I’m out y’all! We have a wonderful breeze and cloud cover. It’s a great day to do some much needed yard work. I hope you are able to get outside this weekend
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♀️ Day of #28WaysIntoSplits with @cyogalife #ElephantTrunk or #EkaHastaBhujasana ♀️
As we did a couple of days ago in another #armbalance (Scissors), this pose involves a lot of leg extension and, the more you can project through them, the stronger and lighter you’ll feel. Regardless specific body proportions, think how long the legs are, compared to the rest of the body, what you do with them will greatly determine the outcome of the pose you're working on. For me, it’s not so much about engaging this or that particular muscle (overdoing that often brings cramps), instead, think of connecting to your core, exhale and pull the lower two bandhas in, then let that engagement ‘travel’ through your body, like a paper towel soaking in water... once you climb the arm onto its shoulder, squeezing it, engage the abdomen, press arms into the floor, lift the hips up (and heel, ideally), and swing them back, behind the forearms. At this point, REALLY recreate the sensations described, starting at the center of the body, spreading all the way out to all four limbs. Allow the extended leg to ‘lead the way’ and ‘take you’ with it so the hips will swing forward again, as the upper toes will point towards the ceiling. The more flexibility you’ll have in the flexors, the closer the upper leg to the torso. Instead of exerting the quads in an effort to stretch the leg more, change the approach, start from the core and notice the subtleties that change of perspective, brings. By the way, using blocks is totally acceptable too, and I have another, very doable, alternative, coming up tomorrow so nobody stays behind!! Wait up for it and have a wonderful #practice #keeppracticing