Ksenia Zhiganshina (left) and a classmate from the Vaganova Ballet Academy
Ksenia Zhiganshina and Anastasia Lukina.
Thank you vaganovaboy. I was hoping someone could tell (me) who she is :)
1. Find your roots. In standing poses that means pressing your feet into the floor for stability. In seated poses, it’s your sitting bones that will ground. In Downward Dog, your hands and your feet become your roots. A strong foundation almost always makes for a stronger and safer pose.
2. Elongate your spine. This is the one instruction I hear more than any other in my yoga classes–and with good reason! When I learned to find as much length as possible in my spine my poses felt light, more buoyant, and a lot safer, too.
3. Pull the ribcage back in line and lengthen the tailbone. My tendency in most poses is to stick my butt out and my ribcage forward, creating a super-arch in my low back. It also creates a pesky dull ache. This is not the kind of backbend that will help you gain strength and stability. So, I’m always asking checking in to make sure my tailbone is lengthening (i.e. my butt is not sticking out) and my rib cage is in line.
4. Firm your thigh muscles. I’m a hyper-extender. This means my joints are a little TOO flexible–particularly my knees. When I baring weight on my legs, as in standing poses like Trikonasana, I have to be careful not to put my knees in a compromising position. So I have to be sure that my thigh muscles are firm and working to protect my knees.
5. Relax. No matter what pose I’m practicing, I try to find my edge. Then I take a deep breath and back off just a little. This way I’m working …but it’s not a struggle. I can hold poses for longer this way, and I’m less prone to injury. source(x)
The story behind it (again): This is a picture of my arm and my sister’s. She’s the one with the tattoo I’m the one with the scars. I’ve been in a mental hospital for over a year because of selfharm, suicidal thoughts & a depression. Me and my sister always had a really close band. We only had each other but everything changed when I was hospitalised; she was alone and she couldn’t cope with the fact that I was unhappy. She kept blaming herself and tried everything to make me better. She always had to cry when I needed to go back to the hospital. She cried while calling ambulances for me and when she saw my not responding on the bathroom floor. But things got better, because of the hospital but because of her too. I had a reason to live, to exist. I realised I needed to get better because of her. She always told me it was me & her against the world. And believe me we were and we still are. So when I got better I still had all those marks on my arm, it made me sad ofcourse it reminded me of my lows and my demons. My sister saw how it affected my recovery and without I knew any of it she tattooed my birthday on her wrist. I kept asking her why why why. Her answer: ‘You don’t have your own arms anymore so you can have mine’ This picture shows how she pulls me up every time.oh my god. this is beautiful
‘You don’t have your own arms anymore so you can have mine’
so…this happened. 5’6.5
this picture is, believe it or not, to scale - you can see that my phone is the same size in both pictures, as are my hand and wrist.
the difference is a little more than 50 pounds, and i’ve achieved this through an extremely strict low carb low sugar diet - 80% protein (if it didn’t swim, walk, or fly at one point, i won’t eat it. it’s like the opposite of vegetarianism. i’ll have at most 3 tablespoons of dairy a day). and my carb intake i restricted to 10-20 grams a day because you can’t avoid them completely, and i also have 2 cups of vegetables every day to prevent kidney stones and such. i don’t count the carbs in those. i used to have fruit additionally, but i want to lose weight faster these days and my body is sensitive to sugar so i’ve taken it out. i don’t count calories, however i do have a food journal. i only count carbs and sugar.
i suffer from PCOS and insulin resistance (once i reach my goal weight, my endocrinologist says i won’t have these anymore), so this diet has worked wonders, because women with these syndromes usually have a big belly and dark patches and getting rid of it is so hard and i’m working slowly but surely!!!
my activity has only been walking in the city and taking as many stairs as possible - i REFUSE to use an escalator or elevator! they’re for wimps ;) no matter how tired i get, every single day, i get less tired and out of breath and it feels great!!! i’m on a language immersion trip, so heading to the gym has been pretty hard so i take the long way to school to walk a lot and i do body weight exercises occasionally on the floor of my room.
feel free to ask me any questions (please check my FAQ first though). i’ve been there and i know how hard it is and i’d love to help in any way possible :)
Fantasy, sci-fi and gender bending by Sakimi chan from facebook
Is it me or does male Elsa look like he’s about to give a “hadouken!” To some unsuspecting foes?
omg i will cosplay that cruella de vil
i like this