Bow Pose: Core Strength
This is the 1st in a series of four classes that lead you to the bow pose (dhanurasana). In this class, Rachel brings you through an invigorating hatha yoga flow that challenges your core strength and teaches you the alignment principles that you will need to understand as you move toward any deep backbend. Her progression through core strength and deeper backbends take you to camel pose (ustrasana), just before you cool down and enter a well-deserved savasana. This class will prepare you for the next steps in Bow Pose: Hip Flexor Release, Bow Pose: Open the Shoulders, and Bow Pose: Ready for the Peak!
Phew. I was a bit intimidated by all the comments but I wanted to finish the 7 day challenge so I gave it a go. Got to 14 minutes and had to stop. It wasn't that the poses are difficult but the pace - I just couldn't keep up. I was really really enjoying it though but I knew that at that pace it wouldn't do me any good to complete the lesson. But it is an Intermediate II so ....
Phew! I thought I was ready for this, and I guess I was because I'm still standing, but it was definitely a challenge! I got through it all until the low plank. I used to be able to hold it for a minute but I couldn't even hold it for 5 seconds. That's part of the beauty of yoga though, it sure let's me know what I need to work on. Thanks Rachel, for continuing to give us such great work outs!
This was the last class in my 7 day challenge and it felt significantly more difficult at the start. I struggled to keep up and nearly gave up but set my mind to complete it. I am so glad that I did! For the first time since I began my yoga practice six months ago, I was able to get into and hold a camel pose. I also know that this is a challenging but achievable class for me. Thank you Rachel!
I just managed to hold camel pose for the first time ever. Thank you so much.