, tomorrow’s challenge pose is #scorpionpose- I’ll post a photo and MAYBE a video tomorrow but in the mean time…

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 28 of #SizeDoesntMatter is #AdhoMukhaVrksasana (#Handstand). I’ve only recently begun successfully kicking into this pose- every time it happens it literally feels like a complete surprise. I’m always shocked by how stable I feel- I usually have to remind myself to come back down as opposed to naturally falling out of the pose. I also use progress with my handstand as continued motivation in my core work- I know that a stronger core is the key to holding this pose away from the wall. Every #navasana is a step toward standing stoically on my two hands- regardless of whether or not my chubby belly likes it, we are going to get there. Come hell or high water.

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 27 of #SizeDoesntMatter is #PinchaMayurasana (#Forearmstand). When I first began practicing #inversions, I thought forearm stand seemed like a good place to start because of my weak wrists- as opposed to the intimidation of a full handstand, I thought a forearm balance would be a great jumping off point. Little did I know how long it would take me to finally get into this expression- months and months of core strengthening, as well as extended practice with blocks and straps. And I still spend quite a bit of time just hanging out in #dolphinpose, building the necessary strength to take this inversion away from the wall without splaying my arms and sinking into my midsection.. In the early days, I remember reading a blog entry by @colorsofapril about baby steps into this pose (link is on my Facebook) and she said that you might spend a while just practicing dolphin pose before pincha became accessible. I was like “oh, I’ve been practicing dolphin pose forever- this should be a snap!” Um….yeah, I was wrong about that one. #invertyoself
#invertyocurves

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 26 of #SizeDoesntMatter is #sirasana- #headstand. I am still in pursuit of a free standing inversion practice- I look forward to inverting my curves in a wide variety of locations but my living room wall is home for right now. And I’m ok w/ that. #invertyoself #invertyocurves #inversion

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 25 of #SizeDoesntMatter is #parsvabakasana (#SideCrow). Or in my case….side crow PREP.

Um, let’s talk about that awkward moment when you spend an excessive amount of time trying to work your way into a pose that you’ve legit NEVER done before. You get totally worked up and frustrated because you’re SO CLOSE-you can tell exactly what you need to change about your body in order to get where you need to be but you just. can’t. make IT HAPPEN. And that’s when you start hating everything- your practice, your life, your legs, your belly, etc.

Yeppp- that’s where I found myself yesterday when I was working on my side crow- I’m not proud of it but it totally happened. At that moment, when I started to feel like a psychopath, I literally pumped the breaks on my practice. I think everyone probably has moments of obsessive compulsion and I have too many in my regular life to let them filter into my #yoga practice. So…this is where I am with this pose right now. Trying to work on bending my knees and getting comfortable with the twisting element. I fully expect to eventually work into a full side crow, but I don’t want to get there by way of psycho obsessive behavior, ya dig?

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 24 of #SizeDoesntMatter is #Bakasana (#CrowPose). It is such a shame that the facial expression captured in this moment is one of concentration because moments after the shutter clicked, I was smiling like a five year old (which probably explains why I very quickly toppled over into my cushion spot). @Yoga_Davina’s tip about keeping your butt up in the air during the prep stage for this pose is especially helpful for me because (um, duh) my butt is huge and it’s hard for me to find my balance if I don’t start with my hips and butt already lifted. Maybe that’s just a thick girl problem but either way- give it a try if you’re having trouble finding your balance. I’m trying to be cool about it, but I’m kind of feeling like a beast right now.


To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!