Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Who's ready for the Lab?

Ahhhh!!! Insert 'sirens' right about here ----> I normally don't choose the Lab as my challenge month because the poses are so intimidating, but what the heck, I do whatever I can do.....It's all in good fun and who needs extra strengthening? I certainly do.

So definitely stepping out of my comfort zone.....Let's do this for July!

Speaking of initimidating, I tried doing the Side Chin Stand the other day and it didn't quite work out, the entry into it from Fallen Angel was impossible for time I'm going to practice it just from entering the classic way and re-positioning my neck and, I just stuck with Fallen Angel or Devadutta Panna Asana for now:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Day 24

Woke up today. Felt good. I did some very simple, basic flows, then pumped out some harder, more advanced poses.  I sense no major pain in my body - just the physical bruises that I have on my skin. So for now, I'm going to say I'm ok to resume strenuous workouts.  I figure, if I was in real pain, I would have felt it by now.

Onwards and upwards. It was a beautiful day spent in the water and practiced my arm balances. Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 - one of my fav arm balances.

And the pose of the day for the challenge is Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana.  The difference between this and a Cobra is in Cobra your legs and thighs are pressed against the ground. Upward dog, your thigh is elevated.  It took me a long time to figure that one out.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Day 23

I did a 32-minute vinyasa flow today and other than a stiff and sore neck and two seatbelt burns across my shoulders, I feel ok.  I don't recall banging my head on the steering wheel, so I think my face and shoulders are ok.  For today's pose, I went ahead and did the Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Day 22

Before I get to my pose of the I sit here in the quiet and stillness of the night..... I need to process my thoughts.

Today, I was in my first, major car accident. Although I won't be writing about everything in detail of what happened, I just want to note that for one - I am thankful I've been given another day to breathe. The impact was hard enough to make my car inoperable at the scene, but at least - I, as well as my son, we are here, and we are still alive.

Yoga has taught me a lot.....whether one chooses to believe what I have to say or not, I still believe it in my heart.....Yoga has, over time,  taught me to remain as calm as possible in any situation.  It wasn't always that way....I used to be such a drama queen everywhere......but I think today, especially, Yoga has taught me to keep my composure as I spoke with paramedics, police, and firefighters, and good samaritans nearby.  As I tried my best to calm my screaming son and still think clearly as I could. What I wouldn't do to protect that boy.

Yoga has taught me to become more flexible and strong.....and I never was in the helped me today to extricate my boy from the window of the car because the right, passenger door wouldn't open.

And it has helped me process every single thing that happened in-between the incident today until I arrived home...... today has taught me, not just once, but time after time again, that if you need or want to tell someone or multiple people that you love them, do so now.  Tell someone that you care about them....tell someone that you adore them...tell someone that you admire them.....tell someone that you appreciate them....tell someone a simple 'thank you'.  Say and do whatever it is you want to do right now......

Because it could not be there tomorrow.  It could just be...gone.

I am thankful I have a tomorrow.

Today's pose is Fish pose or Matsyasana, I did this pose before we left the house today.

I still plan on completing the rest of this months challenge and although I do not feel any pain now I do not know how I will feel tomorrow morning when I wake up. Just take it slow.

Day 21

I'm a long ways from any type of Forearm Stand or Pincha Mayurasana. My progress so far.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Day 19

I'm soooo tired....but oh....waking up and opening my eyes to sunlight and birds chirping outside...there's a stillness in the air....when no one else is awake yet,  and I'm just lying there hearing the sounds and inhaling the sunshine through the windows. It's just so nice. It's the motivation one needs.

This morning is Humble Warrior or Baddha Virabhadrasana:

I hardly practice this pose enough! I think I will do it more often now.  Yesterday, I played around with sand time, it's been awhile and I know how difficult the beach surface is - so much different than practicing at home. My 'rug' practice doesn't seem so hard until I re-visit the unevenness and unpredicatability of the sand surface.

Messed around with a lot of arm balances - including a Chin Stand or Ganda Bherundasana:

Lots of falling - insanely hard - lot of great yoga fail shots on the camera..... and a few bruises on my legs....but I think I'm slowly learning what I need to improve on this type of surface. The grooves and lumps within the sand made it super hard to grasp my balance and hold.  I look back and can see how much easier it is on the hard floor, that is for sure.

On the other hand, seated poses such as mermaid, twists, and splits seemed easier on the sand and required less warm up time. Standing poses on one leg also required more concentration.

Can't wait to get back to practicing more on this surface and improving my balance.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Day 18

It's a 1000 degrees outside and I love it! Bring on the heat. Finally, I feel as if summer has come.  I know the heat is uncomfortable for some, but the sunshine makes everyone a little happier. I just can't get happy during the cold, winter months. It's so not for me.

Today is a chest opener.  I always feel I'm not pulling back my arms far enough, but it is indeed an intense stretch.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Day 17

Everyone is calling todays pose all different poses - Mountain, Upward Salute, Standing -

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Day 16

Today was so busy, I only managed to squeeze in a bit of yoga practice and also the pose of the day which is Revolved Lunge Pose or Parivrtta Anjaneyasana. I'm going to label this one also as a Revolved Side Angle Pose:

And a bit of inversion play as well, still crunched for time, so didn't do too much with it:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Day 15

Dolphin Pose or Makarasana - a pre-cursor to fore-arm handstand.  This is still one of the hardest poses for me....once again, poses that look simple are quite deceiving.

A great shoulder strengthener, arms, and legs, and abdominal work as well!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Day 14

Variations are soooo much fun to play with, sometimes it goes to my head, especially with Halasana or Plow Pose variation.  You just keep playing until you realize you actually have to grow up and, oh, maybe go do something important in your day.......more important in the hierarchy of life....ok, or maybe when kids start yelling, "Mom, I'm hungry!" - You know, important things like things.

I did three variations because like I said, it went to my head today, literally.

Variation #2 was a bit easier and felt softer in all areas of my body:

And variation #3 - supported my back with my hands:

"Mom.....!" I know, I know.....I'm coming! ;)) Play time is over for this lady....until tomorrow!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Days 9, 10, and 11

Going in every which way the past few days...ok, stopping in real quick to post my poses for three days now.

The newest one for Day 11 is Rabbit pose or Sasangasana. This is a pose that I don't favor that much. For some reason, I can't seem to get fully comfortable in it:

Day 10 is Bound Angle or Butterfly or Buddha Konasana or Baddha Konasana - definitely still a work in progress with getting my knees all the way to the ground:

And Day 9 was Cat Pose or Marjayasana:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Day 8

I hardly use props like a wheel or blocks as much as I want to ~~ oh yea, most likely so because I haven't invested in either of those props. But every now and then, I have this insatiable love affair with the wall and it sure does help with my stretching, balancing, and overall strength. Today was a lot of wall work and I managed to do a bit of a variation on my Standing Wall Splits or Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana.  I had done one before with my legs directly against the wall but wanted to turn my body around and test it this way. Love experimenting, so much fun:

And todays pose is Sahaja Mayurasana or Simple Peacock pose or a.k.a....Standing Forward Fold with Clasped Hands:

This is as deep as I can go with my clasped hands.  So much easier with the Wide Legged Forward Fold version.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Day 6 and 7

Day 7 is Crow or Bakasana. I have been practicing but hardly enough with this and I don't see Crane anywhere near my future. I'm still figuring that one out. So for now, Crow will have to do:

And Day 6 was Wrist Stretch.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Day 5

This pose is rarely in my normal routine - but I think I will be incorporating it much more as I really like the twist, it's such another 'feel good' stretch.

Thread the Needle or Parsva Balasana:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Day 3

I'm much more comfortable lying completely down on my back for this pose instead of arching my back and head upwards and pulling forward my leg.

Supta Padangusthasana or Reclining Hand to Big Toe Pose:

Is it Friday? It IS Friday and I'm soooo happy!! The hot weather is finally coming our way, and I love it!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Day 1

Sweet!! It's June and I'm ready to conquer this month.  Conquer - I say!! I was going to do 2 challenges but that's ok, will just stick to my usual -- One (1) Instagram challenge plus my own daily practice which I do privately.

Today's pose is Dandayamna Bharmanasana or Balancing Table Top Pose. Very hard, I usually have to do so many attempts on this one. Super feel-good stretch.

And I always throw into my daily practice Chaturanga Dandasana or Four Limbed Staff Pose/Low Plank. Even harder with a leg extension: