My lawyer gives the same speech to everyone who wants to do business with me now. ‘Nicki is not one of those artists who allow her representatives to make decisions for her.’ I’m on conference calls all day with lawyers, accountants, and executives—people of power—and they treat me with respect. Because I command respect. I’m not cocky, but I deserve to know what’s going on. It’s my brand and my life. That’s my advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want—and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.
Nicki Minaj, Elle, April 2013 (via suvetar)
How to - forearm stand:
- Bring your mat up against a wall, then locate your hands two or three feet away from the wall. Make sure arms are parallel to each other and facing the wall, not pointing inwards or outwards.
- On your forearms, walk your feet up into dolphin pose, or a downward facing dog variation, until you feel the backs of your thighs lifting up.
- Slowly, balance on one leg and you pull the other toward the sky.
- Use the foot planted on the ground to gently kick up as your extended leg also begins to propel forward.
- Bring your legs together in the air, trying to balance without the wall. It’s perfectly alright if you can’t - the wall is there to catch you before you fall.
- Keep your tailbone tucked in and ribs pulled inward as you balance, staying aware of your breath and making sure to not put extra pressure on the lower back.
- To come out, let the legs fall back toward the mat as you come back into dolphin pose. Release into child’s pose and rest for a few breaths.