Wednesday, July 17, 2013
So I've been slacking on the blogging a little bit but I'm here now!
Sunday: did a variation of the forward bending practice from Yoga for Wellness before bed as I had mentioned in my previous post. yaaay forward bends
Monday: created a sequence inspired by the twisting practice in Yoga for Wellness for after my walk/run interval workout, I focused mainly on leg stretches, lateral extension and of course twists. It was a roughly 40min practice.
I felt pretty good after, I often forget to include twists in my practice on a regular basis so it was nice to come back to a few of them so to speak.
Tuesday: another late night, 15 minute-ish practice before bed focusing on lower back relaxation.
I think the key to my success as of late has been simply remembering the "checks" I set up for this goal which I always forgot before! Earlier this year when I was attempting this daily practice challenge I quickly forgot that there weren't just rewards (points) for doing yoga each day but also repercussions/checks if I missed a day. As silly as it is, reminding myself that if I don't do a yoga or meditation session means no facebook or tumblr use the next day has been super motivating! I also want to make a point to review the rewards for specific points levels that I set up at the beginning of the year to be sure they're still accurate motivators for me and still well timed which they probably no longer are.
In addition to the yoga sessions I did last week I also did 10 minutes of meditation but haven't been this week and I've noticed a definite difference in my overall mental state. I've noticed I'm going to bed much later and am a little quick to jump to anger and have felt overwhelmed more frequently. It's not a dramatic shift but noticeable for sure.
Today, I'm planning on doing a sequence building towards Upavishta Konasana/seated wide-angle forward fold with some outer hip and low back stretches as well to compensate for the treadmill today and choreographing for almost 2 hours yesterday. Maybe I'll add in a 5-10 minute meditation in there as well.