Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Revolution: 31 Days of Yoga

2017 is going to be epic! Epic, I because I know of one thing for sure in my life that will be happening that is a good, I'm super thrilled....

....but, until that day....I patiently wait and life rolls on - and as such - I'm soooo excited to start Adriene Mishler's ~ Revolution: 31 Days of Yoga ~ in January!!

I loved completing her previous bootcamps of 30 Days of Yoga and Yoga Camp. Now, she's introducing her 3rd installment which is the Revolution: 31 Days of Yoga.

Feel free to use her photo to spread the word on any social media platform you want.  Hashtag the word #yogarevolution .  Get the word out there, join in, it's so much fun!! You can get all the details here to sign up for the 31-Day starting on Jan. 1, 2017!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Day 15

Final Day of the yoga challenge and it is a handstand....ofcourse, I had to use Paul the wall to assist me. Making fun 'Y' shapes - I think it stands for something, that 'Y' - I think it stands for the word YES - and that someday, I may be strong enough to do a handstand without wall assist. It may take me a long time, but I"m in no hurry.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Day 13

Today is Half Lord of the Fishes or Ardha Matsyendrasana, or also known as a seated spinal twist.

This is a great twist if you need to warm up slowly and can't get your body moving - it's very simple yet invigorating and I normally practice it at the beginning of a routine before I practice more difficult flows.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Day 10

Moving right along with Chair Pose or Utkatasana. I did two versions because I needed the extra stretch.  The holiday hasn't provided me with much time at all for 'quality' yoga hours, so I've been inserting yoga in very briefly whenever I can, but it counts, right?

The first one is the classic pose.

And then I added in a little twist for my spine, and oh, that felt soooo good, very much needed on these cold, winter days, I have to warm up extra because I'm so cold.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The unforgiving balancing act...

I've been trying to improve my standing compass pose or parivrtta surya yantrasana.  Although I see small improvements from my last photos of the same pose, I'm having such a difficult time how to simultaneously straighten the lifted leg and the standing leg at the same time. It's such a feat and I'm getting a bit frustrated, but I stand my ground and refuse to give up on this pose. I still seem to be leaning too far to the right at most.  I will keep researching this particular one.

Day 8

Goodmorning, Thursday! Today is Navasana or Boat Pose.  I like to have more control by using my hands to hold my legs.

Still remains a deceivingly difficult pose to master!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day 7

Didn't have too much time today so quickly I did Bakasana or Crow Pose while in-between errands. I feel like crane will never be in my reach, but someday, Crane.....I will conquer you, I know I will.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Day 6

I was really happy when I finally figured out the difference between Upward Facing Dog and Cobra.....for Cobra, the legs touch the ground, for Upward Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, the legs are slightly elevated.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Day 5

Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana. Believe it or not, DFD is actually not my favorite pose but it's a key element in the foundational poses and is a must.

I do try to incorporate it into my everyday flows.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Day 4

Took me forever to really learn how to hold longer breaths in Chaturanga Dandasana - the key is pressing tightly your arms and elbows really close to your body.  That's the leverage you need to keep the body tight and balance the rest of your lower back and legs. Super hard, as always.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Day 3

Yay, it's Saturday! Quick, quick post for today - one of my favs in the warrior series is Virabhadrasana 1 or Warrior 1.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Day 2

This is a deep, forward bend also known as Paschimottanasana, it stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, and the feeling is pretty intense on your back and legs.  I try to practice this pose often during my flows.  Sometimes I can bend further - sometimes I can't and it can be a struggle.

But you never want to force it, this bend often requires a lot of stretching and warm up beforehand, unless I want to bend the knees slightly which makes it a lot simpler to press the torso against.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day 1 and so many thoughts today

I'm back and I'm soooo excited to be joining in on a short yoga challenge this month.  Day 1 is Padmasana or Full Lotus Pose.

Somedays,  I really have nothing to say and I find myself simply playing along with the challenges and posting and that's it, I'm off and running into the daily life that surrounds me.....and then there are other days like - TODAY - where thoughts and ideas brew through my head and I feel like writing....writing a lot....and those who know me know I love to write. Blogging isn't always good, it isn't always bad's more so an exploration of thoughts that are written, to be reflected upon way, way, way.....down the road, when we feel the need to look back.

Today I was thinking in my mind about body image....and how body shaming and bullying and how low self-esteem can become a consequence of all the negativity that encompasses certain peoples actions.  I believe this affects both men and women, but somehow, I sense that all women - everywhere - deal with this body image problem at some point in their lives.

I've never been perfect, and I never will be - I have fully come to accept that fact, but when I was little and growing up, I remember being bullied all the time, so much so that I firmly grew up believing that I was never ever - pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough, strong enough, certainly not as well endowed as some of my friends.  Kids called me the strangest names - 'chicken legs' was one name....'scrawny'....oh, and I could name so many others, but I'll refrain.

I never understood why people couldn't just be nice no matter what ethnicity you were, what you looked like, what your religion entails, what you believed in and what you didn't believe in, if you were big or short, or small or tall.  I had and still have friends and people I know today who are of all different ethnic backgrounds, so various in their beliefs and way of thinking and living.....and yet, I treat them all the same.

And then I found yoga, and it made me re-think every single thing in my life.  How I live, how I think, and how I interact with people. Has it improved my strength? Absolutely. Has it made me a more calm and peaceful person? Absolutely. Has it taught me patience and resiliency? Still a work in progress....

Has it taught me to be kinder, be more appreciative, more willing to learn? Definitely. Has it embraced me (my practice) so much so that I no longer worry about body image? Not all the way, no. There are still somedays, I wake up and look in the mirror and still don't like what I see....but in a sense, that is so foolish. But is it really? It's fair and truthful to say that yes, I feel empowered and strong, and confident. But it's also truthful to say that on 'some' days, NO, I don't feel empowered, strong, or confident at all....AND THAT'S OK!!  I'm human.

I think the biggest thing one can ever do is just be kind.  I've tried and still trying to help my own son on his own journey of growing up. It is 10 times more difficult for him.  I hope that one day he will really fully understand about kindness and thankfulness.  For sure, he will get hurt by others, but how he reacts to it and grows up with that knowledge will really take a superb amount of patience and energy within him.

I still seek, at this time in my practice, to be the most resilient I can be from all the pressures of life and everything that is thrown my way.....I think I've come far's a constant road of learning and never doubting that you can achieve whatever it is you are working for.