It's been a busy, busy week and I haven't had too much time for yoga, a little bit here and there, very scattered, but still very thankful for any time I can get in, even just to meditate and breathe. So, pulling my Day 24 - last day of the challenge - from a week ago when it was still beautifully sunny in the 90's. Gasp!! Where did the weather go? It's soooo cold now....you know this girl doesn't like cold...
Final day of the challenge is Compass Pose or Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana:
I'm going to go hibernate until spring of next year.... ;)
First time for me for trying a variant of Side Plank or Vasisthasana. I'm finally now able to lift completely my leg and hold with my hand, but still plenty of revisions to make it look better. It still looks sloppy to me.....but I'm happy with the flexibility I've been able to achieve finally with side plank.
It's getting colder and colder and pretty soon I won't be able to go out to the swimming pool....awwww, insert crying emoji's right here ----> Oh, how I miss the days when the boy was really little and took lessons at an indoor pool and we still had membership there.....we could go anytime and it was so great.....warm pool all year long.....how I miss that soooo much.
.....but I have been thoroughly enjoying any sunshine we've been having recently. Today is Side Crow or Parsva Bakasana:
Grasshopper pose is always a tough one and I really like to play around with it, sometimes I feel like extending my legs and other times - I don't. I did two different versions for fun. The first one is a variant which is harder and includes a bind - lowering one elbow to the ground and reaching over and across with the hand to grasp the foot:
And the 2nd variation has no bind, and I chose to not extend the leg for this:
Both are the same pose - the first one just intensifies the twist and hip opening.
Today is Seated Wide Legged Forward Bend/Fold or Upavistha Konasana:
This is such an intense stretch - I hope to achieve more of a straight line as I practice it more....really want to acquire the wide legged splits - which is much tougher than forward splits, still a ways to go with that one.
Sunday and it's a beautiful day outside!! Must get outside and play today.... will be in the 90's! In November? Yes, I'll take it! Today is one of the first advanced poses that I learned and it's such an amazing core strengthener and arm balancing. Astravakrasana or 8-angle pose.
To get the most feeling out of this pose, the key is to really press your legs together tightly and pinch that arm.
I really wanted to change it up a bit today with my Dhanurasana or Bow Pose. Have always wanted to alternate the hands with the legs and twist into bow. Super difficult and I'm nowhere near the level I want to be with this pose, so a lot of practice ahead of me.
I always call Camel Pose or Ustrasana the elusive pose because sometimes I feel I can do it correctly and other times, I can't feel it. But - overall, the intense backbend does make this pose a great heart opener.
So I've been continuing my daily practice but thought I'd try and jump right back into the November challenges. I don't know why it takes me so long to get back into the rhythm of the challenges....more often times, it's always some priorities that lie ahead of me instead, but - nonetheless, I will try and finish out November's challenge with Kino and Kerri.
Also have had a nagging headache for the past 3 days that just won't go away, and I usually never get headaches, so I've been working around that.
Let's get to it. Day 10 - Ekapadarajakapotasana or King Pigeon.