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Spooky Yoga Postures on Halloween

Hello creepy people who is interest in scary yoga poses for Halloween 😉

I am not going to lie the first time I ever hear or read about yoga postures for Halloween I thought it can not be real , but at the same time I was curious like you to see what is this about.

It is a great topic to use if you are teaching yoga for kids but also is a great idea to give a fun turn to any of your regular yoga classes and allow yourself as you can allow your students (if you are a yoga teacher) to do not care about what people think.

Why is that?

Well.. I think we can use this theme as an excuse to practice those awkward postures or pranayama (breathing exercises) that we will never do in public because we are to worry   about what the other might think if they see me doing this. Or you can feel silly when you do it 

Here is some examples of what I am talking about.

Yoga postures to have fun trying on Halloween

Get into your comfy clothes and yoga mat

Maybe some zombie make up 😉 and let’s begin

Also known as the cat & crow pose we usually do as part of a spinal warm up before the practice of the more challenges asanas. It has great benefits!

Try to synchronise each movement, each breathing. On your neutral table pose; as you inhale lift your tailbone and you chess, looking up producing an arch on your spine; as you exhale tuck your tailbone rush the floor look into your own belly rounding the spine.

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Benefits:

  • Improves the flexibility in your spine and back muscles.
  • Stimulate and massage the internal organs of your belly.
  • Is a great practice to relieves the the menstrual cramps and the uncomfortable pain this can bring.

If you have knees problems you can imitate the same movement seating on a pillows or on a chair .

 

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Preparatory postures:

  • Bakasana (crow pose)
  • Baddha konasana (bound angle pose)

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones the belly
  • Improves sense of balance

 

Are you ready to get rare?

This is a pose that can make you feel uncomfortable to practice if it is your first time.

The name comes from the Sanskrit words simha meaning “lion”, and asana (āsana) meaning “posture”.

The asana resembles a seated lion, hence the name Simha (lion in Sanskrit) asana. The practitioner’s facial expressions are modified to resemble a lion.

Following the kneeling position from the image below, press your palms firmly against your knees and take a deep inhalation through the nose. Then simultaneously open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, curling its tip down toward the chin, open your eyes wide, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth with a distinct “ha” sound. The breath should pass over the back of the throat.

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Simhasana is a good pose to use to “clear the air,” so to speak, at or near the beginning of an asana or pranayama practice. So almost any pose would be appropriate to practice next

Preparatory postures:

  • Dandasana (seating position with extended legs)
  • Sukhasana  (seating cross legs position)

Benefits:

  • Relieves tension in the chest and face.
  • Reduce anxiety and stress with calming effects after the practice 
  • According to traditional texts, Simhasana destroys disease and facilitates the three major bandhas (Mula, Jalandhara, Uddiyana).

If you are not familiar with the terms the explanations of the bandas is extended so I promise to do it another post.   

Kapalbahati Pranayama (front brain cleansing breath) 

Kapal: meaning cranium/skull

Bhati: meaning light-perception or knowledge.

This pranayama invigorates the entire brain and the centres responsable for subtler perception and insight. 

Sit in a comfortable position, spine straight, you can sit on a pillow and place  your hand on you knees. it can be better to practice with your eyes close to avoid distractions.

Kapalbahati only use forced exhalation, reducing the thoracic volume in exhalation while inhalation remains restful. Commence this pranayama by forcing the breath out by puling the abdominal muscles in, allow the inhalation to occur spontaneously. Practice fifty kapalbahati breath. Perform both inhalation and exhalation trough the nostril; practice to the speed of about one breath per second. After the last expulsion of air, inhale fully, then exhale fully and hold the breath out for 5 sec.

Rest a short period of time before the next round. You can practice up the 10 rounds

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Some of the benefits is to purifies the whole body by accelerating the alveolar air, stimulating the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide with can provide a total effect of cleansing and increasing metabolism throughout the body. Also helps to release tensions. Is a useful practice for the suffers of asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis.

Contraindications: should not be practiced by people suffering high blood pressure, vertigo or hernia.

 


These are just a few I suggest to practice on Halloween so you can get out of your regular yoga routine and give your self permission to  try different yoga postures that might not look as pretty as other ones.

Don’t care about what others might think! Have fun, sometimes we take yoga in an extremely serious way. Explore new movements!

Your limits in this practice would be to listen to your body and practice with awareness where safety always goes  first.

Do not hesitate to consult a professional yoga instructor if you do not know how to get into the posture.

Thank you for stoping by 

Renée

3 Easy arm balance poses to beging with

I know arm balances poses can be intimidating for beginners in the yoga practice.When fear becomes the prime mover in taking a pose, we forget completely about the proper  alignment and breathing.

We all have been there; just remember there is always a first time for everything, be patient with your self.

Why would you include arm balances postures in your practice?

Because they have great benefits!

Let’s go through a few of them:

  • Help to keep you mind focus.
  • Increase the strength in your arms, wrists and core muscles= increase you confidence
  • Improve your balance.
  • They are a great preparation for the future practice of more challenging postures, like handstands.

Here I am going to share 3 arm balance postures you can start with.

In Sanskrit: BABY BAKASANA OR BABY CROW in English 

Start on your forearm plank, walk your feet close to your hand to dolphin posture, shift your weight forward, (lots of pressure in your shoulders, I know)

Use your finger like if you wanted to grab the floor. Try to bring one knee at the time close to your armpits, when you got this 

Try with both and voila!

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In Sanskrit: BAKASANA or CROW in English 

Start on yogi squat or Malasana, bring the palms of your hand on the floor right there in front of you.

Push the floor, round you spine and try to bring one knee at the time close to your armpits.

If you got this try with both!

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 In Sanskrit: PARSVA BAKASANA or SIDE CROW in English 

Bend your knees to a half squat or to Chair pose, Utkatasana , bring your hands together in Anjali mudra.

Twist your torso to the right, cross you left elbow over your right knee and try to place it on your right thigh.

Lean toward your right side until your hands reach the floor, seek the palms of your hand pressing firmly pushing the floor away, so you can transfer the weight from your feet to your hands.

Round your spine, press with your core muscles in, lift you hip and try to draw your heels toward your buttocks .

With your eyes gazing forward.

Repeat to your other side 

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I know all this sound easier than it actually is, this is just a short description on how you can get into each of these postures.

There is high chances it wont happen  at the first try, still do not get disappointed keep trying it will happen eventually.

“Perseverance is not a long race:

It is many short races, one after another”.

Walter Elliot.

Here are some tips:

  • Always wear comfortable clothe. I am a big fan of Prana, but any comfortable clothe is good
  • Work with a lots of postural poses before, like planks or side planks
  • Put a blanket or pillow with there in front of you face to make sure you will have a soft landing it is needed.
  • Use props like block for extra supports. Ex: in Bakasana start with you feet on the blocks and hands on the floor.
  • Keep your hand separate shoulder distance width. 
  • Don’t be afraid to put your weight forward, towards your fingertips ( you should have the pillow or blanket for soft landing in front of you 😉
  • Keep your hips high so the weight is not on your wrist only.
  • Use all the palm of your hand
  • Shoulders always far from your neck 
  • Have lots of fun!

Don’t be so hard on yourself, the practice of different arm balance postures should be fun.

Is going to be easy??

Probably no

Will it worth it

Absolutely !

Keep enjoying your journey..

Namaste  

 

Renée

 

 

 

 

Arm balance and variations for all levels Workshop

Arm balances are good for strength, body awareness, and focus, providing some fun challenges for every body.

Are you ready to finally float into the arm balances that have been eluding you?

The good news is, there’s an arm balance available for all different levels.

In this workshop I will teach you how to use your back and core muscles to keep your weight off your arms while you practice poses like Crow (or Crane) Pose,  Side Crow, Flying Pigeon, Eka Pada Koundiniasana, Dragon Fly pose and we’ll keep going until our bodies are ready to get into savasana 😉

4pm to 5:30pm. Saturday Sept 29th, 2018. 

3pm to 4:30pm. Saturday Nov 17th, 2018.

At Quintessential Movement Pole dance studio.

LOCATION

Galleria Plaza (Blue Plaza)

638 West Bay Road
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

345.745.8973

Cost:

$30 cayman dollars if you are already a member of the studio

$40 cayman dollars for non members.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Renée is  an entrepreneur  with a bachelor degree in physical education, yoga instructor certified by the International Yoga Alliance and an aerial circus performer with 10 years of teaching experience. 

Coming to share her passion & knowledge at Quintessential  Movement, Pole Dance Studio.

 

Sign up in advance is required:

  • info@qmovement.dance
  • info.sannyasa@gmail.com

 

Any questions?? Please let me know

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Forearm Balance & Backbends Workshop

 

This workshop is for you if you already feel comfortable being upside down in your head-stands practice or any other inventions.

It does not have to be perfect, that is why this workshop is good for you..;)

I am going to give you the tools to be aware of the muscles you need to focus on, in order to be able to get to your “Pincha mayurasana”, name in Sanskrit.

And improve guess what??….YOUR BALANCE BEING UPSIDE DOWN

We will also focus in exercises to increase your back bend flexibility, in order to be able to play with the transitions from one posture to the other.

 4pm to 5:30pm Saturday, September 8th, 2018,

At Quintessential Movement Pole Dance Studio

Located in 638 West Bay Road. Grand Cayman, Cayman Island.

Cost is:

30ci for the members and 40ci for non-members of the studio

Sign up in advance at:

  • info.sannyasa@gmail.com
  • info@qmovement.dance

Please contact me if you have any questions

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This workshop is available with a minimum of 4 participants.

Contact us

 

Lifestyle: The Journey Begins

“Sannyãsa meant renouncing all wordily attachments”

The Bhagavad Gita

I need to explain the meaning of this important word so you can understand why I chose it as the name of this new business, of this new life style, of this new beginning …

Sannyāsa in Sanskrit means “Purification of Everything”.

Is a form of asceticism, is marked by renunciation of material desires and prejudices, represented by a state of disinterest and detachment from material life, and has the purpose of spending one’s life in peaceful, love-inspired, simple spiritual life.

The traditional approach to the spiritual life is, “leaving the world”,retiring from the ordinary affairs of job and family-is contrasted with working un the world with detachment. 

The person undertaking the vow of sannyasa would leave home, family and occupation to pursue a strict contemplative life and will become a sannyasi.

I know I am not a traditional sannyasi but this word and his powerful meaning as been extremely attractive to me. The idea of leaving everything that is not longer working for me in order to follow my dreams. 

In 2011, I left my comfortable life in Argentina to pursuit my happiness, to do something I have been dreaming about for a long time:

Travel the world and visit as many places as possible, share my teaching and help other to feel better through my classes. Connect with people from other cultures and learn about them

I started in Brazil I came back to Argentina, couple of months after work in France showed up so I took a flight and stayed and travel trough Spain. After that was Mexico, following by  Cuba, Canada, back to Mexico, all Central America and finally Grand Cayman.

I have taught private lessons, hostel lessons, fancy hotel lessons, to rich people, to travellers, to kids, to groups of friends and so on gathering so much experience and enriching my knowledge.

And reaffirm this is what I want to do for living.

The general term for retiring from the world is Sannyasa, ” renunciation”.

Maybe I didn’t retired completely from the world, I just retired from my world at the moment, from the “must do” once you finish university and you are living on you own terms.

I just needed to lose my self so I can find me again.

That is why my journey begins time with Sanñyasa.

Where does your journey begin?

Is never too late for  your dreams to come true.

Namaste