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Yogalicious Shoulder Stand.

February 16, 2012 by Carolina

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Why is this post yogalicious? Because it’s about two of my favorite things: Yoga & Adam Levine. Well it’s actually just about yoga but I’ll take any excuse to use Adam ’round these parts. The Voice is now back on & I’m loving it, loving Adam & most importantly loving yoga.

As you guys know I’m a yoga enthusiast, I say enthusiast because I’m far from being a hard core yogi. Yoga is a practice that takes time to perfect & right now I’m enjoying building on poses, listening to my body, learning how to move. I leave yoga feeling renewed, recharged, limber & ready to take on the day — it’s such a gift!

This past weekend I finally did a shoulder stand right & I felt it — it’s amazing how a pose feels when you’ve got it right. I asked my yogi friend to give me pointers on how to practice the pose at home without getting injured & was lucky enough to get step by step instructions to share. Warning: Please do be careful when you try any poses at home! Here’s how to perfect a shoulder stand:

  • Lie down with your back on your yoga mat
  • Lift your arms flat above your head & on the floor & lift your legs straight up on the air. You should look like an L
  • Lift your hips off the floor & bring your legs up over your head, toes touching the floor
  • Lift your back to move your legs further beyond your head
  • Straighten your back, you should look somewhat like a triangle. Bring your hands back & place them on our upper back
  • Use your hands as support as you begin to life your legs straight up until your body is aligned
  • You are now on a shoulder stand. Try to hold it for at least a minute then slowly come out of it

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Inversions (like a shoulder stand) are great for blood flow & circulation, however, they are not recommended for women who are pregnant, in the highest point of their cycle or people with back or neck problems. That said, shoulder stand is a pretty cool pose. My goal is to eventually be able to hold a headstand like Adam here.

Yogalicious right? Told you so! Namaste.

Disclosure: I am not a certified yoga instructor or personal trainer, fitness tips are written solely based on my personal experience.

Carolina

Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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