Another week went by in a flash ⚡️ I’m leaving this photo of a Wheel Pose here to mark a starting point. I’m still in my “bridge” phase - a lot of work on my spine and shoulders ahead, trying to bring them over my wrists. One step at a time 🤘🏼 can’t wait for the Rocket Yoga today! 🚀 we had such a beautiful little blizzard on Sunday, even though it transitioned to rain quite quickly 😍 have a lovely week, everyone ✨
Another outstanding Sunday level 2 practice. I’m one of the strange ones who flexibility comes easier than strength. That being said, I am working on building up my tofu level strength. #survivederica#ekapadaurdhvadhanurasana
I know you already know this, but the only way one can find their way is to first be lost. To make it big, start out small. To fall in love, first feel none. Yet, when these adventures begin and the dreamers suddenly find themselves lost, small, and alone, you should hear the "expletives"! So, look at it like this: Any such feelings are simply a sign that you've made a really, really big and daring "wish," and its manifestation has already begun ✨ wearing @lululemon ❣️ photo @satori_blake 📸
The other day, for the first time ever in my practice, I pushed up into wheel pose and didn’t feel the immediate urge to get out of it, or feel panicked because I couldn’t breathe. My front body has always been tight and opening it up to bend can sometimes feel suffocating. Yoga in the absence of my breath scares the shit out of me. But I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can comfortably sit in wheel. Feeling so grateful that after 3 years of practice things are finally starting to change. Don’t give up. The body is incredibly patient. Sit with it. Stick to it.
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This is my 6th winter as a florist. You’d think by now I would be used to the slowness of the season but no, I still struggle with it. I feel it even more now that I live in a beach community which also slows down this time of year. So I’ve been spending more time on my mat. Focusing on the breath, trying not to focus on the fear and setting positive intentions. I’ve always shied away from wheel. @rosamariaparks (who is basically a walking angel) told me that people who struggle with chest openers have a hard time being vulnerable and opening up their heart 😳. So here I am letting go of the fear, opening my heart, allowing myself to be vulnerable and making space within myself to let more in #selfcaresunday#selfcareeveryday#wheelpose#openupyourheartbitch 📸 @rosamariaparks
One of the things I struggle the most when practicing Urdhva Dhanurasana is to keep my feet parallel. I usually end up with my heels slightly more in than my toes.
The advantage of keeping the feet parallel and the thighs in internal rotation is related with the health of our hips, sacrum and lumbar spine. When we do hip extensions, like we do in a backbending such as Urdhva Dhanurasana, all the gluteal muscles are working to extend the hips, so the inner rotation of the thighs that we do to keep the feet parallel are actually keeping the piriformis slightly relaxed. If we outer rotate the thighs, the gluteals become even more active, locking the hip joint (and blocking it from deeper movement) and the piriformis gets contracted. If we over do this external rotation we can end up creating imbalances in the hip such us pinching the sciatic nerve or compressing too much the sacro-iliac joint. Also, the internal rotation allow us to have a deeper extension of the Psoas which will release the lower back from be overcharged during the extension of the spine. .
📷👉🏽photo by the amazing @fotosbyboca 💜
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After hour and a half stretching at the gym today, I kissed myself on the mirror 😁 maybe one day I can touch me with heart 💜 :)
A Sunday well spent brings a week of content 💜
Fabulous weekend with my scouse family, then home for a spot of yoga 🧘🏼♀️As a child, this pose was super easy, fast forward to adulthood and it’s bloomin’ hard!
Part 2 of my flow. For a long time I couldn’t get enough of backbends - following by a time when they left me feeling churned up and vulnerable. When I now look at pictures of me from last summer, I know exactly that today I wouldn’t be able to do such a deep expression of a backbend like I did back then. But that’s not what counts. I have learned to listen to what my body needs instead of forcing her into a certain pose. Little by little I begin to feel at home again. Within myself. No matter how that’s looking like on the outside.//✨
Teil 2 meines Flows. Für lange Zeit konnte ich nicht genug bekommen von Rückbeugen, dann folgte eine Zeit, in der sie mich unheimlich aufgewühlt hinterlassen und mir ein Gefühl von unglaublicher Verletzbarkeit gegeben haben. Wenn ich mir jetzt Fotos von mir selber anschaue von letztem Sommer, dann weiß ich genau, dass ich heute niemals so tief in eine Rückbeuge gehen könnte wie zu der Zeit. Aber das ist nicht das, was zählt. Ich habe gelernt, mehr darauf zu achten, was mein Körper braucht, anstatt sie in irgend eine Position zu zwingen. Beginne Stück für Stück wieder, mich mehr zuhause zu fühlen. In mir. Egal, wie das im Außen aussieht.
Finally managed to go outside and shoot some yoga photos in the snow!
I’m loving the snowy winter, everything looks so bright and beautiful when it’s covered in snow ❄️
Inspired by the #snowga#snowyoga queen @gypsyyogalove 💗
📷 by my love, thanks for bearing the cold with me ♥️
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There is no one foolproof method to get into the perfect #WheelPose because every single body is different (body proportion / body type / other exercises you currently do etc). Use props if required, or check in with your regular teacher who knows you and your current level of practice.
What I would like to share is how I usually teach this transition (in almost every of my basics class), because I find it helpful to teach beginners how to get into the final pose - #UrdhvaDhanurasana or some know it as #Chakrasana. This method gives me just enough time to pause at every step and stress on key points and places to engage leading up to the final pose. If this didn’t work for you, google for modifications (I love using blocks!) and/or check in with a teacher. Remember ⚠️ Warm up is key and backbends is not about compressing the back body but more of opening up the front body. I’ve stressed this point way back in 2016, and will continue to stress forever. Lol.
Swipe for some of my previous tutorials for alignments and warm ups. You will probably need to go to 🌟 #RuthsYogaTips 🌟 and search for the extended captions for these pictures because I used to put them all there rather than in the pictures itself. Just like my yoga practice, my pictures and editing skills have also evolved. 😂