THEME BY MARAUDERSMAPS
R a c h a e l D e e

my name is rachael.
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There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable:
I love. I have loved. I will love.
The Time Traveler's Wife

It took me a long time to realize this:
We get to choose what defines us.
Sarah Addison Allen


|rachael runs | y o g a | outfits |
wild thing from downward facing dog:
begin in downward facing dog and lift one leg high.
bend lifted leg back in the opposite direction
continue the motion so that your leg opens your hips and as your lifted foot plants on the ground, rotate and reach the arm of the same side
keep all your weight in your planted foot (the one that lifted) and the arm of the opposite side
hold here before shifting your weight to come into full wheel

wild thing from downward facing dog:

  • begin in downward facing dog and lift one leg high.
  • bend lifted leg back in the opposite direction
  • continue the motion so that your leg opens your hips and as your lifted foot plants on the ground, rotate and reach the arm of the same side
  • keep all your weight in your planted foot (the one that lifted) and the arm of the opposite side
  • hold here before shifting your weight to come into full wheel
wild thing from high side plank:
begin in high side plank with all your weight in your supporting arm and leg. 
bend and lift your top leg while also lifting your hips high.
 plant the reaching foot solidly and shift your weight. 
reach the leg back and as your hips twist, stretch your top arm high and use your supporting arm to push your hips up even higher and into the backbend - all weight should be in your initial supporting arm and the leg that reached back.
 from here you can hold and then put weight in your reaching arm to shift into full wheel pose. 

wild thing from high side plank:

  • begin in high side plank with all your weight in your supporting arm and leg.
  • bend and lift your top leg while also lifting your hips high.
  • plant the reaching foot solidly and shift your weight.
  • reach the leg back and as your hips twist, stretch your top arm high and use your supporting arm to push your hips up even higher and into the backbend - all weight should be in your initial supporting arm and the leg that reached back.
  • from here you can hold and then put weight in your reaching arm to shift into full wheel pose. 

#aprilintentions day 17

wild thing - hosted by me!

this, to me, is one of the most beautiful poses and is so perfectly named. i hope you all feel wild and beautiful when you do it, because that’s how i feel every time. there are many different ways to get into wild thing and i will be posting two .gif images demonstrating how i flow into this pose from high side plank and from downward facing dog! so look for each of those for a detailed description of how to get into them as well as a visual aid. 

things to remember:

  • keep your weight in your planted hand and foot - they should be opposite (right hand and left foot or vice versa). keep the other arm and leg light and stretch them.
  • remember this is a heart opener, and it also stretches your arms, shoulders, and quadriceps! 
  • breathe deeply throughout and don’t be afraid to shift your weight around and play.
  • to get out of this pose, plant your reaching hand and then adjust your feet to come into full wheel pose, then you can lower down gently.

for modifications: if full wheel pose isn’t a part of your regular practice, i would recommend working on that today! this pose is a deep back bend but also requires the strength of a solid wheel pose.

happy thursday, you wild things! <3

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for dins tonight we made salmon burgers with lemon dill Greek yogurt sauce on top of spinach with peppers, macadamia nuts, and balsamic!

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#aprilintentions day 13

mermaid pose hosted by donutyogi ! 

playing catchup here today! haven’t had a chance to take photos the last few days. this pose always feels so good - i love the quad stretch and this pose is part of my regular morning flow. 

these are my two new favourite yoga photos, i think. i look like a muscular little fairy or something and idk i just like that a lot. 

hi rachael :) hope you are having a wonderful day! i was just wondering, do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
Anonymous

hi! i am, hope you are too!

i actually consider myself to be an ambivert who tends more toward introversion.

my briggs myers & jung personality type is INFP. 

this is a very accurate personality description for me! :)

#aprilintentions day 16

two-legged inverted staff pose hosted by tothemarathonandback!

when i saw how this photo came out i just couldn’t resist flipping it to complete the shape. today’s intention is to love - so much and so well. 

dangit, i just responded privately by accident to someone who wanted the overeating anon to message them.

so if that was you, respond here! and anon, check the notes!

Hi rachael! I admire everything about you! Lately, I've been in a terrible place. I keep thinking about food and get such terrible cravings & end up overeating a lot. I've gained 35 pounds & I if i gain 5 more i will be borderline diabetic. I dont know how to stop. I feel like i have no control over food. I then decide to restrict everything & then everything gets worse. When i don't restrict, i just overeat aswell & cant seem to find a balance in life with anything. Any advice? thank you <333
Anonymous

I’m really sorry but I don’t have any experience whatsoever with disordered eating, bingeing, or restricting so I’m really not qualified to give any kind of advice on these matters. I think if you can recognize that something is off or out of your control you should tell someone you trust and perhaps seek the appropriate healthcare professional, because that’s definitely what I would do in this situation.

Hi Rachel! Before i ask my question, i'd just like to say i adore you! Your outfits, your running, your yoga, your beliefs! :) You're so wonderful. Anyway, i was just wondering how you keep your hands from slipping on your mat when in poses like downward dog? My hands always sweat and they end up slipping:(
Anonymous

hey! aw, thank you. so kind! my hands don’t usually slip on my Manduka Pro mat. if they’re quite sweaty and clammy they do, but my hands rarely sweat. i’m not a very sweaty person at all unless i’m doing strenuous activity like running and even then not very much, only if i’m in a hot environment, like outside in the summer.

if you find your hands slip quite a bit, you can try laying a towel down! a regular bath towel can help or they make yoga towels designed to get sticky as your hands get sweaty. i have a manduka eQua towel and if i want a really grippy surface i’ll lay it down and sprinkle drops of water on the spots i want to be sticky (like where your hands and feet go in downward facing dog) and that makes it SUPER grippy. i like to do this if i’m practicing plank poses, such as partridge or side plank variations where i really need my feet and hands to stick.

Do you have any tips for beginner yogis ? I feel so overwhelmed seeing all these crazy poses and people resembling pretzels that I have no idea where to begin.
Anonymous

this question and also:

"Hi! I really want to start doing yoga but I don’t know where to begin. Id prefer doing it in my home too rather than joining a class. Do you have any suggestions on where to begin? Thanks love!”

and

"When you started yoga, where/how did you learn? Are there any youtubers or anything you watched? I suck at following drawings or written out instructions but videos do help. I tried tara stiles but i’m really weak and my core shakes so bad whenever i try to do her videos”

and

"Is there a way to start yoga idk it sounds weird how do you start d you just practice the same moves everyday?? also does yoga help to strengthen your core and build abs? thank you x!”

to all: please read my FAQ.  (you know how when you clicked on “ask” and the box says “please read my FAQ” at the top? maybe start there?)

also - if you ask a question on anon that can be answered by reading my FAQ, i am now deleting them immediately. so if you don’t see a response from me, read there. if you ask me a question that is personal or could be answered with “none of your business”, you can also assume i’ve deleted it. 

I love looking at your blog and little bits of your life for inspiration! You're like my girl crush- beautiful, smart, sweet and kick ass at yoga! How do you manage to fit things in your days? With yoga, running and school work? I'm going to uni after summer and I'm getting a bit anxious that my excerise, yoga, job and social life will not all be able to continue when I start school again! Any tips for time management? Thanks for having this tumblr and being an all around awesome person! X
Anonymous

hey! thank you for the kind words! i really appreciate it.

time management is tough sometimes but definitely possible! i’m the type to work well with lists, so most days i will make a list of things that i want to get accomplished that day, things that are mandatory. these are usually academic, and i try to make the list manageable so it’s not too daunting. then i kind of intersperse my day with my elective activities based on my time and how the day is going, and based on their priority. so since my half marathon is coming up, my running takes precedent as an elective in my day. if i’m productive and know i can take an hour to go for my run, i’ll do that. and then if i have enough time, i’ll fit in some yoga too. this morning i made yoga a priority because it had gone on the back burner for the last 3 days and also because today is a rest day for running. 

i’m lucky in that my academic work is all independent at this point (finishing up my thesis) so i can schedule my day however i like. when you have a more fixed schedule, i find it easier to really schedule out my day rather than play it by ear. if you schedule a workout or a social activity into your day ahead of time, you can plan for it accordingly and not worry that you’re “wasting” time.

hope that helps! 

#aprilintentions day 15

king cobra pose hosted by bendyrae!

i’ve been able to do this pose since i was about 4 years old. i remember it always being something i would use to show off - “i’ll bet you this granola bar i can touch my feet to the back of my head!” (yeah, grade school Rach was always after the granola bars) and even when i didn’t work out or stretch i’ve always been able to do it. it always makes me think of that episode of Friends:

Monica: I wonder what age it is that people stop being able to touch their feet to the back of their heads.

Phoebe: Oh, I can still do that.

Monica: How are you still single?! 

:)

what do you think about boy who do yoga?
Anonymous

hah i think everyone can do yoga and enjoy it! gender doesn’t matter a bit.