Backbend lover…

Confession: When it comes to my yoga practice I’ve never really liked backbends. But it turns out that two hours per day in the car will make you crave backbends (well, at least for me). Sitting in the car is making me stiff in places I’ve never been before! I’m not making it to near as many yoga classes as I would like but when I do it feels soooo good. So I wanted to share some of the poses with you that I’m loving these days (forward folds, inversions, and backbends, oh my!). If you drive a lot or even sit at a desk all day you may benefit from these poses as much as I have.

The {new} favorites… Photos taken at my favorite spot for an early morning yoga practice: my parents lake house.

*Dog optional. Although I do highly recommend it.

Padangustasana (big toe pose)

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Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel pose)… Possibly the one I crave the most.

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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (one-legged king pigeon pose)

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Prasrita Padottanasana C (wide legged forward bend)

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Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog)

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Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand)

Still using the assistance of a tree wall for this one but still crave it nonetheless.

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Supta Virasana (reclining hero pose)

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Dolphin pose

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High lunge variation (hip opener)

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Balasana (child’s pose) knees apart for a little hip opener

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Marichyasana I (pose dedicated to the Sage, Marichi)

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Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)

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Janu Sirsasana (head-to-knee forward fold)

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And of course, most simply… Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog)

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Don’t forget Savasana! (corpse pose)

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*These poses are in no particular order of sequence. Make sure you are warm before practicing these poses and always be mindful of your body and your abilities.

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Shanti,

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The princess dog…

This is one of those posts I warned you about… My Bailey girl turned 7 years old yesterday and like a good mommy, I gave her a birthday party. I promise I’m not “crazy dog lady…” Just an average twenty-something with a completely normal unconditional love for my puppy dog.

Birthday girl...

Doggie cupcakes!

It's not a party without your friends! (Maddy, Emma, & Bailey)

 Peanut Butter Delight doggie cupcakes… Only the best for your best friend! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Organic Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Organic Peanut Butter (with oil separation)
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Shredded Carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting – ingredients

  • 8oz. Regular Cream Cheese
  • 2 tsp. Organic Honey
  • Food coloring (if desired)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • When batter is thick enough, scoop into muffin tins
  • Cook 20-30 minutes (20 minutes was just about perfect for mine)
  • I added Milk-Bones to the top for decoration (and extra yumminess)

Cream Cheese frosting – directions

  • Mix ingredients together
  • Spread on cupcakes