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Welcome to day 6 of the challenge! If you’re not sure what’s going on, you can take a look at the introduction page. Be sure to comment and let me know how your session went!
1: Sage Bharadvaja (left) – Bharadvajasana***
2: Sage Bharadvaja (right) – Bharadvajasana***
3: Upward dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana**
4: Wide leg forward bend – Prasarita Padottanasana**
5: Legs up the wall – Viparita Karani***
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* = Wikimedia Commons or Pixabay
** = Stock Image
*** = Found on the internet, used with gratitude and respect, solely for the purpose of education.
Today was a bit surprising for me.
#1 & 2: I got SO close! I had to use my strap to make up the last inch or so that I couldn’t reach, but I almost nailed this pose. I was so happy!
#3: My wrists and arms aren’t great yet, so this was rough. I held on longer between releases than I used to be able to though, so there’s progress.
#4: Feel that burn! Man did that ever stretch the back of the things! I had to use a cardboard box and blanket in front of me because I can’t fold that far, but I got some serious stretching in none the less.
#5: Hell. Pure hell. This is supposed to be easy and relaxing, but my legs do not straighten. I had someone help me and still I was almost in tears. I need a lot of work on getting the backs of my legs loosened up.
I know how you feel. My legs don’t straighten out during yoga either, and some of the poses I don’t even try. The good thing is that it helps anyway. You can definitely feel when the legs stretch. I don’t know what it’s called, but there’s a pose that I do to stretch my back. I just stand bent over and let my arms just hang. It stretches my back and legs. There’s also one laying down. You lay down on your yoga mat, and stretch out. Then you put each leg up onto your chest, and hold it there. It stretches out the back muscles. I hope that I’ve helped some. I don’t know how wonderful I am at explaining such things. Let me know if it helps though. 🙂