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[personal profile] muck_a_luck
After a couple of weeks devoted to meeting writing deadlines, I am trying to get back to the mat every day.

Yesterday, I SO did not want to do it, but I put one task in front of the other. Dress for yoga. Move furniture for yoga. Sweep floor for yoga. Pick yoga DVD. Then I STILL almost didn't do it. Played video game. FINALLY, did the sun salutations from Maral Hadidi's Vinyasa Flow Yoga. I was glad I did.

Today, it was not such a battle, and I did a longer, more strenuous practice: a 47 minute set from Sadie Nardini's Total Body Yoga Sculpt.

I need to review both of these DVDs. They are both great, though Maral Hadidi's DVD is probably for the intermediate practitioner (as is actually stated in the DVD's full title). And I was again reminded how FANTASTIC Ms. Nardini is for coaching core. Her instruction is full of reminders of what to do and how to do it to engage core and support and respect the spine.

How have you been doing these last couple of days?
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[personal profile] viklikesfic
Well this is somewhat of a misnomer, since I'm not going to jump right into daily, but I did want to participate! As I said earlier, I had a wrist injury but I think it's finally healed. I'm starting very slowly--I did one gentle hatha practice last weekend and this morning I did Yoga for Strength from YogaDownload, which is my favorite for when I'm afraid of my own motivation (it goes by very quickly so it's good for building confidence).

Unsurprisingly, I'm very tight, so I'm trying to be gentle with myself. I only move forward a few inches in forward bends, and I'm keeping my feet very close together in warrior poses. I noticed that my calves and feet were especially tight in warrior poses, which are some of my favorite poses, so I hope that remedies itself quickly. One of my biggest challenges for sticking with yoga is that my hands slip in down dog and I get very frustrated. I read the recent post about this but I'm nervous about shelling out money when it might not work. I've tried putting my hands on blocks and on a guest towel that's pretty thin, and neither of these really work. The towel will work at first but then I'll start sliding steadily along. So annoying!

I'm going to shoot for every three days for the next couple of weeks, and then drop to every two.
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: bend this way)
[personal profile] panda
I cleared out a bunch of stuff in my room so I finally have space to unroll my mat once more! I'm quite happy. This morning I did 15 min of work on my neck and shoulders. I'm carrying so much tension there right now, I really need to loosen it up a lot.
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[personal profile] beachlass
Today is the day that rebooting my daily practice paid off for me. Disastrous start to my morning; including an alarm clock fuck up that meant we woke up when the kids were supposed to be ON THE BUS for their field trip; and then discovered the misery that is the delicious relaunch.

So.

I did 90 minutes of a beginner's class from Elsie's yoga podcast. Lots of simple poses, mostly held for a long time - a good sort of challenge for me. My take-away learning is her instruction from tree pose: "You can't will yourself into balance. You can only move into balance"

So whenever I feel the anxiety creeping today (I used delicious for work, not just fandom); or am stuck in my overly long day; and feel myself tottering off balance, I am going to try to breathe, and let myself fall back into balance.

And all the will in the world wouldn't have forced me into an hour and a half of practice on a stressful day if I hadn't been moving into daily practice already.

blessed be

beachlass: batman hanging from a ladder, shark attached (shark)
[personal profile] beachlass
 20 minute flow... feel realy good about sticking to my practice today, even though I didn't get it done before school got out, which meant I had to overcome my self consciousness about practicing downstairs with the kid around.
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[personal profile] beachlass
 Afternoon practice focusing on hip openers.. down dog, lunges, pigeon.

I had a beautiful practice. The house was quiet, the doors open, afternoon sun and a warm breeze filling the space.
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[personal profile] beachlass
 Just 15 min this morning. I'm learning that even a few minutes helps my strength and energy for the day, and that I'm more likesly to catxh up with a longer afternoon or evening practice. 

Blessings!
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[personal profile] fullygoldy
I missed two days this week, Tuesday and Thursday, but my total time for the week so far (110 min) is much better than last week :)

This morning I had 40 minutes of yoga plus meditation, a repeat of a class I did last week.

I've reclaimed my meditation space from the invaders, and am looking forward to next weeks continuation of my new and improved "daily" practice. 
How did everyone else do this week?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: touch the sky)
[personal profile] panda
My shoulders and upper back are really tight right now, so I did 25 minutes really focused on getting into those areas and loosening them up.

How's everyone else doing today?
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[personal profile] beachlass
 30 min of vinyasa fow, Dave Farmar podcast

One of the things I really appreciate about Farmar's podcasts is his assurance that a more challenging expression of a pose or flow isn't necessarily better. I confess the full podcast was an hour long, and I was struggling to keep up by 30 min, so I moved into cooling down and turned it off. 

And then I struggled.with feelings of failure while lying in savasana. And realized that those feelongs were as much about the work stuff that had happened first thing in the morning, as much as my yoga practice. And at root, they are both my struggle with naming and accepting my limits, and the consequences of having limits.. Limited energy, or time, or strength or flexibility or...

I'm grateful this morning for the practice of self reflection that comes with my asana practice. 
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[personal profile] beachlass
 20 min of sun salutations this more, a more challenging flow which feels great!
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[personal profile] beachlass
 A quick 15 min of sun salutations before work.

Feels good to be moving in the morning, but hard to keep thoughts of the day from encroaching.
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: how I roll)
[personal profile] panda
Forgot to post this morning. I did 15 minutes. How's everyone else's weekend going?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: warrior)
[personal profile] panda
Still sick, so I did an hour of gentle practice this morning.

How's everyone else doing?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (zen)
[personal profile] panda
I'm sick so today I took it easy with the total body practice from Rodney Yee's 15 Minute Results Yoga.

How's everyone else doing?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: touch the sky)
[personal profile] panda
This morning I took it easy with 11 min of Yoga Journal's Yoga for Stress DVD.

How's everyone else doing today?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: how I roll)
[personal profile] panda
This morning I over slept so I only had time to do 40 min (15 min of Aim True beginner's practice and 25 min of AM Yoga for Your Week twists) instead of the hour I had planned. Still pretty pleased though.

How is everyone else doing?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: namaste)
[personal profile] panda
This morning when I woke up, I did 7 min of Kathryn Budig's Aim True Yoga beginner's practice, and 7 min of Rodney Yee's A.M. Yoga for Your Week hip openers practice. I had to quit after 7 min of each though, because I'm not feeling well.

Any recommendations for practicing when your head and nose are stuffy so you can't breathe through your nose and inversions make you dizzy and ill? I already took a decongestant, and I skipped the inversions on the second DVD. I know legs up the wall is supposed to boost your immune system and help drain your lymph system, but I honestly think it's too much like an inversion for my head to handle it right now.

Anyway, enough about me. It's the start of a new week! How's everyone else doing?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: bend this way)
[personal profile] panda
Inspired by this post, I decided to do yoga first thing this morning when I woke up. I did 25 min of Rodney Yee's A.M. Yoga for Your Week hip openers practice, 10 min of child's pose and legs up the wall pose, 11 min of Kathryn Budig's Aim True Yoga beginner's practice, and 21 min of Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners energizing practice.

After an hour of yoga, I definitely feel like I need to eat breakfast! How is everyone else doing today?
panda: drawing of a panda sitting in a tea cup which has fallen over on its side (yoga: warrior)
[personal profile] panda
It's the weekend! I dunno about you guys, but I have a harder time maintaining a daily schedule on the weekend. For example, today I slept in late cause I'm sick, and it's gamdeday so I gotta watch the game before I do anything else. I just got some new DVDs from amazon though, (Kathryn Budig's Aim True Yoga and Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners) so hopefully that will motivate me to try them out after the game.

How's everyone else doing today?

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