So lucky to check off another bucket list item tonight - sunset paddle boarding on the lake at Westwood with an incredible group of amazing, strong, brave and active women. Aka @healthyrolemodels 🦋
Oh yeah and of course, I had to try some SUP yoga...but only down dog and only when I got back to shore. Luckily, it’s the @zenkoyoga pose of the month! 😂
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Our Pose of the Month is Supta Padangusthasana -- Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose
Let’s get started!
Lie on your back with your legs extended. Inhale, bring your right knee to the chest and place the strap on the sole of your right foot. Raise your right leg until it’s perpendicular to the floor. Hold both ends of the strap with the right hand. Place your left arm beside your left hip. Press your left thigh on the mat and flex your left foot. Stretch your right leg with the strap while pulling your toes toward you. Feel the stretch in your right calf. Stay in this pose for one minute before repeating the pose on the other side.
This pose relieves sciatic pain and menstrual discomfort. It also removes stiffness in the lower back by helping align the pelvic area.
There is never a bad time to start! Even if it’s late 🙈
Our apologies on the lateness of this post! So hurry up right now and #stopdropandyoga ! Find your nearest tree and strike a pose🌴🌲
June is full of sunshine so after all the rain we have had let’s see some BEAUTIFUL trees! Feel grounded when you connect into the ground and as your roots dig into the Earth feel your heart grow light! See what you are capable of here. Explore by swinging around your ‘branches’ or maybe even close your eyes!
Find a fun new spot to snap a picture and don’t forget to tag @jaideemassageandyoga to be entered in for the monthly drawing!!!
Hello friends! Here are a couple poses to help you warm up to upward facing bow/wheel!
In fact, you can do them during your sun salutations!! (Check out the diagram to see how). The first is anjaneyasana (crane/low lunge):
From a forward fold, step the right leg back, lowering the "thigh knee" (as my teacher would say), to the ground. Keeping the front knee bent, lift your arms up towards the sky. Keep the abdominals pulling in & up, as you lengthen the tailbone slightly. Breaths will vary, if you are doing this in a sun salute, it will be 1 breath, otherwise 5-8.
The second is bhujangasana (cobra pose): start on your stomach with your legs long behind you. Slide your hands, fingers pointing forwards, next to your lower ribs (wrist & elbow stacked - elbows hug in at your sides). Press the tops of the feet into the ground with the lower legs, ankles, feet & heels energetically hugging in towards one another (whether together or not- usually about hip distance apart), breathe in, roll the shoulders back & lift the chest. Depending on how your back feels, you may only lift a wee bit or you might straighten your arms. See how you FEEL here, no rush to straight arms. Again, it may be 1 breath in a sun salute or 5 breaths.
These poses start to open the chest, shoulders, psoas, hips, legs & back...all necessary for wheel pose! *photos from the omazing Camille Champa*
June Pose of The Month 🐸 Frog Pose
Opens the chest and shoulders
Therapeutic for menstrual cramps
Strengthens the back muscles
Improves circulation in hips and thighs
Stimulates the digestive system
Relieves stress, anxiety, and mild depression
Heck yes she did!!! 💁🏻♀️🕉🎉
Thank you @angelicalontok for tagging us in your #downwadfacingdog#poseofthemonth !!
You win a FREE WORKSHOP!!! Keep it for you or share it with a friend but whatever you choose know we are so excited to have you as part of our Yoga #family here @jaideemassageandyoga 💕
Stay tuned for the next #poseofthemonth for #June !!!!
#reversewarrior not only looks beautiful, but it feels amazing. It’s no wonder that it is our #poseofthemonth and a favorite in your @bayouyoga #yogateacher community.
Here’s how you get there:
Start in Warrior II. On an exhalation, drop your left (back) hand to the back of your left thigh, lift your right arm straight up, reaching your fingertips toward the ceiling. Your right bicep should be next to your right ear. Keep your front knee bent and your hips sinking low as you lengthen through the sides of your waist. Slide your back hand further down your leg and come into a slight backbend. Tilt your head slightly and bring your gaze to your right hand’s fingertips. Keep your shoulders relaxed, chest lifting, and the sides of your waist long. To release, inhale as you lower your arms back into Warrior II. Press down through your back foot and straighten your front leg. Lower your arms all the way. Turn to the left, reversing the position of your feet, and repeat for the same length of time on the opposite side.
Be sure to let us see your #poseofthemonth by snapping a pic and sharing with us!
Welcome June & welcome summer! ☀️☀️☀️Our new pose of the month:
🌻From standing, root down through your left foot and send your right foot back behind you. Flex the lifted foot and press through your heel as you spread your toes.
🌻Square off your hips with the floor and pull your belly in and up to support your low back.
🌻Lift your chest higher than your heart and set your gaze. Sweep your arms along your sides with your palms facing down. Breathe deep, and don’t forget the other side! 🌸🌸🌸
It's still May over here, so just in the nick of time!
Entering tripod...there are several ways to do it. Here's how I did it tonite:
Hands on the floor, fingers pointing forward & spread. Bend the arms, so that the elbows are stacked with the wrists, shoulder distance apart (like chatturanga arms). Place the head on the floor, walk the legs towards the arms & place the knees on the backs of the arms. Lift the feet. Bring the big toes to touch.
You can stay here or lift the legs up to the sky!
Squeeze your legs in towards one another. Breathe.
Rest in child's pose.
See you tomorrow for June's pose of the month! ✌💕🕉 #yoga365#yesyoucan#grounded#achieve#connection#commitment#poseanatomy#grateful#poseofthemonth
Our last prep pose for tripod headstand is bakasana! Crane pose (also often called crow)...this will strengthen the arms & abs, which is needed for lifting with control in tripod headstand.
The first picture is a prep picture. With your feet together, squat down & bring your hands to the floor in front of you. Keep the elbows hugging in so that they are shoulder distance apart. Bring the knees as high up on the backs of the arms as possible. Pull the abs in, lean forward.
This can be a little scary. If this is a new pose for you, try lifting one foot, then lower it. Lift the other foot, lower it. Perhaps you rock forwards & backwards a few times, feeling the weight shift.
Picture 2: Squeeze the legs into the arms, shift forward & lift the feet off the ground. Breathe!! Take 5-8 breaths here if you can. As you gain strength, you will straighten the arms, keeping the knees hugging in (I am not there...yet). If you are more advanced, you may move right into tripod headstand from here, bringing the head to the floor & lifting the legs.
If not, come out of the pose & go through a vinyasa: chatturanga (4 limbed staff), urdhva mukha svanasana (upward facing dog) - you may take a couple extra breaths here to stretch the front of the body. Then move to adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog). You can do it!! Embrace the power of crane pose!! #yoga365#yesyoucan#liveyouryoga#staytrue#opentograce#achieve#findyourzen#connection#commitment#poseanatomy#grounded#grateful#gratitude#practice#poseofthemonth