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

Fallen dancer ♥️ I remember seeing photos of this pose and thinking it was so beautiful, but couldn’t wrap my arms around how get into it, let alone how to prepare for it. I’ve simplified things a bit with this post, showing videos of me getting into each variation. The top is great for understanding the mechanics of the pose. There’s a balance element entering into it, with or without the strap. The strap assists if grabbing the foot isn’t accessible at this time, but entry into the full expression is the same - so even with the strap you can feel the full expression in your body. The key is to move slowly - keep the back knee down until the elbows are on the ground, creating a stable base to lift the back knee. Once the elbows are down and the back knee is lifted, draw the front foot forward to deepen to your extent. ♥️ Before attempting this pose, I recommend opening up the hip flexors and preparing the spine for a deep backbend with movement in all directions. ♥️ Wearing one of my favorite @aloyoga outfits. 😊 #yoga #yogatutorial #tutorial #flexible #yogateacher #yogastudent #practicenotperfection #dedication #strong #fitmom #igyoga #instafit #stretch #balance #breathe #aloyoga #beagoddess


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Lines and angles. ♥️ One of my favorite things about yoga photography is being inspired by the landscape or the surrounding architecture. I knew pretty quickly what I wanted to do here and @thepaulgarrett understood my vision. Such a great day creating some yoga architecture. ♥️ @totalsoulfuljourney Wearing shiny @aloyoga against the shiny wall. 😊 #yoga #vasisthasana #sideplank #balance #breathe #flexible #explore #play #seattle #olympicsculpturegarden #aloyoga #beagoddess #stretch #fitness #igfitness #igyoga


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Feels like summer! 💙 Breaking heat records in Seattle the past two days, which means we all pretend it’s summer - shorts are dusted off, patio dining at all of the restaurants and everyone is smiling! Got back out on the dock today for the first time in months and tried this standing split on the railings for the first time. After a few tries getting a feel for the balance, it felt great to take it to my edge. Thanks for the encouragement and the photo @yogi_a.lo 💙 Wearing @aloyoga 💙 #yoga #goals #breathe #balance #lakesammamish #pnw #pnwwonderland #upperleftusa #strong #flexible #dance #igfitness #igyoga #healthyliving #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana


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Taking up space. 💜 So many horizontal lines here, I wanted to be part of the architecture. 💜 Blending in in lavender cloud by @aloyoga. Photography by @thepaulgarrett @totalsoulfuljourney 😊🙏🏻 Happy Monday! #yoga #architecture #lines #urban #urbanyoga #stairs #shapes #splits #balance #breathe #seattle #flexible #igyoga #igfitness #aloyoga #beagoddess #namaste #yogaphotography #pastel


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Preparing for forearm wheel. ♥️ Bridge pose is a great prep pose for forearm wheel or wheel pose, and has many benefits on its own if you’re not working towards a deeper heart opener. I love the use of the strap around the ankles in bridge to prepare my body to go deeper or just intensify the stretch in bridge. Keeping feet hip with distance apart and heels under the knees, take the strap and wrap it around the ankles. Get a good grip on the strap in each hand with enough tension, keeping the arms straight, to pull the strap and heels towards you. Tractioning the heels towards the hands in bridge engages the hamstrings which in turn, creates a bit of softening in the glutes. Glutes are still engaged, but not so much that there’s compression in the low back. Add the strap, and you have leverage to drive the heart forward and up. The lift creates more opening to the front body.
There are lots of ways to modify bridge pose (both to prepare the body to go deeper or accommodate for injury). A block between the thighs reminds us to use our adductor muscles to create space in the low back. A bolster or block under the sacrum is restorative and alleviates back pain if there’s an injury issue. A towel behind the neck supports the spine. Adding a strap is just another way to modify or intensify, depending on what you’re working on. Try it out! ♥️ Wearing my favorite blacks by @aloyoga Photos by @yogi_a.lo ♥️🙏🏻 #yoga #yogatutorial #yogateacher #yogastudent #stretch #flexible #yogaprops #practicenotperfection #yogapractice #practicedaily #breathe #benddontbreak #aloyoga #beagoddess


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How yogis read the paper 😜♥️ Reading up on nick-free shaving techniques for the fellas! When my friend Ryan at @manscaped introduced me to his men’s grooming line, I couldn’t resist the hilarious and creative marketing. And the beautiful, high quality products, of course! Swipe left to see more. Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping + Free Gift with code ROBIN20 at Manscaped.com! Photo by @jen_graeff 😘🙏🏻 #yoga #flexible #backbend #balance #manscaped #mensgrooming #mensunderwear #boxerbriefs #fun #play #laugh #donttakeyourselftooseriously


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30! ♥️ That’s how old I was when I took my first yoga class. I finally gave in to two years of relentless pressure by a friend to take a class. I resisted because I didn’t understand what yoga was. Once I survived (barely) that first class, I knew it was something very special and much more than just a physical practice. Most people - like me - don’t try yoga and meditation until they are adults. It’s time to make a change and introduce yoga to kids around the world!
I am so proud to be a part of an amazing company/family @aloyoga that has set out to do so much good. Today we launched #AloGives, a nonprofit that is dedicated to bringing yoga & mindfulness to the world by providing a free curriculum of 5-minute videos to do in the classroom or at home helping to introduce mental & physical skills that are a part of social & emotional learning.

How old were you when you began your yoga practice and what has been the biggest impact your practice has made in your life? Tell me and share your stories! @justinyoga @rayne_yoga @cloudaloudyoga @nicolewildcollective @mansuz ♥️ Thanks so much for your mad photo skills @yogi_a.lo ♥️ Click the link in my bio for more information ♥️ #yoga #aloyoga #selfie #30 #changetheworld #meditate #yogapractice #yogastudent #yogateacher


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Zorro. ♥️ This guy is getting big! Next time I’ll be lounging on his wheel pose lol! Love this furry husky pup. Always makes my day when we can yoga together. ♥️ Huge thanks to @jen_graeff for the puppy loan and the photo! 😘 Wearing @aloyoga ♥️ @zorro_the_siberian_husky #yoga #yogawithdogs #siberianhusky #play #flexible #strong #cute #puppylove #puppiesforlikes #sonyalpha #beagoddess #aloyoga #healthyliving


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Public displays of splits. 💗 Taking it back Central Park on an unusually warm day in December. One of my favorite things about traveling is exploring new spaces - or going back to favorite ones and seeing them in a whole new way. Before I was doing yoga in public (lol) I didn’t notice shapes and lines and angles of architecture and landscapes. At least not in the way I do now. I see beauty in things every where I go - which fuels my fire to go everywhere. 💗 Shot by the talented @dianadaviscreative in @aloyoga 💗 Happy Sunday! #yoga #splits #oversplits #stretch #cityyoga #urbanyoga #getoutside #travel #explore #play #flexible #nyc #centralpark #aloyoga #beagoddess


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“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” - Unknown. Happy International Women’s Day to all the women!! ♥️ Wearing my favorite combination - @aloyoga and @toesox ♥️ #yoga #internationalwomensday #womenstrong #balance #strength #flexibility #breathe #beautiful #urban #parkinggarage #sonyalpha #hollowback #backbend #benddontbreak #aloyoga #beagoddess


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Old favorites. 💗 I love any pose variation on the forearms. From a hollowback balance to forearm wheel and everything in between. Early on in my practice, I struggled a lot with these poses. Tight shoulders, lack of spinal mobility, fear - things that, over time, have shifted and changed. This bound arm variation gives me an extra deep stretch in the shoulders. 😊💗 Wearing @aloyoga and @toesox 💗 #yoga #stretch #waybackwednesday #openheart #sonyalpha #balance #bound #breathe #soften #letgo #challenge #harderthanitlooks #aloyoga #beagoddess #namaste


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Railing shapes. 💜 I’ve been loving all these layers, but frankly, I’m ready to shed a few. Seems like the longest winter on record here in the PNW. Maybe it’s just me? 🤔 Having spent the weekend in Scottsdale, AZ and getting a little taste of sunshine, I’m ready for spring! ☀️ Thanks for this capture on a chilly winter day @jimmyhwheeler 💜🙏🏻 Covered in lavender cloud by @aloyoga 💜 #yoga #stretch #flexible #urbanyoga #cityyoga #seattle #pnw #winter #spring #yogateacher #yogastudent #getoutside #breathe #play #aloyoga #beagoddess


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