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Power Yoga Sunday and a Somethin' Pretty Contest!

Posted Jan 10 2010 8:04am
*Don't forget you still have 2 days to enter my AZC Designs headband giveaway, scroll down and do so*

Good morning Bloggy friends. I love Sundays because I start my day with an awesome power yoga class at my local Urban Active. They are lucky to have a really talented teacher, I really like her style. Today she was telling us to breathe in with love, love for yourself.  Such a great idea. I try really hard to think positive when I do yoga. I will bitch about one thing though, the stupid gym took my beloved class from 75 mins to 60, boo on them.  And they started it at 9am, instead of 9:15 and the daycare opens at 9, so I will bea little late every time.  Whatevs. 

You know what I really enjoy?  The Dancing Warrior vinyasa. Do you know it? If not you can check it out here:

I love Warrior 2, I always feel very strong and balanced when I am in this pose.

From the yoga journal online:

Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger's skin

Step by Step

Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, palms down.

Turn your right foot in slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees. Align the left heel with the right heel. Firm your thighs and turn your left thigh outward so that the center of the left knee cap is in line with the center of the left ankle.

Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle, so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. If possible, bring the left thigh parallel to the floor. Anchor this movement of the left knee by strengthening the right leg and pressing the outer right heel firmly to the floor.

Stretch the arms away from the space between the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. Don't lean the torso over the left thigh: Keep the sides of the torso equally long and the shoulders directly over the pelvis. Press the tailbone slightly toward the pubis. Turn the head to the left and look out over the fingers.

Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.

I am very excited to have another Somethin' Pretty giveaway for you.  Yoga Grrllie graciously sent me one of her gorgeous yoga mat bag covers for one of my lucky readers! The one I have to give away is very similar to this, they are extremely study and well made, you will be the envy of all the other yogis in your class!

Yoga Grrllie is actually LaRae, a yoga and pilates instructor and she has her own website and you can learn a pose of the month there. Look at all the other fun items she sells!

Aromatherapy pillows:

Adorable aprons:

Ready to enter?  All you have to do is visit LaRae's shop and leave me a comment telling me something you learned, it could be your favorite item, where she's from, whatever, just make sure you check out her wares.  Want an extra entry?  Just facebook or blog about this contest, make sure you leave a separate comment if you do.  I will pick a winner using on Friday afternoon.  Good luck!

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