ardhamatsyendrasana

The way I practice the most often is by myself, in my room, and without music. While I love being a student and am still looking to find a teacher in LA whom I connect with and who can help bring insight and inspiration on a deep and transformative level, I have spent the last 5 years building a solid foundation in self-practice. There is absolutely no replacement for it. The quietude, the curiosity, the self-inquiry, the asking, the listening, the receiving, the teaching, the learning… all of it now happens within your relationship to your self. (Not to mention if you are a teacher actually teaching others, it is irresponsible and uninspired to solely rely on attending other classes as class prep…IMHO) I do believe that our highest teacher will eventually manifest from our own minds, and I say this after having devoted my heart and energy to studying at the feet of incredible yoga, philosophy, and meditation teachers. My time as a student will never end, but self-practice and acting as one’s own teacher are equally important and require a different sense of responsibility, discipline, and compassion.

This is ardha matsyendrasana 1. Oftentimes you see the top hand held open to the world, rather than placed back on one’s own body, as I show here. This variation of my hand to my own my heart is a result of self-practice, of guiding myself as a teacher. I not only direct that energy back into my own body, thereby creating a mudra, but I also receive physical self-assistance as to direct my chest and shoulder open. This melding of Teacher and Student, giver and receiver, and subject and object, simply through the conscious placement of one’s hand, is yoga.


#yoga #yogaeverydamnday #practicedaily #ardhamatsyendrasana #mudra #yogaadjustments #yogateacher #twist #yogaforeverybody #flexibility #hands #yogaprops #iyengaryoga #layoga #silverlake @mandukayoga @alternativeapparel (at Echo Park, Ca)

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Day 12 of #flowforall w/ me, @nolatrees, and our kick ass sponsors @lineagewear, @personalrecordofficial, & @fractal.9 is a bit of a monster flow- transition from down dog to uttanasana. Hook your big toes individually to gently stretch your legs before stepping into #utthitahastapadangusthasana- pick any modification or variation you like.

After that, pass through #warrior3 to sit down in #ardhamatsyendrasana and twist both ways. THEN, lay down on your back, extend your arms & legs in the air and do at least 10 “toe touches”- core work can be a bitch but it’s importance can’t be denied. After that, roll back up into plank pose and take a vinyasa before repeating on the second side. Modify whenever and wherever you need it- this is YOUR practice. Watch the full length flow on my youtube channel- link is in my IG header. Song is Shawn Chrystopher “One Of My Homies”

To Participate:
1. Post a video of you doing the flow of the day
2. Tag hosts @nolatrees and @mynameisjessamyn, and our lovely sponsors @fractal.9, @lineagewear, @personalrecordofficial
3. at the end of the month we will have put together a flow you can play with at home!

Ardha Matsyendrasana ( Half Lord of the Fishes Pose ). According to #YogaJournal Half Lord of the Fishes pose energizes the spine and stimulates the digestive fire! On a side note - this is actually a variation of Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, this isn’t the exact pose. I extended the bottom leg and the upper arm. In traditional style your bottom leg would be bent at the knee and the upper arm would be bent at the elbow. #yoga #ardhamatsyendrasana #halflordofthefishespose

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Day 22 of #FlowForAll w/ me, @nolatrees, and our generous sponsors @fractal.9, @personalrecordofficial, & @lineagewear transitions into #ardhamatsyendrasana before moving into a trio of #splits- #standingsplit (where I always feel my leg is higher than it actually is), #downdogsplit, full #hanumanasana and then repeat on the opposite leg. Modify wherever it feels good- stack your hands on blocks in downdog split and hanuman, for instance. Or slide a block under your front thigh in #monkeypose. You can watch the full flow on my youtube channel- link is in my IG header. Song is The Prodigy “Smack My Bitch Up”


To Participate:
1. Post a video of you doing the flow of the day
2. Tag hosts @nolatrees and @mynameisjessamyn, and our lovely sponsors @fractal.9, @lineagewear, @personalrecordofficial
3. at the end of the month we will have put together a flow you can play with at home!

Day 337 for me & day 15 for the #LetsGetFlexy challenge with @kinoyoga @beachyogagirl & @aloyoga. Today is Lord Of The Fishes Pose! 🐟🙏 #yoga #yogi #yogashapes #yogafun #bend #fold #yogagirl #yogapose #yogachallenge #peace #calm #yogisofinstagram #statue #still #benddontbreak #smile #yogafeet #yogatoes #strong #feminine #lift #twist #ArdhaMatsyendrasana #lordofthefishespose #namaste #om #ilovemydog #yogadog #yogaathome 🐶😘🙏

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Day 1 #yogagivesbackchallenge #ardhamatsyendrasana #twist another month another challenge. @beachyogagirl @kinoyoga @aloyoga #yoga #yogachallenge @yogagivesback #homeworkout #normalguyyoga #fitspo #fitness #instayoga #childishgambino @childishgambino @poke #kauai

day 5⃣ ✨✨✨ 👑🎣 🐠 It feels good to twist out all of the toxins! 😊 @dimaharani @robinmartinyoga @amyelandry @meghancurried @kathy0805 @thetattooedyogi @jojoyoga
by thebird_man via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/hUA7K5Leh2/

I have a horrible habit of using the two twisting postures in second series which separate the deep backbends from deep hip-openers as a chance to space-out. It’s in these postures, not the more challenging parts of practice where I’m most likely to loose my breath, bandhas, and dristi. Even though they aren’t as urgently difficult as the poses they’re sandwiched between, (don’t get me wrong… they are still really hard to do correctly), they are still a vital part of the moving meditation. I totally carry this attitude into life beyond the mat. I can be a pretty stellar, happy human being in the moments of my life that I perceive as highlights and day to day stuff can make me feel dull and apathetic. The older I get, the more I realize most of life is comprised of the spaces between the exciting things, so to feel fulfilled we have to find value in the most basic parts of being alive. Most people out there have probably figured that out, but I guess I need to be smacked in the face with these lessons via a 6am discipline to really get it. #ashtanga #ardhamatsyendrasana #secondseries #fishy #yoga #twist #yogaeverydamnday

Day 5 of #DetoxYoBody is in the bottom right there: #Baddhakonasana or #boundangle. Plus a bonus #HalfLordOfTheFishes🐟 #variations cuz it’s been a while since I’ve done that #yogapose.. and my first completely unassisted #headstand grinning like a fool cuz I tried it on a whim and I did it!!! 😃 I really did it!!!!! Edited with #Enlight #ArdhaMatsyendrasana #HalfLordOfTheFishesPose #boundanglepose #yoganerd #yogachallenge #yoga #curvyyoga #tshirt is #lepetithobbit from @teefury
Hosts: @kinoyoga @beachyogagirl
Sponsor: @aloyoga

Happy Monday! Wherever you are, be present! ☺ On another note, I didn’t get my phone back but I did get a temporary phone that I can use for the meantime. All thanks to my boyfriend who made this possible. Truly grateful to have such a caring person in my life! 💗💗💗This is Day 4 of #madaboutyoga - #ArdhaMatsyendrasana / #HalfLordOfTheFishesPose 😊 #yoga #yogawithlaura #yogaeverydamnday