Quick Tip – Handstand In A Doorway – Yoga Modification

Don’t even get me started with this pose! Because of the muscle atrophy in my upper back due to Lupus this pose has been the bane of my existence, but this modification, shared with me by my mentor, changed all of that. This modification has made Handstand possible for me. In addition to a regular yoga practice & consistently practicing prep poses this modification has allowed me to build the strength, alignment & knowledge I needed to do it without a doorway. Take your time, be safe, build the strength & knowledge needed to practice poses like this so you don’t hurt yourself. See disclaimer & contraindications in comments section before you try this & let me know if you have any questions 😘

HOW?
🤸🏻‍♀️Find a doorway clear of obstructions
🤸🏻‍♀️Face side of doorway without door
🤸🏻‍♀️Place fingertips about 1 inch away from doorframe, hands shoulder width apart, shoulders will stack directly over wrists
🤸🏻‍♀️Gently place back of head & middle of upper back down the middle of the doorframe
🤸🏻‍♀️Press palms down evenly, engage triceps, wrap bottom tips of shoulder blades towards side ribs & draw them down towards your tailbone
🤸🏻‍♀️Keep shoulder blades broad & firm outer upper arms in
🤸🏻‍♀️Draw shoulders away from ears, spread across collarbones
🤸🏻‍♀️Carefully walk 1 foot 1/2 way up doorway followed by the other. Press 1 foot into doorframe & slowly walk the opposite foot up to touch top of doorframe, once you feel secure follow with the other foot (NOTE: Height will determine if you can meet top of doorframe (short) or extend past doorframe (tall), either walk the feet up & press heels into doorframe or press insides of feet into the outsides of the doorframe)
🤸🏻‍♀️Neck is in line with spine
🤸🏻‍♀️Draw lower front ribs towards hipbones to avoid overarching lower back
🤸🏻‍♀️Direct inner thighs towards wall behind you, buttocks lifts towards heels, hug outer hips in towards midline
🤸🏻‍♀️Release inner & outer thighs back evenly, feet together
🤸🏻‍♀️To come down carefully walk 1 foot down doorway at a time. I like to hang forward for a bit & then rest forehead on doorframe since I’ve just been upside down for an extended period of time

Kick/walk up w/ opposite leg often to avoid creating imbalances 🙂 

Contraindications:
⚠️ Carpal tunnel syndrome
⚠️ High blood pressure
⚠️ Glaucoma/detached retina
⚠️ Wrist or shoulder injury

Disclaimer:
YogiNest recommends that you consult your physician regarding the applicability of any recommendations and follow all safety instructions before beginning any exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself.

For the entire month of May I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️ 

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Focus on what you CAN control vs. what you CAN’T!

What’s 1 thing you can control right now? ⁠⠀
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I remember sitting in therapy, a long time ago, discussing a difficult person in my life. My therapist said, “you have 2 options, you can walk away, or YOU have to change.” I wanted to tear his entire office to shreds! Why should I change? They were the shitty one! They caused me pain! WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO CHANGE?⁠⠀
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I get it now! I had to change because there is only 1 thing we have control over, OURSELVES! We have control over what we do, how we react & whether we take steps forward or remain stuck in old patterns.⁠⠀
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Currently, our planet & everyone on it is being challenged. Lives & jobs are being lost, the world as we knew it is gone. Things WILL get better, but they’ll look different. We have little control over what’s going on, so I want to talk about what you do have control over. ⁠⠀
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Let’s shift our focus, dialogue & conversation from what we can’t control to what we can. The story we tell ourselves is powerful, but it’s not always true, let’s change this by focusing on what we CAN control:⁠⠀
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⚪️Breath – come back to your breath anytime you feel like your world is spiraling – breathwork can help you feel more grounded, centered & less stressed⁠⠀
⚪️The food we power our bodies with ⁠⠀
⚪️Choosing to exercise so our bodies can be strong & flexible ⁠⠀
⚪️The people we allow in our lives⁠⠀
⚪️Our environment – you’ve heard people say, you are what you eat, same applies for the environment you choose to subject yourself to⁠⠀
⚪️Carbon footprint⁠⠀
⚪️Mental health – seek professional help if you need it, talk to a friend/family member, meditate, journal, practice mindfulness techniques. Your brain is a muscle, it needs exercise too⁠⠀
⚪️Taking care of yourself – it’s the most important relationship you have. If the relationship you have with yourself is strong chances are the rest of your relationships will follow suit⁠⠀
⚪️How you react to people & things around you⁠⠀
⚪️How you act on your feelings⁠⠀
⚪️Gratitude – Focus on what you have vs. what you don’t⁠⠀
⚪️When to walk away⁠⠀
⚪️Self-talk & inner dialogue⁠⠀
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You have more power than you know. Focus on what you CAN control vs. what you can’t ❤️

For the entire month of May I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

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YogiNest w/ For Love & Lemons – Meditation & Breathwork to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

I recently had the privilege of collaborating with For Love & Lemons for their IGTV series called #FreshlySqueezedSessions. In this video I’ll be guiding you through a deep breathing and mindfulness exercise to reduce stress & anxiety. Check it out!

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

What’s Your Self-Care Routine?

Happy Tuesday! I want to know what you’re doing to take care of yourself right now. What’s your self-care routine when you’re stressed & anxious? First, I’d like to define self-care, because I’m the biggest nerd & I want to clarify that even though this can include a hot bath, it’s much more than that:⠀

“the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.”⠀
“the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being & happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”⠀

See, it’s not just some foofoo word, it’s much more; and I currently can’t think of a period of time that’s more stressful than mandatory social distancing due to a global pandemic!⠀

I break self-care routines, for myself & my clients, into 3 main categories: mental, emotional & physical. A lot of the techniques overlap; getting outside can improve your mental & emotional wellbeing as well as your physical wellbeing; exercise can improve your physical well being & your emotional & mental wellbeing; so I’ve grouped them all together below 👇🏽 ⠀

😊Meditation ⠀
😊Breathwork ⠀
😊Talk it out – You can do this w/ a licensed therapist, a registered coach like myself, or a friend/family member⠀
😊Stream of conscious writing ⠀
😊Get outside⠀
😊Exercise⠀
😊Get enough sleep⠀
😊Hydrate⠀
😊Nutritious, healthy diet⠀
😊Socialize – This is hard right now, you have to be creative! Use FaceTime, Houseparty or Zoom. There are so many tools available to help us keep in touch with loved ones. We need to social distance, NOT social isolate ❤️⠀
😊Rest/unwind – This is a must! You have to find time to hit the reset button & unwind⠀
😊Treat yourself – This is where the bath, face mask & pampering come in. ⠀
😊 Miscellaneous activity – Paint, bake, cook, play a game, watch a movie, beach, picnic, vacation, etc.⠀

Obviously you can’t do all of these in one day, but it’s my go-to list to pick from. Ideally, some of these should be part of your daily routine, like hydrating, getting enough sleep & eating healthy. Pepper in a few of the other things each day to have a balanced mental, emotional & physical self-care routine. ⠀

Your turn, what’s your go-to self-care routine 🤗❤️

PS: For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

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Why Is Mindfulness So Important?

First of all, what is mindfulness? ⁠

⁠Bob Stahl, PH.D. & Elisha Goldstein, PH.D. define it as, “Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without filters or the lens of judgement. Put simply, mindfulness consists of cultivating awareness of the mind and body and living in the here and now.”⁠

⁠So why is it so important? I believe what happens in the mind shows up in the body. When I’m anxious my heart races, my breath is short & fast, I get queasy, I can’t concentrate & my body feels tight. When I’m sad I feel weak, fatigued & heavy. These are just symptoms I can see on the surface. What’s happening deeper inside? I believe these mental fluctuations & symptoms cause sickness as well as physical pain. I know this because when I’m suffering from anxiety or depression I get sick more. When I’m happy I feel motivated, social, healthy, mostly pain free, less headaches, I sleep better, etc.⁠

⁠Mindfulness does SO many positive things for our mental & physical wellbeing. It helps you build a better relationship with yourself & closes the gap between mind & body. You become more aware of what is going on internally & externally. You learn how to process this information quicker & more precisely. You learn how to filter this information out of your physical & mental body vs. obsessing over it, pushing it down, or allowing it to fester & develop into mental & physical trauma. When a problem arises, mindfulness allows you to acknowledge it without judgement, teaches you how to process it in real-time & provides tools like; meditation, breathing techniques & more to nip it in the bud before it grows. This practice will change your life; you’ll get sick less, sleep better, feel less pain, relationships will improve, you’ll feel happier, motivated, productive & more!  ⁠

⁠The most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself & the most important key to a healthy life is the state of your mind! Mental health needs WAY more attention & we need to break the stigma! Prioritize your mental health by adding some mindfulness techniques to your daily routine & watch everything gradually fall into place.⁠

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com