I vividly remember the first time I saw a picture of One-Legged King Pigeon Pose in its full expression. My mind could not comprehend how in the world someone could do that! So I (of course) jumped on my yoga mat and gave an immediate go at it. But I quickly discovered my body could not comprehend the pose either.
I am not a naturally bendy person and it has taken me years to find progression in my back bending practice. So I told myself OLKP Pose was way out of reach.
But I was wrong.
This posture is not ALL about being bendy. In fact, I found my backbend wasn't the main focus of this pose! So I began incorporating poses into my practice to help open my hips, quads, shoulders and thoracic spine to help my journey toward OLKP Pose. And it worked!
The first time I flipped my grip was with the aid of a yoga strap and my shoulders were freaking out with this foreign movement. But my body still felt great so I continued to practice. And with persistence and patience I made my way to the full expression of OLKP Pose without the use of a strap. I was shocked!
Progression is a great motivator for me so I kept practicing the same sequence that led me to this breakthrough.
If you are interested in trying this sequence in your own practice, check it out here.
My yoga practice constantly amazes, and teaches me and I am so grateful for my journey. I once thought my body would not be capable of OLKP Pose, but man was it amazing to prove myself wrong.
For some reason, I like to pretend I am not busy and I have all the time in the world. I like to stay up late and plan would be events and come up with different ideas. Then of course I will obsess over every single detail until I complete the task or a bigger idea comes along.
I have made the mistake of wearing many different hats and taking on too much in my life before. But luckily I learned a valuable lesson and now make more time for my family.
But the brain is still working overtime and I cannot get some of these ideas out of my head. I have taken baby steps in making one plan come to light just to see if the Universe thinks its a good idea. So far things are moving forward. EEeek! But we will see.
Am I the only one who is constantly scheming? I don't consider myself a workaholic, I definitely like to binge watch Netflix on Sundays if I can! But I feel like I am always looking ahead and trying to create something.
And then the guilt creeps in. Why am I not grateful for everything I have and all of the awesome opportunities that have come my way? Why can't I just settle down and find gratitude? Because I am not wired that way. And that is that. :)
So cheers to any of my fellow dreamers. If you're up for margaritas and schemes give me a call! ;)
I was a little shocked and bummed that I never heard of diastasis recti or ab separation until after my babies were born. Both pregnancies and birth plans were very different. The first took a more medical approach and the second took a more holistic approach. But neither prepared me or warned me about diastasis recti.
I was an active yogi during my second pregnancy - still practicing inversions and arm balances and I was aware that core work was off limits. But what I didn't know was the damage I could do by not being more careful and aware of my changing mom bod.
I had no idea that I could play a huge role in separating my abdominals and damaging my core.
After my second was born, I noticed when I leaned back and engaged my core that my stomach looked odd but I didn't think anything of it. It wasn't until I did my Buti Yoga certification that I heard of diastasis recti from my instructor. She explained her story and then in all made sense.
Holy shit! How did I not know about this! And come to find out... most of my mom friends were not aware of this either!
So I did my research and wrote a little diddi for YogiApproved.com to help mamas become more aware of diastasis recti and how to treat it.
Check out my two articles below.
Diastasis Recti - How to Avoid Ab Separation and How to Heal
Diastasis Recti Recovery: 10 Yoga Poses + Tips to Help New Moms Heal