Yesterday was Day 20 and it was the same Bakasana routine from Day 12. Bakasana (crow/crane pose) is something that I’ve been trying to achieve for years and I had a lot of trouble figuring it out. I am happy to say that I finally got it! I can’t hold it for super long and I can’t just glide into it gracefully at the drop of a hat like those pro-yogis can, but I’m getting there. For me, my problem was all about putting emphasis on the wrong areas. I was thinking too much about bringing my legs up and onto my arms, and not enough about bringing my entire body forward. I’ve also mentioned that balance is not my forté, so it took me a little while to find that delicate place between falling back on my feet and falling on my face. I think the key is to take it slow and pay attention to how everything’s feeling. If you’re like me, it will take time.
I felt very proud of myself afterwards. Yoga is this great activity I’ve found that I enjoy, but I get very intimidated by the advanced poses, like headstands and intricate arm balances, at times. And I know I’m not alone in this thinking. Being in the intermediate level of practice can be a very odd place: one the one hand, you’ve learned a lot and can do so much already but on the other, you’re standing on the cusp of doing these amazing poses that will take you a lot of time and practice to work up to. You can choose to stick to what you know and still have an effective practice, or you can keep going and see what your body is really capable of. There’s nothing wrong or right with either option, but sometimes we choose to just stay when we really want to go. And that’s where I am right now. It would be easy for me to just keep doing what I know I’m good at and be safe and secure in that thought. But that’s not what I want. I want to be able to do those crazy tricks and be in awe of myself. And I know it’s going to be really hard, but I love a good challenge 🙂
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love trying new exercise-type experiences. And yesterday was definitely an experience! My mom, sister, and my mom’s friend from work all went to a trampoline workout! It was really neat. The whole thing was set up like a big grid of trampolines and every one gets their own little square.
We started warming up by doing simple jumps up and down and to the side and added some arm and leg movements in here and there. Then, utilizing the pads in between, we did a sort of boot camp circuit with burpees, joggers, mountain climbers, squats, planks, and the like. If you put everything you’ve got into it, you’ll definitely get an amazing work out. And best of all, it was so much fun! You can’t help but smile and laugh while you’re on a trampoline! It was one of those workouts where the time didn’t drag at all, I felt.
I’d definitely do it again, but I probably wouldn’t make it a routine for myself–maybe a couple times a month or so. After a while I started to get some soreness in my knees. And it wasn’t just me, someone had pain in their back after a while and another person said their ankles were a little sore. I guess I just wasn’t really expecting it. I thought it was going to be pretty low-impact, but I suppose that if you land a certain way in an area you’re already fragile in, you may walk away with some soreness or pain–so be warned. As with an exercise, listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard if something doesn’t feel right.
After I got home last night from that class, I was tired as all get-out! I decided to skip my yoga this morning and save it for tonight instead. And it’s my last day of the challenge! The time has flown and I think I have improved so much in many different areas. I’ll have a post for my last day and my over all feelings with the challenge in the next day or two. Until then…