Monday, October 31, 2016

Day 31

Last day of the month and last day of the challenge, wow...it's November....gasp!! It's almost Christmas, crazy....

An L-handstand....I noticed that my arms aren't as straight as I would have liked them to be, but I didn't want to  re-do the pose....good enough...I'll take it.... :)


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Day 29 - Day 12

Today is the last day for the Twist Out Tension Challenge. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana.


This was a great challenge, I'm starting to like the shorter ones instead of the ones that last all month.

And the Rocket Challenge continues with Day 29 with Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana - so the revolved version of yesterdays Half Moon pose:


Friday, October 28, 2016

Day 28 - Day 11

Compass pose or Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana or sometimes known as Sundial Pose. Sometimes I feel my leg is straight but the photo never shows it straight....such an odd pose but the stretching sensation is amazing really!


And Half Moon Pose or Ardha Chandrasana...aw, now this is a balancing act for sure, it always takes me several tries before I can truly balance and align myself.  I don't normally put this into my routine either.


It is THE WEEKEND!! Woot!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day 27 - Day 10

For the Twist out Tension Challenge - Hanumanasana or Splits with a twist.


For the Rocket Challenge, sometimes I can align my Virabhadrasana 3 and other times, it's a bit tricky.  Of all the warrior poses, to me, Warrior 3 is the hardest.


I'm so excited for the end of the month, Halloween! Haven't even assembled my costume yet. Better get a move on that. Best holiday ever....we love Halloween way too much!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Day 26 - Day 9

Today is one of my fave arm balances - Fallen Angel or Devadutta Panna Asana:


And pose #2 - I thought Version C of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana was super hard....looks easy - deceiving.

You have to keep the leg out in front and try to straighten the back, no drooping on your back...gahhh!

I could only hold for a few seconds before I dropped that leg:


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Day 25 - Day 8

Day 25 is also Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana except it is version B:


Similar to version A, but you take the leg facing front and swivel your hand and foot to your side, either left or right.

And Day 8 is Revolved Triangle or Parivrrta Trikonasana:


Monday, October 24, 2016

Day 24 - Day 7

I have dubbed this fun arm balance as the 'Tomato Face Pose' - because that's where all the blood rushes to -------> your face as you concentrate on the balancing...otherwise, known as a Side Crow or Parsva Bakasana:


And Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana or Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose:


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Day 23 - Day 6

Parsvottanasana or Pyramid Pose is up for Day 23.


And Day 6 is a Twisted Warrior Variation, the original pose was awkward for me so I modified it just a tad to suit my comfort level:


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Day 22 - Day 5

Day 22 is the last variant of Prasarita Padottanasana - D:


AND Day 5 is Half Lord of the Fishes or Ardha Matsyendrasana:


Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 20 - Day 3

Two poses today for both challenges......it's such a super gorgeous morning, the sun is shining brilliantly, I love it when I get so much sun coming through the window while I'm doing yoga...it's the best....wish I could go sit out by the pool right now, but alas, I have other things I need to do today.....hopefully this weekend!

Up for the Rocket Challenge is Prasarita Padottanasana B, there are a few more of these variants in the coming days:


And a mouthful here, for the Twist out Tension challenge, Parivrrta Prasarita Padottanasana, similar to the classic pose but adding revolving twist:


Gotta run.............

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Day 19 - Day 2

For the Rocket Challenge - a Tripod Headstand....I can only lift one leg at this time - not both.


And the Twist Out Tension pose is a Boat Pose variant, super hard.....I don't know how many times I wanted to cry over this....it was either the back was straight and the legs were not or the legs were straight and the back was not....It was never both simultaneously, I finally just went for the back being straight which I feel is more correct.


Great Challenges!! Learning so much!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 18 - Day 1

Day 18 for the Rocket Challenge, loving some wide-legged forward bends and preps for press ups. Looks like there will be a series of them and variants:


Day 1 for the Twist Out Tension Challenge - A Revolved Chair Pose or Parivrrta Utkatasana:


Monday, October 17, 2016

Day 17 and starting a mid-month challenge

Samasthiti is similar to Tadasana but not quite.  The legs and feet are closer together or also known as Equal Balancing pose and also standing on your tippy toes is an added level of difficulty. Phew....


And I'm joining in on this new challenge as well starting on Tuesday, could always use some good twisty fun:


Can't wait to finish out the rest of the month!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 16

Today is supposed to be another Padangusthasana variant with putting hands beneath the feet....I just opted for a simple forward fold. I like supporting my balance with my hands cradled behind my leg.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Day 15

It's Saturday, yay!! It was a beautiful week! Just perfect....seriously. Monday through Friday, absolutely perfect.  I am thankful. I am thankful for perfect weeks......I live for the day, at least I've learned to.......I used to plan, and plan, and plan.... so very far ahead into the future....I don't know why.

Yes, in some ways, it's good to plan far ahead, but not TOO far.....I've learned as I get older, to purely live for the day....to make the absolute most I can of each day.  It's not an easy task, because I've always been a planner....I still do to some degree but I've let go of so much stressors in my life....I've learned that it doesn't help to worry as much as I used to. It's a very free, liberating experience to adjust your whole life and enjoy only what is present today.

For today's challenge pose - Padangusthasana or Forward Fold touching your toes.  I added on, for fun, a half lotus leg:


Friday, October 14, 2016

Day 14

I can't do pincha for the life of me, so I'm substituting with the prep pose of Dolphin, it's so hard on my elbows. I manage to scratch up my elbows pretty badly each time.


I really have to think hard about this one, it's not a matter of - if I get stronger, then will I no longer damage my elbows? It's more a matter of - do I really want to incorporate a pose into my normal routine that consistently brings me pain to my elbows?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Day 13

Today is One Legged Downward Facing Dog or Three Legged Downard Facing Dog or Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana. I'm trying to go a little further than a straight line and press forward more for a splits in downward dog.  Was able to progress just a tad more beyond the vertical line today.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Day 12

Basically the same pose as Day 10 - Revolved Extended side angle pose.  My shoulder feels some tightness, my right one.  I've been doing a lot of balancing poses....it tends to stay sore for a while before I feel normal again.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Day 10

I think today was supposed to be Side Angle Pose but I opted for the Revolved Side Angle Pose or Parivrtta Parsvakonasana:


I'm so sore tonight....did  a lot of yoga today, probably too much and I terribly need to lie down and rest after I post this. Phew......

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Day 8

Trikonasana or Triangle Pose.  I secretly don't like this pose. Ha! I really don't - I think I fare better with the Revolved version. I've always struggled with deepening my bend.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Day 7

Today is Warrior 2 or Virabhadrasana 2.  Alignment is always difficult in this pose.  And getting the leg that is bent to a 90 degree angle is always a challenge too.  Love this pose, it works every muscle. It's Friday, where did this week go??


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Day 6

I'm jumping right into a new challenge since I've been gone the past 5 days. I'm not going to make those up, just simply starting with today - The Rocket Challenge.....a lot of foundational, getting back to basics, love it.  There are so many foundational poses that I want to improve.

Day 6 is Warrior 1 or Virabhadrasana 1:


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Productive weekend

I continue to practice daily to improve my strength and flexibility, even though I haven't made up my mind about my yoga goals for October - although I may have an inkling of something new that I will be doing, just something I've wanted to do for awhile now, wanting to check it off my bucket list, so to speak......now is the time....it's all so very exciting!

I was able to do more than 12 push-ups at the pool today...totally excited about that....wasn't even plausible 2 years ago.   A little water aerobics inside the water today was really nice and I try that every chance I get during pool time.

Backbends - I still struggle with - it is a stubborn one for me. But I will keep at it.


Nothing is perfect....it's an endless journey of practicing and tweaking. Learning the new, and perhaps mastering the old. Going back and remembering to practice the foundational poses.

I always practice arm balances, perhaps way too much. This is my strength, therefore, I probably neglect the back bending more.


Super fun, but tiring weekend, need sleep badly now. Looking forward to the new week and a new month of reaching goals! Yay!