First and foremost, I have done yoga every day so far in January!!! (This is a huge feat for me, usually something comes up that will derail me.) I set an intention to just roll with things and let them be.
This past week has been interesting. I found myself having to decide if I was going to wake up early one day and do yoga before work as my evening was planned, or if I took the day off. In the past, I would have taken the day off. This year, I woke up early and knocked it out. Now, I must also say that I hit a sleepy wall in the late afternoon but I also didn’t have to worry about yoga late at night when I got home. Last night – a situation arose where I had a last minute thing come up. I adjusted times and still met my yoga goal for the day.
Last night was also the first time in… months where I could see progress in my yoga. I am not a fan of sun salutations. In fact, I kind of despise them. They include lots of planks and going up and down. A sort of slower moving set of burpees. I’ll put a graphic below, but I cycled thru those moves for at least 15 minutes. Each move was also held for a breath and then flow into the next, so its moving at a good pace.
First happy moment, doing full planks, not planks of my knees. Second happy moment, I didn’t quit. I didn’t even pause. It might not have been pretty but I did it. Third happy moment – I held chair pose for 8 seconds at the end of my salutations and didn’t fall. I held it. Last happy moment, tree pose. Tree pose has always been one of my favorites. Why? Because when I started yoga a few years ago, that was a very basic pose that I had trouble holding. It was a glorious day when I could hold it. Now whenever its part of a practice I love it. I love seeing where I’m at. Can I hold it? How long? Can I lift my arms up?
Now all that said, my weight dropped a smidge. Like a quarter of a pound, so really its basically the same as last week. However, I’m feeling better. I’m sleeping better. And I love getting back in to poses that a month ago I struggled with.
I hope this finds you all well and ready for another week! Here’s to hoping its a fantastic one! Be sure to check out sun salutations below, there are a million variations it seems but this is most like what I was doing last night on repeat. I’m also including tree pose, its a balancing posture. Let me know if you try them or what your favorite pose is.
Until next week – xo