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HAHAAA!!! 😂😂😂 IM NOT READY!! Ahhh the joys of trusting yourself while going down to full wheel…
This was fun to watch and share so that you will see there is also fear and there is also so much practice that has to be done with me as well. Yoga isn’t about being perfect it’s about practicing, connecting and learning something new about SELF every time you hit the mat.
DAY 10 of #yoga4growth challenge with @ladydork & @koyawebb

URDHVA DHANURASANA (THE FULL WHEEL POSE or BACK BEND) 😂

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Hey friends- I’m posting a day early for #OpenYourHeartInFall! Day 5 is Wheel Pose aka Upward Bow. There are a lot of variations you can use to play around with in #UrdvaDhanurasana. In the beginning I demonstrate how to enter the pose:
Start by laying on your back with knees bent. Place your feet close to your hips. Bring your hands to the floor next to your ears, shoulder-width apart. Reach your arms up overhead, and then bend your elbows so that you can place your palms on the floor at either side of your head. Use your arms to lift yourself up.
For other variations you can do Wheel pose with straight legs, alien pose, one legged wheel pose, and towards the end I show how you can work towards an advanced full wheel pose with arms gripping the legs.
Feel free to use any variation/modification you wish!
Check in with the other hosts @aminahata @hannahtaha @yogalus for their variations!
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anonymous asked:

hello! i'm sorry if you get asked this a lot, but do you have any advice for starting out with yoga? i have no idea where to begin or the best resources or anything... like i'm so confused haha i keep seeing yoga's kinda continuous and there isn't really a set thing for everyone but sdjfhkjhdsf. do you have any advice/any good places to start? should i start out by doing like stretches? ahhhh :x

hey there! So yoga is of course unique to each individual practicing it, however there are some basics that you could get yourself familiar with as building blocks!

first off, get to know some basic poses (click here!!), try a few of them out, see how they feel and get an idea of your body’s current flexibility and strength so that you know generally how far you can go and for how long to keep your body feeling good :)

secondly, have a go at some beginners yoga tutorials (here’s one, or here, or here!) or you could start a 30 day yoga challenge! (I’ve heard good things about this one)

as you get more used to the poses and transitions and how your body feels in them, you can start building on your practice and adding in some of your own flows to your routine :) i usually always start off by following a tutorial on youtube, and then after than i put on some music and relax into my own flows :) 

It’s also cool to have a goal, so if you want to be able to do a handstand, or a full wheel, or dancer’s pose, or whatever, then you can have a little google search to see which poses build up to the one that you want to master! 

additionally, i know that theblondeyogini has recently made an awesome post about how to start yoga, so definitely check that out too! (click here

good luck on your yoga journey!xxx

mcatme  asked:

Hi! I noticed your post said you were a postbacc premed. Do you have any favorite yoga poses for relieving all of the tension from sitting and studying all day? :)

I am indeed! And I spend roughly 5-9 hours a day sitting at a desk studying. It has been one of the contributing factors for my recurrent muscle spasm episodes that then misalign several of my joints for extended periods of time. 

It sucks. Yoga helps. 

I try to take a break to get up and walk around every hour or two but it’s hard to pull myself away sometimes. 

Here are the things I found helpful in terms of yoga and healing the damage/disharmony resulting from sedentary daytime activity:

1. Backbends. When I’m sitting at a desk, a certain degree of hunching is unavoidable. Therefore any way you prefer of countering that effect by means of poses utilizing backbends is definitely of help. 

It also relieves back pain and helps improve breathing. 

2. Forward bends. When sitting for long periods of time, certain muscles shorten. The hamstrings and calves are two danger locations that are especially effected. Also, due to decreased movement, the muscles around the hips tighten. Forward bends actively counteract these issues. 

3. Pigeon poses. Some people seem to have more closed off hips than others. I believe it’s more common for men to have such hip issues than women and I am no exception. Pigeon poses have been an excellent hip opener. Stress and tension contribute to the hip’s immobility, which then creates other issues in the body as it compensates. 

4. Bridge poses. Whether supported, half, or full wheel bridges, these poses act like a backbend while also stretching along your chest, neck, spine, and hips altogether. At the same time, it strengthens the back, glutes, and hamstrings—all areas that tend to atrophy with extended daily sitting. 

5. Side-bending, planking, and crow poses. These open, stretch, and strengthen the lateral abdominal muscles. While six pack abs are nice to have, it is the role of the lateral abdominal muscles along your sides that actually stabilize your upper body when sitting and walking. Caring for those muscles means facilitating better posture and postural health. Crow poses also strengthen the arms and shoulders. 

6. Inversions. Whether a shoulder stand or a yogi-master headstand, inversions have many benefits but for those who are sitting all day, its most useful impact is on blood flow. Depending on your posture, certain areas of the body may receive too little blood. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle makes for sluggish and weak blood flow. 

Your arteries send blood from your heart to the rest of your body and it uses a very effective pressure system, among other mechanisms. Whereas your veins, which return deoxygenated blood back to the heart, depend on things like muscle movement and gravity to facilitate good circulation. 

Inversions will help that deoxygenated blood to return to the heart and continue on outward through the arterial circulatory pathways. 

I’m sure there are plenty of more helpful poses as well! I’m hoping for some good extra suggestions in the comments. ;)

Namaste!