Then and now yoga pics!
The pics on the left were from May 21, 2016–before I committed to a daily practice. The pics on the right were taken within the last two weeks.
Ok, I’m going to get a little “yoga” now. I apologize in advance:
Seeing these images side by side, I am struck by how much my body has changed in the past two years. Even bigger changes have happened emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The guy on the left was learning how to be flexible in lots of ways. The guy on the right is too.
Just be where you are without an attachment to where you’re going or where you’ve been, and someday you’ll find yourself very far from where you started. With consistent practice, it’s all possible. 🙏🏼.
Day 137: #sunsalutation time! I did a bunch of other stuff too, but this was really what I needed today.
By the way, I often get asked about my float. It’s true that I have a lot of upper-body strength, and that definitely is necessary. But like most things with yoga, it’s a lot of core. My unsolicited advice: practice arm balances, particularly handstand. In hour handstand practice, try to use less and less momentum from your bottom leg jumping, and more and more reaching from your top leg up towards the ceiling. That will build your core, and eventually you will lift up into handstand instead of jumping. That is the beginning of learning to float. Over time, you’ll start to gain more and more control over your transitions between poses. It takes time. Try not to get frustrated if that’s not where you’re at. We can only be where we are. Let the poses and transitions manifest in you the way you are right now. (Psst. I still struggle with that too. Check out my titibasana attempts. 🤷♀️)
Day 132: Hard class today. And I’m sore from a 90-min Iyengar private yesterday focusing on the spine (intense inversions and heart openers). When we did inversions in class today I felt weak, but after class, I recouped, I guess. I’m pretty happy with this. I’d like to get my hips over shoulders over wrists in my press though. I still have to lean so far over. #handstand#handstandpress .