Yoga Challenge Prep: Focus Poses

Nicole over at My Yoga Discoveries inspired me to pick a few poses to really focus on for improvement this month. Here are three I love because they offer a great challenge:

1. Crow: Upper body strength does not come easily for me. However, it is an amazing feeling to hold this pose. I have never been able to do it for more than a few seconds, which I hope to change in May.

2. Standing Bow: This pose is my nemesis. Sometimes I can do it, sometimes I can’t balance worth a darn. However, it feel amazing because it stretches so much of the body at once.

3. Garland: Most of the world squats all the time for daily activities, which contributes to fewer back problems. I want to improve my balance and ability to hold this pose longer to help relieve the tension I carry in my lower back.

What are your favorites? Any focus poses to share?

I’m excited for a month of daily yoga practice. Hope you’ll join me!

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4 thoughts on “Yoga Challenge Prep: Focus Poses

  1. Hey Oliva, glad I inspired you. Crow is a hard one for me too, but I am improving on holding it, still in the second range. 🙂 I remember learning during my teacher training that you should prep for it by doing a lot of hip openers and core work. I hope the following will be more inspiring, but the garland pose was a hard one for me too, and I noticed that I am able to hold squats more, especially when I am at work with the little ones, and I think it is from my yoga practice; it is something I noticed after teacher training. I always learned to look at something that doesn’t move when doing balancing, so I hope that helps with the standing bow pose. Enjoy the month of yoga!!!!

  2. loloslunch says:

    I’ve done some one month challenges at my gym. If you stick with it you will see huge improvements in 30 days. Day to day you won’t be able to tell but if you keep at it when you are finished the before and after will be very noticeable. Have fun!

    • oliviaobryon says:

      That’s great input! I made it almost a month awhile back and felt such a difference… But then life returned. I’m determined to find a way for both to coexist 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement!

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