Felt like doing a short video on one of my favourite yoga poses, the pigeon. When doing leg stretches, I often include a pigeon pose to stretch out the muscles near the groin and butt area.
The king pigeon variation is a deep back stretch, which is also something I’ve been working on. I just want to say, I’m not a certified yoga teacher, so I hope nobody gets hurt following the stretches mentioned in my video.
As I sit here envying pole dancers, I realized the one thing I really need to practice (among many other things, of course!) was my splits. I found a 30 Day Splits Challenge where you ultimately hold the splits for 6 minutes.
I’m close, but not quite there yet, but I hope stretching everyday will help me get there faster. Here’s my starting point!
I must admit I had a pretty awesome job where my work offered free yoga lessons during lunch. I had yoga classes 3 times a week and pilates twice a week. I was pretty damn tired by the time I got home and for the past few months, my pole has been pretty neglected. My instructors had high hopes for me, seeing how I attended every class, pushed my limits and mastered some poses I never would’ve thought I could do in a lifetime.
Fast forward a few months, I quit work and I’m back in school which means no more free yoga classes 🙁
One thing I’ve been practicing was my headstand. Prepping through yoga poses like the dolphin, and using our core (I had none!), so slowly lift our legs above our waist level with the support of the wall behind our backs. Well… wall space is a premium at home, I didn’t have much of that. But I did have my pole!
I started doing my headstands in the middle of the room against the pole, the first time, I accidentally flipped over and thought ‘Oh man, I’m so dead!’. Surprisingly, I caught myself and ended in a pretty awesome backbend. Please check out the video below!