Yoga - 3 poses to master

30 January 2017

Last year I enrolled in two yoga classes at TriYoga, they were both so-so to me, but for some reason the second class really ignited a change in me. I’ve practiced yoga on and off for the past 4 years, but after the second class in October I was practicing at least three times a week. It began with a simple sun salutation (I) that was the homework of my class and then after that I was hooked. I’ve mentioned so many times that Sarah Beth Yoga is my go-to place for practicing on YouTube, for me personally she makes a great variety of videos that incorporate different types of yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative) and different lengths. Her teaching style is one that I can follow and I like her personality. So I began doing two 15-minute videos and then moved into 30 minute videos and then doing two 30-minute ones and soon my practice was up to an hour on the days I practiced. This month I’ve been taking part in the yoga challenge and I’ve missed about 7 days I think, but overall I’ve practiced yoga more this month than ever!

Practicing has been great and the one thing I love about yoga is that it makes me feel so graceful. I’m enjoying learning the routines and different names, but I also want to get some poses mastered by the end of this year (maybe even in the next 6 months, as I have no idea of how long it takes to master these poses). First of all because some of the poses look so cool and second because I want to see what my body can do!

Crow pose (Bakasana)

Crow pose Bakasana

I started to work on this pose late December 2016 and it has been so awesome seeing progress! It is a hard pose that requires a lot of arm strength so really I’m working on building that and making sure my form is correct. I’m taking it all bit by bit, but being able to hold the pose for 8 seconds feels like an amazing achievement! 

Wheel pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

Wheel pose Urdhva Dhanurasana

Even as a kid I’ve always thought this was an awesome move. When I first went to my TriYoga class she actually tried to teach us this, but it’s not something you master in an hour. It incorporates so much, arm strength and is also an heart opening back bend. 

Warrior III (Virabhadrasana) 

Warrior III Virabhadrasana

I can do warrior III on my right leg but my left leg is incredibly weak from a fracture from years ago that I cannot balance on it without support. I’m not sure how possible this is, but I would like to be able to manage this pose without support when standing on my left leg.

So that’s it for the poses I would like to focus on this year. Hopefully I can achieve some more, but I want these to be my main goals – anything else that comes along is a bonus.

Let me know if you have any fitness goals this year below in the comments.

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