To work up to these you start with leaning back gradually. When you can "hang back" and see your mat - and feel fairly comfy with your back strenght - then stretch your arms back to land on the floor. You can do it on a thick carpet if you feel fear of the hard-floor. A lot of leg strenght is needed, especially to lift back up. But the back-drop can be done without a lot of strenght if one is fearless enough. But the gradual working on the leaning back will give you a controlled drop back, and you'll gain loads of strenght in the process which serves in other poses as well. Work on coming up with as parallell feet as possible (if they turn out you compress in the lower back... if they turn out alot you might consider working more on the strenght of your spine and legs). This pose is ALOT about the legs. Have fun! Ps: There is a video on this blog, from a couple of years ago, where I show how to work on this drop-back using a wall. Ps.2: check out the demo of "how to work on Press Up Handstand" HERE
In this pose I'm showing how to work up to a Handstand-Press-Up. The first one is an example of how to work up to pressing up into handstand from the floor, with legs united. And at the end there is a video showing an example of floating up with "wide-legs") These are advanced transition. For the "united legs" version - openness in the hamstrings is needed aswell as strong arms/shoulders and some core (especially for the down-float). In this demo I'm using the wall, and pressing my head into it. This is very helpful for working on the "actions" to then press up without a wall. Try working on coming down "with control". You have to be far enough from the wall to be able to lean forward and have room for your spine and buns as you press up - but close enough to be able to press the back of your head into the wall. Also it's pretty crucial to have the feet as close as possible to your hands. Press into your hands firmly and lean forward (leaning the back of the head towards the wall), and the legs will kinda automatically float up. Though - to come down gracefully you need to engage your core alot. If you're too close to the wall or have your feet too far from your hands (it has to be a deep uttanasana), it will not be possible to float up. (your back or buns will touch the wall and hinder the lift up, if you're too close). I'm finding it helpful with a thicker blanket up the wall, since that makes the "wall" come closer to my head as I still have room for the forward-leaning. As soon as you find the right distance from the wall and remember to keep your feet closely before starting - it's a float-up each time. Then work on coming down as gracefully as possible. Have fun! Ps. If you want to try floating up from the floor from Wide-Legged Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana), there is a video of how to work up to that transition using blocks. Check this video below: Ps.2: Here is a video demo of Yoga Drop Backs.
Short video version of this Kirtan. If inspired, Feel Free to Sing-A-Long and/or use it as a song-meditation. Loosely this mantra can be translated: "Celebration of the Bliss and Love in this current Life. Available to tap into and revel in [the bliss/love] anytime." ~ Interpretation of translation by Yogini Param Sangat, inspired by Wah! Composition by Yogini Param Sangat, May 2014 Version II is available, click HERE. Enjoy your day :)))
Something I really enjoy is to sing. And it's even more enjoyable when it's a melody I've made up myself. Have been playing around with composing and it's alot of fun when it's Easy. That means, when I really feel like playing and not knowing why really.. and all of a sudden I've composed a melody that I enjoy ALOT and kinda cannot stop singing :))) It has happened twice lately and I've composed two melodies with the Maha Mantra. One of which there is a video below. I'll videotape the other one aswell to post. I LOVE them both to sing and play. Since I'm not a "Krishna Devotee", I don't know if there are any "rules" on how to make melodies for this Maha Mantra. I do it for the joy of it, and these two times it happened to be this mantra. Which is, by the way, easy to find a melody to, as well. I've recently encountered a lovely translation for it to. That translation is loosely: Celebration Of The Love and Bliss In This Current Life. Ready to be reveled in [that bliss/love], at all times.
There are many fun transitions in yoga and some are more advanced than others. Depending on what level you're currently at, or your daily status ... you feel attracted to those who challange you some. Lately I've been able to do Flying Pigeon (Eka Pada Galavasana) and it's a fun pose that you can weave in, in many ways. Here's a video of transitioning from one of the yogic Headstands (this one is called Tripod where you balance on the crown of the head and your two hands). In this video I "press up" to this headstand with straight legs. It's usually harder than to press up with the legs bent and closer to the body. I love doing it this way. From the full headstand, when feeling stable in that kind of practice (even "in the middle of the room"), one can start playing with different transitions out of it. Straight to Chaturanga or adding a pose inbetween. The most common pose added is usually Bakasana (crow pose), which can be used to transistion TO Tripod aswell. I have a video of that demo to, click HERE to see it. And see below for more video demos. When adding Flying Pigeon as a transition, you would have to be pretty stable in that pose first before transitioning to it from headstand. Some find it easier to come into the full armbalance when coming "from the floor" instead of leaning forward, though. Since there is a fear-factor when leaning forward and trying to not "face-plant". You can always practice with a firmer pillow or a stack of blankets in front, to land your face on if it feels fearful when starting to practice. Anyways, if you are stable in both those poses, you can start playing around some more with this transition. Take your time. I'm adding a "jump back" from the armbalance to Chaturanga. It's not necessary in the beginning. Feel free to bend the out-streatched leg to the floor, to then step back to Chaturanga, since that is alot easier. Feel free to get inspired, and whenever you feel ready - start play around with it! Have fun! Other yoga videos, click on the links below: Meditation Seat Instruction ~ A Comfy Meditation Seat 108-Yum For Anger Management or Mediation Practice Yoga Demo, Part VI ~ Tittibasana Sequence Yoga Demo, Part V ~ Inversion Backbend Yoga Demo, Part IV ~ Tripod to Bakasana to Jump-Back Yoga Demo, Part III ~ Headstand with Legs in Lotus Pose Yoga Demo, Part II ~ Mastering Drop Backs Yoga Demo, Part I ~ Forearm Stand Press-Up
Yay! ~ finally, due to high demand, I've (amateurly) recorded a yoga sequence for y'all! It's a 25 minute sequence to Refresh Yourself. A Multi Purpose Sequence! It can be used as a morning yoga, pre-work yoga, yoga-break yoga, an afternoon yoga, a pre-decision-making yoga, clear-overwhelment yoga...and so on. Anytime you want to feel calm & together, yet clear minded for "important decisions" or similar - this is an excellent sequence for you. The sequences includes some optional variations, which can be used for longer holds ~ in that case, just pause the video and savor some more time in those poses! Most people have been asking for short sequences to do when feeling overwhelmed, shattered, tired, mind-fuzzy or to "be-at-their-best" at work and at home ~ so here you go! NOTE First Low-Lunge is with the Right foot forward - to make sense of the rest of the cues. Other yoga videos, click on the links below: Meditation Seat Instruction ~ A Comfy Meditation Seat 108-Yum For Anger Management or Mediation Practice Yoga Demo, Part VI ~ Tittibasana Sequence Yoga Demo, Part V ~ Inversion Backbend Yoga Demo, Part IV ~ Tripod to Bakasana to Jump-Back Yoga Demo, Part III ~ Headstand with Legs in Lotus Pose Yoga Demo, Part II ~ Mastering Drop Backs Yoga Demo, Part I ~ Forearm Stand Press-Up
There is something about kids that most adults have forgotten in daily life, and it's the playfulness in the moment. The openness of possibilities. The genuine fascination and curiosity of the "simplest of things". A kid gets a playset, puts it together and one of the adults say "so, what's the point of it?"... while the kid is checking out every nook and cranny, trying it out in all different ways.. LOL.. The point is what you make out of it, and it counts for everything we live and experience :))) Kids are excellent at making a good point of things !! We all have the potential to be excellent at it :)))
A few months ago I took up where I left off in the Ashtanga Yoga Series. It had been quite a while (years) since I had done the sequences, and last time I did it I was about half way through the "second series". Now I've been trying out the whole second series, which is a wonderful set. I'm practicing yoga everyday, and now enjoying the Ashtanga practice a couple of days a week. There are many things about it that I really love, and I'm especially in-love with the second series. This short sequence is one small part from the second series. I'm being asked over and over to share more of my personal practice, so this is some of it :))) Enjoy!
Lately I've been doing more Inversions than ever... I think.. I'm in love with these upside-down poses and a great combo is to make it a heart-opening pose ... so here is a demo of one of my absolute favorites at this moment, combining a backbend and an inversion, yay!! It's a work in process as always :))) What's your favorite pose at this moment?
HERE for more info!) There are so many wonderful ways to make the day more special, and there is no end to the fun either... so many details to play around with - to Playify!!! And the easiest way to playify is to already decide that the day will be fun and enjoyable.. then it comes naturally to playify! And when you want to playify to cheer the day up, it's not a lot different, just needed some momentary intent from your part. You feel less good than you want? Then intend to playify what's currently going on, or the current maybe boring task... And BAM, you created some delight for yourself... :))) I love to playify my day intentionally, beforehand, becasue then I get playified surprises during the day, and it's a lot of fun to experience. And well, if forgetting to make the intention beforehand... no problem, I can always playify spontaneously and that's fun to! It can be as simple as noticing you feel a bit less joyous than wanting to and make it a "game" to find relief, to find the feeling place you'd love... That's playifying "catching yourself" and reap the benefits of it in a playified way :))) What's your favorite ways to Make Your Day? To make the small things delightful and your day wonder-full ? :))) Playify is my subject of RAMPAGE of this day, YUM!!! It's the essence of a joyful life experience ♥
HERE for the latest Challenge called "I Made My Day!"! Enjoy, starting right now!! What are the things you love most to talk and think about? What gives you joy? It's a great tool for when not feeling it... hint hint :))) I've got plenty of things I love thinking about... ♥ And if you don't, no discouragement... it's all about practiced habit, YOU can be in charge anytime you desire it!! Good-Feeling-Treating Yourself on a regular basis and it's EVIDENT... yum :))) ♥ Happy FRIDAY Everyone :))) Ps... Christmas is up anytime soon, celebrating with some Good-Feeling-Treating Yourself I hope... :))) I am!!!
2 cups (4,5-5dl) of parsnip "rice" (peel and chop two smaller parsnips, processing them into "rice" using a food processor or similar)
A handful chopped almonds
3/4 of a cup (1,5dl)cashews
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
0.5-2 teaspoons vanilla seeds (I used a lot of it, maybe even more than 2 teaspoons..)
water (or coconut water) added gradually until desired consistency, I used about 3/4 of a cup (1,5dl)
mesquite to taste - I used about 1 teaspoon, but add it gradually and taste so it's "just right" amount for your taste :)
cacao nibs to top withFruit sorbet to top with (optional, I love this one)
- mix frozen berries (I used strawberries, raspberries and mango) and a few fresh pitted dates in a food processor or similar, until desired consistency... serve immediately.. or let it became a sauce if you prefer... (or use fresh berries and some dates) ...HERE, very healthy and DELICIOUS!!! And below there are more links to recipes... all "raw".. and all made by me :))) YUM :))) Here are some examples of what you can find here on this blog: Raw Cheesecake, Raw Choco Chip Cookies, Raw Fruit Loops/Leather, Raw Pasta Alfredo, Raw Chai Flavored Chia Pudding , Super Easy Raw Breakfast Treat , Delicious RAW Brownie, Strawberry-Filled-Yummy-Bites, The Oh-So-Lovely-Raspberry-Hazelnut-Chia-Pudding.., Raw Tiramisu - EASY and DELICIOUS, Gingerbread flavored Raw mudcake/fudge, Raw Seed Crackers with Leek and Lemongrass, Raw chocolate truffle, Forest Mushroom Burgers (Raw) with Lovely Salsa....and more... :)))
HERE! ... Alright, now ~ let's get started: HERE instead! 2. Morning Exercise: Appreciation!!! Nothing gets you in a greater place than appreciation. Practice appreciating until it comes automatic for you!!! This is a great exercise, preferably written, but if you're already really GOOD at it, you can milk it while still in bed. If written, have paper and pen ready so you can do this one before getting up. So, first thing: list at least 5-10 things you love and appreciate. Start with what comes easy for you, and if you've got a rough start...maybe you love sleeping and waking up in a great mood...? Do you love feeling good? Alright put that on your list, and why not even start thinking about a moment when you felt really good - to get into the feeling... :))) How about that as a Day-Starter? :))) 3. During-The-Day Exercise, Written: The blast written daily one!!! This one is MAGNIFICENT, it's turning things around instantly. The intention with this one is to CHANGE the way you feel about something, and all details can be found HERE scrolling down to "number 3, During-The-Day Exercise", from the previous "Molding Reality Extravaganza" challenge. It's a total blast! ENJOY :))) Use it on anything that feels not-so-comfortable, to mold your feeling into a better place! 4. During-The-Day Exercise, Action: Turn any chore or ordinary thing into something extraordinary. It could be singing while doing the dishes, or anything else you love... skip down the road to work... pretend you're famous and imagine how you'd dress and act if you were famous/rich/happy.. (fill in what you'd love to experience and act like it)... it can be for a part of your day or the whole day, choose your level according to experience, this is a challenge for fun :)))
"With the knowledge I've accumulated though these years of "everyday experiment experience", this is bound to be solved in one way or another. And I'm leaving up to the Universe to surprise and delight me with it!"I'm standing back watching them crumble as their life's work, their babies of this life experience, their lives are made into nothing. And yet, they stand up and actually considering "taking it lightly". I admire this humble surrender to the forces of life and it's a delight to know that THAT is the key to make things turn around. Go for the path of logical least resistance. And something will eventually present itself to us, which we never would've imagined before all this revealed itself (just a few days ago, in a flash, but obviously had gained momentum over time). There is no justice in this one, except the wonders that will reveal themselves through it in the aftermaths. Blessed Life, Love Love Love! PS. Keep Calm, and Don't Forget To Be Awesome :)))