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Yoga Day 3: Learning a Headstand

Hi friends!

How is your week going? I’ve been non-stop since I got back in town from my weekend in Nashville, which, I promise I will recap at some point very soon! If you follow me on Instagram, you can go ahead and catch up there. I did squeeze in a 4 mile walk with my mom though, and started the weekend off on the right foot!


I. Freaking. Love. Yoga.


I just don’t even know anymore. I never thought I would like it as much as I do, but I am oh so glad I took a chance and went to that first class! Everything new and scary really starts with ONE step! I was worried I would hate it because it wasn’t as much of a “workout” as I’m used to with running, or I’d hate it because I felt awkward or silly. And even though I do still feel awkward at times, I feel like it has instantly improved my balance, my upper body strength, my ability to focus, and my breathing when I run.

I went to my third class last night, and had yet another instructor. She was fantastic, and had that typical “yoga lady” voice. The class we took was out at a different location, and it was beautiful! This location is out in West Little Rock, near Pinnacle Mountain. The studio is basically in a barn-esque building, in a field, with lots of windows and really pretty chandeliers. It was storming outside really bad during the first part of class, and I probably could have curled up in a ball and fallen asleep on my mat!

barefoot yoga

I wore a new outfit, well halfway new, sports bra and yoga capris are new. Both are from Target, and both were super cheap! Target for the win!

This class specifically was Power Yoga. We did a lot of poses that required holding them for almost a minute each, as well as some poses that helped improve our strength. I was super excited to officially be taught a few poses like Tree, Crow, and Side-Crow. You-Tube videos can only teach you so much 😉

I think since I wasn’t completely new to Yoga, it’s been easier to pick it up. It’s also been helpful having my husband chime in and practice poses with me. Finally something we BOTH equally enjoy. Who would have thought. Doing yoga together in the living room makes for a comical night, for sure.

While we played around with some poses we covered in class, Truckee just didn’t know what to think!

playing around with yoga at home

Here’s a tiny glimpse of my attempt at Side-Crow. She taught it in class, but I’m still having a really hard time with it! Ugh!

learning side crow

After class last night, I came home and was determined to learn a headstand. I’ve seen tons and tons of pictures of headstands and seen a few tutorials, and finally decided I should just try it! I’m a visual learner, so all it takes is looking at something enough and I can hopefully duplicate it.

Learning a Headstand: Patience is Key

Here’s how it started…


I stayed close to the couch just in case I toppled over. Whew, talk about an ab workout! Getting those knees up and balanced is ALL core! I interlaced my fingers, and placed my hands on the crown of my head, with my forearms basically wrapping around the side of my head, flat on the ground. Then I put myself in downward dog, then walked my toes up as far as I could, then raised one leg at a time until both my knees were up.

yoga headstand

Once I was balanced, I slowlllly raised each leg, stopping with just one leg just to play it safe! I felt fairly stable, and with a lot of the pressure resting on my forearms instead of my head, it was fairly comfortable! I could tell every muscle in my core was tightened, and it felt so GOOD to really make myself work and concentrate like that!

After I felt like I was able to safely balance and control myself, my husband suggested we both try the crow-to-tripod variation. Game. On!

He of course nailed it. Such a pro.

crow to headstand

My attempt took a few tries. Practice makes perfect! Scratch that, PATIENT practice makes perfect. I think I tried at least 5 times before I felt like I could balance enough in crow to slowly place my head down then shift my weight and pull my knees up.

learning crow to tripod

This headstand feels WAY different than the first version. Instead of bearing your weight on your forearms, all of your weight is focused into your shoulders and arms, just like it is in crow. At first I tried just putting myself on my head with my hands out, but no way mr! Your neck and head just can’t take that pressure! At least mine couldn’t. But when I started in crow like we wanted, then slowly set my head down, then brought my butt and knees up slowly, I could tell a huge difference in where my body was placing that weight. It feels like every muscle in your shoulders and arms are engaged, and your core keeps you balanced. I focused on a spot on the wall behind me, and slowly but surely raised both legs and got both up! Success! Whew, it was a workout going from one pose to another without letting your feet touch the ground! Needless to say, we slept GREAT last night!

I can officially do both headstands without any assistance! Woohoo! Are they perfect yet? HA. Yea right. Just a beginner here!

Tonight’s workout included a family trip to the lake! I ran 2 miles, and Adam took Miss. Truckee around half of the lake. Then, to cool off, we both played around with what we learned last night. The weather tonight was too gorgeous not to be outside!

yoga at the park

Here are a few pics Adam snapped…

side crow attempt

Side crow just feels so awkward! I can’t wait to learn more about it and practice it again at our next class!


And another wobbly and crooked tripod. Ha! Very much a work in progress! Couldn’t quite get my legs straight.


So much to learn!

What have you done recently that was outside of your comfort zone? Any races coming up soon? Have you tried a headstand?

I’ve got a couple reviews coming up soon! Be sure and stay tuned!

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    Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
    July 16, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I’m trying my first “official” yoga class tomorrow evening! I’m excited to give it a go. It’s a simple basic yoga class, but still….looking forward to it. Also, I need to get to Target. Ha!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Oh I wish I wasn’t so late responding to this!! How was your first class?!

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    July 16, 2014 at 2:37 am

    You should totally follow lauraskyora on instagram, she’s amazing
    check this one out http://instagram.com/p/qdFNtilj6Y/?modal=true
    like wow.
    I’m learning to do handstands at the moment, I can do them, I just can’t hold them for long. I also want to learn to do headstands, I’ll get there eventually.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Oh! I already do follow laura!!! She is AMAZING!! I’m working on handstands as well, but they’re kicking my butt and super intimidating to me!

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    Nikki @ grab your kicks
    July 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Look at you doing headstands! Wow. I’ve never attempted. Pretty sure I’d fall over and hurt myself. 😉
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      I think you’d be fine!! Seriously, I have NO balance naturally at all! You should try it, Nikki!!

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    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner
    July 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    You’re doing such an awesome job. You’re really inspiring! I might have to try some headstands. 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Aw thanks Samantha!! You should try it! Girl, if I can do it, you can too!!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    July 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Nice headstand! I love the pictures of Truckee haha. I can’t do yoga in my living room with the cat and dog thinking it’s some kind of invitation to play.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Hahaha she’s a mess. Seriously, every time I’m down on the floor on “her level” it automatically means play time!

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    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake
    July 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I started trail running longer miles in places I haven’t ran. Its crazy! But love it and want more!
    Awesome job on all the yoga moves, whoop whoop!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      I am LOVING trail running currently!! I don’t know what it is about it!

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    July 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I haven’t tried a headstand in like 20 years! I do a few yoga vids but none that have you doing anything crazy like that. So fun that you and Adam were practicing together! I feel like Mike would love doing stuff like that, too! I should see if he can do any of those poses 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      You guys should totally do it! Makes for funny conversation starters too 🙂

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    jill conyers
    July 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Love it! My proudest accomplishments are doing a handstand at a Lululemon yoga event and shocking my daughter and mastering crow. Yay me 🙂 Now I’m determined to do a handstand. It’s not pretty but I’m trying LOL
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Look at you!!! I bet your daughter was SO impressed 🙂 🙂 I would have been! Handstand is so hard!

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    July 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    This is so awesome and inspiring! Way to get after it. I do mine near a wall at the gym, but I’d love to do a free-standing one in the future! Thanks for all the tips 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      You can do it!! I learned the headstand mostly away from the wall! Handstand on the other hand, oh my, that is some serious upper body strength, which I seriously lack!!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    July 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Amazing job! I love yoga too! It is so calming and relaxing. I’m not able to do a handstand yet but hope to be able to get there one day!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      I love it too! I’m so glad I picked it up again!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    July 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Headstands (and handstands!) are fun, makes me miss my old gymnastics days 🙂

    I cannot, for the life of me, get into side crow. I can do regular crow all day long but I tip over every time I try side crow.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Side crow really does feel awkward! I feel like I have to realllly dig deep to hold myself up for long!

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    July 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, this is really crazy but you and I picked back up yoga on the same night! I joined a gym across the street from the hospital (also coincidentally the same gym ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss uses…it’s amaaaaaazing) and they have sunrise and sunset yoga on the rooftop garden. It is incredible and the perfect hour of refocusing my energy and meditation on what’s important. Plus, increasing strength and balance. Falling in love with yoga all over again is a wonderful feeling, right?!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Beccers! You’re kidding!!! Ok 1. I always knew we were on the same page 2. I LOVE EWL’s and the Powell’s!!! LOVE LOVE!! I agree, it really is so great!!! Yoga sesh as soon as me and the mr get our butts out to Denver!! 🙂

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    July 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I saw some of your pics on instagram. You were rocking those poses. I was in gymnastics when I was little and always been able to do a headstand, but now that I am errrr fatter… it is harder lol. I’ve never tried it with some of the weight resting on my forearms. I need to try that!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      I am so jealous you used to do gymnastics! It seems like yogis who grew up doing gymnastics catch on much faster 🙂

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