2.13.2015

Friday Favorites: Yoga

Today I did something I have been wanting to do for a very long time. I did a 15-minute yoga class at home before even leaving the house. I also ran 2 miles first! The yoga was the best part though.

I had been thinking I needed more yoga time as my body was feeling stiff and my hip was complaining a bit more. At one point of time I was doing yoga every day. Yep, I had a yoga streak and a running streak going on. I learned a lot through my yoga streak but eventually ended it.

I had really good reasons for ending my yoga streak and I have no regrets. The only thing I feel bad about is that I let it slip so far away when it was so good for me. Yes, I would do a pose here and there and frankly, I was probably doing a pose every day but I wasn't doing a good class with the wonderful progression from pose to pose. I truly am in love with my Yoga Studio app and the classes I can do in the comfort of my very own home whenever I want.

Yoga truly is my favorite addition to running and I love how it stretches me out and nice and dandy after my running. I am even thinking that perhaps with getting yoga back into my life, I will push the insomnia issues out of my life....at least a little bit.

So I sit here torn between my reasons for quitting my yoga streak and my desire to do yoga on a regular basis again. Can I really commit to it without making it daily? Am I ready to make it a daily commitment knowing it led to some time management issues in my very hectic, crazy life? Will yoga make that hectic portion calm down? The thing is, I also find comfort and peace in my bible studies and don't want yoga stealing from that time.

Life is a delicate balance, isn't it? Those 24 hours can be sucked up pretty quickly with all the things we want to do. So what will I do? Pray on it and ask for guidance. I am thinking I won't be committing to 15 minutes of yoga a day like I did before when I created my yoga streak rules. I won't be counting yoga streak days and keeping that number documented in addition to my running streak day. That is unnecessary stuff. What I will strive for is daily yoga and the Yoga Studio app has some quick fix classes that I can turn to when I just have 5-10 minutes. Every minute counts and I am certain I can find balance as long as I follow His plan for me.

Have you ever let a good element of your workout routine slip away? How did you bring it back?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for technology that brings yoga instruction into my home.
Daily Bible Verse: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” ~ James 4:13-15

4 comments:

  1. Never let yoga slip! You don't have to do it every day either! Even if you do a real practice once or twice a week, you can still keep all the beautiful benefits!

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    1. That is wonderful feedback! Thanks Rebecca.

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  2. I rediscovered yoga last year and it was fabulous to have it back in my life, but also to take a bit of a break from it after my marathon--I had started to think of it as the wrong type of work. I rode horses everyday for 20 years--it was everything to me, and then I just needed a break. I haven't ridden in 2 years, and I am ok with that--one day? I'll need it again. But it is so sacred to me that I will never force it.

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    1. Lovely advice! My daughter is learning to ride horses and I would love for it to stay in her life as long as possible and not become a "burden". Thanks for sharing.

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