Jan 30 – Day 15 – still at 11 classes

A little nervous about making 30 classes at this point. I went out of town on Friday andgreat back toolateto make class tonight. But I did skiyesterday, so I have had exercise. But it’s not the same. I do miss the gentle encouragement to do better, be better. I’ll be there on Tuesday I hope. I can tell that yoga helped my body to be prepared for skiing. No sore thighs! Thanks chair pose!

Day 11-Class 8 Hatha 2

Now I understand the difference between Hatha 1 & 2! We tried to put our leg on our shoulder. Some succeeded, not me. We did crow. I was airborne a second! I was happy i made the class. I gave in to stress the day before and didn’t come. Whih of course we all know what I really needed was yoga. Oh well, but this made up for missing the night before. What a workout.

Day 8 – Class 7, 5pm Hatha

Surrender – that was the theme tonight. And serenity! I was so tired when we started, couldn’t stop yawning. The good news is that we got to lie down fairly soon into the practice. Yahoo! I felt so much better afterwards, mentally and physically. This is so good for me! Thank you to me for signing up and to The Yoga Room for having the challenge!

 

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Day 7 – Class 6 – Hatha with Emily

 

It was a master class. Sunday morning at 915, what can you expect, maybe some stretching, deep breathing. That would have been good enough. But instead, Emily shared such¬†needed wisdom. I kept thinking, shush mind, the master is speaking. Lots of explanations about how to move into positions and what parts of the body should be working. Discussions about breathing, but using our chests in some cases, rather than the belly. I wish I could remember all the proper terms. I really do. I have great intentions during class. I think I will go home and look words up or blog immediatly. But life gets in the way and before you know it, 4 hours have gone by before I’m home. And then actually 11 hours before I can sit and reflect.

I am truly proud of working out 6 of 7 days. But as I’ve said, it’s not just a workout, but a journey of growing awareness of my body and my mind. How they can work together or against each other. I’m looking to get to the point of harmony, but we’ll see.

Day 6 – Class 5 – Hatha, 915

Another great class! I can’t believe how much more I’m getting besides just exercise. Yoga is a whole new way of thinking, breathing, moving. I just have to come with an open mind and let go of the outside world and breath.¬† What I learned today was the power of raising my toes even when standing waiting for the next position. Something I would have never thought of.

I’ve been reading other 40 Day Challenge Blogs and I’m so inspired. I really need to beef up my game. The photos are impressive and the writing so creative! Another challenge! This is fun.

 

 

Day 5 – 4th class, Pilates

Well, I forgot it was going to be a Pilates class and it kicked my butt after a long day and week! But I needed that. To work just a little bit harder than I wanted to. It is so going to help me get ready for a ski trip, even if it is only one day! And it was nice to have a guy in class today. He chimed right in when they started talking about babies!

 

I discovered I have a reader. How cool is that!!! thanks for checking out my blog! It’s kind of fun to be writing again on aregular basis.

Day 4 – 730 Relax & Restore (3rd class)

Oh my goodness! I’m like melted butter. I could hardly make it to my car I was so relaxed. What an amazing way to end the day. My body and my mind loved it.

It was so interesting. Emily had us do isolated toe movements. Move the big toe this direction and the toes the opposite direction. I hadn’t done that before. There was also a great flowing movement where we went from table, to a lunge forward, then back to table and then downward dog. It had sucha rhythmic flow to it. A lovely feeling!