Your humanness doesn’t make you wrong. Let yourself feel, don’t worry about the labels, and enjoy whatever makes you happy - on and off the mat! Loving these important and funny reminders from @yogawithjib 🙌 Which one’s your favorite?
Don’t knock the basics! These prep poses for Hanumasana, 🐒 split, are essentials for everyone to try. PS : They might look much easier than they are! 🙊Swipe right for all @martina_sergi ’s variations. Do you practice any of these?
Can’t forward fold because of your hamstrings? 🤷♀️ There are several other areas that need attention to open your back body. Definitely read @adellbridges caption for expert tips that may totally change how you forward fold! Learn anything new? 💡 ⠀ Tight hamstrings? Keep reading! . . It may not be your hamstrings at all. Or at least not the only thing holding you back in your forward folds. Literally “holding you back” is ALL the stuff along the back line — from your head to your toes! . . So instead of focusing on just the postures that lengthen the hamstrings, bring attention to your feet, calves, glutes, and ESPECIALLY the back and even the neck . . It’s also worthwhile to get the hip adductors (inner thighs) lithe too, because if they’re tight then your hamstrings will feel it! . . Swipe for some examples of postures that open up these areas . . Things to note: • forward bending postures need not always be done with a “straight” spine. Allow the spine to curve and use engagement of your abdominal muscles to do so; this will, over time, work to change the structure of your fascia (the stuff holding you back) and lengthen the back and neck tissues • Pick your toes up as much as you can in postures like pyramid, downward dog, and standing forward fold, to stretch the feet • Keep the leg muscles engaged in your seated postures — it’s not time to relax here. It should be as active as if you’re standing! • MOST IMPORTANT: these are just ✨examples✨ There are a ton more postures that will help. So just KEEP PRACTICING 😄 and moving daily . . And 🌬breathe🌬 . . Hope you find this helpful! My outfit is one of the new colours from @aloyoga’s fall line 🤩 .
🙋🏼♀️Are you working on your splits?🙋🏼♀️ - Learn from @Maryoschner 🤩 this easy and effective 👌🏻 slew of poses to gradually come into the splits. - This advanced pose is a fun one to work up to! I’m still working on keeping my hips square but these poses will help!! . 🦄DEEP LUNGE - HALF SPLIT: Flow between both poses. Keep the hips square to the front! TIP: Whichever leg is forward, that hip likes to sneak up, so be sure to pull it back in line 😉 . 😈BACK SEQUENCE: Hug one knee in & do hip circles. Straighten the leg up and hold for a bit. Next bring your nose toward the knee. Practice on both sides!! . 👾BABY DANCER: Love this thigh stretch! To really feel it, tuck the tailbone & press the knee down. Practice on both sides . 🙆🏼♀️STANDING SPLIT DIPS: Keep hips level! It’s okay if your back leg doesn’t go very high - just keep it straight with toes pointed down. Bend knees in together, then straighten, repeat several times! . 🕺🏿TIME FOR SPLITS!! Use blocks (or thick books📚) to control how deep you go. Blocks make it easier to square hips to the front of the mat! It’s best to have proper alignment VS forcing yourself down. Lower to your comfort level and absolutely 🙅🏼♀️DON’T🙅🏼♀️ force yourself too far if you aren’t ready!! . ✨Splits take time! Be patient 💁🏼♀️and learn to enjoy the journey!
Wanna come into the deepest splits you'll have ever done 😄? - Check out this 7 step tutorial for #FullSplits demonstrated by 😍 @janiceliou and then SWIPE RIGHT ➡ to see the video 🎦 that puts all the exercises together! The warm ups are as follows: 1) Reclined Splits, 2) Standing Forward Fold, 3) Wall Splits, 4) Low Lunge, 5) Half Splits, 6) Full Splits with Blocks, and 7) Full Splits. - Report back on how this tutorial works out for you and tag a friend 👯♀ who would want to give this a try 👍🏽!
Do you find contortion fascinating 😮? Check out this video of @sfreneenyc, where she goes from wheel ☸️ pose >> hollowback handstand 🤸♀🏼️>> scorpion 🦂 pose >> kapotasana 🕊️. Pretty amazing, isn't it?? 👏🏼👏🏼 - What do you think about combining contortion with yoga? 🤔 Is it something you're interested in trying or would you rather not 😅? - Let us know in the comments below ⬇️ and tag a friend 👯♀️ that you want to 😱😱 shock with @sfreneenyc’s contortionist skills! - Warning ⚠️: Do not try contortion without professional coaching!
OMG! 😂🤣 This video is hilariously true and 🤩 @alexzandrapeters nailed it! “Did she say we're only half way through?!?”🤦 That's the worst when you're already exhausted. - Do YOU ever come into yoga class totally ✨ confident and then find that it goes out the window ➡️ after the first challenge pose 😅? Midway, do you wonder 🤔 why you even came and then remember after a sweet, lovely savasana 💤 🛌🏼? - Share your thoughts and laughs below ⬇️⬇️⬇️! Then tag a few friends 👯👯 who will also find this funny!
Doesn't 😍 @Hollybentley_yoga look incredibly strong doing #sirsasana?! 😱 No matter how much her belly grows, she still keeps the core strength and looks completely at ease 🧘♀🏻 in style. I'd say that's quite impressive! - Would you work a headstand throughout your whole pregnancy🤰? Half a pregnancy? Or does it seem like a total fear factor moment 🙈? - Respond below ⬇ with an answer and an emoji that describes your thoughts. Then, tag a friend 👯 and ask what they think!
How cute is @Kerispilatesroom 🤩 with her daughter and son?! They're all natural backbenders 🙌🏻🙌🏻! Good for her that she's able to laugh and not take it seriously when they fall down either. 🤷♀🏼️ Falling is part of play! - Movement mamas 🤱🏻🤱🏽, do you love 💗 to practice yoga poses with your kids, too? Do they have fun 🤸♀🏻️ with them or are they uninterested? - Answer the questions in the comment section below ⬇️ and tag a fellow movement mama that likes to do yoga with her kids 👦🏼👧🏻!
What an elegant arm balance and back bend sequence against the wall! @hana_bladh 🤩 transitioned from each pose with such gentleness and grace 😌. - Practicing against the wall can help so much with proper form, as well as give enough 💓💓💓 support to stay strong 💪🏽 through each pose. - How to do feel about using the wall? 🤔 Do you like to practice backbends and arm balances with it? - Let us know in the comments below ⬇️ and tag any friends 👯👯 that are pro-wall practice!
@mindful_jess is a self-proclaimed essentialist 🚰🥗🛏🤸♀🏼—meaning she has a 🧘♀ hyper-focused mindset and ONLY spends time on things that matter to her, rather than getting easily distracted 🎉. - - Is that surprising though? 🤔 You definitely have to practice regularly to be able to do the kind of backbends Jess does 🙌🏻! - - Are you an essentialist? What is YOUR opinion on essentialism vs. venturing outside of habit? - - Answer the questions below ⬇ and tag an essentialist or a friend 👯♀ that would be interested in this topic!
Look how @aubrymarie 🤩 utilizes the yoga strap to deepen her Dancer Pose 💃🏼! She looks patient, 🧘♀🏼️ focused, and elegant. - If you watch the video 🎦 until the end, you'll see that she ultimately loses her balance, BUT she doesn't let that get her down 🤙🏼 —she laughs 💗💗💗! - Do you ever put the ego aside and use a yoga strap to go deeper into a pose 🤷♀🏻️? Yes? No? Sometimes? When you fall out of a pose, do you laugh it off 😆 or are you mean to yourself 😖? - Answer the questions below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ and tag a friend 👯 that is working on their dancer pose!