90 Days of Namaste: Day 49: After the Finish Line

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Okay, the name of this post is a little misleading because I haven’t run my 10k yet, but today I ran 6 miles for the first time ever(!) and my yoga class was called “After the Finish Line.”

I am really happy with my running progress and my yoga practice! Today, this 15 minute post-run stretch by one of my favorite teachers, Taylor Harkness, was perfect for what I needed, physically and time wise. I noticed little things about myself, like Runner’s Stretch didn’t hurt my quads as much, and I can arch a little deeper in Downward Dog. These are seemingly small improvements, but just like my cardio progress, show that all this yoga is really paying off. Slow but steady wins the race, right? Except for my actual 10k next week of course 😉

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Video of the Day: After the Finish Line 

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90 Days of Namaste: Days 46-48

Phrase of the Days: Patience3c4b984061c4ef620acc63df89832d37

The past three days shook out like this:

Day 46: Meditation in my snowy park! Loved it! Small but it felt good to practice yoga mindfulness.

Day 47: An awesome class on YogaGlo by Taylor Harkness, called “You Got This!” I simply love him, and I was proud of myself for doing yoga for a solid hour 🙂

Day 48: Quickly Start Your Day Right from YogaGlo. Didn’t love the class, but I’m glad I made it to the mat.

Now back to face this blizzard outside!

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Videos of the Day(s): You Got This! & Quickly Start Your Day Right

90 Days of Namaste: Day 45– Halfway there!

Phrase of the day: Halfway there! 

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It’s hard to believe that I am halfway through my yoga journey! Though, as I’ve said before, I am now so hooked on regular yoga practice that there’s no way I’ll cut it out completely after 90 days.

I had a lot of random errands today so I did a quick, hard, class so it could fill in for my 10k cross-training. I noticed how I’m able to go farther down in chaturanga before caving, twist deeper and even lift my legs higher in three-legged dog! These are subtle changes, but I’m reminding myself that they are making huge differences in my life.

One extra note about my class: I cannot recommend YogaGlo enough– it’s $18/month for unlimited classes, and their filter system make it easy for you to find the duration/style/focus of a class you want. I’m hooked for good 🙂

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Video of the Day: Yoga for Cross-training on YogaGlo

90 Days of Namaste: Day 44: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Word of the Day: Body

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Marilyn doing yoga? Obsessed!

Today I did a class I’ve been wanting to do for a longtime– a YogaGlo class called Open Shoulders, Strengthen Core. It was exactly what it sounds like and just what I needed. It challenged my practice in a new way, and reminded me of the yoga classes I really love. Plus my shoulders felt great all day! I’m inspired for tomorrow already 🙂

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Video of the Day: Open Shoulders, Strengthen Core 

90 Days of Namaste: Day 43: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Word of the Day: Strength

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Today I went to my gym’s Power Yoga class (my personal favorite) and it felt difficult but also easier than before. How is this possible? My guess is that I am going deeper in the poses (easier!) but in turn, meeting a new “edge” (difficult). I sweated, grunted, and almost cried, but I also physically felt my body open up more than ever  before. It was a big reminder that yoga really is a “slow and steady” sport. It takes lots of time to reach certain progress points, which can frustrate me at times. But I’m reminded that with every class, I’m closer to achieving my goals than ever before. My current yoga goals?

1) Be able to hold crow pose

2) Complete a headstand

3) Move from bridge to full-wheel.

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Video of the Day: None!

90 Days of Namaste: Days 39-42: Bad at Blogging, Better At Yoga

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Bad news: I haven’t been blogging every day like I meant to.

Good news: I have done yoga everyday! Which is far more important, in my book.

My practices haven’t been as long as I’ve anticipated, but I’ve noticed even doing 10 minutes consistently makes such a difference. Additionally, every day I did something a little different (twisting practice one day, meditation the other), and each class sincerely benefitted me.

My goals from here on out (the last 45 days of this challenge) are to do yoga longer on certain days. Starting tomorrow I’m going to pick out my YogaGlo classes in advance and schedule them on my calendar as such, like what I do with my weekly classes at my gym. Because if I pencil in an hour long class, I’ll actually do it.

Two weeks until my 10k. Six until this challenge is over, but let’s be real, it’s now become a daily part of my life. And that is amazing.

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Videos of the Days(!):

1) Let’s Twist Again

2) A New Salute to the Sun

3) Midnight Meditation for Mamas

4) Post-Run Stretch

90 Days of Namaste: Day 38: I’m A Warrior!

Word of the Day: Warrior

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Not much to report today except that I think my form is better than ever, particularly when it comes to the Warrior series. Those are particularly hard for me, and cause me quite a bit of pain, but today, I did what my teacher always asks us to do and pushed past my edge.  It still hurt like heck, but I felt like it was constructive pain. I also have become confident enough to sit in the front of class, which has helped my posture because I actually pay attention to myself in the mirror!

I am noticing that while changes have been slow, they have been sure. It makes me happy to think about how much more will happen in the 50+ days!

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Video of the Day: None! I went to my local gym’s vinyasa class

90 Days of Namaste: Day 37: Refreshed

Word of the Day: Refreshed!

I love this city and love this photo!
I love this city and love this photo!

Today I had a bit of a fragmented day, so YogaGlo provided me with the perfect practice. After running around all morning,  I did a class called “Amy’s Anytime Refresher,” (side note, OBSESSED with the teacher) and it was great! It really gave me a quick, enjoyable yoga practice, and immediately lifted my mood (which was in a good place to begin with!). I was happy to see how I could “sink in” quicker– it was easier to take deep breaths and focus than it has in the past.

On to another day of Namaste!

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Video of the Day: Amy’s Anytime Refresher by Amy Ippoliti 

90 Days of Namaste: Day 36: Practice!

Word of the Day: Practice
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This morning I went to my weekly Power Yoga class, and it started with a bit of chaos. I was a little late to class, and overall, I just felt weak. Until the end.

I was able to do the straightest shoulder stand I’ve ever done! It was a great way to end a class in which I felt “Blah” until then. It was a reminder that progress comes with practice, and I will most definitely be keeping it up.

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Video of the Day: None!

90 Days of Namaste: Days 34 & 35: Day & Night

Phrase of the Day(s): Day & Night
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The past two days have been quick yoga ones…I didn’t parcel out the time I wanted to for yoga, but I did keep up my 10k training! On Saturday I did a fabulous morning practice called Wake Up, Rockstar! Today, I did a great nightside one called “Evening Openers.”

What I love about these classes is that they’ve reminded me of why consistency is key in yoga–not so much constraint; what I mean is, doing these 15 minute videos in totally different parts of the day has seemed to be more beneficial then slaving away in the weight room for an hour every day. Both are consistent, but yoga is fluid. It works for my day and heightens my mood. I’m glad I’ve made this a daily practice, because even in short increments, it makes a difference to me.

I still wish I was better at waking up early in the morning (so I can actually do the hour of yoga I want to everyday), but I have a little over 50 days to make that happen 🙂

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Videos:

Wake Up Rockstar! from YogaGlo

Evening Openers from YogaGlo