This blog is all about my journey of transitioning from a beginner yogi to an advanced yogi. And enjoying the journey!
Each month I am going to record some things about my journey. I’m going to do these posts for a couple of reasons; I want to keep a record of how I am progressing with my yoga, it will hold me accountable, and it gives you a very good look at what I am doing and how I am doing it.
Below you will find out the following things about the past month: goal poses that I am working on, what my home practice looked like, the yoga classes I attended, total time dedicated to fitness, and my healthy habit for the month.
Goal Poses: These are the poses that I am currently working on.
Crow: I started the month with being able to hold it for about 10-15, some of the time. I hope to be able to hold it for 30 seconds. I didn’t practice crow very much this month. Therefore, I didn’t improve how long I can hold it, I actually got worse. I’ll try to be more dedicated to it next month.
Headstand: I practice my headstand on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I hope to be able to do a pencil headstand in the middle of the room for 1 minute. This month I definitely improved my headstand. I am able to hold it in a tucked position for about 30 seconds. I am only able to do this in front of a wall, though. Even though I don’t touch the wall, the sense of security I get from knowing it’s there really helps. Next month, I will work on bringing my legs up into a pencil position.
Shoulder Stand (Acro pose): (Want to learn more about Acro? Click here.) My husband and I dropped the ball on this one. We didn’t get a chance to go to any Acro classes (they are all so far away). We also didn’t practice on our own.
Home Practice: This is what I am currently doing as my home practice.
My home practice this month was much better. I did two sun salutations every morning! It only takes me two minutes, but it still feels really good to start my day this way.
Total time spent on home practice: 62 minutes
Yoga Classes Attended: These are the classes that I attended this month with a note or two about each one.
5/1: 45-minutes power walk
5/2: 1-hour Vinyasa Class
5/3: 1-hour Ashtanga Prep Class
5/4: 1-hour Power Class
5/5: 45-minutes power walk
5/7: 1-hour weight lifting with my sister
5/8: 75-minutes 5K Breast Cancer Walk
5/9: 30-minutes strength training with a colleague
5/10: 1-hour walk with a friend
5/11: 1-hour Power Yoga
5/12: 1-hour Vinyasa Yoga
5/13: 30-minutes Power Walk (on the treadmill)
5/14: 75-minutes Ashtanga Yoga
5/15: 70-minutes Bike Ride
5/16: 30-minutes Power Walk (on the treadmill)
5/17: 75-minutes Hatha Yoga
5/18: 1-hour Power Yoga
5/19: 1-hour Vinyasa Yoga
5/20: 30-minutes power walk outside
5/21: 1-hour of gardening with my sister
5/23: 30-minutes power walk on the treadmill
5/24: 1-hour Vinyasa Yoga
5/25: 1-hour Power Yoga
5/26: 30-minutes power walk outside
5/27: 30-minutes power walk outside
5/28: 30-minutes run
5/28: 30-minutes calisthenics
5/29:1-hour bike ride with my husband
5/30: 30-minutes power walk
Total time dedicated to fitness:
Total time in yoga classes this month: 11.5 hours
Total time doing Acro this month: 0 hours
Total time doing other exercises: 13 hours
Total time of home practice: 1 hour (morning) and 2 hours (headstands)
Total time exercising: 24.5 hours
I did much better this month of fitting in other types of exercise and having a regular morning routine. But, I didn’t do quite as much yoga and didn’t get in any Acro Yoga. Next month, I hope to keep up my morning routine yoga and other exercising but increase my yoga practice time and Acro Yoga back to where it was in April.
Each month I will focus on a healthy habit. If I feel like it is second nature to me by the end of the month I will add in a new habit the next month. If I ever feel like I get am not doing so well with a past habit I will make it my monthly focus again.
This month I focused on drinking enough water. My goal was to drink half my body weight in ounces. I had to use a lot of little tricks to accomplish this, but I did it!
I also still did a good job of eating clean and using portion control, my goal from April.
I feel like I have a good handle on these two habits, so next month I am going to add in an evening routine to my days.
There you have it! My month of May recapped. Comment below and tell me about your May!