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30 Days of Yoga- Day 25 Power Vinyassa #5

I almost didn’t do yoga today, but then, as I sat in my computer chair for the millionth time today, my body just craved it. I opted for a 20 minute episode of power. It stretched all the right muscles and got in all the requisite poses without being redundant or boring. Props and thanks for helping me get to day 25!


30 Days of Yoga- Day 24

Hour of Power with Melissa Carlson

This 7am class is definitely my favorite at Yoga Belly. Good stretches, handstands, challenging poses, and a solid sweat. Perfect!


30 Days of Yoga- Day 23ish

Yoga Therapy, but really, Cheating

Hung out on the yoga therapy balls while watching Daily Shows, then stretched all my worst stuff. Felt good, but wasn’t exactly yoga…

Maybe 30 days was just too much. It didn’t help that our smoke alarm kept chirping at 4am, and for some crazy reason, I drove to Safeway at 4:15 to buy new batteries, installed them, and slept right through morning yoga class. Whoops.


30 Days of Yoga- Day 22

Hour of Power with Jennifer Fu

Last week I took a seminar on “Crucial Conversations”. Most of it was stuff I already knew and used– basically how to have difficult conversations with difficult people, my specialty. One of the key take-aways was that those who are the best at these “crucial conversations” use whatever facts they have and create a win-win story from those details, spinning things in a positive direction and creating opportunity for better mutual understanding between both parties. Today, I had a crucial conversation with myself and practiced the skill of telling myself a positive story during an excruciating yoga experience.

For whatever reason this morning, I wasn’t feeling it. My body didn’t want to and my mind didn’t want to even more. When I realized my negative attitude, I decided to change the story. My body may’ve been feeling less than perfect (my balance and flexibility this morning made me look like a wobbly beginner, major ego buzz kill), but instead of constantly reminding myself that I sucked, I tried to focus on my breath, to focus on the fact that I had made the effort to get there that morning, on the fact that I wouldn’t have to work out later in the day, and on the fact that, despite my ego, I am very often not perfect. It definitely wasn’t the most fun yoga experience, but certainly good practice at modifying my own attitude and perception.


30 Days of Yoga- Days 20 & 21

Day 21

Foundations of Flow with Susan Love

Class went a little slow for my liking, but the woman behind me releasing an epic toot during that quick crazy shhhing belly breathing I haven’t quite figured out how to do made it all worth it. Plus I got my sweat on.

Day 22


Two sun salutations and five minutes of child’s pose was what I needed today. Sometimes life is hectic and you just need a few moments to settle down.


30 Days of Yoga- Day 19

Massage with Kim and Megan’s Greatest Hits Round 2 with MMB

Yoga is working!! I had a massage today, and for the first time in about six months, my rock-hard shoulders finally softened.  Ahhhhh…

And then there was Megan’s Greatest Hits Round 2. Pigeon, hamstring stretches, even a few planks– all while watching “Say Yes to the Dress”. Crap TV is the ultimate sign that I’m actually relaxed and relaxing. Non-traditional to be sure, but hallelujah for stress relief!


30 Days of Yoga- Day 18

Vinyassa Flow with Roxanne Rashedi

Let me just say sorry to all. To those behind me during forward folds (especially half lifts), sorry that you had to see my pinkish purple undies. To those in front of me during down dogs, sorry if you saw more of me than you would’ve liked. Today I wore a new pair of Lulus my mom had willed me. They were too small for her and fit me pretty well… just a little big in the waist. (Note to self… big in the waist means when you bend over, underwear will be seen by all.)

When I realized my pants were going to be an embarrassing issue, I decided to embrace them. In fact, when Roxanne asked us to dedicate today’s practice to something, I dedicated it to my pants. “I dedicate this practice to my pants. May they please (please GOD) stay on and not show too much skin, and if they do, by chance, show more than I’d like, may I have the self-will and presence to adjust swiftly with lots of laughter and smiles.”

I know no one ever wants to see a whale tail, but hey, at least I was wearing cute undies today.


30 Days of Yoga- Day 17

Hour of Power with Melissa Carlson

Today’s schedule required 6am yoga, so I gave it another try. With lights on, Melissa leading the class, and a bit more alertness and awareness in my body, I actually enjoyed early yoga. I must say though, my balance is absolute crap that early. Maybe my baby muscles just aren’t awake that early. Feeling good!


30 Days of Yoga- Day 16

Guided Meditation Fail with iTunes

Michael and I tried to get through a 17-minute guided meditation on peace, but came out giggling and mocking it instead. My breath became smoother, but I didn’t understand at all what the podcaster was getting at. I suppose I could use more practice with the meditation stuff. Meditating is kind of yoga-cheating, but it was a long Tuesday. Back to the studio tomorrow…


30 Days of Yoga- Day 15

Hour of Power with Wendy Howell

6am yoga did not do it for me this morning. The studio was dark, lit only by a single lamp in the back of the room. The class moved too slowly, I consistently failed to focus on my breath, and I didn’t even break a sweat. I felt like I was sleep-stretching. From now on, I’ll stick to practicing yoga after sunrise only.