There are things you can do! Try seeing if you can “rock” your weight forward or backwards a bit to take the pressure off your hipbones, though make sure you keep your abdominals tight and engaged. You could also lay a yoga/Pilates mat down under yourself, or even place a blanket or thin pillow under your hips while doing the exercise to provide some cushioning.
If you try these things and it still hurts to much to do, I’d suggest replacing Supermans with back extensions at a gym.
I think my media kit is done. It’s nice to be able to check something off my ever-growing Back On Pointe to-do list.
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If you try to not fear other’s opinions of your body, your nose won’t shrink to a makeup advertisement-friendly size. You will still be bald. Your left breast will still be bigger than the right and hair will keep growing in places where it’s always grown.
But maybe you’ll relax a bit. Maybe your shoulders will drop half an inch. Maybe you’ll sleep better and then maybe the shadows under your eyes won’t seem as deep and dark. Perhaps the stress you feel will wane a bit. You’ll take time to drink a glass of water, to digest your food. Your stomach will agree with you and your acne may calm down and break out a little less. Maybe you’ll smile more.
One day you’ll dare leave your cardigan at home and while showing off your flabby or bony or hairy arms you’ll let your shoulders meet the rays of the sun and let me tell you that THAT will be a beautiful marriage. When you come back home you’ll look at your collarbones in the mirror and no, they still won’t fit in a commercial for underwear, but you will see them. And you may want to see them again.
Then one day at the beach you decide to not wear your long shorts anymore. Legs belong in the sun and they will love you for letting them out. Your thighs may even tan a bit and the stretch marks fade a little. Who knows? You might end up missing those stripes. And if you don’t it doesn’t matter anyway. They’re still there.
Your body will still be the same body you left home with. It just might be breathing a little easier.
You don’t have to be raging in love with your body every day of your life. You don’t even have to feel very strongly about it. But if you treat it better, you may find it answering by feeling better. And then one day you may end up viewing it not as something you have, but something you are.
One-Legged King Pigeon Pose
- Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Bring your right knee forward between your hands and come into Pigeon pose.
- Rest your right hand on your right knee and bend your left knee.
- Flex your left foot and bring your left hand under your foot and try to grab onto your toes.
- This is the tricky part. You need to flip your left elbow up to the ceiling, so your toes are pointing straight up and your fingers are pointing down.
- From here, you can arch your head back and reach your right hand over your head to hold onto your left toes. If it’s easy, touch the top of your head to your foot.
- Stay here for at least five breaths and then release your hands and place your palms on either side of your right knee.
- Straighten out your left leg behind you and tuck your toes. Then press into your palms and step your right leg back, coming in Down Dog. Then bring your left knee forward and try this pose on the other side.
I think you guys know this is one of my fave poses, so I’m happy that there’s a nice breakdown of how to do it.