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Luis Alejandro Jimenez  Yoga Teacher | Acroyoga | Arm Balance Junkie

Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD which he will show to you today. #exodus1413

I showed up a few hours early to my class today at @communeyoga today because it was still showing up under east coast time on my phone🤦🏻‍♂️ I prayed about what I should do next and after a brief freak out I decided to check my map for some nearby hiking trails/ parks. It’s a good thing I’m out here on the west coast because I found the beautiful @occidentalcollege campus just down the street. It’s got a beautiful nature trail that leads all the way up to this hill that you see me on. The rest is history. I got to clear my mind and meditate upside down while getting blazed by the California sunset. Now it’s time to walk down the hill and take class with my teacher for tonight @patrickbeach

#communeyoga #california #socal #yogaonahill #yogaonahilltop #hollowbackhandstand #adhomukhavrksasana #handstand #downwardfacingtree #whenindoubtprayitout #warrioraddict #yogasupps #getupsidedown #inversionaddict #movingmeditation #lahills #viewsfromla #sunsetyoga #yogisofig #yogainspo #menatyoga #calisthenics #bodyweightworkout #gymnastics

I’m heading to Southern California today for some much needed rest and relaxation. Those of you who’ve been following me for a while know that I love to study and learn all that there is to know about Yoga. I’ve heard many times that California has a 20 year jump start on the rest of the U.S. so I’m taking my travel mat with me to find some great Yoga teachers out there! If there’s a teacher that you think I should take class with please let me know! I’m looking to take Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative pretty much any yoga style/ format that exists (except Kundalini). I’m also looking for an instructor that TEACHES yoga, not just someone who calls out poses and is there to make me sweat (In that case I can just practice on my own). I want to learn while I’m out there and come back with new information for my students. Thank you all for your help in advance! •

#holidayvacation #socal #ardhachandrachapasana #sugarcanepose #ardhachandrasana #halfmoonpose #yogabalance #yogabreak #yogaworkshops #continuingeducation #menatyoga #southerncalifornia #caliyoga #travelingyogi #yogainspo #yogisofig #warrioraddict #yogasupps

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone but the things you do for others remain forever. Do something good for someone today. Don’t just wait for a special day on the calendar 🙏🏼 #amen

#givetogive #lendahelpinghand #liftothersup #kapotasana #pigeonpose #acroyoga #partneryoga #baseandflyer #acroyogabackbends #lbasing #yogisofinstagram #yogainspo #giftofgiving #warrioraddict #yogasupps #menatyoga #acroyogafun

Wrist injury can be a common issue for most Yoga practitioners. I’ve experienced what it’s like to have both wrists injured and it’s terrible but with the right kind of knowledge and awareness, most if not all wrist injuries can be avoided.

When we start to load our wrists with arm balances, planks, downward dogs etc., it’s important that we allow for a certain adjustment period to take place. When there’s a lot of stress on the wrists, it can trigger pain and eventually cause injury. With that said, we should always start practice with a few exercises to warm up the wrists. One of my favorite wrist exercises (what you see me doing in the pictures above) starts with the palms facing up, fingers spread out wide (finger tips facing one another) when you exhale create a fist with both hands and hold a few seconds before you open the hands again to repeat a few times. (If your wrist are injured or if you feel pain, add a soft bend to your elbows when you do this exercise.) •
Another reason why students have wrist pain comes from how they distribute weight into their hands. The most common thing I see is students pushing weight down into the pinky finger side of their palms when they should be pressing into the index and thumb knuckles. Always spread the fingers out across the mat, grip the mat with the finger tips and actively push into the inner arches of the palms. Now that’s a strong foundation!

If you’ve done all these things and still have pain then it’s time to modify! For example, instead of downward dog, do dolphin plank pose (downward dog on the forearms) Instead of doing a wheel pose with flat hands, you can place blocks (flat or at an angle) against a wall and place your hands on those blocks before you back bend. Instead of cobra, do sphinx pose (cobra pose on the forearms) and instead of doing plank with your palms flat, try it on your fists.

In conclusion, mindfulness has to be part of your practice. Always observe your body and don’t let anything go unnoticed because that’s when injuries happen. If you have any questions about this post or anything you have read so far, please make sure to send me a message or write your comments below! 🙏🏼

Got Lotus?! •

It’s been my experience as a teacher that most students can’t or don’t like to get into lotus pose (Padmasana). Does this sound like you? If so, I’d like to know what your thoughts are on this pose! I find it to be a great hip opener that has done wonders for my ankle flexibility. I will admit however that it can be a very intimidating/ challenging posture. What’s your take on it? •

#lotuspose #padmasana #padmasirsasana #invertedlotus #urdhvakukkutasana #roosterpose #parsvakukkutasana #sideroosterpose #twistingasana #yogafordetox #yogaarmbalance #vinyasatransitions #headstandvariation #headstandflow #inversionseveryday #menatyoga #yogaposes #yogisofig #yogainspo #getupsidedown #yogateacherlife #warrioraddict #yogasupps #sirsasana #sirsasanab #tripodheadstand

My number one reason for becoming a Yoga teacher was and still is to help people heal their bodies through the power of movement. Growing up, I realized that taking medication for pain and other illnesses was not the route that I wanted to go. After suffering a bad accident during my senior year of college, I started to look for alternatives to treat/ heal my body and I stumbled across Yoga. My immersion into Yoga was and still is purely physical (I’m a Christian and I don’t get into the spiritual aspect of Yoga since I already have a faith that I practice and firmly believe in). The physical practice of Yoga has helped heal my body and get it stronger!

After teaching for almost 3 years now, I realize that the one thing which keeps me coming back to teach is my desire to help people. With that said, I honestly don’t know if Yoga is going to always be the vehicle for me. One of the things that I love most about teaching is when I have private sessions with my students. I feel like I’m really helping them as opposed to being in a group class telling 30+ people what to do and only getting around to about half of them (I feel like my impact on students is cut short in those classes). Unfortunately, that’s what the studios and gyms want (fill up as much space as possible). This and some other things have me thinking about going back to school for Physical Therapy. I still believe that healing through movement and exercise is the way to go. I would just like it to be on a more one on one basis.

If you’re a yoga teacher or therapist who has an opinion about what I’ve written so far, I’d love to hear what you think! Any advice or feedback would be highly appreciated. Thank you friends 🙏🏼 God bless and have a wonderful day!

#healingthroughmovement #thepowerofexercise #howmayihelpyou #yogaforbetterhealth #physicaltherepy #rehab #iloveyouall #visamaparsvabakasana #parsavabakasana #sidecrow #unevensidecrow #thinkingman #menatyoga #vinyasaflow #yogaarmbalance #yogisofig #warrioraddict #yogasupps

Hello friends! Today I present to you “The passive hang stretch”. The simplicity and benefits of this exercise has made it a staple for me in my personal practice. Although it might look like I’m just hanging out, there’s a lot of benefits to this pose! Here are 3 of my favorite benefits: •
1. Shoulder Stability
We need strong and mobile shoulders in order to safely perform pressing motions and overhead movements (i.e. handstand, downward facing dog, backbends etc.). In the passive hang stretch, the assistance of gravity takes the muscle groups in and around the shoulders through a (mostly) passive stretch, allowing the muscles to eventually relax into a new end range of motion (or to help maintain the end ranges that we already have).

2. Spinal Traction/ Decompression
Through gravity we are able to create traction/decompression in the spinal column. This is important for people who have spinal compression or bulging discs. Hanging can keep the back loose, which in the end can save us from lower back stiffness, pain and other ailments. •
3. Better Posture/ Spinal Awareness
When hanging, we’re required to keep our body in a straight symmetrical line. If things aren’t aligned from top to bottom due to excessive upper back rounding or excessive lumbar (lower back) extension, those alignment issues will be highlighted and can then be addressed more readily and fixed.

All in all this is a great exercise for everyone. It’s easy and effective so be sure to hang out in your passive hang stretch soon! P.S. you don’t have to be in lotus while you do this ;)

#passivehang #spinalawareness #shoulderstrength #spinaldecompression #posturalalignment #padmasana #lotuspose #pullupbars #yogainthepark #miamiparks #miamiyoga #yogisofig #yogainspo #menatyoga #yogaoffthemat #vinyasayoga #benefitsofyoga #yogaforbetterhealth #strengthandflexibility

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” •

One thing that I always strive for when I teach is to challenge my students. I feel like Yoga Asana (postural yoga) is a great vehicle for transformation and that can only come about when we step out of our comfort zone. I don’t say this to make people feel like they have to push past any unnecessary discomfort or pain during class. In fact, I’m very against injuring the body in order to please the ego or conform to what others think (I’m very aware of what my students are doing during class and what their body language is conveying to me). I feel like there can be a very fine line between not enough challenge, just enough and too much. It’s my job as a teacher to get students to that place where they can either remain in their comfort zone or choose to step out and see what’s available for them. •
At the end of the day it’s not about whether or not we can perform a pose. I feel it’s about the energy and the intention that we bring into our practice that matters just as much as the challenge. Challenge can most definitely bring about transformation and we must always remember that the energy/ intention that we are challenging ourselves with is equally just as important. What do you guys think? Can you remember a time when a teacher pushed you just enough and gave you that space to explore something you’d never done before? What was that experience like for you? Please share your feedback below and happy practicing my friends!

#nochallengenochange #intentionsetting #whatsyourwhy #alwaysrememberwhyyoustarted #parivrttapaschimottanasana #twistingseatedpose #seatedforwardfold #westsidestretch #dailyyogapractice #yogaasana #vinyasayoga #menatyoga #yogisofig #yogainspo

Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become. Out with any old and in with new. Remember that what a caterpillar sees as the end, the rest of the world sees as a butterfly.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” - John 6:38

#letusneverforget #hiswillnotmine #john638 #whatyourebecoming #slowlybutsurely #suptakurmasana #recliningturtlepose #kurmasana #turtlepose #ashtangapractice #ashtangaprimaryseries #fireflyprep #shoulderopener #yogabinds #yogainspo #vinyasaashtanga #vinyasaflow #menatyoga #blackandwhitephotography

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” •

The pose that you see me in here is called “Planche”. This is an extremely difficult gymnastics skill that requires countless hours of strength and balance training. To be honest with you, this pose isn’t even in my practice! In other words, I can’t do it on my own. It may look like I’m carrying @anjane on my back AND also performing the pose but it’s really just an illusion. My acro partner is allowing me to enter into this pose due to an extreme amount of effort and hard work on her end. Because of her help, I am able to extend my legs back and experience a sense of weightlessness and balance in this pose. It’s something that I would have waited years to experience had it not been for her help. Just by this alone she’s made a huge difference in my practice and I’m extremely grateful for that 🙏🏼

Today I challenge you to remember those who have helped you on your journey. Give them thanks and let them know they’ve made a difference in your life. Please don’t just assume that they already know! (Especially if it’s your parents or loved ones. Whatever you’ve received from them has been a labor of their love for you). Make sure to give as much thanks and praise to God as well. We are here due to his will and compassion over our lives. Remember those who have helped you and never forget your God who is in Heaven today and everyday! #amen #iloveyouall

#gratefuleveryday #happythanksgivingday #planche #partneryoga #gymnastics #helpfrommyfriends #helpeachothergrow #strengthinnumbers #strengthandflexibility #acroyogafun #miamiacro #counterbalance #thankyou #praisegodinheaven #ephesians245 #loveandgoodlight #godblessyouall

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