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Yoga for COMPLETE beginners, pose breakdown. If you’ve never done yoga before or are struggling to get into poses as a total beginner, check this out! This video will help teach you how to get into the most commonly practiced poses :)
1. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
2. High Plank Pose (Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana)
3. Low Plank Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)
4. Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
5. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
6. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
7. Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)
8. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
If you can’t run, jog. If you can jog, walk. If you can’t touch your toes, touch your shins. If you can’t lift 40lbs, lift 30lbs. If you can’t lift 10lbs, lift 5lbs. If you can’t do a minute plank, do a 30 second plank. If you can’t do push-ups from your toes, do push-ups from your knees. If you can’t squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor, control it as low as you can. If you can’t squat your body weight, use a stability ball. Do what you can.
People shouldn’t feel ashamed to post on Tumblr because they feel like they aren’t living up to other Fitblr’s expectations. The important thing is you are pushing yourself. This is not the same for everyone.
I see people saying, “Ran 5 miles today. Kind of disappointed”. Let me tell you something. Even when I was in good shape, I would have been hard-pressed to run 5 miles, but I could sprint circles around most.
There is nothing wrong with people being proud of what they have done. That is awesome. The problem starts when people are making others feel badly about what they can do. If you can do more than you could before, you are making progress and you should be incredibly proud of yourself. It’s a journey, and the only person you need to compete with is yourself.
These are some of the things she came up with:
“When you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
“If you want it bad enough you’ll find a way. If you don’t you’ll find an excuse.”
“Your mind is your biggest obstacle.”
“Your body can keep going even when your mind says you can’t.”
“Just when you think you can’t, you can.” -After which she said, “Wow. That was really cheesy.”
And one she said awhile ago that always sticks with me:
“Your mind is always ready to give up before your body. Listen to your body.”
I love this girl :)
There were a bunch of people from the police foundation at the gym today while I was working out. I was just finishing my assisted chin-ups when they came in, and ended up hanging around that area for the hour anyways. There were a few guys taking turns doing dips with various amount of weight and commenting on each others’ form and range of motion and the like. Then there were three girls just standing watching them do it. They must have stood there for like 10 minutes doing nothing but watching. The guys would ask, “Did you want to take a turn? I can’t wait if you’d like to go”. They would kind of just shrug it off and say that they would wait a bit longer. I could tell they were nervous and uncomfortable.
Alas, someone who may have been an instructor came over and the girls took their turns on the machine as well, doing assisted dips. Their form was awful, and I could tell they were struggling, but it was nice to see them doing it. What was even nicer was the guys encouraging them on! It was great to hear them saying things like, “That’s it, go one more. Don’t stop, just hold it there. Get and inch lower, you got this!” I know personally, I always used to worry that people, especially those who are super fit, were always silently judging me when I struggled with something, but they were all really nice to these girls and that was really encouraging.
Also, this girl that works out at my gym a lot was there. She is a cop and a fitness model and the woman is jacked. My trainer and I joke that we can’t look her right in the abs or we’ll get lost. I think it was motivation to the girls to see her and think, “I can do that”.