Monday, May 25, 2015

Of Crows and Inversions

Hello there!! the crazy yoga girl is back :D I have been practicing a lot of inversions last few weeks and praying hard for the doorframe to not to break. 



The first thing to remember while doing yoga is not to push too hard. It's not a competition. While doing cardio or planks, I don't mind pushing few seconds more but I feel Yoga requires a completely different mindset. As soon as the body says enough, just stop, else you may end up with sore wrists and elbow pains. I do tend to go overboard with crow pose, trying to perfect it, which is ridiculous because it's never about perfection. It's about being comfortable. 

Anyway, I am happy to see my arm balances getting a tad bit better :) This crow is getting stronger and higher.

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle - Rumi


All these days I have been using my boring grey yoga pants while practicing, but last week I received this colourful pair, purchased at an amazing price from Aliexpress. Soft, good fit, comfortable, with designs and everything.

Midst of a transition - Wheel Pose or Urdhva Dhanurasana

As the winter is setting in, I miss going out early in the morning. Need to find courage to kick off the blanket in 8 degrees. Brrrrr !!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gulp, Cough, Sink - The Swimming Class

Yours truly is hell bent on changing her lifestyle -be it food, clothing or health. I guess when you are about to hit 30s, an epiphany is bound to happen.

So last month I had enrolled myself to Adult Beginners Swimming Lessons. About time huh!! As the fate maybe, on the day of my first session, a storm was ravaging Sydney coasts and residents were asked to return home early. 

Luckily, as a part of swimming-prep, the previous night, I had already practiced "bachaooo bachaooo" in my bechari naari voice. After finishing my work, braving strong winds and rain, I walked towards the center. The buzz of activities inside the underground aquatic pool, further proved how incredibly crazy Aussies are about their fitness. They are, believe me! 

Now even though it's a beginner class, teachers tend to assume that you have done some sort of swimming before. Living in a coastal region they find it extremely difficult to acknowledge that you know no swimming at all. Zilch. None. It's just a cultural thing.

My good soul instructor, gave me a floating board and asked me to dive in and glide. Yeah, just like that. So that's what I did, only to splash tonnes of water and sink right in. Ahh such faith he had in my abilities. The look on his face was so amusing that I ended up laughing and coughing, at the same time. He must have realized what a long evening it was going to be. 

That's when the realisation dawned that I might belong to some strange species, because for some weird reason the laws of buoyancy simply don't work on me. :P


He taught us other moves, free style and tips on floating. Hassled, tassled, rattled - one by one I did all of it, or so I thought, until I saw others.

The other beginner girls didn't swat their hands like a duck, they didn't swallow gallons of pool water, they didn't pull their instructor's shirt or face or hair. In that half an hour, I did a lot of kicking, and for sure, it wasn't just the water I  kicked.



By the time the class was over, I was already bloated with the massive drinking I did. 10 more classes to go! Oh dear oh dear. The poor instructor!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Effing Emotions !!

There are days and there are Days... the crazy god forsaken Godzilla days when the hormones makes a King Kong out of a normal life-loving girl. One moment you would be smiling, relishing on fish and chips, the other you turn into a Texas chainsaw massacre monster, hunting for chocolates, while the poor husband sits in a corner, waiting for the tornado to pass over.





I blame all my mood swings on Hormones... those bhloody things for no apparent reason presents an illusion of utter sorrow and depression. Makes me cower inside a blanket, and munch on a single bite of chocolate for hours, which I buy because they look nice. And I don't even like chocolates.

On such dramatic days, before I drive myself and the poor baffled husband to madness, I end up calling the helpline number, which is always my Sister. Last time when she picked up the call, her mouth was stuffed with chicken momos, because she was high... on the mood swing. But yesterday it seems she was cheering another sad soul - her roommate, who had rendered the whole building deaf by playing continuous renditions of Opera songs - day and night. Ahh it spreads you see, Zombies aren't far away.




On such imbalanced days I embark on a journey to find the answer to life, universe and everything. With sad and tragical philosophies, I fantasize about death, because it is the sole truth that ever existed. 

The husband has learnt that these are not the best time to ask for Egg-Burji or Tea or anything in general. 

Yeah, the hormones are getting on my head. I better stop writing.

Do you have such erratic unreasonable days?

Images - linked to source

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Almost Yoga Handstand

The A to Z challenge was quite exhausting and I had to take a week long break before I could even check my blogger dashboard. But now I am back to regular blogging, refreshed and teeming with ideas :) I hope you guys had liked my Yoga Every Damn Day series :)

I have been jumping around the wall for quite sometime, trying to do a handstand. Near, yet so far. My legs hardly touch the wall, but my arms are getting quite the workout. It's just that after so much jumping, my wrists become sore. So one fine evening, while I was sitting on the carpet, tired, fixing my yoga-hair, the bulb in my brain lit up. How about some door frame fun!!


The first pose exhausted all my upper body strength and I was praying not to slip as my feet had started sweating. Else, my nose wouldn't have loved the after effects.






Supporting myself on one side of the door, I started my circus :P Thankfully there was no one at home. The hubby already is going bonkers with my weird yoga asanas :P 

Be careful if you are just as out of mind as I am and are planning to try this out. Warm up your body, specially wrists and make sure your shoulders are stretched and core activated. I was already an hour into the practice when I tried it. Don't push yourself too far else the pain in the elbow is very discomforting. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Yoga Girl Zentangle

I am extremely grateful to all the readers for showering so much love and encouragement on my Yoga Every Damn Day Series for A to Z April Challenge. You guys kept me going :) Thank you so much.


Finishing off the challenge with  Yoga Zentangle, I made inspired by Virabhadrasana III pose.




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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yoga Every Damn Day

Yoga Every Damn Day As a part of A to Z April Blogging challenge, I am going to post a series of Yoga poses. Don't worry I will keep it simple and crisp... and try not to make it boring. {All pictures are mine, clicked by my dear husband}

Yoga is a revelation. After every practice I am beginning to understand my body better. I respect its limitation and sometimes I am even surprised by what it can achieve. I have learnt that for better physical and mental health, it is  absolutely vital to respect your body first. 


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Not just food, but be careful of the thoughts and negativity that you are feeding your body and mind. The safest approach is to keep the bad stuffs away. I know that's no brainer, yet not as simple as it sounds.




Don't be intimidated by others, patiently and slowly, let your body bloom. This is something I keep reminding myself for I am an impatient soul. Of course, my friends bring me back to ground. :)




If you haven't already, do follow me on Instagram where I go extra crazy on yoga :)


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X-hale

Yoga Every Damn Day As a part of A to Z April Blogging challenge, I am going to post a series of Yoga poses. Don't worry I will keep it simple and crisp... and try not to make it boring. {All pictures are mine, clicked by my dear husband}

Today, let's just relax. Breathe in the freshness, exhale the negativity ... and let your mind wander into peaceful territory.


This mudra is called Gyan Mudra, known to impart happiness, intellectual development and sharpens memory.

While finishing of my Yoga sequence, I sit in padmasana, make an imaginary ball of all the stress ... and exhale out ... imagining the ball drifting away. I know how weird it sounds :P but it actually helps.

Day 13 - Mermaid Pose
Day 14 - Navasana
Day 16 - Pigeon Pose
Day 17 - Quietude
Day 19 - Yoga @ sunrise
Day 20 - Trikonasana
Day 22 - Vrikshanana
Day 23 - Wild thing

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Wild Thing

Yoga Every Damn Day As a part of A to Z April Blogging challenge, I am going to post a series of Yoga poses. Don't worry I will keep it simple and crisp... and try not to make it boring. {All pictures are mine, clicked by my dear husband}

Camatkarasana or Wild Thing Pose

This is my absolute favorite pose. It works on my back, giving it a pleasant stretch, opens up my heart and shoulders. I even love the name - Wild Thing. I stay in this pose till I start feeling a stretch in my wrists, reminding myself not to overdo it, no matter how much I love it.






My ultimate goal is to go from Wild Thing Pose to Wheel Pose.





Benefits: "Wild Thing opens the chest, lungs, and shoulder areas. It opens the front of the legs and hip flexers and helps build strengthen in the shoulders and upper back."



Day 13 - Mermaid Pose
Day 14 - Navasana
Day 16 - Pigeon Pose
Day 17 - Quietude
Day 19 - Yoga @ sunrise
Day 20 - Trikonasana
Day 22 - Vrikshanana

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Vrikshasana n Virbhadrasana

Yoga Every Damn Day As a part of A to Z April Blogging challenge, I am going to post a series of Yoga poses. Don't worry I will keep it simple and crisp... and try not to make it boring. {All pictures are mine, clicked by my dear husband}

Vrikshasana or Tree Pose

The trick to maintain the balance is to keep staring straight at a fixed point. I still can't do this pose with my eyes closed. Yes, this pose does help me in improving my concentration.


“I am not the moon orbiting around your planet; I am the sun that will burn through your frozen mind.”
― Shannon L. Alder



Vasisthasana 

A simplified version of Vasisthasana for beginners, also called side planks. This pose, along with other plank variations, is known to kill fat around abdominal area.


Virbhadrasana III or Warrior Pose III

I was once a stumbling fumbling warrior, took me a while to maintain the balance

Benefits:
  • Strengthens the ankles and legs
  • Strengthens the shoulders and muscles of the back
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Improves balance and posture (Source)




Day 13 - Mermaid Pose
Day 14 - Navasana
Day 16 - Pigeon Pose
Day 17 - Quietude
Day 19 - Yoga @ sunrise
Day 20 - Trikonasana

Friday, April 24, 2015

U n I - Let's Stretch

Yoga Every Damn Day As a part of A to Z April Blogging challenge, I am going to post a series of Yoga poses. Don't worry I will keep it simple and crisp... and try not to make it boring. {All pictures are mine, clicked by my dear husband}

Utkatasana or chair pose



Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana or Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose

Quite a mouthful of words... I still struggle to pronounce it :)







Day 13 - Mermaid Pose
Day 14 - Navasana
Day 16 - Pigeon Pose
Day 17 - Quietude
Day 19 - Yoga @ sunrise
Day 20 - Trikonasana

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