at one point my shoulders were THIS inflexible.
after 2 years of college and sitting at a desk 24/7 i could barely do a backbend.
i remember taking that picture (on the left - in jan2016) and immediately deleting it because i was so ashamed and honestly upset at how much flexibility i had lost. doing backbends gave me headaches and such 😿 ( so i just recently found the picture because it automatically downloaded to my Mac - i cringed so hard 😂) and i contemplated posting it for awhile now. but screw it, by me sharing this i hope to inspire or help someone else through a similar experience.
if you are feeling discouraged i have a few tips for you.
1. invest a foam roller/yoga wheel and roll out your back (LIFESAVERRR🙌)
2. #practiceandalliscoming .. just don't give up
3. PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE (this is almost 2 years of progress)
4. think about where you could be in a year if you stay consistent. also what do you have to lose by practicing backbends (besides time)
and my last little secret tip is @letsstartyoga ebook. it's worked wonders in my practice and especially my backbends. 🙏
Creer en lo ilimitado, que todo lo q pasa por tu mente es posible y q todo por lo que vives y trabajas genera frutos, cree en ti y en la fuerza poderosa q te acompaña cuando haces las cosas bien, cuando actúas en pro de tus sueños y de otros, cuando construyes para ti y para el mundo q quieres. #peace#mibdfulness#believe#hardwork#yogalover#yoga#kalabeyoga
Be like a tree.
Contact with your roots.
Turn over a new leaf.
Bend before you break.
Enjoy your unique, natural beauty.
Pic.: madmanimages@ #treepose#yogalover#geen#roots#yogi
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#Repost @omsoulshop ・・・
We were like the sun ☀️ and the moon 🌙catching glimpses of one another waiting for an eclipse. -unknown 🌑
Looking to get magical with us omies? 👯
Then join the omsoul ambassadors Aug 21-28 as we take you on a magical challenge, as we enter the lunar solar eclipse and all its powerful glory 🔮🌙 we'll be representing some magical moon poses to ignite your inner moon power 🌜🌑🌛 Aug 21: reverse plank • purvottanasana
Aug 22: dancer • natarajasana
Aug 23: camel • ustrasana
Aug 24: pigeon with mermaid bind • eka pada rajakapotasana with mermaid bind
Aug 25: goddess • utkata konasana
Aug 26: bridge/wheel • setu bandha sarvangasana or urdhva danurasana
Aug 27: garland • malasana
Aug 28: half moon • ardha chandrasana
Hosts: @omsoulshop & wonderful ambassadors
And @omsoulshop of course!! It's easy to join:
•Repost our flier and tag some friends to join. •Follow Hosts and Sponsors. •Tag Hosts and Sponsors in each photo. •Don't forget to set your profile to public so we can see your photos.
Day 2 #showusyogis what pose makes you feel like a goddess 👸🏽 I chose a baby dolphin pose variation. If anyone know a better name for this pose please let me know!
Physical Benefits 👸🏽Stretches your hamstrings, calves, and arches.Opens your shoulders, chest, and inner armpits.Strengthens your arms and legs.Helps regulate digestion.Tones your core muscles.Therapeutic for menopause, asthma, high blood pressure, flat feet, and sciatica.Relieves back ache, fatigue, stress, and mild depression.Helps prevent osteoporosis.
Mental Benefits👸🏽 Dolphin Pose is linked to improvement in mild depression symptoms, improved memory, improved concentration, increased awareness, stimulation of the nervous system, and relief from stress and anxiety.It also helps balance the mind and body which helps decrease insomnia signs and symptoms, and in turn helps reduce fatigue.
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@casa_colibri on Vomiting Cat 😂
Time for some terrible news... That six pack you're after...it's not going to help you press to handstand. .
Day 5 of #heartsoverhands is all about CORE. .
OMG. Did she just trash the six pack!?! Yes, it's true. Your rectus abdominus might make you feel great in a bikini, but it has little to do with floating off the ground. .
If you can't find your central balance in Handstand or just feel so heavy on the ground you can't imagine pressing up, maybe it's time to move a little deeper, literally. .
Enter...transverse abdominus aka inner abs aka corset muscle aka floating muscle aka hard as heck to train muscle. .
This wide band around your mid section is important for a lot of things, but in pressing, it helps you engage your bandhas and find the necessary lightness lock to lift those toesies off the earth. .
Target the TVA with....VOMITING CAT! And yes, it's as terrible as it sounds...worse, actually. .
Start normal cat/cow, but then at the bottom of the cat exhale (back of the heart super puffed), HOLD and SUCK your navel to your spine. .
You should feel a slight to severe vacuum sensation. It might be unpleasant. Some people say it makes them want to cough. .
Try to hold it for a second or two, then release the lock and exhale as you lower back to neutral. Proceed with more, seeing if you can hold the lock a bit longer...but don't pass out. Duh. .
. ✌🏽 Give this a try or check with my cohosts @erinkellyart @beahappyamy @susanbishopyoga @eileendelatorre for more options. .
Try one, try two, or try to combine them all for tomorrow's post. ----- .
If you're playing along on our 14 day challenge to stronger handstand pressing, remember to listen to your body and try what works for you! .
Please tag our sponsors (listed below) and use #heartsoverhands in the caption of your video/pic so that we don't miss your post! .
This is an all-levels challenge with drills taken from my two e-books Handstands and Handstand Pressing, available via the link in my profile bio. ✌🏽 .
👶🏼🍼🍭#DontCallMeBaby#yogaparamortales Lo que yoga me ha enseñado va más allá del cuerpo, de los cambios y los beneficios para mis músculos. Hoy entendí lo difícil que es abrir nuestro corazón, lo protegido que lo tenemos, lo encerrado, enclaustrado, con miedo a que nos hieran, que nos hagan daño, prejuiciando y atrayendo, desafortunadamente...todo aquello que no queremos, porque la vida sencillamente es así, porque aquello que no quieres y que repetitivamente rechazas es lo que finalmente atraes. Abrir mi corazón, ser vulnerable, aprender, entender, escuchar, tener compasión, ser amable con las diferencias entre personas y no juzgar. Abrir el corazón duele, pero finalmente vale la pena! Y si nos abrimos el corazón a nosotros mismos? Si nos amamos y nos aceptamos? Si descubrimos nuestra pasión y vamos por ella? Si no escondemos todos los tesoros que guardamos solo para nosotros? Y si compartimos la grandeza de nuestros corazones? El amor es algo que no solamente se experimenta en pareja, el amor es algo que se vive cada segundo, con cada respiro. ❤️ #openheart#abriendomicorazon#yoga#amoyoga#loveyoga#yogapractice#lovemyself#myway#lovingmybody#lovemyself#lovemybody#love#amor#allyouneedislove#todoloquenecesitamosesamo#todoloquenecesitasesamor#siyopuedotupuedes#learning
Wether you believe in astrology or not, they say the total solar eclipse we had today will have an impact on your energy and the energies around you, and I really believe it. 🌘🔄 I've felt a little out of it all day today, so I knew I needed to get all of my energy out on my mat ⚡️ -- when I get a little too much in my head about things I know I just need some time to move and wiggle and stretch it all out 🙏🏼 --
I've been missing my sweet angel Mama extra lately. The other morning I woke up believing she was still alive. I remembered I had to call and tell her something.
But then remembered I couldn't because she's dead and then I got up and had my coffee and went about my day.
Almost 6 years later
and that still happens?
Grief is weird.
It's the realist thing I've ever felt
but it still plays tricks on me.
It's cracked my heart wide open
and many times
I put the pieces back together
I regularly find gratitude in the loss
but then some days...
some days just ache.
Today I looked in the mirror
and I saw you
and it made me sad.
Sometimes I laugh
and I hear you
and it makes me sad.
Life is normal without you
and it makes me sad.
Because it still doesn't make sense to me. I'm existing in this world because of you but without you. I see you in me often. Your absence still feels so, so wrong. I'm not supposed to be without my mother. I have things I want to tell you and new friends I want you to meet that I know you would love and dreams I want to share that I know you would encourage and hugs I still need. It wasn't enough. I can still remember what it's like to sit on the porch while you smoke your Newports listening to me talk for hours and study flash cards and we rock in chairs and laugh and sweat because it's so fucking hot outside and you're complaining about it but it's okay because we're together.
I just miss
I thought I would try #yoga on my bed tonight! It was fun I was able to practice poses I'm not very good at and fall without hurting myself so much 😂😂
Today was a really good day! I spent most of the day with my doctor today! I was able to stay aware the whole time! Typically I switch over and can't remember everything so she has to text me to tell me. Not today! She also told me I'm finally stepping into my real self. Who I'm meant to be. And I'm starting to accept myself and who I am. .
I've been with this Doctor the longest since I started seeing doctors at the age of 5. She's seen the worse sides of me heard the darkest stories. So to hear her said that today made my heart swell. I know I'm still very much at the beginning of healing but for her to see that in me after these two years was a mile stone I will always cherish. 🙏🏻💞🙏🏻