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Starting out with acro yoga

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I just started getting into acro yoga with one of my training partners for fighting. This is what we’ve done so far. This was our third time practicing the routine. Still tons to improve on.

 

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Personal yoga challenge 2014: Post #1

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Earlier in February of this year,  I posted an open invitation to anyone willing to help challenge me and keep me on my toes with posting more about my yoga practice. I want to share with others my love and knowledge (I’m always learning! ) of yoga and also to hear from others about their favorite poses in yoga. So here is my first post on the project.

Pose #1: Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

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A friend and also current private online client of mine,  Lewis suggested downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) for my first pose. Another friend of mine took the picture for me at one of the gyms I teach Yoga (a bjj place called wrightson). This posture is one of my favorite full body lengthening and awareness of the asanas. If I am practicing and need a moment to re-center myself,  this is my go to pose.

Getting into the posture:
Starting in a forward fold,  place the palms down outside your feet.
Step or jump both feet to the back of your mat.
With the toes curled under,  push your hips into the sky.
Head between the arms as your gaze is either between the legs towards the back or up towards your navel.
Tilt the pelvis towards the ceiling to help straighten the back.
Keep hands shoulder width distance and feet hips width distance.
Feet parallel.
Eventually get heels to ground.

Variation:
If your wrist are hurting you, go into dolphin instead by placing forearms down on ground,  interlacing hands.
Use a chair for your hands if you can’t go all the way down.

Okay post number1 of #jenyogachallenge is complete!  Follow me on instagram and Facebook or subscribe to kiokatt.com for more yoga inspired writings and pictures.

Namaste!

My Open Invitation: Personal Yoga Challenge for 2014

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Starting Today, I’ve initiated a personal yoga challenge extended to the online coDancermmunity.  You, yes YOU the reader, can leave the name of a yoga pose in the comment section (or post on my facebook page)  you would like to see me do! I will attempt the pose and take a picture of me doing such.  I will post at least one picture a day (as long as I have comments). Obviously there are some poses (advanced) I will not be able to do right now but I will still take my attempted pictures of said pose. On a side note I will keep all the poses on a running list of what I have done / not done for this project to track its progress.  I don’t care if I get multiple requests for the same pose, at that point I’ll get creative with how to take the picture.  I’m going to run this challenge for the remaining of the 2014 year. So let’s get this started!

 

Pictures will be posted on instagram, facebook and jenallenyoga.com.

 

After this is done I’ll make a compilation of the challenge along with my thoughts and post it online as well.

 

Namaste!

Winter Time Workings

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Lion created in flash by Jen Allen

Simhasana never looked so cute.

The body may want to slow down during the colder season while the mind continues to go full throttle.  You may be finishing up the semester at school, preparing for the holidays or maybe getting ready for a weather storm. Release a bit of your stress during this time with giving space and time to yourself.  It’s okay to relax, regroup your ideas, and recharge your energy.  One way I like to relax is by doing yoga with friends.  It becomes more of a community event of tuning out the stressors in life and focusing on what’s important, you. What do YOU want from life? How do YOU want to read the book about yourself.  However, while focusing on yourself during the practice, afterwards you rejoin with your friends and new ideas, goals, revelations may come through! This is also a great time for reflection of the past year as it nears an end during December.  If yoga isn’t your bag, just a simple slow breathing exercise will help you calm down.  

 

Here is a breathing exercise  I like to do: (I like doing this while laying on my back or sitting comfortably)

Breathe in slow while counting: 1…2…3
Hold while counting: 1…2…3
Breathe out slow while counting: 1…2…3
Hold while counting: 1…2…3

Rinse, Repeat until you can start increasing your count to a higher number, please try to stay within the single digits if this is your first breathing exercise or feel light headed.  Listen to your body. Listen to your mind. Let your heart speak, and listen well.

 

What are some ways you like to de-stress during the winter / holiday season?

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Five Week Session~

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I’ll be teaching an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga five week session if anyone is interested!

 

You can register here.

It’s okay to keep your heart open.

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It’s okay to talk to that stranger you see passing you by.

It’s okay to laugh at yourself when you fall.

It’s okay to love someone else and expect nothing in return.

It’s okay for the love of your life to be right now.

It’s okay to smile, to laugh, to cry, to anger.

It’s okay to be whatever you want and do what you want for your heart’s desire.

It’s okay to lose someone.

It’s okay to be frustrated of where you are in life, or think about where you want to be.

It’s okay to change your life for the better.

It’s okay to not worry about others, they can take care of themselves.

Keep your heart open and everything will be okay.

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This is my last weekend of 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

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What an amazing journey.  It’s only just begun!  

In the beginning of this summer I enrolled in a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through MAKA Movement.  This upcoming weekend, I’m teaching two free yoga classes as my final assignments.  I’m so excited, so happy and so grateful for these past few months.  I’ve met AMAZING people and learned a lot about myself. Who I want to be, how I want to leave my print on the world and why I do the things I do.  The best part yet, my story is not over.  I will continue to teach Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga in Maryland and plan to eventually go to India, then Japan, then the whole world to expand my appreciation, knowledge and connection with yoga and the yoga community.

If you’re in the area, check out the free classes!

Friday Evening Vinyasa 60 minute class

Saturday Evening Ashtanga 90 minute class

 

Thank you to all the friends and family that have supported me in not only this small step of my life but in every aspect of my world. Thank you, I’m truly grateful.

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