As I incorporate more yoga poses to help improve my core strength and flexibility, I can’t help but wonder; what else can I do? I remember when I began weight training and I barbell squatted 100lbs for the very first time. I was so ecstatic! I couldn’t have been happier that I got to 3 digits! Even though I was excited that I set a new record for myself, I couldn’t help but wonder; if I just squatted 100lbs, how much more can I get?
This is part of the reason why fitness becomes so addicting; because you get addicted to the feeling of accomplishment and improvement which only enlightens your mood and motivates you to keep going.
Two weeks ago, I tried the crane pose for the very first time. I have to admit, I was very nervous of falling over and twisting my neck, but I did what I do when I lift heavy weight.
I told myself that I can do anything, I just have to focus. And focus I did. For my very first attempt on the crane pose, I was able to count two breaths…..which was an awesome feeling!
After a little bit of practice, I did a practice video (which you may have already seen on my Facebook or Instagram) The videos aren’t long because the file was too big to upload in full, so I’ve highlighted which I thought were my best moments in each pose.
After all the crane excitement began to settle, I’ve turned to a new challenge; learning the headstand. Is it just me or when you do something that surprises you, you also feel the need to keep going…..can’t stop now?!?! 😉
I remember when I was young, like super young, maybe 10 years old or something, I would practice gymnastics in my backyard or in my room all the time. During this time, I taught myself how to hold a headstand, but was only able to do so if I used a wall for support. Now that I’m much older, it has been forever since I’ve even tried to do a headstand….until last week when I did this video, which was my very first attempt on holding a headstand…in like forever.
As you can see from these videos, I’m obviously a work in progress. To hold both of these poses is quite the challenge for me right now, but all I can do is continue to practice. I’m still working on my balance, my muscle stability and obviously my breathing. While doing both of these poses, I have a very bad habit of holding my breath, rather than focusing on my breathing, I’m just not breathing, which is not good.
But all of this comes with time and practice.
Have you been challenging yourself with something new lately? If not, I’m challenging you to do something new today! Go for a run! Try crossfit! Get out there and try the crane pose! Remember, you can do anything as long as you focus. It is all in the mind-set my friends.