🐝🕸🧗🏽♀️ Day 1️⃣1️⃣ of with cyogalife ➡️ or 🧗🏽♀️🕸🐝
Channel those balancing skills cultivated yesterday and, after a thorough warm up in the back, shoulders and hip flexors (I’d include some smaller backbends too), let’s give this a try. If you can’t flip the grip and hold the foot, externally rotating the shoulder with the elbow pointing up (like in so many other backbends, all Eka Padas for instance), don’t worry about it and grab a strap to help you do that. I want you to work on maintaining as much stability as you can while you maneuver into it. I also would like for you to hold the strap/foot with both hands, to make it a more ‘even’ opening and lean less into one side of the lumbar spine, even if that means to widen the gap between the hands and foot. Wrap elbows around ears, make them point straight ahead, keep the gaze steady on one point in front and, as you exhale, pivot around the head of the femur, lean the body a bit more forward, push the arch higher into the thoracic spine and space between the shoulder blades, then extend the back leg some more. Every inch you elongate feels like a big deal (it is!!) so, give it time and hold at least 4-5 breaths once you’re ‘settled’ in the backbend. Remember to come out of it slowly, gently, so you’re not whipping the leg out (it’ll go right into the back!). The straighter the base leg, the easier to balance so, keep that in mind too. Lots of things to handle, I know, but that’s the beauty of it and part of what makes it so exciting. More ideas coming up in tomorrow’s post so, stay tuned and good luck!!
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