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So I’m on day 12 of my supported headstand yoga challenge and I thought I’d write an update. Day 1 was a bit of a challenge in itself. I wasn’t very stable and had problems staying upright for very long. I wasn’t able to keep my feet together without falling over and was inverted for maybe 10 seconds.
It didn’t take me long to start to gain balance. On day 4 I felt a lot more solid and I was able to hold the position with my feet together. Now, on day 12 I feel like I can stay inverted for a much longer period of time and keep my feet together. This stability gives me the opportunity to focus on my breathing which isn’t easy when inverted. I’m confident that by day 30 I will have improved a great deal more.
So I was showing my friend who is a yoga instructor and she gave me a couple of tips which I don’t think I’m ready to implement. Quite honestly, I don’t think I have the strength in my shoulders or back at this point. She told me that I’ll eventually want to get in to the supported headstand pose by putting my arms and head down then walking my feet toward my body. Then, as my friend showed me, I’ll keep my legs straight and feet together as I lift. Right now I’m lifting one leg at a time and they’re bent. Still, I’m reaping the benefit of being inverted as well as gaining strength in my shoulders and core.
I’m more than 1/3 of the way through my challenge and still enjoying it.
Today I did a few minutes of yoga a little later than I usually do. I had a couple errands to run with my youngest who was wearing her new leotard/yoga outfit. Upon arriving home I was kind of grumpy. It’s 88 degrees today and I have no A/C in my car. Still, after eating and few minutes of yoga my mood improved drastically. I was sitting on the floor stretching my hips and told my wife I wrote on my blog that I was going to do a headstand every day for 30 days. She suggested I take pictures of me doing a headstand every day so I can see how much I’m progressing. What a brilliant idea from an amazing wife. She’s already been taking pictures for me so I can see my posture in each position. As someone doing yoga at home without a trainer present this is important to me. So here is my day one supported headstand.
Surprisingly I feel like my back is nice and straight. In my warm up headstand I rolled my hips slightly forward and was able to get my legs a little more upright but I soon fell over. Pictures are always hard to time and I did, for a moment, get my feet together. This picture is a great representation of the overall headstand that lasted about 20 seconds.
If any of your more experienced yogis out there see anything I may be missing please comment and let me know. If you’d like to join me in the challenge then comment and let me know as well, I’d love to hear from you. There is strength in numbers.
I love a challenge. Why wouldn’t I? Since I was a young kid I’ve been challenged to keep up with my big brother, to learn how to use computers (as primitive as they were in the 80’s), to make the basketball team, to graduate high school then college, to get a job… I thrive on a challenge.
I went back in time on my personal facebook page. Not far, I just wanted to see what day I started doing yoga. I think it was March 1st and since it was the beginning of a new month, why not make that the date? So I’ve been doing yoga for a month and a half. Nearly ever day… nearly.
So I think I will challenge myself to something. For the next 30 days I want to do a supported headstand pose. It wont take long, just a minute or two but will help me in core strength and balance. I also want to challenge myself to do yoga 6 days per week even if it is just a couple of poses. I want to build and build upon this and focus on opening up my chest, gaining arm and core strength and improving hip flexibility. At the end of 30 days I should be a lot further along than I am now and will issue myself a new challenge going forward. Wanna start with me? It starts tomorrow, April 15th.