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June Yoga Splits Challenge and Being in the Spotlight

Here are my week 2 pictures for the June Summer Splits Challenge. I must say, I’m really enjoying this challenge.  It’s an awesome feeling knowing that I’ve done yoga every single day for the past 55 days. It’s simple enough that if you want to do the bare minimum, you just have to hold a pose for a minute or two and be on your way, but it never ends up like that. Even if I don’t feel like stretching or bending, just starting with one pose always leads to more.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

― Mark Twain

I’m toying with the idea of doing a whole year of yoga poses, although I’m not worried about repeating poses. I’ll see how it goes the next couple of weeks/months, and hopefully I’ll make it to 365. I don’t want to set too large of a goal, because then I’ll sabotage myself.

Next month, there is a July ARMy challenge, and I’m not sure about it. During this month, there have been a great mixture of challenging and easier poses, but looking ahead at the arms one, most of them are challenging for me. Obviously, I should go for it because they are poses I don’t practice very often, but I’m worried I might lose steam after a while. I’m sure there are other challenges out there, or maybe I’ll go back and try the summer of balance challenge.

June Splits Yoga Challenge Week 2

During this week of poses, I was trying to figure out how to get into King Pigeon. More times than I’d like to confess, I try to get into a pose on how I *think* it should be done, instead of how it actually should be done. This is true of King Pigeon (although I can’t get fully into it even doing it the right way). I was looking up videos on YouTube and the best tutorial was posted by Kino MacGregor, one of the ladies hosting the yoga challenges. I had never heard of her before so I thought it was really neat to find her in multiple places, like the universe was directing me to her.

Then on Twitter, there was an article posted on YogaDork I think, about Kino MacGregor’s shorts and rape culture. Upon reading the headline, I honestly had no clue where the article was going. I mean, she wears shorts, and usually a sports top, but I’ve never found her outfits to be sexy or risque in anyway. Maybe I’m just so used to BodyRock/DailyHIIT over sexualizing everything they do that I’m just desensitized to it? I had only recently started following Kino on Instagram, and hadn’t even noticed people’s comments. I guess YouTube is worse with trolls, but I hadn’t bothered to read any of the comments on her videos because I was there just to watch her explain yoga to me!

It’s really sad that you can be so amazing at something, share your gift with the world, and get such nasty comments. I do not know her in anyway, nor do I know anything about her personal life, but I can only imagine how I would feel if I was trying to put myself out there to help people and read such nasty comments. I’m not just talking about negative criticism, but gross, totally inappropriate stuff.

Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend. Upavistha KonasanaI received a comment the other day that said “Not to be rude but in your splits you are not all the down”. First of all, whenever someone starts a sentence with “not to be rude” or something similar, you just know they are about to be rude, lol. But more importantly I was slightly irked because I’m extremely far from perfect, never claim to be, and all I can do is try my best. It didn’t really bother me, it just seemed kind of weird. Like, I try to leave comments of encouragement to lift people up, make them want to keep trying and get better rather than point out their weaknesses. 

When I first discovered Kino, my first thought was “wow, she’s who I want to strive to be, yoga-wise.” Now, I question, if I ever were to get to Kino’s level of skill, would I be strong enough to be in the spotlight and share my gift, or would I be afraid of negativity and harassment, and stick to myself?

Yoga Every Day in May and the Topic of Yoga Selfies

Yoga in May 1For the month of May, I decided to do a 30 day yoga challenge. I did yoga every single day, without fail, and posted a picture on Instagram and Twitter. Some days I did a full yoga routine, usually the p90x3 workout because it’s one of my favorites, and some days I focused on one pose and worked on poses leading up to and improving on it. Some poses I picked because I’m good at them, and some were chosen by other people participating. Part of the way into the month, I discovered yoga challenges on Instagram, and did whatever pose was selected for the #MayIBeginYoga challenge. I had a few Twitter friends who did it with me, and it was a neat experience.

Yoga in May 2I never really thought of “yoga selfies” as a thing, and I definitely never thought of myself as a “selfie” person, but I was reading about yoga selfies and apparently some people think they are great and some think they are terrible. I definitely don’t take them to show off, I think it’s really interesting to see poses I thought I was good at, or feel like I’m doing them right, and then see the picture of how off I am. It’s also fun to share with other people and it has helped me get out of my comfort zone a little bit. I also tried poses that I’d never heard of before (bird of paradise). I hope that me sharing pictures would inspire people to either try something new, or see that you can be decent at one thing (dancer) and absolutely atrocious at another (tortoise).

Yoga in May 3I’d also like to point out that Fox is photobombing me in most of my pictures, and those pictures are the ones that received the most likes, lol. It’s like he sees me getting on the mat and thinks it’s “pet me” time. The pictures with him are my favorite ones too (especially this one), if only he wouldn’t approach my yoga time as “mommy looks like she’s really concentrating…I think I’ll claw her ankle/arm now!”

Yoga in May 4Check out my pictures (not in the order I did them). I’m also still posting yoga challenge pictures on Twitter and Instagram.

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