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What your shoulders can bear

I felt like doing more than usual tonight. I wanted to show Plow pose, but also the next step from there – Shoulder Stand. I personally love both of these poses, it’s sort of my test to new yoga studios. If they do Plow at the end of class, it’s got my thumbs up! πŸ˜‰

So the drawing on the left is what I started with, really small and simple, just trying to show what the idea is. The right shows full Shoulder Stand. Well, I think you’re actually supposed to support your back with your hands, so there isn’t so much pressure on your neck and shoulders. But I forgot that, so I drew it incorrectly – oh well!

As a side note, this type of pose is called an ‘inversion’ (for obvious reasons), and it’s really healthy! It’s good to reverse the blood flow, get things moving around, send some blood to the ol’ brain. It helps increase your circulation, too, so give it a shot.

Your Two Shoulders

As I’ve mentioned before, getting back to the sketchy-ness I once had, and so far I’m really happy with the way things are coming out! I love the darkness of it – there’s so much more to look at when your eye almost has to search for it. Adds character, too, I think. Question, if you care to answer: is it givingΒ new character to the skeleton, or is it my own character being imputed to the page?

So that’s it, Plow and Shoulder Stand. As a warning I think I’m going to bring this yoga series to a close soon. It’s a vast collection that is ever growing, but I don’t think I’ll get to finish all of the poses, at least not right now. I want to let my mind take me on its own track as I am inspired by the events in my life, rather than sticking with the yoga idea for longer than my attention span can take it. At some point I’m bound to get sloppy or careless, and I want to keep these drawings fresh and new! We’ll see what’s next…

I do believe I am happy with this set.

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Down to earth

Downward facing dog: probably the most recognized yoga pose of all time.

When I first started out practicing yoga, I found this extremely difficult, painful, uncomfortable, and I couldn’t bear to hold it for more than a moment before my arms gave way. NOW, after several years of dedication and enlightenment with regard to my practice and being taught the correct form, I appreciate it for its true nature: a resting pose after a tough set; a stepping stone to a standing series; a good stretch for the back of the legs; a reset.

Down dog is supposed to look like an inverted V. This doesn’t show it quite as neatly as I’d like, but then again, every human form is different, so I can’t expect perfection.

Down dog

This one isn’t too bad, it embodies the pose well, I think. The feet are disjointed and the rib cage is a little too ‘swirly’ to be accurate. BUT, don’t let that get in the way – the spine is beautiful, the arms are perfect.

I do believe I am happy with this one.