Here’s a unique sequence that combines both balance work & potential lower body strengthening, and I happen to love it! . Starting in tadasana (mountain pose), bring one leg into pigeon chair pose. Do your best to keep your standing leg hip firmed in toward the midline, because it will probably want to do the opposite here (which will just reduce the amount of work being done by that hip - and why would we want to do that? 😜) . Then try to preserve the externally-rotated position of your pigeon leg as you rise up and *lift that leg up to a hover*. (This helps teach that hip how to control itself in a pigeon-leg position, which is great for yogis!) . Then rotate that hip back to its “neutral” position, sweep the leg behind you, and attempt to tap that knee somewhere along the back of your standing leg. You could tap as high as the back of your knee (pretty high!), or down lower on the calf, achilles tendon, heel, or floor. . In this video I did one version in which I tapped a yoga block (evil!), and a second in which I tapped the floor (technically more evil, but it’s just hard for me to mention blocks without including the word evil these days... heh heh) . Now rise back up to standing and step your foot out to the side a bit for a standing side bend. Here’s a moment for a little pause and an opportunity to feel a stretch through the lateral line of your body. . Then repeat this whole flow a few more times on the same side - ideally until your standing leg starts to feel fatigued & worked. After that, it’s time to visit this same flow on the other side - and to notice any differences you can feel between your two sides 😀 . Let me know how it goes if you explore this balancing/strengthening flow at all! 💙 . . . . . #yogastrong #pigeonpose #utkatasana #squat @jenni_rawlings jenni_rawlings Jenni Rawlings

  • Jenni Rawlings Here’s a unique sequence that combines both balance work & potential lower body strengthening, and I happen to love it!
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Starting in tadasana (mountain pose), bring one leg into pigeon chair pose. Do your best to keep your standing leg hip firmed in toward the midline, because it will probably want to do the opposite here (which will just reduce the amount of work being done by that hip - and why would we want to do that? 😜)
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Then try to preserve the externally-rotated position of your pigeon leg as you rise up and *lift that leg up to a hover*. (This helps teach that hip how to control itself in a pigeon-leg position, which is great for yogis!)
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Then rotate that hip back to its “neutral” position, sweep the leg behind you, and attempt to tap that knee somewhere along the back of your standing leg. You could tap as high as the back of your knee (pretty high!), or down lower on the calf, achilles tendon, heel, or floor.
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In this video I did one version in which I tapped a yoga block (evil!), and a second in which I tapped the floor (technically more evil, but it’s just hard for me to mention blocks without including the word evil these days... heh heh)
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Now rise back up to standing and step your foot out to the side a bit for a standing side bend. Here’s a moment for a little pause and an opportunity to feel a stretch through the lateral line of your body.
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Then repeat this whole flow a few more times on the same side - ideally until your standing leg starts to feel fatigued & worked. After that, it’s time to visit this same flow on the other side - and to notice any differences you can feel between your two sides 😀
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Let me know how it goes if you explore this balancing/strengthening flow at all! 💙
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#yogastrong #pigeonpose #utkatasana #squat

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  • Here’s a unique sequence that combines both balance work & potential lower body strengthening, and I happen to love it! . Starting in tadasana (mountain pose), bring one leg into pigeon chair pose. Do your best to keep your standing leg hip firmed in toward the midline, because it will probably want to do the opposite here (which will just reduce the amount of work being done by that hip - and why would we want to do that? 😜) . Then try to preserve the externally-rotated position of your pigeon leg as you rise up and *lift that leg up to a hover*. (This helps teach that hip how to control itself in a pigeon-leg position, which is great for yogis!) . Then rotate that hip back to its “neutral” position, sweep the leg behind you, and attempt to tap that knee somewhere along the back of your standing leg. You could tap as high as the back of your knee (pretty high!), or down lower on the calf, achilles tendon, heel, or floor. . In this video I did one version in which I tapped a yoga block (evil!), and a second in which I tapped the floor (technically more evil, but it’s just hard for me to mention blocks without including the word evil these days... heh heh) . Now rise back up to standing and step your foot out to the side a bit for a standing side bend. Here’s a moment for a little pause and an opportunity to feel a stretch through the lateral line of your body. . Then repeat this whole flow a few more times on the same side - ideally until your standing leg starts to feel fatigued & worked. After that, it’s time to visit this same flow on the other side - and to notice any differences you can feel between your two sides 😀 . Let me know how it goes if you explore this balancing/strengthening flow at all! 💙 . . . . . #yogastrong #pigeonpose #utkatasana #squat https://scontent-ams4-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/67800784_368172177203902_6279955957516232105_n.jpg?_nc_ht=scontent-ams4-1.cdninstagram.com&oh=4e572ab684816ead4ff77bc3d3097f26&oe=5D5E1889 jenni_rawlings

    Here’s a unique sequence that combines both balance work & potential lower body strengthening, and I happen to love it!
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    Starting in tadasana (mountain pose), bring one leg into pigeon chair pose. Do your best to keep your standing leg hip firmed in toward the midline, because it will probably want to do the opposite here (which will just reduce the amount of work being done by that hip - and why would we want to do that? 😜)
    .
    Then try to preserve the externally-rotated position of your pigeon leg as you rise up and *lift that leg up to a hover*. (This helps teach that hip how to control itself in a pigeon-leg position, which is great for yogis!)
    .
    Then rotate that hip back to its “neutral” position, sweep the leg behind you, and attempt to tap that knee somewhere along the back of your standing leg. You could tap as high as the back of your knee (pretty high!), or down lower on the calf, achilles tendon, heel, or floor.
    .
    In this video I did one version in which I tapped a yoga block (evil!), and a second in which I tapped the floor (technically more evil, but it’s just hard for me to mention blocks without including the word evil these days... heh heh)
    .
    Now rise back up to standing and step your foot out to the side a bit for a standing side bend. Here’s a moment for a little pause and an opportunity to feel a stretch through the lateral line of your body.
    .
    Then repeat this whole flow a few more times on the same side - ideally until your standing leg starts to feel fatigued & worked. After that, it’s time to visit this same flow on the other side - and to notice any differences you can feel between your two sides 😀
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    Let me know how it goes if you explore this balancing/strengthening flow at all! 💙
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    #yogastrong #pigeonpose #utkatasana #squat

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shiziks - Milena - Yoga and Pilates 4 days ago

Had to come back and give you the report about this - I tried it (will put it in my stories and tag you to see) and I so suck at it 😂 (my ankle mobility needs to improve). I got sore glutes the next day 😂 thank you for the inspiration so much 💙

budicheeks - Ashley Shepherd Bluth 1 week ago

I do those knee to floor 1 legged squats in class all the time! 😍 The goal to try and keep toe pointed and never touching the floor and to get back up without hands or toe. I’ll modify with block on high level to mid level to low level. It’s one of my favorites. Took me so long to “master” and here you are making it look like a piece of cake. 😜

yogirajudayom - Yogiraj Uday 1 week ago

🌷🌷Beautiful, Very nice balance & angle with body❤️🌷❤️Effective & amazing  practice of yoga for mind Peace, OM energy, Good health, Wellness & Fitness❤️🌷❤️So great.....keep it up & continue for the deep love and combination of pure soul & heart of the peoples around the world❤️🌷❤️Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantih..❤️My lovely friend❤️ - Yogirajuday-Rishikesh, India🌷🌷