I used to work for the Forest Service caring for wild-lands. The job entailed thinning trees in fire danger areas. This helps protect old-growth trees from ladder fuels which could start crown (canopy) fires. So, while felling trees we want the most oxidative to remain standing. I write this information because Handstand (Adho-mukha-vrksasana) is Downward-facing-tree-pose and while it is important to focus our breath, core strength is also integral to remain standing.
Yoga is a way of using our minds and bodies to feel good (therapeutic effects). Try cow's face (ghomukhasana) arms for shoulder flexibility and care. Use yoga breathing (pranayama) for energy and filtered air. Practice swan-feather pose (pinca-hamsasana) for lumbago and mind/body awareness. These poses are anecdotel for me and may help you too.
This word "balanced"......it haunts, eludes, inspires, motivates, and propels
me. Finding balance, being off balance, the question of balance......
I assume it looks different for everyone, and it seems to hide somewhere in the middle of crazy and calm.
Confident or insecure...wise and dumb, street smart or gullible. Manic and
Depressed, strong and weak, hungry and starving, hard and soft, active and
passive, motivated and lazy, drama and wall-flower, confident or paralyzed, loud and quiet, alive or dead. Spiraling down, or spinning out of control. Frozen or thawed.
One way to begin strength training is to buy a set of dumbbells and start moving them around. Over time, bit by bit, we come to understand that we can get better benefits by being more precise: we start organizing our lifting into sets and reps, measuring the amount of weight lifted, planning out which days to train, and so on. What a good trainer understands though, is that there is a step missing here.
This past week has been really busy. Actually things have seemed rather busy for a while now. It is at the point that the piles of 'to be done when I get the chance' on my desk have dates at the bottom of the pile that would be way past due if they were cartons of milk. Some of it if it were packaged cheese. At least I am not at the dried bean stage.
I have enjoyed a rich and deep yoga practice for most of my life. My mother practiced yoga when I was young and my sister and I would relish the shoulderstand pose throughout our childhood, if we could keep from giggling at the same time. I trained concurrently in dance and understood the importance of balance in movement--for safety, for beauty. As I have evolved, I have experimented with many different schools within Hatha Yoga and love them all for different reasons. I relish the gym yoga classes where we would collectively power and flow through the most challenging poses.
LET'S BE HONEST................................. When it come to health and fitness I am not perfect. Sometimes I1. Eat badly2. Lack motivation3. I have "one to many"Could go on and on but I won't. You get the picture. I struggle with some of the very same things you do. But I make up for this by1. 80/20 rule. 80% good. 20% not so good.2. Training with intensity and using my whole body.3.
You know what? For the most part I suck at balance, core work, and strength training. Any given day, if you walk in to my gym and see me train, you might agree.
Stumbling, losing my balance and uttering the occasional obscenity is common. Block your ears if you are precious.
However, I will not stand in front of a mirror and do biceps curls. Not my style. I will work at, even though I am not good at it. Can you say the same?