A Year of Yoga

A Year of Yoga: Yin Yoga

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Day 8: I’m impressed that I’ve spent the last week practicing yoga, from breathing to stretching and strength building, I’ve made a conscious attempt each day to connect with breath and mat.

On the mat: I discovered Yin Yoga while cruising Pinterest. According to MindBodyGreen.com, “Yin works the deeper layers of the body such as the fascia, connective tissues, joints and bones.” I did 35 minutes of shoulders and neck with Grokker.com. It was nice to simply relax into a pose and breath. I look forward to continuing on with this practice.

Day 9: My day was way over emotional. I cried all evening. My body feels so out of whack. It feels sick and I’m not sure how to help it.

On the mat: I finished reading No Mud, No Lotus and continue to work on breathing and remaining mindful, yet my thoughts were extremely negative tonight.

Day 10: Jeremy, my son is playing in tournaments this week so I’ve spent my evenings at soccer games.

On the mat: Tonight, while hanging out in my car, in the parking lot of a school, I checked out some more yoga on Grokker.com. I chose the “pain relief” section and enjoyed some nice tips on posture, and did some stretching while watching the game. It’s amazing to me how yoga can be incorporated into every moment of life.

Day 11: I thought about yoga today…. Overall my body feels so sick. Dr. appointment tomorrow. I hope to figure out what is going on.

Day 12: My doctor appointment revealed hypothyroidism. I’m relieved to know something was actually wrong with my body and I could feel it. I knew it wasn’t just my mind, depression, that was breaking my body down, but actually the control box that was stressed and sending out the wrong signal.

On the mat: Yin Yoga, still focusing on shoulder stretches. I also included the frog pose to open my hips, child’s pose, and downward facing dog. I spent a great deal of time meditating on my body and the many parts of it. I went through the list, as much as I know, and acknowledged each organ/bone and then smiled to it. When I thought of my uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vagina I felt so much gratitude. These organs are so strong and they gave me 4 amazing children…thank you, body. 🙂

Day 13: My body feels amazing now that my thyroid is actually working. I am alive! I’m also enjoying the book, How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh…good stuff.

On the mat: I enjoyed a more challenging bit of yin yoga today. The allegator pose kicked my butt. I’m working on my core and this pose certainly gave it a work out.

 

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