Sunday Night Check-In: A New Plan – 30 Days of Yoga

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Jess – Designing her classes at Gypsy Coffee House

I can’t believe I’m blogging a second blog for today. Having time off has certainly given me more creative time. I’ve got a couple of blogs percolating in addition to the travel blogs on Tulsa. We’ll see if I can continue the momentum when I return to the Land of the White Pickup Trucks tomorrow. I feel rested, and I feel really connected. I also feel inspired by my yoga teacher, Teresa, and one of the best of my besties, Jessica.

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Jessica is working through a certification for PiYo, a fusion of yoga and pilates designed to build total body strength and cardio conditioning with resistance from body weight alone. She’s been experimenting with this type of strength-building instead of weights for several months. That’s one of the things I love about fitness. Every style of working out has different benefits, and every person is drawn to different things – both in outcomes and style. Right now, she’s designing a class for Live Streaming Fitness that combines some principles of pilates and yoga. She’ll start teaching that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 AM in my living room or yours.

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I’ve been having to force myself to do strength-training workouts and run for the last 6 months or so. My heart just hasn’t been in it. Some of my loss of momentum was due to injuries. The heat impacted my joy in running. But, frankly, I was getting bored with the same 20 or so moves that I do with weights over the last 5 years to build my strength. I’ve been maintaining, but it feels forced, and I don’t really enjoy it as much as I used to. So, as I’m watching these PiYo videos and talking to Jess about the benefits of the workouts, I’m thinking I’d like to take on a new 30-day challenge. If nothing else, it could be an experiment to see what would happen if I was really consistent and changed things up a bit.

The best results I ever got with body weight training was with TRX Suspension Training. This suspension strap that hung from the ceiling used my own body weight as resistance. The 45-minute workouts sculpted my shoulders, my abs and legs better than weights ever did, and I only had to do it twice a week. It was fun because I did it in a class, and we even had an outdoor setup which was nice for a change. But, I don’t have a TRX strap at home, and I know I wouldn’t be as diligent without a teacher barking at me. I also got great results when I was practicing yoga every day back in 2000-2005. I really didn’t do much but yoga, but I practiced every day. Sometimes I practiced on my own at home. Other times I went to a class. It just got hard to go to classes, and yoga can be expensive. But, now… I have Live Streaming Fitness. I can do it at home on my own time, and I’ve already paid the yearly membership. It is a no-brainer.

Me and Theresa, my yoga teacher

Me and Theresa, my yoga teacher

So, tomorrow I’ll be on the set at Live Streaming Fitness, and I’ll do a live workout with Teresa. They are going to film an interview with me after the workout since I am a member. I’m going to use this to officially kick off my 30 days of Yoga Challenge for myself. I can do any kind of yoga I want. I can go to a studio, do a yoga nidra or do classes at home. Regardless, I’m going to do yoga every day for 30 days. I’ll also walk my dog, but the jury is still out on whether I will continue running during this period. I’d really like to see how my body might change from doing this for 30 days. I also believe it will help my groundedness, my sleep and my mental and emotional health. I’ll blog about what I’m experiencing.

I will measure five things:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Sleep
  • Emotional Stability
  • Energy

If you feel like joining me, it’s only about $100 to join Live Streaming Fitness for a year. Or, you can join for $9.95 a month with a year’s commitment. I’ll be taking yoga classes with Jessica, Teresa, Whitney, Somer and Melissa. They all have really different styles, and they teach at different times. I’ll chart my progress on the site and in this blog. I hope that it will re-energize my interest in fitness among other things. I really hope it will help me get those great shoulders I love right when tank top season begins. And if I develop that famous yoga butt, then that’ll be an extra bonus. I know that’s probably not real yogi-like, but who cares.

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So, Jess and I are winding down our fun weekend with a walk in a Memorial Park in Tulsa and a lazy afternoon doing creative work at the Gypsy Coffee House. It’s quiet, dark and cozy. The cute barista made me a latte with a palm tree sculpted in foam. It was delicious, decaf and sugar-free. What’s not to love about that? Y’all have a good week. And let me know if you decide you might want to try the yoga challenge. It could change your life. Namaste.

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Night Check-In: A New Plan – 30 Days of Yoga

  1. I’m in! I’m in with you! What a great answer to the longest running rhetorical question I’ve ever asked myself.
    Me: When am I starting yoga again?
    Me: Tomorrow.
    Me today: When am I starting yoga again?
    Me today: Tomorrow!
    Love,
    Beth

  2. Sharon,
    Count me in also! Would I be allowed to count the classes I teach? Either way, yes, I am looking forward to the challenge! Way to inspire!
    Namaste,
    -Teresa

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