The one with downward dog number 5696

Last night as I did probably the 5696th downward dog of my life I suddenly remembered my first ever downward dogs back in the day when I busted out my Power Yoga with Kristin McGee for the first time.

Let me tell you, there was a lot of OUCHIE and my shoulders and and hamstrings sure did burn like mad. I heard yoga teachers say to “rest” in downward dog and was like seriously what are you on about, this does not feel restful people.

Now it is SO much better for me but the weird thing is I don’t even remember when it got easier? I just kept doing yoga and doing them and now here we are… It’s definitely a resting pose for me and my absolute fave for stretching out my calves, hamstrings, and even my toes.

Downward dog toe stretch(Throwback pic from when I lived with Bestie…. and was not pregnant even though it appears that I am in this super flattering photo πŸ˜‰ ).

I don’t really know why I was thinking about this but my point is that can be easy to forget how far we have come or even realise how much progress we have truly made.

That is why sometimes it is important to keep going even when we don’t see immediate progress. A big thing I have learnt doing BBG is that progress takes a TONNE of time. And while maybe for some people this could potentially be discouraging, I also think there is some empowerment in understanding the reality of this. Like if we think we are going to suddenly become a lot stronger within a really short amount of time, of course we are going to be disappointed. If instead we realise that every step we make towards our goals is making progress even if we don’t see the results straight away, I feel like there is less room for disappointment and more space for just being proud we have made those steps at all.


For example, push ups are SUPER hard for me. They’ve been hard for me for the entire time I’ve been doing BBG- almost six months. But recently, I’ve noticed I’m doing a few more on my toes every time. It has taken this long but I’m finally starting to get stronger in that area. If I had expected more progress straight away I definitely would have given up in the beginning and then I wouldn’t be where I am now! How crazy is that?

The point is we have to keep working towards our goals even when we don’t see progress straight away.

Downward dogAnd then when you whip out a downward dog type situation at the train stop it will be completely normal and not embarrassing for your Bestie at all.

What progress have you made fitness-wise lately? – Feel free to brag please πŸ™‚

Which area is it the most difficult for you to make progress in? And least difficult? – Push ups are my Everest. I find it a little easier to build strength in my legs I think? Because RUNNING (duh) and a million years of ballet and plies.

What thing used to be super hard for you and now is super easy? – Downward dog, jump lunges and waitressing for multiple hours with no food/break have gotten a lot easier for me πŸ™‚

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4 Responses to The one with downward dog number 5696

  1. soulseerblog says:

    I Like this & agree


  2. Just got up a did a downward dog after reading this post because I was feeling the need for some rest and tension release during this crazy season of finals!

    I agree that push ups are killer! I used to be able to do maybe 10-15 on my toes in high school when we did them every day during track and cross country, but now I can probably do like 2 or 3 because I’ve seriously neglected them. I’m motivated to get back at it now because you’re right- it takes time to make progress, but it WILL happen and it’s so satisfying when it does!


    • OOh yay! It’s such a good stretch right?? Good luck for your finals girl, I TOTALLY empathise!! I’m sure you will nail them!
      WOW 10-15 push ups you are my idol!! I have never done that in my life haha. 2-3 is great if you’ve been neglecting them, that’s where I’m at and I’ve been working super hard hahaha. Here’s to progress- in finals and in push ups! πŸ™‚


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