I took a wee break from all of my challenges and only participated in two short ones this past month. I really enjoyed the first one because it was focused on “what this pose unlocks for you”. I don’t enjoy all yoga poses and I’m still learning and my body is still getting stronger and more flexible, so most of my poses were from a place of frustration. Some poses, however are sweet release. I actually was one of the winners for that challenge; #masterkeymay. It’s fun to win and I received a sodalite bracelet. The second challenge was focused on Sun Salutation and the poses within that vinyasa. Very simple. I’ve started school, so I’m not doing any challenges this month, however I do jump in occasionally with a video or two. Perhaps I’ll share those with you here next month.
It’s MAY?! In March I took on a lot of challenges. I always end up dropping one usually because I don’t like the hosts, but the challenges were pretty intense, so I teetered off a bit. I then did a Journey to Handstand challenge and a Lotus challenge in April which I enjoyed. I took a little break from Yoga the last week or so. I’m only doing a short challenge again this month and it’s more introspective than asana focused. I like those the best. I’m continuing to make progress, but have moved away from a daily practice.
I had to do a lot of inside yoga this month due to inclement weather, but lots of progress was made and a few new poses tried. I’m dealing with a lot of “almosts” in my poses and I’ve recently stopped going to the gym and switched to the new yoga studio downtown. Her studio is more Vinyasa Flow style and will help with cardio as well. She has a foundational class and what I would call a power class. I hope her studio will continue to grow and she’ll be able to expand her classes. Franklin needs more yoga!
Jason and I did some acroyoga in January! We had so much fun. It is quite the trust exercise and team building experience. I did three challenges this month including the acroyoga one and I think that’s my limit. I had a good time working on my inversions and doing some interesting variations. I’ve started doing more videos and hyperlapsed videos, which is fun. Find me on instagram (dgreb) to see them!
I promised you some inversions and I think I delivered! December was a good month of progress. There were a couple of poses I’ve never done which kept it interesting and a few poses towards the end were difficult, but I pushed through and am glad I did. I gained a lot of strength and have decided to do three month-long challenges in January. I think that’s my limit. One is a regular challenge coupled with some internal work, the second is an inversion challenge and the third is Acroyoga! Acroyoga is a partnership yoga, so you’ll see Jason in some of my pics for next month. :)
I did my second month-long Instagram yoga challenge for November. Some of these poses were new to me and a few of them were really difficult. The new house has great light and a variety of places to do my poses which makes it easier to get great pictures. I do my best to get my pictures done during the day while Henry naps, but sometimes I ask Nora or Jason to take my pic when they get home from school or work. My phone’s camera app has a ten second timer and I’ve also learned it has voice control, so I can yell “shoot” or “capture” and it starts the timer or takes a picture. That feature makes getting into a difficult pose a little easier.
I can see progress here, which I love, and I’ve started a December challenge as well as two mini challenges to shake things up. One of them is an inversion challenge, so next month you’ll see me on my head and hands a lot. :)
I started exercising at the end of January this year. We are done having babies and I knew that my body could look better and be stronger for things like hiking and picking up and playing with my kids. Who knew I would get so into it?
I tried all of the classes that I could that interested me. I did something called Tabata, which I loved. I then tried Powerhouse with my SIL, Amber. It used weights and I wasn’t sure I would like that, but it turns out I do. I actually really enjoy lifting weights. I heart body weight exercises too, but lifting is a game changer. My body type only needs a little bit of cardio, so I usually do the treadmill for 10-20 minutes and then do a few machines and then move onto weights. I’ve paid for time with a couple of trainers which has helped round out my knowledge. I also tried yoga and have fallen in love!
Not only does working out give me more strength and energy it eases the stress of day-to-day with my children. Along with lifting weights and cardio I started doing a Friday morning Cardio and Barre class which has a bit of everything including about 30 minutes of dance and is really fun. I would never call myself a dancer, but my body has been learning the choreography and begs to differ. I also received some compliments on my form in Barre class which I attribute to my consistency in going to class. Tuesday and Thursday nights (or one or the other) I do yoga. A studio just opened in town and I’ve added Monday nights when I can swing it.
Yoga has taught me to breathe. I went to the chiro a few months ago and he asked me to take a deep breath and after I did he told me to work on it. I don’t think we, as a people, breathe well. Our breathing is shallow, enough to get some air in and to keep going. We breathe hard when we exert ourselves, but how often is that and how helpful? I started with Vinyasa yoga which is “breath-synchronized poses” and at first I had to consciously breathe, being prodded by the teacher, but I now do it automatically. Jason and I were trying out an app I downloaded, Yoga Studio and we were doing a short flow when I heard myself breathing. You don’t really hear yourself breathing in a huge studio with everyone else doing it, but in our living room I couldn’t help but notice. It feels nice to breathe. Did you know that the diaphragm is a muscle? Among other muscles like triceps, quads and glutes apparently I’ve been working my diaphragm as well!
For the month of September I did two yoga challenges on Instagram. One was called Balance Basics and was a great introduction to arm balances and the other was called 14 Days of Balance. It was two different styles of challenges. The first was laid out in a cute infograph of all the poses for each day of September. You simply refered to the infograph and did the pose for that day making sure to snap a pic. The other challenge was a surprise each day and was the most fun, though difficult. The point of the challenge was to get you doing yoga every day and it worked. I really enjoyed the challenge and plan to do another in November. I had started a different challenge for October, but it was all about backbends and I ain’t there yet.
Here are my poses:
As the month went on, I practiced more and more yoga everyday and got better and better. A pose that I had trouble with at the beginning of the month I got on the first try and higher or steadier towards the end of the month. I began to grow in confidence. Some nights I had to wait for Jason to get home to take my yoga picture and my body was too tired, but in the essence of keeping it real I took the pic and posted anyway.
Moving has put a kink in my schedule, but I have begun getting back into it. My body misses the exercise. My mind misses the discipline. My breath is getting shallow again. Some weeks I go as planned other weeks I miss a day due to sickness or kids stuff, but I don’t stop permanently and I hope to continue on my yoga journey. Favorite hashtag on Instagram- #yogaeverydamnday
Find me on Instagram (dgreb), it’s my new favorite place!
I resisted the gym because of the stigma, but I have to say I am really enjoying it. The first class I took was Spinning, Thursday morning from 9a-10a. It’s pretty straightforward. You ride a stationary bike to good music for an hour. I was told I could quit at the halfway point, but that just challenged me to stay the whole time. It’s about 10 of us in a small room specifically for Spinning, loud music and an instructor facing us and shouting things like, “Take it to a 5! Seagulls! Counting down to Sprints! You can do it! Dig deep!” I liked it. I looked at the clock only ten minutes in and had kind of a panic moment, Spinning is hard! I pushed through and at 930a a few people left, but I stayed and a funny thing happened. I hit my groove. I didn’t go crazy because I still need to do things like walk afterwards, so the last half of the class I was a bit at my own pace, but I never stopped and I didn’t fall off the bike, so goals met! My booty was sore for a few days (TMI-sorry!), but my legs felt pretty good. I used my free smoothie coupon from signing up on Wednesday for a Mango Tango afterwards and it was delicious! I might would go in there just for a smoothie!
On Friday I tried Tabata. It was explained to me that it was only 30 minutes because it burned as many calories as a one hour class due to it’s “high intensity training”. I still didn’t know what to expect, but after trying karate with a bunch of guys and feeling pretty silly, my confidence level is pretty high. The class was in the small training studio and was all women of all sizes and skill level. We did various exercises with weights and gliders in 30 second burst and 10 second rests. I felt pretty good after, but considered it a so-so workout. Today, however, I am so sore! I guess I worked my muscles a bit harder than I thought! lol It’s Saturday and I was a little sad this morning that I would not be going to the gym. I consider that a good sign.
Next week I am set up to do Zumba, Spinning again, my personal trainer hour/orientation, yoga and a core conditioning class on Friday. I’m pretty excited about it. On Friday when I told Lorelei we were going to the gym she said, “yay!”. I hope she continues to enjoy it as much as I am.