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How much training do you need every day in order to do a headstand?
This question was submitted by a loyal follower under a picture of me finally succeeding in planting a headstand, which I’ve been working on for a long time.
Now, how should we even define “long time”?
Since I’ve never actually been satisfied, since there is always something new to work on and improve, I don’t really have an exact answer to the question of how much time one needs to master a certain position. I’m sure of this and I can tell you with certainty that I put the most time, effort, energy, and practice into a simple sitting position, which is where I learned to calm the whirlpools of thought surging in my mind.
If I had given up, I never would have had the chance to progress. This was the very foundation of all the other positions that I wanted to try out later. Really, calming my mind’s tempests was the key to mastering all my other positions.
This takes me deep within myself, as I try to find my own limits, as I try to push myself further and feel great in my own skin. This calm and peace gives me a chance while exercising to think about the things that I don’t have time for during my busy daily rush.
I learned deep within myself that the secret to success is perseverance, regardless of the circumstances. I never quit when I fall, nor when I fall once again. Since I plain and simply know what I want to achieve my practicing, I don’t quit until I’m beyond satisfied.
I am critical of myself, and I am happy to receive constructive criticism from others, too. This makes me even better. The fact is that in one day it’s impossible to reach a long-term goal, but most times it’s necessary to repeat the same thing over and over again in order to progress.
There are a lot of clips of me training where you can see my endurance and perseverance, my effort, and of course my improper positions, leading to falls, and ultimately to progress. I take a lot of these videos on purpose, so I am sure to see how I am moving ahead.
That’s the great thing about Yoga: since there’s no competition, there is plenty of room for advancement. To better yourself.
Since I’m trying to transfer all of that to my other interests and hobbies, too, the most important thing is to build up good habits. Whatever I do needs to get underneath my skin, so I master it to the point where I don’t even think about it, and then I don’t give up, regardless of anything else.
No matter what happens, I always try to stick to my plan of daily activities. If I have my daily Yoga practice scheduled at 8 in the morning and in the even headstand practice, there isn’t a trip or vacation or anything else that will stop me.
I used to think that I could switch activities up a little bit on vacation, thinking that slightly different habits would be no problem for just 10 days.
It might not, in fact, be a problem, but it isn’t the same for the mind. When I stopped – just for 10 days! – doing Yoga and practicing my headstands, I needed to pick up where I left off before going on vacation. There had been no progress made meanwhile.
I see a big difference in my regular daily habits. Quite often I’ve needed to even search for the motivation to get up in the morning.
That’s why it’s so important to keep up your exercise even when you change your scenery.
As my Yoga and other athletic habits started creeping into my life and becoming so absolutely essential to my daily routine, so did hemp protein start creeping into my diet.
I needed a supplement to strengthen my bones, regenerate my muscles, and bolster my immune system. Since I’m sensitive to gluten and wanted to avoid animal protein, I started exploring hemp protein and it quickly became a permanent addition to my eating habits. I even take hemp protein with me on vacation.
I mix it into smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, and sometimes even just in water with a bit of lemon juice.
Yoga is a part of my everyday routine and I make progress with Yoga every day. Yoga is movement, a connection, feeling...
What is it that makes me feel alive, fills me up, that thing that gets me awake on Monday morning? What is it that awakens something pure and authentic inside me? For me it’s the connection between mind and feeling, observation and awareness of how the body feels when in motion. The magic of movement.
Moving is love, it’s freedom, it’s creativity.