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Day 347

The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. ~ Zig Ziglar

I ended up getting up 20 minutes early this morning because my dog barked to be let out- which was kind of a good thing because that gave me time to make my breakfast after taking my thyroid medication (it says you shouldn’t eat for at least 30 minutes after taking it), which also gave me plenty of time to do today’s Daily Calm meditation which was called ‘Waves’ – where we were lead through a body scan meditation to help us navigate the ‘waves’ of change in our lives – the only thing stable in life is change, as Bob Dylan says!
Today’s yoga practice I did at 9am. I took my coffee break early, and went to the yoga room at work and did Day 14 of Fightmaster’s Beginner Yoga Challenge (again she was in the street!)
After work I decided to do P90X yoga since a coworker leant me her P90X dvds. 90 minutes of yoga with lots of sun salutations! Worked up a good sweat!

Day 346

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William James

Today’s Daily Calm meditation was about Creativity. I did it before I left the house for work. It talked about how creativity is more than just doing art and things like that but you have to be creative in all aspects of life – dealing with family/friends (relationships) as well as being creative in your work life etc. And it’s easier for some people than others to use their creativity, but there are times when all of us have our creativity get blocked or stuck, and mindfulness, sitting in quiet and stillness can help unlock our blocked creativity if we try not to focus on it.

Today’s yoga practice I did at lunch at work – Day 13 of the 30 Day Beginner’s Yoga Challenge by Fightmaster Yoga. For some reason she filmed today’s session in a street! Strange

 

 

Day 345

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it ~ Dennis P. Kimbro

Today’s Daily Calm meditation was called ‘Steps’, and about how we take steps toward certain things in life – goals/achievements etc.

Today’s yoga practice was Day 12 (i think? i’ve lost track which ones I’ve done) of the Fightmaster Yoga 30 Day Beginner Challenge)

Day 344

In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current ~ Thomas Jefferson

Today’s Daily Calm meditation was about irritation, and how easy it is to become irritated by things, but also how mindfulness and meditation can help quell feelings of irritation and move past it.

Today’s yoga practice was a new video from Yoga With Adriene – Yoga for Manual Labour – it was a nice, restorative, mostly ground based practice.

And today marks 590 days of consecutive yoga practice! a nice even number.

Day 343

We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are ~ Tobias Wolff

This morning I did my Daily Calm meditation, yet again, when I woke up in the middle of the night. The topic was vulnerability, and how difficult it is for a lot of us to be vulnerable with other people – especially not people we are close to (and even then sometimes, like me, we have trouble being vulnerable even with close friends and family and opening up to them).

Today’s Yoga was Day 12 of Fightmaster Yoga’s 30 Day Beginner challenge. It was another nice short 15 minute routine.

Day 342

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self ~ Aldous Huxley

I couldn’t sleep last night due to heat so woke up at 12:30am and decided to do today’s Daily Calm which was, strangely enough, about Gratitude, after yesterday’s yoga class!

I did yoga when I got home from work, the latest YogaTX video, a 30 minute full body deep stretch for beginners video, which I did in the living room with the air conditioning on! And then I went for a nap. My shoulders were achey and sore last night after all of yesterday’s yoga, which is also what kept me awake and tossing and turning.

 

 

 

Day 341

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants ~ Isaac Newton

Today’s yoga class at work i had 4 new people including my FIRST GUY! Which was awesome! 🙂 Somehow he found out about my class! The theme of today’s class was Gratitude and I asked people to think of one thing to focus on, walk out of the class with or take with them into their day.

Then started with sukhasana
Cross legs twist
Bound Angle

Seated forward fold and then Revolved head to knee (both sides)

Cat cow to child C

Low lunge with twist (both sides)

Thread the needle

Gate pose (both sides)

Dolphin (or downward dog or puppy)

Sphinx

Crocodile

Extended child’s pose and lateral stretch

Reverse pigeon

Supported fish

1 leg wind releasing to revolved belly (both sides)

Supported Bridge with Block

Happy Baby

Shavasana

I ended the class with a quote by John F Kennedy about: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them

Today’s Daily Calm was  about Escalation…specifically anger, and letting anger escalate – how easy it is to escalate in an argument, but if you pause before you get angry, then you will solve a lot of problems! It was said during the meditation that it takes about 20 minutes for adrenaline to get out of your system and for you to calm down – so to do something constructive during that time like movement (i.e. yoga) or go for a walk, get some fresh air etc. to save you from getting angry about something that maybe you shouldn’t get angry about and that you’ll regret later!

After work I ended up doing Day 8 and Day 9 of the 30 day Beginner challenge from Fightmaster Yoga, both about 20 minutes, so I did 40 minutes of yoga!