She Believed She Could

I was determined to hold a Crow pose long enough that it didn’t feel like a fluke or maybe I should say for as long as it took to feel like I was in total control. When I set the goal I BELIEVED with 100% certainty that I would do it. Not even a fraction of a second of doubt. No matter how long it took and no matter how many times I fell forward on my head. I was determined to do this.

This week I did. I held the pose for 45 seconds. No more falling forward on my head and I came out of it in control. I typically do this kind of thing in my workout room but I wanted my husband to see that I could do it to show off a little. So, I dragged a mat (just in case I fell forward on my head) into the living room where my husband was watching TV to show him what felt like a great accomplishment. Chad thought it was cool but his reaction was a little anticlimactic and more of a I’m not surprised. No worries. I was clearly impressed enough for the both of us.

It doesn’t even matter that this photo is grainy and with poor lighting. It will forever be a favorite!

What’s next? This…

I BELIEVE with 100% certainty that I can do it.

What was the last thing you tried and believed with 100% certainty that you could do it? What is the last thing you were so proud of accomplishing it made you want to show off a little?



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  2. congratulations on your crow. a 45 second hold shows some serious body control in the pose.

  3. Congrats!

    I am trying to do exactly what you did. The believing in myself thing, not crow pose. 🙂

    I’ve been halfway to a pull-up for weeks now…but I can’t seem to get any farther up. Self-doubt is already creeping in.

    Your accomplishment is a great reminder that attitude makes such a big difference when it comes to stuff like this. Thanks!

  4. This is amazing!!! I’ve only taken 2 yoga classes so far (really need to go to more), but I tried the crow pose and failed miserably. I’d love to be able to do it for 45 seconds one day!

    I was able to do an assisted-handstand (the instructor held my feet) which felt so cool, even though it wasn’t the full one, it’s something I’d never done before!

    I love yoga 🙂

  5. Awesome!

    Seriously, exercising is something I never thought I could get into, that is until I gave it chance 🙂

  6. Good work! I’ve been lucky enough to always be able to execute crow! now you can learn all the exciting and even more impressive variations from there!

    I am in the middle of mastering forearm stands / handstands! Can do them just about but need more confidence! Sometimes after I teach in the park I hang around and give them a go on the grass where if I fall it won’t hurt so much!

    Good luck 🙂 x

  7. This is fab! Congrats on being able to hold the pose.

    It’s on my list of resolutions to be able to do the exact same thing and the handstand that you’re about to tackle.. but for now.. I’m sidelined after surgery.

    Hope to get back into Yoga when I’m recovered!

    My partner is the opposite in this situation, when trying to hold the crow.. he then made it a competition and tried to hold the pose too, hah! 😉

    Laura | Health and Fitness Blogger

  8. That is a great photo! I love that our husbands try to be supportive but they don’t quite get it. 😉

  9. Love that! Crow pose was one that I struggled with for a long time and was determined to get it! Now if I could only push myself back into chataranga afterwards 🙂 Hope you get handstand! I still fall on my face when I try to hold it for more than 5 seconds! I always get so frustrated but honestly, I think that’s why I love yoga so much. Because I’m not naturally good at it! So, I get an ego check along with a great workout 🙂

  10. Awesome job, Jill! 45 seconds is an eternity! I think I can hold it for 10 seconds tops….. I do much better with the side crow. Keep working on the handstand – I know you can do it!

    I’m running my first marathon in less than 10 days – wanted to tell you that you’ve always been an inspiration for me!

    1. Shirley you made my day! How exciting to be anticipating your first! What marathon are you running? I want to hear all about it! You never forget your first 🙂

  11. Crow is hard! I’m 100% impressed that you can hold it for so long. I need to stay working on this again.

    PS I’ve given you a virtual high five over on my blog today for National High Five Day.

  12. Jill!! This is so amaazing! I literally did he same thing yesterday! Ahh I cant believe that! I sent Kim @BusyBodBlog and Erin@thealmondeater a tweet telling them as I was so proud of myself for finally doing it. I know what you mean 100%%%%%! Sorry, I am waaayyyy too excited about this post, but I felt like king of the world when I finally mastered it yesterday! I know how hard it is! Good job!

    That is about the most difficult thing my weedy runner arms have mastered of late 🙂

  13. I can do a handstand I just can’t hold a handstand for longer than a few seconds. It’s on my list of goals for this year.
    Might also add crow/crane as well.

  14. Crow has been my nemesis for so long. I still have days when I can rock it. This morning was a not so much morning. I could not hold it for more than a few seconds before falling out of it. I was trying to get a great pic of my pose but ended up with shots of me falling every time. Finally I realized that 1 – it wasn’t my day. And 2 – don’t be afraid of falling. Be afraid of not trying. And that is what I will keep doing – trying!

  15. This really makes me want to try yoga. I want to learn to do awesome stuff like that! Way to go!

  16. Man- I miss yoga!! I’ve never been able to do crow pose and don’t know how I’d go about learning to do it! One thing I’ve done the last few years that I never thought I could do was a finish a half marathon (I just finished #5)- 3 years ago I would’ve told you I hated running and would never run for fun. Then I decided I wanted to do it, believed in myself, and I did it!

  17. those poses used to intimidate me, until i just went for it. Yes i fell, but i got back up!!

  18. TRIUMPHANT CROW! Congrats!
    This last weekend, I did my first 10K! I knew I could! Now, that that’s over, I am setting my site to a faster & stronger pace. My hubby wants to do a Half in October. I’m still contemplating that one!

  19. Awesome job! This is the pose I want to master – I better start practicing because everyone is beating me to it!! Once I get it down, you better believe I will be showing it to everyone I know too! LOL

  20. Oh my goodness Jill, LOOK AT YOU GO! That’s crazy! Good for you! I’m practicing wall handstands….

    Something I’m proud of this week, is stepping out of my comfort zone and NOT letting my IBS and Celiac keep me from going out to eat with my best friend visiting from the South and all her friends. Instead of declining a day full of fun (and food places I couldn’t eat at) I just brought my own 🙂

  21. Congratulations, Jill! I love that you never had a single doubt about your ability to meet this goal. What a fantastic example to your children…and to all of us!!

  22. I love this!! You look so strong. I am not a yogi but I am a barre girl and have been blown away by what my body can do now after 3 months of barre classes! I want to continue to become stronger, longer, and leaner… and get some 1/2 marathons too!! Amazing work!

  23. Wow – awesome job on that Crow!!!
    The thing that I believe I can do is complete my upcoming 50 mile race – I know it is going to be way better than my last attempt!!!

  24. That’s fantastic Jill. Reaching new goals in any aspect of exercise/training is a great accomplishment. I was 99% certain I would qualify for the Boston Marathon last month and I did….and it was amazing.

  25. Crow is hard! My yoga instructor loves doing it, along with lots of crazy variations, and I always struggle with it. The days that I am able to get into it and hold it without wobbling all over the place, I feel like a rock star! We did bird of paradise for the first time a few weeks ago and I was able to get into it and hold it, I love that feeling of seeing something, thinking it is crazy, and going for it!

  26. Big ups! I am still working on doing Crow, let alone holding it for 45 seconds. Also working on my handstand and the fear of being up side down. That’s the great thing about yoga. You are able to challenge yourself and face your fears! Thanks for sharing!

  27. I’m so proud of you, Jill – that’s awesome!! And I can’t wait to see the handstand!!! My big, scary thing that I’m believing in right now is building my own business!!!

  28. Way to go Jill!!! I would say getting my speed back…I knew it was in there I just had to work at it to find it!!

  29. Congrats! Crow pose is so hard. I’m working on it, and side crow, but I haven’t quite got up to a handstand yet

  30. I absolutely love this Jill! Sometimes I forget that I can do things – I just need to put my mind to it and keep practicing. It will happen!

    Awesome job on holding crow pose!!!! That’s definitely one of those poses that I’d love to grasp!

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