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Day 6: Uttanasana III

Day 5: Wheel Pose

I really don’t like this pose, mostly because I’m scared.

Day 4: Wide Squat

Well my bf and I moved back into our apartment for school, and today was the first day of my second semester at uni. Today was VERY COLD, an unforgiving Floridian city.

I’ve been having some trouble with my neck recently because I slept on it wrong, so I decided to make this little photoset. If you have a little kink in your neck or a sore back these poses will help stretch you out.

As always, make sure you warm up and don’t push yourself too hard, ESPECIALLY if you have neck pain. (And if the pain is too much, TAKE A BREAK FROM YOGA, and definitely see your doctor, neck and spine pain is no joke) This should be a gentle and restorative set of poses!

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#JoytotheYogis Days 6, 7, and 8: Hindi Squat, Seated Side Stretch and Handstand Prep

So I got far behind this weekend because I was very, very busy doing nothing. But here I am with the Santa hat I found at the market for 9 Baht (YAY HOLIDAY).

I’m glad that the handstand prep is in here, inversions have always been the struggle for me and I’m hoping to focus on them a lot this month.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all rang in 2014 in wondrous and joyful ways!

I’m sorry this challenge is a bit late in getting to you, but I was traveling for the holiday and my access to WiFi was not what I had expected it would be.

I had many requests to make a beginners’ challenge, but this ended up having poses of all levels. But! Please don’t be discouraged from participating if you are just starting yoga! I will post preparatory and modification poses for more advanced moves and practicing is how you learn. A super shmancy page will be up soon with all of these poses but it will still be under construction for the next few days.

POSES

  1. Tree Pose
  2. Tiger Pose
  3. Downward Dog
  4. Wheel Pose
  5. Wide Squat
  6. Uttanasana III
  7. Half Lotus
  8. Upward Dog
  9. Baby Crow
  10. Your Favorite Pose
  11. Reclined Goddess
  12. Half Frog
  13. Toe Stand
  14. Three-leg Down Dog
  15. Half Moon
  16. Grasshopper Pose
  17. Camel Pose
  18. Wide Squat Twist
  19. King Dancer
  20. Your Least Favorite Pose
  21. Humble Warrior
  22. King Cobra
  23. Monkey Pose
  24. Wild Thing
  25. Pendant Pose
  26. Supported Headstand
  27. Corpse Pose
  28. Eight Angle Pose
  29. Standing Backbend
  30. Your Favorite and Least Favorite Poses
  31. Upward Facing Two Foot Staff

JOURNAL

In honor of the New Year, I am planning to share something new that happens to me each day this month, and I think it would be wonderful if you guys would join in! These “new experiences” don’t have to all be profound or important, it’s just an encouragement to notice the new things in your life and how constant change is in our world. 

I would love to see all of you guys doing yoga (and hear about your new experiences), so if you want to share please tag your post with #januaryogis or #sunandstrength

“It’s my belief that history is a wheel. ‘Inconstancy is my very essence,’ says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don’t complain when you’re cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away.”

-Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

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