|Yoga on one of our Arizona camping trips|
I just completed the second week of my November yoga challenge. My goal was to spend time doing yoga every day this month, but as you can read below, I didn’t do so well this week. I did, however, take a major step in pursuing another fitness goal. This yoga challenge is a personal intention I came up with to recommit to my home practice and get in better physical shape. I could think of no better time for this goal. The holidays will bring overindulgence and a busy schedule, but I’m confident I will be successful if I stay motivated.
Here’s how Week 2 went down:
Day 1: 6 minutes of meditation to start the day. I joined Orange Theory and went to a one-hour class. I was nervous. Afterward, I did 5 minutes of yoga at home to stretch out.Day 2: 5 minutes of meditation. 20 minutes of yoga, mostly seated poses.Day 3: 6 minutes of meditation, 20 minutes of yoga and a class at OrangeTheory. Some of the poses I did: downward-facing dog into a low lunge, half splits and pigeon (all on both sides, of course); malasana (yogi squat); supta baddha konasana (reclined bound angle pose); and Warriors 1 and 2.Day 4: 8 minutes of meditation. 15 minutes of yoga.Day 5: I started the day off on the wrong foot and never recovered despite meditating for 15 minutes. I didn’t practice yoga.Day 6: I went to an OrangeTheory class and then did 15 minutes of light yoga later that day.Day 7: No meditation. I flew to Phoenix that evening, but I squeezed in 10 minutes of yoga before bed.
Yoga Minutes: 85Meditation Minutes: 40Orange Theory Classes: 3Miles Run: 5.3 miles (including OT classes)
I’ve been in a crummy place emotionally. I’ve only found the motivation to do about 20 minutes max of yoga at home per day. I consider myself a self-aware person, but it’s been difficult to pinpoint why I’ve been so down. I’m hoping this week’s visit to Phoenix, even if it’s a work trip, will give me the mental boost I need.
Have you tried a fitness challenge recently? I’d love to hear about it! In unrelated news, I’m hoping for a Spiritual Gangster Black Friday sale so I can treat myself to one of these tanks I have my eyes on. They aren’t practical for Chicago winter but they’re perfect for Phoenix weather and yoga classes! That burgundy is calling my name and looking into my soul.
Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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