Let’s Talk About Yoga Bullies

Have you ever had a bad experience in a public yoga class? If you said yes you’re not the only one. More than 50% of clients that come to me (I specialize in private coaching sessions) state their reason for pursuing private sessions as having bad experiences in public yoga classes. So today I want to talk about yoga bullying & peer pressure.⁠

⁠Don’t get me wrong there are PLENTY of amazing yoga teachers & studios out there, I have a few favorites of my my own, but even I’ve had some bad experiences.⁠

⁠I started doing yoga many years ago as I was told it was a great way to get exercise without hurting my joints or causing inflammation since I have Lupus. First of all, yoga is not one-size-fits-all. There are several styles that caused my body distress, but after years of trying things out I found Iyengar yoga & it became my happy place, but on my journey to this happy place I experienced a lot of pressure! It was so confusing. Wasn’t yoga supposed to be about my inner journey, no ego, pride, competition or judgement? That was not my experience, it is now, as I’ve found my people & practice that work for me, but over the years I’ve been pushed extremely hard by yoga teachers, told to preserve through the pain. I’ve been adjusted aggressively in class & called out publicly for using modifications when a pose didn’t feel safe for me. Once a teacher even told me there was no reason I shouldn’t be doing Handstand without modifications. I call bullshit! I was proud of myself! I was proud of not being in a hospital bed, or on a ton of medication. Doctors told me I was going to die, but I was in a yoga studio moving my body, that’s all that mattered to me. It’s MY practice, it’s YOUR practice! Do what feels safe for YOU! Pick a style that feels good in your body. Modify if you need to. Close your eyes, breath & listen to YOURSELF! Find a teacher that makes you feel empowered & challenged in a way that feels safe for you, your body & whatever ailments you might be dealing with. This practice is about self-inquiry & growth, not just on a physical level but also mentally. Move your body in a way that feels good & trust yourself. Feel safe! Feel empowered ❤️

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.

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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

Choosing The Right Exercise Plan For You

Did you guys know I have Lupus, I never talk about it so I wasn’t sure, lol 😂 Today I want to talk about my yoga/exercise experience while struggling with an inflammatory disease. Before we get started let me explain, my body is mad at me A LOT! I have built a very strong preventative medicine toolbox over the years & I feel better than ever but I’ve definitely struggled & still do from time to time. Throughout the years I’ve dealt with fighting kidney & pancreas failure, permanent muscle atrophy, chronic infections in my heart & lungs, confusion & memory loss, LOTS of body aches & pain & chronic inflammation in my entire body…to name a few things. Finding a form of exercise that doesn’t add to the physical & mental pain has been a STRUGGLE.  I can’t run, I can’t overheat, I can’t do anything high impact & let me tell you, yoga is not one-size-fits-all. 

It took a long time for me to test out a lot of different yoga styles & forms of exercise to find what works for me, so here’s my best advice…DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU & ONLY YOU! 

Block everything else out! I don’t care if someone else with Lupus can run, I can’t & it makes me feel like shit, so I don’t do it. Instead I do incline training. I can’t do Plyometrics, HIIT or CrossFit; but I can hike & do yoga & pilates. I can’t do hot yoga, but I can do all the Iyengar yoga I want. 

Everyone is different & we all need different things. I know there’s a lot of noise out there, lot’s of opinions, lot’s of advice, but I’m here to tell you, only my advice matters…just kidding, lol 😂 Jokes aside, all that matters is what feels good in your physical & mental body. Play with lots of different stuff, test it out, if you hate it & your body hates it move on to something else. I promise you’ll find something you love that also agrees with whatever “ailments” you’re dealing with, I did ❤️

This is a personal journey, don’t let anyone tell you any different. There are SO many choices to pick from, take some time to figure out what works for you & take care of the only body (home) you’ll ever have ❤️If yoga happens to be your #1 pick you should hire YogiNest to train you, I hear they’re the best… I had to 🤣

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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Quick Tip – How To Do Headstand At The Wall

When I was 1st learning Headstand I was taught at a wall. The information out there can be a bit contradictory as kicking up at a wall can cause you to overarch your lower back, but this has been the most beneficial way for myself & my clients to learn how to safely practice Headstand. Follow the cues, don’t rush, use modifications & be patient with yourself! Practice prep poses until you feel strong & educated. Please read the disclaimer & contraindications before you try this.

HOW?
🤸🏻‍♀️ Place mat vertically @ a wall clear of obstructions (TV, shelves, etc.)
🤸🏻‍♀️ Kneel facing wall, interlace fingers & place knuckles against wall
🤸🏻‍♀️ Elbows directly under shoulders & shoulder width apart
🤸🏻‍♀️ Place crown of head on floor between hands, head is cradled between hands, maintain natural curve of the neck
🤸🏻‍♀️ Press down through hands, wrists, forearms & elbows – lift up through arms

⚠️Only 10% or less of the support is on the head & neck. Pay attention to the cues! Putting too much weight on the head & neck is harmful! Educate yourself & build strength 1st.

🤸🏻‍♀️ Curl toes under, lift hips up, knees come off floor. Walk feet in until torso is nearly perpendicular to the floor. Maintain lift of the shoulders. GENTLY kick up; heels meet the wall (practice kicking up with a different leg each time) You may also bend the knees & bring buttocks & feet to the wall before you extend the legs straight.

⚠️Be careful not to rest in the lower back. Make sure you follow the cues for the torso & pelvis.

🤸🏻‍♀️ Widen the collarbones, relax shoulders away from ears, firm shoulder blades in towards back ribs
🤸🏻‍♀️ Direct front ribs towards frontal hips bones to minimize overarch in lower back
🤸🏻‍♀️ Reach pubic bone & tailbone equally towards the ceiling
🤸🏻‍♀️ Engage front & back of thighs to straighten & extend legs & hips
🤸🏻‍♀️ Flex feet & reach up through the heels
🤸🏻‍♀️ To come down you may either gently lower one leg at a time or bend knees, place feet on wall & then come down to rest in child’s pose.

Play with both heels at the wall with a longer hold to build strength & form, one foot away from wall at a time to practice balance & form, both feet away from wall & balance. Have fun & be SAFE!

Contraindications:
⚠️ High blood pressure
⚠️ Detached retina, glaucoma
⚠️ Hiatal hernia
⚠️ Sinus, eye, or ear infection
⚠️ Fever
⚠️ Neck injuries
⚠️ Osteoporosis

KICK UP #1:
Keep both heels @ the wall
Build strength 
Practice balance
Protect lower back, neck & head
Rest in child’s pose in between for 15 seconds

KICK UP #2:
Play with taking one foot off the wall at a time
Build strength 
Practice balance
Protect lower back, neck & head
Rest in child’s pose in between for 15 seconds

KICK UP #3:
Slowly & carefully play with taking both feet off the wall
Build strength 
Practice balance
Protect lower back, neck & head
Rest in child’s pose in between for 15 seconds

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⚠️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 via the link in my bio. 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

 

Journey To Headstand (Sirsasana) – Dolphin Pose Tutorial – Headstand Preparation

Headstand is one of the top poses I get questions for so I thought I’d share a tip that helped me a lot on my journey to Headstand. There are lots of poses that can help to prepare you for Headstand but nothing helped me more than a consistent Dolphin practice🐬 ⁠

I suffer from permanent muscle atrophy in my upper body due to complications with Lupus so inversions & arm balances are a real struggle for me. Dolphin has helped me build a strong & safe headstand practice. Please see the disclaimer & contraindications in the comments section before you try this & let me know if you have any questions, that’s what I’m here for 😘 ⁠

⁠HOW?⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Interlace fingers; elbows shoulder width apart; feet hip width apart⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Press down through hands, wrists, forearms & elbows – lift up through the arms⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Keep head & neck in line with the spine⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Widen the collarbones, relax shoulders away from ears, firm shoulder blades in towards back ribs⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Extend torso evenly away from hands, lengthen spine, lift up through the hips⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Direct lower front ribs towards frontal hips bones & lift front ribs away from floor⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Neither arch nor round lower back⁠

🤸🏻‍♀️ Press thigh bones back, strengthen legs & lift hips off your waist⁠

⁠To build strength & proper alignment I hold this pose for 15-30 seconds at a time & do 3-5 reps in my daily sessions.⁠

⁠Contraindications:
❌ Reflux, hiatal hernia

❌ High blood pressure/low blood pressure

❌ History of stroke

❌Glaucoma/detached retina

⁠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 via the link in my bio. 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

Why Is Movement So Important?

Humans are meant to move! It’s important for our mental & physical health. 

Our ancestors moved a lot, but today we live mostly sedentary lives. We sit in cars & at desks, we sit on the couch & is scroll through our phones or binge one of the MANY streaming services we have at our fingertips…lots of sitting…and it’s horrible for our physical & mental health. According to the World Health Organization in 2017, physical inactivity was the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality.

Let’s take a look at some of the side effects of living a sedentary lifestyle:

Anxiety, cardiovascular disease, migraines, digestive issues, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, lipid disorders, obesity, osteoporosis, scoliosis, spinal disc herniation (low back pain). Physical inactivity may even increase the risks of certain cancers & can cause a decrease in skeletal muscle mass. This is only a small list!

Personally, I know when I’m more sedentary I feel; fatigued, irritable, stressed, depressed, anxious, aches & pains throughout my body, tension, stiffness, headaches, more emotional, less motivated & productive, insomnia, less creative, etc. 

Stress, energy, toxins & emotional/physical trauma gets stuck in the body! So get unstuck & move your body!!! Of course I’d love it if ya’ll pulled out yoga mats right now & did a solid 60 min. session BUT yoga isn’t for everyone. What works is choosing a physical activity that is pleasing to you. Walk, bike, DO YOGA (wink, wink), pilates, swim, hike, CrossFit, weight train, etc. Find something you love & incorporate it into your schedule TODAY! You can even exercise at your desk, or invest in a standing desk & see how this positively affects your physical & mental health, concentration, productivity, creativity, etc.    

According to the Center for Disease Control you should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of a more vigorous regimen weekly. Walking 10,000 steps a day (approx. 5 miles) is another great goal for improving health & reducing risks caused by inactivity. Pair this with mindfulness practices & breathing techniques & you’ll be in good shape, both physically & mentally. 

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