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.
WHO AM I?!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here are a few pics Adam snapped…
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!