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Yoga Challenge Day 13

OK, I haven’t been able to keep up with the blogging part. That’s in part because I have been committed to keeping up with the 30 day yoga challenge. It is day 13 and I have only missed 1 day. I have learned that the only way I can guarantee to make it to the studio is if I go first thing in the morning. Which means getting up at 5:15am to be on time for the 6:00am class. That way I am back home by 7:30 and I can start my day calm and energized, proud that my first win of the day is already accomplished. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. I hit the ground running.

However in order for me to sustainably maintain this habit, I need to get to bed early and I am still in the process of figuring out how to organize my day so that I can get to bed and fall asleep in time. So while I’m figuring that out things like blogging got dropped.

So now I trying getting my blogging done in late afternoon as a change of pace. I grabbed my laptop and headed to a local coffee shop to write this post. This feels kind of nice. It gets me out of the house (where I have my office), get some fresh air (especially if I walk to the coffee shop) and get to be around people. So I might try making this a habit.

Anyway, back to the yoga challenge. It has been going pretty well. I got to try different classes, practiced humility and accepted that I am still in the early part of my journey. For many classes I had to stop around half way through from exhaustion. So I get to rest in child’s pose or do some gentle stretching while the rest of the class continues through increasingly challenging work. But I show up every day and work out until I can’t anymore. Every time I come out I feel great.

After the first week I found out that I dropped one percent body fat. I know its not much, but it is something I have not been able to do for quite a while. Other than the daily exercise, I think what is helping is that I am going to bed before I start getting the munchies. I look forward to see if this will continue trending downward.

I am also finding that my flexibility is improving. My hamstrings are still quite tight but getting better. I am getting closer to touching my toes when I fold forward.

Alright, that’s all for today. Namaste!