Yin Yoga | Four Agreements: Be Impeccable With Your Word

Yin Yoga – Throat Chakra – Four Agreements – Be Impeccable With Your Word

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt,  to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”

-Yehuda Berg

Hey there, yinsters –

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far and are enjoying the spring-like weather wherever you are located! I love the springtime and the sense of “newness” that accompanies it. My garden is popping up new buds. Each little spurt of color is a reminder that cold and darkness are just seasons that we face. There is always change occurring in one form or another.

The next 4 weeks in my classes, I’m discussing The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I told my students yesterday, that though I do not align with every word in this book – I deeply appreciate the wisdom it offers on how to best relate to and interact with ourselves and others.

This week we are focusing on the first agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word.

The way that we speak matters. And it starts with you. The thoughts you allow to take up residence in your mind are the ones that will shape your lifestyle, viewpoint and interactions with others. So the unhelpful thoughts you think, can truly impact the way that you live your life and the way that you decide to articulate your speech. This is HUGE!

As you practice this sequence which targets the “communication” portion of your body (specifically the throat and surrounding areas), my hope is that you utilize this time to pay attention to the internal dialogue. Yoga offers us time to close our mouths and go inward – listening to what’s beneath the surface (physically, mentally and even spiritually). However, sometimes we still remain in our normal mind during yoga practice. We allow many already-engrained negative and unhelpful thought patterns to stay active while we practice yoga. In the following poses what might happen if you were to identify and begin to change these habits? As you breathe and create space in the body and mind with the time/postures, perhaps invite in more helpful and positive thoughts to replace the old ones.

Disclaimer…It’s requires discipline and practice to transition the mind toward something more positive (just as you practiced memorizing negative thoughts by allowing them in over and over again) – but eventually you can change what feels and is most true of you. Devote yourself to reworking your thoughts until you have a more loving and positive outlook and watch your external world begin to transition as well.

My Playlist

CHILDS POSE (5 min) – Begin your practice by dropping the hips back to the heels and allowing the chest to rest onto the thighs. You can stretch the arms overhead or just keep them at the sides toward the feet. Take a few moments here to focus in on the moment at hand. Allow your breath and attention to expand into the throat, chest and upper back – notice where there is resistance here and extend grace to yourself from the start. We must face what is holding on in order to actually let go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After 3 minutes here, you can remain with the forehead down or you can begin to gently bring your chin to a block or the earth to open up the front of the throat. This should not be painful at all. If you feel sharp pain, back out of this immediately and bring the neck back to neutral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUPPY POSE (3 min) – From a neutral table top position, take a deep inhale and as you exhale begin to walk the hands forward until you reach a stopping point and melt the heart toward the earth. You can support your chest or forehead with a block if it helps you. If you want to increase sensation, you can bend your elbows 90 degrees bringing the palms together above your head and then reach the thumbs toward the base of the neck. You can also do this with two blocks under the triceps (bottom photo) for additional release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAT/COW (1 min) – Come into a table top position and begin to move through a few rounds of cat and cow. Inhales bringing your gaze forward, tailbone high and exhales allowing you to round the spine toward the ceiling and relax the weight of the head. Continue to wiggle through these and any other shapes that are calling out to you. Perhaps observe more freedom and openness in the upper back/neck from when you first landed on the mat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERO/SUKHASANA (whatever seat is most comfortable) (3 min) – Move through the following neck releases.

  • Sides of the neck: Sit up tall to settle into the spine. As you take an exhale, drop the right ear to the right shoulder. Stay here or add the weight of one hand to the opposite side of the head. 30-40 seconds then switch to stretch other side.
  • Back of the neck: Interlace the fingers and place the palms to the back of the head. Begin to drop the chin toward the chest and let the elbows hang heavy. 30 seconds here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THREADED NEEDLE (3 min) – From table top, extend the left arm to the sky and begin to twist toward the right by threading the arm across the mat and through to the other side. Allow your head and shoulder to relax to the floor or a prop. Alternatively, you can drop your hips back toward the heels and do this pose in a childs pose variation. After you complete the first side, switch over to the other slowly and mindfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional: If you want to try a new arm variation, these are nice options for our purposes today…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERO Reclined or Supported BRIDGE (5 min) – Find a position that is comfortable for you to open the front body. If reclining back with your legs in hero is too much on the ankle/knee joints or the low back, feel free to drop to supported bridge pose instead. Find a position where you can really hang heavy and breathe into the front of the hips, belly, chest and neck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stretch out in table top or down dog for a moment to move into that newly created space in the front body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your way to the belly…

1/2 FROG (2 min) – Cactus the arms turning the gaze to the right, draw the right knee up toward the right elbow and breathe several moments here in this nice release for the low back. Try not to overthink this shape, it’s supposed to be more restorative than “intense”.

 

 

 

 

 

SUPINE TWIST (2 min) – From frog, thread your left arm across the chest over to the right side and begin to open your chest toward the ceiling dropping the right arm behind you. Align your right hip on top of the left and add any favorite variations to the twist here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOW LUNGE (4 min) – Press back to table top and step the right foot to the top of the mat. The first two minutes, plant your hands to the floor or blocks on either side of the foot or bring them both to the inside of the foot (pictured). Your head can hang here if you’d like. Allow your hips to settle down and forward. After two minutes, you can go deeper if you wish. Don’t rush this depth. Give your body time to release and rest into each burst of intensity.

 

 

 

 

 

A note on transitioning deeply into the hips, we find a lot of sensation and release. This is an area of the body we tend to hold emotional stress from our current state and from past seasons. As sensations arise here, breathe and trust the release to create space within you so you can start this new season with a renewed perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

COW FACE Fold (3 min) – Begin to rise up from your lunge and walk your hands over to the right. Gently transitioning to the long edge of the mat and crossing the legs into cow face pose. You can draw the left leg straight if you’d prefer to do that over bending the bottom knee. If the knees are both bent, walk the heels away from the hips until you find a good amount of sensation. If it’s too much to sit evenly on the hips, adjust as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat 1/2 Frog to Cow Face on the other side.

FORWARD Fold or SNAIL (5 min) – Transition to a seated position with legs straight out in front of you, locate a firm seat (using a blanket under the hips if your low back is strained in any way). Breathe a few breaths into the spine from an upright position and then take a few breaths to lower you forward. I like to use a bolster under my chest or block under my head (sometimes both!), so get creative with props and find a place to land here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to try your “Snail” pose, please do so mindfully. This pose does compress the neck quite a bit so if you have disc issues in the cervical spine or if there is any pain, back off and come to your forward fold. To do snail, prop your shoulders up on 2 blankets or one folded up (pictured). From your back begin to make your way through supported bridge placing your hands under the spine. Gently begin to lift the legs up and then drop them back behind the head. You can keep the legs straight or bent here. Ensure that you can breathe steadily and completely through the lungs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclined FISH POSE (2 min) – Especially if you practiced snail pose, give yourself a moment with the upper back elevated to a blanket or block. Take a moment to balance out in this shape.

 

 

 

SAVASANA (option for Legs up the Wall) (10 min) – Find a wall and sit with it at one side of you. Begin to lay back onto your spine and then swing the legs up the wall. Allow all of the goodness of your practice and the release in the legs to begin to settle in and through you as you rest here for several minutes letting everything relax. If you’d prefer, you can take traditional corpse pose lying on your back.

 

NEW WORKSHOP! Understanding + Teaching Yin Yoga

Hey yinsters!

I’m thrilled to announce my newest workshop “Understanding + Teaching Yin Yoga” is officially open for sign ups. This 2 day event is an 8-hour workshop that will delve into the history and purpose of yin yoga, how to practice yin, asanas of yin, sequencing techniques, and understanding the energy body. It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend that will hopefully help you feel more equipped and mindful as you practice as well as teach yin yoga.

Oftentimes, our culture dwells on the yang side of the practice, but the yin side is just as valuable.


SIGN UP: https://goo.gl/ky2gT5

DATES: June 10-11, 2017 at Inspire Yoga: Highland Village,TX

Yoga instructors and yin yoga practitioners are welcome to attend.

DAY 1:
– History of yin yoga
– Purpose of yin yoga
– How to practice yin yoga
– Energy Body

DAY 2:
– Overview of yin yoga postures
– Class Structure & Sequencing
– Breathing techniques

Tuition
Full Training | $180 / $185*
*Yoga Alliance certificate available upon request at checkout (choose the option that includes a certificate)

One Day only | $95
(Day one is recommended for practitioners looking to learn more about the practice and purpose of yin yoga)


Instructor Nancy Nelson is a Yoga Alliance registered Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) certified at the E200/500 hour level. Yoga Teachers may qualify for up to 8 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits with successful completion of this course.

Yin Sequence: Relief for Shoulders, Neck, & Back

Good afternoon, yin friends!

I’m excited to share this sequence with you. As we near the last bit of winter – our bodies are really starting to feel the impact of being curled up under a blanket for the last few months. I hope that this sequence brings a sense of awakening and renewal to your shoulders, neck and back.

My Playlist

 

Supported Bridge Pose (5 min) – First, let’s work to release the lower/lumbar spine. Starting with knees bent on your back, begin to lift the hips and place a block under the sacrum (flat space at the base of your back. Stay with the knees bent or allow the legs to stretch toward straight. Allow the full weight of your body to release into this shape and begin to pay attention to the steadiness of your breath and the consistency of your heartbeat.

Press into the feet to remove the block. Allow your self to rest for a moment on a flat back as you settle into the new space in your lower back.

Supported Bridge Pose

Block to Middle Back (5 min) –  Moving into the middle/thoracic spine – begin to rise up to seated for a moment as you place the block just beneath your shoulder blades. The higher the block, the more intense the backbend. Feel free to bring an additional prop under the back of your head if it causes any pain to allow your head to drop back as pictured. Take care of that neck!

Block to Middle Back

Childs Pose @ Couch/Chair etc (3 min) – Situate yourself now in a childs pose position with your hands elevated to something a little higher than the shoulders. I used a couch here, but a chair would work nicely too. Allow your head to hang heavy here.

Childs Pose @ Couch

Wrist/Neck Stretch (2 min each) – Sitting back to the heels (or any comfortable seated position) begin to stretch the arms a little forward and turn the palms up, so the backs of the hands are on the floor. Spend a couple of minutes stretching out the top of the wrist. If needed, gently pulse in and out of the depth of this pose. After your time is up, flip the hands and stretch the opposite side of the wrists, with the palms facing down on the ground.

On an inhale, take the arms overhead and interlace the fingers. Place the palms to the back of the head and gently release the chin to the chest on an exhale. Breathe here and slowly turn the head side to side exploring tension in the back/sides of the neck.

Wrist/Neck Stretch

Cow Face Legs + Neck/Side Body Release – Come to seated and situate your left leg on top of the right. You can take the right leg to straight if that enables you to sit evenly on the floor. Sitting up tall, begin to take the left hand to the low back and the other hand on the top knee. Take an inhale to lengthen the neck, then on your exhale drop the right ear to the right shoulder. Hold 1 minute and then switch the arms and drop the opposite ear down for another 1 minute.

Fold forward with the left leg on top.

Neck Stretch

Switch the legs and place a block on the highest level to the right side. Drop your elbow to the block and rest your head into the right hand. Left hand can stay in your lap or stretch and rest overhead. Hold 1 minute. Switch block to the other side and stretch for 1 minute.

Fold forward with the right leg on top.

Side Body Stretch

Threaded Arm/Half Cow Face Stretch (4 min) – Come to your belly and begin to thread the left arm across the chest. You can thread the right arm in front of the left or rest the right arm at your side to add on in a moment. After the first minute, if you’d like to add on, begin to take the right hand to the low back. You can stay here or walk the hand toward the middle back and then reach your left hand over the right shoulder to connect the fingers (or use a strap). Release into the tissues that line your deltoid and outer arm in this pose.

Half Cow Face Arms Stretch

Cat Pulling Its Tail/Supine Twist (4 min) – If your right arm is bound with the left release it to the right side once more. Keeping your left arm threaded, slowly begin to roll onto your left side body and take the right arm out to the right side letting the shoulder release toward the floor. You can add on by binding the left hand with the right calf/foot and the right with the left ankle (bending the left knee). If your neck is okay with stretching further, consider taking the gaze over to the right to intensity the depth.*

Cat Pulling its Tail / Spinal Twist

*Repeat threaded arm and spinal twist on the other side.

Savasana (5-7 min) – Allow yourself to settle into a final resting pose. Wherever you land, allow every muscle and bone to hang heavy and release any last bit of tension as you take rest.

BACK BODY - YIN YOGA

Namaste!

THRIVE: Spring 2017

Good afternoon my friends!

It’s that time again – spring cleaning is right around the corner. If you are like many of us, this feeling of renewal is needed way beyond the nooks and crannies of your home…your body, mind & spirit need a little refresher as well! I am excited to announce that I will be offering my four-week series on self-love called “Thrive” again in March! This series will include yoga classes, a cleanse, journaling, accountability…and so much more.

For those of you who have been contacting me about an online version of the program, I’m excited to announce – I will be offering an online session this summer! More details to come.

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DATES

FRI MAR 10 | 7:15PM – 9:15PM | Kickoff Meeting

SUN MAR 12 | 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Weekly Meeting

SUN MAR 19 | 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Weekly Meeting

SUN MAR 26 | 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Weekly Meeting

SUN APR 2 | 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Weekly Meeting

FRI APR 7 | 7:15PM – 9:15PM | Celebration & Yoga Class 

Are you an Inspire Yoga member? Save $50 on registration!

Not a member? I am thrilled to be able to include 4 complimentary yin yoga sessions in your tuition pricing. These classes are held each Monday evening during Thrive at Inspire Yoga in Denton at 7:30PM.

Interested in learning some of the specifics? Join me for a free info session held at Inspire Yoga Denton Thursday February 16th at 5:15PM or email me at nancynelsonyoga@gmail.com

 

[REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2017 SESSION IS NOW CLOSED]

If you follow my blog and are not local to the DFW area, I’m working on formatting this program into an online version. For those of you who have already expressed interest – I have your name and email saved and will contact you as soon as it’s ready!

Alternatively if you would like to offer this workshop at your home studio, condensed into a weekend, contact me about details and scheduling.

Yin Sequence | Back Body

Good afternoon, yin friends!

Today, I wanted to share a sequence I recently taught that focuses on stimulating the meridian lines on the back body. I hope you find it refreshing and helpful. As always, do not hesitate to comment your questions and thoughts.

My Playlist

CHILDS POSE (5 min) – Begin your practice by dropping the hips back to the heels and allowing the chest to rest onto the thighs. You can stretch the arms overhead or just keep them at the sides toward the feet. Take a few moments here to let go of the thoughts of your day and focus in on the moment at hand. Allow your breath and attention to expand in to the back body – creating physical and mental space for the practice.

BACK BODY - YIN YOGA

CAT/COW (2 min) – Come into a table top position and begin to move through a few rounds of cat and cow. Inhales bringing your gaze forward, tailbone high and exhales allowing you to round the spine toward the ceiling and relax the weight of the head. Continue to wiggle through these and any other shapes that are calling out to you.

Utilize these stretches to observe where you feel resistance in the back body.

BACK BODY - YIN YOGA

STRETCH LEG BACK (2 min) – Come back to a neutral spine and take your right foot to the back of the mat. Tuck the toes under and begin to press into the heel of the foot as you find a nice stretch through the back of the ankle, calf and knee. Allow your head to relax to add on a stretch through the back of the neck. Try not to make this too active, allow yourself to be heavy in this shape.

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LIZARD (5 min) – Step the right foot between the hands at the top of the mat. You can stay here with the hands on either side of the foot or begin to heel toe the foot over further to the right and bring both hands to the inside of the foot. Pause in the first surge of sensation and then over time, if your body finds more release here – begin to move to your forearms on the blocks or the floor. You can also slightly angle the foot to the right and roll to the pinky edge of the foot if that feels nice. Be gentle on your ankle and knee – there should be no pain here!

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PIGEON (5 min) – From lizard, walk your right foot across and over to the left side of the mat, setting your shin down at the top. You can tuck the heel of the foot in closer to the hips to alleviate the intensity here. Utilize your props as necessary (perhaps a blanket under the right hip if there’s space there). Allow your body to begin to melt forward, but take your time. Pause in the intensity and breathe. When the sensations quiet down a bit, then go deeper. You have time here – so utilize it and do not rush.

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WIPERS side to side (3 to 4 times) – From pigeon, roll up and remove any props from underneath you. Begin to roll onto the right hip and open out to the long edge of the mat. Drop both knees over the left and the right a few times.

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WIPER TWIST (2 min) – Drop the knees over to the left side and pause. On an exhale, begin to walk your hands and torso over to the left until you feel a good rotation in the spine. Use your breath to create more release here. Inhales will lengthen the spine taller and exhales will allow you to twist slightly deeper. Make this more subtle than dramatic as for how deeply you rotate. Pay attention to every sensation and pause when you find your sweet spot. You can also rotate the gaze toward the left shoulder and even drop your chin into the chest if that feels nice for the cervical spine.

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HEAD TO KNEE (3 min) – From your twist, rotate around to the back of your mat and extend the left leg straight and keeping the right knee bent, just plug the foot to the left inner thigh. Take a few breaths upright and eventually allow yourself to fold forward toward the extended left leg. Bend your knee and use your props here as needed.

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SUPINE TWIST (4 min) – Roll up from your head to knee pose and begin to roll onto your back, hugging the right knee into the chest. Holding onto the shin with your left hand, extend your right arm out to the side and draw the knee across and over to the left. You can prop your knee onto a block and just let the foot hang if it’s elevated. Allow your gaze to drop to the right if it feels okay in the neck. As before, focus on the length in the spine on your inhales and the depth of rotation on the exhales. Nothing should be forced here, gravity will do most of the work.

BACK BODY - YIN YOGA

SPHINX/SEAL (3 min each time) – From your twist, roll onto your belly and face the front of the mat once more. Take a moment on the belly to observe and relax and then begin to make your way to the forearms coming into sphinx pose. The elbows will be underneath or just beyond the shoulders as for alignment. You shouldn’t feel like you’re going to face plant, so allow yourself to find a place where you can lengthen the spine. Your head can stay lifted and active or relax it down to a block or to hang mid-air. Relax the glutes and breathe here.

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*repeat poses on the other side – starting with stretching your leg back in table top*

(second side) – After completing the poses on the other side, come back to your sphinx pose and then pursue a deeper variation. You can elevate the forearms to a blanket or a couple blocks or find your way to seal pose by widening the hands and lifting the elbows. The closer your hands are to you the more intense the stretch becomes. If a deeper variation is too much for your lumbar (low) back, come back to the above sphinx pose.

BACK BODY - YIN YOGA

HALF COWFACE ARM STRETCH (3 min) – Thread the left arm across the chest and relax the right arm at the side body. Stay here for your first few breaths, relaxing the weight of the body into the floor and pay attention to the stretch in the back of the left arm. Stay here or begin to walk the right arm to the low back and perhaps inch it up in between the shoulder blades. If you want to connect the hands, begin to bend the left elbow and reach for the right hand over the right shoulder. Repeat on other side when done.

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CHILDS POSE (2 min) – Allow the spine to settle for a moment in childs pose. Observe the space you’ve created in the back body and how this posture feels now compared to the beginning of class. Breathing deeply into the spaces you earlier noticed resistance and tension.

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BLOCK in MID BACK (3 min) – Come onto your back and begin to nestle a block or a blanket under the middle back (top of prop should be around the base of the shoulder blades). Your hips will land onto the floor and your chest will splay open a bit. Take up some space here and breathe.

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SAVASANA (7 min) – Remove the block and allow your body to settle into our final resting pose – Savasana. Let your breath return to its natural pace and your eyes to hang heavy. Use these moments to absorb the space and openness you’ve created with your practice today.

BACK BODY - YIN YOGA

Pose Breakdown: Toe Squat

Hello yin friends!

I hope you are having a beautiful week so far. I wanted to share one of my favorite (and FIERY!) yin postures with you today. Toe Squat is a pretty simple pose as far as mechanics go, but boy is it intense. The reason for the intensity? These little joints in the body are easy ones to neglect. We tend to focus more on the larger parts of our lower halves because they tend to be the cranky ones. Your knees ache and your hips are tight – crying out for attention! But it’s important that we pay attention to the ten little toes that so greatly help us balance and walk. Practice this stretch consistently and over time you will find greater mobility and more ease when your trying to balance in that pesky Warrior 3 pose.

Directions

Start in table top. Begin to tuck all 10 toes under and then gently walk your hands back toward the knees. If you can comfortably sit all the way up, you can simply rest the hands in the lap. After you’ve landed in a good place within the pose, be sure to tuck those pesky pinkies back under as they tend to attempt an escape.

Yin Yoga - Toe Squat

Notes

  • DON’T RUN AWAY! – The point of the posture is to find resistance and breathe through it. When the intensity starts to build, breathe through the chaos. Find something calming and encouraging to focus on and practice incorporating this intention into the breath.
  • DETAILS
    • Do your best to relax the areas that do not need to be tense here. When this pose starts to really hit, I notice my face starts to tighten (specifically my jaw) as well as my shoulders tense up. Remind yourself to relax areas such as this in your own body. Focus on where the sensation resides and mentally send the breath into that space.
    • Try to keep the heels pointed straight up rather than letting the ankles turn from one side to the other. That could tweak this sensitive joint and cause pain nearby joints (knees/toes).

Yin Yoga - Toe squat

 

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Variations

  1. Cushion yourself | If you have sensitive knees, you can always bring a blanket under them for support. You can also use a blanket under the hips if it helps to alleviate any discomfort with sitting all the way back to the heels.
  2. Add-on stretches | Once settled into this pose, feel free to take some kind of variation with the neck/shoulders. I like to do the stretches shown below.
  3. Walk the knees forward for more | If you want to add some additional intensity to this posture, feel free to create more of an angle in the top of the feet so that the bend in the toes becomes deeper. You’ll need to do a double check of the pinky toes if you add this adjustment in.
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Angle in feet

BENEFITS

  • Deeply releases tension around the toes

ENERGETICS

  • Stimulates lower body  meridians which all originate in the toes.
  • Applies pressure to reflexology points on the toes and to the base of the ball of the foot (see chart below)
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Image: Footy Rooty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USE CAUTION: Contraindications for this posture include…

  • Knee/Ankle Issues. There should be no sharp, shooting pains here in this posture. Be mindful if you have a current or past injury in either of these areas and find a way to support yourself with props as needed.
  • Lack of toe mobility . If you have had any kind of surgery in the toes please consult your doctor if this posture is safe for you. If you have any kind of metal object implanted in the toes, it is probably best leave this posture out on that foot or altogether.

HOLD: 1-3 minutes. Come off of the heels very slowly.

COUNTER POSTURES 

Pat the toes on the floor behind you. Come back to table top and pat the toes gently on the mat behind you to release the front of the foot. You can also spread the toes out and wiggle them around if that helps.

 

Rainbow Juice | New Years Eve

Hello friends!

Happy New Years Eve! There is much to celebrate today as we close out another year of life and look ahead to 2017. Truth be told, I planned to juice today because I bought a whole bunch of pretty produce at Whole Foods earlier this week that I didn’t want to go to waste. After getting it all out – beautiful colors of green, red, yellow, and orange were before me.  I thought to myself “this will be an excellent recipe to share on my blog!”. Then I quickly realized that this would also be a perfect recipe for “brown juice” seeing as green messes with the pretty shades of red, yellow and orange. In a moment of brilliance (aka Divine intervention), I stumbled on the idea of making “rainbow juice”. I carefully created each color and then slowly folded them together. It ended up turning into a bit of a meditative experience as (thanks to Noah’s story) rainbows remind me that God keeps his promises. He kept promises in 2016 and he will do the same in 2017. I spent some time thinking on His promises and how he is unchanging – he will not change his mind or go back on His word. It is certain. I hope that if you embark on making this, He will whisper you His promises and that they will nourish your spirit.

Cheers to whatever is ahead in the new year!

 

Rainbow Juice

Here’s what you’ll need: Amounts will totally depend on how much juice you’d like to make. What I have pictured is what I used and it made about 4 12 oz servings.

  • Rainbow chard
  • Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Golden beets
  • Apples
  • Blood (or regular) oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon & lime
  • Optional: ginger & turmeric (I didn’t have fresh so I used my powdered versions)
  • You’ll need some kind of juicer to make this happen. OR you can mix it all in the blender and then drain the juice.

Directions:

First, prep your citrus fruits by taking off the skin.

Peel Citrus

Next, prep your vegetables by rinsing them thoroughly and then chop off the ends of larger stems.

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Now, take your beets and rinse them. I scrubbed mine as well. Then peel the outer skin off and discard or (save for a salad!) the leafy stems.

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Once you have all of your items prepped it’s time to start juicing! To make the rainbow effect, juice according to colors. Place each colored juice in a separate cup.

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I added ginger to the yellow juice and turmeric to a separate, more orangey yellow juice. Stir and then bask in the beauty for a moment!

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Then layer juices in one by one eventually making that beautiful brown colored juice (oi!). But don’t worry  – it tastes delish and will be a great way to renew your body and mind for the new year! Cheers!

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