Going into this weekend for the @berlinyogaconference with my foot to my head and my eyes to the sky. . Yoga, acro, people. It all awaits this weekend and I’m so very excited. As I step back into being a students after a month of teaching I can’t wait to learn and experience from the teachers here in Berlin. What’s your favourite thing about being a student? #yoga #yogi #yogateacher #yogaclasses #yogateacher #yogabend #igyogafam #berlinyogaconference #yogacommunity #yogainspiration #anjaneyasana #lowlunge #backbends
Each day I search for an understanding to myself. I delve into reactions and feelings. Hunting, searching for a deeper knowledge. To gain more insight into myself. Why? Because if I don’t understand myself no one else will. If I can’t recognise the root of my actions no one else truly can. I am responsible for knowing myself. For my own feelings and emotions. The growth that we experience as people on a day to day basis is astounding. I sat on my plane last night and a playlist from last year came on my phone. In that moment I was transported back to a time last year where I was sat in a similar place, doing a similar thing. The parallel movement of those times brought me into a weird state of reflection as I began to think over the last year and I began to laugh at the difference in myself. How this journey has seen me grow and change from my past self. How my reactions to situations are so very different. The simple action of stepping past my fear of moving on from a situation I was terrified to leave, allowing me to blossom into my full self. I have always been someone that needs to grow and search for betterment. Not because I don’t think I’m good enough as I am but because without growth and movement I become stale, static. I need the ebb and flow, the subtle changes within myself and life. We fear these changes, we fear these steps which will take us away from our place of comfort. Whether that place is good or not. We prefer to stay within those places that we hold onto things that have grown stale. But edging out doesn’t have to be scary. It can be liberating. Beginning to question our choices and ask ourselves why we do what we do. Delve into our feelings and find out what we really want. If we constantly travel, what is our purpose? To run away or to explore? If we stay in our base, what to we gain? Is it from fear of the unknown or to maintain our grounding? The questions I ask myself how daily help me focus on the road which I’m walking. Knowing that even if I can’t answer them right now, I’m on the oath to finding out. Write below what question you would ask yourself... :) I’d love to know!
It’s week 3 of #mayipresshandstand challenge with @sylviasyoga! ❤ Join us for the month of May where each week you will be getting a mobility, a strength and a technical drill from each of us which helps you build towards your straddle press handstand. Some of these drills will be helpful even if you feel that a press is still somewhere in the distant future. This month is really about making a consistent, regular effort at working on that elusive press handstand and noticing the change that will happen within the month. Progress is progress and we can’t wait to see you all play along. ••• Week 3: Handstand long hold 45 seconds Exercise 3: Compression and stability drill ••• Last drill for this week and they’re starting to get juicy! Start plank position with your ankles or shins resting on a Swiss ball. First stage is to draw your knees into your chest bending the legs. Stay strong through the arms - full protraction of the shoulder blades (think Cat position) and pull the belly into spine engaging your core. Draw the knees as close to your chest as you can and hold for a breath before returning to plank. Repeat for as many times as you can. Second stage is to keep the legs straight and draw the thighs as close to the belly as you can lifting the hips above the wrists. This is hard so move slowly and with control. ••• Hold a handstand for 45 seconds. Looking forward to seeing your posts!! 👏 👏
I like to go against the tide. If I’m told to do one thing a part of me runs in the opposite direction no matter how much I want to follow the advice I’m given. I have this uncontrollable urge to. To buckle my seatbelt on a aeroplane, because I hate being told what to do (I do though don’t worry!) and the number of times in given advice by friends that I just don’t take because “I know best”. But as I’m getting older - this urge is becoming less. Why? Because I’m realising how hard I’ve made life for myself for this exact reason. As much as I like to rebel and be non conformist, this application to everything in my life is not always good As I’m ignoring good friends and taking the hard road over a clear path for no good reason. Sometimes going with the flow can be beneficial, as long as we don’t get swept up in it and lose our own path. I’m not afraid to step out onto the unbeaten track but I also can walk with others and be part of a pack. Lone wolf mentality can be useful but remember we are all in this together (as a friend @babsantonino reminded me today) and sticking with each other can make everything a little easier at times. Who out there is a rule breaker at heart and who likes to stick to the safe path? Do you need a strong community or are you a Lone Ranger? Tell me below :) Trying this non conformist shape from @asanavanessa (Although it’s only different because my spine is a far cry from her bendy gorgeousness)! Wearing @vayumudra #yoga #yogi #sticktogether #rulebreaker #passionpassport #travellingyogi #yogateacher
Playing with shapes at yesterday’s shoot here in Barcelona. Which one do you prefer? It’s funny when I’m trying to pick my shots and end up with 7 of the same pose with no idea how they pick. So now I’m asking you guys - what do you like about pictures on IG? What makes then stand out to you? . . Yesterday and today I had the biggest pleasure shooting and playing with @andrea_acroarts @acroharmony @neytiri.sadhana_yoga @training.for.acro and @acro.ceri. I used to only enjoy shooting for myself worries my skills as a photographer weren’t good enough, but slowly the act of creating things for others has become a true pleasure. So if I’m in your city drop me a message to collaborate :) As I leave this city I feel sad to be leaving some beautiful people behind but I also look forward to this weekend in Austria (check out my workshops with @trituraki) and also next week in Berlin at the @berlinyogaconference! . . It’s been an epic month and I can’t wait for it to continue. 👏 👏 . Wearing @aloyoga and @vayumudra . #yogi #yoga #travellingyogateacher #passionpassport #dametraveler #handstand #beagoddess #aloyoga #yogabarcelona #yogasana #yogadaily #dailyhandstand
Here are today’s drills for #mayipresshandstand with @sylviasyoga (check out her post for other drills as well!) - after warming up my core/shoulders and hip compression try playing with some straddle forward rolls! Be VERY careful of your neck and only do these on a soft surface if you’re new/not confident. Use a spotter if you need and take it slow! Start in seated straddle and lift up to wide leg forward fold. From here place you hands inbetween your legs and slowly round forward into full spinal flexion allowing yourself to ease into a forward roll. Try to keep the legs straight and use you core and inner thighs to lift yourself up! HAVE FUN! #forwardrolls #presshandstand
When your torso is the same size as your friends... but she’s a beast and can still spot you in straddle lowers. So for reference it I am 5ft10 (178 Cm) and @sylviasyoga is 5ft (152.4). Proof that you can support each other no matter your size difference. However it does make for some hilarious side by side photos and videos 😂 #imagiant So this weeks second drill for #mayipresshandstand #mayihandstand with @sylviasyoga ••• Week 2: . Exercise 3: Straddle leg technique ••• From a straddle handstand close the legs to a straight position then lower back to your straddle. Keep the legs straight and extended and make the movement the same speed throughout. It can be slow or more dynamic if you prefer. Now work the negative by lowering the feet together from your straddle handstand. Try to feel control over the movements by blocking the shoulders and using the lower abs a lot! You can use a spotter if needed! Do as many good reps as you can and stop when your form gets sloppy!! Try not to use the spotters legs too much, and begin to work from the shoulders! . Endurance: Handstand long hold 30 seconds - yep keep those 30 sec long holds going guys!! . . Can’t wait to see your posts!! #questforthepress
Vegan, Coconut, Gluten Free Pancakes (recipe below!) Who else struggles to cook for themselves or prepare proper meals? I hold my hands up for being THE worst person for this. I would much rather come in and grab a jar of nut butter then contemplate chopping or preparing food. But it’s so important to eat varied and healthy. It’s SO important to care about what you put in your mouth. Having struggled with eating disorders and food problems for years in my late teens and early twenties, my relationship with food has been obsessive and unhealthy. I ate to fuel or didn’t eat at all. Food was the enemy, no pleasure or joy was taken for any morsel in my mouth. But gradually Im finding this love of food. Of making a meal and enjoying the joy of cooking. And more importantly- eating. Every week I’m going to post a new recipe and meal I’ve prepared. I would love you to try and join in with me by posting your own pictures and tagging me! . Can’t wait to see them! Recipe: Coconut dessicated @femproteinpowder Gluten free flour 2 bananas Chopped Apples Oat Milk (or water) Cinnamon and peanut butter to dress Raspberries for decoration . .
So, weird photo YES. But read below. Tell me what you think! . . So this may sound like a weird question but how often do you ask yourself this question. How do you hold your drink. Or pick up a glass? How do you brush your teeth or turn on a light switch? How do you perform your everyday habitual habits when you’re loving unconsciously? Each day we move in ways which are engrained in our bodies because that’s what we do, we form habits. But it’s not always the best way for the growth of our body and mind. Our bodies need to be challenged, our minds need to learn. And what is the best way to do this? Challenge your movement patterns. Each time you make the body do something it’s not used to doing it has to learn, think, adapt. When I picked up this @kombuchashack bottle with my toes I had to rethink how to use my feet. When I brush my teeth with my non dominant hand I have to reassess the movement in my body. In my classes I encourage this - an exploration into challenging the way we move. Finding new paths and exploring different ways of moving. So why not do it in your everyday life too? Try it today and tag me in it!! I’d love to see what changes you make! . . Drink @kombuchashack Outfit @vayumudra
So happy to have so many of you already playing along with @aurorabowkett and I for #mayipresshandstand ❤ Join us for the month of May where each week you will be getting a mobility, a strength and a technical drill from each of us which helps you build towards your straddle press handstand. Some of these drills will be helpful even if you feel that a press is still somewhere in the distant future. This month is really about making a consistent, regular effort at working on that elusive press handstand and noticing the change that will happen within the month. Progress is progress and we can’t wait to see you all play along. ••• To join, simply tag @sylviasyoga & @aurorabowkett along with a friend who might like to play in each of your posts. Make sure you use #mayipresshandstand in each of your posts and stories, we will repost all stories to both our accounts! We really can’t wait to see how you get on with each of the drills from both of us! We will be selecting winners at the end who will receive a Swiss ball to help make those press dreams come true. Please note we will be choosing winners from feed posts as we aren’t able to see stories at the end of the month! Winners must be able to collect from a London studio as we are not able to ship! ••• Week 2: Handstand long hold 30 seconds Exercise 1: Straddle mobility drill ••• - Lie on your back holding your arms above head in a handstand. - The aim is to keep the legs low and wide for as long as poss so the back only lifts up at the last moment. - Keep the legs straight and point the toes as the legs go round. - Next hold your straddle and repeat slow crunches extending the arms through the gap between the legs. - Final exercise is to keep the arms reaching forwards and bring the legs together. Really important to get that inner thigh strength so you can work that compression on your press. You can use a resistance band as shown by Sylvia if you want additional resistance! Number or reps is up to you. Good form is more important than how many you do. It’s also ok to rest and remember you can build these up gradually. Don’t forget last week’s drills too.
I am drill for this weeks #mayihandstand. Using either a block or just shifting the feet onto the toes, allow the feet to hover and slowly descend down either side of the hands. Feel the weight until he hands and extend through the shoulders as you block and allow the weight to shift out of the feet. I’ve laced all of the drills from this week into a mini flow to give an example of how to work these into your practice. I would love to see yours so tag myself and @sylviasyoga with your own flow. #yoga #handstands #yogafit #presshandstand #yogaeveryday #coredrills #corestrength #yogainspiration #yogateacher #yogalondon #yogadaily #yogastrength #handstands365 #yogi #strongyogi #yogavideo #yogaflow #yogafeels #yogalove
So happy to have so many of you already playing along with @sylviasyoga and I for #mayihandstand ❤ These drills will be helpful even if you feel that a press is still somewhere in the distant future. This month is really about making a consistent, regular effort at working on that elusive press handstand and noticing the change that will happen within the month. Progress is progress and we can’t wait to see you all play along. ••• To join, simply tag @sylviasyoga & @aurorabowkett along with a friend who might like to play in each of your posts. Make sure you use #mayipresshandstand in each of your posts and stories, we will repost all stories to both our accounts We really can’t wait to see how you get on with each of the drills from both of us! We will be selecting winners at the end who will receive a Swiss ball to help make those press dreams come true. Please note we will be choosing winners from feed posts as we aren’t able to see stories at the end of the month! Winners must be able to collect from a London studio as we are not able to ship! ••• Week 1: Handstand long hold 15 seconds Exercise 2: Straddle Strength ••• My straddle strength exercise is one to engage the Mula Bhanda - or your deep core muscles and pelvic floor. Place your hands on blocks and begin by trying to lift your bum off the ground. Send the weight FORWARD and try to send your bum BACK as you lift. Once this is easy begin to lift one leg at a time until you fatigue or try and hover both holding in the full straddle sit. This is hard - and your hip flexors and quads will feel it (note my face half way through 🤣). But SO good for press as it creates active compression in the legs and core as well as improves back and arm strength (good for that “rolling and hollowing” needed in pressing!) . . As before hold your 15 second long hold handstand with a spotter, wall or free standing! . Can’t wait to see all your posts!! . . WE CAN DO THIS GUYS! 👏 💪🏼 🤸♂️ 🧘♂️ . . Wearing my new @vayumudra which is by far the most comfortable leggings I own. Get 15% off with this code if you want a pair :)
So today we begin - #mayipresshandstand where each week, for the month of May, you will be getting a mobility, a strength and a technical drill from each of us to build towards your straddle press handstand. Some of these drill will be helpful even if you feel that a press is still somewhere in the distant future. This month is really about making a consistent, regular effort at working on that elusive press handstand and noticing the change that will happen within the month. Progress is progress and we can’t wait to see you all play along. ••• To join, simply tag @sylviasyoga & @aurorabowkett along with a friend who might like to play in each of your posts. Make sure you use #mayipresshandstand in each of your posts and stories, we will repost all stories to both our accounts! We really can’t wait to see how you get on with each of the drills from both of us! We will be selecting winners at the end who will receive a Swiss ball to help make those press dreams come true. Winners must be able to collect from a London studio as we are not able to ship! ••• Week 1: spotted handstand long hold 15 seconds Exercise 1: Straddle Mobility with block ••• Sit in a straddle, on a block if necessary and take a block overhead. Keep the ribs in and hollow the belly as you come forward as low as you can, don’t worry if you can’t reach the ground yet. Remain in this shape on the lift by staying engaged to your core - don’t collapse in the low back!! Number or reps is up to you. Good form is more important than how many you do. It’s also ok to rest and remember it’s day one, you can build these up gradually. Try to keep your arms framing your face to work on shoulder mobility as well. ••• Hold a handstand for 15 seconds. Use a timer, your counts are definitely too fast! This can be freestanding, against a wall or as I’m showing with a spotter. If you need to come down before go back up again until you have definitely spent 15 seconds up there! Do these everyday even if it’s all you do as consistency is definitely key when it comes to these!! . . Please tag us in your post and pop things on your stories!! We are in this together for this #questforthepress so let stick to it!! 👏
My weekend has drawn to a close here in Brussels and again sharing my love of movement has filled me with so much joy. It’s funny but every time I come to teach a workshop I still feel nervous. Nerves fuelled by fear, self doubt and lack of self belief and appreciation. Until my mid twenties I was overtaken by the voice in my head and the toxic words it would tell me. Making me back out of gigs, or run away from teaching opportunities. I would shake with nerves and put a mask of indifference while secretly dreading it every moment leading up to the event. If I actually went through, I found myself unable to enjoy the moment, living it like an outer body experience frozen in my mind until it was done. If finish each time wondering why I was even doing it in the first place - but I knew it was important and the passion I felt for it carried me forward each time. It took me a lot of self work to overcome this reaction. To begin to understand where this voice came from. I spent years forcing myself into situations where I would have to confront the constant abuse my mind would give me, no matter my discomfort. But gradually - little by little - I was able to take those uncontrolled nerves down to baby butterflies. I was able to see the voice for what it was. My own insecurities and my inability to fully stand and love myself and my abilities. The work I did on myself helped me overcome a hurdle which I thought I’d never get over. But it was tough. I can’t tell you otherwise. Now, I still hear the voice sometimes, but I control my reaction to it. It can taunt and shout but I dont listen, because I know it’s simply a manifestation of my insecurity. One which I created and I can say no to. Each time I teach and share it gets a little less, as I see and feel the joy which you guys have each time I stand in front of you. So I want to thank eveyone for being there and helping me through my fears - even if you had no idea you were. Each time you’ve attended a workshop, listened to me sing or come to class you’ve helped. And for that I’m forever grateful! How do you deal with self doubt or nerves? Photo taken by @toytose 💖 Wearing @aloyoga
So it’s been my goal this year to press handstand... BUT I keep lacking the drive to practice my drills. Anyone else get this same feeling? For this reason I am very excited to announce a press handstand challenge for you guys starting next month. Join @sylviasyoga and I in May for #mayipresshandstand - not just a challenge but a chance to motivate and help each other stay on their “quest for the press!”. Each week we will be showing you drills for alignment, conditioning and mobility all designed to help you work towards a straddle press handstand. Each drill will have 2 levels of difficulty so pick whichever one works best for you. As with all things handstand, repetition is key so build up with low reps initially and tag a friend to join in with you and help keep each other motivated! We will also be giving away Swiss balls so for a chance to win tag both @sylviasyoga & @aurorabowkett in all your posts and make sure to use #mayipresshandstand Please note you must be London based and able to pick up your ball from a Studio here as we aren’t able to post them!
Community. What does this word mean to you? A genuine question which I’d love to hear your opinion! I’ve contemplated this word for a long time but would love to hear your thoughts... For me it’s support and trust. It’s knowing that you’re never alone even if you’re miles away from people. It’s giving and receiving. It’s sharing ideas and ideals. It’s building bridges and connections. It’s helping others and focusing on things outside of your own small sphere of life. It was only when I found Yoga and Acro-Yoga that this feeling of community really hit me. The joy of feeling connected to something bigger then just my own life. I have met the most wonderful humans while training and teaching. I’ve been hosted by incredible people in places I’ve never been before and treated like family. I’ve practiced beside inspiring beings and been thrown about on people’s feet who have become such close friends in the blink of an eye. I’ve been able to help progress someone practice or give back without even meeting them face to face. All because of this COMMUNITY. This amazing community of people that stretches so far around the world. I’m going to be at the Berlin Yoga Conference in May and I’m looking forward to meeting even more people from this amazing community of humans. Bringing people together from all over the world for a weekend of sharing and inspiration. Will you be joining me? Wearing @aloyoga With @karina_look_for_beauty On @di.yoga Picture snapped by @yogaandphoto @berlinyogaconference