After crossing the 6 months postpartum mark this month, I became a little ambitious in my yoga practice, trying out inversions and arm balances. In fact today I even tried a couple of arm balances that I haven’t done in over a year. Doing the same workout routine or yoga flow can be boring at times, so to keep myself motivated I pick yoga poses as goals and then work towards it. I know having goals is a no-no in yoga, but it does make the practice more fun.
As you already know I practice at home, so I work at my own pace, reading and watching tutorials (do’s and don’ts) to achieve these goals. Presenting before you some of the Yoga arm balances that I have challenged myself with.
I wish I had better pictures. I always forget to use the good camera (what’s with charging the battery and all)
Grasshopper Yoga Pose
I had tried this pose only once before but could barely hold it as I lacked both hip flexibility and arm strength. I worked on increasing flexibility and strength rather than trying it again. But today I gave this pose a go after nearly two years and surprisingly, I was able to hover over my arms with better stability. I can’t hold it for long and that is a work in progress. Working on my front splits has improved my hip flexibility a lot. And planks and push-ups have helped me to gain upper body strength.
Although I can balance side crow well on my right side, it is still challenging on the left side. I was able to do the extended legs variation (second photo) for the first time today.
Eight Angle Pose
Now, this is a challenge I love. The first time I saw Astavakrasana, I couldn’t even figure out what went where. But after consistently working on preparatory poses, I am a little closer to achieve this pose. The preparation for this asana can itself comprise a complete workout. You can find out more about in this wonderfully written article – Eight Angle pose
Below are my versions of Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 and 2. I am not yet able to extend the folded leg to transition into the full pose. Hopefully, with enough practice, I will be able to reach this beautiful asana.
Do you challenge yourself working out? Let me know in the comment section.
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