vythathin vythathin

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Imogen  Yoga since April 2016. HIIT, pilates, heavy things. Veggie. Londoner. Doctor of Neuroscience. Studies brains. Sometimes with giant magnets.

Welcome to day 1 of #StrongAsAYogi! ❤️ today’s pose is Bakasana - where strong wrists are key. Bakasana means crane pose, but here I am doing crow (Kakasana) as crane is often uncomfortable on my hyper-extending elbows. For many people, crow and crane are interchangeable - but crow has the arms bent, while crane has them straight. Like a crane 😉
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Bakasana is often touted as the beginner arm balance, but don’t be fooled - it’s not easy. Think of it more as a ‘foundational’ balance - teaching you important principles that can be applied to many other poses. Perhaps the most important lesson to learn from this pose is LEAN FORWARD! It’s a balance, which means you’re going to have to tip.. and yes, it means you might fall over too. Just accept that it could happen - you’re very close to the ground anyway ☺️ here are a few tips for nailing this pose:
🔻 Warm up your wrists first! Flex then forward and back, roll them out. If you tend to catch them or they hurt, try putting a thinly rolled blanket under the heel of the palm to reduce the angle.
🔻Elbows drawing together! If you let them splay out to the sides, all the stress will go into weaker, smaller muscles. A strap just above the elbow can help you here.
🔻Try lifting just one foot at a time. Left, then right. Then maybe left... keep it up... and let the right one join in 😁
🔻If you never feel a ‘lightness’ you’re not finding the centre point of the balance. Try crouching on a few blocks so that your hips HAVE to get higher up. See how high my hips are here? I need the weight up in order to balance. If it were lower I would crash 😱
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Please check in with my lovely co hosts for some wrist strengthening drills! I am not trained in teaching yoga (and have a home practice) - so I can only tell you about my own experiences and what I have learnt. I hope that help you too ☺️❤️
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The final day of #SunBSummerYogis is Yogis Choice.. so I went for something I haven’t posted in a looong time - extended hand to big toe pose. With added mudra to mix it up 😉 I’m not sure if you’d ever really do this during a sun salutation but hey, why not right? 😂 the weather looks a little more promising today, which can only mean one thing.. unbearably hot inside the house. Yay! 😁 welcome to the country where people don’t have air conditioning as standard.
Thank you so much to your hosts for this challenge - it’s always fun to revisit and play with some of the more foundational asanas ❤️
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Day 6 of #SunBSummerYogis is any forward fold, or Uttanasana. I took a hanging rag doll, because it really helps me focus on releasing down, rather than trying to pull myself closer to the floor. I did this first thing in the (gloomy, grey, but still hot??) morning, so things felt quite tight. Therefore I was surprised to see I’m pretty close to the floor with my elbows - it’s funny how the feeling doesn’t always match the appearance of a pose 🤔 of course, in yoga it should be the feeling that we strive for most 😉 right?
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Day 5 of #SunBSummerYogis is a Warrior One variation, and once again I just had to try Liz’s ‘free flying warrior’ version 😁 although I think it has less effect when you do it indoors on a gloomy day 🤣 I’ve noticed that with my legs this way around, the pose feels comfortable, but the other way it definitely feels weird in my back ankle. I wonder what’s different between my ankles 🤔 I suppose I broke my right leg (a looong time ago) and the bones have healed differently (slightly bowed and fused together.. nice right 😉 it’s not insanely obvious, but if you zoom in on my right leg - the front one - you can see that the lower part curves outward a bit) - so maybe that’s why? 🤗
The mushrooms are gone now! I harvested them 😱 but I’m now growing a couple of chilli plants...
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Day 4 of #SunBSummerYogis is Cobra/Updog... and for some reason I decided to do Liz’s variation as cobra (rather than upward facing dog). It’s surprisingly hard with the leg crossed over! I’m not even sure why 😱 Perhaps because it introduces a twist to the spine? But yea, it was definitely tough. Who knew 🤗
So, another Monday 😶 how do you guys feel about Mondays? Personally I always get the ‘Sunday Blues’ the day before, and that’s always much worse than the reality of a Monday. I wish my brain would learn something from that 😒
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For the last day of #TheYogaSense the pose is any kind of dynamic movement. Here I’ve gone for swapping the legs backward and forward in an inversion (in this case, pincha mayurasana) - something which for me takes a lot of mental and physical control.. and a running theme in this challenge, balance! The change in back bend and shifting of weight can be difficult to keep command of. The @bodybraid helps me keep track of where everything is in the air though!
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So, how does the brain cope with constantly shifting environments? To be more expansive in our thinking, humans have brought about great changes to the world around us. The implications for all species, including ourselves, are quite profound and serious. These changes have affected the sounds animals use to communicate (Parks et al 2010) and their pattern of foraging to avoid vehicles (Dowding et al 2010). The sensory and physiological systems of some animals have been impaired by human activities (Rosenthal et al 2012; Clotfelter 2004). The magnetic compasses is migrating birds have been disrupted by electromagnetic noise (Engles, 2014) and shiny brown beetles have begun to mistake glass beer bottles as potential fellow kin (Gwynne & Rentz 1983). For humans, living in a city can increase your chances of mental disorder (Peen et al 2010). While we think about how much movement in our own bodies can affect our own equilibrium, it is worth considering how we are altering that of our planet, too.
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Thank you all so much for joining us on another round of this challenge! We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as us.
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Day 3 of #SunBSummerYogis is any downward dog variation - so I went for a half lotus version, which isn’t something I try out very often. Weirdly I notice that it encourages me to do my pet peeve in downward dog 🤣 which is to take too short a stance (feet too close to the hands). In my experience at least, if it’s trivial for me to get the back heel down, my stance is too short 🤔 I guess other people might use other cues, but that one always works for me 😁
I left the mushrooms in the corner for observation purposes 😉 they’re starting to lose their pink colour which means it’s time to harvest them soon 😶
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Day 7 of #TheYogaSense is any inversion that makes you focus on total body alignment. Honestly this is the case for me in all inversions, but holding a headstand (as my most stable balance) is definitely the pose where I can confidently tweak and adjust and really feel everything stack and engage. If you find you move upside down without control (legs flying up everywhere, hips waving around..) then you haven’t yet found the right stacking alignment. Of course, that’s not to say once you find the alignment you won’t lose it again a second later and get crazy feet again 😂 my litmus test for hoe comfortable I am in a pose is whether or not I could do it happily in a room full of people 🤔
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It’s often said in yoga that inversions bring more blood to the brain and therefore nurture that organ. Not to disappoint, but your body is actually pretty good at getting blood where it needs to go, in the quantities required, all by itself... but that’s not to say that there are no benefits to inverting! 😉 for example, inverting requires a lot of core strength, which will improve your posture when standing the other way up too. Using an inversion therapy chair had been shown to temporarily decrease back pain and extend the spine (Vernon et al., 1985) though the underlying cause of the pain needs to be addressed for a long term solution (Laskowski, 2017).
The physical act of inverting aside, there is something to be said for the benefits associated with learning to move your body in a new space (learning new skills has been shown to slow cognitive ageing - Park et al 2013), and also for gaining a novel perspective on things.
The scientific research aside, for most people inversions require absolute focus - a focus that can be meditative (and I’m sure I don’t need to quote the literature on that, but it’s extensive!). The more meditation you can fit in, the better for your wellbeing 🧠
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Day 2 of #SunBSummerYogis is any chair pose variation... and for some reason insanity struck and I did a double leg bound chair 😂 which mainly has the effect of making me look like Cousin It 🤔 this is s really deep bind and twist, so phew! Best done on an empty stomach 😶
The weather is consistently warm here now, so I guess summer has arrived! For those of you who think it doesn’t happen in the U.K. (a number including many who live in the U.K. 😁). Oh, and you can see my mushrooms growing in the right hand corner 😱 they’re really going for it!
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Day 6 of #TheYogaSense tomorrow is a balance pose where you have to keep note of feedback from your entire body. Warrior 3 definitely checks that box for me! Not only is everything engaged, but I have to pay attention to movement in all four cardinal directions in order to balance and lift. The @bodybraid definitely helps me gauge where my extended limbs are, and provides some resistance to push out against, stabilising things.
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Balance is a concept that is central to many ways of life, and yoga is no different. If you fail to practice poses on both sides, you can create dangerous misalignments in your body - as one side becomes stronger or more flexible and pulls on the other.
The ability to physically balance (say, on one leg, or on your hands) can degrade without use, as neural connections associated with the skill are pruned away. So practice it regularly! In older people, specifically undertaking balance training has been shown to reduce the risk of falls even more than doing something like tai chi (that’s the power of a singular focus - see Nnodim et all 2006).
Balance is involved in almost all of our daily movements (even standing up involves balance... think about how ‘comfortable’ you’d feel on a tiny high up platform, and then think about why that is!), so it’s worth taking the time to refine your own sense of it. You can integrate balance moves into your daily routine - stand on one leg while you brush your teeth! Or maybe a little warrior sequence for putting the dishes away? 😉
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Day 1 of #SunBSummerYogis is any meditation/pranayama posture. Which was interesting timing, as I’ve started a regular meditation habit since the beginning of June - 10-20 minutes every evening. I know we often talk about the benefits of meditation, but it’s certainly not trivial to set aside the time each day to do it, at least at first. I have found it really helps to calm down the general rush of thoughts and feelings, especially before bed. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up! I use different online guided meditations to help out - some by @moises_chi, or @adrienelouise, for example. Anyway, I often opt to lie on my back, knees together feet on the ground and apart (I’ve heard that be called constructive rest pose) - but if I need to sit up, I generally sit like this. Not cross legged, but one shin in front of the other, palms facing downward. I find it’s the most natural position for my legs to be in, and helps maintain good blood flow to them!
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Day 5 of #TheYogaSense is the first time that we’re asking you to (temporarily!) remove one of your senses - sight. Any blindfolded pose will do. I chose a pose that quite a lot of you picked for day 2 -Tiger Pose. I was interested both in the balance aspect, and in making the hand to foot connection with no visual input (though I had the @bodybraid!) Think about what you’d like to challenge yourself with and choose accordingly! 🧠
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Sight is one of the senses that we rely on the most, and has been thoroughly studied (it’s one of the things that I research in children!). So what happens when we remove sight? Many people believe that removing one sense enhances the others, but that’s not always true - and certainly not on a short time scale (though wearing a blindfold will certainly help you to pay more attention to your other senses). However, there can be an effect - depending on what age you lose your sight. Those who are congenitally blind (from birth), or has an onset of blindness by the age of around 10, were able to perform significantly better in auditory tasks than those whose blindness onset around 30 and upwards (Wan et al., 2010). It has also been shown that some congenitally blind people can uses clicks or noises to echolocate (much how bats navigate; Kolarik et al 2014). The brain can be highly adaptable in certain circumstances, and echolocation is no different - the region of the brain that is active during blind human echolocation is the same region that activates when sighted people look around them (primary visual cortex V1; Thaler et al 2011). There are currently experiments underway to develop a system that can teach echolocation, called Project BATEYE. So.. give it a go while no one’s listening. You never know! 😉
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