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Day 296

Love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle ~ Steve Jobs

I was too tired to do yoga this morning before work, due to having a crappy sleep because it was so hot last night. So as soon as I came home so I could get it done. I started with the latest Bad Yogi video, a 10 minute fun Wonder Woman practice! And then I decided to also do the latest Yoga With Adriene, just a short 7 minute pre-run yoga sequence.

I’ve decided to unsubscribe from my Yoga International subscription because the app keeps timing out and I’m just not really feeling it enough to spend $14.99 per month. I might Subscribe to Yoga With Adriene for $9.99 a month instead…

 

Day 295

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door ~ Milton Berle

Today is the last day of the Yoga With Adriene 7 day At Home Retreat! Today’s morning video was a 25 minute Gentle Morning Yoga sequence, and later on in the day was the 35 minute Yoga for Gratitude practice since the theme or journal prompt for today is Gratitude.

I woke up at 4:30am and went downstairs and saw my dog was panting heavily so I decided to open the windows downstairs to let cool air in, and then just decided to do the morning yoga video. It was nice and gentle and easy. Then I did the Daily Calm meditation which was about Patience. I curled up on the couch next to one of the open windows. Then I went back to bed at 5:30 til 9. And because it’s supposed to be a high of 29 degrees (celcius) today, I decided to just do the second video early as well. It started off with sitting for a few minutes, followed by a very long child’s pose asking us to think about what we’re grateful for. It was another gentle and easy practice.

And then it’s also suggested to take a nature walk today as well…I’m not sure that’s going to happen! But I am going to have to walk to get the SkyTrain (the subway of sorts) to go to a friend’s birthday get together….not that there’s tons of nature though

Day 294

here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Today is Day 6 of Yoga With Adriene’s At Home Retreat schedule. This morning I got up and did her  short 21 minute Gentle Morning sequence – one of my favourite morning yoga videos of hers. Then later on today there is No Fear Yoga, a 37 minute good overall workout – strengthening and sweat building, to help you face your fears or challenging moments you might be going through – sweat out the stress!

Today’s YWA Journal prompt is – Celebrate! Which is funny because I’m actually celebrating a friend’s belated birthday tonight (and another belated birthday get together tomorrow night!) So that is what I’m celebrating today – friends and lovely beautiful sunny weather!

Today’s Daily Calm meditation topic was on Chitta, the sanskrit word that loosely means ‘heart-mind’, and I learned that chitta means in Sanskrit and other languages (like Buddhist languages, Chinese and other ancient ones), it is interchangable with the word mind. So heart and mind are thought to be the same thing. Interesting! Maybe that we really think and act from the heart and not the mind? Funnily enough the yoga sutra came to me yesterday out of the blue: Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodahah – which means yoga calms/stills the spinning thought waves of the mind (or should that be heart?!). Yoga does calm the mind and I guess also calms the heart as well – which is so awesome!

 

Day 293

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I made myself get up earlier than I wanted to so I’d be able to get this morning’s yoga practice done before leaving the house to take our dog for a long walk through forest trails. I dragged myself out of bed to do Day 5 of the Yoga With Adriene At Home Retreat video for this morning, Yoga to Greet the Day, a 40 minute practice in the morning (but the first 10 minutes are so is just sitting so that was good!). The continuation of the practice was a 24 minute Yoga to Calm Your Nerves  video after I got home from being out all morning, and the ending my day (and today’s practices) with an 11 minute Meditation for Inner Peace practice.

After the morning yoga session I did today’s 10 minute Daily Calm meditation which was called ‘Shine’ and asking us to try and find our True Selves, with some more self inquiry and examination through breath work, and being with any thoughts or emotions that came up and working with them.

Journal topic: Quiet. This is a topic I know a lot about, being the introverted person that I am. I relish quiet and me time, time for myself, by myself, and I realized in the 2 YWA videos I’ve done so far today, that they were both very introspective, and in a way, ‘quiet’ allowing us to be with our breath and with the poses. Nice! (which is one of the reasons I guess, that I love yoga so much – it allows you to just BE yourself – with yourself, in yourself, of yourself. Be your body and be your breath. Just BE. Beautiful!

Day 292

The power of imagination makes us infinite. ~ John Muir

I did today’s daily calm meditation walking to work. It was about Metta – the Pali word for loving kindness. So it was your basic loving kindness mantra meditation: May I be happy, May I be safe, May I be Well, May I be at Peace (or something like that – maybe those are the words/phrases to the loving kindness meditation I learned during my yoga teacher training!)

Today’s yoga practice, Day 4 of the At Home Retreat was started with Yoga to get the juices flowing, a short 8 minute video I had time to do before going to work. After work I did the 24 minute Yoga Stretch video, a nice and gentle flow, followed by the short 10 minute Yoga for Self Care.

Today’s Yoga with Adriene Retreat journal prompt was: Explore. Hmmm. What does she mean by that exactly? I’m going to take it as self- exploration – self-inquiry, exploration of the inner self. I went to an info session for a yoga for chronic pain management course I plan on taking in September, and we were lead through a short trauma-sensitive yoga practice and invited to explore how we felt in each pose, some inquiry into the pose. I think it’s good to explore your inner world just as much as exploring your outer world (through travel etc).

 

 

Day 291

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~ Maya Angelou

I’m playing catch up here. I’m actually 3 days behind with this blog (but you wouldn’t know it because I just set it to post on the right day).

I started today’s retreat day with the prescried Energizing Morning Yoga Sequence. But I didn’t actually have time to do it in the morning before work, so instead did the 24 minute video when I got home, immediately followed by the next prescribed video, the 28 minute Freedom Glow yoga, so I did just about an hour of yoga together, after work.

I did today’s Daily Calm meditation before work though, which was talking about the fascinating concept of Ubuntu, which means humanity, or humanity towards others – working together as the human race to support and uplift each other in order to move forwards in life. Such a beautiful idea! It is an African term which also means: the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity, according to Wikipedia. I just love the meditation and learning about the enlightening concept of ubuntu!

Today’s journal topic is (was?): Hope. That’s kind of vague. Hope that I have for myself? my hope for the future? My hope for humanity? maybe a more specific hope? like I hope to lose some weight? or I hope my dad has a nice vacation next week when he goes to the interior to visit friends and family? kind of not really sure what to say here!

Day 290

When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. ~ Wilma Rudolph
I started this morning (before heading to work) with day 2 of Yoga With Adriene’s At Home Retreat schedule which called for starting her Travel Yoga – Morning video, which is a quick short flow about 8 minutes long (basically a few rounds of sun saluation). Then I still had a few minutes before work so managed to actually squeeze in my Daily Calm meditation BEFORE leaving the house. The topic was about leaning into discomfort (physical or emotional) and just staying with it, instead of avoiding it. Yoga with Adriene Feel Good Flow after work, followed by her 14 minute Meditation for Anxiety, which I’ve done before (even though I don’t get anxiety),
The journal topic today is Honest (or I guess honesty). I’m not really sure what to write about here! If I’m honest? I’d like to think that I am! maybe or probably not with myself all the time, but with others I think…