Sunday, November 04, 2007

How it is today

I'm doing everything ya'all say to do. But it's a slow road. I've got the ball, the Yin Yoga book (which I got from Tova's 8 Limbs store), I'm stretching cold in order to stretch fascia rather than muscle, I'm holding Urdhva D's for as long as I can (um, about 6 breaths, maybe?), I'm making each and every updog count....I don't know if this video shows it, but I feel a little different even if it doesn't show on the outside. I have a bit more ease in my updogs and in pressing up to UD, and there's less dread. The yoga starts from the inside anyway, no?

YC

14 comments:

The Mindbender said...

The hand walking is good! Now you need to remember to engage your legs once you've walked the hands. Use those quads and push up, up, up.

Yoga Chickie said...

You know, I just compared this week's backbend video to last week's, and I really do see a difference. Last week's was FLAT. This week's is less flat. It is so hard to push the quads up, when they seem to have no where to go...

jlafitte said...

Ahem. The correct spelling is "y'all."

- south of Mason-Dixon ashtangi

skelly said...

Hon, I am bloody impressed, I still get too frit to drop back. Purely mental I know but then I probably am a bit mental.

YogaBlue said...

Your drop back looks better than it did last week. Lighter and happier, if not outwardly super-proficient. And, frankly, you get major points from me for guts. Once you drop you go fast and really have to whip those hands into place for the catch. Keep practicing.

laksmi said...

Walking in is good. But, you are getting into bad habits with how you are coming up.
So:
Put your hands at your heart. Right now, they are at your chin.
Try to come back up immediately. What you are doing is actually harder, to wait and then come up. down up down up is actually easier because you have a rhythm, but this usually means you need a teacher to help you establish that rhythm (thank you, David).
Now, if you really must stay down there, stay down and walk in--that was great--and just stay there. Then just come down--don't try to come up. The way you are coming up now is incorrect, though yes, ballsy. But, it will develop a habit that is difficlut to break. i love you.

samasthiti said...

Yeah, the walking the feet in is a bad habit. Laksmi loves you and is right. I kinda feel like you shouldn't walk your hands in yet. Like you should work on pushing up through your hips first and stretching out those poas and quads...your knees just keep bending the more you walk your hands in.

Carl said...

...it's a slow road...

So quit trying to bang it out in short time!

Yoga Chickie said...

I am not trying to rush it...I just want to get to that "click" point, where things "click" and you can tell that you are actually DOING something. I am getting there now. Before, it was like the nerves weren't there.

Carl said...

Have you tried doing the faux vajrasana with blocks supporting your pelvic bones/sacrum? It's been an awesome way for me to focus the rearward bend in the frontal hip musculature, instead of in the back where it does me litle good. I bet a stack of phone books would work. Just grab a few from the front seat of that SUV you drive around and slide them under your butt as you lean back into the pose.

Carl said...

Don't forget to put the phone books back when you go for a drive though! Safe driving demands one should be able to see over the steering wheel.

karen said...

You'll get there. No worries. The video stuff is a mixed blessing. Sometimes I feel it more inside the pose than I can see it on the outside -- so beware the video! Found this to be especially true on backbends, which are my nemesis...

Yoga Chickie said...

It's kind of like the scale. I use it for comparison. Not for an absolute truth. The videos should, over time, hopefully, show SOME progres....I hope....

Yoga Chickie said...

Carl - you are a meanie. But I like it.

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