Hmmm

Apr. 24th, 2010 05:59 pm
phantoms_siren: (Namaste)
[personal profile] phantoms_siren
Well I definitely have less flexibility when my hips are in the correct place.

I did Jason Crandell's "Backbend Sequence" last night (can be found on Yoga Journal) and found it much harder to get into Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One Legged Pigeon Pose) correctly, and over all I felt like I wasn't getting nearly close enough to the floor. Of course I'm not going to put my hip back out of joint just to do this pose though, I can live with being s bit less flexible in yoga if it means not walking like Igor during my day to day life.

I managed to get into Dhanurasana (bow pose) briefly, but again I found that my weight was a hindrance as my chubbiness made it hard to flex my legs far enough to grip my ankles in the first place. I suspect this is a pose that might benefit from using a strap until I can get some of the weight off my legs. Annoyingly, I've always had huge calf muscles, even when I wasn't fat and was "underweight" I still had to buy my boots from specialist shops. I also attempted Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow) and made it as far as the crown of my head. Definitely much too advanced for me!

Salambhasana (Locust Pose) makes me panic. A lot. I struggle to breath through my nose and I hate hanging my head down as it feels like suffocating. As such I often have to fight myself not to over curve my neck in this pose as my body instinctively wants to keep my head at 90 degrees to the floor. The only reason I don't have this problem in Down Dog is that I'm distracted by panicking over the possibility of my arms giving way and dropping me on my head. Basically anything with my head not upright and no easy way out stresses me out.

As a result of that I love Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Up Dog) and Bhujangasana (Cobra) as they offer a comforting way out of Down Dog. On the other hand panic sometimes causes me to rush and force myself into the backbend too quickly to "escape" from Down Dog.

I've started taking out Down Dogs from the sequences and tried to find the best way to move between poses without dropping my head. That's probably not a healthy approach as I'm missing out on stretches, but if I had to keep them in I doubt I'd practice at all.

I noticed during that practice that my Virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1) pose was shocking poor, I've had a cold since December and have been neglecting the standing poses in favor of easy seated poses. I think tonight would be a good time to do a standing sequence.
rydra_wong: a woman wearing a bird mask balances on her arms in bakasana (yoga -- crow pose)
Posted by [personal profile] rydra_wong
I wondered if you'd found [community profile] sun_salutation yet?

Re: Down Dog, does it help to modify it and put your knees on the floor? There's much less weight on your arms that way, so it might help to reduce the fear about falling on your head a bit.
rydra_wong: a woman wearing a bird mask balances on her arms in bakasana (yoga -- crow pose)
Posted by [personal profile] rydra_wong
Would it be a bit like Uttana Shishosana?

Yes, that's the sort of thing I was thinking of. Probably with less of a curve in the back, so it's not another backbend pose.

Anyway, you could play around with it, see if there are variations that are more comfortable for you.

(Btw, I'm a big fan of the Jason Crandell podcasts too.)

on 2010-04-24 08:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] count-01.livejournal.com
So, what is this urdhva mukha svanasana of which you speak?

on 2010-04-25 11:52 am (UTC)
ext_168748: (too much monday)
Posted by [identity profile] phantoms-siren.livejournal.com
"Up Dog" only works in languages where you address lots of people as Dog, or are a close personal friend of Duane Chapman. Since Dog here means unattractive female, its not so much funny as a bit mean :p

on 2010-04-25 05:51 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] count-01.livejournal.com
Oh, to have my cake and eat it, too.

on 2010-04-25 03:58 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ladymina.livejournal.com
I have that calf problem too
I mean I was never underweight, but even at my all time low of 52kg my calf to rest of leg ratio was bad

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