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Angela Kukhahn Yoga ❤️  Yogini & Handstander 🤸‍♀️ Gome 🤴🏻 is my bf //Asher is my 🐠// Inversion Challenge Oct 1-7th//@ridgemerino ANGELA20 for 20% off//#angelasyogatutorials

“External things are not the problem, it is your assessment of them, which you can erase right now.” - Marcus Aurelius .
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Was feeling slightly cynical and wondering wether I really wanted to post a bikini photo without edits, and then read this quote. Boom. Well there you go. Timely indeed. #marcusaurelius #quote #beachlife #waves .
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Photo Credit: @susievanessayoga

Soaking up summer 🤸‍♀️🌴☀️🌊👙
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Photo Credit: @susievanessayoga #beach #yoga #summertime #handstand

Just slow things down and things become more beautiful. - David Lynch .
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I hope you had a slow, satisfying Saturday full of love! ❤️#love #backbend #saturday #yoga .
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Photo Credit: @susievanessayoga

99% Practice 1% Theory - Pattabhi Jois
All the technique in the world will not save you if you do not practice. Most of the time it is not lack knowledge that is holding us back, but rather the willpower to practice the things that we already know we should be doing. I often find myself putting off doing the real work while in search of ways to get out of it. If I spent even half of that time in dedicated practice I know I’d be waaaaaay further along. Do you do this? .
Finally straddle pressing again and am now able to shift my gaze which is something I could never do even before my injury. So exciting. Still lacking some areas of strength, but I know it is coming! Thanks to my teacher @acromegan for pushing me and helping me grow!!!#practicepracticepractice #practiceandalliscoming #gazeshiftpresshandstand #yoga
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Mats: @mysugarmat & @mandukayoga

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains” - unknown .
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This is a throwback to last summer. Thank you @russd_goodlife for the Hand2hand and @sbixlerphotography for the photo! It feels so unbelievably good to be back to these again!!! #hand2hand #acro #beachday #tbt

Really excited to offer all of you new to inversions (and those of you wanting to brush up on your skills!) an inversion challenge just for YOU!!! .
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I know how frustrating it can feel watching from the sidelines, and wanting to jump in on the action, but not having someone to guide you there safely step by step! 😅
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Prizes: Awhile back @fitflexjuli and I filmed a bomb 💥Inversion Series for those of you just getting started with all things upside down! 🤸‍♀️🙌 So, the lucky winner of this challenge will receive the online “Inversions 101 Training Series! In the follow along video series, I cover from A-Z the basics of alignment and conditioning for achieving your first Headstand, Tripod Headstand, Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand) and Handstand. .
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I look forward to guiding you step by step through the inversions, it’s going to be FUN!!! Tag a friend that you’d like to go on this inversion journey with!!! 🙌🤸‍♀️❤️ #yogachallenge #inversions #yoga .
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Photo Credit: @susievanessayoga

*LOOK THROUGH HANDSTAND TUCK UP* .
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#angelasyogatutorials
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Here is a fun variation of tuck handstand that I’ve been playing with lately.
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🤸‍♀️Start in chair pose. Bring your feet,
knees, and thighs together. Reach your arms up alongside your ears and spread your shoulder blades (protract) apart. Take a deep inhale and as you exhale draw your front ribs down and lift your frontal hip bones up. (those two knob like bones on the front of your hips) You will see my ribs poke out a few times during this video 😆but do your best to keep your ribs knit and belly engaged the entire time. M
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🤸‍♀️Take and inhale and as you exhale bring your hands to the floor, keep your arms straight and grip with your fingertips as you tuck your knees towards your chest, your heels towards your bottom and stack your hips over your hands. Inhale as you come back into chair pose and reach your hands up and repeat.
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Tips!
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💡Make sure you have a solid handstand tuck practice before attempting this. I have seen people accidentally fall over onto their backs. It is rare, but unlike handstand with your eyes gazing somewhere between your hands your head is no longer acting as a bit of a counterbalance to your hips, which makes falling onto your back much more of a possibility. If you have some experience with handstands you are able to control Balance with your fingertips which is essential for this move. Pushing through the fingertips and knuckles is what will prevent you from going over so push the ground away hard and grip with your fingers! .
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💡Start slowly shifting the gaze, getting to get comfortable. Start slow and work to eventually bringing your head through if it starts to feel good! .
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💡Do NOT bend your elbows! Push through your hands and shoulders and keep your arms 100% straight the entire time! .
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💡Don’t forget to lift your hands and come back to chair between tucks.

*SHOULDER EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL ROTATIONS FOR SCAPULAE HEALTH*
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#angelasyogatutorials .
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I warn you...this is NOT the sexy stuff! 😆💋🔥
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In fact, I hesitate to even post this kind of stuff, BUT I wish I had learned sooner how important it is to do the super non-glamorous upkeep for my shoulders and wrists.

I, like most newbies to handstands wanted to focus on pressing, scorpions and all things flashy, fun and exciting without allotting (and let’s face it, you DO have a limited amount of time to do drills) enough time for shoulder and wrist upkeep. .
These days I think of these sorts of drills as the work that allows me to have all the fun! 🤸‍♀️👯‍♀️
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It is not a one time fix because your shoulder is hurting either! Put these sorts of drills on the calendar and do them like brushing and flossing your teeth...assuming you do those things! 🤔😁
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This is real simple: Grab a blanket and down onto hands and knees. Stack your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. Engage your core by drawing your navel to your spine. .
Then, keeping your arms straight, put the weight into the heels of your hands so that your fingers are light and spin your hands out to the sides as far as you can (external rotation) and then in as far as you can (internal rotation). This can also be done on carpet with furniture sliders or paper plates. .
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This felt a little weird at first, but has helped immensely loosen up my shoulders. I can tell a big difference on the days I do them because I have SO much more power in my shoulders! Let me know if you like this kind of stuff and you’d like to see more warmup/prefab/rehab stuff for inversions! .
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Lots of Love! ❤️
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Wearing: @aloyoga #aloyoga #prehab #rehab #internalrotation #externalrotation #shoulders #yoga #yogatutorial #inversions #handstand #warmup #shoulderhealth #injuryprevention #healing #shoulder #shoulderhealth #tutorials #yogavideo #yogavideos #yogavids #instayoga #healthyshoulders #shoulderdrills #yogagirl #beagoddess #invertyoself #yogini

PRESS TO HANDSTAND WITH A BLANKET* .
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When it comes to press handstand your arms should be overhead, shoulders should be fully protracted and shoulders should be elevated (not pulled down), if you’ve got tight shoulders, work on opening them before attempting press handstands, you will save yourself a lot of Time, energy and possibly injuries by doing so. How can you tell? With your arms alongside your ears are you able to both fully spread your shoulder blades apart and straighten your arms while pulling your front ribs down and engaging your core? Try it in front of a mirror. Notice if there is any bending at the elbows or if your ribs stick out to compensate when your arms are up. This means you need to open your shoulders more. The other requirement is a good pancake. Spend at least 5 minutes seated in a straddle and folding forward. Keep your legs engaged, quads lifted and get your chest as close to the ground as possible without straining. Legs in external rotation. .
So, moving on to the drill

Place your hands 5 inches or so from the wall. Elevate and protract your shoulders so that you feel that you are puffing up between your two shoulder blades. Press down into the floor and straighten both arms. Place the puffed up part of your upper back onto the wall. If you start to feel that you are only pressing with your head or your neck you know you lost some of your protraction a.k.a. “Puffing”. Place the balls of your feet on the blanket. Inhale as you slide the blanket out keeping your upper back touching the wall and hollowed through your front body. As you exhale stay high on the balls of your feet as you drag the blanket towards you. Think hips high and thighs to chest. Try to get your hips to press into the wall behind you. As you start to feel warm come up higher and maybe even float the legs out to the sides, around and up. The bigger the straddle the lighter the float will be!! Good luck! .
Wearing: @aloyoga
#presshandstanddrill #aloyoga #handstand

If you’ve ever wrote out a nice long post only to have it lost, then you know what I am going through. 😭😂It is both frustrating and at the same time quite silly and small in the scheme of things. Oh well, two times a charm, or something like that! 🤔👌
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I had SUCH a difficult time picking the winners! ❤️ If you watch my stories and read what people wrote to answer the question “What does being a #life seeker”mean to you for the @zenrezfitness credit giveaway you will see just why it was so hard! You are all amazing humans sharing such beautiful thoughts, words and stories of things you have overcome or are in the process of overcoming! If I could I’d give the prize to all of you! ❤️
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Since I HAD to pick 3 though, here are the winners: .
1. The winner of $150 @zenrezfitness credits goes to @uncoinventional who nearly died after getting bitten by a brown recluse spider and instead of letting it drag her down, she let her near death experience inspire her to end the toxic relationships in her life and create a better life for herself! .
The winners of $50 in @zenrezfitness credits are @kensign1 and @instuhgramstr8flexin. .
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@kensign1 I love how you remained positive even with a broken foot and a totaled car. You refused to let these catastrophic events bring you down! .
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@instuhgramstr8flexin I love how you talked about how your intention is to give love without expectation for something in return. Truly inspiring! .
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I love you ALL! Thank you for you contribution and thank you to @zenrezfitness for this amazing giveaway! #zenrez #zenbassador #zenrezfitness #yoga .
PC: @renaemalone ❤️

Your scars are someone else’s sign of hope.
Not sure who wrote this but it resonated with me.
I have to remind myself of this when I am tempted to pretend that I don’t have any. Our scars are what make us human. I confess, I have woken up with ‘vulnerability hangovers’ and deleted posts for fear of being judged. It’s silly, but yes, I’ve done that. Just a reminder to myself and to anyone else struggling to open up, that it’s okay. It’s okay to be human. It’s okay to be vulnerable. You are most likely someone else’s sign of hope. ❤️#hope
#truth #vulnerability #yoga .
Big thanks to the lovely @renaemalone for taking this photo! ❤️

I know the screen shot for this video looks like the cover for a yoga rap album, but really it is a video of me doing my second standing hand to hand since last year! Whoo hoo! Sunday before last @filchyboy based my very first one since last year (due to my shoulder) and that was a major victory!!! 🙌🤸‍♀️
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Then today @fitflexjuli based me in my second one, but not before we had a dance party on the spot! I am not back to where I was before the injury, but I am so thrilled to be starting to do them again at least! I am incredibly grateful for the amazing group of people that make up the acro community. Thanks @fitflexjuli @fitflexjuli @susievanessayoga @layla_n, Brad (I know you must have an Instagram) and @filchyboy for helping, supporting and encouraging me on my road back to Hand2hand! #hand2hand #beachday #sunset #acro #sunsetacro

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