Sometimes it just nice to step on your mat and just try different poses 😁
. First time with inversions since I have moved into this new place. I felt a little off but still held it for awhile. .
. What pose do you love to do?
PROGRESSION PHOTO 🎉
1st pic taken 1/18/19
2nd pic taken 10/12/18
for our #Goddessofshakti yoga challenge. So much #progress! The 2nd picture was such a struggle for me even with the strap for assistance. The current photo just felt like a great stretch.
Hotel gym yoga after a stairmaster sweat sesh. I like that Random Dude was not intimidated by my antics, and our breath was in even sync for a bit .
I miss practicing with mirrors to be honest. I haven't always had the best relationship with them, and it can still be a struggle to see myself as more than my flaws. However, now they are mostly useful to me insofar as I can see what is happening in my body in a given pose. Teachers often say "it isn't about what the pose looks like." It's a great sentiment and I understand the intent, but it requires context. No you should not force your pose to look like someone else's. Yes you should mold the poses to your own body. But WHAT THE POSE LOOKS LIKE IS MUY IMPORTANTE. Alignment is important to keep you safe. I can look at a body and see muscle imbalances and asymmetries that could lead to injury over time. I can sometimes see what's missing from being able to progress in a movement. Many times our perception and reality are pretty far apart so using your eyes is helpful. .
All that being said, there were definitely a few less than positive thoughts over this 20 minutes of practice, so there is still work to be done. But I suppose there always is and we get better and better at it.
And so it begins! Our 300 Hr Advanced Teacher Training kicks off this weekend and we’re so excited to welcome a new group of teachers to the Abhaya family. ✨ Curious about our Teacher Training programs? Visit abhayayoga.com/teacher-training for more info about our 200 hr, 300 hr & continuing ed programs. 🙏🏽 #fearlesslovemore#abhayayoga
Today I did some light stretching since I was told the only activities I could continue are anything I did in my 9th month of pregnancy. I didn’t even fully do that though, I definitely don’t want to rush into anything. I do have to remind myself to breathe and enjoy this time too, because I’m not going to lie, I am getting antsy and ready to start building my practice again. I thought I would be sad about rebuilding my practice, but I thankfully seem to have a different attitude than what I anticipated. When I first started yoga about 3 years ago, I definitely rushed and forced so much and was so hard on myself. This lead to injuries of course. It wasn’t until the last year of my practice that I really started to make myself slow down in order to appropriately warm up, hold stretches, and use props for attaining poses. I started to see progress, like this dancer pose that I was sure was impossible for me. I actually felt comfortable in this pose, which was a first 😂 I look forward to starting with a better foundation this time around. Andrew also bought me @aloyoga sweatpants which came with a month subscription to @alo.moves which I am pretty pumped about. I plan to use alo moves, because I am more likely to consistently show up if I have something to follow. Also looking forward to following along to different teachers and styles. 😊
Anyway, just felt like sharing today, also swipe to see my little nugget who is 3 weeks today. I can’t 😭😭❤️❤️❤️❤️
“Pay attention to the
Things you’re drawn to.
The things you’re good at.
The things you lose yourself in.
Allow yourself to be
Pulled by your heart,
Instead of pushing your way
Through a thick fog of shoulds.”
if you could see what I see
you'd be blinded by the colours
yellow, red and orange and green
and at least a million others
so tie up your bow, take off your coat
take a look around
cause the sky is finally open
the rain and wind stopped blown’
but you're stuck out in the same old storm again
you hold tight to your umbrella
darlin' I'm just tryin' to tell ya
that there's always been a rainbow hangin’
over your head
The beauty of Oakland is evident here in our Redwoods, our residents, our co-owner @alektrailyoga Happy Birthday Alek!! 🎂 She may have moved to Austin, but we keep bringing her back every other month! Alek will be teaching once more before she heads back to Austin this visit: catch a class with her Monday 12:00-1:00 Intermediate Level class and 1:15-2:15 In the Fundamentals class. 📸 by the amazing @erichvalophoto
Oakland, we love you!
This weekend’s schedule: Saturday- 9:00-10:15 intermediate with Tako @takooda | 9:30-10:45 Prenatal Yoga with Mel @melsaavy | 10:30-11:45 Fundamentals with Alicia | 11:00-12:15 Advanced w/Henry @hankclu
Sunday 8:30-10:00 Advanced/Yin Yoga w/Leonora @leonorailove_a | 9:00-10:15 Intermediate w/Kara @karacontreary | 10:15-11:30 Prenatal w/Leonora | 10:30 - 11:45 Fundamentals w/Kara #seeyouonthemat#andinthewoods
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Stand tall like a mountain for the last day of #YogaWeek! Mountain is the pose we can find in all other poses in our practice. It's all about bringing attention to a posture that we usually think of as passive.
Scroll to flow through the full week's poses put together with me.
Mountain (tadasana) is the foundation for most standing positions.
Instructions: Stand on your mat with feet hip-width apart. Root down through all four corners of your feet with toes facing forward. Engage your quads, rolling your inner thighs in and back. With your arms by your sides, roll your shoulders open, spread your fingertips wide, and gaze forward. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. / Benefits: Improve posture, strengthen thighs, knees, and ankles, reduce flat feet
throwing it back to a year ago when this could have ended in some seriously split jeans 😅
thank you to Antonio for catching the shot and to the bin below for catching me should I have fallen 🐒
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@miss_sunitha on Splits 🍌
Mixing active and passive stretches into flexibility-based poses allows for us to safely work into flexibility without compromising stability.
The first 6 poses are active stretches - stay for about 8-10 breaths each. The last 3 poses are passive stretches - stay for about 3 minutes each.
A few things to note:
1️⃣ Activate the outer thigh of the front foot and tuck the hip under.
2️⃣ In this variation, the hips move back while the tailbone lengthens down. Notice the weight on the feet, try to keep them equal between right and left.
3️⃣ The tendency is to hyper extend the knee, sinking the entire weight on the knee joint. To prevent this, keep the knee caps lifted and thighs pressing up. You may not go as low, but it will prevent collapsing into the joints. Keep both the inner and outer feet pressing down equally to support the ankles.
4️⃣ If it’s hard to balance in this pose, the palms can be on blocks. If possible, try using the tricep to press against the thigh. Tailbone lengthens down and belly is in to keep the chest lifted.
5️⃣ Knees are wide. Use the outer hip of the bent knee (like in Warrior II) to ground hips down equally.
6️⃣ Keep this active by using the outer hip of both legs to open the knees to the sides. Belly is in and tailbone lengthening to the ground.
7️⃣ Make sure the knee is in line with the hips (not forward or back!), and the ankles are in line with the knees. Then start leaning forward while maintaining the hips directly in line with the knees. As we move to passive stretches, feel free to use blocks under the forearms or forehead to get comfortable, and breath through the discomfort.
8️⃣ Wiggle the hips as close to the wall as possible but keep the lower back on the mat. If the lower back is slightly lifted, place a towel underneath.
9️⃣ Wiggle the hips as close to the wall as possible. Notice if the knees feel hyper extended, work on pressing the thighs down and tilting the hips forward while lengthening the tailbone down.
Try not to force anything, work with the breath in all the poses. Above all, be patient 😉
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This place is one for the books... 📚🤣🙈
Do you have a favorite book?
What are you reading right now?
I’ve never seen as much rain in LA as we had on our first full day here, but it gave us the chance to explore some cool indoor spots like this fun bookstore downtown!
I just finished reading ‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry’ (& really enjoyed it), now I’m looking for another great book to start... do you have recommendations?
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