90 Days of Namaste: Day 59-61

Word of the Days: Intention

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Wednesday I went to my gym’s weekly vinyasa class and per usual, the teacher asked if we had an intention for the class. I have always struggled with this, because my mind runs ten miles a minute, and I have so many ideas I feel like I can’t just pick one. But today, I’m not sure why, but immediately I knew my intention would be “be present.” That was all.  I just wanted to be in the moment and leave the outside world off the mat.

Interestingly enough, with that, I found my practice much more enjoyable. I didn’t beat myself up as much and felt myself going deeper into the poses. However, I did feel like I haven’t progressed as much as I’d like to when it comes to arm and core strength, but I have to remind myself that my focus has been on running, and my legs have never felt  better. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

As for Thursday and Friday, not much to say there. I did two quick videos at home, and it amazed me how just a quick practice can really spark my mood and posture. I feel like I’ve finally made fitness a daily part of my life and I’m so grateful for that.

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Videos of the Day(s):

Weds: None

Thurs: Empowerment by YogaGlo

Fri: Wake Up Call by YogaGlo

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 49: After the Finish Line

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Okay, the name of this post is a little misleading because I haven’t run my 10k yet, but today I ran 6 miles for the first time ever(!) and my yoga class was called “After the Finish Line.”

I am really happy with my running progress and my yoga practice! Today, this 15 minute post-run stretch by one of my favorite teachers, Taylor Harkness, was perfect for what I needed, physically and time wise. I noticed little things about myself, like Runner’s Stretch didn’t hurt my quads as much, and I can arch a little deeper in Downward Dog. These are seemingly small improvements, but just like my cardio progress, show that all this yoga is really paying off. Slow but steady wins the race, right? Except for my actual 10k next week of course 😉

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Video of the Day: After the Finish Line 

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: 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 33: Om

Word of the Day: Om

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Short yoga day, good day, my resilience is getting stronger.

Life is a process and yoga is definitely helping.

Fell in love with this YogaGlo teacher Taylor–definitely will be taking more classes of his.

Namaste 🙂

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Class of the Day: A Bedtime Story and a Warm Glass of Milk (seriously!) from Yoga Glo

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 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