The last few days of the 28 Day Backbend Project are upon us, so I thought I'd do a quick report and share some photos from participants below. I'm so proud of all of you who stuck with it and would love to hear how it went for you in the comments below! Hopefully you've seen some progress and are ready for the March Project! If so, I've got more details for you!
March Project: 31 Day Balance Project
For March, we're looking to bring some balance into our lives both on and off the mat. With this project, there's a meditation component that I implemented to help us find more clarity in both our practice and our lives away from the physical practice. I think it'll be a transformative experience and I'd be honored to have you join! Here's how it'll work:
1. Pick a balancing pose
We'll measure how long we're able to hold our chosen balancing pose. Measure however you like - maybe use a timer or, my suggestion is to count your breaths. Full, deep, powerful breaths. Not sure what pose to pick? I've got some suggestions below for all levels:
Balancing Yoga Poses for Beginners
- tree pose or this tree variation
- dancer's pose
- standing split
- eagle pose
- navasana (keep your toes on the ground if you're a total beginner)
- standing pigeon (first picture in the sequence)
- 3 leg downward dog
Balancing Yoga Poses for Intermediate Students
- half moon + sugar cane variation
- dancer - mermaid variation (watch for these common mistakes with the arms)
- crow (avoiding these mistakes, potentially working on jumpbacks)
- support headstand, tripod headstand, or play with how to get into each. Focus on finding control in the space between the starting point and the full expression.
2. Pick an aspect of your life off the mat
One of my goals for this month's progress is to delve a little deeper and incorporate meditation. I believe this will aid not only our physical practice, but the quality of our lives off the mat. If there's a specific aspect of your life where you feel you could use more balance, grab a notebook and record it. Then, keep a running log throughout the month of how, if at all, the meditation and yoga practice is affecting that aspect of your life.
3. Pick a schedule for your practice
Decide how often you're able to practice based on the time available, your energy level and ability, and set a schedule for yourself. Alternatively, if you need more guidance, I've created a suggested schedule that will be released every Monday with links to videos and sequences. Pick and choose from that schedule. Do what works for you, skip what doesn't speak to you, and let that be enough.
4. Check in and get support
We'll check in on instagram every Tuesday or any time you're feeling particularly inspired. Use the hashtag #YBCbalance, and mention @yogabycandace in the comments so I can find ya! Then, click the hashtag and check in and say hey to your fellow participants.
If you're feeling like you want to connect further, pop on over to the Yoga Forum, where we have a dedicated space to chat about the March project. The people there are always so kind, encouraging and helpful.
So, who's in?!
If you're going to follow along to the suggested schedule, Sunday, March 1st is a rest day, and I'll be back on Monday with the rest of the week's schedule. Can't wait to connect with you on instagram and the forum! Let me know in the comments below if you're in!
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