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Day 8️⃣ of the #bgytribechallenge2019 is with our tribe host and Illinois @Blackgirlyoga Ambassador @lisettejohn with #sideplank .
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. .
Here’s a few tips on how to safely get into Vasisthasana/Side Plank.
From High Plank, shift your weight into the palm of your left hand, left shoulder slightly away from left wrist and move onto the outside edge of your left foot. Stack your right ankle onto left, square off your hips and tilt your tailbone inline with your shoulders to straighten your spine. Tighten your core. .
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💥From our @Blackgirlyoga New York Ambassador @meredithlejeune hosting her first meetup class 🙌🏾
So thankful for the support this morning❤. Thank you @lululemon#Nanuet for allowing me to teach and giving us the space to practice yoga. .
You who have been seeking,
Whatever path you are on,
A moment will come when
Divine pulsation grabs you
And carries you into its dance.
In the midst of ecstatic motion, .
Your body dissolves into light, leaving only The softly glowing benediction of the bones. You become the face of fury, yet serene within. Eyes fly open in amazement, Seeing the unseen vastness. Or you become a tongue tasting upward Into the nectar of eternity.
🎉Day 6 of the #bgytribechallenge2019 is #toestand with @blackgirlyoga brand artist Tiffany @yogatiffany_ the person responsible for our challenge flyer artwork 💜
Day 👋🏿+👆🏿 #ToeStand * #Padangusthasana
. "We need a new paradigm, one that will replace our present attachment to imbalance. Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures; it is our home." .
~Meditations from the Mat
There's a reason #drishti is revered as a core yogic principle. The same drishti principles applied to a balancing yoga pose should also be applied off the mat. After zeroing in on your physical posture + breath, it’s a finishing touch that locks in the pose, improving balance + so much more.
You see, when you're gazing at one focal point, it helps calm the breath, the nervous system, + the heart rate. When you're focused on being in the present moment, then + only then will everything fall into place.
drishti tips: ✔maintain a soft gaze ✔resist the urge to close your eyes ✔shift your gaze slowly ✔if you fall out of balance, get back up + try again ✔be gentle with yourself *Toe Stand Pose strengthens your abdominal muscles, hips, knees, ankles, + toes. It develops stronger joints, which helps to improve arthritis + knee pain.
Begin standing in Mountain Pose with your arms at your sides.
Rest in Garland pose for 3 breaths.
Place finger tips on the floor in front of you or onto blocks.
Lift your hips + place one foot on top of your ankle.
Rise up slightly on the exhale (try to keep your gaze soft + your back straight). All of your weight should be balanced across the ball of your standing foot.
Gaze at a single spot on the floor in front of you.
Keeping your abdominals engaged, bring your left hand to the center of your chest in half prayer position. If it is possible, bring your right hand to meet your left, pressing your palms together.
To release the pose, place your fingertips on the mat in front of you once again. Remove your foot from your ankle. Forward fold. Mountain Pose. Repeat for the same amount of time on the opposite side.
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The Peaceful Warrior may sound contradictory, but the yoga practice requires that we seek truth beyond illusions and make thoughtful choices instead of floating from one reaction to the next when life happens.
The Warrior has the wisdom to back down and observe himself in the moment, prepared to make split second decisions that support the greater good.
Peaceful warrior - Do No Harm, But Take No Sh*t. You should always treat others with kindness and respect, just as you would like to be treated. However, if someone is clearly treating you with disrespect, don't stoop to their level like a fool, but don't tolerate their bullsh*t either.
Take the feet wider than shoulder-width, feet facing forward.
Turn the right foot toward the right, bend the right knee towards 90 degrees (if knee goes past the ankle, take back foot wider). Arms out to the sides, flip the right palm up toward the sky.
Take the arm overhead and reach the hand up toward the sky, feeling the right side stretch long.
Gaze follows the lifted hand.
Back arm lightly touches back leg, or wraps around the back for a half-bind.
It’s amazing what can happen when we calm our minds and allow ourselves to feel where imbalance is happening. Too much focus on one area can lead to the whole structure falling apart, if another area is neglected or forgotten about. .
Maintaining a careful balance of all the moving parts, will ultimately be what keeps the pieces together, stable, and whole 💫😊. .