{asana}

{asana}

The third limb of yoga is the physical practice. Yoga asana, the pose, were designed to prepare your body to sit for meditation. 
Challenge yourself for the next 30-days. Attend a few extra yoga classes. On the days you can’t, roll through some Sun A’s before work your after your workout. Before bead, take a child’s pose, ragdoll, and legs up the wall.

{ishvara pranidhana}

{ishvara pranidhana}

The last of our five Niyamas, our second limb of yoga, means surrender.  This can mean surrendering yo your divinity- God, nature, the present moment – whatever it means to you.

Release attachments to outcomes, release yourself release yourself from judgements, expectations, your ego.

Surrender to the idea that there is something bigger than yourself. You are exactly where you were meant to be and everything is working out. 

{upward facing dog}

{upward facing dog}

from chatarunga, we flip the feet and find an arch. Pressing tops of feet and hands into the mat, we lift the body. Pulling shoulders back to open and spread the collarbones. Shoulders safely over wrists and gaze lifted.

This pose either feels uncomfortable and a little scary on the low back, or light and open. Check out this great article from Yoga Gypsy for tips on your updog!

http://yogagypsy.blogspot.com/2012/07/yoga-tip-tuesdays-transitioning-to...

{chair pose}

{chair pose}

From a forward fold, lift to your chair pose.

Take a look down to see that knees are behind the toes.  

Tuck the tail to take the deep curve out of the back. Bring hands to prayer or to goalpost arms and drop shoulders.

 Surrender to this pose and feel how different it feels when you release the struggle to hold it. 

{bound angle pose}

{bound angle pose}

Aka : Butterfly

In a seated position, sit tall and bring the soles of the feet together. Let the knees drop open. Wrap hands around the top of the feet or ankles.

Sit tall and breathe.  Or take a nice deep breath, and on the exhale hinge at the hips and fold forward.  You can place the elbows on the inside of the thighs for some gentle pressure if it feels good.

I like to hinge forward and place my forearms on the floor, pushing them into my shins to lengthen my spine. 

{shoulder stand}

{shoulder stand}

Shoulder stand stretches the neck, shoulders, and the throat.   Lay down on your mat, stretch arms long beside you and press down into your palms. Use the core to lift legs and low back off the mat and bring hands to low back.  Walk your hands down your back and straighten and stack the body.  Working to bring your body in to a vertical position.  

"Things could always be worse"

When awful things happen to someone else, it immediately makes us grateful for all of the things that we take for granted each day.  For days, maybe weeks or longer, we count our blessings. And sometimes it changes us for good.

During these times it’s important to remember that you are still entitled to have a bad morning. Or to be in a bad mood. Or to be mad that the dryer broke.

{bring your hands to heart center}

{bring your hands to heart center} 

Anjali Mudra

We do it a lot. What does it mean? 

When we “bring our hands to prayer” in our practice, we are using a mudra.  A mudra is a gesture of devotion. We bring hands to meet to symbolize a union.  It is thought to quiet your mind and open your heart. 
Bring palms together in front of the heart. Press thumbs gently into your sternum. 

I honor you!

Holiday Survival Guide -Gift Giving

Holiday Survival Guide -Gift Giving
(how to keep feelin’ the om.)

Gift Giving:  
{don’t know what to buy or your budget is stressing you out?  well, holidays are only about gift giving if you make it be about gift giving. so there’s that.  Want to gift but don’t know what to get or watching your spending because you’re saving for an upcoming yoga retreat *wink wink*? here are some of my favorite go to ideas:}

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