Jelly doughnut with a side of omelet #repdom #holiday #nomnom #foodie #breakfastofchampions  (at Leisure Gran Ventana Beach Resort)

Jelly doughnut with a side of omelet #repdom #holiday #nomnom #foodie #breakfastofchampions (at Leisure Gran Ventana Beach Resort)

Late night chillin’ poolside #holiday (at Gran Ventana Beach Resort)

Late night chillin’ poolside #holiday (at Gran Ventana Beach Resort)

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Paco loves a good groom! #dogsofinstagram

Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Just another day’s work. #got #nobiggie #moveoverjoffrey

Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Just another day’s work. #got #nobiggie #moveoverjoffrey

Got my yoga mat slash cup holder with me this morning! Going to be a great day :) #lifehack

Got my yoga mat slash cup holder with me this morning! Going to be a great day :) #lifehack

Tags: lifehack

Feel bad for the dog who lost his/her ball. They’re going to have to wait a loooong time for the ice to melt with the ‘spring’ we’re having. #neverendingwinter #dogsofinstagram

Feel bad for the dog who lost his/her ball. They’re going to have to wait a loooong time for the ice to melt with the ‘spring’ we’re having. #neverendingwinter #dogsofinstagram

With a little help from my props

imageThere’s a lot going on this week, as usual, and in my haste I ran out the door without my trusty sticky yoga mat.

And so the lesson begins.

Because the mats available for rent at the studio I frequent are never good enough to prevent my hands from slipping in downward dog, I almost didn’t go to class today, but I did.

So there I was, in downward dog, on my rented mat and just like I’d experienced many times before, my hands kept inching forward ever so gently. I transferred my weight towards my heels as much as possible, rolled my shoulders away from my ears, but still those hands kept creeping forward and that’s when I knew I needed some help.

Frustrated with my predicament, I paused my practice and reached for two blocks and used them as a buffer between my hands and the mat. What a relief, I could finally breathe into my downward dog, but that was just the beginning.

As I jumped back into chaturanga and then back to the top of the mat at the end of the sequence, something felt different. It wasn’t until my third sun salutation that I realized the blocks added a different dynamic to my movements and you know what, I liked it!

The added height opened up my jumps and I felt a lightness that I’ve never felt before.

I’ve often suggested to students experiencing wrist pain to use blocks or other lifts, but I challenge you all to give it a try.

Go on, mix things up a little bit, you never what just may happen!