90 Days of Namaste: Day 5

Word of the Day: Progress

You know those days where you’re just frustrated? Like little things bug you more than they should? Today was one of those. Starting with yoga: I wanted to go to an hour long class but due to transportation issues, I couldn’t make it. So I knew when I started my online class tonight, it would be interesting.

Found on Buzzfeed...too accurate! I had to share
Found on Buzzfeed…so accurate for me today! I had to share

I decided to go with my girl Erica Vetra because she never lets me down. Unsurprisingly, she did not disappoint. It was level 3 of her “Morning Weight Loss Yoga” and it was all about balance. When I felt shaky during my balance work, Erica said “Thank yourself for challenging your body,” and my perspective totally changed. It was a subtle reminder that I was the one being frustrated about things during my day, no one else. And while that frustration is natural, I can challenge myself to change my attitude. That shift in thinking to me equals progress.

Also I could hold Warrior Three for like two minutes longer! So that’s good! To get my last five minutes of yoga, I did a 5-minute stretch workout, which was nice but not my favorite. As always, Erica gets the gold.  ❤

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Videos of the Day:

Erica’s 25-minute workout

Tara Stiles’ five minute flexibility routine

90 Days of Namaste: Day 3

Word of the Day: Steady

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Today I took my local gym’s vinyasa class which is the total opposite of my Monday Power Yoga. It’s quick, it’s full of balance poses and it makes you sweat!

I was grateful for the cardio blast but frustrated in my balance poses. I’m always weak on that point and that never feels good. But during one such pose, my teacher said  to the class:

“Find yourself steady and secure.”

That immediately made me think of the tortoise and the hare, with (of course) the adage: Slow and steady wins the race. For the rest of the class, I felt much more patient with myself, because I was consciously remembering that this is a process. Rome wasn’t built in a day so my yoga progress certainly won’t be, hence my 90 day journey.

As always, I’m so glad I attended class, and, as always, I can’t wait for the next one.

90 Days of Namaste: Day 2

Word of the Day: Integration

DC looks like a winter wonderland outside, but the roads have been taken over by snow-mageddon. I wanted to try this new yoga studio close to my house, but bad weather equates bad traffic equates bad accidents…you get the picture.

So what better day to do online yoga and try the next video in my favorite  series, Psyche Truth!

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YouTube Yoga with Erica Vetra–my favorite!

I am obsessed with Erica Vetra. She is spunky, encouraging but also gives you a heck of a workout. Today I did Level 2 in her Yoga for Weight Loss series and I highly recommend it. It’s only 30 minutes long but man does it make you sweat. It’s a mixture of vinyasa and core work, which for me was exactly what I needed.

I was so touched by the outpouring of positivity I received yesterday after I launched this 90 day journey. So today, I felt compelled to push myself. In every pose I focused intensely on my posture and in return felt more clarity than ever before. I know it’s only been 2 days, but my new approach to my practice (i.e. making it a daily commitment for growth rather than a sporadic pleasure) has given me a new attitude on my body and my practice, which feels great 🙂

At the end of the video, Erica said, “Let the work that you do integrate into your body.” That really hit home. Just like my daily stress impacts my body, yoga will too, but in a restorative, positive way. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

More tomorrow!