christiannilsson ”This mountain’s of such sort that climbing it is hardest at the start; but as we rise, the slope grows less unkind.”
— Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

For day 3 of #YogaBetweenThePages, Hannah (@woodspine) brings this powerful passage from The Divine Comedy, and here is my backbending interpretation of it!
Backbending for me comes somewhat available flexibility-wise, but I still lack the strength to sustain it in most ways. As I climb this mountain, I need to hold myself just near the peak, for if I look further down, I stumble and plummet down the slope without integrity. And that is why I chose this variation of #UrdhvaDhanurasana / #WheelPose, to lift myself up as high the peak as possible, while still grounding down and maintaining my balance and strong foundation, so that as I rise, the slope feels and grows less unkind.
Find your own backbending slope to conquer, and tag/follow the hosts and sponsor so that we can see your creative photos! Don't forget to tag it with #YogaBetweenThePages as well!
HOSTS:
@woodspine
@lonewolfyoga
@christiannilsson
SPONSOR:
@thewaymat
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11h

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christiannilsson ”I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.”
— T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Day 2 of #YogaBetweenThePages in this variation of #YogaDandasana where our focus is hips! Do whatever hip opening pose that you feel comfortable with, and have lots of fun and creativity while doing so! 🏻 This passage is one of my absolute favorites from a most sublime and beautiful poem. The image of scuttling across myself in this way is both amusing and symbolic of how we sometimes are just itching to get out of our own skin. But then I envision the silent seas as our own quiet mind when we are fully aware and present in ourselves, and I find so much peace in that. I claw at myself on occasion, metaphorically speaking, and don't we all? But we are all searching for those silent seas to simply be and be content.
What do you interpret from this passage?
Check in later with my fellow hosts, @lonewolfyoga and @woodspine for their variations and interpretations!
Be sure to tag us and our lovely sponsor @thewaymat and use #YogaBetweenThePages so that we can find your posts of creative splendor!! #yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #veganyogi #selflove #lovethejourney #loveandalliscoming #practiceandalliscoming #progressnotperfection #honestpractice #honoryourself #loveyourself #bepresent #begrateful #yogaisart
1d

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christiannilsson Day 1 of #YogaBetweenThePages in a #forwardfold by @lonewolfyoga. ”We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I immediately thought of this #floatingpaschimottanasana when I read this passage. The idea of the cosmic journey in the eternity of life, self-love is a crucial aspect and the shape resembles of a hovering body in a precious moment, dancing in the whirlpools as a parenthesis in eternity.
Feel free to interpret any #forwardfold variation you like or interpret from the passage above!
HOSTS:
@woodspine
@lonewolfyoga
@christiannilsson
SPONSOR:
@thewaymat
Don't forget to tag our hosts and sponsor, and use the hashtag #YogaBetweenThePages so that we can see all of your amazing creativity! 🏻 #yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #veganyogi #selflove #lovethejourney #loveandalliscoming #practiceandalliscoming #progressnotperfection #honestpractice #honoryourself #loveyourself #bepresent #begrateful #yogaisart #creativeyoga
2d

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christiannilsson • Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain • Jack Kerouac

#Tittibhasana in #Sayanasana variation.
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3d

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christiannilsson • In this world, it is too common for people to search for someone to lose themselves in. But I am already lost. I will look for someone to find myself in •
#UrdhvaDhanurasana variation.
This is dedicated to @lonewolfyoga, you are so pure and loving, and I melt every time you post your creative words and poses. It's art. I'm so excited for tomorrow and the coming days of #YogaBetweenThePages!! 🏻 #yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #veganyogi #selflove #lovethejourney #loveandalliscoming #practiceandalliscoming #progressnotperfection #honestpractice #honoryourself #loveyourself #bepresent #begrateful
4d

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christiannilsson • Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame • W.B. Yeats

#Natarajasana / #DancersPose
This one goes out to my incredible desert faerie, @woodspine! I was inspired by your beautiful dancer in the sunlight and had to give my own shoulders a much needed opening stretch! I can't wait to begin #YogaBetweenThePages with you and @lonewolfyoga tomorrow!! 🏻🏻🏻 #yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #veganyogi #selflove #lovethejourney #loveandalliscoming #practiceandalliscoming #progressnotperfection #honestpractice #honoryourself #loveyourself #bepresent #begrateful
4d

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christiannilsson • There was a star riding through clouds one night, & I said to the star, 'Consume me.' • Virginia Woolf

#UtthanPristhasana variation.

This shape is in honor of @kitty.quinn, one of my greatest inspirations here on IG. You exude sophistication and profound compassion, my dear friend. Thank you for being so unique and strong, you radiant spirit! 🏻🏻 #yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #veganyogi #selflove #lovethejourney #loveandalliscoming #practiceandalliscoming #progressnotperfection #honestpractice #honoryourself #loveyourself #bepresent #begrateful
4d
  •   christiannilsson @woodspine YAAASSS!!! Slay like a Frey!! Oh, that last comment made me blush! Thank you, thank you! 3d
  •   christiannilsson @bchanwarrior Thanks, Brian!! Sinking down the chest in lizard is just super lovely!! 🏻🏻🏻 3d
  •   christiannilsson @kitty.quinn You honor me!! I'm so so grateful for your friendship and your presence here on IG. It feels like ages ago we stumbled across each other's accounts now! We have certainly walked this journey together in many senses! Love you!! 3d
  •   iam_samata 22h

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christiannilsson “... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

This one is for the lovers, the dreamers, the readers — whether you are bendy, or open, or tight, or wild. This challenge is about rhyming our breath with our poses, and merging the worlds of fantasy and being.
For ten days we will be bringing you our favorite passages from our favorite authors paired with poses inspired by the quotes in hopes of inspiring your practice to make you feel like a work of art. Creativity and a willingness to let go will bring you and your practice to new heights.

Each of us will be focusing on a different theme throughout with multiple variations on each pose, feel free to use one of our examples or interpret it as you wish! Creativity is key!
Abra - forward folds.
Hannah - back bends.
Christian - hip openers/arm balances.
Day ten is yogis choice, so open up your favorite book and breathe in the words that speak to you the most!

The guidelines are simple:

Follow and tag your hosts in each post and repost this flyer: @woodspine @lonewolfyoga @christiannilsson, and tag our wonderful sponsor @thewaymat!
Use the hashtag #YogaBetweenThePages so we can find all your lovely photos!
6d

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christiannilsson • I could smell the curves of the river beyond the dusk and I saw the last light supine and tranquil upon tideflats like pieces of broken mirror, then beyond them lights began in the pale clear air, trembling a little like butterflies hovering a long way off • William Faulkner

#UrdhvaArdhaBaddhaPadmaPaschimottanasana
#yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #veganyogi #selflove #lovethejourney #loveandalliscoming #practiceandalliscoming #progressnotperfection #honestpractice #honoryourself #loveyourself #bepresent #begrateful
1w

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