For this episode, I sat down with Adell Bridges. Adell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast plays a meaningful role in the playful and creative style of her teaching, which she intertwines with pranayama, yoga philosophy, and anatomy to take the physical practice into a journey of inner awareness and acceptance. Adell trained in India before teaching in Asia, Europe, Central and North America, sharing her own yoga journey in hopes of inspiring and serving others in theirs.
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MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE
- Let your why lead your presence online. Know what is your intention and own who you are and you’ll
- The physical part of the practice is a tool to come in a state of yoga.
- Joint hypermobility affects all the connective tissues in the body caused by a disruption in the collagen. It affects your joint, but also your skin, your blood vessels, and your gut lining.
- Whatever movement you don’t do, you lose.
- Transitions are just a series of posture that we move through quickly. A posture can be any position you can put your body in. Paying attention to our transitions helps us stay in the present moment. It helps us stay aware of our physical sensations, our strengths and weaknesses; helps us avoid injuries. It’s a great place to learn. Just like in life, nothing is ever totally static, we are always transitioning, moving from thing to thing.
QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE
- You say that yoga has changed your life for the better in every way. Can you elaborate?
- How do stay out of the over-identification with your body and your practice when you have such a big presence online?
- How do you realize that you are more than your body in the practice?
- You started this project on hypermobility. Can you explain what it is and why you wanted to address the issue? What’s the goal?
- How can people know if they are hypermobile?
- Tips for a better handstand?
- What’s the one thing you wish people knew about handstanding?
- What is the most questions you get asked the most often about their handstand practice?
- What mindset is helpful?
- What’s your favorite backend?
- Tips for safer backbends?
- Why engage the glutes in backbends?
- What’s your energetic experience of deep backbends?
- Why should we care about fascia?
- What does fascia respond well/not well to?
- What’s one thing you wish you knew about fascia a long time ago?
- How do you take care of your fascia?
- Why think about our transitions?
- What happens in that space between poses?
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Before we get to today’s episode, I have one last announcement about my upcoming India Yoga Retreat… With the covid situation and traveling situation not getting better, I have decided to postpone to the following year instead so FEB 2022. I’m adding another retreat in Europe for the fall of 2021, instead. Stay tuned for more details about that.
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Adell is a yoga teacher who has travelled the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast plays a meaningful role in the playful and creative style of her teaching, which she intertwines with pranayama, yoga philosophy, and anatomy to take the physical practice into a journey of inner awareness and acceptance. Adell trained in India before teaching in Asia, Europe, Central and North America, sharing her own yoga journey in hopes of inspiring and serving others in theirs.