In February, Laura, Kino, and Kerri hosted the #inversionsmakeyouhot challenge - 28 days of inversions and arm balances. Since I've been dedicated a good bit of time to improving my own inversions and arm balances, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to challenge myself and work on these poses.
If you follow me on instagram, you've probably seen all or most of these already, but I thought I'd take a minute and do a fun little recap of my month trying new and interesting arm balances, inversions and variations.
The poses were all prompted the night before we were supposed to do the poses. I didn't have any real "oh hell no" moments until day 11, when Kino picked Urdhva Padmasana, which is not in my regular practice. I've done it a few times when I've taken Ashtanga, but the first time, I injured my neck and all subsequent times it's been really hard.
I also had a much tougher time with Tittibasana than I thought I would. I tried it several times throughout the day and struggled a lot with it.
Some of these I didn't even know were poses - like embryo pose (top row center below) and the variation on headstand in the bottom left hand corner above.
Also, I learned that chinstands are NOT my jam. Like whoa.
I am getting better at inversions every day. Over the course of the month, I was able to get my legs into full lotus while in headstand. It was a pretty big deal since last time I'd tried I couldn't get my left foot in front.
I also got a nasty (but thankfully, short) cold last weekend. It made days 23 and 24 extra hard. So much so that those poses were the extent of my exercise those days.
I am so happy I participated in this challenge. I have gotten so much stronger, just by experimenting and trying new poses.
A friend of mine told me that she misses seeing my fun yoga photos in her feed every day, so I'm feeling a little inspired to jump into another one.
What do you think? Have you done a photo challenge? What about a yoga challenge?