I Can Do The Upward Bow Pose: Take That 35!

3 Sep

At the end of my first Vinyasa flow class our instructor had us attempt a back bend, or what’s known as the upward bow pose in yoga. I wanted to give it a try, but I was a little scared and I couldn’t lift my head off the ground. However, since that last Tuesday I’ve been working on it. After all, yoga is 99 percent practice and 1 percent theory, right?

Well, look what I did!  The pic below is my favorite. We were all playing around in the living room and I decided to see If I could manage the position, and I did. The kids thought it was great, too. They climbed underneath me to play. Zoe said I was a nice bridge. If you look closely you can see that I’m laughing. You can also see my dog’s freaky glowing eyes. I’m so glad Peter grabbed this photo!

So the next set of photos show how I got into this pose. You should not attempt this move unless you’ve warmed up your body. Also, I’m not an instructor and I have no business teaching anyone how to do yoga. However, I’m sharing this just cause it’s fun to explain how I managed it. Pretty please don’t hurt yourself and try to use my tips as a starting point – take some classes and go from there.

First, I start out in this position pictured below. The heels of the feet should be tucked in as close to the bottom as possible. As you can see I’m actually holding on to my ankles which feels good.

From there raise the hips off the ground and slowly lift the back, vertebra by vertebra. Allow the weight of the body to rest on the feet and shoulders. Keep the neck and jaw soft.

From there place the hands by the ears with fingers pointing towards the body. The goal is to keep the elbows in. Now, slowly lift the body off the ground. Viola – upward bow pose.

You can see that I’m still working on perfecting this pose, I’m obviously a beginner. But, I’m still proud of myself! Here’s to staying young. Take that 35!

I look at this and can see a lot of changes that I need to do, like bring my hands further in towards my ears, and pull my elbows in rather than letting them splay outwards, but practice makes perfect and you’ve got to start somewhere.

I like this video, it shows you really how to find this pose:

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4 Responses to “I Can Do The Upward Bow Pose: Take That 35!”

  1. Des September 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    ugh, I wish I liked to workout, I think it would be awesome to finally get rid of this fat flabby belly, but I just HATE it! I do think that if I had some awesome classes to attend, it would make it much more bearable, but alas, all the cool stuff is in Brussels (aka a 30 minute trek to the city) and I know I wouldn’t be consistent with it so far away :(

  2. Alysa September 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Alright! Way to go!

  3. Abigail Roush September 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Joy, you are amazing!!!!!! Super super impressed! :-)

  4. sarah September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    A delicious counter pose to follow wheel is child’s pose! You go girl!

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