I have a strong passion for yoga. I believe every BODY can do yoga. I want the world to see that they can do yoga, no matter their size, shape, physical condition, so I'm sharing with you a pictorial sequencing of my yoga practice. Leila Brewster of Leila Brewster Photography (http://leilabrewsterphotographyblog.com) took these photos on April 11th, 2014. Loren Jay Cherrstrom, my yoga instructor, provided postural assistance. You can find him on instagram and twitter (@sweatwithloren). You can do anything IF you put your mind to it!
Standing Deep Breathing
The opening breathing sequence in the Bikram series.
Half Moon: Ardha-Chandrasana
Bikram's half moon has three parts. The third portion is a backbend. Here is a different view of my favorite part of this pose.
Bikram's Awkward also has three parts. Here is the second part--get those heels UP!!!
I'm working toward wrapping my legs. Someday I'll get there!
Standing Bow Pose
Dandayamana-Dhanurasana--a pose that exemplifies warrior strength!
Standing Head to Knee
Dandayamana-Janushirasana--As my abdomen shrinks I'll be able to work at lifting my leg higher, eventually straightening it.
Balancing Stick: Tuladandasana
A pose that will be my friend and yours as long as the energy comes from the core.
Triangle Pose: Trikanasana
My very favorite pose! It teaches me so much about alignment!
Standing Separate Leg Stretching
Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana--this pictorial view shows off my nicely defined clavicle!
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee
Dandayama-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana--in this image you see Loren helping me keep my hips aligned.
Toe Stand: Padangustasana
I'm working my way down!
Tree Pose: Tadasana
A great pose for finding strength through balance!
Pavanamuktasana: I love the stretch this pose give my lower back.
It's easy with this one to put too much emphasis on the arms. I've learned to come from my core to help strengthen my lower back.
Locust Pose: Salabhasana
This pic shows the third component of Locust. In the third component both legs go up in the air. Here you see my instructor, lifting up my legs. In this pose it really helps to have assistance sometimes so you can see how much space you can create on your own.
Full Locust Pose
Poorna-Salabhasana: When I go into this pose I feel the strength of my entire body!
Bow Pose: Dhanurasana
I've learned more about myself doing this pose than any other. Of course, that's only true in this moment!
Fixed Firm Pose
Supta-Vajrasana: always and forever one of my favorite poses because I thought I'd never be able to do it.
Half Tortoise Pose
Ardha-Kurmasana: this one remains difficult for me to find a good stretch because of the size of my abdomen.
I love this pose for the way it's teaching me to open my heart to all of life's possibilities.
The smaller and more flexible I become the more I'll be able to deepen into this pose. It's a bear to find a way to benefit from it the way my body shape is now.
Head to Knee Pose
Janushirasana: When I allow myself to relax and not force this pose I go deeper into it.
Stretching Pose: Paschimotthanasana
This would be the best stretch of the day if my abdomen wasn't in the way. Sometimes Loren will put his feet against mine and that really helps give a good stretch. Also, when I work on pulling my baby toe back that helps as well.
Ardha-Matsyendrasana: I wish I wish I wish I wish I could do this pose in a way where I really felt its benefits. I mean I do feel it, but I also feel my body gets in the way. All in good time I suppose. :)
Blowing in Firm Pose
Kapalbhatti in Vajrasana: Final breathing--they say it generates prana, generates life. Most of the time I do it. Sometimes I don't. I have a love/hate affair with this. I'm not sure why. I know I get more benefit when I sit hero style, but sometimes I have to sit cross-legged. This thing called yoga, this thing called life--it's an interesting journey alright!