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 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: Day 33 = Height

Phrase of the Day: Stand Tall

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Today I did my kickboxing class and followed it up with a 45 minute class called “Stand Tall.” It was all about standing poses. Honestly at some points, I was bored beyond measure, but near the end of the class, I could feel a definite energy shift, especially around my heart chakra. It was great balance work, and I’m sore now, which is a good feeling 🙂

I’m glad I did a 45 minute class…I want to prove to myself that I can do a class longer than 30 minutes when I’m at home. Tomorrow I plan on waking up early to do a full hour(!). More on that in eight hours….time for bed.

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Class of the Day:

Stand Tall from Yoga Glo

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 8

Word of the Day: Consistency 

Today marks a full calendar week of my doing yoga every day!

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Hapyy one whole week!

Even though yesterday was technically my one week mark, it didn’t really feel like it. But now that I’ve done two Mondays of yoga, it does!

I started my free week at the new Core Power Yoga studio a few blocks from my house. The class was Hot Power Fusion, which reminded me of my beloved power yoga class but in 95 degree heat. The teacher was incredible and I had measured success in the class! The big thing: I did crow pose!

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This happened today! For like…ten seconds.

My teacher, Kim, kept using the words consistency. How consistency helps our practice and if we can’t do something, be patient because our consistency will make it so. Even though it’s only been one week, being able to have measured success–like doing crow, the hardest pose ever–makes me so happy I started this journey.  Namaste 🙂

Videos of the Day: none! 

90 Days of Namaste: Day 5

Word of the Day: Progress

You know those days where you’re just frustrated? Like little things bug you more than they should? Today was one of those. Starting with yoga: I wanted to go to an hour long class but due to transportation issues, I couldn’t make it. So I knew when I started my online class tonight, it would be interesting.

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Found on Buzzfeed…so accurate for me today! I had to share

I decided to go with my girl Erica Vetra because she never lets me down. Unsurprisingly, she did not disappoint. It was level 3 of her “Morning Weight Loss Yoga” and it was all about balance. When I felt shaky during my balance work, Erica said “Thank yourself for challenging your body,” and my perspective totally changed. It was a subtle reminder that I was the one being frustrated about things during my day, no one else. And while that frustration is natural, I can challenge myself to change my attitude. That shift in thinking to me equals progress.

Also I could hold Warrior Three for like two minutes longer! So that’s good! To get my last five minutes of yoga, I did a 5-minute stretch workout, which was nice but not my favorite. As always, Erica gets the gold.  ❤

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Videos of the Day:

Erica’s 25-minute workout

Tara Stiles’ five minute flexibility routine

90 Days of Namaste: Day 3

Word of the Day: Steady

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Today I took my local gym’s vinyasa class which is the total opposite of my Monday Power Yoga. It’s quick, it’s full of balance poses and it makes you sweat!

I was grateful for the cardio blast but frustrated in my balance poses. I’m always weak on that point and that never feels good. But during one such pose, my teacher said  to the class:

“Find yourself steady and secure.”

That immediately made me think of the tortoise and the hare, with (of course) the adage: Slow and steady wins the race. For the rest of the class, I felt much more patient with myself, because I was consciously remembering that this is a process. Rome wasn’t built in a day so my yoga progress certainly won’t be, hence my 90 day journey.

As always, I’m so glad I attended class, and, as always, I can’t wait for the next one.