christinaazarian Working on Chakra Bandhasana/Bound Wheel. Contortion? Yoga? I'm not sure. I was creating yoga through contortion training. It felt good to do this again. I missed bending so much.
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My back and shoulders are naturally VERY stiff. I have sciatica, and going into the most gentle backbend feels like explosions in my legs. This isn't "natural" flexibility. My only natural flexibility is in my legs. This is the tangible result of really hard work.

#Yoga #Contortion #Backbend #ChakraBandhasana #WheelPose #UrdhvaDhanurasana #ViparitaDandasana #Asana #PhillyAreaYoga
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christinaazarian DOES ANYONE EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET THIS BEND?! Like a year ...of trying ...so hard. Now, to get the feet to the ground.

#Flexibility #CobraPose #BowPose #Backbend #ContortionTraining #Contortion
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  •   chrismccall13 I feel pain sometimes seeing what you do lol 6h
  •   christinaazarian HAHAHAHAHA! you know, you're not the first to tell me that. I've gotten "I think my leg just broke." or "My muscles hurt looking at you." @chrismccall13 trust me, it took a lot of pain to get there. Watch contortionists, they're EXTREME. 5h
  •   chrismccall13 @christinaazarian lol I believe it, sometimes even looking at a picture I wonder if you broke something while trying it haha 5h

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christinaazarian I love hip openers in the morning. My sciatica is beyond acting up, and usually this helps. It restricts my practice sometimes, but: "The shoe that fits one person may pinch another." #Yogidandasana #FootToArmpit #HipOpener #Asana #Yoga #Phillyareayoga 16h

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christinaazarian My opening meditation featuring practical uses for your yoga blocks and my real singing voice with a few cracks. I'm grateful for my deepish voice when it comes to singing 60's and 50's music. #yoga #peggylee #fever #alto #yogablocks #drumming #snapping #myguitarismessedup 1d
  •   bsmith9340 Christina , I love this , this is good , very good , you have a fantastic voice and such charisma , I lived in Memphis for years and have heard many wonderful blues singers , I'm very old compared to you but trust me , you are as good as Billy Holiday , please post more, this is great !!! 1d
  •   christinaazarian Thank you! I usually play guitar too but mine is messed up so I had to go a'capella. Thank you so much!! I don't think I'm as good as her though, at allll. @bsmith9340 18h

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christinaazarian I mean, COME ON. I have the coolest friends in the world. #philadelphia #skyline #skyscraper #SOHIGH 1d

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christinaazarian Drinks and foods on the 37th floor. THIRTY SEVENTH. I got to see the infamous skyline buildings at eye-level. 1d

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christinaazarian Sittin' on the dock of the bay, wastin' time. 1d

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christinaazarian Mandatory day with my best friend celebrating progress in my physical therapy and lifin' it up. Life is beautiful. Please don't forget it. 1d

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christinaazarian Turtles partying, getting turnt for memorial day weekend.
#turtles #tmnt #turtleparty #sittinonthedockofthebay #wildlife #sunbathing
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christinaazarian Best-friend-waiting. On a hammock. Sweaty as all life. 1d

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christinaazarian Is this actually yoga? No. I'm just practicing for my yoga practice. Well, I'm getting the jump forward! I just need to land more silently. Adding on to the jump-back from Bakasana. Watch me become that annoying teacher that makes everyone try uncomfortable things because I used to be afraid of everything and now I'm like "who cares?". #Bakasana #CranePose #CrowPose #Vinyasana #MukhaHastaSirsasana #TripodHeadstand #JumpForward #Yoga #Asana #PhillyAreaYoga 2d

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christinaazarian I am so blessed to have found something I want to share with others, to teach, and to be this passionate about. Most days look like this... Hardcore immersion into whatever philosophy or postural modifications and cues I can find. I'm trying to get creative and make up a flow based on everything I've learned to date. (And coffee, of course. My happy drink.) I blame it on astrology: It's the Aquarius in me.
#yogalife #yoga #passion
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christinaazarian Borrowing this from the wonderful @meghancurrieyoga. #foodforthought #soulfood 4d

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christinaazarian This posture has always made me laugh. Let's be real, it's pretty odd-looking. I'm posting this as a quick tip for those working on Kurmasana.
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A very common mistake that I see is people placing their knee pits on their elbows. That's a recipe for hyperextension of the elbows so PLEASE DON'T DO THIS! Don't harm your beautiful bodies. If your shoulders (think, where your torso and your arms are linked) aren't under your knees, bend your knees and work on your flexibility. Your thighs should be touching your sides. There is nothing wrong with modifying! We all had to do it. The entire asana consists of pressing on the shoulders (not the triceps) with the back of the knees to lift the legs.
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Proper alignment and anatomy is something I've been learning for years between pole, contortion and yoga. It's really more important than just cheating a posture or movement.

#yoga #kurmasana #tortoisepose #ashtangayoga #yogaanatomy #yogainadress #forwardfold #allidoisyoga #somuchyoga #phillyareayoga #asana
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christinaazarian When your pet rabbits are wake boarding through a plate of lettuce and they catch you watching them and give you sass (featuring Family Feud). 4d

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christinaazarian You know that you're moving mindfully when you can perform asanas without exposing the shorts under your dress (to the camera, at least. No one was flashed.)
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Here's a pose dedicated to one of my favorite sages, Vashishtha. "When many candles are kindled from another, it is the same flame that burns in all candles." #yoga #Vashistasana #Camatkarasana #Yogainadress #sideplank #wildthing #backbend #phillyareayoga #asana #soulfood #foodforthought
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christinaazarian Learning how to jump back from Eka Pada Galavasana ️. This arm balance used to confuse the living life out of me when I started learning it about a year or so ago. It's now one of my stronger ones.

#Yoga #armbalance #ekapadagalavasana #flyingpigeon #hipopener #jumpback #vinyasa #chaturangadandasana #yogainjeans #ITSSOHOTOUTSIDE #phillyareayoga #asana
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christinaazarian Thank you @mackenzieyoga for this awesome lesson on transitioning from Wheel to Camel. It needs clean-up, but I'm getting the hang of it.

#yoga #bhujangasana #flipthedog #urdhvadhanurasana #ustrasana #backbend #yogatransitions #camelpose #wheelpose #phillyareayoga #asana
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