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Did you know that ๐Ÿ• downward facing dog is an inversion? @Riva_g_ nailed ๐Ÿ˜ handstands and forearm stands beautifully in these pictures...โ˜ย BUT if those are not currently in your practice, ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๐Ÿพ good olโ€™ fashioned downward facing dog offers the benefits of inverting the body as well! (Looks like her dog ๐Ÿถ enjoys it too! ๐Ÿ˜†) - - Whatever inversion you choose, ๐Ÿ’ญ remember to ALWAYS keep the shoulders away from the ears! Slumped shoulders = Neck pain ๐Ÿ˜– (No thank you! ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€) - - What inversion are you currently working on? ๐Ÿค” Downward facing dog? Shoulderstand? Handstand? Headstand? Share below โฌ‡โฌ‡โฌ‡ and #TagAFriend ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€ who also has an inversion practice ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ!
Need a juicy, ๐Ÿ•‰ Morning Yoga Sequence ๐Ÿ•‰? Save this post by clicking the flag on the RIGHT side ๐Ÿšฉโžก, so you can do these poses every time the sun โ˜€ comes up! - The poses done by @Maryoschner are as follows: Reclined Cobbler, Cat ๐Ÿˆ & Cow ๐Ÿ„, Thread the Needle, ๐Ÿ• Puppy, Pigeon & Twist, and ๐Ÿ•Š Reclined Pigeon. - How do these poses feel to you โ˜บ? Does your body crave them when you wake up? Let us know below โฌ‡ and tag a friend ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€ who could also loosen up her muscles in the morning ๐ŸŒ„! โ € . โ˜•๏ธRECLINED COBBLER: Before you even get up, bring the bottoms of your feet together, place one hand on the heart & one hand on belly. BREATHE. Notice how youโ€™re feeling & savor that time to chill . โ˜€๏ธCAT & COW: Morning cat/cow is the best. Stretch the spine, back & neck with these poses flowing back & forth . ๐Ÿ‰THREAD THE NEEDLE: Twist & rest the head and shoulder on your bed. To go deeper, reach the top arm up and wrap it around the back . ๐Ÿ“ย PUPPY POSE: Stretch the shoulders & chest. Keep hips lifted over knees. Drop one shoulder down at a time to release any tension built up overnight. . ๐Ÿค—ย PIGEON & TWIST: Come into pigeon pose (๐Ÿ’กTo modify: See RECLINED PIGEON in the next video which is always an option!!) Swing back leg around. Cross it over and twist toward the top leg. Keep the spine long! . ๐Ÿ™Œย The key in morning yoga is move slow, breathe deep & notice where youโ€™re feeling tight. Spend a little extra time there!! . HEYY! I hope you enjoy this sequence!! If you did, TAG A FRIEND who would love it too!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜Š
Does sitting alot tighten your hips and give you body aches? ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜จ Do you suffer from bad posture? - - SWIPE RIGHT ๐Ÿ“ฑ โžกย  to see how to #getstretchy . With frog pose ๐Ÿธ for splits, and counter poses for back pain and text-neck, @actionjacquelyn has you covered (While doing it in fun, yoga style, ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๐Ÿป of course!). - - Which body pain from sitting and phone use puts you in the most destress? Tag a work buddy ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป or fellow phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’“ addict that can relate!
Anxious to learn #Visvamitrasana ? Check out @aurorabowkett โ€™s 6-step tutorial for this pose and then SWIPE RIGHT๐Ÿ“ฑโžก to watch the video of all the steps put together! - TIP: Combine 2 and 3 until both are ๐Ÿค— comfortable before moving on to 4! - Which step is the farthest you've personally gone in this pose ๐Ÿ˜ฎ? 1? 2? 3? 4? 5? 6? Answer the Q below and ๐Ÿ‘ฏ tag a friend to see where they are at in their journey with Visvamitrasana! - - #visvamatrasana side plank variation is an advanced posture - for both strength & mobility. It opens your shoulders, hips, side body, hamstrings & chest while strengthening your shoulders, arms & core. BUT what people forget is you donโ€™t have to do the FULL pose to feel these benefits. . As long as you feel these areas working your doing the pose for YOU & where your body needs. Swipe across to see how I get into these different variations & donโ€™t forget to always warm up first! . . 1. Side angle is a great prep for this pose without needing as much upper body and core strength. Aim to open the chest to the sky hole staying long in both sides to stay engaged and build openness in the shoulder and side body. . . (Extra tip! Combine 2 and 3 together until both are comfortable before moving onto 4!) . 2. Begin to hover the foot & bend leg towards your chest. Take hold of foot with you free arm and begin to focus on lifting the leg as high up your arm as possible to engage your core. . 3. Placing the knee down flake hold of the foot and begin to open the leg out to the side. This helps improve your hamstring & hips flexion as well as your shoulder mobility. . 4. Bending the supporting leg into a goddess squat, begin to extend the leg (as in 3). This doesnโ€™t require as much side engagement or flexibility but helps open the hips more in the supporting leg. Try to lift the hips as much as possible & work towards straightening the leg. . 5. If your wrist is feeling sensitive or you havenโ€™t got quite enough arm strength to hold the position in full side plank, try lowering onto the forearm. This focuses HUGELY on your core strength & engagement as well as isolates your shoulder stability of the supporting arm!
@Samgachyoga shares the struggles of a home yoga practice when your pup ๐Ÿ• interrupts you for a big hug ๐Ÿค— (Imagine the wipe-out that would have occurred if his goldy knocked him over in that Scorpion Press ๐Ÿ˜‚)! - - Do you have a ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ pet that likes to yoga bomb ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ฃ your practice?! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๐Ÿป๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๐Ÿป What advice do you have for yogis that are pet owners?? - - Answer the Qs below โฌ‡ and tag a fellow yogi pet owner ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿต or animal lover, so they can awe over this kodak moment!
Wow! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ @daisyalisaar practices arm balances in the most unconventional places. Did anyone else's stomach drop seeing her ๐Ÿฆ‚ Scorpion Pose next to the cliff?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ™ˆ Looks terrifying, yet impressive at the same time! - - What is the most unconventional place that you've practiced yoga? A ๐ŸŽ‚ birthday party? On a โ›ต boat? The โœˆ airport? A giant rock in a forest ๐ŸŒณ? A farm ๐Ÿšœ? - - Share your answer below โฌ‡ and tag a friend, ๐Ÿ‘ฏ so they can share their most unconventional yoga ๐Ÿ•‰ spot as well!
When your pose suddenly becomes Savasana ๐Ÿ’ค on the belly...๐Ÿคฃ #TagAFriend ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€ who can relate ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป with this struggle! @alexzandrapeters ย โค๏ธ โ € - Most of us are already working our butts to death when we're off the matโ€”give yourself love ๐Ÿ’“ and take it easy ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ on the mat when you have a busy and tiresome day! Save the playful poses ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๐Ÿป for the times you're feeling free ๐Ÿƒ and โšก energetic!
Hey Yogis! Want to build strength ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป for Handstand?! ๐Ÿ˜ - - FIRST, determine how much space your arms need from the wall โžก Lift one leg to the wall. The leg should be straight, foot flat on the wall. NEXT, warm up your arms and core with L-Shaped Handstand against the wall (As seen by the impressive @martina_sergi ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๐Ÿฝ) - - Feeling brave? ๐Ÿ˜ Maybe lift one leg verticallyโ€ฆthen release the tiptoes of the other foot from the wallโ€ฆ - - How are those wrists feeling NOW? ๐Ÿ˜… Does your handstand look ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿป Instagram-ready?
If you're focused on backbends right now, this Backbending 101 could be your new fave! ๐Ÿ™Œย @janiceliou ย โค๏ธ Notice how a "backbend" takes the whole body, not just the back! What's your current pose focus?
๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚Handstand hack!๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€ Keep your legs staggered to gain the ability to balance BEFORE thinking about bringing your legs together. Like @adellbridges โค๏ธย in the bottom photo. How is your handstand practice going? โ € Handstand: (verb) to stand on your hands. It doesnโ€™t matter if your legs are straight! ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ . . One thing I see so often with handstand learners is that they try to kick up directly to a straight handstand, legs together and extended, before being able to simply balance . . HINT: itโ€™s SUPER challenging to balance in a straight handstand. Itโ€™s WAY easier to balance with your legs bent! Think of a tight rope walker with arms out wide to balance ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ . . Tuck, diamond, stag, double stag, straddle โ€” all leg variations you may find are easier to balance with . . So, by all means itโ€™s a great practice to kick or jump up to a straight handstand . . But learn to find the balance by getting the HIPS over the hands. Not the feet . . โ˜๏ธIt doesnโ€™t mean your legs are completely relaxed and deadweight though. Keep them engaged and controlled!! Just donโ€™t worry about that straight line . . Have fun with it!! ENJOY THE JOURNEY .
Hey Crow Pose yogis! Ever think to use a block...for your forehead? If you're afraid of falling forward, this could be the way you finally nail it! Tag your friends working on Balasana! @actionjacquelyn ย โค๏ธ โ € CROW POSE Practice: 1. Create crow pose on your back to strengthen core. Use your core, and touch knees to triceps. Actually connect the two together to deeply engage the lower core! 2. Lolasana with blocks, and feet on the ground. Use lower belly and pelvic floor to lift knees to chest. Press into fingers and straighten arms like crazy. Protract shoudler blades (see yesterdayโ€™s post for more details on this). 3. Step on blocks to prepare for your crow pose to get the knees as high up into armpits as possible and understand what it feels like to start with the knees high up the arms. 4. Practice with a block in front of your forehead to help you feel secure and to catch your head if you lean too far forward! 5. Practice bringing both knees to chest and heels to butt! Use pelvic floor and lower core a lot (see yesterdayโ€™s post for more in this). **** Remember to hug elbows in!!!
Want to get a quick yoga flow in every day, but you're not sure what to do? This simple pose list is a solid place to start! Tag your friends and share the inspo! @ania_75 ย โค๏ธ โ € These are 9 yoga poses you should do every day to feel great and stay healthy: โ€ข standing side bend โ€ข cow โ€ข cat โ€ข downward facing dog โ€ข upward facing dog โ€ข high Lunge โ€ข pigeon pose โ€ข garland pose โ€ข reclined spinal twist โ € I would recommend to make this daily yoga routine in the morning for 10-15 min. You will soon feel the difference!
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