About two months ago I was beginning to feel super excited about the progress I’ve been feeling since adding the camel pose into my regular post workout stretching routines about a year ago. Two weeks ago, I decided to take a picture to see how my progress is coming along….and…….progress??…..well, if you can call it that.
Honestly, I’m dumbfounded!
If you compare the following pictures, you can hardly see the progress I’ve made. BUT IT’S THERE, I SWEAR.
I can feel it.
I can breathe easier during the pose.
My face no longer goes bloodshot when I release the pose.
I CAN NOW TOUCH MY TOES! ( some days – depending on how much I’ve stretched )
It feels like my shoulders go back so much further than before.
And my back bends more.
And my chest opens up so much more that now it feels like my boobs are going to pop off!
I’m telling you, I can FEEL progress, its just not that obvious….yet?
In the beginning, the camel pose was super hard for me. I remember telling you before how it literally felt like my entire upper body was being pulled at in every direction. All of my muscles hurt, and I could only hold it for about 3 – 5 seconds ( if that ) before releasing and trying to catch my breath.
Yes, I couldn’t even breathe in the beginning. BUT NOW, its like a whole other world.
A world of progress not perfection, that helps build, strengthen and improve flexibility in ways that I never ever thought of before.
I remember a few years ago, before ever doing any yoga, I had a few basic stretches that I did post workout. I was seeing small progress while using those stretches, but since adding a variety of yoga poses into my post workout stretching routines, my flexibility has improved SO much more.
Just like exercise. Adding variation creates better results. 🙂
Now that I’m understanding where I need to improve flexibility and working on that specific area, my body is changing and it’s definitely not for the worse.
Can you see the difference?
The original picture on the left, from March 2015 was taken a few weeks(?) after I ever first attempted the camel pose. Like I said above, at first, I couldn’t even hold it long enough to get a good picture. It was hard. My shoulders and chest muscles are super tight, so it definitely took some time in order to release these muscles to actually hold the pose, while breathing slowly and deeply.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since the first picture was taken. I was super excited to take a new picture to see my progress, and then when I put these two pictures beside each other, I was kinda shocked. I assumed that because of how different I feel during the pose, that it would be extremely obvious to the eye. BUT NO.
And then I decided to do this…..
I know this is weird, BUT these pictures SHOW the progress. LOL!
The picture above shows my most recent picture as a shaded background, focusing more on the form I had when I first began practicing the pose. The picture below shows my most recent picture, to focus on where I am currently sitting, versus where I was when I began.
I lined up my knees/shins/toes and as soon as I placed the pictures on top of each other, rather than beside, I could really see the progress.
Suddenly my world flipped upside down, again! LOL!
After seeing my camel pose progress pictures, it’s total proof that progress is in more than just pictures. As much as I love pictures in order to see progress, the way you feel is a big part of fitness.
I don’t workout to be that girl with six pack abs.
I don’t do yoga to be the girl who’s IG feed is full of flexibility pics.
I don’t live a healthy lifestyle that I’m not obsessed with.
I workout, and live a healthy lifestyle
because I love the way it makes me feel.
Not only does it bring out your inner strength, confidence and abilities, but also challenging yourself in new ways creates the feeling of accomplishment, and there’s nothing more motivating than smashing new challenges! Even when it comes to something as small as making progress in one of your favourite poses. 😉