03 Apr

Things I learned from 30 Days of Backbends

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.

Check out all my pictures from Backbend Madness 2014 on my facebook page and twitter.

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.

Pigeon, Pigeon, Pigeon, and Pigeon

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.

setu bandasana

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.

Crescent Lunge

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.

Not even close

Sometimes, not so much.

Handstand Splits!

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.

Check out all my pictures from Backbend Madness 2014 on my facebook page and twitter.

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6 thoughts on “Things I learned from 30 Days of Backbends

  1. Girl, you are my HERO! I cannot imagine doing ANY of those poses, never mind ones that you’re pretty much doing a handstand. You are INSANE… and I love it! 🙂 I really do need to introduce some yoga into my life!!

  2. LOL Agreed on everything! I have 3 members of family to choose from and NONE was doing it without whining. I had to use my guilt trip method, especially on kids /”all I do for you, and when I want JUST one photo taken …! – just like pure yogi would motivate their students/ I was also disappointed many times, esp. in bow pose, I thought I was in perfect U shape, instead it looked like a bottom part of a square shape. On a good note, I happened to have a photo from Dec of one legged king pigeon with a strap pulling over my head, and had a chance to compare my March challenge one, and I could see I was about 5 cm closer in those 3 months, and more open. As far as April core challenge, I only made it up to day 1. lol

  3. These are incredible!! Good for you!

    How long do you like to hold each pose for? I find myself growing impatient with holding any position for very long and end up right out as soon as I went in, so to speak. I really should take a class to guide me through all this. Nothing beats that feeling of a reviving yoga session!!

    • Depends on the pose. Some of them I was able to hold for longer than others, but I usually go for 3 to 5 breaths. But some poses I was yelling “take the damn picture!” just so I could get out. There’s a lot of secrets behind the scenes 😉

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