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Some find yoga selfies superficial and annoying. Others find pride and motivation in posting pictures of their yoga practice online. Love it or hate it, but every yogi should take photos of their poses once in a while.
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Taking yoga selfies is one of the best ways to keep an eye on your progress. We tend to neglect and take for granted small (yet important!) changes our bodies go through in the course of the yoga practice. Weeks may pass with seemingly no result in flexibility and strength.
Snap a photo of the pose you’re struggling with and compare it to the picture taken a few weeks later. You’ll be surprised to see the noticeable transition.
For me, yoga selfies are the most excellent source of inspiration. There’s nothing greater than seeing your alignment getting better, your muscles more defined and the body more supple.
The sole fact that I got into the pose (even for a few seconds to capture a shot) gives me a sense of accomplishment and inspires me to move forward in my journey.
We’re living in a fantastic time of social media. Why not take the full advantage of it?
Share your yoga progress pictures with the online community, connect with the like-minded people, get invaluable tips and words of encouragements from friends and strangers alike. Who knows, maybe you’ll become a source of inspiration for someone.
Instagram alone features millions of yoga photos. And there are some amazing ideas out there for your self-practice. Explore new pose variations, mix yoga with dancing, and share your creativity on and off the mat.
Here is the list of my all-time favorite yoga Instagram accounts for ideas and inspiration.
You don’t have to get upside down or twist into a pretzel for an awesome yoga photograph. With a bit of imagination and playfulness, your selfies in these basic yoga poses can turn you into a new yogi star.
Try these ten accessible yoga poses that even a beginner can do.
Mountain Pose is the foundational yoga asana that teaches us to stand on our feet. It activates the whole body and fires up your focus and mind. It is standing meditation, even though it doesn’t look like much from the outside.
Take a selfie of your Tadasana. Write down what you were holding onto mentally at that moment and what made you feel strong. You’ll find it useful to get back to your thoughts as you progress in your practice.
Easy Pose is a great pose for your first yoga selfie. And it’s tons of fun to play with if you’re good with photo editing.
It may sound counterintuitive, but Easy Pose is not that easy. The wandering mind often struggles with finding stillness, so be patient and gentle with yourself.
Write down what made you feel grateful at the moment the photo was taken. This will serve as a good reminder when stress hits you.
Sweaty yoga feels terrific, but you have to know when to take a break and give your body, heart, and mind some rest. When you need to slow down, Balasana is there for you.
Take a photo of your Balasana and write down what makes you calm and peaceful. Remind yourself of these things when you feel anxious and unease.
Life is all about balance. So is the Tree Pose.
Stand tall, lengthen, and open up to life and new experiences. When taking a picture, think of what makes you feel proud of yourself at the moment.
This is a modified variant of the Eagle Pose, though it’s as powerful as the full version. Sometimes life is as confusing and complicated as a knot. We need to find strength and acceptance to move further and have fun untangling it.
Snap a picture of your Eagle Arms, think of the problem you’re facing and try to find the strength in you to accept the state of things. The solution won’t leave you waiting.
We tend to focus on our ‘problem’ zones and try to build strength and flexibility in certain areas. Gate Pose reminds us to honor every part of our body and cultivate self-love.
Take a photo of your Gate Pose and write down things to like about yourself. Get back to the list whenever you need some compassion and self-assurance.
Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes there’s a need to show toughness and reveal your wild side. Whether it’s standing your ground regarding an important decision, cutting off toxic people or relationships, getting back on track after failure.
Think of anything in your life you want to take control of. Write it down near your yoga portrait in Utkata Konasana. This will empower you whenever you feel helpless and weak.
Ever felt not confident enough to try something new?
High Lunge is a great pose to practice when you feel doubt and anxiety. This pose opens the heart, making you vulnerable, but also receptive to new experiences.
Snap the selfie of your High Lunge and write down all of the things you always wanted to try but never dared to. Make it your goal to fulfill at least one of your desires from the list every month.
When you feel blue or get shivers up and down your back, one of the best things to do in yoga is to ground down and get upside down. Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose kills two birds with one stone - provides a sense of safety and boosts the mood through increasing blood flow to the brain.
Take a minute to remember things that make you happy. Write them down near the photo of your Wide-Legged Forward Bend. Let it make you smile whenever sadness washes over you.
Practicing Half Lord of the Fishes is said to improve digestion, twist out all bad emotions and negative energy as well as spark creativity.
Commit to doing at least one creative thing every week. Whether it’s writing a poem, creating a new yoga pose variation or organizing a beautiful backdrop for your Half Lord of the Fishes yoga selfie.
Whether you’re taking a snapshot of your yoga practice at home or showing off your skills in a natural setting, always remember to stay safe. If you come across a perfect location for your yoga portrait, don’t just jump right into the pose. Take the time to warm up your body to avoid strain and sprain.
Needless to be said that if you’re not confident in your balance, don’t do challenging balancing poses in dangerous places.
Some yoga portraits, especially in poorly lit setting, will turn out better with outside help, whether from a friend, spouse, or a portable tripod. Having someone taking a photo of your yoga pose will save you the hustle of setting the timer and rushing into the pose – and thus lower the risk of injury.
It’s also always useful to get tips and ideas on your alignment and posing.
The natural and peaceful setting works excellent with yoga selfies. But no fret if there are no forests, mountains or sea in sight. Look for interesting elements in your city, be it an old doorway or a graffiti wall.
There’s also always an option to organize your sacred home yoga space with décor and plants.
Don’t forget to breathe and smile! It’s not that difficult to notice anxiety and tension in your pose, even if the photo is taken from behind.
Some poses look more impressive if you lift on tiptoes. Others become more powerful by adding hand mudras. Play with familiar poses and don’t be afraid to experiment.
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