Yoga Pose of the Week

Yoga Pose of the Week: Parsva Bhuja Dandasana (Grasshopper Pose)

Our yoga pose of the week with Brittany Ford is Grasshopper Pose! [wp_ad_camp_1]

How to do it:

  1. Begin in your Figure 4 pose with your right ankle to the front of your left leg above your knee and flex into your right foot standing on the left leg.
  2. Bring your palms together with you hands in front of your heart.  Softly bend into the left leg and sink into your hips, sending your hips down and back and your heart and chest forward.
  3. As you would twist in your twisting chair pose, begin to twist to the left.  Place the back of the right arm to the sole of the right foot.
  4. Place your hands down on the floor facing the left and look in the direction of your hands as your lean the weight of the body forward.
  5. Strongly press the right foot into the right arm and lift the left food off the the floor and straighten it.  Flex strongly into the heel for balance and stability.
  6. Slowly come out the same way you came in!

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon)

Hey readers! The yoga pose of the week with Brittany Ford is Eka Pada Galavasana.

How it’s Done:

  1. Begin in your Figure 4 pose with your right ankle to the front of your left leg above your knee and flex into your right foot standing on the left leg.
  2. Bring your palms together with you hands in front of your heart.  Softly bend into the left leg and sink into your hips, sending your hips down and back and your heart and chest forward.  Place the triceps on the front of the right shin and press the arms and legs against one another to straighten the spine.
  3.  Come into a forward bend, bringing the palms of the hands to the floor.
  4. Hook the toes of the right foot around your upper left arm. Keep the right foot strongly flexed and the toes tightly hugging the arm.
  5. Bend the elbows, coming into Chaturanga arms.
  6. Bring the weight of the body forward as you lift the left foot off the floor keeping the knee bent at first.  In order to straighten the leg behind you, it is crucial to keep the head lifted and the weight of the body moving forward.
  7. Bring even more weight forward as you straighten the left leg behind you.
  8. Flex the left foot strongly as you continue to hug the right foot to your upper arm.
  9. Slowly come on the same way you entered.

Beginners:  It is important to know your own body and to stop at any point in this pose when you feel that it is enough!

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana (Sanding Hand to Foot Pose)

Our yoga pose of the week with Brittany Ford is Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana! [wp_ad_camp_1]

How to do it Right

  1. Begin standing in Mountain Pose with your feet together and arms at your sides. Breathe deeply and draw your awareness to the present moment.  Shift your hands together in front of your heart.
  2. Shift your weight to your left foot. Very slowly, draw your right knee up toward your chest. Bring your right arm to the inside of your right thigh. Then loop your index and middle fingers around your right foot’s big toe. Place your left hand on your left hip.  (As a modification, keep the right knee bent and place the right hand to the front of the right knee, OR using a belt, look your right foot in the help to create more length in the right arm and extend your right leg long.
  3. Straighten your spine. Strongly engage your abdominal muscles and the muscles of your left leg.
  4. On an exhalation, extend your right leg forward. Straighten your right leg as much as possible.
  5. Keep both hips squared forward and keep your spine straight.
  6. Open your right knee of leg out to the right and bring your gaze and left hand out to the left.  Start for about 10 breaths and slowly come back to center.
  7. To release, draw your knee back into your chest, then slowly lower your foot to the floor. Come back to Mountain Pose. Then repeat on the opposite side for the same amount of time.

Don’t forget to follow me @yoga_birdie and @yogatraveltree on Instagram. Comment any pose that you’d like to practice next!! Visit yogatraveltree.com and britfordyoga.com for mor information and for contact information. Namaste and see you next week!!! #lovelovelove

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Parivṛtta Aṅjaneyāsana (Revolved Crescent Lunge)

Our yoga pose of the week with Brittany Ford is Revolved Crescent Lunge! [wp_ad_camp_1]

How to do it Right

1. From your forward fold, step the right foot back to a low lunge, inhale the arms high to your crescent lunge. Take a few breaths here to check in with your alignment. Left knee and ankle in line, left hip back right hip forward, tuck the pelvic bone slightly forward and down. 2. Exhale, hands into heart center. 3. Inhale the torso moves forward over the left thigh. 4. Option 1: place the right hand down to a block of the floor on the inside of the left foot. Exhale to twist to the left. Feel free to come down onto the back knee if that is helpful! Option 2: Exhale and twist to hook the right elbow on the left knee. Inhale the left side ribs toward your head, exhale and twist a little deeper.

Note: As you twist to the left, try to keep the right outer hip wrapping toward the sky. Feel free to come to the back knee if you need to.

5. After you have taken a few breaths here, exhale to frame the front foot with your hands landing in your low lunge. Step the right food forward and fold. 6. Repeat opposite side!

Don’t forget to follow me @yoga_birdie and @yogatraveltree on Instagram. Comment any pose that you’d like to practice next!! Visit yogatraveltree.com and britfordyoga.com for mor information and for contact information. Namaste and see you next week!!! #lovelovelove

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Ardha Mandalasana (Low Runners Lunge)

Our yoga pose of the week with Brittany Ford is Low Runners Lunge! [wp_ad_camp_1]

How to do it Right

1. Start at the top of your mat in your forward fold with knees bent. Warm up the spine and the hamstrings with a few flat backs. Move with breath from uttanasana (forward fold) to urdhva uttanasana (flat back). 2. Bring more awareness and weight to the left foot and slowly float the right foot off to step if back landing softly in a low lunge. 3. Either tent on the fingertips of use blocks on either side of the front foot to allow the left hip to continue to pull back and the chest to open forward. 4. Make sure that the right knee is directly aligned with the right ankle. 5. As you stay here and breath, hollow the left low belly back to create some space in the left side of the body, keep the collar bones broadening forward and the right heel reaching back. 6. When you are ready to come out, slowly step the right foot forward and fold. 7. Repeat on the left!

 

Don’t forget to follow me @yoga_birdie and @yogatraveltree on Instagram. Comment any pose that you’d like to practice next!! Visit yogatraveltree.com and britfordyoga.com for mor information and for contact information. Namaste and see you next week!!! #lovelovelove

 

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

Hi! Brittany Ford here with Yoga Travel Tree for this week's yoga pose. The yoga pose of the week is Virabhadrasana II or Warrior II pose.

How to do it Right:

Start in Down dog. Step the right foot forward close to the right hand and pivot the back foot 90 degrees. Slowly rise up to stand and reach the right arm forward, left arm back.

Feel rooting through the outside of the back foot and gentle press in opposite directions with the feet. The more you press the deeper the hip opening. As the arms work and fingers reach, relax the shoulders away from the ears.

 

It's all in the Gaze

Find your drishti gaze over the front middle finger and simply breathe. What is drishti, you ask? Well, translated as "pure seeing," drishti is a focused gaze on one point with soft eyes. This cultivates concentrated intention of the practice and the ability to stay longer in a pose. We relax the eyes and the breath so that our physical body although in a difficult pose, feels at ease. I like to picture drishti as the pinpoint focus feature on a camera lens where there is one clear point and the rest of the image is blurry. When we are able to allow those things that do not matter to fade away, those parts of our life that bring happiness are seen much more clearly.

Thank you for practicing with me and I will see you next week!Keep up with me and Yoga Travel Tree on Instagram @yoga_birdie and @yogatraveltree. Visit britfordyoga.com and on Yoga Travel Tree. Love love love, Yoga_birdie

Yoga Pose of the Week: Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)

Hi and welcome to your yoga pose of the week! I am Brittany Ford with Yoga Travel Tree. This week's pose is vasisthasana or side plank. Ugh! Right!? Don't worry there are plenty of variations and modifications available to make this pose your own.

How to start:

From downward facing dog, glide forward to your high plank pose. If you're coming one the right side, place the right hand about two inches higher on the mat and into the center. Roll onto the right side, the outside of the right foot cuts into the floor.

From here play around with some variations.

Variation 1

One option is to place the left foot in front of the right knee and press down. This will make it easier to concentrate on lifting the right hip!

Variation 2

If you would life to take a more difficult variation, hook the big toe of the top leg and first pull that knee in nice and close and maybe extend the top leg high. Breathe. Keep sending the hips high and heart up and open.

 

Thank you so much for practicing! Keep it up!!

Keep up with me and Yoga Travel Tree on Instagram @yoga_birdie and @yogatraveltree, and visit britfordyoga.com!

 

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Virasana (Hero Pose)

Aside from yoga, I also have a great passion for running. For all the runners out there you know it can be addicting! Just like yoga! Hero pose is one of my favorites for a post run stretch. Here's how it works! Hero pose is great to open the knees, the quads, and the front of the hips. As you move forward through the pose pay close attention to the knees; you don't want there to be any pain.

Variation One:

Bring the knees together feet apart. Place the block under the sit bones an fair with a straight spine. If this is not enough support you can prop yourself on more blocks or place a blanket on the block.

Variation Two:

Use a blanket instead of the block. If the knees feel okay, begin to lower into the elbows, then the crown of the head, then the shoulders, and maybe extent the arms overhead.

Variation Three:

Bring the knees together, feet apart. Push the calf muscles to the sides as you sit the sit bones between the feet. If the knees feel okay, begin to lower into the elbows, then the crown of the head, then the shoulders, and maybe extent the arms overhead.

 

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Bakasana (Crow Pose)

Hi! Brittany Ford here with Yoga Travel Tree and your yoga pose of the week! We are exploring Bakasana or crow pose, a frequently taught arm balance that you might encounter in any number of yoga classes.  This is a foundational arm balance. It's used as prep for many other arm balances, as well as for many transitions into other postures. If this is your first time trying Bakasana, don't worry! Be patient with yourself and go at your own pace. In this video I'll explain exactly how to build up to Bakasana, as well as offer some more advanced options if you've already got it down! Have fun with this one!

How to Do it

  1. Start standing.
  2. Bend forward so your palms come to the floor, bend your knees so that they meet your elbows.
  3. Begin to play with balance and pressure. Shift your weight slightly forward onto your hands, and play with the placement of the knees on the upper arm.
  4. As you feel comfortable, look forward and slowly lift your toes off the floor, bringing your heels toward your booty.
  5. Hold here as long as is comfortable (don't forget to breathe!)
  6. Slowly lower the toes back to the floor, and recover in child's pose!

Don't forget to follow me @yoga_birdie and @yogatraveltree on Instagram. Comment any pose that you'd like to practice next!! Visit yogatraveltree.com and britfordyoga.com for more information and for contact information. Namaste and see you next week!!! #lovelovelove

 

Yoga Pose of the Week: Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Hi, I'm Brittany Ford with Yoga Travel Tree. This week's pose is Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana. This pose is a lot of help in yoga classes, especially in Ashtanga and vinyasa classes. It is foundational for many poses in the practice including inversions and arm balances. Downward facing dog strengthens the arms and legs, opens the shoulders and hamstrings, and lengthens the spine. It is connected to the health of the bladder meridian that runs along the backside of the body. In this video, we'll explore Downward Facing Dog, how to correctly and safely enter the pose, and we'll go over a few variations that may be new to you and your practice. Enjoy!

How to do it Right

  1. Start in your table top position with hands under shoulder and knees under hips. Come back to table top or child's pose if you get overwhelmed or too tired.
  2. Take a few breaths in your table top, engage the core and feel the length of the spine here, gaze down so the neck is long as well.
  3. When you feel ready, tuck the toes and push down to lift the hips. Spread the fingers and press down and forward to sent the hips up and back. Bend into the knees as much as you need to to maintain the spine length!
  4. Breathe fully into the belly. Exhale, hollow the belly and send the hips higher. Eventually the legs will straighten and maybe the heels will reach the floor.

Don't forget to follow me @yoga_birdie and @yogatraveltree on Instagram. Comment any pose that you'd like to practice next!! Visit yogatraveltree.com and britfordyoga.com for mor information and for contact information. Namaste and see you next week!!! #lovelovelove