90 Days of Namaste: Day 11: Pajama Yoga

Word of the Day: Sleep

Found on Pinterest/Accurate for Today
Found on Pinterest/Accurate for Today

I knew this day would come.

I did yoga in my pajamas.

After a long day of various errands (and my kickboxing aka kick-my-butt class earlier this morning), I was ready for some restorative yoga. So I decided to try Yoga Nidra.

Also known as “Yogic Sleep” this yoga definitely felt like that. There were intense moments where I almost felt tethered to the floor, and others when I had incredibly lucid thoughts. As someone who can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes, the fact that I made it through 20 whole minutes without shifting was a big deal! The last 10 minutes of the video (from YogaGlo) were a bit of a struggle. But it reminded me why I’m so happy that I chose yoga as my 90 day commitment. Yoga means so many different things, and today it meant grounding myself and resting, and that’s completely okay. I can totally see how meditation helps stress levels, and I’m excited to try it more.

But now, time for bed.

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Video of the Day:

Yoga Nidra from YogaGlo

90 Days of Namaste: Day 7: Return of the Zafu

Word of the Day: Comfort

Today marked the return of my zafu into practice! For those of you who may not know, a zafu is a pillow used in yoga as a meditation or stretch tool. We had to use them in acting school and mine had been accruing dust in my closet–until today.

I got called in for a morning shift tomorrow (meaning I have to be in the office at 3:40 AM)  and my afternoon got frittered away with errands and obligations, which meant I had to do something relaxing and go. to. bed.

So I joined a 10-day free trial of YogaGlo, an online yoga subscription series that my friend Hannah swears by. It’s kind of cool–first you choose a class based on your goal: body, heart or mind, and then can filter it by length, level, type of yoga, etc. I chose a class entitled Release, Relax & Rejuvenate.  It was mostly lying down and breathing in some sort of yoga pose, and not gonna lie, I was incredibly bored.  Definitely not my thing.

But at the end of the class, the teacher said (like a toast) “To the gift of this time. Congratulations on having taken it.”

I’m happy to figure out that one subconscious reason I may have chose yoga as my 90 day journey is because “yoga” can mean so many things. It can be sweaty, stressful or simply being. All make you a better person, and so while I may not love a certain day, it’s making me more in tune with myself.

Cheers to one week! Many more to go. Namaste.

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Video of the Day:

YogaGlo Restorative Class

90 Days of Namaste: Day 6

Word of the Day: Peace

Found on Pinterest. In a word? Obsessed.
Found on Pinterest. In a word? Obsessed.

I barely eked out my 30 minutes today, but I did it!

I have no idea how I was complaining about yesterday when today (long story short), my purse was taken, then returned, then I was late, lost my phone, found my phone, went to the movies, did yoga.

It was a day that required patience and understanding, so when I realized it was 11:30 PM and I had not done my yoga, I had to be at peace with that. I did Erica’s Yoga for Relaxation and Sleep and it was peaceful and yet challenging.

There were a ton of hip-openers (an area, where I, like many, hold stress and past issues) and since this was a relaxation video, I had to be at peace with it (sensing a theme here, yet?). I could not resist the pain I was feeling in my hips and body. I couldn’t be disgruntled or hate on it because simply, the video wouldn’t let it be so. Erica made me accountable, and I think for the first time in my entire yoga practice, I began to actively let go in a class, physically AND mentally.

I realize that I have a ton of tension in my body that I need to get rid of, and I’m taking steps to do so. This week, I have a body reading with my yoga teacher and I’m starting acupuncture. I know I have pent-up energy in my body and I’m finally willing to let that go. So having to do yoga on a day that could have catapulted me into an emotional tailspin (as anyone who’s ever lost a wallet knows!) was actually the best thing that could have happened. I ended my day at peace by relying on energy that had got me through the day’s earlier stress.

I am letting go and loving it.

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Video of the day:

PsycheTruth Beginners Yoga for Relexation & Sleep (starring Erica Vetra ❤ )