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β–« 🌟Lorraine Bradley 🌟  πŸ‘‹Next inversion workshop on May 27th in Hot Yoga Studios Dundrum(Dublin) πŸ‘‹ . . πŸƒUse CATBRADLEY for discount with Infinity strap .

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Hands together handstand πŸ‘‹
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I'm seeing a strange increase in the number of DM's recently asking about my abs πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚ (I usually get "help my sore wrists" or "I love your feet" so it's a welcome changeπŸ˜‚) But honestly, I don't have a 6 pack (I wish! Maybe a 2 pack πŸ€”) all i have is good angles, great lighting and an even better filter πŸ˜‰ Oh and holding my breath at the right time helps too 🀣 Not that I'm condoning holding your breath of course πŸ˜‰
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I'm still as self conscious as anyone else about my body shape and my mummy tummy, down dog is no friend of the jelly belly, trust me πŸ˜‚ .
I have been training a lot lately so I will admit they have improved a great deal! Not so long ago I wouldn't dream of showing IG a full on belly frontal πŸ˜‚ .
I train every morning before work using a crossfit program and every evening is yoga and gymnastics. My workout mainly consists of weights, squats, push ups, pull ups and of course a yoganastics inspired flow or drill depending on what I'm working on. I never ever skip my sun salutations. I take one rest day a week. I do min 5 mins hs practice every single day! I do neglect a decent stretching program but I'm working on that πŸ˜‰ I am always hesitant to share my workout schedule because it changes so often. But this is fairly consistent right now. .
My diet is......err.......well.....balanced.... Which basically means half good, half crap πŸ˜‚ I do my best but chocolate and wine are just too tempting😜 I'm a veggie so achieving my macros scores daily is tough. πŸ˜•
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The biggest difference between these 2 pics is the fact I needed that wall in 2014. That was the year I had to relearn HS all over again after spending years using a wall behind me. I studied handstand training and worked on my foundation from scratch, strengthening my shoulders, core and arms. Poor guidance and lack of knowledge from my teacher at the time meant I had constant wrist & shoulder pain, delaying any chance I had of ever doing a free standing HS. The other difference is how I felt when these pics were taken..... I'll save that for another post πŸ˜‰
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#yoga #handstandprogress #handstand #yogatransformation . . .

Wait a second.... 🀚 Did I just pike press?! Kinda, sorta, ish?? .
So being the good patient I am, I thought I'd ease myself back in gently to inversions and of course pressing is exactly how I translated my docs advice about taking it slow for another week πŸ™ˆ Pressing is slow right? 😜
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But back to that pike pressπŸ€” Does it pass as one?? By placing one hand on a height I could do all my presses but on the floor they've all dissappered on me 😭 I know they'll be back soon but there's still not a chance in this lifetime I could ever pike press with both hands on the floor! So I'm gonna call this my success story πŸ˜‚ Please don't burst my bubble πŸ™ˆ .
My straddle press is only getting halfway up before it comes crashing down again so I played with some drills at the end of the vid (if you manage to watch the whole minute πŸ˜‚This is gonna take me forever to upload isn't itπŸ˜‚πŸ˜­)I'm hoping those drills will help build my strength back up again. And they are sped up loads btw, I promise I went slow! .
If you're working on your presses too maybe you could try this and see if it helps at all? .
#yoga #questforthepress #handstand

Wrist taps πŸ‘‹
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My first taste of an inversion(ish) practice in almost a week! .
Hammies could have been warmer but first time I've ever done Wrist tap-crow-wrist tap πŸ˜±πŸŽ‰ .
The first clip shows my first ever successful attempt at it!! I then share some clips I took of my warm up that may help anyone working on them. .
Here is the list of some prep:
1. Forward fold.
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2. Lean back into the heels lifting the toes to touch the wrists.
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3. One wrist tap at a time - draw femur back up onto the pelvis, protract shoulders, round upper back, lean as far forward as you can. .
4. Double wrist tap to crow - core fully switched on!.
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5. Crow to wrist tap - this is the one I've always struggled with, the trick for me is getting the knees as high up the arms as you can so you have enough space for the length of your shinbone to teach your wrists.
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Hope these help. .
I did post a push up post earlier but IG keeps deleting it off my page 😱 So I hope this works and I'll try posting the other one again later. .
#yoga #wristtaps #questforthepress . .

Still on my #InversionDiet and today's #catssquatchallenge recipe is a mix of some hopping squats. πŸ˜‰
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Ok so last night I literally found my Insta idol! Seriously check out @addingpins and just look at her page and you'll immediately know why she's my idol! Her page is literally everything I'm working on right now!!!! So the first set of jumping squats were inspired by her πŸ’ͺ Friggin tough to keep hands behind the head 😱 Way harder than they look! So I demo some.beginner friendly options firstπŸ˜‰
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Then I tried some tuck jumps( slow no and real time, you can tell the difference πŸ˜‚) and lastly I did some what I can only refer to as saucy squats πŸ˜‚ Seriously I tried speeding up, slowing down, different angles and nothing made these look pretty! So I kept it super sped up so they don't look too much like seductive squats πŸ˜‚ .
#yoga #squats

Wall squats is what I have on today's menu for my #InversionDiet on #catssquatchallenge 😷
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Don't be fooled, these will test your lower back and hip mobility to the last πŸ’ͺ Toes to wall and squat as low as you can. I did about 40 of them in total 4 sets of 10. .
If arms overhead is too intense then try with arms to your side or feet wider apart too might help. .
I added some stretches, an LSit and some side planks for desert πŸ˜‰ .
#yoga #squats #lsit .

Shrimp squats for today's #catssquatchallenge πŸ€“
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Day 4 and I haven't lost the plot just yet on my inversion diet 🚫
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I did about 30 of these either sides. And I thought I'd share some progressions that may help. They are harder than they look! Be warned πŸ’ͺ
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Enjoy #squats
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Zero inversion flow 🚫 .
Looks like it'll be leg day everyday this week for me 😭 I'm on a strict inversion diet 😷 .
I love a challenge but this may be a challenge too far πŸ˜… I can't even do a down dog without feeling like my head will explode 😭 .
All kinds of squats this week, apologies in advance for the dull flows ahead πŸ˜‚ But if you have wrist injuries or don't like inversions(yes some people really don't like inversions!😱) then join me for moral support this week and we can squat flow the week away πŸ˜‰ .
#CatsSquatChallenge
I am using the week to set myself some personal squat goals. I really want to be able to stand up from seated with zero momentum and feet together, like what I did at the end of this vid, except I actually had to use some momentum to stand up. Give it a go, way harder than it looks! πŸ’ͺ
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#yoga . . .

What to do when you're told you can't do inversions for a week! 😱 .
Took a 'little' tumble (AKA landed a backflip on my face instead of my feet and ended up with a few stitches 😭) in gymnastics last night! .
Had a lovely day at my nephews communion today (hence the dress πŸ˜‚) Trying to keep my bandage hidden under my fringe was no fun! And it didn't match my dress!😝 I did ask for some glitter stitches, apparently they don't exist 😱 Who knew! πŸ˜‚ .
This will be an interesting week! But I love a challenge πŸ˜‰ A week of no inversions.....i can do that πŸ’ͺ
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Hope this doesn't hamper my chances of mastering my backflip now 😭 .
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, wish me luck on my 'no inversions' week ahead 😱😱 I may need more wine 🍾
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#yoga

I'm pretty sure this is not what the @feetuptrainer was designer for πŸ˜‚ But I'm not one for rules am I πŸ˜‚ The soft cushioning really does help those presses! That flying crow one was a bit eek 😱
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Have a brilliant weekend everyone 😘
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#yoga #questforthepress #handstand

Who wants to learn to handstand walk πŸ˜‰
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Myself and @alli_roush are working on some drills for a handstand walk challenge! .
So I'm trying to up my game here and work on some step upsπŸ’ͺ
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I start with the lowest side of the blocks trying to walk off them first, I seem to find better stability in straight up handy rather than other leg versions and I tried them all! .
I then attempt the block walk, on the highest edge.
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Then I try to walk up onto the blocks. I try one block at a time first, then try two and I needed to touch the wall once got up the blocks as I lost momentum. But I will keep working on it πŸ’ͺ
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Then I try some shoulder taps and got my max 4 if you allow me the last one which I came down on πŸ˜‚ .
Then some drills and omg back to wall on these single arm block push ups are way tougher with back to the wall. Trust me these are easier facing the wall which I demoed on the final clip. Way tougher than they appear πŸ˜‰
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Sped up x 2.6 and trimmed too! .
#yoga #hspu #oahs #handstand #handstandwalk

Timing is everything πŸ˜‰
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You might ask what's the point in posts like this..... well there's a couple of benefits for me......(A)it takes me at least 400 pics to find the shot I want(and it's not always the shot I had intended on to begin with πŸ™ˆ) which equates to a gruelling 30 mins workout! Workouts cannot he boring for me or I would never do them. They need to be fun and interesting. .
(B)It also gives @gwtrucks a new wall challenge πŸ˜‚
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(C)And lastly it helps me get ideas for my upcoming wall series! πŸ’ͺ
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I get asked alot about my training which has evolved over the past; I used to only practice ashtanga daily with some other drills to help build whatever it was I was working on at that time. However I haven't practiced a full primary series in months (I'll do another post on that another time) I still do my sun salutations daily though!. Im now doing #crossfit everyday (in the mornings now tooπŸŽ‰) @alli_roush is my superhuman virtual trainer 😘πŸ’ͺ I then do my yoga practice in the evening which can vary depending on what I'm working on. I am a drill fan so I do lots of drills and then later that night I do stretching. (I clearly have no life πŸ˜‚)Its not unusual to find me still working out past midnight some nights! 😱 I don't attend any Yoga classes at all any more. I do however attend #gymnastics every week which I absolutely love! πŸ’• I do take rest days of course, I like to call them active rest days πŸ˜‰
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If you are just starting out, I cannot recommend sun salutations enough (look up vids on YouTube) they're my posh burpees and they are a fantastic foundation for anyone starting out and once you learn them off you can do them anywhere anytime and in my opinion they provide everything you will ever need to advance your practice. .
If you have any questions on getting started please do let me know. πŸ’›
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#yoga #freezeoftheday #wallyoga .

#CatsFlowSeries .
DAY 10 - LET'S FLOW πŸ‘Š
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Who's made it till the last day, I know I scared everyone away on day 1 but anyone that can't do a single push up and expects to flow between 5 arm balances without knocking their teeth out is even crazier than me πŸ˜‚ I had to start scary to set the tone of what's to come but on the plus side it did make going through the gallery somewhat less challenging for me and I think i managed to get to every single post and hopefully offer advice and tips where needed. Everyone is totally unique I try my best to offer as much help as I can in my posts and I know sometimes the cues I give are unconventional (they make sense in my headπŸ˜‚) but trying to illustrate them can be tricky. One tip does not fit all πŸ’›
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I also notice a lot of people are so hard on themselves. Each and every one of you are physically capable of doing this flow! You just need to be shown the right way. And yes of course you cannot expect to learn this in its entirety in 10 days but the point is that you now know what you need to work on it. You have the tools so all that's missing is some practice. .
If you continue working on this after the challenge has ended please do tag me I'd love to see your progress. Keep at it and rmbr if it doesn't happen, so bloody what, there will be no dancing unicorns or mermaid dust waiting for you. So don't be too attached to the flow but just enjoy the progress or whatever you gain from practicing it. Make it your own, mix it up or add to it.
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I will say this, when you do get it, you will feel like one hell of a badass which is kinda better than mermaid dust πŸ˜‚
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Since we had some major drop outs it would be so great if you could comment below that you completed the series and that you are available to travel to Ireland to be considered for the retreat prize. It would be also helpful if you could tell me if you're US based or not for the briks prize too. πŸ’–
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#Catsflownews πŸ€“ Closed until next time πŸ’™ .
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