90 Days of Namaste: Day 58

Phrase of the Day: Bliss

One day I will be able to do this!
One day I will be able to do this!

Today was a kind-of-all-over-the-place sort of day, and I knew I wouldn’t have much time for yoga. But I “made it to the mat” for a quick YogaGlo practice called “Bliss Blast.” It was by one of my favorite teachers, Amy, and it was a ten-minute pick-me-up designed to improve anyone’s mood. I have to be honest, it worked!

One thing I did realize today though is that I much prefer going to classes in person than doing them at home. I want to honor that more this month…maybe try to go to four classes a week in person rather than my usual two? Stay tuned!

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Video of the Day: Bliss Blast

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 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: 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

90 Days of Namaste: Day 32 = Just Keep Swimming

Phrase of the Day: Just Keep Swimming

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Today was one of those days that wasn’t anything special (yoga wise). I was really annoyed because I called my acupuncture clinic to confirm my appointment, was told that I didn’t have an appointment, but then called 20 minutes after my appointment time to ask where I was. It bothered me because I totally would have been there– I was really looking forward to it! But I have to let it go.

Letting it go may seem opposite from my “phrase of the day,” but I have a point, I swear. My class was nothing too spectacular, I completed my daily 10k training but didn’t feel so hot about it, but on both counts, I am glad I did it. I pride myself on being committed (maybe this is why the acupuncturist miscommunication was so upsetting to me), so I’m happy I made it to the mat. Today was a reminder that even though every day will not be amazing or epiphany-laden, it’s still worth completing.  On to tomorrow!

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Video of the Day: None! (in person class)

90 Days of Namaste: Day 31

Word of the Day: Yes!

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Today started hectic but ended wonderfully. I had a really productive day full of personal growth and ended the day with YogaGlo’s “Night Cap Practice.” Since I don’t get home from work til midnight, it was perfect for me. I also went through YogaGlo and added a ton of classes to “My Practice” (a part of the website where you can save classes for later!), which really renewed my 90 Day Namaste commitment and positive attitude. Overall, a positive yes! day and yes! practice!

The class was restorative and also brought me sensations I haven’t felt in yoga before. I’m taking this as a sign that I’m opening up? I’ll sleep on it and see. 🙂 Night night.

Video of the Day: Night Cap Practice on YogaGlo

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!