Who Doesn’t Love Pigeons?

Via on Jan 5, 2013

 

 

Source: flickr.com via Sherry Canter on Pinterest

Tip of the day:

Sometimes we need to push ourselves. Sometimes we need to give ourselves a break. Sometimes it’s hard to know which time it is!

I woke up feeling a little grumpy after not enough sleep. A big part of me just wanted to do this for today’s practice:

 

Source: hiroshimayoga.jugem.jp via Ali on Pinterest

(Savasana kitty says “Please be quiet!”)

But, I’m teaching my kids to ski tomorrow, so… I thought getting some good hip-opener time was a better idea than some sort of faux yoga nidra (i.e. laying around in my kitten pajamas).

Giving myself that little nudge to get up and get to it was exactly the right choice.

Oh, hip-openers, I love you so! On weeks that I’ve been running frequently, I make sure I include at least one day of a hip focused practice. My favorite asana in this area?

 

The much maligned Pigeon pose.

I sometimes like to include this asana in post-run stretching, even if I am not doing a complete practice then. If you have SI joint, hip flexor or other lower back issues, please take care and work with a teacher to get proper alignment instruction before incorporating deep hip openers into your practice.

Today’s practice:

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Yoga for Runners with Gwen Lawrence on Gaiam TV.

What was your practice like today? Are you doing #yogaeverydamnday this month? Check back for my updates and follow along on Twitter @kate_bartolotta and Pinterest.

 

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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