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Your humanness doesnโ€™t make you wrong. Let yourself feel, donโ€™t worry about the labels, and enjoy whatever makes you happy - on and off the mat! Loving these important and funny reminders from @yogawithjib ๐Ÿ™Œ Which oneโ€™s your favorite?


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Donโ€™t knock the basics! These prep poses for Hanumasana, ๐Ÿ’ split, are essentials for everyone to try.
PS : They might look much easier than they are! ๐Ÿ™ŠSwipe right for allย  @martina_sergi โ€™s variations. Do you practice any of these?


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Canโ€™t forward fold because of your hamstrings? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
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? ๐Ÿ’ก
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Tight hamstrings? Keep reading! .
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It may not be your hamstrings at all. Or at least not the only thing holding you back in your forward folds. Literally โ€œholding you backโ€ is ALL the stuff along the back line โ€” from your head to your toes! .
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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 .
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Itโ€™s also worthwhile to get the hip adductors (inner thighs) lithe too, because if theyโ€™re tight then your hamstrings will feel it! .
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Swipe for some examples of postures that open up these areas .
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Things to note: โ€ข forward bending postures need not always be done with a โ€œstraightโ€ 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
โ€ข Pick your toes up as much as you can in postures like pyramid, downward dog, and standing forward fold, to stretch the feet โ€ข Keep the leg muscles engaged in your seated postures โ€” itโ€™s not time to relax here. It should be as active as if youโ€™re standing!
โ€ข MOST IMPORTANT: these are just โœจexamplesโœจ There are a ton more postures that will help. So just KEEP PRACTICING ๐Ÿ˜„ and moving daily .
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And ๐ŸŒฌbreathe๐ŸŒฌ .
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Hope you find this helpful! My outfit is one of the new colours from @aloyogaโ€™s fall line ๐Ÿคฉ .


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๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธAre you working on your splits?๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
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Learn from @Maryoschner ๐Ÿคฉ this easy and effective ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป slew of poses to gradually come into the splits.
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This advanced pose is a fun one to work up to! Iโ€™m still working on keeping my hips square but these poses will help!!
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๐Ÿฆ„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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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๐Ÿ˜ˆBACK 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!!
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๐Ÿ‘พBABY DANCER: Love this thigh stretch! To really feel it, tuck the tailbone & press the knee down. Practice on both sides
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๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธSTANDING SPLIT DIPS: Keep hips level! Itโ€™s okay if your back leg doesnโ€™t go very high - just keep it straight with toes pointed down. Bend knees in together, then straighten, repeat several times!
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๐Ÿ•บ๐ŸฟTIME FOR SPLITS!! Use blocks (or thick books๐Ÿ“š) to control how deep you go. Blocks make it easier to square hips to the front of the mat! Itโ€™s best to have proper alignment VS forcing yourself down. Lower to your comfort level and absolutely ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธDONโ€™T๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ force yourself too far if you arenโ€™t ready!!
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โœจSplits take time! Be patient ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธand learn to enjoy the journey!


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Wanna come into the deepest splits you'll have ever done ๐Ÿ˜„?
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Check out this 7 step tutorial for #FullSplits demonstrated by ๐Ÿ˜ @janiceliou and then SWIPE RIGHT โžก to see the video ๐ŸŽฆ 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.
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Report back on how this tutorial works out for you and tag a friend ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€ who would want to give this a try ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ!


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Do you find contortion fascinating ๐Ÿ˜ฎ? Check out this video of @sfreneenyc, where she goes from wheel โ˜ธ๏ธ pose >> hollowback handstand ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๐Ÿผ๏ธ>> scorpion ๐Ÿฆ‚ pose >> kapotasana ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ. Pretty amazing, isn't it?? ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
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What do you think about combining contortion with yoga? ๐Ÿค” Is it something you're interested in trying or would you rather not ๐Ÿ˜…?
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Let us know in the comments below โฌ‡๏ธ and tag a friend ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ that you want to ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ shock with @sfreneenycโ€™s contortionist skills!
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Warning โš ๏ธ: Do not try contortion without professional coaching!


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OMG! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ This video is hilariously true and ๐Ÿคฉ @alexzandrapeters nailed it! โ€œDid she say we're only half way through?!?โ€๐Ÿคฆ That's the worst when you're already exhausted.
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Do YOU ever come into yoga class totally โœจ confident and then find that it goes out the window โžก๏ธ after the first challenge pose ๐Ÿ˜…? Midway, do you wonder ๐Ÿค” why you even came and then remember after a sweet, lovely savasana ๐Ÿ’ค ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿผ?
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Share your thoughts and laughs below โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ! Then tag a few friends ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ who will also find this funny!


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Doesn't ๐Ÿ˜ @Hollybentley_yoga look incredibly strong doing #sirsasana?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ No matter how much her belly grows, she still keeps the core strength and looks completely at ease ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๐Ÿป in style. I'd say that's quite impressive!
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Would you work a headstand throughout your whole pregnancy๐Ÿคฐ? Half a pregnancy? Or does it seem like a total fear factor moment ๐Ÿ™ˆ?
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Respond below โฌ‡ with an answer and an emoji that describes your thoughts. Then, tag a friend ๐Ÿ‘ฏ and ask what they think!


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How cute is @Kerispilatesroom ๐Ÿคฉ with her daughter and son?! They're all natural backbenders ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป! Good for her that she's able to laugh and not take it seriously when they fall down either. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๐Ÿผ๏ธ Falling is part of play!
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Movement mamas ๐Ÿคฑ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคฑ๐Ÿฝ, do you love ๐Ÿ’— to practice yoga poses with your kids, too? Do they have fun ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๐Ÿป๏ธ with them or are they uninterested?
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Answer the questions in the comment section below โฌ‡๏ธ and tag a fellow movement mama that likes to do yoga with her kids ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป!


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What an elegant arm balance and back bend sequence against the wall! @hana_bladh ๐Ÿคฉ transitioned from each pose with such gentleness and grace ๐Ÿ˜Œ.
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Practicing against the wall can help so much with proper form, as well as give enough ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“ support to stay strong ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ through each pose.
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How to do feel about using the wall? ๐Ÿค” Do you like to practice backbends and arm balances with it?
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Let us know in the comments below โฌ‡๏ธ and tag any friends ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ that are pro-wall practice!


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@mindful_jess is a self-proclaimed essentialist ๐Ÿšฐ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ›๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๐Ÿผโ€”meaning she has a ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€ hyper-focused mindset and ONLY spends time on things that matter to her, rather than getting easily distracted ๐ŸŽ‰.
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Is that surprising though? ๐Ÿค” You definitely have to practice regularly to be able to do the kind of backbends Jess does ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป!
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Are you an essentialist? What is YOUR opinion on essentialism vs. venturing outside of habit?
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Answer the questions below โฌ‡ and tag an essentialist or a friend ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€ that would be interested in this topic!


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Look how @aubrymarie ๐Ÿคฉ utilizes the yoga strap to deepen her Dancer Pose ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ! She looks patient, ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๐Ÿผ๏ธ focused, and elegant.
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If you watch the video ๐ŸŽฆ until the end, you'll see that she ultimately loses her balance, BUT she doesn't let that get her down ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ โ€”she laughs ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—!
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Do you ever put the ego aside and use a yoga strap to go deeper into a pose ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๐Ÿป๏ธ? Yes? No? Sometimes? When you fall out of a pose, do you laugh it off ๐Ÿ˜† or are you mean to yourself ๐Ÿ˜–?
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Answer the questions below โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ and tag a friend ๐Ÿ‘ฏ that is working on their dancer pose!


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