#yogisinbloom for day 18 is side plank! Really concentrate on lifting through the core to get the nice upward lifting curve with the body. This action will be really important for our peak posture in a few days! I like taking my top arm overhead for an extra shoulder stretch and side body stretch. Make sure you check out @southcoastyoga for more detailed instructions and alignment cues! As always, stay safe, listen to your body, and modify by placing the bottom knee on the ground if necessary. Keep your eye on @jeajir6 who will post our next pose tomorrow night! 💜💜💜
Another option for your day 17 handstand practice for #yogisinbloom ! If you have tight hamstrings or hips and the split variation really isn't working for you, maybe try bending your knees as you kick up, trying out this stag leg variation. For me, having the counterweight of legs spread apart REALLY makes it a lot easier to balance in handstands - whether or not your legs are bent, or straight. So if the splits are tough, maybe give it a try with bent knees. You might surprise yourself! That's what I love about yoga....just when we think something is impossible, our bodies surprise us. 💜 as always, stay safe, listen to your bodies, and use a wall or a spotter if necessary. Check out @jeajir6 and @southcoastyoga for some beautiful variations using the wall!
Day 17 of #YogisInBloom is practicing jumping from your standing splits into handstand kick ups! Please be safe, listen to your body, and alway use a spotter or a wall if necessary. Never risk injury for a photo opportunity!
From standing splits, walk your hands out until you can firmly plant both hands flat on the mat, fingers spread. Begin to work on kicking up into the air with your extended leg, with your standing leg jumping off the ground.
Beginners - for today, simply work on jumping off of the ground just a few inches. This is wonderful core work, leg work, and will get you used to placing weight into your hands to prepare for handstands. The trick is to practice aligning your hips above your shoulders. If you aren't comfortable practicing your kicks in the middle of the room, practice a split leg handstand using the wall, or ask a friend or a teacher to spot you.
If you have a more advanced inversion practice, work on jumping into a handstand split pose, and hold it right there. Take 5 jumps, working on getting your hips up over and in line with your shoulders, and float back to chaturanga dandasana. Take upward facing dog and roll back to downward facing dog.
Do the entire sequence, beginning with standing splits, on your second side.
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#yogisinbloom day 16 - another standing splits variation! I love taking this bind around the bottom ankle/calf. It helps me to gain more stability and pull my torso in closer to the bottom leg. Place your left hand on the ground next to your standing left foot, then wrap your right arm behind the standing calf muscle/ankle. Grab the forearm of your left arm with your right hand, pull yourself in, kick up, and enjoy! See the beautiful @jeajir6 and @southcoastyoga for more variations and instructions. I'll be posting day 17 later today! 💜💜💜
#YogisInBloom day 16 is standing splits. I love using the wall to get a deeper stretch - it helps with balance too, and really allows you to focus on getting into your hips. See @jeajir6 for more instructions and alignment cues and @southcoastyoga for more variations! Can't wait to see all of your gorgeous splits!!! 💜💜
I'm late posting this but here's day 15 of #yogisinbloom - my variation of revolved head to knee pose. I love this half hero pose variation - this asana is so comfortable I could literally sleep in it. Such a great stretch!! Check out @jeajir6 for day 16!! Remember to follow all hosts and sponsors! @southcoastyoga @jeajir6 @mary_b28 @superlovetees @yogapaws @lovetheundoing @onelovestacks @kleenmonkeysc @love_sprinkles 💜💜💜
Congratulations to @nickbrookewhistler - you are our week two winner for #yogisinbloom ! Your gorgeous photos, beautiful alignment, and creativity won us over this week. 💜💜💜 sending so much love your way! You will be receiving special prizes from our generous sponsors @kleenmonkeysc and @love_sprinkles 💗 please get in touch with @jeajir6 so we can get your prizes sent your way!!
It's that time - #YogisInBloom week two spotlights!! 💐🌺🌸🌷🌹 There were SO many beautiful pictures this week, it was nearly impossible to choose! But here are four beautiful poses that stood out to me this week. Send a big congrats and show some love to these amazing yoginis - from left to right @restrictedlist @dgsutula @justjonigirl and @om_angel ! Wonderful job all of you, keep up the great work! Don't forget to follow all hosts and sponsors to be eligible for prizes! @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga @mary_b28 @yogapaws @superlovetees @lovetheundoing @onelovestacks @kleenmonkeysc @love_sprinkles 💜💜💜 we will be announcing our week two winner very soon!!
Day 14 of #YogisInBloom - two options for great hip opening. Baby cradle or archers pose! Listen to your body, stay safe, and do what feels good for your body today.
Come to seated. Extend the left leg straight in front of you. Pick up the right leg, place the sole of the foot in the crook of the left elbow and the right knee in the crook of the right elbow. Clasp your hands in front of your leg. Work on lengthening the spine and lifting the chest, and try to get the shin bone parallel to the ground. Slowly rock from side to side, opening up the right hip, pausing in any tight places.
To move on to archer's pose, release the clasp from baby cradle, and grab the right big toe with your two peace sign fingers of the right hand. Bend the right knee and pull back with the big toes, as though you are shooting a bow and arrow with your leg. Reach for your big toe with your left hand peace fingers. Hold there, and breathe. To attempt an advanced variation, switch your hands, resulting in a cross of the arms.
Loving all of your pictures so far, yogis! Can't wait to see your beautiful stretches for day 14! Remember to follow and tag all three hosts @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga and @mary_b28💜
#YogisInBloom for day 13 is any version of forearm hollowback! Feel free to use a wall, or even continue to practice dolphin or perhaps a split leg dolphin with a shifted gaze, if pincha or hollowbacking is not yet in your practice. Stay safe, never risk injury for a photo but maybe try something new! I love split leg pincha hollowbacks because I feel more stable and balanced in them - and also, when I flip over, it's less scary and a softer landing with one leg already extended! It's also great to use a wall in this variation.
See @jeajir6 for more instructions and modifications and @southcoastyoga for her variation. Remember to follow our generous hosts! @superlovetees @yogapaws @onelovestacks @lovetheundoing @kleenmonkeysc @lovetheundoing 💜💜
#yogisinbloom day 12 is one of my favorites - pincha mayurasana or forearm balance! See @southcoastyoga for more alignment cues and for some awesome modifications and tips. Use a wall or a spotter if you need assistance - stay safe and never risk injury just for a photo! This pose is so much fun but takes lots of dedication, strength, and hard work - it won't come to you over night, so don't be hard on yourself. Have fun and don't forget to use the #yogisinbloom hash tag on all your pictures! You must be following all hosts and sponsors to be eligible for a prize! @southcoastyoga @jeajir6 @mary_b28 @yogapaws @superlovetees @kleenmonkeysc @onelovestacks @lovetheundoing @love_sprinkles
It's important to challenge our bodies in our asana practices. We must be aware of our limits and restrictions, but if we never push ourselves, we will never grow. It we keep doing what is comfortable and easy, there will be no progress. Try something new. Attack something that is familiar a little bit differently. See where it takes you. 🙏
If you want something a little deeper and more challenging balance wise for day 11 of #yogisinbloom maybe lift up from puppy pose and take this bound dolphin variation. It's a wonderful shoulder opener that really takes a lot of balance and concentration! Try grabbing the opposite foot with the opposite hand. As always, listen to your body and don't risk injury for a picture! 💜💜💜💜 remember to follow all hosts and sponsors to be eligible for a prize! @mary_b28 @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga @superlovetees @yogapaws @onelovestacks @lovetheundoing @kleenmonkeysc @love_sprinkles
Day 11 of #YogisInBloom is an incredibly juicy and delicious shoulder opener - Extended Puppy Pose or Uttana Shishosana.
From tadasana, vinyasa to down dog. Come onto all fours, shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees. Walk your hands forward a few inches and curl your toes under.Keep your arms active and stretch them out in front of you.
Option one: Drop your forehead to the floor or to a blanket, and let your neck relax. Keep a slight curve in your lower back. To feel a nice long stretch in your spine, press the hands down and stretch through the arms while pulling your hips back toward your heels.
Option two: Eventually, you may be able to lower your chest toward the mat, placing the chin on the mat as well.
Option three: for an even deeper opening in the shoulders, place blocks underneath your elbows. You can use the lowest setting to begin, then if you need a deeper stretch, move the blocks to a higher setting. Only try the stretch with the blocks after warming up the shoulders first. Breathe into your back, feeling the spine lengthen in both directions. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute, no matter where you are, then release.
I will be posting an advanced shoulder opener that requires some intense balancing work for those of you who want to go even deeper. I would recommend practicing puppy pose no matter where you are in your practice, though - we are working towards a VERY deep shoulder opener in our pinnacle posture for this week, and we want you to take care of your shoulders!
@southcoastyoga will post tomorrow night! Make sure you check out her and @jeajir6 for their puppy poses too! 💜
Because I love dancer...here's one more variation for day 10 of #YogisInBloom 💐🌹🌸🌺🌷 Here's an ashtanga inspired natarajasana with a flipped grip and an extended arm. I find this variation SO much more difficult than when you have the support and steadiness of both hands holding onto your foot/leg. If you're able to flip your grip, or if you are using a strap, maybe give it a try! 👍
I'll be posting tomorrow's pose later tonight! Remember to follow all of your hosts and sponsors! @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga @mary_b28 @yogapaws @superlovetees @lovetheundoing @onelovestacks @kleenmonkeysc @love_sprinkles 💜
I know I'm always talking about having a million favorite asanas - but seriously, this one is 100% my forever favorite.
Dandayamana dhanurasana or standing bow pulling pose - another option for day 10 of #YogisInBloom. 🌹🌺💐🌸 You HAVE to kick with your top leg and use your strength and determination to enter this posture. That's why I love it so much - I can't just rely on my flexibility or just use my strength. This posture requires absolutely everything - balance, strength, flexibility, and concentration - in order for all the pieces to come together. #practiceandalliscoming 🙏
I'm loving all the beautiful dancer variations I've seen so far! Keep it up, yogis! Don't forget to follow all three hosts plus our generous sponsors @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga @mary_b28 @yogapaws @superlovetees @lovetheundoing @onelovestacks @kleenmonkeysc @love_sprinkles
Day 10 #yogisinbloom - dancer pose or natarajasana. One of the most beautiful asanas, and so many variations to choose from! See @jeajir6 for more instructions and modifications.
Her variation with the strap is how I learned this pose - it took me about a year of working with the strap before I was finally able to wiggle my hands all the way to my foot! #practiceandalliscoming 💜 don't forget to tag us in all your posts! @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga and @mary_b28 and please, warm up and stay safe. Listen to your body and don't risk injury just for a photo. Can't wait to see our gallery fill up with beautiful dancing yogis!!! xoxo
Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. -Jim Morrison 💜
Good morning yogis! And happy Wednesday! 💗🌷🌹 here's a funky arm variation of eka pada koundinyasana II for today's #yogisinbloom pose for day 9! Remember, it's not about what pose you choose, it's about doing what is best for your body, having some playtime on your mat, and staying safe! See @southcoastyoga for more instructions and variations. @jeajir6 will be posting tonight! Can't wait to see your variations and shots from today! xo
Can't believe we are already to day 9 - time flies when you are having fun!! #yogisinbloom day 9 is flying lizard, eka pada koundinyasana, or any other balancing lizard variation that you like! I did a flying airplane balance in front of this awesome street art that I found 💜 don't understand the challenge of this pose - it can be just as difficult as the arm balancing options! See @southcoastyoga for instructions and more variations. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with today! @jeajir6 @southcoastyoga and I love all of you!!! xoxo
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Huge congratulations to our first #yogisinbloom weekly winner! @pesekgp you are our winner!! Gretchen, your practice this last week was so inspiring and creative. We LOVED all of your variations and your fun cat videos made us smile! Please contact @jeajir6 so we can get your amazing prizes send your way! Remember, every week, one special yogi will be showered with prizes from the amazing sponsors @love_sprinkles and @kleenmonkeysc 💜💜💜 CONGRATULATIONS!!! 👍
It was amazing how good it felt to spend a few minutes stretching outside this morning. The cool breeze and the sun perked me up more than I had imagined, and I was ready to start my day. Never underestimate the power of even just a few minutes of yoga to start your day off right 💜💜💜