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 32 = Just Keep Swimming

Phrase of the Day: Just Keep Swimming

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Today was one of those days that wasn’t anything special (yoga wise). I was really annoyed because I called my acupuncture clinic to confirm my appointment, was told that I didn’t have an appointment, but then called 20 minutes after my appointment time to ask where I was. It bothered me because I totally would have been there– I was really looking forward to it! But I have to let it go.

Letting it go may seem opposite from my “phrase of the day,” but I have a point, I swear. My class was nothing too spectacular, I completed my daily 10k training but didn’t feel so hot about it, but on both counts, I am glad I did it. I pride myself on being committed (maybe this is why the acupuncturist miscommunication was so upsetting to me), so I’m happy I made it to the mat. Today was a reminder that even though every day will not be amazing or epiphany-laden, it’s still worth completing.  On to tomorrow!

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Video of the Day: None! (in person class)

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: 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: Days 21 & 22

Word of the Day(s): Process
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I’m processing a lot right now (all good, I swear!), so I’m not being intentionally vague. I’ve just decided to keep this ever so brief until I feel like a narrative post fits my current state. So, I wrote a haiku for today 🙂

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Yoga every day.

Details change, yet my heart grows.

Wholeness is coming.

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Video of the Day: Love Your Body from 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

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!