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I did yoga (a fairly easy variety) for a few years. Then I decided to go back to school for a post-grad degree while working full time. Result = not enough time to do yoga (or much of anything else) . . . and a lot of stress.

When I finished school and started doing yoga again, I felt as weak as a kitten. I started doing power yoga. My initial goal was just to gain enough strength to make plank and downward facing dog comfortable.

After that, I decided it would be cool to be able to do wheel pose.

I accomplished it fairly quickly, but now I tend not to do wheel pose too often. Maybe a couple of times a month. It bothers my lower back a bit if I do it too frequently.

Next, I focused on arm balances such as crow pose and side crow. I can do them (barely) but I have a balance issue. I tend to fall over. Once while doing side crow, I fell right on my face. It didn't hurt because I wasn't very far off the ground, but it was a bit embarrassing.

My current goal is to be able to do a headstand. I have gotten part way there. The first step was to be able to do forward straddle fold and while being able to put my head on the ground.

I reached that step March or April 2012. Next step after that was to get into a tripod headstand without legs extended.

I have been able to do that for a few months now. But I found that I don't have enough core strength to extend my legs in the air.

My New Years resolution is to build enough core strength to accomplish this goal. There are a lot of crunches in my future.

Comments


  • 10 months ago

    corrijean

    A medical animation with yoga as the subject matter:

    http://vimeo.com/81836814

  • 10 months ago

    winerkleiner

    Oh wow even overhydration can cause problems, good to know.

  • 10 months ago

    corrijean

    At my normal yoga classes, the temperature is usually between 80-90 degrees. Enough to warm up, but not enough to cause any problems.

    The actual research I've read states that room temperatures do not really affect muscle temperatures. Our body regulates it's internal temperature closely, and also, the air temperature just doesn't affect our body tissues very much. I've often heard yogis state that warmer temps allow more stretching, but that doesn't seem to be true as long as you are at least at a reasonably comfortable temperature.

    However, dehydration AND overhydration cause issues with our metabolism, and that is where problems can arise. And our bodies increase the attempt to regulate temperature, which can consume additional resources.

  • 10 months ago

    winerkleiner

    Yeah that sounds what it is, I heard it on the news and the ladies were complaining.

  • 10 months ago

    corrijean

    Bikram yoga? I have tried it, but it is a bit too hot for me. However, I don't think there are many issues as long as people use common sense and hydrate properly, don't go to class when ill, etc.

  • 10 months ago

    winerkleiner

    I heard that that new form of yoga is not real good, it's yoga under extreme heat, like 105 degrees.  People are becoming dehydrated, dizzy and fainting.

  • 17 months ago

    DoctorWho

    OMG...that vid is beautiful.  Until now, I've only seen stillshots of yoga pairs. Not only is yoga a lifestyle, it is also an art form...puts me in mind of ballet and synchronized swimming.

    Although this vid is accelerated in spots, I would love to have seen the transition between poses in real time.  This definitely takes a lot of strength (mentally & physically), balance, and discipline.

    Thanks for sharing CJ...and enjoy your weekend! Laughing

    ~DW

  • 17 months ago

    winerkleiner

    Lol, yoga pairs will tone you up!

  • 17 months ago

    corrijean

    I would probably freak out and fall over if I tried that.

  • 17 months ago

    corrijean

  • 18 months ago

    winerkleiner

    Lol

  • 18 months ago

    corrijean

    They have them at the gym, but I don't have one at home. Guess I wouldn't be able to watch hulu while doing crunches. Laughing

  • 18 months ago

    winerkleiner

    I don't know how you feel of using a medicine ball for the gut muscles, it could help some.

  • 18 months ago

    corrijean

    Very well. Keeping up with doing some sort of ab exercise every day. I can pull up into a headstand no problem now, although I still feel insecure if I don't have a spotter.

    Have been doing a lot of walking/hiking this year, too. The summer weather has been great.

  • 18 months ago

    winerkleiner

    Corrijean, I mean how's your core strenght goal going?

  • 18 months ago

    Atomic_Rift

    Smile

  • 18 months ago

    corrijean

    That's good. Smile

  • 18 months ago

    Atomic_Rift

    Oh yes! I'm up to 13 push-ups and 35 sit-ups a minute!

  • 18 months ago

    corrijean

    The year is going well for me. Hope it is for all of you, too.

  • 18 months ago

    Atomic_Rift

    Yeah, how's it going with you? Smile I failed so I just run a mile every day. Laughing

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