I thought I should make a note of how my yoga is going and any issues I am having with some of the poses, so that I can track improvements.
Last week I did 7 x 30 min beginner sessions from my Yoga Studio App*. (3 x combination (of flexibility and strength) and 4 x flexibility).
This week I created an extended routine concentrating on flexibility with some strength. These classes are 53 mins long.
Issues so far…
Easy Pose (and other poses sitting cross legged) – I need one of the blocks under my bottom to avoid lower back and right hip pain as they are so tight still.
Easy Pose with forward fold – I am so stiff that when I started I was barely moving forward at all, I am managing to bend forward a little but slow improvement so far.
Seated head to knee (sitting legs in front and leaning forward and holding your feet) – I still need a strap and can barely touch my toes, never mind hold my feet.
Hamstring opening (Bending forward, one knee bent and same side hand flat on ground and opposite arm pointing up) – I need the block under my supporting hand.
Vinyasa Block (plank, knees chest chin to mat, cobra and downward dog) – my issue is the knees chest chin…I get my knees down and then half way to getting my chest on the ground my arms give way and I splat on the floor. I have such weak arms it’s embarrassing.
Gate (kneeling with opposite leg to side and then lean over to the out stretched leg) – my angle of leaning is basically nonexistent, my inner thigh muscles are so tight and like steel rods in this pose.
Half Camel (kneeling with backward bend with one hand on foot behind and other arm reaching up) – I need my toes curled under to lift my heel to be able to reach it when leaning back.
Reclined goddess (lying on back with feet together but knees apart and hands holding opposite elbows overhead) – if I’m holding my elbows then my arms don’t reach the floor.
Happy baby (lying on back grab outside of each foot and hold legs in air…like a happy baby!) – this has been a nightmare, I started off and couldn’t grab my feet, now I can grab them if my head is up in the air and struggle to get it down again. Again this is an inner thigh stretch and my inner thighs are steel rods as previously mentioned.
Lizard (erm hard to explain this pose but it’s another hamstring stretcher) – I cannot get my elbows down on the mat.
One legged king pigeon (another that’s hard to explain) – I have had the most noticeable improvements in this pose. This stretches the hip and there’s been an improvement from last week where I couldn’t lower my elbows to the ground, now I can get my arms right down and head on floor.
The other poses I am finding ok and mostly able to do to a satisfactory beginner level.
So that’s where I’m at so far, hopefully next time I post a yoga update there’ll be more in the noticeable improvement section. 🧘🏻♀️
A note about the Yoga Studio App
I was an early purchaser of the Yoga Studio App, so I am not on the subscription service that it converted to when Gaia bought it out. It now seems to be owned by another company ‘Fit for Life LLC’.
Myself and many others complained to Gaia we’d lost the app when the subscription service replaced what we’d paid for. After some users finding and quoting the relevant legal terms to Gaia the original users were allowed to keep access to the original areas of the app. I am very happy with the areas I still have access to.
This is a brilliant app and if I was working and hadn’t had the original access I would consider the subscription. It’s £20 for courses held locally to me for one session, so this app is great value in comparison. It tracks your classes, you can set up reminders, you can create your own classes by adding different poses and it links them, it has options for background music or sounds, instructions, just pose names or just glass tings when the poses change. It has pre-set classes of 15 mins, 30 mins and an hour. You can add your favourite classes to your Studio so they are easy to find. And these are just the features on the original version, subscribers have access to lots of classes I don’t have access to.
I am not affiliated or sponsored by them, just sharing this information as my own personal view of the app. There is a health and fitness disclaimer on the app and you should check that out before using. There’s also a free 7 day trial I notice on their website. I have no knowledge of other apps as I bought this years ago and I always come back to it.