Sirsasana at Santa Monica Beach, CA
My favorite way to come into Warrior III is directly from Tree pose. When you are standing in Tree with your right foot on your left thigh or calf, bring the right knee back into your chest and then as you exhale, push the leg directly back as you shift your torso forward. Keep the back leg engaged and the foot flexed. You can keep your hands in prayer at your heart center or for a more challenging arm variation, extend your arms straight out in front of you. Find a drishti, or a point to focus your gaze. Actively work to keep your hips squared to the front. Stay in Warrior III for 5 breaths before stepping back into a lunge or Warrior II pose.
If the balance is very difficult in this pose, you can place a chair in front of you and with your arms stretched out forward, take hold of the chair lightly.
Today couldn’t have been a better day for Wanderlust Festival NYC!
What an incredible experience practicing yoga side by side with my friends and hundreds of other yogis on Pier 63 in the city.
Loved the simple, yet effective sequence by Schuyler Grant. Down dog split-high lunge-standing split-back to high lunge-back to down dog split. Repeat 3 times on one side, and finish with pyramid pose before moving on to the other side!
Elena Brower’s words towards the end of practice are soothing and calm… And then come into a full hanumanasana (full split)… don’t even think about it… just do it… your body is ready! Not quiet believing her, I get into my regular hanuman attempt, walk my hands back towards my body to straighten my spine and bring my gaze up. The magic then happens on it’s own. My legs slide in the opposite directions, my heart shines forward, my face lifts towards the sun. I am in the fullest hanuman expression of my life… in that moment I feel like I am Hanuman, revealing my heart to the world.
Just a small reminder :)
Putting this one my to do list! Looks yummy!
No chemicals. No additives. Just good old fashioned fruit & water refreshment!
Leave your concoction to sit overnight and strain it as you pour to avoid the floaties! Take it to go by prepping a smaller amount in a water bottle. :)
Early morning headstand!
Now that I have my favorite deities, the altar really feels complete!
Dancing Ganesha (left side of the back row) is the remover of obstacles. Legend says that Ganesha’s dance has in it the laughter of creation itself, and the joy of the universe.
Shiva Nataraja (smaller statue in the middle) is the dancing Shiva! Shiva’s dance symbolizes the cycles of creation and destruction in the universe. The fiery ring around Nataraja represents the cosmos.
Green Tara (right side of the back row) is the Buddhist savior-goddess symbolizing unending compassion. She is also the goddess of activity. While her left leg is folded in a contemplative position, her right leg is stretched out, preparing her to spring into action. Green Tara is believed to help her followers overcome fears, anxieties and the most difficult situations.
Other trinkets include Om sign, my lotus seed mala beads, some stuff from Amma’s shop, an orchid, and some dried fruit and nuts as an offering.
Pose of the day: Vrksasana (tree)
Start in Tadasana. Shift your weight on to your left foot. For standing hip mandala, draw your right knee into your chest and take it out to the right, draw it back into your chest. Repeat hip mandala 3-5 times to prepare the hip joint for tree. When you are ready, place the sole of your right foot on your left calf or thigh, careful never to place it directly on the knee joint. Bring your hands to Anjali Mudra (prayer) at your heart center. Find a drishti - a point to rest your gaze. It is easier to maintain your balance if your drishti is low on the ground, more challenging if you are gazing up at the sky or if your eyes are closed. Stay here for 5 breaths or for more of a challenge, grow your tree branches as you stretch your arms up to the sky. Stay here or challenge your balance as you lean over to the right and to the left side.
To come out, bring your hands back to your heart center, draw the right knee into your chest and bring it back down. Repeat on the other side.
Day 1 of 3 of the BluePrint Renovation Cleanse
After hearing so much buzz about this cleanse in the media and through friends, I decided to give it a go!
The first green drink was pretty bad and the thought of having to drink two of them per day made me pretty discouraged. Less than 2 hours later, I went for drink #2. The pineapple-apple-mint was a pleasant surprise and made me feel somewhat full. I went on to teach my hot yoga class feeling a little bit hungry but well enough to concentrate and make it through class without passing out. When the class was over I was again starving and downed juice #3 but it did not make me feel much better. I had a large cup of chamomile tea and that settled my stomach a little bit. At this point I was feeling really weak and low on energy but held back another hour before moving on to the next drink. Drink #4 was pretty good. Even though I normally don’t like spicy food, the cayenne in the lemonade was a really nice touch and gave me a little boost of energy! Drink #5 with beets was god-awful! I am really dreading having to drink beet juice ever again and may seriously skip it tomorrow! Could barely wait an hour before moving on to drink #6, Cashew Milk, mmm yes please! This may be the most delicious drink I have ever had in my entire life (either that or I’ve gone temporarily insane due to hunger). I’ve never even had cashew milk before but the combination of it with vanilla, cinnamon and agave is to die for. Plus I love the thick nutty texture. Will definitely be getting this for dinner even after the cleanse!
Overall day 1 was rough and I felt like I was starving most of the time. Only after having the cashew milk do I feel satisfied and full. I also had a mild headache most of the day probably due to caffeine withdrawal but stayed strong and didn’t go for that 1/2 cup of black coffee or anything else from the cheat list. Will be going to bed pretty soon while I am still feeling full and satisfied from the Cashew Milk. Let’s hope Day 2 is a bit easier.