Yoga Chats & bow pose

I took a Hatha Yoga class (90 minutes) yesterday at noon.  I like this teacher (Julianne Rice) because although it’s generally a beginner class, she will definitely pay special attention to you if she knows you can go further.  We did a lot of strength work (plank variations) and Julianne helped me to finally find my true bow pose (I had no idea that this is one of the expressions of the pose):


It felt so much better than before!  I have always hated bow pose, but now I cannot get enough.  I was hopping off the couch every few minutes yesterday just to keep trying it again.

It’s a little bit hard to get into: you have to bring yourself over the hump of your pubic bone.  You need to really use your legs (especially your knees – I know the knee is not a muscle, but that’s what it feels like) to lift up and over!  You may want to put a blanket under your hips to make it more comfortable.

After yesterday’s great class, I decided to hop back on the yoga train. I have my next YogaFit training (level 2) coming up this weekend and I want to be very prepared for it. (I’ve been doing daily yoga, but mostly just 20-30 minute yogadownload sessions.)

Today’s class was a Dave Farmar podcast – “090106 Power Yoga with Dave Farmar“.  It was recorded in January of 2009.  It’s 75 minutes long; it starts out with sun salutations (some speedy ones), then gets into some deeper holds, a few crazy beautiful vinyasas, and ends up in a looooong pigeon hold.  He focuses on headstand throughout the class and offers that as a resting pose in addition to the down dogs and child’s poses.

After this class I made the same soup as yesterday – again, refreshing and just what I needed this weekend. Did you have a good weekend?  I’m feeling relaxed and ready for a new week!

13 Comments on Yoga Chats & bow pose

  1. Shelby
    12 April, 2009 at 4:33 pm (8 years ago)

    How relaxing =)

  2. mi
    12 April, 2009 at 4:35 pm (8 years ago)

    i want to try that pose now!! you’re making a great shape.

    i’m trying to incorporate more yoga into my schedule, so i’ll be taking tips from you for sure 🙂

  3. VeggieGirl
    12 April, 2009 at 5:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Great class!! Love bow pose 🙂

    Great weekend, for sure!!

  4. coco
    12 April, 2009 at 6:30 pm (8 years ago)

    you hold so perfect in that bow pose! I think I’ll be taking pics of yoga poses to see how do I look like!
    I want to try Dave Farmer’s class too……. which one do you recommend?

  5. Melissa S.
    12 April, 2009 at 6:44 pm (8 years ago)

    glad that post is working out for you!

    weekend was great! lots of yummy homemade foods!

  6. Sharon
    12 April, 2009 at 7:39 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh wow, that is awesome!

  7. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    12 April, 2009 at 7:48 pm (8 years ago)

    Beautiful bow pose Maggie! Ugh, I’ve taken a whole week off from yoga….everything actually because I did something to my back. Hoping to be back on the mat tomorrow…I miss it. 🙁

  8. Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)
    12 April, 2009 at 8:12 pm (8 years ago)

    you look like a yoga model doing that bow pose! your cleansing soup looks really good – wish I had a couple extra leeks lying around. gluck with jumping back on the yoga bandwagon =)

  9. Pearl
    12 April, 2009 at 9:41 pm (8 years ago)

    like the pose! you look beautiful 🙂

  10. Julianne Rice
    14 January, 2011 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Very cool…I am thrilled (even if I see it almost 2 years later) It is awesome that bow pose found it’s full expression through you. Hope your practice continues to thrive. Come join a fun intimate class with us on Saturday mornings 8:45-10:30am (8:15 warm up). It’s kinda small and very personal – I have time and space to be there for each student. It’s at in San Jose near the airport…
    Many Blessings! Julianne

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:18 am (6 years ago)

      @Julianne: Hi! I’m glad you found it 🙂 I actually live in New York now (we moved in Nov. 2009) which is why I have not come to class recently. On my next trip out west I will most definitely try to make a class.

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