KinoYoga

Yoga Teacher, Writer, Vlogger, World Traveler based on Miami Beach. Check out my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/KinoYoga & my website http://www.kinoyoga.com

Day 21 #LetsGetFlexy is Flying Lizard Pose, Uttana Prasithasana. This is a great stretch for opening the hips and helps slide the torso through the thighs for a deeper forward bend and hip flexion. Getting this action going is key to getting the legs behind the head and releasing the quadratus lomborum. Check @beachyogagirl for another option. My outfit is by @aloyoga Check their account for daily winners of the awesome Goddess leggings 😊 (at On The Beach, Miami Fl)

Day 21 #LetsGetFlexy is Flying Lizard Pose, Uttana Prasithasana. This is a great stretch for opening the hips and helps slide the torso through the thighs for a deeper forward bend and hip flexion. Getting this action going is key to getting the legs behind the head and releasing the quadratus lomborum. Check @beachyogagirl for another option. My outfit is by @aloyoga Check their account for daily winners of the awesome Goddess leggings 😊 (at On The Beach, Miami Fl)

Day 20 #LetsGetFlexy is Raja Kapotasana, Royal Pigeon. This deep backbend has many variations. The trick for all of them is to create the space in between each of the joints of the spine and slowly use the strength of your back to move into the space that you create. Don’t squeeze your hamstrings and pull down with your back. Be patient, don’t force your body, give your body all the time it needs to open. Check @beachyogagirl for another option. My outfit is by @aloyoga Check their page for daily winners 😊

Muchas gracias por todo en Monterrey!!!! What an awesome weekend with over 80 students from all over Mexico 😊 I am leaving with a full heart and a few containers of nopal cactus 🌵Te amo todo 💗 Espero que todos ustedes estan inspirados a practicar!!! Hasta pronto 😊 (at Shanti Yoga & Reiki)

Muchas gracias por todo en Monterrey!!!! What an awesome weekend with over 80 students from all over Mexico 😊 I am leaving with a full heart and a few containers of nopal cactus 🌵Te amo todo 💗 Espero que todos ustedes estan inspirados a practicar!!! Hasta pronto 😊 (at Shanti Yoga & Reiki)

Day 19 #LetsGetFlexy is Parigasana, Gate Pose. This side bend comes at the end of the Ashtanga Yoga Second Series. Use your pelvic floor to keep the hips as grounded as possible. Bend forward and allow your torso to slide between the thighs before twisting around. Keep the belly and lower ribs pulled in. Check my YouTube channel for a full tutorial. Check @beachyogagirl for more options. My outfit is by @aloyoga Check their account for daily winners 😊

The inflowing and outgoing breath are the winds of your life force, the yin and yang manifested. Just as each wave that washes ashore carries with it an undertow that is the memory of the out flowing tide, each inhalation carries the residual space of the exhalation.  Pause after the peak of your inhalation and you will feel the gravitational pull of the exhalation. Pause after the end of the exhalation and wait for the energy to start to flow on its own, don’t force, don’t push, just wait for it. Let the breath emerge from the vacuum on its own, like a rebirth. You will feel a force moving through you that brings the breath in like a wave and you will feel the spirit that is the grace behind your life. Look for it, be sensitive because it is subtle and if you rush it or tense up you’ll miss it. Like our life itself, each breath is a gift that we receive from a power bigger and grander than we can possibly imagine.

The inflowing and outgoing breath are the winds of your life force, the yin and yang manifested. Just as each wave that washes ashore carries with it an undertow that is the memory of the out flowing tide, each inhalation carries the residual space of the exhalation. Pause after the peak of your inhalation and you will feel the gravitational pull of the exhalation. Pause after the end of the exhalation and wait for the energy to start to flow on its own, don’t force, don’t push, just wait for it. Let the breath emerge from the vacuum on its own, like a rebirth. You will feel a force moving through you that brings the breath in like a wave and you will feel the spirit that is the grace behind your life. Look for it, be sensitive because it is subtle and if you rush it or tense up you’ll miss it. Like our life itself, each breath is a gift that we receive from a power bigger and grander than we can possibly imagine.

Day 18 #LetsGetFlexy is Supta Padangusthasana. Just as in any forward bend create the space for the posture by hollowing out the lower belly and engaging the pelvic floor. Stabilize your hips and use your abdominal muscles to lift your head towards your knee. Finding the flexibility here is a great transition to reclining splits but don’t push too hard too soon. Check @beachyogagirl for an easier option. My outfit is by @aloyoga Check their page for daily goddess legging winners!!! Filmed in Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro at sunset.

Handstand splits in Lagoa, Brazil. On the way to Monterrey now. Tell me Mexican yogis, where do you want to see me handstand in Monterrey?

Handstand splits in Lagoa, Brazil. On the way to Monterrey now. Tell me Mexican yogis, where do you want to see me handstand in Monterrey?

I don’t normally address negative comments, but this is a story that I feel needs to be told. Almost ten years ago I had a student who could not get her hands through in Garbha Pindasana despite being flexible & strong. When I sat down to help her she said, “My legs are just too fat, don’t bother trying.” My heart nearly broke bc I know what it feels like to think your legs are just too fat. After much reservation, she trusted me enough to roll up her pants and expose her legs (which she didn’t want to do in a public setting). She was not very sweaty so I started off by adding a little water. But her hands got stuck between her thighs and wouldn’t slide through. She looked at me and said, “I’ll always be the fat girl.” That only made me more motivated to find a solution. Then I remembered that some people in India use coconut oil to slide their hands through. Seeing as I didn’t have a vat of coconut oil handy I improvised with slightly soapy water. I came back with the new formula in tact and sat down with her and together (with healthy technique and alignment) we worked until her hands slid all the way through past the elbows. I assisted her throughout the whole posture, including the lift up Kukkutasana. After the posture was over she was crying and I asked if she was in pain. She said, “No, these are tears of joy.” A year later I saw her and she was a different person. Not only was she regularly doing the posture I assisted her in, but she had a radiant glow emanating from her whole being and she had made some serious life changes (diet, self-esteem, job) that resulted in dramatic weight loss and the confidence to pursue her dreams. The peak moments of my life as a teacher are where I am present at the moment when a student realizes that who they are is so much bigger and grander that they can imagine, that their limited conceptions of themselves are just that—concepts and that their true power and beauty is limitless. Sometimes your life really can change in an instant. Yoga is not just asana technique. Asana is a tool used to break the glass castle of limited thoughts and beliefs that hold people back from the infinite light of the true self.

I don’t normally address negative comments, but this is a story that I feel needs to be told. Almost ten years ago I had a student who could not get her hands through in Garbha Pindasana despite being flexible & strong. When I sat down to help her she said, “My legs are just too fat, don’t bother trying.” My heart nearly broke bc I know what it feels like to think your legs are just too fat. After much reservation, she trusted me enough to roll up her pants and expose her legs (which she didn’t want to do in a public setting). She was not very sweaty so I started off by adding a little water. But her hands got stuck between her thighs and wouldn’t slide through. She looked at me and said, “I’ll always be the fat girl.” That only made me more motivated to find a solution. Then I remembered that some people in India use coconut oil to slide their hands through. Seeing as I didn’t have a vat of coconut oil handy I improvised with slightly soapy water. I came back with the new formula in tact and sat down with her and together (with healthy technique and alignment) we worked until her hands slid all the way through past the elbows. I assisted her throughout the whole posture, including the lift up Kukkutasana. After the posture was over she was crying and I asked if she was in pain. She said, “No, these are tears of joy.” A year later I saw her and she was a different person. Not only was she regularly doing the posture I assisted her in, but she had a radiant glow emanating from her whole being and she had made some serious life changes (diet, self-esteem, job) that resulted in dramatic weight loss and the confidence to pursue her dreams. The peak moments of my life as a teacher are where I am present at the moment when a student realizes that who they are is so much bigger and grander that they can imagine, that their limited conceptions of themselves are just that—concepts and that their true power and beauty is limitless. Sometimes your life really can change in an instant. Yoga is not just asana technique. Asana is a tool used to break the glass castle of limited thoughts and beliefs that hold people back from the infinite light of the true self.

Day 17 #LetsGetFlexy is Garbha Pindasana. So many students think they cannot get their hands through their thighs, but if you can but if you can fold your legs into lotus it’s about technique to get the legs through. It doesn’t matter how thick or muscular your thighs are, but it IS easier if you can slide through so try it either with dry leggings or sweaty skin (shorts) so your hands will slide through. If you’re sticker pull up your leggings or use water (or even soapy water) to wet your skin. To get the fingers through cup your fingers and aim towards the center in the space between your calves and thighs. Then bend and twist like a cork screw, don’t push or force. Check my YouTube channel for full tutorials. Check @beachyogagirl for a more basic option. My outfit is by @aloyoga Check their account to find out the daily winners of goddess leggings 😊