Robin Martin@robinmartinyoga

A yogi. An acro yogi. A yoga teacher. A mother of two beautiful girls. Seattle based. robinmargomartin@gmail.com

www.robinmartinyoga.com/

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Robin Martin

Hollowback β™₯️ My last post was a hollowback on forearms with straight legs and I had a lot of questions about it. What do I do to prepare for the pose, how do I get into it, can I hold it once I’m there. I did a side by side video over the summer, but it seemed like a good time to do another one. 😊 I prepare for the pose by opening my shoulders, opening my heart by moving the spine around in all directions and waking up my core with poses and movements designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles. This pose can be approached via a dolphin/pinchamayurasana (forearm balance) but I prefer to approach it via a forearm wheel. In order to lift my legs, I’m pressing my chest forward (opening shoulders) and fully engaging my core to find the lift. This keeps compression out of my low back (which I find I’m more susceptible to if I move from a forearm balance). The slower the movement, the more controlled the movement. And of course, without steady, controlled breath, there’s no sustaining the pose. β™₯️ Happy Friday! Wearing my whitest @aloyoga β™₯️#yoga #yogatutorial #hollowback #yogavideo #igyoga #igvideo #yogateacher #yogastudent #flexibility #balance #breathe #breath #control #strong #practice #yogapractice #practicenotperfection #progressnotperfection #aloyoga #beagoddess


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When you find a pose in your body that eluded you for so long, you do it every day. Because why not? πŸ’— I practice different variations of hollowback (on forearms, on hands) daily. The more I do them, the lighter they feel. This pose embodies a beautiful balance between strength and flexibility, breath and control. πŸ’— @aloyoga brought back Smokey Quartz in some new styles for the spring line, just launched today! Head over to @aloyoga and check out the new styles and colors. Some of my favorites to date! Thanks so much for this capture today @karlatafra. Just like old times. 😊😘 #yoga #balance #urban #concrete #strength #flexibility #smokeyquartz #fitfashion #aloyoga #yogaphotography #sonyalpha #breathe #balance #beagoddess


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β€œLife is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea.” -The Stoic Emperor. β™₯️ Wearing my favorite combo - @aloyoga and @toesox β™₯️ #yoga #quote #yogateacher #yogastudent #strong #resilient #flexible #legwarmers #breathe #exhale #inhale #letgo #strength #igyoga #instayoga #fitmom #urban #concrete #aloyoga #beagoddess


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Snow stretches. β„οΈπŸ’™ Flashing it back to New Year’s Day adventures with @yogi_a.lo. After a nice hike to a semi frozen waterfall, we played around a bit in the cold, seeing just how much we could endure. In the cold, the muscles are tight. In thick boots, the balance is challenged. Finding softness and ease in the breath to open the body and maintain control. πŸ’™ Thanks for the capture, Adam! ❄️ Wearing @aloyoga, boots by @sorelfootwear πŸ’™ #getoutside #yoga #optoutside #snowga #balance #breathe #snowday #pnw #pacificnorthwest #pnwwonderland #mountains #snow #cold #winter #winteryoga #aloyoga #beagoddess #namaste


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Can I keep him?? β™₯️ I’m such a sucker for a puppy. This Siberian Husky Zorro is the absolute cutest. Such a fun day full of puppy snuggles. Thanks so much @jen_graeff for bringing @zorro_the_siberian_husky by and to @karlatafra for capturing this moment perfectly! β™₯️ I’m wearing brand new shine leggings and top in anthracite by @aloyoga from the spring collection. Head to Alo and sign up for the newsletter for early access to shop the new line! 😊 #yoga #backbend #puppy #huskypuppy #siberianhusky #balance #flexible #breathe #aloyoga #beagoddess #sonyalpha #sonya7rii #yogaphotography #puppylove


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Kapinjalasana or partridge pose. β™₯️ This pose combines the balance and strength of vasisthasana (side plank) with the heart opening and shoulder rotation of a king dancer or king pigeon. In the top photo, I show the full expression of the pose, the bottom is the video that shows how I entered the pose. The grip can be modified with a strap and the bottom knee can come to the ground for stability. The key for me to find balance in the full expression is moving very slowly and feeling where my body is in space. Keeping my big toe rooted down as I push my hips forward while dropping my knee down. Slow, controlled breathing. β™₯️ Balancing and building strength @aloyoga and @toesox β™₯️ #yoga #yogavideo #yogatutorial #tutorial #practicenotperfection #yogateacher #yogastudent #aloyoga #toesox #balance #breathe #stretch #flexible #progressnotperfection


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Feeling brave. πŸ’› Exploring an abandoned train trestle - it was cold, dark, overgrown, really high up and frankly a lot creepy. At the same time, fascinating, interesting and beautiful. Something I once would have passed by in a hurry is now a place to explore with an appreciation of the architecture, history and colors. πŸ’› Photo captured by @jimmyhwheeler πŸ™πŸ» Wearing @aloyoga πŸ’› #yoga #changeyourperspective #compass #suryayantrasana #aloyoga #beagoddess #nofear #balance #breathe #flexible #train #traintrestle #abandoned #abandonedplaces #pnw #pnwonderland #pacificnorthwest #yogaphotography


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Railing shapes. β™₯️ While practicing and teaching yoga are my passion, yoga photography fuels my creative side. I’m very lucky to have friends who have mad skills on both sides of the camera. It’s always a blast creating with @jimmyhwheeler - thanks for this capture and an amazing weekend! β™₯οΈπŸ™πŸ» Wearing all black cherry by @aloyoga β™₯️ #yoga #yogaphotography #photography #canon #urbanyoga #seattle #pnw #getoutside #flexible #splits #backbend #red #openheart #beagoddess #aloyoga


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Bound and balanced. πŸ’™ It’s always fun to try new things, to change things up bit - whether it’s different variations or different perspectives, it keeps things fresh and interesting. Thank you @meliniseri for introducing this in a lovely flow class! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ» Wearing dove gray by @aloyoga πŸ’™ #pistolsquat #balance #breathe #concrete #urban #parkinggarage #strong #fit #fitness #aloyoga #beagoddess #explore #create #trysomethingnew #trynewthings


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Bow shapes. πŸ’š Playing on the countertop at @balayoga Sammamish before the cafe is completed. @jimmyhwheeler flew in this morning, came to class and took this shot for me. So looking forward to a weekend of running around Seattle exploring and making some magic! 🌟🌟🌟 Wearing @aloyoga and @toesox - these leg warmers, along with the spring collection, just launched today! πŸ’š #yoga #bow #bowpose #dhanurasana #yogateacher #yogastudent #play #create #flexible #fun #yogaphotography #legwarmers #aloyoga #toesox #beagoddess


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β€œFate whispers to the warrior. You can not withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back. I am the storm.” - author unknown. β™₯️ Wearing @aloyoga on top, eBay on the bottom. Shot on a stormy Seattle evening by @sfreneenyc β™₯️ #yoga #wildthing #wind #storm #breathe #letgo #stretch #yogateacher #movingforward #yogastudent #strong #healthybody #healthymind #pnw #pacificnorthwest #pnwwonderland #aloyiga #namste #moody #mood


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A pop of red. β™₯️❄️ Snow dancing into the new year. It seemed fitting to wrap up the year in a favorite spot in a favorite pose with some of my favorite people. Excited to continue adventures, deepen connections and share as much yoga as possible in 2019! Happy New Year! β™₯️ Wearing @aloyoga on my legs and @sorelfootwear on my feet. ❄️ #snowga #yoga #balance #dance #dancer #breathe #babyitscoldoutside #snow #pnw #pnwwonderland #popofred #happynewyear #flexible #splits #upperleftusa #aloyoga #namaste #sonyalpha


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