Long time readers know that I’ve had a challenging relationship with yoga. I desperately wanted to like it. No, scratch that. I desperately wanted to connect to it. Despite trying various yoga classes in a variety of studios, and umpteen at-home versions, I never felt that thing I was longing to. i.e. the ‘so what?’.
Last week I read a post from Martha at Boring Broad Runs, where she reviewed a yoga series she had done the prior week. Since she is a fitness blogger I respect, I decided to give the yoga series a try.
And it was a game changer for me.
So thank you Martha, from the bottom of my sweaty heart, for turning me onto Dr. Melissa West and her Namaste Yoga. I can honestly say that for the first time in my life, I get that yoga is about more than just the poses.
During a week that could have upended me to the disheveled state of my home, this series brought peace and restored calm. So much so, in fact, that I chose to forego all other forms of structured exercise this week in favour of getting my yoga practice in, five days in a row.
Sun Jul 13:
Walking (Recovery day):
- 5.55 miles / 8.9 kms
FitBit Stats: 14,778 steps
Mon Jul 14:
Demolish one bathtub surround: Remove tile by wielding a mallet, hammer, crowbar and other assorted tools. Rip out drywall with many of these same tools. Carry heavy pieces of tiled wall downstairs for disposal. This was hard and sweaty work.
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 54: Listening With Your Whole Body This yoga practice focused on listening with our minds by tuning into our insights. In this class we practiced present moment awareness with special yoga asanas to stimulate and calm the mind. Check out the video in the link to see a beautiful yoga practice out on the beach at Lake Ontario, a spot you often see in my pictures.
Walk: 4.25 miles / 6.85 kms
FitBit Stats: 11,641 steps
Tues Jul 15:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 55: Listening With Your Whole Body This practice focused on observing and connecting to our emotions, paying special attention to how our body feels when it accepts, rejects or holds onto certain emotions. This session was taped along the shore of Lake Ontario, this time just slightly east of my home.
Walk: 5 miles / 8.06 kms
FitBit Stats: 13,918 steps
Wed Jul 16:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 56: Listening with Your Whole Body In this practice the focus was on our spirit and inner wisdom. We were asked to think about what inspires us, nourishes us, sustains us as a means to tune into our spirit. I know, I know… way too air-fairy, right? Wrong. I finally found myself getting lost in a yoga practice, something I’ve waited a long time to experience. Also, the should stand was pretty awesome.
Elliptical: 40 minutes; 3.5 miles / 5.64 kms
FitBit Stats: 10,516 steps
Thurs Jul 17:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 57: Listening with Your Whole Body In this practice we explored the theory that how we live our life is how we do our yoga. That there is a connection between the way we act in our yoga class and the way we act in our lives. The final pose of this program nearly killed me. If I can master that one (feet behind ears) I will be one popular chick, I’m sure.
Walk: 4.02 miles / 6.48 kms
FitBit Stats: 10,506 steps
Fri Jul 18:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 58: Listening with Your Whole Body This was the final session of the 8-part series on listening with your whole body. The only extra piece of equipment needed in this practice is a yoga strap. If you don’t have one, you can always use the tie from a bathrobe, or any other long and sturdy strip of material available. This class reviews everything we learned in the previous 7 classes: finding your edge, focusing on your breath, your body, your thoughts, your emotions, your spirit, and your life connections. We practiced relating to our body from the inside out. Rather than worrying about what our bodies look like to the world, we listened to what our bodies are trying to tell us. We focused on the quote from the Bhagavhadgita, “See now… in this My Body, the whole universe centered in One…”
FitBit Stats: 10,312 steps
Sat Jul 19:
Home Reno Stuff: Move furniture, sort stuff into giveaway, trash & sell piles. Climb stairs from basement to 2nd floor about a million times. Not really, but it felt like it.
FitBit Stats: 11,118 steps
Hope yours was a great, healthy and happy week!