Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I used my last Groupon class at Dancing Crow Yoga this morning. How sad. I really love this studio (the instructors are amazing), but it’s pretty expensive to attend without a group deal. (Why is yoga so expensive?) Oh, well. Maybe I’ll attend a class in the future as a special treat to myself.

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Today, I took a class called Strengthen Your Asana: 

This class is an energetic study of yoga postures, called asanas. You will gain strength and flexibility as you move through a variety of poses that will lengthen your hamstrings, strengthen your biceps, improve your balance and, most of all, build your core muscles. Taught using Anusara principles of alignment, this is a powerful practice that will make your heart and your abdominals sing.

It was a lot like a Power Yoga class, but with even more core work. The instructor also focused this morning’s practice on the upper back muscles, so we did lots of poses that worked this area, including handstands.

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I have a love-hate relationship with handstands. It looks like such a cool pose, and I really want to do it, but my fear totally holds me back. Remember when I successfully did Crow pose? I got past my fear that time (it’s actually one of my favorite poses now), but I just can’t get out of my own head when it comes to handstands.

In class this morning, we used the wall for support to get into a pike position, which was supposed to give us the confidence needed to do a handstand. I had no problem with that pose, but I couldn’t get myself to do the handstand. Physically, I know that I’m capable, but I psych myself out every time I try. What’s up with that? Maybe next time? Any advice for me?

Lunch

After yoga, I came home, showered, and made lunch. I started with a bowl of plain yogurt with Uncle Sam cereal, chia seeds, and shredded coconut on top.

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On the side, I had some leftover sweet potato fries with barbecue sauce for dipping.

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After lunch, I finished off the Biscoff Spread, which I ate straight from the jar. People, I devoured the whole thing in less than a week. Are you impressed?!

You ate the whole… wheel of cheese? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.

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And I used a spatula to get every last morsel out of the jar. Please don’t judge.

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It was Murphy‘s lucky day because I gave him the Biscoff Spread jar to lick too.

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Doggy 5K Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the Doggy 5K giveaway! Here are your winners:

  1. Brooke: I would love to run a race with my two JRT’s! both my parents are battling cancer right now so what better way to have fun for a good cause close to my heart!!
  2. Lauren: We would love to run with our black lab mix, Barney! He loves other dogs and running, so it sounds like this is the perfect event for him!! His vet is at Angell so maybe we’ll see her there too.
  3. Paj: My dog Lucy and I participate in the MSPCA Walk for Animals event every fall. This is my first year running (thanks to C25K and Lucy- she’s great at helping me keep pace) so we’d love to try the Doggy 5K!
  4. Alison: I walked my first 5K in May. I’d like to see if I could run part of this one. I’m going to sign up regardless, my pup loves a good romp outdoors!

Congrats, winner! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com to claim your prize.

I’m off to pack for DC! See ya!

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78 Comments

  1. Oh I’ve never tried a handstand before. But I have mastered the headstand which I now can do in the middle of the room. It took me years and lots of baby steps before I got there (but to be honest, I wasn’t really trying to be able to to it)

  2. You’re definitely not alone on the handstand thing, because I’m nowhere near being close to doing one! Having said that, I don’t practice yoga nearly as much as I should, but lately have been giving Pilates a try instead. I’m sure you’ll master it soon if you stick with it!

  3. Poor Murphy… Oats in a Jar and now this…

    Yoga always scares me. I’m a tad larger than most of the women in the yoga classes I’ve been too and it scares me to go into some of the poses. I’ve learned to focus on myself and not the other people in the room

  4. LOVE that Baz Luhrmann song! Such a great sentiment. I definitely try to live by it as much as possible. And there’s absolutely no judgement coming from me on the spatula…I’m the same way with a sunflower seed butter jar!

  5. Have you ever looked into community yoga classes? I have no clue what’s offered in the ‘burbs, but my two favorite Boston studios offer community classes for $5. Sweat and Soul in Allston offers them on Saturdays. (Bonus: Its regular classes are just $10). Its sister studio, Back Bay Yoga, has $5 classes almost every day, including $5 hip hop yoga classes. (Hip hop yoga=amazing.)

    1. I wish we had something like that out here. There aren’t too many studios in the ‘burbs, but Lululemon occassionally offers some free classes. I guess I’ll have to keep my eyes open for more deals!

  6. I can’t even successfully get into a back bend, so I think a headstand would be out of the question for me.

    Bischoff spread is amazing so I can totally see it going in a week. Have you tried it melty on ice cream? Or dipping oreo cookies in it? Yummy. Seriously.

  7. Hello Dear Tina! Kisses to Murphy! Yep, yoga is expensive 🙁 There are definitely cheaper options to explore as @Jen says if the $15 model isn’t workin’ for ya. I do just want to put in my perspective as a yoga teacher with yoga teacher friends: we’re awesome at what we do, and we are consistently underpaid to do it. Not throwing a pity party AT ALL!! 🙂 Just want to point out that a lot of the cost of participating in yoga is the value of a teacher that is present, kind, informed, and has planned a kick-ass fun class. And that is why yoga is so expensive <3 http://alisonhinksyoga.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/crowdsourcing-lets-get-the-real-deal-on-how-much-yoga-teachers-get-paid/ GOOD LUCK WITH HANDSTAND!!!!

  8. Hand stands are completely mental! Not as in crazy but they’re easier than you might believe. If you get Women’s Health, there’s an article this month about how to master tougher poses, including handstand. Tuck your tailbone under and tighten your core. Good luck!!

  9. I did power yoga this morning 🙂 Yours sounds better than mine though. My issue with power yoga type classes, is that it doesn’t really flow as well as other types of yoga. I go to yoga to relax and stretch from running, not to do all of this weird lamaze sorts of things… but that’s just me…

  10. I feel the same way about handstands–i can do them great with a wall, but then I freak out when I don’t have that wall there. I think I am afraid of all the injuries that COULD happen if I mess up…..

    Advice would be to both of us: keep practicing! 🙂

  11. I nearly broke down in tears in my college yoga class the day she made us do the handstand. I got away with not attempting it. I think she knew I would have a nervous breakdown. LoL, still haven’t attempted it since! Maybe we should both give it a go… At home… Where we can fall on our butts with no one around to see!
    ~Ang

  12. When I was learning handstands in gymnastics many many many many years ago, the one thing that kept me from freaking out about them was to remember that A) I was doing them against a wall and B) I could control my fall IF I came down when I felt wobbly, by going back into the pike, then bringing my toes to the ground.

  13. Handstands are intimidating, but it’s all about muscle control. (And since you take bobypump fairly regularly, you’ll be great!) A lot of people think handstands are about shoulder muscles- and they are to a degree- but it’s the core muscles that give you the stability. Think about pushing through your shoulders and really engaging your core. That gives me a ton of support and confidence in my own body!

    And if you do fall over, just tuck and roll! No harm done. You totally meant to do that 🙂

  14. My problem with handstands is that getting up the courage to do one takes so long, but falling happens so fast. I don’t have the foresight to “tuck and roll”…I can do a headstand without thinking twice though.
    I always use a spatula to get the last of the peanut butter out of plastic jars! There’s always a lot more left then you think.

  15. I go to a donation yoga studio. They don’t keep track. You just walk in. If you feel like leaving a few bucks in the jar, feel free. If not, nobody is watching or judging. It’s more relaxing when you don’t have to bring your wallet in. I usually just make an online donation each week based on how many classes I went to 🙂 You should find one by you!

  16. When I cheered in college we had to do a handstand on someone else’s shoulders which scared the day lights out of me! I used the wall to practice getting my strength and keeping my arms straight. Everyone has given really great advice but I guess I would stick with the wall, keep telling yourself you can do it and try to move away from the wall inch by inch as you build your confidence…of and try to put a mat down in front of you 🙂

  17. I use a spatuala too on all my nut butter jars and for sure on Biscoff spread!

    Handstands…one of the scariest poses out there for many students. One thing I find is that most people start out way too close to a wall. Make sure your hand placement is about 18 inches back from the wall and start in a downward dog. Then, just start donkey kicking one leg up. Higher and higher each time. You will get a little braver and braver when one foot touches wall. And then work on both feet touching the wall. It WILL happen if you practice 🙂

  18. I don’t think it’s ever wrong to devour/enjoy an entire jar of Biscoff in a week!! As long as you won’t judge me for going through two cans of pumpkin in a week 🙂 winter is approaching — we need to store up for hibernation, right?!

  19. make my abs sing??? Sing me up! 🙂
    From one fellow yogee to another…I think handstands are so intimidating because unlike graceful terms like child’s pose, prayer pose etc. the word handstand screams “crazy gymnist kid”…which I know I never was! But in all seriousness, just like the other pose you mastered, I’m sure this one will come along in time too! To calm the nerves though I swear by deep breathing, it gets me through all of my tough times 🙂

  20. I really love yoga classes that focus on core work… it’s pretty powerful stuff 🙂

    I am deathly afraid of the head stand. Mostly because even in down dog pose my head feels as though it is going to explode. I cannot stand it when my head is upside down… it’s like all the blood rushes to my head and it’s so uncomfortable 🙁 Meh.. maybe someday!

    I saw a jar of the Biscoff spread at Shaws the other day and was soooooo close to buying it. I know I would devour it in less than a week too! I am determined to go through my 8763 jars of peanut butter first though haha

  21. Can you do a good wheel pose? If so, just do handstand in the center of the room and be ok with falling over into backbend/wheel. Once you get over the fear, you’ll make leaps!

    I cleaned the peanut butter jar with a spatula yesterday…

  22. dang, I didn’t win the doggy 5k. Now I’ll have to pay for it myself. My husband is kind of excited. I hope that our dog is successful (I mean doesn’t just want to say hi to all the other dogs in lieu of running).

  23. That looks like a random yet awesome lunch (the best kind sometimes). I also tend to psych myself out about certain physical challenges…crazy how powerful the mind can be!

  24. Yay speculoos spread (biscoff). I too finished off my jar with a spoon today. Oh well, I have been meaning to try the crunchy kind. Do you have that in the States yet?

  25. Like anything else, handstands are practice, practice, practice. It might help to have a partner you trust (Mal?) spot you until you get comfortable. I also found that starting off in a more stable pose, like forearm balance, got me used to being upside down a lot quicker than a straight handstand where I was worried about having the strength to hold myself up.
    Don’t sweat it. You didn’t get ready for a marathon in a day. Yoga is a similar journey. Good luck!

  26. Handstands ARE scary! My advice to you is to make sure you’re hamstrings are well stretched out – having openness in the hammies will help you pike up into a handstand without having to use too much momentum, which is helpful since the moment is a huge part of the fear factor. You want to be able to extend one leg high and then – with control – lift the other…think of wrapping the inner thighs towards each other, scissoring the legs together. Hamstring flexibility will be huge for this.

  27. I am afraid of handstands too, but I don’t mind doing Karnapidasana (aka pressure on the ears)! Its so strange. I would love to be able to get to a handstand one day. My advice to you would be to start with the wall as support and then gradually back away. Much easier said than done.

  28. We did an awesome handstand-preparation class recently. Best tip (for me): get TWO of your friends to help you. Kick uo with your legs and have them support you with both hands and hold you there until you feel comfortable. Then one of them removes the hand on the front, then the other one does this with the hand on the back. Then they give you support with one hand in the front and one in the back but continue to give you less and less support.

    It’s hard to explain! I hope you can imagine what we did. In the end all of us managed to stand in handstand freely at least for a few seconds.

  29. I got into my first handstand in April. Here was what helped me:
    – watching other people in class.
    – reading Kathryn Budig articles about handstand.
    – watching yoga journal videos on handstands
    – engaging mula bandha and uddiyana banha (this was key!)
    – video taping my at home attempts (this was the other key) so I could see where my hips and arms were. Lots and lots of at home practice with it.
    – trusting that my forearms were not going to snap in half when I went up.

  30. The ONLY way to get the last little bit out of the jar is with a spatula. 🙂 I ahte elaving anything behind! I need to try that spread. I saw it at the store the other day, but I was scared to buy it. I tihnk I’d finish it in a week too! 🙂

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