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Imogen  Yoga since April 2016. HIIT, pilates, heavy things. Londoner. Doctor of Neuroscience. I study brains for a living. Sometimes with giant magnets.

Day 24 of #Yoga4x7 is this Camel/Kapotasana variant. Ahh this kind of pose scares me a lot πŸ˜… I mean it’s better than an unsupported back bend, but it’s just so intense! The first time I tried I think I was a little too close to the wall- I got my hands to the skirting board, but my head was still over my calves so it felt very very strong 😢 A little further away, like this, was more tolerable. Not my favourite back bend, but it was ok.
In other news, there is currently a mouse in the house 😬 it left some evidence a few days ago, then nothing for a bit, then yesterday evening one more piece of evidence. I wish I could just ask it to leave politely πŸ˜…
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Day 23 of #Yoga4x7 is a High Bow or Dhanurasana variant.. and heck look, no props! I initially tried this without props and got the flattest pose you did ever see πŸ˜‚ so after that I tried with a block under my stomach and had much more success. ... and then I got some hubris and thought I would try the full pose prop free, having got more of a feel for it. But I managed to do it! This is definitely more of a strength than flexibility pose for me - though I feel a stretch most in the shoulders/chest, trying to reach back and crawl my hands along my legs. Speaking of, I have no clue how Carmen does it on the outside of her legs! I definitely need the inside path πŸ˜‚ still, a surprising success, hopefully indicating that my back strength has increased 😊
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Day 22 of #Yoga4x7 is Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II - I was totally dreading this pose because I’ve never been able to do it with both hands before - I’d just fall immediately. So. Fanfare! 🎺 ta-dah! I guess there really is something to practicing a pose without attachment. I found that it was the deepening of the back bend to bring my head to my foot that caused the balance loss, but whether that was to do with gaze shift or weight shift I’m not sure. You can see that my eyes are veeeery much open though πŸ˜‚
This is a much better start to the last week than I expected! 😊
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Day 21 of #Yoga4x7 is Kala Bhairvasana, or leg behind head in side plank. The dramatic lighting is doing a good job of concealing my hand, but FYI I am holding onto the leg πŸ˜‚ I believe I’ve done this pose bevies with a strap, and I feel the hip opening is deeper this way. Maybe in a few weeks (when my hips feel more compliant) I can try this again without holding on... but I still think it’s quite neat πŸ˜‰ speaking of, it is my understanding that β€˜quite’ in the US is an emphatic qualifier, that is, β€˜she is quite nice’ means β€˜she is very nice’. In the U.K., quite means the opposite - β€˜she is quite nice’ means β€˜she’s sort of nice’. So there you go πŸ€“
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Day 20 of #Yoga4x7 is Eka Pada Sirsasana in Parsva Dandasana - leg behind head in grasshopper pose (or twisted staff pose?). Haha! Nope. I mean this is close, but I could not figure out how to get onto both hands without the leg popping out. So I have funky arms here πŸ˜… and I am holding my foot! Although you will note that it is not making contact with the ground πŸ˜‰ things like this are about where we reach my LBH ability limit. Every now and again I can pull it off, but I just don’t practice it regularly enough to be able to really move comfortably around. And that’s ok!
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Day 19 of #Yoga4x7 is an Eka Pada Sirsasana variation, or leg behind head. It also looks like a Shiva Pose variation, but whether that is technically a yoga pose, I don’t know πŸ˜…
Ah, so here starts the real tough section 😢 my hips and hamstrings are pretty tight right now (yes, I know it’s all relative 😜 but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t vary for me too!), which has helpfully coincided with three LBH days. Woohoo πŸ˜‚ well, never mind. This one, I’m pretty happy with! Although, my πŸ‘ must weigh a ton, because there’s no way it’s getting any higher 😬
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The final day of #LayYourFoundation is Rest Day! Do a resting pose of your choice. I have chosen the ultimate finishing asana, Savasana. There’s a tendency to avoid rest, and particularly to avoid lying still in Savasana - it can be difficult to do β€˜nothing’ in a world where you always have to be doing β€˜something’. All I can say is.. don’t avoid it! The restorative benefits of even a few moments of calm (or better, minutes) cannot be overstated.
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Trouble taking some time out? Try these things:
▢️ Play music, or burn a candle. Having a specific sound or scent to focus on will help you rest for longer.
▢️ Focus on the rhythm of your breathing, but not on controlling or changing it.
▢️ Place a blindfold over your eyes if you feel comfortable doing that. Some people use bean bags, but I would not recommend that in foundational practice, as the weight can lead to headaches.
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Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in this challenge and populated it with beautiful photos! It’s been lovely getting to know you all (and your pets!). An extra big thank you to my wonderful co-hosts 😊❀️
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Day 18 of #Yoga4x7 is Svarga Dvijasana, or Bird of Paradise pose. Will my bottom leg ever be fully straight in this pose? πŸ˜‚ I haven’t practiced it in ages though, so I’m not surprised. Rarely is there progress without practice! This pose always reminds me of when @piit_princess_liz and I were together in Florida, and thought it would be nice to take a beach photo of us both doing this pose, looking out to sea. We wobbled our way into it, heard the camera go, and scurried back to look at our masterwork. It was terrible 🀣 we were both leaning into each other and hunched πŸ˜‚ never mind!
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Day 6 of #LayYourFoundation is Ardha Matsyendrasana, or Half Lord of the Fishes pose. First things first: the bind is absolutely not necessary. For me personally, twists and binds are quite comfortable, but that isn’t the case for everyone - and spine/shoulder integrity and safety are very important. If in doubt, just wave hello with the hand that’s in front of your leg instead 😊 This pose is an excellent way to deepen your twists, and can be done in many gradations: stop before your spine rounds. As soon as your back is rounded in this pose, you could really hurt yourself!
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A few tips from me, but as always - think about what you are doing this pose ❀️
▢️ In this pose, the opposite arm crosses to the outside of your leg. If your right leg is upright, you twist towards your right, and bring your left arm to the outside thigh of the right leg.
▢️ If you find it impossible to keep your back straight, put your hands around the upright leg, and work on pulling yourself towards it, chest open. Hug your leg! Then, just do a little twist to the side, if that feels right. But you could just continue the hug πŸ˜‰
▢️ If you can’t get your arm to the other side of your leg, don’t worry about it! Just twist towards that leg, abs use the opposite arm to help maintain spinal integrity (straightness!).
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Day 17 of #Yoga4x7 is one of my least favourite leg behind head poses.. Durvasana. Or, a Durvasana variant with the wall. At least it wasn’t full Durvasana πŸ˜… for some reason I didn’t notice that her arms were much lower, so I’m not sure in what way that would have changed the pose πŸ€”
I am doing this with my less flexible hip, so I’m not too displeased with the result. That said, it was hardly the most comfortable thing in the world πŸ˜‚ apparently my judgement of distance to wall sucks, because my back leg is a little far out.. but hey, I lack 3D vision. So don’t judge πŸ˜‰distance is exactly what I find hard to gauge!
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Day 5 of #LayYourFoundation is One legged Pigeon Pose, or Eka Pada Kapotasana. Probably one of the earliest hip openers people ever learn, it works both on the rotation of the front hip, and the psoa of the back hip - so you should always do both sides! Please note that while I am doing this pose with my front leg out at 90, it is more than appropriate to tuck your front foot in to the thigh, or to sit up on a block. Never try to push your hips too far - I tried that once last year and got a strange numb patch on my thigh for a week 😢 it is also not necessary to have your hands in prayer - supporting on the front shin or to the sides are both great options for this pose. I just like the little bit of heart opening ☺️
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A few tips from my own practice...
▢️ Keep the toes of the back foot tucked on the ground as you lower into this pose, to help keep the hips square. The last thing I do in this pose is point the back foot.
▢️ If you’re floating off the ground, place the buttock of the front leg onto a block. That will help you sink in a lot better than floating, as you can relax your muscles 😊
▢️ Keep the feet active, to support your joints.
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Day 16 of #Yoga4x7 is Elephant 🐘 Trunk Pose, or Eka Hasta Bhujasana. So, here ends the last of the poses I definitely know I can do, right? πŸ˜‚ I mean, with pressured morning time at least. I find the easiest way to get the leg high is to already have it lifted when I raise into the pose - then I can swing my hips in more. Still not at a Carmen level, though πŸ˜…
I had a dream last night that I did King Cobra pose, and that my feet somehow touched my cheeks. Maybe it was telling me that the very last week of this challenge was going to be amazing for me. But I doubt it 🀣 I’m not sure which will be worse, this week or next... of course, when I say β€˜worse’ I mean β€˜will allow me the most growth’ 😏
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