April Intentions Day 7 - Side Crow to Fallen Angel

First off, can we talk about how my foot looks like a huge paddle in the last picture? My toes are pointed but the angle of the photo makes my foot look hilarious.

Moving along, fallen angel is such a graceful arm balance! If side crow is a part of your practice already, fallen angel is pretty accessible. It just takes figuring out how to hinge your body so that your legs point upwards. If you are not practicing side crow yet, try practicing what I am doing in the first photo. You can practice getting used to shifting your weight into your hands and engaging your core. Other poses you can practice today are revolved chair or even regular crow pose.

How I get into fallen angel:

  1. Prep pose (first photo): Start in a squat on the balls of your feet with your knees touching and your hands in Anjali mudra. Revolve from your upper body as if you were moving into revolved chair pose and land with your upper left arm on the outside of your right thigh. Bring your hands to the ground shoulder width apart. If this is enough, stay here and practice shifting your weight onto your hands.
  2. Side crow (second photo): Focus your gaze on a point a few inches in front of your hands. Slowly shift your weight forward until your feet get lighter and lift off the ground. Your arms should be in chaturanga position (shoulder width apart and elbows bent at 90 degrees), and legs squeezing together (try to keep your knees and feet in line with each other).
  3. Fallen angel (third photo): First - trust yourself. Second - vigorously engage your core. Then start to shift your weight even further and turn your head to the left as your body begins to tilt forwards. Let the side of your head gently touch the ground. Hinge from your lower body and hips - it is almost as if you are trying to touch your ear with your hip. Reach towards the sky with your feet and all ten of your toes.

My intention today is to fall with grace. 

Foot paddle! haha you are too funny.

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Figure out how much protein you should be getting for your activity level. Multiply the number that matches your activity level times the number of pounds you weight. For example 0.6 x 150 lbs = 90 Grams of protein.

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Hard Body of the Day: Ronda Rousey working out.

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How often have you been shopping and you come across something that is just PERFECT, but does not go up to your size? Over 60% of American women wear a size 14 or above, but only 17% of clothing sold is 14 & up. That is a ridiculous disparity.

Moreover, when some brands move into plus (ahem H&M), they throw their signature trendy looks by the wayside in favor of flowy dark fabrics that they think “work” for plus sizes. That is crap. Plus size women want color, print, and structure. Moreover, we want variety. A group this numerous cannot be a monolith, and since style is such a personal thing, we all have different tastes. I want #plussizeplease to be a way to showcase the demand for styles we’d buy and rock, and all the money brands are forfeiting by refusing to expand their sizes.

So here’s how to use it:

1) Snap a picture of a garment you love but does not come in your size. Include the brand and price, tagging the company if possible. For example, I am in love with this Zara marble print dress. I would have purchased it yesterday if it went above a size L. My tweet would be:

“.@Zara marble print sheath, $59. I’d buy it right now if it came in my size. #plussizeplease”

2) Use it on any social media – Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest… even Facebook supports hashtags now.

3) Tag anything you’d purchase, whether in store or online.

4) Feel free to include the size range it comes in and/or the size you think you’d need. Sizing can be tricky, so this is definitely not required.

5) Tell your friends! I don’t just want this to be a blogger thing – I want all women who wear size 14 and up to show their purchasing power and share styles they love. Let’s be unignorable!

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If you want to tone your legs and butt but don’t want to have to go to the gym to do it, this is the article for you. I want to share with you 5 exercises to tone legs at home with no weights or machines necessary. You can do these exercises in front of the TV if you like. They will still work marvelously.

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