Today I'm checking in again with my next yoga progress report. I have decided to do this at the beginning of each month, to stay motivated and accountable.
2015 is the year of the handstand for me, as in, I want to learn how to do a straight, unsupported, kickass handstand. I have never been able to do it, but I am determined to learn!
I practice (almost) daily, not only handstands, but lots of different balance and core strengthening poses. Let me show you a few:
|Hanumanasana I in Sirsasana I|
Headstand is a great preparation towards handstand. I only learnt to do it this way a little while ago - before that I always did the somewhat easier tripod headstand. Since I also want to be able to do a full split one day I try to do some stretches every day towards that goal.
This was my inspiration:
|Imagine found here|
There's definitely room for improvement - splits seem impossible for me, but I keep on working towards it.
I am thrilled about this one! It's super hard, and I can only hold it for a couple seconds, but it's progress.
Here is a video where Kino explains how to do this pose:
|Eka Pada Galavasana|
I'm just learning to do this one, because you need fairly open hips and open hips are my nemesis. Nevertheless, I'm starting to take flight, which is exciting! Richard's comment when I showed him and told him the name of the pose was this: "Soon we can sell all our pigeons and exhibit you at the show." Hardy har har.
Here is the video that I used to learn how to get into the pose:
One legged arm balance
|I don't know if this is a real yoga pose and if it has a name. If you know what it's called, please tell me!|
If you want to try, let me explain how to do this one: From downward-facing dog, you bend the left leg and bring it forward to the outside of the left arm. Your right upper arm and elbow are the "shelf" for your body and what's carrying you, so you have to firmly place them under your core. Now lift your right leg, and you're flying! Repeat for the other side.
One legged Crow
|Eka Pada Bakasana|
Don't mind the belly rolls. I may love to yoga, but I also love to eat.
Don't be fooled by the photo and think I can hold this for any amount of time, because I can't. You need an extraordinary amount of core strength for it that I don't yet possess. But it's so much fun!
Take a look at this video that makes it look deceptively easy:
Life looks better upside down! Have you tried it?
Thanks for letting me share part of my yoga practice!
P.S. My pants are from The Elephant Pants website, they are only $18 and so light and comfy! Perfect for this heat wave we are having.