Fierce, twisted eagle made me falter

This is week 2 of my yoga fails. The pose that challenged me the most was literally called the Fierce Pose (I thought I heard it wrong, Google confirmed it’s the more intimidating name of the more commonly seen Chair Pose). Then there was this Eagle Pose that turned me into Humpty-Dumpty.

Yoga Chair pose
Beginner Yoga for Leg Strength with Melissa taken from Doyogawithme.com

Getting into this position felt quite comfortable, initially. For the first five seconds, I was marveling about the strength of my legs and how they can support such a shift in the center of gravity. But things get out of control quickly as acid builds up, my thighs were burning.

For the first five seconds, I was marveling about the strength of my legs and how they can support such a shift in the center of gravity. But things get out of control quickly as acid builds up, my thighs were burning.

I was supposed to hold it for over one minute, but no way. I begin to fail soon after the five-second mark.

Yoga Eagle
Beginner’s Yoga for Leg Strength with Melissa taken from Doyogawithme.com

Then I had to get into this Eagle Pose… I felt more like a drunkard goose than anything. I was swaying from side-to-side constantly. I tried to balance myself by stretching my arms out. That worked. But once I get my arms back into this twisted position, my whole body starts swaying again!

Separately (as in upper / lower body), the positions are quite easy to get into. The challenge lies in combining both twisted arms and legs in one pose.

I guess it requires a lot of concentration – which I have none today. It feels like 33-degree celsius here in my bedroom and I’m very sure there’s a lurking mosquito somewhere. But then the yoga ashrams in India must be a lot hotter than here and yogis there got to deal with houseflies… so my excuses are shit. I have a monkey brain.

By the way, I like this IKEA chair commercial from some time ago, it’s kind of relevant!

And if you’re wondering what happened, or should I say, how I failed in week 1. Perhaps I’d go through these blog posts and create some kind of challenge for myself after I’m done with this Yoga For Absolute Beginners course.

 

My yoga fails, week 1

I’m currently following the Yoga For Absolute Beginners program on Doyogawithme.com, and I’ll be blogging about the times when I question the functionality of my body in this series. If you have ever felt embarrassed for not being able to do simple things, like touching your toes, or any other poses that everyone else seems to be able to do – know that you’re not alone.

Week 1 has been easy enough. I managed to get on the mat about four times, mostly doing neck stretches… a lot of neck stretches. I started to feel challenged when I tried following the fourth class.

The move I have the most trouble with is the Superman, lifting opposite arm and leg, alternating from side to side. I somehow just cannot coordinate!

I tend to put my non-working arm down on the mat while both arms are supposed to be off the mat at all times. By right, the non-working leg can rest on the mat for support, but I can’t seem to do that… if I have both arms off the mat, both legs tend to come up?

I was wobbling around like a boat in choppy water, can you imagine?

*Cringes*

 

Yoga Superman
Beginners’ Yoga for Shoulder Strength with Melissa taken from Doyogawithme.com