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148 BackBends Challenge from My Bikram Yoga Life

Here’s an excerpt from the awesome blog My Bikram Yoga Life. I absolutely love this idea, so I began my own ‘drop back wall’ at home. Thanks Leigh for the great post and inspiration!

Full post: 148 BackBends.

In the last seven days I have done 148 backbends. Is that a lot of backbends to do in seven days? I don’t know. I just decided to see how many I was doing in a week. I know that backbending is an important part of my practice, and I was doing them at home. However, I was pretty sure I wasn’t doing as many as I could or should. Keeping track of it for a week got me doing more than I think I normally would because I was paying attention. Plus, as a Type A personality, I just like to count things and keep score on myself.

Current location of my sticky tape. Gotta start somewhere!

Backbending got really fun yesterday (for real). I got some sticky tape and put a blob of it on the wall where I was currently landing when I went backwards doing wall walks. Then I put another blob just a bit under the first to give myself something to work towards. This helped in about a 1000 different ways.

First (no, I’m not going to count to 1000), it helped me see how far down the wall I was able to walk.

Second, I could see where I was in relation to the floor. Going backwards down the wall is a bit freaky. All I see is a solid color (yellow if I am at home and blue in the studio), but I often don’t know where I am on the wall. Now I know.

Third, it gives me something to look for. This helps me push myself. Once I’m warmed up, I know the marker I should be able to hit, and now I’ll just keep going until I hit it. Then, I can see my goal just below it, and I can decide if I can try for it or not. Right now, I’ve hit my edge, but I’m hoping to push to my new marker in a day or two. Having something to look for also keeps me focused.

So what does all this backbending look like? Well, I can’t make it down to the floor just yet. For now, I leave you with a picture of my current state of being.

My idea of a good time.

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Backbends I: Lead with your heart in 2013!

Lead with your heart in 2013!

Open all 7 of those lovely chakras.

I have never been a fan of backbends, wheel I didn’t attempt for years and camel makes me feel pukey. However, in the back of my mind I know that the poses I shy away from are the ones I probably need the most. Also- upon recently discovering I am of the Pitta Dosha variety, backbends were one of the recommended poses for me, but anyone can benefit from leading with their heart. What a good intention to set in 2013; you can never go wrong when you let your heart lead, right?  So here we go- making backbends my new favorite poses of 2013!

Here is BKS Iyengar practicing some backbends in Pune, India. He was 73!

My post about BKS Iyengar here.

I will definitely check in with you about my heart-leading progress this year.

What poses do you need to befriend in 2013?

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