No Competition, No Haste, It’s Kind…( Yoga)

Be Mindful, Don’t force yourself, Prevent injuries, No one cares about how advanced or flexible you are… We are here to prevent injuries and learn.

These are the words of owner and founder of Wellness Connection. A awesome Yoga teacher along with her teachers at her studio. I feel so blessed to do my teacher training there.

To gain strength, patience, flexibility without pushing and forcing yourself into poses. To understand and listen to your body. Take it step by step and know you will improve. Understand your sequence and why you are doing certain poses, the muscles it targets and the benefits.

People do yoga for various reasons. I’m doing it for so many reasons too. It’s so different to the harshness of life and Vigorous exercises. Oh, and talk about ending with savasana. A beautiful way to end.

Come and join the Yoga side of life

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Want a Lean and Toned body? Do Yoga

I am so Impressed and Excited about my transformation. Yoga was always something I had interest in from a young age. I didn’t understand it fully but, I loved the poses and doing it.

Right now, I am two months away from being a qualified yoga teacher. And I started 12 August 2017. I am stunned by the results.

I really struggled with the stubborn fat around my waist and thighs. When I started Yoga it changed in just 7days. I could feel and see the change. I am trying to do atleast three hours of Yoga every week. When I am not doing Yoga I am doing weight training at home and a few cardio and bodyweight exercises.

I can’t wait to start my Yoga Teacher career fully.

So, please do incorporate Yoga into your fitness program. It is not only good for the physical but also mentally and spiritualy. I love the fact that I can overcome so many fears.

Come and join the Yoga side of life

Chaturanga Dandasana(Asana Analysis2)

Doing this every month is so helpful. I can truly say I am getting stronger. I love how I am learning everyday.

Yay to Yoga!!

I am sharing my analysis and show how I am doing and how I am feeling during the process. I hope it is helpful and that you’ll enjoy reading it.

Chaturanga Dandasana
I chose this pose because it came to light how weak I am in my shoulders and wrists. I Love arm balances and inversions, but my weakness and fear don’t allow me to do it. I feel it make more sense to start with this pose to start building the strength and it is one of the poses used in the Sun Salutations. I couldn’t even get into this pose in class 2weeks ago.

Benefits:

Arm,wrist,pectoral strength/ Abdominal,Quad Strength

Muscles Targeted:

Chest(pectoralismajor); Shoulders/arms(deltoids, triceps); Backmuscles(latissimus dorsi,rhomboids,tripezius);lower body(abdominals,quads,hamstrings)
Joint Movement: elbow flexed,wrist,spine&knee extended,scapula retracted,dorsiflex feet

Demonstration:

Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana and come to plank. Hands underneath shoulders and feet hip distance apart. Extend chest forward as you press heels back. Release tailbone to the heels and keep gaze on the floor, look slightly forward. On your exhale bend your elbows keeping it in at the edges of your body(90┬░angle) and slowly lower yourself to the floor. Keep your body straight, not sagging in center of body and no buttocks sticking up.

Chaturanga Dandasana (on Knees)
The pictures below will demonstrate the weakness in my shoulders and alignment of my body. In this pose I feel completely disoriented between my lower and upper body. Drawing tailbone to heels, engage belly and quads, shoulder blades tucked down and away from each other. My alignment needs a lot of work too. I feel I’m not in a good knee position but, I do see a straight back and the 3rd picture demonstrate that my shoulders collapsed, chest down and butt stick up. I feel picture Nr.4 show improvement, straight back, neck aligned with spine, arms parallel to floor.

Chaturanga Dandasana (full pose)
I struggle with the same challenges as on my knees. Keeping my chest lifted forward, keeping elbows drawn towards body and keeping a straight back. Picture Nr.3 demonstrate complete failure and risk of shoulder injury. I am putting so much energy into drawing chest forward to press back into my heels. It even shows in the picture. In picture Nr.4 I still see not pressing back into heels fully.The shortening in my neck shows tension in my shoulders. I managed to keep a straight back, neck aligned with spine and keeping elbows close to sides of body.

The props that can be used: Straps, blocks, bolsters and even a chair. I liked this info on YogaJournalTipsJason Crandell’s Hover-Honing Chaturanga Tips Other sources used: Sarvyoga.com , DoYouYoga , International yoga, and Yoga&Pilates book by: JudySmith,Emily Kelly and Jonathan Monks,TheWellnessConnection Manual