#BackToBackbends Full Collection

july1day 1 – virabhadrasana, warrior I
new yoga challenge for July! join me πŸ’—πŸ˜ŒπŸŒŽ
july2day 2 – virabhadrasana B, warrior II πŸŽπŸ’
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day 3 – extended side angle, parsvakonasana AπŸ‘˜πŸ”
i took the pose one step further and added a bind. my trapezius is feeling great :’)

day 4 – parsvakonasana B, twisted side angle πŸ’­πŸŒŽ
desi loves attention so she had to get in the frame. also I’m gonna start posting more videos – it’s not only helpful to see transitions but to see that it’s okay to be a little shaky. just remember to breathe 😌
july5day 5 – parsvottanasana, pyramid pose β˜οΈπŸ“
with reverse prayer for a chest opener. key to this amazing hamstring stretch is keeping the hips square
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july6a.pngday 6 – prasarita padottanasana C 🏩🍑
with deep shoulder opener. start with your hands clasped together behind your back and press your palms together as you let them fall toward the ground. πŸ“· @flirty800 πŸ’“
july7bday 7 – straddle split, samakonasana πŸ”¨πŸŒΉ
july8day 8 – compass pose, pavritta surya yantrasana πŸ”­πŸ‰
july9day 9 – supta virasana, reclining hero 🌾🍍
start by standing on your knees and sitting down between your feet, trying to keep your knees together. if that seems impossible, sit on a block or blanket. as you feel more comfortable, slowly lower down to your back and breathe deeply.
july10day 10 – ustrasana, camel pose πŸ™‡πŸ«
start with hands on your lower back, fingers pointing down. consciously push energy out through your hips as you lean back and feel that deep back bend! as you feel more comfortable you can grab your ankles or heels.
july11day 11 – purvattanasana πŸŒ”πŸ²
gotta be careful about hyper extending my elbows >.<
july12aday 12 – parighasana, gate pose πŸƒπŸ‘‘

day 13 – upward facing dog 🐢🌸
this is the most essential and (to me) one of the most challenging sequences in vinyasa/ashtanga yoga, chaturunga, aka flow. this foundational sequence is composed of plank, half plank (i’m getting better at it slowly but surely), upward dog, and down dog. all four pieces of this sequence are equally important, and upward dog is especially important to prep for backbends. focus on opening through your chest (my hair hides it but my chest is actively moving through my arms) activate the quads (hard to tell but mine are hovering an inch above the mat) and focus your gaze at the ceiling or at your third eyeπŸ’“
🎢 @fettywap1738 – zoowap

day 14 – dhanurasana, bow pose πŸ’˜πŸ½
🎢 @flirty800 – die young
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day 15 – viparita dandasana, inverted staff pose πŸ’§β„οΈ

day 16 – anjanayasana β˜€οΈπŸŒŸ
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day 17 – matsyandrasana, fish pose πŸ“†πŸŸπŸ 
traditionally, fish pose is done with feet in lotus. for beginners, start lying down with legs extended and stick your hands under your butt. allow your head to fall back and your chest and ribs to lift up
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day 18 – urdhva dhanurasana, wheel pose πŸŒΈπŸ’
i like balancing on my tiptoes, i feel like it gives me more space to expand in my back and hips. i’m working toward walking my hands and feet closer together, and eventually being able to grab my ankles 😌
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day 19 – eka pada urdhva dhanurasana πŸ—»πŸ„

day 20 – drop backs 😷🌱
one of the scariest transitions! let go of your fear and give it a shot. stay grounded through your feet and actively press your hips forward in space. one day I will channel my fearlessness in this pose into my inversions …

part II – coming back up from the drop back! this can be just as scary as the initial drop back. but if you make sure to ground through your feet (especially through ball of foot and toes) and push forward through your hips you will rise! I’m working on not using my arms as momentum. also I had to post this because the human spine is truly an amazing thing. from wheel to forward fold in 10 seconds πŸ’“πŸ˜Œ
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day 21 – eka pada raja kapotasana, king pigeon πŸ‘‘πŸŒš
this is one of my absolute favorite backbends! and it was one of the first cool yoga tricks I ever learned back in high school. amazing hip and back opener β€”breathe deeply🌸
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day 22 – raja kapotasana, king cobra πŸβ˜€οΈ
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day 23 – handstand splitsπŸ‘΅πŸΌπŸ‘ΌπŸΌ
this is definitely a goal pose for me. I’m still reliant on the wall(but if you look in this pic there is a centimeter of space between my toes and the wall❕), but even kicking up from this far away from the wall is an exercise in letting go of fear. I’ll need absolutely no fear to be able to do this away from the wall 😌
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day 24 – scorpion pose, vrschikasana πŸ˜‘πŸ”‘
another challenge/goal pose. but just watch, I’ll be doing this away from the wall/pole (and touching my head with my toes) before u kno it … 😈
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july25eday 25 – tiger pose 😌🌾
start on all fours with some cat cows, extend opposite arm and leg, and find your connection by grabbing the inside or outside of your foot and then kick your foot into your hand (make sure your hands are directly under your shoulders … unlike mine)
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july26day 26 – gomukhasana, cow face pose πŸ„πŸƒ
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day 27 – shalabhasana πŸŽ½πŸ’Ž

day 28 – camatkarasana, wild thing πŸ’πŸŽ
this is an amazing hip stretch and back bend for beginners. don’t worry about going this deep. just start in three legged dog, open your hip and bend your knee so your foot moves toward your glute, and as you’re ready, let your toes drop down and connect with the earth, flipping your dog into wild thing. notice how my grounded foot rotates 90 degrees πŸ’«
july29day 29 – kapotasana πŸ˜°πŸ’­
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day 30 – bakasana, crane or crow pose βŒ›οΈπŸŽ¨
πŸ“· @lisagcanter πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“
yesterday was the apex of the challenge – today and tomorrow are good counter poses to all the deep backbends we’ve been doing this month πŸ˜…
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day 31 – chair pose, utkatasana πŸ‘’πŸŒΈ
for the final day of this month’s challenge, we have one of the most firey asanas. especially firey for me today as I’ve been super sore in my quads since doing full kapotasana for the first time the other day…πŸ˜– but fire is good! “if someone suffers, he or she is blessed, because by that suffering some impurities are purged out”. but at the same time, remember it’s never healthy to force your body into any pose. my body wasn’t ready for fully proper alignment today (my tailbone should be more tucked and my back should be more perpendicular to the mat) but i forgive myself 😌
thank you all for supporting me through my second yoga challenge. this has been a wild transitional month for me personally – the familiarity of my yoga practice and encouragement from all of you is very comforting during this beautiful time of change.
I’m also proud of myself because unlike the last challenge I did in May, I did/shot every single pose on its proper day πŸ˜‡
no challenge next month but I hope you all continue to support me on my yoga journey. hopefully soon I will be certified and you will be able to take classes with me irl.
infinite thanks to everyone, those who took pix for me, or anyone who liked or commented or shared, it means the world to me πŸ’›πŸŒπŸ’ž