Fearless 14: Supported Shoulderstand

We are almost finished with our challenge, but we are definitely not finished being fearless.  Tomorrow's pose is Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana).  It's a relaxing inversion that can be tough on your neck if you don't treat your body with care.  If you feel neck pain during this pose, please stop. Only attempt this after … Continue reading Fearless 14: Supported Shoulderstand

Fearless 14: Frog

I chose to include several hip openers in my challenge because many yogis have a love/hate relationship to them.  They feel divine to some, and make others want to run and hide.  I've had experience with both ends of the spectrum.  Having flexible strong hips can help with low back pain, knee, and even ankle … Continue reading Fearless 14: Frog

Fearless 14: Pigeon

We did a version of tomorrow's pose in May's yoga challenge, and I wanted to revisit it.  The pose is a variation of Pigeon or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana.  I also want to start off by reiterating that cats do not care about yoga. ANYWAY:  In many classes you fold forward at the hips and rest … Continue reading Fearless 14: Pigeon

Fearless 14: L-Stands (Handstand Prep)

Let's talk about Handstands and Headstands.  If you've been to a Power Yoga class, they are kind of the "cool kid on campus."  Everyone is impressed by them, and wants to be just like them.  Then there's the rest of us:  the still workin' on my upper body strength, got a weird shoulder, being upside … Continue reading Fearless 14: L-Stands (Handstand Prep)

Fearless 14: Savasana

I had originally planned for Savasana (or Corpse pose) to be your last pose of the challenge.  After moving furniture for two days, I'm beat.  I was trying to push through it for the sake of fearlessness, but honestly, my body is wiped.  Many people (and sometimes myself unfortunately), associate rest with weakness.  Sometimes it … Continue reading Fearless 14: Savasana

Fearless 14: Dolphin

We are halfway through the Fearless 14 Challenge, and tomorrow's pose is Dolphin. If you have wrist problems, I recommend doing Dolphin pose instead of Downward Facing Dog.  Dolphin is great on its own though.  It's an upper body, back and core strengthener while providing a great stretch for your calves and hamstrings.  You can … Continue reading Fearless 14: Dolphin

Fearless 14: Upward Plank

It's Day 6, and my clothes are back on!  There are several "heart openers" included in this fearless challenge.  If your chest is open, you breathe better.  When you breathe better, you tend to do better.  Maybe we need sufficient oxygen to our brains to make good decisions.  Who knows?  Try this simple task:  While sitting … Continue reading Fearless 14: Upward Plank

Fearless 14: Sphinx and Seal

It's Day 5, and I'm still getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.  I openly admit that learning to accept my body has been a life long journey for me.  Posting pictures of myself doing yoga in of itself is an uncomfortable exercise.  I have come a long way in the past six months, but I sometimes … Continue reading Fearless 14: Sphinx and Seal

Fearless 14: Knees-Chest-Chin

You've made it to Day 4!  Vinyasa classes usually incorporate some Sun Salutations.  If you aren't familiar with the sequence, you can get more details in my post about Yoga Malas.  One of the hardest (and most confusing) parts of the Sun Salutation is Chaturanga Dandasana.  It looks like you are just holding a low push-up, … Continue reading Fearless 14: Knees-Chest-Chin

Fearless 14: Goddess

For Day 3, we will be doing Goddess pose or Utkata Konasana.  I love this pose because it requires strength and a bit of surrender.  The two previous Warrior poses can be quite vigorous as well, but this pose relies heavily on the strength of the pelvis, core, and thighs...quite literally the center of creation … Continue reading Fearless 14: Goddess