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Nichol's TIPs: Flying Pigeon, our wild and precious life, and standing strong on our feet and hands

WELCOME to Nichol's TIPs - a weekly newsletter where I share a TUTORIAL, some INSPIRATION, and a PRACTICE.

This week, we'll explore Flying Pigeon, our wild and precious life, and standing strong on our feet and hands

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STEP 1. 

FIND a strong bakasana (crow/crane pose). 

"Come into a squat. Hook your arms in front of your shins. Lift your hips up and lean forward. Lift your feet off the floor and bring them together."

STEP 2. 

STRETCH your hips

"Bend your knees. Lift one leg up, externally rotate your hip and hook your ankle over the top of your thigh coming into a figure 4 shape. Fold forward and place your hands on blocks or on the floor."


STEP 3. 

LEAN forward and KICK up. 

"From the standing figure 4 stretch, hook your arms across the fronts of your shins and place your hands on the floor. Lean forward, lift your back foot off the floor, then kick it back and up to straighten it."


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by Mary Jane Oliver was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She found inspiration for her work in nature and had a lifelong habit of solitary walks in the wild

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”. 

  • Source: "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver


What makes you feel alive? How can you make more space for what makes you feel alive and vital? What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?



Standing Strong on Your Feet and Hands PRACTICE


Here is a LINK to a fun flowing sequence that includes flying pigeon (eka pada galavasana). Give it a try!


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Until next week, 

Nichol Chase

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