I love this article on the flexibility in Yoga (via Greatist). Flexibility is required in yoga, but not in the way that you have probably been led to believe. Flexibility of the mind, of the heart of emotions. In fact, according to the article –
All that is needed to start a yoga practice is showing up to your mat. That’s it! The rest will take care of itself. Yoga will meet you where you are. Always.
Such awesome words.
Ardho Mukha Svanasana
Downward Facing Dog is probably one of the first and most common yoga poses that you’ll come across. I love this pose and it’s so easy to transition from one posture to the next through downward dog. It has been part of the #mayibeginyoga Challenge on the @beachyogagirl Instagram profile. You can check out a simple video tutorial on it here via Yoga Journal.
Taken outside Nambiti Game Reserve, Southern Africa (unedited)
A reminder to keep our minds open and our hearts receptive to the beauty and peace that is around us. That sometimes a smudge, a blur, an imperfect thing can be the most beautiful wonderful and precious of all. Look for those moments, embrace the imperfect ones – they are all fragments of a perfect whole.
Today’s Practice: Day 8 of the #mayibeginyoga from @beachyogagirl – follow along by using the Instagram Hashtag #mayibeginyoga for the month of May. It’s great for beginners and only includes one posture per day (You can find the list of postures on Beach Yoga Girl’s Instagram account). Pretty soon though, I think you’ll find it quite hard to just do the one! This posture is Uttanasa – deep forward fold and gives an amazing stretch down the back of the legs.