Day 3 of #RLYmantra is "believe." So many times, we actually have the power to do something, but we are unsure of ourselves. NEVER underestimate the power of BELIEF. You can do all the most perfect workouts for your body in the world, but if you get to the starting line and don't BELIEVE, it ain't gonna happen. Yoga helps you cultivate belief in yourself by doing things that your brain might be telling you are impossible.
Today, we are going to play around with some arm balances...they definitely require some belief! I mean, your brain is partially saying "your hands are NOT your feet! what are you trying to do, human?!" Never fear if you aren't lifting up yet! I had dreams about this in yoga teacher training back in the day, when I could not yet do crow pose. It will come. Be patient and keep believing that it is possible.
Here are key tips and more fun things to experiment with! (I'm also proud I got this done in #takeone as there was a thunderstorm rolling through!): #crowpose/#bakasana: start in a squat with hands in prayer. Get one upper arm under your upper shin. Do the same on the other side. Your legs are now shelves for your elbows. Now, place palms on the floor, with fingers pointing forward, and start to press into your hands--this forces you to come to your toes. KEY TIP #1: Be sure palms are planted RIGHT under your head--often people try to bring them too close to their feet. KEY TIP #2: Press into your hands as hard as you can. Remember, your hands are now your new feet! If you want to try to shoot your legs back to plank, again, step 1: believe!, step 2, press even HARDER into your hands; this makes your feet weightless and you can shoot them back.
#lolasana/#pendantpose: cross legs at ankles, press into palms at sides (use blocks if needed), and voila!
#tolasana/#scalepose: if you can comfortably do #lotus, you may surprise yourself here since it's actually a LOT easier to pick up your legs in this position.
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