Years ago I enjoyed a bit of yoga. I thought it was a simple way of stretching and maybe building some strength. How times have changed. Actually, I’m getting the feeling that things come to you when it’s time, and now it’s time for me to practice yoga.
Day 1: I subscribed to the site, Grokker, where I stream different yoga work outs to my phone, tablet, or laptop. It’s $9.99 a month, and it gives you the option to choose different works, different levels, etc, and it also showcases other type of exercises such as weight training and HIIT, and even offers some cooking shows. But, at the moment, I’ve only cruised the yoga isle.
On The Mat: I enjoyed a 25 minute workout (naked), the first of a 12 day awaken to yoga challenge.
If you haven’t tried naked yoga, you should. It’s completely freeing to simply be there on the mat with your body, flopping around, with no restrictions.
It was nice, and I plan to do it more often. Now, on to the workout, I think I enjoyed the instructor as much as I did the movements. She was calm yet energetic enough and smiled often. By the time I was done, I wanted to go out into the world and have a damn good day.
Day 2: No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh. I started reading more on yoga today. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that yoga isn’t just about moving and strengthening the body but it’s also a way of life, a whole outlook on mindfulness found through breathing.
On The Mat: light stretching tonight
Day 3: I received the book, 2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda. To me, since I honestly don’t know much about this whole yoga thing, this is like the bible of yoga books. IT’S HUGE! And it doesn’t just go through the poses but it even teaches about the history of yoga and the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which is an amazing way to live life.
On The Mat: sat with this book and looked at the beauty of the body.
Day 4: Today was rough. Today was emotional. I spent my evening sobbing over the past. I spent the evening reliving self-doubt that I had experienced almost 12 years ago. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work through the junk that I needed to work through back then but it still doesn’t make it any less painful. I spent my time trying to focus on my kids and breathing.
On The Mat: simply trying to remain in the present moment, my body was closed off and tight, in a ball.
Day 5: My body is not a happy campier at the moment which really drains my motivation. I read more from the book, No Mud, No Lotus. I’ve also discovered many yogis on instagram and I’m loving their pics.
On The Mat: mindfulness
Day 6: Still recovering from a cold. Still emotional. Something has to give with my body. I acknowledge the pain, the tension, and the fear and I concentrate on carrying for it and letting it go. Today I went in for my massage therapy, I did a great deal of breathing and focused on the statement, “I calm my body,” with both in-breath and out-breath. I made it through (it was intense at times). I even had the front of my throat massaged, breaking free of my past and any fears tied to it. It was an important moment.
On The Mat: Bound Hands Easy Pose and Fire Log Easy Pose. I definitely felt a stretch in both of these poses. My shoulders and upper back are tight. My muscles also feel weak but awakened. I’m excited to experience my progress.
Day 7: I enjoyed a deep tissue massage yesterday and today my body is dealing with removing all the toxins released, to say the least, I feel pretty blah. I continued to also read No Mud, No Lotus. I enjoy the mantras and guided meditation.
On the mat: frog pose – I enjoyed the nice hip stretch, I definitly need some practice here.