Yoga Transformation – Before and After

I started practicing Yoga in 2015, in the comforts of my home, learning from Youtube tutorials and articles available on the internet. Initially, it was just an attempt to stay fit due to the nature of my job, where I would spend all day sitting in one place. But as my practice became consistent, I grew fond of Hatha Yoga and it slowly became a part of my lifestyle. In this post, I have listed some of my yoga before and after photos.

One of the main reasons behind my consistent practice is tracking my progress, be it through videos or photos. For someone who workouts alone, this serves as a great motivation to exercise regularly.

Also, please do not compare your journey with anyone else’s. Fitness looks and feels different for different people. It has taken me years of learning and unlearning to be comfortable in my own skin and appreciate the body I own. 🙂 In the past 5 years, I have grown stronger, more flexible, both lost and gained weight, gave birth to a baby, lost, and gained back my strength. It has been a rollercoaster ride. 🙂

Forearm Stand or Pincha Mayurasana

I have been trying to do Pincha Mayurasana with parallel forearms for a very long time. I was able to lift my legs and support it against the wall with hands together, but with parallel arms, I could only progress uptil dolphin pose.

In the last few weeks, I had been practicing L-shape holds on forearms with wall support. This has finally helped me to jump and lift my legs with parallel forearms. I can barely hold it for a few seconds but glad to have made some progress.

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forearm stand yoga transformation before and after
Forearm Stand

Splits or Hanumanasana Progress

Remember how I was trying to do splits before pregnancy (How I am learning to do splits). It’s been over a year since I seriously started working on my achieving splits. Depending on the time spent on the mat, a lot of people can train themselves to do this pose in a much smaller timeframe. This is my splits progress and where I started from. I am practicing to square my hips, a little bit more and I will be able to hold it with proper alignment.

splits progress yoga transformation before and after
Splits Progress

Wheel Pose or Chakrasana

I used to think that I lacked flexibility in the spine to properly hold a wheel pose. But later realized that my shoulders were preventing me from achieving the full variation of the pose. Working on shoulder flexibility and strength has improved my chakrasana form and helped me to hold it longer.

wheel pose yoga transformation before and after
Wheel or Chakrasana Progress

Camel Pose or Ustrasana

This post is a great preparatory pose for Chakrasana. Working on the flexibility of back and shoulders has improved my alignment in Ustrasana over time.

camel pose ustrasana yoga transformation before and after
Camel pose

Crow Pose/Crane Pose or Kakasana/Bakasana

This is one of the first arm balances that beginners learn. And many are able to improve their hold with practice. But I still struggle to hold this pose. My form and strength have improved over time, but I still haven’t unlocked the mystery of crow pose. 🙂

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Crow Pose progress

These days, I practice with a yoga block to hold the pose. Here’s a video of my attempt to hold Bakasana for 30 secs. On days when my core is well activated and feels strong, I am able to hold it for 50 secs. I am trying to gain strength to hold the pose without a block but I guess the fear falling is still holding me back. 🙂

Floating Camel Pose

When I first started doing this pose, there was hardly any proper tutorial available on Youtube or Instagram. It was one of those poses that I had to figure out myself. Initially, I didn’t have enough core or arm strength to hold the pose. Core-strengthening poses like plank variations, helped me to strengthen my arms to hold this floating variation of the camel pose.

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floating camel yoga transformation before and after
Floating camel pose

Fallen Angel

This is one of the poses that I had seen on Instagram and decided to learn it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Also, it was much easier to achieve than other arm balances like side crow. With practice and working on my core strength, I can now transition into Fallen Angel fairly easily.

fallen angel yoga transformation before and after
Fallen angel pose

Bow pose or Dhanurasana

Although I usually do back stretches for flexibility, I don’t do Dhanurasana in every practice. So I was pleasantly surprised by the progress I had made in transitioning into this pose. Even though the first pose looks effortless, trust me, I was stretching every single muscle. 🙂

dhanurasana yoga transformation before and after
Bow pose or Dhanurasana

If you feel like you are not making any progress, don’t lose hope. One of the best feelings of practicing Yoga is when a pose “comes” to you out of the blue.

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10 thoughts on “Yoga Transformation – Before and After

  1. you are awesome! I started my yoga journey seriously about six months ago and still can’t imagine doing anything that you do! I do agree though that it is a wonderful high when suddenly you can find yourself doing an asana that was difficult just a few days ago. I love how flexible my body feels inspite of being so overweight

  2. You are my yogic inspiration Raji – I know I can do it all if only I start dedicating myself to the practice. Your transformation has been amazing and I relaly appreciate and commend your dedication to the practice.

  3. You are a great inspiration 😍. I was considering taking a break from my workout sessions, but this motivates me to keep going. It’s difficult to find motivation with slow progress.

  4. You are amazing. That Floating Camel and even the Fallen Angel which you say is easy it’s mindboggling. Loved the before after pictures. You know I follow you on IG and am contantly amazed at the things you can do.

  5. You are amazing..I am both envious and awestruck by you. And now I am even more impressed after learning that you are a self taught yogi. I am a lazy bum but can you guide me with some YouTUbe videos for beginners. I also think that maybe you can start some online yoga classes to guide others. You are really doing great and am sure many would want to learn from you. Keep inspiring us.

  6. Wowww Raji!!! That floating camel pose took my breath! You did it so so well! Amazing transformations you have gone through… Hard work and commitment indeed. You are an inspiration. Keep them coming!!❤️❤️

  7. Wow! That is amazing! Your patience and dedication are commendable! I used to do Yoga back when I was in school and then I just gave up. I have been trying to get back to doing some Yoga these days because I don’t seem to be moving around enough but I am scared to even start.

  8. You know I’m always impressed by your strength and your ability to hold the asanas! Seeing it like this is even more incredible! I don’t practice yoga enough and I know that. But I think not having any way to take photos to see the difference and no other way to measure ‘progress’ makes it harder to motivate myself as opposed to weights where I can measure progress by more reps or increased weights. Good on you for persisting all these years! Consistency is the key!

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