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laraedereryoga  Mom, wife, 500 E-RYT @yoga_medicine @sahajanskincare @radrollerteam ambassador RYS - Vivekayogaseattle.com Co-founderYogalab NW bit.ly/2UMmtkY

I love the illusion of me soaring amongst tall buildings - I’m in fact scared of heights.
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I used to love roller coasters, tall buildings (was fortunate enough to go to the observation deck of the Twin Towers) but one day I developed vertigo.
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I have a mild form but omg when I now ride coasters or go on heights I use my yoga breath and close my eyes. I still try to do things that “scare me” but I’m admittedly now a 🐓.
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Do you like heights? Thanks for the 📸 @patrikbangleportraits

Boy mom, yoga mom.... my Liam was so sweet today when I asked him if I could actually practice without him “supervising.” Sometimes I come to my humble home space to work but he takes over. As frustrating as it can be I know a time will come when he won’t want too and I’ll be sad!
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After almost 10 days of being sick I wanted to revisit old poses - one is #parsvakukkutasana. Swipe and you’ll see a short video of Liam nicely moving and then how I got into it. I’ve noticed IG won’t upload much video if it comes with a pic.
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I know so often we have “how did you get into that pose” questions so happy to provide super lo-fi video of this one! .
Happy Friday! Wearing my dots top and lacquer pants from @kiragraceyoga ❤️

Throwing it back to summer 2018 when I made a ❤️ with @bemagicwithelli. Valentine’s Day can bring a lot of emotions from chocolate induced delight to perhaps something else.
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Self love is always there for you to discover and rediscover even if it’s playing hard to get.
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Thanks for the 📸 @jacksonian7

I didn’t do it - I remember when I was younger (like 10 ish) I broke some windows out of a shed on my family’s farm and blamed it on my cousin who was always in trouble.....he took responsibility for it.
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Forward many years later and he had dropped out of school, was submerged in drugs, and was lost.
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Do you ever wonder why some people have a higher bottom or experience less consequences in life as opposed to others?
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When I got sober I remember one day I couldn’t look at my own reflection yet I know my path could have been so much worse like my cousin’s.
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Thanks again @totalsoulfuljourney @thepaulgarrett for visiting a place with me that is dirty and beautiful, broken and yet whole. 📸🙏🏼

I’m so excited for the new spring line of @kiragraceyoga - unfortunately Seattle didn’t get the “spring” memo 🤷🏻‍♀️😂.
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I’m a huge fan of polka dots and classic b & w styling. They also released some beautiful florals you really should check out too! #dotsfordays #amazingkiragrace #springcollection

As I look outside into my back yard I see about 12 inches of snow. Seattle usually gets .7 inches in February and this month we have received over 14!
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I like snow but I miss my students (everything keeps getting cancelled) and my routine.
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There goes another file it under luxury problems post! Happy Monday all - thanks for the 📸 @patrikbangleportraits 🙏🏼

Tomorrow will be the 3rd snow day in a week for my son - when you live in the Seattle area this is a huge rarity.
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I’ve had a cold this last week and with the weather my routine is upside down so may as well embrace it!
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Currently watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix - any suggestions for when I get caught up? 📸 @caseybrevigphotography ❤️🙏🏼

Say it isn’t so! Day 10 of #wellroundedyogis is here 😢. We have enjoyed this challenge SO MUCH and there is already talk of a round 2 later in the year so not goodbye but see you later!
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Some of the poses you maybe liked, didn’t like, practice regularly, or avoid altogether....we are all like that! The last day is yogis choice which will bring limitless inspiration I’m sure!
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I chose to go back to a foundational pose - downward dog. I decided to do it on stair railings for a little crazy but not too crazy effect. 📸 by @patrikbangleportraits .
This pose is a strengthening Asana and an inversion as well so truly lays down the foundations for the more dramatic variations down the road.
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This pose can be practiced differently amongst traditions; B.K.S Iyengar taught and practiced this pose with a huge emphasis on flexibility. He is often shown in this pose with his crown on the floor and sinking through the shoulders. I have practiced that but it can be very tough on the shoulder health so I strongly prefer more of the lift.
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If your hamstrings or low back muscles are tight / irritated bend your knees with even a bit more width in your feet.
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More often teachers cue hands shoulder width, feet hip width but you might experiment with those for YOUR body. There is no one way to do a pose!
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Though I’m breaking my own rules here I always recommend a long neck ie: gaze dropped. In Ashtanga you are often cued to send your drishti towards mula and uddiyana in DD.
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I’m so excited to see everyone’s choice for our last day and thank you for joining us!! ❤️🙏🏼
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1. Boat 🚣‍♀️ 2. Puppy 🐶
3. Toe Stand 🐾
4. Dolphin 🐬
5. Forward fold 🌾
6. Dancer 💃🏻 7. Lolasana 😈
8. Bridge / wheel 🚜
9. Inversion 🤸🏼‍♂️
10. Yogi's choice 🌈

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Gosh we are winding down with our second to last #wellroundedyogis pose - inversion! I was not sure what to post but when I remembered it was #forearmfriday my answer got much easier. The inversion however did not.
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If you remember my babble about struggling in dolphin you’ll likely figure out that #pinchamayurasana did not come easily for me either. To balance your body on your forearms, dolphin needs to feel open and stable which for me took a long time!
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I learned how to balance in handstand a good year before forearmstand became consistent. The answer? Practice dolphin, build scapular strength, and become intimately acquainted (pun intended) with your bandhas. Your deep core must engage to help stabilize your spinal muscles to invert and stay there.
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Over time leg variations will become accessible and in fact straight up anything tends to be one of the hardest ones to hold because of the lack of counterbalance.
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Can’t say enough about this dreamy sunset light that @patrikbangleportraits caught while I did this pose - thanks for the 📸🙏🏼!
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1. Boat 🚣‍♀️
2. Puppy 🐶
3. Toe Stand 🐾
4. Dolphin 🐬
5. Forward fold 🌾
6. Dancer 💃🏻
7. Lolasana 😈
8. Bridge / wheel 🚜
9. Inversion 🤸🏼‍♂️
10. Yogi's choice

Hosts:
@laraliam
@natashaswinter
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Welcome to day 8 of #wellroundedyogis and we bring you #urdhvadhanurasana - most call it wheel but that’s a story for another day.
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I posted this #ardhabhekasana variation awhile ago but didn’t have a “how did you do that video “ so today I do!
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Please warm up your backbends thoughtfully/ start with cat / cow for suppleness of the spine. I often then do puppy pose, several breaths in cobra, then lunges. Add several shoulder openers such as cactus arms, cow face, eagle, and binds to prepare the upper bodies openness.
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If wheel isn’t feeling right bridge is a mighty backbend on it’s own and leg variations can add to the challenge.
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No pose is worth hurting yourself and in fact the challenge should be balanced with the liberation of it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Boat
2. Puppy
3. Toe Stand
4. Dolphin
5. Forward fold
6. Dancer
7. Lolasana
8. Bridge / wheel
9. Inversion
10. Yogi's choice!
Hosts:
@laraliam
@natashaswinter
@seacoralyoga
@eileendelatorre
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Welcome to day 7 of #wellroundedyogis - and we (meaning Natasha 😈😉) bring you #lolasana. Like Eileen said it’s a gift of a pose because we strive to be well rounded and this pose is full of learning opportunities.
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So for the last 2 days it’s been: technology 2 and Lara 0. Yesterday’s video didn’t load and today’s I deleted so slide to get my end of the day, stringy haired and exhausted drills I threw together.
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One of the key actions of lolasana is protraction of the shoulder blades; think cat back for the thoracic spine but a neutral cervical region.
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Uddiyana and Mula Bandha are secret weapons 🦹🏻‍♀️. Actively draw your pelvic floor up and navel to spine to engage the deepest of the core for that small but mighty feeling.
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This pose needs compression so vigorously pull your legs up to your ribs, inside your arms while activating your bandhas, protracting your scapula, and leaning past the lines of your fingers.
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Let’s be honest this pose kind of sucks but is extremely powerful to work on so do you!
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Swipe for a sped up video of wrist warm up (!!!!!!) as this is a heavy load to the them, the actions I referred to above, and the usage of blocks for an extra boost.
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Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets....and little yogi little Lola wants you.
1. Boat
2. Puppy
3. Toe Stand
4. Dolphin
5. Forward fold
6. Dancer
7. Lolasana
8. Bridge / wheel
9. Inversion
10. Yogi's choice
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Post daily using the tag #WellRoundedYogis.
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Welcome to day 6 of #wellroundedyogis and we bring you a pose that is the epitome of balance, strength, and flexibility: #natarajasana.
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I tried to post a warm up video but it isn’t loading....will try again soon! It’s posted to stories if you care to peek!
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To warm up I start on the ground with childs pose, puppy pose, and threading the needle. After I do some prone backbends like cobra, locust, and half frog.
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Lunges are a perfect prep for BB because of the effective posterior and anterior work plus the arm stretches you can add for maximum efficiency. Camel pose as well lights up the grounding you’ll need to support your bend as well as another opportunity to soften your thoracic spine.
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To flip the grip think of your hand reaching for your foot or strap like a horseshoe with palm up, thumb in. Pack your humeral head into the shoulder joint so can truly access the range of motion of the ball and socket joint. If the elbow is winged out too much you risk injury and less ROM. .
Keep you elbow by your ribs and glide it forward than up - voila you’ve externally rotated your shoulder aka flipped your grip!
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Sorry about the video - I’ll ask me tech peeps 🤣.
.1. Boat 🚣‍♀️ .
2. Puppy 🐶
3. Toe Stand 🐾
4. Dolphin 🐬
5. Forward fold 🌾
6. Dancer 💃🏻.
7. Lolasana
8. Bridge / wheel
9. Inversion
10. Yogi's choice

Hosts:
@laraliam
@natashaswinter
@seacoralyoga
@eileendelatorre
@bluesuntara
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Sponsors: 
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