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52 FEATS – NUMBER 36 (Doing Yoga)

11 Sep

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

UPDATE:

This week was a total bust.  I started off strong, doing hot power yoga Monday morning and Tuesday morning.  On Tuesday night I was really tired, but I just chalked it up to my aching muscles and extra exercise.

Wednesday morning I woke up with a nasty, full-blown, knock-me-on-my-butt cold.  My daughter had it, too.  She and I spent 3 bleary days on the couch watching TV.  I could barely stand.  Or breathe through my nose – an important component of yoga breathing, and just generally not feeling like crap.

But I’m not giving up on this one – I’m trying again.  Unfortunately, my schedule is much more hectic this week and I have a sick kid (my son’s got it now!), so I won’t be able to make it to the yoga studio 5 times.  BUT that won’t stop me from practicing at home.  I recently found a podcast done by one of the owners of The Yoga Project, Stacy Dockins.  (You can find it by searching LiveLoveTeach on iTunes.)  I can do the practice I enjoy so much, right in the comfort of my own home.  It won’t be quite as good as being in the warm studio, but it will have to do.

I’m still going to do another Feat for Number 37 (gotta get all 52 in this year!), but I’ll combine it with Super Yoga Week.  Looking forward to it!

ABOUT FEAT NUMBER 36:

I’ve always enjoyed yoga.  Over the last couple years, I’ve taken my practice to a much deeper level by getting into “hot” yoga – energetic, athletic, flowing yoga in a heated room.  I’ve done it so much that I don’t think I could ever go back to “cold” yoga.  I thoroughly enjoy feeling the heat as it gets into my muscles, allowing me to deepen my poses, occasionally taking them to places I didn’t think possible.

Yesterday morning, on National Free Yoga Day, I attended a free yoga class at Velociti Fitness in Arlington.  Instructor Beth Culler offered just the right combination of challenge and insight.  At one point, I remember her making a comment about striking just the right balance between work and ease.  I left feeling envigorated, empowered, and enthusiastic.

Lori, my dear friend and fellow More than Mothers blogger, has been told that 3 days of yoga a week will change your body, and 5 days a week will change your life.  I know that the life change won’t happen over the course of just one week, but I’m going to aim for those 5 days this week anyway to see what happens.

I’ll be going to The Yoga Project, my favorite Power Vinyasa yoga studio.  In a couple days, I’ll probably be so sore I won’t even be able to hold a pencil, but I’m going to keep at it and give it my all.

Namaste!

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52 FEATS – NUMBER 23 (Doing One Thing at a Time)

12 Jun

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

UPDATE – DAY 7 (Sunday):

This week was a little tricky, since I went on vacation with my family.  I kind of “lost” a few days while we were away, because I certainly wasn’t thinking about this blog!  But while I was home, I did work on doing one thing at a time.

Like I thought, it wasn’t easy, especially with two magpies constantly chattering in my ear.  It is a luxury you have to give up as a parent, getting to do what you want when you want to do it – even when the thing you want is just being able to finish the dishes!

Lisa had a great point, and I definitely felt the truth of it this week: multitasking is overrated.  Having my brain fractured into 20 different half-completed tasks does little to help my overall productivity; in fact, I really believe it slows me down.  Ever have one of those days when you’ve worked your butt off, and yet you’ve only marked one thing off your to-do list?  Yeah, I get those days a lot, and I think it’s from running around doing too many tasks at the same time – I get them partially done but not complete, and that is so frustrating!  I end up feeling like I have nothing to show for all my hard work.  So…I need to pick one thing, get it done, and then move on.  And try not to get too sidetracked by those magpies!

ABOUT FEAT NUMBER 23:

Lately, I feel like a pinball.  ZOOM, out of bed.  Bounce to the laundry room to fold clothes.  Halfway through a load, realize the kids are starving and bounce to the kitchen to make breakfast.  While they eat, I bounce to the back door to water the plants, let the dogs out.  Bounce back in to check my email and figure out where we’re going today.  Bounce to the dishwasher to start unloading, bounce to let the dogs back in, and oh yeah, remember the laundry I left half-done…bounce, bounce, bounce.

The funny thing is, I must think I’m being more efficient in doing things right when I see them, but the truth is the opposite.  Not only am I actually just running around like a maniac, I should know by now that it never stops.  I can do as much as possible as quickly as I can, but there will always be more and I’m wearing myself down trying vainly to tackle every little thing as it pops up, leaving other things unfinished.

My Feat this week: Do one thing at a time, and FINISH IT before moving on to something else.  I know that’s easier said than done with two small kids running around, but I’m going to give it my best shot!

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