Yoga Guinea Pig & Fresh Eyes

I was invited last Saturday to be a ‘student’ at an advanced teacher training class. I would get an hour and a half one-on-one class for free. I was totally stoked as I’d never had a private class before. I have regular teachers who know my strengths (and more importantly, my weaknesses) but in busy classes, it’s difficult to get feedback. 

My teacher-in-training was DeeAnne and she was great. She was already a certified teacher, but looking to gain a 300-hour training certificate. I told her I’d wanted to work on bakasana (crow pose) and adho mukha vrksasana (handstand). I almost have crow pose already so she just taught a better way to get my knees on top of my elbows.

After a few vinyasas, she told me my chaturanga (plank) was awesome, which I was pretty excited about as I’ve worked hard to perfect but since there are no mirrors in the studios, I’ve never had the chance to see it. 

When we got to handstand, she put a strap around my forearms and I immediately had trouble. I wasn’t used to having my arms shoulder distance apart (they’re usually wider) so I was having trouble with my outward rotation and my balance. She also made me try a L-shaped handstand, which I can usually rock, but with my arms at such a narrow position, it was way harder and unable to rotate my arms, I was barely able to get into the pose.

So in the four classes that I’ve taken since last Saturday, I’ve focused on narrowing my arms. I got into a handstand today with help from my teacher with narrower arms, but I felt very, very light on my arms. Oh well. Like everything else, it just takes time.

just keep kicking, just keep kicking…

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