dan's-yoga-journal

It’s now been seven weeks, I think, since I started my true yoga practice.

It’s funny, as a guy, I really believe yoga is super important… and more than just flexibility and balance. However, I often wonder why I didn’t do something like Jujitsu or something like that.

When I reflect on that question, I come to answer of being able to have a great impact with yoga. It’s more than just personal for me… it’s something I can pass on to clients in both our boot camp business and Fit Women’s Weekly… and who knows where else.

So, seven weeks.

That’s pretty good. I still really enjoy practicing yoga. I am improving quite a bit… seeing those flexibility gains… getting better with balance… and even starting to mentally handle situations a lot better.

And just when I feel like I got it…

Like I can be considered an intermediate yogi practitioner…

I get humbled and destroyed in class.

The Humbling Of Chasing Your Intention

In yoga class, the teacher always mentions picking an intention. It’s like a dedication to why you’re doing yoga… why you’re doing this particular session of yoga.

I love the idea of picking an intention. It’s something I want to bring into our bodyweight and kettlebell programs.

The intention, especially in yoga, can get pretty metaphysical in nature. However, I find that my intention is always to safely push my body so I can increase flexibility, range of motion, balance, and the ability to breath.

(I also personally believe that an intention can be a goal by nature… it does not have to be any deeper than that. Don’t force yourself to be or act like something you’re not in the moment.)

That’s usually when I get humbled.

It seems to me that there are these fundamental yoga poses that are the foundation and transitions into more difficult poses.

A simple pose like child’s pose can quickly become an inversion (headstand) with small tweaks to how it’s done.

A difficult camel pose can easily become wheel pose which is a full out back bend.

I can’t do a “yoga-style” headstand and I can’t safely do a backbend yet. But I try a little and when I try, I get humbled.

In fact, one of the most humbling poses isn’t even that hard… I just suck at it. Tree pose.

Tree pose exposes my complete lack of balance. I never knew I was that incapable of finding balance.

And That’s Actually What It’s All About…

Balance is the name of the game. Not just in how you stand or holding a tree pose or warrior three pose for long periods of time.

It’s about balancing your bodies capabilities and that little bit of stretching of those capabilities. You have to stretch them to improve. You have to go outside your comfort zone.

But you don’t want to step out too far because that’s when injury occurs.

It’s just like our bodyweight and kettlebell circuits. You have to find that line of comfort… push past it… so you can grow strength and burn fat.

What I need to figure out is what to work towards.

I am working towards a certification, but I have not practiced nearly enough. I don’t think I will seriously consider a yoga certification until I get through 3 classes a week all the way past August of this year.

That will give me 8 to 9 months of yoga practice and during that time I better see massive improvement.

Besides getting certified, I need to think about having certain poses as goals?

I’m asking you if you’re a regular yoga practitioner.

Should I strive for certain poses?

Or should I continue to practice and just be present in each class moment working on the current pose?

Do yogi’s practice outside of class?

These are all questions I am looking to find out as I grow my practice.

I’ll tell you one thing. This year Taylor and I are getting kettlebell certified and I can already tell that yoga is a big help to my kettlebells.

It’s a powerful practice.

I’ll try to take some pictures of my poses so you can actually see progress and how it’s going.