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.
To continue following my yoga journey check out my June Yoga Report.
There you have it! My month of May recapped. Comment below and tell me about your May!