Crow Pose / Bakasana

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🌟 #March2💃5Poses 🌟
Day.9 is #CrowPose #Bakasana on our journey to Firefly aka Tittibhasana🐜
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The first two days you’ve been doing amazing. I know it’s not easy to break a habit and do sth different. For today I give you another #AllTimeFavourite of mine to strengthen your arms and to gain some confidence 🐦
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▶️ place your hands shoulder width distance apart (like in Plank Pose)
▶️ move your chest forward, bend your arms like Chaturanga. Your forearms are in a 90° angle to the ground
▶️ your feet almost want to lift on their own here. If this scares you lift one foot after another and bring your heels as close to your bum as possible. Eventually lift both feet, toes touching.
▶️ your focus point is ahead of you (30-50cm / 10-20in forward). Keep it!
▶️ lift your chest proudly, your arms pulling together, hands and fingertips firmly pressed to the mat
▶️ strive for a flat back. I know it’s not possible but imagine yourself with a flat back
▶️ you can straigthen your arms to Crane Pose. But that is totally optional 😁
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▶️ Option 1: If you are new to this pose place a cushion under your face and two blocks behind you to stand on. Lift one foot after another then both feet
▶️ Option 2: Bring your knees outside the upper arm as close to your shoulders as possible. Press your legs together. Remember yesterdays Garland Pose? Crow is no different from it except that you are on your hands here.
▶️ Option 3: Bring your knees as close to your armpits as possible. Remember the ForwardFold? Here it is again 😉
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Don’t forget to do your warm-ups. Do the exercises of Day.7 and Day.8. Then you can proceed to practice today’s pose.
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(originally posted on Instagram by @yogamand on Mar 9, 2016)

Garland Pose / Malasana

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🌟 #March2💃5Poses 🌟
Day.8 of our journey to FireFly aka Tittibhasana is #GarlandPose #SquatPose #Malasana 🐜
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I looooved your Forward Folds yesterday. Practice this bend leg variation everyday and you’ll see your hammies soften soon.
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Today’s #HipOpener is my all-time favorite as well. If you want to do some magic to your hips practice this every day for at least 5 mins. 1 min 5 times a day is working, too 😉
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▶️ Repeat yesterday’s forward fold for at least 5 min. 😉
▶️ Place your feet approx 3-4 fists apart (like yesterday measure yourself up)
▶️ The outer edge of your feet parallel to your mat (again slightly #pigeontoedfeet )
▶️ If your heels turn inward #CharlieChaplinFeet use blocks under your heels
▶️ If your knees are tight and/or complaining sit on two or three blocks, place them a bit farther away
▶️ Bring your upper body as deep between your knees as possible. Knees shoulder level
▶️ Hands in Prayer’s mudra start to bring your forearms parallel to your mat so you create a good suffolding. Remember your legs jamming your upper body so you need a counterforce here
▶️ Press your knees together like you wanna jam your shoulders/upper body. If your heels are turned inward you will get compromise your knees
▶️ Stick your butt out (tilt your pelvic forward)
▶️ Lift your chest proudly, breathe, smile … and count to 💯
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❗️Don’t forget to do your warm-ups. Do yesterday’s ForwardFold every.single.day. You will surprise yourself how much your hammies will open up soon. Then you can proceed to practice today’s pose.
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(originally posted on InstaGram by @yogamand on Mar 8, 2016)

Forward Fold / Uttanasana

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🌟 #March2💃5Poses 🌟
Day.7 is a modified #ForwardFold #Uttanasana and I call it #MakeYourSelfAPackage 🐜
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Hammies, we are coming for you. And we make your quads working a lot. Personally I see FireFly more as a forward fold than an arm balance. For a nice fold you need to fit in your self. Like the first fold in #Origami 🎌 If the first fold is crap the following folds are getting worse. Today I want to see your knees bend and a flat back instead of straight legs and normally a rounded lower back.

▶️ Place your feet hip distance apart. Place your two fists between your big toes.
▶️ Turn your heels slightly out #PigeonToedFeet
▶️ Naturally your knees fall inward, open them so your knees are straight above your ankles and the arch of the feet get activated
▶️ Bring your knees into your armpits. Keep them there as if they were glued together
▶️ Grab your shins from behind and pull your hands apart
▶️ Stick your butt out (tilt your pelvis forward)
▶️ Start to straighten your legs but only as far as you can keep your armpits and knee caps connected

Remember: Keep your legs bend all the time. Your quads have to work a lot this week which means that your hamstrings have to soften so you can lengthen them. Straight legs will come over time. Please don’t force it with compromising your lower back.
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Please check my sweet co-hosts for their variations of the day ⤵ Be mindful with your body and your practice. You don’t have to tag all of us but please show some love to our epic sponsors along with using #March2💃5Poses in your post copy so we can find you.
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(originally posted on InstaGram by @yogamand on Mar 7, 2016)

Twinning Challenge 2.0 👬👭 Final Day 7 HandStand Variation

… and *kabooooom* here it is .. the last and final day of an amazing week. It’s been an amazing time with all of you and I can’t believe my eyes when I see the tremendous amount of your little squares. I can’t wait to catch up on all your spectacular pictures, stories and simply the joyful squares.

Thank you so much for all your shares, twinning creativity, laughter and love over the last 7 days!

HandStand

Our real life twins Regan and Jen are closing another amazing and heart warming twinning journey with a badass twisty handy magic!!!

Today’s pose is all about getting on your hands and upside down. “Standing on your feet makes you feel you can be. Standing on your hand makes you feel you can do.“ I love this quote by my teacher because it describes perfectly how handstanding is „making” me capable! Check on Rey’s post for today for some alternatives and variations!

And if handstand is not in your practice, ask a teacher, use a friend, a wall, or whatever you like and do the variation that is right for you – no need for heroes. Tag at least one host and our epic sponsors along with using #TwinningChallenge in your post copy so we can find you (InstaGram only).

On my last twinning post I want to send a big {{{{{HUG}}}}} to my incredible #twinbyheart Kira ❤ She is such an angel and her soul is touching mine. With this second twintastic round I made the same experience as so many you – we grew together even more. Thank you so much for for the easiness and your incredible talent to match the me in me. Love you to the moon and back, Kira ❤

The Twinning hosts 👬👭
@collectiveyoga @angela_inspired
@mumma_joy76 @_just_joni_
@karenroperyoga @stephaniekicksbutt
@ninayogalife @yogalu123
@yogamand @buddhamom76
@reganwarner @jsesti

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Twinning Challenge 2.0 👬👭 DragonFly aka GrassHopper

HumbleDragonFly

I cannot even even tell you how much I adore all your posts, stories and words about love and friendships. Also about the dealing with seasons, time zones, technical problems. I love reading it. Please keep going and tell your story. It was and still is so enjoyable to feel the fun and excitement you share. Thank you so much for brightening my days ☀️

Today’s pose demands a lot of hip openers … pigeon, garland pose, ankle2knee … and the twisty action is not to underestimate. So, chair pose with a twist, pigeon twist, half twist pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) are very helpful with this.

Kira and I went for the Humble DragonFly (or GrassHopper).

In any case please do the variation that’s right for you – no need for heroes. Tag at least one host and our epic sponsors along with using #TwinningChallenge in your post copy so we can find you (InstaGram only)

The Twinning hosts 👬👭
@collectiveyoga @angela_inspired
@mumma_joy76 @_just_joni_
@karenroperyoga @stephaniekicksbutt
@ninayogalife @yogalu123
@yogamand @buddhamom76
@reganwarner @jsesti

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👉 Check in with my twin @buddhamom76 and me @yogamand for tomorrow’s pose 👈

Twinning Challenge 2.0 👬👭 Day 4 DownWard Facing Dog

DownDog

Please do the variation that’s right for you – no need for heroes. Tag at least one host and our epic sponsors along with using #TwinningChallenge in your post copy so we find you.

Nina and Lucy are rocking the Two Legged DownDog today. But seriously, aren’t their Finn’s adorable? I am head over heels to meet one of them next week *hehe* 🐶 So, for today Kira and I chose a variation that challenges your balance a little bit. Grab the opposite heel. And with grab I mean grab. The palm of your hand is covering your heel. You can shorten your stance a bit if you need to. To make you stable plant the knee cap of the „free“ leg into your arm pit of the same side. Keep your hips square and start to twist. Have fun trying.

The Twinning hosts 👬👭
@collectiveyoga @angela_inspired
@mumma_joy76 @_just_joni_
@karenroperyoga @stephaniekicksbutt
@ninayogalife @yogalu123
@yogamand @buddhamom76
@reganwarner @jsesti

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👉 Check in with our legendary guest hosts @gordonogden and @arisyoga for tomorrow’s pose 🙌🙌🙌

Twinning Challenge 2.0 👬👭 Day 3 HeadStand

HeadStandIf headstand is not in your practice yet or you are on the mend from a neck injury please do a variation. You can substitute it with a simple forward fold (Uttanasana) or downward facing dog with blocks for head support. Wide spread feet pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) with head support is also a nice one. If you are used to headstand you can also place three blocks under each shoulder to relief neck pressure.

In any case please do the variation that’s right for you – no need for heroes. Tag at least one host and our epic sponsors along with using #TwinningChallenge in your post copy so we can find you (on InstaGram only)

WOW … we are blown away by the magic and pure fun jumping out of the gallery. If you haven’t seen it yet go check the vastness of creativity and love you show put in one single square. Thank you so much for all your great vibes ⭐️💝⭐️

Karen and Stephanie are showing us in their upmost elegant and … well … sexy way how to soar ❤ Kira and I went for the straight legs with almost straight arms buuuuut on #fingatips 😍

The Twinning hosts 👬👭
@collectiveyoga @angela_inspired
@mumma_joy76 @_just_joni_
@karenroperyoga @stephaniekicksbutt
@ninayogalife @yogalu123
@yogamand @buddhamom76
@reganwarner @jsesti

Our Twinning sponsors 👭👬
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@liforme
@openheartwarrior
@infinitystrap
@21drops
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👉 Check in with @ninayogalife and @yogalu123 for tomorrow’s pose 👈

Twinning Challenge 2.0 👬👭 Day.2 Bound Side Angle

 BoundSideAnglePlease do the variation that’s right for you – no need for heroes. Please tag at least one host and our epic sponsors along with using #TwinningChallenge in your post copy so we can find you (on InstaGram only) 

WOW … 24 hours of awesomeness. We are beyond excited to read your words and see your worldwide connections, your creativity and mad editing skillz. Totally thrilled for for the upcoming days 👫

We hope everyone found a twin. Please let us know if you still looking for a twin and we will do everything we can to pair you up with someone!

Today Joy @mumma_joy76 and Joni @_just_joni_ are showing us a different view with their awesome and stunning Side Angle.

The Twinning hosts 👬👭
@collectiveyoga @angela_inspired
@mumma_joy76 @_just_joni_
@karenroperyoga @stephaniekicksbutt
@ninayogalife @yogalu123
@yogamand @buddhamom76
@reganwarner @jsesti

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👉 Check in with @karenroperyoga and @stephaniekicksbutt for tomorrow’s pose 👈

Twinning Challenge 2.0 👬👭 Day.1 #PigeonPose Variation

FlyingPigeonPlease do the variation that’s right for you – no need for heroes. Please tag at least one host and our epic sponsors along with using #TwinningChallenge in your post copy so we can find you (on InstaGram only)

… and here we are. Welcome to #Round2 for some more #twinningfun 👬👭 We are super excited to see your #twinning awesomeness over the next 7 days. I have the great honour to twin again with my #twinbyheart Kira. She is an incredible capable and beautiful yogi – from the inside and the outside!!! Go check her feed if you haven’t yet ❤

Kira, I love you to pieces and I will be forever grateful for the friendship and the love we share for each other.

Em and Angela are rockin Day 1 it already in their own super hawt and incredible elegant mermaid variation. Kira and I are going rogue with
#FlyingPigeonPose #EkaPadaGalavasana

The Twinning hosts 👬👭
Day 1 #EkaPadaRajaKapotasana Variation @collectiveyoga @angela_inspired
Day 2 #BaddhaUtthitaParsvaKonasana @mumma_joy76 @_just_joni_
Day 3 #GarudasanaInSirsasana @karenroperyoga @stephaniekicksbutt
Day 4 #EkaPadaAdhoMukhaSvanasana Variation @ninayogalife @yogalu123
Day 5 #ParsvaBhujaDandasana GUEST HOSTS
Day 6 #Ustrasana Variation @yogamand @buddhamom76
Day 7 #AdhoMukhaVrksasana Variation @reganwarner @jsesti

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👉 Check in with @mumma_joy76 and @_just_joni for tomorrow’s pose 👈