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The first time I ever did chin stand was when I realized that visualization really works. This was a pose I visualized I could do but really have no idea how to get into it. In the yoga classes I had been attending, we never attempted any arm balances aside from crow so I felt I was in the dark. However, I knew my body could get into the relative shape. So I just visualized it and the next thing I knew, there I was.
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Aside from flying pigeon pose, eka pada koundinyasana 2 aka split leg arm balance was another pose that totally seemed way over my head. I could get into lizard pose, but from there I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how to lift that front leg.
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There are certain poses in the practice that just make me feel so happy and wild thing is one of them. It just feels so good in my body when I practice this pose. I love the fact that it incorporates a heart opening backbend with expansion from the fingers to the toes. It's for sure a current favorite of mine. But it hasn't always been.
Hola! Headed to Morocco today, which is the first step in crossing off a big bucket list item: visit Africa. Obviously Africa is huge, and there is so much more to see, but Morocco is in Africa, so it's a baby step.
Anyway, today I'm sharing my tips for how to avoid the common mistakes I see in navasana (boat pose). This is a great pose for strengthening the core, and used to bring me a lot of rage, if I'm being honest, haha. It also strengthens the hip flexors. If you're a beginner, just bend your knees and take the shins parallel to the floor. If you're intermediate, keep working toward extended legs and keep the chest lifted. The chest caving is usually the first thing I see when form is compromised.
Before we jump into it today, I just want to say thank you for the support yesterday regarding the Miami retreat (below, in case you missed it). I've really been struggling this week and your support and help mean so much. Thank you.
Today we're focusing on my current least favorite pose, haha. Ok, that's sort of an exaggeration - it's not that terrible, it's just really intense for the hamstrings! I definitely recommend a warm up before you give this a try.
Since we're well into the February heart opening backbend project, I thought it'd be a good time to shine the spotlight on a pose that not only feels incredible, but can be instrumental in helping open up the chest, shoulder and armpit area. For all my backbend people, this one's a goodie!
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We're approaching the final days of the 31 Day Strength Program so I thought I'd take a moment to break down astavakrasana pose, aka eight angle pose. This one, in my opinion, looks harder than it actually is. It's not so much about strength (although there is an element of strength involved), as it is about finding the balance between the hips lifting up and the legs extending. If the hips are too low, the legs will be off, and vice versa. So just play around in it.
I'm not going to lie to you. I find tripod headstand far more challenging than supported headstand, but everyone's different - my mom (who is in her 50s) can pop right up into this like it ain't no big thang! I've had students in class able to get into one version of headstand and really struggle with the other, so I encourage you to practice each variation and just see where your strengths lie and where there are areas for improvement.
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This morning I wanted to bring it back to basics with a super popular pose we see often in vinyasa flows - three legged downward facing dog, a variation of downward dog. I know many beginners have chosen this pose as the benchmark for the 31 Day Strength Project, but even if you're not a beginner, this is a good reminder.
Good morning from Germany, my friends. I'm so pumped because this morning I finalized plans for a long weekend summer retreat and I cannot wait to share details. Look for them in early January, or click here to be notified early when the 2015 schedule is ready to rock and roll.
Today we're talking about hollow backs. They're a recent favorite of mine because they feel so amazing.
For me, learning how to do crow pose was a pivotal moment in my personal yoga practice. All of the sudden, I felt like my practice had new dimensions and could go to new (literal) heights. It became less linear and the pose opened a door to something totally new. So when I teach the pose in class, I'm not surprised at the excitement I see in students.
Ah, the supine spinal twist. This bad boy is always a class favorite. It's excellent for digestion, as it compresses the releases the internal organs, providing a gentle internal massage, and it's a great feel-good, total body stretch that opens up the back, shoulders, chest, and hips.