Tuesday 23 February 2016

Yoga update

Sometimes I worry that you may get bored with me banging on about yoga so much. Is it too much? Or is it all in my head? I actually think about it about a thousand times more than I mention it, and often I think I will mention it but then I don't, so I'm not really sure how much I talk about it in the end. The thing is, I think about it a lot, and do it (almost) daily, so it is a big part of my life. 
I checked my yoga section on the top, and when I realized it has by far the least amount of posts on it, I felt immediately reassured. Seems like I go on about it more IRL than on the blog, so it's all good.

High time for an update then, right? 

First, let's take a look at a few pictures from the last two months:

Upward facing dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

We had snow for all of 5 minutes this winter. Obviously, I ran out to take some #snoga pics!

Flying Ninja. It's a fun arm balancing pose

Eagle pose (Garudasana)

Winter means lots of indoor practice. This is Top of the Ankles stretch (a variation on virasana)

Funky eagle pose

Side crane (Parsva bakasana)

I just took that one yesterday. Look at our snowdrops! Spring is close, I can feel it in my bones. 

And now, how about some progress pics?

Bow pose (Dhanurasana)

On the top, the normal grip; on the bottom, the much-coveted flip-grip. It requires a lot of  back flexibility and openness in the shoulders, which I don't possess yet. That's where my trusty infinity strap comes in!

Dancer's pose (Natarayasana)

Again, that flip grip. My bane and my desire. One day, I will hopefully manage it without the strap.

Crow pose (Bakasana)

Getting your arms as straight as possible and your knees waaay up into your armpits is the goal. I'm getting closer!

Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 (one-legged Sage Koundinya's pose)

Fallen Angel pose

King Pigeon pose (Rajakapotasana)

This is a pose where your hips need to be open, your back has to be very bendy, and your shoulders are flexible. In the full pose, your head will touch your foot! It seems impossible now, but I know: with enough practice, it will happen.  

Bird of Paradise pose (Svarga Dvijasana)

Not much progress here, which might be because I almost never practice it. But look at puppy Nina! So cute. 

Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)

Balance, open hips and hamstring flexibility are the main ingredients of this pose. None of these come naturally to me, but practice is starting to pay off. 

Last, but not least: A handstand update. Yes, handstand is still my main goal, and this year, it will happen!

Before I go, I'll leave you with a video that I sometimes watch for inspiration:

That's Joseph Encinia, the 2011 yoga world champion. Impressive, isn't he?

Happy Tuesday!


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