Each week for the next five weeks we’re going to focus on a pillar that reflects the essence of the new fall line, as well as what we stand for as a company. Every Monday we’re coming at you with a new mantra and set of poses to help you live your best life.
Being playful doesn’t mean you have to be pulling pranks on your friends or acting like a goof in public. To us, being playful means letting your guard down, trying something new and letting your creativity fuel new projects. It means allowing yourself to be a little silly with friends (while being respectful), starting new relationships, and doing things we tell ourselves we can’t do and just havingfun with it. For some of us, it can be challenging to let our walls down, to let new people in, or to let the people who love us most see who we really are; the way you snort when you laugh, your beet red face after a flow class, or expressing vulnerability. We’re hard on ourselves when we don’t need to be. So give yourself permission to enjoy the little things and the big things, and play every day of your life.
Ong Namo Guru Dav Namo
I bow to the creative energy of the infinite
I bow to the divine channel of wisdom
This beautiful mantra allows us to tap into your creative powers, that divine wisdom within ourselves that we too often hush and tellnot right now. Whether you have a big work project coming up, are registered for a race, or feeling the need to get out your old paint and brushes, this mantra will help you set free that piece of you that has little inhibitions and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
- From downward dog, step one foot forward between your hands
- Take your back knee to the ground
- Heel toe your front foot to the edge of the mat so you’re in a wide stance
- Option to keep your hands stacked under your shoulders or come down onto forearms (or blocks)
- Hold for at least 10 breaths or up to five minutes (holding for longer will result in a deep tissue stretch)
- From downward dog, bring one leg forward and set your knee behind the same wrist
- Walk your back leg back so that it is straight out from your hip
- Your front leg is working towards being parallel with the front of the mat – adjust your foot/shin position so that your outer hip is comfortable
- Hold more at least 10 breaths or up to five minutes (holding for longer will result in a deep tissue stretch)
- Lie on your back with your legs extended along the mat, arms by your sides
- Press your forearms and palms into the mat
- As your chest starts to lift, pull your shoulder blades together across your back
- Tilt your head back to rest the top of your head on the ground
- Hold for 5-10 breaths then lower onto your back
- Press your forearms and hands into the mat and pull your knees to your chest
- Keep pressing and extend your legs up, feet towards the ceiling
- Take your hands to your low back to support yourself
- Hold for 5-10 breaths
- Lie down on your back with your legs as wide as your mat
- Your arms rest down by your sides at 45 degrees
- Release any tension you’re holding onto physically, mentally or emotionally
- Focus on your breath
- Stay here for at least 10 breaths or until you feel you’re sufficiently relaxed
How do you keep things playful in your life? We’d love to hear your stories of having fun, not taking things too seriously and simply enjoying life! Hit us up @myinnerfire or #myinnerfire.