90 Days of Namaste: Days 23 & 24

Words of the Day: In Sickness & in Health

Found on Pinterest, perfect for my week!
Found on Pinterest, perfect for my week!

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

After finallllyy beating my sinus infection on Monday, on Tuesday I came down with a cold/flu/blech situation. I could hardly get off the couch. The most frustrating thing has been that I usually never get sick, so being slowed down for pretty much a solid week has really bummed me out. I’ve been pretty good at doing yoga despite feeling ill, but my normal schedule has been bent out of shape and my 10k training has fallen to the wayside (running when you can’t breathe? I don’t think so). So that is disappointing.

I am a super impatient person (one of the reasons that yoga is so good for me, it breeds patience), so I’ve been really frustrated. I feel like I’ve been doing all the right stuff (sleeping, taking it easy, etc.) and not recovering as quickly as I want. Though my friend Hannah reminded me that this might be a way my body is telling me to slow down.

So, as far as that affects my yoga journey, I’m allowing myself to take breaks if I need to. I’m also deciding not to schedule myself so tightly, and affirm HEALTH. I realize if I want to stop being sick and tired, I should stop telling myself that I am.

So, with a great yoga class today (a Detox class from YogaGlo) and a (hopefully) soon-to-be good night’s sleep, I’m reminding myself that I am whole, healthy and well. Namaste.

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Video of the Day:

Ready, set DETOX! on YogaGlo

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90 Days of Namaste: Days 21 & 22

Word of the Day(s): Process
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I’m processing a lot right now (all good, I swear!), so I’m not being intentionally vague. I’ve just decided to keep this ever so brief until I feel like a narrative post fits my current state. So, I wrote a haiku for today 🙂

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Yoga every day.

Details change, yet my heart grows.

Wholeness is coming.

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Video of the Day: Love Your Body from YogaGlo

90 Days of Namaste: Days 18 & 19

Word of the Day(s): Health

Yesterday, I had a great but busy day, but at the end of it, I felt a bug coming on. So I did not practice yoga. I woke up today feeling sinus-y, congested, etc, and I realized I needed to rest. So I did.

At the end of the day, I started to feel so much better. So much so that I decided to try some light yoga! I did a video on YouTube entitled “Yoga for when you are SICK” (caps intended) so I figured it was perfect. It was by Yoga with Adriene, a popular user with over 380,000 subscribers! She’s not Erica, but I liked her class! It was gentle, light, and I am happy I did it. Was it my favorite class ever? No. But am I proud of myself for listening to my body and knowing when and when not to exercise? Yes.

Again, this 90 Day Journey has become so much more than just yoga. It’s a lifestyle change, not a fad diet, and with that comes nuance. I don’t feel guilty for missing a day of exercise, and I’m actually letting myself rest. And lo and behold, I’m recovering quicker. I’m learning to stop being so particular about things and ease into life. And for that, I’m grateful.

One day I will take a photo like this!
One day I will take a photo like this!

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Video of the Day: Yoga for when you are SICK

90 Days of Namaste: Day 17

Word of the Day: Frustration

Wow. 17 Days sounds like a long time…and yet there are still 73 days to go. Oh my goodness.

Hopefully they won’t all be like today. Today was frustrating. I was behind on a lot of things, little parts of my day got tripped up, and there were some personal disappointments as well. But I still did yoga (my gym’s Wednesday vinyasa class) and I’m glad I did.

Just like I have committed to do yoga, I’m committing to have a better attitude on some upsetting things. I’m a positive person, but I let some things get me down more than I should.  So today I’m pledging to try to change my thinking on that. I know I can’t change circumstances, but I can change my perspective. And just like yoga, it may be difficult at first, but with practice and lovingkindness, it will get easier. Won’t it?

Namaste

Found on Pinterest, as always
Found on Pinterest, as always

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Video of the Day: None!

90 Days of Namaste: Day 16

Word of the Day: Fire

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Oh my goodness, today was a day.  I was supposed to do 30 minutes of cross training for my 10k and of course my yoga, but I was utterly exhausted from working the night shift and then waking up early (side note: I got to sing the National Anthem at the National Archives this morning. Pretty cool!). So I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and do the hardest, most cardio-driven yoga there is?

And I did. I did a class on YogaGlo called Energizing Flow that I actually quit doing a few days ago because it felt more like bootcamp and not like yoga. But I’m glad I did it today because with jumps and non-stop movement, it definitely qualifies as cross training in my book!

At the end of the video/by the point I was gritting my teeth and grumbling at the difficulty, the instructor Kathryn Budig said “Sometimes we need to create a lot of fire to find peace.”

That really resonated with me. I’m not sure if I can analyze how it affected me yet, but it heightened my awareness, and was sort of a reminder that even when yoga isn’t a fun, calm, experience and even when I feel like I didn’t check everything off my to-do list, that’s part of the process. Getting angry or feeling physical or emotional fire helps me learn how to work with it, and in tune, become warm and toasty, not burned.

Okay, enough with the metaphors. 🙂 Have a great day!

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Video of the Day: YogaGlo Energizing Flow with Kathryn Budig

Energy Flows Where Intention Goes

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Sometimes the hardest thing you can be is happy for someone else. I struggled with this intensely throughout my acting career. It was so difficult to be happy for other actors when they began to achieve what I wanted to achieve – booking roles at dream theatres, playing that part that is on your bucket list, or getting noticed at that print call that pays a small fortune. Time and again I’d find myself slapping an ear-to-ear grin on my face and congratulating friends on their success while my mind crawled with jealousy, thinking, “How in the heck did they get that role? What am I doing wrong?”

Over the years I began to realize I really wanted to be happy for these people that were achieving some success in my field – not only on the outside, but in my mind and my soul as well. I was starting…

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90 Days of Namaste: Day 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word of the Day: Change

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Found on Pinterest. Not entirely accurate for today, but I loved this pic!

Today was a good day. I successfully trained for my 10k, attended my favorite Power Yoga class and later continued my core-energetics work with my teacher. Essentially, she and I are finding the emotional connections to my physical pain and limitations and working that energy out. Let’s call it Yoga Therapy 🙂

My teacher asked me what my goals for our work are, and I said instinctively “to feel free.” I’m starting to realize more than ever how yoga is a spiritual practice. With every twist, lunge and balance pose, I feel like I’m simultaneously challenging myself and expelling negative thoughts. Consistent practice is giving me confidence, and I’m starting to reap the benefits.

 

Videos of the Day: None!

90 Days of Namaste: Days 13 & 14

Word of the Day(s): Practice

It was bound to happen.

I missed one day.

Saturday, Day 13 (my unlucky number, I might add), I got swept up with so much going on that I just didn’t do my yoga. I did five minutes and got pulled away.

But that’s totally okay.

I did my yoga today (an amazing flow on YogaGlo called Tap Into Your Divine Energy) and it was perfect and great and challenging. I noticed how the teacher (Elena Brower) kept using the word practice. And that’s how I decided to look back at yesterday.

The whole point of this 90 day journey is that it’s just that: a journey. With ups and downs and twists and turns. It’s a journey for me, and yoga is at its core a practice. Not a performance that’s perfect every time. But a practice. Not every day is going to be exactly what I wanted, but that doesn’t mean I’ve failed. While I can’t say that I did 30 minutes of yoga every day for 90 days, I sure as hell can say, that over the course of three months, I practiced yoga regularly and built a relationship with it so I could better myself.

And that’s more important than fulfilling a certain time requirement I set. Because I know who I am and I know what I’m getting from this, and it’s so much more than checking off some box.

Practice makes perfect, no? 🙂

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Video of the Day: Tap Into Your Divine Energy from YogaGlo

90 Days of Namaste: Day 12

Word of the Day: Contemplation

Today I attended Core Power Yoga once again, this time their Power Yoga 2 class. It was hard but definitely worth it. I am feeling stronger but also challenging myself. Which I think is the point. Especially when I’m literally dripping in sweat by the end of class (the studios are all at 95 degrees), things get really challenging. Nothing much to note on, which is okay. I realize that every day won’t have an epitome. That’s why it’s called yoga practice, not yoga performance, no? But I’m 12 days in and feeling as committed as ever. I’m calling that a win.

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Videos of the Day: None!