three yoga poses i found challenging, i now find rewarding.
the first is the wheel, which is still challenging for me to hold for a lengthy amount of time, but at least now i'm at the point where i really feel the stretch across my front core:
i suppose the challenge wasn't so much that i couldn't do it. it was all in my head – it looks scary to attempt since i haven't done the wheel since i was a flexible little girl (who was also active in gymnastics and ballet back then). it was about week 3 in my p90x program when i decided to give it a try. i was surprised but with just a little struggle on the take-off, i found my back completely arched, my head hanging upside down and my core extended towards the ceiling.
mind you, getting out of this pose isn't a graceful thing to see, if you happen to be watching me. i try to come out of it slowly but i've also been doing a series of astanga vinyasa yoga sequence followed by balance poses for about and hour and ten minutes by this point. by the time my body is half way towards my mat, i sort of just… well… collapse with a bit of a thud.
the second pose i'm now loving and looking forward to is the frog pose. there is one step beyond this pose that i am not even ready to try. for the moment, i'm content with this modified move, which in itself, does challenge one's flexibility:
when i first started this pose, it felt awkward. i was not use to having my feet stick out like that. nor my knees, for that matter. and i wasn't able to get my pelvis and groin pressed against the floor. but now, i am able to get my legs out on each side in 90 degree angles with my entire hips, pelvis and upper body flat on the floor.
it's so comfortable that i could almost fall asleep in that pose, all the while feeling the nice stretch across my inner thighs. and i can really feel my pelvis opening up as well. what a great stretch!
it's not that i found warrior two challenging… but to really push myself and get down low wasn't easy. it wasn't impossible, but my goal was to be able to hold it at a low stance for a good length of time. still, it's my favourite warrior pose because it makes me feel strong and powerful:
poses that i still can not do effectively – the crane (which i don't force myself to do as it's the most advance pose on the p90x yoga-x dvd), warrior 3 (i can do the modified version which is more the airplane with hands out beside me rather then in front of my head), the plough and am still struggling on holding half moon and twisting half moon for a longer period of time.
but… it's a progression and journey that i look forward in taking on!