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. 🖤 “When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” Dean Jackson 🖤 . Some people will love you for what you are, and some might dislike you, for exactly the same reason. We can’t please everyone. If you need to be something that you are not, to be loved, it is not real. And one day that collapses. You don’t earn love, of any kind - it just happens. Love can grow, this is transformation. But when you need to fight within yourself for someone, or something, it is because that doesn’t “belong” to you. The beauty of our wings will be recognized by those who also wants to fly. . . . . . . Wearing @perffstudio . . . . .

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🖤 “I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina 🖤 . Don’t measure love, don’t compare, don’t think you give more than you receive. When we stop the maths of the feelings, we just begin the journey into ACCEPTANCE. Wishing you all a beautiful week! . . . . . Wearing @perffstudio . . . .

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♥️ UTPLUTIH . TOLASANA . ♥️ . . Day 7 #AshtangaClosingAsanas I wrote about this asana few months ago, and today I am using the same text, as I talked about it on Closing Sequence’s context: . Today we are doing Tolasana or for us Ashtangis, Utpluthi. There is a bit of controversy around this beautiful arm balance. Manju Patthabi Jois, has taken it out when teaching, saying after all the closing sequence postures to calm your mind, WHY, you will re start all the boost again?! Well. Sorry Manju. I dare, in my humbleness, disagree with you. I think this posture is perfect exactly for doing that: After the introspective asanas, you lift yourself up, full of energy and finish the sequence ready for whatever it comes. Another controversy: How long do you hold? 10 long Ujjayi breaths - or, in Pattabhi Jois famous 1993 video, the students do it for 25 fast breaths. Or - for as long as you wish! Here my tips are: “Hide the tail bone”, tucking the coccyx under, draw the pubic bone back, and draw the sitting bones together while activating mula bandha. Compress a bit the abs and think of your hips doing a scooping action. There you are! Fly and enjoy this amazing asana! Thanks to all of you whom joined us this week to practice this amazing sequence. Thanks fab sponsors, and tks to my lovely co-hosts! . 🧘‍♀️ Hosts . @andreamegale.yoga . @popsterivy . @ritaayoga . @temyoga . . 📿 Sponsors . @bonvirage . @liforme . @bewater.water . @malasbymichelle . @moonrock_co . . ✨ Line up . Day 1: Salamba Sarvangasana .♥️ Day 2: Halasana or Karna Pidasana / or both .♥️ Day 3: Urdhva Padmasana or Pindasana / or both .♥️ Day 4: Matsyasana or Uttana Padasana / or both .♥️ Day 5: Sirsasana or Urdhva Dandasana (Pike) / or both .♥️ Day 6: Yoga Mudra or Baddha Padmasana / or both .♥️ Day 7: Padmasana / Utplutih ( Tolasana) / or both .♥️ .. . . . Wearing: @onzie ♥️ . My Mala African Turquoise by @lilaintheskyjewelry Use ANDREA25% for 25% disc in any purchase. . . . . . .

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🖤 “PRACTICING YOGA IS A PRIVILEGE. AND WITH THIS PRIVILEGE COMES A DUTY TO BE KIND, TO SHARE A SMILE, AND TO OFFER THE YOGA FROM YOUR MAT INTO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE” Maty Ezraty 🖤 a PASCHIMOTTANASANA For Maty . We lost one of the best yoga teachers, way too soon. She was the light in the room, a soul with amazing strength and energy. Maty is cremated today, this Sunday afternoon in Tokyo. With this post we want to honor her life’s work and her influence on the world. . Swipe to see her, and the last pic is a shot of one of Pattabhi Jois famous videos classes, doing First Series. . Thank you for the legacy. . #inhonorofmatyezraty . Tagged a few souls that might want to join our little gesture. Strike a pose, repost and carry on the hashtag. . . #inhonorofmatyezraty #matyezratyteachings #forevergrateful . . . . .

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♥️ YOGA MUDRA . BADDHA PADMASANA . Day 6 . #AshtangaClosingAsanas . Ashtanga 👮‍♀️ Police, look away : I know that is your chin that should touch the floor, but sometimes, I just want to completely SURRENDER. This is what this asana means to the practice, on the sequence and to me: I have all this energy LOCKED in this powerful bind, I am deeply connected to my inner self, I am aware of each cell of my body. Of my breath. I humbly bow to the practice and to its DIVINITY. The body and mind are connected in this deep meditative state. FEEL. 👉👉 If you can’t hold the feet, grab the forearms, keeping them at your back. Find the connection - remembering that it is much more about what you feel than what your body “can do”. . Have a beautiful weekend on your part of Earth. . I would like to thank you all for showing sooo much love on my previous post. I love you all so much 🙏♥️ . 🧘‍♀️ Hosts . @andreamegale.yoga . @popsterivy . @ritaayoga . @temyoga . . 📿 Sponsors . @bonvirage . @liforme . @bewater.water . @malasbymichelle . @moonrock_co . . ✨ Line up . Day 1: Salamba Sarvangasana .🖤 Day 2: Halasana or Karna Pidasana / or both .🖤 Day 3: Urdhva Padmasana or Pindasana / or both .🖤 Day 4: Matsyasana or Uttana Padasana / or both .🖤 Day 5: Sirsasana or Urdhva Dandasana (Pike) / or both .🖤 Day 6: Yoga Mudra or Baddha Padmasana / or both .🖤 Day 7: Padmasana / Utplutih ( Tolasana) / or both . . . . Wearing : @onzie ♥️🙏 My Mala: ( resting on the floor) @lilaintheskyjewelry Have you read the post about this amazing brand? I am one of their Ambassadors. You can use ANDREA25% for 25% disc on any order! Check it out ! . . . . .

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🖤 Rewind the time line .... . 2007 . The woman on top left lives in London, has a fab job as an architect, travels the world, likes trendy fashion, sleeps very little, but she doesn’t care, she has a fab husband and a “fab” life. She thinks she achieved everything she could have dreamed off. But she was always tired, stressed, on the edge. What gives her some peace? Ashtanga Yoga TT and practice. Top picture on the right. That woman moved back to Brazil cause her dad passed away on a tragic car crash. Her and her hubby decided to try to live in Brazil so she could be close to her family. They left their careers, they didn’t adapt very well, she didn’t feel home. They started a business and worked what seemed to be 24/7. She can’t keep a proper diet, she eats on a desk. She had lost 3 babies by this year. She just barely find time to practice, stressed, sleeping badly. She wants to stop this all and teach yoga. She knows a big change is coming, she can feel it. But she might not be ready yet. ——————- There are quite few years gap between the picture on top right and bottom left. She knows everything she needs to change in her life. She knows what she needs to cleanse out of her heart. Old pains, losses, guilty... She starts selling the business. Decides to move from town to her family farm. Got rid of many habits that didn’t appeal to her anymore, drinking was one of them, sleeping late and only few hours, another. She started practicing daily, no matter what. She lost 6 kilos. She feels healthier , stronger, and younger than ever. She embraces teaching yoga as a full time job and found that everything went into place. 2019. The woman on bottom left is who I’ve always been. I am happy, healthy, strong, ready to deal with everything that comes on my way. My heart is light, I have got rid of guilt, of old traumas, and accepted my path as I know, that every.single.thing. that happened was to bring me here. I wake up early, I go bed early. I love the farm, the early birds, my rescued pets. I smile just to look out of my window everyday. And I never felt any closer to that little girl, on my right side. Look close: they have the same smile and happy eyes.

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🖤 SIRSASANA . URDHVA DANDASANA . 🖤 . Welcome to Day 5. #AshtangaClosingAsanas . I could talk days about this posture, the King of Asanas, without running out of different points on the subject. Today I will focus a bit on the basics: . 👉 You all know how to do Tadasana - think Sirsasana as an inverted Tadasana to start with - if you can’t be upright on what would be your natural position, maintaining this easeful alignment of your spine, if don’t know for sure what good alignment feels like upright, you won’t know what it feels like upside down.... To lift up you need strong 🔥muscles on the back, and obviously, bandhas engagement. 👉 Drop your shoulders away from your ears, and slide the upper arms back to widen the clavicles (collar bones). Draw the ribs back, as this action tends to cause them to splay forward. . 👉 Don’t let Mula Bandha to “relax”, activate the most you can the perineum, in this way you activate muscles that stabilize the hips. 👉 Breathe into your back, particularly just above the waist. . 👉 The collar bones are one of main energetic points on this asana, making the flowing upwards through the spine. . 👉🔥 Another important point : Designed primarily to aid in tongue movement and swallowing, the variety of muscles attached to the base of the tongue help to support your neck. “Anchor” the tongue to the roof of your mouth for additional stability of the neck. . 👉 Your neck shouldn’t hurt if this asana is done properly. To Urdhva Dandasana: When coming down draw the abs even more in, sliding the hips “behind” head alignment. Hold it 90 degrees. Check on my co- hosts beautiful posts. . . 🧘‍♀️ Hosts . @andreamegale.yoga . @popsterivy . @ritaayoga . @temyoga . . 📿 Sponsors . @bonvirage . @liforme . @bewater.water . @malasbymichelle . @moonrock_co . . ✨ Line up . Day 1: Salamba Sarvangasana . Day 2: Halasana or Karna Pidasana / or both . Day 3: Urdhva Padmasana or Pindasana / or both . Day 4: Matsyasana or Uttana Padasana / or both . Day 5: Sirsasana or Urdhva Dandasana (Pike) / or both . Day 6: Yoga Mudra or Baddha Padmasana / or both . Day 7: Padmasana / Utplutih ( Tolasana) / or both .. . . Wearing @onzie 🖤 . .

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. ♥️ UTTANA PADASANA ♥️ Day 4 . #AshtangaClosingAsanas . Second Submission. . Here we have combined strength and flexibility - and I confess I really love this posture ( don’t find that so strange - I love Navasana too 😂), the mix of the spine extension to the strong lifting of arms and legs makes this a fab one. From Matsyasana you will keep the spine’s position and extend legs and arms. Keep the energy flow through arms and legs, lifting chest. Rotate the legs internally, pressing feet. The entire body is extended on this strong energy flow posture. The more arms and legs are strong and active, and the spine extension is strong, less weight you will feel on your head and neck. You shouldn’t feel any pressure on your neck. It is a very demanding posture if done correctly. If you can’t lift the arms, rest on your forearms. Practice safely ! . . 🧘‍♀️ Hosts . @andreamegale.yoga . @popsterivy . @ritaayoga . @temyoga . . 📿 Sponsors . @bonvirage . @liforme . @bewater.water . @malasbymichelle . @moonrock_co . . ✨ Line up . Day 1: Salamba Sarvangasana .🖤 Day 2: Halasana or Karna Pidasana / or both .🖤 Day 3: Urdhva Padmasana or Pindasana / or both .🖤 Day 4: Matsyasana or Uttana Padasana / or both .🖤 Day 5: Sirsasana or Urdhva Dandasana (Pike) / or both . Day 6: Yoga Mudra or Baddha Padmasana / or both . Day 7: Padmasana / Utplutih ( Tolasana) / or both . . ‼️Few rules to follow: . 👉 Repost this flyer. 👉 Tag 2-3 friends to join. 👉 Follow all hosts and sponsors. 👉 Post every day new photo and tag hosts and sponsors using #AstangaClosingAsanas 👉 Make sure your profile is public . 👉 Show each other love and support! 👉 If possible show your location on your posts . . . . Wearing: @onzie ♥️

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. ♥️ MATSYASANA ♥️ . Welcome to Day 4 . #AshtangaClosingAsanas First Submission . From Pindasana you will gently lower the legs in lotus, and firmly press the knees on the floor. 👉 Engage Uddiyana Bandha and Mula Bandha, tilting the pelvis UP 👆. Strongly hold the feet and keep pressing knees and lifting chest. Remember - it is all about the inner energy - keep the flow 🔁 from lotus legs and pelvic floor up to the spine and chest. This is a back bend - and a heart opener. This so innocent looking posture can bring you strong feelings as any other backbend that looks and feel more intense. It is all about what you FEEL. . Practice safely and check on my co-hosts beautiful posts. . 🧘‍♀️ Hosts . @andreamegale.yoga . @popsterivy . @ritaayoga . @temyoga . . 📿 Sponsors . @bonvirage . @liforme . @bewater.water . @malasbymichelle . @moonrock_co . . ✨ Line up . Day 1: Salamba Sarvangasana .🖤 Day 2: Halasana or Karna Pidasana / or both .🖤 Day 3: Urdhva Padmasana or Pindasana / or both .🖤 Day 4: Matsyasana or Uttana Padasana / or both .🖤 Day 5: Sirsasana or Urdhva Dandasana (Pike) / or both . Day 6: Yoga Mudra or Baddha Padmasana / or both . Day 7: Padmasana / Utplutih ( Tolasana) / or both . . ‼️Few rules to follow: . 👉 Repost this flyer. 👉 Tag 2-3 friends to join. 👉 Follow all hosts and sponsors. 👉 Post every day new photo and tag hosts and sponsors using #AstangaClosingAsanas 👉 Make sure your profile is public . 👉 Show each other love and support! 👉 If possible show your location on your posts

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. 🤩🖤ANNOUNCEMENT TIME 🤩🖤 . . Do you believe in coincidences? I don’t. I do believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that you are where you should be. I believe that the people that you met, any person with whom you exchange any type of energy - it was because you were suppose to. You might not know why your paths crossed. Others you recognize. One day here on IG, I came across a beautifully Mala from @lilaintheskyjewelry . I started talking with the owner of the brand, Dani, and after few lines on DM, we found out we were both Brazilian. We both were married with a foreign husband, and we both lived away from home for many years. We both loved yoga, and meditation. I could see through the beautiful pieces she creates, a beautiful and such special soul. On her own words: “My work is my play and I love that my handmade products inspire others to commit to their self-care and wellbeing, cause I believe that all our answers and resources are already within us all, we just need to breathe and listen to our higher selves. “ I think exactly the same. So I don’t think it is a coincidence that we met. When she invited me to be one of her Ambassadors, I was thrilled and so honored. Her pieces are so special. You can feel it’s good vibes. You not only will be wearing a stunning piece of handmade jewelry - it invites you do to exactly as Dani wishes, as we all wish : that will help us through meditation, to take that path back inwards, back to whom we really are. Swipe to see this beautiful and special lady. Dani, thank you so much. So happy to be sharing this with my followers and friends today. And.... If you want any of those beauties - you can use code ANDREA25% and get 25% discount on your order! Go to her page to see more of her beautiful work. . . Wearing: African Turquoise Mala 🖤 . . .

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♥️ URDHVA PADMASANA ♥️. PINDASANA . Day 3 . #AshtangaClosingAsanas . From the previous asana ( Karna Pidasana) we will lift legs again into Sarvangasana. The folding of the legs should be done without using hands. But till you can, please keep using it. Here the spine should be kept neutral - press the knees strongly into hands, keeping the arms straight and creating a resisting force to stabilize the legs. Uddiyana bandha strongly active, this is also what keeps you in this fab asana. Energy flow 🔁 still through the spine and pelvic floor. . 👉 SWIPE TO NEXT PIC PINDASANA . Here you going to breath in and release the legs into towards the chest. This is such a beautiful fold! The bind - any bind - is an energy “lock” . Use shoulder blades to balance. You are alert, as you are balancing, but the sense of withdrawal (prathyara) is amazing on this asana. Don’t tell the Ashtanga Police 👮‍♀️ 🤫 but sometimes I stay here for more than 10 breaths. 🤷‍♀️ . Practice safely ! If you can’t do lotus seating, it is unlikely that it will happen in a Inversion. Keep practicing! . Check on my co-hosts beautiful posts! . 🧘‍♀️ Hosts . @andreamegale.yoga . @popsterivy . @ritaayoga . @temyoga . . 📿 Sponsors . @bonvirage . @liforme . @bewater.water . @malasbymichelle . @moonrock_co . . ✨ Line up . Day 1: Salamba Sarvangasana .🖤 Day 2: Halasana or Karna Pidasana / or both .🖤 Day 3: Urdhva Padmasana or Pindasana / or both .🖤 Day 4: Matsyasana or Uttana Padasana / or both . Day 5: Sirsasana or Urdhva Dandasana (Pike) / or both . Day 6: Yoga Mudra or Baddha Padmasana / or both . Day 7: Padmasana / Utplutih ( Tolasana) / or both . . ‼️Few rules to follow: . 👉 Repost this flyer. 👉 Tag 2-3 friends to join. 👉 Follow all hosts and sponsors. 👉 Post every day new photo and tag hosts and sponsors using #AstangaClosingAsanas 👉 Make sure your profile is public . 👉 Show each other love and support! 👉 If possible show your location on your posts . . . On both shots: wearing @onzie - I am an Ambassador of this amazing brand! Check on their website for more stunning styles. . My Mala: @lilaintheskyjewelry I am wearing as a bracelet .

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🖤 HALASANA 🖤 KARNA PIDASANA 🖤 . Day 2 . #AshtangaClosingAsanas . Today we are doing another two postures following Closing Sequence ( you have the option of choosing only one if you wish). . HALASANA . Here we carry on bringing / keeping the energy inwards. Another soothing and calming posture. I really wanted to point important cues on the alignment on this asana, I commonly see it practiced wrong. You would be coming down from Sarvangasana here, (our previous posture, Day 1), and after your feet touch the floor . 👉👉 You need to stretch the legs and might want to bring them back to head direction, taking hips 👆 UP 👆, stretching the spine! The spine is NOT supposed to be arched here, your buttocks and torso are all ACTIVE. The weight should be on the shoulders. Keep bandhas engagement strong. Be aware of the flow of energy in this asana 🔁 it should flow from the straight line formed by head/neck/ arms upwards to pelvic floor and legs. 🖤 KARNA PIDASANA . You know that asana that takes you “away” from a while? Well, this is one of them for me. From Halasana just slide the feet towards shoulders. Press the knees on ears. Now your Spine will curve a bit. Now, remember : Pratyahara or sense of withdrawal - means stepping back and disengage from the “forward moment” of life long enough to deeply relax and replenish. You want to take it further? See the first picture of Karna Pidasana here. Bring the arms backwards and hold the soles of feet. Notice that the back’s arch is more intense, which will really compress the abs, the flow of energy is much stronger, and it follow the same paths that I mention in Halasana. Don’t take these asanas for granted. They require a great flexibility to be practiced correctly! Check on my amazing co-hosts posts and tips! . 🧘‍♀️ Hosts . @andreamegale.yoga . @popsterivy . @ritaayoga . @temyoga . . 📿 Sponsors . @bonvirage . @liforme . @bewater.water . @malasbymichelle . @moonrock_co . . ✨ Line up . Day 1: Salamba Sarvangasana .🖤 Day 2: Halasana or Karna Pidasana / or both .🖤 . . My outfit: @onzie 🖤

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