I recently took part in #BackbendMadness2014 which was a social media challenge to find someone willing to take photos of your for 31 consecutive days. Errrr, I mean, a challenge to try a new backbend every day.
As with any challenge, I learned a few things along the way.
My sanskrit usage sub-par.
I’m okay with that though because most people I know don’t speak in sanskrit, don’t care that there’s a difference between utthita trikonasana and utthita parsvakonasana, and would rather you just tell them what to do in real words.
Even if I did know all the asana nomenclature, would be futile because. . .
All the poses have the same names anyway.
All of the poses below are named “pigeon” and not one is the pigeon pose I’m used to performing.
Nobody wants to take my picture
. . . or, mostly just my husband.
In fear of his lengthy sighs and eye rolls and “what are you doing this for anyway?” comments, I took as many self-timer pictures as I could, resulting in a lot of garbage shots.
On the bright side, the more that I screwed up the pictures the more loose my muscles became and the easier the poses got.
Some days you just shouldn’t do a backbend
Trying to follow up one hour of snow-shoveling with a deep backbend is impossible or, at the very least, a bad idea.
You can’t love them all
This pose (called setu bandasana, if you care about sanskrit at all) is pure hell and I’m not even in the full expression of the pose. That would involve my hands crossed over my chest rather than propping up my upper body like they are here.
I hope to never have to do this again. But that just means that I definitely am going to do it again. It’s like yoga masochism.
Sometimes simplicity hits the spot
Cresent lunge hits the spot in my body every. single. time. It’s nothing impressive but it stretched my front body in just the right way.
I have no idea what my body looks like in a pose
Even with a mirror hard to see yourself from all angles in most poses so most of the time I was surprised by what I saw when I eagerly collected my camera to preview the picture.
Really? I thought my legs were much straighter! or
I swear I can get my feet closer to my head than that.
Sometimes reality bites.
Sometimes, not so much.
I still don’t advocate practicing in front of a mirror all the time, but getting a picture of yourself in a pose can give you a different perspective. If you can manage to find someone wiling to take your picture.
People like pictures of crazy poses
A handstand gets more ‘likes’ than child’s pose, hands down (& legs up!)
But I’d rather be in child’s pose any day. EVERY day.