Gosh. Havnt posted since I started my “new life”. After Thailand me and my fiance moved to a smaller city in Sweden to start our first jobs as newly graduated doctors. We bought an apartment close to both the citycenter and the hospital and now we have been here for a few months. I actually quite like this town. Work is tough but I really like my clinic and all the collegues. I started running again to experience our surroundings and their are so many beautiful places. I have to stop all the time and strike a yoga pose just to take it all in. So much water and beautiful nature in and around the city. Love it! The picture above is one of my sudden stops during a sweaty run 🙂 If you want more yogaupdates, check my instagram @yogaripped. Soon vacation’s coming up and then Ill hopefully have time to make some updates on the blog!
A few days ago me and my fiance finally graduated from med. School! Now we are in Thailand for some vacation before work kickstarts in February. So nice to get some laid back time with relaxed days at the beach, yoga and diving! So beachyoga definitly coming up! Just had to share this great morning stretch first that I totally forgot to post 🙂
In the morning my hamstrings are always so stiff and I feel so unflexy, kinda like a box:) Theese are some poses I try holding for a while (after my warmup rutin ofcourse) to give my back, hamstrings and hips a nice stretch!
1. Standing split can be a tough one so I usually start against a wall and push myself up with my arms, almost lifting myself up to make my tippytoes touch the floor.
2. When attempting non assisted standing split I start by lifting on leg while my other knee is bent. Then I bend over and when my head reaches my knee I straighten it. Then I just lean a little bit forward, balancing on my hands while I try to reach as high as possible with my upper leg!
3. This forward fold is superyummy for thoos hamstrings! To get further I put my hands together behind my legs and slowly pull my upperbody closer to my legs. One breath at a time!
4. The next step is to get your head past your legs! This is how far I get now, but there is still work to be done:)
Challenge yourself with some yoga warmup and stretching in the morning, promise it’s a great way for your body to start the day!
This pose is about flexibility, strength and confidence. You need to be flexible to be able to put your weight on your arms and not your chin while standing in this position. Focus on stretching your back and opening up your chest and neck. You need strength to hold the pose. You need confidence to dare balancing on your chin!
1. Start by lifting one leg up and moving your weight to your arms.
2. Now slowly bend your arms and move towards the ground like a pushup, until your chin reaches the floor.
3. When you reach the floor, move your weight over to your arms at the same time as you kick up your other leg. If you can’t get up with a easy kick, do’nt force it. Instead use a wall to climb up with your legs to practice standing in this pose.
4. When your up with both legs, tighten your whole body to gain control in this pose.
Starting by warming up my back sitting in lotus. Then I use the wall to stretch out back and shoulders. Over to warmup for wheel and in to wheelpose. After this stretching hips in different positions. Ends with mermaid and king pigeon pose.
Try to stay at least 5 breaths in every position. Take it easy, it’s about warming up so don’t force anything, stop where your limit is today. Do the warmup a few times and you will notice getting further for each time!
Okej lets get flexy! Here are some tips on how to open your hips and back to be able to reach that foot with your hands.
Start by stretching your hips and warming up your back. Good pose for this is wheel. Warmup video coming up! Never force a backbend, just relax your neck move in to a pose when it does’nt hurt.
1. A good starting pose is Mermaid. (The last picture). Just lift your leg and place your foot against your arm. Connect your arms behind your head and feel the stretch.
2. Another tip is using a strap. Tie it around your foot and hold it with a distance to your hands that feel comfortable.
3. Next tip is using a wall to assist your leg. This way you can just relax your neck and try to reach your foot. It’s also a great hipstretch to get ready for the next step.
4. When you feel ready, try grabbing your foot with the opposite hand and move it towards your shoulder. Now grab both hands around your foot and turn your arms, elbows facing up. Relax your neck and feel your foot against your head. Video coming up!
Good luck yogis!
Remember to check my Instagram if you want more yoga ❤ @yogaripped
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)
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.
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.
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:)!
Now lift your leg up from your arm and come up in headstand! Good luck everyone and be safe:)!