Hi Nathan. I am loving the challenge so far! I even came down with a cold 2 days ago and have still shown up for each class:) I am a bit confused about the use of a block in the seated postures today and yesterday. I have done all of these poses before seated on the mat and honestly the block does nothing to enhance them for me. I spent the whole time trying either to reach the floor with my hands (I'm short/have short arms) or trying to get a good seat on the block. Can I do them without?
TS, the blocks are given so that those with knee, hip or flexibility challenges can more easily access the seated poses. If you’re comfortable without the blocks then fee free to omit them. Great to have you here on the challenge!
I'm really enjoying this challenge; thank you Nathan! I particularly appreciate how clear and encouraging you are in explaining how and from where we should twist, and your explaining the poses as a journey rather than a destination. I was also very encouraged to see that you have a side on which it is harder to balance - I really struggle with balance and, although I know this isn't true, it can be tempting to feel that there is a special twisty class of yoga-person to which I don't belong, when in truth I know that yoga is for everyone, stable and unstable alike! I'm very grateful for this series of practices.
Emma, nice to have you here on the challenge! I’m definitely wobbly in these poses 😆 My left ankle is weak from a number of ankle sprains. It has always been a humbling reality. But, these poses help me stay in touch with that area to keep it as strong as possible. I love using the wall at times to help reduce the wobbles and focus on creating stability.
Keep up the great work and let me know if you ever need help with an alternative.
And you did it! Nice work Rain! Don’t be afraid to stay with a lesson for an extra day or two. Repeating the poses gives the body the opportunity to adapt and grow into these challenging poses. Hope to hear how the next lessons go for you. And just to let you know, there is a restorative lesson just around the corner that I think you’ll love :)