Category: Health

strenghten your core

my usual regular class with kok is not happening today. a replacement teacher came for the advance class and 5 minutes after the class start, almost half of the peeps walked out.

the instructor teach all basic core poses and some of the regulars cant stand the basic class so they all left before we actually go deep into the practice.

altho the replacement instructor dint teach hardcore poses like kok… but his class is interesting nevertheless. his focus is more on opening up the chest and lengthening the spine. we had to get it really right like the pros as in 90degrees angles and such.

 

Felix (the instructor) Β kept making me the example to the whole class.. T_______________T

first he commented that all the students did the downward dog wrong. and we were supposed to be like advance students so my guess was some got pissed off and walked away =.=”

then he commented that i did it right but in a way still wrong and ask me to demonstrate my dwdog to the whole class.

apparently my dwdog will be in a perfect form if i open up my chest more =.= and do not arch my back. it was kinda confusing actually but also a learning experience. i couldnt “open” my chest any more and all i could do is bend lower to the dog and in actually.. that wasn’t suppose to be the way. the focus should be on opening up the chest more..

we continue to deepen our asanas by doing a series of crazy backbending, which again, focuses on opening up the chest.

first.. the standing backbend.

it’s crazy………. felix can do a standing backbend thats is so freaky i dont even know how to describe.

it was crazy painful to stay in this position. i was screaming for help =.= then felix commented that it will be a little tough for me coz i have round shoulders. (T__T yea its sad.. hunchback family trait)

then we move on with some basic core poses like the warrior poses but on the advance variation. the trick to a good warrior pose is not to arch your back but to tuck your tailbone in and again, to open up the chest.

finally we came to the highlight of the class.. more backbends.

we did one round of Urdhva Dhanurasana so that felix can check the way how we normally do it. =.=
then he commented that i do it beautifully because i’m flexible and made me demonstrate to the class again. T.T then comes the part where we move on with variations. everyone was so used to doing the wheel pose with the knees wide apart but when we were to place our knees in between a block and keep it there for as long as we can.

it was torturous. T.T

our back hurts like hell after that.. T___T

then the highlight of the class was Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana(Upward Facing Two-Foot Staff Pose) which looks like this

T_____________T

the key to mastering yoga… is to always master the basics and core first. the core meaning your abs.
flexibility comes in second. and frankly speaking.. i suck at core. T___________T i hate abs workout cause it makes me breathless.. T.T

to end the night.. felix told the class that it’s normal that yoga practitioners gets drifted from the basics once they get used to some poses. and being flexible is actually not a good thing. it actually meant that you’re actually ill =.=”

that got me so worried i raised up my hand and ask what sickness.. =.=”

apparently people who are flexible are mostly bones =.=”. And so, all the twisting and flexing comes from the bones and not the core muscles. so eventually one fine day.. we will crash from working our bones too much and that’s not good. the most important thing is to work up our core muscles so that the muscles support our poses and not our bones.

πŸ˜€ i’ve learnt new things and yes.. it’s enlightening. πŸ™‚

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my back hurts like hell now. although it’s a crazy class but i enjoy every bit of it. namaste felix.

now all i wish is a good night sleep.

Lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu.
(May this world be established with a sense of well-being and happiness.)
love. peace. harmony.

-J

eka pada urdhva dhanurasana

Long time dint do a yoga post.

anyhoo…

ohm shanti. How’s all yoga practitioners out there? Been practising religiously? πŸ™‚

I hope you all have a wonderful yoga experience with every class you attend because that is what i always have in my mind at the start of each of my class.

Everytime before class, even if i’m late, i tell myself that for today’s lesson, i will leave all my doubts, fears and troubles, problems, worries , friends, work, colleagues, everything at all outside the class in a black bag. I’d place the bag at the corner and walk in lighter. I’d close my eyes and imagine positive air flowing around me. And i breathe in only goodness.

Goodness from my fellow yoga practitioners.

Goodness from my teacher.

Goodnes from my body.

πŸ™‚

I plant a smile on my face and start my practices.

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Yesterday i had a very weird class tho.

It’s usual that in an intermediate class the instructor (Kok) would ask us to the the bridge pose but yesterday.. somehow perhaps we were all regulars, we went to really crazy poses. which i really like because i missed my advanced class on monday. πŸ˜€

My fav yoga pose all time is definately the bridge aka Dhanurasana.

I believe with patience and practices.. everyone can achieve this pose. If you practise long enough.. you’d realize yogis have a heavier upper body and a super lean waist when achieving this pose. It looks kinda freaky like this.

Yes.. even guys can do it. πŸ™‚ The lungs and chest part are especially heavier as all the air is pushed out of the system. πŸ™‚ when i saw my wheel pics from the yoga session i had @ bali.. it looks like that and it kinda make me happy cause at least i know, i am doing it right. πŸ™‚

But after the wheel… Kok made us do a variation to wheel which is the eka pada urdhva dhanurasana aka one legged wheel.

It looks like this. πŸ™‚


nice huh. πŸ™‚

this is one of my fav pose as well. kinda tiring and all but the sensation…. totally worth it.

Now you might think that’s all we did huh.

nonono… it did not just end there… I learnt new poses in yesterday’s class and it made my wrist hurt like hell but still.. i love the challenge!

πŸ™‚

This is the eka pada viparita dandasana or shoulder one legged wheel. phew. looks easy but i kid you not………… its SUPER HARDDDDDD Β T_________T

Next up?

Okay.. i dont think there’s a sanskrit term for the subsequent poses because i cant seem to google them or i’m dumb πŸ™ but the next pose, we did a ONE HAND one legged wheel. OMG?

It’s like trying to lift your leg and hand in a wheel position.. SUPER HARD!!! and kok demonstrate it to us like… damn easy =.=” phew.

And that’s not about it.

to rep all the backbends…

guess what

a DHANURASANA PUSH UP!!!

oh mi gawd.

5 x wheel pushup.

Altho i manage to finish the 5 rep… my wrist hurt like hell after that. but it is my first time doing a wheel push up and it’s so … awesome and crazy and torturous!

My next round..i aim to do 6! πŸ˜› hehe.

When i saw my reflextion on the glass mirrors while doing the push up.. i have this crazy idea running in my head. Like.. how can i actually do it omg. =.=”

anyhoo…

i shall rest for at least 2-3 days before my next class but i am having an urge to go for a simple class today. πŸ˜€ hehe. we’ll see. πŸ™‚

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till then. namaste and enjoy this song. πŸ™‚

off the lights. close your eyes and lie down. Β just listen to the song. πŸ™‚

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by the end of my classes.. i just leave that black bag wherever it belong and walk away with a lighter mind, body and soul. πŸ™‚

ohm shanti.

jen