At the start of the year I challenged myself to be able to do a really good wheel pose by the end of the year. Whilst this may seem easy to some of you it’s virtually impossible for me. I have lower back problems which seriously debilitate me and have caused me significant problems in recent years. However, with increased yoga practice – four to five times per week – a lot of my symptoms have eased and I’m beginning to see increased flexibility in all areas.
Whilst once I could barely touch my toes, now I can get my hands flat on the ground in a forward fold. And now, thanks to daily yoga practice and about 100 bridges a day I can finally get my hands under my lower back to push myself up into a higher bridge. It just goes to show that practice really does make perfect.
Last week I had a huge break through and it just goes to show that if you have everything in alignment even the hardest of yoga poses are achievable – no matter what your age, shape, size or condition.
I must admit I was somewhat bolstered by the body beautiful couple that had joined my yoga class for the first time. Whilst they both had bodies to die for – they struggled with even the simplest of balances and poses which had us regulars secretly giggling – I bet we don’t see them again! So, with Mr and Mrs Fit stood next to me I did leap into competitive mode and pushed myself harder than I’ve ever done before and when our teacher coached us into wheel pose at the end of a 90 minute class I actually managed to push myself up into a decent position for the first time ever.
Delighted with myself I rushed home to re-create the pose, but obviously anyone who practices yoga regularly knows that ‘that just doesn’t work’ – you need to be in the right frame of mind and the right environment, not to mention working slowly into the pose. Having said that, and despite my poor feet position i did manage to get my head off the ground for the photo here (taken by my impatient and agitated daughter).
So, I will keep practicing this pose, and whilst I don’t think I’ll ever look like the girl in the featured image in this blog post, I do think I can improve my pose (shown in the picture below) by at least 100% by the end of the year. Wish me luck!