Saturday, January 4, 2014

Challenge accepted - Day 60

Dec 23rd - Mysore

Dec 24th - Mysore

Dec 25th to January 5th - NADA

Not a damn thang. And tomorrow will be the last day of my 60 day yoga challenge.

I have officially practiced for 40 out of 60 days. And that is pretty horrible. But, hey, it's a start!! I encourage everyone to keep track of their practice until it becomes part of you. It is hard, but it works. I can't wait to get back into my practice of 6 days a week this year.

My year has been pretty awesome!  - but this year, I will take more yoga photos and photos with my bae!

Thank you all for reading through my journey. xo Namaste

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day 42,43,44,45 - Desert Carols

Thursday, Day 42 - Morning Mysore

Friday, Day 43 - Friday Led Primary with Nea

Saturday, Day 44 - Home practice + deadly Christmas shopping

Sunday, Day 45 - Morning Mysore

This Happened. We sang carols in the desert and got cozy with hot tea and a real camel!! Sand dunes instead of snowy hills once again. I kind of miss Christmas in Canada. Kind of.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Day 40, 41 - Almost there

Day 40 - Mysore morning

I got to my morning mysore session at about 6am and I was the only one there for my entire practice!! It was nice having all the attention on me and even made me be more aware of the little things through my practice. I was completely absorbed in myself. My left shoulder has been a little annoying lately, but I think it's one of those things that go away as you keep practicing. Let's hope.

Shoulder pain is not a strange thing to yogis, it happens. Read more about it here.

Nea told me to bring my shoulders down and keep it engaged as I go through my Marichi sequence. Let's see where this goes.

I've been having an amazing week, but this day was the cherry on top.I was expecting a hard day at work but ended up spending the day in love with everything. I even got my nails did!  Last year, I had a day like this too. It sets the tone for Christmas. Endless love and a lot of baking.

Namaste xo

Day 41 - Mysore morning.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

day 37,38 - Beyonceasana

Day 37: Mysore 6am
Day 38: Mysore 6am

And tomorrow is Full Moon Day aka No Yoga day.

I don't deserve a rest day to be honest. Even though my body is sore after the run this weekend, I feel a little spoiled. On that note, if you - like me- are obsessing with the new beyonce videos out there, she has been known to get her Ashtanga on with her gal pal Gwyneth Paltrow. Must be nice.

SO - fellow big bummed girls, get yo asana on.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Day37 - The Color Run

Day 37

No Ashtanga. Well, a few asanas to warm up if you wanna count that.

It was a fun morning :) learn more about The Color Run here

Now I need some Ashtanga so bad!! 

Namaste xo

Friday, December 13, 2013

Day 31,32,33,34,35 - Vegetarianism and Yoga

Day 31,32,33,34,35 (Week 5)

I did horrible this week you guys. I ended up getting about 2 home-practices in and it was not enough. But this was one of the defining moments of my diet helping me get through. I can blame about 80% of it on work, but 20% was just me. It honestly bothers me so much when I can't get on my mat, it's almost to a point of OCD right now (which is what I'm aiming for, let's be honest). I need. I crave. I want.

Points of redemption when I can't get my daily practice is my diet and an added effort to control my thoughts. I know the fluctuations of the mind are so much more intense on days where I haven't practiced but I made a great effort to control my diet and it worked. Green veggies and lots of water go a long long way. For the most part, just saying I'm "vegetarian" does the trick. I get judged and then left alone.

I just got through Friday morning led class with Nea and it was painful!!! I mean physical actual ouch. My mind is on a whole new level though. I can't wait to have a good week back!!

On that note - I am still waiting for the Christmas spirit to set in!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Day 28,29,30 - Have Faith.

Day 28 
Ladies Holiday aka Bitches' day off, but this time with NO PAIN. yoga cures cramps y'all

Day 29
Home practice. I had an allergic reaction to some chickpeas. It wasn't the nicest of days.

Day 30

I'm half way there. Writing has been really helpful to my practice as it gives me a chance to reflect. Maybe I should just have a journal and not bore you guys? Just kiddin, I love the attention.

Today was Friday led class with Nea and it felt amazing as always. I felt light and I did my Bhujapidasana and back bending with new found vigor. Today's yoga sutra topic was interesting

"clarity is preceded by faith, energy, memory and equalminded contemplation
-Yoga Sutra 1.20

Clarity = Samadhi.
Clarity of mind.
Are you there?
Does it come naturally?
Or do you have to work on it? How far do you go every day to achieve it?
Ashtangis generally go too far.

This is a beautiful piece to watch: