Titibasana is one of my favorite armbalance ever, giving me this feeling of flying and floating like a firefly. 🧚🏽♀️ Actually this asana is much easier than looks, even if still is a demanding pose! This arm balancr doesn’t really requiere much arm strength, but does demand a certain degree of flexibility in hips and hamstrings; so it is relatively easy for flexible people, and more demanding if you are in the stiff category. Take your time to open your body for this asana, don’t rush the process. Practice a lot of hamstring and hip work before you attempt it. Firefly is a demanding pose, but the mental and physical benefits are well worth the challenge and the time.
Handstand is a challenging pose to practice with patience, time and persistence. Slowly strengthening the shoulders, arms, writs and core. In this variation I use the support of the wall and my flexibility to get into splits. Try it! Allow enough distance between you and the wall that your leg will be able to extend fully. While in the handstand position, widen your legs until you are in the split, one foot should press into the wall. The wall should serve as a means of support. Keeping one foot on the wall while the other is reaching in the opposite direction, allow your chest to open to facility the backbend that will help you to get into a deeper splits.
I do love Pincha Mayurasana. This asana is a challenge for me, and a great joy at the same time for me. I being practicing per years, and still I’m far from feeling completely confidence on it. Using a block between the hands it is be very helpful for me to find the correct alignment, and give me support in the posture to don’t flip over. Try it, is like magic ✨
You already know yoga is transformational. To practice will strengthens your body, focuses your mind, and tempers your nervous system. But the most powerful shift occurs when you realize you can do something you didn’t think was possible. And when you exceed your own expectations, you feel a sense of empowerment that flows into every facet of your life. For many people, taking flight in a new arm balance is just such an occasion. The striking beauty and demanding complexity of arm balances can be intimidating, and if you’re like most people, these postures don’t come easily and can seem out of reach. But arm balances are more accessible when you break them down into manageable steps. The truth is, the process of stepping back, taking a breath, and piecing apart a challenging situation can be just as fulfilling as being able to do the arm balance itself. Normally arm balances require core and shoulder strength, Kasyapasana (Balance Dedicated to Kasyapa) also requires shoulder and hip flexibility. In fact, the hardest part of Kasyapasana isn’t building strong abs and arms, but rather getting enough motion in your shoulders and hips to hold your foot while firing all the muscles that keep you afloat in the pose. It may take awhile to bring all of the posture’s elements together, so be patient with yourself. Slowly opening the leg, hip, and shoulder muscles with the support of the floor or a wall. Take your time to open your body!
Im very excited for my weekend in Gili Air at @flowersandfireyoga An amazing weekend in paradise, to reconnect with yourself, to refresh and to practice together! Who is in?
I love to play with the limits of my body, discovering how deep I can get today... how deeply my body is willing to open. And, I’m realizing that my mind sometimes believe it, and others not. That’s the main difference.
Sunbathing by the pool.... Yogic style!
Shiva and Shakti dance! Shakti is the feminine aspect of energy, it is dynamic, active, moving, manifest. It is the energy that gets stuff done in the world, while Shiva is more of the 'sit on a mountain-top and meditate' kind of guy, just observing the dance of Shakti.
Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (Compass or Sundial Pose). I love the image of molding my body into a tool of guidance, especially one used when you're lost and need to find your way back home. If I've learned anything at all from my years of practicing yoga, it's that I already have my own built in navigational system. My body and spirit knows exactly where I'm going. And when I find myself lost, I try to remember that when stumbling through the woods not knowing which way is which, it'll just take some time before the path out becomes illuminated and I find my way back home. It's a similar feeling to practicing advanced yoga postures... sometimes they feel so far fetched that you don't even know where to begin. It's like being lost in a sea of randomly placed limbs without a how-to assemble kit. When you reach that faraway place, don't panic! We've all been there. Just remember the feeling isn't permanent. In fact, perhaps there is something rather useful to learn in these shadowy places before we come back into the sunshine. Use this posture to practice finding a sense of home even when you're far from it, comfort when it's all foreign, and a guiding light even in the darkest places. Works for me!
Open the body is a slow process that we can not rush. However, yoga isn’t just about gaining flexibility. Yoga isn’t a race. There is no finish line. There is always one more step to take, somebody more flexible than you, and volumes more to understand. One of the most important focuses of yoga is learning to accept the body as it is, work with what you have, and slowly expand its capabilities while closely observing what you already think you know. In time, your body will open, in your own pace. ❤️🙏🏼
Missing a very special person by my side these days @andreanantacorpo I wish you were here ❤️ Photo credit by @beatrizramires Memories of #Rishikesh 🙏🏼
This asana, floating Lotus Pose (aka Tolasana) represents strength, because it calls on the engagement of the full body. Before trying to attending it you need to have a good lotus pose. If you can’t begin in a cross-legged position. If Padmasana is accessible for you, find that expression, but you can also play with another cross legged position. If is difficult to lift yourself up, place your hands on blocks and press downward into them to straighten your arms. As you do, allow the breath to move around the heart and create space between your neck and shoulders. The lift comes from the core, so if you find your shoulders hunching, come back down, relax them, and come up again, keeping that sense of ease in the upper body. If you are in easy cross legged, you may want or need to leave the bottom leg on the ground. If you find the pose easy with blocks, experiment with removing the blocks and trying it with the hands on the ground. Play with it!