Alright guys! My first month of my new Monthly Yoga Concentration has come to an end, so here you have it, the first official progress picture!

On the left, you have my first attempt at Camel Pose. This was on January 20th (so it was a little bit over a month, sue me). As you can see, I have a small towel under my ankles to help keep me back in the pose.

On the right, you have camel from today, February 28th.

I think I have come leaps and bounds in this pose. My back loves it now. Even though I won’t be concentrating on it anymore, it is still going in my list of poses to do in my new flow for next month. I really do enjoy this pose now.

I feel like I’ve come a long way in a month. I can’t wait to see what the next ten months have in store for me!

Purvottanasana day one!

Okay, so as you can see, my form is not very good. Nope. It is not very good at all. My knees are obviously bent, my feet aren’t fully on the floor, my back is not straight, and my arms are not straight enough either.

But this is day one. I have the rest of the month to work on this pose and be able to work on my progress.

I can’t wait to see how far along I am come the end of the Month (:

I just realized

That March is almost up and it’ll be April soon! That means a new yoga pose for me to concentrate on. I’m kinda nervous about this because the next one is Bow Pose, something I’m incredibly crappy at. But because I’m me, I’m starting my research now.

If you too have problems with Bow Pose, here are some poses to help you ease into it:

I can do all of these except for the Reclining Hero. Part of me is afraid to lean all the way back in that pose, because my mind tells me that I’ll get stuck and not be able to get back up. But I’m going to practice all of these this coming up month and hopefully it will help me capture Bow Pose by the end of April.

Fingers are crossed!

Purvottanasana Prep

So starting Saturday, I will be doing Purvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose) for the month. This one is tricky for me because I have never felt comfortable in this pose at all. It feels strange for my wrists and shoulders and my feet don’t understand what they’re supposed to be doing.

In prep for this, I’m starting my research right now. This way I can learn about the pose better and help make sure that I am doing it properly in order to make sure I do not injure myself.

The Prep poses in order to help get ready for Purvottanasana are:

  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose)
  • Gomukhasana (cow face pose)
  • Supta Virasana (reclining hero pose)

And the follow up poses are:

  • Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog)

So all five of the above, will be used when I work on a flow in order to help me obtain Purvottanasana.

I’m really excited for a new month and a new pose to work on!