Nothing helps me more to improve my practice than my pictures. These both asanas are the first asanas after the sun salutations. The body is warm by then but not so flexible. I see that there is still a lot of potential. The upper body can get much closer to the legs. I know that engaging the bandhas helps a lot here. Good is that my back is straight. My feet are hip width apart and not more.
The legs are active, so are the front hip muscle. The shoulders move upwards. The face remains relaxed.
Spine and neck are in line. The toes give a bit of resistance.
One can keep the mind busy. There is a lot to check if one likes it.
Yep, it's a wonderful beginning of the practice.
When I started with yoga I was not able to reach my toes with my hands with straight legs.
Being content is an exercise for the mind.
Yoginis enjoy a relaxed attitude towards the events in life. The practice shall strengthen this attitude. Tools are learned to keep this attitude also off the mat.
1. One tool is to breathe evenly.
2. Another tool is to have a dristhi, means to keep the eyes steady. Also this influences the mind. One learns to focus on a wished object and to fade out others. It calms, thinking becomes less.
Yoginis don't search the highs and ups in life, the tragedy: Today happy, tomorrow angry, the other day desperate, then hopeful again. The goal in yoga is to move away from this roller coaster. Exciting things might happen, yet one observes them. Judging makes everything worse or better. Observing is the medicine against judging.
Also the daily routine to practice brings a lot of steadiness in a life. I remember times where I went salsa dancing till the early morning hours. These days I go to bed early as I want to get up early to practice Ashtanga yoga.
Is this boring? Yep, one can see this so.
Yet I personally prefer to discuss the color tone of a picture all night long than to have dramas in my life. I enjoy a balanced life in all aspects of my life. I'm enjoying the tiny things in life.
Being cool is the new happiness. :)