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If you know me in real life, or maybe if you follow me on Instagram (@cynthiajoanneyoga), you may know that I've made some significant changes in my life recently, including switching to an omnivorous diet after being vegetarian/vegan since my teenage years. Many people have asked me about my reasons for doing so, and the truth is that it's not a simple answer. I took into account a lot of nutritional facts, as well as ethical implications, environmental considerations, and, of course, my own emotions. I've decided to share this information through little videos, as it's more interesting to watch than to read (maybe?) and because it's a very personal topic that I want to share via a more personal medium. So, here you go:
So, although I say this in the videos, it's important to me to reiterate here that I'm speaking for myself only. The goals I have for myself are not goals that I feel everyone should have. The way I eat now, as before, is a personal decision, and my intention for this post is not to convince anyone to live their lives the way I do, or to judge anyone for how they want to live. I'm totally cool with people disagreeing with me, and completely respect each individual's right to choose how to live. If you've been in my yoga classes you know that I believe yoga should be adapted to suit the individual, and as yoga is a reflection of life, I also know that we are each free to create the live we feel is best suited to us. Evolution is an ongoing process, and for me, it has been important to be open to change and adaptation.
No matter what, handstands take a lot of hard work, discipline, and practice to master. However, there are lots of tricks and tips that can help you make the most out of your handstand practice. Here are a couple little video tips for you!
Handstand Tip #1
It's much easier to find balance in your handstands with one leg forward and one leg back, as opposed to with the legs together right away. So, kick up and find your balance with feet apart first, then slowly bring your legs together only after you've found balance. When your feet are apart, you are like a teeter totter, so you can use your legs to reach forward or back as needed to keep your hips in line over your shoulders.
Handstand Tip #2
Avoid the dreaded 'banana back'
When people are working on handstand it's very common to kick the legs up overhead while not quite getting the hips up, resulting in a sway back, therefore losing the integrity of the core (this is different than intentionally back bending in an inversion, with core well engaged). A stable core is essential for a steady and comfortable handstand! If you experience this bananaback situation, try kicking up slowly with the top leg straight, but then bend your bottom leg and hug it into your chest, like I'm showing in the video. This will maintain length in the lower back, a strong core, and you will banana back no more! Remember to keep both legs super active- reach your top leg up while you pull your bottom thigh towards your ribs.
Go ahead and give these little tips a try! Let me know if you have any questions, and how it goes. Or, join me for an all-levels inversion workshop here at Ocean Sound Yoga so we can work on these tricks + a whole bunch of other treats! Check out our Events page for more info!
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I made this playlist for a super fun, funky, flowy yoga class... but let's be honest. These are great songs and even if you'll never step foot on a yoga mat in your life, it's still worth listening to. These artists created soul music... without them and these classic tunes, we wouldn't have funk, hip hop, or R&B, and the world would be a terrible place. Tune into the playlist below, turn it up, and enjoy. If you are going to practice yoga to this, I recommend singing along... it will help make sure you keep breathing ;)
Tutorials, yoga playlists, philosophy, high vibe recipes, and food for thought.