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  • I wasn’t able to catch my heels from the air until I turned 45. What’s going to come at 50? 🤔🤞🏻
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@vesic_jelena and I have made a video all about Pain Free Backbending. It’s everything I’ve learned about backbending from teaching and practicing these past 20 years. The link is in my bio.
  • We’ve been practicing in a beautiful little beach Shala that has a mirror on one wall. Mirrors are fascinating to use during practice— so useful for alignment. But for my everyday practice, no mirrors. I want to use my time on the mat to connect with my source, not my reflection.
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This mirror is especially beautiful as it’s reflecting my wife, @vesic_jelena 💙
  • It’s Day 6, our final post for #happypooyear! Today it’s Mayurasana, Peacock Pose.
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This pose gets things moving by using your elbows to massage your digestive organs. It’s a bit of a challenge to get into the full expression of Mayurasana, but you can receive many of this posture’s benefits by doing any version.
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In the video, I’m demonstrating a beginners entry into the pose. The good thing about starting this way is that you can hold any stage of the set-up and start to feel the work of the posture.
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If you want to see Ashtanga’s full vinyasa entry and exit, check out the lovely @vesic_jelena.
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Today’s poop log: 💩💩💩💩 I’m loving all the fresh fruit and veggies here at @samahitaretreat! 💕
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Thanks to everyone that joined this strange scatological challenge. We love you and your humour— your posts were fantastic!
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Video by @vesic_jelena
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Shorts from @werkshop 👌
  • We’re a bit late with Day 5 of #happypooyear 💩🎈, which is Uddiyana Bandha/Nauli. @vesic_jelena and I were travelling for 27 hours yesterday and arrived in Ko Samui, Thailand at @samahitaretreat late last night.
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Uddiyana Bandha, the abdominal lock:
-1.exhale all of the air out of the lungs and don’t breathe in
-2.put your hands on your knees
-3.bring your chin to your chest
-4.draw your belly in and up
-5.pull your tailbone down

This lock is great for toning and massaging internal organs. It also stokes the digestive fire, Agni, that burns in your belly. And of course all of this leads to great poops!
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In the video, after I find Uddiyana Bandha, I start doing Nauli, which is a cleaning exercise (Kriya) for the digestive organs. Basically you use your abdominal muscles to massage your gut.
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This one takes some practice. Initially it can be difficult to isolate the abdominal muscles. At first, just going though the actions, whether you achieve isolation or not, can help you get a feel for it.
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-1.find Uddiyana Bandha
-2.release the the center muscles of the abdomen
-3.press into your hands and draw your tailbone to the left to find the left side abdominal muscles
-4.press into your hands and pull your tailbone to the right to find the right side abdominal muscles
-5.move your tailbone in a circle and keep pressing into the hands to create the wave motion of the abdominal muscles. Try both directions.
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Today’s poop log: 0 so far 😞. Traveling messes my schedule up a bit. But it’s early in the day, and I have great hopes! 😃
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Join the challenge. Tag @davidrobsonyoga and @vesic_jelena and hashtag #happypooyear when you post! All participants will be rewarded with wonderful poops.
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Video by @vesic_jelena
  • Day 4 of #happypooyear is a twisting posture, Ardha Matsyendrasana.
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Twisting everyday is a huge aid in digestion and pooping. When you twist you wring the digestive organs, and even tone them. Twists are also a great way to break down belly and organ fat and support good spinal health.
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I’m sitting in a plane on the runway of Toronto’s airport as I write this. @vesic_jelena and I are on our way to Thailand, which means we have about  24 hours of airplanes and airports in front of us.
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Air travel always messes up my gut. The change in pressure, the insane food, and the time changes tend to mix up my digestive tract for a couple of days after. To minimize discomfort, I will eat lightly while in transit. And, once I land, I will do light, restorative asanas for the first day to get my body back online.
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Today’s poop log: it’s early in the day, but I’ve already managed a 💩💩 💩!
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Join the challenge. Don’t hold it in! Tag @davidrobsonyoga and @vesic_jelena and hashtag #happypooyear when you post! All participants will be rewarded with wonderful poops.
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Pic by @mscorsaletti
  • Posture 3 of #happypooyear is Wind Removing Pose, taken from the Bikram sequence.
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Over 15 years ago I used to teach Bikram Yoga. This pose always reminds me of one of my students from back then, Lou. When Lou would do Wind Removing Pose these incredible, trumpeting farts would come out of him. The posture is held on each side for 30 seconds, and I swear that Lou’s fart would last for the entire 30 seconds. And this would happen EVERY SINGLE DAY.
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Of course, no one wanted to practice beside Lou. But really, he was the only one in the whole class doing the posture properly, wasn’t he?
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Today’s poop log: 💩💩 💩. I wish there was a half poop emoji, cause it was actually a 2.5.
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Join the challenge and tell IG about your bowel movements. Everyone needs to know about that shit. And don’t forget to tag @davidrobsonyoga and @vesic_jelena and hashtag #happypooyear when you post! All participants will be rewarded with wonderful poops.
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Pic by @mscorsaletti
  • Day 2 of #happypooyear is #malasana, the squat.
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This simple posture is so beneficial. I squat whenever my back or hips are sore, or if I have a stomach ache, and, yes, when I want to poo.
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When I’m preparing for practice and still waiting to poop, I’ll squat for a few minutes (while drinking my coffee ☕️🙂). It always works!
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If you have trouble squatting, try putting a rolled up blanket or towel under your heels. Practice daily and it will eventually become easy.
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Today’s poop log: 💩💩 (maybe it’s performance anxiety from this challenge?!)
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Join the challenge and see how it works for you. Tag @davidrobsonyoga and @vesic_jelena and hashtag #happypooyear when you post! All participants will be rewarded with wonderful poops.
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Pic by @mscorsaletti 🌵
  • Day 1 of #happypooyear🎈💩 is about diet. What you put in is going to determine what comes out. No way around it.
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I’ve been vegan for the last 15 years. I became a vegan for the animals, but happy poops have been a definite bonus. And I’m pretty sure that my vegan diet has helped me in my daily asana practice. I feel like eating a plant based diet has made me lighter and more flexible.
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Of course, you don’t need to be a vegan to have happy poos. But you do need to eat well. And to help you with that, we’ve put together a post at @ashtangayogatoronto that explains how to make a happy poop through diet. Here’s the link:
https://www.ashtangatoronto.com/blog/
The link is also in my bio.
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Are you a vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? Whale shark? What’s your strategy for healthy eating and happy pooping?
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Today’s poop log: 💩💩 (I ate too many french fries yesterday)
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Join the challenge and see how it works for you. Tag @davidrobsonyoga and @vesic_jelena and hashtag #happypooyear when you post! All participants will be rewarded with wonderful poops.

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