I’ve had several people ask me when I became a “yoga master”. It appeared to have happened overnight to a lot of my friends on social media. That’s because I show you the finished product. The first time I did a side-crow pose (top left image) was last week. Before that, I had completed crow pose (about the same thing, but balancing on both knees) maybe 2 weeks before that. Before I could even do the crow pose, I had been practicing at least an hour a day for three months, always attempting that pose and always failing. When I finally did the crow pose, I knew that it would open the door to a lot more. So finally, I did side-crow and I knew the next step was to extend my legs. I decided to photo document and choose photos that showed my growth each time I tried over the course of an hour. This came out to 9 photos, including a photo of my first side-crow pose. You can see the process of my body teaching itself how to do this. It truly amazes me looking from point 1 to point 9 and believe me, the finished product was well earned in carpet burns, bruises, and maybe even a face plant or two. But it’s hard work and so fulfilling at the end. Anyway, I am not a yoga master, maybe someday. However, here’s the proof that you get out what you put in: the product of about three months of learning and growing. And there is always room for improvement. #yoga #yogagram #yogalove #instayoga #instaframe #strength #fitness #health #aspiretoinspire
I love to find the stillness in this pose. Once the legs go up, it is a continual challenge to maintain that stillness and all the muscles in my body must be in agreement. As i continue down this path of learning new “tricks”, I’m continually reminded that yoga is about teaching your body. Each person needs to be taught differently and each person must take responsibility for their education.
I’ve recently taken up yoga and besides the obvious health benefits, it has actual done more for my mental state. People always say do yoga to relieve stress. I have found that it has been less about relieving stress and much more about building character and empowering myself. Yoga. Is. Hard. I’ve taken classes here and there throughout the years, but never really committed to it or took time out my day to do it. For the last two months, I’ve been doing just that. I’ve gone at my own pace and celebrated my body and my mind. I’ve learned more about how to use my body and feel the ways my body works than ever before.Also, this is called Crow or crane pose. And no, I’m not afraid I’ll break my face.