Building Strength

Okay so I have never dedicated myself to a specific asana before, particularly one that I don’t like. I think this month will give me the challenge I need. I really want to experiment and see if I can maintain my own motivation. Firstly I think I have to start mentally as there has been so much going on in my life lately. Change in weather, change in people. It all has its affect on the body and I feel like I have been sick in one way or another for ages.
I am going to use pranayama to help me. Kapalaphati is known for its cleansing benefits so I am going to incorporate this into my morning ritual, plus its energizing so no coffee required!

So to reach this goal I have set myself I want to deconstruct the asana and really think about which parts of my body I need to work on. Firstly the arms. I have arms that can carry a heavy backpack, haul luggage up endless amounts of steps and swim in the water forever. But when it comes to chaturanga they are non existent. They become jelly and completely escape the asana.
It is with frustration and slight embarrassment that I move through this posture…this is not yoga. Who could ever think that simply hovering your own body weight over the ground for 1 minute or so can make you feel all these uncomfortable emotions?

In order to progress with chaturanga I will strengthen the arms by taking a modified version of the pose so I will bend my knees and continue to hover my upper body off the ground and then push back up, and repeat! At least 50 times in a day.
In terms of diet, its quite hard to find fresh leafy greens here in Dharamkot which are a great source of calcium. So I have found out that okra is also really great and it is readily available here. So some cooking extravaganza will be occurring in my little room in the mountains.
Chaturanga here I come 🙂

Please share if you are building toward a peak pose in your practice or thinking about a little practice over haul.

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