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Alison, M.D. 🌿 Ashtanga ashtangi_ali ashtangi_ali Posts

You know how they say growth can’t happen in your comfort zone? That to make progress somewhere, you have to step out of that place that feels comfortable and try something that pushes your edge? . I’ve always believed this, and yesterday evening I felt it acutely. I started climbing in a bouldering gym (@gravityclimbingcentre ) a few months ago, as a way to build upper body strength and to complement my yoga practice. I was surprised how much I liked it, and I go climbing 1-2 times a week now. . In my gym, the routes are colour-coded by grades of difficulty. I’ve found my comfort zone, the “greens”, which are challenging for me but I’m able to climb them all. Anything beyond the greens seemed out of reach for me. Imagine my surprise last night when I got to the gym and all the greens were gone, in preparation for new routes being set today! . Needless to say, I was very much out of my comfort zone. None of my favourite green routes to keep me happy. I was forced to try the harder routes, and you know what? It was a lot of fun. I wasn’t able to get to the top on 90% of the ones I tried, but I got farther than I thought I might. I even reached a new milestone, and got to the top of my first “pink” route! 🥳

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Don't question why she needs to be so free She'll tell you it's the only way to be She just can't be chained To a life where nothing's gained Or nothing's lost, at such a cost . | “Ruby Tuesday”, The Rolling Stones |

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Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch. . | Parker Palmer | . @pranamat kindly sent me this set to try out a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been indulging in long sessions on it almost daily ever since. It’s remarkably intense, and I’ve found it has helped with low back tension when I have it! . Thanks @pranamat for this beautiful gift!! 💜

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Baddha Padmasana is such a soothing pose for me, and especially the folded version (yoga Mudra) that appears in the closing asanas of Ashtanga. There’s a beautiful sense of surrender and devotion, and I think it’s the perfect way to end a practice! 🧘🏻‍♀️ . Joining in on the @omstarsofficial #ashtangahomepracticechallenge with @kinoyoga and @wellness_yogini

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Bit by bit, pincha mayurasana is starting to come together. I feel like a scientist, gathering data to figure out how to find stability here. 👩🏼‍🔬 . Pincha mayurasana is very difficult for me. There’s a lot of moving parts, and a lot of places I need to stabilize. I’m always a little heartened when I hear how long it has taken other people to find balance in pincha. My own teacher said it took him 6 months, and I remember reading somewhere that it took @kinoyoga 2 years! . My teacher added pincha to my Ashtanga practice a little over a month ago, and it has been a fun month of falling over and over again. I generally work at it until I get one “good” hold of at least 5 breaths. This can happen on the first go, or it can take 15 minutes of falling! It really depends on what I have going on in my mind and body that particular day. . These videos were taken outside of practice, and on my very sticky @liforme mat. It was the most stable I’ve felt in the pose, ever! . Joining in on the @omstarsofficial #ashtangahomepracticechallenge with @kinoyoga and @wellness_yogini . 👖wearing @runandrelax

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I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be. . | Roald Dahl | . . Eka pada sirsasana, photo and in practice (videos sped up x1.5) . Joining in on the #ashtangahomepracticechallenge with @kinoyoga and @wellness_yogini

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Ustrasana is the first in a sequence of three backbends on the knees in the Ashtanga Intermediate Series. . Ustrasana sets the stage for the deepest backbend, called Kapotasana, or pigeon pose. We get to activate our legs, open the hip flexors, lift the chest to the sky, and begin to open the shoulders a bit. It’s a divine pose! . Joining in on the @omstarsofficial #ashtangahomepracticechallenge with @kinoyoga and @wellness_yogini

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🏹 Dhanurasana, or bow pose! We look like (and feel) a bow pulled tight, maximum energy stored in stillness! 🏹 . Joining in on the #ashtangahomepracticechallenge with @kinoyoga and @wellness_yogini

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Oh, krounchasana, how I love thee! It feels simultaneously grounding and uplifting. . The last time I was able to practice with my teacher for Intermediate series, back in August, be pointed out that I had a habit of hanging out in my flexibility in this pose (and many others). Now I’m making this a much more active pose, and thinking about lifting up from the core and lengthening the spine. There’s always work that can be done in an asana, they are never mastered! . 🧡 Joining in on the #ashtangahomepracticechallenge with @kinoyoga and @wellness_yogini, on @omstarsofficial

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Pasasana, or noose pose. The deceptive first asana of the Ashtanga Intermediate Series. It’s definitely a lot harder than it looks. And why do we do the left side first? Everything else in Ashtanga is right side/ twist to the right first, but for Pasasana we twist to the left first. 🤔 This is something that has bothered me but I always forget to ask my teachers! . Will my heels ever ground down? Maybe, maybe not. They’ve definitely gotten closer to the ground, but have never touched down. I’ll keep hanging out in my squats and hoping for the best, but it’s not something that bothers me much! . Joining in on the #ashtangahomepracticechallenge day 9 with Bhujapidasana prep. With @kinoyoga and @wellness_yogini. . Video from led second series on @omstarsofficial. Please ignore the funky chaturanga. Got a wrist thing going on at the moment 🙈

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ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते | पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते || ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः || . Om Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnaat purnamudachyate Purnasya purnamaadaaya purnamevaavashishṣyate Oṁ Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ . Om, That is whole, This is whole From that whole, comes this whole From that whole, this whole is removed What remains is whole Om Peace, peace, peace . . Anyone else love this little mantra? At first glance, it is confusing and doesn’t make a lot of sense. Read a little deeper and think a little longer, and it has beautiful meaning. . Joining in on the #ashtangahomepracticechallenge day 9 with Bhujapidasana prep.

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Joining in the #pranamatchallenge for a good cause!! . Here I am standing on my Pranamat ECO with bare feet! 👣 for a full minute! This was super intense, but eased a bit by standing in a forward fold, which is always lovely. Video sped up 1.5x to make it fit. . @pranamat are donating $1 to @childhelp for every video posted and $5 if you can handle it for a full minute!!

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