Over the shoulder shoulder holder backpack

In my yoga classes at the end of June and beginning of July we prepped the bodies for modified supported handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana).

We also practiced what I was calling over the shoulder shoulder holder (pictured to the left). A student told me another teacher calls it a backpack. So I am now calling it over the shoulder shoulder holder backpack.

We practiced the pictured “pose” after we had prepped the body to moved into a modified and supported handstand and practiced the handstand (if the student chose to do so).

I decided to sport the over the shoulder shoulder holder backpack recently while sitting at my desk/laptop for several hours to see how I felt, if that was accessible for my body, if it helped with my posture, etc.

I was surprised to find it fairly comfortable (I’m not saying it felt like soft and billowy cotton candy or anything).

What I felt in my body when I set up this way (and I got similar feedback from my students as well) is my posture … Continue reading

Furthering my yoga growth

One of the greatest things about practicing yoga is that it is always a practice and you continually grow and change.

I talked about my yoga breakthrough last week.

Me getting up into “corner” Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) was a huge step for me in my practice both physically,  mentally and emotionally.

I questioned how I could be a yoga teacher when I couldn’t go into a full Headstand or Handstand.

Yea, that was my own insecurities with my practice.

After inverting in the corner about 15 times I decided to ditch the corner.

On Sunday I went for supported Headstand against a flat wall.

And, all be damn, I did it.

I can’t express the feeling I have when I completely invert. It is still so new. But it is exciting. And talk about working many body parts. My triceps have been sore. But I still want to keep trying to get up. It feels like a huge accomplishment for me.

I still have work to do to improve my Headstand, especially before I attempt it with no wall support.

I have been working with another teacher get into Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand). That one definitely scares me more than … Continue reading

Do you trust yourself?

Tonight in yoga the theme was trust.

There are poses in yoga I don’t trust myself in. Like headstand and handstand.

Years ago one of my yoga teachers told me she thought I was ready to try one of them. And I just didn’t feel ready. And years later I still don’t.

I don’t feel like my arms are strong enough. My core could use some work on being stronger. I don’t trust (there’s that word) my funky shoulder. And frankly, those poses scare me.

(And I have been practicing yoga for about five years.)

Tonight the whole class was a preparation for crane pose, Bakasana.

I trust myself in in this pose. I am OK falling over or not being able to get both of my legs off the floor. But the part I struggle with is really holding my core strong and up.

It is easy to forget that the core and its strength is just as if not more important than the strength of the arms.

Vickie prepared us all class for crane pose. Once we were ready she broke down the pose and had us slowly work into it.

Breaking down a challenging … Continue reading

Sometimes partner yoga is a good thing

I attended my kinda sorta regular Vinyasa flow class tonight. Since getting sick and with the holidays I haven’t been to that class in probably almost a month.

The class is slightly aggressive, which is the type of yoga I normally prefer. For me it is all about burning the calories. Though I do take some less intense classes to balance out my practice.

This Friday night class is supposed to have live music, which I was excited about. Unfortunately Gary got caught in traffic and didn’t make it to play the Hang, which I have been lucky to hear him play in other classes.

Today Lily had us partner up. I have to say I am not a fan of partnering up with another classmate. I don’t really know anyone and usually we are sweating. And well, I just don’t like it.

The first partner practice was to help your partner into handstand. She gave us an alternative choice if we weren’t inverting for whatever reason: Dolphin. I was uncomfortable working on this pose with a partner for a variety or reasons. I didn’t want to be responsible for anyone falling over or hurting themselves. And … Continue reading