Poses: 13/52: Malasana

a7b89284b9df11e3a9a60e6bb66871e9_8Malasana or Garland pose or the dreaded Yogi Squat. This is something that comes easy for some and others it is their nemesis...basically like anything in yoga.

Heels down is the challenge for most. There are tips and tricks...like a rolled mat under your heels:

dbddcc6a0833eb8e88a37cede6593583 My first true yoga teacher, Karen Breneman, in Edinburgh, Scotland is an amazing yogini...she will always be responsible for inspiring to jump headfirst into this practice:

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I keep track of her through social media now and couldn't help but share her instavideo from just a few months ago:

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Of course I have nothing but the utmost respect for Karen, I just thought it is an amazing demonstration of how this can be challenging for anyone...even a crazy, crazy advanced practitioner.

Malasana is tricky. Here's how to do it...instructions from Yoga Journal:

Squat with your feet as close together as possible. (Keep your heels on the floor if you can; otherwise, support them on a folded mat.)

Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso. Exhaling, lean your torso forward and fit it snugly between your thighs.

Press your elbows against your inner knees, bringing your palms to together resist the knees into the elbows. This will help lengthen your front torso.

To go further, press your inner thighs against the sides of your torso. Reach your arms forward, then swing them out to the sides and notch your shins into your armpits. Press your finger tips to the floor, or reach around the outside of your ankles and clasp your back heels.

Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then inhale, straighten the knees, and stand.

Bristo Yoga School in Edinburgh

I was so excited to get an email newsletter from my dear Bristo Yoga School in Edinburgh with this video:

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It was at Bristo back in 2009 with Karen Breneman that I developed a true love for yoga and started a dedicated practice. I hoovered and swept their floor twice a week in exchange for classes--love love love them!

The studio is beautiful now with what looks like a new floor and tons of new features. I wish I could snap my fingers and be there for morning mysore tomorrow am.

Miss you guys!

Art that is nifty on a Sunday morning

Happy Sunday morning! I was drinking my coffee, reading my sites/blogs when I found this--had to put  on the blog immediately!

Um yeah, how amazing are these illustrations from Glasgow-based artist Lesley Barnes?

"I Didn't See it Coming" - Belle and Sebastian [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RZZlcS50qzw]

Alright, I MUST go read now...I have been such a slacker in that department. 

Edinburgh Cycle Chic

I just found the blog Edinburgh Cycle Chic of the original Cycle Chic blog series, which claims to be the "Original Bringin' Sexy Back since 2006."

I'm especially fond of this since I used to live in Edinburgh, Scotland not long ago. I also am partial to photos of stylish ladies riding bicycles...too bad I was always too chicken to ride in the city.

I will live vicariously through these ladies: