backbendmadness2014

Day 25 of #backbendmadness2014 w/ @kinoyoga @fitqueenirene @beachyogagirl - #hanumanasana

I’ve been feeling extremely thankful for my body recently. I spent such a huge chunk of my life picking at myself for all of my perceived flaws- gobble neck, thunder thighs, miles of stretch marks, chubby belly, etc. I mean, there’s got to be a ‘fuck it’ point. Essentially, I had to realize- what if I spend my whole life trying to lose weight and I still have all of my 'flaws’? Y'all, I have no fucking intention of wasting away my 20s in pursuit of half baked ideas about what my body 'should’ look like- why bother when this is what it DOES look like?
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Day 26 of #backbendmadness2014- #scorpionpose.

I can find a million ways to correct my body in this photo but I’m enjoying the journey too much to care. One day my arms won’t splay, my upper back will bend more fluidly, & my toes will be close enough to kiss. But it’s ok that today is not that day.

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Day 22 of #backbendmadness2014 w/ @kinoyoga @beachyogagirl @fitqueenirene - #kapotasana.

My progress with this pose makes me feel so stupendous. But for real, if you want to see some baller-wonderwoman-#yogangsters shit, check out the version of this pose that @fitqueenirene posted yesterday. That woman, y'all-DAMN. She always gives me something to move toward. Fitspiration ain’t the half of it- I want to be like Irene, man. In awe. Always in awe.

Also, it’s time for @yve_plus, @julieblanks & @pesekgp to #stopdropandyoga. Do it to it, y'all.
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Day 29 of Backbend Madness - Bow Pose (Padangustha Dhanurasana). I was pretty tired after my morning session in the hot room, but I had just enough left to get my back warm again for a bit more work on my Bow. I’ve been trying to create more space in my shoulders so I can bring my head further back while bringing my legs closer together. I’m seeing progress little by little.

My legs got much more loft in the torture chamber–it was a hot and humid class today. I feel like I have a much stronger kick there. 

It’s much harder without the heat.

Backbend madness. It is very fascinating to watch one’s self do something that they could not at first comprehend. It dawns on you. Qualities like self-appreciation. Love. Hope. Realization. Understanding that patience really is a virtue. It is so much happiness to know that no matter what size you are, your body will listen to you if you give him/her the time and practice essential for that posture, or any other exercise routine. Your heart picks up a notch, your mind noticing each and every stretch. Patience. Time.

It is amazing how the body can be so fragile and so strong at the same time.

I hope all you beginner fitness enthusiasts the best! Not just those focused on fitness, but everyone else in this world. Never lose hope and never stop. :)

Have a beautiful day/night!
Love. x

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Day 28 #backbendmadness2014 is Dropping Back into Urdhva Dhanurasana from standing. This a real time video with a repetition of four complete drop backs right in a row. Dropping back is sometimes easier than standing up from Urdhva Dhanurasana but it requires patience, faith and determination. At some moment you will feel like you’re falling over into an abyss and you will have to learn to trust the uncertainty and have faith that your strength will catch you. Don’t think I did this on the first try! I hit my head on the floor more than a few times. If you can’t drop back either just hang back as far as possible and hold for five breaths or drop back to the wall to get used to the feeling. Check @beachyogagirl for a beginner option @fitqueenirene for a flow option. Tag us and our awesome sponsor @liquidoactive in all your posts.

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