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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.

 

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 Style "Shake It Off" with Taylor Swift

Hey hey hey yoga lovers! How about this video?! I can't even stand all the awesomeness! Here's the deal. At Yoga Travel Tree we are all about being real, unapologetically, indiscriminately ourselves. We absolutely aren't perfect and we rarely fit any kind of yoga stereotype. We are who we are. And that's just how we like it.

Yoga isn't about being perfect, it's about being authentic. Even if your version of authentic isn't what society or, dare I say, the yoga industry wants you to be.

On a daily basis I feel like I'm "shaking off" the naysayers, the yogis who say we aren't "yogic" enough, the people who say we will fail, the people who put us down by act or word.

And at Yoga Travel Tree we aren't having any of it! We will fly our authentic, imperfect freak flag as long as our community, YOU, keep telling us you like what we're doing and what we're about!

So thank YOU for all the support and love and awesomeness the past year! We can't wait to see what the future holds!

Now get out there and Shake It Off!

Special guest appearances by:

@RockOutYoga (Chris)

@Yoga_Birdie (Brittany)

@rima_danielle (Rima)

@Bradv1 (Bradley)

@Coletastic1 (Nikki)

@badkukie (Sarah #TeamYTT)

@thenewdorothy (Brooke #TeamYTT)

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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

Yoga Philosophy in 60 Seconds: Prince Ea's Got it Right

Last week, this video began circulating around social media, and somewhere along the way I crossed it's path. Prince Ea is a poet, rapper, and modern-day philosopher based out of St. Louis MO. He's been making a splash since 2012, writing and speaking about controversial issues ranging from the legalization of marijuana, to the end of the world as we know it. But rather than use scare tactics or make us all feel terrible, he redirect our attention to ourselves and inspires us to take the needed steps to create something better than the current situation. [wp_ad_camp_1]

Prince Ea's main focus is on both the ideal of love, and the responsibility of ones own actions. He encourages us to question ourselves, figure our own problems out rather than blaming others, and eventually heal.

With this latest video, he's able to completely sum up Yoga Philosophy, and stress management in 60 seconds.  Take a look.

 

Image via: Huffington Post

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Introducing Our Yoga Pose of the Week Series!

We're excited to be working with Brit Ford, yoga instructor extraordinaire, to bring you a new "How to" video for a different yoga pose each week! The YTT Team has been wanting to do something like this for a while now, and we've found our perfect teacher! If you're new to yoga, just getting the hang of it, a long-time practitioner, or even teacher, check back each Friday when Brit breaks down each asana and gives several modifications to choose from. Make the pose fit your body, don't make your body fit the pose!

Without further adieu, and before we go crazy with yoga up in here tomorrow, meet Brittany!


Hi! My name is Brit Ford! I am a yoga instructor and holistic health coach. I love to practice and teach yoga, I'm a health foodie, and I'm addicted to sunshine and fresh air. I'm so excited to be teaming up with Yoga Travel Tree to present a yoga pose of the week!

We will post videos and pictures each week of a new yoga pose! The pose will be posted on Yoga Travel Tree and on Brit Ford Yoga! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @yogatraveltree and @yoga_birdie and let us know any poses that you'd like to learn more about! Each week I'll focus on a different pose, and I will work to post your choices! This is going to be fun!

To learn more about yoga, retreats, teacher training, healthy living, news, and adventure and travel visit YogaTravelTree.com and to learn more about me, my yoga practice, and about health coaching, detoxes, and recipes visit BritFordYoga.com! I look forward to hearing from you and especially to practicing with you!! Namaste #lovelovelove