#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

TRX is back — this week, Michelle is tackling arms! We think you’ll want to follow suit…

This post comes to you from TRX instructor and co-founder of VIDA Performance Michelle Vahey, who will be introducing us to new workouts all month long! 

Note: For each exercise, aim to do 10-15 reps of each, 1- 3 rounds.

TRX Y DELTOID FLY; 10-15 reps

Stand with your feet together (harder) or apart (easier), arms pulled back to a Y position, tension on the TRX, palms forward. Lower body, keep arms straight, return to start position by slowly extending arms. Try not to bend the arms and keep your body on a plank position.

TRX ROW; 10-15 reps

Start by pulling your shoulders down and back, bend elbows, palms facing each other, hands besides chest. Walk your feet towards the anchor point until there is a squeeze on the back. Lower your body down by extending your arms but don’t protract your shoulder blades. Maintain plank position. Return, pull body toward anchor point by driving elbows beside body.

 

TRX BICEP CURL; 10-15 reps

Start by bending your elbows higher than your shoulders with pinkies aligned to temples. Walk your feet towards anchor point until you feel a squeeze in the biceps. Lower body down until arms are fully extended, maintain plank. Pull body toward anchor point by bringing pinkies to temples. Elbows remain high, eyes on anchor point.

TRX SWIMMER PULL; 10-15 reps

Start with hands besides hips, palms back, tension on the TRX. Offset your feet. Lower body down, keep arms extended, maintain plank. Pull on handles, drive palms back, maintain plank.

TRX TRICEP PRESS; 10-15 reps

Stand facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, palms down. Choose appropriate foot stance, keeping in mind that the closer your feet are to the anchor point, the harder this may be. Keep elbows up and stationary, lower body down until thumbs are next to temples. Drive through palms to extend the arms while maintaining plank.

TRX CHEST PRESS; 10-15 reps

Start facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, and choose your foot stance. Maintain plank as you lower body down by bending elbows 90 degrees. Drive through the palms while squeezing the chest, maintain plank position at all times.

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

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Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

+ Looking for more Well+Good? Check out more of our collaboration with them here

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

</div

Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

+ Looking for more Well+Good? Check out more of our collaboration with them here

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The Color to Wear for the Most Mood-Boosting Workouts

The Color to Wear for the Most Mood-Boosting Workouts

You guessed it: It isn’t black….

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

Your black leggings have always been the anchor of your tried-and-true workout look, but a brighter color is having a major moment in the world of athleisure: Pink.

Yup, rosé all day just got taken to a whole new level courtesy of FP Movement, our chic activewear line that combines fashion and function for head-turning looks that will take you from yoga straight to brunch. FP Movement’s take on the flushed-fashion trend is inspired by the philosophy that when you look amazing, you feel amazing. And what inspires good vibes more than happy hues? (Specifically, the color of watermelon and girl power.)

From high-performance leggings to cozy hoodies and matching yoga mats, these are the looks that will give you that post-workout-endorphins feel…before class even starts.

Scroll down for 8 pink activewear looks that will make you stand out at your next workout class (in the best way).

Kyoto Legging + Lua Bra

Finally, leggings with pockets are a thing (insert praise hands emoji here). Pair these extra soft leggings with the high-neck bra you’re going to want to wear with everything, and strike a (yoga) pose—without having to juggle your tangle of headphones, phone, and keys.

Yella Hoodie + Harem Jogger

For ultimate freedom of movement, this roomy hoodie-jogger combo is a fashion-forward take on the tracksuit that’s ideal for layering over your gym-wear (or for lounging if you want to call it a rest day).

 

Pop Color Sports Bra

Underneath your bold outer layer, rock a super supportive sports bra that doesn’t skimp on style. Adjustable straps prioritize comfort, while high-tech fabric proves pink isn’t just for looking pretty.

Breeze Yarn Turtleneck + Shade Flare

ICYMI: Flowy pants are the new leggings. Pair these ultra-soft oversized sweats with a form-fitting long sleeve for an active-layering look that’s made for outdoor runs and covering up after a sweaty indoor class. (Think: post-Peloton once the weather turns.)

Techloom Pro Trainer

Your toes can get in on the all-pink trend, too (beyond your pedicure, of course) courtesy of these blush APLs that are sleek enough to wear with a dress, but sturdy enough to crush a 10K.

Twist and Shout Tee

Great for layering (so you can add more shades of pink to your outfit, obviously), this tank is made from FP Movement’s Wicked Triblend fabric—which wicks away moisture to keep you comfortable even during your sweatiest HIIT seshes.

Barely There Bra + Barely There Leggings

But if you want to lose a layer, show off your rose-tinted sports bra and coordinating leggings. The Signature Seamless fabric is super flexible yet durable enough for a hard-hitting boxing class—so it’s basically like working out in a second skin.

Sun Salutation Yoga Bag + Rose Deodorant

For the full effect, give your accessories the blush treatment, too. A hot-pink yoga mat will keep the good vibes flowing, and with a rose-and-vanilla-scented vegan deodorant, you’ll have the whole matching-scent thing down, too.

 

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Trend Alert: Why Flowy Pants Are the New Leggings + Introducing Our Well+Good Partnership!

Trend Alert: Why Flowy Pants Are the New Leggings + Introducing Our Well+Good Partnership!

This month, we kick off a collaboration with one of our favorite wellness sites, Well+Good…  

Say hello to Well+Good. The leading source of intel on the wellness world, with all the latest on fitness fashion, natural beauty, and healthy food trends in your inbox and online. Check back with us throughout the month for more articles curated by our friends and wellness partners, Well+Good.
 
An impressive leggings collection is a testament to how trend-savvy you are, but if you never thought you’d stray from your tried-and-true, second-skin tights, we have big news: Flowy pants are in — and they’re making a major play for workout-wardrobe domination.

Because while leggings are definitely a comfier alternative to your stiff vintage denim, sometimes you’re going for a work leisure look, and can read a little too sporty when you’re heading to rooftop drinks.

That’s why FP Movement is changing the game with its totally fresh flare silhouettes — roomy and breathable, while still holding up to your sweatiest workouts (plus, the style factor will make you want to wear them on your next sushi date).

The full activewear collection is made for studio-to-street versatility. The best part? You can easily transition these wide-leg styles from an everyday look to a workout outfit. Swap a blazer and heels for a sweat-wicking tank and sneakers and boom: You’re hot-yoga ready faster than you can say savasana.

Scroll down for three on-trend pants that will have you turning heads from sidewalk to studio (and back again).

Chica Lyrical Flow Pant

No judgement if you want to skip your workout and stay curled up with Netflix in these eco-friendly tencel gems — but, chances are, you’re going to want to show them off. The vented leg design puts its spin on the girly activewear craze, and the super-soft ribbed waistband is flexible enough for every body-bending move. Pair the pants with the high-necked Lua Bra for a statement look that still provide support.

Shade Flare

Because layering is key for a successful quick change, these side-zip flares are about to become your new BFF. Slip them on over your Backless Onesie, spritz some dry shampoo in your hair, and your barista will be none the wiser that you were just sweating to Drake at Y7.

Attitude Flare 

This billowy pant plus the corset-style Lira Sports Bra will have you feeling like an IRL ballerina during barre class (to the point we bet you’ll forget how much those piles burn). The sporty fleece fabric is specifically designed for ease of movement, so post-class you can swap your grippy socks for your dancing shoes and head out on the town.

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What’s the Best Workout for You According to the Zodiac?

What’s the Best Workout for You According to the Zodiac?

The Numinous’ Ruby Warrington and writer Allie White team up to consider what routines best suit your sign…

Workout roulette has never been more popular. With new boutiques popping up seemingly overnight, chain gyms regularly adding classes to their schedules and an embarrassment of riches when it comes to online and app options, you could probably go years without ever repeating a workout. (All the cute outfits you’d get to wear wouldn’t hurt either.)

But if you’re anything like me, constantly swiping through classes and routines can get a little overwhelming. Variety is great and gives your body the opportunity to experience new things, but sometimes you just want a way to sweat that you know you (and your body) will love.

Maybe you have a short attention span and need a workout that constantly changes things up. Or you’re a little high-strung and need 60 solid minutes of mellow flow. Or you’re a social butterfly and prefer group exercise.

If these personality traits sound familiar, I’d bet good money (say, one $45 spin class?) that you’re into your horoscopes. And since you’re already a zodiac believer, why not use it to help determine what kind of workout jives with your sign. After all, from Aries to Pisces, every astrological sign has its likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, information that can help determine your ideal workout.

To help decode what the stars really think our bodies need, I talked to Ruby Warrington, founder of The Numinous, author of Material Girl, Mystical World, and astrology/tarot/zodiac wizardess. Below, you’ll find her suggestions on how, why and when to move for your body based on the wonders of astrology. Now get moving!

ARIES

Ruled by Mars, the Roman god of war, it’s no surprise that Aries needs something quick, exciting and a bit competitive for a workout. According to Warrington, tabata is the perfect way for an Aries to sweat: the fast-paced interval training caters to your short attention span and the timed exercises make things exciting and even let you compete a bit with yourself when it comes to reps.

TAURUS

You’re calm, cool and collected—more patient than any other sign. It’s exactly this patience that makes weight training the perfect workout for  you, Taurus, since weights requires a slow, steady and controlled approach to build strength like your namesake bull. And to feed the part of your sign that likes to feel stable and grounded, try taking your workout outside. Burpees, planks and push-ups in nature use your own body weight and help you connect to the earth.

GEMINI

The social butterfly of the cosmos, it’s super-important that Geminis choose a workout that offers variety and a social aspect or your inner twins will get bored with the monotony and disengage. Since you love to talk, Warrington says tennis is an ideal way to get your sweat on: It’ll kick up your heart rate, keep you on your toes and is basically like a conversation with a racket and ball.

CANCER

As the homebodies of the astrological world, Cancers are more likely to curl up with a good book on the couch than do bicep curls on a weight bench. But, crab friend, this love of home and hearth also means you’re protective of the ones you love and would do anything to defend what you care about. With that in mind, try a boxing class. You may be surprised how good it feels not only to punch the crap out of a bag, but also to gain the skills you need for self-defense.

LEO

Ah, Leo, always the center of attention and life of the party—and for good reason! Everything you do is a masterclass in performing and enjoying yourself, so it’s no surprise that Warrington says to get your butt to a dance class. It’ll feel more like a performance than a workout, and your infectious energy will trickle down to everyone else, basically guaranteeing a party in the studio.

VIRGO

Virgo, virgo, virgo, lover of order, focus and meticulousness (who also needs to chill out sometimes). You’re also a solver, so finding a workout that takes your mind off of fixing things is crucial. Luckily, yoga seems like it was practically invented for virgos: the emphasis on form fulfills the part of you that craves precision and alignment, while the breath work and savasana give you an excuse to chill.

LIBRA

Known for their love of beauty and aesthetic, Libras are less likely to opt for a workout that leaves them sweaty, red-faced and gasping for air. But finding something effective and pretty? That’s a Libra’s sweat sweet spot. According to Warrington, barre workouts let you focus on balance and grace with their ballet-style movements while also toning and lengthening your muscles. What’s prettier than that?

SCORPIO

Intense and laser-focused, Scorpios thrive when they feel like they’re in control. You’re also always up for a challenge and find satisfaction from pushing yourself beyond what you thought was possible. So realizing that you can contort yourself around a Pilates reformer is the ultimate workout, fiery Scorpio. You won’t rest until you’ve perfected the poses and the whole thing will leave you feeling strong and empowered, raring to get back on the reformer ASAP.

SAGITTARIUS

Adventurous, energetic, naturally athletic and a bit competitive, Sagittarians aren’t content with treadmill runs. On the contrary, Warrington says that to really get a great workout, you archers need something more adrenalin-pumping, like skiing or surfing. Activities like these offer killer full-body workouts, check off your risk-taking box and can even fulfill your love of travel. When you can’t jet off to a mountain or ocean, try something like CrossFit, adventure racing or trail running to satiate those adventurous needs.

CAPRICORN

Ruled by no-nonsense Saturn (the god of time and order), Capricorns are disciplined, dependable and committed, so workouts that harness your patience and endurance are ideal. You want to feel like you’ve accomplished something post-workout, which is why Warrington says long-distance running is ideal for you goats. These miles-long runs showcase your stamina and let you commit to pushing yourself.

AQUARIUS

Put an Aquarius in a group environment and they seem to spring to life. Even though you may seem shy and quiet at first, you thrive when it comes to teamwork and group activities. So for your perfect workout, Warrington suggests something that let’s the team spirit you have in spades really shine, like a lively game of softball that’ll have you working together and cheering on teammates.

PISCES

As the wateriest of water signs, dear Pisces, you may literally feel like a fish out of water when exercising on land. So it’s no surprise that your perfect workout is swimming. Not only will it give you an excuse to get your fins wet, but as the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, solo laps offer a chance to focus, calm down and tune out the world around you.

 

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Open Your Heart – The Element of Air with Nina Endrst

Slow down and allow healing to take place…

This post comes to you from yogi Nina Endrst, who will be leading our May ’17 FP Escapes retreat in Palm Springs.

In this series I encourage you to let the sweet air fill your lungs. If your mind starts to wander, kindly draw your attention back to your breath and down deep to your heart center. Invite a lightness into your practice, expanding as you inhale, softening as you exhale.

Start with a short meditation — place both hands on your heart. Stay present here. Slow down and allow healing to take place.

Camel pose (wave X3).

Come to stand on your shins with your legs hip width apart and your hips stacked over knees. Gently take your hands to your lower back for support as your elbows draw in toward your spine and encourage your thighs forward. Press into the tops of the feet and all ten toes as you lift up out of the front ribs and shine your heart to the sky. Gently open the throat and keep your cervical spine long. (Repeat 3-5 times.) Rest.

High Lunge (bring the love in).

Start standing at the front of your mat, step the left foot back and sweep your arms to the sky for a high lunge. Bend deeply into the right knee as you press back through the left heel, keeping the shoulders over your hips. Pause here, receive your breath. On your next inhale, sweep your arms out and bring the energy in. Connect with yourself as you touch your heart and nourish your spirit with each passing breath. (Jump switch repeat on L side.)

Pigeon.

Starting in downward facing dog, lift the right leg to the sky, bend the knee and open the hip. Inhale, place your right knee outside the right pinky. All the way to the edge of the mat. Place the right shin down and parallel (for some) to top of mat. Extend the left leg long behind you. Inhale, lift your pelvic floor, draw your navel in and up. Inhale to create space in your lower belly here. As you exhale gently wave and release yourself down to the ground. Rest here 10-20 breaths, then switch sides.

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Stay Fluid — Water Element with Nina Endrst

Cultivate a deeper emotional intelligence through the exploration of our innermost layers…

This post comes to you from yogi Nina Endrst, who will be leading our May ’17 FP Escapes retreat in Palm Springs.

Water energy invites us to release ourselves into what is. With presence and breath we begin to cultivate a deeper emotional intelligence through the exploration of our innermost layers.

In this movement series, I encourage you to breathe into the underlying softness — to flow through each posture freely and without expectations.

Skandasana Flow

Start by standing with your feet parallel, toes pointing forward. On your exhale, bend into the right knee and sit deeply toward your right heel (pause for 2 breath cycles). On your next inhale, encourage your navel toward your spine and lift your pelvic floor as you float through center and exhale to bend into the left knee and sit toward the heel. Repeat 5-10 times, flowing with ease from side to side.

Goddess Squat (free flowing arms)

Begin standing with your feet parallel to one another. On your exhale, turn the toes out slightly and bend deeply into the knees. Try not to sink into your hip joints here. Engage the muscles in your legs and keep your core strong and your spine extended. Inhale to lift the arms and exhale release and wave the arms side to side. (Repeat for 10-15 breaths.)

Wide Standing Forward Fold Twist

Start with your feet parallel and your hands on your hips. Inhale lift your heart to the sky, exhale to fold and release over your legs. Release your head and let your teeth part. On your inhale place the right hand in front of the face and peel the left arm to the sky for a twist. (Take 5 deep breaths before switching sides.) Repeat as many times as you like.

Photo and GIFs by Becca Griffin.

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Ground Down to Rise Up — Earth Element with Nina Endrst

The journey toward self love starts with a few steps…

This post comes to you from yogi Nina Endrst, who will be leading our May ’17 FP Escapes retreat in Palm Springs.

I’ve been working a lot with the idea that self love is not selfish. It’s so important to take the time to be still and listen. To treat our mind, body and spirit with love and deep respect.

Oftentimes, I find peace comes when I invite the elements into my practice. I hope these three postures will help ground and stabilize you, allowing for a clearer and lighter walk down your path.

Bridge Waves

Start out lying flat on your back with the souls of your feet on the earth. Take a moment to arrive and take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. On your next inhale, gently lift your hip points to the sky and wave your hands over your head. Draw your heart toward your chin and keep a soft gaze toward the sky. As you exhale, gently wave your spine down flat on the mat and rest. Repeat 5 times.

Twists

Hug your knees in toward your heart and take a moment to shift your weight side to side, breathing into the lower back. On your next exhale, let your knees drop over to the right, bend into the left elbow and find a soft gaze over to the left. (Pause for 10 deep and mindful breaths before switching sides.)

Happy Baby

Lying flat on the earth, bend into your knees and shine the souls of your feet to the sky. Reach your arms on the insides of your legs and take hold of the outer edges of your feet. Try to keep your throat soft and your sacrum rooted. Stay here, perfectly still or gently rock side to side for 10- 15 breaths.

Enjoy the feeling of the earth beneath you, the support and solidity. Rest.

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