I got tagged to #stopdropandyoga by #ahimsaalliance girl @veganyogiunicorn and one more yogi who’s name I can’t find now (sorry and pls tell me in comments who you are!) 😜 Too much yoga has been going on in the last few days I have lost track.. 
It seems I understand the concept of #yoga, but not of stop and drop apparently since it took me a few days! 😜

I’m stopping and dropping in @barnesandnoble bookstore, reading a yoga book and decided to do some yoga on the way. 
Coincidentally (wink wink) this is also the pose for our day 28 of #shiftyourpractice - natarajasana or Lord of the dancer! Natarajasana is the name of lord Shiva, and and when he dances the universe shakes! 

Have fun and check my challenge ladies for more poses @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @veganyogiunicorn @mindyvegan !

I got tagged to #stopdropandyoga by #ahimsaalliance girl @veganyogiunicorn and one more yogi who’s name I can’t find now (sorry and pls tell me in comments who you are!) 😜 Too much yoga has been going on in the last few days I have lost track..
It seems I understand the concept of #yoga, but not of stop and drop apparently since it took me a few days! 😜

I’m stopping and dropping in @barnesandnoble bookstore, reading a yoga book and decided to do some yoga on the way.
Coincidentally (wink wink) this is also the pose for our day 28 of #shiftyourpractice - natarajasana or Lord of the dancer! Natarajasana is the name of lord Shiva, and and when he dances the universe shakes!

Have fun and check my challenge ladies for more poses @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @veganyogiunicorn @mindyvegan !

Peanut butter & Jelly smoothie bowl! Made with sweet and refreshing strawberries & raspberries, banana, @PB2 powder and coconut milk. Skip the sandwich and enjoy the fruity version. Top with pb2 powder and granola for more crunch!

Peanut butter & Jelly smoothie bowl! Made with sweet and refreshing strawberries & raspberries, banana, @PB2 powder and coconut milk. Skip the sandwich and enjoy the fruity version. Top with pb2 powder and granola for more crunch!

Very berry smoothie bowl! Made with refreshing frozen raspberries & strawberries, naturally sweetened without any additives! With bana, peach and coconut milk, topped with vanilla granola! My favorite snack ever.

Very berry smoothie bowl! Made with refreshing frozen raspberries & strawberries, naturally sweetened without any additives! With bana, peach and coconut milk, topped with vanilla granola! My favorite snack ever.

One sure notices just how quickly time passes when doing a yoga challenge - it’s been almost a month!⭐️
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🍓A few gentle (or so we hope) stretches left to go and we are wrapping up #shiftyourpractice. On day 27 pose is standing backbend or Anuvittasana,a pose often practiced in Surya namaskar or sun salutations series, both A & B, before and after tadasana or mountain. 
If you have dreams of drop backs (coming into wheel pose from standing), or you are already proficient in it, this is the pose to prep and warm up with. It may seem simple, but it is not an easy or comfortable pose for most people, specially if they are new to yoga, or aren’t used to backbends. 
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🍓As we are standing, we are not constricted by the floor like in reclined backbends, but that also means gravity may pull one further back than they would like. That is why it’s important to maintain control and engagement of the muscles and slowly investigate your limits, gaining flexibility with steady practice. 
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🍓Yet again I bring your the basic version, with my hands at the sacrum. Remember camel pose? Same principles apply. Start with feet together, knees together. Place your fingers facing down and engaging the gluteus, feel your booty muscles pressing into your palms and shift your hips forward. You can bend your knees slightly here. Bring your shoulder blades together on the back, elbows pointing back, and find your backbend from the heart! 💗💚💜 Tuck your chin in slightly, take your shoulders back, take your ears back, and bring your gaze behind you. Lift the chin slightly, opening the throat, but don’t let your head just hang. Use the hands to stabilize your lower back and always be sensitive - no pain or pinching! 
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🍓Check my awesome #ahimsaalliance crew for more options @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan

One sure notices just how quickly time passes when doing a yoga challenge - it’s been almost a month!⭐️
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🍓A few gentle (or so we hope) stretches left to go and we are wrapping up #shiftyourpractice. On day 27 pose is standing backbend or Anuvittasana,a pose often practiced in Surya namaskar or sun salutations series, both A & B, before and after tadasana or mountain.
If you have dreams of drop backs (coming into wheel pose from standing), or you are already proficient in it, this is the pose to prep and warm up with. It may seem simple, but it is not an easy or comfortable pose for most people, specially if they are new to yoga, or aren’t used to backbends.
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🍓As we are standing, we are not constricted by the floor like in reclined backbends, but that also means gravity may pull one further back than they would like. That is why it’s important to maintain control and engagement of the muscles and slowly investigate your limits, gaining flexibility with steady practice.
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🍓Yet again I bring your the basic version, with my hands at the sacrum. Remember camel pose? Same principles apply. Start with feet together, knees together. Place your fingers facing down and engaging the gluteus, feel your booty muscles pressing into your palms and shift your hips forward. You can bend your knees slightly here. Bring your shoulder blades together on the back, elbows pointing back, and find your backbend from the heart! 💗💚💜 Tuck your chin in slightly, take your shoulders back, take your ears back, and bring your gaze behind you. Lift the chin slightly, opening the throat, but don’t let your head just hang. Use the hands to stabilize your lower back and always be sensitive - no pain or pinching!
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🍓Check my awesome #ahimsaalliance crew for more options @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan

Your local Asian store is a reservoir of not only exotic goodies, but also gluten-free pasta options! My mom came to visit (from Croatia), and she went on a shopping spree - she showed up one day with a bag full of all sizes and types is rice noodles! I still have the bag, it’s only half empty.. These are wide rice noodles, paired with a stir fry of broccoli, carrot slaw and zucchini, in homemade peanut miso sauce. And it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!!

Your local Asian store is a reservoir of not only exotic goodies, but also gluten-free pasta options! My mom came to visit (from Croatia), and she went on a shopping spree - she showed up one day with a bag full of all sizes and types is rice noodles! I still have the bag, it’s only half empty.. These are wide rice noodles, paired with a stir fry of broccoli, carrot slaw and zucchini, in homemade peanut miso sauce. And it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!!

💗Bridge pose or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, one of the most restorative and rejuvenating poses on our day 26 of #shiftyourpractice! I teach this pose almost every class! It can be made accessible to beginners, and it is specially advisable as a warm up for more advanced backbends like urdhva or wheel.
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💗As in the past few days, I’ve got the basic backbend version right here for you! However, you can get fancy and play with variations even in bridge, like Eka Pada or one legged version I am demoing right here. 
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💗Start laying down, with feet parallel and hip distance (under your knees is a good cue). Press your shoulders into the mat, lifting you heart up and press your elbows close to your ribs. You can bend your elbows, pointing fingers up (like robot arms 😜), or just press palms into mat. Now lift your hips off the mat. Once the hips are up, do not move your head, and maintain feet parallel. 
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💗To access one legged version, bring your hands to your hips - for this you might have to move your feet closer to your gluteus and lift hips up higher. Once your sacrum is secured, lean into one side slightly and lift the opposite leg up. Work on getting it straight and then switch to the other side. Making sure your neck is safe, always lift your chin away from your chest, maintaining the curve of the neck intact. 
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💗Now have fun and check my co-hosts for their amazing and flexible backbends @rima_danielle @veganyogiunicorn @yinandjuice @mindyvegan !

💗Bridge pose or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, one of the most restorative and rejuvenating poses on our day 26 of #shiftyourpractice! I teach this pose almost every class! It can be made accessible to beginners, and it is specially advisable as a warm up for more advanced backbends like urdhva or wheel.
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💗As in the past few days, I’ve got the basic backbend version right here for you! However, you can get fancy and play with variations even in bridge, like Eka Pada or one legged version I am demoing right here.
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💗Start laying down, with feet parallel and hip distance (under your knees is a good cue). Press your shoulders into the mat, lifting you heart up and press your elbows close to your ribs. You can bend your elbows, pointing fingers up (like robot arms 😜), or just press palms into mat. Now lift your hips off the mat. Once the hips are up, do not move your head, and maintain feet parallel.
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💗To access one legged version, bring your hands to your hips - for this you might have to move your feet closer to your gluteus and lift hips up higher. Once your sacrum is secured, lean into one side slightly and lift the opposite leg up. Work on getting it straight and then switch to the other side. Making sure your neck is safe, always lift your chin away from your chest, maintaining the curve of the neck intact.
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💗Now have fun and check my co-hosts for their amazing and flexible backbends @rima_danielle @veganyogiunicorn @yinandjuice @mindyvegan !

⭐️As our month long #shiftyourpractice yoga class slowly starts to wind down, we are getting into the backbends. On day 25 we are practicing Ustrasana or Camel pose, a very non constricting and accessible backbend.

⭐️Backbends are incredibly healthy for our spine! All day long, all we do is the opposite - rounding our backs, slouching the shoulders, tucking the chin down. When we sit, drive, eat, relax on the couch. So in yoga we try to reverse the effects of bad posture, as well as the effects of gravity and aging which are working against the health of our backs. 


⭐️All backbends have the same basic alignment cues - bring the shoulder blades together, the shoulders back, tuck your chin slightly in and then back, lengthening the neck and throat area. Backbends are primarily to happen from the HEART, opening the heart chakra. However, our tendency is to first bend (and sometimes even break) from the lower back. So we have to protect the sacral area, specially in camel.


⭐️Start with your knees under hips, shins parallel and hip distance apart as well, tuck your toes under (that makes heels more accessible if going for full pose). Bring your hands to tops of your gluteus, fingers pointing down. Engage your gluteus muscles and feel them pressing into your palms. Now press back and shift your hips forward - very important!! Specially when reaching far back, people tend to move their hips back as well which is not safe for lower back and doesn’t allow the heart to open enough. Your hips should be at least over your knees. 


⭐️Bring your shoulders and tops of your ribs back, engage the shoulder blades and feel your chest expand. Bring your head back gently and gaze behind you. This is the first stage of the pose, as demoed by me here. Feel free to stay here and work on your flexibility step by step. There should never be any pinching or pain in your back. Back bends are not just about flexibility but also strength. We are not seeking to make our spines hyper mobile, but equally firm and flexible. 

⭐️Now find your back bends and show us your big beautiful hearts! Check my co hosts for variations and tips @rima_danielle @veganyogiunicorn @yinandjuice @mindyvegan

⭐️As our month long #shiftyourpractice yoga class slowly starts to wind down, we are getting into the backbends. On day 25 we are practicing Ustrasana or Camel pose, a very non constricting and accessible backbend.

⭐️Backbends are incredibly healthy for our spine! All day long, all we do is the opposite - rounding our backs, slouching the shoulders, tucking the chin down. When we sit, drive, eat, relax on the couch. So in yoga we try to reverse the effects of bad posture, as well as the effects of gravity and aging which are working against the health of our backs.


⭐️All backbends have the same basic alignment cues - bring the shoulder blades together, the shoulders back, tuck your chin slightly in and then back, lengthening the neck and throat area. Backbends are primarily to happen from the HEART, opening the heart chakra. However, our tendency is to first bend (and sometimes even break) from the lower back. So we have to protect the sacral area, specially in camel.


⭐️Start with your knees under hips, shins parallel and hip distance apart as well, tuck your toes under (that makes heels more accessible if going for full pose). Bring your hands to tops of your gluteus, fingers pointing down. Engage your gluteus muscles and feel them pressing into your palms. Now press back and shift your hips forward - very important!! Specially when reaching far back, people tend to move their hips back as well which is not safe for lower back and doesn’t allow the heart to open enough. Your hips should be at least over your knees.


⭐️Bring your shoulders and tops of your ribs back, engage the shoulder blades and feel your chest expand. Bring your head back gently and gaze behind you. This is the first stage of the pose, as demoed by me here. Feel free to stay here and work on your flexibility step by step. There should never be any pinching or pain in your back. Back bends are not just about flexibility but also strength. We are not seeking to make our spines hyper mobile, but equally firm and flexible.

⭐️Now find your back bends and show us your big beautiful hearts! Check my co hosts for variations and tips @rima_danielle @veganyogiunicorn @yinandjuice @mindyvegan

Fruity snack with a delicious cool almond chocolate milk, filled with super foods. Super easy, sweet yet refreshing drink that filled me up till dinner. Mix almond milk with chocolate protein powder (I used @gardenofliferaw), a few drops of vanilla stevia, frozen banana and ice, topped with hemp seeds!

Fruity snack with a delicious cool almond chocolate milk, filled with super foods. Super easy, sweet yet refreshing drink that filled me up till dinner. Mix almond milk with chocolate protein powder (I used @gardenofliferaw), a few drops of vanilla stevia, frozen banana and ice, topped with hemp seeds!

Handstand time as #shiftyourpractice is slowly coming to a closure… I cannot believe its day 24 already! Of all the poses in yoga, this is one of the most coveted ones, specially on IG😚😜
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🌺Some are born or have grown up finding balance easily. I was never that kid who did cartwheels, I was actually quite nervous to get up side down in the beginning.. But once I did, I found the playful side of yoga that makes me feel like a kid again (or still, I’m not sure..). I love playing with handstands on the beach, with the sand softening the fall! 
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🌺I’ve got the prep version yet again for you guys. But unlike other poses, L at the wall is not easy! Consider yourselves warned 😜 I invite you to try it, even if you practice full handstand, specially if you do it with back against the wall. There are so many benefits to doing L first. 
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🌺Start in table top, feet pressing into the wall. Now walk your palms one palm print forward - otherwise your stance will be to short! Lift up into down dog at wall first, then lift one elf up at a time. It’s a great prep if you fear inversions. Bring your feet un one at a time, hip height! Lift your gaze up at your fingers or higher. Keep core engaged. 
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🌺This may actually be more weight bearing on your arms and upper body than straight up handstand - building strength! 
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🌺But more importantly, there is a tendency to arch the back too much in handstand (like a banana back), but this pose teaches your body to stack hips over shoulders and maintain your spine straight! 
Now have fun and show us your Adho Mukha Vrksasana (up side down tree pose)! 

Check my #ahimsaalliance girls for fun inversion play @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan

Handstand time as #shiftyourpractice is slowly coming to a closure… I cannot believe its day 24 already! Of all the poses in yoga, this is one of the most coveted ones, specially on IG😚😜
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🌺Some are born or have grown up finding balance easily. I was never that kid who did cartwheels, I was actually quite nervous to get up side down in the beginning.. But once I did, I found the playful side of yoga that makes me feel like a kid again (or still, I’m not sure..). I love playing with handstands on the beach, with the sand softening the fall!
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🌺I’ve got the prep version yet again for you guys. But unlike other poses, L at the wall is not easy! Consider yourselves warned 😜 I invite you to try it, even if you practice full handstand, specially if you do it with back against the wall. There are so many benefits to doing L first.
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🌺Start in table top, feet pressing into the wall. Now walk your palms one palm print forward - otherwise your stance will be to short! Lift up into down dog at wall first, then lift one elf up at a time. It’s a great prep if you fear inversions. Bring your feet un one at a time, hip height! Lift your gaze up at your fingers or higher. Keep core engaged.
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🌺This may actually be more weight bearing on your arms and upper body than straight up handstand - building strength!
-
🌺But more importantly, there is a tendency to arch the back too much in handstand (like a banana back), but this pose teaches your body to stack hips over shoulders and maintain your spine straight!
Now have fun and show us your Adho Mukha Vrksasana (up side down tree pose)!

Check my #ahimsaalliance girls for fun inversion play @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan

Thick and delicious ice-cream style breakfast smoothie for me this morning! With summer staple back figs. Oh how I love figs, they are a total Croatian delicacy, and I rarely get to eat them in hot Florida. These are imported from Turkey and so sweet, like a dessert treat on its own. With cinnamon granola and crushed pecans on top!

Thick and delicious ice-cream style breakfast smoothie for me this morning! With summer staple back figs. Oh how I love figs, they are a total Croatian delicacy, and I rarely get to eat them in hot Florida. These are imported from Turkey and so sweet, like a dessert treat on its own. With cinnamon granola and crushed pecans on top!