Monday, October 29, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
18 classes down!! I stayed for a double last night and it was great. While I hate morning yoga tremendously, it's my goal to finish up the challenge this morning. Even if that means laying out on my mat--that is still yoga.
I am really dragging this morning. Really.
Also if I can get thru just one class, I will still have Monday and Tuesday to finish up. Wish me luck that I can overcome the negative self-talk today....
Friday, October 26, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Day 13 is in the books. Had a pretty great class. Heat didn't bother me at all.
I have my alarm set for the morning...the plan is to try to do a double. We shall see...
OK I actually decided to turn my alarm off. I can still aim to do my double in the afternoon then come home, make dinner and go straight to sleep before Monday is upon me again.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Wonderful tiny class of all women.
I made a new yoga friend.
And our teacher Jen had us turn our mats to see ourselves completely in the mirror.
It was great to get a new angle to poses.
I came out of class and had a message from an old friend I lost touch with.
All this yoga made me realize how a positive vibe seems to be attracting that all around me.
I crossed the half way point so I feel I really have this challenge now!!
I've also taken about 20 classes so far since I picked up my 3 day a week routine back in September.
20 days is what they say it takes to establish a new habit and it is absolutely working.
Yay to Thursday tomorrow and only 2 more work days!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Yoga can play a huge part in improving a trauma survivor's overall quality of life.
First off, it can help one get to a place of immediately feeling better if they are anxious and stressed. Just through the acts of breathing and movement.
Finding a warm and welcoming studio can give many survivors a safe space that feels like the home they would love to create. They also become spaces that trauma survivors can just go to if they need to get away from their "normal" life.
Yoga studios tend to be spaces that bring a variety of people together, most who are caring and supportive--NOT judgemental or even down right scary.
For those who struggle with the lasting effects of trauma, being around people in regular day to day settings takes a lot of work and often "acting" to get through.
At a safe studio, a person can let their guard down and be themselves.
They have the opportunity to relax and let their brain rest. Relaxation and rest are life needs that are often missing for the person facing effects from a traumatic life situation.
Yoga helps clear the brain to the point where a person can begin to see different options and possibilities to improve their life circumstances.
Many trauma survivors do not feel comfortable talking about their problems with people in real life, including a therapist.
Yoga offers the ability to seek answers internally.
Yoga is also something that can be done on one's own. If one wants to be social, studios offer this option but they also offer the option to be left alone as well.
Many trauma survivors don't always want to be social but still crave being out and around people.
Lastly yoga can also give a trauma survivor a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Yoga is not an easy thing for the average person to do--especially certain styles like Bikram.
Just getting through the class though can be the reminder that one can get through anything life may throw their way.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Feeling super content.
Takeaways from my instructor:
This yoga is the real deal. It's transforming. No matter what, we leave each class with a clear, crisp mind and seeing so many possibilities that lie before us.
You are never too old to start and you will reap endless benefits if your practice is consistent.
I hope someone out there is reading this yoga diary and has the courage to try for themselves.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
And I have to miss tonight :(.
We've been talking about letting go of bad habits.
Also had a teacher show me the right way to do a pose I've been doing wrong forever. He said isn't it good to let go of a bad habit....
It was like a lightbulb went off.
Can't wait to get back tomorrow.
Loving my renewed yoga habit ;).
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Not sure if I'm gonna make it to class in the AM. But so happy I went today even with family in from out of town.
I did plan for the week ahead though: Monday, Tues, Thurs, Fri and the weekend.
I chatted with some yoga friends today....old and new. Encouraged someone new who was struggling as well. She caught my eye several times and I was happy to see she came back and stayed this time after running out for the second time. The other day she left altogether.
Anyways it is late and I'm exhausted. Have a great sleep yogis.
Do more yoga. It's like a vacation away when I can't take vacation.
Speaking of vacations, in January have a surprise Florida vacay planned.
Hoping to go back to cozy beach cottages in the early summer and hopefully a cruise in the late fall!!
As I get older all I want is self-care to look forward to.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Arrive early to class each day and talk to someone new or who you normally do not interact with.
Our instructor also mentioned if you do 20 days of yoga classes in one month, your body changes more for the better compared to what it would in 6 months worth of yoga because of the consistency.
Can't wait to go back to the studio again this evening for #3.