Friday, March 28, 2014

Ted talk ideas and lacrosse

Lacrosse started about three  weeks ago and I have only gone to one yoga class!  I really miss it but I just don't have enough time in my day.  Spring break is coming up soon so I'll have more time for yoga.  Also, there are only a few more months of school left and in the summer I'll be able to get back to my usual yoga routine so I'm pretty excited.
I've been brainstorming on what I'm going to talk about in my speech and I have some ideas.  My first idea is to talk about individualism.  I got this idea because in yoga your practice isn't supposed to look like someone else's.  Yoga is all about how you express yourself through each pose.  My headstand might not look like your headstand and that's okay.  This can be related to life.  My life is not yours so of course we are different in more ways than one.  It's okay to not be the same as other people in your life because your not supposed to be.  And it's okay if our warrior poses aren't identical, they shouldn't be.  Instead of trying to make my warrior pose look like yours, I should just embrace my individual expression of the pose.  In life we should embrace our differences because they are there for a reason.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Reflection on 20 time

What I have most liked about 20 time is the idea I chose to do my project on.  I'm really glad I decided to do yoga because it really fun and I've always wanted to try it.  In the beginning of the year when first started going to yoga I was really intimidated by other people.  Everyone knew what they were doing and I was really confused.  I wish I would have gone to more classes when I first started my project because yoga's really fun.  Something that Makes my project difficult is trying to get rides to yoga. I don't get my license until august So it's going to be a struggle getting rides until then.  It may not seem like that big of a problem but it's really difficult.  I definitely think I'm going to continue yoga throughtout the year and through the summer.  
Something about the project that fustrated me is the the fact that I had to choose a goal that was very out of reach.  I like being able to accomplish things and not being able to become a yoga instructor by the end of the year is just annoying.  
Also, I'm starting lacrosse so I won't be able to go to as many classes.  I'll definetly be trying to make it to yoga on the weekends. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Punta Cana

The past week I was in Punta Cana!  I had a fantastic trip and the beach and ocean were absolutely beautiful! 
  I didn't bring my mat with me but I was able to do yoga in the sand on the beach and it was such a fun experience!  In the sand it's a lot more difficult to hold balancing poses that are usually simple.  For example, tree pose.  I thought my balance was on point but the sand quickly made me change my mind.  When the ground is squishing and moving beneath your toes, it's hard to not wobble.
I tried some inversions and backbends too.  Headstands were surprisingly easier to do in the sand.  The soft ground formed around my head and forearms and my headstand was overall more supported and stable.  Also, the soft ground made me more confident because I wasn't afraid of falling.  I tried new forms of headstands and I tried out some handstands too.  I fell a few times trying out handstands and I'll definetly be working on improving.  Even though my handstand isn't as bad as I thought it would be, it's far from ideal. I'll add a 'before picture' of a handstand, mid fall.  I need to be more confident in my ability to try new inversions and trust my strength.  Backbends like bridge pose were also fun on the beach. 
I woke up early in the morning before the sun rose and got some really cool pictures of poses.  I'll include them below.  My trip was an amazing experience but I am glad to be back.  I miss yoga classes at the yoga shelter and I'll definitely be catching up on some lost yoga time.  Till next time, namaste.  

Bridge pose- backbend 
 A very bad beginning handstand- mid falling over ('before') 

Supported headstand 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Post 15

Not that much happened this week, I've just been going to classes like usual.  In two weeks we have midwinter break but I am going to Punta Cana the week before break for vacation.  I don't know if i will be able to do yoga there.  Maybe there will be classes at the resort, hopefully.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Headstands and handstands

I've mostly been trying to improve my supported headstand.  It's getting easier to balance and I can stay on my head for longer.  My next goal is to do a handstand.  It's pretty difficult but I really want to accomplish it.  I thought it was going to take forever to be able to do a supported headstand but it actually didn't take that long.  Hopefully I'll be just as successful with handstands.  This is a picture of a modified supported headstand.  

Monday, January 13, 2014

Post 13

Over break I was thinking about my goal and how I was going to accomplish it.  I thought about it and becoming a yoga instructor is expensive and very time consuming.  There are people who become yoga teachers for their profession and it takes up all their time.  I would be becoming a yoga teacher along with being a student full time.  But I talked to my teacher and he told me I shouldn't change my goal just because I probably won't accomplish it.  So right now how I am going to work towards my goal is just becoming better at yoga and perfecting more poses.  
In addition, I have to start thinking about my presentation at the end of the year.  I need to think about what yoga has taught me and how it has impacted me.  Also, I need to include why it is important for everyone.  

Friday, January 10, 2014

Christmas break

Over break I continued to work on 20 time.  I went to many yoga classes and fusion is by far my favorite class.  Fusion is a mix of slow flow and vinyasa.  Also, I went to one of my mentor's classes.  I'm going to set mini goals throughout my project by choosing poses that are very challenging and trying to accomplish them.  For example, I want to perfect the supported headstand.  Right now I don't trust that I won't fall so I usually do a supported headstand with a wall nearby. Also, I want to strengthen my arms so I can do some more arm balances.  In addition, for Christmas I got a new yoga mat which was much appreciated.  This mat is 5mm while my other one was much thinner.  Next week I'm going to work on researching my goal of becoming a yoga instructor.