Say you've been on 6 dates. That's 6 weeks of play once a week. At this point, is it desperation to claim Friday before anyone else gets it? Or just let him text And hope it's for Friday? Asking for a friend
After yoga on and off since 14, my goal this year is inversions because I've never cared to master any of these poses. I want to see just what my mind and body can do facing fear and discomfort.
A steady practice is dedicating an hour to your body, mind and soul everyday or whenever is best. Because you deserve it. We all deserve space from our day to day lives.
As far as the more challenging asanas... Patience and preserverence. Not giving up when something seems impossible. It all takes time and a switch in mindset. Its not "i want to do a handstand but I'm scared" its "i know this is going to take a lot of time but I WILL be doing inversions"
Do you do power yoga? Flowing through sun salutations builds your entire core. Chatturunga and its variations bring the power you need to your arms.
I started out doing nothing but hatha classes this year which was nice bc they are a bit slower, hold the poses longer and you get a good stretch of the spine in all directions. Here you learn the duality of maximum effort to maximum relaxation. Realignment of the entire skeletal body.
Power classes are where I feel the most fluidity and grace. My energy is fast paced and the movement with breath here allows me to burn off the excess and to let go of all that does not serve me. Total sculpting of the body. I've always had issues with my arms but I swear these classes work better than lifting weights. I've never planked so much in my entire life. Many varistions. I suggest going to a class if you can. YouTube videos are nice and all but in a class, you are getting correct alignment.
Anyway, my hot yoga regimen this year is Monday - power Tuesday - sculpt (vinyasa small weights) Wednesday- power Thursday- hatha to get that duality and realignment Sunday - free style home practice
Get your arms and shoulders ready, girl. They need to be properly worked and stretched in ways youre not used to for a good base to support your body weight. Just start using the wall to gage your arm strength for hand and headstands.
Malasana squat into Bakasana(crow pose is great for this)
Also malasana squat with forearms to the ground gets you prepared for piking your legs up into a stand
Get in the loop of your yoga community around you. I joined the karma yogi program at my studio. For every hour I help out, I get a free yoga class. It's the best way to get to know all the teachers. They love to nerd out about it. And what I love is that if you get into a convo about asana or spirituality, they will do a demo right there and realign your stance right there in the lobby lol.
I've met this amazing man who is the king of spinal fluidity. His classes are amazing. He hosts a workshop I'm attending
You can even do teacher trainings and workshops just for the learning. Getting deeper into the break down or sanskrit. Even if you're not planning on teaching. I cant tell you how much my life has changed from these things.
Of course theres workshops on the more spiritual and energetic side of yoga too. You can visit your local metaphysical book store and they usually have flyers for all the things going on in the city for this kind of stuff. There may even be yoga centers that host kirtan, kundalini meditation and yoga, etc
Through my spiritual center, teaching yoga to adults and kids, I've linked up with a lot of people who I can nerd out with over all this. We have gone to kirtan, planetary gong sound baths, holistic health things... possibilities are endless. I could go on and on.
Something that helped me was making a vision board. Took yoga magazines, inspiring articles, a lot of rumi quotes, Balinese flower offerings, etc etc cut and glued them on to a board I wake up to every single day on my bedroom wall.
I feel really sick to make a whole list but these are really good
The Ramayana - Read it once a year. It will change your life. I put that on everything. Amazon it now
The Bhagavad Gita - read the original first and then all the various versions you can find that break down the philosophies. The yoga of the gita is really nice because it gives a complete break down of all the forms of yoga. It's awesome. Actually go buy it on Amazon right now.
The Autobiography of a Yogi - my favorite book of all time about the epic quest of Paramahansa Yogananda coming into his soul's purpose. Amazon this right now. Right now.
As far as integrating mindfulness/meditation into your practice you can watch YouTube videos of Sri Sri Mooji, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, Deepok Chopra, Dalai Lama etc etc
I'll write some more butter about asana and prepping for inversions in a bit. Need to eat lol
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Can always count on a libra to put together info in a beautiful collage. Informative and pretty lmao. It’s like Christmas when my libra mom would buy us so many books lmao.
Yes!!! Ahhhh. I look forward to more info. Thank you!
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I dont get annoyed when a guy brags about himself. When everyone else gets seriously annoyed, I'll roll my eyes and poke fun at them and go back and forth playfully. Which is probably why I like fire signs so much. Braggy mfers.