I have some great news: I´m only three days into the May Arm Balance Challenge and I´m already blowing my own mind at what my body can do. Seriously, a year ago I couldn´t even do a whole push up. Four months ago I worked myself up to fifteen push ups. That´s when I started to try to practice Bakasana, the crow pose, or rather trying to do it. The first two months I never succeeded in holding it longer than five seconds and I fell hard some times (literally). Then a bit later I started Kayla Itsines Fitness Program working on my arms with her workouts, pushing me to levels I never thought I´d get to. Then I managed to do the crow. (If you want to read all about my journey to getting into Bakasana read this) I saw amazing pictures of arm balances which looked so hard and impossible to do all over Instagram (Find me on Instagram here). I told myself I was going to be able to do those poses in a few years or so. Well one day I just said “screw it” and attempted at some of those poses. I was blown away at how it wasn´t easy, of course I didn´t expect it to be, but at how doable it was. Holding it longer than ten seconds is still a struggle, but I´m holding it. I got into it! I´m talking about this pose: A variation of the side crow.
Looks so crazy right. But if you have basic arm strength then it is totally doable.
With all the Yoga Challenges in May starting on Instagram, I decided to go for the “May Arm Balance” challenge, since my goals this year include a lot of arm balances. So said and done, here I am struggling at day four, but practicing and getting better. Day one to three was amazing. I know, only three days, but without this challenge I´d have never gotten even close to thinking I could do this pose.
But I can! And it feels so incredibly amazing. Of course there is much to improove here, like getting my leg straighter, but keep in mind that this was the second ever day I did this pose, so I think it looks pretty good…not to brag…just a fact;-P
No seriously guys, I´ll show you some more pictures of the poses, but what the message is here is that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH HARD WORK, DEDICATION AND LOVE. That´s what I´m telling you and me all along. I´ll be posting a post on the three steps to being successful in life tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Now to some more pictures!
As you can see I am struggeling. My feet aren´t touching the ground, but I can´t get them higher just yet and I was holding poses for fifteen minutes straight before this picture was taken…. This pose is called the eda pada koudinasana. In black and white, just for fun…
There you go. The first four days.
Day one was Bakasana:
Day 2 was Side Bakasana:
Day 3 was Flying Lizard:
Day 4 was Eda Pada Koudinyasana:
Day 5 is Eka Pada Koudinyasana:
It´s supposed to look like this, but I just can´t hold it longer than one second before I crash down to the ground…also with having my legs halfway bent…I´ll have to practice. Photo Credit: Pinterest
Practice makes perfect!
Or at least better.
On to the next days. I´ll keep you up to date!
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