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ELOISE SMITH πŸ•‰οΈπŸ’œπŸ™πŸ’—  Yoga teacher. Marketer. Monkey minded human. Melb & Noosa πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Weekly goodness to introduce to your life. Find a healthier, happier you. Join me πŸ‘‡

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Asana in focus: forearm plank or dolphin plank
Why I πŸ’œ them: I am someone who has always hated doing crunches because they hurt my neck. These are so good for strengthening your abs, core and legs. Plus it's a good stretch for the arches of the feet, calves and hamstrings. A good one for mental strength and focus too, I don't know many people who love hanging out in this pose for too long. πŸ˜‹ It's also a good wrist free alternative to a full plank. Having a strong core supports you in all other poses and life in general. So get down and plank err'day! πŸ’ͺGet more from your plank: raise high up on the toes with the heels straight up. Push the ground away from you as if you have super powers to avoid drooping between the shoulder blades. Attempt to drag your forearms towards your feet which creates an isometric contraction of your core muscles. πŸ‘ŒAdjustments: To modify this pose for beginners you can do it on your knees instead. The more you press down with your forearms the lighter you will feel in your body. Clasping the hands together instead of keeping them parallel will take pressure off the shoulders.

Absolutely loved doing this shoot with Yenny. Seeing this pop up in my feed this morning made me a little homesick for Port Phillip Bay and my paddle board.
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Stretch, smile and enjoy every moment of life.
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Yoga teacher Eloise Smith @weekly.goodness on #paddleboard
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πŸ“Έ by www.yennyyogini.com

One of the things I love most about yoga is that you have it with you always and you can practice almost anywhere. The park, your living room or the 36th floor balcony of your hotel. No matter what's going on around you, yoga is available to reconnect with yourself, turn inwards and calm your mind. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ #seriouslyobsessed

Today's harvest transformed into Super salad with 7 different shades of green! #homegrown

Superbly Simple ✌️

Anyone care for a back massage? πŸ˜‚ Your hammies will πŸ’œ it!

Did you say yoga? πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‰
The thing I think I love most about yoga is that the physical postures (movement) gave me something to focus on to help still my mind chatter. Yoga is a fantastic stepping stone to a meditation practice for anyone who finds it difficult to just sit and meditate. This alone is a good reason to make time to be on a yoga mat and you may even experience the added bonus of greater health and vitality! #justsayin

Today's harvest: 1 cherry tomato, 4 basil leaves, some baby spinach and parsley to have with my omelette. πŸ˜‚ Not quite enough to join a local harvest swap but we'll get there πŸ˜‹ #growyourownfood

Teaching in gyms this week has been an interesting experience. Such a different culture to yoga studios. It's pretty apparent that most people want to get in, work out and get out, stat. Instructing the class to hold poses for longer than they are used to there was lots of fidgeting. Lots of mind chatter going on questioning "why the fk is this teacher making me hold warrior for so many breaths". πŸ˜‰ There has definitely been a shift to yoga becoming just another type of work out. Fast paced "power flow" vinyasa practices. While there's a time and place for these I'd love to see more people coming back to a slower practice with more emphasis on single pointed mindfulness and meditation. If you choose to skip savasana at the end of class you've really missed the point of doing yoga 🀦✌️ Make your mind sweat, not just your body. πŸ™

Eloise in the trees πŸ˜‚ yep. That's all I got today. Brain fried.

Found a nice spot in the park to prepare for my class this morning. Little did I know it was the calm before the frenzy that was 27 students ranging from 18-65 yrs old, a microphone, a stage, no props and no idea where the switches were for the fans and air conditioning. Sheesh! Gotta love subbing in a foreign space. πŸ˜… Just gotta breathe and deal with whatever your day throws at you!

START SMALL!!!
One of the most common pitfalls with a new meditation practice is expecting too much of yourself. When I first started meditating I dragged myself off to a 90 minute evening class. 🀦🀦 It felt like HELL ON EARTH. Within minutes every cell in my body wanted to run around the room and then the negative self talk took over... "I can't meditate, I can't do this, there's no way I can quiet my mind, ugh when is this over, ugh the person's voice is irritating, maybe I'm just not a meditator" etc etc. And I abandoned the idea of continuing.
When you first start meditation even 2 - 3 minutes can feel like a REALLY long time. Sitting with your own thoughts for the first time can be a really alarming experience when you take note of the stuff your mind jabbers on about (often rather negative). So here are my tips to starting small..
🌟 Start even just with 3 breaths. See how that feels
🌟 Move onto 3 minutes
🌟 Use a timer, you will be able to relax more if you know there is an end already coming
🌟 Use a meditation app to record your practice. Gamify it and get excited by how many consecutive days you can do. Even if it's only 2 minutes per day! 🌟 Once you feel comfortable with 3 minutes start to increase it. You might find that some days you want to continue with ease and other days 3 minutes feels like enough. 🌟 Small steps and daily practice, you'll get there πŸ™ πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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