Aw thank you for the lovely message! I’m following you right back :)))
Hi there! I don’t have a straight forward answer for that because I didn’t monitor my splits progress very regularly. I worked a lot on stretching my hips and hamstrings over a 6 month period, and when I attempted the splits one day it came pretty naturally. I’ve had that experience with other poses too — every bit of practice you do helps improve another pose.
I started about a year and a half ago after a back injury. My whole body needed therapy — I was not flexible either. Probably more stiff than you! It’s never too late to start practicing yoga. You’re willing to go for it :) that’s awesome. Let me know if you have any more questions xx
Sending love your way, friend :))))
It’s sunny but I’m bundled up for a moment of urban yoga. I was excited to try out my YogaPaws, the mat you can wear! Such a helpful and creative innovation :)
Good morning! It’s wonderful that you’ve experienced so much progress already within the first few weeks — it’s so encouraging, isn’t it! Keep going : ) Gaining flexibility is a process unique to everyone, and the spine/back is a part of our bodies that we have to be careful about. I recommend simply stretching everyday. You may not think you are progressing, but little by little you will loosen up. There are some poses that I couldn’t even breathe in. After months of practicing, suddenly they just clicked. I like the Cat/Cow sequence on the mat. Try also Half Lord Of The Fishes pose and variations. And strengthening your core REALLY HELPS. Have you considered looking up Pilates moves? Pilates truly enhanced my yoga practice when I first started. I was looking to increase back strength and flexibility because of an injury. Like you, I was eager for results. I recommend going to a class, or finding an instructor to tailor some sequences for you. Take care and HAVE A GREAT DAY! x
Hi everyone! I recently posted a Side-Split, and was asked how to enter the unusual pose. It’s normally done standing up, so the mat version is tricky to envision at first. So, here’s a photo tutorial :) Stay safe and enjoy this deep shoulder, hamstrings, and hip-opening stretch. I’ve seen a variation that includes binding your hands behind, just like Bird of Paradise — go as far as you feel confident and listen to your body xx
Hi everyone! I just unearthed some photos of a Handstand-alignment practice. It really helps to focus on my fingertips and feel them grip the ground. I try to fight the instinct to put all my weight into the palms, just because there’s more surface area. You actually want to shift weight forward through your fingers. That was the biggest tip I learned and it helps so much.
I can’t wait for more sunshine and garden yoga to commence! x
Thank you! Those leggings are from a market in Thailand, actually. I wish I could point you in a more accessible direction!! I was in Bangkok last summer and picked up several pairs of tropical print leggings at one of the wholesale markets. Check out those kinds of shopping districts if you ever travel to Asia :) you won’t be disappointed. Or you could try your local Chinatown if your city has one xx