So yesterday I worked on something I’m bad at. Something I want to be really good at. But, frankly, I suck. What am I talking about? Yoga inversions.
I took an inversions workshop at my yoga studio, because getting more comfortable with being upside-down is a goal of mine. So when I saw the workshop was being offered, I immediately signed up. The course was called “Gravity Surfing” and did a great job focusing on the transitions before and after an inversion – when you’re defying gravity by “surging” over your mat. How to safely get into one inversion and then out (wait, falling at a break neck speed to the mat isn’t an acceptable way to get out of Sirsasana II?? Who knew…)
We started in Crow pose and used that as our starting point for a lot of different inversions. We also did some yogi drills working on our hollow body position, engaging our core and lats, through hollow hops foreword and backwards. My favorite part of the class was learning how to use the strap in a loop during arm balances. The strap basically helps your lats control their movement so you can get into position more easily. Which is perfect if you’re a wimp like me. We obviously did a lot more in our 1.5 hour class, but those were the things that really stuck with me. I had few successes – a tripod headstand that didn’t result in a somersault and a hurdlers pose where my face wasn’t smashed into the mat. It may not sound like much, but going in, those were definitely a struggle for me.
So moral of the story, if there’s something you want to get better at, WORK AT IT, don’t be scared. Even if you fall on your face. Several times.
I love the Zen proverb “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” In other words, do the work and keep doing the work, even when you’ve been successful.
Oh and the best part of this workshop? They had free froyo after class. Now that’s my kind of yoga class.
After the class, I took the boys for a hike. We backed up a bag with some water and pup treats, and headed out the door. Have I mentioned that I love having trails right out our front door?
We figured out the timer on the camera…it only fell off the rock once.
Simba, you see that dark place over there? That is Denver. You must never go there. (KIDDING! obviously. I lived in Denver for 4 years)
And for dinner Jesse grilled up this amazing steak on our $30 HOA-approved grill. I better wife him.
So that was my Sunday Funday – gravity surfing, froyo, family hike and grill time. No complaints from this girl.