Robin Martin@robinmartinyoga

A yogi. An acro yogi. A yoga teacher. A mother of two beautiful girls. Seattle based. [email protected]

http://www.robinmartinyoga.com/

โ€œThe moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do itโ€ - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. ๐Ÿ’™ Surely I was about to become airborne! Today is day 10 of #MayYouShineBright and our pose is tittibhasana or firefly. I like this variation - the legs up butt down version. Iโ€™m drawn to it because it looks so strange lol. Check out the variations from the rest of the crew - @mansuz @seonia @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl ๐Ÿ˜Š My outfit is from our fantastic sponsor @aloyoga and thanks to @sandandsouldubai for sponsoring as well! Photography by @loyallhart ๐Ÿ’™ #yoga #yogachallenge #balance #fly #tittibhasana #flexible #challenge #breathe #pnw #pacificnorthwest #pnwwonderland #yogaphotography #yogateacher #yogastudent #asana #namaste #optoutside #getoutside #play


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Inverting my Bird of Paradise. ๐Ÿ’ž Day 9 of #MayYouShineBright is Bird of Paradise. After a class focused on hamstring and hip flexor openers, I went for this balanced and bound BOP - the version I usually opt for when BOP is offered in class. Itโ€™s taken me a long time to find stability here, but the regular practice has helped a lot. I focus on feeling where my hips are in space and the root down of the four corners of my standing foot. My other hosts have some really cool variations too - check them out! @yogamand @mansuz @seonia @yogaandchaigirl. Big thanks to our sponsors @aloyoga (wearing @aloyoga ๐Ÿ˜Š) and @sandandsouldubai ๐Ÿ’ž Thanks so much for the capture in burst mode @jesannayoga and not missing that little extra push at the end! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜ #yoga #yogachallenge #bop #birdofparadise #balance #dirt #parkinglot #concrete #aloyoga #beagoddess #breathe #flexible #focus #determined #grace #play #asana #namaste


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Dhanurasana ๐Ÿ’ž Today is day 8 already for #MayYouShineBright and our pose is dhanurasana or bow pose. Iโ€™m playing around with a variation that makes me shine bright because I feel so graceful in this shape. ๐Ÿ’ž I love combining my two favorites - @aloyoga and @toesox ๐Ÿ˜Š Photo by @bonnieenglund ๐Ÿ˜˜ Thanks to the crew @mansuz @seonia @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl and our fabulous sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป #yoga #yogachallenge #challenge #bow #bowpose #dhanurasana #flexible #stretch #legwarmers #balance #breathe #yogaphotography #fun #play #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste #igyoga #igfitness #healthyliving


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The โ€˜fallen dancerโ€™ โ™ฅ๏ธ This was a pose I had never seen or heard of before being introduced to it by this amazing IG community. I saw a photo and was inspired to give it a go with no real idea how to approach it. After sorting it with trial and error, I eventually figured it out and it slowly progressed. This belly down dancer, like itโ€™s upright relative, is a deep heart opener and hip flexor stretch. Itโ€™s less of a shoulder opener because the action in the arms is a pull down, rather than a pull back. To prepare the body for this pose, use a strap to lift the back leg and feel the pull forward with the arms. I have a block at a 45 degree angle supporting my chest to avoid coming too far forward before Iโ€™m ready. The block creates a supported lift (and is actually quite comfortable in this position). Coming all the way forward into the chest can feel compressive on the lungs. This prep is fairly passive. The tucked back toe can be added to the prep. The little push forward with the back foot helps to drive the hips forward and up, making it easier to draw the top leg forward. โ™ฅ๏ธ Any time youโ€™re trying something new, the key is to go slow and move with breath. ๐Ÿ˜Š Wearing @aloyoga - love this color palette! #yoga #yogatutorial #play #progress #progressnotperfection #goslow #breathe #flexible #yogateacher #yogastudent #tutorial #challenge #aloyoga #beagoddess #igyoga #instayoga #asana #practice #practicenotperfection #namaste


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Feeling like a goddess ๐Ÿ’™ Tomorrowโ€™s pose (day 7) for #MayYouShineBright is Utkata Konasana or Goddess Pose. Itโ€™s one of those poses that looks deceptively simple, but is a very tricky balance when you get high on the balls of the feet. There are so many variations of this pose. I like the symmetry of this variation - lots of angles and lines. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks so much for this photo @j_dubyoga - I had never posed in this sculpture before and had so much fun playing around in it. ๐Ÿ˜˜ Although I look naked ๐Ÿ˜‚, Iโ€™m wearing @aloyoga (our generous sponsor). Big thanks to the challenge crew - our other amazing sponsor @sandandsouldubai and hosts @mansuz @seonia @yogamand and @yogaandchaigirl ๐Ÿ˜˜โ™ฅ๏ธ #goddesspose #yoga #imnotnaked #sculpture #art #pose #beagoddess #aloyoga #yogaphotography #symmetry #yogachallenge #challenge #balance #breathe #asana #namaste


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X marks the spot! ๐Ÿ’š Forward folding for day 5 of #MayYouShineBright. Iโ€™m loving seeing so much creativity in the poses! There are so many variations of standing forward folds. This one is a tricky balance but I love the shape of it. There were a lot of laughs taking this shot - thanks so much for the capture @scott_manthey with @mollybstudios ๐Ÿ’š Proudly wearing our sponsor @aloyoga (these leggings though!) Gratitude for the rest of the crew - @mansuz @seonia @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl and our other generous sponsor @sandandsouldubai ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป #yoga #yogachallenge #challenge #eveninglight #glow #fold #forward #grass #getoutside #optoutside #seattle #path #igyoga #igfitness #yogaphotography #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste


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One more version of splits for #MayYouShineBright. โ™ฅ๏ธ Iโ€™ve posted this version of standing splits a number of times and have had many requests to put together a video showing how I get into it. Iโ€™ve finally managed to get it together and make the video. Itโ€™s easier to see it than describe it, but it starts with me placing my foot pointing directly towards the wall (right foot in this case), close to the wall, with just enough space to bring my body down into a forward fold. The more I lengthen my spine, the higher my top leg goes. You can see where I use my top leg to push off the wall a little, creating more space to deepen my fold. Once my hands are on the wall, Iโ€™m a lot more stable (this one is wobbly). I look to each arm to align them. Iโ€™m recording this all on my phone, no alignment cues, so I know I need to make sure my top leg is straight up and down. It feel like itโ€™s too wide, but that indicates to me that Iโ€™m close. I edit my full expression, pull out some details - thus the differences between the right and the left. โ™ฅ๏ธ Wearing my favorite @aloyoga โ™ฅ๏ธ #yoga #yogatutorial #sundayfunday #stretch #splits #urban #concrete #parkinglot #tutorial #practicenotperfection #progressnotperfection #play #challenge #yogachallenge #video #igvideo #yogavideo #yogateacher #yogastudent #igyoga #asana #namaste @pure8hotyoga


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Hanumanasana โ™ฅ๏ธ Today is day 3 of #MayYouShineBright and we have splits or hanumanasana brought to us by the lovely @seonia. I pretty much love any variation in splits, from standing to splits in a handstand. This version with the added twist deepens the stretch and gives an assist to the hip alignment. Shining bright here because Iโ€™m balancing on a log in a gorgeous PNW spot. Huge thanks to the talented @barbgphoto for capturing this moment. I love how soft the water looks. Wearing @aloyoga who is generously sponsoring this challenge along with @sandandsouldubai โ™ฅ๏ธ Thanks to the rest of the crew - @mansuz @yogamand and @yogaandchaigirl ๐Ÿ˜˜ #yoga #hanumanasana #balance #breathe #pnw #bendoregon #yogaphotography #river #getoutside #optoutside #nature #challenge #yogachallenge #dontfall #igfitness #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste


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Shining bright upside down. ๐Ÿ’ž Day one of #MayYouShineBright is sirsanana or headstand. This wide arm/fingertip eagle leg variation is probably my favorite of all the headstand variations I like to practice. The lines are so interesting to me and it gives me a bit more of a challenge to my balance than more traditional styles. Of all the photos Iโ€™ve ever taken in a headstand, this is my favorite. Huge thanks to @j_dubyoga for suggesting I do this here, and capturing it with your mad camera skills. ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป My outfit is by our sponsor @aloyoga and Iโ€™ve got some @toesox on my legs. Huge thanks to the rest of the challenge crew - @mansuz @yogamand @seonia @yogaandchaigirl and our other sponsor @sandandsouldubai ๐Ÿ’ž #yoga #balance #breathe #symmetry #oneanddone #aloyoga #beagoddess #yogaphotography #urban #door #doorway #art #beautiful #igyoga #igfitness #challenge #yogachallenge #seattle #asana #namaste


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Dancing in the woods for tomorrowโ€™s #MayYouShineBright challenge. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’š Day 2 is natarajasana or dancerโ€™s pose. Itโ€™s one of my all time favorite poses because it embodies focus, grace and balance. It opens the heart, the hamstrings, the shoulders and the hip flexors. I shine bright in this bow and arrow variation - it adds a little power to the grace. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Feeling bright in my white @aloyoga against all the green.๐ŸŒฒCheck in with @seonia tomorrow for day 3 and donโ€™t forget to tag us and the rest of our crew - @mansuz @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl and our sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai ๐Ÿ’š Photography by @mollybstudios with @scott_manthey ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป #yoga #yogachallenge #challenge #dancer #woods #path #nature #getoutside #optoutside #yogaphotography #balance #breathe #focus #awareness #grace #dance #natarajasana #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste


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Mutually beneficial. ๐Ÿ’ž Iโ€™ll help square your hips if you help me deepen my dancer. ๐Ÿ˜Š I love this partner pose because not only is it a really beautiful bow and arrow shape, but we really are giving each other adjustments. Letโ€™s do this again soon, @karlatafra! ๐Ÿ’žKarla and I are both wearing @aloyoga ๐ŸŒธ #yoga #partnerincrime #partneryoga #stretch #support #assist #friendship #twinning #love #play #concrete #urban #aloyoga #beagoddess #instafit #fitchicks #balance #breathe #asana #namaste


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Iโ€™m so excited to announce #MayYouShineBright, a yoga challenge brought to you by yogis from around the world, starting on May 17th and ending on May 31st. We will be sharing some of our favorite pose variations that leave us feeling as though weโ€™re shining bright. We encourage all participants to choose variations of the daily poses that feel best in your body. This challenge is all about honoring what makes you feel the brightness shining from within. ๐ŸŒธ
Please join me, @robinmartinyoga, and hosts @seonia, @mansuz, @yogaandchaigirl and @yogamand and our sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai in thIs 15 day yoga challenge. At the end of the challenge we will choose two lucky yogis at random - one to win a $100.00 gift card from @aloyoga and the other, a gift from @sandandsouldubai.
Hereโ€™s how to join the fun! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ 1. Follow hosts @robinmartinyoga @seonia @mansuz @yogaandchaigirl @yogamand
2. Follow our generous sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai
3. Use the hashtag #MayYouShineBright. Please make sure your account is public so we can see your posts! ๐ŸŒธ

Below is a list of the poses in order, just in case you want to plan ahead. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ 1. Sirsasana (Headstand)
2. Natarajasana (Dancer)
3. Hanumanasana (Splits)
4. Surya Yantrasana (Compass)
5. Uttanasana (Standing Fold)
6. Anjaneyasana (Lunge Variation)
7. Utkata Konasana (Goddess)
8. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
9. Svarga Dvijasana (Bird of Paradise)
10. Tittibhasana (Firefly)
11. Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)
12. Viparita Dandasana (Forearm Wheel)
13. Bakasana (Crow or Crane pose)
14. Raja Kapotasana (King Pigeon)
15. Vasisthasana (Side Plank/Wild Thing)
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Check in with @mansuz on the eve of the 16th (weโ€™re all in very different time zones) to kick off day 1 with her favorite variation of headstand. Looking forward to shining bright with you! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ #aloyoga #beagoddess #yoga #yogachallenge #playalong #challenge #whoswithme #fun #motivation #inspiration #igyoga #igfitness #asana #namaste


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