Yogi Selects x Flexx_Inkyjaja

The first time I witnessed Flexx_Inkyjaja doing yoga was during the movingart show! I was definitely impressed to see her doing yoga moves I wouldn’t expect! Read below to learn more about Flexx!

Yoga can take time to see results… How does having patience help your practice? 

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-1-40-46-amWhen I first started yoga I had NO patience! I rushed into poses, forgot to breathe, and was a hot head when the poses in my mind did not play out how I wanted on the mat. Through time and consistency in my personal practice I have gained patience. Now I understand that certain postures may take me longer, I’m not going to have perfect balance and that Eka Pada Sirsasana is just not in my practice; and I’m ok with that. By staying patient and giving myself realistic goals is my practice prospers.

What are 3 things you must have before bringing out the mat to practice? screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-1-45-01-am

•Sweet Jasmine incense 

•Silence

•Infinity Strap

Pranayama or breathing consciously is a essential aspect of yoga.. What has the power or breathing taught you? 

Through my yoga journey I had the pleasure of meeting a Haitian yoga teacher in Ruskin, FL who had been teaching for over 20 years. In her classes she taught of letting your breath move through you which was much needed for me because in more advance bends and postures I had a Bad habit of holding my breath. With her help and adjustments I was able to learn the proper way to deepen and lengthen my poses through the power of breathing.

Have you had any yoga related dreams or hard to explain meditation experiences? Feel free to share 

I guess a hard to explain experience is that I meditate and dream complete nothingness. screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-2-25-09-am I always hear about how people come across a super profound moment through meditation or can seem to recall a dream so vividly that they describe it as something that can or will manifest in real life but I’m not like that. I have personally come to the conclusion that I don’t dream but when I meditate I clear all thoughts. Everything. Black. Blank Slate.

If time is life how much of your life would you like to dedicate to connecting within through yoga?

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-1-44-11-amIf time was life I would like to dedicate 100% of my time connecting with the person I am and my practice, deepening and learning each and everyday while exploring the world and creating new experiences.

How beneficial to your yoga practice is it to have a healthy diet?

My diet is a constant struggle but I truly will stand by the statement that your yoga practice consists of 80% healthy eating and 20% practice. This is always a work in progress for me.  

Being flexible can be useful on the mat but how has being flexible in your mindset help you off of the mat

A flexible mindset has led me to be more open minded and to listen before I speak, even in unsavory situations where the latter would be expected. A flexible mindset has brought me balance.

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What would you like to see yogis expressing more of on Instagram/social media? 

Over the past year I’ve actually seen so many things that made me happy on social media related to yoga from the the shy introverts making their IG debut showcasing the beginning of their practice, women and men of color breaking the mold of what a “yogi” looks like and my absolute favorite hashtag #yogaisforeveryone. With that screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-2-23-25-ambeing said, even with IG Yogis smashing stereotypes and turning into legit yoga teachers I still feel that big name yoga companies need to start being more diverse with advertising. I feel like with out the visual representation of an individual that looks like you it can cause a divide between those WANTING to learn and those with knowledge through practice that can SHARE, simply because someone could get over whelmed by what they  think a yogi should look like. 

Everyone is at different levels in their yoga practice how essential is it that you do not compare yourself to anyone else?

Being comfortable in any stage of your personal practice is vital. Not only to your physical person but your mindset. If your constantly comparing yourself to some one else your are losing focus on why you started in the first place. Plus, I figure that you never know what hurdles, tears, and  hours of meditation that yogi had to go through to be able to craft their art to gain your comments, likes, and follows.

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Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com  

Stay in your light.
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