Sickness, rest and..Yogaprogress!

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Hey! Long time no see! I’ve had a really bad cold this week, barely getting out of bed in the morning. Could’nt do yoga at all for almost a week. So boring! But yesterday I felt better and tried this weeks poses of the instagram challenge #healinghearts. It felt so good to do yoga again and the wierdest thing was that I felt progress in all theese poses. They where easier, my balance was on top and I felt more flexible then ever. I got further then I’ve ever got before! For example I’ve never been able to grab my foot in forearmstand hollowback, but been working on it a lot and suddenly yesterday I did it after a week without yoga. I think I learned a great lesson again. Sometimes all your body needs is rest. Never push yourself if your body feels soar or if you feel stressed or sick. Yoga is a peaceful workout that does’nt work well under stress (at least for me). I think I’ve had a stressful period in my life that I’m finally getting through and I’m getting better at handling stress over all. If your body is stressed try to rest. When you feel better and calm you will feel yoga progress! Good luck yogis and remember to listen to your bodies!

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Friday lotus madness!

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Played around with lotus yesterday. It’s a great way to challenge your strength. Lotus can give you another sence of balance, which I think makes armbalance challenges easier! With all theese poses I start by sitting in lotus. Then I come up on my knees, put my hands in the floor and move my weight over to my arms in armbalance. I ended with a stretch which feels deeper in lotus. Hope you get inspired! Have fun and happy friday!

Wheel-pose!

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This pose recently became possible for me! If this pose feels impossible I really recommend practicing the earlier steps and practicing with holding a elastic strap tighed around your feet – worked for me!

  1. Start by laying on your stomach. Lift your feet and try to reach your legs with your hands. Relax your neck. Breath in and out a few times and feel how it affects your balance. Experiment by tightening your legs and pulling your upper body up, and relaxing your legs and pulling them closer to your upper body.
  2. If you feel ready for the next step, put a strap around your foot and pulling it up with your arm. Keep your other arm and leg in previous position. If you get really close with your foot to your arm you can try without a strap – reach for your foot behind you, rotate your wrist and hold your foot. Aim to have your arm and leg as straight as possible.
  3. Now try with the strap on both feet holding it with both arms. When you feel ready, start in position 1. Then let go of your legs but try to keep them up. Rotate your wrists, grab your toes and pull your feet up. Good luck!

Funky 2-pod headstand!

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  1. Start in tripod-position. Put one knee on your upper arm and straighten the other leg so that your up on your toes.
  2. Grab your toes. Hold tension in your arm and leg, keeping them both straight.
  3. Now engage your core, focus on your balance and try letting go with your toes from the floor.
  4. Engage your other leg to help with balance and try lifting your foot a little further. This is a real balance challenge so remember to keep tension in your core, legs and arms but try to breath regularly at the same time! If it’s to hard you can try putting your foot or back against the wall to help with balance. Good luck!

Super-stretch!

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  1. Start by laying on the side and putting your leg over your shoulder. Keep tension in your core and your other leg to help with balance.
  2. Grab your foot and straighten your leg behind your shoulder. Help with your other arm for support.
  3. Slowly let go of your “upper arm”, flex your other leg and try to reach your foot for an even more intense stretch!

Broken flying lizard!

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Promised some new poses with instructions so here’s the first one! It’s a challenging pose and I recently rescovered it, hope you like it:)

  1. Start by putting your leg over your shoulder like your putting on a backpack.
  2. Now bend over and try to move your foot so that your “backfoot” faces the floor. Then move your foot back between your legs and lift your toes.
  3. Try to move your weight over to your arms so that you can let go of your other foot from the floor. Keep tension in your arms and legs to help with balance.
  4. Now try lifting your back leg even higher to create a more challenging shape!

Firefly pose – step by step!

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  1. Start by putting your leg over your shoulder like your putting on a backpack. Remember to stretch your hips and hamstrings first.
  2. Now put your other leg over your shoulder and try to squeese in your arms so that your legs are as far up on your shoulders as possible.
  3. Come down with your butt and slowly move your legs frontward, still touching your toes in the floor.
  4. Try to straighten your legs at the same time as you tighten your core and arms. Try to straighten your arms and back and tighten your legs all the way out to your toes. Good luck yogis!

 

One leg crowpose – step by step!

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  1. Start in bakasana. Try to straighten your arms as much as possible and lift up your feet towards your but. (Check bakasana video in top menu for instructions)
  2. Now slowly try to shift over a little of your weight to one arm, when you feel ready try lifting your leg of your arm and rest it against your other leg. Hold your tension in your feet and keep a focus in the ground for balance.
  3. If you feel ready for the next step, one leg crowpose, try straightening your leg and lift up both your feet towards the sky so that its mostly your knee resting on your arm. Keep a straight back and remember to keep your stomach really tight to help with balance.
  4. If you feel stable and want to try a fun transition, slowly lower your head to the ground. Keep your arms and stomach strong and put something soft to rest your head on the first time you try this just in case:)!
  5. Now lift your leg up from your arm and come up in headstand! Good luck everyone and be safe:)!