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"Progress" is Relative

Lorelei

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Well, well, well.....Mermaid Pose is progressing......very little.  I have been working on the pose, but I know now that I should have been doing so much more in the way of hip openers this whole month in order to have moved further along.  Live and learn.  Also, I am aware now that Mermaid Pose might be a bit down the road for me.  I was just so ready to jump in and DO IT!  But, I'll keep working on it, and when I nail it, I will post the most wicked Mermaid ever.  

 

Real life has also been inserting itself into my practice over the last two weeks, as it tends to do.  :)  I had to move my mom to a new memory care community.  Stressful?  Sad?  Self-Doubt Inducing?  Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  Then, that same day in the middle of it all, the phone call from school came to alert me that the event leading up to this happened:

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My point is that I did not concentrate on my practice as I had wanted over the last week and a half.  However, I did not give up and quit.  Bigger for me is this:  I did not stress about it.  I did what I could.  Some days, the real life stuff made me feel tired and off.  On those days, I did a gentle flow or an easy run.  Some days I knitted and read a book during my free minutes instead.  And you know what?  My balance has improved a little bit.  I still feel a charlie horse coming on when I bend up my leg, and I don't know what that's all about.  It's ok, because instead of getting very far on Mermaid Pose:

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This happened:

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Headstand practice has made me feel calmer, and so I did more of that over the last 10 days or so.  Then, last Sunday, in the middle of the school baseball field while my son kicked a soccer ball and my husband hit ground balls to my daughter, I did a headstand.  And then another.  Then I practiced handstands against the fence.  I'm pretty sure I looked like a nut, but I didn't care.  And that, my friends, is mindfully practicing yoga.  <3

 

 

 

 

 




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What a great discovery and beautiful post! I think some progress is too subtle to capture in photos - e.g. if you were getting more grounded, it showed up in your headstand, not in your mermaid! I believe your mermaid is benefiting from that progress, just not visually.

You're an inspiration - you didn't force yourself to practice on the days you were tired and did stuff that was still for you (knit and reading) during the free time.  After reading all the real life stuff that cropped up, I have no idea how you still had free moments. It must be all that discipline from your marathon training - you make that time for yourself! :)

 

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What is wrong with your mermaid pose? The first picture looks great, the second maybe trying a little too hard. But you know the basics of the pose well.
 
Mermaid pose is Eka Pada Rajakapotsana then Kapotasana, see the names are the same root. All the poses have no beginning or end. Scroll down the page in the link to see how this one pose has so many variations. There is one in there I really don't think I want my back to bend like that.
 
One thing I learned in yoga; we are always suppose to ask ourselves why. I have made a few teachers seriously annoyed with me when they suggested a more difficult version and I asked them why. Sometimes I could have easily done it but I didn’t see a reason why I would at the time.
 
If you like the pose why not make it easy on yourself. Drop the back leg down to the mat and stick a block under your butt. And zone out, ‘Yin’ Functional Pigeon Yoga Pose Heal Your Hips  This is a Yin video, Hope Zvara is a Yin teacher, sometimes we need to balance the yang and the yin.
 
I hope my comment wasn't intrusive. I sensed you were disappointed when you shouldn't be.
 
Edit: Yin is considered an advanced practice. Proceed very gently and cautiously. With Yin we are getting into the connective tissue of the joints and can damage them pushing too much. The hip joint is very strong so not so bad and good one to start with but still be careful.
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What is wrong with your mermaid pose? The first picture looks great, the second maybe trying a little too hard. But you know the basics of the pose well.
 
Mermaid pose is Eka Pada Rajakapotsana then Kapotasana, see the names are the same root. All the poses have no beginning or end. Scroll down the page in the link to see how this one pose has so many variations. There is one in there I really don't think I want my back to bend like that.
 
One thing I learned in yoga; we are always suppose to ask ourselves why. I have made a few teachers seriously annoyed with me when they suggested a more difficult version and I asked them why. Sometimes I could have easily done it but I didn’t see a reason why I would at the time.
 
If you like the pose why not make it easy on yourself. Drop the back leg down to the mat and stick a block under your butt. And zone out, ‘Yin’ Functional Pigeon Yoga Pose Heal Your Hips  This is a Yin video, Hope Zvara is a Yin teacher, sometimes we need to balance the yang and the yin.
 
I hope my comment wasn't intrusive. I sensed you were disappointed when you shouldn't be.
 
Edit: Yin is considered an advanced practice. Proceed very gently and cautiously. With Yin we are getting into the connective tissue of the joints and can damage them pushing too much. The hip joint is very strong so not so bad and good one to start with but still be careful.

Not intrusive!  Thank you for the positivity.  I like the honesty.  All the best to you!

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