The beauty of basic yoga.
As a yoga teacher it´s part of my job to practice and teach inversions and pretzel-like yoga shapes as students love it - and yea, it´s fun! And what with all the amazing yoga bloggers these days who can hold handstands (with one hand!!) for an hour with their legs in lotus there seems to be an element of showmanship slipping in to the wonderful world of yoga.
I love trying new things, I love moving onwards and upwards and facing my fears head-on but when it comes to my own yoga practice I like to keep things simple. I use my yoga practice as a way to nourish and not injure and exhaust my body, after all I´m a small girl who has no desire to have the shoulders and strength of ten men. After maybe a year of pushing my body to the edge I´ve realised that it´s not for me. Yoga is feeling my body calm and strong, using my core to lift my legs into a headstand whilst breathing freely, moving gracefully and energising my limbs.
Today I did a light practice on the beach while the waves splashed against my legs and the following postures have to be my all-time favourites; triangle and dancers pose - nothing quite stretches your body while grounding you and allowing your prana to vibrantly pulsate through your body and mind.
I´m saving drunken monkey poses for when I´m in the pub and on the mat it´s all about grace, beauty and balance.