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Flexy poses for xmas!

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Hope your having a great holiday! Santa gave me a new yoga mat so today I tried it out with some new poses! Finally feeling some progress with my leg behind my head. This pose is all about opening thoose hips with stretching.

 

Next pose is a variation of chinstand called locust pose. I thought it was hard to get my legs up so I used the wall to assist! Now back to my christmas candy 😉 happy holidays!

 

 

 

Sunshine and Handstands

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Finally some sunshine! And because of holidays I had time to enjoy it! In Sweden it gets dark around 3 p.m now and it’s rare with sunshine so it’s been really hard for me to get sunlight in a while. So when I saw the sun today I decided to do some yoga outdoors. Made sure to have gloves though, the ground was freezing… Maybe some peeps walking by thought it was kinda wierd, me popping handstands outdoors in December but I was just happy to put smiles on their faces. It felt great. Can’t think of a better workout actually.  So tip for the holidays is to take your yoga outside. Especially if it’s sunny. It dos’nt have to be for long, think my fingers lasted about 25 min, but thats enough to get your puls up, working thoose muscles and getting some D-vit from the sun! Gave me a happy start today. 🙂 Happy holidays everyone!! ❤️

Lotus-tripod-bakasana!

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This is a great challenge for corestrength, flexibility and balance, my favourite combination! 🙂

  1. Start in lotus position. Sit here for a while and breath, filling your muscles with oxygen and stretching to get deeper in lotus. Lets get flexy!
  2. Now come up on your knees. If it hurts, put something soft between your knees and mat.
  3. Now this is tough. Put one knee on your arm.
  4. Put your head against the floor and press your weight on your arm to lift up your  other knee up to your other arm. Corestrength is key here, make sure its supertight:)
  5. When your up with both knees. Shift weight to your head and hand and use your core to press upp to lotus tripod.
  6. For the next level – try coming down again with your knees landing on your arms. Corestrength again, tighten that core and tuck thoose legs slowly back down.
  7. Now here is the big balance challenge! Slowly shift your weight to your hand and lift your head to come up in lotus bakasana!

 

 

Funky tripod step by step!

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  1. Start in a regular tripod. Use a wall if you need help with balance. Keep your legs close to your body and tighten your core.
  2. Now put your feet together and move your weight a little bit to one side and put your arm out on the other side.
  3. Move your weight a little to the other side and put your other arm out. Now keep your wieght in the center, Spread your fingers and use your arms and fingermuscles to help with balance.
  4. For the next level, tighten your fingers evan more so that you balance on your fingers instead of your palms.

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Another fun variation is to put your legs in lotus!

Good luck yogis!

 

 

 

 

Bakasana to handstand-pressup!

yeaaah! Biggest yogaprogress for me in a long time! This has felt like a impossible transition, but nothing is impossible if you want it bad! I truly recommend starting against a wall and then trying with a strap. The feeling is amazing when you float of thoose arms! Happy weekend everyone!

Injury progress – healing yoga<3

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I think it’s time for a injury update! About 3 months ago I was in an bikeaccident and hurt my left arm. I broke my forearm and dislocated my collarbone from my shoulder. It was the worst injury I’ve ever had and the rehab seemed endless. I hav’nt done surgery on either, the fracture was stable enough to heal by its own and for the dislocation I got recommendations to try with rehab before surgery. It’s been a tough way back. The first month was all about working up flexibility in my shoulder and arm again and the pain was awful. But the more I pushed the more function I got back in my arm which kept me motivated. After a month my fracture was supposedly healed and I could start trying to put pressure on my arm again. I did a lot of rehab-exercises and started doin yoga poses again. I tried different armbalances to put more and more pressure on my arm every day, depending on how much I could handle. It hurt a lot but I saw so fast progress, and a few weeks later I was back doing handstands. Yoga helped me so much to gain back both strength and flexibility in my arm! Now I’m not doing any particular rehab exercises anymore because I feel that my arm is back on track. Im doing yogaposes now that I could’nt even do before the injury. I have full function in my forearm and my shoulder is working well for me in yoga and everyday life. The issues I have left is sometimes pain over the joint between my collarbone and shoulder (where the injury was) and sometimes I cant rest on my left side because it hurts in my shoulder. But I’m so grateful for this fast progress and I’m hopeful for the future, I don’t think I will need surgury. Rehab worked for me. I think yoga was a BIG part of it mostly because I think it’s such a fun workout and it’s easy to feel progress because you’re working with your whole bodys strength, balance and flexibility. This has helped med so much to stay motivated through pain and failure.

I’ve said it before and I say it again; I truly recommend yoga as a healthy complement to rehab-exercises after injuries or for differ’nt kind of chronic pain-issues! Please share with me if you’ve had an experience were yoga has helped you!

Love, yogi back on track