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!

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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

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!

Love

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!