Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Day 28

Last day of the month for both challenges - Prasarita Padottanasana or Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold.....I don't think this was my best, I think I was sore and couldn't align the way I wanted to.

And this was my modified version of Padangustha Dhanurasana -

This is super tough on the knees and the front chest against the wall. I wasn't able to completely touch my hands to my feet doing the arms over-the-head method.  Great challenges this month! So glad I was able to participate in most of it.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Day 27

Day 27 was 2 legs behind the head or Dwipada Sirsasana. Not really in my means at this time but at least I tried. Good heavens, so hard -

And -- Half Lord of the Fishes or Ardhamatsyendrasana -

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Day 26

What a busy day, got to my yoga practice so late today - but it's all good - today was supposed to be eka pada padangustha dhanurasana but I found that rather difficult so I took one of her alternates and decided to do this pose standing up instead....changing it to Dancer's Pose or Natarajasana:

And the easy pose of Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana:

Two more days, can't believe it, this month has gone by insanely fast....I really need some sleep.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Day 25

It's Saturday!! Finally.....and I'm so happy - peeked at the weather forecast for next week - super sunny and in the 70's - my kind of weather! Up for today is Vertical splits at the wall or Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana:

And Warrior 2 or Virabhadrasana 2:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 24

Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana:

And what was supposed to be Chin stand with scorpion or Viparita Salabhasana - I tried the scorpion, various versions of it - didn't really like it, definitely wasn't feeling it,  so I went with both legs on the wall instead:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day 23

Since Durvasana isn't accessible yet, I opted for Svarga Dvijasana and Compass pose sort of combined.

And, Reverse Table Top pose is always a tough one to align......

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Days 21 & 22

Marichyasana C or Seated Twist was the easier pose - love all seated twists, so good for the spine.

And Tittibhasana A was pretty difficult at the wall...intense feeling, much rather prefer doing this pose without the wall:

Day 22 is Reverse Warrior or Viparita Virabhadrasana:

And when I tried Rajakapotasana 2 at the wall, I was like, NO. Oh, to the no, to the no, no, no!! It wasn't working and it hurt my chest and all my other body parts.....I even had to use a pillow to soften the harshness of the wall and my chest against it.....so I rested, but then I came back to it a while later and tried it again, I approached it differently and was able to at least sit up a bit higher and press against the wall, it wasn't so bad after all. I used both hands in the front instead of against the knee caps.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 19 & 20

I still had a Day 19 from yesterday that I didn't get to, so here is my best attempt at a 1-arm Handstand or Adho Mukha Vrksasana....I can really see I have a very, very long way to go with one arm....still working on just  two arms, but boy, how I appreciated how this felt today and how much effort and strength I needed. I'm really glad I gave it a try and modified it.

I, sooo, wish I had stronger arms. I'm just so little....Argh! Yes, there are disadvantages to being too small, I'm not even going to go there today.....NOT EVEN!

Next up is TittibhasanaC:

And -- I already did Revolved Head to Knee Pose or Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana on Day 15, so I just did the simpler version for today:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Day 19

One of the many great foundational poses that build up core strength - Plank Pose. I try to incorporate this in all my flows.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day 18

Saturday!! Yay! Totally late start this morning but hey, LOVE sleeping in on my Saturdays...it's the best! Snuggles all morning with the boys and dreamily sleeping....wouldn't want it any other way.....

but wanted to get out my Day 18 before breakfast....so up is Baby Vasisthasana -- I just couldn't place my foot the way Carmen did it on the wall,  I kept slipping, so I adjusted my footing and i was able to secure my right leg......after that, I just had to use my head and get creative with it......it's not the same pose as Carmen's but it worked for me. Whatever works, right?

And a Standing Forward Fold or Uttanasana -- I added in a small half lotus:

Woot! I'm so stoked for the 3-day weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Day 17

Today is a super crazy stretch that I found difficult.  Not so much the binding but the balancing while you're binding was very challenging.

Baddha Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana or Bounded vertical splits:

Carmen! It just gets harder and it's only the 17th!

And I've never tried this version of Cat Pose - it's the Seated Cat Pose:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 14 & 16

Oh boy, I'm all over the place today....I missed another Day 14 for the Wall Call challenge so, here it is - still practicing Handstand or Adho Mukha Vrksasana:

I'm, technically, no where near where I want to be with certain inversions.....so the ones I'm allowed to do, I am thankful I still get to practice them.

And Day 16 -- Boat pose or any Navasana variation is up for today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Days 14 and 15

Catching up......I had a rather bleak moment yesterday....was feeling a bit down and really didn't do any yoga at all on Tuesday......but I feel better now - reminding myself that I am human, that I'm allowed to feel sad sometimes....and then I told myself to snap out of it and get back to my practice....and the challenges.

Day 14 was a Side Angle Pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana.. I'm loving meshing together the easy challenge vs. the more difficult one. It's balancing out pretty well.

Day 15 was Mayurasana or Peacock at the wall, which was a toughie. I can start to appreciate how hard some of these poses are against the wall.

And finally, Head to Knee Pose or JanuSirsasana - I added in an extra twist to make it the Revolved version - Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Day 13

Hero Pose or Virasana.

I've noticed a big difference in awareness and posture  - these past 2.5 years has given me an incredible amount of awareness - my sense of being but also my surroundings.  I'm much more keen as to what goes on around me.... this pose really helps with posture, as do many other poses...but wow, what a difference in my posture - I notice every single time when I'm standing, sitting at a table, chair,  anywhere - I notice how is my posture?? Is it good? Or do I need to adjust.....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Day 12

Oops, I went for a full wheel pose but I didn't do Hollowback combination of Camel or Ustrasana. Which is fine.  I'm having a lot of fun really exploring my back bends a lot more, getting much more comfortable with them, even though they can scare me to death at times.

And -- Balasana or Child's Pose:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Day 10

Yay! It's Friday......but I really want this rain to go away....ok....I think S. Cal. has had enough rain for now. Sigh.....Awkward Chair Pose is up or also known as Utkatasana:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Day 9

How did I feel doing Astravakrasana or Eight Angle Pose at the wall? I felt it was 10 x harder than being able to have both hands placed down on the ground for balancing. It took pretty much all of my core and strength to push out from the left arm - balance - lift my body, rotate, squeeze the legs together, and then lean forward.  Killer. Oh my! I fully appreciate anyone who can do an asana with just one hand/arm because this felt like I had only one arm for stability, despite having the left hand on the wall.

And -- Eagle Pose Or Garudasana.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Day 8

Straddle splits - or Transversal Splits/Samakonasana - super difficult for me....it's not really in my practice....I'm happy with forward splits because it was much easier to achieve than straddle.  In time, I hope to get there, but it isn't a priority for me, I rarely practice it.  But definitely a feel good stretch.

And Tree Pose or Vrksasana was the very first yoga pose I ever learned, so it truly holds a place in my heart.  I've gotten to the point where I really love to play around with this pose and think up some creative ways with it if I can.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Day 7

I found trying Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 2 was especially harder at the wall.....but I guess that's what this whole challenge is about.....it wasn't meant to be easy.  Because your leg is firmly placed at the wall, it gives you less room to move, therefore, you really have to work the spine/back and your head as much as possible.

And -- Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Fold - always feels a little different each time I do it, I've been able to go deeper but still a very difficult pose in my opinion.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Day 6

The pose is supposed to be Lotus/Padmasana in Tripod Headstand/Sirsasana, but I wrote on IG why I 'inverted' Carmen's invert?  Life is challenging, isn't it? Here is my modification for Day 6.

And -- Cat Pose or Marjaryasana:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Day 5

One of my favorite stretches is Anjaneyasana or Low Lunge:

And this one was super awkward, super hard and intense, I wasn't sure which way I was going....

Inner Shoulder Stretch, Shoulder Opener:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Day 4

My knee is no where near my elbow, but that's ok, it's all I got right now for One-Legged Crow variant or Eka Pada Bakasana.  I'm definitely way too far away from the wall:

And -- Gomukhasana or Cow Face Pose without the bind:


Friday, February 3, 2017

Day 3.

Krounchasana or Heron Pose was really hard against the wall, super hard to get that spine straight, once again another pose in which I find using the wall was much more intense than doing it stand alone.

And -- Ragdoll Pose or I did a full Uttanasana or Forward Fold:

And on the side - I'm still practicing my backbends, slowly, very slowly, I'm starting to feel a difference in bends and noticing what body parts I need to engage more.....so much learning I have to do with backbends: