Guess what? …My love affair with yoga is alive and well! Yay! For now I’m sticking with Melissa West’s Namaste Yoga (why mess with what’s working, right?). I took on a 3-part Kriya Yoga series, details below, and then started another new series, called Hanuman Yoga.
In addition to my yoga practice, I have also stepped up my daily power walks, both in terms of speed and distance.
And I’m really liking the side effects. Specifically, all this walking seems to be lifting my ass.
Is that even possible? I wouldn’t have thought so, but I kind of feel like my (admittedly still junkless) trunk might be getting just a tad junkier.
I so badly want a big ol’ ghetto booty, so it’s exciting to see a little teensy bit of progress there.
Sun Jul 20:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga: Kriya Yoga Series – Part 1 of 3 The class introduced us to the first 6 of 18 postures in a series focused on kriya yoga. Kriya Hatha Yoga includes asanas, physical postures of relaxation, muscular locks, and mudras, all of which bring about greater health, peace and the awakening of the principal energy centers: the chakras. Kriya Yoga is Action with Awareness. It is a means of self-knowledge, of knowing the truth of our being. The first objective of Kriya Hatha Yoga is deep physical and mental relaxation. The ultimate goal is that the 18 asana series will awaken the energy centers along the spine and stimulate the uncurling of kundalini, our potential power and consciousness.
Walk: 5.75 miles / 9.25 kms
FitBit Stats: 15,656 steps
Mon Jul 14:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga: Kriya Yoga Series – Part 2 of 3 In this class we focused on postures 7 through 12 of the 18 total postures of the kriya yoga practice. The half wheel scared the crap out of me, but I attempted it, and held it for about a nanosecond before second-guessing myself and moving back down to bridge.
Walk: 5 miles / 8 kms
FitBit Stats: 13,267 steps
Tues Jul 15:
Walk: 6.2 miles / 10 kms
Bonus: Home renovation stuff: lifting, moving, carrying…
FitBit Stats: 15,860 steps
Wed Jul 16:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga: Kriya Yoga Series – Part 3 of 3 This practice focused on the final 6 postures (13 through 18) of the kriya yoga practice. I definitely feel I got something out of this series, but it’s not one I would necessarily recommend. (The Type A in me had to see me finish the series, but it wasn’t my favourite.)
Walk: 4.25 miles / 6.85 kms
FitBit Stats: 10,657 steps
Thurs Jul 17:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 211: Taming Your Monkey Mind This is the first class in the Hanuman series, with a focus on the mind. The Hanuman mind referred to here as the ‘monkey mind’ is one which is restless and never still. (Yep, guilty.) This class explored ways to take better control over it, and promised that with discipline we can learn to tame the monkey. 🙂 We referenced a formula, called RAIN, by Jack Kornfield, author of Bringing Home the Dharma, as a means for introspection and understanding, and a tool in taming the monkey. RAIN stands for Recognition, Acceptance, Investigation and Non-Identification. If you’re interested, there is a full write-up on this yoga session at the link I’ve shared, including full description of the R-A-I-N and a summary of the postures in this class.
Walk: 5 miles / 8.1 kms
FitBit Stats: 13,504 steps
Fri Jul 18:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 212: Son of the Wind This is the 2nd class in the Hanuman series and was focused on breath. This class focused on one style of breath called Kapalabhati, which is performed as one deep inhale followed by a series of 10 active exhales with passive inhales in between, followed by another deep inhale, exhale combination. We practiced this breathing through 4 postures, making this a shorter class.
So I took the opportunity to do another…
Yoga: Namaste Yoga 213: Strong Like Hanuman This is the 3rd class in the Hanuman series and the focus was on strength. This class was by far the most challenging of Melissa West’s Namaste Yoga that I’ve done so far; real power yoga postures done without filler. Click the link to watch the video or scroll down to see a list of all the postures. Some real toughies in there, including Wild Thing.
Then I was off to the airport for my evening flight to Las Vegas…which was delayed 2 hours. I should have spent that downtime pacing the airport because I ended up missing my 10,000 daily step target.
FitBit Stats: 7,486 steps 😦
Sat Jul 19:
Remember when my air conditioner died at the beginning of June? Well that puppy didn’t fix itself while we were gone. Funny that. Our ‘guy’ was scheduled to come in to install the new unit Sunday afternoon. Which meant sleeping in a 100 degree Fahrenheit condo Friday and Saturday nights. Which meant not sleeping Friday and Saturday nights. Not gonna lie; not a lot of exercise was happening under those circumstances.
Swimming: 30 minutes of easy/slow laps and sme standing leg work.
Walking: More like strolling. Energy was nonexistent.
FitBit Stats: 10,151 steps
To close this week out, just a few consciously thankful thoughts:
1. I still love yoga! Yay!
2. My condo no longer feels hotter than Hades. Yay!
3. My less-than-juicy booty is getting a wee bit juicier. Yay!
Hope everyone has a fantastic week!
p.s. I am working a big conference from Monday to Thursday this week so I may be slow to respond to comments. I promise to catch up on my blog reading by the end of the week.