Robin Martin @robinmartinyoga avatarRobin Martin

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The unassisted Cobra πŸ’™πŸ Whenever I post a photo of this heart opener, I’m often asked how I get into it or what I’ve done to build the back strength to prepare my body for the pose. I put together a little video (sped up 2.2x) to show some of my favorite prep poses for the cobra lift. Here, I start with a locust pose - these poses can be done in any order - pressing the pubic bone down and lifting legs, arms and chest strengthens the back body. Same set up for cobra pose, shoulder blades down and back to lift the chest. I like to add in supported cobras to deepen the front opening of my body. I practice these poses daily. πŸ’™ Wearing the whitest whites by @aloyoga in the smokey haze. πŸ’™ #yoga #backbend #strength #strong #tutorial #yogatutorial #yogavideo #video #fitfashion #lakelife #pnw #pacificnorthwest #smoke #haze #strong #lift #white #aloyoga #beagoddess #getoutside #optoutside #asana #namaste


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Dancing in the falls πŸ’™ I posted a handstand splits variation in what looked like a very steep staircase a few days ago. It was actually a fountain, temporarily shut down for maintenance. When I went back to this spot several days later, I found this incredible sight of water flowing in volumes down the β€˜stairs’. I wanted to do a dancer at the bottom where the water pressure wouldn’t take me out (safety first!) I was blown away by how hard it was to balance in this spot. The noise of the water was so loud. No great drishti to help with balance. Water rushed over a foot that was perched on an uneven surface. I kept falling before I even had a grip of my back foot. Then I took a few breaths. Reminded myself I’ve done this pose a thousand times. That I don’t need to see or hear, just feel. Tune out the rest. Just feel. Know I can balance, know I can breathe. And just like that, there I was. πŸ’™ Wearing the new concrete color from @aloyoga 😊 Thanks for your patience taking this photo @tyonavallejo - so much love to you! #yoga #dance #dancer #natarajasana #noise #calm #balance #breathe #strong #flexible #portland #oregon #play #explore #travel #pnw #pacificnorthwest #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste #waterfall #park #ym500 #yogamedicine


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Summer flows. πŸ’™ This is one of my favorite heart opening sequences. So much shoulder, front of the hip opening and spinal mobility. It really feels amazing, but only when I’m probably warmed up for it. Moving the spine in all directions, doing some low lunges and shoulder openers are my favorite ways to prepare my body to go deep into my heart openers. πŸ’™ #yoga #yogaflow #yogavideo #backbend #flexible #summer #bikini #bikiniyoga #fit #fitness #strong #movement #getoutside #optoutside #lakelife #igvideo #yogavideo #asana #namaste #pnw #pacificnorthwest


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Just the right fit. πŸ’™βœŒπŸ»Still knee deep in the myofascial release training with @yoga_medicine. The weather in Portland has been perfect all week, so getting outside during the breaks is essential! Found some pretty cool inner city spots to play around. Thanks so much for this photo and another fun day @tyonavallejo πŸ’™πŸ˜˜ Wearing the new fall concrete color by @aloyoga in all the urban concrete. 😊 #yoga #handstand #portland #oregon #ym500 #raisingthebar #getoutside #optoutside #aloyoga #beagoddess #play #strong #explore #travel #pnw #namaste


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Inverted stretches. β™₯️ Soaking in all the myofascial release training with @yoga_medicine in Portland, OR this week. Reconnecting with friends I’ve met in prior YM trainings and making new ones. Such an incredible family to be a part of. Huge thanks to my girl @tyonavallejo for this capture and lunchtime playtime. 😘 Wearing the beautiful black cherry color from the @aloyoga fall line. β™₯️ #yoga #stretch #Portland #portlandia #city #urban #urbanparks #travel #explore #play #create #flexible #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namaste


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The bound dancer. β™₯️ I revisited this variation of raja natarajasana today - second time doing it. The first was a happy accident - I was moving into something else and ended up here. It came with so much more ease the second time, probably because there was actual intention. β™₯️ Wearing white on white from the new fall collection by @aloyoga 😊 #yoga #balance #white #whiteonwhite #bound #dance #dancer #dancerpose #breathe #trynewthings #explore #play #fun #grace #graceful #igyoga #instayoga #aloyoga #beagoddess #asana #namste


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Doorway stretches. β™₯️ A week ago today I spent my last evening in Ecuador running around old town Quito with @ariellevey soaking it in and snapping photos to remember it by. Old town Quito is one of the most picture perfect places I’ve ever been to. Public displays of yoga are pretty much a guarantee of shocked expressions from passers by. Swipe left for some passerby reaction. πŸ˜‚ Wearing all @aloyoga β™₯️ πŸ“· By @ariellevey of course. Miss you cutie! 😘 #yoga #urbanyoga #quito #ecuador #city #southamerica #stretch #strong #flexible #fun #play #explore #exploreyourworld #love #aloyoga #beagoddess #instayoga #igyoga #getoutside #doors #architecture


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Saturday flows. πŸ’™ I got home from a week in Ecuador on Monday and brought a little Ecuador home with me...🀒It’s been a rough go since Monday. My practice has been very limited, but when I do move, nothing feels better. I dragged myself to class this morning, warned @tateenglund that I might have to sprint out during class πŸ™ˆ but made it through and felt better in the end as a result. My hamstrings and hip flexors have been tight from all the sitting and lying around, so I came up with this little flow to open them up. I think I’m turning a corner! 😊 Wearing my new favorite bra from the @aloyoga fall collection. Softest fabric and best fit. πŸ’™ #yoga #yogaflow #yogavideo #yogateacher #yogastrong #onthemend #movementheals #breath #flow #splits #aloyoga #beagoddess #move #igyoga #instayoga #asana #namaste


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Progress - not to be confused with perfect. πŸ’™ I have this little collection of backbend photos I took one summer day in 2013 and finally started sharing some progress shots in 2016. I’ll continue to use the 2013 photos as my jumping off point for some of these poses. It’s so fun to have these reminders of how things have evolved over the years. I see a number of differences between the two. I’ll start with the obvious - my hair is down on the left and I’ve learned over time that I do not like to practice with my hair down. It just gets in my way. So up it goes pretty much every day. The second is the overall color/quality of the image. To make things as even as possible, I recorded both as videos on my iPhone. I currently use an 8+. Not sure the model I had in 2013. Maybe a 4? The tone of the photo on the right is a little brownish. That’s due to the Northern California wild fires and the wind that’s bringing up some smokey air to our neck of the woods here in Washington. My tan can be explained by a recent trip to Greece πŸ‡¬πŸ‡· and shiny skin from my sunscreen. The biggest physical difference I see is in the shoulder mobility, as well as side body strength. It didn’t necessarily take 5 years to go from one to the next, but it has taken years of a constant, committed practice to gain strength and flexibility. It’s a slow process if you want to do it in a safe way. A patience game. With breakthroughs come setbacks. There is no perfect, no end goal, no β€˜mastering’. Asana, for me, is all about focus, awareness and grace. Slow movements on the breath. The dedication I have given to this practice continues to bring about changes in my body and my mind. Gratitude to you, yoga. πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ» #yoga #progress #progression #progressnotperfection #practice #practicenotperfection #flexible #strong #commitment #dedication #breathe #stretch #throwbackthursday #bikiniyoga #inspire #inspired #yogateacher #yogastudent #asana #namaste


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Angles and lines β™₯️ These hollowback shapes used to be my nemesis and now I can’t get enough of them. I tend to avoid poses that I’ve either decided I β€˜can’t’ do or that bring out the fear in me. I’m getting better and better at trusting myself, my determination, strength and resolve. β™₯️ Coolest outfit ever from the new fall collection by @aloyoga that launches today - but only if you sign up for the mailing list! All access tomorrow. 😊 Thanks so much for capturing this pose @bonnieenglund 😘 #yoga #balance #determined #strong #flexible #black #gray #parkinglot #concrete #dirty #beautiful #breathe #strong #zen #curves #lines #aloyoga #beagoddess #findyouredge #igyoga #instayoga #asana #namaste


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Trying to match the mountain β›°πŸ’™ Or the volcano in this case. This is mount Cotopaxi, the tallest snow-capped active volcano in the world. After visiting all the roses, we made our way to this incredible spot in Ecuador. Feeling small and insignificant, I breathed in the magnitude. Wild horses were everywhere. Huge thanks to @fairtradecertified for this once in a lifetime moment. πŸ’™πŸ“· by @awildrosetruth πŸ’™ Staying warm at altitude in @aloyoga 😘 #yoga #small #big #volcano #mountain #stretch #balance #breathe #beautiful #travel #explore #exploreyourworld #getoutside #optoutside #ecuador #cotopaxi #fairtrade #fairtradecertified #aloyoga #beagoddess


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So many roses πŸ₯€ Yesterday we left the edge of the Amazon and climbed much higher (and much cooler) to the town of Latacunga where we visited a rose farm. We got to see everything from the production to the green houses where there were rows and rows of vibrant roses. We listened as the workers at Agrocoex told us all about the amazing projects that have been initiated with the help of @fairtradecertified. Everything from a laundry service that allows workers more time with their families to a housing project where workers invest in affordable, safe efficient homes that are close to work. 😊πŸ₯€ Inverting in @aloyoga 😘 Captured by the beautiful and talented @ariellevey πŸŒΉπŸ™πŸ» #fairtrade #fairtradecertified #yoga #ecuador #rose #farm #balance #flexible #beautiful #aloyoga #beagoddess #stretch #strong #getdirty #love #travel #wander #exploreyourworld


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