Going back to the beginning of this semester, I chose to learn Yoga for my learning project. Reasons I wanted to learn yoga were to increase my flexibility, decrease stress, and help with my balance. All of these things would contribute to my every day life as a dancer and a University student.
When I started, I decided to video tape myself trying a headstand to see if my form was okay before I got up into it, but then this happened…
The following week I decided it was time to try to go up into a headstand. This was my best try, and although I could not hold it or get my legs straight, I noticed that my form was really good.
I wasn’t sure if I would be able to go right up into a headstand this week because I was a little afraid. I came up with the great idea to use the wall, and it worked! I started by kicking my legs straight and holding them on the wall, and once that felt good I took them off and held them there as long as I could.
This week was a fun one. I got together with a friend and we spent some time in the dance studio on campus. Near the end of our time in their, I asked if she could take a picture of me doing a headstand, and I put a mat down so I could try it without a wall. I had worked on it over the weekend with a friend who spotted me so I wouldn’t land on my back, and so I began to feel good about it. After she got the picture, we tried out some other yoga poses just for fun and came up with this picture.
Since I had “mastered” the headstand, I decided to move on to another yoga pose. This one was tricky because I found it hurt the wrists a lot, and from driving back and forth between Saskatoon and Regina, I find that my wrists hurt from holding the steering wheel for so long. I tried it in the dance studio I teach classes in between classes, and found that it was pretty tricky. I could not hold it too long, but knew I could work on it some more.
The crow pose is hard to show, and do in variation. You kind of just have to get up in to it and hold it if you can. This week I felt that I was able to get more comfortable into the pose, and could hold it a little longer. This pose was not my favourite, and so this was the last time I did it.
This week I did not really work on anything specific, but instead enjoyed some nice rollerblading in November! I love to roller blade, and normally my season ends early October, but this year it is going all the way through to today so far give or take a couple of snow days. I decided to try some yoga poses while moving on my roller blades, and although my form didn’t look too good with it being pretty difficult, I had a lot of fun doing it!
During this week, I had so many things going on. I got a bad flu and was home alone during it for two days, and was also teaching a lot of dance. With this, I found I was a little stressed and worried from being sick, and I decided to focus on my breathing. I did a couple yoga practices that helped calm my body, and I felt a lot better the next day.
As a final pose, I tried out the eagle pose. This one looked fairly simple, but had a couple small details to it that I was not able to master. I worked on it a little more after this picture was taken, but I think I need to do some more practices to open my hips up before I can get any better at this pose.
To end it off, I wanted to show you how close I am to having all of my splits! I should have taken a before picture, but I did not actually work on them, and did not know that yoga was going to help me so much. This is the best my splits have ever been in my whole life. A large part of this is due to yoga, as it helped me stretch my muscles and connective tissue for long amounts of time. I have never had my middle splits anywhere close to this before so this is pretty exciting, and going back to my three goals at the beginning, flexibility was one.
Thanks for following my journey with yoga, and hopefully some of you will give it a try!
Here I made a list of all of the videos and yoga practices I took part in, in no particular order. I did some of these videos numerous times depending on their length, and what I needed to work on the most.
- Yoga for weight loss
- Abs and Arms
- Butt and thighs
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Crow Pose
- Hips and Hammies
- 30 Days
- Day 4
- Day 5
- 6 PACK ABS
- Day 1
- Breath and Body
- Heart Practice
- Eagle Pose