As you may know if you follow me on Instagram I am taking part in a strength project this month which is hosted by Yoga By Candace. I thought it was a great opportunity to work on my own personal practice, sometimes as a teacher as strange as it sounds it can be hard to 'make time' for your own practice, so this little project was perfect for me. I have been working on the pose pincha mayurasana, aka forearm stand or peacock pose. I will break down the pose in more detail soon on the blog so watch out for that!
In the first pose, although I got a great balance and hang time, I was unable to straighten my legs for the full pose. I would just fall straight out of it or literally stay for 0.5 of a second! My base still felt a little unstable but I was happy to be upside down!
The second picture was taken after filming a video and a self practice. I felt much more stable and look at that... both legs high to the sky! I felt a lot more in control and balanced while upside down. Just hanging out for a few breaths.
In the third picture you can see that I have changed the placement of my hands, they are now pressed together rather than flat on the mat. For me this feels more secure. This was also the first time I was able to pop up into the pose and have my picture taken by Matt, previously I wasn't able to do the pose in front of anyone (which, by the way, makes for not so great demonstration while teaching yoga classes!).
From here I am working on progressing towards scorpion but I know that I need some major spine and hip work. baby steps and practice will get me there. That's what I love about yoga, it's so honest, if you are in an emotional funk that day then the balance will be off. The practice reflects the emotions. Some days I am stronger, some days I am not. That's life and that's YOGA!