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The Happy Coder is an indie developer blog written by Bruno Godbout.  Posts are on a variety of topics related to software development and indie developer life.

Yoga Challenge Day 17

Today was a significant milestone for me. I was able to keep up and do all the exercises for the entire duration of the class. This is a big deal for me since up until now I had only managed to keep up for the first 35-40 minutes, and then had rest for the remainder of the class (which are 60 to 75 minutes). It looks like going every day is starting to pay off in a more tangible way.

I am excited to keep going for the remainder of this 30 challenge. I am curious to see how far I will get!

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!

Yoga Challenge Day 03

Another 6am class. It was easier to get up this time. It was a Town Mix, which I have done before. It went well. I kept up through most of the class.

Still having difficulty with stability in tree pose, but it's getting better.

I noticed I had more energy throughout the day too.

Tomorrow I have an evening class, but I think I will maintain my morning wake up time. I am hoping to turn this into the new normal.

Yoga Challenge Day 02

The first challenge today was to get up in time to be at the 6:00 am class. It was hard to get out of bed, but once I was up I had no trouble getting ready and got to my class even a bit early. (It helped that I had everything packed the night before.)

I had tried a Hip Opening Flow class a few months ago and found it too hard then. I could not keep up with the class and my back hurt after the class. So it’s with some degree of trepidation that I started the class.

It turns out I did much better this time. I was able to keep up through most of the class (I did take a pass on a couple of them near the end). My back did not hurt and I felt really good at the end. The main problem I had was not having enough strength to hold some of the lunges and maintain stability in the tree pose. I can see myself getting past this fairly soon.

So I am feeling pretty good about this so far. Tomorrow is another early class, but I am looking forward to it.

Yoga Challenge Day 01

I decided to start the 30 day challenge with a class I am familiar with: the Stretch and Unwind. It is a low intensity class that has a mix of passive and active moves. Stretching is not as deep as a Yin class but it is satisfying.

This class felt hotter than usual. Turns out the difference was the humidity level. It was a rainy afternoon, so it was more humid than usual. I don't usually sweat that much in a low intensity class.

It was still quite enjoyable though. I am looking forward to trying out the Hip Opening Flow class tomorrow morning.