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Yoga with Cathy Madeo  Yoga Instructor E-RYT 500 Owner @honoryogaprinceton Follow @activateyourcore for core workouts Next Challenge: #ALOboutinversions Learn more 👇🏼

Do you also look for doorways to hairstand in? How much my mental landscaping has changed since I started taking yoga pics🤣
Happy Friday, friends!
#hairstand #donthatelevitate #puravida #costarica #yogaretreats

Working my middle splits on the ground has definitely helped my straddle upside down 😉Having my feet against the wall in my prep pose, gives me something to press into to gently open up my inner thighs and hips and also provide some resistance to engage my muscles. What pose are you working on today? Happy Thursdays, loves!
Outfit: @aumniecreatebalance
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#straddlehandstand #middlesplits #howtoyoga #handbalance #handstandpractice #mymantrastyle

Sometimes when standing in line at the grocery store I stare at Women’s Health magazine and visualize myself on the cover🙈 I even imagine what I’m wearing and what the tag line is 🤣 just me manifesting 💫 Imagine my delight when @womenshealth.de reached out and said they wanted to feature me in their Insta fashion style section of the April issue? 😱 swipe to see 👉🏼It’s not the cover (yet 😜), but I’ll take it🤩 thanks Women’s Health Germany you made this yogis day. Any friends out there live in Germany?🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️ Check out the April issue on magazine stands now! #womenshealthmag #instafashion #womenshealth #fitnessmagazine #instayogi

I know that sleep time is the best time to repair not just my body but my skin. I was delighted that @freskincare let me test out their latest product before launch, a new nighttime cream called Recover Me. The skin barrier, our external skin layer, is the most exposed part of our skin. This cream regenerates and strengthens the skin barrier while you sleep. I’ve been using it all week and I’m loving the extra recharge my skin feels and looks when I wake up ☀️ I’m excited to share this
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#ad #recoverme #nightroutine #beautyinmotion #loveyourskin #freskincare

Went out for a walk with my oldest daughter and felt drawn to this little tree. Happy Monday, friends!
#naturewalk #handstandeverywhere #wehandstand #yogaphoto

I’m an Aquarius ♒️ and I’m a forward thinker, I rarely look back. Right now I’m thinking about all the exciting things lined up over the next few months. Photo shoots with new photographers, trips to Florida, teaching workshops, hosting yoga challenges and teaching at VibeWell Honors, NJs biggest yoga festival! May 11 🙌I’m so excited to kick off the event with my girl crush @ellenmoskoyoga as we teach our signature Master Class, Dynamic Opposites: From Freedom to Flight. If you live in the North East you won’t want to miss this festival, at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Other headliners include @spirituallyfly @adellbridges @bridgetriepl and so many more! There will be a kids corner, meditation space and panel discussion as well as so many amazing yogis and workshops to choose from. The early bird pricing of ONLY $48 appears to still be available until March 31. Get your tickets today! See my story for direct link. Tell me what you’re excited about this spring in the comments! And tag someone you know would want to go to VibeWell Honors yoga festival! @vibewellhonors @honoryoga @njyogacollective
Pic: @ljbnyc1
#vibewellhonors #honoryoga #honoryogatv #dynamicopposites #yinyang #njyogacollective

Final day #invertyourvinyasa is getting to the front of your mat. Swipe to see video of several options, choose some of mine and/or show me some of yours. I’d love to see you practice 2-3 different ways to use an inversion to get to the front of your mat.
From this challenge I hope you have learned or revisited how many opportunities you have in your vinyasas and sun salutations to weave inversions in. If you take just sun Sal A, you’ll see you have two, from forward fold to chaturanga and from down dog to forward fold. But every time you do a vinyasa you also have an opportunity. This of course begs the question of etiquette: how much is too much and when do you just become a spectacle in your classes? Do your best to respect the teacher and your class mates. Also do yourself a favor and don’t overdue it, too much and your are overusing your muscles and putting them in repetitive stress. Find a nice balance, do just enough to do your practice while keeping with the rest of the class tempo. I’ve so enjoyed watching you practice and seeing all of your work! Feel free to keep using this hashtag and I’ll follow along your journey. Thanks to all sponsors!
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Day 6 #invertyourvinyasa is getting to the back of the mat. In your Sun Salutations, once you go into your forward fold, you have an opportunity for an inversion back into chaturanga. I’m showing you several different options, L-shape, tuck, puppy press, leg shapes, crow to headstand. Try any of these or share something new. Challenge yourself to show me 2-3 ways you can put an inversion in between forward fold and chaturanga. Happy inverting🤸🏽‍♂️🙌 remember to check out your core drills @activateyourcore and check my story today for some sponsor shoutouts and discounts💕
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#handstandchallenge #handstandtochaturanga #yogachallenge #vinyasaflow #sunsalutations

Isn’t this fun? I’m loving watching you get creative, floaty and upside down in your vinyasas🙌 Day 5 #invertyourvinyasa is leg switch and it’s a good one to put into your sun Sal B. This one isn’t my best work I find it hard to push off with my feet so far back behind my hips in down dog, but it’s a crowd pleaser in classes and just plain fun when you get it. Swipe to see video and your core drills on my other page @activateyourcore will help you find the power in your legs and core to switch sides mid-air🔥
I’ve found keeping my bottom foot close to flat rather than raising on my tip toes, gives me more power to push off, from there stack hips over shoulders, scissor and switch your legs mid air, so that the leg you lifted to kick up with is ultimately the one that lands between your hands. The biggest strugggle I see with students are the ones who in general have a hard time stepping the foot in between hands from down dog, that’s part tight hips, weak hip flexors and core. Practice this and the core drills and when you land your foot forward protract your shoulder blades - move them away from your spine- and hollow your belly- belly to spine low ribs down😅
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#handstandfun #vinyasas #lshape #warrior1 #yogachallenge

IG crashed 😱 we all made it! I know I’m not alone that after countless attempts to login post and comment I surrendered, as much as I didn’t like the thought of keeping you yogis hanging, I know we’re all in this together🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️ I can’t wait to catch up on our gallery!
Day 4 #invertyourvinyasa is forearm balance to Sphinx pose. I’m taking some liberty with the vinyasa, but I teach this in my classes especially when I want to keep the spine in extension after warming up for backbends. You’ll go from DD to dolphin- see if you can lower both elbows at the same time- then take dolphin to forearm balance. Split your legs, flex your feet and toes and move your chest forward as you land in Sphinx. From here you can transition into updog or back to dolphin then straighten your elbows for DD. swipe to see video of how to do this transition.
Forearm balance tip: you want your elbows under you shoulders but once I gave myself permission to stack my hands on top of each other the pose became available to me. For some of us the opening in our thoracic spine and or shoulders might not make forearms parallel an option. If this sounds like you and this inversion is a challenge keep your elbows under your shoulders but allow your hands to either clasp or stack. Also your foundation is much longer than handstand, so your kick up leg can go over a little farther in fact it might need to in order to lift the second leg up. Remember in forearm balance to elevate your shoulders to keep your head from collapsing down. Think of pushing the floor away with your forearms.
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#activateyourcore #forearmbalance #yogachallenge #inversionchallenge #armbalance

Day 3 #invertyourvinyasa is chinstand to chaturanga. This is another fun transition you can weave right into your vinyasa! Swipe to see video of how you can build up into this transition. Special thanks to @madeline.plucinska one of our teachers @honoryogaprinceton for demo’ing scorpion chinstand🔥🙌. Check out today’s core drills @activateyourcore these drills are designed to help build strength toward learning these transitions. Also you can find a full length yoga tutorial on this transition on my IGTV channel.
Read on for chinstand tips:
🙌 chin stand is a backbend inversion, the back is in extension. From 3 legged down dog, shift forward and bend your arms, take care as you move your shoulders below your elbows to facilitate a deeper opening in your thoracic spine, resist dumping your weight into your shoulders. Hug your arms into your side body. Reach your chin to the ground by extending your neck. Use the strength of your glutes and back body to pull your legs up.
If you’re like me and you have limited mobility in your spine or you are new to this pose, try using blocks! Place your hands behind the blocks on medium height and land your shoulders on them, this will decrease the extension in your upper back, and also decrease the weight bearing on your neck and shoulders. It also makes balancing way more accessible. I like to bend my bottom leg knee into chest when bringing my legs up.
To come down, take your l-shape leg split flex your feet and land softly into chaturanga, from there take the rest of your vinyasa.
You are all doing so great 👏👏I see so many of you really enjoying these transitions! It makes me so happy to see us having a fun practicing together🙏💕
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Day 2 #invertyourvinyasa is headstand to chaturanga. Swipe to see video of today’s drills and transition. You’ll get how to build up to this transition, how to do in pike position (l-shape shown in image) and how to insert it into your vinyasa.
This is another transition, like yesterday’s, which would benefit from using a spot if you are new to this. Read on for tips: 🔥 when you are lowering in pike, send your hips back past your shoulders, lower you legs a bit past 90 degree, FLEX YOUR FEET, and instead of thinking of down, think of moving your feet back, so your movement pattern becomes more horizontal and closer to the ground.
I’ll be posting 2 IGTV videos. 1. For yogis new to headstand a how to tripod headstand and 2. A video to practice the inversion drills and transition in video along with me🙌
Check @activateyourcore For today’s core drills, practice those first and then your inversion drills.
So many amazing yogis are joining in, from new to seasoned! I love watching you practice and give it your all! 💯🥰
Hosts:
@cathymadeoyoga
@activateyourcore
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@activateyourcore
@bekindfolk
@infinitystrap
@lole
@shophalfmoon
#activateyourcore #inversionchallenge #yogachallenge #yogavideo #howtoyoga

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