Day 3 #BalanceBasics in Digasana, this Standing Posture connects the legs into the core and builds a good sense of balance. The foundation of the posture comes from the standing leg—keep the quad engaged, press down through the base of the big toe, the little toe and the heel. Keep your gaze locked on a single point of attention. When lifting the extended leg keep the low belly drawn in and the abs firm. Use the arms to link the activation of the torso deep down into the center of the body. Check with @beachyogagirl @laurasykora for more options. My outfit is by our sponsor @athleta Video by @digitaldirshti filmed on the beautiful island of Mallorca.
Want to see how I got into this deep backbend? Check @timfeldmannyoga for the pics of how he got me into this posture this morning. I couldn’t go this deep on my own!! Fresh back from two months in Mysore my hubbie rocks 😊 I forgot how amazing his assists are, like the most sensitive hands that take you deep with compassion and power. You can find him in Zurich and Marseilles for two more teaching weekends in Europe before we are back in Miami. (at Strøget)
You can’t please everyone, nor should you try. Just be yourself with a firm connection to your authentic self. Keep a little space to let the good and the bad in so that you can see clearly and not delude yourself by only listening to the positive feedback. In the face of negative criticism what I do is pause, listen and see if I can take it in as constructive. If it’s just mean spirited name calling I simply ignore it and don’t respond. But if there is something to be learned i do my best to take it in. Here’s an example I’ve been wanting to share for awhile: there was a student in Chicago this year that asked me to sign a book as my host was rushing me out the door. Normally I would wait until all students were finished but my hosts had asked me to hurry and get going so I asked the student if she was coming the next day. If she had said no I would have asked my host to wait but when she said yes I asked if I we could do it the next day. I was rushed and it must have came off poorly because she was very upset and left a long negative note in the feedback form for the workshop. First, I want to say I’m sorry because I love to sign my books and DVDs and I hate it if the manner of my speech is not kind. It makes me so happy that someone is reading my words or watching my DVDs to inspire their practice. Second, from that negative feedback I have now asked my hosts to give a dedicated time each workshop for book and DVD signing to make it clear for everyone when there is time for that. In that time, I never rush, I stay until the last student is done. So thank you for sharing your negative feedback, it has made me a better person. 🙏 Be strong enough to see clearly, the good and the bad. Don’t just please everyone, please yourself by being your best self. Even if you do everything right there will still be people who find fault. Don’t let the nay-Sayers get you down. Follow your truth, but remember what really matters is if you’re a good person at the end of the day. To be humble, to be kind, to love more, to share peace and joy in the world—this is where the magic is at. ~Photo on my @gopro Outfit @shaktiactivewear (at Christianshavn, København, Denmark)
Day 2 #BalanceBasics is Downward Facing Dog. This foundational posture sets up the connection to your pelvic floor which is the seat of all balance. Pivot deeply int the hip joints, release back muscles and keep the legs as straight as possible. Use it as a half way point between extension and flexion. Keep space around the neck while stabilizing the shoulders. Check with @beachyogagirl @laurasykora for more options. My outfit is by our sponsor @athleta Video by @digitaldrishti
An ecological vegetarian hot dog and Danish elderflower drink made without sugar added—two fun healthier versions of traditional Danish food. Have the Danish hot dogs made it into veggie gourmet palette? Would you try one of these? It was very tasty with mustard, ketchup, pickles, roasted and raw onions on a whole wheat bun. You know @timfeldmannyoga is here in Copenhagen with me when we found this today for lunch 😊 (at Den økologiske pølsevogn)
Day 1 #BalanceBasics is Tree. In the traditional Ashtanga practice this is recommended either as a warm up or modification for the more challenging Ardha baddha padottanasana. Go easy, engage the core and don’t stress the knees. Check @beachyogagirl @laurasykora for more options. My outfit is by our sponsor @athleta Video by @digitaldrishti First day starts now!!
From Russia with Love. Look at the number of my check in counter at the airport 😊 Guess where I am headed to next? You might be able to see the destination on the next. Thanks so much to all the students who came from all over Russia. Thanks to @ashtangamoscow for a great job organizing. I am truly touched by the dedication and the generosity of the students here. Their love for the practice really shows. I’ll definitely be back!! Meanwhile I hope you are all inspired to practice 🙏 (at Международный аэропорт Шереметьево)
Be open to receive the guidance of a power bigger and grander than yourself. When the message comes through be strong enough to follow it, even if it means taking a step into the unknown. Sometimes life pushes you to edge of an abyss, asks you to jump in the blind and take a leap of faith. Jump first, get the courage along the way. Experience the fear and take step into love, the infinite all encompassing love that is all there really is anyway. You will either learn to fly, catch yourself and climb or, perhaps the best, be carried by divine wings through life. Have there been moments in your life when you knew you were being guided? Did you have the strength to follow that guidance? Have there been times in your life that have been so challenging you knew that you could not have gotten through them without divine presence? Yoga gives us a direct line into our inner guidance system, like a clear channel that tunes us in to our truth. When you hear the call to your greatness, be strong enough to follow it, especially if the greatness and grandness of the message is overwhelming. I am writing these words today for myself and sharing them with you today because I can feel the subtle shifts in my life that are opening a tenuous pathway to a new dream. Everyone who knows me knows I dream big. I can’t say more about this new idea now but I can say that it’s simultaneously everything that I have ever wanted and absolutely terrifying. I hope that I am finally strong enough to let it all in, to follow, to be led, to trust, to surrender and to have faith. Taken on my @gopro while teaching in Moscow yesterday @ashtangamoscow Outfit by @shaktiactivewear (at Прана)
Who is ready for #BalanceBasics September Yoga Challenge? Balance is one of the key aspects of yoga. With physical balance you learn emotional, mental and spiritual balance. These postures are for everyone, all levels! 🌟This month’s hosts are @beachyogagirl @laurasykora and me @kinoyoga 🌟Great prizes from our sponsor @Athleta 🌟 To join: 1. Regram this collage 2. Follow challenge hosts and sponsors 3. Post your best photo or video of the day, share your journey, no stress about perfection. Posts must be new each time. 4. Tag all hosts and sponsor and in life the hashtag #BalanceBasics in all your posts 5. Have fun, be inspired and find balance 😊