Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life. ~ Amit Ray
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame. ~ B.K.S lyenga
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. ~ The Bhagavad Gita
Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. ~ Bob Harper
It’s that time of year again when I grab onto an Instagram yoga challenge and start to get my body ready for the summer shedding of clothing that’s just around the corner.
This month’s challenge is called #yoga4growth.
If you’re interested, search that hashtag on Instagram and you’ll find all you need to join in on the daily poses for the rest of the month.
How I like to do it:
How the really fit people like to do it:
Every evening I’ve been diligently practicing my yoga challenge and so far, so good. The more difficult poses haven’t begun yet and, for the moment, my yoga life is pretty easy. The daily instagram selfie part of the challenge, however, is not so easy. I’m just not a selfie lover of that magnitude and, honestly I’m finding it tales a lot of effort to post a great selfie every single day. So, what I’m going to do is document the more photogenic poses and you’ll have to trust me that I’m either doing or desperately attempting to do the rest.
Luckily, however, last night happened to be a really great night for yoga and yoga photos too. It started with an outdoor class, overlooking the ocean, taught by teacher extraordinaire, Mike Nichols (pictured above). It was hot, sweaty, challenging and awesome: everything a good yoga session should be.
After class my friend, Louise, and I walked along the beach, barefoot in the sand, to the Sailing Club for a glass of après yoga wine.
I posed for my challenge selfie #4 along the way, stretching and extending my legs as much as I possibly could. It’s not yoga perfection but yoga is supposed to be about the journey, not the destination, right? Right.
“I do yoga to relieve stress. Just kidding. I drink wine in my yoga pants.” – author unknown
Anyone who knows me knows that I love, love, love yoga. I may put it on the back burner every so often but I always come back to it. And there’s nothing I like more than a really good yoga challenge.
I stumbled on #shesgotlegs on Instagram a few days ago and was intrigued. Basically you follow the graphic below, practicing each daily pose until you master it and, theoretically, by the end of the month, you’ll be able to put your legs behind your head. I did say theoretically lol.
I’m definitely feeling up for a challenge so I’m going to go for it. I realize that I’m a couple of days late to this party but catching up shouldn’t be too hard as the early poses are relatively easy. I’ll record any interesting/challenging/bizarre happenings in the comments below as I yoga my way through August.
I’m also inviting anyone who wants to stretch their yoga practice come along with me in a quest to put our legs behind our heads. How bad could it be? Right? And what a great party trick…