Day 1 of @miguel_hand_balance ‘s week long handstand training and here’s a taste of some of the work. flexibility and handstands go hand and hand and while i’ve actually lost a bit since starting my handstand journey (shameful, i know), miguel worked me hard even though his response to my wincing cracked me up (video one and volume on 🔊). the second video is learning some myofascial release and @markdas you are a kind guinea pig! thank you for trusting me even when i messed up ... twice! i adore this group so much and i can’t wait for day 2!
I remember when i first started practicing asana; i felt a pressure to “advance” my practice. hold this, strengthen this, open this. and so my practice was very much focused on what i could do (or couldn’t do). i thought in order to be taken seriously as a yoga practitioner, i needed to demonstrate my asana prowess and so there was a pressure to “advance”. and with this intention, i placed expectations on my body and on my practice and i often felt disappointed with myself, like i let myself down or wasn’t good enough. and this was even before instagram was “a thing”. now i feel there can be even more expectations of asana “ability/availability” because of social media influence. after a couple years of chasing my tail around and around in cycles of expectation and disappointment, i saw how foolish this was. and i started practicing just for the sheer delight of enjoying feeling my body move, i learned how to differentiate and engage by becoming curious without a destination. i moved slower and slower until i could feel each tiny little fluctuation. and i loved practicing because it was an opportunity for creative and expressive exploration, and still is. i dropped expectation and the timelines. if i couldn’t “do” a pose that day, who cares! if my back wasn’t feeling backbendy that day, it’s ok! if i fall out of handstand, it doesn’t matter! want to flow? want to dance? want to mesh them together? there doesn’t have to be any delineation ... drop the idea of form and embrace the energetic experience. and when i began to practice this way, can you guess what happened? my practice “advanced” if you want to call it that. all because i dropped the idea of how it was supposed to happen or how it was supposed to look and just let it all build naturally without force and blossom organically. and when i say my practice “advanced”, this doesn’t mean “doing” lots of fancy asana, but rather i feel so much more connected to myself and my environment. i move slowly with grace and control, i respect my margins, i watch my breath. and i take this practice with me this day and all of my days. 🌀
🎶 @aprilannemusic her new album releases today!!! 😍🎶
One potato, two potato, who’s feeling like a couch potato today??! 👋🥔🛋
who said couch potatoes have to be lazy? my favorite way to stretch (and practice handstands) is while watching tv with my couch! here’s a little fun #sundaybumday inspo to work your bum while you bum! 😉
tag a friend below 👇 who you’d watch tv and stretch with! #happysunday#sundayfunday#fitspo#fitmotivation#homegym (ps: the movie playing is hotel transylvania 2 🎃🦇👻)
5 hours ago
Attacking teres minor
there are quite a few ways to work on the rotator cuff. 💪you can load it up with plates, bands, kettlebells, dumbbells, bodyweight, etc to work on building up shoulder stability. that should be the overwhelming majority of any plan you have. releases and stretches can then be used as a small adjunct to tenpirarily help with any minor discomforts you may have.
what we want to do for this one is to work with shoulder abduction and a little flexion while pinning the muscle down over an incline bench. 30 to 45 seconds is all you should need to help things feel a bit better so that you can then move on to your strength work more comfortably. so have fun, enjoy, and try it out.
tag a friend with shoulder pain and share the wealth!
Happy sunday! this week, we wanted to go over how to squat.
this is a step by step instruction on how to perform a basic squat. everyone is different, so there may be a variation that works better for you.
give this a try and see if it makes a difference for you!
🙏🏻grateful this sunday morning to set aside time for myself and my sis @yogamoves ma. swipe left to see us in more goofy poses 🙃🤪 i think it’s important to find time to reset both your body and mind. the week goes by so quickly that this practice of mindful meditation helps reset my mind and body as i inhale all of the the possibilities of the upcoming week and exhale all the stresses of the past week including letting go of any negativity. this hot yoga class with lori helped me refocus and be present in the moment. sometimes we try to accomplish so many things in a week or even in a day we forget to breathe... the right way😇. hot yoga helps further to strengthen my core and enhance other fitness activities that i participate in because it helps with my breathing and regenerates all the positive vibes that need to be released only through practicing awareness and mindfulness. in this way, we become more mindful of ourselves and others so that we can be at our best for those we care for. i’m a bit sad to know my sis is moving farther away than i’d like but as they say “distance makes the heart grow fonder” 💜and a bond and connection as strong as ours means nothing including distance can separate our friendship & sisterhood.
“na-ma-stay” in your life no matter how far you live sis 👯♀️👯♀️👯♀️ 🏠💯💜 #sisterhood#fitlife#fitsisters#hotyoga@yogamoves#yogamoves#poses#treepose#meditation#mindfulness#bepresent#breathe#inhale#exhaledoubt#exhale#letitgo#stretch#namaste#sundayvibes#happiness#friendships#foralifetime#om