Starting today, I’m challenging myself to practice 15 minutes of yoga every day for 30 consecutive days. Besides the physical benefits, I need the prayer and meditation time. Call me nuts, you won’t be the first, but my lack of attention to my physical health has negatively impacted my spiritual health. I think it all goes back to self care and treating the body as a temple.
So, anyone want to join me? #15for30
Yikes!! Forgot to post on Friday, and forgot to schedule a post for today-so this is late. 😦
But all I have today is a video. An amazing video. I share because after just a few days this video has done at least as much as six weeks of physical therapy.
Don’t be put off by the 40 minute run time. You will think it’s only been 10 minutes when you finish. And don’t be intimidated by “yoga.” Jen Hilman, the instructor, puts you completely at ease. I’m a yoga novice, less than novice, and I got so much benefit from this routine.
Do it. I double downward dog dare you.
Saturday morning I attended a yoga and write in for Camp NaNoWriMo. Until Saturday I hadn’t practiced yoga in decades. Wow! I felt amazing afterward. So much that I’ve done at least ten minutes of yoga everyday since.
I’ll definitely be posting more about this in the future.
Have you ever practiced yoga? Do you have a type of physical discipline you just can’t do without?
Last week was mostly a bust. At least after Wednesday. I did meet my word count goal of 4k words by bedtime Tuesday. I actually had over 5k! I did blog three days. But on the work out front? Big old fail. I did do my back PT exercises one day and about five minutes of a yoga video one day. But I was sick most of the week with a sinus infection.
So, let’s move from the land of unmet goals to the land full of possibility, AKA next week.
- I want end Friday with 10k words on my Camp NaNo project.
- Thirty minutes of yoga three days during the week.
- Walk thirty minutes three days during the week.
No reason I can’t meet those goals.
And, speaking of Camp NaNo, we have an awesome local leader who has planned many events for us throughout the month. Unfortunately I’ve only been able to attend one event. This morning she had us to her house for yoga and write. Three of us participated. We spent about forty five minutes doing some very gentle beginner yoga. Many years (a couple of decades actually) ago I practiced yoga on a daily basis. I realized today how much I miss it.
After yoga we did a thirty minute word sprint. So awesome to write with friends. Great fellowship.
Theoretically confession is good for the soul. But in practical application it can suck.
Since my doctor told me to stop running last February I’ve allowed myself to gain 15 pounds. Doesn’t sound that terrible, I guess. Except that when you’re barely 5’4″ that’s almost two sizes. So not only do I feel like a loser for gaining a little weight back, I juuuuust can’t fit into any clothes other than my scrubs.
I’m angry at myself, at the universe, at my stupid arthritic back. Waaa,..waaa…waaa… During the past few weeks I’ve indulged in several pity parties.
But I’ve got to find a way to get back on track. So I’m trying something. I’m going against my doctor’s advice.
You see, I love to run. I love the mental release. I love the spiritual connection to breath and life. I love the meditative quality of it. Some of my most deep conversations with God have happened on a run.
So, I’m going to run again. But I’m going to be smarter. I’m going to stretch. A lot. I’m going to start out only running 2 or 3 days a week. I’m going to really bump up the core workouts.
We’ll see how it goes.