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 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: 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 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 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!

90 Days of Namaste: Day 16

Word of the Day: Fire

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Oh my goodness, today was a day.  I was supposed to do 30 minutes of cross training for my 10k and of course my yoga, but I was utterly exhausted from working the night shift and then waking up early (side note: I got to sing the National Anthem at the National Archives this morning. Pretty cool!). So I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and do the hardest, most cardio-driven yoga there is?

And I did. I did a class on YogaGlo called Energizing Flow that I actually quit doing a few days ago because it felt more like bootcamp and not like yoga. But I’m glad I did it today because with jumps and non-stop movement, it definitely qualifies as cross training in my book!

At the end of the video/by the point I was gritting my teeth and grumbling at the difficulty, the instructor Kathryn Budig said “Sometimes we need to create a lot of fire to find peace.”

That really resonated with me. I’m not sure if I can analyze how it affected me yet, but it heightened my awareness, and was sort of a reminder that even when yoga isn’t a fun, calm, experience and even when I feel like I didn’t check everything off my to-do list, that’s part of the process. Getting angry or feeling physical or emotional fire helps me learn how to work with it, and in tune, become warm and toasty, not burned.

Okay, enough with the metaphors. 🙂 Have a great day!

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Video of the Day: YogaGlo Energizing Flow with Kathryn Budig

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: Day 12

Word of the Day: Contemplation

Today I attended Core Power Yoga once again, this time their Power Yoga 2 class. It was hard but definitely worth it. I am feeling stronger but also challenging myself. Which I think is the point. Especially when I’m literally dripping in sweat by the end of class (the studios are all at 95 degrees), things get really challenging. Nothing much to note on, which is okay. I realize that every day won’t have an epitome. That’s why it’s called yoga practice, not yoga performance, no? But I’m 12 days in and feeling as committed as ever. I’m calling that a win.

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Videos of the Day: None! 

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