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Robin Martin  A yogi. An acro yogi. A yoga teacher. A mother of two beautiful girls. Seattle based. robinmargomartin@gmail.com

Dhanurasana 💞 Today is day 8 already for #MayYouShineBright and our pose is dhanurasana or bow pose. I’m playing around with a variation that makes me shine bright because I feel so graceful in this shape. 💞 I love combining my two favorites - @aloyoga and @toesox 😊 Photo by @bonnieenglund 😘 Thanks to the crew @mansuz @seonia @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl and our fabulous sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai 😊🙏🏻 #yoga #yogachallenge #challenge #bow #bowpose #dhanurasana #flexible #stretch #legwarmers #balance #breathe #yogaphotography #fun #play #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste #igyoga #igfitness #healthyliving

The ‘fallen dancer’ ♥️ This was a pose I had never seen or heard of before being introduced to it by this amazing IG community. I saw a photo and was inspired to give it a go with no real idea how to approach it. After sorting it with trial and error, I eventually figured it out and it slowly progressed. This belly down dancer, like it’s upright relative, is a deep heart opener and hip flexor stretch. It’s less of a shoulder opener because the action in the arms is a pull down, rather than a pull back. To prepare the body for this pose, use a strap to lift the back leg and feel the pull forward with the arms. I have a block at a 45 degree angle supporting my chest to avoid coming too far forward before I’m ready. The block creates a supported lift (and is actually quite comfortable in this position). Coming all the way forward into the chest can feel compressive on the lungs. This prep is fairly passive. The tucked back toe can be added to the prep. The little push forward with the back foot helps to drive the hips forward and up, making it easier to draw the top leg forward. ♥️ Any time you’re trying something new, the key is to go slow and move with breath. 😊 Wearing @aloyoga - love this color palette! #yoga #yogatutorial #play #progress #progressnotperfection #goslow #breathe #flexible #yogateacher #yogastudent #tutorial #challenge #aloyoga #beagoddess #igyoga #instayoga #asana #practice #practicenotperfection #namaste

Feeling like a goddess 💙 Tomorrow’s pose (day 7) for #MayYouShineBright is Utkata Konasana or Goddess Pose. It’s one of those poses that looks deceptively simple, but is a very tricky balance when you get high on the balls of the feet. There are so many variations of this pose. I like the symmetry of this variation - lots of angles and lines. 😊 Thanks so much for this photo @j_dubyoga - I had never posed in this sculpture before and had so much fun playing around in it. 😘 Although I look naked 😂, I’m wearing @aloyoga (our generous sponsor). Big thanks to the challenge crew - our other amazing sponsor @sandandsouldubai and hosts @mansuz @seonia @yogamand and @yogaandchaigirl 😘♥️ #goddesspose #yoga #imnotnaked #sculpture #art #pose #beagoddess #aloyoga #yogaphotography #symmetry #yogachallenge #challenge #balance #breathe #asana #namaste

X marks the spot! 💚 Forward folding for day 5 of #MayYouShineBright. I’m loving seeing so much creativity in the poses! There are so many variations of standing forward folds. This one is a tricky balance but I love the shape of it. There were a lot of laughs taking this shot - thanks so much for the capture @scott_manthey with @mollybstudios 💚 Proudly wearing our sponsor @aloyoga (these leggings though!) Gratitude for the rest of the crew - @mansuz @seonia @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl and our other generous sponsor @sandandsouldubai 😘🙏🏻 #yoga #yogachallenge #challenge #eveninglight #glow #fold #forward #grass #getoutside #optoutside #seattle #path #igyoga #igfitness #yogaphotography #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste

One more version of splits for #MayYouShineBright. ♥️ I’ve posted this version of standing splits a number of times and have had many requests to put together a video showing how I get into it. I’ve finally managed to get it together and make the video. It’s easier to see it than describe it, but it starts with me placing my foot pointing directly towards the wall (right foot in this case), close to the wall, with just enough space to bring my body down into a forward fold. The more I lengthen my spine, the higher my top leg goes. You can see where I use my top leg to push off the wall a little, creating more space to deepen my fold. Once my hands are on the wall, I’m a lot more stable (this one is wobbly). I look to each arm to align them. I’m recording this all on my phone, no alignment cues, so I know I need to make sure my top leg is straight up and down. It feel like it’s too wide, but that indicates to me that I’m close. I edit my full expression, pull out some details - thus the differences between the right and the left. ♥️ Wearing my favorite @aloyoga ♥️ #yoga #yogatutorial #sundayfunday #stretch #splits #urban #concrete #parkinglot #tutorial #practicenotperfection #progressnotperfection #play #challenge #yogachallenge #video #igvideo #yogavideo #yogateacher #yogastudent #igyoga #asana #namaste @pure8hotyoga

Hanumanasana ♥️ Today is day 3 of #MayYouShineBright and we have splits or hanumanasana brought to us by the lovely @seonia. I pretty much love any variation in splits, from standing to splits in a handstand. This version with the added twist deepens the stretch and gives an assist to the hip alignment. Shining bright here because I’m balancing on a log in a gorgeous PNW spot. Huge thanks to the talented @barbgphoto for capturing this moment. I love how soft the water looks. Wearing @aloyoga who is generously sponsoring this challenge along with @sandandsouldubai ♥️ Thanks to the rest of the crew - @mansuz @yogamand and @yogaandchaigirl 😘 #yoga #hanumanasana #balance #breathe #pnw #bendoregon #yogaphotography #river #getoutside #optoutside #nature #challenge #yogachallenge #dontfall #igfitness #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste

Shining bright upside down. 💞 Day one of #MayYouShineBright is sirsanana or headstand. This wide arm/fingertip eagle leg variation is probably my favorite of all the headstand variations I like to practice. The lines are so interesting to me and it gives me a bit more of a challenge to my balance than more traditional styles. Of all the photos I’ve ever taken in a headstand, this is my favorite. Huge thanks to @j_dubyoga for suggesting I do this here, and capturing it with your mad camera skills. 💞🙏🏻 My outfit is by our sponsor @aloyoga and I’ve got some @toesox on my legs. Huge thanks to the rest of the challenge crew - @mansuz @yogamand @seonia @yogaandchaigirl and our other sponsor @sandandsouldubai 💞 #yoga #balance #breathe #symmetry #oneanddone #aloyoga #beagoddess #yogaphotography #urban #door #doorway #art #beautiful #igyoga #igfitness #challenge #yogachallenge #seattle #asana #namaste

Dancing in the woods for tomorrow’s #MayYouShineBright challenge. 🌲💚 Day 2 is natarajasana or dancer’s pose. It’s one of my all time favorite poses because it embodies focus, grace and balance. It opens the heart, the hamstrings, the shoulders and the hip flexors. I shine bright in this bow and arrow variation - it adds a little power to the grace. 😉 Feeling bright in my white @aloyoga against all the green.🌲Check in with @seonia tomorrow for day 3 and don’t forget to tag us and the rest of our crew - @mansuz @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl and our sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai 💚 Photography by @mollybstudios with @scott_manthey 😘🙏🏻 #yoga #yogachallenge #challenge #dancer #woods #path #nature #getoutside #optoutside #yogaphotography #balance #breathe #focus #awareness #grace #dance #natarajasana #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste

Mutually beneficial. 💞 I’ll help square your hips if you help me deepen my dancer. 😊 I love this partner pose because not only is it a really beautiful bow and arrow shape, but we really are giving each other adjustments. Let’s do this again soon, @karlatafra! 💞Karla and I are both wearing @aloyoga 🌸 #yoga #partnerincrime #partneryoga #stretch #support #assist #friendship #twinning #love #play #concrete #urban #aloyoga #beagoddess #instafit #fitchicks #balance #breathe #asana #namaste

I’m so excited to announce #MayYouShineBright, a yoga challenge brought to you by yogis from around the world, starting on May 17th and ending on May 31st. We will be sharing some of our favorite pose variations that leave us feeling as though we’re shining bright. We encourage all participants to choose variations of the daily poses that feel best in your body. This challenge is all about honoring what makes you feel the brightness shining from within. 🌸
Please join me, @robinmartinyoga, and hosts @seonia, @mansuz, @yogaandchaigirl and @yogamand and our sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai in thIs 15 day yoga challenge. At the end of the challenge we will choose two lucky yogis at random - one to win a $100.00 gift card from @aloyoga and the other, a gift from @sandandsouldubai.
Here’s how to join the fun! 🌸🌸🌸 1. Follow hosts @robinmartinyoga @seonia @mansuz @yogaandchaigirl @yogamand
2. Follow our generous sponsors @aloyoga and @sandandsouldubai
3. Use the hashtag #MayYouShineBright. Please make sure your account is public so we can see your posts! 🌸

Below is a list of the poses in order, just in case you want to plan ahead. 🌸🌸🌸 1. Sirsasana (Headstand)
2. Natarajasana (Dancer)
3. Hanumanasana (Splits)
4. Surya Yantrasana (Compass)
5. Uttanasana (Standing Fold)
6. Anjaneyasana (Lunge Variation)
7. Utkata Konasana (Goddess)
8. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
9. Svarga Dvijasana (Bird of Paradise)
10. Tittibhasana (Firefly)
11. Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)
12. Viparita Dandasana (Forearm Wheel)
13. Bakasana (Crow or Crane pose)
14. Raja Kapotasana (King Pigeon)
15. Vasisthasana (Side Plank/Wild Thing)

Check in with @mansuz on the eve of the 16th (we’re all in very different time zones) to kick off day 1 with her favorite variation of headstand. Looking forward to shining bright with you! 🌸🌸🌸 #aloyoga #beagoddess #yoga #yogachallenge #playalong #challenge #whoswithme #fun #motivation #inspiration #igyoga #igfitness #asana #namaste

Progress in pinchamayurasana variation. 💜 I just recently came across a treasure trove of old videos that somehow didn’t get deleted off of my old phone, so I’m having fun recreating the variations. It’s fun to see the physical adjustments I’m doing to create more stability in the pose. To begin with, I’m approaching the entry with my bottom leg much closer to my elbows. This drives my hips up and closer to my shoulders, shortening the distance to get my feet over my head. Instead hopping, I’m able to shift my weight forward into the pose, resulting in a much smoother, more controlled entry. I then adjust my shoulders over my elbows. This base is stronger in structure than in my 2015 variation (you’ll notice my shoulders stay in front of my elbows the whole time in 2015). I never have full control of the pose in 2015 because my hips shift back (and my top knee is a bit too far back) which pulls me out of the pose the moment my foot finds my hair. Speaking of - it’s a lot blonder and I have a tan in 2015. The difference between spring and summer in the Pacific Northwest 😜 Sunkissed hair and a tan will be coming soon. 🤣 I’m wearing @aloyoga on the right. If you find this interesting or helpful, let me know! I’ll keep them coming as long as I have old videos to share! 💜 #progress #progression #progressnotperfection #practice #practicedaily #practicenotperfection #transformation #yogavideo #yoga #control #fun #play #improvement #aloyoga #alignment #beagoddess #asana #namaste #igyoga #igfitness #yogavideo #progressvideo

Happy Mother’s Day! 💙 Gratitude to all the moms. And anyone with a mom. Moms of fur babies. Single dads who are mom and dad. Being a mom is no easy task, but I can’t imagine a more rewarding one. My girls are my biggest champions as I am theirs. 💙 A typical day on the lake...Wearing @patagonia for @fairtradecertified 😊 #yoga #splits #mothersday #happymothersday #boatyoga #boat #mastercraft #feelslikesummer #pnw #pacificnorthwest #healthyliving #mom #daughters #motherdaughter #love #play #optoutside #getoutside

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