aprilintentions

#AprilIntentions Day 16 (hosted by Ola): Two-Legged Inverted Staff Pose (Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana)

This pose, interestingly, doesn’t just show me how much I have to work for in my back flexibility, it also reminds me that my shoulder flexibility is a huge work in progress too! So much to improve for this pose - goes to show that yoga is always a work in progress. <:

Today’s intention is humility. It is a really apt intention for today with this pose, to remind me that yoga is always a work in progress and it’s always a journey. It is also important for me to remain humble, kind, and open-minded to all the new things that may come my way in life. <:

Hands to Feet Pose. Deep Forward Fold. Padahastasana. 

This is one of my favorite postures (though I have so many “favorites”). I have quite a bit of work to do to touch the top of my head to my toes, but I am just so grateful to be able to do this much. 

Five months ago, after I injured my hip I could barely grab my heels with my knees completely bent. I had lost my length and extension in an instant. I’ve worked hard to get back to where I was before I was hurt and little by little this pose has gone from complete agony, to a delicious stretch. 

I want to be able to lock my knees again in class. I want to have a straighter and longer spine. I want my elbows to touch behind my calves. But, that is on the horizon. Inch by inch and breath by breath I’ll slowly ease my way there. 

For day 4 of April Intentions my intention was to be easy on myself. I am my harshest critic and will always find faults, but for today I’ll try to silence that little judgmental voice and just be. 

It is what it is and it’s not so bad.

April Intentions Day 1: Plank

This is my first time participating in a yoga challenge and I’m quite nervous about it. My yoga practice has always been so personal and although I’ve practiced in studios, this feels much more exposing. I’m working through this vulnerability and hope to build self confidence and inner strength throughout this challenge.

This leads me to my intention for today: self-acceptance. It’s okay to stumble, to lose my balance, to fall. I’m accepting my limitations, listening to my body and doing what feels right. I am enough just as I am and I am exactly where I need to be in this moment.

I’m looking forward to experiencing this challenge with all of you beautiful yogis!

Namaste ❤️

#AprilIntentions Day 1 (by Roxan): Plank (Kumbhakasana)

And we are off to April, a brand new month with a brand new yoga challenge! <: Happy April Fool’s everyone! <:

Today I am going back to my basic intention of being present, especially when things get hectic and overwhelming and when I worry too much for my own good. Whenever I remind myself to be present, I am able to immerse into the yoga practice more easily, and that just makes me feel a lot more refreshed after yoga. 

This really helps me on and off the yoga mat, because I tend to worry a lot and that translates into added stress. So being present keeps me grounded and keeps me calm, which is something that I should be more often! <:

I am really excited to hear all of your intentions for the day <: Do you guys normally set intentions before your yoga practice? Let us know! <3

Remember to follow us (ola, marion, raeroxan, rachael, angie) for this month’s challenge! <3

Day 17 - Wild thing

I know my arm isn’t supposed to go to the side and I have pictures in which I’m doing it correctly, but I actually found it more beautiful like this - I’ll just call it my variation. Today’s intention is calmness.

(I was just about to go out when I remembered I promised myself I’d do this. I’m aware that a skirt and a hard floor are not the best ideas for yoga. Hoping to buy a proper mat today!)

Didn’t have time to check the correct form or anything, just did it the way I remembered from my childhood yoga lessons, I hope it’s all right.

Today’s intention is to be more like the little girl who would push herself to do everything in the adult yoga class :)

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April Intentions Day 10: Handstand or handstand prep

Here are some prep poses I find very helpful in getting used to the sensation of being upside down and to work on your core, arms and wrists strength.

Notice that between first and second photo there is a slight difference in placement of my toes. I tucked my toes to activate my back muscles and challenge my balance even more.

There are so many great tutorials for handstands. Have a look at few of them: from Marion, Rae and these two videos X, X

To avoid repeating the same advices, I will share with you few just few tips I’ve learnt along the way and find very helpful and maybe you will like them too:

1. Breathe deeply and don’t focus on bringing your legs together, when you have relaxed mind, everything becomes easier.

2. When you are upside down and feeling like falling forward into wheel pose, press firmly with your fingertips and when you feeling like falling backward, press with base of your hands (magic!)

3. When you catch a balance and have both legs over your head, try to press your ankles and inner thighs together.

4. Remember to change sides and kick off once with right foot and once with left foot. 

Don’t forget to have fun and take it easy ;)

My intention for today is to breathe deeply and focus on alignment in every pose.