Posts Tagged ‘#yogawithadriene’

  1. Yoga with Adriene is making me more flexible and stronger, though perhaps  some of that is due to …
  2. My new programme at the gym, and how strong it makes me feel.
  3. I’ve adapted to coffee without sugar easily, and I never thought I would be able to say that.
  4. My reading mojo has recently returned, and I’ve read (and I’m reading) some great books.
  5. My homemade Super Deluxe Chocolate Ice Cream is rich and delicious, though with summer coming to a close, my hips and heart need my personal gelateria to shut up shop soon.
  6. My screen saver thrills me when I return to my desk, returning me (briefly) to some of my favourite places in the world.
  7. I’m currently binge-watching Suits, a TV series I’d never heard of until it was recommended by my friend Peony, and having a wonderful time doing it.
  8. This long summer has seen some bumper crops of tomatoes – one of my favourite foods – and I’m reaping the benefits from my very elderly in-laws’ garden.

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I’ve been doing yoga for almost a year now, on and off, with the guidance of an app on my iPad, on a mat on a clear spot in my dining room, where I can see the deck and garden and valley, which make me smile, but unfortunately I can also any unwashed dishes in the kitchen, and these are not conducive to a calming practice! The privacy is important to me, as I can focus on my movements without worrying that other people might be watching and judging my frequently less than graceful efforts.

As you know, I’m a sucker for a challenge for a defined time, whether it’s blogging every day for a year (my first year of blogging), or a month (May), or posting every Monday, or a challenge to stick to only eight sentences on those Monday posts, so when a friend told me about Adriene’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge, I decided to try it. It was slightly different from the style of yoga on my app, with more constant movement, less slow stretching (which I usually enjoy), and was not tailored exclusively to a beginner (although it is entirely possible for a beginner like me to do it).

I missed a few sessions on days when I had a particularly tough workout at the gym and couldn’t face yoga on top of that, but I doubled up on my non-gym days, and so I finished on schedule. I’ve enjoying the contrast of styles, and now that the 30 days challenge is over, I’m mixing up her yoga with that on my Yoga Studio app.

I’m feeling good; a bit stronger, a bit braver, a bit more flexible, sitting straighter, breathing slower, breathing deeper. It’s still not a pretty picture – imagine a beached whale doing a downward dog, and you’ll see why yoga is still best practised in the privacy of my own home.

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