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: 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 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

90 Days of Namaste: Days 18 & 19

Word of the Day(s): Health

Yesterday, I had a great but busy day, but at the end of it, I felt a bug coming on. So I did not practice yoga. I woke up today feeling sinus-y, congested, etc, and I realized I needed to rest. So I did.

At the end of the day, I started to feel so much better. So much so that I decided to try some light yoga! I did a video on YouTube entitled “Yoga for when you are SICK” (caps intended) so I figured it was perfect. It was by Yoga with Adriene, a popular user with over 380,000 subscribers! She’s not Erica, but I liked her class! It was gentle, light, and I am happy I did it. Was it my favorite class ever? No. But am I proud of myself for listening to my body and knowing when and when not to exercise? Yes.

Again, this 90 Day Journey has become so much more than just yoga. It’s a lifestyle change, not a fad diet, and with that comes nuance. I don’t feel guilty for missing a day of exercise, and I’m actually letting myself rest. And lo and behold, I’m recovering quicker. I’m learning to stop being so particular about things and ease into life. And for that, I’m grateful.

One day I will take a photo like this!
One day I will take a photo like this!

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Video of the Day: Yoga for when you are SICK