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 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: 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 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 ❤ )