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That Yoga stuff, Downward Dog is a Killer

slim-arms-downward-dog-400x400Well that yoga stuff didn’t last that long.  Its been about a month since my yoga post and I should be celebrating some type of milestone.

Well to my chagrin, my powers of consistency have failed me once again.  Today is my first day on the  yoga mat in god knows how long.

It doesn’t help that I have elbow issues that make staying in downward dog for 5 breathes really hard.  I bet, if I would of been consistent I could of overcome that by now, but now isn’t the time for self immolation.   Its time for the future.

It is time to master the Downward Dog.  This is hard to do with only a home practice.  A yoga teacher is invaluable.  Looking at the mirror to check form is not a genuine solution for me.  The idea of filming my sessions is becoming more of a reality, there really isn’t a way for me to see whats going on.

My wife and I are both fans of Yoga with Adriene’s Blog and Youtube channel. Her explanation of Downward Facing Dog is great.  She doesn’t just jump into the position, she eases into it with a transition from Table Pose to Dolphin Pose then transitions into a peddling version of downward dog.

It feels good when she acknowledges that struggling with difficult poses do discourage a  yoga practice, especially if downward dog is difficult for you., since its such a foundation transitional pose.  I’m posting her tutorial here for your viewing pleasure, but please check her Yoga with Adriene.

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Yoga Practice Journal

Utthita ParsvakonasanaDuring my yoga practice this morning, I tweaked something in my shoulder during utthita parsvakonasana.

I didn’t struggle to get into the pose at all.  Matter of fact it was the second time going through that side.  The discomfort is within the shoulder blade.  It feels a little like a strain, some neck positions has some stick to it throughout the day.  This was my first time going beyond Surya Namaskar A + B section of Kino MacGregors Series 1 Ashtanga video.

I’m debating weather to practice in the morning or not.  I think I may need a rest.  Tomorrow I’ll stick to just Surya Namaskar A + B to loosen myself  up.

Its not like I’m really going to rest, there is still Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice today.

I also debate about the wisdom of partaking on a practice by myself by video.  I feel like I have to start somewhere and if I wait until a class is convenient I’ll never start a practice.  First world problems.

 

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