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Conquer Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose)

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KayBellKnitterNot striving

In yoga class this morning, another opportunity for Wheel, the first opportunity since the last time I wrote about this goal 5 months ago. Same as before, I can roll to the top of my head. But I lack the ooomph to lift the upper body. I definitely could feel the work my middle back was trying to do. And I had this sort of mini-epiphany: I’m really close to getting into the posture, closer than many people, and I think if I just kept giving it a try every other day for … say, six months … I am sure I would get there. 3 years ago

KayBellKnitterNo closer

In yoga class this morning, I was able to roll to the top of my head, which is where I left off on this pose last May. Still not any better nor any worse at it.

Really and truly, I don’t want to roll to the top of my head, as I feel the momentum go out of the posture at that point. I don’t know if the problem is lack of strength, or just lack of getting the momentum and leverage to work for me. 3 years ago

KayBellKnitterStriving and not striving

I worked really hard on this goal all spring, and by May could almost get into Wheel. I mean, really, really close. I decided to practice some non-attachment, that I was working too hard, and overthinking the posture, and simply reaffirming my frustration and doubt each time I tried to get into it.

This month I’ll be working toward Wheel again. My back is flexible, my arms are strong. There’s something about the momentum of shifting the weight from the legs up through the arms for lifting into the backbend that I still need to master. 3 years ago

KayBellKnitterIn this morning's yoga class

I made an attempt at Wheel. Could roll to the crown of my head, but still not quite the strength in the ol’ triceps to completely push upward into the pose.

Came home, dusted off the dumbbells. Time to get serious. 4 years ago

KayBellKnitterWorking up to Wheel

This morning I attended the first in a series of yoga classes for yoga teachers. The topic of the series is backbends, and we will build up to do Urdhva Dhanurasana, so this is perfect synchronicity that I found this class!

I came away from class this morning knowing that I need to build up strength in my triceps. 4 years ago

meghandothoyleNot yet, but I did try Bakasana (Crow Pose)

I didn’t quite make the Wheel at class this week, but I did hold myself in Bakasana (Crow Pose) for a millisecond or two :) I was excited just to make headway on one of the advanced poses! 4 years ago

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