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  • Day 1️⃣2️⃣ of #dontsmashyourface is #Pinchamayurasana, Feather of the Peacock Pose.
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Pinchamayurasana is an arm balance in Ashtanga's Intermediate Series. You might want to use a wall for this one!
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In the video I'm demonstrating the vinyasa:
▶️ inhale, prepare with the hands and elbows shoulder width apart, legs straight.
⏸ exhale here
▶️ inhale, lift 🆙
⏩ Take 5 breaths
▶️ exhale, jump back to #ChaturangaDandasana
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Getting up in this pose is really hard. But coming down to Chaturanga Dandasana can be even more difficult. Give it your best try, and remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!
  • Day 1️⃣1️⃣ of #dontsmashyourface is #Mayurasana, Peacock Pose.
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Mayurasana is in Ashtanga's Intermediate Series. It's a hard pose on its own, but it's even harder when you're sweaty and tired from all of the poses that come before it. It's also made more difficult by the strange vinyasa we do to get in and out of the pose. .
1- inhale, feet hip width apart, place hands together between the feet with fingers pointing back, head up
2- exhale, fold forward, head between arms
3- inhale, head up
4- exhale, jump back
5- inhale, put the elbows in the lower belly and shift forward to lift the feet. Try to keep the legs together and straight
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Hold the pose for 5 breaths.
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6- inhale, Upward Facing Dog Pose (don't change the hands)
7- exhale, Downward Facing Dog
8- inhale, jump forward, head up
9- exhale, fold forward, head between the arms
Inhale, Samasthiti.
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To see a breakdown of the pose with beginner options, check out the amazing @vesic_jelena.
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Post your version of the #mayurasana. And remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!
  • Day 1️⃣0️⃣ of #dontsmashyourface is #Nakrasana, Crocodile Pose. This challenge is both a pose and a vinyasa.
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➡️Hold #ChaturangaDandasana with your feet together. ➡️Stay in Chaturanga Dandasana and hop forward and back 5 times.
➡️Don't straighten your arms to hop.
➡️Keep your body in a straight line.
➡️Try to move your body using just your fingers, toes and core.
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To see someone much prettier doing the same pose, check out the amazing @vesic_jelena.
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Post your version of the vinyasa/pose #nakrasana. And remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!
  • Day 9️⃣ of #dontsmashyourface is the vinyasa we do in Ashtanga from #Virabhadrasana, Warrior Pose, to #ChaturangaDandasana, Four Limb Staff Pose.
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I'm demonstrating 2 different versions of this vinyasa, straight arm and bent arm.
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Judging by Sharath's post on YouTube (https://youtu.be/6bwUiUJ_O0w) (and him constantly shouting "No handstands!" During his vinyasa in led Primary😂) I think we're supposed to try and do the second version, with bent elbows. Which is, of course, 100x harder.
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Post your version of the vinyasa from #virabhadrasana. And remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!
  • Day 8️⃣ of the #dontsmashyourface challenge and we're back to the crazy stuff. 😜 Today's challenge is the vinyasa from #utkatasana, Uneven Pose.
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There are 2 slightly different versions of this vinyasa:

1. This is the straight arm version. Basically you lift to or jump into a tuck handstand.
-Knees stay bent and together as you fold forward.
-Hands shoulder width apart.
-Keep the arms straight and lean forward so the shoulders come past the wrists.
-Keep your chin up so you don't go over!
-Jump or lift into the tuck handstand.
-As you exhale, bend the elbows to come down to Chaturanga Dandasana.
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2. This is the bent arm lift. Much harder!
-Knees stay bent and together as you fold forward.
-Hands shoulder width apart.
-Elbows stay over the wrists as the arm bend.
-Let your chest and shoulders come a little forward and come onto your tiptoes.
-Push into the hands and keep the legs squeezed to the body.
-Jump or lift the hips up, keeping the knees bent.
-Exhale to straighten the legs and come down to Chaturanga Dandasana.
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Post your version of the vinyasa from #utkatasana. And remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!
  • Day 7️⃣ of the #dontsmashyourface challenge is any #shoulderstretch or #heartopening pose. There's very little chance of smashing your face in today's challenge, but we included it to highlight the idea that we need to rest and balance our bodies with our practice. It can't all be face-smashing!
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This posture used to be part of Ashtanga's finishing sequence, but not anymore. It used to come right after Yoga Mudra. Now Sharath teaches it as an optional pose to address respiratory problems. I just love it as a shoulder stretch and chest opener.
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Post your favorite shoulder stretch or heart opener. And remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!
  • Day 6️⃣ of the #dontsmashyourface challenge is #EkaPadaBakasana.
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This one is soooo hard! 🙈 But we've been building and prepping for this with the work we've done over the last 5 days!
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In this video I show 3 stages of the pose.
You could try any one or all of these stages, or even just make up your own way to get in.
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➡️The trick to lifting the head is to use the extended back leg and hips as a counterweight.
➡️Keep the leg a straight as possible, and spin it in so that you feel it's connected to your core.
➡️Keep pulling the lower belly in.
➡️Let the weight of the leg dip slightly toward the ground and press into the hands.
➡️Extend the chin when it's time to lift the head off floor.
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Good luck and have fun! Remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!
  • Day 5️⃣ of the #dontsmashyourface challenge is lifting from a Tripod Headstand variation to Bakasana.
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➡️It's all about shifting your weight.
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➡️Once the knees are on the arms, start to tip your hips back and down.
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➡️When the head starts to lift, press into the hands and round the upper back.
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➡️Work towards straight arms. Squeeze the legs together to get more lift.
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Let's see your best video or pic of the lift from Tripod Headstand to Bakasana.
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Remember to tag me, @davidrobsonayct, & @vesic_jelena. And #dontsmashyourface!

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