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

Can’t sleep?

I have a lot of trouble sleeping. I usually have no problem falling asleep. But staying asleep, well, that’s different.

One of my yoga teachers Vickie has told class many times that Legs-Up-The-Wall is a great pose to try when you are having trouble sleeping.

But you gotta either drag yourself out of bed or just flip yourself around while in bed and do it right there. Yup, it takes a little effort.

Because Curt and I were staying in a hotel last night and had two beds I decided to try it while in bed.

I stayed in the pose maybe 10 minutes. I didn’t fall asleep immediately. But I felt much more sleepy and fell asleep at a point before getting frustrated while tossing and turning.

The benefits of the pose are that it can relieve tired or cramped legs and feet, it stretches the back legs, front torso and back of the neck (the pose forces you to have a long neck).

It can also relieve mild back pain and calms the mind, which is where the having trouble sleeping comes into play.

According to this site, Legs-Up-The-Wall pose is an inversion, the blood circulation … Continue reading