Back to Yoga Basics: How to Modify Your Yoga Practice + a Free Modification Guide

Back to Yoga Basics: How to Modify Your Yoga Practice + a Free Modification Guide

How to modify your yoga practice…..

 

Hell yes.

 

I am thrilled to be jamming about this topic with our tribe and even more thrilled that the below guide is available to learn from, practice on your own, and maybe share with your fellow yogi tribe too. Okay, modifications, I am mega passion about them, love to share modifications with yogis of all levels (especially beginners), and wholeheartedly believe we can all benefit from them.

 

If you’re 100% new to the yoga community, let me first explain what a modification is and why I’m here preaching to you about it today.

 

Yoga Modification:

 

(noun) – a variation of a yoga posture that’s designed to help people access the pose in a more enjoyable, safe and appropriate way.

 

To Modify:

 

(verb) – the action of modifying a yoga posture to better suit your personal needs, on the mat, and in that moment.

 

So while it’s great that yoga modifications exist, it’s not so great if we don’t actually modify our yoga practice in that pivotal moment. But what the hell is that pivotal moment?

 

Well, it usually looks + feels something like this:

 

  • banana back shapes in plank, low-plank or forearm plank
  • lower back compressing, pulling and/or being compromised
  • knees enduring discomfort/pain
  • hamstrings stretching to the point of ripping
  • the ego leading your practice, versus you leading the ego
  • doing too much, when simple is enough
  • desperately needing a yoga prop, but not knowing how or when to use one

 

Related: How to use Yoga Props + a Free Guide

 

….. oh hey, remember that guide I mentioned above, click the pretty picture below and it’s all yours!

 

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Let’s dive into each of these pivotal moments, because they will all happen, and become more aware about how to feel + make the right decision to modify.

 

Sounds like a plan, yeah?

 

Banana Back Shapes

 

If you’re new to yoga, not consistently working on cultivating a strong core, or simply being lazy, the banana back moment is inevitable. And even when you are “strong” and well aware of how to make the right shape, banana back is still easy to slip into, because – it’s easier than activating your core.

 

So what shapes do we commonly see/experience banana back in?

 

  • plank pose
  • chaturanga dandasana (low-plank)
  • forearm plank
  • inversions like headstand, forearm balance and handstand
  • standing postures like crescent pose, warrior I, warrior II and chair pose

 

 …..and many more. 

 

And now, how do we modify?

 

  • Any type of plank pose, drop your knees down to the ground, ain’t no shame in the knee game
  • Inversion postures – work on cultivating your core, use all the props, and then turn your world upside down
  • For standing postures, keep the lower ribs hugging down + in and the hip points hugging up towards the ribs (hello active core)

 

Low Back Pain/Discomfort

 

It’s hard to pinpoint this misalignment, because hot dam, the back is an incredibly complex part of our being and MANY aspects play into pain, discomfort and not feeling at ease. But here’s what I know.

 

  • Don’t be afraid to bend your knees or not bend them as deeply in postures like seated + standing forward folds, downward facing dog, or standing postures like half moon, triangle or warrior I
  • Do the pose at 75% or less, there’s no need for 100% because it’s not a competition, it’s a lifestyle and a lifetime practice
  • Integrate both core + glute work to better support your lower back
  • Do restorative postures like legs up the wall
  • Don’t do the pose, if it doesn’t feel good and you’re not aware of the modification, then make up your own

 

And if you want more yoga modification ideas, download the guide, okkkkurrrrr.

 

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Knee Discomfort

 

Ooooh, I feel your pain friend and am right there with ya.

 

I’ve never been a big knee bender and have always had mild to moderate knee discomfort during physical activity. I can reminisce back being to a young girl (like thirteen young) and jogging alongside my mom and having knee pain then. Fast forward to now, and it’s definitely a part of my yoga practice that needs attention, extra time and all the right props.

 

Related: How to Protect Your Knees in Yoga

 

And of course, all the right modifications:

 

  • Don’t lock out your knees in straight-legged postures, instead invite a small bend
  • Use an extra thick yoga mat or a yoga knee pad to provide extra support
  • Do strengthen your glute + hamstring muscles for strong standing postures, versus front loading the pose and compromising the knee joint
  • Don’t do intense knee bent postures, like half or full hero pose, pigeon pose, or full lotus.

 

Hamstrings Ripping

 

To be fair, I’m being a bit dramatic here, although some could say that ripping is an appropriate adjective for some of the shapes us yogis make.

 

As a former gymnast/cheerleader, I’m a naturally  flexible person, but after years of sitting at a desk and not stretching consistently, my body no longer reacted well to the flexibility, even if I could make a shape, it wasn’t the right shape to make.

 

Let me paint a clearer picture.

 

I can do a seated forward fold and lay my chest atop my thighs, pulling the soles of my feet towards my face, stressing out my hamstrings, and cranking on my lower back to make the shape.

 

But is that necessary? Does it sounds like my body enjoys this shape?

 

No, it doesn’t enjoy it and it’s also not benefiting from it.

 

So how do we modify?

 

  • And we’re back to – bend the knees, bend the knees, and oh – bend the knees
  • When doing seated forward folds, don’t fold, but instead work on a lifted spine and hinging forward to promote proper pelvis rotation, a stronger core, and opening the hamstrings
  • Use props in seated postures like blankets, blocks and bolsters

 

Related: How to use Yoga Props + a Free Guide

 

And of course, don’t forget your free modification guide below!

 

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Ego Leading

 

Hello ego, it’s so nice to meet you on my yoga mat, and while I appreciate your best interests to look good, be the strongest, create the deepest shape, and always push my limits, I got this. I can handle it from here.

 

Sincerely, Allie – the girl whose been burned by you too many times.

 

….. don’t worry, it’s normal for me to talk to myself.

 

Okay, the ego. 

 

This is a big + common topic in the yoga community and many wellness communities, because it’s real and it’s not going anywhere. And while some people preach to banish the ego, fuck the ego, or get rid of the ego, I think it serves a purpose and it’s part of us. Similar to fear, it has a purpose, but it’s not allowed to make decisions (except when we’re in life threatening moments).

 

When we step on our mat and operate from our ego, we run into trouble, period, drop the mic, and another period. And even though we know this trouble exists, many of us still make the shape that looks the most badass, receives the attention we crave, impresses our yoga neighbor, or gets the most likes on social media.

 

How do I know all of this….

 

Because I did it + still do it. 

 

But when we start to cause discomfort, pain and maybe even injury, that’s when the ego needs to be put in check and here’s how to do it:

 

  • Stop taking every vinyasa opportunity or maybe do absolutely none, just step it back to downward facing dog
  • Use props, always
  • Take a restorative class over a power flow class
  • Be okay with soft + supple (which is another form of strength)
  • Modify an entire class, every single pose, modify it
  • Don’t take the advanced pose the teacher offers, stay where you are
  • Don’t pull + strain to achieve the shape, it will come with time

 

Lack of Yoga Props

 

And to wrap up our how to modify your yoga practice conversation, let’s jam on props.

 

Well actually, there’s no need to jam, simply read the blog post below and grab the prop freebie that’s offered over there. And oh yeah, this is your last chance, grab your free how-to modify yoga guide below!

 

Until next time, xoxo

 

Related: How to use Yoga Props + a Free Guide

 

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Back to Yoga Basics: Common Yoga Teacher Cues Revealed (+ Free Yoga Pose Guide)

Back to Yoga Basics: Common Yoga Teacher Cues Revealed (+ Free Yoga Pose Guide)

Tell me this yogis.

 

How many times have you attended a yoga class or practiced yoga online only to have a confusing, not so great, what the f*ck type experience? I’ve been there. I’ve possibly/definitely led people here. And I know how disappointing + frustrating it can be.

 

And because I know this, today’s topic is all about…

 

Yoga Teacher Cues

 

… and revealing some of the common cues that are typical throughout a yoga class, in hopes that it makes your experience more enjoyable, impactful and beneficial.

 

And if you’re a newer yoga teacher, the free yoga guide below is a wonderful tool to keep learning (just saying).

 

I will touch on four common cues that teachers in my yoga studio use and that I’ve adapted in my yoga teaching toolbox too. Please note, every teacher has their own style of language, verbal cues, and sequencing. So while my cues can be adapted to your personal yoga studio/yoga teacher, know that there will be always be new cues to learn!

 

Hence why we are always considered yoga students, never yoga masters.

 

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1. Stack the Body

 

This is a common yoga teacher cue because it promotes safety within the yoga posture + your body.

 

I would gather that many yoga teachers are using this verbal cue, possibly changing the actual verbiage, but communicating the same principle nonetheless.

 

A great example of this cue in action is Warrior II pose. Let’s dive into it and unpack where the body needs to stack.

 

  • Heel of the front foot aligns with the arch of the back foot
  • Front knee aligns over second + third toes to protect the knee and to open/strengthen the inner front thigh
  • Front thigh is working towards parallel to the ground
  • Hips are open and squared to the side of the mat
  • Torso is aligned over the groin, not leaning forward or hovering backwards
  • Back leg is energetic and acts an anchor for the pose
  • Arms are shooting straight out, in line with the shoulders, and not scrunched up towards the ears
  • Chest is broad, expansive and open to continue the squaring of the body towards the side of the mat

 

As you read through these alignment cues and possibly even stand up to do Warrior II, notice the building block actions your body is taking to create the shape. Notice how strong you feel when the body is aligned. Notice how well your body responds when each joint/limb/muscle is properly supported.

 

Notice how this translates to every yoga pose you do and start to break it down, cue by cue, to experience the best version of your pose yet!

 

And remember, download your free yoga guide to get ya started!

 

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2. Create Space + Length

 

This yoga posture cue took me years to understand and at the cost of a painful injury, so let’s learn from my mistakes, yeah?

 

Often times and mostly for women, we begin our yoga practice with a good dose of flexibility. Women love to feel and be flexible, it’s not only beautiful/graceful, but it also feels good in the body and most importantly – in the ego. 

 

And flexibility is good, don’t get it twisted, but only if it’s counterbalanced with strength. This is where women can fall into trouble. We lack strength where flexibility lives, leading to hyper-mobility and possibly injury.

 

So when we hear the cue to create space + length, I want us to let go of how big, beautiful and bendy we can be, and instead focus on how integrated, strong and expansive we can be. This is hard to understand, I get it, but just like above, let’s use a yoga posture to break down this yoga teacher cue.

 

……side note for yoga teachers, it’s equally important to include helpful prep postures leading to a peak pose or a set of postures, warming the body in all the right places.

 

 The yoga posture example is – Upward Facing Dog/Urdhva Mukha Svanasana.

 

Not Integrated Example:

 

  • Legs rest atop the mat
  • Shoulders round forward + chest collapses
  • Belly soft and not engaged, allowing low back to be compromised
  • Head/neck thrown back, compressing cervical spine

 

Strength + Flexibility Combined:

 

  • Wrists + feet are aligned with shoulders + hips – creating equal distances
  • Legs are active and both knee caps + quads are hovering above the ground
  • Navel center is engaged, protecting the lower back
  • Shoulders roll onto the back, broadening the chest, encouraging a mid-back opening
  • Neck is an extension of the spine

 

Want another example? I highlight lizard pose (one of my favorites) in the free yoga guide below!

 

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3. Long Lines of Energy

 

Next up on our yoga teacher cue journey, how to create long lines of energy and what the hell that means.

 

I love this yoga cue for balancing postures like warrior III and half moon, but also for foundation postures like plank pose, downward facing dog and crescent pose. This cue is super similar to the one above, but translates differently for my body + mind, and here’s why.

 

When we energize and activate the body into a long line of energy, the pose becomes easy or almost effortless in a sense. But when we leave body parts dangling and muscles not engaging, the postures become hard, like fall all over the place, frustrating as anything type hard.

 

So while it requires more effort to create the long line of energy, the outcome is a more streamlined shape.

 

Are you feeling me?

 

Let’s break down warrior III and investigate this yoga teacher cue further.

 

  • The standing leg + foot is the axis point or base of the posture, meaning it must be grounded, strong and present (the knee can be bent or straight here)
  • The hips are squared to the ground helping to encourage alignment + length
  • The lifted leg is pulsing with energy, extending straight back and long, even the toes are alive here
  • The torso is active with core engaged, chest parallel to the ground, and the neck long + steady (gaze is down)
  • The arms are either extended forward or back towards the toes with energy radiating out of the fingertips
  • From the crown of the head, to the fingers, to the toes, and down to the standing leg – you are one long line of energy

 

Don’t forget, you can see this idea in action via dancer pose, when you download the free guide below.

 

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4. Root Down to Rise Up

 

And lastly, and one of the community favorites, root down to rise up.

 

This is another yoga pose cue that’s been passed down to me from yoga teachers I frequent/adore/love/look up to. And it’s one that makes sense in almost every yoga posture we create. The idea behind this simple, yet powerful cue is that we create a rebound effect by rooting down into the ground and rising up through our body.

 

The root of the pose is whatever body part is touching the ground or has the most surface area connected to the ground. And whatever is rising up from this root is responsible for lifting, making space, and blossoming outwards.

 

Let’s examine tree pose and how this rooting down to rise up action works.

 

  • The standing leg + foot is the root of the pose
  • Focus on the foot here – the big toe, the pinky toe and the heel – all creating a root like sensation
  • The standing leg is active, strong like a root would be in the Earth
  • The rising up manifests in the pelvis, torso, chest, arms and through the crown of the head
  • The pose is strong, grounded and rooted, yet lifted, spacious and rising

 

And like all the above examples, to see this idea in action (in handstand pose too), download the free guide below.

 

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That’s the jam for today yogis!

 

Thank YOU SO MUCH for reading all the words, learning more about your yoga practice, and continuing to live your journey!

 

Until next time, xoxo.

Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide

Back to Yoga Basics: How to Use Yoga Props + a Free Yoga Prop Guide

Welcome to the guide that all beginner yogis need, and truthfully, all yogis who don’t use yoga props need. Whether you are the most flexible, strong badass yogi or the person whose never done a downward dog in your life, yoga props serve a purpose in your practice and deserve to be included too.

 

…. did you read that my overachieving yogis, this one’s for you too.

 

And now, let me explain why and my personal story with yoga props.

 

Let’s rewind five years, picture a brand new yogi in a hot as hell yoga studio, overtaxing her body to simply “make the shape”. At this point in my yoga journey, I was very concerned with how I looked, how well I could do a pose, and how much I didn’t need the help of a prop.

 

My thoughts went something like this….

 

Props are for beginners. Props are for people who can’t touch their toes. Props are for older people (like my mom). Props are for people who weren’t gymnasts, cheerleaders and/or ballerinas in their lifetime. Props are unnecessary.

 

But in reality, I needed a damn prop, and a I needed one bad.

 

And here’s where a yoga teacher should’ve stepped in and didn’t. And if you’re a yoga teacher reading this, I hope to the yoga gods that you are using, recommending, and demoing with props. And if not, now is an epic time to start.

 

I was a byproduct of the common statement – “we don’t know, what we don’t know”. For three years, I practiced intense, advanced asana and never considered using props. My yoga teacher wasn’t recommending it. They weren’t readily available. No one in the class was using them. And I wasn’t aware that I needed it.

 

Fast forward to year four of my yoga journey and I’m now in an Iyengar/Hatha yoga teacher training and ALL THE PROPS are being used – blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, wedges, chairs, the wall, eye pillows. You name it, we were using it.

 

At first, I wanted to continue with my propless attitude and rise above the prop. I wanted to be better than a prop. But the reality was and still is, I’m not above it. No one is above needing a prop, we all need support, we all need that extra length, we all need a little help from our friends (both on and off the yoga mat).

 

Fast forward one more time, to the present moment, and I’m a fervent believer in props ALL THE TIME, whenever your body needs it (not necessarily wants it). I’ve also been blessed with a local yoga studio that highly encourages the use of props, offers a well of different props to use, teaches with props, and demos with them too.

 

I credit my love + use of props to the teachers who taught and still teach me, so to them, I raise a block and cheers their example.

 

Now, why do I tell you all of this and how does it relate to you.

 

Well, first and foremost and before we dive any deeper, don’t forget to download the free yoga prop guide to help start or deepen your yoga journey. Click that big, beautiful button below, complete the form, and boom – the prop guide is coming at ya!

 

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And now, back to the show!

 

If you’re a beginner at this whole yoga thing, here’s why props are important + the role they play:

 

  • Props allow almost any posture to become accessible, regardless of your current “yoga level”
  • Create support for special populations like pregnant women, the disabled, the much older and/or the injured
  • Bring the floor to you in postures like half moon, triangle, side angle, pigeon, splits and many more.
  • Aid in relaxation postures like supported fish, supta baddha konasana, supported bridge, and many more.
  • Help build strength + promote alignment in postures like wheel, bridge, dolphin, forearm balance, and many more.
  • Alleviate discomfort for the wrists in postures like downward dog, plank pose and/or an entire sun salutation sequence.
  • They FEEL GOOD (my favorite reason).

 

And if you’re not a beginner and want to start using props, below are some of the many reasons why:

 

  • Props promote integration + alignment (which is the one of the end goals in our asana practice)
  • Aid in building strength + length, versus hyper mobility
  • Aid in advanced asanas like headstand, handstand, arm balances and deeper hip opening postures
  • Brings more awareness to your body and what it needs on that day + in that moment
  • Offers support, because no matter how advanced you are, we all need it. Period.

 

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Okay yoga tribe.

 

If my personal story + the many reasons above haven’t convinced you to click that download button yet, then I encourage you to click it now. The guide is an easy to follow format that breaks down the most common props + provides different ways to use each one. I promise, it’s good stuff.

 

And if you already use props, download it anyway, and find a new way to use a prop! Or if you’re a yoga teacher, send this blog post + the free guide to your students and help continue their personal yoga journey!

 

Basically, just download the damn thing, okkkuurrrr!

 

Until next time, xoxo.

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Three Closing Yoga Sequences (+ Free Tutorial Guide)

Three Closing Yoga Sequences (+ Free Tutorial Guide)

Yogis, welcome to a simple + so sweet yoga tutorial to help inspire your yoga practice.

 

And specifically, to help seal your yoga practice. 

 

…..what exactly do I mean by that, you might be wondering. 

 

I mean to end, to close, to seal, or to symbolically finish a moment between your yoga mat and your body, mind and soul. I mean to slowly wind down from your movement practice and transition into a softer, more supple moment. I mean to soften the breath, soften your efforts and ease into a more restorative space of inward reflection. I mean for you to gift yourself one last moment of dimming down the exterior, to light up your interior.

 

Are you feeling me now?

 

Good. I knew you would.

 

So here’s the deal.

 

I’ve created three  yoga sequences which you can read below + download a FREE picture tutorial to guide your practice. These sequences are what I LOVE to do when winding down from a vigorous vinyasa practice, but please….

 

Have your way with them. Add on. Remove postures. Combine sequences. Don’t do any of the sequences. Do all of the sequences.

 

But do, get on your mat, do the work, and continue to live your journey!

 

Related: Restorative Yoga Practice for Anxiety and Stress

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Seal Your Practice Sequence 1:

 

  • figure four
  • figure four twist
  • figure four twist + ankle to the knee
  • savasana

 

Seal Your Practice Sequence 2:

 

  • shoulderstand
  • plow pose
  • bridge pose
  • wheel pose
  • supported bridge
  • savasana

 

Seal Your Practice Sequence 3:

 

  • ardha apanasana
  • half happy baby
  • supine twist
  • savasana

 

Related: Morning Yoga Video – Restorative Practice to Reconnect

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Stretch Your Chest + Open Your Shoulders Yoga Sequence

Stretch Your Chest + Open Your Shoulders Yoga Sequence

Let me start this yoga sequence post with a declaration of sorts…..

 

Every single person on the planet needs to do this type of work. Period. Drop the mic. And that includes you.

 

Like the title of this post states, today’s sequence has a two part goal.

 

Stretch the Chest.

 

Open the Shoulders.

 

Okay cool Allie, I can read, but why does every person need it. And what if I feel pretty damn open in my chest + shoulders, do I still need it?

 

Yes, you still need it and here’s why.

 

Our ENTIRE LIFE is one of forward movement. Let’s take a moment to think about how we live, how we maneuver through everyday tasks, and become more aware of our body’s shape + actions.

 

Most of us drive a vehicle, which involves a steering wheel + your hands on it, which equals a rounding of the shoulders, closing off of the chest, and a general forward motion of the body.

 

Most of us wash dishes, do laundry, cook our meals and eat our meals. Envision your body in this shape, what do your shoulders look like, how closed off is your chest in these moments.

 

Most of us use a smartphone, a computer, or a tablet to communicate, entertain and do work. What shape is your body mimicking in these moments.

 

And lastly – we sleep.

 

Most of us don’t sleep directly on our backs, face up, shoulders rolling back and chest spreading + opening. Most of us roll to our sides, sleep on our bellies, or make a shape somewhere in-between.

 

…… are you starting to catch my drift as to why EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING needs to work on opening + stretching the

 

Chest + Shoulders.

 

I think we’re now all in agreement – yeah?

 

Related: Yoga Practice to Combat Sitting – Open Your Chest, Stretch Your Shoulders, Improve Your Posture, Energize Your Body

 

Today’s simple sequence is comprised of beautiful yoga postures to start the conversation of opening + stretching. We want to encourage the shoulders to open and soften, while the chest expands and stretches.

 

These postures can be done together, alone or weaved into a personal yoga practice/teaching. I offer these to you as a simple way to begin your journey.

 

I will be using two yoga props for this sequence, a block + a strap. If you don’t have these epic yoga tools, get yourself some by clicking the links below.

 

 

And now let’s stop the chatting and start the opening + stretching!

 

Strap Work

 

  • Hold a strap wider than shoulder-width distance & start with the strap resting atop your thighs
  • Inhale breath brings your strap up towards the sky
  • Exhale breath brings the strap overhead and down towards the ground
  • Do this 5-10x to awaken the shoulders + expand the chest
  • This exercise is a wonderful tool to do daily or add into your yoga/exercise practice

 

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Puppy Pose

 

  • Do this posture after warming up the body or do it at 50% if the body is not warm yet
  • Choose forehead to floor/block or chin to the floor (this will deepen the posture)
  • Take childs pose + prop elbows onto blocks (bend arms + send thumbs towards neck) if the posture is too intense
  • Do focus on keeping hips over knees
  • and always breathe…..

 

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Shoulder Floor Opener

 

  • The extended arm MUST be in alignment with the shoulder socket
  • Do keep the head relaxing towards the ground or prop onto a block to relax
  • Choose to keep the back leg bent (like shown), straight or stacked atop the other leg
  • Stay incredibly aware if you’ve gone too deep & simply back off
  • Use this posture to find a deep, but therapeutic stretch

 

Related: Yoga Class to Relax Your Neck + Shoulders

 

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Bow Pose

 

  • Do this posture after warming up the body – strengthening + opening
  • Start with knees together + feet together
  • Always breathe here & recognize if you lose the breath (if so, back out and move slower)
  • Choose to do this posture at 30% or 110% – do what feels good here, focus on the stretch + strength, not the shape

 

Related: Bow Pose Video Tutorial

 

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Wheel Pose

 

  • Do this posture towards the end of your practice
  • Modify by doing bridge pose or place a block between your thighs for added alignment + engagement
  • Just like bow pose, always breathe here, notice if you lose the breath and choose to back out or take a modified version

 

Related: Wheel Pose Video Tutorial

 

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Supported Fish Pose

 

  • Use two blocks to prop your body up – one at the second height & one at the tallest height to start
  • The middle block’s position will align with your would-be bra strap
  • Do this posture to ground yourself at the beginning of your yoga practice or to seal your yoga practice
  • Weave this posture into yin/restorative sequences
  • Do this every damn day to combat your forward moving lifestyle

 

Related: Open Your Heart + Hips Video

 

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