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Yoga continued

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Wow another week has gone by. I was frustrated that I had a cold part of last week, so I was unable to workout everyday. I have to be more dedicated to taking vitamins. A friend of mine was kindly reminding me that I am an athlete and need to replenish and feed my body. At first I was like, “pfft I am not an athlete” yet the more I let that statement sink in the more I realized I need to allow myself to be an athlete. I workout daily. I run 5km regularly. I swim 1500 metres in the pool regularly. I have been doing yoga daily. I am an athlete. ((wow!!!))

I have another week of homework from the Yoga Journal’s 21 day challenge.

Which “yoga break” did you prefer—the breathing exercise or the physical exercise—and why?
I still need to work on my breathing, it helps with the running and swimming so much. I really noticed this week at the pool!
How did you feel before you took your break?
Some days I was really tense. Being sick, managing the household not fun.
How did you feel after your break?
I always feel phenomenal after breathing. And yoga so centres me.
Can you see the value in taking time each day to relax and reset your body and mind?

oh yes yes yes. I am a go go go go go go person. With three kids I am constantly moving, doing, cooking, cleaning. reading … stopping. relaxing. reflecting. very good for me.

 

The Yoga Journal has a 7 day detox I am tempted to try. Have you ever done a cleanse? Good, bad, ugly?

Challenges

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phew. Survived the first few weeks of school. When people ask, “Wow so what are you doing with all that extra time now that two of your kids are in school?” I am at a loss how to respond. I am sure I have a look of utter bewilderment on my face. I do not have any “extra” time. In fact I am busier than ever. Granted it is by choice. I am helping at the school more, at the church more, trying to maintain my fitness levels, immersing myself in the child’s activities and lives as wella s cooking, cleaning, organizing ..

The summer was fantastic. I ran a lot. The kids and I were super active and I worked off an additional 5 lbs. Now that life is crazy busy, I am stuck again. Maintaining (Yay for that). I wanted a more relaxing of a exercise, something to recharge me during this transition time in my life. I presumed I would add yoga easily, so do yoga and run. I was wrong.

Yoga is HARD.

My upper body strength is not what I would like it to be. In part because I do not get swimming laps as often as I would like (I also do not lift weights though I had added a few simple exercises over the summer I have not continued with them lately) and well as a runner I have wicked good legs and butt. I saw the crow pose on Facebook over a month ago and the pose sparked my curious nature. I decided that I needed to be able to to that. Much like running it has become a tad bit of an obsession and the Yoga Journal 21 Challenge is perfect to get me into it.

The one day I was able to run after completing yoga in the morning drained me so completely I was a zombie by 9 pm and zonked out, unconscious for 10 hours. Some of the Yoga segments had me sweating like I had run 5 km! Other segments I was shaking, my muscles screaming as I maintained the poses. It was awesome!

Part of the Yoga Journal 21 Challenge is homework, so I was inspired to share it here.

What was your favorite part of practice this week?
– Challenging my body and holding poses longer and better each time.

What kinds of physical or mental challenges came up?
– I am not as bendy as I could be. So I really felt stiff and awkward at times. I really should have blocks and a strap.

Was there a tool that got you through the tough parts—either the teacher’s encouragement, your breath, or a practice partner?

– The reminders to breath were good for me. When it is a really tough pose i do have a tendency to hold my breath. Not good!

How did you feel after the practices physically?

– Sometimes I felt really sore, however the muscle tenderness did not linger like it does when I lift weights or run. That was amazing to me, the restorative poses and moves really worked wonders for me.

What was your state of mind after the practices?

-Wow! I felt full of energy. I tried to do the practices first thing in the morning (though that was not always possible) and it filled me with energy for the day. Even mid day it was a great boost!

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s practice! I hope that this challenge will help me incorporate yoga into my daily fitness.

Have you ever committed to a fitness challenge? How did it go?