30 Day Challenge: Day 23

Happy Day 23 Yogis! I can’t believe we’ll be entering our final week!

I know many of you have mentioned practicing at home with a favorite playlist. So, I thought I’d share mine from today:

Feeling Good- Michael Buble

Three Little Birds- Bob Marley

One Love/People Get Ready- Bob Marley

Madness- Muse

Feel Again- OneRepublic

I Hope- Dixie Chicks

Best Day of My Life- American Authors

All the Time- OneRepublic

Had a lovely flow beginning with Sun Salutations and once again working on core and arm strength to build toward eka pada kundinyasana.

How was your day 23? What are some of your favorite songs to flow to?

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30 Day Challenge: Day 22

Happy Day 22 yogis! TGIF!

Well, I was thinking that I’d repeat the practice I’ve been working on the last few days. But, after a long morning and an achy run, I decided to take it easy with a gentle floor practice. Started on my back, used a strap to stretch out my hamstrings, then took a nice supine twist, Bridge, Pigeon (on my back) and supta baddha konasana. The best part was I had the sweetest little baby crawling all over me the whole time :).

How was your day 22?

30 Day Challenge: Day 20

Happy day 20 yogis! Can you believe we’re 2/3 of the way through this challenge?

While this challenge has certainly had affects on my personal practice, I’m finding, a bit to my surprise, that it is also having profound affects on me as a teacher. It’s inspiring me to explore teaching new poses and to think through fun and smart sequencing to get there. It’s inspiring me to once again use my own practice as a test run for these new pose combinations, making both practicing and teaching a bit more fun and exciting. 

I won’t be able to hit the mat until later today, but when I do, I’ll be playing with a sequence that will be the basis of tomorrow’s noon flow, which I’ll be subbing and eventually taking over at the end of June. I don’t want to give too much away (you’ll have to join me to find out!) but I can tell you we’ll be building to Eka Pada Koundinyasana through a series of core and arm strengtheners as well as some great hip openers! 

How was your day 20?

30 Day Challenge: Day 19

Happy Day 19 yogis! And….here’s the heat! Hope everyone is finding ways to stay cool!

Today I had a different type of “partner” yoga. While Drew napped this afternoon,  I was joined, for the beginning part of my practice, by this beautiful girl:

 

 

 

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While I had planned (as pictured) to start in tadasana, I couldn’t resist incorporating Lola into my practice, so instead, started in a seated forward fold:

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From there, my practice moved in unexpected directions. To be honest, I’m having trouble even remembering exactly what followed what, although I do remember many of the pieces. It included: cat/cow, some fun forearm variations in my vinyasas, including a forearm side-plank, tree, crescent lunges, pyramid, standing split with some fun twists, Warrior I, Warrior II, triangle, wide leg fold, lizard, squat, boat, bridge, and supine twists.  Sometimes it’s fun to just let go and see where your feet (and hands!) land!

How was your day 19?

30 Day Challenge: Day 18

Happy Day 18 Yogis! Another beautiful one! 

Today was back to “partner” yoga for me! While playing on the floor, Drew’s and my practice seemed to just begin organically. We did several seated stretches, including janu sirsana, baddha konasana, a few variations on seated twists and side bends, and then made our way onto our backs for boat, bridge and supine twists. It was a nice change of pace from all of the activity on earlier days this weekend! 

 

 

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     Boat Prep

 

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Partner Boat

 

How was your day 18?

30 Day Challenge: Day 17

Happy Day 17 Yogis! This beautiful weather is really putting me in the mood for Sun Salutations! So, same practice as yesterday! 10 Sun Salutations post a fabulous run. I have to also add that, while I wasn’t technically on my mat, teaching our lovely Prenatal ladies this morning at Allay also felt like a wonderful practice. Taking time to breathe, connect and move, albeit from a different point of view, always feels good :).

How was your day 17?

30 Day Challenge: Day 16

Happy day 16 Yogis! And, what a beautiful day it is! Are you doing anything special for the holiday?

We have some family in town and will be hosting a fun BBQ this afternoon. We can’t wait! To prep myself for the company, I enjoyed a fabulous 3-mile run this morning and capped it off with 10 Sun Salutations! Ahhh.

How was your day 16?

30 Day Challenge: Day 15

Happy halfway point yogis!!

Here is a scene from my mat today:

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Yep, set up on the carpet to enjoy some restorative poses (supta baddha konasana and child’s pose) with my little one.  There might be a more active practice later, but for now, this feels right!

How are you feeling halfway through?

30 Day Challenge: Day 14

Happy day 14! WOW I thought the first week went fast, but this one seems to have flown by even faster! I’m really loving reading about your daily practices and how making it to the mat as part of the challenge has affected your day-to-day experience! 

Today, I know my practice is not going to happen until this evening, but I wanted to get this post up early so that you would have plenty of time to share your practice! My plan for this evening is to set-up a little “me” time with one of my favorite yoga cd’s: Kimberly Wilson’s Get Your Yoga On. I’ve been using this cd for a few years now–it is both a relaxing and invigorating flow practice. The segments are long enough to get you out of your head, but short enough to make them accessible for a home practice. 

I did both my 200 and 500 hour trainings at Tranquil Space, founded by Kimberly. It holds a dear place in my heart and coming back to this cd often feels like coming home.

How was your day 14??