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Tutorial Day 2!! How to HOP from 3Legged #downwarddog to #handstand. Tap for sound πŸ”Š πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ!! .
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After watching students for years wildly kicking up both legs to handstand only to hit the wall behind them, go over or cartwheel out, I’m sharing the 2nd of the 2 BEST ways ( in my humble opinion -yesterday was TUCK HOP ☺️!) to learn to handstand away from the wall in a controlled manner. I’m assuming here you’re warm (wrist, shoulders, etc,) and that you’ve been trying to find that balancing sweet spot either at the wall or away from the wall. I think #3leggeddownwarddog hops are a great way to learn to #handbalance because you start from a shortened downward dog (so you don’t need tons of hamstring length) and because keeping 1 knee tucked to chest makes it far less likely you will tip over backward. Once you find balance try a split leg shape (easiest for balance!)!
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There are just a few TIPS: 1- link breath to movement (most important πŸ”‘ ), 2- reset between attempts, 3- straight arms (try πŸ’ͺ🏻) and 4- finger pads are your breaks - spider πŸ•·hands) . That’s it ....except for REPETITION!!! πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ!! .
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Let me know if you have questions!!
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Tutorial!! How to TUCK HOP from #downwarddog to #handstand. Tap for sound πŸ”Š πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ!! .
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After watching students for years wildly kicking up both legs to handstand only to hit the wall behind them, go over or cartwheel out, I’m sharing 1 of the 2 BEST ways ( in my humble opinion ☺️!) to learn to handstand away from the wall in a controlled manner. I’m assuming here you’re warm (wrist, shoulders, etc,) and that you’ve been trying to find that balancing sweet spot either at the wall or away from the wall. I think #tuck hops are a great way to learn to #handbalance because you start from a shortened downward dog (so you don’t need tons of hamstring length) and because keeping knees to chest makes it far less likely you will tip over backward. .
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There are just a few TIPS: 1- link breath to movement (most important πŸ”‘ ), 2- reset between attempts, 3- straight arms (try πŸ’ͺ🏻) and 4- finger pads are your breaks - spider πŸ•·hands) . That’s it ....except for REPETITION!!! πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ!! .
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The next best way is from three legged dog and I’ll share that tomorrow!! Let me know if you have questions!!
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Another #nopressurepressmonday with @beahappyamy and @ettlivstyle (get well soon!!) and they are working #lsit and jumpback but I decided to revisit my #pikepress #handstand and lower to #toetap bc it’s been a while!! Trying (always) to smooth out the lift and lower!! I’ve got a lil hitch at 90 degrees! Left it REAL time so you can see the werk! #workit πŸ˜…πŸ’—
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Had to hop in on Day 1 of #PowerToBePliable with #creeperpushups bc I looooove these, and I haven’t done them in a while. Shared 2 reps of 3 different versions (for 6 total repped out 3 times πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…)...middle set adds a lift to plank πŸ˜…!! My students might be seeing these tonight!! πŸ˜πŸ’—.
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EXTRA- Last day 😭 Day 7 #CrowFever round 4 Back to Basics EXTRA POST πŸŽ‰πŸ’™! .
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So many flying side crows #parsvabakasana yesterday. You all are doing great!! πŸŽ‰πŸ’™!! And lots of questions on how to get lift off on crow/crane press to handstand I posted yesterday πŸ’™. Today we are playing with #crow variations. I loooooove #crowpress to #handstand and lower to #crow or #bakasana πŸ’™! I know this is a tricky press for many and an even trickier lower as you try to land knees to triceps! so I have this video REAL TIME so 1- you can see how I slowly (slooooowly) move from crow towards crane, and all the micro adjustments, straightening arms, and rotate hips over shoulders on the way up, and 2- lower with control and I THINK knees to armpits so it will be close enough to connect with my triceps. .
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ADDITIONAL TIPS: 1- lean and send hips back, really dig into your finger pads, straighten arms as much as possible (crow-crane), exhale completely and fire πŸ”₯ up that core, think about rolling hips over shoulders and pause in tuck. Reverse on the lower keeping thighs as tight to low belly as possible, and never give up!!! πŸ’™ .
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This press and lower takes time to master but it’s just one of the many things you can do now that we have gone #backtobasics and solidified our crows (obviously you have to have a handstand practice here too, but this can be done in #pincha or #headstand!!πŸ˜…). So what YOU do today is up to YOU. Just have fun!! πŸ’™
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Last day 😭 Day 7 #CrowFever round 4 Back to Basics πŸŽ‰πŸ’™! .
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So many flying side crows #parsvabakasana yesterday. You all are doing great!! πŸŽ‰πŸ’™!! Today we are playing with #crow variations. I loooooove #crowpress to #handstand and lower to #flyingcrow or #ekapadabakasana πŸ’™! I know this is a tricky press for many and an even trickier lower as you try to land knee to tricep ( this is for you @spiritual_bish πŸ’™)...so I have this video REAL TIME so 1- you can see how I slowly (slooooowly) move from crow towards crane, straightening arms, and rotate hips over shoulders on the way up, and 2- lower with control and THINK knee to armpit so it will be close enough to connect with my tricep. This press and lower takes time to master but it’s just one of the many things you can do now that we have gone #backtobasics and solidified our crows (obviously you have to have a handstand practice here too, but this can be done in #pincha or #headstand!!πŸ˜…). So what YOU do today is up to TOU. Just have fun!! πŸ’™
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Rotating Hosts (day 7 we will ALL post!):
@susanbishopyoga βœ”οΈ (again for tomorrow)
@kianangyoga βœ”οΈ
@sharasklar βœ”οΈ
@beahappyamy βœ”οΈ
@aurorabowkett βœ”οΈ
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#yogachallenge #bakasana #learntocrow @igyogachallenges #howto #armbalances #igyogafam #learntofly #yogafun #yogafit #crowfessionals #strongyogis #getstronger #justhavefun #getupsidedown #susanbishopyogatutorials πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ»

Once you realize the road is the goal, and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal but enjoy its beauty and it’s wisdom, life ceases to be a task, and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy... Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj .
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Trying everyday to let go of the image of how things β€˜should’ be and sink into the beauty of the present moment. It’s hard for me. Is it hard for YOU? πŸ’•
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Wheel variation inspired by: @yogawithbriohny @lightfulyogini and yesterday’s wall play....#yogajourney #thejourney #thejourneyneverends #lifelessons #fallinginlovewithwhereyouare #bepresent #lettinggo #letgo #justdoyou #justbeyou #thereisnopath #endlessdestinations #yogainspo #yogateacher #yogainspired #yogamom #yogafit #fitover50 #fitover50women #spinalhealth #spinalmobility #shoulderstretch #alwayslearning wearing: @onzie πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»

Love to see all your crows flying!! πŸŽ‰β€οΈ It’s already Day 6 of #crowfever round 4!!!Before today review and run thru days 1-5. Prep your wrists and see @aurorabowkett for great tips on use of props to fly your #crow #bakasana!! You can use those same tips (block, bolster, strap to keep elbows from splaying out) as we try #sidecrow. Also remember to cat ur upper back like @kianangyoga and engage core see @sharasklar and use #chaturanga arms like @beahappyamy demo d πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ!! .
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I’m sharing a brief prep flow to get that core twisting and two versions of side crow. First, it may be easier with 2 points of contact (hip and thigh rest on back of triceps) or try full side crow with just one point of contact (thigh to tricep). Remember to try both sides and just do your best!!
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Rotating Hosts (day 7 we will ALL post!):
@susanbishopyoga βœ”οΈ (again for tomorrow)
@kianangyoga βœ”οΈ
@sharasklar βœ”οΈ
@beahappyamy βœ”οΈ
@aurorabowkett βœ”οΈ
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#yogachallenge #bakasana #learntocrow @igyogachallenges #howto #armbalances #igyogafam #learntofly #yogafun #yogafit #crowfessionals #handsonbalance with @bluesuntara @beahappyamy @aerial_delights @bowlingandyoga #susanbishopyogatutorials #inflexibleyogis top: @dontmesswithganesh leggings: @prana @pranaportland β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

No need for expensive props when you have a WALL πŸ’—!! And we all have walls πŸ’•!! Want to deepen your #pincha #pinchamayurasana #forearmbalance try using the wall! πŸ’— I find I get a few inches deeper and maybe one day my TOES will toes the floor #pinchagoals like some of my #bendy idols @laraliam @yogi.bree @natashaswinter @eileendelatorre πŸ˜…πŸ’—! So after you’re warm (shoulders, chest, lats, hipflexors, quads) take it to the wall!! SWIPE to see more options including: wall #scorpion #hollowbackhandstand #camel and full #wheel (bc it’s that same shape!). Try holding each for 3-5 breaths x 3 reps!! The holding and repetition makes a huge difference for me. πŸ’•
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TIPS: Try not to collapse thru shoulders - press the mat away with forearms. Send your heart thru your biceps. Think about lifting your heart. Think about lengthening your spine. NO dumping into your low back bc... πŸ’₯ ouch!! .
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I was in the line at #Starbucks and I looked around and everyone -EVERYONE - was looking at a handheld device HUNCHED over!!! See my stories for pics of the hunch 😱 . .

Excerpts from NYT (google NYT & iHunch): Smartphones are ruining our posture. And bad posture doesn’t just mean a stiff neck. It can hurt us in ...psychological ways.

Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the iHunch. (Or text neck, iPosture...) The average head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. When we bend our necks forward 60 degrees, as we do to use our phones, the effective stress on our neck increases to 60 pounds β€” the weight of about five gallons of paint. When Mr. August started treating patients more than 30 years ago, he says he saw plenty of β€œdowagers’ humps, where the upper back had frozen into a forward curve, in grandmothers and great-grandmothers.” Now he says he’s seeing the same stoop in teenagers.

When we’re SAD, we slouch! We also slouch when we feel scared or powerless. Studies have shown that people with clinical depression adopt a posture that eerily resembles the iHunch. .
Slouching can effect MOOD! Compared with upright sitters, the slouchers reported significantly lower self-esteem and mood, and much greater fear. .
Slouching can also affect our MEMORY: slouchers showed a negative recall bias (remembering the bad stuff more than the good stuff), while those who sat upright showed no bias.
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In fact, there appears to be a linear relationship between the size of your device and the extent to which it affects you: the smaller the device, the more you must contract your body to use it, and the more shrunken and inward your posture, the more submissive you are likely to become.
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STOP the iHunch NOW by stretching chest and shoulder muscles, strengthening upper back, engaging core and neutralizing pelvic tilt. ❀️
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Ok first of all - I knoooow I have shoulder muscles! πŸ˜‚ But...you can too!! #strongisbeautiful #strongisthenewsexy πŸ”₯❀️ SO - here we go- again!!! LIKE & SAVE & TAG a friend bc we are restarting - again (post my hacking) the pull-up challenge #pullupswithsusanbishopyoga πŸŽ‰β€οΈ!!
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Why: because #yogis tend to be great at pushing (think press handstands) but not so great at pulling. πŸ˜… so if your not #rockclimbing or excercising your pull muscles at the gym or at home your not balancing out your strength. .
Does it matter: Yes, because in yoga we strive for balance (strength and flexibility). And not many asanas build pull strength πŸ€”!
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Will it help my yoga practice: You bet! You will have much more endurance and much more strength for arm balancing and other asanas like side plank and inversions!!!
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But I don’t have a pull-up bar: No problem: try it once a week at the gym, at the park or even using the doorframe (I’ll show you later)!
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Join me and invite a couple friends to stay accountable evvvvery week (just once a week! And I’m tagging you bc you all expressed interest in my stories or already are working on getting stronger πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ˜†!): @taralaferrara @theprettylittlelifters @cyndamin @carrot_bowl_bonnie @cece.carson @ettlivstyle @eileendelatorre @natashaswinter @brenna.nico1e @laraliam @yoga_supqueen @livinleggings @leighyogipilot @yogaandchaigirl @bentley.likethecar @breathebrooke @yoginiinheels @erikafischeryoga @getfityogagirl @ally_trout (don’t let me down on this one girl) @allykborn @bethanysmithyoga @tanyasizemore @yogi.bree @beahappyamy @kellymarie_yoga @bendybree @mumma_joy76 @amandastammy @yogamand 😘❀️
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Let’s PULL together (pardon the pun πŸ˜‚), support each other, and get stronger together! . 7 1/2 today post #climbing. Goal = 10 !! πŸŽ‰β€οΈ
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SAVE this post if you want to stand tall as you age!! ❀️ I’m strong but I’m not bendy. πŸ˜… Not at all naturally in any case. πŸ˜† It’s something I work on evvvvery day. ❀️ I’m still shocked to see the changes #transformationtuesday #progresspic in my shoulders and upper back (thoracic spine) at my age (over 50 πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ?!). This work over the past 2 years has had a dramatic effect on my entire practice ...and I’ve been practicing over 20 years...AND how I teach AND my posture!! ❀️
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How?? With 2 sturdy cork blocks like these BRIX from @infinitystrap and just 5 simple stretches you too can see your extended puppy pose improve!! I do these stretches with my classes and they loooove them!
1- place blocks under shoulder blades and drape yourself over for an amazing stretch of all the chest muscles. Lower and support head as needed. Hold several minutes 3-5!!
2- puppy pose set up with elbows on blocks at lowest or 3- highest setting. Let your head wiggle thru your biceps and maybe bring thumbs to nape of neck. Stay at least 3-5 breaths.
4- puppy pose - grip corners of mat and if chest is elevated place a block under for support. Slowly work to bring chest to mat. Be mindful of the neck. Breathe and hold.
5- Side stretch (side plank variation) over blocks. Place blocks below armpit on lats and use lower hand to pull upper arm wrist and stretch topside lats. This is so important. Don’t forget the side body. Hold 3-5 breaths!! .
More shoulder stretching in last weeks #shoulderluv challenge videos (scroll down)! ❀️
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Then if your ready, from puppy pose tuck toes and straighten legs. I like to again hold corners of mat. Try to relax and breathe and hold!! πŸ˜…β€οΈ
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