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[personal profile] phantoms_siren
I originally started yoga with the Wii Fit program. I had always been told that I fell down so much because I had bad balance (I had a litany of ear problems as a child and am still partially deaf) and that I shouldn't do yoga or anything like that as my poor balance would make it dangerous.

Interestingly the Wii Fit proved rather quickly that I actually have pretty good balance, despite my poor body condition. I've since decided I'm just hopelessly clumsy.

Anyway the poses on the Wii Fit are a bit strange. I always struggled with "Triangle" pose and used to get really annoyed that I couldn't get it right when everyone said it was a relatively easy pose. Imagine how frustrated I was to learn months later that what they called "Triangle" was actually Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) and harder than the starting pose.

After Wii Fit I moved on to My Fitness Coach: Get In Shape, which has the benefit of having a linked flowing workout rather than stand alone poses. Though it was problematic with the lack of spoken instructions and not progressing through poses at the speed I wanted. Through that program I got used to a lot of the basic yoga poses (though some were referred to by odd names, like the "monkey" pose, which seems a bit like Ardha Uttanasana but certainly wasn't Hanumanasana).

I have no real problem with Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle) and I can usually get into Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) if I'm having a good day. Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) is actually easier for me than either of the others, probably because bending one leg takes some of the stress off my tight thighs/hips.

However, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose) flummoxed me. I know there are different versions- hand to the floor, hands in prayer position and the "bound" version which frankly looks terrifying. Somehow I epically failed to make it into any of them, my body was fine but finding a stable point on my feet was impossible, I basically tipped forward onto my face no matter what I did. I suspect my feet aren't shaped right for this pose.

Annoyingly, Garudasana (eagle pose) with just one foot on the floor? Not an issue. So why am I falling on my face when I have three points of contact with the floor?

on 2010-04-27 08:49 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: a woman wearing a bird mask balances on her arms in bakasana (yoga -- crow pose)
Posted by [personal profile] rydra_wong
Oh god, I always wobble about and fall over in Revolved Side Angle pose too. Though I generally seem to crash sideways rather than forwards.

I'm pretty sure [personal profile] muck_a_luck has mentioned having trouble balancing in it too. So we are not alone, at least!

The only useful tips I know: 1) the easiest version is hand on the floor inside your bent leg, and 2) the deeper I can get into the twist, the easier it seems to be to balance.

on 2010-04-25 08:51 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mercurygrrl.livejournal.com
Heard of dyspraxia?

on 2010-04-25 09:54 pm (UTC)
ext_168748: (What Are You Doing Mentat?)
Posted by [identity profile] phantoms-siren.livejournal.com
Now that's interesting. It wasn't something I was really aware of, though I have looked at dyscalculia and dysgraphia in the past whilst trying to justify my left/right confusion (I do also struggle with writing to a degree, as described in dysgraphia including the pain element, though I'm never sure if this is lack of practice or if I was always like this). Certainly a lot of the elements of dyspraxia - left/right confusion, distance judgement, proprioception, timing, following plans, sensory integration dysfunction and fatigue all fit the bill. but again I'm not sure if all of this has affected me to this degree all my life, I used to be a dancer, I used to be able to follow plans and I'm sure I had better body awareness and timing. Though I know I've never known my left from my right and still don't without looking at my hands. I think I'll do some more research into this, it might be the reason my mom enroled me in dancing in the first place.

on 2010-04-25 09:57 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mercurygrrl.livejournal.com
I completely understand what you're saying about dancing. It has recently been suggested, by a professional, that I might have NLD. It's not the same as dyspraxia, although you may be clumsy, etc. I definitely fit the bill - and I used to be dancer, too. I've had it explained that the reason why I excelled at ballet is because there is a logic to it, and I've been in control. I've never been good at team sports like football, maybe because it is so chaotic, and therefore I am unable to coordinate by body appropriately.

on 2010-04-25 09:45 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lilibat.livejournal.com
I wanted to let you know, I am working on your pair of brass, wood & leather goggles and some jewelry. It's going to be a while though because I am having a little trouble sourcing this one particular fiddly thing I MUST have.

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