My journey with backbends wasn't love at first sight.
The first few months of my Yoga practice, although very enjoyable, were also very challenging in the physical sense.
From the start I practiced 5-6 days a week, introducing my body to new poses when it was so tight form years of being a runner and working at a desk job. I was going through the motions, trying to keep up, but at the same time just trying to survive too.
I remember how Pigeon pose put so much strain on my leg, or how I hopped 20 times next to the wall trying to get into a headstand. I remember lifting to Wheel put so much strain on my hands and back, and how I couldn't even breathe in Bow pose.
I was embracing and absorbing the practice and I loved how it changed me, both physically and mentally. I felt so good after every class in the studio and later when I started practicing at home.
But after a while I got curious.
I started looking online for new classes; I found the ones that challenged me and that I related to the most and kept doing them until I felt comfortable enough.
Later I started looking for new poses, and I found myself drawn to backbends like Pigeon, Kapotasana and Scorpion in Pincha. I was still a beginner, so I faced a great challenge in finding out which body parts I had to work in order to get to them, and there are so many.
Every day when I walked on the mat I tried new preparatory poses to strengthen and open my body, and at the end of each practice I would give the poses I liked 1 or 2 tries.
I fell so many times from Pincha, or was unable to reach my feet in any backbend pose for a very long time. But every time I could see a small improvement, not necessarily towards my goal poses but also with my attitude towards life, so I kept going.
And one day I reached my foot in Pigeon, another day the feet in Kapotasana and was even to get to Scorpion in Pincha without the wall.
I was very happy to reach these poses, but the process itself was so intriguing and from that time I continued my journey, building new flows and taking notes from other Yoga styles like Ashtanga and Yin that helped me grow from the inside out.
I know that especially as a beginner this could look like a very long and scary road, but if done safely with caution it can be a very enjoyable one, even if you don't reach all the poses in the end.
The journey to learning more about yourself what really all about.
Next week I will post about the Ebook that's about to come out and what you can expect to find in it.
Don't forget to check in on November 1st!!!
Have a blessed day,