Exercise question…

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@peachacid:  It looks like she is saying to have to bend in your elbows in line with your wrists as much as you can. Some of those moves take practice and correction in slow increments so your body gets used to what they would consider perfect form.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ahh yes, she wants you to be leaning forward, arms at a perfect 90 degree angle with your elbows over where your wrists are, not behind your wrists, not over your hands/fingers. Does that make sense? if you were to bend your arms your elbows would move back. The reason this is hard is because you have to hold yourself up right with most of your weight leaning forward.

I woudn’t worry too much about being perfect 😉 Yoga is certainly something you get better at over time as you get more muscle! I guess that’s why they call it a practice!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Jillian Micheals has gotten into trouble before for giving bad instructions that lead people to injury… I’d probably just sit out that pose/position!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Elbows over wrist is possible-90 degrees bent elbows, like you are doing a push up. Don’t worry it’s supposed to be hard! It’s called chataranga and many people do it wrong without knowing. Try doing it with your knees on the ground until you buil strength and take a yoga class at a studio at least to get started! If you practice correctly you should minimize risk of injury. I have been doing yoga for a while and I have been fine but chataranga is still hard!! Make sure you spread your fingers and press your palms into the ground to take weight of the wrists. btw I couldn’t watch the video right now but from your description I think thi is the pose you are referring to- correct me if I’m wrong!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@peachacid:  Just have it sent to your house then? or am i not getting some kind of jokeTongue Out

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

@secretbee33:  +1 , if this is in reference to chataranga (I can’t view the video either since I am at work), it took me a long time to get there and I still have to do that pose with knees on the floor which is often reffered to as half chataranga which is still a great alternative and helps you build up to full chataranga.

However, in this review of the DVD http://www.fitsugar.com/Jillian-Michaels-Yoga-Meltdown-DVD-Review-15165371 , the reviewer also mentions “Crow” position which would kind of require elbows over wrists as well and as mentioned in this review this is an advanced position. After 5 years of yoga practice I cannot do this pose. I find it way too much weight on my wrists and an odd strain on my already troubled shoulders. So I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If it’s too much, don’t do it! The number one rule in my yoga class is that you should never feel pain, intense stretch yes, pain – nope.

For ref:

Chataranga:

Or Crow:

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Ms_Purple:  yes – I finally got to actually watch the video too haha and at 11:12 she is indeed talking about chaturanga. Yes crow is definitely challenging! I can do it with my arms bent but my instructor said ideally you do it with your elbows straight. Gah!

Chaturanga is actually dangerous to do the wrong way and can cause injury – so the 90 degrees/shoulders over elbows elbows over wrists is super important. The half-chaturanga/using your knees is a good alternative.

I agree with you about not pushing yourself too much – the thing that’s awesome about yoga is letting your ego go and just doing what you can do. Some days I am completely nailing everything, some days I can barely touch my toes. Muscles change by day and time of day so yes nothing should “hurt!”

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

@secretbee33:  Thanks for the update on watching the video! I agree that each day can be so different. Some days I can rock vinyasa after vinyasa…with a good half chataranga, other days after like one or two flows…I’m done and just go straight into downward dog during class. I returned to class this week after missing a few weeks, I did great in class but my upper arms were sore the next day for sure.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Ms_Purple:  I know what you mean! Especially if I’m PMS I find that my muscles are super weak and my balance is awful. so klutzy lol

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