Dancer’s pose (Natarajasana) is one of my favorites. I love the strength, flexibility, and balance that it involves and think it is one of the most aesthetically beautiful postures in all of yoga. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I have very good balance especially since I started running. My center of balance shifted as I lost weight/toned up and my core is the strongest it has ever been. Because of this, my Natarajasana has improved by leaps and bounds over the past year.
Yesterday I achieved my fullest expression yet, which for me meant that I was able to get my foot with both hands. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, this is a variation of Dancer’s pose from last summer:
I love the leg extension in this version, but notice that I’m only using one hand. I had absolutely no idea how to grab my foot with the other hand without falling over.
After a particularly good Tuesday speed workout on the treadmill I was playing around with some inversions and balancing poses in the gym studio. I went for the two handed Dancer and I can’t even tell you what I did differently this time, but I nailed it with the biggest ear-to-ear grin you have ever seen. To prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke, I did it again and it felt just as awesome. A guy who was working with some resistance bands near me must have thought it was awesome too because he started talking to me right after. I almost asked him to take my picture, but then decided that I didn’t want him to think I’m a total bonehead.
So instead I went back to the office and asked my coworker to take one for me. She already thinks I’m a bonehead and I needed photographic evidence.
I love those legwarmers so hard.
I can allllmost touch my toes to the back of my head too. Hooray for new goals to work toward!
How’s your balance? If you do yoga, what is your favorite balancing pose? Do you love legwarmers?
Happy Wednesday, everyone!