Moving into Summer: Poses with Sumayya Allen
When I sat down to think of a summer inspired post to share with you this month on our blog, I couldn’t get away from my dreamy vision of practicing yoga under the blooming magnolia trees and the sweet white gardenias that Atlanta wears so well this time of the year.
To collaborate on this post, I asked Sumayya Allen-also known as the yogini you see perfecting her handstands at the Historic Fourth Ward Park several days a week. For this project, she led us to this noteworthy green space, where on a weekday afternoon while cars streamed along the busy E Ponce de Leon, we were the only ones in the whole park.
Here’s a few snap shots to get you moving in your practice this weekend, and if it leads you to; step outside and discover the playground at your feet!
1.Wild Thing Pose (Camatkarasana)
One Leg Lifted
Shift weight into one foot. Take hold of ankle and draw foot to the top of the thigh. Press foot and leg into each other to create strong foundation. Extend arms overhead, reaching with fingertips. Relax shoulders away from the ears. Challenge yourself by taking your gaze up.
(Eka pada galavasana)
Stack ankles with bent knees, arms grounded
Float leg and fly
Look forward. Shift weight forward. Come onto the ball of the back foot. With weight in palms and engaging core, float the back foot off the ground. With core fired up, extend the leg straight behind you. Fly!
Drawn to the transformational power of yoga for the body, mind, heart and soul, Sumayya Allen continues to seek and grow in her journey as both student and teacher of yoga.
Her motivations to teach yoga are centered in helping students tap into their own inner power and fire, find strength to break through self-imposed limits and release fears and doubts. Sumayya finds any and every opportunity she can to stand on her hands, sharing her gift and passion for handstands with those around her.
In 2016 she completed her 200hr training with Malia Hilliard of Hotlanta Yoga. She now teaches at several studios in the Atlanta area, included Decatur Yoga and Pilates.
To see a full list of the classes Sumayya teaches at DYP please visit our class schedule.
Thank you, Sumayya!