Posts Tagged ‘advanced yoga poses’

Day 54 – Not As Bad As I Thought…

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Locust Pose

Locust Pose 2/22/10

So I wasn’t as sore and inflexible as I thought I’d be after going to the 4:30pm class last night and waking up for the 6:30am one this morning.

To be quite honest, all I can remember about this morning’s class is how I want to order some Sanuk shoes.  I saw them on the shelving where everyone puts their stuff before class and picked them up and said, “Wow, these are cute.”  And my instructor turned around, and said, “Thanks, I got them on Amazon.com.”  Of course, she has a size 6 shoe, so anything will look cute on her, whereas I have a size 10 shoe, so NOT SO HOT.  My credit card billing cycle renews on the 8th of every month, so guess what is on my list to buy?  I haven’t bought shoes for 2 years, so I think it’s time to reward myself with some shoes.  What do you think?  Do you like them?  Tell me if there is a certain style you prefer.  My instructor said they are designed and made with a fabric that is supposed to be allow you to sweat and not have the shoe smell (as they are meant to be worn without socks).

Locust Pose Profile View

Locust Pose Profile View 2/22/10

Today’s pose is the locust pose.  Oh, the locust pose.  Also known as the arm breaking pose.  It doesn’t feel like I am breaking my arms any more in this pose, which is good, but I am still not where I want to be.  There was a lady in the class today, Pamela, I think her name is.  Anyway, she can almost get her legs over her head, with her toes touching her head (here’s an idea of what the locust pose should look like as one of the advanced yoga poses).  So in other words, you lay on your arms (palms down and elbows as close together as you can get them) and lift your thighs.  Unfortunately because of my pants, it doesn’t look like my thighs are off the ground, but they are.  Friends, I am going to look like the link above by the end of 2010.  It’s time to really master one of the advanced yoga poses.  It’s one I want to master.  Master of disaster. 

Locust Pose 1/8/10

Locust Pose 1/8/10

This is certainly one of the poses that I have gotten a little further in and one I mess around with a lot – but adjusting my arms or my legs to see what works best for me.  I remember a few years ago when I was really into yoga, I was close to mastering this one and remember falling out of it because I was in total awe that I was close.  Just my advancement from Jan. 8 to Feb. 22 gives me hope that I can get where I want to be with this one come December 31st.  Tomorrow is a short class – only 60 minutes.  Two 90 minute classes in a row is nice, but I am ready for a WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU MAM! 60 minute class.

Namaste.

Origins of Yoga

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

In an effort to provide a little more educational information, I am going to try and post newsy like articles on Saturdays and Sundays when I am not practicing yoga.  So that I can learn a thing or two about it. 

The Origins of Yoga can be traced to India more than 5000 years ago. The Rig Veda which is the religious text of the Hindus is the first to mention Yoga. All the practices and beliefs were then documented in the 200 odd scriptures known as the Upanishad. Yoga is an ancient art which lays emphasis on both the physical and spiritual well being of the individual who practices it. Yoga is a way of life, a lifestyle and a culture that has gained a lot of popularity all over the world.

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which basically means to unite or join. The union that the word refers to means, the individual becoming one with the universal spirit. If practiced on a regular basis it has the potential to not just cure your physical ailments but also lets you achieve spiritual contentment.

There are various types of Yoga:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Bhakthi Yoga
  • Karma Yoga
  • Jnana Yoga
  • Raja Yoga
  • Tantra Yoga
  • Purna Yoga

These different types of Yoga focus on breathing, postures and spirituality. Irrespective of age or gender anyone can practice it and it will help you gain mastery over your body and mind. There are beginner yoga poses and advanced yoga poses depending on the physical limitations and level of experience. As you gain confidence in doing the various postures, you can slowly increase the intensity and do more challenging poses.

The various physical and mental ailments that can be cured or controlled by practicing yoga are common cold, constipation, asthma, arthritis, diabetics, eye and skin problems, back pain, headaches, obesity, anger, anxiety, stress and depression to name just a few (which might explain why I haven’t been sick this winter!).

Regular practice increases your strength, vitality, energy, grace, poise, flexibility and level of endurance leading to a spring in your step and a glow on your face.

Day 41 – Unusally Weak

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

So I am typing this laying down on my bed.  I am really tired and weak.  I don’t know if it is the exhaustion from stress or what is causing it, but there is something that is making me so tired and weak.  I arrived at class this morning 10 minutes early and laid down until class started.  That was a mistake.  I was ready for bed after 10 minutes of laying down in that hot room.  I don’t understand how people do that.  There are always people laying down at the beginning of classes, how do they get energy for the rest of class?  Laying down to me is going to sleep.

I skipped class altogether yesterday and that’s why you didn’t hear from me.

I also hadn’t mentioned the minor detail that IT’S MARCH!  So that means I have two months under my belt and only 10 to go.  I know before too long I will be saying that I have 10 months under my belt and only 2 to go.

No pictures today because I don’t have them on this computer, so you have to deal with not seeing my fatass today.  Sorry.  I think I might have written about a lady the other day that was breathing really, really loud.  Well, she stood by me today.  God, I get so annoyed by that.  I guess I just think of it as noise waste and it’s inconsiderate and rude to everyone around you.  She was really good though.  She could get into every posture nearly perfectly – in other words, she was already in advanced yoga poses, so maybe there is something to that deep breathing.  Who knows.   I’m tired.  Goodnight and namaste.

Bikram Yoga Poses – Round 1

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Alright, here they are.  Me doing all 26 Bikram Yoga Poses on Friday, January 8th.  I have posted them individually in the posts over the last 6 weeks or so, but now you can see them altogether.  By the time this post appears on the WWW, hopefully, I will have lost some weight and advanced quite a bit in some of these poses.  I will, of course, be doing a comparison.

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

Please do not follow my postures below as examples of Bikram yoga postures. If you would like to see the true way that Bikram poses should be done, then I highly recommend you either check out the Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class Book or buy it online.

It has both excellent photos as well as descriptions of how the poses should be done.  It also suggests alternatives for advanced yoga poses, making them more beginner yoga poses.

Pranayama Series (Standing Deep Breathing)Standing Deep Breathing

Standing Deep Breathing

Standing Deep Breathing

Ardha-Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose with Pada-Hastasana Hands to Feet Post)

This one is a perfect example of me being out of shape.  I also don’t have a mirror, so I didn’t know my hips were so out of line.  Here’s to hoping the next round turns out great.

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose - Other Side

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose - Backwards

Hands to Feet Pose

Hands to Feet Pose

Utkatasana (Awkward Pose)

I’ve had a bad knee for about 6 weeks.  I could go further in these poses in the photos, but I’d rather not jack up my knee more.

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Garurasana (Eagle Pose)

This pose has always been a challenging one for me, one that I have never mastered. I never can get my leg wrapped around the other leg and I do practice in night before I go to bed!

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Dandayamana-Janushirasana (Standing Head to Knee Pose)

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Dandayamana-Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pulling Pose)

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose)

Balancing Stick Pose

Balancing Stick Pose

Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose)

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Trikanasana (Triangle Pose)

Gotta love  my belly!!

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana (Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose)

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Tadasana (Tree Pose)

Tree Pose
Tree Pose

Padangustasana (Toe Stand Pose)

I cannot do this pose.

Savasana (Dead Body Pose)

Didn’t take a photo of this one.

Pavanamuktasana (Wind Removing Pose)

Wind Removing Pose
Wind Removing Pose

Wind Removing Pose
Wind Removing Pose

Sit-Up

Didn’t take a photo of this one either.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose

Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

Locust Pose
Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Poorna-Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Bow Pose

Bow Pose

Supta-Vajrasana (Fixed Firm Pose)

Fixed Firm Pose - Getting Into It

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Ardha-Kurmasana (Half Tortoise Pose)

Half Tortoise

Half Tortoise

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Camel

Camel

Camel

Camel

Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)

Rabbit

Rabbit

Janushirasana (Head to Knee Pose with Paschimotthanasana Stretching Pose)

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Ardha-Matsyendrasana (Spine Twisting Pose)

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Kapalbhati in Vajrasana (Blowing in Firm Pose)

Didn’t take a photo of this one either.

Day 27 – Bloated

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I have been off of birth control for over a year.  I originally got off of it because of holisitic practioner’s recommendations that I do so to get over my Graves disease.  As a result, I am more aware of when my body is bloated and when it is not and let me tell you, it isn’t too much fun!  But it is nice to be more aware of my body.

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Today’s pose is the Fixed Firm Pose.  From the photo, it looks like my belly is huge, almost pregnant in nature.  I assure you that it is huge, but not pregnant in nature.  Because of the looseness of my t-shirt, it looks like my back is flat on the ground.  Although it should be flat on the ground, it is not.  It is arched upwards, hence the appearance of the prego belly.  My knees should be squeezed together and touching the ground.  I haven’t nailed that yet.  And since my knees will not stay on the ground, I have decided that I don’t go this far in this posture right now.  I need to get my knees looser so that they will lie flat on the ground before I can turn it into one of the advanced yoga poses.

Today’s class seemed packed.  I counted.  There were 18 people including me.  It really is strange how some days it is 5-6 people and other days it is 18.  I tell you what, though, as long as I get in the front row, I don’t seem to mind about all the other folks around me.  Again, it goes back to my dad’s paperweight, “If you aren’t the lead dog, the view never changes.”  And that’s the truth – I don’t care to look at other people’s asses and crouches…so all the better if I am in the front row!  And I know that you aren’t supposed to look at that stuff, but I do.  Okay?  I DO!

Namaste!

Day 10 – Happy

Friday, January 15th, 2010

On Mondays and Wednesdays, I go to a personal trainer after I do yoga.  So I am not available until 9am to write this, but then I usually go to CVS and do some coupon deals (if you want a great couponing website for CVS, check out www.iheartcvs.com).

However, today I am still in my wet yoga clothes cooling off before I get in the shower and knocking this post out too…I have  a lot of writing to do today, and I’d prefer to be done with it before 6pm, so I can have a nice evening.  What are you doing tonight?

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Today’s teacher was Aaron. He has been teaching at the yoga studio for as long as I can remember.  He only teaches one time a week, and that is quite evident.  He says many things that contradict the other teachers.

It is funny because he used to really annoy me, and I am not sure if he will later on this year, but today I sort of found him refreshing.  He moves at a rapid pace through the postures, leaving little to no time in savasana.

Today’s pose is a little weird because the room my boyfriend was taking pictures of me in is a little small and doesn’t allow for him to get back and take a complete shot. 

Anyway, as I stated yesterday, I am having problems with my knees, so this is not one of my best advanced yoga poses.  But I think I will be able to advance soon.  My knee is always more messed up after my personal training session (do you think that should tell me something?), so I think by Monday it will feel a lot better.  I need to ice it today.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, whoever you are.