A Little Help From the Birthday Girl

Only 7 poses left to do!

Today is a very happy day. It is my little sisters birthday! You, my readers, get the extreme privilege of seeing her for the first time in my blog picture as she holds my feet. Sorry to say but I did not master this pose before I had to perform this one. I’ve tried my hardest but I don’t have the core strength to make it happen. Regular handstands I can do all day but not forearm ones. I think it might also be my bad shoulder that prevents me from completing this one. Also I took down my 9 foot tree and carried a ton of boxes downstairs with my Christmas decorations in them. But today you get to see that I’m human and some poses require assistance.

This is called the feathered peacock pose. Anytime you want to practice a pose and aren’t 100% sure about something its always ok to have someone hold you up so you can get a feel for the pose. This is one where I needed help. You can also use a door or wall to help you.

Today’s pose: pincha mayurasana- feathered peacock pose- start off with your forearms on the floor and kick your legs into the air. Stay here for a few breaths. Use a wall, door, or another person to help you if you need it.

What this pose works: Triceps brachii, pectineus, adductor longus, Gracilis, iliacus, psoas major, diaphragm, quadriceps, rectus abdominis, deltoid, pronators, hamstrings, gluteus Maximus, and serratus anterior.

Into the New Year Peacock Style

Happy new year! Hope everyone has a year filled with joy, peace, and health!

Today starts the new year. The day when New Year’s resolutions begin. New Year, New You! As I sit here this morning thinking about all I want to accomplish (most of it yoga related 😊) I’m reminded how far I have come. When I first started yoga there was a lot I couldn’t do or that I was afraid to do. Then my health scare happened and I thought I would never be able to practice again. Through determination, practice and help from my friends I am able to show you this pose today!

Now this pose is not something you can just jump into and perform. It takes a lot of core strength, arm strength, and guts. I’m going to share with you something funny. So the first time, actually the first few hundred times, I did this pose I don’t know how many times I fell forward on my face. I practiced this at work a lot while my employees sat there and watched me and laughed. I have to agree with them it was very funny. I started off using the giant jumbo block and I placed it underneath my stomach. I wanted to practice just getting my head up and my legs up without doing it just on my arms. Well let’s just say that was a disaster.You have no idea how heavy your head and your legs really are until you try to let both of them at the same time. After about a week of me trying this many many many times, I finally was able to do it without the block. You have to basically Teeter totter your body on your arms until you find your center of balance. A very fun pose to laugh at yourself in.

Today’s pose: mayurasana- peacock pose. Start off placing your hand on the floor with your fingers facing your knees. Place a blanket on the floor in front of you where your head may land. Press your elbows into your rib cage as you slowly start to lift your feet off the floor keeping your head off the floor as well. You will not be able to stay longer than 20 seconds as this does present to your lungs and it’s harder to breathe. And as I said earlier, yes you will fall down but if you fall on your face just laugh and get back up. Try this pose a few times.

What this pose works: triceps brachii, spinal extensors, and the gluteus Maximus.