Week 3 of the quest! Let’s go!
La semaine 3 de ma quête! Allons-y!
Interesting tidbit: The French word for plateau is plateau. But does plateaued meaning to plateau translate to plateau? According to the reaction I received when I inquired of two French people…It does not.
So, while a plateau is a plateau, French people do not plateau, but un plateau in French can also be a tray – like a platter.
Week 3 finds me plateaued. Thirty days may not be enough time to actually master the handstand. I may have to give you an update next year.
Week 3 saw it all –
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
- A surprise two second hold where I panicked.
- A face plant from crow pose.
- And an awkward attempt to press up via the donkey kick (video deleted on purpose).
Adjusting Goals –
Original Plan A: Starting in a downward facing dog position, gently and gracefully lift my lower body up and over my hips into a full handstand – holding the handstand for no less 10 seconds.
Original Plan B: To throw my body upward from a downward facing dog position using the L shaped kick-up and a lot of momentum to launch myself up and onto the back of the door into a handstand then eloquently (or with reckless abandon) lift self away from the door for no less than one second.
Attempting Plan A – leaving out gently & gracefully.
Adding a Plan C: Just hold a handstand from a kick-up for three seconds or how ever long you can. Three seconds is a long time.
Week 3 Recap –
Day 15. 04/27/2020. I thought I’d be farther along. Thankful for the gains, but I’ve plateaued.
Day 16. 04/28/2020. Half way through the 30 days. My arms feel stronger. Balance not great. Trying to tuck the chin and not arch the back as much. More plateau-ness.
Day 17. 04/29/2020. Practice seems to be paying off. Added the crow pose and headstand to build strength. Kick-ups are much better. Held a handstand for maybe two seconds.
Day 18. 04/30/2020. Practice was just okay tonight. Face plant on crow pose. Little bit of hamstring strain. Followed up with yoga to stretch. Press up not really improving – need more abdominal strength.
Day 19. 05/01/2020. Focused on squeezing the thighs together. Engaged the core – pulled away from the wall for three seconds.
Day 20. 05/02/3020. Where or where did my handstand go? Do not panic – stick with the training.
Day 21. 05/03/2020. Did a YouTube yoga class before handstand practice to loosen up the back. Handstand kick-ups are progressing – I can hold one for maybe two seconds (if you count fast). Not giving up on the press-up from downward facing dog. It wasn’t pretty, but I did kinda do a sorta press-up.
Plan for week 4: Crunch time. Starting Monday the 4th of May – I’ll have just seven (actually nine to round out the 30) days to make this happen. Where did the month go. It’s going to happen!
Focus: Push up completely through the shoulders. Toes to the sky. Tuck the chin. Abs in control. Connecting the mind and body – focus on form. Hold, Hold, Hold.
What are you doing during the great pause to keep yourself centered? Let me know in the comments.
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