This picture (above) was taken a few days before mother’s day in May 2013. I was messing around in the front yard and decided to do a handstand for no reason. I also did a cartwheel on the sidewalk. Seven years ago when we first moved to Texas, I could still do an aerial in our front yard. Not any more.
Then I saw that my friend on Facebook started doing a challenge called #handstand365. Lauren Rudick started it. She’s a yoga instructor who is popular on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. Here is her website and a link to the #handstand365 challenge:
I started doing a handstand every day, knowing I probably wouldn’t do one every single day for a year, but I wanted to try to do 365 of them nonetheless. I started handstanding in the different places I went like the Dallas World Aquarium. Yes, people looked at me, but I didn’t care!
I practiced at home a lot, including putting my feet up against the wall for support. I usually do yoga daily at home, so I incorporated handstands into my practice just for fun and balance and practice being in the moment.
I went out with friends and did handstands in the hallway of the hotel we stayed at for July 4th. I had a few drinks before this picture. I fell down and crashed my leg pretty hard.
Yes, I asked a lifeguard to take my picture doing a handstand at the pool. Looking back, I can tell I was still suffering from bloating from gluten allergy. I got off gluten in May 2012.
This is my spot where I exercise in front of the television at our house. I keep a yoga mat, physio ball, foam roller, strap, and weights in our living room so I can stretch and strengthen while we watch tv at night.
Took this picture after one of my son’s baseball games.
I love doing handstands in the pool!
I went to see my daughter at Texas Tech this summer and got in a few handstands while I was there.
Another hotel hallway handstand. Yes, my friends did them too, but we didn’t get pictures!
Day 26 – Destin, FL
The pictures from Destin were the last ones from the summer. My back pain flared up really badly, and I realized I wasn’t doing the hanstands yoga style. So I took a little break to learn to do them right. I wrote about it here.
The other day, I decided to start again. Now I do them correctly (yoga style). I start in downward-facing dog, kick up with one leg and then bring up the other leg until I balance. I’m going to keep trying until I get to 365.
Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!
- The Why and the How on Handstands (danielledm44.wordpress.com)
- I Attended the Class of an Instagram Star & Got Schooled. ~ Murphy Alafoginis (elephantjournal.com)
- Yoga Teachers: We Must Stop Flaunting Our Ass-ana. ~Theresa Pauline (elephantjournal.com)