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Gratitude, Day 1

Thursday, July 02, 2015      1 comments

Today I am grateful that I'm packed and ready for what is sure to be an adventure beginning tomorrow at 3:30 AM. I am grateful that I just took the time to do my daily yoga routine, especially since it is very unlikely I will be able to do it to... Read more

Day 28 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Gratitude

Wednesday, July 01, 2015      1 comments

This is it: the last of my Daily Yoga Practice blog entries. I feel secure enough in my routine to shift the focus of my writing to gratitude for the next month or so, as I prepare to travel for an extended spell. My poses today were solid ... Read more

Day 27 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Goals

Tuesday, June 30, 2015      0 comments

This morning, I was able to "lose myself" for a few moments while doing my routine. By this, I mean that i was aware only of the present and my breath for several brief stretches. It was an amazing sensation! I felt so at peace and relaxed, and ... Read more

Day 26 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Planning

Monday, June 29, 2015      0 comments

This morning's routine went off without a hitch. I'm in speedy mode today, though: I just took stock of how much I have to do before I head to Spain on vacation on Friday. Don't get me wrong: being busy with fun stuff feels wonderful, and I'm te... Read more

Day 25 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Quiet

Sunday, June 28, 2015      0 comments

I took another day off from my yoga practice yesterday. I was caught up alternating between household chores and decompression. I accomplished everything on my to-do list plus a few extra items, and still had time for two good naps. Time well sp... Read more

Day 24 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Relief

Saturday, June 27, 2015      0 comments

A rare nighttime check-in to say that my routine went better this morning. I was right: the friction of fabric on top of my skinned and bandaged knee was causing the bulk of the irritation and discomfort. Luckily, it's been 80 degrees here the p... Read more

Day 23 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Pain

Thursday, June 25, 2015      0 comments

My right knee hurts from the tumble I took on Sunday. I hope this means that the major scrape is healing. The pain of putting weight on it this morning made my routine less than satisfying. I couldn't do the cat, the cow, or child's pose properl... Read more

Day 22 of My Daily Yoga Practice - New Moves

Wednesday, June 24, 2015      0 comments

I added two new moves to my daily yoga practice this morning: the Bridge and some alternating bent-leg/straight-leg floor stretches. Well, I actually added a third, too - Dead Man's Pose - as a restful and grounding way of finishing off my routi... Read more

Day 21 of My Daily Yoga Practice - 3 Weeks In!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015      1 comments

Experts say it takes 21 days to create a new habit. I'm seriously excited and proud of myself for sticking to doing my yoga practice nearly daily for three solid weeks! But I refuse to rest on my laurels (or my mat). It's time to up my game... Read more

Day 20 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Ouchie!

Monday, June 22, 2015      2 comments

Well, despite the improvements in strength, flexibility, and balance I've been realizing with my daily yoga practice, I stumbled and fell yesterday, ripping the skin off a large patch of my right knee. Granted, I'd been lightheaded, dizzy, and w... Read more

Day 19 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Back from a One-Day Break

Sunday, June 21, 2015      0 comments

I took a break from my yoga practice yesterday. I was out late on Friday night for my going-away-from-work party. I felt achy and stuffy and sludgy yesterday morning, so I gave myself the day to rest and center. That was a good call. My ret... Read more

Day 18 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Working Through Sadness

Friday, June 19, 2015      0 comments

Yoga turned out to be a refuge this morning. I am sad today. I can't stop thinking about the nine people who lost their lives in the Charleston church shooting. As the days pass, there will emerge ways in which we can appropriately honor their m... Read more

Day 17 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Resistance and Persistence

Thursday, June 18, 2015      0 comments

Good morning! Today I felt a measure of resistance to doing my routine. I'm tired and stressed as I wind up a big project at work. But I followed some good advice and did my Minimum Viable Habit: I got my bare feet on the mat and the rest flowed... Read more

Day 16 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Mindfulness

Wednesday, June 17, 2015      2 comments

I concentrated on being in the moment as I made my way through my poses this morning. Instead of counting out loud and being goal-oriented toward completion of the routine, I let the approximate time pass and allowed myself to really feel what I... Read more

Day 15 of My Daily Yoga Practice - Deep Breathing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015      0 comments

Another late night necessitated doing my Monday routine on Tuesday morning. Today, I concentrated on my breath, trying to deepen my intake and control my outflow. My chest feels opened up. I know I've been breathing shallowly due to st... Read more

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