Week 30- Make bridges, not walls

Week 30- Make bridges, not walls

Whenever I see this photo, my first reaction is :”OMG, what the hell is this?!” Oh yeah, that’s just me. (Relief sigh.)

So, this is me in a bridge pose, after my yoga challenge, as I promised. It was not that hard. I guess that making this photo (setting the camera, running away from it, making a bridge pose quickly and holding it for a while, bad one, let’s repeat) was the hardest part of it all. Cardio-yoga-photo challenge! But what kind of engineer would I be if I couldn’t make 10 bridges or even more?

However, I enjoyed this challenge, very much. I have actually exercised properly every single day in July, and I did yoga as a stretching or as a workout as well. It did me so good, I could really feel various benefits of doing it. Let me count:

I didn’t have any headache for quite a while.

The pain in my lower back ceased completely.

I became so much calmer and more focused.

I could do yoga workout whenever I felt exhausted. It never failed to change my energy and put me back on the tracks again.

I could notice my own advance, opening and new range of movement that I was able to do.

I felt AWESOME.

And guess what? I became addicted! I want to feel that good regularly.

I will not have chance to do yoga every day in August, but I will try to start again as soon as possible. That is a good and healthy habit that shouldn’t be neglected.

And I do not promise to make any more  funny poses. (It should be a surprise!……………Just kidding)

Yoga challenge

Among the many activities I love, yoga is something that I have just recently fell in love with. I have never been very stretchy and able to do any of skills required for a job in average circus. Not even in a bad one! And I have wanted it so badly!

 I can run for miles, do many kinds of tough workouts, climb, ski, ride a bike, do numerous push-ups, lift a weight, but when I need to touch my own toes…….ouch! It used to hurt me. (Till recently.) Also, I was always looking for some dynamic workout, to get sweat, to lose my breath, to get tired. Yoga always seemed boring and too slow for me. But some people, who had more experience with yoga, have recommended it warmly to me. It IS TOTALLY suitable for dynamic persons, they were saying. I needed a kind of ballast to make me more slow and focused.
I have started to practice yoga, and, step by step, I was able to see some progress. I can do it when I am endlessly tired. It makes me feel fresh and new. It is perfect for all of the people who sit for many (I don’t want to count how many) hours a day. All kinds of activities make your muscles contract, it is only yoga that makes them stretch like a chewing gum. Good enough! I don’t even want to mention the joy of emptying my mind! BLANK!
I was TOTAL DUMMY when I have started, but I am getting better. I have decided to make July the month of yoga. I intended to do some small yoga workout every day and make it non-negotiable. And I have another goal….I have realized that I have rusted so much that I am not able to make a bridge pose anymore. But the real one, like this:
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And hold it for more than 5 seconds. Mission impossible!
I have no idea how could it ever happen to me, but since I haven’t even tried to make it for century or two, it is not quite a surprise.
However, I promise to myself and all of you that I will be able to make a bridge pose till the end of July. Yoga and other regular exercises will help me make it. And I will prove my success with a photo on 52 Weeks Project.
And then, I have found THIS.
It is a free 21 day yoga challenge and it is AWESOME. It requires only 5 minutes a day, it is easy and doable! So jump in! Your body will be grateful! I especially love the first video, absolutely anyone can do it and feel as fresh as a flower.
All I want to say now is NAMASTE. Thank you Suzanne! See you on the yoga mat!  😀