I just LOVED this #proyogression from @mackenzieyoga and had to try it, even though I’m just learning Eka Pada Koundinyasana I! Definitely not as beautiful and graceful as hers! 😂 But we all start somewhere! It’s great to practice with a playful heart and not take yourself too seriously! 😍 How’s my EPK1? I just started practicing some new arm balances recently. Tips and suggestions ALWAYS appreciated! It’s nice to rely on #alittlehelpfrommyfriends! 👯
Today’s #practicedaily inspiration: Transitions! I’m working on a few right now, but piking up to #handstand from Downward Dog is most eluding me, in @jdoofer’s terms (and, in fact, this was @patrickbeach’s last #aprilfalls challenge that I never completed because I was sick at the time). I’m really not making use of a good pike position and start driving my heels up too soon, so I lose that nice tight core and end up muscling it up through my arms and shoulders. (Sound exhausting? It was.) I used to be able to do this very easily, so I’m working hard to get it back! Let’s use this one as a #progress shot for later on. 😉 @carlingnicole @ajoyfulyoga @mackenzieyoga #yoga #goals #pikethatshit
Just a little spring handstand with some lovely blossoms. Did you get upside down today? 🌸🌸🌸 #fromwhereistand #handstandseverydamnday #getupsidedown
Coming up in just over a week from now: the #familyhealthchallenge! Check my previous post with the same pic for full details, but here it is again in a nutshell:
✅ One new fitness, nutrition or mindfulness challenge posted every Saturday for 15 weeks
✅ Take a photo of what you did for each challenge, hashtag it #familyhealthchallenge and tag me @yogasunshinelaura
✅ Open-ended and lots of options - appropriate for all ages, diets and levels of fitness, and perfect for families
Hope you’ll join me! Let’s make the summer of 2013 the healthiest ever!
- Laura and family ❌⭕❌⭕
@yogasunshinelaura @100_cups_of_coffee @edis_krad @britty278
Yesterday’s #practicedaily inspiration: A #tuckthatshit #coreparty for @ajoyfulyoga! This is something I’ve been incorporating into my practices more and more… it’s not quite Lolasana, but I find it more challenging with my legs uncrossed. In my tuck handstands, I still have a bit of a hollowback when I balance it, so it’s not working my core as much as I want it to. This balance is helping me prep those abs for a whole bunch of arm balances I’ve been wanting to learn! And pretty sure it’ll help me tuck float up to handstand someday - it’s that getting-off-the-ground part that’s hardest! Try this out, yogi friends - sooo much harder than it looks! #breakasweat! 😅😅😅 Thanks #practicedaily crew! @patrickbeach @mackenzieyoga @carlingnicole @jdoofer #yoga #yogaeverydamnday
Ankle grab #justforfun. I’ve been so inspired lately by @nightmaretales - wish I could balance on my hands even a tenth as well as he can! #handstandsEVERYdamnday #inspiration #championsbreedchampions
More fun at Bell Park balancing on my hands! Yoga has helped me find a balance in my life too (or at least an approximation of one)… but it doesn’t involve very much Instagram. I don’t often have time to see everyone’s lovely photos and comment on them, or thank you for the beautiful words you’ve written under mine. I wish I had time to respond to every single one, but there’s only so much time in a day - and so much living to do! - that in finding a balance, I will always tip the scale toward my real life time, whether that be quality time with my family, devotion to my own yoga practice, or time spent on the other interests and goals of my life. I just want all of you, my amazing yogi friends, to know that I am so thankful for all the support, encouragement and inspiration I receive on a daily basis. My life has changed remarkably since beginning yoga in mid-February of this year, and you have been there for me every step of the way. Please know that although I can’t sing it out every day, I am SO appreciative of our connection through yoga and our friendship. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. 💜💜💜
Okay, I have a couple more Bell Park photos! #sorryimnotsorry! I haven’t been able to practice at all this week, unfortunately, because I’m over at my parents’ place while @100_cups_of_coffee does work on our house, it’s been gloomy and rainy all week so I can’t get outside, and last night I strained a muscle in my neck when I picked up my phone after it fell behind the bed (seriously, of all things, right?!). So I won’t be able to keep up with my practicedaily and 7days7headstands challenges at the moment. Hope you guys don’t mind some less recent pics! #yogaalmosteverydamnday Here’s Astavakrasana at Ramsey Lake - had to get into and out of it very quickly because the blackflies were so bad!
Yay!! Found this on my camera roll for my #nerdyyogis @rindigo, @yogahla and @loryvonhousen! Forgot that I did this with double stag legs. I do this shape ALL the time in every pose I can, so I feel like it doesn’t count! 😜 #yostacksondeck (Hopefully I’ll be able to play catch up and tackle some of the new stuff soon!) 💟
Meant to post this yesterday, but I was SO tired and went to bed at 9:30! 😴 My #practicedaily inspiration: Which pose makes me feel uncomfortable and brings up negative emotions? Definitely Shoulderstand! I know it’s supposed to be all comforting and cleansing and restorative but it just makes me go RAWRRR. No matter what props or blankets I use, it’s never comfortable and I feel a lot of tension at my throat, neck and chest. I feel antsy and impatient and I often hold it for a shorter time than I should. I still do it, especially after a headstand or backbending practice, but in my mind I’m always like WHYYY. It’s a pose I still need to learn to love! (Plow Pose is also one of these poses! Not pictured. Ugh.) 😒 @mackenzieyoga @carlingnicole @patrickbeach @ajoyfulyoga @jdoofer