Practice L o v e & S u r r e n d e r.
No one ever said it would be easy but it doesn’t have to be so damn hard.
Why do we make things much harder on ourselves then we need to.
I know, you know, we all know what we need to do, but we often don’t have the right tools in hand during emotional times that we are in need.
The practice of love and surrender is a conscious choice in exact moments of raw emotion, in real moments of doubt, fear, pain, anger, and vulnerability.
First take a big deep breath.
Choose to feel love all around you. Choose to release your grip, let go of your strength and completely surrender. Take another deep breath and allow all intense feelings to be simply observed.
Accept the struggles that pull on your heart, they are meant to show you exactly how imperfect and human you really are.
Remember you are not ever surrendering to a specific person or a difficult situation, YOU are simply surrendering to LOVE.
Practice what you preach and hold the space for Love.❤️ More Love 💕 and Surrender 🧘♀️🙏right here 🔽 @Vibeyogaroom 🌈Ashtanga (guided short form)Wednesday 5:00am /90 min. 🌈Mon & Wed. 10:45am Mysore. 🌈Saturday’s 8am-Full Primary -guided.
Be prepared to find your happy 😊 place with this seemingly challenging posture and transition work.
There are many ways to modify, build strength and learn to float in and out of your Chaturanga.
What the heck is Chaturanga anyway🤫, in Engish its called “Four Limbed Staff Pose”.
This is the most used transition in a Vinyasa -Ashtanga class that feels like a high push up to a low push up position.
Perhaps yours feels like a belly flop, lol! 😓
This workshop will focus on understanding HOW to use your anatomy functionally and WHY we need this important transition. Practice to open your tight chest, utilize your back muscles, protect the your shoulders and ignite core and pelvic floor muscles energetically.
With regular practice and understanding you will flow happily ever after in your Chaturanga during yoga practice.
Small group workshops are the best way to practice directly with a teacher and receive individual modifications.
You will leave with practical tools 🛠 💪🤩to apply in your yoga practice.
All students are welcome.
Teachers and students, new to yoga or established in regular practice .
If your shoulders hurt during your Chaturanga or you are completely gassed out from doing these in class, this workshop is for you.
Pre-register on line @Vibeyogaroom and invite your friends to this Friday night get your Chaturanga on ! 🙏✌️ Practice what you preach and hold the space for Love .💜 #studentistheteacher#chaturanga#tinleyparkyoga#vibeyogaroom#yogachicago#yogaeverydamday#orlandparkyoga#workshop#yogaheals#keepitreal#mindsetiseverything#loveyourchaturanga
Good morning Beautiful Sunday Yogi’s!☀️ ... it’s a brisk cool day here in Chicago and it’s a perfect day to come in and work on it !💪🤩✌️💜🙏
“Ashtanga Foundations” today this Sunday August 28th 2:30-4:30 @Vibeyogaroom.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga known as “Yoga Chikitsa “ or Yoga Therapy is one of the few methods of Yoga practiced in its authenticity around the world with its roots and lineage maintained. Teachers and students who would like to start, continue or deepen their understanding of this foundational work toward self healing,self discovery, and most importantly self discipline please join me.
We will discuss the “how”in which we access our anatomy, find flow in SunA/B , breakdown postures, vinyasa counting, transitions, learn practice drills with modifications to grow our understanding of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
Please note ...📝🤔this method and set sequence may provoke a deep level of transformation for your mind, your body, and your spirit. With a regular Yoga practice anything is possible and all is coming in time.
This is an all levels training. ✌️🙏
Practice what you preach and hold the space for Love!❤️
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Happy Friday, and Day 10 ⭐️of #10sunaaday Yoga Challengers @vibeyogaroom .
I Pr a c t i c e for you.
I practice for me. I practice for all teachers and students who share the gift, the hope, and promise of Ashtanga Yoga. From this one lineage many or most all other modern yoga practices have been shaped .
The practice isn’t supposed to be effortless, the practice will never be crafted in perfection, however it’s a powerful discipline that we can all share, any age, any shape. You can dive into as many layers of this deep tradition and practice as you wish.
Over time with patience and consistent practice you will see change.
You will never regret your time put into the practice.
Your yoga practice will be with you day in and day out.
Yoga will be the one thing ( besides God) you can fall back on.
Doing your practice daily will guide your heart, clear your mind, strengthen your body, lift your spirit, surrender your ego, keep you humble and keep you real! .
Today is just the beginning of your practice and tomorrow it will be just the beginning again. .
🙏Opening chant :
Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane Samsara Halahala Mohasantyai Abahu Purusakaram Sankhacakrasi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam Pranamami Patanjalim
The opening chant of Ashtanga is translated on the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute website as:
I bow to the lotus feet of the Gurus,
The awakening happiness of one’s own Self revealed, Beyond better, acting like the jungle physician, Pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara.
Taking the form of a man to the shoulders,
Holding a conch, a discus, and a sword.
One thousand heads, white
To Patanjali, I salute.
Keep practicing with Love ❤️ and all is Coming . .
Day #9#10SunAaday @vibeyogaroom .
U t t a n a s a n a
We bend deeply in Yoga, over and over again, but we do not break.
We’ve discover we must bend in our body and in our mind to withstand ourselves and this world.
Try on the mindset and understanding that what does not bend will surely break.🙏
Our body and our mind are meant to do this work, we were created to be strong, flexible, capable and happy. No one ever attained all these things with a rigid mind or body.
For day #9 -practice holding Uttanasana- forward bend for 5-10 breaths and see what thoughts and feelings arise.
Tip💡: bent knees or straight legs, ground feet together or hip width distance. Belly engaged, pelvic floor lifted. Let you spine lengthen down, hips up over heels, chest toward body, relax neck, shoulders soft, gaze to tip of nose, breathe slow and deep. Come up slow, and take child’s pose-hips to heels to rest if needed.
Benefits: 🧐 Gravity good for spine, treats Osteoporosis, stimulates liver & kidneys, digestion, stretches hamstrings, calves, back, strengthening thighs and ankles, relieves tension and stress, stimulating circulation body and brain.
Practice with Love ❤️ and all is coming.
Good morning Beauties!☀️🙏💗
Day#8#10SunAaday Yoga Challenge @vibeyogaroom .
When I rise and shine and give God the glory, I know it will be another miraculous day.
Where do you put your heart when you rise and shine ?! . Ishvara Pranidhana (devotion) is the dedication, devotion, and surrender of the fruits of one’s practice to a higher power. This Niyama fuses two common aspects of yoga within it: the devotion to something greater than the self and the selfless action of karma yoga. Patanjali tells us that to reach the goal of yoga we must dissolve our egocentric nature and let go of our constant identification with ourselves. To do this, our yoga practice and all of the benefits we may receive from our practice must be seen as an offering to something greater than ourselves. Through this simple act of dedication we become reminded of our connection to our higher power, and our yoga practice becomes sacred and filled with grace, inner peace, and abounding love.
The foundation limbs of Patanjali’s eight-fold path of yoga, yama and niyama, create a solid foundation and strong container for the yogini to move into the deeper stages of yoga with focus, inner-strength, and success. Practicing the Yamas and Niyamas is a journey and process. Take one step, one Yama or Niyama at a time and proceed with compassion and without worry of perfection. As Swami Sri Kripalvanandaji said, ” When you pick one petal from the garland of yamas and niyamas, the entire garland will follow.”
Practice with Love and all is coming !💗
C o n n e c t i o n s
Day #7 of 10SunAaday Yoga Challengers.🙏
Everything that Yoga represents is connection.
When you begin to practice yoga you will establish a connection of your breath to your body.
Soon with consistent practice you synchronize every movement with your breath.
The deeper connection arrives when you settle your mind on your breath and everything seems to flow harmoniously.
You are consciously connected to the stillness and everything around you.
Coming in to practice Yoga at a studio will provide a sacred space.
A space that is held just for you each day.
A space that we hold for one another to come as we are.
The connections that we make are long lasting because the work and love of this practice is never ending.
For me this is the best gift I have received from practicing Yoga.
The connections we make and the seeds we plant continue to grow our community.
We are blessed to love and support each other as individuals, on this collective path of yoga that bends and twists with us through life. .
Keep practicing with Love and all is coming . 💗
Monday attitude is
g r a t i t u d e.🙏
Today is Day #6 of #10SunAaday Yoga Challengers @Vibeyogaroom.
What makes you weak or strong is not your muscles or your bones, it’s your attitude.
Your attitude is a factor in all you do, how you feel, and who you are, so please choose wisely! The more things I count in a day that I am grateful for the better my day turns out, the better my practice goes, and the better I am for the people I love and care for.
These next five days of our challenge you may need an a little attitude adjustment, a nudge or mantra to dig a bit deeper.
Notice your thoughts, dismiss any thoughts of self doubt, replace them all with self appreciation.
Appreciate the subtle changes.
When you approach your attitude from the space of becoming truly grateful for every little thing, you will feel yourself become strong. Gratitude is a superpower and damn straight we all need some of this !!!🙏💪☀️🔥❤️
Practice what you preach and hold the space for Love.💗
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Happy Sunday ☀️Fun Day and Day 5 of #10SunAaday Beautiful Yoga Challengers.
Sunday normally is a day of rest, you may be feeling a little soreness by now .Try really hard to savor each moment, go slow, experience every breath, during your practice observe all feelings and sensations that show up when you are stuck or feel weak, weary, or discouraged. If your feeling great then of course savor this too ! •
When you feel uncomfortable pause and breathe deeper, don’t waiver, don’t run, rest, but do not quit. •
I’m not talking about pain shooting into your body, I’m speaking about feelings in your body and mental wavering, try to keep returning to the sound of your breathe. The sound of your breathe should resonate and provide a space of comfort and strength.
This is the practice, this is the process, we do the physical practice to work through many layers and years, even a lifetime of scars, mentally, physically,and emotionally.
The Tristana method in Ashtanga Yoga is simple : 3 basic principles, Breath, Posture, and Drishti. This method is so simple but is the most powerful and tangible approach we have to access our deeper more spiritual selves. •
At the heart of Yoga is peace, love, and kindness, for ourselves and our world, all beings, all people.
This is the reason we do the work, we are patiently practicing for our internal world to be peaceful and happy, decreasing our attachment to outcomes and the materialistic world. •
Today I am reminded by one of the most inspirational teachers I have ever met @kinoyoga why I am here and why I am doing this work. I practice to be peaceful, I practice to be kind, and I practice to be happy! •
Practice with Love and all is coming!❤️
Happy Day4 #10SunAaday Challengers and FYI it’s not too late to start ! 💪🔥🙏💜
Let me just say this first NO jumping is needed to do this challenge ! 👿
•No jumping is necessary to do YOGA•☠️
You do not become a better anything by adding jumps. Please be mindful and continue with modifications as needed.
•Jumps test body awareness, teach control of movement, help balance, build stability, build strength upper body and core .
These are pretty scary for most, I did not start jumps until after a few years of regular yoga practice, due to my fear of falling. •Video 📹shows a few ways to practice jumping. 🙏Down dog to hands and jumping up to hold hips high landing in Chaturanga.
Practice Tip ⭐️#1 . Practice palms down, walk from Down Dog to hands first. Practice little baby 🐸 frog jumps,both feet together, low to the ground, gaze forward, keep shoulders down, belly lifted, elbows hug close , palm stay down. Jump into your hands, repeat! •Practice ⭐️Tip#2 . Hips high, head low, stack hips over shoulders, bent legs, jump up, coming down with control, feet close to hands.
•Practice Tip ⭐️#3 . Keep practicing, jumps take time, use a wall, hips over shoulders, stabilize, lateral back muscles support lift, armpits pull up, elbows close, neck neutral, grip with fingers. Belly lifted. Learn to control the downward movement as well as the jump up movement. 🤩Have fun and practice with Love ❤️!!
Happy Day#3 Lovers💜💪☀️#10SunAaday
Today’s video shows the approach to adding some energy to Sun ☀️ A.
🧘♀️Start low and slow. Not looking for fancy, looking for function, control and feeling. 🤩It’s a bit more athletic or energizing to jump IN and OUT of your hands. Into Chaturanga or from Down Dog into your hands. Always trust your body, rely on modifications, practice mindful. 💡Jump back tip #1 . Feet always behind hands, put body weight in hands , keep shoulders down, hands under shoulders, no pressure in collarbones ,shoulder blades apart, elbows gently hug in,outer back muscles engaged, thighs close into your body. 💡Jump back tip #2 . Look forward feel the shift of weight from toes to hands then with belly lifted ,exhale breath- jump back with bent arms . Land on your belly for the first 5 times squeeze you should blades together. As you start to gain strength, catch yourself and hover off the ground with back muscles, core, and pelvic floor muscles lifted supporting. 💡Jump back tip #3 . Look forward, not down, stays chin forward from Half lift posture into Chaturanga. Keep neck long and relaxed. Legs go back as a result of hips lifting higher than your head. Legs stay loose not rigid. Palms stay flat and do not lift. ⭐️Stay tuned tomorrow for the Jumping forward tips ! Have fun and practice with Love. 💜
Happy Day #2#10SunAaday
The P r a c t i c e 💗 •
Remember your practice is work, that includes you being kind to yourself, allow time to understand, your body, your breath, practice consistently, and with patience . 🤩Follow practice tips today. Learn to understand how and where to feel and articulate your anatomy.
Practicing with intention to create a foundation, a life practice.
💡Chaturanga Tip#1 . Hands under shoulders ,support your body weight, shoulders down away from ears, elbows gently squeeze in toward body, heart center lifted, belly or core muscles engaged, legs muscles strong.
💡Chaturanga tip #2 . Try to feel back muscles catch you as you bend arms, lower down to Chaturanga position, or lower down on your stomach with bent arms, gently squeeze your shoulder blades together and down.
💡Upward facing dog tip#3 .As you lift up,shoulders back and down. Stack shoulders over wrist. Chest pulls up, look up, past the tip of nose or straight forward, no straining your neck or hunching your collarbones.
Belly lifted, legs long, knees off the floor, top of the feet down. This is a deep back bend, you will feel intense stretching. Modify with Cobra - baby back bend, bend elbows back and down, lift chest, belly down, thighs on the ground. 💡Down Dog Tip #4 .Shoulders down away from ears, collarbones wide, hands shoulder width distance, wrist parallel to your mat. Grip gently with fingers,take pressure off wrist.
Feet parallel, hip width distance, heels down behind toes. Upper thighs lifted off knees, press belly back, lift navel in and up toward spine, neck soft and long, gaze up to stomach or knees . Feel lateral back muscles support you, armpits pull up into the body, elbows should not move outward away from body.
Triceps (upper arm muscles) lifted. Chest forward, heart center lifted. Body weight distributed even between hands and feet, no sinking.
💡Rest postures Tip#5 . Use anytime. Child’s pose -hips to heels, knees apart,arms stretched forward, head down neck relaxed. Savasana pose -lie down on your back and arms along sides palms up, let go of any tension.Enjoy! ❤️
Happy 10 Sun A a day for 10 day Yoga challengers!
Here we go Day #1 .
🤩Follow these three basic principles from the Ashtanga method: Breath, Posture and Drishti.
•First Breathing 🙏: Keep your breath calm and steady, As you practice allow your breath to grow deeper so you can feel it and hear it.
Inhale through your nose = upward movements.
Exhale through your nose = downward movements. •Second Posture🏃♀️: Postures should not be forced but should be energetic. Movements done with repetition will build internal heat or light a fire deep within the body. Movements are meant to keep your physical body heathy inside out. Always do your best to link your breath with your movements, take rest when you need to.
•Third Drishti 👀or gaze =one point focus, look upward or forward during each upward movement, just past the tip of your nose , without straining your neck.
📝 Note during Half lift and Chaturanga look forward along the floor in front of you rather than down .
Gaze down toward your stomach or knees for downward movements such as down dog or standing forward bends.
Keep you neck long and soft.
Here’s a little video showing 2 ways to modify your Sun A practice .
☝️1st round of Sun A shows you how to step back into a high plank. Exhale as you bend elbows to lower down into Chaturanga (hovering off the ground as shown )or just lower onto your stomach.
Child’s pose is used as a transition before going into Down 🐶 Dog. Curl toes under and lift up as you exhale into Down Dog.
☝️Down dog you always stay for 5 full breathes each round of Sun A.
Step forward on your next inhale lifting up into the Half lift posture from Downward Facing dog. ☝️The second round shows you how to use your shins to create the Half lift and extend your spine length.
Stepping back on your knees to modify lowering down into the Chaturanga. Here you can do a small Cobra or baby back bend lifting your chest to modify your Upward facing dog movement.
Curling toes under to create a strong lift upward using arm strength to get hips up and back into Down dog or modify again into the Child’s pose.❤️