Can't believe Today is the last day of our challenge #TwinningBabes 🤗🤗 You all guys are Beautiful, Creative nd So Awesome
Today we choose #GoddessPose or #UtkataKonasana 👯♀️ #Squats are a great way to tone your lower body fast! This pose, commonly called ”Goddess Squat," is a standing, wide-legged squat that will challenge your muscles and your mind.
Benefits of Goddess Squat:
This pose strengthens the entire lower body, including the glutes, hips, thighs, calves, and ankles. It opens the hips and chest, stretches the thighs, and elongates the spine. Goddess Pose helps to warm and energize the whole body. It improves balance, focus, and concentration. This pose also stimulates the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, while helping to relax the muscles of the pelvic floor. Goddess Pose is also highly beneficial for women who are pregnant, as squatting can create more room in the pelvis, making pregnancy, labor, and childbirth more comfortable.
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Día 20 del reto #30dayyogaliving pose of the day: Upward Facing Dog 🌄🙏 Bom dia pra todos 🍃🌸
This was one of the best yoga flows yet! I actually had about 4 days break from my mat (just handstands to keep up with my yearly challenge) because I was so busy with all the wedding festivities. Once that was over, I rolled out my mat at sunset and flowed until after dark. I actually had to cut off the video because you can see how dark it was getting. But check it out!! I did my best #kingpigeon ever and even on my weaker side! Then I tried the #splits and was actually able to touch my head with my back foot!! That’s a first for me! I was so excited as you can probably see 😁
I’m supposed to be back in the USA today, but our plane had a problem and couldn’t take off last night, so I’m at a hotel still here in Johannesburg, SA. I bought some WiFi so I can let everyone back home know I’m delayed. So while I have it, I’ll just share some pics and video with you all. I’ve missed seeing all your progress while “unplugged” But I’ll be back soon...1 more day 😘
Welcome to week 2: #pilatesfordeepstretches with @bendyanya and I!
We have picked one of my weak areas to focus on : shoulder joints. .
To keep the joints healthy, one must have a good range of motion and ability to carry load. To deepen the stretch further requires in over head & flip grip, this requires so much flexibility and mobility in the joints.
Here I’m showing the strengthening exercises in shoulder flexion. .
Begin with one arm overhead, imagine you have your armpit forward to spiral the upper arm outward. Allow the scapulae to upwardly rotated, start pulling the band backward with control while maintaining rib cage down. The kneeling position is an alternative exercise. .
Please check @bendyanya for the passive stretches. .
Let us know what you would like to see next! 😍😍 Happy practicing!
sunday night self yin practice
taking time to savour the stillness and silence
letting myself feel nourished with each releasing pose
breathing into the space between
letting my thoughts drift away
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🔸RESISTANCE STRETCHING 🔸Years ago when I first started doing yoga, I wanted to be flexible; and not in the ‘touch your toes’ kind of way but in the ‘legs behind the head- perfect split’ kind of way. So, I begun to stretch my hamstrings in deep forward bends and stretch my psoas in all types of lunges diligently every day; because “dah!, that’s how you get flexible right? Passive elongation” Well, not always. It took me years of practice and my share of injuries to understand that what I was really lacking was movement control and strength. For some reason, there’s this perception in the yoga world that stretching is antagonistic to strength training, when in reality science has shown that you can improve range of motion from strength training (Morton, et al., 2011).
Which brings me to resistance stretching, today’s #sciencemonday topic. Resistance stretching refers to eccentrically contracting a muscle while lengthening it; it has been proposed that this eccentric training can not only improve strength and reduce the risk of injury, but also facilitate increased muscle flexibility via sarcomerogenesis (formation and development of striated muscle units) (Sullivan, et al., 2014). In other words, acquiring more range of motions, while strengthening the muscles (hello, win-win situation!)
So, the question is: how do we apply this in our yoga practice? Well, next time you’re in a forward bend, try contracting your hamstrings, or at any other specific target, think about isometric contraction (the joint and muscle are held in a static position while opposed by resistance) at end range.
Happy stretching/strengthening folks!
PS. I’ll be sharing a few exercises that you can incorporate in your practice, and in the meantime share this with your yogi friends; and let’s get the conversation going. #elavinyasayoga
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I teamed up with three fantastic Yoga Teachers to bring you a monthly seven days challenge where we will be sharing with you the different ways to perform the same asana.
As Yoga practitioners, before choosing the Yoga style that suits us best, we often tried many different disciplines. And while doing so, we might have experienced doubts about an asana alignment.
Why that pose in the Ashtanga Vinyasa class, is different than in the Hatha yoga class?
Which alignment is the correct one?
It can be confusing, doesn’t it?!
First of all, there is no “ONE AND ONLY ALIGNMENT.” BUT, there are different disciplines with different alignments.
Each Yoga Style, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Iyengar, Aerial Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Tripsichore Yoga, Kundalini, Yin yoga…, has its own identity.
There is not a single, unifying, objective truth, but merely Different Ways Of Yoga.
@elena_miss_yoga (Ashtanga Vinyasa)
@yennychristine (Tripsichore Yoga)
@lionet_yoga (Aerial Yoga, Iyengar)
@uc.yoga (Hatha Yoga) .
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To Those who like to plan ahead: .
Day 1 Virabhadrasana 1
Day 2 Trikonasana
Day 3 Bakasana
Day 4 Upavistha Konasana
Day 5 Inversion
Day 6 Camel pose (any variation)
Day 7 Lotus Pose (any variation) .
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After my last post about the hips there were a lot of requests for me to talk about the shoulders. Turn up the volume as I explain everything there. The shoulder joint complex is indeed complex 🤔. For many people it is a problematic area, particularly in an age where we have such poor postural patterns - in this case the rounded forward shoulder pattern. So first and foremost is to correct postural patterns. Then start prehabbing or rehabbing the shoulder joint complex. I really believe that the yoga Asana practice can be significantly enhanced and the chance of injuries significantly reduced if we take the time to gain control of these movement patterns. If you scroll through to the end I show how to connect these exercises to Chaturanga Dandasana. 🙏