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: 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 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 30: Resolution Reboot

Word of the Day: Reboot

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Today, NBC Washington (my workplace) launched its “Reboot Your Resolution” series, and it was a serendipitous occurrence for my current status.

I know I haven’t blogged much in the past week, and that’s because I’ve only done yoga intermittently. Honestly, being sick for (what felt like) so long threw me for a loop, and I lost my groove. It didn’t feel good physically or emotionally. I tried to honor my body by resting instead of exercising. I tried to honor my mind by not beating myself up over that, or the fact that I missed a few days when I felt better but just didn’t get around to it. So when I got to work today and  saw our new campaign, I felt rejuvenated.

Our reporting shows that it takes people 66 days to form a habit, and that it’s very common for people to slip up on intense resolutions (i.e., doing anything everyday or lose a set amount of pounds). But our reports also show that the first week of February is a great time to reboot your resolution. And that’s where I’m at now.

I finally feel in full health. I’ve been tackling my to-do list and overall, I feel refreshed. I’m letting go of the energy from the past few weeks and affirming health, wholeness and a fresh start. With that and today’s power yoga class (and barring any more illnesses!) I’m back on track for the remaining 2/3 of my yoga journey. I know that even after day 90 rolls around, I’ll still being doing yoga much more frequently than I did at Day 1. And that’s a good feeling. 🙂

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Class of the Day: My gym’s Power Yoga class

90 Days of Namaste: Day 10

Word of the Day: Qi

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Today, I had my first acupuncture session. The treatment itself was exactly what I expected, but the after effects? Not so much.

But let’s rewind. I attended my weekly Wednesday vinyasa class (which was PACKED), and it felt harder than usual. I couldn’t figure out an intention for the class (a common problem), and I felt easily fatigued. But I decided to be patient with myself, realizing that yoga is also about listening to your body. So I took a lot of child’s poses but I also felt stronger and straighter in postures! Maybe this whole “be good to your body” thing is something.

Which leads us to acupuncture. I’ve always wanted to get it done to work on my chronic shoulder pain. My mother and I are big believers in Eastern medicine, so when there was  Groupon for 5 acupuncture sessions for $90, I had to jump.

The treatment was great. She talked a lot about my “qi” (energy) being stagnated and working on that. I realized that that qi is what felt different in yoga too. My presence is shifting from teeth-gritted, mentally-exhausted to patient and welcoming. I still have serious goals and get frustrated sometimes, but I’m less frantic about them, which I hypothesize will make me actually stick to my routine. In the past I would go hard on a workout plan and then burn out. I’m hoping yoga will be different.

After acupuncture, I was really worn out and had a terrible headache. But as the day wore on, my energy–my qi–could change quickly. I could jump from being sluggish to being active, or being frustrated to being sympathetic. I wonder if the pain–in yoga, in acupuncture–is a way of pushing out past habits and finding my new qi.

New qi, new me? 🙂

90 Days of Namaste: Day 2

Word of the Day: Integration

DC looks like a winter wonderland outside, but the roads have been taken over by snow-mageddon. I wanted to try this new yoga studio close to my house, but bad weather equates bad traffic equates bad accidents…you get the picture.

So what better day to do online yoga and try the next video in my favorite  series, Psyche Truth!

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YouTube Yoga with Erica Vetra–my favorite!

I am obsessed with Erica Vetra. She is spunky, encouraging but also gives you a heck of a workout. Today I did Level 2 in her Yoga for Weight Loss series and I highly recommend it. It’s only 30 minutes long but man does it make you sweat. It’s a mixture of vinyasa and core work, which for me was exactly what I needed.

I was so touched by the outpouring of positivity I received yesterday after I launched this 90 day journey. So today, I felt compelled to push myself. In every pose I focused intensely on my posture and in return felt more clarity than ever before. I know it’s only been 2 days, but my new approach to my practice (i.e. making it a daily commitment for growth rather than a sporadic pleasure) has given me a new attitude on my body and my practice, which feels great 🙂

At the end of the video, Erica said, “Let the work that you do integrate into your body.” That really hit home. Just like my daily stress impacts my body, yoga will too, but in a restorative, positive way. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

More tomorrow!