How was your last day of summer? Feeling sad or excited about Autumn? I am happy for the most part. I welcome “cooler” temps (nothing below 70 please 😆), but will miss having the sunset at 8:30 pm 😌. I will continue to soak up sunny ☀️ happy vibes daily. I need the 🌞 to feel my best. .
Let’s celebrate the first day of Autumn 🍂 with any #epk. I chose #epk2 for day 2 of #autumnarms. Nothing fancy about this variation. It’s my favorite just like this. 😍. It looks like I am resting my face to mat but it’s just a inch off 😆Please check in with Rachel, Kate and Erin. I know they have some special variations for you 🤩
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Day 4- Elephant Pose
Day 5- Eight Angle
Day 6- Flying Lizard
Day 7- Flying Pigeon
Day 8- Firefly Pose
Day 9- Any inversion
Day 10 - Yogis Choice of hybrid
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Honor Yoga :: Back to the Mat Challenge :: Day 4 :: Three-Legged Downward Facing Dog
I will win the war against those tight hamstrings of mine, one way or another 😂
One day, those legs will be straight and there will be no bend in the knees 👊🏼
I love this pose because it can be a transition into so many other varying poses! I love to take the flying leg and turn myself over into Wild Thing, but my favorite new one, lately, is taking three-legged down dog into flying splits 🤸🏼♀️💪🏼
It’s less about strength and more about leverage! Think of Eka Pada Koundinyasana II a seesaw: find your fulcrum—balance or pivot point, and send the same amount of energy out of your levers (this pose, your legs) forward as you send backward. 🤓Physics!
In yoga, there are five different ways that energy (Prana - life force energy) flows through the body. In this teeter totter pose, the flow (Vayu - wind) of energy from the center of the body outward is called Vyana Vayu.
No surprise, this pose is dedicated to the sage, Koundinya, who taught about the middle way between extremes where we can find balance and ease!
Anyone have one of those balancing eagles 🦅 on the little pyramid??
Return of the thing that is either
#ekapadakoundinyasana or #ekapadakoundinyasana2 or #flyingsplits or #flyingscissors or #flyingrunnerslunge. Honestly, no one knows, nothing is standardized in the newfangled poses, it's a mess. A fun mess, but a mess.
So, real talk, I've been nursing a shoulder (or bicep. or tricep?) injury for a while and trying to take it easy, because if my shoulder is messed up I can't justify going back to silks and I really miss aerial shenanigans, so, uhhh. Ummmm.
Should I be doing arm balances again yet? Particularly ones that place uneven stress on the shoulders? Maaaaybe not. But maybe yes?
Every so often you just wanna test if you CAN do something, you know? Right? ...right, you guys? what do you mean you don't routinely inflict over enthusiastic self injuries on your body? You've never gotten the big old "FALL RISK" warning wristband slapped on when you're on the ER? no? ???? how do you live?
I jest. Don't be me, children. This time I was right and I didn't hurt my shoulder in this move in particular, but that's pure luck and very little sense.
But hey, my #hamstrings are coming back in, and that's cool.
I learned a new arm balance yesterday, The Flying Splits! This took plenty of patience and lots of practice. 🙏
"If you are that patient, your mind is more settled, and what you do will be more perfect. If you are unsettled and anxious to get the result, you are already disturbed; nothing done with that disturbed mind will have quality..."
-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Eka Pada Koundinyasana II; flying splits pose 🤸🏼♀️✨ Here are some tips on how to do this.. 🧚🏻♂️
🍬 Warm up with sun salutations! 🍬 Start in downward dog moving into three legged dog with right leg raised
🍬 Open up the right hip by lifting it towards the sky
🍬 Keep hands firmly placed down, shoulder-width apart and facing forward
🍬 Bring right leg forward, placing foot outside the right hand 🍬 Move right knee away from you in lizard pose to warm up the hip flexor
🍬 Feel a connection between the right knee and right shoulder 🍬 Bend the elbows to create a ‘shelf’ with your triceps 🍬 Shift weight onto the hands (bend the knuckles and grip with fingertips so you are not dumping weight into wrists)
🍬 Lift right foot off the earth, keeping a strong connection between right knee and right shoulder
🍬 Shift weight forward and look forward 🍬 Float left leg upwards and straighten right leg 🍬 Try the other side!