Happy Valentines Day! I have had an amazing day so far, and even more fun planned later this afternoon and evening. I’ll update you on my Valentines day tomorrow.
Here is a look at week 2 of the Instagram Challenge I am participating in. This week has been a little more challenging than week 1, but I am sticking with it.
Day 8: Foot behind the head or Eka Pada Sirsasana. This is an advanced seated pose that targets the hamstrings and the hips. You can see my struggle in the image on the left. I got my foot behind my head, but I had to hold it there. I am much happier in the picture on the right modifying this pose.
Day 9: Tortoise Pose, or Kurmasana. This asana stretches the muscles of the legs and arms and resembles a tortoise withdrawn into its shell. It is traditionally done with both legs out in a wide fold, but I liked this variation.
Day 10: Inverted staff pose, or Viparita Dandasana. This is an advance backbend that requires great shoulder and back flexibility. The legs are supposed to straighten out, but that was not happening for me. This is my limit. (for now)
Day 11: Warrior III or Virabhadrasana III. My 8-year-old son took this beautiful shot. I love how the sun is shining down on me right before it starts to set. This energizing balance pose strengthens the legs, ankles, shoulders and back. It also improves memory, concentration and encourages better posture.
Day 12: Full Splits or Hanumanasana. Although I am right-handed, I have always been a lefty when it comes to splits. I tell my students all the time…”If you want splits (or handstand) in your practice, you have to practice them.” Hanumanasana increases flexibility, alignment and balance. Experts also say that it can improve digestion, blood circulation and even cure insomnia. The next time you are having trouble sleeping, just hop out of bed and do a split!
Day 13: Kapinjalasana or a Partridge pose, which is a variation of side plank. This would have been much more accessible if I would have used a strap. Yogis: Straps and blocks are tools. Use them! After a grueling Carolina Sweat workout, I had my daughter snap this picture right in front of the Charlotte All-Star Cheerleading sign. I have so many fun memories of CAC and I love working out at my old stomping grounds.
Day 14: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or pigeon pose. I love how this variation opens the shoulders and chest while stretching the hips, thighs, and psoas,
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