Fall Fitness on Instagram

This fall has been a roller coaster ride in terms of my fitness goals. Here are some of my instagram yoga pics from this season. September and the first half of October was a challenge for me because I had a lumbar sprain (happened during Zumba class, probably while chest pumping or twerking) that led to further complications – sacro-iliac joint dysfunction and sciatica. I had to ease off my teaching, and working as a nurse was no fun either with a permanent ice pack strapped to my butt. I continued my at-home yoga practice, sticking to the easy poses, laying off backbends. Slowly but surely, the back healed, and I am back at it, full force, picking up where I left off and making progress. I’m sure you can tell that I enjoy being part of the IG yoga community. Not only has it opened my eyes to learning new things, but I have become closer to accepting and appreciating my body. When I first started taking these pics, I was so picky about the way my body looked, not posting some of them because I thought I looked too short, too stubby, too big, too small, too muscular, too soft, blah, blah, blah. I compared myself to other yoga girls and guys who looked long and lean in their poses. I didn’t want to show my arms or my legs in particular angles- ridiculous thoughts! Now I no longer base my fitness goals on how I look. It is all about my ability and what I can do, and I am much more at ease with myself. I encourage everyone to start a personal yoga practice, no matter what level you are on. It may take a while for you to like it though- it took me a lonnnngggg time to not have to force myself to do it. I still have to give myself a pep talk before doing some poses, but I am always grateful afterwards. Namaste peeps. You can follow my yoga journey on IG: @reesekistel

7 thoughts on “Fall Fitness on Instagram

  1. Darling! You are an awsome woman. Beautiful, talented, young, sweet. You have a powerful look in your eyes. Why asking how you are or you might be? You have a beautiful body. No doubt about it! I hope your full recovery lasts for ever (and ever!). All you yoga pics are really motivating me to start yoga. Thanks for sharing always! When you are away for a while I ask myself if you are ok….take lots of care.
    Hugs from Spain

  2. This is inspiring, no doubt about it. This is so refreshing to see among all the makeup and fashion hauls, makeup tutorials, that beauty bloggers post about, don’t get me wrong I love those things too, but sometimes let’s get real, and down to what’s important! It’s all about balance, taking care of yourself. You do this beautifully.

  3. I find you so interesting. Such depth and charm, and a risk taker. You seem to be someone who dances to her own tune. These are amazing photos. The poses and the editing. Thanks for sharing. Go inspire!

  4. From the bottom of my heart, thank you ladies for your thoughtful words. These words give me a lift when I feel unsure about myself. Even before posting this, I second guessed myself if it was the right thing to do. There have been times when I have felt that the people around me didn’t really understand why I do what I do or like what I like, but it is your words that give me that little nudge to keep this going – this blog, yoga, fitness, DIYs, hair tutorials, etc. Thank you, thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say and for your comments. xo

  5. You look fantastic. Your flexibility and dedication to fitness are incredible and inspirational! Your body is so good to you, always love it. We appreciate you! So glad you are feeling better!

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