Fitness Folly: Taking it on the Chin

Yesterday I got VERY close to this:

chinstandOkay maybe not very close. Sort of close. A little bit… look, you get the point. I have been attempting chin-stand for longer than I care to admit, and it’s been a beast. I’ve been using blocks (pain in the rear), and all I’ve mostly ended up with is sore shoulders. I found out later that it’s because I’m not locking them back and down. No one ever tells me these things…

But yesterday one of my favorite yogis tossed aside the blocks and had us do a ‘high chataranga.’ What? Right. Basically, I hopped one foot closer to my hands (which are on the ground, bent my elbows, tucked ’em in, and popped both feet up in the air. Sound impossible? Yep… I thought the same thing. But after some colorful language, child’s pose, a river of frustrated tears, and a WHOLE BUNCH of attempts, I finally floated up there for longer than a split second. Not much longer, but long enough to actually feel the pose. My yogi eventually came over and held my legs in place for me, and then bent me into scorpion…

ICP…which COMPLETELY freaked me out. Baby steps. I’ve got to get used to having my heart THAT open. She swears she wasn’t really doing anything but encouraging a bend in my legs, and that the back bend was all me. I’ll take her word for it. That was a bit much. I came back to earth pretty quickly and immediately curled into a little ball. I’ll attempt that again later… MUCH later.

In all it was a strenuous, and emotional practice. I never thought I’d be able to get into chin stand. I’ve been trying it for a LONG time and ended up with not much more than a sore shoulder, and a sore CHIN.

They say that falling out a pose makes you human, and getting back into it makes you yogi. Well, if that’s the case, I’m well on my way to becoming the ultimate human yogi. πŸ˜€


9 Replies to “Fitness Folly: Taking it on the Chin”

  1. Hi there. Just wanted to tell you that I’m such an admirer of your enthusiasm for life (and your blog). I found this blog looking for makeup tips aftand ended up being inspired to get up and live again (post-partum depression, man). Anyway, thank you for sharing yourself and your passions with the world. You have no idea how much you have helped me want to be me again. Take care! P

  2. You are SO WELCOME! πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you’re getting something positive from the blog. I love it! And no worries on the typos… I have a rambunctious little neighbor who often takes my phone to send random texts to everyone in my phone list. πŸ™‚

      1. Helen, we DID have a baby/children’s line, but didn’t sell enough of it to justify keeping it. 😦 It may come back in the future though…

      2. That’s too bad you had to discontinue the children’s line. I guess everyone is all Johnson’d out….if they only knew, lol. Anyway, good luck to you and many blessings. I’ll be peeking in from time to time and will definitely be placing a Habibi order soon.

  3. The tricky thing with salabasana (locust) is that opposite muscular actions are required to get into/stay in the posture. And you’re right, it’s deeply emotional. Even if you can do it, I find it’s not a posture for every day. Enjoy playing with it! πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks Helen! Yeah, I think folks didn’t know enough about us to buy Habibi for their kids. We might do better next time around, when we become a little more famous. πŸ˜‰

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